C. S. Lewis in Halifax
Monday, November 4, 2013, 2:50 PM

A symposium on C. S. Lewis will be held in at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Saturday, November 23, 2013. It is called:

Both Sides of the Wardrobe:
C. S. Lewis, Theological Imagination, and Everyday Discipleship

Program details for the all-day-and-evening symposium may be found here. (I might go if it weren’t so far away….)


Today’s Best Quote from A Tiny Scottish Island
Monday, October 21, 2013, 12:47 PM

“A lot of rabbit pie is being eaten but you cannot keep up with them.”

This comes from a story at Breitbart about the planned (“culling”–is that Scots for “killing”?(!)) of thousands of rabbits on the tiny Scottish Island of Canna in the Inner Hebrides. (Is Scotland the only place that has tiny islands? I rarely read about a “tiny” Greek island. Or is it just me?)

Things got out of hand when the burrowing rabbits caused a landslide on the island, blocking a road for days. The rodent saboteurs behind the landslide have yet to be caught, but when they are, their fate will be determined by the local constabulary’s criminal justice unit. Greenpeas protesters have been spotted off the coast in a bright green “peace” dinghy, the SS Fudd, with a hoisted protest banner, “O Ye Canna Cull Canna’s Wabbits!”

Richard Dawkins: Sexual Abuse Less Dangerous Than Catechism?
Thursday, September 12, 2013, 2:36 PM

Here Dawkins talks about ‘mild’ pedophilia as not so bad.

Here, however, he says: ”What a child should never be taught is that you are a Catholic or Muslim child, therefore that is what you believe. That’s child abuse.”

Similarly, in some circles exposing young children to the very concept of sodomy is deemed more healthy than exposing them to the idea that God created the world and us who live in it.

Another Moral Disconnect in the Making?
Monday, September 9, 2013, 2:33 PM

In an August 30 post, I noted the incongruity of banning professional help from a teenage boy seeking to deal with unwanted same-sex attractions with the legality of a 16-year-old girls have a double mastectomy because she really think she is a boy.

Here’s a story about Washington DC considering a 24-hour waiting period for tattoos–because it’s such a serious hard-to-change alteration to the body–while the same city has absolutely no waiting period for an abortion. Really? There are no consequences to an abortion that are at least as significant as those attending a tattoo?

Until this nation repents, such examples of moral confusion will only multiply.

St. Catherine’s Sinai Monastery Closed
Friday, September 6, 2013, 10:48 AM

According to Al-Monitor, a Middle Eastern news website “Taking the Pulse of the Middle East,”

In the Sinai city of St. Catherine, a few thousand people and around 800 camels have been left struggling since the first week of July, when Egyptian security authorities ordered the total shutdown of the town’s 1,500-year-old monastery. Bedouin residents of the mountainous area were forced to sell their camels, which they cannot feed, to feed their families.

Full story may be read here.

Castro, the Wages of Porn & Nordic Hotels
Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 2:22 PM

The kidnaper-rapist-murderer Ariel Castro hanged himself in prison yesterday. When asked earlier this summer by a judge after pleading guilty how good his English was, Castro replied that his comprehension was bad because “my addiction to pornography has really taken a toll on my mind.” I am not surprised. Lt. Detective Darrell Pope, commanding officer of the Michigan State Police Sex Crime Unit testified in 1987 before Congress that in 1977 he completed a study of 38,000 case histories of sex crimes and “found that 41 percent of those reports indicated that, in fact, pornographic materials were used just prior to or during the actual act” (source, p. 144-145). If you factor in the number of sex criminals who possess porn even if they didn’t use it prior or during the crime, the percentage approaches 100. The effects of porn should by now be obvious, resulting in enforcement of firm laws.

Meanwhile, the U.S. might follow the good example of a man in care-free socialist leftist Sweden:

Petter Stordalen, owner of Nordic Hotels, one of Scandinavia’s largest chains… after becoming involved in international efforts to fight the horrific practice of trafficking women and girls into sexual slavery, announced that pornography would no longer be offered to his customers.

Robert George reports on the Swedish story at Public Discourse, and reprises his joint-letter from last year calling for all hotel chains to stop selling porn. The CEOs of hotel corporations that sell porn should be forced to put a picture of their face on posters in hotel lobbies with a message: “Welcome to XYZ Hotel–I am proud to sell porn here if want it. Pleasant dreams.” Maybe once upon a time, “Ariel Castro slept here.” May God have mercy on all.

Russell Moore on Military Chaplains: Why We Must Pray for Them!
Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 3:02 PM

In this short video, Russell Moore explains why it is so important to pray for all of our military chaplains.

