Calling it a "widespread bad habit" might make people feel bad, so they shift the blame to something out of one's control to avoid guilt. Defining away guilt is the Left's way of salvation.
BTW, I informally define "habit" as something one can do while thinking of something else. This explains how I can drive towards the market when (for example) I am supposed to take my wife to the doctor instead.
Jim Lincoln wrote: Neil, you brought up an interesting idea, fall[sic] Syrian oil is just a small percentage of world production, it's enough to really fuel terrorists with money
It looks like you're shifting ground to another absurdity. Is America supposed to invade every possible income source for terrorists? If so, then what about our buddy Saudi Arabia? Your favorite gangster Hillary Clinton, while Sec. of State, claimed its donors "constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide."
Headline says, "Opioid Epidemic Has Hit Their Church" But the text says "a family member" or "someone in their congregation knows a local neighbor...". These folks are NOT necessarily part of a church!
So this is bait-and-switch exaggeration to hype someone's book, as the article writer works for its publisher, who also paid for the survey. Now I don't deny there's an opioid crisis, but it's hard to get the story straight from those with a profit agenda.
People on both sides obsess over this company. Aren't organized churches enough to fuss about?
"education, homelessness and hunger" I wonder what solutions they endorse for each of these?
Education: American education is overpriced while increasingly dumbed down and politicized. It is a racket for teacher's unions and tenured Communist professors, so I don't know what can be done short of boycotting outright.
Homelessness: Exacerbated (if not caused) by gov't interference in the housing market coupled with increasing social acceptance of substance abuse that makes people unfit/unable to even pay rent. Any magic bullets for this?
Hunger: You'd think Michelle Obama would've led a campaign against this (instead of obesity) if hunger in America is as bad as many claim. There's plenty of food thrown away every day by markets and fast-food.
Jim Lincoln wrote: from, "Abortion Can Be Medically Necessary"
This betrays your worldview: Because some unbelieving "experts" say something is so, you uncritically believe it implicitly, as if they are God, just like Catholics believing everything their church says, whether they understand it or not.
I might be able to address their arguments if more detail and examples were provided, but they conveniently omitted these.
Irony: Gerald Gardner founded the modern Wiccan movement, at least in the UK.
Even during the more "Christian" Tudor era, when one could be persecuted or worse for religious heterodoxy, folk superstition, comparable to modern Wiccan practice, prospered. There were women healers offering disgusting, screwball disease remedies which were not perceived as witchcraft unless followed by some mishap.
History is complicated, but often distorted by people who suppress things not agreeable to their personal agendas. But the Bible implies historians should tell the whole truth, not just the bits we like.
Frank wrote: â€¦ At graduation, only 2 boys said they wanted to serve the Lord in the mission field and no females said their goal was to be wives and mothers.
That squares with what I've heard of parochial schools in our area. And I wonder how many young men are fit to marry girls who *do* have that as a life goal (I have a daughter in that age range, so such thoughts come up). Life here has taught me that Americans break social bonds with distressing ease and frequency, as turnover in our church has made plain. Several coworkers have quit their jobs without even bothering to say good-bye (maybe they hate me but wouldn't say so).
Our civilization is collapsing before our eyes. We are Sodom now.
Wayfarer pilgrim wrote: I wouldnâ€™t hold Southern Theological Seminary in too high regard
I wouldn't trust *any* theological seminary. The Waldensians managed to do without this Roman Catholic innovation.
Why do I say this? The natural goal of all human organizations is self-preservation (cover up scandals, do anything to keep the money coming) and esp. today, self-glorification ("Aren't we wonderful" propaganda). I'm convinced that ostensibly "Christian" ones are no different. It was this "guild" mindset that Jesus faced with Jewish sects of the day, who feared He would undermine their power. And the RCC is the ultimate church form of this.
By contrast, the goal for all Christians is God's glory.
Jim likes this article, thus a powerful incentive to don one's Thinking Cap ... It reads like a puff piece for the Gettys' new Christ-massðŸŽ„ album. Traditional music for this genre is nothing if not sentimental. And they follow hallowed Tradition: practically every major pop singer or group in the past, no matter how ungodly they were, thought it worthwhile to publish a Christmas album, e.g. Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Beach Boys.
But I'll give the Gettys this: at least they mention rest on the Lord's Day, a concept foreign to most American churches today.
Jim Lincoln wrote: Good point, Neil, one good reason I use George Will. He is certainly not an Evangelical,
No, you don't get my point at all. 1) I was referring to the article's subject, not your choice of critics; 2) You commit the Genetic Fallacy. The merit of a proposition is not determined by its origin. Since you like links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_fallacy
Will is a fool if he thinks illegal immigration is harmless, esp. when it's used by Democrats as a form of demographic gerrymandering. And the birth rate is a Red Herring. You socialists have been complaining about overpopulation for about 50 yrs, but I guess it's OK when it helps rig elections.
Mike wrote: If only immigration had something to do with illegal immigration...
Exactly! Media "discussions" of this rarely take the trouble to distinguish legal from illegal immigration. When you look at how other countries regulate their borders, such as in Oceania, they make no apologies about keeping freeloaders, addicts, and other undesirables out, while welcoming productive and useful folks.
Americans would do well to likewise reflect on how Christianity has been grossly distorted by American culture; anyone crying "foul" to its radical pragmatism will be persecuted. Fundamentalists are not immune: they close their Bibles where church conduct is concerned.
I tried reading Confucius's Analects once, and quickly got impatient trying to find any attempt at rational or transcendent justification for ethics. Why should we be virtuous? He, no less than the Greeks, had no answer because they had no transcendent authority for appeal.
Just a Guy wrote: At least other taken over countries tried to fight it first...
In other cases, Communism was fueled by an unpopular tyranny like an absolute monarchy (e.g. Russia) or a corrupt dictatorship (Vietnam, Cuba), which is somewhat understandable. But yes, in our country, Communism is a reaction to constitutional liberal republicanism which made America prosperous and free. Many powerful interests today don't like this, even corporations, who, being run by leftist hypocrites, apparently believe Americans are too free.