Monday, March 31, 2014
On 3/27/14 broadcast of Generations Radio, Kevin Swanson cautioned against the cult of celebrity and the usual downfall into immorality that such figures often fall into. Interestingly, he was just as critical of detailed exposes pertaining to such as gossipy in nature. Must be trying to brush over whatever scandal his former sidekick Dave Buehner was caught in since that broadcaster’s abrupt dismissal from the broadcast.
As a religious sect adhering to a legalistic view of salvation, the Jehovah Witnesses believe that it is a matter of eternal importance to avoid blood transfusions at all costs, even at the price of health and life itself. It is generally accepted that parents have the right to raise their children in compliance with the beliefs of the respective family’s faith. To adherents of the Watchtower Society, this means they ought to be able to refuse medical treatment for their children requiring blood transfusions. However, as the institution charged with overseeing the physical well being of those residing within its boundaries (especially for those unable to do so for themselves), the state might have other priorities as to whether or not an ailing child receives a blood transfusion.
What makes such an example so compelling is the variety of ethical issues of the most visceral variety involved. Foremost among these is the freedom of religion.
Here in the United States, citizens are allowed to believe what they want and pretty much permitted to live according to these principles so long as they do not infringe upon the well being and liberties of others from an activist standpoint. Relatedly, it is believed parents have the right to raise their children in accord with these principles and overall children are better off under the care of parents that genuinely love them than under detached bureaucracies. That said, the state has the obligation to protect the physical well-being of those that cannot do so for themselves. Unfortunately, this may often include small children unable to defend themselves against parents that do not have their priorities in order.
Fundamental to the American conception of human rights is the phrase contained in the Declaration of Independence of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Without life, the other two are essentially meaningless.
As such, in most instances life must take precedence, especially in cases where the individual for whom the decision is being made is unable to make an informed one on their own. If the Jehovah Witness child was a teenager or an intelligent adolescent that refused medical treatment with the consent of the parents, the state should mind its own business and refrain from interference. It is generally considered improper to force treatment upon someone that does not want it since is their own life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness that is at stake. However, two year olds are unable to make such decisions on their own and it would not be right for parents on their own to deny liberty and the pursuit of happiness to a child whose life is in need of direct emergency medical intervention.
While the state has the imperative and obligation to protect the lives of its most innocent members, that does not mean its agents should eagerly rush in to break up families as is the mindset of many in so-called “child protective services” in a manner akin to Janet Reno bursting in with guns blazing into the Branch Davidian compound. Rather, the notion that one may lure more flies with sugar than vinegar may be a more appropriate strategy.
First, hospital officials should assure the parents that everything is being done to treat the child initially with procedures that do not necessarily involve a blood transfusion. Secondly, in discussions of this kind of case, Roe notes that in certain circumstances an appeal to Watchtower officials might be able to persuade them to permit the transfusion even though it is not in compliance with the sect’s normal policy (120).
Such an instance might also be better handled by the hospital chaplain or Christian acquaintances since it might make the parents even more defensive if confronted by hospital personnel or child protection bureaucrats that hand down edicts with all the compassion of the IRS or DMV. As fellow theists though of a considerably different persuasion, the chaplain or Christian friend could discuss the passages from which the prohibitions against blood transfusions are drawn and explain in a kind and understanding manner how they do not necessarily apply and how God forgives those that ask and that no deed other than the failure to believe in the death and resurrection of Christ for our sins is beyond redemption by His blood.
The bond between parent and child is strong. Under normal circumstances, a loving parent is not going to allow harm to come to that child without taking action.
However, in rare instances where the child is in danger of imminent loss of life and is not competent as to consent to their own medical treatment and parents forbid intervention on the part of physicians, authorities from the various spheres overseeing medical services may be required to use their assorted forms of influence to persuade the parents that it is in the best interests of the child to allow treatment. At first, this should be done in a friendly and conversational manner. However, if they do not relent, higher authorities such as the courts and social services may need to be consulted in a judicious manner that preserves the physical well being of the child as well as inflict minimal damage to the integrity of the parent/child relationship.
By Frederick Meekins
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Often, criticism is raised about people piddling away on their smartphones and not interacting with others around them in public. Interestingly, the same ones fawning all over themselves as to how much they relish on the spot social interaction are more than likely the same ones that wouldn’t give the more withdrawn and reclusive the time of day. So, in other words, the more introverted are obligated to surrender what is perhaps one of the few ways they might be comfortable engaging with the world in order to merely assuage the communitarian inclinations of those that don’t give a flip that they otherwise exist.
