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Friday, May 30, 2014

David Virtue on the Demise of a Great Nation


David Virtue
www.virtueonline.org
May 30, 2014

Some religious leaders say America is facing a spiritually dark time.

"At the root of America's problem, we really have a spiritual cancer that's been eating away at our nation," Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland, told CBN News.

Retired Gen. Jerry Boykin used to fight America's physical enemies overseas. He's now working with the Family Research Council fighting spiritual foes.

Boykin said without a Third Great Awakening, forces like those that took down mighty empires of the past will also bring down the United States.

"We're going to wind up exactly like these other great empires, which only lasted on an average about 200 years," he said. "We're going to completely self-destruct. And you see the beginnings of that now."

If one takes a look at the Episcopal Church, one can only conclude that she is part of the spiritual darkness – endorsing pansexuality, blessing gay marriage, approving openly practicing homogenital bishops, deposing faithful priests and bishops, filing massive lawsuits for properties against those who would uphold the faith, deconstructing Scripture to make it fit with the times. and much more.

A deep darkness is descending over the country. Inequality, both spiritual and material, is everywhere. The word “sin” is barely heard in the cyber noise of the nation. Nones and Millennials are abandoning the ship of Church by the millions. Tragically, many churches, including most Episcopal churches, are complicit in extending the darkness, failing to penetrate it with the light of the gospel.

Recently, my wife and I attended the 11am service at historic Christ Church in Philadelphia where we were shocked by the service. Apart from an appalling sermon given by a layman about the church’s social programs in Philadelphia and his constant reference to a “higher power” helped along by a vague reference to the Holy Spirit, the service dismally failed to follow even the ’79 Prayer Book service. There was no corporate (or individual) confession of sin and therefore no general absolution. A “choir” of folk sang a tune (not a hymn) about being happy which presumably made everyone listening happy as well. The sermon, as mentioned, could have been delivered by a recovering alcoholic from the Kiwanis Club.

Further symptomatic signs of America’s moral decline might also be seen in the recent random shooting by a deranged young white male in Santa Barbara, California.

While his “manifesto” was little more than the rant of a spoilt young man who couldn’t find a girlfriend other far more disturbing self-disclosing features revealed that he had been traumatized by his first encounter with pornography at the age of 11. A couple of years later, he was shaken when he saw another teenager watching pornography in an internet café. "The sight was shocking, traumatizing, and arousing. All of these feelings mixed together took a great toll on me. I walked home and cried by myself for a bit. I felt too guilty about what I saw to talk to my parents about it."

No wonder he couldn’t talk to his parents about it. They had been divorced when he was seven – a moment which he fingered as the beginning of his inner torment. But his father – who worked in Hollywood films – quickly found another girlfriend. This seems to have warped Rodgers’ view of women, sexuality and relationships. "Males who can easily find female mates garner more respect from their fellow men, even children," he wrote. "How ironic is it that my father, one of those men who could easily find a girlfriend, has a son who would struggle all his life to find a girlfriend."

Behind the deluded self-pity, it seems clear that Elliot Rodger was a lonely youngster starved for a father and shaken to the core by his parents’ divorce. A curious boy who had no one to talk to about the facts of life. A sick teenager who had no one to guide him through adolescent temptations.

It’s a familiar story. Most of the men on the never-ending list of rampage killers in the Unites States came from homes where the parents were divorced or separated. Predictably, their own relationships were fraught as well. John Zawahiri, 23, killed five people in Santa Monica in 2013 near and on the campus of a state college. His parents had been separated for years.

In December 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, killed his mother, six staff at a Connecticut primary school, and 20 school children before shooting himself. His parents were divorced.

Also in December 2012, 22-year-old Jacob Roberts ran amok in a Portland, Oregon, shopping mall. He killed two people with an automatic rifle before committing suicide. He had never known his mother and was raised by a divorced aunt and her husband who shared custody of him.

Wade Page was a white supremacist who shot six Sikhs dead in Milwaukee before being killed by a police officer earlier in August 2012. His parents were divorced.

In October 2011 a California man, 41-year-old Scott Evans Dekraai walked into his ex-wife’s hair salon and shot her and seven other people dead. His parents were divorced.

Add to this the easy access to guns (Rick Warren’s son was able to buy a 9-millimeter Glock online and shot himself) and you have a recipe for murder and mayhem unparalleled in any other country on earth…all in the name of a false freedom that believes in some unnamed enemy “out there” only to discover the enemy is really us…and he stalks amongst us with loaded guns to maim and kill.

And what are the churches saying about all this? Virtually nothing. There are two things awe can’t talk about in America: We can’t touch guns even though the Second Amendment talks about guns only with regard to a Militia and you dare not touch gay sex. If you do the whole world erupts in anger and rage.

