Sunday, March 30, 2014

Saturday, March 29, 2014

9 Problems with Aronofsky's 'Noah'

Here, then, are the top nine problems with the movie. Some are aesthetic; the most important are moral.

Turning Bible Into Lord Of The Rings-Style Myth.
Rock People.
Magic Methuselah.
Nature Becomes God.
Great Sin: Primitive Fracking and Mining.
Great Sin: Overpopulation.
Great Sin: Animal Cruelty.
Great Sin: Weapons-Making.
Humanity Doesn’t Deserve to Survive.
Noah Is a Homicidal Maniac.

But the real problem is moral. God is Gaia in this version of the Bible. Mankind is the universal sinner, and only the animals are innocent. The film finishes with shots of pairs of animals that could have come from a National Geographic special. Which leads to this question: if God just wanted a really nice zoo, why did He bother creating mankind in the first place?

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Racism to Sexism

Christian Girls in Egypt Kidnapped, Raped, Converted

Egyptian women are harassed in Cairo. (AP)
Christian girls in Egypt are being kidnapped, raped, made to convert and forced into marriages due to the “twin-headed cultural hydra” of “deep-seeded Muslim and male supremacism,” warns a 2012 study that is getting renewed attention.
International Christian Concern is reporting that 2014 has already seen a spike in the number of Christian girls in Egypt being abducted. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, rapes, forced conversions, forced marriages and even being forced into working without pay (slavery) are all major problems.
Just four attorneys said they had over 550 cases over five years of Christian girls applying to have their religious identity restored by the Egyptian government after being kidnapped and forced into converting to Islam. One attorney said he personally knew of at least 1,600 cases of forced conversions.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Three Ways to Escape Zip Ties

Zip Ties 900-2

The Rise of the "Progressive" Totalitarian

But the practical result of this principle [of the church tolerating within her bosom those who claim she is teaching error] is one on which there is no need of speculating; it works in one unvarying way.

When error is admitted into the Church, it will be found that the stages of its progress are always three. It begins by asking toleration. Its friends say to the majority: You need not be afraid of us; we are few, and weak; only let us alone; we shall not disturb the faith of others. The church has her standards of doctrine; of course we shall never interfere with them; we ask only for ourselves to be spared interference with our private opinions.

Indulged in this for a time, error goes on to assert equal rights. Truth and error are two balancing forces. The Church shall do nothing which looks like deciding between them; that would be partiality. It is bigotry to assert any superior right for the truth. We are to agree to differ, and any favoring of the truth, because it is truth, is partisanship. What the friends of truth and error hold in common is fundamental. Anything on which they differ is
ipso facto non-essential. Anybody who makes account of such a thing is a disturber of the peace of the church. Truth and error are two co-ordinate powers and the great secret of church-statesmanship is to preserve the balance between them.
From this point error soon goes on to its natural end, which is to assert supremacy. Truth started with tolerating; it comes to be merely tolerated, and that only for a time. Error claims a preference for its judgments on all disputed points. It puts men into positions, not as at first in spite of their departure from the Church’s faith, but in consequence of it. Their recommendation is that they repudiate that faith, and position is given them to teach others to repudiate it, and to make them skillful in combating it.

(From The Conservative Reformation and Its Theology. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1872, pp. 195-96.)

Why Texas is Booming: Low Taxes & Small Government

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ND records nation's highest personal income growth

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota has recorded the highest personal income growth among all states for the sixth time in the last seven years.
Statistics released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis indicated that the state's personal income grew 7.6 percent in 2013. Utah ranked behind North Dakota with a 4 percent growth.;_ylt=AwrBJR92zjFTdTIAAGHQtDMD

Religious Freedom in the Workplace: Statement on Amicus Brief Filed at U.S. Supreme Court

As responsible citizens who love Jesus Christ and love our country, we want to express our deep conviction on matters of our faith and expression. No one ought to be compelled to so amputate their belief that it is meaningless except in private.

The faithful Christian cannot separate his life into sacred and secular, worship and work. A Christian does not cease to worship the Lord when he or she goes to work or opens a family business. Romans 11:36 says, “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen.” As Christians we are called to do all things to the glory of God, including – perhaps especially – our work. This amicus brief – which includes my signature – was filed at the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Protestant theologians in support of the appeals by Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties, and demonstrates how the holistic nature of the Christian faith extends to a believer’s vocation.

