September 30, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Budget, Business, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Media Bias, News, Society/Culture, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Nancy Pelosi — Cretin
Audio of Karl Rove revealing Nancy Pelosi’s underhanded, lying, lack of leadership in the bailout.
September 30, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Media Bias, News, President, Society/Culture, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Obama the Hypocrite
September 30, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Business, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Media Bias, News, Socialism, Society/Culture, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on How The Democrats Love Their Corporate Welfare Policy
-By Warner Todd Huston
What is it we hear echoing in the left-o-sphere? Don’t we hear all the time that the left is chock-full-o-nuts on how those eeeevil capitalists are so in love with what they call “corporate welfare”? Aren’t the nutrooters always railing about how the right is so in bed with business, giving them oh so many tax breaks? Of course, the left loves their corporate welfare, too. So much so that they’ve gone back to slipping it into play even when it was defeated not only by the right, but deplored and castigated by the left’s pals in Europe and the international community.
I am talking, of course, about the infamous (and infamy is the proper word) Byrd Amendment. This little bit of poison was repealed by Congress in 2005, but the decrepit Byrd and his shifty friends snuck it back into law by camouflaging it in a recent spending bill. So now it’s back as law even though many countries in the world are upset about it, even though it harmed our trading reputation the last time this dose of hemlock was forced on our trading partners world wide, even though all it really ends up being is corporate welfare.
So, what is it? It’s a nasty piece of protectionist policy — the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act — that makes it quite lucrative for American businesses to claim that they are put at an unfair advantage by foreign products. How it works is a U.S. company will file paperwork with the federal government claiming that they are being harmed by unfair business practices from a foreign product. The government then slaps a high, punitive tariff on that foreign product and pays the American business the amount of the increased tariff. That’s it. The business doesn’t have to prove anything. There is no inspection agency, accounting agency or compliance agency to check the claims. They just get paid.
September 30, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, Security/Safety, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Obama Campaign Stifles Free Speech At University Rally
-By Warner Todd Huston
The candidate of change, the shining proponent of a “new way” in national politics, says that you aren’t allowed to bring a sign to his rally. So much for the right of free political speech. To add insult to injury, this rally was held at the publicly funded University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. So, now the government is lending the weight of its authority to squelch free speech. So, where is the hue and cry about this unAmerican activity? Did the media even note this heavy-handed policy?
But, it is all true nonetheless. The rally was held and weak-spined school officials bent over and meekly accepted the rules derived from the fascistic penchant of the Obama campaign with its anti-first amendment proclivities. Some few small voices questioned this oppression of American rights, but for the most part no one seems to have noticed that Virginians had their Constitutional rights quashed that day. Shockingly, some even thought it was a good idea.
The Obama campaign, falling back on the oldest dodge in the book, claimed that campaign signs were not allowed because of “security concerns.” Who can doubt, though, that it was instead because of “camera concerns”? The Obama campaign was far more interested in photo ops clear of McCain signs or other unwanted reminders that there are other opinions out there among the unwashed masses than that of sycophancy for The One.
September 30, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Business, Communism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Media Bias, News, Security/Safety, Socialism, Society/Culture, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment
-By Warner Todd Huston
Bill Fletcher is all about the wringing of hands over the corruption scandal of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and is afraid that it will get in the way of the upcoming presidential campaign. Fletcher, a long time union activist, pseudo “Africanist,” anti-American, and anti-Jew agitator, who is also a self described “socialist,”, and Barack Obama volunteer, was interviewed recently on the website of the extremist organization Democracy Now.
Little of what he had to say is of much surprise or interest nor is there any truth to it. It is filled with your run-of-the-mill psychotic hate for business and the U.S.A. like the content of all of his interviews. But, his lament about the troubled SEIU is interesting… maybe even heartening for those who wish to see the union curtailed.
