Wish I'd said that!

In recent decades, the ACLU has used its so-called "wall" to fight tooth and nail to prevent government sponsorship of the Pledge of Allegiance, memorial crosses, Ten Commandments displays, nativity scenes, Bible displays, and virtually every other acknowdgement of America's religious heritage.

At the same time, it is worthwhile to note that there have been some instances in which the ACLU has endorsed public displays of religion. For example, When New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani threatened to cut taxpayer funding from the Brooklyn Museum of Art for displaying a painting of the Virgin Mary with cow dung and pictures of female sexual organs pasted all over her body, the ACLU was first in line to defend the display. U.S. District Court Judge Nina Gershon ruled that New York City's elected officials were not allowed to place conditions on the museum's funding.

In another instance, the ACLU offered its support to the taxpayer-funded National Endowment for the Arts, after the agency sponsored an art show featuring "Piss Christ" - an exhibit consisting of a crucifix submerged in a jar of urine.

In the ACLU's myopic world, it appears that the only permissible publicly-funded displays of religion are those which blatantly mock or disparage the Christian faith.

-- Indefensible: 10 Ways the ACLU is Destroying America, Sam Kastensmidt, 2006

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Sending a Message

The debacle of the piracy attack on the Maersk Alabama goes on as I write this; the captain is still held prisoner by the pirates, adrift in a cocoon-shaped lifeboat, without fuel and probably low on food and water. The boat is cramped, hot and not too fragrant by now. Presumably on orders from the White House, the Navy has sat by while FBI hostage negotiators try to work a deal.

Here's my solution (ah; the simplicity of not having all the facts): send in a team of SEAL divers at night wearing rebreathers (to eliminate bubbles), use thermal vision and listening devices to quietly determine where the captive is, and spray the rest of the boat with lead from suppressed weapons. Result; captive freed, pirates (terrorists) dead, dramatic warning sent to other pirates that we aren't the same guys they murdered in Mogadishu because of another wimpy president. Or they could quietly swim up and bore a tiny hole under a seat and inject a sleeping gas.

After that, the congress should motivate its lame collective butt and define piracy and issue letters of marque and reprisal -- as is their power under Section 8 of the Constitution. That would authorize private security companies to aggressively protect our commercial vessels. Really, isn't it about time congress started attacking someone besides the American people? Meanwhile, the president himself feels annoyed and distracted by the whole situation. Sooo sorry it takes him away from his zeal to cripple and enslave our nation.

Payback for .......? It appears that Obama is going to pay back Hispanic voters (how many were illegals recruited by ACORN?) as he pushes to open the floodgates for giving illegal aliens legal status, essentially opening the border at a time when Mexico is tottering on the edge of collapse under the continuous assault from narcoterr gangs. Prepare for an absolute northward exodus if that happens. And the tab will be all ours.

Dangerous drywall? Yet another hazardous Chinese import has been discovered. Certain brands of drywall sold in this country over the past few years were apparently made with a poorly refined form of fly ash (a waste product of burning coal) which gives off vapors that can corrode copper pipes and do very nasty things to the human body over time. Much of the drywall was used in rebuilding Katrina damage, but it may also have been used in other parts of the country. One gets the impression that even touring China these days could fulfill a deathwish. And now they're exporting the poisons to save us the trip.

Calling the kettle black. CNN's Rick Sanchez and other liberal talking heads and blogs are dogpiling on Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the usual suspects, blaming conservative talkers in general and them specifically for the rash of nutcase shooting sprees lately. I don't suppose it would enter into Sanchez', et al's morally vacuuous minds that the cause of this sort of malevolence could be tied to a generation raised to think God doesn't exist (or that He wouldn't hold them responsible for their actions), or the rampant selfishness that has been taught over the past few decadent decades, or a media that constantly tells us what bad people we are (compared to whom?). Or that if more sane folks were allowed to be armed, a lot more lives could have been saved. Nah; didn't think so. Such blatherings are especially fascinating coming from someone like Sanchez, who actually did kill someone resulting from a drunk driving episode in 1991. I guess he thinks that gives him room to accuse others who haven't actually killed anyone.

Be careful who you offend. Ex-Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, a legitimate war hero who was the Lone Survivor of the costliest battle in SEAL history (Afghanistan 2005), was robbed of his best friend last week by some dirtbags who cold-bloodedly shot and killed his 'therapy' dog DASY (pronounced "Daisy", the dog's name was an acronym for his lost teammates) for fun. Luttrell's pursuit and capture -- with the police -- of the 4 suspects was all the more astounding for several reasons: he had just gotten out of the hospital (he's still being treated for wounds and torture he received in the action), he tailed them for nearly 4 counties and at speeds over 100 mph at times, and though armed with 2 pistols, and considering his history, he didn't kill them. That, my friends, is a man worthy of respect.

The story was overlooked until his good friend Glenn Beck took up the story and embarrassed regional news for ignoring it. Then, even PETA got involved, offering a reward for the 1 suspect who ran (he later surrendered to police when Beck plastered his face on his Fox News TV show. The story is all the more touching as Luttrell explains how important DASY was to his own healing process. The only laugh came when the punks threatened to "come after" Luttrell. Marcus simply asked the Texas Ranger to "explain who they're dealing with." I'd love to have seen their faces.

Friday after church service I watched -- as is my annual ritual -- The Passion of the Christ. For me it is the most powerful of all the movies about Jesus, because it is a masterful concentration of imagery and well...passion (definition: suffering). It is the most unsanitized version, the closest to what we can only imagine was the horror of the actual event. And yet after taking the viewer on an emotional rollercoaster, the very end of the film reassures us of His victory over death itself, which validates His promise to us.

Some of you reading this have never had enough interest to look into what being a Christian is all about. For me personally, life was an empty shell until I began to understand the bredth and depth of what He did for all who accept Him as their savior. I have not been the same since; and I never want to go back to who I was before. Each believer is different (for example, I've become even nuttier than before), but at heart we all have a kindred spirit; the Spirit of Christ. If you don't know Him, I highly recommend you adopt yourself to Him as your Savior before you meet Him as your Judge. You won't regret it..unless you don't.