18 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-5-18

  1. I thought this was pretty settled material, but apparently, it’s not for some.

    “Genesis 1:26-27

    26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”



    “Since before the days of the early church, God has always been addressed in prayers as a male, including terms like Father, King, and Lord.

    In the New Testament, Jesus taught his disciples to pray to God using a male term. In Luke 11:1-4, one of the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. “And He said to them, When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be Your name.'” (NASV)

    Now the Episcopal Church is debating about overhauling its Book of Common Prayer, which is used in Episcopal congregations worldwide.

    The debate centers on making sure that prayers in the book are clear that God is not male, but doesn’t have a gender, The Washington Post reports.

    “As long as ‘men’ and ‘God’ are in the same category, our work toward equity will not just be incomplete. I honestly think it won’t matter in some ways,” the Rev. Wil Gafney, a professor of the Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Texas told the paper.

    Gafney is on the committee recommending a change to the gendered language in the prayer book. Like many other Episcopal priests, he wants a prayer book that upholds that God is bigger than any gender.

    Long separated from the Church of England, the leaders of the Episcopal Church will be considering two resolutions during its convention which begins Tuesday in Austin, Texas.”

    Perhaps maybe it’s only settled for people without an agenda?


  2. Dissent will not be tolerated.


    “It’s happening again.

    Once every year or so a mainstream reporter captures how Hollywood conservatives are treated like second-class citizens. And that’s being kind. It’s the new Blacklist, albeit one liberal stars appear happy to ignore.

    The latest proof? A new film about Roe vs. Wade, a subject suddenly tied to President Donald Trump’s upcoming Supreme Court pick, is facing serial roadblocks.

    The film is working under extreme secrecy in part due to serial attempts to derail the project. From the Hollywood Reporter:

    At Louisiana State University, [co-director Nick] Loeb says, “we were told we were rejected due to our content, even though it will be a PG-rated film. They refused to put it in writing, but they told us on the phone it was due to content.” At Tulane, where Loeb is an alum, the film shot one day, but after the school newspaper reported on the nature of the project, producers were denied a second day of shooting, according to Loeb. (Both Tulane and LSU say logistics were the problem, not the content of the movie.)

    The filmmakers won’t reveal the project’s investors. Perhaps they fear retribution, too? There’s more to the story, though. Many people in front of the camera and on the crew have bailed on the project after learning the script’s pro-life tone. It’s certainly fair for talent to choose material that suits their life choices, but that’s not the whole story.

    Among the crew members who quit in protest was a costumer who left after two weeks “because of the subject matter and pressure from her peers…”

    For Hollywood conservatives, this kind of treatment is hardly new.”


  3. Here’s the Hollywood Reporter piece, with a Content Warning! for some foul language.

    I like some of the cast selections. 🙂


    “As Nick Loeb walked to his car with a production assistant during a day of shooting his upcoming feature film, Roe v. Wade, outside Tulane University last week, a woman wearing a headset approached and asked: “Are you the director?”

    “When I told her I was, she told me to go @#$% myself,” Loeb recalls. “Then she threw her headset on the ground and walked off. I found out later she was our electrician.”

    “The film has been under such tight wraps that even the major cast members had not been revealed; Two Supreme Court justices are played by a couple of Hollywood’s more outspoken conservatives, Jon Voight and Robert Davi, and other justices are played by Corbin Bernsen, John Schneider, Steve Guttenberg, William Forsythe, Wade Williams and Richard Portnow.

    Stacey Dash, the Clueless star and former Fox News commentator who withdrew from a congressional race as a Republican three months ago, claiming the campaign had become “detrimental to the health and well-being of my family,” plays Mildred Jefferson, the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School and the former president of National Right to Life.”

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  4. Debra – I’ve been familiar with The Public Discourse for a few years. Back when YF was discussing issues more civilly, and she and I sometimes exchanged emails, I shared a couple articles from them with her.

    Unfortunately, I have learned that many in the LGBT community consider that site, and some of its frequent contributors, to be hateful towards them, so any article shared from them is automatically dismissed. 😦

    One I shared with YF, back when the same-sex marriage issue was being debated, was about why some gays also were against it. YF replied that the writer was obviously a self-hating gay man, and wouldn’t consider his words at all.

