Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: Religion

Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice

By Wayne Gruden

Some of my Christian friends tell me they can’t in good conscience vote for Donald Trump because, when faced with a choice between “the lesser of two evils,” the morally right thing is to choose neither one. They recommend voting for a third-party or write-in candidate.

As a professor who has taught Christian ethics for 39 years, I think their analysis is incorrect.

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Czech President: “Citizens Should Arm Themselves”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, August 3, 2016:  

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Czech President Milos Zeman

Reflecting a startling change of heart, Czech Republic President Miloš Zeman, once opposed to private civilian ownership of firearms for self-defense, told local Czech newspaper Blesk: “Earlier I spoke often about limiting the ability [of citizens] to have large quantities of weapons. But after the terrorist attacks [in France], I have changed the idea.” He is now pushing the Czech parliament to adopt a new law that would allow citizens to purchase, keep, and use firearms as necessary.

Zeman is also calling for a wall to be built along the country’s borders (the country is bordered by Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Poland), and the expedited deportation of “failed asylum seekers.”

Zeman is hardly alone in his observations.

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A Unique Oil Man in a Tough Business

This article appeared in print in The New American magazine as well as online, on Thursday, March 17, 2016:  

It doesn’t take long to learn that KimRay, Inc., headquartered in Oklahoma City, is a different sort of oil company — a much different sort. Headed up by Tom Hill until his retirement last year (but who still serves as chairman), the company’s mission statement is simple: Take care of customers, take care of employees, and take care of stockholders. But it ends with this:

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Somalia Bans Christmas Again; Says It’s “Not Relevant” to Islam

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, December 24, 2015:  

Despite a population of approximately 1,000 Christian believers in a country of 10 million, the threat of the message of Christmas is too much for the Islamic regime in Somalia. Mohamed Khayrow, the director general of Somalia’s Ministry of Religious Affairs, announced on Wednesday that “All security forces are advised to halt or dissolve any gatherings. There should be no activity at all.”

As cover, Khayrow claimed that such celebrations would be potential targets for terrorists. But Sheik Nur Barud Gurhan, deputy chairman of the Supreme Religious Council of Somalia, was clearer:

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Explaining San Bernardino: Massacres by Trousered Apes

Massacres by Trousered Apes, by Joseph Sobran, This column was published originally by Universal Press Syndicate on May 13, 1999.

The Littleton murders are still provoking “solutions” for the problem of youths who choose to shoot their classmates. The usual method of these “solutions” is to imagine how this particular horror could have been prevented, and then to generalize the answer into some sort of national law or social program. More gun control, better counseling, spotting “early warning signals,” and so forth.

But if any measures could have prevented these murders, they may not apply to others. The next crime to shock us as Littleton did won’t duplicate Littleton; it will be something else, something different in all the details the supposed “solutions” address. The uniqueness of this crime — and of many other crimes — gets lost in bogus analysis. A couple of specific teenagers were determined to do evil. If they had been prevented from doing it the way they did it, they could have found another way.

Maybe the real trouble is that modern culture simply refuses to face the fact of evil. “If God does not exist,” as Dostoyevsky wrote, “everything is permitted.” As if to underline his words, one of the killers fatally shot a girl when she said she believed in God.

If God does not exist, right and wrong are reduced to subjective preferences; even human life loses its dignity. “Thou shalt not kill” means no more than “I hope I won’t get shot.” Laws become the amoral collective preferences of the majority.

But what if the killers, as at Littleton, are prepared to die in the course of their crimes? There are always those who won’t be deterred by laws. This is a fact of life. Christian culture has always recognized original sin, man’s eternal and irrational inclination to do wrong. But to the denizens of modern culture, the idea of original sin is nonsense.

Modern culture is a negative, not a positive thing. It’s what is left when you subtract Christianity from Christian culture — so it’s a barren, bloodless, desiccated, and uninspiring thing, sometimes called “secular humanism.”

Modern culture recognizes nothing above man, so there is nothing worth dying for and sacrifice is absurd. It recognizes no God and denies the soul, the afterlife, and ultimate justice.

It tells us we should fight against Hitler (or some Hitler-of-the Month like Slobodan Milosevic), but it can’t explain why a young man should be prepared to give up his short life, the only existence he will ever know, when “sacrifice” means no more than suicide.

In a secularized universe, nobility and honor have no meaning. Neither does chastity. Yet these are virtues recognized by most other cultures. The ancient Greeks and Romans thought honor and chastity were worth dying for; they worshiped the virgin goddess Diana, and they praised the chaste matron Lucrece for killing herself, for honor’s sake, after having been raped.

Secularized culture, being negative, is only legalistic. It can’t move the heart or fill the imagination. It merely encourages grievances about an ever-widening range of supposed civil wrongs, under the general heading of “discrimination.” All social relations become legal and political relations.

