Saturday, December 29, 2007

RADIO --Cantata --Agnus Dei

Our Sunday cantata performance may be on the air tomorrow morning --sunday, Dec. 30, 11:00AM, 102.3 FM --or Click on the mic icons at the top center of the radio's home page. We had some glitches since we had not practiced for 10 days--and the person making the broadcast recording may have been clueless about mics and balances, etc. But it is what it is --beautiful music in any case with a beautiful message.

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Gardasil Makes Thousands Sick

Gardasil, the vaccine for HPV prevention, prevention for a virus that could induce cervical cancer in women who have contracted the virus, has caused adverse effects for thousands of girls. The National Vaccine Information center has reported that 5 girls died, 31 girls had life threatening side effects, and 1,385 girls had to visit the emergency room.

This is for a vaccine that may prevent HPV infections but is not always successful. Still the question is how many cases of HPV these vaccines will prevent and further, how many cases of cervical cancer contractions and fatalities would be prevented. I'm not going to seek out and crunch these numbers except to say that the numbers above are not necessarily condemning alone if the benefits outweigh the risks.

There are other issues with this treatment. While some local and national governments consider making this vaccine freely available, there is the matter of cost. The series of vaccines all together cost $360.

If we were to vaccinate every girl in the U.S. this would be just one more considerable strain on the medical system that is already at a crisis level. Since HPV is sexually transmitted, many object the use of a potentially dangerous and costly treatment for an infection that is perfectly preventable. Girls who practice abstinence and cautiously select a spouse who will be faithful will not contract HPV.

So we have two approaches to prevention here, one that carries some potential for physical harm and the other that not only carries no such physical risks, but also offers many benefits beyond mere disease prevention since teens who practice abstinence are emotionally healthier and academically better off than teens who don’t.

But of course, abstinence does have a risk. The risk is free will and responsibility. Not all who are taught to be responsible will be responsible, especially in a culture that praises rebellion like ours. Furthermore, while the debate continues on during a time when abstinence education programs are dominant, some teens will trust the licentious entertainment media and their friends for norms rather than educators and the message that the dominant entertainment culture promotes can be the easiest to hear when amplified by hormones.

Here it is most helpful when parents take it upon themselves to be the most important influence on their children. For this, there must be a balance of love, respect, and discipline and not only that, for many children, parents have to be informed about this to the degree that their word will not easily be undermined. Further, there should be an emphasis not on the negative aspect of sexuality, that it should merely be avoided, but there should be an emphasis on the meaning of sexuality itself. Sexuality for Christians is sacred and the bonding between man and woman uniquely reflects the image of the triune God himself as we read in Genesis 1, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Star, The Virgin,The Son of God -- All Historically Credible!

Three out of four Americans believe Jesus Christ was born to a virgin. A Blade article about the star of Bethlehem was also interesting, as a couple of academics are taking the Biblical account seriously enough to put forth theories as to what the star might have been, scientifically speaking. They are at least smart enough to believe that the Biblical accounts have historical validity --or they wouldn't be working on this project.

As for the virgin birth, anyone who can raise Lazarus from the dead after 3 days, heal 10 lepers, feed multitudes with a boy's lunch, change water to wine, heal the blind and the lame, control the weather, etc. --such a man can be born of a Virgin. Since His life and His own resurrection were miraculous, why not His birth? There is no reason for the disciples and the Apostle Paul to be willing to suffer persecution, imprisonment and death for the story of Jesus Christ --except that they saw and believed. Many will die for a cause --like a radical Islamist --but these men died for the One whom they saw raised from death. They died for what they had witnessed and experienced. And they died for a message of love, joy and peace --not to bring death to others. That's unique.


"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Blade Writer has it Wrong --about Theocracy

Almost 4 centuries ago, Europeans began fleeing the religious intolerance of their homelands seeking freedom to practice their beliefs in the New World. It is sadly ironic that Christian extremists today are incrementally striving to change the U.S. into a theocracy similar to what their Christian ancestors sought to escape. by James Lefevre, letter to The Blade, 12-20-07

These people whom Mr. Lefevre considers extreme, are no doubt those who want traditional values to be upheld in our country. They realize that it is the agnostics, atheists, and liberals of any religion who are willing to see this country's social mores change dramatically -based on their unbelief or liberal beliefs. Therefore, the traditionalists seek candidates who appreciate the value of traditional faith and morals and free expression of all faiths -- which value has served our country well.

The Christians are not the extremists. They are for tradition, not extreme change. It is the other end of the spectrum which is radical, as represented in the new domestic partner registry for homosexuals in Toledo in 2007 and the abortion legality declared in 1973. These were extreme changes for our culture. The "war against Christmas" is also a reality, a war waged by ACLU and those who support their extreme view of church-state separation--that would take all the fun out of the holidays if they could--or at least, completely secularize it and try to make us have "affirmative action" for other religions --giving them equal time in school holidays, etc., even though they are not equal in numbers of followers.

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Saturday, December 22, 2007


THIS link is very important for all bloggers. I can prove that libel has been committed against me. I was definitely misquoted in a blog topic as saying something I did not say and then called a racist for the fiction. It was not even a distortion of something I said. It was wholly fictional.

He has pulled that post finally, but I have a copy. Meanwhile he has posted my address in comments here and on his blog. The law says it is libel if it is damaging to my reputation and viewed by even ONE person as a published piece.

Some bloggers throw around the insult of "bigot" "homophobic" and "racist" --quite loosely --wanting to damage the reputation of conservative Christian bloggers and citizens--and if they attach these labels to your real identity and harrass you by posting your house photo, your church photo, your name and your address and threaten to post your unlisted phone number --and even write to your pastor --all as intimidation tactics against your views --that person is guilty of both libel and harrassment.

I have not been terribly secretive about my ID --I've even got old photos of me in 2 places --not with my name, however. But you'd think Mudrake thought he was announcing the access codes for Ft. Knox every time he announces my name. And I certainly am not in the phone book with my address and number and he has taken that private info of mine and blasted it about --although not the phone number --yet.

I can forgive most anything; but I want this guy to get over his obsession with me NOW. I would pay anyone for his identity --because I know that would stop him in his tracks --unless he's even more dangerous to me than already demonstrated to be. Respond here if you know who he is and I will establish and post a no-name blog email account to receive it. I don't have such an account now. I'm pretty sure I know him personally because of his obsession with me and his awareness of my past as a school board member, which he was writing about before I ever visited his blog. He's brave as long as he's anonymous. I'm not interested in revealing his identity on line as he likes to do --just in knowing who it is that I have to beware of if he shows up at my door or starts to park in front of my house.

I have never written to harrass him--but to honestly give my views on the outrageous things he says about believers --and his accusations of them. There is a defense to his frequent malicious charges, and it ought to be heard in a free country. I've tried to be good natured and teased him --but not with malice. I've tried to initiate better relationship with him, to no avail.

I finally told him in email that he was libelous and I would call a lawyer if he didn't remove the name --and he did do it. And tells of my threat in today's blog. By the law, he HAS committed libel and he has had a purpose of intimidation by harrassment.

As the article above said, it's not that hard to just "be nice" in our ideological disagreements, refrain from name-calling, insulting, lying, exaggerating, threatening and intimidating.

However, unfortunately, some people must be threatened and intimidated by the law to get them to QUIT!

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Where is Kooz News!??

Kooz --when I click the link to your site, I get an energy drink site. Are you selling something? Where's your blog?

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The CLC Party

Mudrake was worried about my African-american students in our little Christian Life Club at church. All the children earned behavior dollars (play money) for attendance, Bible memorization, bringing their folders. They could lose dollars if they were disruptive and uncooperative. Then my co-leader had us over to her home tonight for the annual CLC party where they would "spend" their dollars. We had 12 students, 8 boys and 4 girls, ages 8 and 9.

Due to her ingenuity, no one felt any stigma for not having lots of dollars. But those who had worked the most did get to go first to the table to select 2 gifts to take home for family members. Meanwhile the others were having a $1. gift exchange -and we took turns opening --to keep them busy watching each other --until it was their time to go to the "store" --the gift table to make their selections. Everyone was to wrap or bag their gift, she had tape dispenser for each one --and a son to cut paper for them. Her husband prepared a plate of kid goodies for each to eat --and at the beginning --my job was the devotional --which centered on whose birthday is it? Why do we celebrate Christmas? What did Jesus do for us? Who was He? And it was interesting to me --that most knew Jesus died for our sins --but when I asked what were the consequence of our sins --they just listed sins --and said "getting in trouble." I said we die because of sin. And Jesus came to buy us back from Satan and his hold on our lives. So that we will not die. Our bodies will be resurrected and our souls will go immediately to be with the Father. Because Jesus says He has gone to prepare a place for us, After Jesus died and resurrected from the grave, he said there are many mansions in His father's house in a place He has gone to prepare for us. And that's why, boys and girls, Christmas is such a joyous time. We are celebrating God's gift to us, His payment for our sins. With Christ's blood in His death on the cross, He has bought us back from Satan's kingdom of sin and death --to Christ's kingdom of Joy, light and everlasting life!

And then we talked to our Heavenly Father --who hears us when we call upon HIm --who is in our midst whenever 1 or 3 gather in the name of Jesus.