If Joan Rivers saw herself in the mirror, she'd probably turn to stone like Medusa. But she's so old at this point she'd probably just collapse into a pile of dust.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Regarding the downfall of homeschool guru Doug Phillips, it is being admonished that Christians should not put so much faith in those in positions of leadership. Likewise, it is because such figures are fallible that Christians should not allow these figures have so much direct control over their individual lives. Beyond the weekly sermon and casual acquaintanship, it is best not to grant anyone in pastoral leadership control over your private affairs.
It was asked online how America can condemn other nation’s that allow polygamy when this country allows people to marry, divorce, and marry again and often for any reason whatsoever? For starters, the American serial marriages are not occurring all at the same time. Secondly, in these countries that allow the practice of polygamy, often the woman or women have very little say about whether or not additional wives are brought into the household. Furthermore, often these polygamist marriages are imposed upon girls that barely have an awareness of the birds and the bees. Seldom do you see these gerontological perverts eager to get it on with those around their same age. In America, hardly anyone is forced to wed a divorced spouse. American woman go into these less than optimal partnerships of their own choosing. They are not sold off like cattle in these dirt pile countries. Thirdly, just because a government or popular consensus might allow for a particular practice does not mean those holding to a contrary perspective cannot vocalize opposition. It is that these days that there are so many debaucheries going on at the same time that the critical mind must prioritize. At least the divorced and remarried are striving towards the monogamist ideal.
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Redskins owner Dan Synder is establishing a foundation to benefit so-called “original Americans”. So apparently worth ought to be determined by the color of skin rather than the content of character. Would a similar program on the part of the Minnesota Vikings targeting handouts exclusively to the descendants of Scandinavians and related Nordic peoples be as applauded or even permitted? Even those categorized as American Indians migrated to these shores at some time or the other. If not, they would not be part of our human species. Either way, since that event occurred millennia ago, none of them are alive now anyway. As such, the descendants of that particular group of settlers are no more original than those who are as pale as the proverbial Dutch baby’s backside.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
“Fred Phelps was hated for speaking the truth about the militant homosexual. The militant homosexual is no friend of God, and no friend of America. I'm not saying I agreed with Fred's methods, I'm just saying I agreed with Fred.”
Usually, Bachmann is more insightful than this.
So you should go around telling parents that their children died in car wrecks because your states wasn't tough enough on the sodomites?
Furthermore, it was doubtful that the Amish school children slaughtered by a deranged gunman that the Phelps cult insisted got what they deserved were preparing for a gay pride rally.
The problem with Fred Phelps was not his stance against homosexuality.
Where he went off the deep end was blaming everyone else for things over which they had no control.
And would Michelle Bachmann so eagerly insert her nose into the rectal cavity of this religious lunatic if her own personal tragedies were ridiculed and exploited for the sake of ecclesiastical showmanship?
Monday, March 24, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
As evidence, the example was given of Catholics that attend church every day especially to receive the mass.
On of the strengths of Protestantism is its realization and contention that one does not require the assistance of a priest to commune with God if one does not so desire.
After all, the priesthood is of ALL believers and just not a professional class.
Thus, your access to God is as direct from your bed chamber as it is in the most magnificent cathedral.
It is only human limitations that impose such a distinction in these venues.
So aren't Protestants making a fuss that one ought to be in church daily to exhibit an acceptable level of devotion to God really insisting that going to church is not so much about worshiping God as it is about OTHERS seeing you supposedly worshiping God?
by Frederick Meekins
On The Five, Andrea Tantaros in reference to a middle school principal forcing pupils to speak English suggested that American students instead be forced to speak Spanish. Had the pundit been alive during the Second World War, would she applaud Poles being forced to speak German or, the inhabitants of Manchuria, Japanese?
The purpose of the rally was to intimidate the chain store into joining the Fair Food Program.
That initiative is not the focus of these comments.
Unless that activist theologian has moved to that particular locality, an even more interesting observation is how did Brian McLaren get there?
It is quite a walk from Maryland to Florida.
Even a bicycle ride would be out of the question.
Interestingly, part of McLaren's shtick on the rubber chicken circuit is to denigrate modern conveniences and technology.
In one interview, McLaren denounced the four walled structure necessary to provide shelter as separating man from God's creation.