Sadly, over the years, the Christian faith has been targeted by a rabid secularization and evicted from any or all public expression. The encroachment upon our civil liberties is frightening and we ought to take a stand. The cases of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga highlight the extreme dilemma that results when Christians are forced to choose between violating the government’s regulations and violating his or her sincerely held religious beliefs in the workplace. These beliefs are planted in our conscience.

This is another example of the increasing problems of privatization in our society, which is the socially required and legally enforced separation of our private lives and our public personas. Privatization insists that issues of ultimate meaning be relegated to our private spheres, so as individuals we are forced to keep our moral and religious beliefs private and never express them in public. Secularism is also a belief on ultimate things. Why is it that the secular thinker is not asked to keep his or her secularism in private as well? We know that the premise of privatization is flawed, because that which is sacred to you in private is also sacred to you in public. It is not at all surprising that meaninglessness and hopelessness have become the hallmark of the millennial generation that has been indoctrinated into absolutizing relativism and a valueless belief system. Evidently some lawmakers have not seen this breakdown and the connection.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Bison stun Oklahoma for OT win in NCAA tournament

SPOKANE, Wash. – Trending on Twitter. Another No. 12 seed in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament with upset hopes. North Dakota State pulled it off Thursday night.

Freshman Carlin Dupree, in the game only because Bison star Taylor Braun fouled out, hit two free throws and a key basket in overtime and the Bison won an NCAA round of 64 tournament game for the Summit League for the first time since 1998.

The 80-75 win over No. 5 seed Oklahoma in the West Region second round was stunning in its theatre.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Opposite Views of Scripture

The first thing to be understood is that conservative (orthodox) and liberal (progressive) ministers have completely opposite views of Scripture. Consider this quote about the Bible from Marcus Borg. He's a seminary professor at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Ore., a writer, a producer of Bible studies that are promoted and used by many progressive denominations and an oft-invited speaker at multiple ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) synodical events and the national ELCA conventions.

Borg's opinions and teachings are promoted by the ELCA and, I believe, give us an excellent look into this progressive church's hierarchy and its beliefs.

Borg believes this about the Bible: "I let go of the notion that the Bible is a divine product. I learned that it is a human cultural product. ... As such, it contained their understandings and affirmations, not statements coming directly or somewhat directly from God."

Borg's comment highlights the progressive view of Scripture as practiced by a majority of the professors of seminaries and the visible leadership of the ELCA.

Orthodox Lutherans believe this: 2 Timothy 3:16: "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness."

Martin Luther affirmed and orthodox Lutherans affirm that all Scripture was directly inspired by God and came directly from God. The Bible is literally the Word of God. Scripture is the sole and normative authority for our Christian lives.

The ELCA has held that mankind's "bound conscience" (mankind's own intellectual conclusions) has equal authority to Scripture as the normative guide of Christian life.

This opposite view of the authority of Scripture leads progressive and orthodox Lutherans to hold greatly divergent views of God and sin. The progressive Lutheran will tell you that God expects us to use our "modern, more evolved intellect" to reinterpret Scripture.

This leads them to interpret the verses on homosexual behaviors in the light of the present-day culture and society in which they live. Orthodox Christians hold that Scripture itself interprets Scripture and that the previous 2,000 years of such interpretations are still valid today as God's word does not change. This briefly and inadequately details the gulf between orthodox Lutheran ministers and our teaching and progressive Lutheran ministers and their teaching.

By Dennis Beckmann

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Putin's 2014 Brackets

Sunday, March 16, 2014

30 for 30:Requiem for the Big East-Trailer

I was there for all of that in the 80s.  A wild magical time.  Sad that it's gone.

Two-State Solutions — Do They Work?

Two-State Solutions — Do They Work?
by MC

Nobody here in Israel really wants a two-state solution. It is the obsession of a particular clique of elitist left-thinking politicians who see dividing and ruling as their droit de seigneur; their divine right to rape the world in the name of a New World Order. The existing propaganda relates two states to peace. This is a chimera.

In Israel we have had at least three attempts at the “two-state solution”, each one stripping away territory with no quid pro quo. The first one was in 1923; the most recent is still ongoing, but is stagnating because one side will make no concessions.

