Obama spoke on his faith, church, and pastor yesterday:

The pastor of my church, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who recently preached his last sermon and is in the process of retiring, has touched off a firestorm over the last few days. He’s drawn attention as the result of some inflammatory and appalling remarks he made about our country, our politics, and my political opponents.

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Get this. The Southern Baptist Convention has decided to combat global warming.

Southern Baptist Leaders Take Unusual Step of Urging Fight Against Climate Change
NEW YORK (AP) — In a major shift, a group of Southern Baptist leaders said their denomination has been “too timid” on environmental issues and has a biblical duty to stop global warming.

The declaration, signed by the president of the Southern Baptist Convention among others and released Monday, shows a growing urgency about climate change even within groups that once dismissed claims of an overheating planet as a liberal ruse. The conservative denomination has 16.3 million members and is the largest Protestant group in the U.S.

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A Bible study on poverty

March 10, 2008

Joseph Farah at WorldNetDaily touches on the Bible and poverty in a recent article. To say the least, I agree with his statement that,

Notice Jesus did not suggest those listening to Him lobby Herod to take care of the poor. Notice Jesus did not suggest this was Caesar’s responsibility. Notice Jesus did not suggest people, listening to His words then or reading them 2,000 years later, should mug the rich and distribute their wealth to the poor.

The Bible does not command us to solve poverty by religious means. Christendom has been an important part of the development of Western civilization, which has brought us capitalism and prosperity to even some of the poorest people.

A poor man in America might drive a old model Chevrolet and a rich man drives a Cadillac, but both people have cars. A car is a car. The same goes for televisions, microwaves, and dozens of other now-necessities of life. Rich people may have a better standard of living but capitalism has lowered the price of goods to where poor people might buy them too.  But back to the topic at hand.

Joseph Farah has it dead on. The Bible does not command redistribution of wealth except by voluntary means. By voluntary giving and charity work, those who will truly benefit from the kind act will be helped. When government mandates, say, unemployment and other forms of welfare, there will be more unemployment and other forms of welfare. Subsidies create more of it.

The solution to poverty is to get the government out of the economy and allow private property in the means of production. Only then will standards of living increase and poor people in America might be rich compared to even some European nations.

A poster on the Beliefnet forums asks poignantly:

 As a mother who already has to worry about a country bent on going to war and staying there, perhaps some of you gun supporters can tell me why I have to worry about my son going to school? If guns are so hunky dory and they are wonderful addition to our country can you please explain why so many young people, salesclerks and people in a shopping mall have been killed lately by nuts with guns? There should be gun control in this country and there should be NO WAY a young person should be able to run into a school and shoot people dead. Read the rest of this entry »

One telling aspect of a debater is how often he or she resorts to name-calling, sarcasm, or more frequently, arrogant assertions that everyone except his opponent is very much aware how right he is. Well, Christopher Hitchens makes a point of getting the triple crown whenever he can open his mouth, and a recent debate with Intelligent Design advocate Jay Richards demonstrates. Read some of these Hitchisms, and admire how, with Matrix-like efficieny, an “intellectual” dodges every issue:

“I can’t imagine it’ll take me 14 minutes to demolish intelligent design, as I refuse to call it…”

“I rest my case… [t]his is an honest guy, who has just made it very clear [that] science has nothing to do with his world view.”  [said after asking Richards if he believed the virgin birth and resurrection, to which Richards answered yes]

“I think I am smarter than most people…”

Honestly, I don’t think we can blame Hitchens completely. He is the product of an intellectuall system which has long abandoned the art of reason and dialogue and settled for intellectual elitism and class-based social discrimination. He is simply regurgitating the same talking points Oxford has been churning out for almost a century.

He is like the Michael Moore of religion, producing hit pieces long on conjecture and phantom repression-theory but short on substance and facts. A intellectual shock-jock–nothing less, and certainly nothing more.

Read: Thinking Christian’s take