We can even amend Dostoyevsky in light of the twentieth century: “If God does not exist, everything is permitted, especially to governments.” The state that recognizes no absolute right or wrong will keep trying to enlarge its own power, even to the point of declaring some people subhuman if they get in the way of social engineering or even personal pleasure.

Our own government has made abortion a legal right, while pretending to be “neutral” about religion and morality. Deciding that some lives may be taken at will is anything but “neutral.” It assumes that unborn children are nothing but biological matter. At bottom, it assumes the same thing about the whole human race. It assumes that for human beings, there is no higher happiness than unrestrained sexual pleasure; after all, “higher” and “lower” are only relative terms.

For some people, there may be something sweeter than sex: revenge. That was what drove the Littleton killers. And why not, if God does not exist? The Littleton killers were products of the very culture that is trying to disown them — a culture that has ignored Baudelaire’s words: “Satan’s cleverest wile is to convince us that he doesn’t exist.”

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Lawsuit Against Gun Shop’s “Muslim Free Zone” Tossed

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, November 27, 2015: 

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Following the shooting of four servicemen in Chattanooga by a Muslim terrorist on July 16, Andy Hallinan, the owner of Florida Gun Supply, posted a video to his shop’s Facebook page declaring his store would immediately be a “Muslim-Free Zone,” adding:

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Colorado Sexting Scandal Is One of Many; and a Reason to Exit Public Schools

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, November 12, 2015:  

The district attorney investigating the sexting scandal at a Colorado high school and middle school in Canon City said it isn’t likely that he will press charges as there appeared to be few victims, just willing participants. Besides, under Colorado law, charges filed could lead to forcing those charged with having to file as sex offenders with permanent damage to their futures.

So many students were involved in the sexting ring that

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Navy Chaplain Exonerated, Cleared, and Reinstated

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, October 30, 2015:  

In his letter exonerating Navy Chaplain Wesley “Wes” Modder in September, Rear Admiral David Steindl wrote: “I have found the evidence of substandard performance in this case does not meet the standard of gross negligence or complete disregard of duty … Modder will not be detached for cause.”

The incident will be removed from his official personnel file. Modder has accepted an order to serve as chaplain at the Navy’s base in San Diego.

Modder’s record as Navy chaplain is impressive.

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Oregon Shooter Sought Christians to Kill

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, October 2, 2015: 

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North Roseburg, Oregon

“Oregon Shooting: Umpqua Community College Gunman Talked Religion,” NBC News claims in the headline for a story about Thursday’s shooting in Roseburg, Oregon. Of course the headline is misleading, to say the least. The gunman, 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer, didn’t bring a Bible to Umpqua Community College; he brought three handguns and a semi-automatic rifle. He didn’t talk about his religious beliefs; he asked who was Christian and shot in the head those who said they were while shooting others in the legs. Yet, if the only thing we knew about the tragic event was the NBC News headline, we could be forgiven for concluding that the gunman was a religious zealot as opposed to an anti-Christian hater.

As reported by numerous survivors of the murderous rampage,

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Hillary’s Muslim Advisor Being Investigated for Fraud and Theft

This article was published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, August 7, 2015:  

Poor old Hillary Clinton, she just can’t catch a break. If it’s not emails, it’s contributions from foreigners seeking influence. If it’s not Benghazi, it’s her affected southern accent.

It’s called, officially, “political corruption” which is defined as “the use of powers of government for illegitimate private gain, which may include bribery, extortion, selling of favors, patronage, graft, and embezzlement.”

But at least she’s not guilty of treason, at least not yet. But her favored personal advisor – her “woman Friday” or “body woman” as some call her – Huma Abedin, isn’t so lucky.

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FBI Finds Chattanooga Shooter’s Diary; Many Questions Unanswered

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, July 22, 2015:  

After retrieving and analyzing the Chattanooga shooter Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez’ diary, the FBI claimed that it still cannot find any direct connection to ISIS or that he “was inspired by the Islamic State” or the Koran. Instead, claims by the FBI were made that the shooter suffered from depression, entertained thoughts of suicide, was deeply in debt, and engaged in rampant and excessive use of drugs, marijuana, and alcohol. FBI agents also claimed that he had to use sleeping pills after the 12-hour night shifts where he worked.

But, after extensive analysis of his diary and interviews with the shooter’s parents, the FBI still couldn’t find a motive for his murder of military servicemen last Thursday. Even a “family spokesman” claimed that the shooter

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Behind Chattanooga: Radicalization, Gun-free Zones, and U.S. Foreign Policy

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, July 17, 2015:  

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The “black flag of jihad” as used by various Islamic terrorist organizations (since the late 1990s)

Narratives that Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was a nice, polite, well-behaved, friendly, and funny young man of 24 appeared all across the mainstream media following his murderous attack on a military recruiting center in Chattanooga on Thursday that left four dead and three wounded. According to the media and the president, he was “acting alone” as a “lone wolf.”

