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Political Correctness’ Absurdity
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
At what point does political correctness become absurd? To be honest, we think the United States passed that point long ago, but recent events strongly push the limit to a ridiculous degree.

This year alone a young thug who attacked a police officer became a martyr; the Confederate battle flag was torn from the hearts, halls and history books; long standing high school and NFL mascots have been deemed racist; and students have taken control of more than one college campus.

The president of one university was recently forced out by students claiming he wasn’t sensitive enough on racial issues, and students at another campus are demanding that the name and image of a former president follow the path of the aforementioned battle flag.

Was Woodrow Wilson racist? Some websites claim he was, but we’re not defending his policies, beliefs or actions. A perfect person has yet to set up shop in the Oval Office.

What we’re saying is that the racist litmus test uses a brush with too many bristles.

After removing Wilson from the history books, who is next? Do we start at the beginning with George Washington, a slave owner?

Do we censor the thoughts and actions of anyone — past, present or future, who had a racist thought no matter how brief? If that’s the case you need to be reminded that racist thoughts don’t travel a one-way street.

What should be done about people such as William Ellison, Jr., a South Carolina slave owner and supporter of the Confederacy, who happened to be Black?

Or even the man who is often inaccurately pictured as freeing the slaves, former Pres. Abraham Lincoln?

Yes, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, but that act only freed the slaves in the rebellious southern states. It was an act meant to encourage problems within the Confederacy during this nation’s Civil War.

In actuality, Lincoln was possibly as racist as Wilson. “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races,” the man who would become this nation’s 16th president was recorded as saying on Sept. 18, 1858.

Do we tear down the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument? Do we destroy the faces of Mt. Rushmore?

Do we throw the baby out with the bath water? If that’s the case not a single US president — and especially the current one, should be honored.

In these days of political correctness, it seems as if free speech in this country is tolerated as long as it agrees with the liberal agenda and any other view or expression — whether past or present, must be muzzled.

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What Goes Around… Comes Around
Friday, November 13, 2015
We shouldn’t be surprised about the objections of President Barrack Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to a “religion test” in regards to the immigration of Syrian refugees. It isn’t the first time for the Democratic Party.

For those who remember an incident a few years back… it made all of the newspapers, called World War II, the Democrat Party-led state department under Franklin D. Roosevelt had similar objections.

Only this time the situation and intentions seem to be reversed.

Prior to and during World War II, the Roosevelt state department’s leadership resisted pressure to allow the immigration of German Jews under a racial and religious waiver aimed at saving them from the Nazi’s extermination plans.

Apparently, it was the Democrats who at that time expressed concerns about saboteurs hiding among the refugees.

It was under that same Democratic leadership that US citizens of Japanese, German and Italian descent were moved to internment camps.

This time, the objection by the country’s leading Democrat is that applying a religion test “is not the American way,” and will cause harm to the women and children among the Syrian refugees.

In other words, it doesn’t matter that Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists have already been discovered among the refugees.

It doesn’t matter that the state department’s “vetting system” has failed, and failed miserably in the past.

For those who don’t remember, the brothers responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing also arrived in this country as refugees.

Of course, there was also the “brilliant” vetting that allowed this entire mess to get started with the extremists who attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon not only being allowed entry, but also to receive flight training in the states.

And while protecting children is admirable, we have a few “misgivings” about extending that protection to women who are just as capable of employing a satchel bomb or an explosive belt — as a female terrorist did in Paris last week.

While we strongly believe a man shouldn’t strike a lady… a female terrorist comes nowhere near our definition of a lady.

Apparently, it also doesn’t matter that a growing percentage of ISIS members and supporters are female.

I’m not crazy about the idea of a “religion test” to allow only Christian Syrians into the United States, but sadly it’s a sign of the times.

ISIS has plainly announced its wish to have an impact on this nation, and it has.

Let the decision to do whatever is necessary to keep ISIS operatives out of the country — including the exclusion of individuals or groups who pose a potential threat — be included in that impact.

And, as for such actions not being “the American way,” the current President is so out of touch with large portions of this nation’s people I’m not surprised his desire to protect them is questioned.

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As Paul Said: ‘Give Thanks In All Circumstances’
Friday, February 27, 2015
“O most gracious God,” wrote the eloquent sufferer, “on this sickbed I feel under your correction, and I taste of humiliation, but let me taste of consolation, too.”

John Donne, poet and priest, so wrote in one of his “devotions” in 1623. In Christianity Today some 15 years ago, Philip Yancey shared a brief edited, somewhat modernized, excerpt of Donne’s “Devotions.”

As Yancey explains, Donne had fallen seriously ill. Not unreasonably, he assumed he had contracted the bubonic plague, the scourge filling graves with masses of people during those dark days. The “Black Death” had made its presence unmistakable.

London’s church bells tolled “dolefully,” and Donne wrote his famous poem, “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” reminding his readers that the loss of anyone is a loss to us all. So, don’t ask “for whom the bell tolls,” he penned, “it tolls for thee.”

In his “Devotions” (as Yancey shares them), Donne writes of all the blessings God has given.

“Nature reaches out her hand and offers corn, and wine, and oil, and milk; but it was you [God] who filled the hand of nature with such bounty.”

Donne thanks God for the blessings that come from fruitful labor, and he acknowledges that, no matter how hard and well the laborer has worked, it is God who guides and “gives the increase.”

He thanks the Lord for friends who “reach out their hands to support us,” even as he acknowledges, “but your hand supports the hand we lean on.”

I’m continually amazed at how suffering is used by some as Exhibit A against God, at the very same time as others, passing “through the fire,” eventually come out with faith strengthened and “tempered.”

On his sickbed, Donne writes, “Once this scourge has persuaded us that we are nothing of ourselves, may it also persuade us that you are all things unto us.”

In striking contrast to the verbal drizzle of those who promise health and wealth to the faithful, or to those whose “faith” is in consumer religion as long as it “meets their [most shallow] needs,” Donne reminds us that when God’s own Son on the cross “cried out, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ you reached out your hand [Lord,] not to heal his sad soul, but to receive his holy soul.” And Jesus surrendered his soul to his Father in trust.

Donne would recover. His sickness was not the plague. But before he knew the certainty of the outcome, he was certain of his hope: “Whether you will bid my soul to stay in this body for some time, or meet you this day in paradise, I ask not.”

But he wrote his confidence: “I can have no greater proof of your mercy than to die in you and by that death be united in him who died for me.”

Following the Apostle Paul’s admonition to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess. 5:18) is not even a little easy.

But if our lives show that our faith is in God — not in luck or our own power or circumstances — we will learn that easy lives and blessed lives are not the same thing.

And not just our own faith will strengthened and affirmed, and not just our own lives will be blessed by that trust.

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