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Yuletide has arrived…

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Do you hate Christmas?   Some people do,  but they shouldn’t  blame Trump  for their Yuletide misery.   Some associate the  season with a tragedy which has befallen them.   Many on the  Left correctly  view Christianity as its primary ideological and political enemy.   The only large-scale organized opposition to the Left comes from the traditional Christian community — evangelical Protestants, traditional Catholics and faithful Mormons — and Orthodox Jews. Leftism is a secular religion,  and it deems all other religions immoral and false.

Yet there  are thousands  of Christians celebrating Christmas in Aleppo after Liberation from ISIS and Al-Qaeda Islamists.  They know what a  marvelous gift  Christmas is.   More than half of the  state capitols  in the  U.S. feature nativity scenes this year.   Is the decline because so many of us  no longer  recognize God?   I think it is certainly something to ponder,  along with some of the  real magic  of the season.

And finally on this Christmas Day,  a  Rasmussen poll  shows that Americans are religious extremists and holiday bigots.  That is to say that  nearly 70% of adults say “Christmas should be more about Jesus Christ than about Santa Claus.”   Of course that marks us as religious nutjobs.   And a huge majority of us prefer “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays” so we are clearly intolerant and non-inclusive radicals.   Merry Christmas from a not-very-religious radical, and be warned that there will bed at least a couple of more Christmas posts.

 

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December 25, 2019 at 9:45 pm

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2019 Ebenezer Award…

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The city of Dunwoody, Georgia,  has been named  the winner  of the Ebenezer Award by Becket,  a public-interest law firm focusing on the free expression of religions.   The town banned all religious symbols and displays in common areas of city-owned buildings in response to an email from a single disgruntled citizen.   The Dunwoody City Council has certainly earned its bah,  humbug award.   I trust the sensible citizens of that town will reward the council with pink slips at the earliest opportunity.

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December 24, 2019 at 11:33 pm

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This army…

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…with nearly 2 million members and a presence in about 130 countries,  is a spectacular example of,  as Billy Graham once put it, “Christianity in action.”   If you hate the  Salvation Army,  you pretty much hate humanity,  yourself included.   Of course,  many progressives do hate themselves.   Quick,  name two happy progressives!   nancy Pelosi is always angry,  even when she’s smiling and pretending to be a Catholic, especially when she’s lying and proclaiming she prays for Trump.  Pete Buttigieg is frequently photographed smiling,  but the smile seldom reaches his eyes, and like Joe Biden, he tends to get snippy when someone questions his religiosity or his interpretation of biblical verses or his failures as Mayor of South Bend,  Indiana.   i give him credit for having taken a turn as a red kettle bell ringer,  even if it was for self-promotion.

The soldiers who form the core group of the organization take vows not unlike the men who guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.  Considering that many of them were once people helped by the group,  those promises represent the awesome power of faith and self-determination.   The organization was founded by a Methodist preacher and maintains a Christian outlook and set of principles.  The LGBT community dislikes any hint of religion,  especially Christianity, and is working overtime to destroy it.  It has already succeeded in backing off Chick-fil-A from its support of the group.   I  scolded the restaurant chain for giving in and allowing itself to be mau-maued by some of the most miserable people on the planet.    My continued support is conditioned on the company rediscovering a backbone and acting accordingly.

I have always supported the Salvation Army.   I largely ignore the Red Cross because  it basically farms the federal government for our tax dollars.  I have seen the Red Cross charge hurricane victims for blankets.  The Salvation Army never does.  It pays its employees modestly,  unlike many so-called charitable organizations whose executives lead very cushy lives,  hobnobbing with the elites to raise their own profiles.  i donate online to the Salvation Army, but I also drop a dollar or two in every red kettle I pass, and thank the bell ringers for their efforts.  If the weather is nasty, I offer to bring them a cup of coffee or hot chocolate as tangible thanks for their act of faith.  Even those who don’t accept smile so brilliantly that i feel blessed to have merely offered such a small thing.

If you hate the Salvation Army,  I pity you as someone doomed by your own shortcomings and fears to a life of anger and misery.   If you lack the strength to change yourself,  there are many places which will help you.  Nearly all of them are religious institutions or are affiliated with them.  It isn’t easy,  but it can be done.   Look around  —  the success stories are right in front of you.