Precious little was being said about the possibility of him being influenced by radical elements of his faith calling for Muslims to wage war against unbelievers. The media focused instead on his background:

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Lee and Labrador Offer Weak-kneed Pushback to Same-sex Ruling

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, July 1, 2015: 

In their rush to “do something” to fend off some of the negative impacts of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that are certain to fall on individuals and institutions reluctant to climb on board the same-sex bandwagon, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Utah) have offered a bill that would cement that ruling into place.

Called the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), the bill, if passed into law, would

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Small in Stature but Towering in Courage

This article was first published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, May 29, 2015:

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One day in May, 2013, Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling’s boss entered her cubicle at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina and told her to remove three Scriptures she had attached to her computer monitor and her walls. Sterling refused.

The next morning Sterling discovered them in her trash basket. She put them back up on her computer screen and walls and that’s when the trouble began. Her staff sergeant, a foul-mouthed former drill instructor, ordered her in no uncertain terms that were laced with obscenities to remove them. Sterling once again refused.

All was quiet for a few weeks, but then, during reviews, Sterling became aware that she was being written up for minor infractions which hadn’t happened before. She was written up for

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Former Marine Appealing Her Court-martial for Posting Scriptures in Her Cubicle

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, May 28, 2015:

In May 2013, Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling posted a modified iteration of Isaiah 54:17 on her computer monitor and elsewhere on the walls of her cubicle in Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, as inspiration and an expression of her faith. Isaiah 54:17 says: “’No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,’ declares the Lord.”

Sterling shortened it to read: “No weapon forged against me shall prosper.” When her staff sergeant ordered her to remove it, Sterling refused. The next day Sterling found that the verses had been removed and put into her trash basket. She put them back, and that’s when her troubles began.

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Texas to Join Nine Other States with Anti-Sharia Law Bill Passed by Senate

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, May 27, 2015: 

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Countries with Sharia rule

 

In August 2004 an alert Maryland transportation worker noticed a woman wearing a burka video-taping the supporting structures of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from an automobile. He conducted a traffic stop and discovered that the driver, a Muslim from Chicago, had an outstanding warrant in a case involving fundraising for the terrorist group Hamas.

The FBI obtained a search warrant of his home and found, in a sub-basement below the house’s foundation, more than 80 book boxes filled with archives belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood. It not only listed dozens of other radical Muslim groups operating across the country with connections to the group, but their marching orders as well:

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Texas Senate Passes Anti-sharia Law Bill

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, May 26, 2015:

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Translation: Islam is the Solution!

 

On Thursday night, May 21, the Texas state senate passed a bill that would prevent any international law from being used in Texas civil courts in deciding disputes. Radio station WOAI characterized the bill as an “anti-sharia” bill, but state Senator Donna Campbell said that her bill doesn’t mention sharia law at all, just that it guarantees that no law from “foreign courts” would be used to override American law in settling civil matters.

When pressed for clarification about just which such laws she was concerned about, and could she provide an example, she whiffed: “No foreign law [specifically].… This just provides a context for judicial discretion … that we don’t trump Texas law, American law, with a foreign law regarding family law.”

Whether Campbell knew it or not, her bill, if signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, would make Texas the next

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Gates to Boy Scouts: Prepare to Surrender

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, May 22, 2015: 

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Scarcely a year after his surprise inauguration as the new president of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), former Pentagon chief Robert Gates told BSA leadership on Thursday to prepare to allow practicing homosexuals into leadership positions or face threats that could divide, splinter, and destroy the organization. He said: 

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Nat’l Black Church Initiative Breaks With PCUSA Over Same-sex Marriage

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, April 1, 2015:

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of more than 34,000 churches comprising 15 denominations with nearly 16 million African-American members, announced on March 27 that it no longer remains “in fellowship” with the Presbyterian Church (USA) following its vote last summer to approve same-sex marriage.

Rev. Anthony Evans, NBCI’s president, urged the PCUSA to repent of its sins and return to its former relationship with NBCI: 

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Media Stirs Up Controversy Over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, March 30, 2015:

Mike Pence, member of the United States Congress.

Mike Pence

When a white policeman shot a black man in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer, it should have been a page two story in the local papers, and then forgotten. But the media saw their chance to promote their agenda, and Ferguson became front page news for months on end.

Indiana’s religious freedom bill, signed into law by Governor Mike Pence on Thursday, has unleashed a similar outpouring of angst by people who should know better: Hillary Clinton, grade B movie stars Ashton Kutcher and Miley Cyrus, CNN, and the New York Times. The word is out: Indiana now has legalized discrimination against gays and lesbians!

In reality the law adopts the same approach to the exercise of religious freedom under the First Amendment and government interest as the bill that Hillary’s husband signed into law back in 1993:

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.