Monday, February 9, 2015

The Whole World as a Gift

When Indiana Jones unfolds a worn and tattered map, or when Laura Croft examines a dry and dusty manuscript with the largest of magnifying glasses, we know they are both in search of hidden treasure. But the finding of hidden treasure is not confined to tales of fiction. The archaeologist armed with pick-ax and shovel now and then finds a broken piece of pottery on which are written strange words and cryptic characters; or he may find a monument bearing strange inscriptions, and by deciphering these words he may find the key to an entire historical epoch.

A friend recently made such a discovery, not so earth-shaking perhaps, but startling enough to make him change the way he views history and current events. In an idle hour at the library, he came across a history of the Philippines, remarkable for its mammoth size and scrupulous detail.  Published during the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, this ponderous fifty-five volume history contains hundreds of letters and official communiqu├ęs between Spain and the newly-discovered colony of the Philippines.

The very first of these documents is the Papal Bull of 1493, also known by its Latin title, Inter Caetera, which I am told, means “Among Other Things.”  But this letter from Pope Alexander VI to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain is anything but a collection of miscellaneous, routine matters. Instead, this letter gives Ferdinand and Isabella all the lands to be discovered by Christopher Columbus; and this included Canada, America, Central America, the islands of the Caribbean, South America, and the islands of the Pacific. This grant was not merely jurisdictional; all these lands became the personal property of Ferdinand and Isabella.

But why would Pope Alexander VI give Ferdinand and Isabella such an unimaginably large gift?  The reason for the grant, as explained in the letter, was the piety of the King and Queen, and their great desire to spread the Christian faith, as proven by their liberation of Spain from Moslem rule, referred to in the letter as “the yoke of the Saracens.”  Ferdinand and Isabella did indeed free Spain from the Moslems, and in the words of the letter:

and as your noble and worthy deeds have declared in manner to the whole world, in that with all your study, diligence, and industry, you have spared no travels, charges, or perils, adventuring even the shedding of your own blood, with applying your whole minds and endeavors hereunto, as your noble expeditions achieved in recovering the kingdom of Granada from the yoke of the Saracens in these our days, do plainly declare your deeds with great glory of the divine name. For the which, as we think you worthy, so ought we of our own free will favorably to grant all things whereby you may daily with more fervent minds, to the honor of God and the enlarging of the Christian empire, prosecute your devout and laudable purpose most acceptable to the immortal God.

“Adventuring even the shedding of one’s own blood” refers to the fact that Ferdinand and Isabella followed their armies into battle and encamped beneath the walls of Granada, the last Spanish city to be liberated from Muhammad XII, the Moslem ruler. After reading this document, one cannot be free from the impression that the grant of the New World to Ferdinand and Isabella was a reward for expelling the Moslems from Europe.

Also found in this fifty-five volume history of the Philippines are many letters written over a span of centuries requesting protection from the Moslem inhabitants of the Philippines, the Moros. One letter, written in the early 1500s, reports that out of all the native inhabitants of the Philippines, the Mohammedans were the one group most violently opposed to Christianity; and the writer of the letter refers to them as Ismaelites, warning that “Genesis 16 is written on their hearts,” and that “Ismael, the son of Hagar, the servant girl of Abraham, will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s against him.” (Genesis 16:12) Piratical attacks by Moslems are another constant theme of the letters.
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What then is the hidden treasure to be found by re-discovering this long-forgotten document?  The hidden treasure is this. America exists primarily not for the purpose of liberty, equality, tolerance, or increased material prosperity, but for the furtherance of the Gospel; and far from being a nation in which Christianity is to be excluded from government, America must look to divine providence as the explanation for her origin, her higher purposes, and her ultimate destiny.

