Some Background on the Irish Vote for SS”M”

This article was written by a UK conservative.

Excerpt:

In Ireland all of the major political parties backed Same Sex Marriage, the press ran three times as many articles in favour of Same Sex Marriage as those against and the Yes campaign were allowed to spend almost ten times as much as the No campaign, with the majority of money coming in from overseas.

Fearghas Obeara, a one-time policy adviser to the President of the European Parliament pointed out what defenders of traditional marriage were up against: “all the political parties, about 160 out of 166 members of parliament, all the media, all the major US multinationals, 90% of the funding was on the Yes side, it is extraordinary, and something approaching a miracle, that 40% of the voters had the courage to vote No.”

The same forces that pushed for this outcome in Ireland are pushing for similar outcomes in the United States and around the world.  Rather than going by the term “anti-Christ” they call themselves “progressive,” “liberal,” or “socialist” – because they find it easier to achieve their goals if they cloak their true intent.

The author of the article closes with this quote from Friedrich Hayek in his book The Road to Serfdom:

Socialism destroys language – and thought: Ultimately, even the language is perverted. All the most treasured virtues, such as “freedom,” “justice,” “law,” “right,” “equality,” etc., are redefined for collectivist purposes, so that even thought can be controlled.”

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Source: Ireland’s Road to Serfdom – Breitbart

Growth in Income Inequality is the Result of Family Breakdown, Not Market Failure 

Contrary to myth, individual income inequality has not gone up in the last fifty years. Household inequality has gone up due to family not market breakdown.

The breakdown of the family is the fundamental cause behind many of the social problems we see today – including this one (“income inequality”).  Do not expect the mainstream media to report this, because it does not fit their worldview.  They would have to agree with Judeo-Christian thinking, and they are not interested in doing that.

Source: Growth in Income Inequality is the Result of Family Breakdown, Not Market Failure | The Stream

Irish Voters Decide They Know Better Than All Prior Generations of Humanity

DUBLIN (AP) — Irish voters backed legalizing gay marriage by a landslide, according to electoral figures announced Saturday — a stunning result that illustrates the rapid social change taking place in this traditionally…

As a minor point, it’s worthy clarifying what constitutes a “landslide” for the Associated Press: 6 out 10 voted in favor of the proposition (62.1%).  If one of ten voters had changed his mind, the vote would have been split; and if two had changed their minds, the decision would have been a “landslide” the other way.  Such are the ways that modern media uses language.  (Nevertheless, I can’t imagine the media calling it a “landslide” if the vote had been 6 to 4 the other way.  Instead, I can imagine the headline reading “Support for SSM Growing in Latest Referendum.”)

As for the major point, why is it that these Irish voters think that they are wiser on this subject than all humanity before them?  It’s not just Judeo-Christian culture that they are rejecting; it’s practical every culture that ever was.

Given this abundance of hubris, we should not be surprised that the winners have appropriated for themselves metaphors previously applied to the Lord Jesus Christ (emphasis added):

“We’re the first country in the world to enshrine marriage equality in our constitution and do so by popular mandate. That makes us a beacon, a light to the rest of the world, of liberty and equality. So it’s a very proud day to be Irish,” said Leo Varadkar, a Cabinet minister who came out as gay at the start of a government-led effort to amend Ireland’s conservative Catholic constitution.

Move over, Western Civilization; modernity has decided to kill you and dance on your grave.

All you who rejoice over this day, beware.  All you who grieve over this day, remember:

God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.  –  Galatians 6:7

This is a sad day for those who love righteousness.  Pray that God may show us mercy in the awful judgments that are coming.

Source: Ireland backs legalizing gay marriage by a landslide

Those Who Would Stand for Marriage Must Stand Against Surrogacy

Third-party human reproduction has become an industry while Christians were looking the other way.  Even some abortion supporters (e.g. the author of this essay) can see the problem with surrogacy.  How much more Christians should reject it.  It’s prostitution.

Source: Stop Surrogacy Now: Why We Must Unite | Public Discourse (The journal published by Ryan T. Anderson for the Witherspoon Institute)

Number of Homeschooled Children Soars in America: Up 61.8% Over 10 Years 

If the Supreme Court rules in June, as expected, in favor of SS”M,” expect the number of home-schoolers to spike even higher.  Why?  Because such a monumental rejection of historical values will make for a signature moment in this country indicating that the government that once humbly called upon God in its founding now shakes its fist at Him.  How many parents will continue allow this government’s schools to shape their children’s minds for the better part of the day, year after year, starting at age six?

Between 2003-2012, the number of American children between ages 5 to 17 who are home schooled has risen 61.8 percent, and that the percentage home schooled in that age range has increased from 2.2 to 3.4 percent.

 

Source: Number of Homeschooled Children Soars in America: Up 61.8% Over 10 Years – Breitbart

How to Interpret the U. S. Constitution

With the Supreme Court deliberating on so-called same-sex marriage (Obergefell v. Hodges), I thought it might be helpful to provide a primer on constitutional interpretation.

This primer comes in two parts and is written by Michael Stokes Paulsen, a university professor.  He has recently co-written a book on the subject; note here the accolades from Supreme Court Samuel Alito and others.

  1. Everything You Need to Know About Constitutional Law (9 min read; 2,157 words)
  2. Citizens, Unite! Part Two of Your Constitutional Primer (8 min read; 1,885 words)

These sorts of things used to be taught in junior high and high school.  However, I get the sense today that young people seem unfamiliar with this sort of thinking.

What does this have to do with being a Christian?  We live in a democracy, and to be good citizens (which God requires of us) we need to understand how democracy is supposed to work.  We cannot expect unbelievers to accept an idea because Christ states it; we must be able to communicate the value of His ideas in ways that they can accept.

“Killing Jesus” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Someone gave me a CD audio version of Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.  It follows their books Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln.  Listening to this book reminds me of how I felt after I watched Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion of the Christ, a film noted for its dramatically graphic portrayal of Jesus’ suffering from beating, scourging, and crucifixion.  I was glad that I had seen this movie because it helped me to better appreciate just how awful was the brutality to which Jesus had subjected Himself, but I simultaneously hoped fervently that I would never see it again, because once was enough.  Similarly, O’Reilly and Dugard, through their precise and extended prose, helped me once again to think extensively about just how terrible was that final day of Jesus’ life…but, please, someone tell me I do not have to listen to this description again.  Lord, help me to remember forever what You endured so that I will have no need to refer back to Messrs’ Gibson, O’Reilly, and Dugard.

When you read the four Gospels, it is possible to wonder why the apostles spent so much more time describing the crucifixion of Christ than they did His resurrection.  I have to conclude that impressed as they were by the resurrection, they were even more impressed with how He handled the crucifixion.  After all, it’s one thing to be the beneficiary of a miracle, but it’s quite another to bear up under excruciating and utterly-undeserved suffering – without complaint – hour after never-ending hour, minute after infinite minute.  It’s one thing to know that He died for our sins; it’s so much more to know that He did so with such extravagant generosity of spirit in the face of such cruel hostility.