In many ways, the one side is more honest: they want a one-state solution which is facilitated by the annihilation of the Jewish State of Israel (as a prerequisite to the extermination of Jews worldwide).

This is ‘acceptable racism’ because it is not Judeo-Christian in it origin. To be ‘racist’ one must be born into Judeo-Christianity, and these are Muslims.

There was an attempt at a two-state solution in the USA in 1861; it failed with huge loss of life. That particular two-state solution too was caused by dissension between two opposing and irreconcilable worldviews. The two-state solution is the compromise of moral relativity: if one assumes that all worldviews are equally valid, then the two-state solution becomes a viable outcome.

The Scottish Nationalists want an independent Scotland. They want a two-state solution, on the assumption that, if it works they get power, and if it does not work they will get bailed out and will still retain power. So it is win/win for them as long as they can rely on other people’s money to underwrite the risk.

In 1922 the League of nations mandated Great Britain to create a Jewish Homeland in the territories prescribed by the mandate, and based upon the Balfour Declaration of 1917, a letter of intent addressed to Baron Rothschild. This was land recovered from the defeated Ottoman Turks by the efforts of British and Commonwealth Soldiers in 1917/18. The British immediately ceded some 80% of the land to the Arabs, the first two-state solution in the area, depriving the Jewish homeland of a huge tract of land.

A later two-state solution was proposed by United Nations Resolution 181 ratified in 1947, which further split the remaining land between Jews and Arabs. The Arabs rejected this two-state solution and invaded the Jewish areas in 1948. They lost. They also lost three successive wars to bring about a ‘One (Arab) State Solution’. After the 1973 annihilation they gave up military warfare for political lawfare, claiming the intention of a two-state solution (to appear tractable in the eyes of western liberals) whilst insisting, in reality, on conditions appertaining to a one-state solution, and making political pawns of the people they claimed to be serving.

The 1938 Munich crisis precipitated a two-state solution whereby the Sudetenland was given to Nazi Germany, with dire results for a Czechoslovakia left defenseless against the might of a barbarous enemy. The Soviet-Nazi pact was a two-state solution for Poland that left Poland in ruins and its population ravaged. Germany in its turn was subject to a two-state solution, the Russian part of which suffered immensely. Another barbaric two-state solution was the partition of India in 1948, with a death toll of some three million souls.

The two-state solution is fraught with problems and poses dire risks for the inhabitants of the victim states. The attempted two-state solution in the USA still has its repercussions to this day, even if the Virginian mini two-state solution did work ( I assume that there is still not much love lost between the two to this day). The overall success rate of the two-state solution is not good.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Russian Forces Move Outside Crimea

I stand provisioned, trained, and ready to be activated in less than a minute (our traditional and folkloric standard).  But sadly, there is no leader with the courage, strength, and vision to send out the call.

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Russian forces backed by helicopter gunships and armored vehicles Saturday took control of a village near the border with Crimea on the eve of a referendum on whether the region should seek annexation by Moscow, Ukrainian officials said.

The action in Strilkove appeared to be the first move outside Crimea, where Russian forces have been in effective control since late last month. There were no reports of gunfire or injuries. The incident raises tensions already at a high level before Sunday’s referendum.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry denounced the foray outside Crimea, and said Ukraine “reserves the right to use all necessary measures to stop the military invasion by Russia.”

The village is on a long spit reaching northward from the main part of the Black Sea peninsula, about 10 kilometers (six miles) north of the border between Crimea and the Kherson region.

A spokesman for the Ukrainian border guard service, Oleg Slobodyan, told The Associated Press the Russians, about 120 in all, took control of a natural gas distribution station in the village. The Foreign Ministry said the force consisted of about 80 and didn’t mention the station, but said the village was seized.

As Crimea prepares for Sunday’s referendum, dozens of billboards throughout the regional capital proclaim “Together With Russia.” But a few have been hit by spray-painters who scrawled out “Russia” and replaced it with “Ukraine.”

The referendum is denounced by Kiev and the West as illegitimate ; the West is threatening costly sanctions against Russia if it moves to incorporate Crimea. But the result is seen as a foregone conclusion — Crimea is almost certain to vote to split off, further aggravating Ukraine’s political crisis and one of the harshest East-West confrontations since the end of the Cold war.

