Thinking in Christ Get Your Worldview On! 2015-05-27T12:30:46Z http://www.thinkinginchrist.com/feed/atom/ Russ <![CDATA[‘Our’ kids]]> http://www.thinkinginchrist.com/?p=23656 2015-05-24T02:58:45Z 2015-05-27T12:30:46Z What is it about the government and children? At one end of the spectrum, they want all adults to remain children forever. On the other [...]

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What is it about the government and children? At one end of the spectrum, they want all adults to remain children forever. On the other end of the spectrum, they are trying desperately to break the family up in any way they can — welfare, the destruction of marriage, mandatory public school from the youngest age possible, etc. In fact, as Dan Way recently noted

“They’re your sons and daughters,” he told assembled friends and families of the graduates, “but in a very real way, they are our kids as well.” I don’t know about you, but I find it creepy and foreboding when bureaucrats, especially a federal cabinet official, assert equal rights of ownership and parenting to my progeny. Whether they are dangerously misguided in their intentions or convinced that the power of government has a rightful seat at my table, overreach is inevitable. … I agree with Duncan, and it is consistent with my Christian beliefs, that it is of social value to be a servant, to be our brother’s keeper, that to whom much is given much is required. Where we would diverge is in the notion that it is the business of government schools to accrue the power to dictate to a captive audience the terms of that commitment.

“They’re your kids, but they’re our kids too…” There are few words more frightening to a parent than those, because they conjure up a young person you love standing, alone, against the full frontal assault of the entire power of the government. And that power isn’t just pushing them to “be nice,” but rather to be equal, to be like everyone else, to accept the things the government wants you to accept, to believe what some elite group of people want them to believe. Diversity is the last thing on the mind of a government who gains control of the children.

To illustrate the point, we can turn to another recent paper published by some social researchers

One way philosophers might think about solving the social justice problem would be by simply abolishing the family. If the family is this source of unfairness in society then it looks plausible to think that if we abolished the family there would be a more level playing field.

Of course, says the philosopher in question, no-one really believes we should eliminate the family. Relationships are important — so long as the parent in question feels the appropriate amount of guilt over reading their children bedtime stories (given the advantage such reading gives the child). It never seems to occur to the philosopher that the reason children from families where reading bedtime stories happens do better is because they actually have human relationships that matter — that it’s not the physical act of reading that matters, but the relationship behind the reading. After all, all relationships are a matter of chemistry and fluff; nothing there but an evolutionary adaptation. An adaptation we can change if it suits our goals better. Right?

Or maybe there’s an even deeper reason government folks don’t like all this talk of “my children,” instead of “our children.” Maybe their afraid that parents will simply stop, as some point, submitting their children to the nonsense of a public school system so carefully designed to create equal outcomes, no matter the family.

Maybe they’re afraid that parents will just refuse to send their kids to school one day — like when the schools in one province in Ontario were almost emptied because parents objected to the sex-ed curriculum.

After all, we can’t have children being… different… now can we?

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Russ <![CDATA[Running Pope]]> http://www.thinkinginchrist.com/?p=23646 2015-05-24T02:23:49Z 2015-05-27T12:00:12Z

Something about outrunning a bear comes to mind…

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Something about outrunning a bear comes to mind…

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Russ <![CDATA[Hating on Free Speech]]> http://www.thinkinginchrist.com/?p=23634 2015-05-24T02:19:21Z 2015-05-26T12:00:58Z This is an astounding chart —

Remember the famous scene from Star Wars where the Republic dies in a stadium full of people clapping? [...]

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This is an astounding chart —

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Remember the famous scene from Star Wars where the Republic dies in a stadium full of people clapping? There were probably thousands there who disagreed, but couldn’t speak up because of some ordinance about hate speech, or perhaps to prevent the denigration of those certain classes of people who were moving into the ruling class of the new Empire. Hence it is today — hate speech isn’t being used as a way to calm society down, it’s being used as a way to muzzle those the ruling class would like to make shut up.

There’s another dimension to this, though — a dimension that’s beyond the quest for political power. Let’s examine the pattern to see what’s in, and what’s out.

