Karl Rove and others in the Republican establishment have called for Todd Akin to step down after Akin fumbled over some words in explaining his opposition to abortion in cases of rape. I think that Karl Rove should be run out of D.C. for joking that Todd Akin should be murdered.
During the more than hour-long session, Rove explained to an audience dotted with hedge fund billionaires and investors—including John Paulson and Wilbur Ross—how his super PAC, American Crossroads, will persuade undecided voters in crucial swing states to vote against Barack Obama. He also detailed plans for Senate and House races, and joked, “We should sink Todd Akin. If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!”
Then Rove pleaded with his audience for more money—much more.
My desire to vote Republican just went down the tubes…again.
And now, a word from Pope Benedict XVI.
I trust Jesus. I surrender to Jesus. I don’t trust the billionaires who like to destroy people….in either party. I will not surrender to them.
Mitt Romney and company couldn’t beat the allure of a self-proclaimed “redneck” family. According to Nielsen overnight ratings, TLC’s controversial reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” drew 2.9 million viewers Wednesday night at 10 p.m. In second place: Fox News’ coverage of the Republican National Convention, which saw 1.2 million adults tune in.
UPDATE: We don’t have cable t.v. so I had no idea what Honey Boo Boo is. I found out at YouTube.
Demi Moore has reportedly pledged to write a tell-all book about Ashton Kutcher. I’m reminded of another pledge she made with Ashton Kutcher and other celebrities after President Obama was elected. Moore pledged to smile more, near the beginning of the video below. She also pledged, nearer to the end of the video, to “free one million people from slavery in the next five years.”
What is it that makes some people actually believe things like this — that slavery can be ended with celebrity smiles?
A new video from American Crossroads shows how things like the Obama phenomenon end. Reality trumps fantasy.
The reason I got internet service to begin with back in 1999 was to use it as a tool for missionary work — evangelization. The New Evangelization is central of the mission of Catholics in the world. Since America is potentially going to have a Mormon president, I’ve decided to brush up on my apologetics and learn more about what Mormonism is really about.
One of the most important issues in apologetics is the discussion of the origins of a particular theology, and so, in evangelizing Mormons, it’s important to know the history of their church. A non-Catholic Christian friend, whom I have known for many years and have had many apologetics debates with, has recommended this book to me: One Nation Under Gods: A History of the Mormon Church.
Description at Amazon:
Founded in 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was initially perceived as a movement of polygamous, radical zealots; now in parts of the U.S. it has become synonymous with the establishment. In reevaluating its preoccupation with issues of church and state, Abanes uncovers the political agenda at Mormonism’s core: the transformation of the world into a theocratic kingdom under Mormon authority. This illustrated edition has been revised and offers a new postscript by the author.
Please read this. That is my reality. I am very broken and a failure in the eyes of the world, but the one true reality sustains me.
I noticed tonight that Republicans at the convention hailed Mitt Romney for saying that in America “we celebrate success.” I don’t mean to put a damper on things, and I know what is meant by that phrase and I am okay with it, but in the Body of Christ we define success as sainthood, and it does not come from making money. It comes from thirsting for the Lord and being filled with His love.
Democrats are wrong to resent wealth. Republicans are wrong to glorify it. Hopefully, some day, all will know the Lord in his fullness.
Do you know where your rights come from? They come from God, of course. If a majority of people believe that you (or the particular group of people you belong to) have no dignity, they are wrong. Your dignity is an objective truth. It exists in you no matter what the majority of people may believe, and it is yours no matter what you do, how you think, or how wealthy or poor you are. It was that belief that prompted the Founding Fathers of America to pen the Declaration of Independence. It was the very reasoning that they gave for breaking away from the rule of a king.
If you believe the majority decides who has rights and who does not have rights, then I would recommend you read the story of Alicia Appleman-Jurman who survived quite alone in a country filled with people who sought to kill her.
God has created all people in His image. In this, all human beings have dignity that is higher than that of other created things. That truth is one that Republicans have held dear since the founding of the Republican Party, when Christians broke away from other parties to unite together to end slavery in America. Republicans believed then, contrary to the opinions of others, that blacks are persons and that personhood trumps property rights. Slaveholders felt their slaves were not persons but were property. Government, for a long time, agreed with them, and preserved slavery as an institution. The injustice of this is evident in the reality that it is God who gives us our rights, not government. If government is the proper arbiter of rights, then it means there was no injustice in the institution of slavery which was preserved by government. Because we believe in God, and that our rights come from Him, we know that government which preserved slavery was wrong to do so.
Just as many rejected God’s will about human dignity at the founding of our country, and on through the Civil War years and beyond, people today continue to reject God’s will about human dignity. Always, someone is oppressed in some way, because always “the people” are generally not saints. We have turned away from God so much in America that we are now destroying our own children in the womb.
So many have turned away from God that more and more people are engaged in the grand delusion of redefining what a “right” is. Whereas in days of old those who rejected God’s will tried to claim that blacks were not “persons,” and later the claim has been that the unborn child is not a “person,” today those who reject God go even further in claiming that no one has any rights from God. Rather, “rights” are determined by “the people” through government. They have replaced God with themselves and with government. We see this sort of thinking on both the Right and the Left in American politics.
It does seem that America has lost her way in that most people do seem to believe that “the people” decide what a “right” is and that those “rights” are to be enforced through the civil law. In America, if you can convince enough people that a man should be allowed to marry another man, and have that “union” upheld by our civil law, it can happen. In fact, it has happened in some places already. The reality that cannot be escaped, however, is that our inalienable rights (from God) exist objectively no matter what “the people” say.
An example of that objective reality is my freedom of religion, which is the right to say no to allowing a same-sex marriage from occurring in a Catholic parish hall. I would have to say ‘no’ to that because in my religion (Catholicism), that would be a sin. It’s called “material cooperation in evil.” Objectively, you have no right to force me to do something that my religion says is a sin. If you do attempt to force me, my choice is to sin or to close down the parish hall. Sinning is not an option for me. My only option would be to close down the parish hall. In this, you deny my freedom to have a parish hall by demanding that I do something with it that I cannot do as a matter of conscience. Certainly, Catholics would never demand that you have Holy Mass in your club building because we believe in freedom of conscience.
Unfortunately, if you don’t define “right” the way the Founders of our country did, you are not going to understand freedom of conscience. If you believe that nothing is objectively true, and if you believe a “right” is defined by having majority opinion on your side then my reasoning for disagreement with you will not matter to you at all. You will see no need to respect my right to have a differing opinion if the only thing that matters is that the majority shares your opinion.
Herein lies our conundrum, in this country, between the “democrats” (who believe “the people” decide what rights are) and the “republicans” (who believe that God has already decided what our rights are.)
Another inescapable reality is this. As the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass said, “One and God make a majority,” and as the first Republican President Abraham Lincoln said,”Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”
Our rights do come from God, and no matter how many people you may convince to the contrary, it shall ever be so. The abolitionists believed that, and I do, too. So, Mr. Toure’ is not only wrong to imply that government gives rights to minorities, he’s 180 degrees wrong. In fact, the opposite is true. It is belief in God-given rights that protects minorities from being crushed. When “the people” decide alone, without guidance from the Almighty about what a “right” actually is, that is when the majority rules and the minorities are crushed.
UPDATE: This seems like a good time for the Republican fight song.
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