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

Conservative Black Preachers Oppose Obama

Alveda King at the Restoring Honor Rally

Alveda King at the Restoring Honor Rally (Photo credit: Talk Radio News Service)

This is fairly amazing to me. 95 percent of blacks voted for Obama in the last election. If he loses any significant percentage of that vote, his doom is sealed:

Unhappy with President Barack  Obama‘s support of same-sex marriage, a group of African-American faith  leaders have announced a campaign aimed at stripping 25 percent of the black  vote that went to Obama  in 2008 (95 percent)…

These leaders – and they are leaders!– have committed to spend $1 million in several states opposing Obama’s reelection. They’re hoping there is enough “faith” and “gumption” left in their target market to turn voters away from Obama:

The black community is among the most religious in America and we are offended  that President Obama has announced his support of same-sex marriage, that the  NAACP has blindly supported the secular views of the Democratic Party, and that  their national platform plainly supports same-sex marriage,” said Apostle Claver  Kamau-Imani of RagingElephants.org, and a God Said founder, in a statement. “I am confident that this message will be well received and acted upon on Election Day.

Their intentions are honorable and their strategy appears to be

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Finally, Some Sense About Voting for the Lesser of Two Evils

Lesser of two cookies

Lesser of two cookies (Photo credit: GoatChild)

Ron Holland was interviewed by Anthony Wile of the Daily Bell a while back and I was impressed with it. He’s solid, a sound thinker, and not afraid to go against the grain.

He thinks voting for Romney as the lesser of two evils is morally wrong:

Had the Romney Campaign held in check the Republican Party leadership’s goon squad that made a mockery of the democratic process in the Republican Party primaries and caucuses as well as the national GOP convention, Romney might have captured 50 percent or more of Ron Paul voters and supporters, even without a Paul on the ticket. But he didn’t and actions always have consequences.

Certainly as the better of the two candidates, I did consider voting for Mitt Romney before watching the GOP convention and the establishment brownshirt tactics that sickened me regarding the Republican Party. While I certainly prefer Romney to Obama, the truth of the matter is both the GOP and Democrat Party are equally evil in their goals, their major policies and how they will carry out power elite directives and governance.

There are lots of reasons not to like Romney. I’ve written about some of them for The New American magazine, and some I’ve just stored away in my memory bank to access, if necessary, in the future. For Holland, the treatment of Ron Paul’s delegates by the RNC is enough:

There is no lesser of two evils when considering the two major political parties in the United States today. I  consider non-voting, voting third party or even voting for the opposition to be justified now, considering how the GOP leadership treated the Ron Paul Campaign, the liberty movement and our primary voters.

Adding a little support for that idea from Jesus, the Creator of the universe, was a nice touch, and a good reminder:

I think Jesus said it best: “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” ~ Matthew 7:23

Middle East Violence: What Would You Expect?

Anthony Wile – Rising Middle East Violence a Precursor for US-Based Internal Combustion

The casting of blame on a movie that is highly insulting to Muslims is convenient. The truth of the matter is that the forces behind American politics, and world politics for that matter, desire the chaos that is ensuing throughout the Middle East.

Middle East C Current

Middle East C Current (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To those unfamiliar with Anthony Wile and his regular thoughtful postings at The Daily Bell, his claim that “forces behind American politics…desire the chaos…” is outrageous.

But he has a way of backing up his position which he has iterated with increasing success over the past decade.

For instance, he thinks the protests are being promoted and instigated by groups like the Alliance of Youth Movements (provable) which are being supported by the US State Department (also provable).

He says:

The problems facing the “civilized” world today are the outgrowth of Western powers’ insistence that it is the right, if not obligation, of the Anglo-Saxon to “tame” and “civilize” the “others.” It is this blatant and arrogant premise that has America standing at the forefront of the battle lines around the world. It is America that has built more than 900 military bases in over 145 countries where, at the end of a diplomatic gun barrel, the leaders and industrialist families of others nations are bent to their new “civilizers.”

