Posts Tagged ‘news’

Think You’re Having a Bad Day?

Friends,

If you think you are having a bad day, a bad life, or anything of the sort, how would you like to be one of the two people mentioned in this story: Unknowing Twins Marry Each Other.

“They were never told that they were twins,” he said during the Dec. 10 debate on a law covering human fertility and embryology. They had been adopted by separate families and “met later in life and felt an inevitable attraction, and the judge had to deal with the consequences of the marriage that they entered into and all the issues of their separation.”

No further details about the couple have emerged, and it is not known when the marriage took place or how long they were together before they discovered the truth.

Wow! That would make for one seriously bad day. I can only hope this story is untrue and was created to make a point about adoption.

jerry

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Blogging in China: Wei Wenhua (RIP)

Friends,

Here’s yet another reason it is a great idea to be an American: Blogging is tolerated. Contrast this with bloggin in China where, apparently, it can get you killed. CNN.com reports that a Chinese blogger was killed, beaten to death, by 50 people, for blogging the wrong things.

On Monday Wei happened on a confrontation in the central Chinese province of Hubei between city inspectors and villagers protesting over the dumping of waste near their homes.

A scuffle developed when residents tried to prevent trucks from unloading the rubbish, Xinhua said.

When Wei took out his cell phone to record the protest, more than 50 municipal inspectors turned on him, attacking him for five minutes, Xinhua said. Wei was dead on arrival at a Tianmen hospital, the report said.

Qi Zhengjun, chief of the urban administration bureau in the city of Tianmen, lost his job over the incident, Xinhua reported Friday.

The beating was condemned online. “It’s no longer news that urban administrators enforce the law with violence,” said an editorial on the news Web site Northeast News, according to The Associated Press.

Thank God for Freedom of speech! America may have a lot of flaws, but at least we can speak freely–even if no one listens. Perhaps freedom will someday be a reality in China.

jerry

Friends,

Here’s a rather ironic story being reported by the Christian Post. Evidently, jolly old England is interested in doing away with so-called ‘Blasphemy Laws.’ The irony is that Downing Street has said that first the Church of England should be consulted. OK, but the irony doesn’t end there. Consider this paragraph:

On Tuesday, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, and the former Bishop of Oxford, Lord Harries of Pentregarth, expressed their support for the repeal of the blasphemy laws in a letter in Tuesday’s Daily Telegraph.

The letter’s signatories also included His Dark Materialsauthor Philip Pullman, comedian Ricky Gervais and The God Delusionauthor and atheist Richard Dawkins.

The letter states, “The ancient common law of blasphemous libel purports to protect beliefs rather than people or communities. Most religious commentators are of the view that the Almighty does not need the ‘protection’ of such a law.

Did you see the irony? Two former higher-ups in the Anglican Church have banded together with noted atheists in agreement!!

I have a question: Shouldn’t the mere fact that such a step is supported by Richard Dawkins–who evidently doesn’t care for law anyhow since he has broken the blasphemy laws on about every other page of his most recent book–be a strong indication that this is not something that Christians in England should support?

Look, I don’t happen to have an opinion one way or another about whether people in another country should or should not do something. And, to be sure, I don’t know anything about their so-called ‘blasphemy laws.’ My main question has to do with people who are Christians banding together with people who are noted atheists and making decisions about God–really this isn’t about law as such; it’s about God. I’m surprised the Rt. Rev. Dawkins even has the nerve to admit there is a god who can be blasphemed.

Then there is this:

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-16)

I think it will be interesting to see how this plays out in the long run. I find it supremely ironic that Richard Dawkins now counts among his friends Anglican Christians. I guess as long as people agree with him, it’s A-OK!

What a foothold the Enemy has in England!

jerry

Friends,

I just read that Joy Behar recently made these comments on The View:

“Now that we have all of this medication available to us, you can’t find a saint anymore,” she said on ABC’s daily chatfest.”

“That’s why Mother Teresa had issues. Let’s not forget, she didn’t really believe 100 percent like those saints who were hearing voices. She didn’t hear voices,” Behar said.

“So the church said ‘OK, she does good deeds. Let’s make her a saint.’

“In the old days it used to be you heard voices. You can’t do that anymore.”

