President Obama

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...


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...


President Barack Obama, our First Victim...

President Obama lied to distance himself from his uncle. They're selling it as something less, but come on. A couple years ago when his uncle was arrested for drunken driving, the president's spokesman assured the press that their boss had never met the man. No sir, never met the man.

Now though, two years later, it comes out the president did know the man. In fact, the president lived with the man. Barack Obama moved to a Boston suburb to start studying at some law school near MIT, and when he hit Cambridge town, his uncle, Onyango Obama, was kind enough to take him into his home.

Boston's a small town and Cambridge is smaller...


ObamaCare: What you need to know (Part 7): Samaritan Ministries and accountability...

This comment under a recent post about Christian health sharing ministries raises a very good point which should be addressed in greater detail. Here's the full comment:

The point I would stress here is that there seems to be a strange exception to the normal vetting process that occurs in dealing with these "ministries".

If a member of your church came to you for advice, and said they had been watching a televangelist with big hair at 2 a.m. on cable TV asking for money, and they had decided to send him $300 per month, you would raise an eyebrow, and politely start asking vetting questions about how the oversight board is appointed, actuarial audits, who is being paid how much, etc. These "health-sharing ministries" tend to get a free pass. Try getting real data, not summary un-audited financials--good luck. They shouldn't get less scrutiny than the company that insures your house, for pete's sake. The new law gives a break--finally!--to large families. Go to healthsherpa.org or kaiser subsidy calculator.org, and see for yourself.

"They shouldn't get less scrutiny than the company that insures your house" is right on, and that's why I decided to place a call to Samaritan Ministries...


ObamaCare: What you need to know... (Part 3)

For the last few days, I have been on a quest to figure out how to calculate the cost of an ObamaCare health plan. Today, I gave up. At the end of the day, the only way to really find out what the cost of an ObamaCare plan will be to your family is to sign up for one, use it for a year, and then pay your taxes... in 2015. Practically speaking, Americans electing to sign up for an ObamaCare plan must simply submit their application to their exchange to see what plans will be available to them and at what cost. It will be an estimated cost, of course, because the total cost won't be settled until they file their 2014 taxes in April of 2015.

If you're interested in the details, keep reading...


ObamaCare: What you need to know... (Part 2)

A recent comment from Denver Todd on this post is very helpful, and so I'm promoting it to a full blog post:

Just some extra information to help people make decisions about signing up for Obamacare. I am numbering them out of convenience, not in order of importance...

  1. All plans in America that are Obamacare compliant, no matter how they come to you, through an exchange or employer, fund abortions and contraceptives for other insurance customers. The only people who can get around this are church workers, and even then, Obama has narrowly defined what a church is, so that fewer and fewer will qualify for this exemption. A Christian ministry probably doesn't qualify, and neither does a Christian school.
  2. There are a number of lawsuits out there, most notably by Hobby Lobby, that are taking up the issue of business owners funding abortions and other contraceptives through employee health plans.

ObamaCare: What you need to know...

On January 1, 2014, all Americans will be required to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty. With the deadline less than a month away, it's natural that ObamaCare (officially known as the Affordable Care Act) has been much in the news. On top of the many questions that are to be expected with rolling out such a program, the nation has lived through a government shutdown and the train wreck known as HealthCare.gov.

Despite all the hullabaloo, and at the end of the day, Americans are still left with the task of figuring out what to do. As I began my journey to figure out what to do about ObamaCare, I first wanted to see what the ObamaCare plans entailed. How much did they cost? What did they cover? How did they work?

Answering those questions is not necessarily straight-forward...


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...


The Seventh Circuit Court rules for religious freedom...

We praise God that, this past week, the Seventh Circuit ruled that owners of two closely held corporations (one in Indiana, the other in Illinois) could assert religious freedom rights against nationalized healthcare's contraception mandate. The Seventh Circuit entered preliminary injunctions against the federal government imposing any enforcement penalties against these two companies.

Quoting from...


Mr. President, any one of 1,350,000 unborn babies could have been you last year...

Our President is trying to emote in a popular direction, giving a "surprise speech" about how "Trayvon Martin could have been me thirty-five years ago." Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and accept his claim he used to sit on top of men pummeling them while they cried for help. I must say that, myself, I'm sceptical. But again, let's give him the benefit of the doubt.

Honestly, though; while he's at it, why doesn't our president emote over the 1,350,000 defenseless infants torn to shreds last year who never pummeled anything other than their mother's womb. From inside. With their feet.

This is not to defend George Zimmerman. I pity him. But not as much for the lifetime of hostility he will endure as the lifetime of bloodguilt he will suffer. A regular bad dream I've had for years is that I've murdered a man and can't bear the guilt.

George Zimmerman didn't kill a man of similar age who was also armed and present on the field of combat. He killed a young boy who was unarmed and was only punching him...


President Obama and Secretary of Defense Panetta place women in combat...