Let’s reverse roles here and ask rhetorically how happy we would be if Iranian military forces entered the United States in order to put down the Tea Party movement and establish a more “just” society, for our own good? Just how do you think that would go over? Just asking.

As Wile wrote:

The raging fires that America has started in many countries around the world are escalating. The blowback–inspired “terrorists” want the US and allied troops the heck out of their backyards. Can you blame them?

Who, indeed?

The Lesser of Two Evils Is Still Evil

Star Parker – Republicans Must Offer Alternative to Democrat Moral Bankruptcy

Republicans need to step up to the plate and start talking about our nation’s real crisis – our moral crisis. The nation’s searching middle class will understand the truth when they hear it.

Star Parker

Star Parker (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

I think Parker has pointed to something that isn’t being talked about very much during this election: the moral rot that is causing people like Democrats (and Republicans) to disclaim any allegiance to God or the Bible. I also think she tries too hard to be profound in her efforts to mimic Michelle Malkin (who usually is). Says Parker:

The omission of these key principles [God, and recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel] from the Democratic platform was the party equivalent of what journalist Michael Kinsley calls a political gaffe – when a politician inadvertently says what he really believes… [This] showed today’s Democrats exactly for who they are – the home base for the nihilism, radical moral relativism, and welfare statism that defines today’s far left.

But is the Republican Party any better? Parker iterates some statistics that try to prove that, at bottom, the American people are basically moral, love God, and go to church. Those statistics, in my opinion, aren’t persuasive and in fact, could be used to point out the continuing decline in whatever morality is left over from previous generations. For instance:

According to a 2010 Gallup poll, 43 percent of Americans attend church regularly. However, just 39 percent of Democrats and 27 percent of liberals do.

This shows little difference between the average American and the average Democrat: fewer than half attend church regularly. Without checking, Gallup’s definition of “regularly” is once a month or more. Parker really blows it when she thinks Republicans can somehow save the country from its moral meltdown:

If you think debt, government dependence, broken families, and moral relativism is the path to a strong and prosperous America, sign on with the Democrats. But Republicans need to do a better job embracing and articulating the alternative.

And what alternative would that be, exactly? This is more of the false premise that Republicans can solve our problems: the lesser of two evils is still evil.

Let’s Give Ayn Rand a Little More Credit, Shall We?

Paul Greenberg: Who is John Galt? And Why Does Ayn Rand Still Fascinate The Young?

[Upon reading one of Rand’s novels] for a brief bright period, as with all forms of intoxication, the subject is convinced he’s discovered the secret of the universe, the essence of existence, his purpose in life . . . but in most cases such feelings pass, like adolescence itself.

When they don’t, it’s called arrested development or, in the case of Ayn Rand, objectivism. That’s what she dubbed her “philosophy,” though subjectivism would be more appropriate, for essentially her “philosophy” was her own egoism expanded into endless manifestos.

All of which might be summed up in two words: greed glorified.

Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wow! Greenberg has taken the gloves off and lets us know what he really thinks! I’m surprised, frankly. He’s highly regarded: he’s the editorial director of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing.

But I don’t think he’ll win any such award for this piece in which he takes the entire Randian philosophy and chucks it out the window. He does it with such tactless abandon that he actually hurts his own reputation:

One can understand Miss Rand’s appeal to the young, and may it never diminish, but it’s hard to understand why adults should think she was any better a thinker than she was a writer…

If you’re not an Ayn Rand fan at 21, you have no youthful spirit. If you’re still a fan at 42, you have no common sense.

Well, thanks for that, Mr. Greenberg! All Rand has done is turn the political conversation around—too bad she didn’t live long enough to see its impact today—with an entire generation of young people beginning, thanks to Rand, to ask the right questions: What is the proper role of government? How would the free market respond to certain problems? And so on.

But, no, Greenberg is happy to throw the entire philosophy overboard because it isn’t faith-based. Greenberg quotes Psalms 127:1: “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.” Conclusion: Ayn Rand was an atheist—a vitriolic critic of eternal things—and so therefore she has nothing to say to this generation struggling to find its way out from under the dictatorship that’s coming.

