Saturday, August 30, 2008

More Late August Craziness

Here are some interesting excerpts from "The Buzz" section from the most recent issue of WORLD magazine, with a little commentary from yours truly:

God on trial

Nebraska state Sen. Ernie Chambers, 38, has filed suit against God for causing "widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth's inhabitants." He claims the litigation is meant to make a serious point about equal access to the court system. But the senator's past criticism of Christians and regular habit of skipping morning prayers during the legislative session suggest that other forces are at work.

The court has threatened to dismiss the lawsuit due to its inability to serve God with notice. [Threatened? Why haven't they already DONE SO, instead of wasting taxpayers' money on this absurd and frivolous case?] But Chambers argues that courts routinely acknowledge God's omniscience and omnipresence while swearing in witnesses and therefore should recognize that God is already aware of the proceedings and will be present for all hearings. [Well, at least he has THAT right!]

Language barrier

Democrats looking to woo evangelical voters rolled out a new strategy ahead of the party's convention in Denver this month: changing the Democratic platform on abortion to assert that the party "strongly supports a woman's decision to have a child," and offering assistance to women facing unplanned pregnancies.

Joel Hunter, pastor of Northland Church in Orlando, helped write the new language and told reporters that he was pleased: "Pro-life voters of either party can now support Sen. Obama on the basis that more lives will be saved than if they had just taken a moral stand hoping to overturn Roe v. Wade." [Oh sure, just forget about his past voting record on abortion!]

But Obama has voted in favor of pro-abortion legislation in Congress, including an amendment to nullify federal policy prohibiting funds for overseas groups that promote or perform abortions. Hunter told WORLD he shares evangelicals' concerns over those votes, but he said: "I'm just speaking to one issue at a time here." [This reminds me of the scene in The Wizard of Oz where the wizard says, "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!" In other words, pay no attention to Sen. Obama's voting record and position on abortion and just look at our smoke-and-mirrors platform!]

Other evangelicals may balk at the section's first paragraph: "The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right." [Not just evangelicals but Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christians who take seriously the teaching of the Scriptures, the Fathers, and the Church itself]

Too racey for safety

Random House yanked a $100,000, two-book deal because the first installment gave a racy portrayal of Muhammad's child bride, Aisha. The Jewel of Medina by Sherry Jones was scheduled for an Aug. 12 publication, but Random House feared the book "could incite acts of violence by a small, radical segment."

[Does anyone else see a double standard here? It's perfectly fine to publish books critical of Christianity and the Bible, because you're not likely to get murdered as a result. But no, heaven forbid that we publish anything critical of Islam, because you might pay for it with your life. By the way, I'm not advocating criticizing Islam; publishers should refrain from blaspheming any religioin, IMHO]

Not special

After months of denials, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards admitted on Aug. 8 to committing adultery with a campaign worker in 2006. The National Enquirer first reported the affair with Rielle Hunter, a 44-year-old videographer hired by the Edwards campaign to document his 2008 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Edwards released a statement saying he made a "serious error in judgment," ["Serious error in judgment?" How about "I committed a great sin?" Contrast Edwards' reaction to that of the prodigal son when he returned to his father] adding: "In the course of several campaigns, I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric and narcissistic." [No, really? Do you think? We would never have guessed!]

Edwards said he wouldn't attend the Democratic National Convention, where he was originally expected to deliver a primetime speech.

[I think the Democrats did the right thing in not letting Edwards speak (at least I assume that they weren't going to let him; the article only says that Edwards wouldn't attend the convention). I find it interesting, however, that Edwards was not allowed to speak because of one affair, while Bill Clinton was nominated in 1992, despite his many well-known acts of infidelity. I guess the difference is that Clinton did not admit his.]

1 comment:

Mike said...

The Aisha book is really what concerns me. Of course you point out the obvious double standard.

When I was at UT, I studied Koine Greek under a professor I shall not name. He published a book titled "From Jesus to Christianity" (it is popular and you could probably find it on any bookshelf at Barnes & Noble under their Christianity section. He was very proud of it. We called him the Gilderoy Lockhart of UT). Of course this book pretty much states what the title does - Christianity is merely an innovation apart from Christ's original teachings. Orthodox Christians and Catholics in the Classics department would poke fun at this book and state that we were going to make a book titled "From Wood to Furniture." Because, after all, we need to do away with furniture, and get to the REAL wood. I feel ashamed about what I used to say about this man, and it still gives me trouble to this day to try and speak kind words of him.