Saturday, December 31, 2011

Robert Osborne on Classic Films

This is a real treat for me to post, especially one paragraph in particular. To read the whole interview with Robert Osborne of Turner Classic Movies fame, you can click here.

To what paragraph am I referring though? This one . . . 

We hope that someone who never saw our channel will watch Lord of the Rings and come back and discover John Garfield. I was at an event the other night and Lauren Bacall was talking and she said, "If you've never seen Topaze starring John Barrymore from 1933, then to you that's not an old film - it's a new film." She's right. If you've never seen Casablanca, made in 1943*, then that's a new film. She was talking about Turner and what an adventure it is to have these new experiences if you've never seen these movies before.

As noted many times on The Seventh Sola, my movie tastes are firmly stuck in Hollywood's Golden Age. However, from time to time I have had the chance to have younger relatives (or adopted relatives) overnight from time to time, and I have showed some selected films to them. Black and white, and usually film noir, although now and then I'll show them an old comedy such as "The Man Who Came to Dinner" or "The Philadelphia Story" or "Bringing Up Baby." 

Almost without fail, they are engrossed in a short amount of time. They find the film noirs very gripping and well acted. The comedies they find uproarious, with (in their words) such witty dialogue. And best of all, I don't have to be worried about language, blatant sex or gratuitous violence. In discovering my beloved old films, they have discovered a whole new world. 

Lauren Bacall was right. It doesn't matter how "old" a film is. If you haven't seen it, it's a new film to you. And worth the watching!

*Sola's note: Actually, I am surprised Robert made the date error on "Casablanca." The film was actually filmed in 1942, but it was released to general audiences in 1943. Then again, I shouldn't charge the master with an error. The release date is probably from where he dates all films.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Alistair Crowley and Anonymous?

I ran across something rather interesting today when doing an online search of the anti-sec group "Anonymous," which claims responsibility for the hacking troubles faced currently by Strategic Forecasting, otherwise known as Stratfor. I found it via Wikipedia which, of course, has had credibility issues through the years. However, this little clip below had the ring of truth. Look at the alleged quote from Trent Peacock, and then I'll make my point:

We [Anonymous] just happen to be a group of people on the internet who need — just kind of an outlet to do as we wish, that we wouldn't be able to do in regular society. ...That's more or less the point of it. Do as you wish. ... There's a common phrase: 'we are doing it for the lulz.'
—Trent Peacock. Search Engine: The face of Anonymous, February 7, 2008.[9]

Definitions tend to emphasize the fact that the concept, and by extension the collective of users, cannot be readily encompassed by a simple definition. Instead it is often defined by aphorisms describing perceived qualities.[2] One self-description is:
We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.[10]

Hmmm. "Do as you wish." What a phrase. If you look back in history, this is very similar to what notorious British occultist Alistair Crowley once said. His philosophy was pretty much, "do what thou wilt."

I also find the last bit interesting. "We are Legion." Biblically astute people will recognize this phrase as coming out of the demon-possessed man set free by the Lord Jesus. Alistair Crowley's philosophy, borne out of the demonic. And a plan of action using the words of demons - evil creatures all.

Somehow, it just makes sense. And like all devils, there is a final destination for them. It won't be pleasant. And they won't be allowed to "do what they will."

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Margaret Thatcher: The Film

There has been lots of buzz about the new film, "The Iron Lady," starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher. Even her friends and supporters are divided about the film's merits and fairness to Mrs. Thatcher's legacy.

Here is a link to Nick Robinson's view of the film. Nick is one of the BBC's political analysts who began covering Mrs. Thatcher toward the tail-end of her tenure at No. 10 Downing Street.

As many of my readers are aware, I'm generally not one who likes new films. I am firmly stuck in the Golden Age of Hollywood (1930-1955) and especially film noir. And it has to be black and white. However, this is one that I will be interested in seeing.

I have often wished we had an American Margaret Thatcher. We no longer have Ronald Reagan, and none of our current GOP offerings are Reagan. I think I'd take Margaret Thatcher — even with diminished mental faculties — over what our current offerings are on both sides of the political spectrum.

I know I'll have to pick someone to support eventually. But I'm sure not thrilled about the prospects.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

At Last! Someone With a Backbone!

I needed some post-Christmas cheer, and I have an Air Force Base commander to thank for giving it to me.

As you'll see from this Christian Post article, the commander in question basically told a group of militant atheists to go pound sand when they demanded he take down a Nativity scene erected at the base.

I'm glad, and three cheers to the Air Force. I agree with his assessment of the Constitution, and I would even go farther than him.

It never ceases to irritate me when I consider how the courts and modern politicians have distorted the so-called Establishment Clause beyond recognition. All this provision of the Constitution was intended to do was to prevent Congress from establishing a state religion, with the Church of England as a comparative example. Congress shall not "establish a religion, nor PREVENT THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF." That's all it means. No more, no less. It was never intended to ban Nativity scenes or anything of the sort. A Nativity scene is not establishing a state church.

If our Founding Fathers were still alive—men who might actually know a little something about the Constitution because they wrote it—they would be aghast at what today's courts and politicians have done. And someone would get quite the lecture.

As a final aside, I can't help but be amused a bit with militant atheists. They're so threatened by something in which they claim not to believe. Some atheists I know personally actually share my opinion, finding it amusing as well.

