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Religious tolerance?

President Obama spoke today before the United Nations.  In light of the swelling anti-American demonstrations throughout the world (attributed alternatively by the administration as a reaction to a video, or terrorism), he spoke of the need for religious tolerance. Read more

Trifecta for tyranny

We posted what follows on November 11, 2010.  In light of recent events, perhaps it is time to repeat it.  Guns…Fast and Furious, wealth…the rich aren’t paying their fair share, religion… Read more

Religious people have no clock, Religious people have eternity

Israeli President Shimon Peres believes a two state solution, Israel and Palestine, is the only realistic solution but he isn’t biting on a Hamas proposal to roll back Israel’s borders to the pre 1967 war map first. From Hot Air, which links to the NY Times story.

The leader of the militant Palestinian group Hamas said Monday that its fighters had stopped firing rockets at Israel for now. He also reached out in a limited way to the Obama administration and others in the West, saying the movement was seeking a state only in the areas Israel won in 1967.

His reasons are pretty simple, it may sound good, but in reality nothing has changed.

This is worth listening too because sometimes we in America view this conflict in, well, from an American perspective. Too often we fail to realize the role religion plays in this, and in a country where religion plays an ever smaller role, especially among the intellectual elite, it’s understandable.

As for the Hamas proposal, Hot Air has a very good rundown.

Hamas wants an extremist makeover.  Khaled Meshal, who just won another four-year term as Hamas’ head terrorist, gave his first interview to an American media outlet in a year, and tells the New York Times that Hamas has changed.  Not enough to actuallychange, of course, but just trust them when they say they’re no longer annihilationist:

Peres understands, Hamas is what Hamas is until it demonstrates otherwise, and a temporary halt in rockets is not enough to change Israel’s mind, nor should it. Religious people have no clock, they have eternity.

God Isn’t Dead But Is On Life Support

Hmmm … we’ve heard this before. Newsweek Magazine running a cover on the fall of Christian America. God Is Dead. As Newsbusters notes, I especially like the new found respect Newsweek has for the holiest week of the Christian calendar.

This Holy Week has been typical. Newsweek proclaimed “The Decline and Fall of Christian America” on its cover. The Washington Post/Newsweek “On Faith” blog featured a post that belittled the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection. The Discovery Channel aired a documentary that painted Jesus as little more than an opportunistic politician who caught a bad break in a trial.

These are just the most notable recent instances of secular media’s disdain for traditional Christians and the tenets of their faith. Anti-Christianism is the last acceptable prejudice. The assault on Christian beliefs and morality is ongoing. Take for example the howls of outrage when the Pope reiterated Catholic teaching on abstinence.

But then when you are trying to sell a dying magazine what better time to do it then to 76 percent of your market celebrating the high holidays. The article is based on  this survey which shows the number of folks calling themselves Christians has declined to a mere 76 percent. Oh the humanity.

Meacham keyed his article around the March 2009 American Religious Identification Survey results that showed 76 percent of American identify themselves as Christians, compared to 86 percent in 1990. He also noted the rise in number of Americans who now state they have no religious affiliation, 15 percent compared to 8 percent in 1990. To Meacham, this is a good sign.

Tomorrow we will be discussing this and we will be joined by the author of “God Is Back”, John Micklethwait. Here’s part of their retort to Newsweek’s article. The authors appeared yesterday on Fox and Friends. Please go to the “book” section to order for yourself.

and here is his co-author Adrian Wooldridge, explaining that the numbers may be smaller but it is more than likely a loss of folks on the fringe.

Join us tomorrow please. Should be good. And go to the books section and get the book.

Home Schoolers on SOC – Update Video

If you haven’t seen Steve’s post on the home schooling mom in North Carolina you can read it here. The mom in this post Venessa Mills and another home schooling mom Robyn Williams will be joining us on the show at 10:10 am. Here’s a quick recap of the story.

A judge in Wake County said three Raleigh children need to switch from home school to public school. Judge Ned Mangum is presiding over divorce proceeding of the children’s parents, Thomas and Venessa Mills.

Venessa Mills was in the fourth year of home schooling her children who are 10, 11 and 12 years old. They have tested two years above their grade levels, she said.

“We have math, reading; we have grammar, science, music,” Venessa Mills said.

Her lessons also have a religious slant, which the judge said was the root of the problem.

“My teaching is strictly out of the Bible, and it’s very clear. It is very evident so I just choose to follow the Bible,” Venessa Mills said.

In an affidavit filed Friday in the divorce case, Thomas Mills stated that he “objected to the children being removed from public school.” He said Venessa Mills decided to home school after getting involved with Sound Doctrine church “where all children are home schooled.”

Thomas Mills also said he was “concerned about the children’s religious-based science curriculum” and that he wants “the children to be exposed to mainstream science, even if they eventually choose to believe creationism over evolution.”

This is a complicated case. I am not happy a judge has decided that somehow public school is in the children’s interest instead of home schooling, in effect ruling on evolutionary science over creationism. On the other hand no matter what the husband did, I believe he should have a say in his children’s education. We will talk to the mom about this.

Click here to watch video of the story from WRAL in Raleigh

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All praise the …

These Obama books are in the children’s area of Borders. Can you guess what the section is? “History” … umm nope …. “Current Affairs” …. not exactly. Take the poll before you click the link below … and no cheating! Read more

Zero Tolerance at School – No Religious Art Permitted

I read an article earlier today on FoxNews.com concerning a high school student who received a failing grade on an art project because it included a Bible reference. For the project, students were asked to draw a landscape. It looks like all of the pieces were charcoal works and one of the students included a Bible reference – simply John 3:16 – in the piece.

At the beginning of the semester, students were required to sign a policy that prohibited creation of any art that included violence, blood, sexual connotations or reference religious beliefs. The students lawsuit indicates that Julie Millin, the teacher, told the student that he had signed away his Constitutional rights by signing the agreement. I hardly think a high school student can sign away Constitutional rights even if he was older than 18. Is that even legal? Can you sign away rights that are inalienable? Read more

Freedom Matters to Iraqis

That’s right, freedom matters. The New York Times posted an article describing how violence – spurred on by Islamic clerics – have left young people in Iraq disillusioned with religious leaders and ready for a change.

“I hate Islam and all the clerics because they limit our freedom every day and their instruction became heavy over us,” said Sara, a high school student in Basra. “Most of the girls in my high school hate that Islamic people control the authority because they don’t deserve to be rulers.”

Well there ya go.

Commentarymagazine.com and Ace have more.