Frenetic Friday


It’s Frenetic Friday folks and that’s all the warning you need. Adult conversations are ahead so buckle up its going to be a bumpy ride.

For our first example of the thought police coming soon to this nation I give you Exhibit A: Disagreeing with transgender people has the potential for you to be arrested.  At Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles California a Loyola alumni office employee made the mistake of discussing traditional Roman Catholic teachings regarding gender ie:  There is only male and female.  Of course this was reported to the university’s Bias Incident Response Team and the Los Angeles police department as  a hate crime.  Now here is a little something to think about Loyola Marymount is a Jesuit College one where traditional Roman Catholic teaching is supposed to be upheld.  But not any more I guess. <source> HT:  Dr. James White

Exhibit B:  From an article dated April 19 from the Baptist News Global.  A United States Civil Right Commission has denounced the “religious liberty” laws backed by some of the Southern Baptist conventions as being homophobic, transphobic, and marginalizing the gay and transgender communities.  These laws of course are to protect the religious freedom of people who because of their deeply held beliefs can’t and won’t perform same-sex weddings.  The commission calls this: “a larger, alarming trend to limit the civil rights of a class of people using religious beliefs as the excuse.”  <source>

And finally we have Exhibit C:  Georgia Bureaucrats listen to Dr. Eric Walsh’s sermons and fire him.  Walsh a devout Seventh-Day Adventist, a former member of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, had accepted a job in Georgia as a district health director when Georgia officials became aware that he’d delivered a number of “controversial” sermons on his own time — sermons where he articulated orthodox Seventh-day Adventist positions on, among other things, human sexuality, Islam, evolution, and the corrupting influence of pop culture.  After learning about the sermons the director of human resources sent an email to department employees giving them an assignment of listening the Walsh’s sermons.  This was done and after listening to the sermons one employee reportedly told Walsh that you can’t “preach that and work in public health”.  Needless to say  Dr. Walsh isn’t working at the Georgia Public Health and has filed suit claiming religious discrimination.  <source>

 

Thank you for reading tonight’s Frenetic Friday dedicated to the erosion of our freedom.  Just remember Big Brother is watching you.

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Earworm Wednesday: While my guitar gently weeps


So Prince died last week and while there is a lot that can be said about the man the one thing that can’t be denied is that God blessed him with more musical talent than many other so-called musicians.  An example of this is seen in this clip where his guitar solo is an example of his complete mastery of the instrument.  Enjoy.

Catechism


Q. 105 What is idolatry?
A.  Idolatry is having or inventing something in which one trusts in place of or alongside of the only true God, who has revealed himself in his Word.

1 Chron. 16:26; Gal. 4:8-9; Eph. 5:5; Phil. 3:19

Catechism


Q. 103 What is the first Commandment?

A. Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.

Q. 104 What does the Lord require in the first commandment?

A.  That I, not wanting to endanger my very salvation, avoid and shun all idolatry, magic, superstitious rites, and prayer to saints or to other creatures. That I sincerely acknowledge the only true God, trust him alone, look to him for every good thing humbly and patiently, love him, fear him, and honor him with all my heart.  In short, that I give up anything rather than go against his will in any way.

1 Cor. 6:9-10; 10:5-14; 1 John 5:21

Lev. 19:31; Deut. 18:9-12

Matt. 4:10; Rev. 19:10; 22:8-9

John 17:3

Jer. 17:5, 7

Ps. 104:27-28; James 1:17

1 Pet. 5:5-6

Col. 1:11; Heb. 10:36

Matt. 22:37 (Deut. 6:5)

Prov. 9:10; 1 Pet. 1:17

Matt. 4:10 (Deut. 6:13)

Matt. 5:29-30; 10:37-39

Special Saturday


Ah Saturday!  No doubt getting that yard work done, spring cleaning, garden being prepared for planting.  Well to quote that famous chocolatier:   “So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you.”

Well if you’ve been hiding in a cave, keeping the television off, not listening to radio or podcasts then you’ve never heard of  North Carolina’s bill HB2 the so called “bathroom bill”  (here is the bill in question) and of course immediately the celebrities have chimed in condemning it as prejudice and bigotry.  And Bruce Springsteen announced that he was canceling his concert Greensboro because

Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.

Well Dr. Michael Brown wrote an excellent letter to Mr. Bruce Springsteen and his band and you really need to read this letter it is a reasoned and balanced response to Mr. Springsteen.

And Open Letter to Bruce Springsteen and His Band

Dear Bruce,

As a resident of North Carolina since 2003, I read with interest that you decided to cancel your April 10th concert in Greensboro because of HB2, the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act.

In your statement you explained that, in your view, the bill is “an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress.”

You added that it was time for you and your band “to show solidarity for those freedom fighters” (speaking of transgender activists), and you ended your statement with these powerful words: “Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”

I also read that your guitarist, Steven Van Zandt, has likened HB2 to an “evil virus” that is spreading through the United States in the form of similar legislation. (read it all here)

And here Lt. Governor Forest of North Carolina explains the bill.

So as I was researching things for Frenetic Friday I came across an interesting piece by David Harsanyi senior editor at the Federalist titled:

  How The Media Attacks Religious Liberty.