Monday, December 26, 2011

"Anonymous" Hacker Thugs

Once again, the computer hacker group "Anonymous" has struck. This 
time, the victims are the subscribers to the global security think tank 
"Stratfor," shorthand for Strategic Forecasting. 
Here is a link to Forbes Magazine's" article on the infuriating event, if 
you want the whole story. Below is the pertinent paragraph on what happened:

The hackers posted a list online that they say contains Stratfor’s confidential client list as well as credit card details, passwords and home addresses for some 4,000 Stratfor clients. The hackers also said they had details for more than 90,000 credit card accounts. Among the organizations listed as Stratfor clients: Bank of America, the Defense Department, Doctors Without Borders, Lockheed Martin, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the United Nations.
The group also posted five receipts online that it said were of donations made with pilfered credit card details. One receipt showed a $180 donation from a United States Homeland Security employee, Edmund H. Tupay, to the American Red Cross. Another showed a $200 donation to the Red Cross from Allen Barr, a recently retired employee from the Texas Department of Banking. Neither responded to requests for comment.
Why the photograph of the old Stateville Prison electric chair in Illinois? Because it's what I think this group of morons deserves, although I wouldn't follow through on it in reality. I am only in favor of the death penalty for murder, which I think is biblical enough. However, this kind of stuff makes me mad enough to want to throw the switch. 
These clowns think they're somehow noble in lashing out at various firms and entities. But they don't seem to realize that the ones who are getting hurt are more often than not everyday folks who have families to feed and businesses to run — businesses that employ a whole lot of people. The person or persons behind this "Anonymous" group aren't noble. They aren't brave. They aren't striking a blow for humanity. They're criminals.

They deserve to be in jail, and I hope they will be soon. 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:18-21). 

The Seventh Sola wishes one and all a most blessed Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Janet Boynes and Hope

For today's post, I am going to highlight a feature that I saw yesterday. It might seem strange to post an article dealing with coming out of the homosexual lifestyle right before Christmas, but I think the feature does deserve some attention. The coming of Jesus into the world provided hope to a lost world, and I can't think of a group more in need to hope than those trapped in the so-called "gay" lifestyle.

When you get a few minutes, read this linked article about Janet Boynes and her ministry. Janet herself is a former lesbian. Aside from her wonderful testimony about being set free by the power of the Gospel, the most telling thing to me about the article was the level of hate and vitriol she has endured since leaving the lifestyle. That goes against the approved narrative, you see.

But our God has the power to change anyone's life, no matter how deeply into sin the individual might be.

That's the hope of the Gospel and the love of Christ.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

On a Christmas Day . . .

Actually, the photo on the right got me thinking of "California Dreamin," by the Mamas and the Papas. The song contains the line "I went for a walk on a winter's day."

That in turn led me to remember the Simon and Garfunkel song, "Hazy Shade of Winter." That song contains the lyrics . . .

"But look around,
leaves are brown now
And the sky
is a hazy shade of winter

Look around,
leaves are brown
There's a patch of snow on the ground."

Don't ask me why my mind works the way it does. I could blame it on my early years in radio, where I had to listen by force to song after song in all sorts of different genres. But it is what it is.

The photo was taken last winter while I was driving to work early one morning. It had been snowing overnight and the sun was trying to peek through the clouds. Many people would find such a scene gloomy, and no doubt Paul Simon had the gloominess of winter on his mind when he wrote "Hazy Shade." But to me, every season has its beauty. I see a stark sort of beauty in that cold picture, with cold snow on the ground, a cold freeze in the air, yet the light of the sun managing somehow to break through the frost and shine its light.

Isn't that what happened on the first Christmas Day long ago? A light broke out into a cold, dark world with the promise of eternal hope. The child in that manger was actually God Incarnate, who grew to become a man, and our Savior. He gave His life on the cross for our sins, and rose again from the dead to justify all who would believe in Him as Savior and Lord.

That ought to warm our hearts even though the outside might be frightful. Our Savior is the greatest gift of all.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

And Then There's Reality . . .

There are times when I dread the end of the year. And it's not because of Christmas. Indeed, Christmas is a wonderful reminder that we serve a sovereign God who is in firm control of His creation.

No, my dread has more to do with the endless re-run of all the horrible stories from the previous year. We'll have to re-live the Japanese tsunami, earthquake and nuclear disaster, the death of Kim Jong Il, economic turmoil, political turmoil, scandals, and a host of other grim fare followed by hand-wringing and prognostication about what 2012 will bring. Many are expecting disaster, and are making plenty of money selling the idea and how to escape it unscathed. People get ready! It's coming!

Far be it from me to not recognize that we live in a perilous, fallen world. We do. Christians such as myself believe that things on the planet will indeed get much worse before they get better. In fact, the last seven years of this world order will be the worst ever experienced by mankind. We are told by the Lord that . . . For those days will be a time of tribulation such as has not occurred since the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will. Unless the Lord had shortened those days, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom He chose, He shortened the days (Mark 13:19-20).

When we look at the world right now, it does seem like it's too much for anyone to solve. Europe is in a world of hurt with debt, and the United States seems bound and determined to jump off the same cliff like a herd of lemmings. Everyone wants cuts, except don't cut their piece of pie.

Thank the Lord that He knows the end from the beginning. And thank the Lord that He came to earth, took on the form of a man, died on the cross for my sins and rose again from the dead for my justification. And thank the Lord that He will return one day to receive His own.

That really is the Christmas message — the one true hope of fallen mankind.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Bible and the Welfare State

The issue of caring for the poor has always been a concern in the Christian world. Jesus was concerned about it, and the Old Testament has plenty of passages dealing with being charitable.

However, in this day and age, the government has gotten involved in the picture and it's no longer the sole purview of the religious community to care for the needy. And the government, of course, handles things through confiscatory taxation. The far left confiscatory crowd loves this, of course. I often wonder if their concern is really for the poor, or if it's solely for perpetuating their political power. Give out money and get votes in return.

Thanks to Dan Phillips for pointing out this essay on the subject. I also posted this over on my Facebook page, and no doubt it will get plenty of comment.

I am getting tired of the Sojourners-types and Democrats saying that conservatives don't care about the poor. It's a canard and a wearisome one. We do care. We just have a different way of going about it than picking other people's pockets by force.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Looking for God?

Now and then a science story grabs my attention. It's usually because there is some theological angle attached to it, and this is no exception.

Fox News did a little piece on the so-called "god particle," or in its proper name, the "Higgs Boson." The original headline on Fox's home page said something like "God remains elusive."

I don't know whether to be sad or to chuckle. They're working so hard on finding the meaning of the universe, and they won't accept the real explanation. What is that, you might ask? Or better yet, Who?

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together (Colossians 1:16-17).

Clue. He's not a "particle."

