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Sarah Palin’s Corporate Welfare Proposal For Gigantic Natural Gas Pipeline

Posted by Job on August 29, 2008

As one who recognizes that we would never have nuclear power or much of anything else in our modern lifestyle were it not for government (or government funded) research, I have little principled opposition to this. Instead, I just find it odd how global economic interests keep popping up with people running for the White House. In this case, soon to be vice president Sarah Palin tried to give $500 million to a CANADIAN company to build a natural gas pipeline through her state. Another story on this called the pipeline project the biggest public works project in the history of this country! 

This is a pretty good indication that Palin is cut from the same cloth as Bush, Bush II, Clinton, and Reagan in being willing to transfer our tax dollars and natural resources and control thereof into the hands of the global economic and political conglomerates. As a matter of fact, this article compares her with Hugo Chavez

Now connect the dots here. There is this big push to get us off oil though we have enough proven oil reserves to last for at least the next 70 years. What are they trying to get us to transfer to? Natural gas in our cars. So here pops up this T. Boone Pickens fellow to run ads from now to November “from his own money” to promote windmills to create electricity instead of natural gas so that we can instead start putting the natural gas in cars. Why? To reduce our dependency on foreign oil. When we have PLENTY of our own oil!?!? And so the future vice president cut this deal to provide this huge conduit for natural gas through her state that will be of great strategic importance. But instead of paying $650 million to help an AMERICAN company do it, she pays $500 million to help a CANADIAN company do it? Will the CANADIANS have a stake, a controlling interest, in this pipeline as well? If so, this sounds very “North American Union” ish to you, doesn’t it? (See this story by a CANADIAN paper titled North American union warrants discussion) I suppose that the social conservatives and evangelical Christians that so in love with McCain over his Rick Warren performance and picking a woman with five kids are ready to start spending their ameros? 

Well you evangelicals, you might want to reconsider. The economic and political union of Canada would mean our assimilating certain points of Canadian law. Well, right now, Christians are being sued and thrown in jail in Canada for stating that homosexuality is a sin and Islam is false. Evangelicals, do not think that Palin will have your side, because she supports gay rights. This article states: Although she’s a social conservative who opposes abortion and gay marriage, Palin signed into law a state bill giving benefits to same-sex couples. Since social conservatives supported the 100% pro homosexual George W. Bush administration, that should be changed from “although she is a social conservative” to BECAUSE she’s a social conservative. Seriously, homosexuals have advanced further in the GOP than blacks have. 

So, evangelical Christians fattening frogs for the anti – Christ snake by rushing to support this Palin woman (I heard the folks on Christian talk radio embracing her already … one fellow called in to say that Obama is not a true Christian, while that is factually accurate the context should be AS IF THE BACKSTABBING LYING CHEAT MCCAIN IS!?!?), do not think that she will advocate you when in order to conform to the global consensus it becomes illegal to repeat what the Bible says about homosexuality or about law and order (the illegal immigrant invasion from Mexico) or about economic justice. Nope, she and her boss McCain will turn the lot of you in and sell you out just as quickly as Obama will.

Christians, I recall a former Republican state representative hosting a Christian radio political show; the fellow was betrayed and turned out of office by his party mates for standing up to and exposing the wickedness of his party (including their clear collusion with the other side). The fellow stated that he believes that the new world order globalists really don’t care which party wins the White House … so long as they get to pick the nominees. The people who control the media and the purse strings made sure that the nominees would be limited to people like Clinton, Romney, McCain, and Obama. After that field was set, they just sat back and watched the show as if it were a professional wrestling match or football game. I suppose that it was compelling and entertaining in an odd sort of way, to see the pathetic spectacle of people falling over themselves, selling their bodies and souls for a title and a little bit of power. But since Judas Iscariot sold God in the flesh, Jesus Christ, for a few pieces of silver why should be surprised at what man will do in his totally depraved state? 

