John, I suspect this lack of concern about Catholic idolatry, even among Bible-thumping Fundies, started in the UK with the recidivist Oxford Movement, and in the USA with doctrinal decline starting at Harvard on one hand, and mass immigration from Catholic Italy and Ireland on the other, which diluted the cultural influence of Protestantism in addition to its basic apostasy.
Carl in Asheville wrote: The VP did the right thing in not responding to the fool's folly.
Pence answered *according* to his folly by ignoring it, giving it credence, instead of shutting that fallacy down. If Christians in the public eye don't know to debate extemporaneously, they should stay away and not embarrass themselves. Fools like Pitts, esp. ostensibly Christian ones, need to be rebuked, not side-stepped.
It's maddening when men like Pence, whom we presume would be quick on their feet, don't recognize a Loaded Question and call the interviewer on it. This is one reason I don't watch TV "debates" which are full of stupidity like this.
"Approximately one-fifth of those who attend evangelical Protestant churches espouse a biblical worldview,"
I'm surprised it's that high, given what I've seen among church leaders, who regardless of how sound their doctrine may be, set a bad example by their practical atheism in worship and church governance.
Almost all OT prophecy denounces two things: idolatry and bad conduct. It's hard to miss, yet the application is often wanting.
Where has this guy been? The decision to abolish the nuclear family has already been made by millions. America has been conducting a vast social experiment, starting with Social Security, with the premise that families aren't necessary when the State can provide instead.
I don't believe half of what I hear from the media anymore, for not only are the incentives to tell lies legion (either unstated fiscal/power agendas, or the more traditional, Hearst-style Yellow Journalism), the fear of God that has sometimes restrained many from doing so before is gone.
Given the ethical depravity of late, I expect most journalists will accept bribes to publish falsehoods by interested parties like the Clintons, Soros, gov't agencies, or market manipulators. And the "scientists" whom they quote likely have Conflicts of Interest. The evil fruit of Edward Bernays!
John UK wrote: Thanks Nick, not something you'd want as a pet then.
Between fox and wolf, I'd say. They're dangerous mainly to small domestic animals. We get a fair number of wild critters in our suburban neighborhood, including even wildcats. Birds also are prominent; once, a hawk (also common) killed a dove in our back porch. Who needs nature documentaries?
Best way to treat wild animals is with hostility; sentimentalists who feed them are foolish, for they lose their fear of man that way.
Jim Lincoln wrote: It's good to see the President Trump returning to his Democratic roots
Not it's not; such welfare amounts to slavery, which Democrats have always endorsed, in one form or another. Except that black slaves wanted off the plantation, but modern slaves (including corporations) are welfare addicts who want to stay on forever (hence idiotic Guaranteed Income proposals). I suspect Progressives cynically realized this long ago as a way to retain their power base, for if they really wanted to help black folks, they would be more upset about the rampant drug-addiction, illegitimacy, and violence in their communities.
Jim Lincoln wrote: Public schools providing essential babysitting service, since many times both parents work
Agree on your 1st proposition, but how many households even have "both parents" anymore? Irresponsibility is rewarded by the welfare system. The American nuclear family is a rare curiousity now, except among "unwashed" immigrants who haven't yet been seduced by self-absorbed American individualism (characteristic of both Left and Right). Their descendants will fall into line.
Dr. Tim wrote: If Midway was a fluke, it was a fluke that put four Jap carriers at the bottom of the Pacific and started the turnaround for Allied forces in the Pacific.
Sure it did, but it was a "Hail Mary" shot by Spruance and his brilliant advisor, Miles Browning, who because of his adulterous morals, has not been given much credit by Naval historians. Due to haste, the air attacks were poorly coordinated, and it was providential that the SBDs hit the carriers at the worst possible time for them: fuel and bombs topside. And the Japanese were poor at damage-control, while the USN at least did train for that. BTW, Kaga was almost overlooked except for Lt. Best's quick thinking.
The surface Navy was curb-stomped at Java Sea and Guadalcanal (esp. Savo Island), with gross incompetence by US cruiser captains; fortunately for us, the IJN commander was too timid[!] to follow up on his victories. Guadalcanal was won by Marines and airmen, not the Navy. And for over 2 years, American submarines had to use torpedoes which rarely worked.
Hope it has a competent crew; recall the two collisions in 2017. I suspect the Pentagon of spending its scandalously large budget on things other than training.
Or else hope for the survival skills of this nurse: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violet_Jessop
I'm convinced that had the Pacific Fleet been properly alerted of Japanese intentions in Dec. 1941, they would've wound up at the bottom of the ocean, instead of the bottom of Pearl Harbor. I infer this from their abysmal performance during the Guadalcanal actions - Midway was a fluke.
Given how outrageously irresponsible MSNBC has been, we have no assurance this man hasn't been bribed to say whatever editors want. Or he could simply be self-deluded, as academics are no less immune to this than medieval peasants.
"Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one." - Charles Mackay, 1841
They are both parasitic, destructive, totalitarian ideologies; that is why both appeal to leftist control freaks.
Biblical Protestantism, by contrast, emphasizes liberty of conscience due to belief that only God can change minds (yes, I know they were not always consistent in practice). Tragically however, leftists have used such liberty to promote their anti-liberty agenda.
Mike wrote: ...Why is there no call to cease pushing panic?...
Sobriety doesn't sell. We live in the Disinformation Age, worse than it was with print media before. Lies get more and more brazen.
To be sure though, it wasn't so rosy back then either. FDR was a master of propaganda; those famous Dust Bowl pics were carefully vetted by Roy Stryker (of the Farm Security Admin.) to toe the Progressive narrative. They were gladly accepted by the press since there was no fee. This continued with the Office of War Information. I think this partly explains the "Greatest Generation" nostalgia.