I wrote an article precisely on this issue: What Practicing Pansexualists Hate the Most. If there is one thing practicing pansexualists hate the most - it is empirical facts. Facts that speak directly to disease and death. All the talk of “homophobia”, “hate” and “oppression” cannot disguise or conceal the facts and consequences of homosexual behavior.

A case in point is the recent hounding of a Caribbean professor from his job, not only for his support of Belize’s anti-sodomy law, but having the gaul to tell the truth about the costs of HIV/AIDS.

When he did, the gay thought police and homosexual fascists i.e. thirty-three "gay" advocacy and civil rights groups, moved in quickly and got the good professor Brendan Bain, who also happens to be a Christian, sacked as head of CHART, the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Initiative, claiming his expert testimony in Belize represents a conflict of interest. You can read the full story here:
http://tinyurl.com/mvubunv


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Related reading: What Makes a Good Society?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Fallout Over Belize's Anti-Sodomy Law


The University of West Indies (UWI) has terminated the contract of Professor Brendan Bain as the director of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Network.

In an official statement, the UWI said it had become increasingly evident that Bain has lost the confidence and support of a significant sector of the community, which the CHART program is expected to reach.

Bain's termination came after he provided a statement in a high-profile case in Belize, in which a gay man challenged the constitutionality of an 1861 law that criminalizes sodomy.
Thirty-three ‘gay’ advocacy and civil rights groups want the University of the West Indies to fire Professor Bain from his position as head of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Initiative, claiming his expert testimony in Belize represents a conflict of interest.

They say his testimony in the case brought by one Caleb Orozco in an attempt to overturn Belize’s anti-sodomy law has ‘destroyed their trust in him’. The sub-text is that they all want Jamaica, Belize and other Caribbean Commonwealth members to legalize sodomy.

Bain stated, “Behaviours that are helpful to individuals and to the community are to be encouraged. On the other hand, there are instances in which private behaviours result in considerable public cost due to illness, with accompanying loss of productivity and social disruption and the prospect of premature death. The public cost of these private behaviours must be acknowledged and actively reckoned with."

“The risk to MSM and their intimate sexual partners is not just to their physical health. The adverse physical and physiological consequences of STIs (including HIV) in MSM create significant and avoidable financial costs to individuals, households and governments. These important considerations must be included when considering whether to give public approval to risky behaviours such as are often practised by MSM,” Bain argued.


Related reading:  Sex Against the "Order of Nature" Challenged in Belize; Homosexual Activists Pressure Belize; Genesis on Homosex: Beyond Sodom; Bisexuals Have Greater Health Risks; Why Does the Bible Prohibit Homosex?; Gene Robinson on the Bible



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Quote of the Week - Bishop Moses Deng Bol


“The Church of England blessing gay marriages will be dangerous for the Church in South Sudan, because people here, like many African countries, strongly oppose gay marriages."--The Most Rev. Moses Deng Bol, Anglican Bishop of Wau (South Sudan)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Harvard's New Honor Code




Michael Cook

Did you know that Harvard, America's oldest, richest and most prestigious University has just endorsed its first-ever honour code? This is a polite way of saying that that there is so much cheating in a university overflowing with geniuses whose motto is Veritas (truth), that a whole new bureaucracy had to be set up to deal with it?

The move for an honour code came after nearly half of the 279 students who enrolled in an introduction to the workings of Congress were caught cheating a couple of years ago. Harvard being what it is, a good handful of these could end up in Congress at some stage.

"The impact will probably be small," one of the students who sat on a committee which drafted the code admitted, "but I think over time it will help to create that culture shift where people really value academic integrity and personal integrity."

How much time will be necessary, do you think? This unintentionally hilarious remark reminds me of the Groucho Marx quip: the secret of success is sincerity; fake that and you've got it made. Isn't there something sad about this divorce between IQ and ethics? As I recall, some of those smart guys at Enron went to Harvard. Oh well, the honour code is going to change everything.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Quote of the Week - George Herbert


17th century Anglican priest and poet
The humble soul compos’d of love and fear
Begins at home, and layes the burden there
When doctrines disagree.
He sayes, in things which use hath justly got
I am a scandal to the Church, and not
The Church is so to me.

George Herbert

From his poem Lent

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Names of Abducted Nigerian Girls



Here are the names of some of 180 Nigerian girls who have been abducted by Boko Haram and who are being sold for about $12.50. They were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Nigeria on April 14th by Boko Haram (evil men). Although 276 girls are reported missing, we only have 180 names.
 

