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Potpourri, December 1997


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Perspective Yeah! Amazing Killing Babies
Homos Quotables Rules of the Game Do Tell?
From Saint to Goddess Morality Family Abortion
Promoting the Perverse Ecumenism Cartoon Doom And Gloom
Opposing the Perverse Letter to the Editor Thousands Attracted  

Perspective

Linda Chavez makes some cogent comments in the Chicago Tribune article (Sept.3, 1997). In talking about the untimely death of Diana, Princess of Wales, Chavez says "she was a woman who married famously, behaved badly, ... and got off with a $27 million divorce settlement and spent her last days in company of another fabulously wealthy playboy." The press is to blame - paparazzi brought her down, is the hue and cry. Chavez points out that a false sentimentality caused strangers to leave flowers, mementos, and love letters to the dead woman at the accident site, outside England's many royal castles, and even at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. The columnist observes, "It is precisely such fanatical obsession with celebrity that fuels the very paparazzi these same self­righteous fans now decry." In other words, Who buys tabloids? Chavez observes, "Here once we venerated saints, now we erect altars to dead movie stars and fallen princesses. James Dean, the rebel without a cause, died in a car crash; Marilyn Monroe, who took her own life in tawdry motel room; Elvis Presley, who died of a drug overdose-these are the icons of our day." Thank you, Earl Davis, for sending the dipping.

Davis also sends a clipping from the August 22, 1997 Chicago Tribune reporting that sociologist Andrew Greeley of the University of Chicago says, "Less than 1 percent of Americans are what the study calls 'hard­core atheists,' people who do not believe in God or the possibility of life after death."

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Homos

Some homosexuals seek to change their ways, and some practitioners of "reparative therapy" say they can help. The American Psychological Association convinced that any unhappiness over homosexuality results purely from social prejudice, passed a resolution urging therapists, in effect, to try to talk their patients out of trying to change (Source, National Review, Sept.15, 1997).

In 1980, clinical psychologist Robert Kronemeyer wrote in his book, Overcoming Homosexuality, "With rare exceptions, homosexuality is neither inherited nor the result of some glandular disturbance or the scrambling of genes or chromosomes. Homosexuals are made not born 'that way.' Buried under the 'gay' exterior of the homosexual is the hurt and rage that crippled his or her capacity for true maturation, for healthy growth and love. After a quarter­century of clinical experience, I firmly believe that homosexuality is a learned response to early painful experiences and that it can be unlearned. For those homosexuals who are unhappy with their lives and can find effective therapy, it can be overcome."

The homosexual right's lobby is opposed to effective treatment to recover those with perverted sexual orientation because it would destroy their agenda. If homosexuals can change their sexual preference, then their argument for special protection under civil rights laws designed for people whose status has nothing to do with behavior (racial minorities, women, the disabled) falls to the ground.

This goes to show that the American Psychological Association is useless and even dangerous. Wonder if these shrinks know that AIDS is predominantly a homosexual disease?

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From Saint to Goddess

Murray Marshall of Ennis, Texas sends a Newsweek article (Aug. 25, 1997) saying that John Paul II is under pressure by Catholics to name Mary not just the mother of God but Co­Redeemer. The official voice of the Vatican says, "Having created man male and female, the Lord also wants to place the New Eve beside the New Adam in the Redemption.... Mary, the New Eve, thus becomes a perfect icon of the Church.... We can therefore turn to the Blessed Virgin, trustfully imploring her aid in awareness of the singular role entrusted to her by God, the role of co­operator in the redemption" (April 1997).

Wow, which means, amazing, incredible, I don't believe it, go on, well I never, blow me down, did you ever, how about that, my word, what next, can you beat that.

"For there are certain men crept in privily, even they who were of old written of beforehand unto this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ" (Jude 1:4).

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Promoting the Perverse

School superintendent Susan Fleming talking about the school board's unanimous ruling to begin teaching preschoolers about homosexuality and to establish a hiring preference for "sexual minorities," said: "We are on a trailblazing path. The whole question is making gays and lesbians, whether through visuals or examples or acknowledging different family structures, visible."

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Opposing the Perverse

Alveda Celeste King, niece of Martin Luther King, denouncing proposed gay­rights legislation in California, said her uncle would not have approved laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual preference. She said, "To equate homosexuality with race is to give a death sentence to civil rights. No one is enslaving homosexuals ... or making them sit in the back of the bus" (World, Sept. 6, 1997).

