Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Choice That Harms Everyone

The claim that homosexual marriage would not hurt anyone is not true although I can see on the surface why it would seem to be. Actually, the effects of anything positive or negative are not isolated. Everything we do affects everything else even if the effect is minuscule enough not to see it on the surface. However, in the case of same sex marriage, the effects are anything but small. Legalizing homosexual marriage and normalizing homosexual behavior hurts religious freedom. There are plenty of examples to support this already. One that has been in the news is a bakery that refused to sell a wedding cake to a lesbian couple. Rather than acting like adults and just finding another bakery, the lesbians sued the bakery owner on the basis of discrimination. The owners of the bakery could face heavy fines for exercising their religious freedom by not enabling sinful, soul-endangering behavior. This is not an isolated incident either [http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/01/21/christian-bakery-guilty-violating-civil-rights-lesbian-couple/]. Religious organizations that organize adoptions have been forced to close because they refuse to allow homosexuals to adopt. This is another case of violating religious freedom. Legalizing gay marriage is just another step in the direction away from religious freedom in the public square.


There are also the mental health problems and disorders related to homosexual behavior. Depression and suicide can result. “Many homosexual activists point their finger at homophobia as the cause of these disorders, but the most extensive studies have been done in the Netherlands and New Zealand where homosexuality is widely accepted. In an interview with Zenit News, Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, a child and adult psychiatrist in practice for more than 27 years, said, ‘Compared to controls who had no homosexual experience in the 12 months prior to the interviews, males who had any homosexual contact within that time period were much more likely to experience major depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia and obsessive compulsive disorder. Females with any homosexual contact within the previous 12 months were more often diagnosed with major depression, social phobia or alcohol dependence.’ He concluded by saying, ‘Men and women with a history of homosexual contact had a higher prevalence of nearly all psychiatric disorders measured in the study. These findings are the result of a lifestyle marked by rampant promiscuity and an inability to make commitments, combined with unresolved sadness, profound insecurity, anger and mistrust from childhood and adolescence’” [http://catholiceducation.org/articles/homosexuality/ho0088.html] In fact, it is that promiscuity and inability to make commitments that have led some to conclude that HIV/AIDS is a gay disease. I would stop short of calling it that because so many people with normal desires for men and women also suffer from the disease because of similar promiscuity and lack of respect for monogamous male-female marriage, but there is something to be said for the increased risk between homosexuality and HIV/AIDS nonetheless [http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/gender/msm/facts/index.html]. All of these facts pale by comparison to the spiritual impact, which can lead to eternal consequences.


Homosexual activity is a learned behavior, not a genetic orientation. There is a reason why all the parts work the way they work and produce what they produce--or perhaps I should say reproduce what they reproduce. They are designed for each other and only for each other (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-5). In all of the major studies touted by pro-homosexuality supporters, the authors of the studies had an interest in the outcomes turning out the way they did. Furthermore, those studies have been sufficiently challenged by other scientists. Simon LeVay’s conclusions after his study of corpses that revealed differences in the sizes of hypothalami between male homosexuals and heterosexuals failed to take into account the brain’s neuroplasticity--that the makeup of the brain can change based on how it is used. Said another way, “For as he thinks within himself, so he is” (Proverbs 23:7 NASB). So if a person entertains homosexual thoughts, it would only make sense that a study of their brain would reflect that. Dr. Dean Hamer’s “gay gene” study is disputable on the basis that his sample size was too small while other studies with larger sample sizes produced conflicting results. There is no legitimate reason for anyone to believe that homosexual behavior is genetic or that it cannot be changed. Again, even if someone through some type of generational curse or long-term behavior that changed the makeup of their brain so that they are bent toward homosexual desires, that does not mean they are powerless to change, especially when the divine power of God is introduced. He is the solution to all sins and it is only in Jesus that true transformation can occur.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Germany, Homeschooling, and the Romeike Family

The United States Supreme Court has decided not to hear a case of a German family who fled their country rather than face criminal prosecution for homeschooling of all things. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike fled Germany six years ago because German government officials threatened to take their five children away if they were not public schooled. They now have seven children. Four years ago, immigration judge "Lawrence Burman granted them asylum in the United States. They have been living in Morristown, Tennesse since. [3] The Obama Administration challenged Burman's decision in 2012 and the [Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals] unanimously agreed with what I have started calling the "In"Justice Department. The Romeikes were facing deportation, fines, and possible loss of their children until the Department of Homeland Security granted them indefinite deferred action status, meaning the family can stay in the United States for as long as they wish as long as they do not violate the terms of the status or commit a crime. [1]

