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The Kiss of Death

After pushback from the LGBTQ community the Hallmark Channel has apologized and vowed to reinstate a handful of previously removed LGBTQ-friendly wedding ads on its platform, including a lesbian couple kissing.  Hallmark’s leaders initially decided to remove the ads after the conservative activist group One Million Moms, which represents a sizable chunk of the network’s target demographic, launched a petition denouncing the commercials as inappropriate for a family-friendly channel because of its promotion of homosexuality.  Ironically, the Hallmark Channel styles itself as “The Heart of Christmas” while promoting a lifestyle that is offensive to Christianity. It is a shame to…

The Greatest Whine

I saw a little of a TV show regarding Hank Aaron, baseball’s career home run record holder until Barry Bonds passed his total in 2007.  It was describing Aaron’s team, the Atlanta Braves, during the period as he was closing in on the record of 714 homeruns long held by Babe Ruth. Images of a nearly empty stadium were said to illustrate the public’s disinterest, perhaps snubbing of Henry Aaron’s eminent breach of the longstanding homerun record.  Then without any uncertainty a woman asserted that white people were opposed to Aaron, a black man, breaking the preeminent homerun record.  They…

Fatherhood

In the 1950’s there was a TV show entitled, “Father Knows Best”.  It was about a family who’s children encountered various trials in their path toward adulthood and how this father was able to guide, advise, nurture, and/or assist his children on their journey.  It is a show about family values from the perspective of a middle class American family.  I’m surprised that it’s reruns are still shown and have a very respectable 7.5 rating on IMDB. Baby boomers still apparently appreciate this classic view of the family as it deals with relationships that were enshrined in the American middle…

Fatherhood Interview

The following is an interview of the editor on the subject of fatherhood.:          Question: This is a topic contrary to political correctness, some might say that it is irrelevant in today’s society which champions all things feminine, single parenthood, gay parenting, and generally ignores the role of fathers.  Yet, statistics stands out: – 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census), 5 times the average. – 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes, 32 times the average. – 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from…

Respect

I ran across a few articles on how women can unintentionally disrespect their husbands.  It’s important to everyone, butmen interpret respect as love, which has broader implications.  The first article was very clearly based on scripture, the second made no reference to scripture or its underlying principles.  Both had lists of actions that demonstrate or communicate disrespect.  This was one list: – Implying he is not intelligent/capable/competent – Implying he is not enough for you sexually – Implying he is not providing enough for you financially – Implying that you are superior to him morally/spiritually – Displaying contempt for who…

Racism Eliminated

It seems there is more talk today regarding ethnic division than ever, principally between Blacks and other ethnicities. Considering that slavery was abolished in 1865, Affirmative Action was started by an executive order in 1961, the civil rights act was enacted in 1964 eliminating segregation, what remains and how long will it take?  Why is the rhetoric continuing to increase as though slavery still exists?  Is there a profit to be made through the malcontent of continuing protest?  Just recently in South Africa, properties owned by Whites were taken over by the Black controlled government. In Congress reparations to decendents…

Most People

Most people are environmentalists, they don’t pollute the land, water or air, nor do they think others should.  These same people are kind to animals and would never think of starving or abusing their pets, or even a stray.  The vast majority of people have compassion for the poor and those who have lost their way falling into addiction or made wrong decisions that led them to homelessness.  They may not know how best to help these various individuals, but they support those who do.  Most people are respectful toward the elderly and are courteous to women and patient with…

Division

At the height of the cold war, school children regularly practiced getting under their desks at the sound of a loud siren, designating a nuclear attack from the USSR, our bitter enemy. The threat was real and tensions high. As a small child my hope was that the bomb would hit right on us, so I would be spared the ensuing devastation. Many in our country today are locked in a similar struggle of ideas, not with an evil foreign regime, but with their fellow Americans. The enemy uses division as a means of destruction. America is a combination of…

From One Racist to Another

For 18 years the New York Yankees have been playing Kate Smith’s version of “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch.  They have recently banned the song due to her singing some purported racially insensitive songs 80 years ago.  The hockey team, Philadelphia Flyers, have done the same and even covered a statute of…

Public Forum and Free Speech

Are the electronic platforms of Twitter, Facebook, Google and Apple, public forums? Free speech is protected in the public forum, not in private locations. The public square, parks, and sidewalks are places of public fora. Yet, in our society public speaking is largely conducted via audio, video, and electronic means through television, radio and ever-expanding…

Protected Class

I was reading a Wikipedia biography of Pat Robertson that contained a section on Controversies and Criticisms, listing all manner of so-called controversial topics and criticisms, (are these criticisms of Robertson or subjects of his critique). The tone of this section is highly negative of Robertson, as it promotes a biased premise seated in political…

Spirit Undiminished

I said to my daughter-in-law regarding her baby, “She really loves her Mommy.”  Of course and her Mommy loves her as much or more, but there is something deep in these bonds of love.  I have said for years, when I see a new-born smile as they sleep that they are recalling their delight in the presence of the angels.  In their spirit, that doesn’t age and begins with all its trust hope and love, undiminished by life’s difficulty, there is still a connection with the presence of Spirit beings.  “See that you do not despise one of these little…

Social Justice

This term has different meanings to different people, particularly among Christians.  Generally, in the media and public forum it refers to justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.  In this context, it has little or nothing to do with the teachings of the Bible.  The Bible is not directed toward government, but individuals.  The distribution of wealth is a concept of communism and socialism, governments that forcefully take money from some and give it to others.  This is not a biblical idea and Yeshua never taught that government should care for the poor,…

