Sunday, November 30, 2014

True Islam

Islam has its founding prophet, Muhammad, who began his career with numerous murders, attacked peaceful villages and caravans, and beheaded hundreds who surrendered in exchange for his sworn promise of peace and safety.  Islam has its scriptures (the Qur’an and Hadith) and 1,350 years of the bloodiest and most violent history of any religion ever known, including the merciless slaughter of millions (more millions in the take-over of India than Hitler killed in all of Eastern and Western Europe). …

It is indisputable that today’s Islamic terrorism may not honestly be blamed upon “extremists.”  This is true Islam as it always has been from the beginning!  Terrorists are sincere Muslims following both the teaching and example of Muhammad, the obedient example set by is loyal followers, and Islam’s scriptures, which command the take-over of the entire world and death to all who will not convert.  True, not every Muslim is a terrorist, but nearly every terrorist is a Muslim!

Dave Hunt, “According to the Scriptures,” The Berean Call, December 2007

Saturday, November 29, 2014

What Happens to Society Without God

Erase all thought and fear of God from a community, and selfishness and sensuality would absorb the whole man.  Appetite, knowing no restraint, and suffering, having no solace or hope, would trample in scorn on the restraints of human laws.  Virtue, duty, principle, would be mocked as unmeaning sounds.  A sordid self-interest would supplant every feeling; and man would become, in fact, what the theory of atheism declares him to be — a companion for brutes.

McGuffy Fifth Reader (designed for 10-year-olds in early public schools). Cited in “Quotable,” The Berean Call, May 2003

Friday, November 28, 2014

The REAL "Cancer"

The real cancer in American society is not the illegal pornography but the legal variety that is spreading unchecked throughout all segments of the population, changing our thinking, values, and behavior in regard to sexuality, women, and the home.

Robertson McQuilkin, An Introduction to Biblical Ethics, p.223

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Multicultural Nonsense

Intellectuals have romanticized cultures that have left people mired in poverty, ignorance, violence, disease and chaos, while trashing cultures that have led the world in prosperity, education, medical advances and law and order.  In doing so, the intelligentsia have often degraded, or even filtered out, the fact that masses of people were fleeing the societies intellectuals romanticized to go to the societies they condemned.

Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society, p.543

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"Imposing" Morality

All participants in politics want to "impose" on others as much of their morality as possible, and no group is more insistent on that than liberals.

Robert H. Bork, Slouching Towards Gomorrah, p.337

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Is It Love Without Marriage?

The man who persuades a woman to live with him without marriage tells her, “I love you.”  But what he may mean (perhaps unknown even to him) could be, “I love myself, and I want you.”  Only too late they may discover that this is what both of them mean by “love.”

Dave Hunt, “Why Everything Is the Way It Is,” The Berean Call, April 2007

Monday, November 24, 2014

Lord Deliver Us From This Culture!

From the Liberality that says that everybody is right;
From the Charity that forbids us to say that anybody is wrong;
From the Peace that is bought as the expense of Truth —
May the good Lord deliver us.

J.C. Ryle, cited in “Quotable,” The Berean Call, June 2003.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Students of Today

The new breed of students tend to be more passive and hedonistic than their predecessors as they live for the moment.  They have few goals, a diminished concept of history, little discipline, and almost no sense of what is noble or good.  Instead they specialize in taboo-breaking decadence and grin cynically at moral correctives.  They have learned self-esteem by being affirmed through cheap and empty slogans.  They have empty heads and hard hearts while the “self” that they have spent so much time affirming keeps changing like Proteus, forever being redefined by the “experts.” 

Tal Brooke, “Education: Capturing Hearts and Minds For A New World,” SCP Journal, Vol 16:4, p.23

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Danger of Psychiatric Drugs

The notion that psychiatric drugs might impair our conscience should not come as a shock.  We're all too aware that people do bad things under the influence of alcohol, crack cocaine, and methamphetamine that they wouldn't do otherwise.  Is it so hard, then, to comprehend that some legal drugs can also obscure or eliminate our awareness of conscience?  After all, what does "feeling better" often involve but the elimination of conflict?  And what is conflict but the evidence inside us that we've done something wrong -- something contrary to our conscience?  Getting rid of conflict, then, often involves blotting out our conscience!