But what is surprising and sad is how so many people with the title “Bible – believing born again Christians” are like Saul when they are consenting to this madness. I go back to the scene of Stephen’s stoning in Acts. The narrative never stated that Saul himself threw a stone. It merely said that Saul was consenting to the death of Stephen. So, while these evangelical Christians are not going to be committing the evil acts of McCain, Biden, Palin, or Obama, they will be consenting to it with their votes and other measures of support. That is why we must intercede, people. We must intercede with our prayers. We must intercede with our works. We must intercede with our words. We must intercede with our love. We must stop our born again Christian brothers and sisters from furthering the anti – Christ agenda with their actions and hearts. 

Christianity was indeed born in the Roman Empire. Paul, the very same one that consented to the death of the first Christian martyr, acting as Christianity’s first systematic theologian did tell us to submit to proper authorities in Romans 13. But Christians in the early church refrained from burning incense to Caesar even under the pain of torture and death! Let us pray that people such as the ones below open their eyes to the wickedness that is going on and stop rooting for it. I am of the opinion that choosing sides between Obama and McCain and supporting one or the other is the same as deciding which director, movie, or actor to support in the awards ceremony that they have for the pornographic movie industry and then going out and buying whatever movie wins. How ironic that the very Christians that would never go near the “best adult movie” award winner are going to gladly willingly go pull the the lever for people whose hearts (with their words and works as evidence thereof) are just as wicked in November. And yes, this applies to you Christians planning on supporting idolator in chief anti – Christ superstar wannabe Barack HUSSEIN Obama as well. 

Wow! Palin is great! I just became a McCain supporter!

Update: turns out that the fight between Georgia and Russia where we so quickly intervened because of our commitment to human rights, freedom, and humanitarianism (yeah right) was actually over control of a huge NATURAL GAS pipeline. So Russia (and Georgia) knows what is up even if our own citizens, including Christians that are supposed to be discerning of the times, are clueless.

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The Biblical View Of Homosexuality May Soon Get You Five Years In Jail In Brazil!

Posted by Job on July 17, 2008

Offend a homosexual … Go to prison for 5 years

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

 

Christians will face prison for speaking out against homosexuality if Brazil’s Senate passes a bill approved unanimously by its House of Representatives.

The measure is considered the country’s newest attempt to promote homosexuality, disguised as an act to combat discrimination, the Catholic News Agency reports.

If anyone prevents actions of “homosexual affection” in public or private locations open to the public, they could face up to five years in prison for doing so, the Association of the Defense of Life reports.

The bill also seeks to penalize private and public school administrators with up to three years in prison if they refuse to hire openly “gay” teachers.

According to the CNA, the measure will force prison time for any “moral, ethical, philosophical or psychological expression that questions homosexual practices.”

The ADL claims the bill could spell disaster for churches and teachers.

“[A] priest, a pastor, a teacher or even an average citizen who says in a sermon, a classroom or public conversation that homosexual acts are sinful, disordered or an illness could be denounced and detained,” the association said.

Only weeks ago, WND reported the president of Brazil said “opposing” homosexuality makes you a sick person, and he believes such thoughts need to be criminalized.

Brazilian chief Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who won a narrow re-election following a cash-for-votes scandals, held the First National Conference of Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transvestites and Transsexuals to condemn the biblical belief that homosexuality is wrong.

Lula, on June 5, not only officially opened the event to promote homosexuality across his nation but also issued a presidential sanction for the conference.

Calling for “the criminalization of homophobia,” he said opposition to homosexuality is “perhaps the most perverse disease impregnated in the human head.”

He said “prejudiced” people need to “open their minds and clean them.” Other speakers encouraged homosexuals to claim to be part of a civil rights campaign that already has brought reforms for treatment of blacks, the elderly and the disabled. They also announced the nation’s public hospitals soon would begin to perform sex changes on people.

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So The War Between Church And State Begins With Fred Phelps

Posted by Job on November 1, 2007

I will forgo the usual routine of prefacing my comments with a discussion as to whether the behavior of Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church was wrong; there are plenty of places where you can go find that. Instead, I will deal with this fact: since Westboro Baptist Church almost certainly does not have $10.9 million they will have to close. As such, this is the first time to my knowledge that the state is causing the doors of a church that has not been found to be in violation of any laws down. Rather, they received a $2.9 million judgment against them for invasion of privacy (despite the fact that the funeral was a public event in a public place) and an $8 million dollar judgment for causing emotional distress.