At the United Nations, Russia vetoed a Security Council resolution declaring the referendum illegal, and close ally China abstained in a sign of Moscow’s isolation on the issue. Supporters of the U.S.-sponsored resolution knew that Russia would use its veto. But they put the resolution to a vote Saturday morning to show the strength of opposition in the 15-member Security Council to Moscow’s takeover of Crimea. The final vote was 13 members in favor, China’s abstention, and Russia as a permanent council member casting a veto.

The question of whether Crimea, a strategically important Black Sea peninsula that is home to a key Russian naval base, should become part of Moscow’s orbit raises strong passions on both sides.

Supporters say the region rightfully belongs to Russia and that the government that replaced fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych is a coterie of fascist-minded nationalists who will abuse Crimea’s majority ethnic-Russian population. Opponents bristle at Russia’s heavy hand; Crimea effectively is already under Russian control after forces were sent in last month.

Tensions are also high elsewhere in Ukraine. On Friday night, two people were killed and several wounded in a shootout that erupted after a clash in the city of Kharkiv between pro-Russian demonstrators and their opponents.

In downtown Simferopol, at least 1,000 people on Saturday jammed a square in front of a soundstage and two massive TV screens as a long succession of Russian musical acts lauding “friendship of nations” and Russia itself. Musical acts from distant regions of Russia sang folk songs and danced traditional dance. One ensemble dressed as fairy-tale characters sang “Don’t Fall Out Of Love with Russia!” No Ukrainian flags or colors were visible.

“We have our great mother, Russia, who has taken us in her arms,” said 40-year-old demonstrator Nikolai Antonov. “If Russia hadn’t protected us, we would have had to take up arms” against the new authorities in Kiev.

Posters pasted to walls throughout the city center made comparisons between Russia and Ukraine for gasoline prices, doctors’ salaries and student benefits. The comparisons all suggested Russia was a more prosperous country.

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Court upholds church ruling

In a partial reversal of a 2012 decision by a Cascade County District Court judge, the Montana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a foundation holding assets for Faith Lutheran Church of Great Falls should be controlled by church members who voted to split from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) after it began ordaining gay clergymen.

In the unanimous decision, the court upheld the lower court ruling that the church building and immediate assets should remain under the control of the minority of the congregation who chose to remain affiliated with the ELCA.

Following the ELCA’s decision in 2009 to allow ordaining men and women in same-sex relationships as ministers, 71 percent of Faith Lutheran’s membership voted to disaffiliate from the ELCA.

The remaining 29 percent of New Faith’s membership reconstituted themselves as New Hope Lutheran Ministry and sued for control of church property and the endowment held by Faith Lutheran’s foundation.

New Hope members said the church constitution required a 90 percent vote in order for a disaffiliating group to retain control of church property, and foundation assets held in trust for the church were subject to the same provision.

Because the disaffiliation vote did not receive a 90 percent majority, they argued, New Hope was entitled to church and foundation assets.

The Faith Lutheran majority counter-argued that the dispute involved matters of religious doctrine, meaning any court intervention would be a violation of the First Amendment’s protection for freedom of religion.

In a 2012 summary judgment, a lower court judge ruled the dispute could be resolved by the public court system because the contested matters involved only secular legal issues as opposed to interpretation of church doctrine.

On that basis, it was determined that New Hope was entitled to all church and foundation property.

On Wednesday, the Montana Supreme Court unanimously agreed with the District Court’s decision that it had jurisdiction over the dispute and validated the finding that New Hope was entitled to church property. However, it ruled that the church foundation, constituted as an independent entity, retrained discretion to use its property for the benefit of the majority group despite its departure from the ELCA.

“This is a very painful thing for everybody all around,” said Jessica Crist, the ELCA bishop who oversaw Faith Lutheran before the schism and still works with the New Hope congregation.

The Faith Lutheran majority retained occupancy of the building throughout the legal proceedings, Crist said, saying that decisions reacting to court decisions are likely to be forthcoming.

Her hope, she said, is that things can be put behind so the congregations can get back to focusing on work with people.

“The church is really the people,” she said.

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Why You Should Treat Your Boss Like a Client

It’s no secret that the job market is more competitive than we’ve seen in recent history. It’s not just finding a job that’s tough to do in the current anemic hiring conditions, keeping one also requires a lot of work.