So apparently while you, mere pew filler, are to feel shamed for having a roof over your head and maybe a car in the driveway, McLaren is so important that the world economy will collapse if he doesn't get to play labor organizer in the mid winter Florida sun.
by Frederick Meekins
Thursday, March 20, 2014
That's the kind of theological reasoning the SOB applied to everybody else.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
On an episode of Avengers Assemble, Captian America got all on his high horse badmouthing Tony Stark’s reliance upon technology. Given that without the super soldier formula, Steve Rogers wasn’t much more than a proverbial 100 pound weakling, Stark should have reminded him that Captain America is himself little more than a piece of technology and, when you come down to it, a government sanctioned steroid abuser.
Best be careful whose hot cross buns you are ogling.
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Friday, March 14, 2014
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Thursday, March 13, 2014
An Internet meme distributed on Facebook by Occupy London depicts a U.S. soldier with an assortment of corporate logos plastered over his uniform such as Exxon and Mobil. The caption reads, “900 bases in 153 countries isn't fighting for freedom. It is an empire.” Without secure fossil fuels, would these beatniks be able to operate the mobile communications devices and online social networks they adore or prance around at farmers markets? If it is wrong for oil companies to rake in money, do they also begrudge the billions raked in the Facebook or Twitter executives? More importantly, if this wing of the Occupy movement is outraged over 900 military bases in 153 countries, do they get as jacked out of shape over their fellow activists expressing themselves through the vandalism of private businesses, the desecration of churches, and the defecating upon police cruisers?
With the increasing movement towards the legalization of pot, how come television viewers aren't subjected to nearly the same number of public services announcements these days attempting to condition against this physiologically altering substance as targeted at tobacco or even sugary beverages?
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
By Fanatic Homeschool Standards Is Duggar Wench Robbing The Cradle With Boy Toy Two Years Her Junior?
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Those supporting breast cancer research apparently think it is appropriate for students to wear apparel declaring “I Love Boobies”. These days, one is not to dare question the health initiatives favored by assorted feminists. I pointed out such articles of clothing would be as appropriate in an educational setting as items with the slogan “I love nuts” blazoned upon them in order to raise testicular cancer awareness. For making this comparison, I was sent an email message how someone’s nephew suffers from this affliction and how it is caused by a gene similar to that which causes breast cancer. I sympathize with those afflicted with these diseases, but the point otherwise being? So since I’ve had family members with prostrate cancer, does that mean I am justified in walking around in a t-shirt that reads “Up Yours!” since that is the primary way that particular disease is initially screened?
Cardinal Dolan has suggested that Catholics ought to be required to give up meat on Friday's in order to identify with the suffering of Christ. Too bad Dolan at times has not been as serious about pedophiles giving up on underage children. Seems to me that might make Jesus even happier.
The Same Ecclesiastical Dimwits Sneering Down Their Noses At 7 Day Creationists Lack The Brain Power To Realize An Alligator Is Not A Fish
Home Educator Accussed Of Being A Little Too "Hands On" In Regards To Buxom & Comely Female Students
So on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., was the body in suspended animation that Coulson stumbled upon suppose to be an extraterrestrial or what was left of Coulson’s body following his death in the Avengers film with the being now known as Coulson a clone of the original with the original’s consciousness downloaded into the cloned body or a brain programed with the original Coulson’s memories?
Monday, March 10, 2014
If one was required to show one's hands to the robots in order to be categorized as non-threatening, since the movie was already saltier than it needed to be in terms of profanity, someone should have given the droids the finger.
Samuel Jackson is amusing in his spoof of Bill O'Reilly.
The scene where the senator was kicked off the "Novak Element" was quite reminiscent of the Fox News pundit interrupting guests he doesn't agree with.
Despite the relevancy of the underlying ethical conflict, the film wasn't necessarily an improvement over the 1980's version in all respects.
The more mechanized voice of the title character in the original and Murphy having done to him whatever his corporate masters wanted without any notion of consent on the part of his family since he was "dead" in eyes of the law and thus without any rights was a more dramatic portrayal of the threats posed to fundamental assumptions of humanity by radical cybernetic life extension technologies allowed to get out of control.
There are probably just as many photographs of teens getting drunk if one digs deep enough and accounts are notorious of errant spouses utilizing this revolutionary communications technology to abet adultery.
There are valid arguments made from both positions as to the propriety of gun sales facilitated over social networks.
But what is the big fuss over a gun picture?
Online, those guns are probably about as real as the bosoms of the scantily clad models attempting to entice you to click on links for a wide variety of products and services.
Perhaps the most appropriate advice is adapted from the moral libertines any time a parent or even a concerned citizen raises a reservation about the amount of exposed flesh or non-marital boudoir frolicking depicted in the contemporary media.
If you don't like to look at pictures of guns, don't look at them.
By Frederick Meekins