Friday, July 20, 2012

Evening Update

We are watching the fighting in and around Syria, which has followed the fighting in Libya and Egypt, but another fight is also taking place in the world, and that fight is for freedom. Religious freedom is part of that fight.

Catholics And Evangelicals Come Together To Fight For Religious Freedom

Young America's Foundation Intern Scholar Jolie Stuart-Davis explains that all religious groups should fear for their freedom because, with government out of control, they could be next:

This week, Wheaton College joined several other colleges and universities to fight for religious freedom.

The ObamaCare contraception mandate, which is at the center of Wheaton's legal challenge, would force the college, as well as other universities, to provide their employees with insurance coverage that goes against their religious beliefs.

“This alliance marks the first-ever partnership between Catholic and evangelical institutions to oppose the same regulation in the same court,” the school’s Website says in its announcement of the lawsuit.

According to the school's community covenant, the community strives to "uphold the God-given worth of human beings, from conception to death, as the unique image-bearers of God." Providing employees with abortion-inducing drugs would be in direct conflict with the school's covenant.

This law is an attack on religious freedom. If government can force a school to go against its religious foundation, what else can it do?

The first amendment guarantees freedom to practice any religion and the HHS mandate is in direct conflict with the many Christian faiths.

As a practicing Catholic, I am disappointed with this administration's attack on the Constitution. But this attack is not limited to the Catholic and Christian faiths. All religious groups should fear for their freedom because, with government out of control, they could be next.

You may recall a series of posts a few months ago "Lies And Distortions" - the article below continues that line of thought - pertinent to the age in which we are living:

Corruption, delusion, and mendacity are nothing new as determinants of both personal and collective life. They are staples of human nature. But with the spread of the print and electronic media and the immediate accessibility of information at any time and any place in the “global village,” the opportunity for mass deception has become the distinguishing factor of our time. Sophistry and subterfuge have gone mainstream. The ability of dominant elites to influence and even control the thought-world of vast populations to an historically unprecedented extent is now an integral part of contemporary life.

There are, to be sure, various ancillary elements involved in the ubiquitous public hospitality to blatant fictions and professional guile, including the critical decay of education at all levels and the growing proneness to parasitical entitlements among Western electorates, accentuating the appetite for passivity and stoking what amounts to a handout mentality. A populace coddled by welfare gratuities will accept packaged ideas and doctored reports as readily as they do food stamps, tax exemptions, and government checks.

As a result, intellectual laziness has never been so widespread in a pampered and ostensibly enlightened cultural realm, providing a soft target for media disinformation and political propaganda to work their injurious will.

Nothing else, it would appear, can explain the reflexive acceptance among those who should know better of the three consummate trumperies disfiguring the era in which we live: the Palestinian “narrative,” the climate change shakedown, and the ascent of Barack Obama to the most powerful office in the world. Truth is now at a discount as never before and has been increasingly replaced by promiscuous and sovereign mythologies.

Back to the Middle East for a brief update:

The Pentagon is not advocating military action, particularly while President Bashar al-Assad still clings to power, but US officials told the New York Times that the option had been presented by Israel.

Thomas Donilon, the US national security advisor, was in Israel last weekend to discuss the dramatically developing crisis, which reached a bloody turning point on Wednesday when a rebel bomb killed three of Mr Assad’s closest aides.

An Israeli incursion from the air or by land would be highly sensitive, given that it has officially been in a state of war with Syria for decades.

In the past two days rumours have circulated widely in Syria that the army is preparing to use chemical weapons against rebel forces or civilians.

Syria is believed to have reserves of sarin, mustard gas and cyanide, but the full details of its stockpile are unknown as it is one of eight states not to have joined the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention. Others include Israel and Egypt.

In Libya, where Gaddafi had few mourners, the consequences of civil war are already alarming. The al-Qaeda takeover of northern Mali was achieved by Gaddafi arms, stolen from unsecured stockpiles as his regime fell. Syria’s arms are more numerous, more modern, and better-maintained; Lebanon, the West Bank, Israel and Iraq are nearer. You do not even need the spectre of al-Qaeda and Islamist terror to make that a frightening prospect.

