With all the hype lately about Yellow Stone’s Volcano and how it could “possibly” erupt a lot sooner than expected, I thought I would put together this article for you on preparing for the aftermath and some things to consider adding to your preparedness supplies. In all honesty, I had never considered preparing for a […]
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A whistleblower lawsuit has revealed accusations that a leading security contractor defrauded the U.S. Army out of millions of dollars intended to combat terrorism. Working as a subcontractor, DynCorp International was one of the companies that bilked $123 million from the Army from 2007 to 2013, according to an earlier investigation by the Department of Defense’s inspector general.
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The Federal Reserve’s communications and policies are a form of crazy-making double bind.Systems theorist/anthropologist Gregory Bateson developed (with others) the concept of double bind, a psychological and social conflict in whic…
. . . at least when I was in school, but after watching this video of Gentry Stein winning the 1A category of the 2014 World Yo-Yo contest, I think I’ll just go hide in a corner somewhere.The man’s got some mad skillz, all right!Peter
I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that there was a mixed response to my article yesterday about Muslim fundamentalist terrorism. Many people have already made their minds up about that issue, and don’t wish to reconsider their position. Others waver, wanting to think the best of people, but afraid that the all-too-many examples of Muslim fundamentalism are sufficient to warrant a stronger response irrespective of other considerations.
I’d like to make just one observation. My response to any issue in the world is, first and foremost, rooted in and grounded on my Christian faith. If you aren’t Christian, fair enough – you’ll approach the issue from a different moral perspective, so I suggest you skip the rest of this article.
I take the Golden Rule as a command endorsed by Christ, not something optional or conditional (as in, “Sure, I’ll do unto you as I want you to do unto me – but you’ve got to do it first!”). Jesus attached no conditions. He told us to do it. End of story. Remember the famous prayer of St. Ignatius, sometimes ascribed instead to St. Francis Xavier?
Teach us, good Lord,
to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do your will.
That’s the Golden Rule in action, right there.
That reality means that any suggestion of eradicating Islam, or nuking Muslim states, or waging ‘total war’ against that religion, is simply off the table. Can you really see Jesus, who once said “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven”, approving of even the thought of wiping out an entire nation – including its children – because of the faith of their parents, which they can’t even understand at their young age? He gave us the answer to our problem in the Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations“. That does not include nuclear weapons as an aid to evangelization.
There are those who claim that Islam is very well suited to manipulation by the Devil. I can see why they would say that. It’s been distorted very often over the centuries to justify this group destroying that group, or whatever. Unfortunately, precisely the same accusation can be leveled against Christianity! It, too, has been used to justify murder, mayhem, massacre and all sorts of crimes that must make Jesus wonder whether it was all worthwhile. (To cite just one well-known example, “Kill them all – God will know his own!” Want another one? How about the sack of Constantinople? No, not the one when the Muslims conquered it in 1453 – the [equally savage] one perpetrated by Christians in 1204.) As soon as we start saying that this religion, or that religion, is somehow less ‘Godly’ or ‘moral’ or ‘legitimate’ than ours, we put our feet on the slippery slope to perdition. There’s no other way to put it.
Our job as Christians is to live up to the example of Christ and observe the way of life he taught us, both by example and with his words. That doesn’t prevent us defending ourselves if and when attacked; but it does mean that we aren’t allowed to flout Christ’s law in our response to threats. If we do that, we no longer have the right to call ourselves Christian. That may not be a very comfortable thought, but it’s reality – and Christ didn’t come to make us comfortable, but to challenge us.
The majority of Americans profess to be Christian in one form or another. I wonder how many of them have thought through the implications of their faith for their attitudes towards Islam and Muslims?
I had to smile at an Australian photo essay titled ’11 love notes from kids’. My two favorites:There are more at the link. Cute and fun!Peter
Food Storage and Survival Radio Episode 65: Interview with Kelley Blanton, CFO of Ready Reserve Foods
Episode 65: Interview with Kelley Blanton, CFO of Ready Reserve Foods Listen here! Listen in to my interview with Kelley Blanton, and get to know business at Ready Reserve Foods…
There have been some big changes with Kilted to Kick Cancer in the past month, the biggest of which is our official 501(c)3 charity designation! If you plan to be one of our Kilted Fundraisers for 2014, we have a little change in the usual process. Jus…
The Surreal News 8/20/2014 Host: Doug aka GoatHollow News 8/20/2014 with Goat Hollow isn’t quite Edward R. Murrow, remember legendary Edward R. Murrow the quintessence of unbiased and real information, surreal or not? A news media, taking pride in the integrity of reporting with factual representation regardless of personal agenda! The Surreal News 8/20/2014 hearkens back to the reporting skills […]
The massive effort to get control of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the most devastating in history with more than 1,350 dead to date, has taken …