The problem with that, of course, is that conscience is literally the presence of God in us, the friction between the way we are and the way we should be.

David Kupelian, How Evil Works, p.109-110

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Education System Is For Indoctrination

In the schools and colleges, the intelligentsia have changed the role of education from equipping students with the knowledge and intellectual skills to weigh issues and make up their own minds into a process of indoctrination with the conclusions already reached by the anointed.

Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society, p.543

Normally I don't comment on these posts, but I thought the following (brought to my attention in the comment below) was worth posting with this particular quote.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Our Nation Is Headed for Dictatorship

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.  It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasury.  From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with a result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by dictatorship.  The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.

Fraser Tytler, “The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic,” c.1810. Cited in “Quotable,” The Berean Call, December 1999.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Public Education Danger to Family

The new education’s danger to the family comes in two stages.  The first stage weakens the family by “atomizing” its members — an effect that is reinforced by popular culture.  As the family flounders, the second stage capitalizes on its failures.  Because the family has been undermined, individual families become disabled — there are some functions they can no longer perform at all, and others they can’t perform fully or well.  At the personal level, families struggle, and often fail, against the forces that weaken and divide them.  Problems increase in number and severity.  At some point, state bureaucracies, typically led by education and social welfare, step in — first to oversee, then to take over, the functions that families are unable to exercise, or are willing to abandon.

When this process runs its course, the influence of the family will be mostly displaced by the influence of the collective, in the form of the bureaucracy, the schools, and the media.  The natural, biological family in general, and parents in particular, will become appendages of the “omnicompetent state,” watchfully regulated by state agencies.  The family will be redefined to prevent it from becoming a focus for loyalties apart from the collective.  If a form of the “family” survives at all, it will be as a convenient device for bureaucratic book-keeping, and will be redefined in mostly economic terms.

Brooks Alexander, “Abolished Man: From Instruction to Indoctrination in the New Education,”  SCP Journal, Vol 16:4, p.7

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Consequences of Illicit Sex?


Josh McDowell and Dick Day, "Why Wait?" p.41 (caps in the original)

Monday, November 17, 2014

If God Hates It, the LEFT Loves It

What about the peculiar ferocity that devotees of the Left reserve for the cigarette smoker -- in the face of its placid acceptance of the AIDS carrier?  The Left forges a national movement to prohibit smoking in any public building but urges that the individual with AIDS be left alone.  In some states, a person with a sexually communicable disease is legally obliged to tell his or her partner about it.  There is only one exception.  A person who is HIV-positive does not have to disclose that fact.  In other words, you must tell someone they run the risk of pain, sterility, or open sores if they have sex with you, but not that they risk death.  It should also be noted that the Left's special compassion showered upon AIDS victims is not duplicated with lung-cancer patients.  Why the discrepancy in the treatment of a disease resulting primarily from homosexual behavior and a disease resulting from smoking?  The only possible explanation I can find is that cigarette smoking is not singled out as biblically proscribed.  Since homosexuality is directly biblically forbidden, any sanctions applied in that direction might look suspiciously like an endorsement of God and must be scrupulously avoided.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin, "America's Real War," p.61-62

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Media Is a Friend of Evolutionism

Although journalists routinely write about the presumed religious motives of anyone critical of evolution, they almost never explore the metaphysical baggage carried by many of evolution's staunchest defenders.  Yet the ideology of some of evolution's proponents has always been a key reason why teaching evolution has been controversial in the United States.

John G. West, "Darwin Day in America: How our politics and culture have been dehumanized in the name of science," p.212

Saturday, November 15, 2014

No Moral Compass

Strong cultural values and clear concepts of good and evil integrate members into the group and provide meaning.  When traditional cultural attachments are disrupted, or when behavior is no longer regulated by these common norms and values, individuals are left without a moral compass.

