Christians as enemies of the human race

Michael Avramovich observes that “In the ancient Roman world, Christians were referred to as ‘hostis humani generis’ (enemies of the human race). This was a legal term of art and signified that Christians were undeserving of any legal protection.”

He sees this mindset returning.  He then quotes from Wallace Henley, who says that “prophetic voices” tend to be silenced in the following sequence:  “marginalization, caricaturization, vilification, criminalization, elimination.”  Right now, he says, we are at “vilification,” and that we need to get ready to be the Church of 1st century Rome.

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Encrypted phones vs. law enforcement

With a warrant, law enforcement agencies have been able to put a tap on a suspect’s telephone.  Now that we have cell phones and smart phones, it has come out that the government has been monitoring calls without a warrant.  Users are looking for encryption technology to protect their privacy, not just from the government but from hackers and corporations.  Some companies are talking about manufacturing phones that cannot be tapped or monitored.  The federal government is debating about whether to allow this technology in light of the needs of law enforcement.  Read a story on the subject after the jump and tell me what you think about this. [Read more...]

School testing as a civil right

Teachers, who have big clout in the Democratic Party, don’t like standardized testing, a major reason being that it often provides evidence of their ineffectiveness.  So Democrats generally support gutting No Child Left Behind, George W. Bush’s education law designed to make sure that children who perform poorly get the help they need.  Republicans, who are usually against a federal role in education, are mostly OK with scrapping the law.

But now civil rights groups are arguing that mandatory testing is a matter of civil rights.   Poor and minority students have a right to an education, they argue, and mandatory testing identifies the students who need extra help and makes sure school systems don’t ignore them. [Read more...]

Hillary says “religious beliefs. . .have to be changed”

Hillary Clinton says that “religious beliefs. . .have to be changed” when they interfere with “reproductive health care” (that is, abortion).  And pro-abortion laws “have to be backed up with resources and political will.”

Notice that she doesn’t say “religious beliefs have to change.”  That would arguably be bad enough, but it allows for religions to change themselves, from within, perhaps over time.  Instead, she said religious beliefs have to “be changed.”  The passive construction here means  that religious beliefs have to be acted upon from the outside.  Nor did she say, “religious beliefs should change,” expressing a moral opinion. No, they “have to” be changed, an imperative, as in giving an order.  Then when she throws in that line about “political will,” the language is clearly that of government suppression.

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What happened to the wedding cake bakers

You know the Christian bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay marriage?  That was back in 2013, but it sparked a growing outrage against people exercising their religious liberty to disapprove of gay marriage.   Last Friday an Oregon labor panel ruled on their case.  The husband and wife who ran the bakery were found guilty of discrimination.  They were fined $135,000, which is to go to the lesbian couple for their pain and suffering.

A crowd sourcing site raised $109,000 towards the fine in less than 8 hours, but protesters pressured the site to shut down the fundraising effort.  No one will be allowed to help the offenders, who must bear their own punishment and somehow come up with the money themselves. [Read more...]

Professional ball game closed to the public

Imagine two professional baseball teams playing each other but not letting any fans watch the game.  Maybe that’s the future of professional sports.  But it is happening today in Baltimore, where riots over another African-American who died in police custody, have led to the decision that the Orioles-White Sox game would be closed to the public. [Read more...]


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