June 2012

Do only law school grads understand SCOTUS and our Constitution?

Several readers, one an attorney, have sent me links to articles making the case that Chief Justice Roberts was actually brilliant and principled in his opinions issued yesterday because what matters is finally setting some limits on the Commerce Clause. One of those pieces assumes those who fault Chief Justice Roberts for his words released yesterday (and the days before concerning Arizona's immigration law) are rubes...

The connection between sins...

In two different posts (here and here) the connection was drawn between homosexual sin and another sexual sin--sexually abusing little boys. There have been a number of people who have asked good questions about this, and some have raised reasonable-sounding objections. One major point needs to be made that goes a long way towards answering the questions.

It is always our temptation to think that we have our sin under control. We think we are the master.

I Believe in God the Father Almighty

The 2012 Clearnote Fellowship Summer Conference is just around the corner! We're very excited about it, and we're looking forward to seeing old friends and making some new ones.

If you haven't registered yet, here is what you need to know: The conference is on July 6th and 7th, and you can still register online. Regular registration ends July 1st, so if you plan on joining us, you can still save money by registering today. 

There are two exciting changes from previous years that I'd like to highlight:

Chief Justice Roberts "grew"...

"It's constitutional, b_tches." -Tweet by Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee and former top White House aid to President Obama, Patrick Gaspard (born in Kinshasa, Zaire)

Notice how total the reversal of the Court’s role has been. It began with the duty, according to Hamilton, of striking down new seizures of power by Congress. Now it finds constitutional virtually everything Congress chooses to do. The federal government has assumed myriads of new powers nowhere mentioned or implied in the Constitution, yet the Court has never seriously impeded this expansion, or rather explosion, of novel claims of power. What it finds unconstitutional are the traditional powers of the states. -Joe Sobran years ago in "How Tyranny Came to America"

Sad day for Chief Justice Roberts. He found a way to make nice but it required him to abandon the merits of the case and his own integrity. He himself decided to uphold nationalized health care and he did it by claiming it is the very thing President Obama denied. Chief Justice Roberts is so very helpful. Hopeful.

President Obama rammed the leviathan through Congress by endlessly denying it was a tax.

President Obama: "This is absolutely not a tax..."

But when he sent his lawyers in to SCOTUS to defend his legacy, he reversed himself and claimed nationalized health care is a tax. In other words, he had lied to us--our President, that is--and Chief Justice Roberts saw the path to his "growth" (as the NYT would put it) lay through that lie...

What happens when you attack an idol?

You know, wherever the apostle Paul went, there was a revival or riot. Everywhere I go, they serve tea. - an Anglican cleric

What happens when you attack an idol?

On Friday, April 13th, the college ministry of Clearnote Church sponsored a lecture series on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University called Sexual by Design. Indiana University is a notorious party school in one of the most gay-friendly towns in America. It's also the home of Alfred Kinsey and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.

So we invited Pastor Doug Wilson to Bloomington to address God's design for sexuality on campus. We wanted him to join us in our attack on the idols of our community and to aid us in the work of seeing souls saved from eternal destruction. As you can see from the sneak peeks above, chaos ensued.

Doug spoke to a hostile crowd of 350-400 people...

The Bill of Rights today...

I saw this same thing back in 1978 in Madison, Wisconsin. Two law enforcement officers stood by, one smiling in amusement, as UW students committed assault and battery against a man preaching the Gospel on Library Mall at the foot of State Street.

Now the criminals aren't jaded UW students but Dearborn Muslims; it's not one or two policemen watching, but a crowd of them; it's being documented; then it's publicized on the web; and no one cares. 

Messiahless Jews...

And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. (Romans 11:23)

Yes yes, I know speaking in generalities about Jews today leads to the "anti-Semitic" smear. But hey, life is short and there are all kinds of truths just waiting to be let out of the closet...