On the way to the party, I drove the two little guys who had lied to me about the candy --Each week someone was chosen to get all the candy out of my candy dish, with one grasp of the hand, which candy we bagged for them. Two of my students said they didn't get to dive for the candy. I was sure they had. So I talked to them about lying --how it becomes a habit either when we want to deceive someone for our own good or because we want to get out of trouble. God isn't pleased when we lie. The one boy said he had forgotten that he had received the candy one night and the other still says he didn't. I said, well, You'll just have to forgive me if I'm accusing you falsely because I and my consultant both are pretty sure we remember you getting your candy. Because they were new to the group, I especially wanted them to get theirs and I remember the point when I just had 2 students left who had not gotten to do it. And it wasn't them.

So I talked about the importance of one's word -such that others could say of them, "So and so never lies. His word is good." I said I hoped they could one day tell me the whole truth about the candy because God's Word tells us to do that --to confess when we do something we ought not.

They really are a nice group of kids.

The gifts were mostly pretty nice quality items for children to give parents. Even the things that were left over. They seemed to have a good time with each other and no one seemed to feel anything was unfair or boring.

I believe that enjoying children is one of the best things we can do for them --as well as ourselves. We aren't having any serious attitude problems with any of them --and I'm sure it's because we both really like kids --even the more difficult ones (and no, Mudly, I don't mean the Afr. Am. ones but a couple of others.)

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible


Christmas Concert -- AGNUS DEI ~ Lamb of God ~ Gift of God

December 23, 10:30 AM --The Holland Free Methodist Church will present Agnus Dei, a worshipful concert of beautiful Christmas music, including songs by Michael W. Smith and traditional carols. Adult and children's choirs, soloists, trios, dramatists portraying Biblical characters narrating the Christmas story, angel dancers, the children's choir singing of a middle-eastern caravan with the Wise Men --elegant costuming, video art --all will tell the age-old story of Mary's little lamb who became the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Nursery provided. Refreshments. Concert is about an hour long.

Holland Free Methodist Church is north of (behind) Spring Meadows Mall. Take McCord Rd --or Holland Sylvania Road --north to Angola. Turn right on Angola from McCord---or turn left on Angola from Holland-Sylvania Road. The brick church with the white steeple.

Coming from 475, you need the Airport Highway exit. Take Airport west, (toward the Airport) to pass Spring Meadows and come to McCord Road. Right on McCord, right on Angola --and there it is!


"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Church-State Separation

On Kooz's blog (see my blogroll link to Kooz News,) he has an article on church state separation. Blogger Roland Hansen gives us the above link and on that link, the 3rd article which is from and the U.S. History Encyclopedia is pretty comprehensive in clarifying the issues, I think. A good presentation there overall.

The linked article shows that Christianity is really influential in America's history --though liberals are fond of saying this is not so --that our founders were merely "deists." Even deists, however, are not atheists.

The current controversy re church-state separation is caused by unbelievers who want change in what has been traditional in America. The Christians are accused of being the ones who want change to their ways, but that's not the history. Today, the "change agents" are those who want freedom from the "shackles" of Bible-influenced, traditional American cultural mores and religious observance of Christmas and Easter and public prayers, however non-sectarian.

I say such liberals want to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs --Judeo-Christian views of human rights and limits, the secular definitions of right and wrong which come from Judeo Christian values. I believe our religion-based values system is a major cause of the old-fashioned work ethic (called the protestant work ethic), our optimism and "can-do spirit," Yankee ingenuity, our charity, compassion, forgiveness --and even our tolerance --and moral standards as a nation. We have been a --perhaps THE-- most blessed nation -and perhaps the most Christian. If we lose this position --and some say we are losing our blessings economically, you'll have trouble proving to me that it is not God's protective hand lifted because we are preferring to go our own way as a people, instead of God's way. We want Him out of public life to such an extreme extent, that He just may leave us to our own consequences. (Of course, I have to admit that the Great Depression in our history came at a time when America had legalized prohibition --due to the religiously devout in our country. However, during that time people could leave their doors unlocked and it was not uncommon for housewives to extend charity to hobos at their back doors --as did my grandmother. Today we would be more fearful and cautious, such is the prevalence of rape and murder, etc.)

"Righteousness exalts a nation--but sin is a reproach to any people." "In the last days, men will call good evil and evil, good." That's what I think of our push and celebration of gay sex and atheism, calling evil good. The homosex and transgendering are so counter to God's bio-design for procreation, His sanction of either marital sex or celibacy --we have no other choice that pleases Him in what we do with our bodies --which are first of all to be presented to HIM as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing and acceptable unto God.

There is no more blatant defiance of God's will than for kids to grow up thinking they can transgender and desire sex with the same sex --if they've been given perfectly healthy and functional male or female bodies. To conform our bodies surgically to go with our mental fixations on being what we are not created to be --it's craziness. And a Godless, God-denying culture helps to cause it. the problem is between the ears and in the soul--and that's where the fix needs to occur. Submission to the Creator's will, first of all. And parents can play a big role in raising children who are not sexually confused but glad to be either male or female. Though the confusion doesn't always come from parents in today's culture.

I believe that repentance to God for our sins by the majority of Americans would restore the greatness that Alexis de Toqueville lauded when he said,

"America is great because she is good --the secret of her goodness lies in her churches with her pulpits aflame with righteousness --if she ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great."

Has that day arrived?

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Monday, December 17, 2007

Public Schools and Believers -- Response to my Old Buddy, Mudly

O boy, you give me such opportunity, mudrake!!

It's clear to any discerning Christian reader that I had legit gripes as a Christian about public school values education and you have lied about me here. I was part of a groundswell of concerned citizens all over the country who didn't like what educators were doing to undermine our values and beliefs. E.G. what religious parents would want you in the schools giving yours and Microhistorian's view of history and the Biblical scriptures? a view you can't teach as proven but as your agnostic theory.

I DID post my concern for traditional values in my campaigns --the first time with a big drawing of a pendulum --swinging back to traditional values.

so there was no deceit about me as a candidate ever. I won twice. There are many one-termers in our district history, whether they lost elections, knew they would, or just got bored, I don't know. One quit to run for another office and lost that race.

I also was an advocate for performing arts and was the initiator in the new performing arts complex --as the architects had not planned on that in their first plannings --it was all about gyms. And I said our stage was woefully small for the size of school, that it limited participation and that all our students should see the school musicals and dramas and occasional concerts as part of their education--and not be given a choice to pay a dollar or stay back in study hall --only showing one act to the students who paid the buck. And our auditorium was small for the size of school. I thought it was pitiful that you could go through high school and have no idea what a broadway musical was when we did one every year. where my daughter teaches, the whole school sees their musicals--without choice. And they are a respectful audience. Some schools fear to mandate any arts programs, lest the kids act like hellions and ridicule their peers -as they did when I visited Springfield's holiday concert before Christmas break one year.

For the 3rd election, I was opposed by an active agnostic waterville group who went door to door against me. You were probably one of them. They had fliers which were untruthful and slanted about me as you are.

Nevertheless, despite your work, for my 3rd election I was announced a winner by 100 votes (vote totals aren't huge out here, as you apparently know --so 100 was not an unusual or small margin of victory --in fact I was the 2nd ranked winner of 3 out of 5 candidates. And my successor was not reelected. Maybe she didn't run; I heard it wasn't exactly 'her thing'.

The day after the election, "they" decided some of the printer-paks were defective, creasing the paper, making the totals hard to read (they always were hard to read --I have worked for the election board as a teller and creased papers were nothing new -- we had to guess sometimes between a 6 or an 8, e.g., and many totals were questionable before THIS election. The democrats and the republicans would make a guess as to the number and add it in.

But this time the bd of election recounted and did not call in representatives of the candidates as they normally do by law for "official recounts" --and what do you know? --after a recount by "opening the machines", i lost by 100 votes -- --the change of almost exactly one digit. Someone called me the day of the announced change in vote totals, following the recount and asked me if I were so and so (my full name) who ran for the Aw board --I said yes --and she hesitated --and then hung up. She was African American for sure by her voice accent --I always wondered if it were a bd of elections whistle blower-type who wanting to clue me in that I had been gypped--or someone from the media who suspected as much.

the board of elections said they fulfilled the law on the recount because they had both a republican and democrat to witness the process. However, ours was not a partisan election, so I maintain still that i and the other candidates should have been there to safeguard the process, because I did have a hate group the likes of Mud-rake opposing me vigorously.

Had I wanted to spend money for a lawyer, I think I could've caused a big stink for our bd. of elections --but I decided it wasn't worth it to me. I had spent enough on posters and a mailing --and felt I had no more money to pursue an unpredictable outcome.

what I wonder is why in heck we ever relied on the old-fashioned printer paks with their creases and blurry numbers --if all we had to do was "open the machines" and get the totals that way.

About the health class movies i told you about -the promiscuous boy, a movie for Mr. H's health class for middle school -you remind me of him in personaltiy, by the way--smiles with his lips, otherwise seems angry and unhappy to me) was used at AW. The promiscuous boy would've been seen as 'cool.' His character was considered good when he was persuaded to contact the girls to whom he gave his STD. A real hero. 2 of those films I described were used by Springfield or AW schools. The one about the couple going to the drugstore for condoms was one promoted for purchase, as i recall.