She deserves just a little more credit, Mr. Greenberg.

Insight Into the LGBT Mindset

Michael Brown: The FRC Shooting and Inflammatory Gay Rhetoric

Day and night, LGBT people are told how much we [Christians] hate and despise them, that Prop 8 in California was actually Prop Hate, that Chick-Fil-A serves “hate chicken” (this from the mayor of Washington, DC).

Is it any surprise, then, that a number of churches were vandalized after the Prop 8 vote in 2008 or that a Chick-Fil-A store had the words “tastes like hate” scrawled on its walls? And given the view that failure to affirm homosexuality is an act of hate, is it any surprise that in April of this year, a church in Seattle had its windows smashed by a group called Angry Queers?

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Rainbow flag flapping in the wind with blue skies and the sun. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The hard-core militants in the gay movement are those whom Brown is calling out and his message is compelling: They hate Christians and the message of Christ. When the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) calls the Family Research Council, the target of the gay shooter last week, a “hate group”, it’s time to put some serious distance between them. Or so one would think. But no, one of the leading lights of LGBT, Wayne Besen, climbed on board with SPLC:

Wayne Besen, founding executive director of Truth Wins Out, was one of the signers of the joint LGBT statement condemning the FRC shooting on August 15th. One day later, he assured his readers that the FRC “loathes LGBT people with a special passion” and that the SPLC was “100% correct” in labeling the FRC a hate group…

Michael Brown, the author of this column at Townhall.com attended a gay pride event last year along with other Christians. Besen’s response is chilling:

Last year, at the gay pride event in Charlotte, about 400 Christians (including me) wore “God Has a Better Way” tee-shirts and handed out 2,500 bottles of water inscribed with “Jesus Loves You.” (For us, “the Jesus Revolution” means putting down swords of violence and hatred and picking up crosses of truth and love.)

In response, Besen wrote an article entitled, “Michael Brown Is an Anti-Gay Monster,” claiming that my “game is to try inciting followers to possible violence against LGBT people.” He stated, “I do strongly believe to my core that Brown’s ultimate goal is to create the conditions for a nasty physical clash,” claiming that, “The madman fully understands that he only has to create a hostile climate to inflame the most unstable of his thugs and they will eventually provoke the type of confrontation that this pathological monster deeply desires.”

What effect do such vitriolic, ugly, and hate-filled words have on an unstable gay reader? And how would that person recognize that there is not a grain of truth in Besen’s inflammatory words?

This is an insight to some of the gay mindset, and it isn’t pretty.

I’m going to “Eat Mor Chikin!”

Robert Knight: Eat Mor Chikin

The Atlanta-based, 1,600-restaurant chain, famous for its misspelling-prone cows that urge consumers to “eat mor chikin,” is under a full-scale fascistic assault, complete with obscene celebrity tweets and government bullying.

Eat Mor Chikin

Eat Mor Chikin (Photo credit: movealong)

Somehow Dan Cathy (the founder of Chick-fil-A) has successfully gotten under the skin of members of the Christian-bashing left, and he did it without saying a single word about “gay marriage.”

Ever on the alert for anything that smacks of biblical truth and how it might impact society (and turn it away from rampant secularism), liberals are jumping into the chicken fat and exposing their hatred through the expression of vitriol directed towards the company.

In essence, they are shaking their collective (I love that word, and so do they) fists at God. All HE did was give us directions and instructions and rules and laws to follow to obtain abundant life. Jesus says, in the Amplified version, in John 10:10:

The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

Here is what sticks in their craw: Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life.” And they don’t want to hear the truth because it would mean having to bow down before it, and HIM, and their excessive sense of self—called hubris—won’t allow them to consider doing that.

So what they do instead is download filth and obscenity and vileness that merely expose their moral bankruptcy for the entire world to see.

Philadelphia Councilman James F. Kenney wrote to Cathy: “take a hike and take your intolerance with you.”