Most of the media won’t acknowledge that Americans who refuse to participate in a gay wedding could have any sincerely held beliefs or good faith arguments. For the media, there is hate. And there is light.  (read more here)

And lastly it has been awhile since we had a Robotic Overlords article and this one is a little bit disturbing.  This in from Wired:  The Scarlett Johansson Bot is the Robotic Future of Objectifying Women

Seems a Hong Kong designer called Ricky Ma spent $50,000 making a robot that he named Mark1 that looks like Scarlett Johansson.  Using a 3D printer and software that he taught himself to use he created this robot:

Yes I am creeped out by this too.  Basically what this designer has done is shown that any woman you fantasize about with money and software you can create that woman.  And yes it isn’t flesh and blood, but that is the point.  Flesh and blood gets in the way, you have to deal with emotions, feelings, conflicts, the normal every day things that happen when people interact with each other.  Not any more now you have your very own toy to satisfy your every whim.  Now of course this robot isn’t anywhere near what I would call a substitute for an real human being but it is obviously the first step.

 

And with that I will say good night and come back again.

Earworm Wednesday


This one is dedicated to all the hard working people that are putting in the long hours an especially the pastors who not only preach but work at another job.

Catechism


Q. 100 What is the Preface to the ten Commandments?
A. I am JEHOVAH, the Lord your God, who brought you out of the Land of Egypt, out of the House of Bondage.

Q. 101 What do we learn from the Preface?
A. Three things: first he shows to whom the right of all Rule belongs, that is, to God himself for he says, “I am JEHOVAH”. Secondly, he says he is the God of his people, that through the promise of his bountifulness he might encourage them to obey him. Thirdly, he says, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, as if he should say, I am the one who made myself known to you and bestowed all those Blessings upon you; therefore you art bound to show thankfulness and obedience unto me.
Exod. 20.2.

Q. 102 Do these things belong to us?
A. Yes, because they figuratively include and imply all the deliverances of the Church; and further, also this was a type of our wonderful Deliverance achieved by Christ.

Frenetic Friday


So on March 21st the American College of Pediatricians released a statement how gender ideology harms children.(follow the link to read the full statement). Not a lot has been said about this. Frankly we are too distracted by the current political circus to pay attention to something not involving clowns and prat falls. But this is important, pay attention, the pediatricians are telling us that this nonsense is child abuse. It is child abuse to retard the natural biological processes, to pump artificial hormones into a child so it doesn’t become the boy or girl it was meant to be. Not only that but there clinical evidence that those who have gone through this are twenty times more prone to suicide.

It has also been proven that 98 percent of the gender confused boys and 88 percent of the gender confused girls once they go through puberty accept their biological sex after going through puberty.  Again let me state what the pediatrician themselves stated:

Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse. Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents, leading more children to present to “gender clinics” where they will be given puberty-blocking drugs. This, in turn, virtually ensures that they will “choose” a lifetime of carcinogenic and otherwise toxic cross-sex hormones, and likely consider unnecessary surgical mutilation of their healthy body parts as young adults.

So staying on this theme for the moment The American Federation of Teacher’s the second largest teachers union has come out for a transgender campaign where men can use women’s restrooms and vice a versa if the person using the restroom identifies with the gender of the restroom.  <source>

In answer to this issue I would direct you to two letters, one a letter submitted by Kevin DeYoung  senior pastor of University Reformed Church in Lansing Michigan.

Safe Schools, Gender Non-Conformity, and Common Sense

To the Michigan Department of Education,

I am writing to comment on the document entitled State Board of Education Statement and Guidance on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Students (hereafter SBE Statement). I am grateful that the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has initiated a process for receiving public feedback on such a controversial matter. In addition to sending my comments by surface mail, I will also post this written response online. (read the rest here)

And Carl R. Trueman’s (Paul Woolley Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary) letter to the Springfield Schoolboard:

Gender Non-Conformity Running Roughshod over Parents’ Rights

One objection that has been made a number of times to my criticisms of transgenderism is that, if someone want to change from their birth sex to the opposite, what harm does that do to me? Why should I worry if, to borrow from Jefferson, it neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg? That is true, and from that perspective I care as little about the issue as I do about what my neighbors may or may not be doing in their bedrooms after dark. That is part of what living in a free country means. What I do care about, however, is how the issue is being used to transform the public square, in particular to undermine parental and women’s rights.

A case in point: Last week, I noticed that my local school district had included a proposed transgender student policy in the minutes of its recent board meeting. While it is obvious that the issues raised by transgenderism and gender non-conformity are being pressed so strongly by the power-brokers that all school districts will have to address them, it struck me that the document may be well-intentioned but contains within it conceptual confusions. These confusions then provide the foundation upon which far-reaching policies are being built which will erode parental rights, grant sweeping powers to the school, and in the long run (and almost as collateral damage) wreak significant damage upon women’s sports. Here is the text of the letter I sent to the school board in response:  (read the rest here)

Turning now to Pro-Life issues the California Department of Justice has raided the home of David Daleden the pro-life journalist that exposed the Plan Parenthood’s harvesting and selling baby parts.  They seized all the videos of the Planned Parenthood employees participating in the selling of baby parts and other videos that have not been released yet.  This is Daleden’s statement regarding this:

Today, the California Attorney General’s office of Kamala Harris, who was elected with tens of thousands of dollars from taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood, seized all video footage showing Planned Parenthood’s criminal trade in aborted baby parts, in addition to my personal information. Ironically, while seizing my First Amendment work product, they ignored documents showing the illicit scheme between StemExpress and Planned Parenthood. This is no surprise–Planned Parenthood’s bought-and-paid-for AG has steadfastly refused to enforce the law against the baby body parts traffickers in our state, or even investigate them–while at the same time doing their bidding to harass and intimidate citizen journalists. We will pursue all remedies to vindicate our First Amendment rights.

The statement remains true if you follow the money you will find out who is really electing the officials and whose pockets they are in.

Speaking of politics here is Hillary Clinton telling us that the unborn doesn’t have constitutional rights.

By the way notice that Hillary calls babies people just not people with rights.

And tonight’s Frenetic Friday ends with a little video about the most persecuted religious group in the world.