September 30, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Business, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, GOP, John Armor, Media Bias, News, Socialism, Society/Culture, Taxes | Comments Off on All’s Foul in Love and Politics
-By John Armor
Alexander Pope’s original quote was, of course, “all’s fair in love and war,” meaning you can get away with anything in those two areas. Now, as we all know, the entire economy of the United States is threatened with collapse because of supposed “errors and outright fraud on Wall Street.”
Let’s step back a bit. The crisis began with the financial collapse and federal take-over of the two “private” organizations which insured and/or bundled and marketed a major part of all home mortgages in the US. These two organizations had gone along for decades, serving the public one mortgage at a time. What brought Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to “suddenly” collapse?
A decade ago, Congress changed the rules of operation of both institutions. It ordered banks to broaden their lending into areas where the risks were greater, and to make loans to borrowers they previously thought would not pay those mortgages when they came due. The two institutions would then buy those loans.
Then, those loans were bundled into pools and sold on national and international markets. They were attractive, because they paid high interest rates, because they were, after all, high risk loans. The mortgages had low or no down payments. So all it took was a downturn in the housing markets and many of these loans went below zero in value. The home owners walked away. The banks were left with piles of bad paper.
-By Don Boys, Ph.D.
There can be no argument the Emergent Church leaders emphasize the environment over eternity. Brian McLaren wrote that a Christian’s goal is not simply to reach people for Christ but to save the planet from destruction (A New Kind of Christian, p. 83). No, that is not our goal. While we are stewards of God’s creation, we are not responsible to save the planet. McLaren teaches that the kingdom of God is “about changing this world.” (The Secret Message of Jesus, p. 23.) No, it is about changing people, one by one, through the Gospel of Christ. That will change this world!
McLaren wrote, “For example, maybe we can stop arguing about the origin of species and start concerning ourselves with the extinction of species and the endangerment of species in a world of carbon addiction, habitat destruction, and extraction-economics.” (On Faith, Newsweek and Washington Post website, “The Search for Higher Common Ground,” 6-7-2007.)
That is typical left-wing drivel. I am much more concerned about schools teaching students the farce and fraud of evolution than I am about what happens to spotted owls, snail darters, condors (vultures), etc. But it gets worse.
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September 29, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Media Bias, News, President, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on State Run Canadian Media Corp. Apologizes for Palin-Smearing Article
-By Warner Todd Huston
**Video Below The Fold**
Well, it took them long enough, but the State run Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has finally apologized for the obscene attack on Governor Sarah Palin that appeared on September 5 that was extensively covered in the conservative press in both Canada and the U.S.
Heather Mallick called McCain a “hateful little man,” called Republicans and Palin “white trash,” and also called Palin a “porn actress” in her two September 5 articles (one has been removed by the CBC the other is at The Guardian). That wasn’t all as Mallick seemed to completely lose her mind with a litany of name calling and charges not based in any factual evidence.
The complaint soon flowed into the inbox of the kindly lefties at the CBC, so many in fact that even these hard core leftists had to back track from Mallick’s insane ramblings.
September 29, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Media Bias, News, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on AP Attacks Palin for Not Being in Alaska During Campaign
-By Warner Todd Huston
With the newest angle to beat up Sarah Palin, the AP is suddenly alarmed that no one is “running Alaska” while Palin is out on the stump with John McCain, so much so that they’ve published a piece wondering if Alaska is about to sink into the icy grip of the Alaskan tundra, or something, because Palin isn’t there. One wonders if the AP is all upset that no one is in Congress representing Illinois or Delaware with Obama and Biden roaming the countryside instead of sitting in the Senate? One wonders if the AP has even noticed that Obama has spent less than 200 days in the Senate since he took his seat in that august body in 2005? Talk about rudderless! Talk about short-shrifting the representation of constituents!
The AP is all about the wringing of hands because Palin has been absent from the Alaska governor’s office for the last three weeks. I guess the AP isn’t aware that Alaska has a Lt. Governor? But, let’s face it, the AP doesn’t care about Alaska at all because this article is only a thinly disguised excuse to slam Palin for not running to the press to fawn over them and cater to their every need.