Securing a promotion or any career advancement hinges on your ability to prove your value and dedication to an employer. And the best way to do that is treating your boss like your most important client.

You might be thinking, that’s easier said than done, but here are a few tricks to keep in mind:

Realize that you work for yourself, not for your boss. People often balk at this idea because they associate working for themselves with being an entrepreneur. Here’s some sobering truth: Most bosses don’t have a personal interest in their workers. Sure, they value hard-working employees, but at the end of the day, they just want to get the job done.

You, however, do have a personal interest in your work. When you go to work each day, you do so because you want to make money to support yourself (and your family) or so that your day-to-day life has purpose. So start by shifting your attitude about it. In truth, the reason you work has nothing to do with what your boss wants.

Believe there is no difference between a boss and a client. Your boss is actually your best client. And like a client, your boss hires you to provide a service and offer solutions.

Perhaps your boss or company has a specific way to get things done, figure that out and adjust accordingly. As the saying goes, the customer is always right. However, some bosses do in fact want innovative and new ways to do business, so don’t be scared to speak up and offer solutions.

Your goal should always be to identify a need and then fill it to meet the client’s requirements.

Stop here for a moment and think about your job in this way: If the world went crazy and companies no longer hired employees, you would still need to work, right? Let’s say all employers decided that the way they were going to get work done is to ask all former employees to pitch to them how they would fill each need within the organization, but do so as an independent contractor. How would you as “Me, LLC” approach securing that gig? And how would you conduct yourself differently under those circumstances differently than you do now as an employee?

Understand that times have changed. The days of getting a job and then waiting for direction from your boss are long gone. Employees need to be proactive and know how to execute, but few know how to successfully do this to and help themselves adapt to their work environment.

While everyone’s career path and criteria for success is different, one thing is for sure: Changing how you think of the relationship between you and your boss (or your company) is a good place to start. The truth is, you are in the driver’s seat of your career path. You work for yourself, remember? So, act like it. It’s irrelevant how difficult your boss is to please. Sometimes we have to deal with difficult customers or clients. Learn to adapt. Figure out what makes the boss happy and then do your job accordingly.

You control who you work for. Yes, the unemployment picture in the country is drab, but you need to stop worrying about your job and start managing your career.

If you change your attitude, you’ll be well prepared to speak with other employers about opportunities. You’ll be better able to identify job prospects and know how to stand out in a crowd as the best candidate for a position.

Companies, entrepreneurs and business leaders fire clients all the time. That may sound counter-intuitive (especially during tough economic times), but, it distinguishes the good services providers from the great ones.

If you’re good at what you do, you will always find new clients so don’t let any weigh you down.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

ARROW SLING'N TV carpet & hay bow target


A bid of $1.8 billion suits Jos A Bank just fine

People pass by a Men's Wearhouse store in New York in this file photo takenJune 25, 2013.  Men's Wearhouse Inc raised its offer for Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc by over 10 percent, nearly two weeks after its smaller rival looked to fend off the unsolicited bid by agreeing to acquire Eddie Bauer.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files  (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS TEXTILE LOGO) Photo: Brendan Mcdermid, Reuters

NEW YORK (AP) — Looks like the best suitor won.

After an extended chase that included overtures on both sides and flirtations with other parties, Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank will combine to create the nation's fourth-largest menswear retail chain.

Men's Wearhouse Inc. said Tuesday that it's buying its rival Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. for $1.8 billion. The company will pay $65 a share, a 5 percent premium to Jos. A. Bank's Monday closing price of $61.83. Jos. A. Bank also said it's terminating its deal to acquire the parent company of Eddie Bauer, which sells rugged outerwear.

Snowden accuses Senate intelligence chair of hypocrisy over CIA disclosures

edward snowden‘It’s clear the CIA was trying to play ‘keep away’ with documents relevant to an investigation by their overseers in Congress, and that’s a serious constitutional concern.’ Photo: AP

The whistleblower Edward Snowden accused the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee of double standards on Tuesday, pointing out that her outrage at evidence her staff were spied on by the CIA was not matched by concern about widespread surveillance of ordinary citizens.

Snowden, the former contractor whose disclosures to journalists revealed widespread surveillance by the National Security Agency, was responding to an explosive statement by Senator Dianne Feinstein about the CIA’s attempts to undermine a congressional investigation into interrogation and detention.

