President Bush's weekly radio address yesterday...focused on today's celebration of Easter. After expressing appreciation to American military troops who are away from home, as well as remembering those who have been killed, he concluded with this thank you:
On Easter, we also honor Americans who give of themselves here at home. Each year, millions of Americans take time to feed the hungry and clothe the needy and care for the widow and the orphan. Many of them are moved to action by their faith in a loving God who gave His son so that sin would be forgiven. And in this season of renewal, millions across the world remember the gift that took away death's sting and opened the door to eternal life. Laura and I wish you all a happy Easter.
On Friday, the President issued a Presidential Easter Message..., reading in part:
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ reminds people around the world of the presence of a faithful God who offers a love more powerful than death. Easter commemorates our Savior's triumph over sin, and we take joy in spending this special time with family and friends and reflecting on the many blessings that fill our lives. During this season of renewal, let us come together and give thanks to the Almighty who made us in His image and redeemed us in His love.
O this makes some people angry, doesn't it? Yet, it is historically representative of our country, that great presidents have issued such statements of faith to the majority of religious Americans who are Christian -- with 1/3 said to be evangelicals --and a great many being Catholic and another large portion being mainline protestants. That is our history and our present. It is who most of us are. Should we or the President stop being what we are as Christians to please those who are not the same in their beliefs? Will our country be kinder and gentler if we do not believe in the Golden Rule and the good works commanded by Jesus Christ --and the morality of the Hebrew Ten C's? I think not.
Christianity is the ideological hand that fed this wonderful nation, inspiring our best aspects, our view of human rights, our view of right and wrong. We are open to those of other faiths and they have complete freedom religiously --and to believe or not to believe. If they don't like our holidays and our view of right and wrong, they need not come here.
We have co-existed well. The ones who want to upset the multi-cultural harmony --are not the Christians but the atheists/agnostics --and liberals, in general, who are pushing for the freedom to be immoral, who want a nation where they never would hear about Christ and His claim upon our lives --and lifestyles. These are bitter against Christianity --and they are mockers of Christ and Christians like the multitudes who didn't believe Jesus was from God --who taunted, scorned, whipped and crucified Him, the greatest hope for immortality the world has ever seen--a dead man arisen from the grave after 3 days as He predicted!
I am blocked on some blogs for saying this about Jesus --the time is coming in America when such public expressions will be against the law --as in atheistic and Muslim nations. Newspapers won't print us --and blogs will block --as public forums do now if you give any reason, religious or otherwise, why homosexuality should not be celebrated with parades and marriage ceremonies. And if you quote the Bible or preach the Gospel of the New Testament about salvation from sin. As in Jesus' day, men say, "We have no sin!" The church is being chided for focusing on abortion and gay rights, but those two are just evidence of how much we have changed --when even churches are calling good, evil and evil, good.
So it is refreshing to hear President Bush not give into the trend of the times, denying that Easter is true --and the Bible true and relevant for today.
You go, Pres. Bush. You are showing your true colors --and they are beautiful! You speak of the Resurrection as though it were FACT. You speak of Jesus as the Son of God as though that were a fact. Like the Good Christian you are, not worrying about the politically correct who fear such personal statements are theocratic, offensive to those of other faiths and no faith.
After all, the Bible tells believers to say, "I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation."
And, also, Jesus said, in Matthew 10:
32"Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.
33But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.
Bush is wiser than so many of his critics the world over. He's not worried about ratings now in the world, but concerned for what His Lord will think of Him.
"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible
Posted by Barb at 5:12 PM
Labels: Bush on Easter
I'm sorry to be off-topic and intend to read the post after I post this, but I wanted you to know Dung Head has blocked comments on his site to team members only.
I guess since he had no answers to our statements and his sarcasm wasn't enough to drive us off he had to do what "over half the right-wing blogs" do and moderate, or in this case, block comments.
I think it's hilarious. Just when I was going to give him a link to the sermon from our church and challenge himself to give it a fair listen to see if it's what he so righteously claims happens in Protestant churches.
March 23, 2008 11:16 PM
Not only was Jesus of God---He Is God in the flesh!
I need to ask any of your Christian readers for prayer for me.
I am not following Christ in a way that is pleasing to Him at the moment.
I have been the object of posts on the French blog (you're in there too), filthy talk, the sacrilege of the crucifixion picture, and I find myself angry and wanting to lash out.
There is a certain girl who is posting there who doesn't know I know who she is and where she is from, and it is all I can do not to splash that news around the blogosphere that knows her, but I would never want to be a part of getting her found and deported.
She's pushing me to my limits and I need not only my prayers and those of my church family---I need the prayers of all Christians to let this go and put it in God's hands.
I need you all to pray I can keep myself away from that vile place because it is a stumbling block for me in my Christian walk. I want to love my enemies and they all turned into enemies as soon as they got rid of you.
Please pray for me and I'll also pray for you in this matter too as I know they anger you too. I pray for you daily now anyway.
President Bush delivered a great speech and I wish I had heard it.
I hope you had a great Easter.
He is risen! He is risen indeed!