Admittedly, I have no context for these statements, and I’m not going to bother reading a transcript. All I wish is that people who wish to make comments about Christianity would at least take the time to read the Scripture. If they did, they might find this statement by the Apostle Paul:

To the holy (saints) and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse.

&

We always thank God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ when we pray for you because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love you have for all the saints

There is no such thing in the Bible as a special class of Christians known as ‘saints.’ The word ‘saints’ means ‘holy ones.’ There are more Scriptures too, but consider what Peter said:

But just as the one who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy because I am holy.'”

We are to be holy (saints) by a conscience decision of our own will, and we are not saints because we have been ‘beatified’ by some council of the church. The Church doesn’t make the decision as to who is and is not. We either are or are not by virtue of our relationship to Christ. So the Catholic ‘contributor’ Jonathan Morris who said, in response to Behar:

Nobody is beatified or canonized because they hear voices. People are declared saints because they have first of all exemplified a heroic living of Christian virtue.”

is no more correct than Behar. ‘Sainthood’ is a declaration of the life of a Christian. It is God who calls Christians saints, not a church council. It is is the Christian who makes a decision to be a saint, not a council who makes it for them. It is the sinner who decides he/she wishes to belong to Christ and thus become a saint by virtue of that connection to Christ. In other words, the little old lady whose name is never mentioned anywhere outside her local church is just as much of a saint (‘holy one’) as the woman of Calcutta (RIP) whose name is known everywhere on the planet. The only difference is that, apparently, the woman of Calcutta has to wait until someone in a church hierarchy declares it to be so while the the lady in the local church is because God has declared it so in Scripture.

I really wish people would learn how to read the Scripture before they presume to talk about it as if they know about it. Morris is just as ignorant as Behar and he doesn’t have an excuse.

Behar, in her ignorance, does not see that there are saints all around her, perhaps even Elizabeth Hassleback sitting next to her.

Morris, in his ignorance, thinks that sainthood is the end of Christian faith, or the goal we are striving towards. Evidently, he thinks sainthood is more precious than Christ himself.

I disagree with both of them.

Soli Deo Gloria!

jerry

Friends,

I’m back from school. I just finished my class–well, I have one more paper to write, but other than that, the class is finished. So I have been away for a couple of days. Now, I have a couple of stories to update for you and after I have watched episode 3 of Project Runway I’ll be posting a story on it.

First, from the ‘scientists really know how to spend money well’ department, a story that will seriously affect my friend Jeff over at atheocracy. Turns out, Canadian beer drinkers–I guess there’s some sort of beer drinkers guild–are actually part of the problem behind that massive global turmoil: Global Warming. (Original Story.)

 Scientists have found a new threat to the planet: Canadian beer drinkers.The government-commissioned study says the old, inefficient “beer fridges” that one in three Canadian households use to store their Molson and Labatt’s contribute significantly to global warming by guzzling gas- and coal-fired electricity.“People need to understand the impact of their lifestyles,” British environmental consultant Joanna Yarrow tells New Scientist magazine. “Clearly the environmental implications of having a frivolous luxury like a beer fridge are not hitting home. This research helps inform people — let’s hope it has an effect.”

Somewhere I hear someone laughing. I hope someone is laughing because if this story is true we are all in trouble. (Seriously, I hope this story is a joke. And, Jeff, if you read this, I’m pulling for you on this one. Is there anything that doesn’t cause global warming on this warm globe?)

Second, I’ve done some Tila Tequila posts. Here’s a new one:

November 30, 2007 — SELF-proclaimed bisexual MTV skank Tila Tequila may actually be straight as an arrow. The gay-for-pay bikini babe stars in a “A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila,” about her search for the perfect mate – male or female. But it’s “all a sham,” says a source close to the show.

Does anyone happen to care? Does anyone even watch the show? Seriously, why is this news?

Third, Evel Knievel, 1938-2007, RIP.

Fourth, more valuable information from scientists who are, as you can see by this article, doing their best to solve some of the more pressing problems facing the globe: Zombie Cockroaches. Scientists also found a way to turn humans into zombies: They write books.

Glad to be back. I’ll write to you soon.

jerry