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

Friday, January 15, 2010

Conservatively Speaking...

If you were to assume that the preponderance of liberal backwash throughout the lamestream media was the consensus of mainstream opinion, who would have thought that conservatism was actually the rising philosophical star in the United States (again)? According to a Gallup poll, conservatives ended 2009 as the dominant ideology with 40% of respondents, versus 36% for moderates and 21% admitting to being liberals.  Of course, for a lot of people, the way they swing changes with the winds of Providence - especially among moderates - although most diehards on either end generally remain firm in their beliefs.

One of those diehards who earns an honorable mention is Fox News analyst and former anchor Britt Hume. The networks of the Left were all spastic when Hume answered a question about Tiger Woods by stating unequivocably that, if he really wanted to find redemption and salvation, Woods might seek the Christian faith.

Heads up!  Ever seen someone who thinks they're 'hip' wearing a 'Che' or a 'Mao' tee-shirt? Find out the real story on those and other mass murderers when Glenn Beck airs his first documentary on Friday, January 22.  Fox News Channel. 5 PM. Don't be one of the "useful idiots" (Vladimir Lenin's term of endearment for those who were fooled into supporting communism without understanding what was really happening).

Meanwhile, if you want to bone up on history that matters, you should really check out Judge Andrew Napolitano's five-part series on The Constitution and Freedom  (about 5-7 minutes each) on the Fox Nation. He does a great job of simply explaining the great ideas that gave us this nation we take so much for granted.

Not so friendly skies.  After eight and a half years, you'd think that the government would have worked out most of the bugs in its airport security system. But in the case of Michael Hicks, not so much.  Michael - or Mikey, as family and friends call him - has been getting frisked by TSA officials for the past eight years; which happens to be just as long as Mikey has been alive. It seems that 8-year-old Mikey's name is the same as someone on TSA's 'watch list', which means additional scrutiny each time the young Cub Scout flies, which is fairly often.  Nearly a decade after the 9-11 attacks, and nearly three decades after Muslim extremists began targeting Americans in earnest, we still haven't learned that real security relies heavily on common sense and is only hampered by political correctness, includingthe prohibition against profiling those persons most likely to be terrorists.  Even in the wake of several embarrassing episodes - including at least one actual terrorist attempt, the current malAdministration continues to pander to the very forces who threaten us.  With that sort of leadership and misdirected efforts, we are sure to be clobbered again. May God have mercy on the victims.

Dumb and dumber.   I believe that one of the major reasons this country is going to Hell in a handbasket is due to the (non)educational system, which steadfastly refuses to teach American history accurately and completely (meaning, if you're going to teach all the bad stuff, you should also teach all the good stuff). This week the Texas Board of Education held public hearings and a preliminary vote on the content of new schoolbooks.  If you think that's inconsequential because you don't live in Texas, think again.  Because of the massive size of Texas and the amount of textbooks they buy each year, what happens in the Lone Star State affects the schoolbook buyers throughout the country.  By default, Texas sets the national schoolbook standard.  So when the progressive/liberal/socialist/atheist/marxist types line up to get their two cents in at the hearings, the cumulative effect can determine what school-children of all ages will be learning for years to come.

What happens in the schools will also affect this nation for decades, because it is the schoolteachers who very often have the greater influence over their students, simply because they become the de facto authority figure in so many kids' lives.  The school often directly or indirectly influences how the kids see the world, how they respond to events, and their basic knowledge of the world around them. In other words, teachers - who were probably taught by socialist college instructors - only pass along the lessons they themselves have - or have not - learned.  And for those who haven't been following my tacky little blog, let me note again the prophetic statement of crreation studies evangelist Ken Ham, who told an audience it only takes one generation (that has forgotten its values and virtues) to produce a society of savages.

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