More information about how Ferdinand and Isabella sent Columbus on his voyages of discovery after freeing Spain from the Moslems can be found in Oliver Otis Howard’s book “Isabella of Castille,” available online at the Baldwin Project, a resource for homeschoolers.  
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

LePage Bests "Gay" Michaud as Repubs Gain Power in Legislature

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On a day when Republicans made significant gains nationally Mainers rejected the "conventional wisdom" of libs, progs and the media.  Voters gave outspoken Governor Paul LePage four more years in the State House.  He will have a Republican Senate and strengthened House of Representatives with whom to work for the next two years.

This is a hopeful sign for two reasons.
  1. The Republican Platform makes the Party officially pro life and pro marriage, even though it has demonstrated countless times an unwillingness to fight for these ideas.
  2. LePage's thinking isn't perverted on sexual morality.  Watch this youtube.  He knows sodomy is evil.

Democrats, on the other hand, are hopeless.

Unfortunately this gain for Republicans may end up being seen as a defeat for Christians.  Prominent powers within the party practically threw the ancient faith under the proverbial bus in order to appeal to what the media describes as the center, or moderates.

American culture is awash in sin.  History shows, however, that this can change overnight as a result of spiritual awakening and moral reform.  LePage's victory suggests that all may not be lost.  With almost no friends in high places he still captured nearly half the votes in a three way contest where he was outspent at least two to one.  This election was the most expensive in Maine history.

In the closing weeks of the campaign Maine watched their Governor's race become a national contest between New Jersey Governor/2016 Presidential hopeful Chris Christie and President Barack Obama.  Pro Life Christie came to Maine many times to stump for LePage.  Pro sodomy Obama came to Portland late last week for sodomite democrat Mike Michaud.  

Obama and "gayness" lost big yesterday.

It seems Putin isn't the only one giving the lame duck politician a spanking.  A majority of America's voters clearly aren't in his corner either.

Russia has been distinguishing itself lately as a culture unwilling to bend over for the sodomy movement.  Just this week the business community demonstrated impressive resilience.  A business dismantled an interactive memorial to Steve Jobs.  The business proclaimed, "In Russia, gay propaganda and other sexual perversions among minors are prohibited by law."

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Alien Feminism: Enmity Between Woman & the Devil

By Fritz Spencer, Friend of the Pro Family Movement

Imagine if you will, a battle fought out high above the earth, as a woman struggles against a hissing, serpent-like creature, then finally hurls the repulsive creature into space. Down through the darkness the creature falls, down through the fleecy white clouds, until it sets foot on a planet not unlike earth, where it is free to hunt its prey. These are scenes from the movie Alien; and Alien is a movie which is hailed as a feminist classic.

The movie Alien, as does the best science fiction, retells certain familiar stories from the Bible. Non-believers reject the truth of the Bible, but they are moved when they see that same truth portrayed in cinematic form.  The battle in the heavens shown in Alien is a retelling of the enmity between woman and the Devil as set forth in the Book of Genesis:

“I will make you and the woman hostile toward each other. I will make your descendants and her descendants hostile toward each other. He will crush your head, and you will bruise his heel.”  (Genesis 3:15)

The very first conversation in the Bible takes place between Eve and the Serpent. The Serpent, who is the Devil, entices Eve into confounding the laws of God. We may gather from this account that the Devil hates woman more than he hates man, because woman gives life to what he detests, the human race.

But the retelling of the story is garbled in Alien. Rather than succumbing to the serpent, the heroine defeats the serpent by usurping the role of the male. But the serpent is not slain, and instead finds its way to earth.

In like fashion, feminism, which purports to be a triumph of womankind, is in reality, a war on women, a re-tempting of Eve in the Garden of Eden. Nor does the liberation of women lead to a paradise on earth, but instead ushers in the society envisioned by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

Friedrich Engels revealed the real purpose behind feminism when he wrote the following:

"Only when we have led every woman from the home into the workplace will complete equality be achieved, by the destruction of the institution of the family, which is the basis of capitalist society." (Friedrich Engels, Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State)

Feminism scorns child-bearing and motherhood, just as it welcomes abortion, lesbianism, and the rearing of children by the state.  In the movie Alien, the heroine is a warrior, and the monster is a mother.  Likewise, the abomination called “homosexual marriage” rejects child-bearing and child-rearing, which is the essence of womanhood.