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  5. Kizzie, I understand. When someone is invested in a lie, anything that threatens that will be rejected. There is not much you can do about that other than to pray for them and gently share the truths they are able to hear, or just talk about things you both agree with. Sharing something that is not true would not be helpful. Right now I have a family member on FB who has been venting over the cruelty being shown to the children at the border. She has invited all who disagree to unfriend her. I’m not going to do that. I will keep silent on the subject until the heat dies down and it can be discussed more rationally. In the meantime, the relationship can be bolstered by discussing things we do agree about, I have not been overly political on FB anyway because I prefer to use that venue mostly to keep up with the general comings and goings of family and friends. They are not ignorant of my religious and political leanings, so I don’t believe being silent is problematic. Sometimes less is more. :–)

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  6. Any controversial movie attracts detractors….its nothing special or exclusive to one side. snowflakes

    I grew up in a fairly conservative reformed church and was always raught God had no gender….god was beyond gender. The male gender was used as a default due to the lmitations of the English language. To rewrite the Book of Common Prayer to be more inclusive isnt too radical….if the use of the male pronoun is a barrier for some to come to church why not change?

    If I believe the media and social media, Canada is in the midst of an anti-American boycott binge. I’m not a big fan of boycotts….it seems to me a way of alievating your conscious without sacrifice, it’s an embrace of free market capitalism as speech…..however I decided not to go to New Orleans this summer (for numerous reasons; a 75 cent dollar is one). I was planning to go Newfoundland instead but then at the last minute i accepted a three week job teaching in Poland after which I will tour the Baltics for about 10 weeks (haven’t planned it yet….plan to wander). Anyway I leave tomorrow, and if my European friends and relatives are correct, I’m going to ave to repeat the phrase I’m Canadian not American

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  7. Warms my heart it does… 🙂


    “In New York, a Democratic Socialist candidate just unseated a near-20-year veteran in one of the state’s Democratic congressional primaries, and she contends she represents the Democratic Party’s future. But voters reject socialism in no uncertain terms.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 74% of Likely U.S. Voters prefer a free market economic system over a socialist system. Only 13% think socialism is a better economic system, and just as many (13%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, “


  8. More cultural commentary than political, but one determines the other of course …


    Biblical Illiteracy Isn’t Funny, It’s Scary


    Last week biblical illiteracy in the news media was put on display like never before. First, the Wall Street Journal misquoted Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu as saying that “Moses brought water from Iraq.” What the prime minister actually said was that Moses “brought water from a rock,” a reference to either Exodus 17 or Numbers 20. This mistake was frankly hilarious, especially if you were raised (as I was) in a part of the country where the standard pronunciation for Iraq (“Iye-RAK”) would leave little room for such confusion.The next goof—this time from NPR—was less entertaining than dumbfounding. A piece on Pope Francis at NPR’s “Two Way” blog described Easter as “the day celebrating the idea that Jesus did not die and go to hell or purgatory or anywhere at all, but rather arose into heaven…”

    It takes effort to get the central fact of the New Testament this bizarrely wrong. “Purgatory”? What are they even talking about? …

    I see a crack in our culture that’s deepening and threatening to fracture the foundation. I’m talking about a rent in the common ground that makes Western democracies different from, say, India.

    Writing in the Washington Post, Christine Emba admits that many Americans—particularly those in the news media—are more likely to recognize a “Harry Potter” reference than a biblical one. This is a problem because “as a reference point, the Bible is a skeleton key that unlocks hundreds of years of culture, from Shakespeare to Kehinde Wiley.” …

    … The problem of biblical illiteracy is much more serious than deafness to Old Testament references in “The Merchant of Venice,” though. Emba hints at this when she points out that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is virtually unintelligible without a working knowledge of The Acts of the Apostles.

