Monday, January 31, 2011

Egyptian Riots

Many of the liberal pundits assume this is Democracy breaking out all over.  It is true students on Face Book can put people into the streets. But it takes resources and organization to form a government. Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood have both.

Once the dust settles, we will see Islamic regimes emerging not only in Egypt and Tunisia, but Turkey cannot be far behind. Emboldened by their success, the Islamists in Turkey will follow suit.

The naive power vacuum in Washington is allowing our interests to crumble world-wide.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bonhoeffer; Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

Eric Metaxas gave a talk on his book "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy" On Jan 18, 2011 at the John Paul II Center here in Denver. An overflow crowd of over 300 people showed, including Bill Armstrong, the President of CCU, John Andrews, the head of the Centennial Institute, Charles Chaput, the Bishop of the Arch Diocese of Denver, as well as a representation of Orthodox Priests and others.



Metaxas was funny, profound, and made many points that hit home! It is clear to me that the relation of Bonhoeffer to the German church in the 1930s, which accommodated the growing evil of Hitler with rationalizations and willful blindness, is the SAME relationship WE have to our secular society!



Our secular government treats the growing evil of the vicious totalitarian Salafist Islam with the same politically correct rationalizations and willful blindness! Many churches indulge in the same moral relativist reluctance to name and stand up to evil, glossing over everything with the bland "loving forgiving God" that requires nothing of us: what Bonhoeffer called "cheap grace"!



It's clear to me that we in the Counter Jihad are called to follow in Bonhoeffer's footsteps in his uncompromising stand against the growing evil and to work to defeat it. Bonhoeffer's prominent family had many Jewish friends. He was aware of the (then secret) "Final Solution" in progress, and helped Jewish friends and their families escape, as well as participating in the plot to kill Hitler. He was hanged by the Gestapo three weeks before the end of the war.



Interesting: one moron stood up and demanded to know how Bonhoeffer, as a Christian, could countenance the killing of Hitler? The answer was superb: "was it right for David to kill Goliath?" The question was a perfect example of the formalist church rationalizing its inaction in the face of evil.



Two books:

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
 
The Cost of Discipleship
Eric Metaxas gave a talk on his book "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy" last night at the John Paul II Center here in Denver. An overflow crowd of over 300 people showed, including Bill Armstrong, the President of CCU, John Andrews, the head of the Centennial Institute, Charles Chaput, the Bishop of the Arch Diocese of Denver, as well as a representation of Orthodox Priests and others.



Metaxas was funny, profound, and made many points that hit home! It is clear to me that the relation of Bonhoeffer to the German church in the 1930s, which accommodated the growing evil of Hitler with rationalizations and willful blindness, is the SAME relationship WE have to our secular society!



Our secular government treats the growing evil of the vicious totalitarian Salafist Islam with the same politically correct rationalizations and willful blindness! Many churches indulge in the same moral relativist reluctance to name and stand up to evil, glossing over everything with the bland "loving forgiving God" that requires nothing of us: what Bonhoeffer called "cheap grace"!



It's clear to me that we in the Counter Jihad are called to follow in Bonhoeffer's footsteps in his uncompromising stand against the growing evil and to work to defeat it. Bonhoeffer's prominent family had many Jewish friends. He was aware of the (then secret) "Final Solution" in progress, and helped Jewish friends and their families escape, as well as participating in the plot to kill Hitler. He was hanged by the Gestapo three weeks before the end of the war.



Interesting: one moron stood up and demanded to know how Bonhoeffer, as a Christian, could countenance the killing of Hitler? The answer was superb: "was it right for David to kill Goliath?" The question was a perfect example of the formalist church rationalizing its inaction in the face of evil.



Friday, January 14, 2011

Why Professors are Marxists

Nothing enfuriates an academic more than to watch a contemporary or a student go on to fame and wealth in business! "But I'm smarter than he is...I have a PhD!" the professor thinks. The next thought: "comes the revolution we will change all that!"

Academia longs for a Soviet-style society where professors sit at the tables of power, at the elbows of apparatchaks, advising them.  They long for the  perks, recognition, dachas and mistresses  that were avaliable to the academics during the soviet era.

Then, as now, they spoke with great authority, but were never held accountable for any of the outcomes of their decisions. Nice work if you can get it.

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