In a surprisingly combative statement on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Feinstein, who has been widely criticised by privacy experts for failing to hold the NSA to account, accused the CIA of conducting potentially unconstitutional and criminal searches on computers used by her staff.

The remarks put the Democratic senator on a collision course with the CIA’s director, John Brennan, who strongly denied “hacking” the committee’s computers. Feinstein described the controversy as “a defining moment for the oversight of our intelligence community”.

In a statement to NBC News, Snowden said: “It’s clear the CIA was trying to play ‘keep away’ with documents relevant to an investigation by their overseers in Congress, and that’s a serious constitutional concern.”

Snowden, who is in Russia on temporary asylum, added: “But it’s equally if not more concerning that we’re seeing another ‘Merkel effect,’ where an elected official does not care at all that the rights of millions of ordinary citizens are violated by our spies, but suddenly it’s a scandal when a politician finds out the same thing happens to them.”

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Tammy Bruce: War on Boys Attempt to 'Create Society of Frightened People'

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland -- On March 8th, Breitbart News was able to sit down with author and radio host Tammy Bruce to discuss the ongoing war against boys--especially as seen via zero tolerance school policies that result in suspensions for young students who pretend to point their finger like a gun.

We asked her, "So many times we hear about 'the war on boys'--of a boy fashioning his hand or breakfast pastry into the shape of gun, then being suspended. What are we to think of this?"
Bruce responded:
Look, there is a culture through the left that wants to emasculate the nation as a whole. It's through the military, of course, you see Obama trying to do that, as well. We see it through what's happening in education. Political correctness itself was meant to end the notion that we could have direct conversations, that we could be ambitious, that we could be our own people. Men are seen, of course, by the feminist movement and by the left who are led by the same individuals as those with the feminist-movement mentality. And they see the best way to emasculate the nation--certainly to cut it off at its knees--is to start with the children. And the biggest threat there are little boys.
If you can change the mentality of little boys, train them from an early age to not be who they are--and that's, of course, what the left's general attitude is for everyone in this country... Ironically, I think the most difficult people to train in that way are little boys.
Breitbart News also asked, "What specific response do you have when you read that a ten-year-old boy who fashioned his hand like a gun was charged and suspended from school for 'level 2 lookalike firearm'?"
Bruce answered:
It's obscene. It's an obscene attempt to effectively brainwash an entire generation. We see this in fascism all the time, but in America the absurdity is that we do it in the name of saving the children. We effectively lie to people to get the same dynamic in. It is a truly grotesque effort to create a society of frightened people.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Should Lutheran churches help Muslims worship Allah?

(the following is from Pastor Tom Brock of

The liberal-leaning Metro Lutheran in its March 2014 issue has a glowing, front page article about ELCA Lutheran congregations in Minnesota that let Muslims use their worship space. Here is the response I sent:

It was with sadness that I read your report of Lutheran churches offering their worship space so that Muslims can worship Allah. The rationale given by one of the pastors was "our Christian faith calls us to help our neighbors". But are we loving people by helping them stay Muslims? Jesus taught that He is the only way of salvation (John 14:6) and the Apostles taught the same (Acts 4:12). If we truly love people we will urge them to come to Christ for salvation, not help them worship Allah.

Can you imagine Martin Luther promoting the religion of Islam? Please pray for the ELCA. It's time people leave it for a more Biblical branch of Lutheranism.

Pastor Tom Brock

Muslim students and community members gather for noon prayer Friday in Fellowship Hall at Grace University Lutheran Church


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Olympic Recurve Bow Function and Composition Animation

E128 Final Project: Olympic Recurve Bow - HD

Restoration of Hilda Lutheran Church

Tom and Susan Doell have been restoring the Hilda Lutheran Church located on their ranch. They want to put the steeple back on the church building. The cross that went on top of the steeple is displayed at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mason.

They could measure it and create a replica. However, they do not have a picture of the church with its steeple. They have asked everyone in Hilda and no one has found a picture.

They spoke to Jan Appleby, and they went through the Mason County Historical Commission's photos with Jane Hoerster, all to no avail.

The Shoe Snob - How to Polish Your Shoes Properly

Russia Today America's Liz Wahl Resigns Live On Air

Raw:Ukraine Russian Troops Fire Warning Shots

Russian soldiers have fired warning shots into the air as around 300 Ukrainian troops marched on the seized Belbek air base in Crimea.