This is nothing new for the country of Germany though. Melissa Busekros, a "home-schooled teenager was snatched from her family by police in a SWAT style raid and put in a psychiatric ward. After an international uproar, Melissa was returned to her family." Many families have been forced to leave Germany because of the persecution there. Klaus and Kathryn Landahl fled Germany for the same reason. A Gorber family in southern Germany had six children taken from them by the government. Juergen and Rosemarie Dudek actually faced jail time because of homeschooling. American missionaries have had their immigration visas turned down because they are homeschoolers. [2]

Homeschooling families and all people who support school choice should be outraged that this family had to work so hard just to educate their children. Governments do not have a right to force families to make educational decisions that the government desires for their children. The children belong to the parents, not the state. "Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from Him." [6] They are not a gift to governments who are not there every day, who don't watch them grow up, who don't care for them day by day. Children are God's gifts to parents. The final authority should rest with them, not with a country whose sex education has been reported as pornographic and whose classrooms celebrate the occult. One missionary to Germany said, "I know of schools right in our area where it's not just mixed swimming but mixed showering after the swim class is over and mixed locker rooms and then they leave and go to the next class." [2] Uwe Romeike said, "There were stories where they were encouraged to ask the devil for help instead of God and actually the devil would help [in the story]." [4]

Even though this family is from Germany, this should concern all of us. What happens there could eventually happen here. All we need to do to is look at how the United States government fought against this family. The Obama Administration actively fought against asylum for the Romeike family, saying that the anti-homeschooling laws in Germany actually promote tolerance and that homeschooling is not a fundamental right. [5] It's funny how anyone saying that is actually being intolerant of this family and others like them. Nonetheless, the "Injustice Department" succeeded with the help of a U.S. Court of Appeals. That shows the administration's feeling toward persecuted homeschool families. Pray for this family and others like them around the world. Again, pray for this family's future and thank God that they are going to be allowed to stay here in the United States. They refused to give in when being treated wrongly and their hard work has paid off.


SOURCES
1. "German Home-School Family Allowed to Stay in US" by the Christian Broadcasting Network on March 4, 2014 http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2014/March/High-Court-Rejects-Home-Schoolers-Bid-for-Asylum/ 
2. "Germany Declares War on Homeschoolers" by Dale Hurd of the Christian Broadcasting Network. http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/425122.aspx?Print=true
3. "Judge Gives Homeschool Family Asylum" by the Christian Broadcasting Network on January 29, 2010. http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2010/January/US-Judge-Grants-German-Homeschool-Family-Asylum-/
4. "US Court Denies German Homeschoolers Asylum" by Dale Hurd of the Christian Broadcasting Network on May 18, 2013. http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2013/May/US-Court-Denies-German-Home-Schoolers-Asylum/
5. "Justice Dept.: Anti-Homeschool Law Aids Tolerance" by the Christian Broadcasting Network on July 7, 2013. http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2013/July/Obama-Admin-Anti-Homeschool-Law-Promotes-Tolerance/
6. Psalm 127:3 New International Version

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thoughts on Global Warming Deception

Climate change or global warming remains a controversial issue year after year. The term global warming used to be a lot more popular before the average global temperature started declining in 2006. To keep the illusion alive, climate change is used more frequently now. Simply defined, climate change is long-term changes in climate. The concerns over this are completely unnecessary when we look at all the facts and not just what we are spoon fed day after day by the media, liberal politicians making a profit off of their global warming theories [6], and politically-motivated scientists.

The way average global temperature is measured has changed. Land-based weather stations to satellites, to the changing in orbit of the satellites in 2002. [1] have called into question the findings of the data that is used to cause climate change-related fears. It is irresponsible to take data from a short time given all the changes in how global temperatures are measured and make predictions long into the future based on those. If you are conducting an experiment that you are intermittently changing, how can the results be trusted? Temperature measurements like this started around 1880 [1]. It should take much longer to try to determine patterns in global temperature rising or falling given all the aforementioned changes that have been made before one starts spouting wild claims about potential danger to the planet.

One major problem with proponents of climate change is that they are making scientific hypotheses that have more basis in their faulty presuppositions (whether worldview related, politically related, or a combination of both) rather than actual data that can be trusted. When we begin with the correct starting point of God’s Word which has never been wrong, we can trust that the all-knowing, all-powerful God of the universe gave us a world we can thrive in. My wife Holly has summed this up well. “Fear of global warming is lack of faith in the Creator to create a world that can adequately sustain His creation.” God promised that humanity would forever have an earth to live in that would sustain us [2]. There are verses that may lead some to think that this physical Earth is going to come to an end [3], but we can know from studying the whole counsel of God’s Word that the Earth itself will not end, but be divinely refurbished and eternal so to speak.

