George H.W. Bush passed away on Friday. It was a long and well-lived life, that touched mine along the way. His motto: Duty, Honor, Country, led him to a life of service that many of those praising him today criticized when he was President. That’s the way of things in our post-Cold War nation. But for me, George Bush is “my President.” That doesn’t mean that I agreed with him on everything. It means that of the men elected in years that I participated, he’s pretty much the only one I really trusted.
It is the first day of Hanukkah. One of the big errors of society is the constant willingness to equate Hanukkah to Christmas. They are not the same, but the need for equivalence is symptomatic of the lack of understanding of what exactly Hanukah actually is. It is not a celebration mandated in the Torah. And yet it has become the focal point of the Jewish celebrations throughout the year. In some ways, it is THE only connection that most people have with Judaism. So what is Hanukkah and what does it really mean?
The Commanding Admiral of the US 5th Fleet was found dead of an apparent suicide over the weekend. As it stands, suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. I think that number is a bit misleading, but the fact is that 45,000 people a year commit suicide and another 1.125 Million attempt it. Clearly, something is wrong, but what?
“Freedom, it has been said, makes people selfish and materialistic, but Americans are one of the most religious peoples on Earth. Because they know that liberty, just as life itself, is not earned but a gift from God, they seek to share that gift with the world. ‘Reason and experience,’ said George Washington in his Farewell Address, ‘both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. And it is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government.’ Democracy is less a system of government than it is a system to keep government limited, un-intrusive; a system of constraints on power to keep politics and government secondary to the important things in life, the true sources of value found only in family and faith.”
– Ronald Reagan, Moscow, 1988
An Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and also Women’s & Gender Studies at CSU-San Luis Obispo is claiming that the Santa Barbara killers hated of life was rooted not in World of Warcraft or Seth Rogen films, but in CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN VALUES. Yep, you read that right. She explains that while the PUA’s are misogynists, they came after and simply adopted the VALUES that Christians have towards women, since – in her view as an Ass. Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies, Christians treat women as “submissive.” I’ll be the first to say that the PUA view of women is not based in a view looking to a relationship but purely in the view of sex, and I’ll agree that some people use religion as a control mechanism, but I reject the idea that Christians see women as “pieces of meat,” to be used solely for the purpose of relieving sexual tension. I’m not clear on how anyone who reads the Bible can come to that view. It does strike me as odd though, that this Ass. Professor fails to see that here in America, a man thinks to to get what he wants sexually, he needs to “have game,” while in some pats of the world, say Nigeria, all he needs is a gun. The Ass. Professor acknowledges that the killer “was not directly influenced by conservative Christianity,” but that doesn’t matter to her. She still points the finger of blame not at the Jerk who did this, but at ya’ll “Conservative Christians,” by which I presume that she means Christians who did not vote for Jimmy Carter or Obama. Read the rest of this entry