Most of this piece is centered on the way McCain and Palin are trying to control the Palin message, as opposed to any real worry that Alaska is running rudderless. In fact, this AP smear piece is a bait and switch, not really about what it seems to be about.
The AP even basically starts out with a lie:
September 29, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, President, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Even NYT Crossword Puzzles In Tank for Obama
-By Warner Todd Huston
Even the crossword puzzles in The New York Times are biased in favor of Obama and Biden finds David Levinson Wilk in Politico. Wilk did a little research to see how many times McCain has been an answer in the NYT puzzle since 2005. He came up with zero entries. When he looked for Obama he found the name “regularly appeared” in the puzzle. Does this prove that the Times is “150 percent in the tank” for Obama as McCain adviser Steve Schmidt recently claimed?
I find it a bit amazing that neither McCain’s name, nor Palin’s name (unless it is referring to Monty Python alum Michael) appears in the Times puzzle. But, there you have it. Wilk gives us his findings but tries to make light of the whole thing.
September 29, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Business, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Media Bias, News, Society/Culture, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Union Patronage: Millions Paid to Family Members of Union Bigwigs
-By Warner Todd Huston
The L.A. Times has really got it out for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), I have to say. On September 26, the Times published another one of its investigations into the corrupt union activities, this time revealing that SEIU union bigwigs have funneled millions of dollars to little companies owned by family members for “services” being provided the union.
The investigation also showed that union chiefs are starting their own side companies only to get millions of dollars in “contracts” from the union.
It must be nice to be a chief directing budgets of millions upon millions of dollars right into your own pockets and that of you family members!
Here are just some of the shady “services” and payments union chiefs made to their wives, daughters, sons and other family members:
- The SEIU and its political affiliate contributed $3 million to America Votes, an advocacy organization that was headed by Cecile Richards, wife of an aide to SEIU President Andy Stern, at the time the payments were made.
- Melissa Mullinax was an SEIU political director when the political consulting firm she held a 20%-to-25% stake in, The Edison Group, was paid more than $1 million, including expenses. In addition, the SEIU has spent about $41,000 on a graphic design company owned by Mullinax’s husband, Jason Abbott.
- The union paid about $520,000 to a consulting firm co-founded by Democratic Party and labor strategist Steve Rosenthal, the husband of another SEIU director, Eileen Kirlin. Rosenthal, a longtime friend of Stern, also headed America Coming Together, a get-out-the-vote nonprofit that received $23 million from the union.
- Pamela Kieffer, wife of a third union director, David Kieffer, has received about $70,000 in consulting fees and in separate payments from a firm that provided recruitment services to SEIU.
- In addition, the SEIU and an associated nonprofit paid roughly $210,000 in consulting fees over four years to Don Stillman, husband of the union’s outside legal counsel, Judith Scott. Stillman helped edit a 2006 book written by Stern, a publication that has generated controversy because of how the union president profited from it.
It looks like the best way to become a millionaire these days is to marry a union chief of the SEIU!
September 29, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Media Bias, President, Security/Safety, Socialism, Society/Culture, Taxes | Comments Off on Patriotism, Taxes and Charity
-By Michael M. Bates
Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden was interviewed on ABC’s Good Morning America last week. With hair plugs set perfectly and dental caps gleaming – or was it the other way around? – Joe was asked by Kate Snow if those odious folks known as the rich should pay more in taxes. His reply:
“You got it. It’s time to be patriotic, Kate. Time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help America out of the rut, and the way to do that is they’re still gonna pay less taxes than they did under Reagan.”
Oh, so now the argument is sending more bucks to Washington is a form of patriotism. Readers familiar with Biden’s well-established record of “borrowing” that goes back at least to his law school days won’t be traumatized to learn it’s not an original notion.