Imagine This Happening to Your House of Worship
Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 12:33 PM

IN this video, “Allahu akbar” is chanted as the Cross is pull down from this Coptic Church in Egypt. Kyrie eleison.

Why Is Reparative Therapy Illegal for Boys but Gender Surgery for Girls Not?
Friday, August 30, 2013, 11:36 AM

Because the illogic of the sexual revolution demands such insanity?

From the National Catholic Register’s Joan Frawley Desmond:

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed legislation banning  the practice of providing “gay conversion therapy,” also known as “reparative therapy” for teenagers seeking help with un-wanted same-sex attraction, the Washington Post reported today.

As I understand it, no counseling professional may assist a young man to get rid of unwanted homosexual attractions. Apparently this ‘orientation’ is immutable–or if it’s not, the individual must deal with them alone. He cannot get professional help if he wants it. And that’s because one’s sexual identity is not to be manipulated by others?

So if a professional can’t talk to minor about sexual orientation (because it’s fixed and messing with it is harmful?), then why was a professional doctor allowed to alter something as fixed as a biological body of a minor?

Skylar is a boy, but he was born a girl, and lived as one until the age of fourteen. Skylar would put it differently: he believes that, despite biological appearances, he was a boy all along. He’d just been burdened with a body that required medical and surgical adjustments so that it could reflect the gender he knew himself to be. At sixteen, he started getting testosterone injections every other week; just before he turned seventeen, he had a double mastectomy. (New Yorker)

So, if a young man wants to get rid of same-sex feelings, he can’t talk to a professional, but if a young girl wants to get rid of her breasts, it’s legal for her to have a doctor cut them off? Really?

Mohler: ‘It is the Price of Citizenship’?—An Elegy for Religious Liberty in America
Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 3:53 PM

Leading cultural commentator R. Albert Mohler Jr. writes about a New Mexico Supreme Court decision denying religious liberty claims of photographers who declined a request to photograph a same-sex committment ceremony.

albertmohler headshot 200x300 Mohler: It is the Price of Citizenship?—An Elegy for Religious Liberty in AmericaBy R. Albert Mohler Jr.

Anyone who still doubts that the normalization of homosexuality and the legalization of same-sex marriage will represent a seismic shift in the culture at large needs only to look to New Mexico to see that nothing less than religious liberty is now under threat—and in a big way.

Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin are the owners of Elane Photography, a firm that operates as a commercial photographic studio. Elaine is the lead photographer and the Huguenins together run the business. In 2006, the couple refused to photograph a same-sex couple’s commitment ceremony and were sued. Last week the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that the Huguenins had violated the human rights of the same-sex couple and that the First Amendment does not allow Elane Photography to refuse to photograph same-sex unions.

The court’s decision was unanimous, upholding a 2012 decision by an appeals court. The court’s decision declared that the Huguenins had acted unlawfully in refusing to photograph the same-sex commitment, even when Elaine Huguenin had argued that to force her to photograph the celebration of a same-sex ceremony was to force her to function as a celebrant and thereby to violate her own conscience. That last part of the Huguenin’s argument has to do with the fact that photography is “expressive” as an art form. There is no way that photographing a same-sex ceremony would not require the professional photographer to arrange and construct photographs in order to artistically celebrate the same-sex union.

The court concluded: “When Elane Photography refused to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony, it violated the NMHRA [New Mexico Human Rights Act] in the same way as if it had refused to photograph a wedding between people of different races.” The court then further concluded: “Even if the services it offers are creative or expressive, Elane Photography must offer its services to customers without regard for the customers’ race, sex, sexual orientation, or other protected classification.”

Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin are Christians who believe that marriage is exclusively the union of a man and a woman. They further believe that they are responsible and faithful only if they avoid any explicit or implied endorsement of same-sex marriage. They insisted that they do not discriminate on the basis of the sexual orientation of the potential client, but only on the basis of the ceremony they are asked to photograph.

The New Mexico Supreme Court dismissed all of the arguments presented on behalf of the Huguenins—arguments that have a very clear precedent in decisions by other courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. The decision in this case by this court is both stark and strident, rejecting the reality that its holding forces a wedding photographer to make an artistic statement against a religious sentiment by supporting certain celebrations that the photographer in fact does not support.

The court’s ruling sets a very dangerous precedent: “If a commercial photography business believes that the [New Mexico Human Rights Act] stifles its creativity, it can remain in business, but it can cease to offer its services to the public at large. Elane Photography’s choice to offer its services to the public is a business decision, not a decision about its freedom of speech.” (more…)

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