Monthly Archives: April 2012

Character in Crisis

“Previous civilizations have been overthrown from without by the incursion of barbarian hordes.  Christendom has dreamed up its own dissolution in the minds of its own intellectual elites.  Our barbarians are home products, indoctrinated at the public expense, urged on by the media systematically stage by stage, dismantling Christendom, depreciating and deprecating all its values.  The whole social structure is now tumbling down, dethroning its God, undermining all its certainties.  All this, wonderfully enough, is being done in the name of health, wealth, and happiness of all mankind.”  Malcolm Muggeridge, The End of Christendom (1980), p. 17, 18

“A tourist is beaten in Baltimore.  Young people surround him and laugh.  He’s pummeled, stripped and robbed.  No one helps.  They’re too busy taping it on their smartphones.”  Peggy Noonan, The Wall Street Journal, April 21-22, 2012, p. A15

“Groups of teenagers swarm into stores, rob everything they can, and run out.  The phenomenon is on the rise across the country.  Police now have a nickname for it: ‘flash robs.’” Ibid.

“In New York the past week a big story has been about 16 public school teachers who can’t be fired even though they’ve acted unprofessionally.  What does ‘unprofessionally’ mean in New York?  Sex with students, stalking students, and, in one case, standing behind a kid, simulating sex, and saying, ‘I’ll show you what gay is.’”  Ibid.

“The leveling or deterioration of public behavior has got to be worrying people who have enough years on them to judge with some perspective.  Something seems to be going terribly wrong.  Maybe we have to stop and think about this.”  Ibid.

Editor’s Comment: While we think about this in the United States, Theodore Dalrymple is thinking about this in his Britain.  He gives us a good indication of where we are headed by looking at Britain today.  His following article entitled “The Ugly Brutishness of Modern Britain” also appeared in the same publication as Peggy Noonan’s article which she entitled “America’s Crisis of Character.”  The Wall Street Journal, April 20, 2012, p. A 13.

“A few days ago at a crowded bus stop in the city of Nottingham, a fat youth of about 13 started to throw food at a friend.  Some of it nearly hit me and landed on the ground just beyond me, making a mess.

“’Excuse me,’ I said to the youth, ‘could you pick that up?’

“Shut the f— up!” he snarled, with real hatred contorting his face.

“Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, in England, come—obscenities.  No one at the bus stop dared say, much less do, anything.  For increasingly, the English are a people who know neither inner nor outer restraint.  They turn to aggression, if not to violence, the moment they are thwarted, even in trifles.  And those who are neither aggressive nor violent are by no means sure that the law will take their side in the event of a fracas.  It is better, easier, for them to pretend not to notice anything, even if it means living in constant fear.

“Under the circumstances, it is hardly surprising that, according to a survey recently conducted by Lloyds Bank, a fifth of all people with assets of more than $640,000 are thinking of leaving the country.  Personally I am surprise it is so few.  Other surveys have shown that at least 50% of the population wants to leave, in the main to flee the other 50% of the population.

“It is difficult to overstate the deleterious effect on the quality of life in modern Britain of incivility and bad behavior.  One small manifestation is the littering of the country.  No hedgerow, even in the most beautiful countryside, is without its discarded plastic bottles of soft drinks and wrappings of take-away food.  In the matter of litter, the British are now by the far the dirtiest people in the Western world, a sign of their unsocial mindset. Continue reading

The Ministry of David Brainerd

“What can be done to revive the work of God where it is decayed?  Let every preacher read carefully over the life of David Brainerd.”  Jonathan Edwards

“Oh, how precious is time, and how it pains me to see it slide away, while I do so little to any good purpose.  Oh, that God would make me more fruitful.”  David Brainerd

“The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs.  If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time.  God became Man for no other purpose.  It is even doubtful, you know, whether the whole universe was created for any other purpose.”  C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

American Minute with Bill Federer

Apr. 20 – David Brainerd,

Missionary to Native Americans

Born in Haddam, Connecticut, APRIL 20, 1718, his parents died while he was a young teenager.He attempted farming, but on July 12, 1739, he had an experience of ‘unspeakable glory’ with God that gave him a “hearty desire to exalt Him, to set Him on the throne and to ‘seek first His Kingdom.'”

This was colonial Indian missionary, David Brainerd.

He attended Yale, but was expelled for saying that a tutor who was fining over-zealous students “had no more grace than a chair.”

David Brainerd was then supported by the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge to do missionary work among Native Americans.

David Brainerd worked with a Housatonic Indian settlement near present day Nassau, New York, and started a school for Native American children.

He worked among the Delaware Indians along the Delaware River northeast of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

His interpreter, Moses Tinda Tautamy, helped him minister to Indians along the Susquehanna and Delaware Rivers, camping at night. He wrote in his Journal:

“FORKS OF DELAWARE, Pennsylvania, Lord’s day, July 21, 1745.

