Both a right and wrong

No matter how stupid, insensitive, or self-serving we might think it is, the New Yorkers who wish to build a mosque near ground zero do have a right to build it.   As I’ve said in a previous post and comment, I don’t think anyone is questioning that right although I read a lot of partisan comments saying that conservatives are trying to deny this right which they of course are not.

More recently there is a pastor in the Southeast who is making the news because he has said he was going to burn a Koran on the anniversary of 9/11.  And just like the mosque, no matter how stupid, insensitive, or self-serving we think it is, the pastor who wishes to burn a Koran on the anniversary of 9/11 has every right to burn it.

In both cases, the people of our predominantly Christian believing nation affirm the rights of each party to build where they choose and burn what they choose.  Our personal feelings don’t trump their rights no matter how wrong we feel it is.  What a great, peaceful and tolerant nation we live in. 

Yet, from around the world, the collective voice from predominantly Islamic believing nations has warned that if we let the pastor light up his Koran, there will be violence.  And if we stop the mosque from being built near ground zero, there will also be violence.   In our nation people have the right to freely speak and freely practice their religion, but they don’t have a right to threaten violence and harm upon others.   We need to remember this as we are being cajoled into accepting Islam as if it were just another denomination to choose from; it’s not.  To a Christian someone burning a bible will most likely elicit a prayer for the soul of the arsonist, whereas it seems that for a good percentage of Muslims around the world, burning a Koran will elicit a prayer for the arsonist’s death.   Why is it again that Islam is referred to as the religion of peace?

It’s time to keep our mouth open on these issues before violence in the name of Islam becomes a problem within our nation.  Our 1st Amendment keeps our federal government from valuing one religion over another, but we as citizens have every right to our personal views and our opinion.  We have a right to speak out.

Merry Christmas,


My first Christmas prayer for this holy day is to thank God for giving his Son to the world, so that we may choose everlasting life.  My second Christmas prayer is that we would all make this choice.  And lastly, I pray that everyone will have a merry little Christmas.


Born again again?

attitudeDean Kahn’s question for yesterday solicited readers for their attitude towards Muslims.  I assume it was to lay groundwork for the Herald’s upcoming Public can learn of Muslims series.  However, being an unmoderated and mostly anonymous comment section, any attempt to garner real cross sectional opinion regarding attitude towards Muslims was predestined to be a dismal failure.  And it was.  Oh, there were attitudes a plenty, and even some were about Muslims, but even more were about Christians.   Here’s one that caught my eye.

The anti Christian atitudes that abound in these comments is simply the reaction to having born again theology crammed down our throats and the church skewing the lines between government and religion. I was raised Protestant and though I grew up and got a brain, I never felt anger towards my fellow Christians until in the 80’s when the whole absurd born again movement started. Now I see them for what they are, clearly delusional lunatics.
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The anti-Christian message wasn’t what caught my eye, it was the lack of understanding of the Christian faith by someone claiming to have grown up Protestant.  Born again didn’t originate in the 80’s.  It may have had a resurgence during the late disco age, but the actual origin of the born again movement can be traced back about 2000 years.  

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (John 3:3-7)

Born again is at the heart of Christianity.  It is not a doctrine that is to be crammed down anyone’s throat; it is merely a statement of fact, uttered by Christ Himself.  He explains how things are and providing us with opportunity. 

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
(Mat 7:7-8)

The Christian message is one of hope, generosity, choice and salvation.  All we have to do is ask.

Perhaps tomorrow’s Dean Kahn moment will ask What’s your attitude towards Christians?    It seems a more relevant question in a nation founded with Christianity at it heart.

Pants afire

I’ve kept silent about the topic of religion and Senator Obama, not because I think it is a non-topic, but rather it is such a huge multifaceted topic that I couldn’t figure a good place to start.

  • boydog129 90 degreesIs Rev. Wright’s hate speak a sound Christian principle?
  • If not, is it okay for a pastor to sprinkle a little hatred from the pulpit now and then, as long as it is not his primary message?
  • Is Rev. Wright’s message really racism against whites or Jews? Was that Christ’s message?
  • Is it correct to preach “blackism” over Christianity or even Islam, in the case of Minister Louis Farrakan and the Nation of Islam?
  • Which is more important in a Christian Church; church culture or Christ’s message?
  • If you found yourself in church that you feel teaches and incorrect message, should you leave the church, stay and fight for change, stay and raise your family there?
  • Can you attend a church for 20 years and not know the message being delivered?
  • How could Senator Obama attend a Christian Church and not understand Christ’s message?
  • What are the odds that over the last 20 years, Senator Obama missed each and every service where Rev. Wright delivered hateful messages?
  • I doze off from time to time in church; could my pastor be a hate monger and I’ve just missed it? Does Senator Obama doze a bit from time to time also?
  • Is Senator Obama telling the truth in this situation?
  • Is Senator Obama raising his family in this church because it is; locally popular? consistent with his values? politically advantages? or because he believes in the message.

I’m sure there are many other facets, but these was enough to overwhelm my pea brain. I guess really I could figure a place to start, but couldn’t follow a clear path through all the muck. As a mere human I can’t really comment on what is going on in Senator Obama’s heart, nor Rev. Wright nor Minister Louis Farrakan’s, but I can highlight a couple of simplified, but obvious conclusions.

  • Sen. Obama knew of Rev. Wright’s hateful teachings, disagreed with them and yet did nothing about it except to lie to America and for God only know what reason, weekly subjected his family to this type of hate.
  • Sen. Obama knew of Rev. Wright’s hateful teachings, agreed with them, lied to America about this agreement, and thinks American’s are stupid enough to believe that he attended this church for 20 years without ever hearing a one of them.

Neither of these is desirable and I don’t see any way that the facts about Sen. Obama’s relationship with Rev. Wright qualify him as an honest person. Rather, either one of these conclusions would seem to make Sen. Obama a liar and disqualify him as material for President of the United States, yet he is still popular.

Have we become so callus in choosing politicians, that we accept liars with out question? Is that why no one asks Sen. Obama’s to explain his message of hope and change; because it may just be a lie anyway so why bother asking?

The Democratic Party and Senator Obama’s push for Socialism in the US is why they lose my vote and the non-truths in this situation is why Sen. Obama also loses my respect.