    The hinges upon which our civilization has turned—whether we’re talking about the end of infant exposure, natural rights, political equality, or the abolition of slavery—have almost exclusively been biblical hinges. …

    … The current obsession among educated progressives with being “on the right side of history” may be due precisely to their pristine ignorance of their own history, and how it was written. After all, if our present actions are not measured against a divine moral standard, then future generations are the only judge left to take up the gavel. … modern liberalism is a Christian heresy—a religion “stuck halfway between Heaven and earth.” It continues to apply Christian categories like equality, human rights, mercy, and justice, but in ways alien to these values’ Christian foundation. In this sense, biblical illiterates at the helm of our culture are the vanguards of what Os Guinness calls our “cut flower civilization.” We still look pretty and talk like Christians. For now.

    … The only ignorance worse than not knowing the book that made us who we are as a civilization is believing we can go on being civilized without that book. The marks of the Bible upon the West and its people are deep. Very deep. Like the color of the cut flower, they linger long after they’re severed from their source of nourishment. But they are not indelible. We were barbarians before the God of the Bible found us. And we can become barbarians, again.

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  9. I’m liking this one (from link above):


    Amy Coney Barrett, 46, of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (since late 2017)

    For political reasons alone, a woman makes sense as Trump’s pick—especially if he is trying to woo the votes of Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Susan Collins, R-Maine. Both voted to confirm Barrett to the 7th Circuit only nine months ago.

    For Trump, the left’s anger toward Barrett that emerged during her circuit court confirmation hearing last year is likely a point in her favor. During that hearing Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., threw suspicion onto Barrett’s Catholicism.

    “When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you,” Feinstein said to Barrett. “And that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for for years in this country.”

    The speech Feinstein was referring to was a 2006 graduation speech for Notre Dame Law School, where Barrett was a longtime professor. Barrett had made this comment that startled Feinstein: “No matter how exciting any career is, what is it really worth if you don’t make it part of a bigger life project to know, love, and serve the God who made you?”

    Liberal opponents have used another feature of Barrett’s faith as a weapon: her association with the People of Praise, an independent ecumenical community. The New York Times first reported on her ties to the group, and has characterized it as cultish. The group appears to be more of a traditional Christian community group. Barrett did not list any affiliation with a church on her questionnaire for her confirmation to be a circuit court judge.

    Rob Driscoll, a student of Barrett’s at Notre Dame more than a decade ago, recalled a charitable auction the school held every year. Barrett donated a dinner at her home, and Driscoll and a group of other students decided to pool their money to bid on it. They won, and Barrett cooked them dinner themed on her New Orleans roots, including a mock turtle soup. Driscoll said the time was “immensely enjoyable”—the students enjoying their host’s soup and her “brilliant mind.” Driscoll was one of hundreds of former students of Barrett’s who signed a letter supporting her during her circuit court confirmation.

    Barrett has only a brief judicial record because she has only been a federal judge since late last year. She has not taken a definitive position about overturning Roe v. Wade.

    In one academic article, Barrett wrote with now-president of Catholic University of America John Garvey about Catholic judges handling death penalty cases. The Catholic Church opposes the death penalty and she and Garvey concluded that in some specific instances, Catholic judges should recuse themselves from those cases for moral reasons. However, at her confirmation hearing, Barrett said her faith would not force her to recuse herself from any cases.

    She clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as well as D.C. Circuit Judge Laurence Silberman, before working at elite law firms in Washington. She was part of the University of Notre Dame Law School faculty from 2002 until her appointment to the 7th Circuit last year. She and her husband Jesse have seven children. They adopted two of their children from Haiti and another has special needs.


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  10. Michelle,
    my daughter goes to Europe every other year to see her mom and travel a little. This was the first year where she felt the locals (Vienna, Prague) were unpleasant toward her. She thought it esp strange considering two years ago she was in Prague and she had no complaints. Now it just may be a coincidence or anti-Americanism is back….I told her to slip Canadian references in her conversation or speak French. (shes bilingual).

    AJ …..when you ask Americans if they prefer socialism over capitalism, Im not surprised they answered the latter. However if you asked if they approve of free college, universal health care, social security. etc. Im sure the majority would approve.

    I think the fear on the left is faith will interfere with an adherence to the constitution. Its a delicate balance act to maintain one’s own beliefs but intrepret law for a pluralistic society.


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