Conservative TV personality, Sean Hannity, was recently accused of sexual harassment. Such accusations against conservatives who are pubic figures is not new. We can remember Anita Hill’s spurious accusations against Clarence Thomas in September 1991. Her tale kept morphing each time she retold it. Candidate Donald Trump effectively silenced these type accusations last October when he said his accusers would be sued in court for these false and damaging (libelous and slanderous) claims. The resulting silence from his many accusers was deafening as they say. When faced with possible serious consequences, those who are willing to lie and smear often have second thoughts. Mr. Hannity, to his credit, is taking the offense (the best form of defense) here by assembling a top-notch legal team to sue false accusers. His accuser of this past weekend is now walking back her story.
Any and all who dare to oppose the current liberal mindset and the liberal agenda in the US are subject to being accused falsely to discredit their opinions, convictions and arguments, and ultimately to being silenced by being publicly disgraced.
Let’s take a step back and consider: What does this say about the level and quality of discourse in our free society?
Democracies are peaceful, these spread peace and are the answer to a war-torn world. Toppled dictatorships ought to be replaced with democracy for a more peaceful planet.
Let’s take a closer look.
There is an idea that we as individuals may be a part of a larger conscious entity that is simultaneously living multiple lives in different realities, or on different planes of existence or different dimensions. This raises the possibility of multiple versions or editions of ourselves. One may wonder what the purpose of such multiple lives might be. Perhaps the more rapid harvesting of the lessons gained from diverse experiences for the “over mind” is the purpose.
As to this idea of predestination in Protestant circles of mental speculation, we do not buy it.
Because it negates human free will. You cannot have both free will and predestination.
Here is how we see it. As Boethius (died circa 521 A.D.) wrote that God exists outside of time, it follows that He sees past, present and future all in one glance so to speak. But God’s foreknowledge (remember we are taught to believe that God is all-knowing) of what we will choose does not condition or necessitate that choice. God knows how we will freely choose, but His advance knowledge does not make us choose what we choose.
We need strong families in these times of social decay and societal fragmentation. The threats to our children are many and diverse in our toxic culture. Parents need to protect their children.
Strong families, intact marriages, 2 parent households are necessary for a harmonious society. (As we have blogged in the past: the purpose of sexual morality is to protect and promote stable marriages and thus stable families.)
Why can there be subjects of historical inquiry that are off limits?
It is currently illegal in many European nations to question the official or generally accepted account of the holocaust of European Jewry during the Second World War. This is no distortion nor exaggeration. European readers are well aware of these restrictions.
Our purpose here is not to dissect the official holocaust story, but rather to question the possible reasons or motivations for restricting objective and open inquiry into the official history of the holocaust, and stifling open discussions of the results of such inquiries that are made.
what circumcision does not do
Allegedly a panacea, or at least an effective preventive measure, for everything from masturbation caused epilepsy * to cervical cancer to now the spread of AIDS (HIV), circumcision has nothing to do with any of these things as the foreskin’s presence or absence does not affect cervical cancer rates **, has nothing to do with masturbation habits or practices, and does not play a significant role in transmission of HIV (we have looked over some of the “studies” purportedly showing circumcision as a factor in reducing transmission of HIV and these studies have some serious limitations and flaws). Amputation of the foreskin (and that is what circumcision in the US is) is not medically necessary nor justified.
Today, Western Civilization appears to have lost its identity, lost its soul. It is under constant attack from many quarters. By “western civilization”, we mean those ideas, values and traditions that have come down to us through history from ancient Greece and Rome and the rest of Europe and have been greatly shaped or influenced by Christianity.
Perhaps, our question could be rephrased as: Can Western Civilization survive its current crisis of identity? The crisis, the pressing existential drama, seems to be inexorably progressing towards a climax.
How do we explain consciousness?
Philosophy really cannot help us. All philosophy can do is to assert that consciousness is logically plausible; but that does not explain how or why consciousness arises or exists or persists through time.
What about science?
“There is no God.” – is a statement of faith, not of science. Really, the statement is an assertion.
People who self identify as atheists often think that science supports their chosen position or is “on their side”. True, many in the scientific community are atheists and others say they are agnostic. And, that is the danger. Those people of science have much prestige and command much respect in today’s world. Yet, science has its limitations. (Gasp) Yes, it really does have limitations albeit you rarely hear such talk from those in science.
This post is in answer to the many comments on Christian marriage blogs by wives who lament, justify and rationalize their unwillingness to give oral sex to their husband.
Do we really know about the nature of God?
Well, yes, we have the revealed religions to tell us of God’s nature.
But, some may wonder: do we humans impute our hangups, our biases, our character traits (or even character flaws) on to God, or at least on to our concept of God?
What is the real purpose of sexual morality?
There are no doubt many opinions about this. In this essay, we give our thoughts on this topic.
On a cloudy Monday, 2 days ago, we captured this image in San Francisco.