-By Marie Jon’
New Media pundits have been forthright when presenting well-investigated stories concerning Barack Obama and John McCain. While the alphabet biased media fawned over Obama, who marketed himself as a candidate who transcends race and represented a new brand of politics, others looked for the truth.
As it turns out, the New Media found that Obama is just another disingenuous politician. He is a packaged and pretentiously scripted candidate created by the DNC. Obama’s promises are nothing but the oily words of a swindler.
Appropriately, the facade has been stripped away by some of those who love their country. Conservative talk show hosts from across the USA have been peeling the blinders from the eyes of both parties’ constituents. Great inroads have been made by patriots such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. They have been revealing the Democrat’s deepest darkest secrets to unprecedented numbers of Americans.
September 29, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Google, Inernet, Media Bias, News, Scott Cleland, Society/Culture, Technology | Comments Off on The Privacy Problem is Unauthorized Tracking
-By Scott Cleland
The Privacy Solution is a Meaningful Consent Standard
There was a major tectonic shift in the Internet privacy debate today at the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Internet privacy.
Surprisingly strong consensus emerged surrounding Internet privacy that:
- Behavioral Advertising did have value;
- Technology is not the privacy problem with behavioral advertising;
- The privacy problem is lack of advance meaningful consent by consumers to track their Internet movements and to use their private information; and
- Any privacy effort must comprehensively include all Internet players using any Internet technology because consumers don’t care about the technology being used—they just care about their privacy being abused.
AT&T, Verizon and Time Warner, three of the four largest American ISPs, all agreed in their collective testimony that any behavioral advertising should involve “meaningful consent” by consumers, meaning the customer:
September 29, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Media Bias, News, President, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Know Who’s Got More Experience Than Obama? Sarah Palin
-By Warner Todd Huston
**UPDATE – 09/28/08 PM**
Barack Obama played the “me too” game during the Friday debates on September 26 after Senator John McCain mentioned that he was wearing a bracelet with the name of Cpl. Matthew Stanley, a resident of New Hampshire and a soldier that lost his life in Iraq in 2006. Obama said that he too had a bracelet. After fumbling and straining to remember the name, he revealed that his had the name of Sergeant Ryan David Jopek of Merrill, Wisconsin.
Shockingly, however, Madison resident Brian Jopek, the father of Ryan Jopek, the young soldier who tragically lost his life to a roadside bomb in 2006, recently said on a Wisconsin Public Radio show that his family had asked Barack Obama to stop wearing the bracelet with his son’s name on it. Yet Obama continues to do so despite the wishes of the family.
Radio host Glenn Moberg of the show “Route 51” asked Mr. Jopek, a man who believes in the efforts in Iraq and is not in favor of Obama’s positions on the war, what he and his ex-wife think of Obama continually using their son’s name on the campaign trail.
September 28, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, President, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on WaPo Highlights ‘President Obama’ Painting
-By Warner Todd Huston
We have to mark this down in the “this is news?” category, but the Washington Post has decided that it would be newsworthy to report on some guy who has already painted a “President Obama” painting to hang in the White House upon coronation… er, I mean election. No, seriously. This really is news! Heck, why else would they report this if it wasn’t real news? Do ya think they’re in the tank er something? As if.
So, here is the heartwarming story of a propagandist with a lose brush painting what is supposed to pass for “art,” a wunnerful depiction of the Messiah looking somewhat Soviet-like in style, chin lifted, gazing off into the distance at the future.
Apparently, the artist painted a portrait of Thurgood Marshall that Obama has had loaned to him to hang in his Senate office. And he is ready to pass this newest picture on to his dear leader, the Obamessiah, to hang in the Imperial offices.
September 28, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, Socialism, Society/Culture, The Law, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Colorado Amendments 47,49,54 Attacked by Unions
-By Warner Todd Huston
There has been a pretty vicious fight in Colorado over several Amendments that will appear on the ballots aimed at putting a collar on rampant union violations of worker’s rights this year. The unions have imported all sorts of outside groups and money to defeat these worker freedom Amendments.