Reproduced below is the Majority Report of the Presbyterian Church in America General Assembly's Ad Interim Study Committee on Women in the Military. The 30th (2002) General Assembly received the report with thanks, adopted its recommendations, and the work of the committee (including this final report) may be accessed here in the PCA's archives.

On this day when our Commander in Chief has repudiated God's Order of Creation by declaring women will no longer be protected from combat in our Armed Forces, I commend this document to our readers. If biblical Christians today studied and embraced Scripture's doctrine of Creation Order sexuality, it would be a significant step toward the restoration of the unity of the Church and these United States might again have a bright light in their midst. (TB)

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MAN’S DUTY TO PROTECT WOMAN

We, the undersigned, endorse the Consensus Report, while realizing that Report lacks unity on the crucial matter of whether the recommendations it contains constitute the church’s wise counsel or a Christian’s scriptural duty. Believing that this is a matter of scriptural duty, we have joined together in writing this report to the end that we might set forth with confidence and clarity the full counsel—both New and Old Testaments—of the Word of God concerning this matter. Our report attempts to summarize three areas of evidence, as follows:

First, God the Father wages war in defense of Israel, His Bride; Christ our Savior fights to the Death defending His Bride, the Church; the Holy Spirit calls men as officers to guard and protect His Bride; the duty to protect the Garden of Eden and the warning not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was given by God to Adam; husbands protect their wives, not wives their husbands. Thus we are taught the binding nature of man’s duty to guard and protect his home and wife.

Second, woman is the weaker sex and part of her weakness is the vulnerability attendant to her greatest privilege—that God has made her the “Mother of all the living.” Men are to guard and protect her as she carries in her womb, gives birth to, and nurses her children.

Third, we are to renounce every thought and action which tends towards a diminishment of sexual differentiation since God made it and called it “good.” [E.g. Scripture’s injunctions concerning women exercising authority over men (1 Timothy 2), women or men wearing clothing of the opposite sex (Deuteronomy 22:5), sodomy (Leviticus 20:15-16), etc.] Rather than a stingy attitude which minimizes sexuality’s implications, we ought to rejoice in this, His blessing.

It is our conviction that these areas, taken together, provide a clear and compelling scriptural rationale for declaring our church’s principled opposition to women serving in military combat positions.

When a man loves a woman, he will lay down his life to defend her, just as Christ loved His Bride and gave Himself up for Her. Men have proudly fulfilled this duty from time immemorial...


Up with some things we cannot put...

From The New Yorker:

A rising chorus of congressional Republicans are calling on President Obama to acknowledge that the pop singer Beyoncé lip-synched during his inaugural festivities on Monday and resign from office, effective immediately.

“By lip-synching the national anthem, Beyoncé has cast a dark cloud over the President’s second term,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky).  “The only way President Obama can remove that cloud is by resigning from office at once.”

Hilarious. Gotta love 'em.


President Obama sends his daughters off to war...

Beyond President Obama's advocacy for the continued slaughter of almost a million and a half unborn babies in our United States each year, his administration has now declared the weaker and fairer sex will no longer be protected from bearing arms as warriors in defense of their brothers, sons, and fathers.

It's not enough that President Obama's mother shed her blood to bring him to birth in a hospital. He now wants to be known as the President who freed her to shed her blood to protect him on a battlefield.

This is the condition of black manhood in our White House, today.

How may any war be considered "just" now that innocent civilians will be carried into harm's way in combatants' wombs? To establish accurate body counts, will the military give pregnancy tests or perform autopsies on our mothers and sisters who die in the line of duty?

Need anyone ask what the First Lady's thoughts are on this wickedness? From all appearances the President and First Lady are equally yoked.


Abortion: let's ask the children...

This week we witnessed President Obama surround himself with children as he addressed the nation on gun violence. I have attempted some thoughts about the President's shameless exploitation of children for his own purposes here.

Taking the President on his own terms, if he believes we need the understanding of children in regard to gun violence, I challenge him to talk to them about abortion, also, and let's follow their recommendations there as well.

Please, Mr. President, sit down with these children you believe have enough understanding to settle moral matters and tell them what abortion is. Please be honest, sir; tell them you are a staunch supporter of abortion so that they can rightly weigh your claims to be the protector of children...


Shame at the Name of Jesus...

The Brian McLaren who markets himself as a Christian while blessing his son's sodomite union now announces that someone asked him to compose an inaugural benediction, which he did:

Living God, whose glory surpasses every name and creed by which we seek to honor you, May our leaders become less concerned about the splinters in the eyes of their opponents and more concerned about the planks in their own. May our people reject the allure of dishonest and arrogant voices and be drawn instead to leaders who are humble, kind, and wise.


Louie Giglio's scrupulously selected passions...

Balaam replied to the servants of Balak, “Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not do anything, either small or great, contrary to the command of the LORD my God." - Numbers 22:18

Passion is a large-venue rally for young Christians that condemns human trafficking and is most closely identified with its highest profile speaker, John Piper. Recently, Passion met in Atlanta's Georgia Dome. Upon the conclusion of their rally, Passion's publicists announced their 60,000 attendees had donated over $3,000,000 to nonprofit corporations.