Truth of Life Here

There is a central theme in the “Walking Dead” TV series that is consistently true in society today –  Everything and everybody is trying to survive.  We take steps to maintain our life among the many things that threaten us.  However, this is only a perception or notion that makes sense in a fantasy world full of Zombies.  In the real world created by and for God’s will and purpose everyone is born or adopted into some kind of family.  Some infants die of illness, many are killed in their mother’s womb, but all are helpless for years and years.…

Bully

We typically think of a bully as someone who unjustly mistreats weaker people.  Most of us have encountered a bully somewhere along life’s pathway.  I realized two groups of bullies in today’s society that may be obscure.  First, bullies in community sports.  These are teams of bullies who are very good at their chosen sport, but they claim they are a weak team and get in a weak grouping or league.  They get on the field or court and thrash their opponent with ease and delight.  These bullies have a pathetically low self-esteem and are willing to lie in order…

The Nazis Among Us

Many people since World War II have questioned how Hitler could have carried out the holocaust.  How could the nation that produced Luther and had a long christian history have so willingly aided Hitler, including the professing church in most cases.  The answer is the fallen nature of man and the inherent wickedness that resides therein.  It is true of all people, including American people.  It may lie latent for a time and be restrained by a strong national christian witness but it is always there waiting to rear its ugly head when the christian witness diminishes, the pulpit does…

Men Created Equal

These famous words from the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America were written by Thomas Jefferson.  John Adams and others certainly had significant influence in its creation, but his choice of words stand upon a greater premise of the hand of Providence at work.  I watched part of Ken Burns film, “Thomas Jefferson”, wherein these words within the larger phrase beginning, “We bear these truths to be self-evident…” were repeated over and over and contrasted against Jefferson’s personal life, most particularly as a slave owner.  First Burns, through the mouths of various “historians”, says his life as…

Hypocrisy Redefined

I noticed an article with an astonishing title/accusation against the Vice President, charging he and his wife of moral hypocrisy.  I looked for the source and noted that it was from a discredited fascist source.  However, what was the basis for this accusation?  The writer stated that Mrs. Pence taught art at a private christian school that did not condone sexual perversion and required each student to agree to follow biblical teaching and principles for marriage.  The author’s conclusion followed that working for such an institution was morally contrary to LGBTQ beliefs, and thus morally hypocritical. If one does not…

Sodomite Revenge

The wicked shaming of Karen Pence for teaching art part-time at a Christian school that adheres to biblically rooted views of marriage arises directly from the Supreme Court’s equally wicked decision to legalize same-sex marriage in Obergefell vs. Hodges.  As pointed out in William McGurn’s recent Wall Street Journal article, when Obergefell was decided it was sold as live-and-let-live.  But dissenting justice Alito predicted a perilous future for those who continued to hold a traditional view of marriage that being only between a man and a women.  He said – “I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will…

Crisis of Speech

The Democrat media pushes their partisan agenda of division, victim-hood, multiculturalism, anti-faith, humanism, socialism and more in a subtle manner, (with ever-decreasing subtlety), in order to transform America into their form of fascist socialism.  They portray their positions as main stream, the majority view, and distort the image of their opponents.  In this they utilize lies and hypocrisy.  As a direct consequence of their goal, rights guaranteed in our constitution must be either disregarded or discarded.   Their targets are free speech, freedom of religion, and the right to bear arms.  Communists in America have been seeking to accomplish most all of…

Truth or Consequences

I have seen and heard some ridiculous suggestions coming from Hollywood, major media corporations, and even politicians.  These deceitful organizations assert and portray Christians and Churches as the most dangerous, aggressive, intolerant, militant, bigots in all the earth.  This is not true today, nor down through history.  Even though there have been evil people who claimed and/or masqueraded as christian at one time or another, they almost always were shown to have been frauds, as to any actual expression of faith in Jesus Christ.  Hitler is an example, but no reasonable and honest person would maintain that he was a…

Hate Speech

During an Anti-Defamation League event on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook advocated for censorship of “those who push hate [and] division” across his company’s digital platforms.  He advocated censoring viewpoints that, in his opinion, are  pushing “hate, division, and violence.” The problem with this censorship policy is the question of who is going to determine what is hateful or violent?  Free speech by its very nature will produce some division among those with differing viewpoints although certainly it should be done with grace and kindness.  One area prominently mentioned in his speech is the LGBTQ community.  A homosexual himself, this…

One Flesh

There is an old saying, “Behind every great man is a woman.”  The point is that a man’s wife is crucial to his success. However, this adage is out of favor in this current climate of political correctness for many reasons.  Chief among its problems is that one might assume the woman is subservient to the “great” man.  How chauvinist, how arrogant could men be. I was in college during the height of the modern feminist movement, where the ERA, Equal Rights Amendment, was debated in the public square.  I married a woman who would quickly admit to being a…

Blackface

This week it was announced that Megyn Kelly would lose her show on NBC, Megyn Kelly Today, due to the fact that she questioned whether or not wearing Blackface as part of a Halloween character costume was racist or not.  She was predictably attacked by liberal news media outlets such as CNN for insensitivity to black people due to the fact that the Blackface might remind some people of racist minstrel shows conducted in the 1800s and early 1900s.  Even some of the cohosts on Today trashed Megyn saying what she said was stupid, racist and indefensible.  These reports and comments…

Anti-Faith Accusation

“Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values.  It requires that their proposals be subject to argument, and amenable to reason.  I may be opposed to abortion for religious reasons, but if I seek to pass a law banning the practice, I cannot simply point to the teachings of my church or evoke God’s will.  I have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all.” – Barack Obama, 6/28/2006 Abortion is perhaps the most divisive of all issues and…