Here is a page from the latest anti-worker rights the unions have sent out.
-By Don Boys, Ph.D.
Emergent Church leaders are into the social gospel of the early 1920s, a failure and departure from the Word now as then. One of the EC leaders admitted that the EC is a protest movement, so what do they protest? Many EC leaders would consider Bible-believers as Neanderthals because of our positions on abortion, homosexuality, death penalty, etc. (What is the Emerging Church? Protest—jesuscreed.org, posted by Scot&nbs p; McKnight. Http://www.jesuscreed.org/?p=512.)
A professor of religious studies at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago and EC leader expressed the social activism of EC leaders aptly when he wrote, “I tell my friends that I have voted Democrat for years for all the wrong reasons. I don’t think the Democratic Party is worth a hoot, but its historic commitment to the poor and to centralizing government for social justice is what I think government should do.” (Scot McKnight, Talk:Main Page website, 1/19/2007.)
September 28, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Google, Inernet, News, Scott Cleland, Technology | Comments Off on Googleopoly II: Google’s Predatory Playbook to Thwart Competition — a new White Paper
-By Scott Cleland
My new Googleoply II White Paper (see www.googleopoly.net) identifies and documents the twenty-six sources of Google’s market power and the five different anti-competitive strategies Google employs to foreclose competition.
This original and trenchant analysis brings into sharp focus the moorings of a potential antitrust case against the Google-Yahoo ad pact. The White Paper also should give pause to even the biggest apologists and cheerleaders for Google — if they are ‘open’ to reading it. Simply, it is a must-read piece for anyone trying to understand why the DOJ’s investigation of the proposed Google-DoubleClick is so serious and important.
-By Warner Todd Huston
These scumbags really have gall, ya know? First we have Democrats from the Carter administration all the way up to those serving with the Obama campaign being key players in the mess that became our current economic hell and NOW they want businesses to pay for the mistakes Democrats made. Democrats have come up with the brilliant idea of taxing Wall Street to “pay back” the treasury for the bailout.
Reuters is reporting that Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is claiming that she wants to drag down Wall Street even further by levying confiscatory taxes on investors and investment firms if the treasury isn’t paid back in 5 years time.
“If after five years … the CBO decides that the American taxpayer has lost money in this, then there would be a fee on financial institutions,” Pelosi said, adding that she hoped the provision could be part of a final bailout deal.
So, the Democrats are responsible for causing this mess and they want someone ELSE to pay the bill? Democrats have the gall to pretend this is everyone else’s fault!
It figures. Read more
September 27, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Media Bias, News, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Republicans Predicted Fannie/Freddie Troubles YEARS Ago
September 27, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, Military, News, Patriotism, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Obama Voted to Cut Funds for the Troops
September 27, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Media Bias, News, President, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on AP, CNN Both Distort Laura Bush Saying Palin ‘Lacks Foreign Policy Experience’
-By Warner Todd Huston
**Video Below the Fold**
In the Words-Mean-Things category, yesterday we got both the Associated Press and CNN distorting the words Laura Bush used to describe Sarah Palin on foreign policy. Worse, the video interview of the First Lady was right on CNN yet on its own Political Ticker blog, CNN still distorted what Laura Bush said about Palin. It makes you wonder if the folks at CNN even watch CNN?
On September 24, Political Ticker posted a story by “CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney” headlined “Laura Bush says Palin lacks foreign policy experience” and started the posting out with these first lines: (bold mine)
September 27, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Dan Scott, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Media Bias, News, Security/Safety, Society/Culture | Comments Off on The Decision of the Undecideds
-By Dan Scott
The first debate between John McCain and Barack Obama covering mostly foreign policy came to its expected outcome. McCain made the obvious points accepted by most of the country and cut through Obama’s attempts at nuance. We expected Obama to be shown for the extreme leftist, dangerous, naïve person he is and we were not disappointed. McCain was slow to begin with the economic question and definitely not on his game giving the advantage to Obama.
