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

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Train Up a Child...

If you've been watching Fox News Channel or listening to Glenn Beck (because you probably won't hear it anywhere else), there have been more several instances of disturbing and overt indoctrination uncovered. Last time I told you about the Story of Stuff. But there's worse stuff than that going on. For example, there is the class of small children in New Jersey chanting "All are equal in his sight." They are specifically referring to President Obama. Shortly after that, the children are praising him for "all your great accomplishments" to the tune of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Funny, I thought that song was about God's providence to us in times of trial.

The new process in some public schools - as well as his ubiquitous appearances in the media - appears to be the near-deification of Barack Obama. The most egregious effect of this is what could be perceived as an attempt to build into our children a Hitler Youth-style sense of adoration and loyalty. And many kids are falling for it. As the Holy Bible reminds us, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).
This principle works for evil as well as for good. All you end-times theologists and conspiracists can now start your engines.

Symbolism can be described as something we hear or see that invokes a mental image, emotion, or reaction, and is generally designed to draw one's attention and invoke reverence, obedience, desire, or fear. We don't generally think much about the power of audio symbolism -- including such sound cues as chants, mantras, or signals (i.e., fire alarms, church bells, etc.) and visual symbols, but that is precisely what makes them so powerful. Perhaps the best brief examination of how symbolism can be used that I've seen was in a recent YouTube video. Whether we realize it or not, symbolism has a profound impact on all our lives. The media knows full well the power of symbolism; there is virtually no film, TV show or commercial that doesn't make full use of it. It's a good idea to be aware how vulnerable we -and your children - can be.

Jihiding? Throughout Europe, throngs of Muslims crowd the streets in noisy and often destructive demonstrations, amid chants of "Death to the West." As the Muslim population increases, the level of their arrogance and braggadocio rises, often accompanied by violence against non-Muslims, moderate Muslims and anyone else who dares to criticize their antisocial pathology.

Contrast this to the recent assemblage of American Muslims in Washington D.C. Instead of the 50,000+ the organizers hoped for, official estimates place the gathering at no more than 5,000. I don't gloat over this just because it pales compared to the estimated 1.7 million Americans (of all flavors) who gathered there on September 12th, with no news coverage other than Fox News. I point out in hopefulness the possibility that the majority of American Muslims may not want to be associated with the radical elements of their religion, nor with some of the organizers, including Hassen Abdellah, who helped represent one of the men in the original 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

You'd better listen to Mom! As everyday Americans continue to be outraged by our government's abuse of power, it is becoming clear that perhaps the major segment of the discontented are women, especially mothers. Fearing for the future of their children, more and more mothers are networking, organizing and insisting to be heard. From healthcare to child care to questionable appointees (such as pro-pedophile Kevin Jennings' tenure as Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education), moms are done keeping silent and are turning into the human equivalent of lionesses protecting their cubs.

Fire-fighting nuts. After a slow start, formerly-mainstream news outlets are finally breaking their silence of the fundamental dishonesty that permeates ACORN. The negative publicity from numerous criminal indictments and the amateur film journalists who exposed the rampant lack of ethics caused the US Census to kill the organization's cooperation in the 2010 national survey, and other Congress openly stopped public funding to it.

However, it appears at least one agency didn't get the word. FEMA - the Federal Emergency Management Agency - has decided to grant ACORN nearly a million dollars to prevent fires, even though the organization has no record of expertise in fire safety.

Send in the clones. The FBI is warning that a Somali off-shoot of al-Qaeda known as al-Shabaab may be aiming its guns - or bombs, since that seems to be their specialty - at the US. What makes them even more dangerous is the sizeable Somali population already in this country. A few Americans have already been found to be involved with the terrorist organization. They seem to prefer bombing crowds, but that could change as the target-rich environment here offers so many opportunities for mayhem. Aside from bombing sporting events, rallies, malls and such, consider the implications of attacks on the power grid in winter, communications hubs, chemical plants, and product terrorism. Are you ready?

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