Government

Stalin's daughter has this to say about George Kennan...

During the twentieth century, close to half the world's population suffered behind Communism's Iron Curtains. And behind those curtains, murder was systematically practiced on a scale the world had never before known. Obscene bloodlust against their own subjects was the common denominator of Communism's leaders including Cambodia's Pol Pot, China's Mao Zedong, and the Soviet Union's Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin—better known as "Papa" Joe Stalin. Stalin himself slaughtered at least fifty million of his fellow citizens.

The March 31, 2014 issue of The New Yorker has a short profile1 of Stalin's daughter, Svetlana Alliluyeva, who spent much of the second half of her life here in these United States of America. Until he died a few years ago, Svetlana's closest friend was the American diplomat of the Cold War, George Kennan. Their relationship was up and down...


Homosexualist marriage, death, and compassion...

Think with a Christian mind. When a lesbian in a homosexualist marriage is facing death due to Stage IV ovarian cancer, one of two things is true: either now is the time to release her from the oppression of residents of the state of Indiana so she and her partner in this "loving relationship" may approach her death in peace; or now is the time to warn her that, if she defies God to her very end, upon death she will certainly face God's wrath and eternal damnation. Death is the great purifier of thoughts. The choices are clear. The Holy Spirit has spoken: "it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment" (Hebrews 9:27).

Which side of this choice shows compassion for this immortal soul? The attorneys and judges who use this lesbian's impending death to express their own hatred and defiance of God? Or the citizens of the state of Indiana who call their civil magistrates to condemn the evil of lesbianism and warn those who practice it, particularly at the time of their death?

Who has compassion...


Academic freedom at Ball State University: the case of Eric Hedin...

Ball State University is a state school in Muncie, a small town just north of Indianapolis. According to Indiana Public Media, Ball State administrators recently cancelled an honors physics and astronomy course taught by tenure-track prof Eric Hedin because Hedin's course syllabus included the concept of "Intelligent Design."

Ball State president Jo Ann Gora justified the cancellation to her faculty and staff:

Teaching intelligent design as a scientific theory is not a matter of academic freedom – it is an issue of academic integrity.

Right.

Ms. Gora should be rebuked by her peers at the next...


Paying taxes to God's ministers...

Did you ever have one of those moments where the Holy Spirit makes it clear exactly how obtuse you are concerning the Word of God?  How is it that we can read the Word over and over, and yet not understand the clearest passages? 

This happened to me in a recent Clearnote Pastors College class, in which we were studying Romans 12:14-13:7.  Romans 12 ends with the command to bless, rather than curse, our enemies.  We are not to take revenge, but to leave room for the wrath of God.  In my overly-spiritualized understanding, I read this passage and picture some far-future reckoning. But does this passage only mean that we are to wait for the Final Judgment?  No. The Apostle Paul goes on to explain that...

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Rand Paul loves the Kool-Aid...

Talking with Vocativ, Rand Paul tells us the Kool-Aid tastes good and we should all drink it:

I think that the Republican Party, in order to get bigger, will have to agree to disagree on social issues. The Republican Party is not going to give up on having quite a few people who do believe in traditional marriage. But the Republican Party also has to find a place for young people and others who don’t want to be festooned by those issues.

You know, pols are pols—never anything more, but impossible...


Whose children are they: a modest proposal for Governor Pence...

Before he died twelve years ago, my brother Nathan was furious over the refusal of our United States Immigration and Naturalization Service to grant political asylum to Chinese couples who, if they returned to their homeland, would be forced to murder their unborn children. Those who have followed the one-child policy of China's Communist dictators implemented in 1978 know such horrors are commonplace. One friend of mine who's an academic at another university got a phone call from a former student in China whose wife had become pregnant. China's apparatchiks were going to murder their unborn child, so my friend arranged for the man to...


God bless America...

