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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Consider Me Close-Minded

I read this headline yesterday in the Roanoke Times and chuckled:
Answer the question, Mr. Kilgore

In prior campaigns, the Republican candidate didn't shy away from sharing an unenlightened stand on abortion. Now he's mum. (link)
Ah, yes. To be opposed to the slaughter of little children is to be "unenlightened."

As in close-minded. Neanderthal.

Well, if there is one thing I've learned over the years studying the behavior of people like those who suck up valuable oxygen over at the Times, it's that their "open minds" are like the open bird cage: Empty. Except for the residual excrement.

Meanwhile Back Here On The Mountain ...

I had to take time out a moment ago to go to the window and watch two bucks fighting on the hillside twenty yards behind my house. One, very large with a beautiful rack, was giving it pretty good to a smaller spike buck, shoving him to the ground at one point. But the little guy hung in there and didn't give up. He continued to battle against great odds.

I thought of lessons to be learned by the Green Bay Packers.

People Who Live In Glass Houses ...

The Episcopal church in America is now famous for two things: it is imploding at a rate faster than any organized church in history, and it champions perverse sexual relationships - in any form. From my extensive readings, I've acertained that belief in God didn't make the top ten. Somewhere on that list are the worthy goals of feeding the poor and nurturing the downtrodden to be sure. If only those goals were up there behind spiritual rebirth, redemption, and counseling the flock on discerning right from wrong and good from evil, the Episcopal church would be vibrant today. But no.

Oh, they have one other goal: to alienate what's left of the Anglican church body around the world.

D.C. bishop scolds his Nigerian equal
By Julia Duin, The Washington Times

The Episcopal bishop of Washington has lambasted the archbishop of Nigeria for ignoring poverty and AIDS in Africa while criticizing U.S. and Canadian churches for ordaining and "marrying" homosexuals.

"Why does this archbishop spend so much time on human sexuality issues while so many of his countrymen and women are oppressed by poverty?" Bishop John B. Chane wrote in a Sept. 1 column in the Washington Window, the diocesan newspaper. (
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Ah, yes. A window unto the world of liberal clergy-think. Bishop Chane believes the church should fight poverty. And stay out of the morality business. The church, in other words, should be nothing more than auxiliary to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

I've often wondered if "sermons" are still part of the Episcopal playbook. Or if the church's ever-shrinking congregation is treated each Sunday to lectures on Halliburton and Bush, Big Pharma and genetically altered corn. Global warming. The IMF.

Sin used to be a bad thing. And the sinful were banished to the eternal fires of hell. Now it's a relative irritation. And must be seen - and judged - in its worldly context.

The Episcopal church in the United States is crumbling. And it only has itself to blame.

Why Have a Church?

What the Episcopal church in America has lost sight of - see story above - is its obligation to teach those who are willing to listen what is right and what is wrong. What the church considers morally relative these days is, in fact, morally absolute, and will be throughout eternity. And young people - in particular - need to be taught that.

Why?

The church just might prevent some addled teenager from convincing himself that, because he feels he's "different," he must be gay.

There is growing evidence that homosexuality is "learned" behavior:
gays' study central to debate
By Jon Ward, The Washington Times

A 2003 study on whether homosexuals can change their sexual orientation has become a central issue in the Montgomery County [Maryland] sex-education debate.

The study conducted by psychiatrist Robert L. Spitzer of Columbia University found that some homosexuals "can and do change."

Interviewing 200 former homosexuals, Dr. Spitzer conducted the study in response to a request by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in 2000 to determine the risks and benefits of "reparative therapy."

Reparative therapy is psychiatric or religious counseling that former homosexuals, or "ex-gays," say has helped them overcome "unwanted same-sex attraction."

"There is evidence that change in sexual orientation following some form of reparative therapy does occur in some gay men and lesbians," Dr. Spitzer, 73, reported. (link)
There is a possibility - a likelihood, I think - that young people convince themselves that they are homosexuals. The Episcopal church should be there to convince them otherwise. Rather than exalting deviant behavior, the church should be denouncing it and setting the example for America's youth.

The hippy generation will soon start dying off. With its demise, the "if it feels good, do it" mentality (and the Episcopal church) will die as well. Goodbye. Good riddance.

Quote of the Day

... the protesters don't really care about Iraqi suffering, or terror, or the Taliban's legacy. They're a forlorn mix of Bush-haters who reject election results that they don't like and drifting souls yearning for a cause to lend their failed lives meaning.

As for the pathetic Ms. [Cindy] Sheehan, since she insists on speaking in the name of our troops, let me suggest that she does not even speak for her own son, a man who joined our military of his own volition and who died for a cause far greater than any represented on the National Mall last weekend. (link)
Ralph Peters, "Protest Therapy," The New York Post, September 27, 2005

Quote of the Day II

More good news from New Orleans: The Times-Picayune reports that the Superdome and Convention Center saw nothing like the carnage that had been claimed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Officials were girding for 200 dead in the dome. "The real total was six. . . . Of those, four died of natural causes, one overdosed and another jumped to his death in an apparent suicide." At the convention center, despite "reports of corpses piled inside the building," there were only four dead, only one of whom was apparently a homicide--this in a town where crime was out of control long before Katrina blew in. (link requires subscription)
James Taranto, "Best of the Web, September 27, 2005