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July 27, 2005

Communist China arrests 100 Christian teens

From WorldNetDaily...

Chinese authorities arrested 100 Christian young people as part of the government's continuing crackdown on churches outside state control.

The Christians had been meeting for a Bible study in Langfang City, Hebei province, when police abruptly arrived and arrested everyone present, according to the U.S.-based monitor Voice of the Martyrs, or VOM.

The young people, in the sixth through twelfth grade, were taken into custody, interrogated and released.

The students were told to stop meeting together with other Christians and not attend unregistered religious activities, VOM said.

Meanwhile NYT's columnists Paul Krugman says about religious conservatives...

What we need - and we aren't seeing - is a firm stand by moderates against religious extremism....America isn't yet a place where liberal politicians, and even conservatives who aren't sufficiently hard-line, fear assassination. But unless moderates take a stand against the growing power of domestic extremists, it can happen here.

Frank Rich of the New York Times blasts Christians with...

Ashley Smith, the 26-year-old woman who was held hostage by Brian Nichols, the accused Atlanta courthouse killer, has been canonized by virtually every American news organization as God's messenger because she inspired Mr. Nichols to surrender by talking about her faith and reading him a chapter from Rick Warren's best seller, "The Purpose-Driven Life." But if she's speaking for God, what does that make Dennis Rader, the church council president arrested in Wichita's B.T.K. serial killer case? Was God instructing Terry Ratzmann, the devoted member of the Living Church of God who this month murdered his pastor, an elderly man, two teenagers and two others before killing himself at a weekly church service in Wisconsin? The religious elements of these stories, including the role played by the end-of-times fatalism of Mr. Ratzmann's church, are left largely unexamined by the same news outlets that serve up Ashley Smith's tale as an inspirational parable for profit.

Don Feder explains best the kind of hate-filled blathering expressed by Krugman and Rich...

The Democratic Party isn’t inciting church arson – just yet. But, despite its occasional pious pretenses, the Democrats see Christian America as enemy terrain. Here, at least, the party of Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich is willing to overcome its ingrained pacifism and engage in the rhetorical equivalent of total war....

When the left says fundamentalist it means – “takes religion seriously, believes in the Bible literally, thinks The Ten Commandments are more than suggestions, disagrees with the ACLU on abortion and same-sex marriage”: in other words, miscreants, mutants, degenerates and the criminally insane – the sort of folks who would never get a grant from The Heinz Family Foundation.

Liberals in the news media sneer at “fundamentalists” (the left’s code word for evangelicals) as ignorant bigots. Liberals in Hollywood caricature them (by portraying born-again Christians as trailer-park trash with room-temperature IQs, or Savonarola wannabes). Liberals in politics smear Bible-believing Christians by comparing them to the religion of holy war and suicide bombers.

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 27, 2005 07:57 AM

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I have no use for the left wing who wants to restrict the right to worship. Conversely I have no use for the religious right wing who wants to impose their values on me.

Kind of puts me in the middle I suppose. The left calls me a right wing bigot because I am a fiscal conservative and reject income redistribution as a socialist plot and outright legalized theft. The religious right figures I am a godless commie because I reject any and all organized religions and figure that shamen are shamen because they are too lazy to work. In primative societies they were called witch doctors and medicine men. And there whole point of existance then as now is to try to control the peoples' minds in order to gain control of the people.

I support gay rights. I believe that Roe vs Wade was a bad court decision however I believe that abortion is a matter between a woman and her doctor. I support any law that forbids a minor to have an abortion without parental consent. Look at the logic: I am responsible for my child until she reaches her majority. I can be held liable for her actions until that time and am required by
law to support her. I must agree and sign agreement for any other medical treatment. Why should abortion be any different.

I was amazed when I started to read blogs a few months ago to find that there are many who feel the same way about these issues. It is not that we are out to destroy any religion including Christianity. It is that we don't want to be controled by any religion, including Christianity.

Posted by: GUYK at July 27, 2005 10:41 AM

I have no use for the left wing who wants to restrict the right to worship. Conversely I have no use for the religious right wing who wants to impose their values on me.

Exactly what values are being forced on you?

Kind of puts me in the middle I suppose. The left calls me a right wing bigot because I am a fiscal conservative and reject income redistribution as a socialist plot and outright legalized theft. The religious right figures I am a godless commie because I reject any and all organized religions and figure that shamen are shamen because they are too lazy to work. In primative societies they were called witch doctors and medicine men. And there whole point of existance then as now is to try to control the peoples' minds in order to gain control of the people.

I would call you an anti-religion bigot. You judge those of faith, based on your presumption of a materialistic world. At the same time you whine that we want to force something on you (that you haven't clearly defined) yet you presume to claim we would call you a Communist, simply because you don't believe in God. Rather closed-minded, isn't it.

I support gay rights.

Rights to what? Devalue the institution of marriage? Cripple the economic stability of families by claiming economic concessions historically reserved for those taking the burden of raising children? Homosexuals have all the rights everyone else does. They want special rights, as well as the legal endorsement of their chosen vice.

I believe that Roe vs Wade was a bad court decision however I believe that abortion is a matter between a woman and her doctor.

And the child to be murdered is left out of the decision. How convenient. Is rape between the rapist and the gun owner that sells him the gun he uses to force his victim?

I was amazed when I started to read blogs a few months ago to find that there are many who feel the same way about these issues. It is not that we are out to destroy any religion including Christianity. It is that we don't want to be controled by any religion, including Christianity.

How are you being controlled by religion?

Posted by: Danny Carlton at July 27, 2005 12:01 PM

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