Monday, December 12, 2011

Israel: Newt and Joseph are Right!

It figures.

The one time I decide to sit out a Republican debate, there has to be a little donnybrook over Israel. And the fallout will be interesting to watch.

In case you missed it, Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily recaps the story here, with a companion link to an article he had written some years earlier on the same subject.

Needless to say, the anti-Israel types (as well as the politically-correct types) are frothing at the mouth. Too bad. It's about time someone had the courage to point out the truth about Israel. Good for Newt and good for Joseph Farah. Let's hope the story gathers some steam.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

A Dirty, Dirty Business

I think most of us know that the upcoming presidential election in the United States will be one of the dirtiest campaigns in American history. I'm not looking forward to it at all. Looking at the cliff depicted in the photo on the right, it makes me wonder if we as a nation aren't about to careen right over it.

Have a gander at this article in American Thinker. It's a sobering read. While you're at the site, go to the home page and scroll down to the James Lewis article on "Why Newt Will Do."

I sympathize with much of what is said in both articles, especially the stakes of this election for the country. However, as a believer, I have serious misgivings about the "end justifies the means" position of the first article. Serious misgivings.

It's not that I don't agree with the writer that the left will play every conceivable dirty trick in the book on the Republican nominee. But if someone claims Christ as their Savior, that places one's actions on a totally different moral and ethical plane. Both Barack Obama and Newt Gingrich have professed Christ, at least with their mouths, and for quite some time. That doesn't seem to have stopped either of them from engaging in questionable conduct. And there is quite a double standard in the media about this sort of thing. It's okay for the left to engage in it, but since Republicans typically uphold a high standard in principle, they get bashed mercilessly when there is any deviation. The pecadillos of the liberal candidates get ignored or whitewashed.

In my view, just tell the truth. Loudly and articulately. The truth about Barack Obama is damaging enough all on its own. No need to lie or get in the gutter.

Unfortunately, many Republicans seem to shrink with distaste from even telling the truth about their liberal opponents. They see it as unseemly. The Lord only knows why.

Politics isn't country club fare. It's bare knuckle. But you don't have to abandon morals or ethics to engage. Case in point: if the media had done its job and due diligence on Barack Obama, Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Liberation Theology and a host of other things, Mr. Obama never would have been elected president. Those issues are real and not manufactured. Full disclosure of them is not dirty politics.

Now, does it seem like I just contradicted my main point in this article about not getting in the gutter? Read what I've written carefully. I don't think so. My concern is over what was expressed in the first linked article. It all depends on what the writer means by being willing to get in the mud. If it means lying and making up things about your opponent, no way. If it means telling the truth, fine.

Of course, then we'll have to have an argument about what constitutes truth.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Leon, Stifle Yourself!

This weekend, I am disappointed - to put it mildly - with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. But I really shouldn't be surprised at his Israel comments given the Obama Administration's attitude toward the Jewish state.

Here is the offending article in question if you want to see it in context. In a nutshell, Panetta thinks Israel needs to do more to make peace in the region, the same old weary litany . . .

"For example, Israel can reach out and mend fences with those who share an interest in regional stability -- countries like Turkey and Egypt, as well as Jordan," he said. "This is not impossible. If the gestures are rebuked, the world will see those rebukes for what they are. And that is exactly why Israel should pursue them."

I really do get tired of this bovine effluent coming out of the mouths of our present government. Panetta's statement is either wildly naive or intentionally insulting and provocative. Israel has bent over backwards to make peace with her neighbors. Repeatedly. And instead of making genuine reciprocal actions, all we hear from the Palestinian/Arab/Muslim street is "more, more, more." You'd think they were singing disco with the late Andrea True.

The Islamic side of this equation has done precisely what Panetta references - rebuked the gestures Israel has made ad infinitum and ad nauseum. Unfortunately, the world does NOT see these rebuffs for what they are. Israel has her back against the wall, and now she can no longer count for certain on her greatest ally.

Let me rephrase that. Her greatest EARTHLY ally. She still has the God of the Bible who does not slumber or sleep. Mr. Panetta and the rest of his colleagues in our government would do well to remember that.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Stricken Joplin Still Gives

Here's a nice story to kick off December and the Christmas season.

As you can see from the memory-jogging photo, the city of Joplin, Missouri, has had a rough year and that's putting it mildly. A huge section of the city got buzzed to the ground by a killer tornado last spring. But that's not stopping the people of Joplin from showing their generous side.

According to this Christian Post article, a total of 12,000 shoeboxes for needy children have been given out of a city where many were already made homeless and possessionless after a terrible natural disaster. Wonderful.

Just what we need to see while much of the media is focused on the nasty side of humanity.

As an aside, I would like to take this opportunity to throw a plug in for the ministries of Slavic Gospel Association. If you check out their website, they're gearing up to help churches in Russia and the former Soviet nations reach out to needy children through SGA-sponsored Immanuel's Child and Orphans Reborn ministries. The former is a ministry geared to link North American churches with evangelical churches in Russia to reach needy children at Christmas with the Gospel. The latter — Orphans Reborn — is an SGA-sponsored ministry to orphan children year-round, but also includes a special outreach at Christmas.

You don't hear much about it in the news these days, but poverty remains horrendous in the former Soviet nations, even though some are doing well in the major cities. The rural villages are where life is the hardest, and the churches there have scarce resources.

Pray for these ministries, and indeed all evangelistic and humanitarian ministries in the days ahead. So many need the life-changing Gospel, as well as a helping hand.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


The folks here at Blogger - bless them - have changed something, as you no doubt can tell from the different fonts and Grand Canyon-type spacing between paragraphs in the past few posts. I can't figure out how to fix it. The last normal, as usual-looking post was on November 17 when I riffed on the "Occupy" crowd. Since then, even the dashboard place where you write your posts doesn't work and act the same, and I haven't switched to the updated Blogger interface. I don't want to switch. I was happy the way it was. Leave it alone!

I left a note on the "help" forum, which might result in some help and then again it might not.

