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Ironic Quote of the Day: Dinesh D’Souza

The following quotation comes from D’Souza’s website in response to an article in World magazine which has revealed sexual impropriety on the part of D’Souza.

 Ultimately this is not just about Olasky or even World magazine. It is also about how we Christians are supposed to behave with one another. And the secular world is watching. Is this how we love and treat fellow believers? If my conduct was improper, wouldn’t it be the decent and charitable thing to approach me about it? Instead, here is a clear attempt to destroy my career and my ministry. This is viciousness masquerading as righteousness. And this is the behavior that is truly worthy of Christian condemnation.

It is incredible that a depraved propagandist would whine about not being treated with brotherly love. I doubt D’Souza agonized over his decision to make things up about his brother in Christ Barack Obama. “Viciousness masquerading as righteousness” is an apt description of D’Souza’s whole “ministry.”

Second Verse Same as the First

The other day I came across this loony video where a Muslim cleric accuses the Jews of mixing in human blood to make their matzos.

I was instantly reminded of the false accusations made against the early church by pagans who apparently misunderstood the nature of communion which they took to involve cannibalism (Thyestean feasts). Athenagoras in his Embassy for the Christians complains:

Three things are alleged against us: atheism, Thyestean feasts, Œdipodean intercourse. But if these charges are true, spare no class: proceed at once against our crimes; destroy us root and branch, with our wives and children, if any Christian is found to live like the brutes. And yet even the brutes do not touch the flesh of their own kind; and they pair by a law of nature, and only at the regular season, not from simple wantonness; they also recognise those from whom they receive benefits. If any one, therefore, is more savage than the brutes, what punishment that he can endure shall be deemed adequate to such offences? But, if these things are only idle tales and empty slanders, originating in the fact that virtue is opposed by its very nature to vice, and that contraries war against one another by a divine law (and you are yourselves witnesses that no such iniquities are committed by us, for you forbid informations to be laid against us), it remains for you to make inquiry concerning our life, our opinions, our loyalty and obedience to you and your house and government, and thus at length to grant to us the same rights (we ask nothing more) as to those who persecute us. For we shall then conquer them, unhesitatingly surrendering, as we now do, our very lives for the truth’s sake.

It is interesting to me that the feeble mind of hatred should produce such similar lies in such disparate times. It just goes to show you how powerful a tool cultural taboos can be in the process of “othering” your enemies.

Haiku: Blue and White

Arab red flows free
We will trust in David’s star
Now God will love us

Chick-fil-A Hymnal

Here is the corresponding hymnal.

Chick-fil-A Bible

I received a couple of requests to post my twitter mockery in one place for easy consumption. Click to embiggen.

Ken Ham Opens New Interactive Exhibit At Creation Museum

Digital Potpourri 6-2-12

Published on June 2, 2012, by in In the News.

Evangelical Logic: Birth Control and Government

If:

1. Abortion is immoral

2. Birth control reduces abortions

3. Government mandates that increase the cost of insurance are equivalent to wealth redistribution

4. Wealth redistribution is immoral

5. The government mandate reduces abortion and redistributes wealth

Then:

Opposition to government mandate indicates wealth redistribution is more immoral than abortion, therefore money is of higher value than human life.

Fantastic Australian Mockery of Televangelists

Rick Perry asks Jesus to do his job

So apparently Rick Perry has decided that instead of solving Texas’ budgetary woes, his time is better spent organizing  a prayer rally to ask God to solve it for him. He has titled his event, which is to be held in an athletic stadium, “The Response.” Forgive me for being cynical, but this seems like a blatant attempt to provide a launchpad for a 2012 presidential run. Nothing gets that evangelical block of voters in the GOP going like a good mix of religion and empire. The explicit attempt to exploit the whole “everything is going down the crapper because people have walked away from faith” line of propaganda, recently the cornerstone of Glenn Beck’s insanity, is readily apparent when perusing the website for the event. On a page titled “Why the Response” it says:

Historic Crisis

America is in the midst of a historic crisis. We have been besieged by financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters. The youth of America are in grave peril economically, socially, and, most of all, morally. There are threats emerging within our nation and beyond our borders beyond our power to solve.

Our nation is at a crossroads. More and more Americans are perceiving the critical juncture we find ourselves in – the future of our nation is determined by the courage of its people: first, in recognizing the magnitude of our common trouble; then, by uniting to seize the unique opportunity this moment offers us. Our response can, in part, determine our future and define for our children – and their children – what kind of nation they will govern, serve, and lead.

Notice the subtle way that loose morality is intertwined with terrorism and fiscal shortfalls. The youth are threatened “most of all, morally.” Yes, Rick Perry, rebellious teenagers are more threatened by their sex drives than by terrorism or poverty. The most disturbing part of the whole lets-blow-up-Muslims-while-saluting-the-flag-and-high-fiving-Jesus shtick is how effective it has been recently (you know, like with the last Texas governor to run for president). I have a prayer for this country:

Dear Lord, please give us leaders who don’t borrow their policies from Carrie Underwood songs. Much Love, Jeremiah.

© Jeremiah and Ashleigh Bailey 2012