Monthly Archives: January 2012

Quotations Worth Discussion

 Atheists have long criticized devout followers of faith.  But now it seems  Atheism is stealing from that very religious tradition by erecting a temple of worship.  Author Alain deBotton announced plans to build an Atheist temple in the U.K., reportsDeZeen magazine.  A collaboration with Tom Greenall Architects, the structure will be built in the City of London.  Dedicated to the idea of perspective, the black tower will scale 46 meters (150 ft), with each centimeter honoring earth’s age of 4.6 billion years, notes Wired.  Though deBotton has yet to announce a final date for opening the temple, he hopes to created a network of such buildings across the U.K., according to Blouin Artinfo.  Tara Kelly, The Huffington Post, January 26, 2012 Continue reading

THE ISSUES: Economics, Homosexuality, Abortion, Secular Humanism, and Global Warming

“We are to give to the poor out of pity [Prov. 19:17].  Not to be seen and applauded, much less to get influence over them; but out of pure sympathy and compassion we must give them help.”  Charles H.  Spurgeon

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) was born in Essex, England.  He became a Christian in 1850 and year later was the pastor of a small Baptist church…During his ministry he built up a congregation which numbered about 6,000.  Spurgeon was involved in several charitable organizations including an orphanage at Stockwell.  Spurgeon also had an extensive influence through literature, in particular his sermons which appeared in pamphlet form weekly. Continue reading

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Quotations Worth Discussion

“The citizens of several countries are pushing back against President Obama’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender foreign policy imperative.  Leaders in El Salvador launched a website on ‘Obama’s Corrupting Foreign Policy’ and are asking the U.S. Senate to reject Obama’s nominee [Mari Carmen Aponte] for ambassador to their country.  President Obama announced in December that the promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) behavior is a top foreign policy priority, even for the U.S. military oversees.  At the same time, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a high profile speech at the UN equating LGBT status with religion. Mari Carmen Aponte, a temporary ambassador to El Salvador, published an essay conflating disapproval of homosexuality with ‘brutal hostility’ and ‘aggression’ by ‘those who promote hatred.’”  Wendy Wright, Spero News, January 19, 2012

“Harry Belafonte [who spoke at the October 2, 2010 Communist rally in Washington, D.C.] stands out for his bitter denunciations of the land of his birth, his devotion to the Soviet Union, his admiration for the Castro regime, and his affection for the atomic spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.  Hand in hand in Caracas with the Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, he once declared: ‘No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world—George W. Bush—says, we’re here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people support your revolution.’”  The Weekly Standard, January 23, 2012, p. 5.

“John Locke would undoubtedly consider the modern-day political declarations about ‘spreading the wealth’ or ‘redistributing the wealth’ or ‘leveling the playing field,’ and the government’s application of its statutory, regulatory, and taxing powers to pursue them, as a miscomprehension of man’s nature and an assault on the individual’s inalienable rights and the civil society.  Underlying Locke’s view of man, society, and government is the individual’s right to the value he creates with his own labor and in his own property (which may be physical and/or intellectual) now and in the future, for it is central to his nature and existence.  The right of all individuals to try to acquire property and once acquired to secure it, is a right that no man or government can legitimately deny him, and which just governments are instituted to preserve and protect.”  Mark R. Levin, Ameritopia:  The Unmaking Of America, p. 103.

“The Bergsonian critique of orthodox Darwinism is not easy to answer. More disquieting still is Professor D.M.S. Watson’s defense. ‘Evolution itself,’ he wrote, ‘is accepted by zoologists not because it has been observed to occur or…can be proved by logically coherent evidence to be true, but because the only alternative, special creation, is clearly incredible.’ Has it come to that? Does the whole vast structure of modern naturalism depend not on positive evidence but simply on an a priori metaphysical prejudice? Was it devised not to get to facts but to keep out God?”  C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory