Articles of Interest
Mark Driscoll has long been an evangelical bad boy, a gifted orator and charismatic leader who built one of the nation’s most influential megachurches despite, or perhaps fueled by, a foul mouth, a sharp temper and frank talk about sex. The church he founded, Mars Hill, enjoyed rapid growth in the Pacific Northwest — one of the most secular regions of the nation — and it claims 15,000 members worshiping at 15 campuses in five Western states, and 200,000 more people watching its services online every week. Mr. Driscoll became a celebrity in conservative Christianity, a sought-after speaker and prolific author known for a celebration of masculinity that helped Mars Hill attract young men, a demographic noted in church life mostly for its absence. Mark Driscoll whom conservatives call “the cussing pastor.”Who Would Jesus Smack Down? – Mark Driscoll, a Pastor with a Macho Conception of ChristJAN. 6, 2009. But now Mr. Driscoll’s empire appears to be imploding.Read More »
A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining judges across the country who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. “There are good people on both sides of this issue, and we need to have finality for everyone involved,” said Florida Atty. Gen. Pam Bondi. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled that the ban violates the 14th Amendment’s guarantees of equal protection and due process. Hinkle issued a stay delaying the effect of his order, meaning no marriage licenses will be immediately issued for gay couples. That also means gay couples legally married in other states will not immediately have their marriages recognized in Florida.Read More »
Last Saturday, I came across a USA Today story about leaders of a junior high school in New Jersey informing the mother of a 13-year-old boy, who believes he is “transgendered,” that he is not allowed to come to school dressed as a girl. Back just a few short years ago this would not be “news.” It would have been expected that no school, much less a parent, would allow a boy to dress like a girl, but that’s no longer the case. Now, not only is it considered “scandalous” by our idiot media that this school would dare to insist this boy dress correctly as a boy, but the news report goes along with the charade by addressing the boy in feminine pronouns and by his preferred name of “Rachel,” as does his mother. She is in full support of her son “transitioning” to female, as if that were at all possible.Read More »
President Obama has few remaining friends—either in his own party or in the media. That’s the unmistakable conclusion of two pieces this week in the New York Times. Just about everyone, it seems, is down on his single, solitary nature. I’ve been saying for a year now that the president’s liberal media allies have soured on him. It started with the ObamaCare debacle and continued through his seeming passivity or slow reaction time in the wake of the VA scandal, the Bowe Bergdahl mess, the military collapse in Iraq and so on. At this point they’re basically Waiting for Hillary.Read More »
Deputy State Department spokesperson Marie Harf on Wednesday condemned the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic terrorists, but she also stated that the ISIS threat “is not about the United States and what we do.”Read More »
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay Wednesday halting gay marriage from taking effect in Virginia this week, signaling the justices are inching closer to taking up a case that could definitively decide between the rights of states to recognize marriages and the federal government’s guarantee of equal protection.Read More »
The Christian owners of a bridal boutique in Pennsylvania who refused to make wedding gowns for two lesbians and bridesmaids dresses for their cross-dressing groomsmen were bullied for sticking to their religious beliefs.Read More »
Victoria Beeching is a celebrity in the world of evangelical Christian music. The singer made big news last week when she announced that “I am gay and God loves me just the way I am.” A little while before her announcement, she had endorsed same-sex marriage. Evidently, she’s on a mission to change the views of Christians and the teachings of Christianity on matters of sexual morality and marriage. I must confess to not having heard of Victoria Beeching before she made news by publicizing her sexual predilections. But the theology by which she proposes to justify her behavior and demand the approbation of her fellow Christians turns out to be far from new. Plato described and condemned it in his great final work, known to us as “The Laws.” There (at II: 885b4-9) he identifies three forms of “atheism” . . . (or what we might today call “godlessness” or perhaps “secularism”).Read More »
In 2012, American photojournalist James Wright Foley was abducted by unidentified gunmen in Syria.
Since his abduction, Foley’s parents launched a campaign to get their son back but unfortunately saw little response. Then, in a turn of the events that would break any parent’s heart, it turned out the unidentified gunmen who captured Foley were members of ISIS. ISIS recently posted a video with Foley in an orange jumpsuit and forced him to read a chilling letter before beheading him.
Evil loves a vacuum. The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default, and the fault lies with President Obama, who has aided and abetted IS in Syria, jihadists in Benghazi, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Hamas in Gaza, and even jihadists here in America, like Fort Hood’s Major Hasan. Obama has been dismantling America from within and without the whole of his presidency. It is well documented here at Atlas and in my book, The Post-American Presidency, The Obama Administration’s War on America.Read More »