March 23, 2008 11:28 PM
Too bad Bush also celebrates Ramadan, bows before Shinto shrines and considers the peaceful religion of Islam to be a true path to God. He's an idolater.
March 24, 2008 9:43 AM
Hey, Jeanette --appreciate your candor and request for prayer --you got it, Sister.
About the one whose secrets you know -- you don't want to stoop to Mud-rake's level or even make those threats. That's what HE does when he's mad --tells all he can find out about me and my whereabouts, posts my pastor's name, my husband's full name, my church,its photo, map to my house -- and then to add further evil, he LIED about me in regard to allegations of racial bigotry --and actually it's also a lie to say I hate homosexuals. I really do not, even though I believe the Bible when it says all sex relationships outside of hetero marriage are sins to repent of and turn from.
You have loved these blog people and that is the Christian core of your soul. We can "Be angry [indignant] , but sin not." To tell what you know about his poster would be VERY Mud-rakian! You know? Letting the Spirit of Mud-Slinging and unforgiveness affect you? You don't want to give them the victory. This is probably one of those times when you try earnestly to mean it when we say, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." They DO know on one level, but they DON'T have any idea how serious the blasphemy is --or how eternally deadly their resistance is to the Truth.
If you want some challenging blogging for your talents, go to the Religion Clause with me --link on my blogroll --where people's blog manners are a lot better despite vigorous disagreement. It's not often a busy blog --though there are some who are looking for other commenters who like to discuss these church-state issues --perhaps because he posts so many news items everyday that people don't linger on any one discussion very lont.
if the host, a U.T. law prof emeritus, who has a Jewish-sounding name, comments, he probably does it as anonymous --but I don't think he bothers at all. The anonymous posters don't sound as knowledgeable about the law as he would be. Perhaps some may be law students who don't want him to know who they are!
You have now been a first hand witness to Mudly's dishonesty --and his censorship and intolerance to people who make him look bad for his bad blog manners.
March 24, 2008 10:19 AM
I imagine, Steven, if Bush did and said as you claim, that he was thinking of these people as on a path to the Divine, seeking Him anyway, and wanted to show respect for these people's faiths --rather than denounce them as the idolators and followers of false prophets that they are. His job as president does include diplomacy abroad --and we haven't elected him to denounce people's sins --and he doesn't do that--except terrorism.
March 24, 2008 10:30 AM
yes, I was blocked, also, BTW, Jeanette. Probably Fonso, too. He does not believe in free speech --laments there are so many who vote Republican as though he would not let them vote at all if he could have his way.
March 24, 2008 10:33 AM
Mudly believes the intelligent are a few elite "educated" individuals who see everything as he does. And the rest of us are not educable. We are mere ignoramuses who --he once said --should be locked up.
March 24, 2008 10:35 AM
Hey Barb, I was just answering your question. I'm not a team members on Mud's blog. He hasn't censored me yet although his response to anything I post is always the same, "you're brain washed by the right wing". I've noticed how harsh he is against you and was really disgusted when I say him post your name on one of his comments. I said something about it but I don't think it did anything. Well I got to get to class but nice hearing for you. Keep doing God's work!.
March 24, 2008 12:54 PM
To demonstrate "the spirit of Mud-rake," he just posted Jeanette's address here which I deleted. No depths too low!
March 24, 2008 2:41 PM
I just had an interesting tho't --Microdot and Mudrake like to suggest that Jeanette isn't really christian when she gives them back the same sort of orneriness that they give out --as she notes, "they can dish it out --but they can't take it."
And they insult her Christianity when she tries to give them back "a bit of their own." Like calling Mudrake, "Dung-Head." Well, he deserves that --for talking about her and me and our postings as excremental droppings with various 4 letter words, etc.
But they are quick to tell us when they think our blog behavior falls short of Christian standards (even if it doesn't really --like when Mudly has to make up stuff in order to "prove" my bigotry).
interesting that they have no guilt for falling short of the Christian standardsd themselves, egregiously --but they know what those standards are! And they think we should adhere to those standards or deserve their disrespect!
IN their rhetoric, we are "blamed if we do and blamed if we don't."
What a pair of knuckleheads!
March 24, 2008 6:40 PM
Be very careful of what you are doing by exposing personal information about me as I have a step-brother who is huge and is a detective on the Toledo police force.
I'm sure he can get the tools to find out who you are and an invasion of privacy charge could be brought against you.
March 24, 2008 10:12 PM
Let's see, Mudly, you have posted 3 times Jeanette's info here and removed-to-revise one. Would this resemble OCD? Do you need to up the Antivert?
March 24, 2008 11:37 PM
Four times--plus my address, now. See your shrink and get some relief, Mud-rake. I'm not kidding; I feel compassion!
March 25, 2008 8:52 AM
If you don't like my comments do as you said to me: "ban me, block me!"
March 25, 2008 9:04 AM
By the way, I'm featuring you and Jeanette in my next post; it's about bigots masquerading as oh-so righteous Christian women.
By the way, could you send me a recent photo for that new post?