With neither negotiation nor an Alawite, Russian and Iranian acceptance of defeat, there will only be war. It might be a war with a notional Sunni-led, even democratically organised, multi-sect government of the sort envisaged by the spokesmen of the Syrian National Council, but how far would their writ run?

America, still the world’s policeman, is focused on its election and the economy, not on another Middle Eastern mess. Sooner or later though, the US and its European allies are going to have to decide what to do about Syria’s arms, and those who carry them. Now is not the time, but on any analysis the time is fast approaching, and it will accommodate no one’s electoral cycle.


Anonymous said...

In any case, things are SO SERIOUS
now that no one is laughing anymore.
I do NOT DO drugs but i thought
I would share something from Bob
Dylan in MAY 1966, the Blonde on
Blonde Album.

I think MANY here are OLD enough to
remember this, I was only 13 at the time. Consider this a WAY TO
LAUGH in an otherwise sickening world.

Stephen !!!!

Rainy Day Woman 12 X 35

Words and Music by Bob Dylan >>>>>

Well, they’ll stone ya when you’re trying to be so good
They’ll stone ya just a-like they said they would
They’ll stone ya when you’re tryin’ to go home
Then they’ll stone ya when you’re there all alone
But I would not feel so all alone
Everybody must get stoned

Well, they’ll stone ya when you’re walkin’ ’long the street
They’ll stone ya when you’re tryin’ to keep your seat
They’ll stone ya when you’re walkin’ on the floor
They’ll stone ya when you’re walkin’ to the door
But I would not feel so all alone
Everybody must get stoned

They’ll stone ya when you’re at the breakfast table
They’ll stone ya when you are young and able
They’ll stone ya when you’re tryin’ to make a buck
They’ll stone ya and then they’ll say, “good luck”
Tell ya what, I would not feel so all alone
Everybody must get stoned

Well, they’ll stone you and say that it’s the end
Then they’ll stone you and then they’ll come back again
They’ll stone you when you’re riding in your car
They’ll stone you when you’re playing your guitar
Yes, but I would not feel so all alone
Everybody must get stoned

Well, they’ll stone you when you walk all alone
They’ll stone you when you are walking home
They’ll stone you and then say you are brave
They’ll stone you when you are set down in your grave
But I would not feel so all alone
Everybody must get stoned
Copyright © 1966 by Dwarf Music; renewed 1994 by Dwarf Music

Ally said...

Hey Stephen-when Bob Dylan got saved, and he is Jewish remember? He went to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and he wrote a song. Its called, I think, "you gotta serve somebody" he said "it might be the devil, or it might be the Lord, but you are gonna hafta serve somebody" . cuz if you are not serving one, you definately are serving the other.

Anonymous said...

Dear Ally >>>>

yes, he accepted Jesus in 1979
according to my info. But I am
NOT SURE about that song. I listen
to alot of his older songs, they
appeal to me. I like "you ain't
going nowhere" and positively 4th street alot.

I listen to them every day >>>>>>

I want to see him do "like a rolling stone" in concert in
Heaven but I AM NOT sure Jesus
would allow that.............????

u can go to the website >>>>

and there is ALOT of info there.

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Anonymous said...

Last I hear Bob D hasn't walked with the Lord for a very long time. He came to Israel to study Kabalah a few years ago and He is more an Orthodox Jew now.

Ally, there was no local news about the alledged shooting at Clinton.


Anonymous said...

Are there things that you would recommend praying for/about the people of Israel?
Ally, how is your mrsa? Hopefully, fading away quickly!

Ally said...

Sharon-i had posted before, but the night all of you prayed for me, it got amazingly better! I wish I could post pictures. It's healing. I still look like somebody punched me in the eye but I'm ok with that! Before I looked like a terrifying monster, the triclops!
Still on antibiotics for a week or so more.
Thanks prayer warriors! And thank you Yeshua!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Israeli,

I am NOT sure of Bob Dylan's spiritual situation now BUT
I doubt VERY MUCH that Jesus has
bagged out on him. I know he DID
accept it in 1979, that's good enough
for me.

Jesus PROMISED to NOT leave us, you
should know that, right ??

I hope so....since I still want
to see "like a rolling stone"
in concert.

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>