Roseanne Barr tweeted “anyone who eats [expletive thankfully deleted]-Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ.”

You get the idea. Got to run. I’m off to visit a nearby Chick-fil-A…

Car Dealer Explains Gun Rights to CNN Anchor [VIDEO]

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Whenever the contrast between the media’s vision of the world conflicts with the world as it really is shows up on YouTube, it’s usually delightful to watch. This time, the leftie lady is shredded by the response to her loaded questions about gun rights.

She repeatedly asks: “Isn’t that somehow inappropriate, that you’re giving away vouchers for AK47 rifles to your buyers of new cars and trucks?”

He responds: “Why would that be inappropriate? I’m a businessman. I sell cars and trucks.”

She asks: “Is that just a tad irresponsible?”

He responds: “It might be a little grandstanding…but what about the guy and his wife with twelve children who killed by seven guys coming through the door. I’ll guarantee you he wishes he had an AK47 as those maggots busted through his door and slaughtered him and his wife in front of his twelve children.”

She asks: “But police officers are shot in the line of duty all the time and they carry guns every day so some might not think that’s a great argument.”

He responds: “Well, I personally would like to have a sporting chance instead of just becoming a victim…”

She asks: “Your motto is God, Guns, Guts and American pickup trucks. Why did you come up with that particular motto?”

He responds: “Because we sell cars.”

She asks: “Yes but include God in that. Some might wonder why God would be included in a motto that also includes guns.”

He responds: “You don’t have a problem with God, do you?”

She responds: “No I don’t, but the combination…some people might have a problem with that.”

He responds: “We’re a Christian nation. We’re a Christian people…”

She says: “I just think putting God into a motto that also includes guns might be upsetting to some people.”

See the rest of the interview. It’ll make your day!

The Supreme Court Gets it Right on the First Amendment

First Amendment rally (Union Square, New York ...

Calling it the “most significant religious liberty decision in two decades,” the New York Times announced the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the “ministerial exception” whereby churches and other religious organizations are exempt from governmental interference in their hiring and firing practices.

In a unanimous 9-0 decision, the Court said that churches have an overriding “interest…in choosing who will preach their beliefs, teach their faith and carry out their mission.”

The case started when a teacher at a Lutheran school in Redford, Michigan was fired for threatening to sue the school over an alleged discrimination violation. Cheryl Perich was diagnosed with narcolepsy and took a leave of absence. When she tried to return, she learned that the school had hired someone else to take her place. When she threatened a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act, she was fired for

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“The Economist” Rewrites History

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In last Saturday’s print edition of The Economist magazine, staff writers attempted to compare today’s Internet with the publication of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses in 1517. Claiming that by nailing his complaints onto a bulletin board, Luther started the Reformation. This was done, according to The Economist’s rewriting of history, “when Martin Luther and his allies took the new media of their day—pamphlets, ballads and woodcuts—and circulated them through social networks to promote their message of religious reform.” From there the article concentrates on the alleged “social network” that Luther had to promote his views, rather than on the message—the information—contained in those views: 

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Niall Ferguson Ignores God-Given Rights

Crop of Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson, professor at Harvard and the London School of Economics, summarized his latest book, Civilization: The West and the Rest for Newsweek magazine’s The Daily Beast by stating that he is not a “declinist” but is instead expecting an imminent collapse of the United States. He wrote: “I really don’t believe the United States…is in some kind of gradual, inexorable decline…. …in my view, civilizations don’t rise…and then gently decline, as inevitably and predictably as the four seasons…. History isn’t one smooth, parabolic curve after another. Its shape is more like an exponentially steepening slope that quite suddenly drops off like a cliff.”

As evidence Ferguson points to the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, which was built over a hundred years and collapsed in less than ten. He notes that the Roman Empire collapsed in just a few decades in the early fifth century, while the Ming dynasty ended with frightening speed in the mid-17th century.

