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November 30, 2010

Porn Pandemic Panel Presentation

Filed under: culture, entertainment — Anthony Biller @ 7:50 pm

From the folks at PornHarms:

The War on Illegal Pornography has a “first” to announce – a live online conference on pornography in which YOU can participate.  On December 9th  at 11:00 AM Eastern, you will be able to watch this important event right on Facebook and can ask questions of our panelists.  RSVP to the event here so we can keep you updated.

The event, Pornography Harms: An Untreated Pandemic Features:

  • Dr. Donna M. Hughes, professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Rhode Island. Professor Hughes is a leading international researcher on trafficking of women and children.  She will discuss how pornography leads to sex trafficking.
  • Dr. Patrick Fagan, Senior Fellow and Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Fagan will discuss The Effects of Pornography on Individuals, Marriage, Family and Community.
  • J. Robert Flores, former Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and former deputy chief prosecutor in the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Mr. Flores will discuss the need to prosecute obscene hardcore adult pornography. 

You will be able to submit questions online to the panelists during this one-hour presentation.  The event will be broadcast live on one of our Facebook pages, http://www.facebook.com/PornHarms.  RSVP to the event here and invite your friends. 

November 29, 2010

Because Sex Produces Children …

Filed under: culture, marriage and family — Anthony Biller @ 12:16 pm

The editors at NR have put together an excellent article on The Defense of Marriage, here.  As the authors state, we’ve lost sight of the fundamental purpose behind marriage — protecting the formation of our next generation.  Well worth the read for anyone interested in the same-sex marriage debates.

November 25, 2010

Thank God!

Filed under: praise — Anthony Biller @ 10:41 am

Shout for joy to the Lord all the Earth!  Worship the Lord with gladness.  It is He who made us and we are His people.

Thank you Lord for the blessing of your love, especially as it is shared and enjoyed through family and friends.  Thank you also for these United States, where we can worship and praise you and celebrate together without persecution.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to “recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness. Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.

—George Washington

November 14, 2010

Lost Love

Filed under: Atheism, agnostic, evolution, etc., love — Anthony Biller @ 7:47 pm

Who trusted God was love indeed
And love Creation’s final law
Tho’ Nature, red in tooth and claw
With ravine, shriek’d against his creed
     Alfred Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam A. H. H. (Canto 56), 1850

We do not find comfort in nor do we long for struggle.  Our humane spirit finds no joy in imposing death on others or in the killing of life simply for the pleasure of asserting our superiority.  While nature is red in tooth and claw, death and violence affect us negatively.  If struggle is the fuel of the evolutionary engine, and evolution is our mother and creator, we should find some form of comfort in the struggle.  Indeed, according to evolutionary theory, we are the result and pinnacle of millions of years of struggle and death carving out and forming life.  Yet, as the alleged favored children of this process, we do not favor, appreciate, or find comfort in the supposed forces of evolutionary advancement.

The front-runner in a marathon, or in any race, finds a comfort and synchronicity when participating in the event.  In contrast, those at the other end of the event, the stragglers and “losers” in the event are rarely in a comfort zone; they rarely feel on top of the circumstances of the event. The stragglers and strugglers rarely appreciate and find comfort in their circumstance. In the evolutionary theory of origins, we are the front-runner in the struggle of life.  We are the most adept and sophisticated life form.  As the evolutionary front-runner, we should find some form of comfort in the “rules” of evolution.  We should feel a certain comfort in death and struggle, or at the very least, we should accept and appreciate blood and struggle as the necessary element of creation and strength.  Instead, we generally revolt against such attributes.  Death and struggle do not comfort us; they do not feel natural.  Scripture teaches us quite to the contrary, that death is an “enemy.” (1 Cor. 15:26) We build museums and monuments to motivate ourselves to resist such brutalities as Nazism and Communism. The brutal Spartan ethos is the rare exception, not the rule.

The God of the Bible is love.  God is love.  Did love create us, or are we the byproduct of struggle and death?  Of course, scripture speaks clearly on this.  So too does our nature. Our hearts and souls long and fight for love.  Unless we’ve been tragically broken, we find no solace in death or in pain or brutality.  Instead of being at peace with the alleged engines of evolution, our hearts and souls revolt and protest against death and struggle.   We find our strongest motivations and comfort in love, which is close to an antecedent of the supposed creative forces of evolution.  Perhaps the single greatest force in an individual’s life, outside forces of nature, is the power of love. 

Nothing has a greater impact on the formation of a person than love applied or misapplied during childhood.  Love motivates people to give up their lives, both figuratively and literally, for others.  Love of country, of an idea, and of another are the single greatest motivating factor of human existence.  Love and its derivatives of empathy and compassion are generally admired by all people over all times. There are occasions throughout history where civilizations have eschewed these virtues, but we remember these civilizations for their barbarity.

The human sensitivity and proclivity toward love, while perfectly consistent with the God revealed throughout the Bible, is wholly inconsistent with the evolutionary narrative.  It is love, not death, that drives and motivates us.  It was love, not the struggle for life, that made us.

Indeed, as scripture teaches, love is a stronger force than death.  In the body of Christ, love literally overcame the grave.  Even in our common existence, we see evidence of love being a more compelling force than death.  There is hardly a decent parent that would not immediately forfeit his or her life for their children.  Every day, our service members give up their lives for each other and for their country.  Firemen and police officers routinely put themselves in harm’s way so that others may be safe, many regularly forfeiting their lives for others.  This is mankind made in the image of God, an image of mankind that all decent humans hold dear to their hearts and celebrate.  Such a selfless, sacrificing person and ethos, this imago dei, is antithetical to the theoretical man of evolution. 

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