USA Today ran a profile of James Levine and Roman Polanski's fellow traveller, Woody Allen, last week, and I noted this:

Does he worry that his films won't be remembered? "I don't care about my work lasting. I would like to last. They can turn my movies into guitar picks. Nothing lasts. Nothing at all. Not even the sun."

Given such disturbing insights, it is hard to know whether all those years Allen spent in therapy paid off--or just made his existential despair into fodder for future features. (USA Today; June 19, 2012)

Make no mistake: the existential despair of Christless Jews is the fodder of our entertainment...

"You priests of theoretical physics..."

If you care, I think nothing and no one should never watch scoffers like Stephen Colbert. His irony corrodes souls. But here one fool gets his comeuppance.

Terry Schiavo and brain scans...

Those who spend their lives studying the brain are having to admit what nurses and pastors and loved ones have known for some time about the comatose and those said to be in a persistent vegetative state: be careful what you say because they hear and understand you!

Brain scans are showing that a number of those starved and dehydrated to death in hospitals across our nation today were thinking and responding to external stimuli in their minds as normal people do, but without the ability to move their bodies or communicate those responses. These souls hear and understand what you say to them, but they're powerless to demonstrate responsiveness. Thus foolish and cruel men claim these souls' lives are worthless and they murder them. This is why and how Terry Schiavo was murdered: the courts starved her to death.

But now neuroscientists and brain scans are showing us that a number of these men and women are perfectly responsive--as long as you know how to listen to them...

The terror and dread of God...

The fear of the Lord, John Murray explains, has two aspects. Terror and dread of God's holiness is the first aspect. Veneration and honor of God's majesty is the second. We moderns are happy to go along with Murray on the second aspect, but, to our detriment, we have tried to jettison the first. Murray writes,

It would be unnecessary to adduce the evidence establishing so obvious a distinction were it not the case that these two meanings of 'fear' enter into the concept of the fear of God. There is the dread or terror of the Lord and there is the fear of reverential awe.

Homosexuality, pederasty, and pedophilia...

In an earlier post I noted that "gay men rape little boys." To which a reader responded:

I have no doubt that there is truth to this. But don't straight men also rape little boys, and not all gay men rape little boys? Of course, any child rape whether done by a gay or straight man to a little boy or girl is an abomination from the pit of hell and grievous sin.

But I'm wondering what evidence exists that gay men rape boys at a higher rate than straight men do?

To which I respond:

First, there are no straight men raping little boys. "Straight" means naturally ordered sexuality where the object of desire is the opposite sex. To rape young minors of one's own sex is the opposite of "straight." Romans 1 declares sodomy to be against nature which is the opposite of straight. It's true some gay men are married and have had children by their wives, but this doesn't make them straight.

Second, if what we're looking for is evidence from so-called "social science" for gay men having a propensity toward the rape of young boys (pederasty), I could provide some, but it wouldn't matter. Social science is not science, really. Or I should say science is not objective, really--particularly the "social sciences." Social scientists are like preachers: churches hire pastors who tell us what our itching ears want to hear and society hires experts who tell it what it wants to hear. Society wants to hear that sodomy is normal...

Bus monitors, bullies, authority, and money...

Yesterday I was reminded of just how rich Americans are. Our conception of money is like that of a Roman general returning to Rome after sacking and pillaging enemy countries. We throw it down on those less fortunate than us in an attempt to make them like us. Or maybe it's an attempt to make us like us. 

By now you've probably already read about the 67 year-old bus monitor who was being harassed by Jr-high students while they video-taped their exploits. When you're in Jr-high it's easy to make fun of people who are old and fat. It's entertaining, too--and not just for 7th graders. Millions of people around the world have been entertained by the video. However, apparently it's one of those guilty pleasures, where you watch and laugh and then say, "Shame on you!" while you hide your smile.

Somebody came up with the bright idea of trying to raise $5000 dollars to send this poor bullied woman on a world-class vacation, and now, with the amount raised in excess of...