Taking Liberal Pro-LGBT Theology for a Test Drive

The writer over at Eternity Matters take pro-homosexual theology for a test drive:

People who hold to pro-gay theology* (i.e., God doesn’t consider it a sin and that he approves of “same-sex marriage”) use all sorts of fallacious arguments to make their case.  In this post I am taking the pro-gay theological reasoning out for a test drive, so to speak, to see how it applies to other passages.  After all, if their principles are sound they should work in other situations as well.

Ideas have consequences. Anyone who is concerned about truth should be concerned with being consistent. Unfortunately, it’s most often not the case. But this is one test for whether or not an idea is sound. Does it make sense in contexts where the logic carries over?

It’s a good read. You can check it out here [link].

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SSRIs, Psychotropic Drugs, and Gun Control

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While reading about proposed gun control in NY, I read about the state not allowing people on Psychotropic drugs to buy guns. Those sound big and scary, but if you take Zoloft to reduce anxiety, or a sleeping pill, or even some anti-inflammatory medications, or even BENADRYL, then the state says you’re too mentally unsound to own a firearm.  You can still drive a car, mind you, but no guns.

Which prompts the question: Are they going to make Police Departments fire all officers on those drugs?

My guess is no, because this is all politics.  If they do not, it’s evidence that this is a political ploy to remove guns from law abiding citizens.

 

Saturday Link Roundup 4/13/13 – Gosnell Murder Edition

A Stomach virus has made the rounds in our house the last week. Nothing like wallowing on the couch in agony to interrupt the blogging.

On to the links!

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There are drawbacks to social media, but one of the major benefits is how it can expose stories that in the past might not have made it through the media gatekeepers.

Case in Point: The Kermit Gosnell baby murders.  Why wasn’t this front page news, with every detail picked through and covered like Newtown, Trayvon Martin, or even Jeffry Dahlmer?

Oh right, abortion doctors get a pass, I guess.

During senate hearings on gay marriage social media was saturated with red equal symbols and vocal lefties screaming for equality. When children in Newtown where gunned down, Facebook exploded for weeks in anger and rage and screams for gun control. But when hundreds of babies (and one woman) are butchered at the hands of a sick abortion doctor….crickets.

Think I’m over reacting? Go take a look at the pictures of dead babies in the trash, feet in jars, and the backs of their necks cut open, their spinal cords severed. Hear the stories of babies screaming as they are killed. Then get back to me.

Do Gosenll and Obama have the same view of abortion? [link] Answer: yes.

Washington Post reporter explains why she won’t report on the case [link]

I cover policy for the Washington Post, not local crime, hence why I wrote about all the policy issues you mention.

Yes. She really, really, really said that. As Robert VerBruggen dryly responded:

Makes sense. Similarly, national gun-policy people do not cover local crime in places like Aurora or Newtown.

 

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Man Who Fled Communist Cuba Testifies Before Senators on How Gun Control is a Bad Idea

Manuel Martinez, who fled communist Cuba, testified in Salem, Oregon before a committee of  Senators on gun control.

Dan Sandini at Daylight Disinfectant writes:

Mr. Martinez escaped the brutal Communist regime in Cuba in 1954.  His testimony included how citizens under Castro were first disarmed by legislation similar to that being shepherded along by Gun-Grabber in Chief Floyd Prozanski.  Defenseless, many Cuban Citizens were later summarily slaughtered.

It’s the same in every county where oppression has arisen. Disarming the public opens the door to oppression. The issue is not hunting, or even self defense per se. An armed populace is intended to keep the Government from ever becoming tyrannical. Mr. Martinez recounts how the Cuban people lost their freedom:

In 1957 a Revolution … individuals … malicious individuals, masquerading as Democrats, revolutionaries, established a regime … a dictatorial regime … in my nation.  Called Communism, Socialism, Stalinism, Marxism, and whatever other named -ism you want to put on it.  The reason why it was done was to take away the guns from the People.   The right of the People to wear guns.  That is a God-given Right.  It’s not given by anybody.  It’s not given by any group.   It’s the same thing as freedom, which is a God-given Right.  And no one, absolutely no one, has the authority to take it away.  To cease to defend the Second Amendment, and my God-given Right of freedom, will cease only with my death.

Here’s the video of his testimony.

Saturday Link Roundup for 4/6/13

How Environmentalism Harms the Poor [link] (HT: The Acton Institute PowerBlog)

A significant error of environmentalists is the assumption that the purpose of man on this earth is to keep it in the same condition that it was when man first appeared. Behind this theory is a subtle denial of the whole issue of the resurrection of the body. Man’s ultimate end is not this earth but God. The earth and its development by man are themselves the arena in which the drama of each person’s relation to God could be and is worked out. It is also true that this “working out” concerns one’s neighbor and man’s relation to fellow man.