Thank you in advance.
March 25, 2008 9:05 AM
Gee, I hate to see you continue this cycle, Mudly --of making yourself look so outrageously nuts, hostile, rude, dangerous.
And then the next thing you have to do when you observe with horror what you are doing --or your wife or daughter sees it, maybe --is to shut down all your comments --and ultimately your whole blog --and then after a recovery or a much-needed stay in rehab, you gradually start over=--posting more and more about the religious right --which is where I come in to shed some light.
March 25, 2008 9:22 AM
Don't worry, barb, your 'guilt trip' comments roll off of me with laughter.
Don't worry about ad hominum attacks either. I quote your words and Jeanette's exactly, word-by-word.
Did I get your address correct? I'd hate to publish false information.
March 25, 2008 10:31 AM
Yankee Doodle said...
Would like to publish my address?
March 25, 2008 11:33 AM
Rob R said...
I suspect that mudrake acts the way he does because he is more comfortable in his hate if he is hated. Thus he acts in such a way to inspire hate. not thought, not rationality, not understanding or even sympathy, just hate. It is best, if he is not given what he wants.
March 25, 2008 11:47 AM
Rob R said...
Just remember what this specific blog is about. Jesus could say "forgive them for they don't know what they are doing" in part because evil did not triumph as it did not on the first easter, and evil today won't either no matter how successful, or on the other hand, how petty and silly it is.
March 25, 2008 11:52 AM
YOu know what, Mudly, I think you may be worse than a root canal which I just had.
Five comments in two days with our addresses on them. You know I'll keep deleting them so why do you obsessively persist in this futile process of telling the nice people on our blogs where we live? We aren't embarrassed by having our identities known--and embarrassment, unfortunately, isn't your intent. You are trying to frighten and intimidate and that's beneath you, isn't it really?? And surely all your blog friends who come to your blog are nice respectable folks like mine are, aren't they? Nobody to fear, of course.
I think rob has a point --that you want to be hated so you can justify your own hatred.
Well, we don't hate you. Sorry.
Say, Rob, what is wrong when the info bar at the bottom of the screen won't show up?
March 25, 2008 12:27 PM
IN your instances of committing libel, mudly, you have not quoted me. You have made up insults to people which I never made. then when you finally did quote me, it just showed what you distorted. I spoke of "behavior dollars" not earned by some Afr. Am. students for not bringing in folders --and you said I said these students did not behave as well as others, implying they were disruptive, disrespectful, disobedient --which they never were. I said the whole age group was disorganized by virtue of their age. I should've called them "incentive dollars" so you couldn't mess with my words as you did.
You also previously said I called them "messier" than the other students. I never referred to messiness or neatness at all. I don't call it "misbehavior" to not bring in a folder. I made it clear that your accusations were false --but you can't be bothered with truth.
March 25, 2008 12:38 PM
It is petty --but worse than petty--to call someone a racist and misquote what they actually said to make that charge.
And then to post addresses so any vitriolic, weak-minded persons, feeling justified by your labels, can "go get the racist! the bigot and the homophobe!" (those being other labels you have pasted on me.)
March 25, 2008 12:41 PM
6 times you've posted addresses of bloggers, on this thread alone. That's not counting the many times you do it at your website. Aren't your friends going to conclude there is something Obsessive about this? a screw loose?
March 25, 2008 1:06 PM
Yankee Doodle said...
By the way, once you get the address of Joseph Dalton. I'll be glad to grant you the permission to post it in public.
March 25, 2008 4:00 PM
Mudrake said, If you don't like my comments do as you said to me: "ban me, block me!"
I tolerate just about any comments from you, Mudrake --just not the divulgence of personal information which is obscene on your part.
You have spammed my blog in the past with gargantuan articles on obsessive compulsive disorder, on the sexual behaviors of birds, on Aztec sacrifice rituals --all off topic.
My posts on YOUR blog (when you aren't censoring) have been sincere attempts to participate in substantive dialogue--lacking in ad hominem attack. You always responded with insults --and eventually with harrassment and then back again to censorship --which you are doing now on your closed blog. I think your posts are interesting and you are a prolific poster --BUT when you talk about the religious folks in general --and me specifically, you lie. And then you get dangerous -posting personal info. You cannot tolerate women who disagree with you intelligently and substantively so you try to intimidate them with personal info that you have to really dig for to get.
March 25, 2008 4:06 PM
Rob R said...
Mudrake said If you don't like my comments do as you said to me: "ban me, block me!"
He's jealous that he can't run a blog that can entertain informed disagreement while you can, so he wants to goad you into turning on the moderation.
March 25, 2008 5:30 PM
"ban me, block me!"
March 26, 2008 1:07 PM
a desperate cry for help. Our loving
Catholic brother has posted our names and address and a phone number on this blog 16 times so far, I believe --without being obsessive about the counting as I delete --with 3 easy clicks and a 4th to get back to the blog. It's not difficult, Mudly. You can do it, too, as you know from doing it so often!
March 26, 2008 1:38 PM
"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance
and have eternal life."--the Bible