Here's text from an e-mail I received recently from Dr. David Canfield, an elder at Clearnote Church, Bloomington. David gave his permission for me to post it here on Baylyblog. There is a context for the letter, but it's unimportant to David's larger point.

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The problem is not, essentially, that President Obama has... That is just a symptom of the true problem, viz., that America (and this has happened to a great extent during my lifetime) has abandoned the notion of us, both as individuals and a nation, as being under authority. I speak of authority in all of its manifestations. We have seen, for instance, parental authority ripped to shreds, and the US Constitution is now viewed as a list of suggestions that might...


Here am I, send me...

An hour and a half west of Bloomington is the city of Terre Haute which is home to the small and reputable school, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Tomorrow night, this little conservative engineering school in the middle of a city notorious for its lowlife druggies (crystal meth) will host a forum on so-called "marriage equality," which is to say homosexual marriage. The questions to be addressed are:

(1) What is marriage from a legal standpoint? What distinguishes it from other legal relationships?
(2) Does marriage benefit the state?
(3) Why does the government recognize marriage?
(4) How does the Fourteenth Amendment apply to the legality of same-sex marriage? How are civil rights involved?
(5) How does marriage law interact with state and national law? How is marriage a judicial issue?
(6) Also, what are the legal ramifications of the HJR-3? [House Joint Resolution 3 prohibiting homosexual marriage]

Across America, the chattering class has found its latest heartthrob, and it's nothing as pretty as Taylor Swift. Desperately trying to clean it up, they refer to this lie and the dirty acts it exists to legitimize and institutionalize as "marriage equality." Their icy hearts go pitter-patter with deviancy's every advance, and they give themselves to exquisite shivers when these advances occur out there in the hinterlands. Already banned from New York by Governor Cuomo's henchmen, Christians are silent as the marriage equality movement inexorably expands out there in the Midwest. Cuomo rejoices that the hated "Bible thumpers" are one step closer to Siberia.

But what have we done to merit such hatred?


Forty-one years of the slaughter of babies across America...

Yesterday marked the forty-first anniversary of the legalization of baby-slaughter by the evil justices of the Supreme Court of these United States. Their arguments were devious, or simply lies. But they had their way, and now they will face God and give an account for these forty-one years of bloodshed of innocents. Again this year, I post a sermon preached ten years ago in Indiana's Statehouse to focus our thoughts on this greatest of all evils we face today. Take time to read the sermon, thinking how you can speak up, and like Noah, be a preacher of righteousness.

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The Lord'€™s Throne Is in Heaven

(For the choir director; a psalm of David.) In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, "Flee as a bird to your mountain; for, behold, the wicked bend the bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string to shoot in darkness at the upright in heart. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD'€™S throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain snares; fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup. For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; the upright will behold His face. (Psalm 11:1-7)

Thirty one (now forty-one) years ago today, on January 22nd, 1973, the Supreme Court of these United States issued its infamous ruling, Roe v. Wade, in which the Court declared that a mother's intentional killing of her unborn child was a fundamental right guaranteed under our Constitution. Since that ruling, it has been a commonplace to observe that Roe v. Wade, the Court's repeal of the laws prohibiting abortion on the books of all fifty states, was simply the exercise of raw judicial power with a legal justification based upon a mist and a vapor--€”or as the Court itself might put it, emanations from penumbras.

Our Supreme Court: intentionally conniving at murder...

Since 1973, no one has made a name for himself defending Roe. v. Wade’s history, biology, ethics, logic, or justice; and only a few have been foolish enough to claim this ruling will stand the test of time...


Nat Hentoff says impeach President Obama...

The old liberal warhorse, Nat Hentoff, has called for the impeachment of President Barack Obama. It would make my heart sing.

Hentoff's anger is focussed on President Obama's refusal to honor the Constitutional limits of his authority as president. Thing is, no one cares about the Constitution any more. Start with our Supreme Court justices. They are lawless hypocrites. Imagine finding a right to kill little babies in the Constitution written by our Colonial forefathers! It's preposterous.

