Monthly Archives: February 2013

CS WARNS BSA

“The Boy Scouts of America currently has a problem with Scout leaders abusing boys.  There have been over 2,000 cases of abuse.”  Brian Rushfeldtimages-3

“In 1998, Canadian Scouts (CS) decided to allow females, atheists, agnostics, homosexuals, bisexuals, and transsexuals to join the CS.  In 1999, they approved the establishment of an all-homosexual troop, which now marches in Canada’s ‘gay pride’ parades.  Within five years, scouting membership dropped over 50 percent, many scouting camps and offices were closed, and staff was laid off.” Jim Vanne

Canada’s Boy Scouts Warn BSA of Homosexual Infiltration

Bradlee Dean, Last Resistance, February 6, 2013

“The notion that we need to protect homosexuals more than we need to protect children…has been a disturbing trend.”
Brian Rushfeldt, president, Canada Family Action

As you may know, the radical homosexual lobby is using totalitarian methods in an attempt to bully the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) into submission by changing their long-standing policy of banning homosexuals from admission into the BSA.

It would do well for the American people to look across the border to Canada and see the disastrous consequences of such a decision.

In 1998, Canadian Scouts (CS) decided to allow females, atheists, agnostics, homosexuals, bisexuals, and transsexuals to join the CS. In 1999, they approved the establishment of an all-homosexual troop, which now marches in Canada’s “gay pride” parades. Within five years, scouting membership dropped over 50 percent, many scouting camps and offices were closed, and staff was laid off.

More importantly is the tragic sexual abuse by leaders in scouting. Continue reading

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The End of Christendom

“As Christians we know that here we have no continuing city,  that crowns roll in the dust and every earthly kingdom must sometime flounder, whereas we Picture-21acknowledge a king men did not crown and cannot dethrone, as are citizens of a city of God they did not build and cannot destroy.”  Malcolm Muggeridge, The End of Christendom, p. 52

“I came ultimately to be convinced that Christ was the answer.  It was because in this world of fantasy in which my own occupation [journalist] has particularly involved me, I have found in Christ the only true alternative.  The shadow in the cave [Plato’s cave] is like the media world of shadows.  In contradistinction, Christ shows what life really is, and what our true destiny is.  We escape from the cave.  We emerge from the darkness and instead of shadows we have all around us the glory of God’s creation.  Instead of darkness we have light; instead of despair, hope; instead of time and the clocks ticking inexorably on, eternity which never began and never ends and yet is sublimely now.  What then is this reality of Christ, contrasting with all the fantasies whereby men seek to evade it, fantasies of the ego, of the appetites, of power or success, of the mind and the will, the reality valid when first lived and expounded by our Lord himself two thousand years ago?”  Ibid, p. 53, 54

“It is simply this:  by identifying ourselves with Christ, by absorbing ourselves in his teaching, by living out the drama of his life with him, including especially the passion, that powerhouse of love and creativity—by living with, by, and in him, we can be reborn to become new men and women in a new world.”  Ibid., p. 54

Power Without Politics

 Rod Dreher, The American Conservative, January/February 2013, p.7, 8

Living in a small Southern town, it’s easy to forget that politics exists. When I was working in Washing­ton, D.C., as a journalist in the 1990s I would return here from time to time to visit my folks. It never failed to irritate me how disconnected everyone here was. Didn’t they know there had been a Republican Revolution and Speaker Gingrich was going to set everything aright?  I  was  on  Capitol  Hill watching it all go down—and no­body cared to ask me what it was like. What was wrong with them? Now that I live in my home­town, I see this disconnect not as a vice but as a virtue. A limited virtue, and a risky one: living here, it’s easy to believe politics doesn’t matter much and to give oneself permission to disengage. When the only political talk you hear is the Hannity-Limbaugh line,  it’s tempting to turn away and focus on private life.

This suits my temperament. I tend to be a dedine-and-fall pes­simist. Perversely enough, little makes me happier than devouring a freshly baked Spenglerian medi­tation on how our civilization is staggering towards decrepitude. But then I think about a dinner I had a decade or so ago in my Brooklyn apartment. As usual, my guests and I were decrying the decline of Christianity. One of us, a Catholic priest, agreed that our gloom and doom was justified but accused us of lacking perspective. Continue reading

Religious Diversity

“The Bible and Torah, for years the standard religious texts used to swear in members of Congress, have been joined by the Constitution, the Koran—and, on Jan. 3, for the first time ever, the Hindu Bhagavad Gita.” Stephen Dinan and Tom Howell Jr.

“The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life said the religious shift has been dramatic over the past five decades, with Protestants dropping from nearly 400 in the House and Senate combined in the 1961-1962 Congress to about 300 now—still a majority, but far less dominant.” Ibid.

Religious Diversity in Congress

Stephen Dinan & Tom Howell, Jr., The Washington Times, January 7, 2013, p. 4

The Bible and Torah, for years the standard religious texts used to swear in members of Con­gress, have been joined by the Constitution, the Koran — and, on Jan. 3, images-2for the first time ever, the Hindu Bhagavad Gita.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a newly elected congresswoman from Hawaii, and the first Hindu to serve, brought her own book with her as she took part in a cer­emonial swearing-in with House Speaker John A. Boehner.

The Democrat, who joined Rep. Tammy Duckworth as the first female combat veteran to be in Congress, used the Gita that she had with her while serving in Iraq.

“I chose to take the oath of office’ with my personal copy of the Bhagavad-Gita because its teachings have inspired me to strive to be a servant-leader, dedicating my life in the service of others and to my country,” she said. Continue reading