My peace plan is simple: Israel defeats its enemies. Victory uniquely creates circumstances conducive to peace. Wars end, the historical record confirms, when one side concedes defeat and the other wins. This makes intuitive sense, for so long as both sides aspire to achieve their ambitions, fighting continues or it potentially can resume.
Despite portraying themselves as champions of minorities, liberal disdain for black Americans continually seeps through. Why do liberals back Affirmative Action? Because they believe black Americans are too stupid and inferior to compete with white Americans without help. Why did liberals love referring to Bill Clinton as “the first black President?” Because liberals look at black men and think, “You know how THOSE PEOPLE are. Always sleeping around. Can’t keep it in their pants.”
It is the widespread view in academia that John Maynard Keynes was a model classical liberal in the tradition of Locke, Jefferson, and Tocqueville. Like these men, it is commonly held, Keynes was a sincere, indeed, exemplary, believer in the free society. If he differed from the classical liberals in some obvious and important ways, it was simply because he tried to update the essential liberal idea to suit the economic conditions of a new age. But if Keynes was such a model champion of the free society, how can we account for his peculiar comments, in 1933, endorsing, though with reservations, the social “experiments” that were going on at the time in Italy, Germany, and Russia? And what about his strange introduction to the 1936 German translation of the General Theory, where he writes that his approach to economic policy is much better suited to a totalitarian state such as that run by the Nazis than, for instance, to Britain?
Consider two cases of mass manipulation through a big lie: the first is directed against children, and has to do with Santa Claus; the second is directed against adults, and has to do with government programs and goodies. In the first case adults engage in a conspiracy to inculcate in children a belief in Saint Nicholas; in the second case, a certain party of propagandists engage in a conspiracy to inculcate a general belief in government entitlements. In the first case, a good outcome depends on whether a child is naughty or nice; in the second case, a good outcome depends on whether the public will vote for measures that promise to bankrupt the country, creating yet another department of government elves and overseers.
When Friedrich Nietzsche announced the death of God in 1882, he thought that in the modern, scientific world people would soon be unable to countenance the idea of religious faith. By the time The Economist did its famous “God Is Dead” cover in 1999, the question seemed moot, notwithstanding the rise of politicized religiosity — fundamentalism — in almost every major faith since the 1970s. An obscure ayatollah toppled the shah of Iran, religious Zionism surfaced in Israel, and in the United States, Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority announced its dedicated opposition to “secular humanism.”
“One of my first contacts with Alvin Plantinga was at a conference in Dallas in 1985. As a young philosopher, I was eager (though somewhat intimidated) to sit down with him and ask him some questions. We arranged a time together in a section of the hotel lounge and began to talk. At that point, a woman came to him and said, “Prof. Plantinga, the press is here and asking to interview you.” I figured that was the end of our conversation. But to my shock, Plantinga said to her, “Well, tell them to go away! Tell them I’m doing something more important: I’m talking philosophy.” Those words were burned into my memory. Imagine how I felt: Alvin Plantinga considered it more important to talk to a nobody like me than be interviewed for an article that thousands would read! It spoke volumes to me of the character of this gracious man, who has over the years been such an inspiration to me.”—William Lane Craig about Alvin Plantinga via EPS Blog - Evangelical Philosophical Society
The morality of capitalism is one of the most pressing moral issues that Christian philosophers and theologians need to address today. Toward that end, we interviewed Scott Rae about his just released book (with co-author Austin Hill), The Virtues of Capitalism: A Moral Case for Free Markets (Northfield Publishing, 2010). Scott is professor of Christian ethics and the chairperson of the philosophy of religion and ethics department at Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology. Below is part one of our multi-part interview with Rae.
State Senate passes far-reaching crackdown on illegal immigration.
The measure, which passed on a 28-10 vote as an amendment to the budget, would bar the state from doing business with any company found to break federal laws barring illegal immigrant hiring. It would also toughen penalties for creating or using fake identification documents, and explicitly deny in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon has been making a big splash here lately. I’m wondering if our authorities checked his credentials when he entered the country. Probably not. Racial profiling and all that. You know.