Deborah ​Abge, Awa ​Abge, Hauwa ​Yirma, Asabe ​Manu, Mwa ​Malam Pogu, Patiant ​Dzakwa, Saraya ​Mal Stover

Mary ​Dauda, Gloria ​Mainta, Hanatu ​Ishaku Gloria ​Dama, Tabitha ​Pogu, Maifa ​Dama, Ruth ​Kollo, Esther ​Usman

Awa ​James, Anthonia Yahonna, Kume ​Mutah, Aisha ​Ezekial, Nguba ​Buba, Kwanta ​Simon, Kummai ​Aboku, Esther ​Markus

Hana ​Stephen, Rifkatu ​Amos, Rebecca ​Mallum, Blessing ​Abana, Ladi ​Wadai, Tabitha ​Hyelampa, Ruth ​Ngladar, Safiya ​Abdu, Na’omi ​Yahonna, Solomi ​Titus, Rhoda ​John, Rebecca ​Kabu, Christy ​Yahi, Rebecca ​Luka 

Laraba ​John, Saratu ​Markus, Mary ​Usman, Debora ​Yahonna, Naomi ​Zakaria, Hanatu ​Musa, Hauwa ​Tella, Juliana ​Yakubu, Suzana ​Yakubu, Saraya ​Paul, Jummai ​Paul, Mary ​Sule, Jummai ​John, Yanke ​Shittima, Muli ​Waligam

Fatima ​Tabji, Eli ​Joseph, Saratu ​Emmanuel, Deborah Peter, Rahila ​Bitrus, Luggwa ​Sanda, Kauna ​Lalai, Lydia ​Emmar, Laraba ​Maman 

Hauwa ​Isuwa, Confort ​Habila, Hauwa ​Abdu, Hauwa ​Balti, Yana ​Joshua, Laraba ​Paul, Saraya ​Amos, Glory ​Yaga, Na’omi ​Bitrus, Godiya ​Bitrus, Awa ​Bitrus, Na’omi ​Luka, Maryamu Lawan, Tabitha ​Silas, Mary ​Yahona, Ladi ​Joel

Rejoice ​Sanki, Luggwa ​Samuel, Comfort ​Amos, Saraya ​Samuel, Sicker ​Abdul, Talata ​Daniel, Rejoice ​Musa, Deborah ​Abari, Salomi ​Pogu

Mary ​Amor, Ruth ​Joshua, Esther ​John, Esther ​Ayuba, Maryamu Yakubu, Zara ​Ishaku, Maryamu Wavi, Lydia ​Habila, Laraba ​Yahonna, Na’omi ​Bitrus, Rahila ​Yahanna, Ruth ​Lawan, Ladi ​Paul, Mary ​Paul, Esther ​Joshua, Helen ​Musa

Margret Watsai, Deborah Jafaru, Filo ​Dauda, Febi ​Haruna, Ruth ​Ishaku, Racheal Nkeki, Rifkatu Soloman, Mairama Yahaya, Saratu ​Dauda, Jinkai ​Yama, Margret Shettima, Yana ​Yidau, Grace ​Paul, Amina ​Ali, Palmata Musa

Awagana Musa, Pindar ​Nuhu, Yana ​Pogu, Saraya ​Musa, Hauwa ​Joseph, Hauwa ​Kwakwi, Hauwa ​Musa, Maryamu Musa, Maimuna Usman, Rebeca Joseph, Liyatu ​Habitu, Rifkatu Yakubu, Naomi ​Philimon, Deborah Abbas

Ladi ​Ibrahim, Asabe ​Ali, Maryamu Bulama, Ruth ​Amos, Mary ​Ali, Abigail Bukar, Deborah Amos, Saraya ​Yanga, Kauna ​Luka, Christiana Bitrus, Yana ​Bukar, Hauwa ​Peter, Hadiza ​Yakubu, Lydia ​Simon, Ruth ​Bitrus, Mary ​Yakubu 

Lugwa ​Mutah, Muwa ​Daniel, Hanatu ​Nuhu, Monica Enoch, Margret Yama, Docas ​Yakubu, Rhoda ​Peter, Rifkatu Galang, Saratu ​Ayuba 

Naomi ​Adamu, Hauwa ​Ishaya, Rahap ​Ibrahim, Deborah Soloman, Hauwa ​Mutah, Hauwa ​Takai, Serah ​Samuel, Aishatu Musa, Aishatu Grema

Hauwa ​Nkeki, Hamsatu Abubakar, Mairama Abubakar, Hauwa ​Wule, Ihyi ​Abdu, Hasana Adamu, Rakiya ​Kwamtah, Halima ​Gamba, Aisha ​Lawan, Kabu ​Malla, Yayi ​Abana, Falta ​Lawan, and Kwadugu Manu

Pray for these and the others whose names we don't yet know. Half of the members of my Anglican parish are Nigerians and we prayed for these captives and for the nation of Nigeria on Sunday.