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Yeah!

David Bryan, a purveyor of pornography, the man who said, "Once you hit x­rated, there's nothing after that," sponsors a Dixie Youth baseball team. When some of the parents refused to allow their children to wear uniforms promoting Bryan's sex­store, Bryan called them fanatics. Mr. Bryan told the Mobile Register in April, "Who are they to judge me?"

The plot thickens. A grand jury has indicted Mr. Bryan, 41, on charges of first­degree rape, first­degree sodomy, and first­degree sexual abuse of a 14­year­old girl.

Yeah! Who are they to judge me? Don't you know the Bible says, "Judge not"? All judgment is sinful-or don't you think so?

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Quotables

Many a man who tries to talk as if he were standing on the mountain, shows by what he says that he is up to his eyes in the mud" (Billy Sunday, Christianity Today, Sept. 1, 1997, p. 62).

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Morality

Morality in Media (MIM) is mounting a national petition drive to urge President Clinton to enforce aggressively the Federal laws against obscenity, as he pledged to do in his 1992 election campaign.

National Review (June 16, 1997) reports, "A Detroit lady informed two gentlemen that they were the father of her two­year­old boy. This biological impossibility led to an arrangement whereby they shared temporary custody of the boy - until blood tests showed that a third gentleman had done the honors."

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Ecumenism

Chicago Tribune (Aug 19,1997), via Earl Davis, announces that Lutherans turned down a pact with the Episcopal Church. Twenty­eight years in the negotiating the structure fell to the ground chastising even the most optimistic supporters of the ecumenical movement. The rupture came over Episcopal or Pastoral control. Anyhow, 28 years of hard work down the tube.

Has it occurred to Episcopalians or Lutherans or United Church of Christ that the only road to unity is submission to the Bible and the Bible only? The Bible, being the inerrant revelation of God, teaches only one thing. Those who follow it absolutely are necessarily united. To depart from its teaching in any particular is inescapable division. Try reading 1 John 1:7.

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Letter to the Editor

I am deeply distressed by your magazine, there hasn't been a publication whose theological treatises I've been so offended by, whose candid accounts of bickering among church groups I've been so embarrassed by, whose nagging reminders of the needs of the world I've been made to feel so guilty by since well, since the New Testament! (Christianity Today, Aug. 11, 1997).

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Amazing

Chip Blankinship, a Presbyterian preacher (US News & World Report, July 7, 1997) in a letter to the editor said, "I am much interested in preaching from the Bible and upholding its authority.... The issue is not whether we view Scripture as authoritative but how we feel led to interpret it."

Blankinship, and all liberals, look at revelation through their emotions, desires, wants, wishes, or, to use his words "how we feel led ..." He then has the temerity to call this respect for the authority of the scriptures. It is not. It is respect for the authority of one's own feelings. "It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps." What is needed in morality and religion is an absolute, objective standard that says what it means and means what it says. To respect that ensign and follow it, regardless of one's feelings, is to respect its authority. It is a matter of bringing our feelings in line with the teaching of God's Word, and not bringing God's Word in line with our feelings. "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man but the ends thereof are the ways of death."

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Rules of the Game

Meredith Oakley (Arkansas Democrat Gazette, May 23, 1997) wrote an excellent piece about "rules" the liberals use in political enterprise. Brother Bennett (who sent the article to me) thought there is an application to religious liberals. He has prepared the following etiquette for pious socialists (liberals):

  1. Fight dirty even though you know you are dead wrong.
  2. Don't lie, cheat or steal unnecessarily.
  3. There is always one more ... than you counted on.
  4. An honest answer is never given.
  5. Facts are irrelevant.
  6. A liberal only has to be right once.
  7. If you are questioned, destroy all evidence, or else line up all you can who will lie for you.
  8. The truth is a variable.
  9. A promise is not a guarantee.
  10. If you can't counter the argument, attack the character of the individual, and refuse to answer "yes" or "no" questions or you are in big trouble.

For thin­skinned liberals, we append a  :-)  .

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Family

Patrick J. Buchanan has written a thoughtful article about family values. He noted that "an Alamance County (North Carolina) jury ordered $1 million paid to a jilted wife - by the woman who allegedly stole her husband."

Dorothy Hutelmyer, 40, contended that in 1994, her husband was enticed into an affair by his secretary, wearing short skirts and joining him on business trips. Her husband divorced her and their 3 children, to marry the secretary­mistress. The jury awarded her the cash for alienation of affection.