Anne Hendershott, The Politics of Deviance, p.158

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Liberal Intelligentsia Have No Use for Merit

The intelligentsia have changed the high achievements and rewards of some members of society from an inspiration to others into a source of resentment and grievance for others.  The intelligentsia encourage people who are contributing nothing to the world to complain, and even organize protests, because others are not doing enough for them.  They have rationalized the breaking of laws by those who choose to picture themselves as underdogs fighting an oppressive “system,” even when these are college students from affluent homes, being subsidized by their parents and/or the taxpayers.  Intellectuals have, both in America and in France, verbally turned military heroes who put their lives on the line for their country into victims of war, people whom one might pity but never want to emulate.

They have put the people whose work creates the goods and services that sustain a rising standard of living on the same plane as people who refuse to work, but who are depicted as nevertheless entitled to their “fair share” of what others have created — this entitlement being regardless of whether the recipients observe even common decency, much less the laws.

Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society, p.541-542

Thursday, November 13, 2014

True Freedom, Science, and Industry

There will be no true freedom without virtue, no true science without religion, no true industry without the fear of God and love to your fellow-citizens.

Charles Kingsley, cited by David A. Noebel in Understanding the Times, p.433

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

No Creator = No Purpose in Life

If there is no Creator, there is no purpose in life.  There is thus no one watching over us to whom we must someday have to account for our actions.  So, we come to the root of society's problems.  When God the Creator is removed from the picture, there are no absolutes; there is loss of respect for law and absolute principles, and man is set adrift in a purposeless universe, guided only by his fickle passions and the situation of the moment.

Luther D. Sunderland, "Forward" to "The Lie: Evolution," by Ken Ham, p.xii

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Fraud of Transsexualism

…transsexualism was invented by psychiatrists. . . .You fundamentally can’t change sex … the surgery doesn’t alter you genetically. It’s genital mutilation. My ‘vagina’ was just the bag of my scrotum. It’s like a pouch, like a kangaroo. What’s scary is you still feel like you have a penis when you’re sexually aroused. It’s like phantom limb syndrome. It’s all been a terrible misadventure. I’ve never been a woman, just Alan . . . the analogy I use about giving surgery to someone desperate to change sex is it’s a bit like offering liposuction to an anorexic.

Alan Finch, cited by Stella Morabito, Trouble in Transtopia:  Murmurs Of Sex Change Regret

Monday, November 10, 2014

Moral Pollution

Moral pollution is very much like atmospheric pollution -- one may not be conscious of the buildup in levels of pollution until he is damaged by it.

Robertson McQuilkin, An Introduction to Biblical Ethics, p.218

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Supreme Court Reigns?

"The candid citizen must confess that if the policy of the Government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court . . .  the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having to that extent practically resigned their Government into the hands of that eminent tribunal."

Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, as cited by Robert H. Bork, Slouching Towards Gomorrah, p.318

Friday, November 7, 2014

It's Not Your Fault

Everything bad, from temper tantrums, drunkenness, and road rage to “pathological lying, cheating, stealing, physical aggression and drug abuse,” is now a disease.  Everything is physiological or genetic and treated with drugs.  Nothing is your fault. You’re an innocent victim.

Furthermore, many of us like it that way.  We like the idea that whatever is wrong with us amounts to an organic disorder, that there’s no sin, no weakness, no deficit of character on our part.  Our egos love that; it comforts us.

David Kupelian, How Evil Works, p.81

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Liberalism's Control of Life

Liberalism rejects the notion that God gives life and resents the notion that God controls death.  So liberals would seize that power and make matters of both life and death into questions of human choice.  We now understand why abortion and euthanasia have to be such major themes on the Left’s political landscape, in spite of the fact that polls repeatedly show that America is far from sanguine over the expanded practice of abortion.  In other words, the Left does not endorse abortion to win elections; it endorses abortion because that is its very purpose.  It is part of its religious principle, if you like.