It is quite difficult to say what is worse. The $2.9 million invasion of privacy judgment that was a clear rejection of the actual facts of the case, the $8 million judgment for emotional distress caused by free speech in a public forum, or the stated aim of the plaintiffs “But Albert Snyder’s lawyer urged the jury to ensure the damages were high enough to stop the church campaigning” was granted. Keep in mind: the defendants were not found guilty of libel, slander, defamation, or trespassing. They incurred this verdict by making legal speech in a legal manner, and the sole purpose of this verdict was to prevent them from making legal speech in a legal manner again. Whatever you may think of Fred Phelps and his congregation, they are not the criminals here. The criminals are the jury that brought this verdict and the judge that failed to vacate it. If the state enforces this judgment, it will effectively nullify the First Amendment protections of free speech and freedom of religion and set a powerful precedent. As such, it is Fred Phelps’ church today but your church tomorrow.

Any church that preaches that homosexuality is a sin can be found guilty of causing emotional distress to homosexuals, and even facilitating the spread of AIDS. Any church that preaches against the genocide of abortion can be found guilty of inciting violence against the abortion mills and its employees, or even the mental anguish caused by the theoretical threat of increased violence. And any church that preaches against unjust government action can be labeled subversive.

Make no mistake, it is a perfect test case, so perfect that one would think that Phelps was some sort of a plant, though I sincerely doubt it to be the case. Phelps chose the funerals of the untimely dead, the most emotionally charged environment imaginable, as his forum. He went after homosexuality to enrage the left. He went after soldiers killed in combat to enrage the right. As a result, a law restricting such conduct was speedily passed without any opposition. The ACLU did not want to come down on the side of a homosexuality opponent, the ACLJ (owned by Pat Robertson) did not want to come down on the side of one who would grieve the families of dead soldiers. For both sides, protecting their own bases, their own constituencies, took priority over taking up an unpopular cause to defend rights from a government that hates righteousness. Such is almost certainly the reason why no prominent pastor, preacher, or theologian was able to muster a defense. When such people feel the heavy hand of the state pressing against their necks for the crime of offending Islam or Judaism by insisting that salvation is only through Jesus Christ, they will wish that they had not chosen the path of silent forbearance.

Finally, I wish to deal with part of Fred Phelp’s theology. He states that we are losing on the battlefield in Iraq because this nation promotes and celebrates homosexuality. Why not? First off, I realize that we are not Old Testament Israel. But the entire religious right movement is based on the fiction that we are, that we are a Christian nation founded by God to be the light among nations, the shining city on the hill. So let us adhere to their false theology in order to further convict the religious right sorts that were silent on this issue. Did not God punish Old Testament Israel, the elect nation that He founded, for their sins by not only allowing casualties and lost battles, but actually fighting for the enemy? Why should America be any different? Christian right, you cannot employ your false theology when it helps your fundraising campaigns and voter registration drives and then discard it when it is inconvenient because it offends the white evangelical Christian families of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. You have to be consistent! The fact that you are not being consistent proves that you yourselves know that your theology is false, and that you are not serving Jesus Christ. Instead, you give people a theology that allows them to point the finger at someone else while basking in their own self – righteousness. No wonder it has been such a popular theology that translates to easily and effectively to political action for so long! But no, the true gospel of Jesus Christ that requires people to examine themselves first to see whether they be in the faith and then make tough stands and sacrifices for that faith, to suffer rejection and persecution as Jesus Christ did, has never been popular and it has never translated into anything that can be used for political power, financial gain, or anything else that is of this world.

Further, I wish to take issue with this notion that God for some reason has stopped judging people and their nation for wickedness. A lot of preachers, some that I respect highly and others that are vigorous apostates, make this claim. We heard a lot of this during Hurricane Katrina in response to the common claim – believed by many Katrina refugees themselves – that God destroyed that city for its wickedness. Oh so many theologians manifested with the notion “it cannot be true, for why would God destroy New Orleans and not San Francisco or Las Vegas?” This is not to say that Hurricane Katrina was an act of God. Instead, it is to say that you could hardly pick a worse possible argument for saying that it wasn’t! Who is man to question the ways of God, to suggest that He is arbitrary, unfair, and unrighteous unless He behaves according to man’s logic and values? Was that not the error of Job, who had to be reminded of God’s sovereignty and rebuked? If God chooses to judge one and spare another, is that not His prerogative? Is that not His grace? But far too many churches claim that we have earned grace by our own virtue, and as a result we have the right to sit and judge God. They have forgotten that we are all sinners, that we all deserve the lake of fire for our sins, but despite of that fact God will spare some that deserve destruction and give others the destruction that they deserve.