Curtis Harrington
What then is the origin of this strange movie, with its distorted message of feminism and its gory depiction of violence? Alien grew out of an even more lurid and bizarre movie directed by Curtis Harrington, a homosexual.   Harrington, a maker of horror films, is hailed as a pioneer of the ‘New Queer Cinema;’ and the monsters in his films are yes, women. The monster in the movie which is the predecessor to Alien is a woman ‘with a bouffant hairdo and the grace of a ballet dancer,’ and like the creature in Alien, she too is a mother.

St. Paul says in the first chapter of the Book of Romans that homosexuality is caused by a rejection of God and the worship of created beings. The more depraved aspects of the homosexual lifestyle, including marching in so-called “gay pride parades” -- either completely nude or dressed as nuns --  hurling obscenities at Christians, and organizing clubs for sadomasochists, have been ably documented by the pro-family crusader Peter LaBarbera. No one can deny such scenes exist; nor can anyone deny that these lurid displays seem demonic.  It remains for us to properly evaluate the significance of these phenomena.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Google: Please Don't Be Evil

                                                 Compliments to Mashable.com
I'm a heavy user of Google.

Gmail got me hooked.  I had struggled with Outlook and the whole Microsoft networking/office world in a small ministry while the PC was maturing and Al Gore was inventing the internet.  The promise of lots of storage space and built in virus/spam protection for free lured me in.  And while I've never been in a situation where their paid Google Apps service made sense for me, I've sunk my digital roots deep into Google.

It is most definitely a love/hate relationship.

I have two big concerns.  Since Google is a private business they have the right to turn off my account at any time.  I don't agree with them on sodomy.  They have a legal written pro-sodomy policy.  Since America is becoming the world's leading exporter of sodomy-love, and Google is America's most well known brand ... well, you get the picture.  If not click here.

My second concern is the NSA.  While I don't mind personal-data-driven-advertising being presented to me as I use Google and surf the web, I am troubled by anyone's secret access to my data.  I am especially concerned about the government having access, but would not want anyone secretly sifting my inbox or browsing my Drive account.  Google says that it doesn't allow human eyes to view the data in accounts.  Supposedly, the data that they mine from their accounts is somehow depersonalized before it is sold to advertisers.  And computers are the only "eyes" that sort and sift the data.

I follow the Snowden development's as closely as I can.  He is a hero.  The issue for me is probable cause.  Nobody has a right to use or access my data without my permission.  Nobody.  And certainly no government.

I'm no lawyer.  But I'll wade in and share my opinion anyway.

The only exception in my mind is where there is probable cause.  In most cases where the government would need to claim probable cause I should be notified before the access is granted by the judge (I suppose suspicion of treason might be reason for the government to be able to secretly see what I'm up to).  I have the right to argue for the confidentiality of my data with my accuser present.  The burden of proof regarding their right to access my data rests with my accuser.  I am innocent until proven guilty.

That's the way it should be.  That, however, does not appear to be the way that it is.

A word that gets thrown around a lot in this debate is "metadata."  As I understand it this is sort of like an address.  It is data that points to an email, phone call or file.  It is not the file or data itself.  Governments argue they need access to all of the world's metadata so they can catch terrorists.

I doubt this is true.  I fear the overreach of government more than I fear "terrorism."  Life in a surveillance state terrifies me.

What I love about Google is the cost.  I give them the opportunity to sell depersonalized interests and search information about me to other private businesses.  In trade they give me access to their products.  As long as they are responsible I don't mind this trade off.  And occasionally an advertisement may actually be helpful.

I also marvel at the usefulness of their products.  The fact that they develop and change things after public release, instead of getting it "perfect" beforehand, can be annoying.  All software, however, is frequently changing, improving and developing.  The difference with Google is that they make stuff available at an earlier point in it's development than others.  I enjoy that aspect of using their stuff.

