In the news…

George Stephanopoulos interviewed Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards Sunday morning about the surreptitiously filmed meetings between members of her staff and an anti-abortion group.  Well, “interview” might be a bit optimistic.  You might be more accurate to describe it as her delivering an interactive speech.  She could hardly express sufficiently just how indignant she was at the deceptive tactics used by the anti-abortion group.  In case you don’t understand exactly what she meant, I will translate for you.  “They tricked my staff into telling the truth.”

She was also quite adamant in pointing out that her staff did not admit to selling baby parts to researchers for money.  At this point George seemed to have been struck by a serious lapse of journalistic curiosity.  Had I been there, despite not being a professional journalist possessing journalistic curiosity, I think I might have asked just how much those researchers “donated” to the “non-profit” Planned Parenthood.

On Meet the Press this morning Commie/Pinko Bernie Sanders brought up the case of Sandra Bland earlier this week.  He said, “Bland was ‘yanked’ from her car and thrown to the ground.”  Maybe I missed something, but I saw the officer’s dash cam images and it appeared to me that after several threats from the officer, she exited the car under her own power and walked around the rear of her car and out of the field of view to the right.  Maybe my vision is less creative that Bernie’s.

Bernie was also very anxious to make his populist point we MUST increase the minimum wage to fifteen dollars per hour.  I must agree with the late Milton Freeman on this point.  WHAT A BUNCH OF CHEAPSKATES! Why not make the minimum wage $100 per hour.  That way we can all be rich.  I mean…you wouldn’t mind paying $50 for a cheeseburger…would you?

President Obama says he has a boat load of money he wants to give to the people of Africa.  Wait for the other shoe to drop.  They can have the money if they’ll just give up their quaint antiquated notion that God says homosexuality is an abomination.

THE “SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS”

OK, first things first. Maryland was founded as a Catholic colony. If you’re a Baptist in Maryland, like me, you have a choice of either having only a few friends or having a lot of Catholic friends. This made it all the more confusing when I started to hear about the conflicts in Ireland commonly known as the “Troubles.” I just didn’t get it. Certainly Baptist doctrine has some differences with Catholic doctrine. All this said I think you can see that I shouldn’t be the first choice as a defender of Catholicism. However, it has irritated me for years that liberals today love to criticize the Catholic Church for its censure of Galileo Galilei in 1615 for his proclamation that the earth revolved around the sun and not vice versa.

Looking back at the history of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance it is important to recognize that the closest thing to an international power was the Catholic Church. The Church was, for all practical purposes, the “establishment” of the Renaissance period of history. And, the Church accepted the “scientific consensus” of the day. And what was the “scientific consensus?” It’s today called the geocentric model of the universe. That means that the earth is at the center of the universe and the sun and the stars revolve around it.

The origin of the geocentric model can be found in Pre-Socratic philosophy. Proponents of this cosmology included influential Greeks like Anaximander, Plato and Aristotle. There were several well thought out arguments supporting their endorsement of this cosmological model.

Of course, even then there were dissenters. The earliest were called Pythagoreans. They suggested the geocentric model had weaknesses. A few other dissenters appeared occasionally and were quickly discounted. There are no written records revealing whether or not they were denounced as “hack front men for big business.”

Then in the 2nd century AD the astronomer Claudius Ptolemaeus (Ptolemy) announced the development of a computer model that resolved all of the questions raised by the dissenters. Obviously, electronic computers did not exist in the 2nd century. Ptolemy’s computer model was a paper one not unlike Alan Turing’s “Turing Machine,” but was based on spheres and circles. It was able to accurately account for all of the then observed astronomical data. So accurate, in fact, that its principles still today influence the design of planetariums.

The Church judged the “scientific consensus” to most closely coincide with the Biblical narrative and it thus became Church doctrine. Unfortunately, it was wrong. But any heresy had to be addressed and Galileo’s heresy was taking the position that the earth revolved around the sun. This is known as heliocentricity. Galileo was lucky. The Roman Inquisition sentenced him to house arrest for the last 9 years of his life. It could have been much, much worse. How terrible you may be thinking; to punish him for dissenting. Especially, when you consider that he was right.