Passion's second most famous preacher is Beth Moore, who from her own involvement wrote this:

Many of you are familiar with the Passion Conferences that God has used wildly among 18-25 year-olds for well over a decade. ...God has shown outlandish favor on these events and He alone knows exactly why but this is the feeling that I get every time I observe a Passion gathering: He likes it. He likes coming to it. He likes brooding over it. He likes filling it. His glory is jealously guarded and His fame is generously spread. 

Imagine what would happen if God completely captivated thousands of lives in that 18-25 year range... What if nothing less than the flagrant (sic) fame of Jesus Christ became their life ambition? ...At these events, the wholly surrendered life in Christ is captured for what it really is: the most exhilarating adventure available for human flesh and blood.

Passion's huge success earned its CEO, Louie Giglio, an invitation to give the benediction at President Obama's Inauguration to a second term. Then it came out that fifteen to twenty years ago Giglio had said homosexual practice...


U.S. District Court grants preliminary injunction to Tyndale House Publishers...

The Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly the Alliance Defense Fund) just issued a press release announcing the success of its petition for a preliminary injunction suspending the levying of fines against Tyndale House Publishers for refusing to provide its employees the chemical abortions required by Obamacare. Judge Reggie B. Walton of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued the injunction, stating:

(T)he Court finds that the plaintiffs have shown a likelihood of success on the merits of their RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) claim, and that the remaining preliminary injunction factors weigh in favor of granting the plaintiffs an injunction on the basis of that claim.

What kind of bloodlust permeates the administration of President Barack Obama?

Judge Walton describes the Obama administration's response to Tyndale House Publishers' request for relief of conscience concerning Obamacare's requirement that they pay for the murder of their employees' unborn children as follows:

The defendants concede that the plaintiffs’ religious belief is sincere, but dispute that the contraceptive coverage mandate substantially burdens this religious belief.

So our civil magistrate inside the Beltway denies that forcing a Christian employer to pay for the murder of his employees' children "substantially burdens (his) religious belief."

Brothers and sisters, keep your eye on the ball. Rebels against God's Moral Law always get their nose under the tent with appeals to freedom of choice, but once they are successful on that preliminary level, they turn on the righteous and use force to make them join in the wickedness. Abortion started out as a woman's right and now it's become a Christian's duty...


Excellent postmortem on the GOP...

My good friend, Bob Patterson, had a postmortem election piece run in the Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday. From his repudiation of libertarianism to his affirmation of the godless betrayal of what the GOP refers to disdainfully as "social issues," I like all of it. This sort of political analysis is Christian; the work of a man of faith spending his life trying to clothe the public square. I'm thankful for Bob's faithfulness. (I might add Bob is to Darryl Hart as Joe Sobran was to Peggy Noonan, I was to Joe Sobran, Lig Duncan is to Tim Keller, Russ Moore is to Al Mohler, Justin Taylor is to John Piper, and Mark Driscoll is to Mark Driscoll.) Anyhow, read on...

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Failure to appeal to middle class doomed GOP ticket

Robert W. Patterson

Sunday, November 11, 2012

President Obama may have scored a narrow victory Tuesday night, barely winning 50 percent of the popular vote. Yet his squeaker of a triumph not only represents a bigger loss for the Party of Lincoln, but also offers a critically important lesson.

Republicans and their standard bearer, Mitt Romney, were confident of consigning Obama to the same ash heap as the failed Jimmy Carter presidency. But Election Day hit them like a ton of bricks. Extending the tragic reversal of their three landslides in the 1980s, the GOP failed for the fifth time in six presidential elections to capture the vote of the people...


"A louse versus a flea..."

This from Hitchens the Younger (which is to say Hitchens the Wise). Peter writes about our recent presidential election and hits the right note throughout--from titling the piece "A Louse Versus a Flea," to labeling the White House, Capitol, and Supreme Court "those lovely white sepulchres of hope," to this conclusion:

For a proper conservative, American national politics is a desert. You can choose between declared liberals and neo-conservatives who are liberal on all important issues. And that’s it. Or there’s dear old Ron Paul, who is another sort of liberal, really. But he’s not important anyway. There’s nobody who is really socially conservative...

What absolutely amazes me about this election is the way that leftish commentators try to build up Mitt Romney as some kind of conservative monster. If only he were. But his own record shows otherwise (and I might add, his running mate, whose name I can never remember, is a keen student of Miss Ayn Rand, another liberal). (T)he "Romney is a raging conservative" claim must be an effort to make a dull contest between two mediocrities, for an over-rated office that isn’t really all that powerful, appear more interesting than it is.

I shan’t be waiting up for the results. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

(Thanks to Eric)


Doug Wilson, the morning after...

True, wise, and Christian. Read it.