Whatever. The long and short of it is this. I wish they would give you the OPTION of letting them play with how your blog looks. I liked the way things worked before just fine. Now they've messed me up. They haven't made things "better" by a long shot, at least for me. If I had wanted it changed, I would have asked for it.

Okay, rant for the day over.

The Popularity of Jesus?

I don't know whether I love or hate polls.

David Letterman once used to joke, "If you've ever been polled, you know how painful that can be." I ran across one reported this week in The Christian Post that claims the Lord Jesus Christ is the SECOND most popular person in America. Who's in first place?

Abraham Lincoln.

I suppose I should be thankful in a wry sort of way. I was expecting to be horrified that Lady Gag(a) would have come in there, but they surprised me with Jesus being rated so high.

Don't get me wrong. As my Lord and Savior, he's number one and always will be. I don't consider as having won the battle to make him totally sovereign in my life yet, but that is my goal and with His empowerment, trust that He will complete the work He began in me so long ago. My surprise comes in that the culture at large put Jesus so highly. I was less surprised that all Republicans polled rated Jesus highly. There was no comment in the story about where Democrats rated the Lord. I found that a curious omission, because I know that there are born-again Christian Democrats out there.

We must keep in mind that you have to be careful with polls. How a poll question gets answered is often helped along on in how the question is asked. This poll was done by the "Public Policy Polling" outfit, and I don't know much about them, quite frankly.

This was a survey of 800 American voters by telephone from November 10-13, 2011. The margin of error is at +/-3.5%. But what to make of it?

My comment is that all too many Americans really don't know Jesus for who He is. That perhaps is a "duh" sort of statement. I would further add that I doubt most Americans have saving faith in Christ, although I am not the judge of their hearts or the final arbiter. Another "duh" observation.

My real surprise is that the Lord didn't come in much lower, given the amount of rebellion against God and His Word that is rampant in the country these days. In fact, the Lord Himself gave us a forewarning about the world's attitude toward Him, and toward His followers, in the latter days . . .

If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.

But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well. But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, ‘THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.’ (John 15:18-25).

Rather sobering analysis, isn't it? Hence my statement that most Americans don't have a clue about who Jesus really is. To many, he's just a religious figure or great moral teacher. He's no different than Mohammed, Buddha, or any other spiritual teacher. Others have a vague notion that He is the Son of God, and have a basic knowledge of the Christian story, but no more than that. It has no meaning or bearing for their own lives.

If most recognized Him for who He truly is — God Incarnate who came to this world in human form, died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead for our justification — and will return again soon to judge the world and everyone in it . . . they probably would have a much more hostile reaction unless the Lord was in the process of drawing them to Himself in saving faith.

It's a clue to me that we as individual believers and as church congregations need to do a much better job at evangelism. And people will respond in two ways as they hear the Gospel, maybe three. They will repent or they will get angry, as the Wesleys used to point out. Or they will be indifferent and put it off until later, which could have eternally deadly consequences, as no one is guaranteed a tomorrow. After you die, it's too late.

But as long as they are allowed to have this vague notion of Jesus as the gentle shepherd on the mountainside and moral teacher who did a lot of good, they'll be content with that. That's not threatening to their personal autonomy and self-centered pursuit of their own goals in life. Jesus as Lord and Judge is disconcerting, disquieting, and even frightening. So they'll fight that tooth and nail. Yet the Lord in His mercy will save some.

It really is as C.S. Lewis once brilliantly put it . . .

"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic -‑ on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg ‑- or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the son of God: or else a madman or something worse."

Then Lewis adds: "You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Saluting the American Diner

Too busy to post today, so I will give you a treat from the BBC website.

It's a great little story about the great American diner, which oddly enough I had thought was going by the wayside. Apparently not, as it's got the attention of our UK cousins.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Paramount Importance of God's Word

A good post-Thanksgiving Sunday to all. I hope and pray that you had a wonderful, thankful time together with family and/or other loved ones. I pray especially that it was centered on Christ, to whom we ought to be truly thankful. Without Him, we are nothing.

Eventually, I plan on getting back to posting excerpts from The Fundamentals, which I had been doing each weekend. Due to reasons of which most readers are well aware, I've let the blog slip some. But today (following a most excellent worship service at my church), I have something else on my mind. God's Word, and what its place should be in the household of God.

Over on my Facebook page, I posted this: Churches: Preach the Bible. Teach the Bible. Live the Bible. Stay away from fads. Fads fade. The Bible is timeless.

While there are many Scriptures to contemplate that reinforce my statement, I'll just pop this one in for our contemplation and meditation:

For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

Churches get into trouble when they begin falling away from the primacy of Scripture in their preaching and teaching. This also includes Sunday schools, small groups, "Bible" studies, children's ministries and youth ministries. Why did I place quotes around "Bible" studies? Because I've seen otherwise. What are supposed to be Bible studies (or Sunday school classes) end up studying someone's book instead of THE book. The book might have a few Scriptures thrown in here or there, or it might actually be a solid book with solid biblical doctrine. It would be a fine work for personal edification in companion to Scripture. But often, these things — from the bad to the great — end up being replacements for Scripture rather than using Scripture itself as our primary teacher and text.

It's the same thing with sermons. Expository preaching — book by book, chapter by chapter, verse by verse, and explaining the meaning — is by far the best and most profitable way to do it. Instead, we often see Readers' Digest-type stories with a few Bible verses thrown in, or topical sermons throwing together a bunch of Scriptures to make a point. Topicals are okay to do from time to time as long as you're taking the whole counsel of God and not cherry-picking Scripture to make your case, i.e. eisegesis instead of exegesis. But exposition is really the way to go. And the Bible must be the center of it all.

When churches fall for fads, it might seem to go well for a while and attract some people. It might amuse a bored congregation. But sooner or later, their biblical literacy will go straight out the window and the entire church will suffer. They will become sitting ducks for the deception of the enemy. That's not just coming from me. The New Testament if not the entire Bible is chock-full of warnings about this. "I will hide Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You (Psalm 119:11).

Stick with the Bible folks. That's all for today.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Don't Cry, Octopi!