As I was writing this blog post this article showed up in Google News.  It is worth reading.

Larry Page told the reporter.
Looking forward 100 years from now at the possibilities that are opening up, he says: “We could probably solve a lot of the issues we have as humans.”
Is Google a business or a religion?

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Tim Cook: Yawn


Three days ago Tim Cook decided to tell the planet that he is a sodomite.

Tim Cook took Steve Jobs place at the head of Apple, in case you didn't know.  Jobs died a couple years ago.

Cook made his "momentous" revelation in a weird essay published in Business Week.

He wrote.
While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.
God has given me.  Really?  God.

He doesn't say in the essay whether it was the same God you and I know.  He chooses to completely ignore theology, the Bible and religion in his essay -- other than to claim that God gives the gift of "gayness."

Unlike Cook, Paul the Apostle wasn't the guru of his culture's sexiest computer maker.  But he wasn't a nobody either.  And he knew something about God.

In a little letter he penned that may actually be more well known and loved than the iPhone Paul reveals in specific language some disqualifications for membership in the Kingdom of God, among them ... men who have sex with men.  Cook's despicable hunger for sodomy is many things.  We can all rest assured that none of those things can be construed as a "gift from God."

Also instructive is the context into which Paul places his unequivocal condemnation of sodomy.
Wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God. Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
Sex is a pretty important topic in Christianity and the Bible.  Three of these nine sins have to do with human sexuality.  While this prioritization makes sense Cook's flimsy reasoning doesn't.

The writer of another New Testament letter, Jude, wrote:
In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
 Contrast this with Cook:
Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry.
While it is true that "gays" number less than three percent, it has been awhile since widespread acceptance of their "lifestyle" has been a minority issue -- at least in New England.  A majority of Maine voters legalized the forced acceptance of sodomy and transgendering on the entire population in 2005.  Voters followed that absurdity with the forced implementation of sodomy based marriage in 2012.

The dictionary definition of empathetic is to show a ready comprehension of another's state.  I won't argue that Cook isn't fully capable of showing a ready comprehension of a worldly person's state.  He doesn't, however, have a clue about a Christian's state.

The idea that children are to be indoctrinated into a sodomy-accepting state by publicly funded organizations is pure evil to the Christian.  It is a very serious matter.  Cook is willfully oblivious so that he can play this petty sexual orientation game of his.

The problem for all of us is that Tim Cook isn't hurting only himself.  Apple is a much loved brand all over the world.  It creates beautiful expensive devices that many people choose to covet.  Apple is more than a company.  Apple inspires.

It doesn't, however, inspire like Jesus.  He says:
Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
And Paul observed:
For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
A once bitten Apple is not the source of real comfort.  Suffering with Christ is the source of our comfort.  A once bitten Apple, Cook's logo, hearkens back to a dark day in the Garden when a fallen angel seduced the woman.  Adam entered into the sad seduction and the rest ... as they say ... is history.

Tim Cook is a "progressive."  Truly he has taken a bite from the Apple, and he believes with his whole heart that he is helping humanity progress.  The opposite is, of course, true.

Satan is the father of lies.  He is a deceiver.  His attack is aimed at the heart of humanity.  I can't think of a more effective way to destroy humanity than to cause the exaltation of sexual pleasure -- especially the act of sodomy.

The exact opposite of the once bitten Apple is what Jesus gives.

The glorious Gospel of Life.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

America is Sodom


Weeks ago I heard about this documentary produced by Russians.  The producers include some trenchant comments by my friend, Scott Lively.  Peter LaBarbera at Americans for Truth about Homosexuality mentioned it to me weeks ago.  His DVD copy of the film was confiscated from him a couple days ago.  The Canadian Border Patrol was concerned that it incites "hate."

I finally took time to watch it yesterday.  Everybody should watch it.  The film nails it.