To say the least, both liberals and conservatives said their respective candidate won the debate. In a sense, both sides are right and wrong at the same time. From their perspective each candidate delivered the talking points they wanted to hear and thus in their minds was a point scored. This result is what we call, confirmation bias. The problem here from a strategic view is neither side has the votes to win if things stand as they are. Both candidates have essentially half the decided voters. Therefore, the election will be decided by the actual turn out of the decided voters and by those who have yet to make their decision.
September 27, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Business, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Media Bias, News, President, Society/Culture, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on WHO Caused This Economic Crisis? Hint: Democrats
In this day of uncertain security, this endorsement REALLY means something…
ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign today announced that 300 retired generals and admirals from around the country are endorsing John McCain for president. The retired generals and admirals announced their support with the following letter:
“We have had the honor and privilege of serving as career officers in the United States Armed Forces, and of serving shoulder to shoulder with so many of the fine young men and women who are the backbone of America’s Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. It is that experience that informs our judgment that John McCain is the presidential candidate best suited to serve as America’s Commander-in Chief from the day of his inauguration.
“Our next president will confront national security challenges as significant as those faced by any administration in at least a generation. Success will require a leader with proven tenacity, judgment and courage. It will also require a leader with detailed knowledge of our military and other instruments of national power, and with years of experience dealing seriously with foreign leaders.
“John McCain’s entire life has been devoted to the service of America. Throughout a long and distinguished career in the military and in Congress, he has repeatedly displayed the courage and integrity to place America’s interests first — regardless of personal cost. And he has demonstrated the experience and wisdom to lead America — and, importantly, our allies — in effectively dealing with complex and vitally important national security challenges around the world.
“We unequivocally endorse him to continue his service to the country as the next President of the United States.”
Full, Alphabetical List Follows:
September 27, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, Nancy Salvato, News, Religion, Security/Safety, Socialism, Society/Culture | Comments Off on Don’t Know What You’ve Got ‘Til It’s Gone
-By Nancy Salvato
“The people shall not be deprived or abridged of their right to speak, or to publish their sentiments; and the freedom of the press, as one of the great bulwarks of liberty, shall be inviolable.” James Madison
My mother used to say that it’s better to go from being poor to being rich than from having been rich and become poor because you don’t yearn for what you’ve lost. However, my experience has been that if you’ve always been free from want, you might not ever gain an appreciation for what was taken for granted. In any event, it wasn’t until I reached middle age that I began to understand what for me truly constitutes being rich and it wasn’t until 9/11 that I really gave much thought to how quickly it could be taken away.
During World War II, when peace and stability were shattered by acts of physical aggression initiated by the axis powers, Franklin Roosevelt gave a speech on what he referred to as the four freedoms.
-By Don Boys, Ph.D.
God warns us in Jer. 10:2, “Learn not the way of the heathen,” but heathenism is exactly what EC leaders are teaching. The Bible gives no support for chanting, centering prayer, yoga, beads, candles, incense, labyrinths, breathe prayers, etc. The Roman Catholic Church brought all those from paganism and baptized them into “Christianity.” I don’t think anything has shocked me in my entire ministry like seeing evangelicals wade waist deep into pagan practices and call it “a return to Christianity”! The New Age (which is really old) has arrived in our churches!
Robert Webber, a Wheaton College professor, further encouraged pagan practices in evangelical circles when he wrote, “The early Fathers can bring us back to what is common and help us get behind our various traditions….Here is where our unity lies…evangelicals need to go beyond talk about the unity of the church to experience it through an attitude of acceptance of the whole church and an entrance into dialogue with the Orthodox, Catholic, and other Protestant bodies.” (Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World, p. 89.) These “early Fathers” are given far more credibility than they deserve in my opinion. They transferred numerous Grecian, Roman, and Eastern pagan practices into the post-apostolic churches and those practices then became accepted as biblical by the slowly forming Roman Catholic Church.Next Page »
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