I realize this is a bit out of the ordinary for The Seventh Sola, but I couldn't resist posting it. As usual, what prompted me to post it is a strange tale in and of itself.

Check out this Orion article on intelligent octopi. It's a bit long, but also kind of cute in that the people studying (or visiting) these octopi develop relationships that seem strangely mutual.

The term "octopi" (plural for octopus) reminded me of "hippopotami," the plural of "hippopotamus." Why? Because Al Stewart of "Year of the Cat" fame once did an amusing ditty called "Hipposong." While I don't agree with the reincarnationist twist at the end of the song, it was funny, with the immortal line, "Hippopotami are not supposed to cry."

So there you have it. Only from an ex-radio guy's obscure mind, borne out of a library of many obscure songs of which no one else has heard.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

To you and your families from The Seventh Sola: have a most happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day and weekend!

Therefore I will give thanks to You among the nations, O Lord, and I will sing praises to Your name (Psalm 19:49).

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Carter Strikes Baptists Again

Well, Jimmy's at it again. Only this time, instead of meddling in global affairs, he's once again meddling with Christian theology, and more specifically with conservative, Bible-believing Baptists.

Check out this Christian Post article about Carter's "New Baptist Covenant." As you'll see, he's not really doing anything more than he's always done — to try to water down biblical authority and orthodox doctrine with liberal theological bromides. Here is a short clip from the Post article:

As the creator of the New Baptist Covenant, Carter sought to make “a positive, non-exclusive program of sharing the Gospel of Christ” that lacked “the legalistic interpretation of Scripture.”

The New Baptist Covenant has a three-fold mission that involves creating “an authentic and prophetic Baptist voice,” emphasizing “traditional Baptist values, including sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” and the promotion of various social causes like feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and protecting religious diversity.

When you flesh out what he means by "legalistic interpretation of Scripture," you will no doubt find holes large enough to accommodate a Greyhound bus. Carter is clueless not only about "traditional Baptist values," he's also clueless when it comes to biblical doctrine.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Catholic Conscience

Every now and then, former House Speaker and fervent liberal Democrat Nancy Pelosi steps in it. And the media usually give it a pass.

Thanks to Michelle Malkin and the folks at Hot Air for catching a rather breathtaking statement on abortion and Catholics by Ms. Pelosi — herself a Catholic who supposedly loves her faith. Here's the whole article if you want to read it. And below is the pertinent clip:

Given the Catholic Church’s ban on contraception, the bishops’ position shouldn’t come as a surprise to Ms. Pelosi — but she still manages to be baffled by the their concern for conscience protections for health insurers who might not want to have to cover birth control just to be able to provide other types of health insurance.

Similarly, she was skeptical earlier this year that Republicans would fight for conscience protections for health care providers out of any noble motive. Republicans must want women to “die on the floor,” she said, just because they don’t want to compel health care providers to assist with abortions.

She still thinks that — only more so, if that could possibly be.

“[Those who disagree] may not like the language,’’ she told The Washington Post, “but the truth is what I said. I’m a devout Catholic and I honor my faith and love it ... but they have this conscience thing [that puts women at risk.]”

Shame on us! How dare we have a conscience!

Remarkable, isn't it? A "devout" Catholic who "honors and loves" her faith, yet blasts it because she finds its moral teachings on a social issue politically inconvenient. And this hysterical phrase about women "dying on the floor" is demagoguery at its worst.

I really hope Nancy gets politically clobbered on this one. As a matter of fact, the Pope should excommunicate her and teach her a lesson.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Musing on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving isn't until Thursday, but I've been doing some musing of late on the whole idea of walking in thankfulness. Or perhaps it would be better to put it this way - walking and living in an attitude of thanksgiving.

Scripture makes it fairly clear that the Lord expects this attitude from His children. In Philippians and Colossians, the Apostle Paul speaks of thanksgiving in our prayer lives. Often when people pray, it's generally to present our requests, needs and concerns to the Lord, but Paul says that thanksgiving should not be omitted even if we're praying about a need.

Like most people, I've had my share of trials and tribulations in my life. I've had my share of heartbreak and crises. But taken as a whole, I have much, much more for which to be thankful. And that begins with being thankful that I have a Savior who loved me enough to die on the cross for my sins, and rising again from the dead for my justification.

We're thankful for our home. We're thankful for our food. We're thankful for gainful employment. We're thankful for friends and family. We're even thankful for trials, because they produce endurance (James 1:3). But most of all, we're thankful for Jesus.

That's what's on my mind this week. And I hope it continues to always be on my mind.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

One More Word On the "Occupy" Crowd

Conservative pundits and bloggers (and the occasional TV reporter -network biases aside -) have done their work in revealing the true nature of these "Occupy" protests that began in New York and have now spread to other cities.

Try as they might, the talking heads and liberal politicians who have tried to tie these agitators and professional squallers to the Tea Party have largely failed. They have little in common, and certainly are no where near in comparison in behavior with the vast majority of Tea Party protests, Town Halls and demonstrations. For one thing, the Tea Partiers made their point, and then they went back home. First, they cleaned up the grounds where they held their events, and often left them in better shape than they were when they got there.

Not so this bunch. They're anarchist or communist in many cases and not very unified in message, with the exception of wanting to cause as much agitation as possible. Many demand the entire overthrow of our free enterprise system in favor of some sort of socialist communitarian utopia. They are damaging things, vandalizing, urinating and defecating on public and private property, spreading disease, with reports of rapes and other crimes. They're quite a bunch.

In our American system, we don't handle protest the same way they handle protests and agitators over in Europe - even in "democratic" Western Europe. When things get out of hand there, out come the water cannons and the truncheons until the crowd is broken up and dispersed. We're reluctant to do that here, as we really value First Amendment protections of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.

Here's one of the problems as I see it. Many of these "Occupiers" are not engaging in peaceful, lawful protest. They're acting like criminals. From what I can gather, there is nothing really constructive about what they want, except some vague slogans and catchphrases about "overthrowing Wall Street." The real culprits are the "community organizers" and wealthy types (reminds me of George Soros) helping to fund this kind of stuff behind the scenes. They're well trained in Saul Alinsky methods in raising a ruckus, with a touch of Cloward-Piven thrown in for good measure. Create as much havoc and strain on the system as possible until it cracks and breaks under the pressure.