Enemy number one to global warming theorists is something that actually helps produce life on Earth: carbon dioxide. Nothing on Earth could live without it yet it this thing that is essential to life is also deemed to be polluting the earth we were given by those that would have us believe man-made global warming is a reality. In truth, water vapor accounts for more of the greenhouse effect than carbon dioxide does. This is also not to mention that the amount of carbon dioxide actually man-made is very small. So even if carbon dioxide were a major pollutant and cause of severe changes in Earth’s average temperature (which it is not), people have had little to do with it. [7] It has even been suggested that colder winters, more severe snowstorms, and other such examples are proof that global warming is actually happening. This is despite the fact the same global warming theory supporters said before that less snow and warmer winters proved global warming was occurring. This helps prove that a large part of global warming alarmism is politically motivated [11].

It is also worthy of note that news reporting has been all over the map on this in the last several decades. In the 1970s, the big scare from the scientific community was about global cooling not global warming [4]. The cycle by which the man-made fears change from global cooling to global warming seems to be somewhat similar to actual cycles in the average global temperature changes themselves.

Even if we give benefit of the doubt to the temperature readings that have been taken for the last 130 years, the data does not show a one-way-up warming trend. The data shows a period of warming from about 1900-1940, followed by cooling from about 1940-1970, and warming again from about 1980-2000. For the last decade or so, there has been no rise in the average global temperature. There is very recent evidence that everything may be cooling again [5].

So what should we do in the midst of all the debate over global warming? First and foremost, we should be truth seekers. Jesus said He is the truth [8]. All truth comes from God just as Satan is the father of lies [9]. The Bible commands us to test everything we hear to see if it matches up with the truth God has revealed in Scripture and not just accept what we hear at face value [10]. We should do that whether we are reading something on a Facebook note or listening to a lecture from a college professor. People are entitled to their own opinions and interpretations of facts. No one is entitled to their own facts though. It is apparent at best that there is not enough long-term reliable data to make a judgment as to whether global warming is a severe problem or whether humans are causing it. At worst, we can conclude based on current evidence and contradictory positions taken in the past by climate change theorists that all this “settled science” is nothing but elaborate deception.

SOURCES
1. “The Great Global Warming Blunder: How Mother Nature Fooled The World’s Top Climate Scientists” by Roy W. Spencer
2. Genesis 8:22; Psalm 104:5; Ecclesiastes 1:4
3. Matthew 24:3 King James Version; Matthew 28:20 King James Version; 2 Peter 3:10-12
4. “The Cooling World” by Peter Gwynne in Newsweek on April 28, 1975
5. “New Evidence for Global Cooling” by Dr. Larry Vardiman Ph.D in the Institute for Creation Research http://www.icr.org/article/new-evidence-for-global-cooling/
6. “Gore’s Dual Role: Advocate and Investor” by John M. Broder in the New York Times on November 2, 2009 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/03/business/energy-environment/03gore.html?_r=1&
7. “Man-Made CO2 Has Minimal Effect On Climate Change, Claim Global Warming Skeptics” by Kirk Myers in The Examiner on December 19, 2009 http://www.examiner.com/article/man-made-co2-has-minimal-effect-on-climate-change-claim-global-warming-skeptics
8. John 14:6
9. John 8:44
10. 1 Thessalonians 5:21
11. “Audio Flashback: Democrats Said No Snow Proved Global Warming” The Rush Limbaugh Show on February 12, 2010http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2010/02/12/audio_flashback_democrats_said_no_snow_proved_global_warming

My Favorite Facebook Posts of 2013

January 8- Shelby: "Are you texting God, Daddy?" LOL

January 9- I wonder if the guy on the Cialis commercials gets recognized in public. That would be embarrassing.

January 15- I am beginning to think that the only thing not made in China are non-Chinese babies.

March 7-  Hebrew sounds like Klingon.

March 11- It's better to counter/challenge something you disagree with to try to change minds and hearts than it is to silence it. That doesn't do anything and defeats the purpose of the silencer, unless the silencer is just too afraid to defend what they think.

March 24- You know you're a big "Left Behind" fan when you're watching Florida Gulf Coast play in the NCAA tournament and the GC on the scoreboard reminds you of the Global Community.

April 3- I have a daughter who knows how to cheat. I was trying to teach her checkers. She only had three left. So what does she do? Gets up and switches sides. Smart kid

April 23- Don't believe everything you read on the internet, unless I write it.

May 6- Shelby has Timothy's life all planned out for him. She said she's going to be a NASCAR driver, he's going to be a preacher, and they are going to use all their money to get a big church. And they are going to get married and live together.