The American Civil Liberties Union went through the roof.

The jury is saying that marriage is a sacred bond and an intangible thing of supreme value. An outsider who smashes it deliberately should make restitution. If the secretary had crashed into a Ford pickup truck belonging to Mrs. Hutelmyer, she would have to pay damages. Why should she not pay if she destroyed something far more valuable than a truck?

Buchanan observed: "Divorces and broken families are the causes of many of the most painful of heartaches, and there is scarcely a social problem that cannot be traced to the destruction of the family in this age of affluence and easy divorce."

That marriage is instituted of God and is an indissoluble union is not only a religious truth, but makes a lot of sense if you want to preserve a society.

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Cartoon

Diek LaPine pictures a preacher chairing a committee. In the first panel, the preacher says:

"We need to talk about what we're going to do to get people in our pews."

A female committee members responds, "That's exactly what we need to talk about - I think we need to get new pews."

An older male member of the committee says, "Not new pews! You're missing the preacher's vision completely. We need new chairs!"

A middle­aged mop­top says, "I've seen chairs with hymnal racks on their backs!"

Still another committee member declares, "Hymnals? But I thought we were going to use praise chorus booklets?"

A bespectacled girl, "Not booklets ... overheads! Every church is going to overheads!"

A teenager cries out, "I used to go to a church that had a rear projection screen for overheads."

A studious looking guy inputs, "That's good, but the latest innovation is the computerized projection from the ceiling."

Another student­type says, "Better yet! Let's project on the ceiling like an I­Max theater."

An old­maid type says, "I­Max Theater? A Broadway theater would be awesome!"

A little girl says, "Yes, Broadway! We could put on musicals, dramas and comedies. But, of course, we'll need a stage and some curtains."

A grandma type says, "New curtains would be a wonderful touch in making strangers feel at home."

In the final panel, a guy sinking down in his chair, says: "Maybe some people would come to church if we just preached the Bible. But what do I know about doing church? I better keep my mouth shut."

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Thousands Attracted

Animal heads roasted over a flame; people dressed as demons perform pagan rituals; men and women dance nude before fiery idols as a starry night softly illumines the flat desert around them.

This is a Labor Day weekend at Black Rock Desert in northwestern Nevada where people rejoice in rebellion.

The festival is called "The Burning Man," so­named because of the celebration's centerpiece: a towering, 40­foot, wooden, faceless being erected in the middle of the pagan campground and burned on the final night.

Since the mid­1980s, these pagan pilgrims have traveled out into the middle of nowhere to increasing numbers (10,000 in 1996). Many of those at The Burning Man once professed Christianity, but have turned their backs on God.

People set up camps around The Burning Man figure, giving their pagan outposts names like "Motel 666," "McSatan," and "Lost Vegas." One individual said, "I am fully prepared to shake hands with the devil as I stumble through the gates of hell."

The finale is on Saturday night, as the attendees observe and participate in a drama, which celebrates the knowledge that they will one day enter hell.

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Killing Babies

Don't get too exercised about killing babies. Evan Thomas, former Washington bureau chief of Newsweek, raps Sen. Rick Santorum for his partial­birth abortion "theatrics [that] make me gag. He may be sincere, but the show that he puts on, wringing his hands about babies, makes me think that it is theatre. That may be unfair to him, but it seems excessive to me and a lot of this is just showboating on the floor" (National Review, June 30,1997).

To be emotionally disturbed by killing a baby that is next­door to birth and call it "theatrics" is chilling - at least to me.

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Do Tell?

America has "less than 5 per cent of the world's population," admitted Mr. Clinton, yet "we consume half the world's drugs" (National Review, June 2, 1997).

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Abortion

The Wisconsin Supreme Court, in a ruling that turned on the issue of whether a baby in the womb is really a person, said the state's child protection law does not cover the unborn. The case involved a 36­weeks­pregnant cocaine user ordered confined to a drug treatment program to protect her baby. In previous rulings, Wisconsin courts have concluded that a viable unborn child is a legally recognized person if killed in a crime, a car crash, or as the result of medical malpractice.

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Doom And Gloom

It is not a pretty sight. From the Fabians to the postmodernists, and from the romantics to the environmentalists, the intellectual elite have been a somber bunch able to agree on only one essential premise: antipathy toward principled reason, bourgeois liberalism, determined progress, and most especially Christian ethics (World, June 7, 1997).

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H. A. (Buster) Dobbs