Of course, my petty concerns are of little consequence when it's clear that Bush is getting bad advice:
The most pertinent of Koenig’s information involved his concern for President George W. Bush’s advisors on the matter of Israel and Bible prophecy. Koenig said that the present Bush White House had a number of top aides whom he believed were truly Christian people. He said, however, that all but perhaps one or two of them are in churches that hold to replacement theology. Replacement theology is the belief that the Church (all saved during the Church Age) has been given all the promises that Israel would have received, had those people accepted their Messiah at the time Jesus offered himself to fulfill that role. This is crucial, because it is logical to conclude that those advisors offer erroneous advice to the President in matters involving the US dealing with Israel. We can see some of the results of that faulty advice just this past week, as Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited President Bush at his Texas home. Although the White House spin was that the meeting was the best to date between the two leaders, the president expressed his displeasure with Sharon’s allowing settlements in areas of the West Bank that Bush said are critical to keeping the Roadmap to Peace on track.
The ELCA currently has a ban on non-celibate homosexual pastors, but its Church Council recently voted that exceptions to the policy be made to permit the ordination of active homosexuals. The resolution now goes before the ELCA's governing church body, or Churchwide Assembly, which meets this August in Orlando, Florida.
"Active homosexuals" -- and, here I'm using quotation marks to indicate that I'm using a direct quote -- is fun language, too. I don't think of myself as an "active heterosexual", but that's the toll 12 years of marriage takes. Oops. Eleven. It just seems like 12 blissful years. Moving on. So, homosexuals can join the ELCA clergy is they promise to abstain from the sodomy. Heterosexuals, of course, need not take any such pledge. And believe you me, Lutherans get it on. (No, they really don't. Lutherans mostly believe in getting together once a week and doing the same thing in the same order, with a little variation as possible. I imagine the hymns for Easter, '08 have already been selected. By the time I was confirmed a Lutheran, I had the service more or less memorized. You'll find more change in Donald Trump's wallet than in the Lutheran order of worship.) "Active" means two things in this context: one, the supposedly repugnant nature of homosexual intercourse, and, two, the insidious recruiting all homosexuals are constantly engaged in.
A couple paragraphs down in the same article comes this note "Unfortunately, he notes, the individuals who want to change standards within the church tend to be more politically active than those who want to preserve things as they are." Yep. Fundamentalists are really avoiding politics these days. It's beneath them.
Let me underscore the point about the quotation marks with a second example:
Don't let the pretty girl fool you. This tract is hard core:
TeenVirtue looks like the latest teen fashion magazine. It is glossy and upbeat, contains quizzes, and talks about boys; but it also provides scripture and deep spiritual truths. Vicki Courtney, author of TeenVirtue, says her daughter was a major factor in the design of the book. ...
This first edition of TeenVirtue takes several of the significant issues that young girls face and puts them into "bite-size" articles, tackling topics like beauty, boys, sex, friends and family, and having a solid relationship with Christ. Courtney chose the book's magazine-style format in the hopes of encouraging Christian girls to bring it to school with them and share it with their non-Christian friends.
The author emphasizes the fact that every article in the book is based on biblical truth, including a section that reflects on why each person is here in this world and presents a clear gospel message. She has been gratified to see the publication already proving relevant to girls, and many young readers and their parents already responding to it.
CAUTION: The following article contains descriptions that are unsuitable for young readers.
But it's all a tease. The story's got no sexy talk in it at all:
Officials with the American Family Association say they expect a massive public outcry to erupt over the recent announcement that two homosexual cable networks will soon be widely available, compliments of some major cable carriers that provide services to millions of American homes. As a result, homosexual-oriented programming will be available around the clock for the first time. ...
"It's going to come as a shock when their children are scanning or flipping channels on the way to Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon or the Disney Channel and run across LOGO," the researcher says. He anticipates children happening across programming that "will probably [depict] two men kissing -- or at least having the kind of sexual content that you can get on the regular networks, like NBC or CBS, except that it will be of the homosexual variety."
This means, I hope, that this country's Christian heritage hasn't been completely eradicated. There is a sense of civility even among Red Sox and Yankees fans (compared to, say, Liverpool and Juventus fans). It's quite ironic, in fact, that those countries who call America "unenlightened" are the same ones whose citizens engage in psychotic behavior at a sporting event. Is it any coincidence that those who abhor moral moorings are the same ones who become uncontrollably violent over the silliest of things?
I don't know whether Europeans are more moral than Americans or vice versa, but to pretend that there is a special civility in American sport based on religious conviction, but I did promise a question. Here it is: "What's the weather like up your own ass?" (Apologies to Steven v Stephen)
Couple things. Three actually. I think you should have comments after each section of Rapture Monday rather than just at the end. Um, "forcing gay sex down our throats"? I'm not sure I would have phrased it quite that way. Thne again maybe it was intentional in which case that's pretty funny. And third, but not least, why do these sorts of people get treated in the main stream media with any more respect than the folks who claim to have been abducted by UFO's?
By 10:02 PM, at
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By 6:46 AM, at
I thought "technical virgins" would be virgins as a result of computer obsessions, not just young folks who will engage in any sexual act so long as they remain "technically" a virgin. Sadly, I did not see "shinshee shinshee" on the list of approved activities.
Jambo -- the right wing is obsessed with odd sexual metaphors whenever discussing gay rights. I'm following their practice.
I'll see what I can do about breaking up Rapture Monday...I've got some ideas.