Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Is the War on Terror "Warmongering"?

(You can download an mp3 of the Jim Lehrer Newshour on the PBS by clicking on the title link above).

I get irritated when I hear closet communists and socialists spouting propaganda against the security of our country at taxpayers' expense. Tonight on the Jim Lehrer Newshour I heard Martin Espada, a poet and professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, say that the war on terror is an excuse for "warmongering." I cannot understand how fighting back against the militant groups which perpetrated a terrorist attack against our nation is somehow "warmongering."

First of all, the war on terror is meant to protect the security of our nation and to make sure that such terrorist attacks never happen again. The only way to ensure that is to have both a homeland security program and to attack the enemy where he lives. Therefore, it is not unreasonable to defend our nation by tracking down the Al Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan and in Iraq. While I might agree that the intelligence used to justify the invasion of Iraq was bad information, it is also true that Sadaam Hussein refused to comply with the UN inspectors who were trying to make sure he did not have weapons of mass destruction. Just on that point alone the war could be considered justified. However, when we look at the SCUD missile attacks against Israel and Hussein's poor human rights record, I believe the war could still be considered a just war.

We should never forget that 2,974 American citizens died in the 9/11 attack and there was no provocation by the United States at the time of that attack. Even worse, the vast majority of those killed were civilians. Personally, I think this sort of propaganda, which only encourages further terrorist attacks against our nation, should not be paid for with taxpayers' money. If Professor Espada wishes to condemn our nation as a "warmonger" simply because we struck back hard against those who attacked us, then perhaps he should not hold a job that is paid for by government funds? Let him support himself. Why should I pay for his position? And if PBS continues to attack the security of our nation by putting this sort of undermining propaganda on the air, we should stop giving government funds to support the extremely liberal network.

Not only does such traitorous talk undermine our efforts to stop terrorism in the world, it makes us all less secure. Despite the extreme hatred of Bush on the left side of the aisle, President Bush has kept his promise that we would not suffer another terrorist attack on his watch. PBS and Jim Lehrer, like the rest of the liberal media do not get it. When they say stupid things like this against policies that have obviously worked, they lessen the chances for Barack Obama's election.

And if the liberal left wants to discuss the loss of civil liberties, perhaps they should look in the mirror? Is it not the left which wants to silence the right of Christians to teach and preach their morality publicly? If Canada is any indication, it might be against the law very soon to preach that homosexual behavior is morally wrong and sinful before Almighty God. It might be that the left will appoint Supreme Court justices who will further redact and reinterpret the Constitution so that religious freedoms and the freedom of speech of Christians is further curtailed and silenced? Have we forgotten that they used the racketeering laws to silence Christians from protesting in the front of abortion clinics?

The Christians and social conservatives in this nation were up in arms in the last two elections and proved that the attacks of the left against the cultural, spiritual, and religious values of theologically and morally conservative Christians and other religions actually did the opposite of what the left intended. They wanted to demoralize social conservatives and theological conservatives on the political right and those independent of the right. Instead, the liberal left played right into the Republicans' hands. What happened is that social conservatives were mobilized from the grassroots up because they recognized that godless socialism is openly hostile to Christianity. Apparently, the liberal left still has not learned its lesson and a good trip to the woodshed is in order again this election year.

We on the Christian side of the issue not only have the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights on our side. We also have the Bible and God on our side. While it might appear that we who are social conservatives are weak and can be defeated, I believe God has other plans. This modern social engineering and socialist atheism predominating the liberal media is not the basis for our country and this is borne out by the founding documents as anyone with eyes can read. As Sarah Palin said, every single human being on this planet has certain inalienable rights that are God given.

If Christians wish to continue to enjoy the religious freedoms granted to us in the Bill of Rights, we cannot sit back and do nothing. It is imperative that we vote for what is right and that we speak up against the liberal attack on our civil rights. Christians more than ever need to unite and mobilize to elect officials who will protect the freedoms for which so many Americans have died. It is increasingly obvious that the left wishes to turn our nation into a socialism where atheism is the dominate religion and Christianity has been silenced by totalitarian oppression and by the liberal left's propaganda machine.

May the peace of God be with you!

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