He tries to explain why the West, and especially and specifically the United States, is set up for a similar collapse through the use of

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Harrisburg’s Incinerator: A Story of Unintended Consequences

Northwest Incinerator

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The announcement on Wednesday that the City Council of Pennsylvania’s capital city, Harrisburg, voted to file for bankruptcy was the latest in a long series of federal mandates, bad luck, and poor planning that has plagued the city since the early 1970s.

The Harrisburg Resource Recovery Facility, less elegantly referred to as “the incinerator that burns money,” was built in 1972. The estimated cost to build it was $15 million and was sold to the city based on projections that it could burn enough trash to generate sufficient steam to be sold to cover its costs and debt service. But unexpected repairs required additional financings so that by the time the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discovered it was emitting unacceptably high levels of dioxins and shut it down, the city owed

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The Internet: Gutenberg Press of the 21st Century

Gutenberg Press Replica

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Introduction

In a remarkable coalescence of time and circumstance, Michael Hart typed the Declaration of Independence into his computer on July 4th, 1971, Independence Day, and launched Project Gutenberg, the world’s largest non-profit digital library available on the Internet.

On his way home from a fireworks display, Hart stopped in at a grocery store and was given a copy of the Declaration of Independence, printed on parchment. He typed the text into his computer, intending to send it as an email to his friends on Arpanet. A colleague persuaded him that his message would cause the system to crash and so Hart merely posted a note that the full text could be downloaded instead. And thus, according to the obituary noting his passing on September 6th, 2011 in the New York Times, “Project Gutenberg was born.”

Project Gutenberg now has more than 36,000 free eBooks in 60 languages available to download to a computer, Kindle, Android, iOS or other handheld devices in a number of text formats, and the number is growing daily. Hart’s goal, formulated on that day in 1971, was “to encourage the creation and distribution of e-books to help break down the bars of ignorance and illiteracy.” Even in its early stages, Hart saw the power of the Internet that would allow for the infinite reproduction of information with the potential, according to the Times, of “overturning all established power structures.” (emphasis added) In 1995, Hart wrote:

For the first time in the entire history of the Earth, we have the ability for EVERYONE to get copies of EVERYTHING…to all the people on the Earth, via computers. Think about what you have just read for a moment, please: EVERYTHING FOR EVERYONE…

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Conservative Presbyterians Form Alternative Fellowship

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Now that pro-gay liberals in the Presbyterian Church (USA) have succeeded in their 30-year efforts to allow the ordination of gays, a small but influential group of conservative churches have decided to give up the fight to change the Book of Order back to the way it was since 1997 when the original ban was approved.

The original language required clergy to live “in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness.” The new language requires clergy only to “submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life.”

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Pulpit Freedom Sunday Confronts IRS

Logo of the Alliance Defense Fund.

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Today more than 100 preachers will be speaking out on political issues and candidates in direct contravention of the IRS. And then each preacher will send a recording of their sermon to the IRS, challenging them to enforce the law. For the third year in a row, the last Sunday in September has witnessed a growing number of churches and their preachers directly confronting the IRS and daring the agency to come after them.

Sponsored by the Alliance Defense Fund, the strategy is designed to invoke enforcement of the so-called Johnson Amendment adopted by the IRS in 1954.

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The Legacy of Oral Roberts

Oral Roberts

The impact Oral Roberts had on the latter half of the 20th century was staggering. From a dirt-poor childhood to a ministry that touched hundreds of millions worldwide, Roberts, who passed away on December 15 at age 91, set in motion waves that continue to be felt today.

Born outside of Ada, Oklahoma, in 1918, Roberts was raised in poverty with his sister and two brothers. At age 16 he contracted TB so severe that he wasn’t expected to live. A traveling evangelist, George Moncey, held a tent service in Ada that Roberts attended. It was at that service that, Roberts said, he first heard God talking to him: “It was as if I was totally alone. I heard that voice that I’ve heard many times since:  ‘Son, I am going to heal you, and you are to take my healing power to your generation. You are to build me a university and build it on my authority and the Holy Spirit.’”

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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.