Archive for January 21st, 2006

The Passion of the Left: Hating Christians

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

Some interesting observations from Cinnamon Stillwell of SF Gate.com, published at The American Thinker.

If viewers happened to be tuned into CSPAN several weeks ago, they were in for quite a spectacle. CSPAN was re-airing a conference that took place in May of 2005 with the ominous title, “Examining the Real Agenda of the Far Religious Right.”
Sponsored by the New York Open Center, the conference was anything but open-minded. Instead, participants launched into a litany of complaints against the so-called Christian Right that bordered on bigotry. I half expected it to end with a pitchfork armed mob breaking down the doors of a local church.
Perusing the
Open Center’s website, one will find the sort of New Age psychobabble melded with eastern mysticism and apocalyptic environmentalism that is common on the left these days. Having been taught by multiculturalism to hate their own western religious background, they turn instead to the east. It just goes to show you that people need to believe in something.
Those who run the Open Center obviously believed they were enlightened in holding their anti-Christian confab, but elitist would be more like it. Every time a speaker referred to a particular Christian belief or quoted a remark they found particularly inflammatory, the audience snickered knowingly, as if to say, “what a fool.” Obviously, the secular fundamentalists of the Open Center consider themselves far more reasonable than those nutty Christians. But judging by the level of paranoia expressed at the conference, I wouldn’t bet on it.
At one point, a speaker spoke about the need “to save democracy” from the “Christian Right,” to which the audience broke out in applause. An associate professor of comparative studies equated the zeal of the “Christian Right” with that of “suicide bombers.” A former Pentecostal minister gave a presentation titled, “Christian Jihad,” while someone claimed to unveil, “The Real Hidden Religious Agenda: The Theocratic States of America.” For those suffering under such delusions, evangelical Christians are indeed the biggest threat to America and the entire world for that matter. Meanwhile, actual threats from a different religion go unnoticed.
Not once during the conference was it mentioned that the real suicide bombers are Islamists who have been killing innocent civilians all over the world. Call me crazy, but isn’t the zealot who’s actually acting on his beliefs just a tad scarier than the one who’s simply talking about it? Anyway, in a democratic society, belief does not equal theocracy.
Islamists on the other hand, are actively pushing a system that hearkens back to the 7th Century and they’re not taking no for an answer. To compare this approach to that of American citizens simply exercising their democratic rights is beyond ludicrous.
The conference attendees seemed particularly concerned with Christians who believe literally in the Book of Revelations, The End Days, The Rapture, Armageddon and so on. They labeled such beliefs Dominionism and decried its real or imagined influence. They spoke menacingly about Tim LaHaye’s “Left Behind” series and referred to its “surprising popularity.” The fact that 82% of the country is Christian seems not to have come under consideration. Much like those who lament the popularity of conservative talk radio as if it weren’t simply a case of supply and demand, the Left is simply in denial about the nature of their country.

Read the rest here.

Jesus said in Luke 21:15-19:
“For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. All men will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will gain life.”

‘Porn on the Pod’ Just Around the Corner

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

This is the next logical step for the porn industry to take. iPods and video phones have way too much potential as a market for these people to pass up.

(AgapePress) – According to reports inside the porn industry, parents who already have to compete against earbuds pumping music directly into their children’s ears may soon be facing an even more frightening opponent: pornographic images on video-capable iPods.
Parents are being warned of the smut industry’s effort to make hard-core pornographic imagery available to users of Apple Computer’s iPod and similar portable video devices. The popularity of Apple’s new video-capable portable technology has driven porn industry providers to introduce iPod-compatible video content. Already there are at least three companies with divisions dedicated solely to adult content for these portable players. According to MacWorld magazine, Apple “already hosts an [adult-oriented] radio show on its own podcast directory.”
Porn industry insiders believe they can cash in on the new technology by providing pornographic videos specifically matched for iPods. David Joseph recently told Adult Video News that “technology gives us the opportunity to provide this service. We’re calling this ‘porn on the pod.'”
Read James Lambert’s earlier article on the porn industry’s plan to promote ‘adult entertainment’ for cell phone users
Patrick Trueman, a former prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice, believes that “Apple has the responsibility to avoid providing porn content.” He stresses that “the public [should] turn against them if they do not.” Knowing that children are especially vulnerable to the portable forms of transmission iPods can provide, Trueman states that the government should require companies to provide some sort of digital transfer management so parents can control content.
When asked this week if they planned on providing such safeguards, an Apple spokesperson responded with no comment.
Dr. Judith Reisman, a consultant who worked with the Commission on Pornography in the mid-1980s, is equally as concerned as Trueman with this development. Reisman believes “iPods will bring pornography into the classrooms, sanctuaries, courtrooms, hospitals, libraries, everywhere. It is well past time for [government regulation] to catch up with runaway technology.”
Other pro-family advocates are expressing similar concerns. Among them is Tim Wildmon, president of the Tupelo, Mississippi-based
American Family Association, who says Apple needs to “demonstrate corporate responsibility” to the families of America.
“They need to offer safeguard alternatives for iPod users,” Wildmon says. “By offering no comment, they show no sympathy to the concerns of many American families.”
Syndicated radio talk-show host
Paul McGuire concurs. “Parents need to understand that the porno industry has now declared all-out war on your family and your kids,” he says. McGuire is particularly annoyed that the adult industry is targeting a technology that is popular with children. “Parents need to be warned,” he adds.
Bob Knight, director of the
Culture and Family Institute, is more emphatic. “This is a nightmare for parents who are trying to protect their kids from early exposure to porn,” Knight says. “In terms of delivering smut, the hand-held gadgets are already making the Internet look like a quaint, old steam engine.
“Parents need to know that they are potentially putting an X-rated porn shop right into their kid’s hands when they buy these [portable video players] for them.”
Knight summarizes by saying that “parents need to put pressure on companies to offer tamper-proof blocking — and Congress needs to step in as well if the makers don’t respond.”

Re-Post: Marriage Offends Homosexuals

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

Marriage Offends Homosexuals
Cal Thomas
Syndicated Columnist
January 13, 2006

Need more evidence of cultural decline? Here in the United Kingdom, the words “marriage” and “wedding” have been purged from the register offices in the name of homosexual equality. The story in The Daily Mail features a woman in a white wedding dress and a man in a tuxedo with the caption “the traditional image: a bride and groom” in case people forgot what it looked like.
The register staff has been ordered to change all signs so that homosexuals signing up for civil partnerships won’t feel unequally treated. Marriages between men and women in Britain s(t)ill outnumber civil ceremonies by more than 200 to one.
Homosexual activists have long stated their desire to do away with marriage and the uniqueness of the male-female relationship. But they can’t build themselves up by tearing down marriage, which is in trouble enough.
People wonder about the consequences of a secular society. This is one of them. At a time when the government is trying to control out-of-control children, it might consider its out of control culture.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.