Our teachers also showed R-rated movies to under age students --and put R-rated book on reading list --the Invisible man that starts out with incest and 3 in a bed. It's supposed to be humorous when the mother figures out what dad and daughter did in their semi-sleep state and she chases dad with a fry pan --for 9th graders (young teens)! My friend's daughter got the book at the school library, recommended on the teacher's book report list, and said to her mother right away, shocked, "Mom, this is a dirty book!" Most of us don't want the idea of parent-child incest suggested to our kids--and certainly not in a titillating or humorous way --it's one of the "unthinkables" in a normal healthy and moral household. So what was this teacher's purpose or right to do such a thing?

the 8th grade english teacher showed "The Breakfast Club" --which is R-rated --and condoning of a drug-high in the school library --kids dancing on the mezzanine railing, as I recall. The good message of the movie, about kids from different cliques and types getting along together is good --but doesn't erase the fact that 8th graders are 13 and 14 and not old enough for the R-rated movies --and the fact that the movie condoned disrespect for school authority, drug-use, and one guy looking up at a girl's crotch under the table.

Also, the 9th grade health teacher --maybe THAT was you --showed "An early frost" about a gay couple depicted as a normal couple to my daughter's 9th grade health class. She knew that wasn't right. She noted that the film made homosexual couples seem just like any other --whose infidelity brought home AIDS. The point was to warn about AIDS --but in a homosexuality-approving context.

You just don't get it. You teachers have no right to tell my kid implicitly or explicitly any of the following:

homosexuality is genetic (unproven) and gay sex is perfectly OK (your opinion, not the church's, not most parents').

A grown-up, obviously gay Planned Parenthood speaker said to us area school board members at a luncheon, "I'm exploring my sexuality and learning new things every day!" I asked at the luncheon why PP wouldn't recommend that it is best for kids to wait for marriage before being sexually active --and thus promote the ideal of marriage for sex --and the spokesperson said, "O we couldn't do that --too many kids have parents who never married. We might offend them." I said, but aren't there many out there among those many single moms who would prefer to have a loving and faithful, providing husband to help in the task of raising their children? who wish the person they loved had been taught the value of fidelity, monogamy and marriage and become good spouses to him or her? Ought we not be promoting marriage over sleeping around and shacking up? Considering all the social science data that does indeed back up the idea that children in traditional families fare better on average.

MOREOVER, what else you teachers had no right to do:

You have no right to do as happened in a school here recently --tell a child that the story of Adam and Eve is opinion and not fact --when this didn't need to be the illustration in a teaching on opinions vs. facts. Fortunately, this mother said, "Go ask your science teacher" --because he's a believer and she knew he would tell her, outside of class, that the bible is truth. And he would not subject the topic to class discussion to undermine the religious faith teachings of parents.

Also, teachers have no right to tell the kids, "There is no such place as Hell" as one suburban teacher did. Again, contradicting the beliefs of religious parents --a belief which cannot be disproven scientifically--or proven--until you die. Then people will know.

Such teachers are undermining the faith of religious parents --on our dollar --and this is not right.

They have every right to say that no one should bash people who believe differently about morals and religion--but they should be supportive of the positive contributions of faith and faith communities --and the positive benefits of traditional, functional marriage --because these are factually supportable truths.

Schools should cooperate with church and family in the rearing of healthy, responsible, happy citizens. They should avoid scheduling sports, etc. on Wed. nites and Sundays--as they used to do out of respect for the communities to which their students belong --out of respect to the taxpayers who pay their salaries and benefits.

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Christmas Cantata Postponed --Next Sunday, 10:30 AM

The weather was so bad this morning that we cancelled tonight's performance --the first cancellation in 33 years --and now it looks like the snow has stopped. We should never listen to the weathermen who hyperventilate over every drop of precipitation. I said they should wait until 3 pm to decide. It was bad getting out this morning --we had about 60 plus in church and enough choir --such that the music was lovely --but we chickened out for tonight --and right afterwards , everything calmed down --after we battled the wind and ice and snow to get to our homes. We're losing at least 8 good choir singers for next week's performance which will be at 10:45 AM. This falls into the category of "O ye of little faith!" I suspect.

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Beautiful Christmas Cantata!

Christmas Concert -- AGNUS DEI ~ Lamb of God ~ Gift of God

December 14 and 16, 7:00 PM --The Holland Free Methodist Church will present Agnus Dei, a worshipful concert of beautiful Christmas music, including songs by Michael W. Smith and traditional carols. Adult and children's choirs, soloists, trios, dramatists portraying Biblical characters narrating the Christmas story, angel dancers, the children's choir singing of a middle-eastern caravan with the Wise Men --elegant costuming, video art --all will tell the age-old story of Mary's little lamb who became the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Nursery provided. Refreshments. Concert is about an hour long.

Holland Free Methodist Church is north of (behind) Spring Meadows Mall. Take McCord Rd --or Holland Sylvania Road --north to Angola. Turn right on Angola from McCord---or turn left on Angola from Holland-Sylvania Road. The brick church with the white steeple.

Coming from 475, you need the Airport Highway exit. Take Airport west, (toward the Airport) to pass Spring Meadows and come to McCord Road. Right on McCord, right on Angola --and there it is!

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Monday, December 10, 2007


Fact: spreading HIV/AIDS is entirely preventable by confining sex activity for the carriers to others who are carrying. It would be wonderful if those who are single, who are carriers, would voluntarily embrace such a health measure with their own "dating networks" and resolve to be sexual only with others who have the disease --and if all people would resolve to marry and be monogamous; that would help all people, carriers or not. It's the tendency toward promiscuously following our urges without engaging our brains, that is responsible for the epidemic everywhere.

If AIDS ever becomes easily managed and/or cured by affordable means, so be it. And more power to the present medications.

But right now,

"In a typical country, the cost of treating a single person for AIDS for one year is about 2.7 times the gross national product per capita." "On average, treating a person for AIDS costs more than the annual cost of educating 10 primary school students. These data are from before the more expensive antiretroviral treatments became available." (from a World Bank article online)

Wash Post said "the cost is upwards of $30,000 a year for the treatment"

(this is for those who are on maintenance programs to keep from developing full blown AIDS --which can cost even more in treatment of all the diseases and the process of dying which one gets from the immune deficiency.)

Many think the taxpayers should take care of their conditions acquired by their sex activity --or would be happy if the research companies would fund AIDS research and the resulting drugs at no cost --so we can continue our abnormal pursuit of an abnormal way to have sex --homosexual anal sex is the principle CAUSE of introduction and the early spread of AIDS in our country. Now, as then, if people avoid sexual and promiscuous behaviors, they can avoid the disease.

However, SINCE infected people aren't very good at resisting sexual temptation to have sex with uninfected people --usually because the infected aren't telling --the disease continues to rage with too many new cases annually --but we don't hear as much about it because the drugs are keeping the victims alive as carriers--at great expense, more than most any patient or his insurance co. can really afford.

In a very promiscuous and infected culture --as in Africa, quarantine may be the only way to eradicate the disease from the earth, or, at least, get control of it.

Quarantine would also be a good idea IF the disease were as highly infectious as first speculated regarding restaurant workers, healthcare workers, and public restroom concerns. But it would appear that sex and IV drugs (and birth by carriers) are still the main ways the disease is being passed -- though birth transmission is no longer inevitable, in that there are some drug remedies re: the newborns, as I understand it

Nearly the whole nation, however, is in the same boat --by either smoking, drinking, overeating --or promiscuity or illicit drugs --Most of us, including me, have some self-induced disabilities or risks or conditions --for which we hope that Medicare, Medicaid or insurance companies will pay. At least when we buy health insurance, or work to pay into the gov't care systems, we are helping to pay for our self-induced misery--but it does drive up the costs. Healthy choices would be a better way to go for the health economy.

We need to treat AIDS and HIV like any other health condition instead of one with stigma --about which everyone is hush hush--just adding to the problem. However, prevention of the disease has to impact on the gay lifestyle which is so frequently unabashedly promiscuous--but no more so than straight culture is becoming.

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Saturday, December 8, 2007

The Bush Marriage

Hey, Everybody--and especially YOU, Microdot!

Laura Bush wrote me a second personal letter and this one on her marriage. She says those rumors in France, which you heard about them are untrue, that they are, in fact, looking forward to the rest of their lives together. She spoke warmly of her marriage and how they knew what they wanted when they married after a brief courtship. It's a lovely letter on the White House stationery.

In the first letter, she spoke of my nephew in Iraq and sent me an autographed photo of her.

George sent us one the other day, too, to Jon and Barb. No photo. Most photos I've received were from the GOP trying to raise money. His letter thanked me for our prayers and reiterated his goals for the country --more of a form letter in content. I don't suppose he would even really see my note -- but I think she has had more time. I haven't seen her out and about as much --and they said she had a neck pain that was operated on, I believe--no, it wasn't her husband!

I got the personal letters because I wrote them hand written notes this year to encourage them in both their faith, their marriage, and the support of millions like me.

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Romney and Huckabee

I saw the U-tube excerpt from the Republican debates-- where Huckabee was asked about evolution.

He answered beautifully.

