the fight for freedom continues
Here is an excellent post
about the war against Christianity. The hatred for Christianity has become rather stark for me since I moved to the San Francisco Bay area. No one around here seems to give a second thought to saying something sarcastic and bigoted against Christians --the sort of things that they would never dream
of saying about Jews or Muslims or Hindus or anyone else. After all, we have to respect other people's religions --other people besides Christians, that is.
The double standard just hits you in the face. I think I now have an appreciation for what it was to be a black person in the North before the 1950s. Oh, sure, you weren't in much danger of being lynched, but you could be having a polite conversation with a white person who would just off-hand comment about how negros aren't smart enough to to go to college, or negros are too lazy to do union work, or something similar. Now it's Christians aren't smart enough to raise their children the way they want to or Christians are too intolerant to be allowed to run their own churches.
People don't take the anti-Christian bigotry seriously because Christians are still politically powerful enough to protect themselves --except were they aren't; the Christians who have gone to jail or lost their jobs in Europe and Canada for offending gays are just a sign of things to come here if we lose ground politically. The common notion that the world has somehow changed, or people have evolved to a higher level of morality is just so much irrational crap. The only thing that has changed in humanity is that the most powerful countries in the world for the last few centuries have been heavily influenced by Christians. Whereever Christian influence has failed, in Communist countries, in Islamic countries, in the multi-religion countries of Africa, men are just as cruel and barbaric as ever.
And the only people in history that have ever given the kinds of freedom to religious minorities that we see in the West are Christians (despite the propoganda one often hears to the contrary). If we lose the power to protect our own religious liberty, our successors will certainly not be so generous and society will degrade back into the kind of barbarism one sees throughout the non-Christian world.
In national politics, we Christians aren't just fighting for political power, we are fighting for our basic freedoms.
a sad end to a sad man
I used to be about as pro-Jimmy Carter as a Reagan conservative can be. Sure, he gave away the Canal, he backstabbed our allies, and he allowed the Iranians to humiliate the United States, but at least --or so I always claimed-- the man was operating on principle. He was essentially honest and was trying to do the right thing. He just had outrageous ideas of what is right.
I started to rethink this position over the last few years as Carter has serially embraced various murderous America-hating despots. What to think? Why would a man with an already-shabby reputation be going around to defend and support murderous thugs? Now it looks like the answer to Carter's corrupt behavior is the oldest one in the list: bribery
I have to say: I'm surprised and disapointed. Not only in Carter, but in the American political system that would let this happen. Did Carter take bribes while in office as well? It is suddenly much more plausible that he did and it would explain some very mysterious behavior.
Of course this would mean that the last three Democrat presidents were corrupt: Johnson, Carter, Clinton.
jobs, duty, and saving the galaxy
This is my first post in about three weeks. You know, it's not that I really couldn't make time for blogging if I really wanted to, it's just that blogging strikes me as such a chore right now. I think it goes back to my new job. It used to be that I pretty much had one thing to do at a time: implement this feature, fix this bug. But now, I have dozens of things waiting for my attention all the time, and it feels like I'm never getting to half of them. Blogging is just one more responsibility, one more demand on my attention, and it is the lowest-priority one. If I have time to blog then I have time to review the release schedule. If I have time to blog then I have time to write that functional spec. If I have time to blog then I have time to update the bug list.
I spent six or seven hours yesterday playing Halo 2 (you will be relieved to know that I have saved the galaxy once more), so it's not like I don't have time for myself, it's more like I don't have time to do stuff that I feel like I should
be doing, and to me, blogging has never been pure entertainment, it has been a task that I set myself.
I'm starting to think that I should relieve myself of this particular task so that I can do my job better and also continue to save the universe from evil alien menaces without that nagging voice in the back of my mind telling me, "If you have time to save the galaxy then you have time to blog." (that last sentence really deserves to be in a list of quotes somewhere, doesn't it? :-)
But don't panic. If I do decide to quit, then I'm going to finish Mist Magic before I do. Maybe I'll even remember to enter the Storyblogging Carnival one more time.