The clear evidence of this was Sodom and Gomorrah. Do you honestly believe that Sodom and Gomorrah was the only place that had homosexuality going on? Not to attach some level of significance to this one specific sin when the Bible says that all are equal, what about the idolatry, violence, greed, and oppression of the poor that was going on elsewhere? And let us not forget the – gasp! – gossiping and false judging! The truth is that the whole world deserved the very same punishment that Sodom and Gomorrah received because the whole world was as guilty of sin as Sodom and Gomorrah! The whole world deserved to be destroyed then because of sin, and the whole world deserves to be destroyed today. Instead of viewing the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah as punishment of the sin of homosexuality, we should look at it in terms of God’s GRACE because He spared everyone else! But oh no, we do not go there, because we are so convinced of our own virtue.

That is why all of those preachers said “Why not Las Vegas or San Francisco” instead of “WHY NOT MY CHURCH AND MY OWN HOUSE!” By using that argument, they are pretending in their self – righteousness that there is some sin in San Francisco or Las Vegas or in Sodom and Gomorrah that they are not guilty of in their person. But that is not what the Bible says. The Bible says that the man who says that he is without sin is a LIAR! So even if God theoretically did destroy New Orleans or cause the tsunami, He had just as much right to do that as He just as He has the right to destroy YOU!

Nay, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah to demonstrate a theological point. The same was true of His destruction of Egypt. Egypt was not the only proud oppressive nation on the face of the earth at the time, far from it! But God destroyed Egypt in order to demonstrate His power and to show them as a parable against wickedness and defying His Will, and openly said as much in scripture. But do not be deceived: the whole world deserved what Egypt received and far worse then, and deserves the same still now.

Almost as deadly is what I call “neo – deism.” Some preachers claim that God only worked such spectacular interventions in history to judge the wicked and raise up the righteous in the previous dispensation before Jesus Christ, but now that Christ has come and overcome the world, God is allowing history to play out until Christ returns. Pardon me, but where does it say that in the Bible? Where does it say that the Father is sitting on His Throne with Jesus Christ on His Right Hand doing nothing? That is speaking as if God has fallen asleep and has forsaken doing righteousness! Claiming that “history is just playing out” or “this world is dying and disintegrating due to sin” seems to me to be either a religion of naturalism or claiming that these events are mere chance: evolution perhaps? Excuse me … “intelligent design” to use the lingua franca of evangelical politics.

Or worse … maybe you are giving SATAN credit and the glory for these events? Take God out of it, and it is either naturalism, random chance, or Satan. As for me, I say that a sovereign God is still ruling on the throne and intimately involved in world events just as He always has been, for He is a God that never changes. I have confidence in trusting an unchanging God or my salvation. What about you?

So whatever doctrinal errors Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church exhibit with their actions, it appears that mainstream respectable Christianity has problems of its own! At least it can be said about Phelps and his congregation that they are willing to put themselves on the line for something. As if “submit to Babylon” was a popular message during Jeremiah’s day. You know what Jeremiah was accused of? Harming the morale of our troops and the country, and helping the enemy. Sounds familiar to the same charges made by the Bush administration and the religious right to certain folks, right? Again, I am not endorsing their doctrines or their actions. I am merely saying that their doctrines and actions are not as wayward as many Christians choose to believe.

Update: a reader has left an excellent comment doing what I specifically refrained from doing for my own purposes, which was to make the plain Biblical case that Westboro Baptist Church was incontrovertibly wrong. As a matter of fact, he did a better job than I could have! So please read his comment, which God provided through him in order to make the treatment of this matter complete. Also, another reader made a related point that Westboro Baptist fell for a government trap, which complements the other comment.

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