I saw Romney on the issue of his faith today. It was a great speech. Huckabee would be smart to say it was a great speech. I would hope these two could avoid destroying one another as Obama and Clinton are trying to do.

I could back either man for the presidency, but I find Huckabee more spontaneously eloquent with a common touch --and I think that's needed. Romney has the same problem as pretty boy John Edwards --too slick and rich and frat boy confident. So smooth that their warmth seems put on. They have had a lifetime of being pretty boys and thus seem to have a veneer.

As for Hillary, she is just boring --the more I hear her, the more ordinary she seems--a boring policy wonk --and dyed in the wool liberal pretending to be "Christian" --though she has been hard core pro-abortion and she will make radical liberal change if elected--as fast as she can.

Obama? expedient. The question of his lavish home next door to mafia? type - bought under questionable circumstances --will come up. His Muslim upbringing --which is really more agnostic in result because his mother was not devout anything, as I understand it --and his membership in Church of Christ --all make him unappealing to me for the presidency. Church of Christ is a pro-gay denomination that denies being a denomination. I'm bothered by people claiming to be Christians whose churches don't believe the Bible's or Jesus's standards of righteousness. As He said, He didn't come to change the law --the standards of right and wrong. So I don't respect churches who do that.

Romney said a man's faith or lack of it shouldn't matter in the race for president. Had he gone further and said that his character and his policies DO matter, and that religions very often play a role in a man's character and in what he considers important for public policy, I would have appreciated it more.

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Monday, November 26, 2007

Christmas Concert -- AGNUS DEI ~ Lamb of God ~ Gift of God


December 14 and 16, 7:00 PM --The Holland Free Methodist Church will present Agnus Dei, a worshipful concert of beautiful Christmas music, including songs by Michael W. Smith and traditional carols. Adult and children's choirs, dramatists portraying Biblical characters narrating the Christmas story, angel dancers, the children's choir in a middle-eastern caravan with the Wise Men --elegant costuming, video art --will tell the age-old story of Mary's little lamb who became the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Directors are music educators Stephanie Rohrs Hulbert with her sister, Christine Rohrs. Med student Katie Rodewald is our choreographer. College students Brent Simmons and Courtney Lucas compiled the video art. Twp. Trustee Bob Bethel will portray Matthew; CPA Bruce Hulbert is Luke; retired IT director at U.T. and MCO, Bill Dusseau, will portray Isaiah; and Pastor Keith Simpson will be Paul. Jon Rohrs, MD, will have a solo as will each of his four adult children, including soon to be PA John Rohrs and soon to be nuclear med. tech. Rob. Alyssa Ringger, a talented 7th grader will solo, as will Jenni King, public school English educator and now stay at home Mom. Andrew Winckles, grad student in English, will solo, as will Dean Bell,a guest soloist from Miss Rohrs' school where he is ass't principal, choir accompaniest, and a community choir director/performer. Accountant Becky Perez and her teen daughters, Ashley and Kayla, Courtney Lucas, Betsy Conklin Hurner (MBA) and Andrea Conklin, a marketing grad will also be featured singers in trios.

Mayor Mike Yunker's wife, Annie, is our lighting director and Brent Simmons is our sound tech.

I listed these descriptions of just some of our participants, because I am so often visited here in Blog-ville by people who think that Christians are ignoramuses, and mentally unfit --ready for the asylum, not fit for any sort of usefulness in society.
We also have a nurse practitioner, a dental receptionist in transition to grad school, a Mich. State grad student in English, a postal employee, 2 Honeywell engineers, a retired engineer, and an engineering student, a mother from India who works in a nursing home, a job placement exec, who works to place the disabled and unemployed, one of his clients with CP, a music grad clarinet instructor, a retired Sweet Adelines singer, a secretary in social services, a retired child care person, and a former college math professor. And me, wife, Mom, Grandma, ex English and music teacher, piano teacher, and church musician. And then there are a couple dozen children and finally, some young ladies dancing as angels during Michael W. Smith's joyous "Gloria!"

And to Mudrake: none of us is crazy! Just peculiar people --like the New Testament says we should be.

Our candlelight Christmas Eve Service will be at 6:00 PM --on the night before Christmas!

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Friday, November 23, 2007


Some gay advocacy group has called for a boycott of Walmart because they don't give benefits to housemates and gay partners --just to hetero- married couples. They want us to shop Target instead.

So the American Family Association has suggested we be sure to support Walmart this Christmas and suggested the stores evaluate the difference in their December revenue to see which agenda is more popular with Americans --the pro-family or the pro-gay agenda. [source: AFA via email]

American education continues to participate in the fight against traditional marriage in America. In California, the legislature passed a law that the schools must observe their new definition of "family" to chidren as young as 5 (k-12) and that they must say nothing about the pro-traditional-marriage view. That would be hate speech, I assume. [Source: Citizen magazine, current issue]

Citizen magazine also reports that there is a respectable university study that gives favorable evaluation of ex-gay reality --and Exodus ministry. They say there are many ex-gays, re-oriented, and others who are living by Biblical standards, and some who were not converted by Exodus, etc. but that no one could prove harm to themselves by the ministry.

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Greetings on this Day of Thanks ~ 2007

Often called the first Thanksgiving feast of 1621, a feast was held in celebration of the Harvest and in gratitude to God –the Pilgrims’ account is printed annually by our local city newspaper as the lead editorial

90 Indians and their “king” –Massasoit –were there for the celebration.
Last year, the paper included a passage about Squanto and how they considered him to be a blessing from God to them.

On the other side of the coin: The Indian massacre of 1622 (also known as the Jamestown Massacre) occurred in the Virginia Colony on Good Friday, March 22, 1622. About 347 people [1], or almost one-third of the English population of Jamestown, were killed by a coordinated series of surprise attacks of the Powhatan Confederacy under Chief Opechancanough.

From what I gleaned in a rapid reading –an Englishman had murdered an important Indian aide of this chief–and that started the conflict. Then the enmity was on between some Indian groups and the English –but a young Indian boy warned the settlers at one point of an imminent attack.

–and as with most wars and ethnic group feuds , each side was afraid of the other and seeking revenge or security by killing off the other, hoping to intimidate each other into more peaceful ways –which did happen at one point according to the account link below.

President George Washington issued a national Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789. He wrote, “Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks—for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country…for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed…and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions—to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually…To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us—and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.”

(George was a Master of the run-on sentence!)

Today, Geo. Washington would be shocked to see all the flack the Georgia governor got from secularists for petitioning God in public prayer for rain for his parched state. I don’t know if he got it, but our state did. We got buckets yesterday–it is brightening up here today.

As for the Indians having a general feeling that all the land was theirs and that there was no room for the Europeans –no welcome for them –and the idea that the immigrants brutalized the Indians and vice versa, right off the bat –that is not the case from what I’ve googled and found today.

The Harvest feast of 1621 -a year after the Mayflower’s arrival, shows that the Indians and the Europeans were interested in one another and friendly. The Indians, did indeed help the Europeans adapt and prosper in The New World.

Now we head over to my daughter’s –7 minutes away by car–to eat traditional turkey, pumpkin desserts, mashed potatoes, green beans and corn, and apple pan dowdy –cranberry sauce –

We stuff ourselves, feasting, to celebrate our blessings –and will thank God also. My daughter will have everyone tell something they are thankful to God for –and while the adults have devotional talk, the kids will color a picture from a Thanksgiving coloring book — she has pilgrim hats for them to wear –and probably will have colorful Indian corn and gourds for decor.

May you all have a blessed day of counting your blessings! Everyone has some --whether it be good health --or good medicine --or good friends --or good family --SOMETHING! LIFE itself. I had a nose bleed last week--and was so glad for the clotting factor God built into our blood. Imagine --if there were no clotting factor, the human race would've bled to death at the first cut! Evolved without a designer God?? I don't think so!!!

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Barbara King is the incumbent running for Monclova Twp. trustee. Her challenger is Chuck Hoecherl (hershell).

Chuck says we should elect him because Barb helped to get Cathedral of Praise their property on Strayer Road. This was bad, he thinks, because of noise and traffic generated by this large church. Granted, the whole neighborhood comes out to see Cathedral's fireworks and enjoy the occasional, infrequent, outdoor festivities with contemporary Christian bands. But Hoecherl indicates he is unhappy about the tax revenues lost when Trinova moved out. Never mind that no business came forward to buy the property and pay the taxes as far as I know. The complex seemed to be empty for quite awhile before Cathedral bought it. Hoecherl says the trustees were remiss in not notifying all the neighbors of the permissions for Cathedral to buy.

For the same reasons that Hoecherl opposed Cathedral, Barbara King was recently persuaded by hostile residents to oppose the Monclova Road Baptist Church's purchase of a large property on the corner of Monclova and Coder Roads. However, in addition to Cathedral of Praise, I understand that Barbara DID vote to approve a purchase by St. Joseph's Catholic church in Maumee. Barb says her own church is St. Joan of Arc --also a school and church property on a busy corner.

I don't know how Springfield Twp. manages to function with their large school on McCord --or Anthony Wayne on Finzel for that matter. Both of these are tax-exempt schools which must cause some traffic for their games and school start and dismissal times--even more noise and traffic and parking space and tax exemption for them than for Monclova Baptist.