I confess that when I first saw the May 17 picture of Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, joining his Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with raised arms — after their signing of a putative deal to defuse the crisis over Iran’s nuclear weapons program — all I could think of was: Is there anything uglier than watching democrats sell out other democrats to a Holocaust-denying, vote-stealing Iranian thug just to tweak the U.S. and show that they, too, can play at the big power table?
A colossal Iran-funded and directed armament program has enabled Syria to field 1,000 ballistic missiles and Hizballah 1,000 rockets - all pointed at specific Israeli military and civilian locations, including the densely populated conurbation around Tel Aviv, DEBKAfile’s military sources reveal. Syria has smuggled most of its stock of liquid-fuel powered ballistic missiles over to Hizballah in Lebanon, while its own production lines have been working day and night for five months to upgrade its stock solid fuel-propelled missiles, so improving their accuracy. North Korean military engineers and technicians are employed on those production lines.
It is perfectly obvious that Iran’s latest uranium maneuver, brokered by Brazil and Turkey, is a ruse. Iran retains more than enough enriched uranium to make a bomb. And it continues enriching at an accelerated pace and to a greater purity (20 percent). Which is why the French foreign ministry immediately declared that the trumpeted temporary shipping of some Iranian uranium to Turkey will do nothing to halt Iran’s nuclear program.
One of America’s national organizations fighting against illegal immigration is announcing that 17 states are now filing versions of Arizona’s SB 1070 law which is designed to help local police enforce America’s existing immigration laws.
Nakba, the Arabic word for “catastrophe,” has entered the English language in reference to the Arab–Israeli conflict. As defined by the anti-Israel website The Electronic Intifada, Nakba means “the expulsion and dispossession of hundreds of thousands [of] Palestinians from their homes and land in 1948.”
On May 17, 2010, Iran, Turkey, and Brazil signed an agreement on a swap of 1,200 kg of low enriched uranium (LEU) from Iran in return for 20% enriched uranium reactor fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR). Should the agreement materialize, it would be an important gain for Iran. Iran would receive fuel for a reactor that while today is used for the production of radioisotopes for medical uses, was previously used for weapons-related research activities: plutonium research and polonium-210 production, whose only use is in nuclear weapons. In fact, the medical radioisotopes can be commercially obtained from several sources, and would not fall under any sanctions.
Iran’s and North Korea’s nuclear programs — not to mention the risk of loose nukes in Russia or Pakistan — are worrying enough. But a number of other countries are looking to join the nuclear club, with terrifying potential consequences.
Rodney Stark is a prominent and prolific sociologist and historian of religion. His Curriculum Vitae lists 28 books and 144 articles, many of which have reached a broad academic and popular audience. Often controversial, and known as a challenger of conventional wisdom, Stark once described himself as neither religious nor atheistic, but later came to understand himself as an “independent Christian.” After four decades as a professor, Stark is one of America’s preeminent scholars of religion, and serves as co-director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. He spoke by phone with Timothy Dalrymple for Patheos’ Evangelical Portal about his latest book, God’s Battalions: the Case for the Crusades.
I’ve been thinking … well, I’ve been reading and thinking. I’ve been reading Erwin Lutzer’s latest work, “When A Nation Forgets God: Seven Lessons We Must Learn From Nazi Germany.” Published by Moody Publishers, the Moody Church pastor analyses how the church in Germany fell under the sway of Adolf Hitler. Here’s the bad news: “By far the majority of the Lutheran churches sided with Hitler and his spectacular reforms.” The good news: “But a minority, under the leadership of Bonhoeffer and Niemoller, chose to pull away from the established church to form the ‘Confessing Church.’”
It is because of Israel that I became a conservative, I’m very solidary with their country and the suffering of the people caused by Hamas and others terrorists cowards groups. And I must say… what is happening???
USA have take one terrorist attack, and because of that it could pursuit the terrorists and take Afghanistan and Iraq. Israel have taken 8 years of attacks, but the international community doesn’t’ let it go for Iran! Look.. if Ahmadinejad have doing his job trying to suppress these terrorists groups, but the guy loves and defends them! They are one! War is inevitable!