What about today? Do we have an “establishment?” Today that description could apply to the United States or the U.N. Is there a “scientific consensus?” There is on a number of issues. The most prominent right now is “Global Climate Warming Change.” Are there dissenters? Yes, but today they’re called deniers. Are they punished? You bet. Their careers in government and academia are threatened and that is well documented. And who is responsible for this? It’s those same liberals who criticize the Church for its treatment of Galileo.

So I consider myself honored to be counted in the company of one of the early deniers – Galileo.

Interestingly, recent news has brought additional irony to this story. It seems the current Pope has decided to once again dip the Church’s toe into the waters of scientific consensus by proclaiming that human caused global warming is a problem and must be addressed. If that were not enough, the Pope has taken actions to exclude “deniers” from the discussion. And who is applauding the Pope’s actions? Those same liberals who love to beat the Church about the head and shoulders for its treatment of the denier Galileo.

SCOTUS FORESHADOWS GOD’S JUDGEMENT UPON OUR NATION

Today’s decision by the Supreme Court to disregard the voters of a majority of the states Is profoundly sad and disturbing.  Like the classic cartoon of a grizzled man carrying a sandwich sign proclaiming that it is time to “repent” or “the end is near” I feel compelled to warn you of the danger we face.

The Bible tells us that when God made his covenant with Abraham he made a number of promises concerning blessings that he would bestow upon the nation that Abraham would
father.  The Bible also teaches that God built a hedge of protection around Israel.  But, while that covenant would last forever, the nation of Israel would have that hedge removed if it rebelled against Him.  And that’s exactly what happened.  Despite the warnings of the
prophets, Israel drifted farther and farther from God to the point where, in the 8th century BC, they had purged God from their national life, mocked and persecuted the tiny faithful
remnant and replaced God with idols of all sorts.  They had built a temple to Baal and were even sacrificing their own children to Baal.  In 732 BC The Assyrians attacked and destroyed Samara (Israel’s capitol) and carried off many of the inhabitants.

Finally, and this is the important point, they did not respond to this chastening by turning back to God.  In fact when the time came to rebuild, they’re attitude was arrogance.  This is recorded in Isaiah 9 : 9 &10 —

9     All the people will know it—
Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria—
who say with pride
and arrogance of heart,
10     “The bricks have fallen down,
but we will rebuild with dressed stone;
the fig trees have been felled,
but we will replace them with cedars.”

Rather than turning back to God to seek his protection they were saying defiantly that they would rebuild with dressed (hewn) stone rather than bricks of clay and straw.  And they
would replant sturdy cedar trees to replace the less hardy fig trees.  They were pronouncing judgement upon themselves.

Eventually, the Assyrians attacked Israel again and utterly destroyed the nation.  Few Jews were left in Israel as almost all were carried away to slavery.

I, among many others, believe that because this country was founded on Biblical principles that God has blessed this nation.  It was and is far from perfect, but our founding documents recognized and honored God. I am certainly not saying that we have been chosen in the same way that God made the Jews his chosen people. But the mere fact of paying honor to God as our founding documents do can bring His blessings.

However, the second half of the 20th century witnessed a profound turning from God by our citizens and our leaders.  God has been purged from our schools. Text books have been written so as to hide our biblical heritage. The murder of our unborn children has been made a sacrament of promiscuity.  The courts have made the exclusion of God and his word from every public place a primary goal. The main stream media has made criticism and derision of anything or anyone relating to Christian belief a central theme.

I think it’s interesting that on September 12, 2001 Senate Majority Lead Tom Daschle addressed the Senate concerning the events of the 11th. Among his remarks he quoted Isaiah 9:10 —

“The bricks have fallen down,
but we will rebuild with dressed stone;
the fig trees have been felled,
but we will replace them with cedars.”

Then he added “This is what we will do. We will rebuild and we will recover.” With these words he turned the quote from Isaiah of an ancient people into a vow by the U.S. government. A vow not to turn to God, but to overcome our enemies by our own strength.

Then on September 11, 2004 Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate John Edwards delivered remarks observing 9/11 to the Congressional Black Caucus. He too quoted Isaiah 9:10.

Have our own leaders pronounced our future judgement?