If these people get their way, the very rights and constitutional protections they demand are the first ones they would waste no time in taking away from the rest of us if they got their way. In their world, owning and operating a successful, profitable business would be nigh impossible. They really are iconoclasts interested only in destruction.

My one hope is that people are finally beginning to weary of their antics. As I've mentioned earlier, even liberal mayors out in California, Oregon and elsewhere are beginning to see that enough is enough. Mainstream America is really beginning to get irked, and this will only end up hurting the Occupiers in the long run. Rather than getting their way, the ones they want elected to office will be defeated in a landslide.

I'll conclude by saying this, and for many on the outside, it will be a surprise coming from an American. I don't mind legitimate demonstrations. I don't mind orderly, lawful demonstrations. I support free speech. But I do NOT support lawbreaking and disorder, nor do I support the shutting down of lawful commerce and the normal warp, woof and life of a city just so a bunch of do-less good-for-nothings who haven't bathed in weeks can stand out and block traffic to yell and scream at the top of their lungs. I think they need to stop it and stop it now. Do something constructive. Run for office, or support candidates who feel the way you do. Do it nationally, do it statewide, and do it locally. Get a job. Help at a soup kitchen. Mentor a young boy or girl who needs a role model. Join the Peace Corp. Join the mission field, that is assuming you're a Christian (and from what I've seen thus far, there aren't many). But knock off this nonsense.

Otherwise, I'm fine with the authorities bringing in the water cannon and using all necessary force to restore order. Read Romans 13 if you think I'm being over the top. The state's job is to maintain order.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

KJV's 400th and Sundry BBC News

For today's post, we make a friendly visit to our friends at the BBC in the United Kingdom.

First, on a happier note, there is a story about Queen Elizabeth and other notables attending a service/observance reflecting the 400th anniversary of the venerable King James Version of the Bible. It would have been nice to have seen some more evangelical representation in the story, but at least it's largely a positive account and respectful.

The next story is not so pleasant. Are you ready?

It appears there's a new Spanish-origin play about the Lord Jesus on stage in France, and it's causing quite the controversy. Here's a clip boiling down the dispute to a nutshell:

Another senior Catholic cleric, Bishop Dominique Rey of Frejus-Toulon, condemned what he said was Garcia's depiction of Christ as "madman, dog, pyromaniac, messiah of Aids, devil-whore, no better than a terrorist".

Garcia himself said his play, which depicts the life of Christ through shocking images of contemporary consumer society, was a reflection of everyday reality.

Too bad we can't just be satisfied with the biblical account. That describes the life of our Lord quite accurately, and most importantly, offers up the purpose of His earthly sojourn - God the Son becoming our sin-bearer, laying down His life, dying on the cross for our sins and rising again from the dead for our justification.

I expect we'll continue to see stuff like this and much worse as time moves on toward the Lord's return - this time as judge. Sir Ian McKellen can tear out all the pages of Scripture he likes when he finds Gideon Bibles in motel rooms. Dan Radcliffe can tell the BBC and other media how much he "hates" Christians and others who call homosexuality what it is - sin. The world can continue on hating God, hating His Son, and hating His people. And it will until God says enough.

And until we get to that point, Christians will go on lovingly proclaiming the Gospel. The Lord will lovingly and graciously draw people to Himself in salvation, and the Lord will go on building His Church. And one day only known by Him, He will return and receive His people to Himself, and we will be with Him for eternity.

And there will also be a final judgment of all who reject Him. Final and eternal. Repent while you still can.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"Occupy?" I've Got a Few Suggestions.

Thus far, I haven't had much to say about the "Occupy Wall Street" frumpuses going on in New York and other cities across the country. Although I knew largely who and what was behind it and that it had little to do with the same kind of spirit that drove the Tea Party gatherings last year, I wanted to wait and see if what I expected came to pass.

And yes, largely it has. The "Occupiers' have shown themselves to be largely nothing but ne'r do well left-wingers, anarchists, communist-socialist sympathizers who are more interested in disruption and bringing down the country's system more than they are actually accomplishing anything positive or wholesome. They're right out of the Saul Alinsky/Cloward-Piven school. The Tea Party was largely civil and organized, had a constructive message, and moreover, they cleaned up after themselves and went home. This bunch seems to attract every kind of lout, with rapes, vandalism, sanitary problems, violence etc. now being daily occurrences, or so it seems. Many of them seem to be anarchists. Literally.

It's doubly telling to me that even liberal Democratic mayors in Oakland (right across the water from Berkeley and San Francisco) and other locations have had a gut-full, and are beginning to order the protesters to disband, cease and desist.

Don't get me wrong. I am all for legitimate protest, and the right of the people to bring their grievances to governing authorities in a respectful, orderly manner. We have the right of free speech, which is precious.

But you do not have the right to rape, pillage, vandalize, trespass on private property, disrupt legal commerce, and the other high-jinks being performed by the Occupy crowds. Most of them don't even have the foggiest idea of what they're doing out there. They've said their piece, now they need to go home. And if they're not willing to go home, then they need to be given new digs in the closest county jail.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Bryan Duncan's New Project!

I've always been a fan of Bryan Duncan, dating back to the time when he was lead singer of Sweet Comfort Band. If I had to pick a favorite solo recording of Bryan's, it would be his album "Strong Medicine."

According to this news item at Christian Music's website, Bryan is planning a new album and he'd like some help from his fans and supporters.

A clip from the release says that the purpose of doing this through Kickstarter is to help "fund the release of his 23rd album and the re-issue of eight out-of-print CDs. The campaign runs through December 16, 2011, and, according to Kickstarter’s policy, must reach its goal to receive any funding." Here's more . . . is a web site that describes itself as a new way to fund & follow creativity. “The cool thing about Kickstarter” says Duncan, “is fans get to be a part of my music project. That’s a lot better than re-tweeting something I said or tagging me in a photo.”