Every church and school has tax exemption and generates traffic and affects the "rural" atmosphere. Housing and business developments also detract from the rural atmosphere. Development of Monclova seems inevitable as the demand for property escalates and the land owners want to sell. They feel they should be able to sell for top dollar. Do the township trustees have a right to frustrate the land sellers about a church purchase? and to prevent the relocation of a church less than a mile down the road? Is that really impacting the rural atmosphere any more than any other future use of the corner? Not if they can't force the owners to keep the land agricultural.

As for the tax revenue lost, church people ARE tax payers. Our country has a historical tradition of recognizing the good of churches and the fact that they are made up of "we, the people." Tax-paying people. Church members are not only taxed on their homes and businesses, they support their non-profit churches and pay all their bills. Tax exemption has long been considered a good trade-off for the good that churches do in a community.

Hoecherl wrote a note to one of the neighborhood opponents of the church, a lady who had written the Blade against the church --he said to her that the Monclova Road Baptist Church expansion on that property had nothing to offer the community. While he agreed with the letter writer, she is letting his note be used out of her obligation to Barb Lang's campaign --since Barb did what she wanted, voted against the church --and because Hoecherl is said to have told Monclova church people that he would be sympathetic to them in the future. (But that is hearsay from church people.) In any case, Hoecherl is definitely on record saying he opposes both of those churches.

Pastor Merrin recently refused to allow the Board of Elections to use the church as a polling place this year --which means over 1000 voters in the township have to vote elsewhere. He is understandably upset with the township officials and is suing the township for unfair treatment as a church. (You see, He's Baptist and they can get irritated; we Free Methodists have to be sanctified and turn the other cheek! : D) Unfortunately, one of the politically connected sellers backed out of the suit, which may hurt the church's case.

But no wonder he is irritated --how often is a church denied an equal right with business and real estate developers to buy a property?? Is the almighty dollar for tax revenues the most important community consideration? People have flocked to Monclova, adding to the crowding and the demise of rural atmosphere and agriculture, but now that they have THEIR homes there, they don't want any more development or tax exempt churches?

Barb Lang and the church opponents said the property as planned looked too full. Merrin says the county commissioners urged them to plan whatever they thought they might ever want to build on the property in the long run --so Merrin said they felt encouraged to dream big. It was a mistake used against them.

I have suggested to him that they keep their present property and buy the new land just for a sports and arts complex, as the two properties are close together. I'm sure, however, they hoped to sell their other property and use the money toward the new construction. I do think if they offer to put a lot of green around their parking lots and athletic fields, they may get township approval next time around --especially if the church-going community rises up and supports trustees who will support the church.

That's why I'll vote for Lang. Even though she sided with the other trustees (who are not up for re-election this year) under the pressure and advice of the vocal citizens who would oppose her if she didn't vote against the church. She was under the illusion that most people opposed the Baptist Church. I see her as being more desirous to please the majority --whereas Hoecherl has made it clear that he doesn't approve of any large church complex regardless of community wishes because he has his own clear idea about church tax exemptions, apparently. Is this his call to make?

What do churches do for communities? They provide a niche and a resource to help needy and troubled people. They help families be functional, providing encouragement to moral living, successful marriages and parenting insights. They provide a youth group with wholesome activities for students who may find their public schools big and impersonal. A Church school provides athletic and music opportunities which our larger public school may not be able to provide for everyone, due to a larger, more competitive student population. They may help some students find a social niche with lots of adult mentors --whether they go to the church school or just the youth activities of the church. As more parents avail themselves of the private school in their midst, they relieve Anthony Wayne's crowding and expense. It used to be that public schools had a lot of state funding per student to lose if the student left the school -- but that's not true anymore. As I understand it, we aren't getting much state aid per pupil anymore. But even if we lost some state aid for every child that doesn't attend the public school, nevertheless, good private schools in a district ALSO enhance our real estate values and provide educational choice --and smaller schools for some who need them.

Anthony Wayne is the largest school district in the state geographically. It can stand a little competition and relief for their over-crowded buildings and continually growing student population --even though churches don't pay into the property tax base. REmember, their people do. WE do!

I think Lang is our better choice for trustee. I believe she will support the fairness of church acquisitions if it's presented to her with more strength than previously --as she has done so two out of three times that I know about.

All church people should let Monclova trustees know how they feel about this issue.

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Saturday, September 29, 2007


People on the left in the blogosphere are feeling so helpless about the Iraq War and so fearful that we will bomb Iran, that they have come up with the following proposal on a Toledo blog,

Mud-rake wrote:
As I see it, only massive citizen action can awaken the sleeping masses.

Several months ago a friend and I were talking about such an action and we were struck by a very simple but highly effective method of getting the attention of the entire nation in a rather fast way. The automobile as an agent of action. Not a moving automobile but a stationary automobile. A 'stalled' automobile.
Stalled in rush hour traffic causing massive traffic jams all over America starting in Boston and New York, moving westward to Detroit, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Indianapolis, Atlanta and Chicago. Then to Minneapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston. Further west to Denver, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego.

Thousands of stalled cars, millions of people brought to a standstill in 3 hours.

Americans would demand to know what was happening. The answer is simple: citizen action to stop the madness of George Bush and Dick Cheney. "We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore!"

I think Stall-out is a really dangerous idea, a terrorist act in itself --causing lots of accidents and disrupting peoples' lives the way only an enemy would want to do it. It would prevent emergency vehicles from getting to accidents and heart attack victims, and to hospitals and fires, etc. It is a blackmail tactic, "See what we can do if you don't do what we want?" driving bus drivers mad with cooped up and frightened school children. It would be like a soccer game crush in effect.

Seems to me that American Radicals typically think of "demonstrations" of some sort --instead of legitimately getting into power so they can call the shots --or legitimately having a letter-writing campaign to the Pres. on down and doing positive, informative, publicity to convey their fears and beliefs to the masses--rather than calling the pres. a liar and Cheany a mere war-monger for corporate interests, etc. They foment anger and hatred instead of good reasoned debate. Reason and genuine concern for the future would be a novel approach for the left-- as opposed to the usual smarmy-toned, attack vitriol of Who needs enemies with friends like the far left?

Interesting article in Citizen magazine about a new book by a woman journalist who says the dems aren't listening to women --many of whom went republican on the abortion issue -- nor are they hearing the black women who indignantly think gay marriage is unnecessary and literally nutty.
This author says women want the war to end --but ALSO REALLY care about the values/ moral issues. So the war is the one the Dems are focused upon to shore up their base because they want to keep their radical left social votes and agenda as well.

Victory in 08 is Dems' no. 1 concern for the sake of their social issues which trump all others--they are just as single issue as any conservative Christians are accused of being. And they literally despise the Bible-based world view and those who hold it --evidence was in the recently deleted posts by Mud-rake, accusing Christians of being mentally disabled or victims of OCD, etc.

This sort of civil war with demonization even at the Senate/Congressional level in America is counter-productive to good national debate on the issues. Of course, we do know really nasty people in life --and so it is too easy to infer that the other party's politicians are really hopelessly nasty and corrupt, too. We do need to appeal to the better natures in each of us --if possible.

The top 3 dems have, according to blog reports on recent debate? , backed down on the immediate Iraq withdrawal advocacy --saying we do have to stay around in Iraq awhile longer. (Must be polls to that effect.) Of course, they still maintain Iraq was just fine under Sadam and no threat to join forces with Osama since no WMD were found. Sadam WAS the WMD killing his opposition off en masse --and he WOULD have joined forces with al quaeda, I believe, had we not intervened, because Sadam had to love what osama achieved.

Why doesn't the Left figure out how to put the blame and the rhetoric for global mess squarely where it belongs --on radical Islamic groups --and there are a ton of 'em misinterpreting their "peace-loving Koran" --and warring with their own continually, seeking revenge against Israel (their bedrock motivation --along with a goal of global Islamic theocracy)

No, I'm not talking about all Muslims --just Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Quadea, Taliban, Wahabi-style home-grown terrorists all over the globe --who, when in power, recognize few human rights of people who are not "with them" ideologically--and people who "sin" by the Koran.

American Christians DO share some faith principles with these people --but NOT the right to murder and terrorize, force a theocratic gov't --though some bloggers say social conservatives want theocracy just because we BELIEVE gov't should reflect the majority's view of what is good for society --restraints on evil --traditional definitions of right and wrong. These are not oppressive restrictions --unless you want to marry your own sex and kill your fetuses. That would be oppressive, of course, to promote heterosexual identification and normalcy in children --and cultivate a culture of life --that stressed sexual responsibility more than abortion as birth control, killing 45 million americans since 1973.

This was not vitriolic, by the way.

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Monday, September 24, 2007

Campus Newspaper Should Have an Editor Who Knows When to Edit

Colorado State University defends their campus newpaper for printing in their recent headline, Taser this, -F--- Bush. "Taser" referred to the fact that a Florida student was tasered by campus police for refusing to limit his question to a politician who was speaking there. I gather the student was monopolizing the microphone. Tasering him was considered extreme and unnecessary force by anyone viewing the video.

So CSU's student paper, The Collegian --which is funded at least in part by advertisements and not student fees, decided to comment on multiple issues in one headline: treatment of students, free speech in both Florida and Colorado universities, and Bush policies.