Preached to the Indians…Divine truth seemed to make very considerable impressions and caused the tears to flow freely.

Afterwards I baptized my interpreter and his wife, who were the first I baptized among the Indians…

Though before he had been a hard drinker…it is now more than six months since he experienced this change;

in which space of time he has been exposed to strong drink in places where it has been moving free as water; yet has never desired after it…

He discourses feelingly of the conflicts and consolations of a real Christian.”

David Brainerd then worked with the Crossweeksung in New Jersey, where the Indian church grew to 130 members.

David Brainerd wrote in his diary:

“[I] could have no freedom in the thought of any other circumstances or business in life: All my desire was the conversion of the heathen, and all my hope was in God:

God does not suffer me to please or comfort myself with hopes of seeing friends, returning to my dear acquaintance, and enjoying worldly comforts.”

David Brainerd traveled over 3,000 on horseback in his missionary efforts and often slept in the cold, rainy woods.

Overcoming loneliness, lack of food, depression and spitting up blood from advanced stages of tuberculosis, David Brainerd was nursed at the home of Princeton president Jonathan Edwards.

He died at the age of 29.

His diary, published by Jonathan Edwards in 1749 as “An Account of the Life of the Late Reverend Mr. David Brainerd” inspired millions, including William Carey, Adoniram Judson, Oswald J. Smith, and John Wesley, who stated:

“What can be done to revive the work of God where it is decayed? Let every preacher read carefully over the life of David Brainerd.”

David Brainerd’s life played a role in the establishment of Princeton College and Dartmouth College. Yale’s Divinity School named a building “Brainerd Hall,” the only building named after a student who had been expelled.

David Brainerd wrote:

“Oh, how precious is time, and how it pains me to see it slide away, while I do so little to any good purpose. Oh, that God would make me more fruitful.”

Castro and Maher

“A creature revolting against a creator is revolting against the source of his own power to revolt….It is like the scent of a flower trying to destroy the flower.”  C. S. Lewis

“I am an apatheist—a pragmatic atheist…and that’s the great thing about being an atheist—it requires so little of your time.”  Bill Maher

“Fidel Castro was educated by Jesuit priests as a young man, but later shed his religion for revolution, Marxism, and atheism.”  Celebrity Atheist List, February 10, 2010 wire service story logo

‘Fidel Castro is Macho!’ Squeals A Smitten Bill Maher

By Humberto Fontova – April 27, 2012

 As his audience clapped and squealed like seals last week a smirking Bill Maher gushed that: “Castro is a Bad*ss because we (the U.S.) have been trying to kill him for 60 years!” His trained seals howled and clapped –not at the (alleged) assassination attempts, obviously– but at their failure against the mass-murderer who had craved to nuke them.

Their wisecracking host smirked– not at the (alleged) assassination attempts, obviously—but at his apparent crush on the mass-murderer whose “constitution” mandates two years in prison for any of his subjects overheard wisecracking about him.

Welcome to yet another week of Alice in Castroland. Actually, what Alice found after tumbling down the rabbit hole makes more sense than what we hear and read about Cuba/Castro from the MSM/Hollywood axis almost daily.

Bill Maher has a large and intrepid staff—at least he used to. After arranging my four Politically Incorrect gigs and after spending plenty time in the ABC greenroom with some, I certainly got that impression. If those folks are still around, Bill Maher should have them look up some actual history on U.S. “hostility” to Castro.

“Without U.S. help Castro would never have gotten into power,” flatly testified former U.S. Ambassador to Cuba, Earl T. Smith during Congressional testimony in 1960.

“We ended up getting exactly what we’d wanted all along,” snickered Nikita Khrushchev in his diaries regarding the Cuban-Missile “Crisis” resolution 3 years later. “Until today the U.S. has complied with her promise not to interfere with Castro and not to allow anyone else to interfere with Castro.”

So far from “defying” a superpower, “Bad*ss!” Castro shot, bombed and lied his way to power with the moral and material help of one superpower, and has poked along lo these many years by hiding behind the skirts of two superpowers plus the British Empire. After the Missile Crisis “resolution” Castro’s “defiance” of the U.S. took the form of the Coast Guard of the most powerful nation on earth and even the British Navy (when the genuinely Bad*ss Cuban freedom-fighters moved their operation to the Bahamas) shielding Castro from exile attacks by arresting his Cuban-exile enemies.

While cowering behind the skirts of his omni-powerful bodyguard and Sugar-Daddy “Bad*ss” Castro was free to imprison and torture Cuban women and girls by the thousands, and even murder many. This cowardly totalitarian horror was utterly unknown in our Hemisphere until Castro’s “Macho” rule. The crimes for which some of these girls and ladies were tortured consisted of being overheard saying things about (Bad-*ss!) Fidel Castro similar to those (Bad-*ss!) Bill Maher says about Sarah Palin and Ann Romney almost weekly. Continue reading