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.

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. 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.