May 25- New accomplishment: I can now do the Fandango dance in the tub without falling. Of course, I can only dance on my knees but that's still good I think.

June 10- Just saw a statue of an angel on TBN's Praise the Lord. Not to worry though. It wasn't weeping. And even if it was, I didn't blink.

June 28- By the way in case you were wondering, the amount of wood that woodchucks would chuck on a given day varies greatly with the individual woodchuck. According to a Wall Street Journal article, New York state wildlife expert Richard Thomas found that a woodchuck could chuck around 35 cubic feet of dirt in the course of digging a burrow. Thomas reasoned that if a woodchuck could chuck wood, he would chuck an amount equal to 700 pounds.

June 29- Okay so I was on WWE's website and they have a short playlist with highlights from their World Bodybuilding Federation that no longer exists. I was a little confused as to why they were playing N Sync's version of "O Holy Night" in the background while some guy with huge muscles was standing around posing with a surfboard. Then I realized about a minute into it that I left my Spotify on and that's the song that was playing, lol.

July 1- Lifetime movies are made for only one reason as far as I can tell. These things are made to send to film/acting schools across the country as examples of what not to do if you want to display any talent whatsoever. As for why these are made available to the public, we are still working on a theory. Perhaps, like the election, these are just a reflection of the population. Holly’s theory is that the actors who are in these things do this for educational purpose for the above-mentioned schools when they cannot get better roles and they are released to the public for amusement. If they are released for amusement, I consider the current movie I am watching to be a home run success.

July 21- If a string of crimes is committed by people in wheelchairs and people who don't know me started looking at me with raised eyebrows, that wouldn't be profiling. It would be logical based on descriptions of the suspects.

August 5- I don't agree with much of anything from CM Punk, but this is pretty spot on. "Put Pete Rose in the hall of fame if this A-rod guy gets to play still. Charlie Hustle > A-roids." Major League Baseball is launching an investigation on all players using steroids. In unrelated news the sport of baseball has been cancelled.

August 9- The only thing the Waffle House restroom is missing is some penguins and a Morgan Freeman narration. Brrrr!
Okay why does the talking Lots-O-Huggin bear at Toys R Us sound like a "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" criminal?

August 30- Holy mistake Batman! Almost went into the women's restroom at Wal-Mart

August 31- I can't believe I just now read this. Pete Rose is right with this one regarding the hypocrisy of how he has been treated by Major League Baseball compared to many of these drug-users who they have caught. "I picked the wrong vice. I shoulda picked alcohol, I shoulda picked drugs, or I shoulda picked beating up my wife or my girlfriend, because if you do those three, you get a second chance, but they haven't given too many gamblers second chances in the world of baseball." Sad, but true.

September 3- Somehow I just managed to hit myself in the face with a frying pan.

September 7- Shelby: No peeing in the sink.

September 10- I just tried to shave with my phone.

September 16- Are you willing to pay $10 for a Big Mac so that the entry-level wage is $15 an hour?

September 22- Bingo must be like crack for the elderly or something.

September 24- I had nothing better to do. I figured I would just spray myself in the face with the sink sprayer.

October 1- Some old guy who shouldn't be driving judging by his performance almost caused a head-on wreck with us. Thank you God for protection from Mr. Magoo.

October 17- Just saw a great shirt that says, "I am not a nerd. I am just smarter than you.”

October 23- Alarm clocks should be slowly stoned to death. If only they could feel.

November 3- I just realized I had my shirt and my coat tucked into my pants.

November 15- When you attempt to charge a phone before you lay down for the night, make sure it is actually plugged into the outlet.
Myth: We all put pants on one leg at a time.

November 16- Shelby- "Come on Daddy. Let's get you back to bed since you're so lazy.”

November 20- What's all this stuff about cereal murderers I keep hearing about on ID? I mean, really. What did Snap, Crackle, and Pop ever do to these guys?

November 23-  All my life until about 10 minutes ago, I thought "shooting fish in a barrel" was like some person stepping back and taking a jump shot to toss a fish in a barrel.

November 25- FarmersOnly.com? I don't even think I need to say anything about that for it to be funny.

December 9-  Apparently no one has heard of Cajah's Mountain. I guess its one of those places you have to be looking for to find, like the Rio Linda of North Carolina.

December 10- Shelby has a very good forearm. She gave me a shot to the mouth by accident while demonstrating inertia for her science lesson. Thank you "Sid the Science Kid."

December 14- I wonder if that Farmers Only website has sections for matching people by their favorite farm animal. Every time I see those commercials I can't help but laugh.

December 22- The Panthers are in the playoffs. Isn't that one of the signs of the end times or something?

December 27- I just held both phones up to my ears, talked to myself, and heard my own voice. That was fun.