"Be Fools for Christ."

“God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools … and he has not been disappointed. … If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.” Justice Antonin Scalia (Speech at Living the Catholic Faith conference, 2012.) via The Daily Signal
The death of Justice Antonin Scalia is an enormous loss for America. May his legacy be that we heed his words and let our wisdom be regarded as stupidity.

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Doritos Affirms Unborn Humanity! NARAL Outraged!

“#NotBuyingIt – that @Doritos ad using #antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses & sexist tropes of dads as clueless & moms as uptight. #SB50.”
NEWSFLASH! It was a child in the womb! An actual human child!
Oh the horror! And the injustice!
NARAL–the National Abortion Rights Action League (pre-1973, the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws) watched Sunday evening’s Super Bowl with a sharp eye. They were on the lookout for sexist messages. Unwitting Americans enjoying the game and some wings just might also ingest some damaging messages.
So the thought police at NARAL were trying to protect us. They were looking out for all of us. Well, not all. Continue reading “Doritos Affirms Unborn Humanity! NARAL Outraged!”

PepsiCo, Doritos, and Unborn Children

In preparation for my planned blog post today–commentary on the Doritos Super Bowl ad that I will now post later this week–I tweeted, “Buy Doritos. Buy lots and lots of Doritos.”
The response was swift from a fellow Tweeter: “No. Not as long as they consider children to be flavor enhancers.”
We went back and forth a few times exchanging links that allege or deny that PepsiCo produces Soylent Green, food made of humans. I decided that I needed to do more research. Continue reading “PepsiCo, Doritos, and Unborn Children”

Brave New World Born of Genetically Modified Babies

“I think you get into a situation of where some people are genetically enhanced and other people are the regular old variety of human being. And I don’t think that’s a world we want to live in,” Marcy Darnovsky (Rob Stein).
In the 1997 movie Gattaca, there are two classes of people. Those whose genes science has perfected and those who came into the world the old fashioned way. Of course, the genetically designed are the ruling upper class. The outdated, genetically flawed folks are fit only for sweeping up after the perfect.
But in sci-fi as in real life, there are no guarantees of perfection. That’s what Jerome Morrow, who has perfect genes, learns when he is paralyzed. Morrow had attempted suicide after failing, in his own perspective, to measure up. Continue reading “Brave New World Born of Genetically Modified Babies”

Flying on Splinted Wings

Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:31. 
Flying was the “forgotten dream” of a bird with a broken wing.
As he was walking one day, my grandson saw a bird that couldn’t fly. He wrote the incident in verse. The wounded creature could see other birds aloft but could not join them in the “fields of blue and white.”
People are supposed to fly. I don’t mean in the theoretical sense of the old saying that if God had intended our flight, He would have given us wings.
He did give us wings–wings of heart and soul. Sometimes, life crushes those wings. Crushed spirits can only watch others fly. Pornography is a monster that crushes the spirits of men, women, and children.
But America is double minded about pornography. Here is an example: Continue reading “Flying on Splinted Wings”

The Doublethink of David Daleiden's Indictment

“This last-ditch move of desperation is going to expose all of the sordid dealings of the California Planned Parenthood affiliates to the light of the legal system and the public will see them for the corrupt abortion and baby body parts profiteers that they really are.” Center for Medical Progress website.
That’s a confident statement from David Daleiden–the man behind the videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s principle players negotiating deals for the sale of baby parts.
We can only hope he’s right, but we can’t be sure yet.
When I heard the news that the Harris County District Attorney’s office was indicting Daleiden and an associate, my initial reaction was surprise.
But I should not have been surprised. America’s legal system was established with truth seeking in mind. The system presumes the accused are innocent. It has established rules of evidence. Those who speak to it swear to be truthful. The system is supposed to expose wrongdoing and to seek justice for wrongdoers and victims. Continue reading “The Doublethink of David Daleiden's Indictment”

Friends, Family, and Revolutions: A Look at "Seven Revolutions"

“In a post-Christian culture the dominant worldview is not longer founded on Christian principles. . . The Church no longer shapes the culture. . . . In a very real sense, this ‘post-Christian’ world is coming full circle to resemble the pre-Christian world.” From Seven Revolutions: How Christianity Changed the World and Can Change It AgainAquilina and Papandrea, 23.
In the 1950s and 60s we made room for Daddy and Father knew best, but Donna Reed’s version of Mom held her own as did Lucille Ball’s.
Entertainment mirrors society. As the family is the foundation of a Christian culture, so it was in the land of television more than half a century ago. But in the late ’60s and into the ’70s, as America turned away from devotion to God, television lost its devotion to family.
In the 1970s Archie Bunker was a cartoonish father who did not know best. Television celebrated the single woman with Marlo Thomas’s That Girl and Mary Tyler Moore’s self-named series. Men were accessories, not necessities. Continue reading “Friends, Family, and Revolutions: A Look at "Seven Revolutions"”

Abortion, Child Abuse, Poverty and the Lies that Perpetuate Them

“The great conflicts in American history, especially slavery, civil rights, and abortion, have been unusually hard fought and passionate because they cannot be understood as symbolic fights over different worldviews or cultures. Instead, they are better understood as clashes over how common liberal values should be extended to different categories of humans. These conflicts have been disagreements over who counts as a human person.” (Jon Shields)
It was supposed to fix it all–women dying from illegal abortions, child abuse, poverty. Abortion would end dangerous, back alley procedures that killed desperate girls and women. Child abuse would end. Lessening the burden from “unwanted children” would enhance the economic stability of the poor.
Compassionate helpers would be the heroes of abortion “rights”. That’s what they told us in the 1960s and ’70s.
All lies. Former atheist and “abortion doctor” Bernard Nathanson revealed the concoctions after his conversions–first to a pro-life perspective, then to a Christian one. A leading proponent of ‘legal and safe’ abortion became a vocal proponent for life–and a voice of truth. Continue reading “Abortion, Child Abuse, Poverty and the Lies that Perpetuate Them”

Revolutionary Ideas Lead to a Culture of Life

Before Christ, “In all of history, only one culture had prohibited [abortion and infanticide]–that of the Jews” (42)
I remember my mother telling me where she was and what she was doing when she learned that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor. She was sweeping the basement floor and listening to the radio. When the news came, she shut off the radio. Denial is our first response to unfathomable news.
Eventually the event becomes memory. But if we lose our awareness of the past, we neglect the help it offers. Few people alive today remember the horror of hearing that news.
We’ve reached the point in our nation when few school age students remember the events of September 11, 2001. Now most students have only heard about the day 19 terrorists killed more than 3,000 Americans on US soil. Continue reading “Revolutionary Ideas Lead to a Culture of Life”

BLOGPOST: Answering the Universal Call

“Sin has a ripple effect. You never ever sin alone. Because when you sin, you are changed. And when you are changed, you will affect somebody else. And when we talk about victimless crimes in our society, they may be legal, sociological, psychological terms; they are not biblical concepts.” Ravi Zacharias
We often don’t think enough about life shaping us. We look back over time and see that we have changed, grown–we hope. But we don’t often think of the shaping as it’s happening. We tend not to see that our choices form our beings. They also shape those we encounter.
I remember sitting in a college classroom, a criminology class, and hearing the instructor discuss “victimless” crimes, the encounters society frowned upon (more then, less now) but that “didn’t hurt anyone.”
The instructor suffered from the disillusionment that “consenting adults” could engage each other, agree to exploit each other, walk away, and remain unchanged, unharmed, perhaps even happier or better off for having had the experience. Continue reading “BLOGPOST: Answering the Universal Call”