Category Archives: Religion

Suffer the children…

I have been listening to various radio program hosts discuss the tragedy that is the death of so many innocent children and their protectors in Connecticut on Friday.  While I am left wanting for peace in the hearts of the parents and loved ones, I take comfort in knowing that those little children whose lives were taken are now in the presence of God and the Savior.  Jesus said “suffer the children to come unto me.”  I recognize that the context was considerably different then than what took place Friday, but His words demonstrate the love He has for little children, and I know that He has taken them unto Himself.  My prayer now is that the parents of those children can find solace that through Jesus Christ and His Gospel, they can have an opportunity in the next life to be with, hold, and love those little children for an eternity. Yes, this is a time for mourning.  And it is a time for rejoicing that the God of Heaven has a masterful Plan of Salvation for all His children, and I give thanks to Him for His love.

The company they keep…

I thought it would be interesting to compare the thoughts and opinions of those with whom our presidential candidates associate as this can give us some insight into the character of the candidate- we can learn much about the character of a man by understanding the company he keeps.

Inasmuch as the candidates are running for the highest office in the government of the United States of America, this post takes a look at some of the things that have been said by leaders of the respective churches to which Obama and Romney belong or have attended regarding this nation.

Obama’s spiritual leader:

Jeremiah Wright: “We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye.  We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

And, “The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people.  God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human.  God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”

Romney’s spiritual leaders:

Gordon B. Hinckley: “I am certain that if we will emphasize the greater good and turn our time and talents from vituperative criticism, from constantly looking for evil, and lift our sights to what may be done to build strength and goodness in our nation, America will continue to go forward with the blessing of the Almighty and stand as an ensign of strength and peace and generosity to all the world” (Source: “Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled”, BYU Speeches of the Year, October 29, 1974, pp. 267-68).

Ezra Taft Benson: “With all my heart I love our great nation. I have lived and traveled abroad just enough to make me appreciate rather fully what we have in America. To me the U. S. is not just another nation. It is not just one of a family of nations. The U. S. is a nation with a great mission to perform for the benefit and blessing of liberty-loving people everywhere”  (Source: An Enemy Hath Done This 28; from an address given at a luncheon of the American Chamber of Commerce in Frankfurt, Germany, 12 May 1964).

 

Mitt: Getting to the root of the matter

“You can tell the character of a candidate by what he does when there are no cameras.”

In other words, its okay to lie…

Wasserman-Schultz and Anderson Cooper go toe to toe of a fundraising email Wasserman-Schultz put out misrepresenting an article by the LA Times.  In the email Wasserman-Schultz claims that Romney and his campaign wrote the GOP Platform plank on Abortion and the call for a Constitutional Amendment against all forms of abortion when in fact neither Romney nor his campaign did any such thing.  Entertaining video found here.

Romney’s religion, a very fair treatise…

From ABC, I found this to be a very fair segment on the LDS Church, and look forward to part dux tomorrow.

What would you do for a half-brother?

8/17/2012 Fox News:  George’s (last name Obama, as in half-brother to Barack Obama) tragic situation exposes President Obama as a hypocrite.  Here is a man who demands that others pay higher taxes to help the poor—even poor people who are not related to them—while Obama himself refuses to help a close relative like George.

Read more here

The camel’s in the tent

As the parable goes, the camel only wanted to warm its nose against the cold night air.  Then its head, and then its neck.  Those who worship at the alter of liberal, progressive secularism only wanted abortion in extreme cases, and then as a matter of choice.  Now, two philosophers, writing in the Journal of Medical Ethics declare that after-birth abortion is acceptable, and indeed reasonable when the well-being of the family is at risk.

Not to be confused with the nasty practice of infanticide, after-birth abortion is the phrase of choice for those instances when a child who should have been aborted (according to the liberal mantra on abortion rights) but wasn’t, is now aborted after birth as a matter of convenience to the family.

