I Hate Colds…

My head feels like a cinder block.

A few quick items and I’m going to hide under my rock again…

Evidently newly single Britney flashed the goods, somewhere, to somebody. Glad I missed that… Flausta has a great piece (sorry!) on why something as tacky as Britney-without-the-appropriate-undergarments-in-the-vicinity-of-paparazzi can shake the foundations of the modern world. Michelle has a quick lesson in modesty that most middle school girls would understand. I’m shocked at what doesn’t shock me anymore. I surely hope this little item is mentioned in the custody hearing…

Siggy waxes on tyranny and freedom and that you can kill the messenger but you cannot kill the message.

Americans talk about freedom so passionately because we are passionate about it. Freedom is the foundation of our beliefs. Because of freedom we free to choose the things we believe in, without fear of violence or repercussion. Freedom, real freedom, is the only ideology in the historu of mankind, that wants to make the world a better place, a place where each and every one of us can author our own destiny- and do so without without stripping others of their rights. In a free society, we are free to exercise free will. We can choose to believe in God or we can exercise that free will and choose not to believe in God. In a free society, God takes care of His affairs. In a society that isn’t free, the tyranny du jour and their adherents and proponents take it upon themselves to handle God’s affairs for Him.

Freedom supports righteousness and make the world a more civilized and moral place. Notwithstanding the reality that much of the world doesn’t care about those ideals, that truth about freedom is unassailable. Those that resist and resent our involvement in helping to secure freedom for others, may at times, seem to prevail, but in the end, even that is illusory. Evolution, political and otherwise, has always meant that man was empowered and free to reach greater heights, unencumbered by the tyranny of other men asserting their dominion over his freedom, property, ideas or beliefs.

[…]The notion that all men are created equal, is a biblical concept. It took America to make that a reality, in those ideas called freedom and democracy. “They will beat their swords into plowshares…nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore,” can only come about as the result of freedom and democracy for all mankind. It is folly to believe that anything less will bring about peace. The one thing we have learned is that democracies don’t wage war with each other. They do not take up arms to settle disputes. The same cannot be said of tyrannies, now or in the past.

The Anchoress comes up for air after finishing her book with a great round-up and lots about the Pope’s visit to Turkey. Dear Lord, keep that man safe while he’s behind enemy lines doing Your good work.

And there was something else….but my brain is so foggy I can’t find it now. Ahhh… sneeze…sniffle….here it is….via the Anchoress from the post linked above – Live and from Tennessee (why am I not surprised?!?) –

In news of the bizarre, a theologian reportedly is urging Christians to “let go of some beliefs” in order to get along better with Muslims and Jews.

Like, for example, the belief that Jesus is the Lord of Lords.

“We are not going to get very far in our relationship with Jews or Muslims if we do not let go of this idea,” Lipscomb professor Lee Camp said at Tuesday’s conference (a daylong “dialogue about global religious conflict.”)

This has to be a joke.

Humph. According to their own website

Lipscomb University delivers a complete education characterized by a distinctive integration of Christian faith and practice with academic excellence.

…Lipscomb is committed to teach truth as revealed in God’s word through daily Bible classes and chapel, encouraging each student to an exploration of scripture, to know Jesus Christ and to grow in His image. Classes in every area are taught in a faith-informed approach by highly qualified faculty who represent the range of perspectives that exist among churches of Christ. “Faith-informed” learning encourages students to understand that all knowledge and skills are to be used to the glory of God in every pursuit. Because of its strong association with the churches of Christ, Lipscomb adheres to central doctrinal interpretations that characterize these churches while creating an inclusive environment that respects and welcomes all who seek an excellent education in a Christian context.

Double Humph! What part of putting aside our belief in the Lordship of Jesus falls into “truth as revealed in God’s word” or “central doctrinal interpretations” or “an excellent education in a Christian context” or “all knowledge and skills are to be used to the glory of God in every pursuit”? If you remove the target, the focus of OUR faith, how can anything be to the glory of God? This reeks of an ACLU mole, treed by the hounds.

Here’s Dr. Camp’s bio info from the faculty directory

Lee C. Camp, B.A. (Lipscomb University), M.A., M.Div. (Abilene Christian University), M.A., Ph.D. (University of Notre Dame),Associate Professor of Bible

Interestingly enough, no email is listed (wonder why?), but the direct contact information for the university is here. I wonder if this guy is tenured…..

AskMom has some pointed answers to Ahmadinejad’s latest letter – somebody needs to find that guy a regular pen-pal.

So keep up with the smarmy pseudo peace overtures and the not-very-well-veiled, you should excuse the pun, threats. The first serious hit you take at an American city or even just a school full of American kids, the Chamberlains among us will be silenced. The entire population will be focused on moving every last Iranian off this planet and into the arms of your God, known to us by his real name of Satan.

As all the moms in the world know, if mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.

Peggy Noonan at WSJOp has sensible advice for the days ahead.

We’re going to need grace. We are going to need a great outbreak of grace to navigate the next difficult months.

What is needed is grace–sensitivity, mercy, generosity of spirit, a courtesy so deep it amounts to beauty. We will have to summon it. And the dreadful thing is you can’t really fake it.

A very small theory, but my latest, is that many politicians and journalists lack a certain public grace because they spent their formative years in the American institution most likely to encourage base assumptions and coldness toward the foe. Yes, boarding school, and tony private schools in general. The last people with grace in America are poor Christians and religiously educated people of the middle class. The rich gave it up as an affectation long ago. Too bad, since they stayed in power.

Yep.

UPDATE: Dr. Camp clarifies his position as related by The Tennessean (h/t Comment), claiming misrepresentation. But his clarification now leads me to wonder; is Dr. Camp anti-evangelistic? Or has PC influenced his thinking? What happened to Matthew 28:19?

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost…

WWJD? Would He use the excuse of past violence to lend reticence to spreading the Gospel? Hmmmmm…

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