Bible Bashing

I was a missionary in Chile for 2 years from ’97 – ’99. I went because I truly believe that the religion I belong to is true and I wanted to share the ‘good news’ with others. I learned a lot of things about life and looking back, I can see how my experiences there have shaped almost every aspect of my life and life views.

As a missionary, it was our objective to invite people to learn about what we believe and what makes our religion different. There are so many different people in this world and so many different religions. South America is predominately Christian, so most everyone already had a belief in Jesus Christ. Almost everyone I talked to believed in the Bible, as we do. Their belief in the Bible made it easier to teach those willing to listen and learn about us because we could teach them right out of their own scriptures about the gospel.

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One thing I never did was Bible bash. I don’t think it works. You can fight all day with the Bible and even if you do end up proving your point, you will never make a friend or ally of someone you’ve had contentions with over scripture. It’s a classic lose-lose situation. It was my experience that those not willing to listen just will not listen, no matter what you are offering. And that’s OK. I believe in choice and I respect that. I’m sure I have been in the past and will be in the future stubborn on certain issues.

I want to relate this to politics. There are many things about our current situation that I feel strongly about. Now, I can’t say with as much certainty that my perspective in regard to politics and current affairs is as rock-solid as my faith in my religion. But, I can say that with both my faith and my positions on government, I seek only the truth. I am not vested in any party or movement. If I discover that I am wrong, I change my views. I have done this many times. I don’t think I would get along very well with myself from even 5 years ago. I have gone through many changes and much discovery over the last few years.

I am willing to listen to opposing points of view. I welcome honest political discussion. I think debates are useful. But I will not fight with you. I don’t like to do it and I think it is unproductive.

If you are intellectually honest and your motivations are pure, we can talk… even if we disagree. At the end of the day, we may even agree to disagree. That’s OK. If you or I bring up a point and the other disagrees, let’s talk about it and find out what the truth is together. This is where hopefully honest discussion prevails.

But if you cannot defend or uphold your views in the face of honest questioning, wouldn’t I be dishonest not to question your motivations? If you share the positions of known evil men or theories that have been factually disproven, who wouldn’t be skeptical and wonder why? If you attack me personally or belittle or diminish, I must dismiss you as fundamentally dishonest (at least on the issue at hand) and am forced to conclude you are willing to sacrifice truth in order to “win”.

A personal attack in order to avoid facts and logic is intellectually dishonest. A debate like this can never have a purposeful conclusion and anyone who engages in these Alinsky techniques that have become so popular and accepted, as far as I’m concerned, does not have a solid footing in their side of the issue. The only question at that point is whether they are ignorant, misguided or worst of all, invested in the outcome of a lie.

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My Quiet Voice

Maxine, you say in your out-loud voice what most of us say in our quiet voice but want to say out loud. Bless you!!

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Ever Seen A Crack Addict?

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I am not naive.

I have never smoked. I have never done drugs. I have never had a drink of alcohol. I have never been in a brawl. I was pretty much a good kid growing up. I went to church every Sunday. Now, reading this, you would probably assume I was sheltered and inexperienced, right?

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Mobster has the scoop on Black Judas…

You know, it’s amazing when a former Capo of the Cosa Nostra has infinitely more credibility than Al Sharpton (actually, this guy’s pretty sharp, I’ve read a few of his books). If the people he was “helping” looked into even superficially, he would be henceforth referred to as Black Judas.

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Control The Media : CHECK

OK. We’ve now moved on past ‘If you don’t see what’s going on here, I seriously question your judgment’ to ‘If you don’t see what’s going on here YOU’RE A FREAKING MORON’. These are SERIOUSLY bad people trying to destroy our country. Wake up! How can you ever justify being on their side? At this point, even if they had a dude who looked like this you’d explain it all away and accuse anyone who raised an eyebrow at you as part of a “vast right-wing conspiracy:

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This just in: White House Communications Director Anita Dunn  admits that government is attempting to control the media. Oops.

This just in: White House accuses Fox of being not being a news network and being propagandist.  ??????

This just in: MSNBC falls in line with government and accuses Fox of being an arm of the Republicans (who ever saw that coming!?)

Well, I guess the good news is that if Fox isn’t news, they’re the only one not being controlled by the government at this point. Go Fox!

On a completely unrelated note, Anita Dunn also admits that her favorite political “philosopher” is Mao (ps- look up any dictator. All communist/fascist nut-jobs fancy themselves philosophers… I picked a heck of a blog name! CRAP ;)), by most estimates the most prolific murderer of all time.

On another completely unrelated note, after she was exposed as a Mao lover, the White House issued a statement that sadly, Anita is planning on leaving to pursue other interests by the end of the year – a conspicuous preemptive on the  demise of all Obama commie associates.

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Freedom

America’s watchdog… I guess… if you ride the slow bus

Saw this post on Biggovernment.com:

Keith Olbermann Special on Health Care Tonight – The Drinking Game

by Derek Hunter

Let’s be honest, the only way to watch Keith Olbermann is drunk–blind drunk. That would explain his anemic ratings and his small but loyal following. Real drunks always frequent the same bars.

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Since Olbermann is dedicating his show tonight to White House talking points on health care, I figured I might as well make it interesting by creating a drinking game for it.

Note: I don’t recommend watching Countdown, there is always something more entertaining and informative on the Watching Paint Dry network, but if your morbid curiosity gets the better of you make sure you have booze handy.

Take a drink every time Keith does one of the following:

  • Says “sir” in anger. (Three if it’s a “How dare you, sir!)
  • Mentions Sarah Palin (Two if he throws in a pejorative like “failed” or “quitter” first, three if he talks about Trig and the health care he got.)
  • Each time he mentions the bogus 44,000 people who die each year for lack of health insurance number.
  • Each time he mentions 46, 47 or 50 million uninsured. (Do a shot if he uses the new 30 million number.)
  • Praises Canada, France or the UK. (Second sip when he says long lines are a lie.)
  • Each time he says “death panel” and Palin.
  • Each time he claims Republicans have no plan or solutions. Do a shot when he says Republicans want people to die.
  • With every mention of Rush, Hannity, Beck or Levin (aka people with an audience).
  • Finish your drink each time he exploits someone’s personal health care horror story and presents it as the norm.
  • Chug from the bottle if he mentions the fact that Medicare rejects more claims than any other insurance plan in the country.
  • Finish the bottle if he tells the truth about anything, accidentally or on purpose. (I was going to say that you take a drink each time he lies but I don’t want to cause a nationwide wave of alcohol poisoning.)

Feel free to add your own rules in the comments.

Follow these guidelines and you’ll be more drunk than Teddy Kennedy on, well, an average Tuesday in the 70’s. And that might just be enough to tolerate spending an hour watching Keith Olbermann…maybe.

Enjoy!