Eugenicists Rejoice: 53.6% of Babies Aborted in Georgia Are Black

I have been telling you all for years that Margaret Sanger was a (and many left wingers are) racist, pro-abortion tyrant:

In the state of Georgia, black babies are aborted at a rate almost 2.5 times greater than white babies, making up 53.6 percent of the total number of abortions in that state.

As noted by CNSNews, the 2010 Abortion Surveillance report published by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) – the most recent year for which abortion data is available – finds the total reported abortions by known race/ethnicity in Georgia was 31,244. Of that total, the greatest number, 16,738 or 53.6 percent, were black babies.

The number of white abortions in Georgia was 6,908, or 22.1 percent of the total, and the number of Hispanic abortions was 6,138, which is 19.6 percent of the total.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Gun Rights Supporters and Gun Control Supporters


Ash Wednesday 2014

Graffiti on Serbian Convent in Muslim Kosovo: “The Only Good Serb Is A Dead Serb”

Graffiti on Serbian Convent in Muslim Kosovo: “The Only Good Serb Is A Dead Serb” Bosnia, Kosovo, Serbia: Jihad in the Balkans 00 Comments This is more of the poisonous fruit of Bill Clinton’s ill-advised intervention into the Balkans in the 1990s, which has created a Muslim state in the heart of Europe — a base for the jihad and an ongoing source of persecution for the area’s Christians. “Insulting graffiti on the walls of Serbian Convent in Kosovo,”, March 1, 2014 (thanks to Max): The events of last two months indicate the ongoing persecutions of the Serbian population of Kosovo and Metohija. According to a report of the website of the Diocese of Rasko-Prizren, on the wall of the Dormition Convent in Djakovica in the morning on February 23, graffiti appeared in Albanian: “The only good Serb is a dead Serb.” The day before, on the Saturday of the Reposed, the Kosovo police did not allow a group of Serbs to visit the convent and graves of their relatives at a local cemetery. According to the diocese’s report, the insulting graffiti was removed on February 24. However, Church representatives believe that, “The atmosphere of intolerance towards this shrine and Serbian refugees indicate that the level of their security has become much lower, and the Serbs who come here to visit the convent and the cemetery are not welcome.” This incident is just one of a large number of indications that the situation of the four Serbian women, nuns of the convent, is worsening. These elderly women, who live as a monastic community, are all what remains of the Serbian population of Djakovica.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Gay, lesbian troops perform in drag at Kadena Air Base fundraiser

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Since the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, U.S. military bases have hosted gay marriage ceremonies and potluck gatherings. But on Saturday, servicemembers here may have been the first to take to the stage and perform as drag queens on a military installation in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops.
Drag queens and drag kings, to be precise.
Six servicemembers — gay, lesbian and straight — donned heavy makeup to dance and lip sync songs such as “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” for a raucous capacity crowd at the Rocker NCO Club at Kadena Air Base. The event was a fundraiser for the recently formed Okinawa chapter of OutServe-SLDN, which is the largest nonprofit advocate for the military’s LGBT community.
“We didn’t think there was much of a desire for an event like this on the island but it has actually blown up,” said Navy Lt. Marissa Greene, co-chapter leader of OutServe Okinawa.
Greene said she had hoped to sell about 75 tickets to fund some future support activities for the group, which was formed last summer and still “starting from scratch.” The event was approved as a “variety show” by Kadena’s 18th Wing through the same process as other on-base fundraisers.
But an initial 200 tickets were plucked up almost immediately, so they issued another 200.
“We ended up selling 400 tickets in 10 days,” she said.
Amid the unexpected success, OutServe carefully avoided any mention of politics, but its variety show comes at a pivotal time for gay civil rights in the United States, with many states passing laws dealing with marriage or debating individual liberties.
It is also a sign of the times within the military; just a few years ago, gay and lesbian drag performances on a military base would have been unthinkable and potentially a cause for dismissal from the service.
The repeals of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, as well as the Defense of Marriage Act — the law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages — have allowed gays and lesbians in the military to be open with their sexuality for the first time.
The historic shift appears to be mostly accepted and embraced throughout the ranks despite warnings the DADT repeal could harm order and good discipline.