Eleven More abducted

According to local sources, a group of heavily armed men stormed the village of Warabe, near Gwoza town in Borno state, on the night of Sunday, May 4. They opened fire in the village before taking away eight girls between ages 12 and 15. News reports said the attackers then invaded a village five kilometres away, and abducted three more girls.

On Monday, Boko Haram, which has waged a five-year violent campaign to impose Islamic law across Nigeria, claimed responsibility for the abduction of the students attending school in Chibok.

“I have kidnapped the girls. I will sell them on the market in the name of Allah,” said a man reputed to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in a 57-minute video, obtained by the Agence France Presse news agency.

"I'll sell them as slaves in the name of Allah. There is a market where they sell human beings,’’ said the man on the video.

"I said that Western education must stop. Girls must leave school and get married,” the man said. “I would give a 12-year-old girl in marriage; I would give in marriage even a 9-year-old girl.”

Read more here.




Monday, May 5, 2014

Quote of the Week - Penelope Lively


"If you don't know something of the biblical narrative you are going to be bewildered by most early art and by innumerable references in English prose and poetry. And if you have not known the King James Version you will not have experienced the English language at its most elegant, its most eloquent.

I am an agnostic who relishes the equipment of Christianity: its mythologies, its buildings, its ceremonies, its music, the whole edifice without which ours would be a diminished world."
(From her book Dancing Fish and Ammonites, p. 128)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Gene Robinson Divorces Partner


All of us sincerely intend, when we take our wedding vows, to live up to the ideal of ‘til death do us part.’ But not all of us are able to see it through.

Life is hard. And it just keeps on coming, ready or not. Somewhere inside me, I guess I thought that life in “retirement” would be more peaceful, easier somehow. But I am also not naïve enough to believe it for long.

Recently, my partner and husband of 25-plus years and I decided to get divorced. While the details of our situation will remain appropriately private, I am seeking to be as open and honest in the midst of this decision as I have been in other dramatic moments of my life—coming out in 1986, falling in love, and accepting the challenge of becoming Christendom’s first openly gay priest to be elected a Bishop in the historic succession of bishops stretching back to the apostles.

As my marriage to Mark ends, I believe him to be one of the kindest, most generous and loyal human beings on earth. There is no way I could ever repay the debt I owe him for his standing by me through the challenges of the last decade. I will be forever grateful to him, and as I tell couples in pre-marital counseling, “Marriage is forever, and your relationship will endure—whether positively or negatively—even if the marriage formally ends.”

Read it all here.


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Battle for Kramatorsk Over



3 May 2014, 05:18 -- The evening battle for Kramatorsk in Ukraine's southeast has ended, leaving one defender of the city dead and nine others wounded, RIA Novosti reports. According to the agency's source, the Ukrainian army column was unable to enter the city. Hostilities broke out in the Yasnogorka area on Friday evening. The Ukrainian armor column blocked by civilians the day defore, decided to go on a break. "They were afraid that we would take away their weapons or armored vehicles," said one of the locals. There is no information about the losses in the Ukrainian army yet.

During the battle in Kramatorsk civil alert sirens were turned on, which hadn't happened in the morning, during the fight in the city of Slavyansk, 12 km from Kramatorsk. Eyewitnesses also reported that Ukrainian soldiers captured one of the militia checkpoints between Slavyansk and Kramatorsk during the day. It is reported that there will be no public transportation between the cities and within Kramatorsk tomorrow. No buses will be provided for workers from local factories, even though they have a continuous cycle of production. People finishing the night shift will have to go home by foot.

One reportedly dead, 10 injured as pro-Kiev forces launch assault on Kramatorsk

After the evening battle near the entrance to the southeastern city of Kramatorsk Friday evening, the city hospital has reported 10 individuals have been wounded and one dead. Earlier it was reported that after the attack in Kramatorsk the number of injured and dead went into the dozens and they were taken to hospitals in Kramatorsk and Slavyansk. In an area between the two cities in Yasnogorki peaceful civilians blocked a column of between 10 and 14 armored military vehicles and other equipment.

After dark set in, they took action and began firing trace bullets from semi-automatic weapons.

"We received 10 injured with bullet wounds. There are seriously injured and some with lighter wounds. At least on woman (aged 36), an activist, is among them. Unfortunately, one died," doctors told RIA Novosti.

Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine stormed by pro-Kiev forces

Ukrainian armed units had begun storming positions of the self-defence force in the city of Kramatorsk, the Donetsk region, a Russia 24 television correspondent reported.

He said volunteers had told him about the assault and wounded people taken to hospitals. The volunteers had arrived at Kramatorsk hospitals to care for wounded people. The number was not known. Local residents helped render first aid to the wounded, the reporter said in a live broadcast.

The special operation also resumed in Slavyansk a few hours ago.