Then follow their hypocrisy as they build upon that base, declaring sodomy good and nationalized health care a tax, and constitutional.

Shameless these men and women are.

So were I going to call for the impeachment of anyone, it would be our...


Russia's Vladimir Putin, again...

The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth. - Psalms 58:3

Words are important. Just now, Google news is running this USAToday headline at the top of the page: "Russia's Vladimir Putin links gays to pedophiles."

Now there's a week's work for us. First, note the headline wasn't simply "Putin," "Vladimir Putin," "President Putin," or "Russian President Vladimir Putin links...," but "Russia's Vladmir Putin links...".

For comparison, think of this headline leading the page on NovostiMail.ru: "The United States' Barack Obama denies link of sodomites to child rape." In both cases, journalists would be making a point about the country, and not so much the man leading the country. To decadent American journalists, much as they despise him, the point isn't as much Putin as Russia. Benighted, backward, brutal, alcoholic bear. American journalists despised Solzhenitsyn and they despise Putin, too. To our chattering class, they're simply backward, ignorant Russians...


Feminists who claim to be daughters of Calvin, Bullinger, and Knox...

Check out this post opposing what the author refers to as "Biblical patriarchy." It's written by a complementarian woman who styles herself "a daughter of the Reformation." With respect to the matter of God's Creation Order of sexuality, though, Ms. Miller is no daughter of the Reformation.

Her arguments are a combination of error, straw men, and straightforward repudiation of the Biblical doctrine of sexuality taught by Protestant church fathers through the centuries, starting with Luther, Calvin, and Knox, and continuing unbroken down through the centuries until a very few years ago.

First, the error: the post's author, Rachel Miller, quotes a Phoenix Seminary prof saying Don Bloesch was a complementarian. Don was not.

Don and his wife, Brenda, were good friends. One night my wife and I joined two Roman Catholic sisters...


The joy of work...

At the top of Google news just now is the headline, "Long-term Unemployment Benefit Expires for 1 Million."

Good. What a horrible existence to be paid not to work.

No one should benefit from unemployment. The fact such a headline can top the Google news page is an indication our nation is deep into her dotage. We're talking "long-term unemployment" here, good buddies. Long, long periods of time when men get paid not to work.

There are so many commands of Scripture we are ashamed of today. For instance:

For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: If any one will not work, let him not eat. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work in quietness and to earn their own living. (2Thessalonians 3:10-12)

"But the men and women getting unemployment benefits want to work; they just can't find a job," you say?

Right now there are 1.3 million men and women you and I have been paying for 26 weeks for not working, and in the next couple of months...


New Year greetings under the pen name "Vladimir Putin"...

Breitbart has put out a new year greeting they attribute to Vladimir Putin. The fake oped piece begins:

Happy New Year to all you decadent and dictatorial Americans. Yes, I mean you, the people of the United States, where an elite of non-democratic dictators trickles its immorality—and incompetence—down upon the masses.

What do I mean? Aren’t you Americans supposed to be free? Sure, you are free: You are free to obey the ukase—that’s an old czarist word for a decree that must be obeyed, or else—of a judge acting on an ideological agenda. So the judge is free to do as he pleases, and then you are free to do what you’re told to do. Americans, how do you like that kind of “freedom”?

For example, let’s look at the way the debate over homosexual marriage has played out over the past few years in the USA. The American people were confronted with the issue of homosexual marriage, debated it, and then voted against it in the tens of millions; dozens of US states passed specific laws to ban homosexual marriage.

So then what happened? I’ll tell you what happened: Unelected judges simply overrode the will of the people—and legalized such marriage in much of the country, including the largest state, California. In other words, the judges acted as dictators to overturn not only the laws of America, but also the law of God; these are spelled out clearly in both the Bible and in the Christian tradition...


The NSA is taking liberties from us...

(NOTE: After posting, this news just in.)