In: Homosexuality as a natural and moral good, including homosexual marriage and the forced celebration thereof.
Out: Thousands of years of human history and Christian belief — now considered hate speech which must be silenced by declaring it hate speech.

In: Global man made climate leading to a catastrophe, and requiring minute government control over every aspect of our lives.
Out: Scientific evidence countering the scare — speech which must be silenced by declaring it “anti-scientific,” one short step away from hate speech.

In: A child is not a child until the mother decides it is so (regardless of before or after birth, stage of pregnancy, the father’s thoughts, or anything else).
Out: A belief in the dignity of the human person from conception, regardless of what you might see in a 3D ultrasound, or the point at which the child can survive outside the womb, or anything else. To argue against abortion is hate speech which must be silenced in the name of protecting women from misogyny, rape, patriarchy, and a host of other ills.

To draw a cartoon of Mohamed is hate speech which should be outlawed, and rightfully leads to acts of terror against the cartoonist according to the mainstream media, and far too much of America.

To say Christianity is a violent religion that has been papered over by a Christian Church embarrassed by the past — the cause of all the wars, hatred, and anger seething under the surface in the entire world — is to deny history and the Bible. Yet to defend Christianity has risen to the level of hate speech which must be silenced.

In each case, the “winning side,” the culture warriors who are “fighting for progress,” are asking everyone to ignore the facts that don’t fit their narrative — in effect, to deny reality, science, and common sense. If you don’t agree, they don’t want to hear about it —

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Each and every case where “hate speech” laws are being applied it is to stop people from speaking a truth someone doesn’t want to hear. Each and every case of hate speech law created and enforced is about denying reality, rather than embracing it, because we don’t like — or are afraid of — the reality that is, or might be, out there, and might convince us that we’re ultimately wrong on all these things.

The drive against hate speech, then, is nothing less than a modern day flight from reality. That so many embrace it should be troubling indeed.

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Russ <![CDATA[Memorial Day 2015]]> http://www.thinkinginchrist.com/?p=23643 2015-05-24T02:18:47Z 2015-05-25T12:00:31Z

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Russ <![CDATA[Computer… Computer!]]> http://www.thinkinginchrist.com/?p=23618 2015-05-16T13:52:55Z 2015-05-22T12:00:06Z

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Russ <![CDATA[Mandatory]]> http://www.thinkinginchrist.com/?p=23615 2015-05-16T13:51:44Z 2015-05-21T12:00:54Z

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Russ <![CDATA[Progressively Failing]]> http://www.thinkinginchrist.com/?p=23624 2015-05-16T14:33:08Z 2015-05-20T13:30:33Z It’s rather humorous, in a way, to look back through history and consider just how unenlightened we consider so many of the civilizations that have [...]

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It’s rather humorous, in a way, to look back through history and consider just how unenlightened we consider so many of the civilizations that have gone before. The Romans, for instance, are considered barbaric and cruel because they crucified people en masse, and had massive blood sports where people were either killed by wild animals, or pitted against one another to the death for the pleasure of an audience. We just simulate our bloodshed now, so it’s not quite so bad, and destroy people’s reputation rather than their bodies.

We’re so much more civilized, you see.

Perhaps no area of our modern world illustrates this more fully than American foreign policy. Over at the Federalist, for instance —

Prior to the twentieth century in America, no other body politic has ever imagined that they could remake the world in its own image. Perhaps not even the Romans really thought that, because they did not think in terms of making the world into Rome, they simply wanted to subjugate the world to Rome, bring the slaves to Rome, govern everything for the sake of the center.

It makes some sort of sense that American has such a foreign policy, for America was fundamentally transformed from a Christian nation into a progressive one sometime around the Second World War. Looking at American foreign policy, though, you have to wonder if there will ever be a point when the progressive throws up his hands and says, “you know, I just don’t think this is going to work.”

Just catalog the world outside America, thinking through every place where America has intervened in order to “build a nation.” Where has it worked? The entire Middle East, except Israel, is a complete disaster. You might wonder if the reason the American elite hates Israel so much is because those uppity Jews just won’t play the victim card and accept “American help.” After all, you can’t get that paternal feeling if the erstwhile victim won’t play the part the way you want. Did it work in Afghanistan? Perhaps Iraq? Maybe someplace in Africa? South America?