We can also find the exception that proves the rule.  The Bible does give society one measure of control over life:  It authorizes capital punishment for certain crimes.  If human control over life and death, generically understood, were the underlying principle in the Left’s position on abortion and euthanasia, then wouldn’t liberalism fight for capital punishment as a logical extension of their principle?  Either society should have control over life and death or it should not.  But instead the liberal position opposes the death penalty at every turn, even, if the criminal himself desires to be executed.  This moral repugnance for imposing capital punishment is best explained by our hypothesis.  The biblical model says that we should welcome new life and revere elderly life, but the lives of murderers should be taken.  Liberalism turns this policy on its head: New life and elderly life, if unwanted, inconvenient, or medically challenged, should be taken while murderers should be spared.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin, "America's Real War," p.61

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Psychology Is the Culprit

Ironically, the one culprit which has been the major cause of the rapid and deep slide into immorality in the last forty years is generally promoted rather than opposed by those leading the crusade against immorality.  That culprit is psychology.

Psychology’s redefining of sin as sickness has excused immorality and thus encouraged it.  Instead of being held accountable and called upon to repent, the sinner is diagnosed as in need of “therapy.”  Everything from disobedience to murder is excused these days as some kind of syndrome or addiction.  Adulterers are now “sex addicts” whose insurance covers lengthy “treatment” at Christian psychiatric hospitals.  Christ’s command to “Go and sin no more (Jn 8:11) is “too simplistic” these days.

The explosion of crime, rebellion and immorality has coincided with the exponential growth of psychology since the early 1950s, a grown which is still accelerating.  There was a 43 percent increase in the number of Americans in the 10-19 age bracket committed to psychiatric hospitals from 1980 to 1987, while the number of private psychiatric beds per 100,000 persons more than doubled in the five years from 1983 to 1988.  What a growth industry!  Psychology has been rightly called the only profession that “creates the diseases which it claims to cure.”

Dave Hunt, “The Christian Mission,” The Berean Call, August 1996

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Social Justice?

Calling unrealistic standards “social justice” enables intellectuals to engage in endless complaints about the particular ways in which a particular society fails to meet their criteria, along with a parade of groups entitled to a sense of grievance, exemplified in the “race, class, and gender” formula today, though the same kind of thinking behind that particular formula has also been used to depict children as victims of their parents and illegal immigrants as victims of a calloused or xenophobic society in the country they enter, in violation of its laws.

Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society, p.540

Monday, November 3, 2014

Advertisements Appeal To Basest Levels

Defenders of modern advertising are apt to point out that advertising is wedded to scientific materialism for the most practical of all reasons:  It works.  While this statement is undoubtedly true, it does not make modern advertising any less dehumanizing.  By treating consumers as animals to be conditioned rather than as rational beings to be persuaded, the scientific ad men essentially reduce human beings to the level of lab rats.  Instead of appealing to the better angles of human nature, they target people’s lowest material appetites.

John G. West, "Darwin Day in America: How our politics and culture have been dehumanized in the name of science," p.185

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Harm of Psychologizing Deviance

The continued attempts to psychologize and “understand” deviance — even in the face of evil such as that which appeared in America on September 11 — show the distance some will go to avoid applying moral categories of judgment.  Sociologists Peter Conrad and Joseph Schneider cautioned us more than three decades ago that the medicalization of deviance would eventually “shroud conditions, events and people and prevent them from being confronted as evil.”  Said’s suggestion that the terrorists who tried to blow up America were deranged but not evil demonstrates how prophetic they were.  Although medicalizing deviance does not automatically render evil consequences good, the assumption that behavior is the product of a “sick” mind or body gives it a status similar to that of “accidents.”  Removing intent or motive hinders us from comprehending the human element in the decisions we make, the actions we take and the social structure we create.

The reluctance of sociologists to acknowledge that there are moral judgments  to be made when discussing a subject like deviance shows how far this discipline has strayed from its origins. …

Today the most influential definers of deviance are not moral figures but political advocates whose efforts often involve defending those previously regarded as deviant and attacking those previously regarded as normal.

Anne Hendershott, The Politics of Deviance, p.155-157

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Be Harsh With Truth

I will be as harsh as truth and as uncompromising as justice.  On this subject [slavery] I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation.  Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher…?  No! No!

William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879), cited in “Quotable,” The Berean Call, February 1996