One of the CSU students said to the TV news that she thought the editor should be replaced with someone who can edit. I agree. Or at least reprimand him and demand some kind of mea culpa. Newspapers, librarians,schools --they all edit, censor --all the time. They impose their judgment over what is printed, purchased and allowed in schools, libraries, student publications, drama productions, graduation speeches, etc. After all, they all need public support --and sometimes, they wisely choose to restrain the free speech and actions of themselves and others --for various reasons: alumni concerns and support, tax payer support, simple courtesy and decency, truth and objectivity --the last being most important.

There is a limit to speech which is funded by someone other than oneself. There is a limit to free expression, such as shouting "fire" in a crowded building when there is no fire --such as the nooses hanging from the school yard tree in Jena, LA. The school punished those students. CSU should punish this newspaper editor for his foul language in print directed at the U.S. President. They can criticize his policies all they want; free speech is not a license to libel, slander, or use vulgar, crass, lowest-common-denominator language in a public forum. There is no license to "incite to riot," either.

That being said, I don't want to see all things improper made illegal and punishable --as in forums --because I don't want to deal with the punishment angle for people who have potty mouths and call Bush a liar, etc. (However, that is libel, regarding the WMD's. The administration did not LIE; they BELIEVED something that apparently was untrue --as far as we can tell, to date.)

I do believe in freedom of expression--but people should also be free to use their purchase power and voting power to influence the nature of free speech--so that it is decent and honest in the language and images used, not damaging to public health, safety and morals. Yes, I believe all porn manufacture and distribution should be punishable by law--as kiddie porn is supposed to be. It's evil --but that's another subject for another day.

I'm not saying that there should be ANY limitation to political free speech--the Communist party is still legally operating in the US. I'm talking about the sort of speech that good parents don't want their children to learn, the sort of pictures that good parents don't want their children exposed to.

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Thoughts about Jena, LA. --6 to 1

I wish the African-America/black community had chosen a better cause than the defense of the six black teens who beat a white boy until he was unconscious. Some of them were charged with attempted murder. Why would a DA think that six beating one to the point that he loses consciousness is attempted murder??? They are all lucky that the white boy recovered that day --given the obvious beatings to his head.

I've read some accounts of this story and have yet to understand why the African-American community thinks this crime is not a serious crime--just like they thought O.J. was innocent.

You've all read about the previous incident in Jena involving the white students and the nooses hanging from the school yard tree --because the black students asked school authorities if they could sit where the white students normally did--under that tree. The administration rightly said yes. The next day the nooses appeared hanging from the tree. This is a reminder of the ugly racist past --when southern lynchings of blacks by whites were far too common. The students responsible for the nooses had to serve in-school suspensions, as I understand it. I don't know for how long.

No account I've heard or read tells us what these 6 who attacked one had to do with the other story, but they are always linked by the media. One wonders if these 7 students had anything at all to do with the other story.

Some wonder if hanging the nooses wasn't a hate crime. Have they considered that the 6 on 1 beating was definitely a hate crime?

The nooses in the tree were a mean gesture, menacing and racist. The students were rightly suspended for a malicious gesture, threatening to racial harmony. (One might say that when the blacks asked to integrate or take over the tree spot, that they, too, were threatening racial harmony --but I will agree that they had a right to sit under the tree if they got there first, if there truly was room, etc. They had a right to be there, same as the whites.) But hanging nooses in the tree was not a crime, unless they used them--unless toilet papering the school trees is a crime --and fooling an opposing team's cheering block into holding up cards that say, "We suck," for which the prankster was suspended. They don't suspend for toilet papering --or for wrapping the principal's car in saran wrap, etc. But schools did suspend for the trick with the bleacher cards and the nooses hanging from the tree--and rightly so for the nooses. It was not a harmless prank in the same category as TP and saran wrap --and that is WHY they were suspended.

But beating someone until he's unconscious in a ratio of 6 to 1? That's a crime. A Hate crime. Attempted murder might be overstating the purpose of the teens --but any time 6 beat up 1 --it's not a fair fight --and it could end up in death for the one.

The nooses were a sick racist joke, and thus, deserving of school punishment. The beating was a racist hate crime. And definitely a legal issue for law enforcement.

We just read in the Blade an article on marriage statistics. The poorest groups identified by race are the least married. Blacks are the least likely to get married in their lifetime --yet they have many children out of wedlock who end up committing crime and being incarcerated. What ought we to do about this?
The black community needs all the help they can get to stop the inter-generational cycle of unwed teens parenting children. Education and entertainment media COULD help to affirm the ideals of morality and marriage --and church programs and better (abstinence-promoting) sex ed as well. And there need to be lots of supervised activities for youth.

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Monday, September 17, 2007

Liberals Say U.S. Constitution was Godless

If their conclusion is true --that the founders wanted the same interp of separation as do Christians United for Separation of Church and State and the People for the American Way--then why did they allow Sunday blue laws? Why did they start public ed for the purpose of equalizing all children's reading ability so they could ALL have access to the Bible and not be misled from truth or tyrannized by a state-church? (That was a stated purpose.) Why did they do Christmas pageants, etc. in the public schools? and learn carols? Why do so many of our oldest public buildings and state constitutions acknowledge a Supreme Being? Why did Ben Franklin advocate for chaplains at the Constitutional Convention in 1787? Why does Thomas jefferson refer to a Creator bestowing us all with inalienable rights? Why do so many of G. Washington's speeches have allusions to God and faith? Why his first Thanksgiving proclamation?

Our founders didn't want a state-church or a church-state --but they were God-believers -- or at least God-respectors --and Bible respectors. The first school board of D.C. with Jefferson on it, listed as texts the Isaac Watts Hymnal, the Common Book of Prayer and the Bible.

The Northwest Ordinance included provision for the founding of public schools --so kids could be taught the Bible and religion --among other things.

Today's church-state separators have an entirely different idea. They want "the naked public square." They want NO one to be able to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ except they seek it out in a church. They have removed the Christmas creche from the courthouse lawn; next, they will work to get it off of private lawns and church lawns--because it won't be politically correct --or allowable --to promote your religion except in the church building--and later, maybe not even there.

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Sunday, September 16, 2007


We went to the lake to close the cottage for the winter — the weather is getting colder so the water is, too. The men get in the water, wearing waders which they tell me are leaking, and my sons and son-in-law brought in the dock with my husband and his brother carrying the pieces to the garage for winter storage.

Then it was my turn to ride a seadoo to the marina –where it will be “winterized.” So I got on –and pressed the start button–and it went, “Chug- chug….2 feeble chugs in total and then nothing. Then just a beep with the oil light blinking (which light usually means nothing pertaining to oil) –every time I pressed the start button, the seadoo beeped. But no engine chugging– no turn-over. Seemed like a very dead battery. But we were due at the marina –so my son-in-law and grandson were going to ride the other one. He tied us together with a rope and we started across the lake. The waves from their seadoo were coming against mine with a lot of pressure –and sure enough, the old, not-too-thick rope snapped. And I was left to sit in the middle of the lake as they raced to the marina for someone to rescue my boat.

It was a gorgeous day, so I didn’t feel I was in any danger –and was not. And I wasn’t too cold, since I wore clothes over my swimsuit–but I waited and waited –and kept trying to start the engine and getting only the beep…beep…beep.

And then it occured to me to pray –I was in a praiseful mood anyway for such a gorgeous day with blue sky and white fluffy clouds and the fall sun in the western sky, birds overhead –it was fairly calm –somewhere in the bible it says God inhabits the praises of His people. I was feeling very praiseful toward my Maker for the beauty He has given us in this big blue ball on which we live–

In my praiseful reflections, it occured to me to pray for the Seadoo–that it would start. I put my hands on the key and ignition and asked the Lord in Jesus’ name to please do this little favor –because I knew He could and it would be nothing for Him to do this. Then I pressed the button and it went “chug…chug…chug chug chug chug –and then I choked it –and it went back to it’s dead “beep…..beep…..beep.” I pressed the button a few more times and it did the same.

Meanwhile I saw my son-in-law and grandson, 7, racing back toward me and figured the marina probably sold them another rope (turned out there was no one at the marina to do a rescue, so they loaned him a rope.) It occurs to me now that my son-in-law might have to get into the cold water to tie us together –maybe not –but perhaps he would have to maneuver around on the seadoo; it could be an unstable situation with his little boy aboard, with them tipping over and not being able to get back on the seadoo in the deep water.

Before they got to me, they disappeared around the peninsula to get gas. I didn’t know where they were. The grandson had reminded his father that they were low on gas, or THEY might have been stranded WITH me.

Meanwhile, I decided to ask God once again to please, in Jesus’ name, start this boat. And I prayed for it, touching the ignition again with both hands –and then pressed the button –and it again went, “chug…chug…chug,chug,chug,chug, chugoooooo! ”

And away I went –and I went like the wind! 40 mph over the water– singing the Doxology all the way! amazed at this. The chugging only occured after the 2 times I prayed. Otherwise, only the dead beeps.

And I had power and speed and got to the marina on time.

Meanwhile, the marina salesman came out and I told him my story. He told me later that the serviceman came out with a tow rope, thinking he’d have to tow my seadoo in–and the salesman told him, “No, it’s fine now; she prayed for it and it had a healing!” Sure enough, it started right up. Turned out the salesman is a believer. I thought so from his response when I told him.