Can you think of one place where the heavy paternal hand of America has actually built a nation that worked? I can, but it’s a long time ago, in what feels like a galaxy far far away — Japan.

What does this progressively failing foreign policy — this inability to build nations, to impose the progressive view of reality onto the world at large — tell us about the progressive worldview? What should it?

And are we paying attention?

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Russ <![CDATA[Othering]]> http://www.thinkinginchrist.com/?p=23612 2015-05-16T13:50:18Z 2015-05-20T12:00:20Z

Case in point: The objective of the current propaganda war is to make progressives forget that Christians are real people. It seems to be [...]

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Case in point: The objective of the current propaganda war is to make progressives forget that Christians are real people. It seems to be succeeding, given the total social ignorance of Christianity in our culture.

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Russ <![CDATA[A Nation of Blue Dories]]> http://www.thinkinginchrist.com/?p=23609 2015-05-16T13:43:18Z 2015-05-19T12:00:22Z

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Russ <![CDATA[Double Standard]]> http://www.thinkinginchrist.com/?p=23605 2015-05-16T14:44:26Z 2015-05-18T12:00:07Z

In case you’re wondering, the government has, in fact, sued trucking and other transportation (taxi, for instance) companies for forcing Muslim drivers to carry [...]

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In case you’re wondering, the government has, in fact, sued trucking and other transportation (taxi, for instance) companies for forcing Muslim drivers to carry alcohol, dogs, and other things they deplore. The progressive response is that Muslims aren’t objecting to genetic conditions, like race, but rather choices, like owning a dog. In the case of the Christian, homosexuality is genetic, so objecting to it is akin to being a racist.

There are two problems with this reaction.

First, it’s a provable lie. In the case of a Washington florist who has lost not only her business, but is now at risk of losing her home, her savings — essentially being bankrupted at a late stage in life, and living off social security and charity — she specifically served homosexual customers on a regular basis. It’s homosexual marriage, specifically, that she objected to. To claim that someone is hateful because they won’t support a person’s actions — no matter how they actually treat that other person — gives away the lie that this isn’t about discrimination, it’s about forcing your views down someone else’s throat.

Second, in claiming that because homosexuality is genetic we must all support the normalization of homosexuality is to commit the naturalistic fallacy — to claim that because it’s natural, it’s moral and good. Following this logic, alcoholism is good, pedophilia is good, (or at least, not evil) rape is good, and those icky wasps that lay their eggs in spiders, so the spiders are eaten from the inside out once the eggs hatch, are good. Perhaps Daniel Payne says it best

We are told that gender is simply a “social construction,” and that people can be whatever gender they choose to be—and at the same time we are informed that “gender” has a biological basis, and that transgenderism itself is rooted in biology and is thus irrefutable. But you cannot reconcile these two claims. If gender is indeed a “social construction,” then all gender—including transgenderism—is a meaningless and therefore pointless qualifier; if, on the other hand, transgenderism is rooted in biology, then “social construction” has nothing to do with it, and a person’s “own truth” in regards to his or her gender is itself irrelevant and should be disregarded barring medical evidence. Either one has a biological basis for claiming one is transgender (in which case one’s personal feelings are a non-factor), or “gender” is effectively a nonexistent product of one’s culture (in which case you can’t claim you’re a woman, or a man, or transgender, or indeed anything at all). You simply cannot have it both ways.

What we are seeing is not a war for equality, but a war for inequality — a war against Christianity and Christians. It is nothing less than the first step in “othering” Christians, to make Christianity a topic that cannot be discussed in polite company, or practiced in real life.

This isn’t about “marriage equality,” it’s about religious inequality — in their feeling of triumph, the “nones” don’t want to be confronted with hard or honest questions.

Just as slavery proponents wanted the anti-slavery folks to shut up.

Any suggestion that Christians should have any ability to say no to homosexual marriage is said to lead straight to the moral dissolution of society at large (all the while arguing that the slippery slope argument against homosexual marriage is a logical fallacy, of course).

In other words, it’s not about marriage equality. It’s much simpler than that. The double standard of the progressive elite is all about shut up, already.

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