As I wrote in my recent article The religious fault-line in the political debate, society is slowly but surely dividing along political lines.  Those on the secular left who believe that government is the giver of all that is just, and those on the right who still believe that God lives, and that He is the giver of life.  Whereas the conservative religious right still accepts the commandment “thou shalt not kill, nor do anything like unto it,” the secular left now promotes after-birth killings under the argument that “merely being human is not in itself a reason for ascribing someone a right to life.” (1)

Indeed, the camel is in the tent!

The religious fault-line in the political divide

by Kelly Knight, 8/13/2012

It is said that the two things one should never discuss in a social setting are politics and religion.  However, with the current political climate, one cannot help but see that the political divide is widening, and from my perspective it is largely because of religion.  Liberals, progressives, socialists, Democrats by and large have become the religion of secularism, and though there may be those who believe that one can be a strong and faithful religious person and maintain affiliation with the left, they are disillusioned.  Abortion on demand, the morning after pill, same-sex marriage, and the erosion of agency are all tenets of the Democrat Platform, and those who descent from this platform are outcast for heresy.  Truly, one cannot be a devoted and avowed Democrat and liberal, and maintain any individual belief that varies from the principles and ordinances of the liberal left.  The principles: wealth redistribution and cradle-to-grave care by a nanny-state.  The ordinances: abortion on demand and same-sex marriage.

Life and liberty have been swallowed up in the liberal ideals of what the pursuit of happiness means.  For a liberal, the pursuit of happiness takes on two forms.  First, happiness is found in taking from the wealthy producers and redistributing that wealth to the will-work-nots-and-thus-have-not’s.  Second, the pursuit of happiness is found in destroying the freedom of others to believe as they wish in the name of tolerance and justice, ala the homosexual agenda.  One must subscribe to and embrace same-sex marriage and homosexuality, or face dire consequences.

Finally, the liberal left seeks to destroy the agency of all within its sphere of influence through over-regulation, oppressive taxation, and burdensome mandates such as the Affordable Healthcare Act.  We are no longer free to choose whether or not we have healthcare; it is mandated that every person be insured or face government sanctions in the form of taxation and financial penalty.  This ideology is not in our founding document, the Constitution, and is not the right of the federal government to mandate.

On the other side of the aisle, the conservative voice seeks to restore liberty, self-governance, and opportunity by placing limits on government, reducing taxation, and easing regulation.  These efforts lead to increased agency on the part of the citizens of this great Nation, and the opportunity to pursue life, liberty, and happiness free of the aforementioned burdens.  This ideology is the very reason this nation came into existence; the Puritans and others seeking freedom to worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience, and not to be required to worship in the State religion.

It is my opinion that one cannot be a true Christian and believe in the ethics of work, obedience, choice, accountability, and charity while embracing the doctrines of the progressive left, which seek to destroy these foundational tenets.  For example, one cannot be charitable with one’s own money in nurturing the poor and needy if the government confiscates those funds through excessive taxation to give to the poor.  One no longer needs to work when welfare is so readily available, even to the able-bodied.  It is true, that we are obligated to care for those who are unable to care for themselves, or to provide temporary relief to those who have fallen on hard times.  But is not pure Christianity, and charity better equipped to this calling than government?  For a civil society to grow and prosper, every able-bodied person should put forth every effort to provide his or her own way, and for that of his or her children, and to give freely of his or her means to care for those who cannot care for themselves.

It is a religious battle that is brewing between those on the left who believe that all good comes from government, and thus a secular religious philosophy that calls for dependence on the governing class, and those on the right who accept that all good comes from God, that we are ultimately dependent on Him for all that we have.  Government seeks to diminish the wealthy and give to the poor in the name of justice, while God seeks to elevate all through principles of industry (Adam was to work by the sweat of his brow for his daily bread) and charity (Christ’s parable of the Good Samaritan).

Kelly Knight is editor of Knightly Report, and has been featured in From the Pulpit in the Shelby County Reporter, Shelby County, Alabama.

Obama’s domination of church by state

Mr. Obama has spent much of his first term trying to conscript, bully and otherwise force churches to advance his agenda.