Environmentalism is the secular perversion of the Christian idea of stewardship. This is ultimately a worldview conflict.

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First World Problems (HT: Acton Institute PowerBlog)

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A Harvard University student explains how evidence changed her mind about God  [link] (HT: Wintery Knight)

A good article on how an atheist became a Christian via apologetics at Harvard University.

I came to Harvard seeking Veritas. Instead, he found me.

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Have a great weekend!

MSNBC Commerical Asserts Your Kids Belong To The Community And You…Well, Mostly To The Community

melissaharrisperryFrom Newsbusters:

On March 23, my colleague Mark Finkelstein noted how MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry considers the unborn child a “thing” which takes a “lot of money” to “turn into a human,” costing thousands of dollars to care for each year of his/her life. Now it appears that Harris-Perry thinks that, after they’re born, children fundamentally belong to the state.

In this short commerical, Harris-Perry makes the case that we haven’t spent enough on education. She makes her case by attacking the notion that your children are yours. No, claims Harris-Perry, they belong to the state…er…”community.”
Narrating a new MSNBC “Lean Forward” spot, the Tulane professor laments that we in America  “haven’t had a very collective notion that these are our children.” “[W]e have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to their communities,” Harris-Perry argued.

Parents? Family?  Bah!  Society will raise these small humans you have incubated. The Government thanks you for your contribution.

Ideas have consequences, and they interact with other ideas. Among those fighting for prominence in our society today are: 1) Private citizens shouldn’t have access to weapons, 2) Marriage isn’t anything in particular except as the state defines, 3) Your children belong to the society, not you or your family, 4) The state will educate these children as it sees fit, 5) Government should be as big as possible, 6) It’s up to the government to save us from ourselves through the banning of sodas that are too large, because the people cannot be trusted….

….except in raising your kids, of course.

You can view the original article and view the commercial here. [link]

 

 

Project Veritas vs. Piers Morgan

It’s not unexpected that those who are most vocal about gun control rely on guns for their own safety.

Piers Morgan, the resident gun control advocate on CNN, protects his own personal property with signs warning that it is guarded by “Armed Response Security Systems,” according to a new investigation by self-described “guerrilla journalist” James O’Keefe.

I watched the trailer for this new video by Project Veritas, and much of it has O’Keefe asking employees of film production companies if they would sign a petition to remove all guns from movies.

O’Keefe also approached other companies, such as Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Films, and got a few signatures but mostly was rejected.

I will say while I agree with the premise (that, a lot of vocal opponents can be hypocrites) I will say I don’t fault people for not signing a petition on the street. Especially if they were right outside work.

I personally refuse to sign things when people stop me on the street…primarily because I don’t like to be stopped on the street.

More States Passing Pro-Gun Laws Than Gun Control Laws

In this breakdown by the Wall Street Journal [link], you can see the number of bills and new laws being enacted in favor of gun rights.

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Though just from the news you’d get the impression that the entire country is leaning towards more gun control.

It also helps to have a working knowledge of the thing you’re trying to ban. [link] But, of course it’s the person who supports gun rights that’s the unreasonable one.

Questioned on what’s to be done with the millions of high-capacity magazines already in circulation, [Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette] asserted that they’d be discarded once they’re used.

“I will tell you these are ammunition — bullets — so the people who have those now they are going to shoot them, and so if you ban — if you ban them in the future, the number of these high capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available,” she said.

Magazines, however, are reusable as they can be filled with more bullets.

Oops.

President Barack “Net Worth $11.8 million” Obama Gives Not Quite $17,000 to “Share in Sacrifice”

obama-moneyIn order to “share in the sacrifice” with furloughed workers, President Obama is going to give 5% of his salary back [link].

The voluntary move would be retroactive to March 1 and apply through the rest of the calendar year, the [Obama Administration] official said. The White House came up with the 5 percent figure to approximate the level of automatic spending cuts to non-defense federal agencies that took effect that day.

Over a ten-month period, that’ll work out to $16,666.67.

“The president has decided that to share in the sacrifice being made by public servants across the federal government that are affected by the sequester, he will contribute a portion of his salary back to the Treasury,” the official said.

The President makes $400,000 a year, and has for the last 4 years. In addition to books sales and other income his net worth is approximately $11.8 million [link].  That’s like me sharing in the suffering of the homeless by giving $2 to the guy on the corner before I duck into Ruth’s Chris for a steak.

But nevermind those pesky facts.  Look!  Solidarity!  Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!