Duncan’s supporters can also receive special incentives for participating in the Kickstarter campaign - autographed albums, house concerts, duets in concert or on their own albums -- and the chance to talk with Duncan by phone or videoconference.

“My fans and I share many of the same experiences. We’re all just learning what it means to experience God’s grace in all of life’s circumstances. Interaction with them often is the inspiration for songs,” Duncan says. “ So it’s exciting to have a way to connect with some of them during the writing and recording process.”

Duncan views music as a calling, so he’ll be writing and singing as long as he’s able, with or without a record company.

“If you’ve got a calling, you’re compelled to do it -- regardless of how painful it gets or what everyone else thinks about it. I’m grateful, though, that there are people who have listened to my music and supported me for so many years.”

I plan on contributing, and I'd encourage you to do so as well.

As a final note, Bryan, along with Sweet Comfort Band-mates Randy Thomas (Allies) and Rick Thomson, are working on a new SCB album. In part, this will be in memorial of SCB founder and bassist Kevin Thomson, who passed away last year after a long illness.

As to whether there will be an SCB tour, it remains to be seen. Pray for God's provision and direction for Bryan, Randy and the band.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

"Explicit" Christianity

Well, it's happened again.

I don't know what it is today with these young stars and starlets who vocally identify themselves as Christians, only to compromise their testimonies by crude, sinful or idiotic behavior.

Do I need to make a list? Katy Perry, who decided to tip her bonnet to lesbianism (I Kissed a Girl and I Liked It). Miley Cyrus, former Disney star of Hannah Montana, who has done all sorts of fun things including pole dancing and seeming endorsement of pre-marital sex plus homosexuality. We had the brother band "Hanson," who identify themselves as evangelical Christians, yet refuse to talk about their faith and at least one got his future wife pregnant out of wedlock.

Now we have Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. This group of brothers have identified themselves as Christians. So please tell me why Joe felt the need to have rapper "Lil' Wayne" appear on his solo album and contribute "explicit lyrics." Here is a brief account of things.

"Let no corrupt speech proceed from your mouth." I could give you a whole host of other Scriptures that are pertinent to the subject. But I am beginning to wonder whether I should bother.

This up and coming generation of professed believers seems to have forgotten the Word of God. They have a "whatever" attitude, and don't you DARE judge them. Even though Scripture makes it plain we are to exercise judgment on the behavior of believers in the church. No matter.

Wanna have sex outside of marriage? Go for it. Wanna cuss up a blue streak in the name of being "authentic?" Go for it. Don't bother us with what Scripture says, especially when Jesus says - "If you love Me, keep my commandments."

We are not saved by commandment keeping. But our desire to be obedient to the Lord is a pretty good bellwether of our spiritual health. Do we love Him, or do we not?

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The Big "O" Got Caught!

Beware of open microphones.

They always used to tell us that in radio broadcasting. Anytime there was a microphone present, you had the potential of being broadcast over the air. Watch your mouth.

Too bad President Obama and French president Nikolas Sarkozy didn't learn that lesson. Or perhaps they don't care. As this published report indicates, Obama and Sarkozy engaged in some trash talk aimed at Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Personally, I'm glad they got caught. We have long suspected Obama of being anti-Israel and his actions thus far have borne that out in my humble opinion. As for Sarkozy, I'm not surprised given Europe's general anti-Semitism. I think he's probably on his way out in the next French election, but we'll see.

I can only hope Obama is on his way out as the U.S. president in the next election. Sadly, he can still do a lot of damage to the country between now and January 20, 2013.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Loving Christ . . . Really

Now and then I have my introspective moments, usually triggered by something I see around me. Today is one of those days.

For some time now, I've been increasingly bothered by the growing inability to distinguish between saved and unsaved people. I don't mean to suggest that saved people (meaning those having a saving faith and relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ) don't struggle with the sin nature and stumble from time to time. I am talking about those who claim such a relationship with the Lord, yet their lifestyles, choices and speech does not reflect anything at all of the Savior — His holiness, His purity, His love, His zeal and passion for truth, not to mention His zeal and passion for the lost.

Today, we have believers who think nothing of enjoying pornography or skating as close to it as they can get. We have believers who don't just enjoy a sip of wine at dinner, but routinely get roaring drunk out at the bars without an afterthought — except perhaps bemoaning their hangovers.

We have a whole host of young evangelicals (and some not so young) who think it's perfectly okay to fornicate (sex outside of marriage) or to see just how close they can come to it without actually "going all the way." And then there's the language thing. Most of us stumble with our tongues from time to time, especially when greatly angered. And most of us with the indwelling Holy Spirit feel horribly convicted about it and their hearts are repentant. But not the current crew in this generation. They cuss like sailors and are proud of it. Some of it can even come from the pulpit.

More and more, it's a matter of pride to look as gaudy and worldly as possible. Between the nose rings and ear-lobe rings the size of Frisbees, and tattoos almost to the point of making people look like cave paintings, it almost makes you feel like you're going to get mugged or smell the distinct whiff of body odor the closer you get. But maybe I'm thinking of the Wall Street protests. I'll have to think about it a while.

But what about God's Word? What about the Lord's commands not to engage in sex before marriage? What about not letting corrupt, vulgar speech proceed out of your mouth? What about the myriad Scriptures condemning drunkenness? What about not putting any marks on ourselves? Oh, please. You're being a legalist. Who are you to judge my heart? I know I'm going to heaven, so what I do really doesn't matter.

How antinomian. And quite frankly, how tragic, especially from people who say they identify with the One who paid the price for our sins on the cross.

Jesus said, "If you love Me, keep my commandments." Think about that one a while.

We are not saved by commandment keeping. We are not saved by works and performance. But our obedience is a sign and a testimony that we have been saved.

I have to wonder how many out there these days truly are.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Watching Over Me

Now and then the subject of "guardian angels" comes up, and as usual, we get a plethora of opinions about them. Sometimes they are biblically sound and reasonable, and others are really whacked-out with little basis in Scripture, or a verse is cherry-picked and a whole doctrine is built around it, which is an exegetical no-no.