Since some readers were scandalized by Nelson Mandela's 1964 self-defense appearing here, maybe the anvil is hot and it's time to strike again giving readers another reason to believe David and I have turned into Commie-lovers.

Last night I read a long piece on the ten to fifteen year backstory to Edward Snowden's warnings that American citizens are routinely spied on by their government. The article titled, "State of Deception: Why won’t the President rein in the intelligence community?" by Ryan Lizza is a complicated story of Oregon Senator Ron Wyden's long and hard work defending American's civil liberties against the feds' fear-mongering espionage agencies that routinely dismiss the rulings of our Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) created to govern them. Lizza gives the history of the creation...


Nelson Mandela's defense speech, "I Am Prepared To Die" (with links)...


Nelson Mandela has died. As Scripture puts it, God has blown upon this fair flower and he has returned to dust:

All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it... - Isaiah 40:6, 7

But who was Nelson Mandela? If you recognize that Reformed theology is simply Biblical theology, it's important for you to know.

Why?

The history of Nelson Mandela's fatherland and apartheid is bound up with Reformed men and their theology just as the history of the Confederacy, the Civil War, and slavery in America is bound up with Reformed men and their theology. God hates injustice, oppression, and the bloodshed of innocents, whether the oppressor is Pharoah in Egypt, Jezebel in Israel, Nero in Rome, the Roman Catholics in the Middle Ages, or Protestant and Reformed Christians in South Africa or these United States.

So then, to help with an understanding of Nelson Mandela's work, here is the text of the opening speech he gave at his Rivonia Trial in 1964. The title of the speech comes from the speech's final words, "I am prepared to die."

For what was Mandela prepared to die? Read on and see. I've provided links for names, organizations, legislative acts, and terms average readers would find confusing. Near the end of the text, I've provided a link to an audiotape of the speech you can listen to as you read the final paragraphs of the text.

Nelson Mandela spoke for four hours. When he declared "I am prepared to die," as he said it, he looked directly in the eyes of the presiding judge, Dr. Quartus de Wet.  During the rest of the trial he never again made eye contact with Judge de Wet. Following his conviction, Nelson Mandela spent twenty-seven years in prison, eighteen of those years on Robben Island. South Africa's President F. W. de Klerk released him on February 11, 1990.

My son Taylor is married to a beautiful Afrikaans-speaking South African woman...


Your tax and missions dollars at work...

Vice President Joe Biden and our new ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, have been tag-teaming Tokyo, hectoring the Japanese over their national failure to push mothers out of their homes and into office cubicles and factories. Joltin Joe and his pretty sidekick say Japanese women need to stop caring for elderly family members and children and begin to do something constructive that will show up in Japan's gross domestic product. Something like programming a robot instead of teaching a child. Something like feeding hundreds of adults in a cafeteria instead of their children in their own kitchen.

This is what our tax dollars pay for: American women who despise femininity and motherhood moving to foreign countries where they work to pollute those nations with our most contagious disease...


Sodomy rights trump religious freedom...

Peter and Rosemary Bull, the Christian couple fined in 2008 for not allowing sexual immorality in their bed and breakfast, have lost their appeal to the UK's Supreme Court. In a unanimous ruling, the court ruled the Bulls have no religious freedom to decline one of their bedrooms to the sodomite couple who filed a complaint against them.

After 25 years, the Bulls business has been ruined and they are now forced to sell their home.

From the court's decision, this from Deputy President...


Supreme Court accepts Hobby Lobby appeal...

The Supreme Court has accepted an appeal of the requirement by President Obama's nationalized medicine that corporations pay for the murder of unborn children. The appeal filed by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a Mennonite woodworking company, is based on the companies' religious opposition to providing their employees abortifacient drugs such as "Plan B."

So now we'll see if Chief Justice Roberts has "grown" into lying about the First as well as the Tenth Amendment. Also whether he sees baby-slaughter as no big deal.

Reporting on SCOTUS agreeing to the review, USA Today...