I do think it was a battery issue–that the battery needed charging. But it wasn’t going to happen out on the water –except for a little divine power boost –from a God who is personal –who is tuned in to us –who delights in occasionally showing Himself to be real in the mundane situations of a believer’s life –to fortify our faith.

I would rather get miracles for cancer and other tragic circumstances –and I believe we have seen those as well–but we don’t always get our prayers answered. My father died of colon cancer despite my faith that He could be healed — but it was several months later, after his death had sort of rocked my faith, that my former college roommate living in Texas, who knew nothing of his death, wrote me to say, “The Lord has put you on my heart. I am to remind you about the story of Job (from the Bible.)” And so she did. And I was very moved that she wrote me out of the blue like that to give me a simple message that God was with me. That I was being tested and must persevere in faith. How did she know? The Lord laid me on her heart.

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Blade's Dr. Hussain Does it Again! Christians, READ!

Dr. S. Amjad Hussain is a good man with good intentions, good works, a retired surgeon, and my Muslim neighbor, though we've never met. I probably should take him some cookies.

He has a column in our local paper every other week. He once issued a New Year's mea culpa in his column because he had condoned the Taliban for imprisoning two missionary girls from Texas. But he still doesn't get it. His recent column against Christian evangelism can be read at the following link. Christians need to see this because his thinking against evangelicals who evangelize is becoming popular and the ACLU joins radical terrorists in their attitude toward Christians(another topic for another day.)

Dr. Hussain wrote “freedom of religion does not include freedom to convert others.” In that case, he denies constitutional freedom of religious expression and practice –because Christianity, by Jesus’ mandate, is to be preached to the world. Also, fundamentalist Muslims like the Taliban and Al Qaeda are quite willing to either convert others to Islam or kill them. They do consider Islam to be the only path to paradise. Granted, Muslims in general MAY do less proselytizing (I'm not sure of that), not because they don’t believe theirs is the only way, but perhaps because they love less and don’t care if we all make it to Allah's Paradise or not? —or maybe because Islam is too hard to sell, compared to the resurrected Christ who healed the lame, the blind and the lepers.

He is so off the mark in his mischaracterization of Christian missionaries and ministries who come with food in one hand and the Bible in the other. He sees this as sinister and thinks such missionary endeavor should be opposed, perhaps outlawed—as in Islamic nations. He says it is arrogant to believe that one’s religion is the only way to eternal salvation, though he surely knows that many Muslims believe this of Islam. He says Christians should spend their time trying to convert other Christians to their brand of the religion and leave the non-Christians alone. He doesn’t realize apparently, that Catholics DO try to persuade protestants to return to the Mother Church, and protestants try to make them see how unbiblical their church has become, but both groups often agree that the sincere on both sides have saving faith in Christ. Muslims could learn from the unity of Christians of "different brands," as he put it.

As for missionaries with Bible in one hand and food in the other, Jesus compels Christians to offer food for the body and the soul. We are not to ignore the physical needs of the world, bringing only the Good News of eternal salvation through Jesus Christ. Men dead from starvation cannot convert. Jesus fed the multitudes who came to hear him preach, by miraculously multiplying a boy’s simple lunch. According to research, western Christians are the biggest charity donors per capita and the reason is Jesus’ teachings that we MUST have compassion--that when we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the prisoner, etc. we are doing it unto HIM. We ALSO preach the Gospel of Christ because He said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no man comes to the Father except by me.” “Except a man be born again, He will in no way enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” Compassion and Christ’s words, not arrogance, motivate ALL Christian ministry.

People who believe that Jesus was God incarnate, the Passover Lamb who takes away the sin of the world so we may enter Heaven--these people are believing with child-like faith –not arrogance. Yes, they are SURE in what they believe; but don’t mistake surety for arrogance. Jesus said “Except you believe with the faith like a child’s, you cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

As Paul wrote, we "see through a glass darkly." So we humbly do not know everything there is to know about God, Creation, the universe, Jesus Himself, or even every detail of "right" doctrine –but we know that when we received Him, He changed us. We know He gives us a hunger for righteousness that motivates our charities. We know God the Father wants us to be like the Son, compassionate and forgiving. And we are also compelled to “preach the Gospel” –and Jesus said, especially preach it to the poor –probably because they are most in need of comfort and hope—and less arrogant and comfortable in their hedonism –and therefore less smug and more open to the Gospel than others.

The challenge for the first Jewish Christians was to preach to both Jews and Gentiles. Today, the mission is the same. It is to give opportunity to the world for conversion by free will after hearing the Word -- not by the sword, not by government edict, as in Islamic countries. “Faith comes by hearing the Word of God.” So someone must preach that Word to the unbelievers so they may come to faith.

Dr. Hussain mistakenly thinks interfaith meetings are about equality of religious roads to Heaven. They should be about peaceful, friendly co-existance and co-ministries to the needy. They could logically include inter-faith dialogue about what we believe IS the way to Heaven—whether or not we agree. Tolerance and mutual respect are NOT agreement but getting along as friends despite disagreement. True love demands sharing our faith views if we believe our friends lack faith for Heaven.

About another Hussain point, the armed services (through the Department of Defense) have always allowed many missions to provide care packages of all kinds to our troops. The troops do not have to take these gifts or “convert” to get them. I don’t like the idea of a video game about Christians killing their enemies (in the care packages)–but most American Evangelical Christians do support the idea of “just wars” and the necessity of stopping tyrants and terrorists by force—in order to protect all our freedoms and civil rights. Many Christians have criticized this video game, but our soldiers really do see themselves as combating terrorists, beheaders, and suicide bombers who kill civilians. We really are in a battle against evil, not against the peace-loving, peace-making Muslims –but terrorists and tyrants.

What is worse to Dr. Hussain, proselytizing about the love and resurrection of Jesus and His promise of eternal life? Or kidnapping, terrorizing, and killing missionaries? He consistently condemns the missionaries, thus justifying the terrorists who persecute them. His occasional condemnation of Muslim terrorists is comparatively weak.

I challenge Dr. Hussain –again as before –to understand Christianity in a way he never has. He thinks Muslims are being demonized. On the contrary, peaceful, generous, sacrificing missionaries are being demonized by him. Instead of decrying the kidnapping of the Korean missionaries by Muslim extremists, he said, in effect, “Served them right!” --proving once again, as before, that he does NOT believe in freedom of religious expression, the right to preach to any who will listen, which is a fundamental aspect of religious freedom.

I think he wants desperately to believe that ALL religions take people to Heaven and therefore is not tolerant of disagreement on this point. That’s not what the Christian Bible teaches. God can make exception for the compassionate and kind people of other religions if He chooses to, but the New Testament says no one is that good –and thus, we need the Passover Lamb, Jesus, to atone for our sins. If Christ in his mercy wants to extend salvation to the man who rejects Him, He can as far as I’m concerned –but that’s not the promise. We can’t count on exceptions being made; we cannot change the covenant that comes from Christ’s blood shed on the cross for the remission of sins.

In America, Dr. Hussain is free to disagree and spread another gospel if he wishes –whether it be Islam or the fallacious, secular, PC gospel that “all roads lead to Rome.” But his condemnation of evangelical Christians is part of a groundswell of prejudicial and dangerous intolerance for people who do not terrorize, but do good while telling others about Jesus Christ, his teachings, miracles, and resurrection.

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Saudi Texts Still in Need of Reform

From an 8th grade Saudi text used in Wahabi schools around the globe. (Reportedly, Barack Obama attended such schools a couple of years, when he was younger.)

"As cited in Ibn Abbas: The apes are Jews, the people of the Sabbath; while the swine are the Christians, the infidels of the communion of Jesus."

The web address to the whole Washington Post article:

I don't know how to make a link -sorry. So just cut and paste the above into your web browser and you'll see what I'm talking about.

I don't mind their texts that say your religion is the one true religion. Because I believe my religion is the one true religion. And we can still discuss these things and be friendly. Tolerance is NOT agreement --it is getting along with one another in spite of our disagreements.

What is more serious to me are the passages of text books that say Muslims cannot be friends of non-Muslims.

Christianity says we are to love God, neighbor as much as self, brother (family) and enemy. We are not to "fellowship" with those walking in darkness --but this teaching means that we can't (in our youth especially) choose bad friends if it means we will get into trouble with them. It doesn't mean that we can't be friendly to and kind to and even loving to people who are in darkness. In fact, Jesus Himself, at one point, was accused of hanging out with wine-bibbers and harlots. He was light to them --rather than them pulling Him down --which is the purpose of the warning about fellowshipping with those in darkness.

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Monday, September 10, 2007

My Letter to Muslim Law Student , 19, in Egypt

Hello, Mohamed,

[My blog response on Mohamed's website --link to it is on the right side of my blog page.]

I am a lowly woman, a grandmother and a Christian, in America.

I believe the Bible is an accurate historical account of God's involvement with man, his highest creation.

I believe that Jesus Christ was sent from God to save us from our sins. Our deeds need not be weighed on the scales of good and evil. We can know we are saved for eternal life with God because of what Christ did on the cross.