I look at my own life and how the Lord Himself has engineered things to take care of me and my family. While angels might have been involved in some of it, I have to give the Lord Himself the glory for how things work out. Today I received one more of those little "God moments," and I'll get to in in a moment. But let me tell the whole story first.

When I first moved out from Rockford, IL, to my little rural village about 40 miles off, I had really prayed for a good location, especially keeping in mind that I would be taking my elderly mother and stepfather in to live with me eventually. I needed a good, peaceful quiet location for them so they could live out their last years in a modicum of comfort and peace.

The Lord seemed to confirm every step of the way, and I ended up in this little village. Come to find out, the chief deputy sheriff of the county is a believer, and goes to a nearby Evangelical Free Church — my denomination. He lives right up the road from me. His mother and father live next door to me, and keep an eye on Mom for me when I have to be away on business. His mother in law — also a believer — lives right up the road. A further jump up the road on the outside of the village, there is another dear couple who attend my church and are in the Sunday school class I teach. They walk by my house and say good morning every day.

But it gets better. I ended up having to switch banks because my bank went belly up, so I switched to a local branch in the main town nearby. The bank manager turns out to be a believer who goes to my church!

Once when Mom needed a caregiver during the day post-surgery, I chose a local firm to help and the first one they sent out here turns out to be a believer who loves the Lord, and she took excellent care of Mom.

Today, my car broke down, so I took it to the local Buick dealership for service. The man who runs their shuttle service to take me back home recognized my voice, and it turns out he is a believer and attends my church.

It seems like the Lord has graciously surrounded me and my mother with His people. It is such a blessing and encouragement to both of us. The enormity of the blessing hit me rather forcefully this morning, so I just wanted to say "Praise God," and have you join me in offering Him glory and thanksgiving. He always looks after His people!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dawkins Ducks Debate over Atheism

This one really takes the cake.

No doubt, many of you have heard that Christian apologist William Lane Craig has been trying to get virulent atheist Richard Dawkins to debate on the subject of God's existence etc. Dawkins generally refuses to accept these challenges, but this time he really irritated me.

Check out this little London Guardian column on the subject. A key reason Dawkins says he refuses to debate Craig is the idea that Craig would defend a God who is "guilty of genocide." What a hoot and what a load of malarkey. I suspect the real reason is that William Lane Craig would hand Dawkins his head.

Note also the undercurrent smug arrogance of Richard Dawkins. As if he has the right to sit in judgment on an omniscient Creator for executing righteous judgment that only He has the right to execute. Mr. Dawkins ought to do some research on Canaanite culture and some of their grotesquely wicked practices before he gets in a huff at God. Oddly enough, if he doesn't believe such a God exists, it's interesting that he gets so excised over the subject.

Richard Dawkins can feign anger and outrage at William Lane Craig and other Christians all he wants. But his real problem is much more serious. Deep down inside, denials aside, Dawkins KNOWS there is a God, and that he is one day going to have to stand before that God and give an account for himself. That makes him angry and full of wrath, much like the reality of this causes Satan to have great wrath, because he knows his time is short.

Unless Dawkins has a serious change in attitude, repents of his sins and acknowledges Christ as Savior, Lord and God, their future encounter will not go very well.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Government/Psychiatric Tandem

I don't know if you've ever heard of 30-year-old Stanley Thornton, Jr. He's the man who wants to live like a baby. If you haven't yet heard of him, I'm sure most of you have heard of Dr. Keith Ablow, who recently contributed this opinion piece to Fox News Channel.

I remember something of this story before, and it made me pretty mad. It's making me mad again, and I think Dr. Ablow is spot-on in his criticism of both the government and modern-day psychiatry/psychology.

At its root, psychology is "study of the soul." I have little use for it, and my attitude has been formed from personal experience witnessing its tender, loving ministrations in the lives of loved ones. Studying the history and background of psychology hasn't helped, especially when you consider the atheistic Freud and the occult leanings of Jung. Sounds to me like they got most of their ideas out of the pit, if you get my meaning.

I don't mean to suggest that there aren't real psychological problems. I also don't mean to suggest that there can't be psychological issues with underlying medical causes i.e. chemical imbalances etc. But in my humble opinion - based on the truth of God's Word - you can't ignore the spiritual, especially the role of the demonic in deceiving people.

Sometimes people don't need a pill. Sometimes they just need a good kick in the pants. And the Gospel.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sex Selection Abortions?

Thanks to Frank Turk of Pyromaniacs for the heads up on a very thought-provoking essay by Michael Stokes Paulsen, who serves as University Chair and Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. Professor Paulsen is also the co-director of its Pro-Life Advocacy Center (“PLACE”).

The essay can be seen here at The Public Discourse website. It deals with the troubling subject of abortion, and makes the case that some minds might be changed on the subject if they realized that many abortions are being done on the basis of sex selection. And the ones harmed the most? Females.

Oh, the tragic irony of it — the thought that some women are hell bent on "the right to choose," and it turns out that females are the ones getting aborted.

And when I say tragic, I mean it.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Gilad Shalit: What Price Freedom

As with most supporters of Israel, I was pleased to see IDF soldier Gilad Shalit released from his captivity by Hamas terrorists. This linked article from the BBC has more details of Sgt. Shalit's release.

The thing that I find particularly galling is that young Shalit was freed only after Israel bit the bullet and agreed to release 1,000 Palestinian terrorists. Israel freed 477 Palestinians on Tuesday, including people convicted of murder and of planning suicide attacks. Another 550 jailed Palestinians are to be freed next month under the deal. To get one young man freed, they had to let more than 1,000 killers or would-be killers go. And of course, global attention is applauding the terrorists and continuing to condemn Israel.

I suppose you could look at it this way - at least Israel will no longer be responsible for the feeding and housing of these thugs. And we can hope that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not hesitate to order severe military strikes should any of these released terrorists return to their murderous ways.

But for now, I will celebrate young Gilad's release, and I can only imagine what he endured in captivity. I will also continue to be amazed at the double standard aimed at Israel by the bulk of the media and the international community.