The Five Day Post


And now the post that has taken five days to write.  As I was looking at my various news feeds I was wondering what should make the cut.  Not much in Robotic Over Lords, there was some news on the Pro-life front and then I saw it.  Something that coincided with the 240th celebration of the independence of the USA.  What you may ask?  And even if you don’t ask, well let me point you to a few news items first.

Item 1.

Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to rule that pharmacies dispense emergency contraception

Item 2.

U.S. District Judge strikes down Mississippi’s religious freedom law.

Item 3.

Christian Mingle Opens Doors to Gay Singles Under Settlement.

Item 4.

California Bill protects LGBQT students by limiting the Faith of Universities

Are you seeing a pattern here?  If I am being obtuse let me spell it out for you.  Each of these cases has to do will religious freedom, in particular the right of persons to behave or operate a business under their belief system.

In Item 1 Christian pharmacists because they view plan B morning after pills  as an abortifacient and do not want to dispense the drug.  But are compelled by Washington State law to do so.  They filed suit claiming that the law put undo burden upon religious objectors.  The Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

At issue are Washington State regulations that are likely to make a pharmacist unemployable if he or she objects on religious grounds to dispensing certain prescription medications,” argued Justice Alito

“Yet the Ninth Circuit held that the regulations do not violate the First Amendment, and this Court does not deem the case worthy of our time. If this is a sign of how religious liberty
claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern.”

Item 2 A district judge struck down a religious liberty law based upon other religious freedom laws and the federal religious freedom law.  The judge claims that “The State has put its thumb on the scale to favor some religious beliefs over others. Showing such favor tells ‘nonadherents that they are outsiders, not full members of the political community, and . . . adherents that they are insiders, favored members of the political community,’ ” Reeves wrote, citing precedent. “And the Equal Protection Clause is violated by HB 1523’s authorization of arbitrary discrimination against lesbian, gay, transgender, and unmarried persons.”

Item 3 Christian Mingle a dating site that specified  whether you were a man seeking a woman or a woman seeking a man was sued by two gay men under California’s anti-discrimination law saying that the limited options violated the Unruh Civil Rights Act.  Because of the suit Christian Mingle has changed it’s policy to allow same sex users.

Item 4  California Senate Bill 1146 would prohibit any faith based policies from religious schools that take any state assistance and “discriminate” against LGBT persons.

“State assistance” includes any participation in the Cal Grants or Pell Grants programs, which provide critical financial assistance to lower-income students.

This means that a Catholic school that receives state aid can be sued for refusing to hire a non-Catholic applicant to serve as its president.  It means an Adventist school can be sued for refusing to hire a professor living in a gay marriage.  It means a Baptist school can be sued for refusing to allow a male student who “identifies” as a woman to live in a women’s dormitory, or to use women’s restrooms and showers.
The intent of this bill is transparent: to target Christian schools that maintain Biblical beliefs on marriage and sexuality, and to use the threat of losing government funds to force them to change those beliefs.  It puts schools into a terrible predicament.  If they maintain their beliefs, their prospective students will not be eligible for Cal Grants or Pell Grants, and the schools will suffer significant financial loss.  If they give in to this requirement, they compromise their core principles.

Do you see the pattern?  Can you see what we are losing here?  Do you understand that for the opposition it is a take no prisoner situation?  No matter who wins the presidency we can no longer depend on the courts to protect our rights that is no longer an option as they don’t rule based upon actual constitutional law rather they are an oligarchy of ideologues that rule based upon social theory.

Good Night.

We interrupt your regularly scheduled program


nativity

I’m sure that you’ve seen this or something similar by now.  I am not going to get into how it violates the second commandment but I am going to get into how this isn’t how to get sympathy for refugees middle-eastern or otherwise.

The implied statement is that Mary and Joseph were refugees of some kind.  But the facts don’t bear that out.

Fact one:  Mary and Joseph were still in their native land. They went from Nazareth to Bethlehem (Luke 2:4) both towns in Israel.

Fact two:  They were obeying the law.  Caesar Augustus had ordered a census of the entire Roman Empire and in obedience to the law they went where they were to be registered based on their lineage.  (Luke 2:1-3)

Fact three:  Because of the census all available rooms were taken.  This is like the entire city of Seattle Washington, population 668,342, decided to rent all the available space in Almira Washington, population 273.  Needless to say for a pregnant woman to find a room in a city that full would be near impossible so if anything having a barn, was a blessing.  (Luke 2:7)

Fact four:  At some point in time probably after the census, and some say up to two years after his birth, Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were living in a house. (Matthew 2:11).

So lets look at the facts.  One they were in their own country, two they were obeying the law of the land, three the lack of room was caused by a temporary influx of a great amount of people into a small town.  And four ultimately some time after the birth Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were living in a house in Bethlehem.

And lastly the story of the birth of Jesus is about Jesus.  It isn’t about refugees, it isn’t about haters, and it isn’t about setting up nativity scenes it is about the God-man.  How the Son of God became incarnate and lived  a sinless life and took the wrath of God upon Himself instead of us.

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,  because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”   Acts 17:30-31

 

 

A Rant


The guys over Credo Covenant are kind enough to allow me to write something for their blog now and then and this time I posted a rant that I wrote after being condemned by a gaggle of Grundys posing as baptists who told me that reading fantasy novels would get me condemned by Jesus.  If you want to read what I said about it head over here:  On the Reading of Fantasy