It is especially important for Maine voters to view the film.  On Tuesday the Pine Tree State will decide whether to elect America's first sodomite governor.

Three men want the job.  Personally, I don't care who wins.  God has turned his back on America.  Listen to Paul the Apostle.
They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand.
So God said, in effect, "If that's what you want, that's what you get." It wasn't long before they were living in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them—the God we bless, the God who blesses us. Oh, yes!
Worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didn't know how to be human either—women didn't know how to be women, men didn't know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men—all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for it—emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches.
 Julio Severo wrote of the recent Presidential election in Brazil.
While Brazilians, who are obliged to vote by Brazilian antidemocratic laws, will make their political choices based only on economy, I have made my choice not to vote, based on the intent by both candidates to disfigure, for the benefit of the gay agenda, family, which is, before the State, the first institution established by God. Therefore, family has precedence and absolute priority over the State and economy. It is based on this absolute priority that I reject both Brazilian candidates.
I can't bring myself not to vote for Paul LePage, but I'm not enthusiastic about him -- or any American politician.  At least LePage was willing to use sodomy as an epithet once.



Maine deserves Mike Michaud.

We've decided in the majority to enshrine not just sodomy, but transgendering.  We were the first state to create sodomy based marriage in a popular vote.  Ironically, this came just over a decade after becoming the first state to reject so-called "gay" rights in a popular election -- two times in a row.

As a follow on to the Sodomy documentary above Christians should read, and take to heart, Scott Lively's written warning to the Church.

He writes.
Now that the last secular barriers to the “gay” agenda have been crushed, all of their weapons and all of their warriors will be focused on the last remaining obstacle to their power, the Christian church.
I wasn't surprised to find that the leadership of America's largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptists, have decided to increase the pace of their collapse.  And why not?  If the Pope can claim that we prove our Christian love by tolerating sodomy why not Albert Mohler.  Joining the parade of quislings he recently admitted that he was wrong in the past to claim that people who have "same sex attraction" can change.

Wouldn't life be simpler if we told one another the truth?  Same sex attraction -- really?

We are talking about people who reject common sense, marriage, family, truth and decency.  Instead they want to sodomize one another and hide behind words and phrases like "sexual orientation,"  "gay rights," "same sex attraction" etc.

Would that they wanted to simply sodomize one another.  Instead, they now demand that I surrender my grandson and granddaughter over to their evil programming in "public" schools.

Billy Graham is said to have observed many years ago that God would have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah if he didn't judge America for her sexual sins.

America IS Sodom.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Better Practice Saying Governor Michaud

James Fallows of the Atlantic makes an important observation in this article.

He observes that Cutler's release of his supporters to make a "strategic vote" and Angus King's immediate announcement that he would vote for Michaud shifts the fundamentals of this three way election.

Paul LePage defeated Cutler by just 10,000 votes four years ago.  He left the Democrat, Libby Mitchell, 100,000 votes behind.

The election is now Michaud's to lose.

LePage has run a typical establishment style Republican campaign.  He's ignored the issues that make the heart of his base beat.  This leaves him with tepid and cold support from the money people.  The Christians who take time to vote will cast their ballot for him because there's nobody else.  There is not, however, any momentum.  Nobody cares all that much.

And Christians are becoming increasingly uninvolved in politics as the country they love morphs into Sodom.  I don't blame them one bit.  A life is full of a limited number of money and minutes.  Christians are waking up and realizing that the fund raising letters are full of lies.  They know that candidates won't fight to end abortion and criminalize sodomy, no matter how many envelopes they lick.  They are walking away from churches and politics.  They should.

Christians properly prioritize these issues when they think about doing something political.  A nation that allows "doctors" to murder babies for convenience sake while it jams sodomy down the throats of vulnerable children is pure evil.  Christians don't recognize their nation.  And it disgusts them.

It is probably too late for America.  If it isn't, it will be men willing to fight evil who will save it.  Nothing else will do.