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December 10, 2019 at 1:37 pm

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Lesson not learned…

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British police have had to pay the same street preacher for a  second time after arresting him for preaching the Gospel.  Before you laugh too scornfully,  realize that American cops have done the same thing more than once.

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December 8, 2019 at 1:42 pm

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Shroud of Turin update…

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Thi piece of fabric has been the subject of much discussion and disagreement over the years.. The last most people heard of it, a “study” had proved it was a medieval fraud.   Actually that investigation was a fine example of scientific fraud.   The three samples tested were all taken from the outer edge of a section long thought to be a replacement for a worn portion of the original cloth.   Go in depth with Myra Kahn Adams  here.   I promise you’ll find the report fascinating.

 

 

 

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July 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm

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Remember the persecuted…

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Yesterday was the first World Coptic Day.   All Christians in the Middle East have faced waves of persecution which nearly destroyed their populations in nations such as Syria,  Iraq,  and Egypt. The Copts in Egypt, who are Christians descended from ancient Egyptians, have been among the most heavily impacted.   This effort is launched by Coptic-Americans to gain this international recognition of Coptic suffering in the modern age,  but also to familiarize the world with who the Copts are,  a distinct ethnic group with roots in Egypt that they trace back to St. Mark the Apostle.    Don’t think for a moment that the persecution is limited to the Middle East.   In progressive areas both the government and the citizens are guilty of it.

It would be good to remember all the persecuted, would it not?   And that involves naming those  who persecute.  Yes,  you should expect to be hit for doing that,  at least verbally,  but you should do it anyway.  In my experience of getting a couple of death threats a year from this blog and letters to the editor,  those who threaten to kill you rarely have the nerve to even try.   The threats don’t bother me because I have a concealed carry permit and am generally armed and perfectly able to protect myself,  with or without a firearm.

 

 

 

 

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June 2, 2019 at 2:31 pm

Rampant ignorance…

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The New York Times is run by lazy,  arrogant idiots.  If you didn’t know what the body of christ was,  wouldn’t you at least Google the phrase to find out?  The super smart people who select what we are to read and wish to tell us how to think are so ignorant about Catholicism  —  or indeed,  any religion at all —  that they reported it as a statue.   The problem is that the priest they quoted was talking about  communion wafers,  which the faithful believe become literally the body of Jesus Christ when consecrated.   There are at least a billion Catholics in the world.   I’m not one of them,  but I knew immediately what it was by virtue of the fact that I have witnessed communion in both Catholic and Episcopalian churches.

I’ll bet you are also smarter than everyone at the New York Times,  aren’t you?

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April 24, 2019 at 3:25 pm

Funny faith…

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The average clergyman has a far better sense of humor than any progressive or liberal I’ve ever seen.   Don’t believe me?   Take a gander at some of  these amusing  signs.

 

 

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January 28, 2019 at 3:12 pm

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This helps your flock?

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Obviously Rev. Spencer is not a veteran, and he apparently doesn’t know any.  I know hundreds,  and all of them find Colin Kaepernick a disrespectful,  ungrateful lout who has risked nothing and displayed little beyond a loud mouth and juvenile petulance.  That is a toxic brew when you add in more hat than cattle and a total failure to grasp American history and reality.

If the Reverend  really thinks  Kaepernick and the late hoodlum,  Trayvon Martin,  have anything to teach his congregation besides the disadvantages of ill-spent lives,  I feel sorry for all them.   Good luck escaping the clutches of the Devil when you’re listening to him preach…

 

 

 

 

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September 21, 2018 at 2:12 pm

Priestly celibacy and the sex abuse crisis…

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I’m afraid I have fallen victim to believing the lavender mafia of the Catholic Church had continued to grow unchecked within the Catholic Church.   Every time I heard about sexual abuses within the church they seemed to be conducted on a larger scale than before.   But that was my misperception.  The truth is that  most of  the abuse was committed in the 1960s through the 1980s.

The author,  Nicholas Frankovich,  also provides some useful ways of dealing with priests and celibacy.

 

 

 

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September 4, 2018 at 2:42 pm