He is the Passover Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. His life outweighs our sins on the scales. When Abraham went to sacrifice his son out of obedience to God, God provided a lamb in place of the child for the sacrifice.

In Jesus Christ, God provided the lamb for the world --all our sins. We are no longer under the curse of death and the burden of our sins. We are not going to be weighed and found wanting--as to whether our deeds were good or bad. Instead, Jesus paid the debt for our sins--and we choose to be as good as we can out of love and obedience to Him. We agree with Him and His Word about the definition of right vs. wrong.

You said you believed the Old and New Testaments as well as the Koran--but the Koran changes the story of Jesus --and says Jesus did not die for our sins and rise from the dead. Yet the whole New Testament is very convincing. The first Christians believed this very thing --and were willing to die for this truth--because many of them had witnessed His miracles, His death and His resurrection. They knew Jesus was more than a prophet.

Then Mohammad (blessed be His name, you would say) says HE, himself, is the greatest prophet --that HIS written version of Jesus' life and ministry should be believed --even though he was not there and he himself did not rise from the dead.

Why should you believe Mohammad instead of those who wrote as eye witnesses about Jesus, the true Prince of Peace --who never told anyone to "kill the infidel." Who never referred to Christians as swine and Jews as apes --which references were recently found in new Saudi textbooks for Muslim school children.

I heard the fellows on your blog [see my blog list links at the right] challenge you to denounce the 9/11 tragedy and Osama. Did you do that? I don't think you did.

[Today, Mohamed, did criticize murder of civilians on his blog.]

You just continued to defend Islam and denounce bad Muslims generally.

I think you would rightly fear reprisal from other Muslims if you name Osama as a bad man and denounce the events of 9/11. Am I right about this? I suspect there is much to fear in your own mosques --from fellow Muslims.

Did you deny that many Muslims DO oppress women according to Koranic teaching? that women do not have drivers' licenses in Saudi Arabia, is that true? that Iran is doing more than defending itself --but oppressing its young people and women terribly. (see this week's Newsweek? magazine--an article by an Iranian woman reporter.)

Iran would use the bomb to annhilate Israel; their leader threatened Israel in a speech. He denies their right to exist. So does Palestine.

I don't think Iran is just interested in self-defense --I think they are dangerous to the world if they have nuclear energy.

We, on the other hand, are not. Granted we shot off the first A bombs and ended war with Japan--whose military leader wanted to keep fighting --but after the bombs, the emperor surrendered. They did attack us first. They were not going to quit. It was against their sense of honor to surrender. They were very cruel to our prisoners of war, forcing them to march to their deaths. It took those A bombs to stop them.

I think america would be very reluctant to use such bombs again --but some are so weary of the middle east and their hatreds --they say to make the whole area into a parking lot. I don't say that. It's not right to say that. It's not CHRISTIAN to say that. But the whole world is getting weary of Islamic terrorism and wishes the rest of the peace-loving Muslims would have peace with each other and take care of their own criminals.

Nice to meet you. I wish you well in your studies --and hope you will open your mind to discuss these issues I raise.

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Sunday, September 9, 2007

COLSON on God & Government: e.g. Terri Schiavo's Death

Charles Colson, former Nixon White House aide, founder of Prison Fellowship after his own years in prison for the Watergate coverup, has a book titled God & Government . It's an update of his former book, Kingdoms in Conflict.

Colson was not a Christian until after the Watergate problem. Many Christians in D.C., however, were his friends and witnessed to him of their faith. He read C.S. Lewis's book, Mere Christianity, and came to believe --and he had a spiritual experience that assured him that the Gospel of Christ was true.

He then wrote his own book, Born Again, which I would recommend as much as C.S. Lewis's book for the God-seeker. It's about his own journey to faith in God and Christ.

In his newly released book (above,) Colson observes that Christians today are under fire and labeled as "theocrats, fascists, and bigoted demagogues."

His book advises Christians on how to more winsomely represent God's truth in the public square and attempts to equip us to think "Christianly" on the issues of the day--and communicate that thought in an effective manner.

Colson gives an example about a prominent congressman who was invited to a medical school in his state to discuss the Terri Schiavo case. What follows is from Colson's article about this in Jubilee, the publication of Prison Fellowship.

He let the angry med students complain about governmental interference in this case. And let them vent and ask their questions first.

Then he said, "let me explain. Terri...was not on life support. What was done was to remove a feeding tube. Whatever state she was in, she was simply being fed." Did anyone question that, he asked? No one did. Then he drew from lecture series speakers Princeton Prof. Robert George and U. of Texas Prof, J. Budziszewski, both Christians.

He reminded the students that there was a nursing home nearby where some patients had to be fed for various reasons. He asked if they would object if the nursing home decided to stop feeding the patients, [to starve them,] and if the government should step in and force it to continue to feed its patients? Absolute silence.

Much of the opposition to his position was thus diffused."

Colson continued in his essay to report that Christa Lilly, a woman in Colorado, just awakened from a 6 year coma. Lately, we have been hearing more and more about the brain's ability to re-route itself --and procedures to help people with Parkinson's. Yet, the pressure is on regarding the high costs of caring for patients who seem to be no more than "vegetables." So we are not done yet with the problem of euthanasia for those who are in comas or seem to be brain dead --but are nevertheless living.

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"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible

Friday, September 7, 2007

Good bye, America???

I got this in email -- no author indicated. Immigration is not my greatest fear. I hope Governor Lam and Victor H. Davis are mistaken.

Subject: Goodbye America??

Please take the time to read this. It should frighten you!

We know Dick Lamm as the former Governor of Colorado. In that context his thoughts are particularly poignant. Last week there was an immigration overpopulation conference in Washington, DC, filled to capacity by many of America's finest minds and leaders. A brilliant college professor by the name of Victor Hansen Davis talked about his latest book, Mexifornia, explaining how immigration - both legal and illegal was destroying the entire state of California . He said it would march across the country until it destroyed all vestiges of The American Dream.

Moments later, former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm stood up and gave a stunning speech on how to destroy America. The audience sat spellbound as he described eight methods for the destruction of the United States. He said, If you believe that America is too smug, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let's destroy America. It is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall! and that an autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.

Here is how they do it, Lamm said:

First, to destroy America, turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bicultural country. History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. The historical scholar, Seymour Lipset, put it this way: The histories of bilingual and bi-cultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy. Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, and Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, and Corsicans.

Lamm went on:
Second, to destroy America, invent multiculturalism and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture. I would make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal. That there are no cultural differences. I would make it an article of faith that the Black and Hispanic dropout rates are due solely to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds.

Third, We could make the United States an Hispanic Quebec without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently: The apparent success of our own multiethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved not by tolerance but by hegemony.

Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentricity and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.

Lamm said, I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor. It is important to ensure that we have various cultural subgroups living in America enforcing their differences rather than as Americans, emphasizing their similarities.

Fourth, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school.

My fifth point for destroying America would be to get big foundations and business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of Victimology. I would get all minorities to think that their lack of success was the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority population.

My sixth plan for Americas downfall would include dual citizenship, and promote divided loyalties. I would celebrate diversity over unity. I would stress differences rather than similarities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other - that is, when they are not killing each other. A diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precedent.

People undervalue the unity it takes to keep a nation together. Look at the ancient Greeks. The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshipped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic games. A common enemy, Persia , threatened their liberty. Yet all these bonds were not strong enough to overcome two factors: local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions. Greece fell. E. Pluribus Unum

From many, one. In that historical reality, if we put the emphasis on the pluribus instead of the Unum, we will balkanize America as surely as Kosovo.

Next to last, I would place all subjects off limits; make it taboo to talk about anything against the cult of diversity. I would find a word similar to heretic in the 16th century - that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking.

Words like racist or xenophobe halt discussion and debate. Having made America a bilingual/bicultural country, having established multi-culturism, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of Victimology, I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That because immigration has been good for America , it must always be good. I would make every individual immigrant symmetric and ignore the cumulative impact of millions of them.

In the last minute of his speech, Governor Lamm wiped his brow. Profound silence followed.

Finally he said,

Lastly, I would censor Victor Hanson Davis's book, Mexifornia. His book is dangerous. It exposes the plan to destroy America . If you feel America deserves to be destroyed, don't read that book.

There was no applause. A chilling fear quietly rose like an ominous cloud above every attendee at the conference. Every American in that room knew that everything Lamm enumerated was proceeding methodically, quietly, darkly, yet pervasively across the United States today. Discussion is being suppressed. Over 100 languages are ripping the foundation of our educational system and national cohesiveness.

Even barbaric cultures that practice female genital mutilation are growing as we celebrate diversity. American jobs are vanishing into the Third World as corporations create a Third World in America - take note of California and other states - to date, ten million illegal aliens and growing fast. It is reminiscent of George Orwell's book,1984. In that story, three slogans are engraved in the Ministry of Truth building:

"War is peace,
Freedom is slavery, and
Ignorance is strength."

Governor Lamm walked back to his seat. It dawned on everyone at the conference that our nation and the future of this great democracy is deeply in trouble and worsening fast. If we don't get this immigration monster stopped within three years, it will rage like a California wildfire and destroy everything in its path, especially The American Dream....

Those who cannot learn from history, are doomed to repeat it!

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible