Randall Balmer wrote: .... Many of the slippery slope scenarios I heard applied to behavior. A sip of beer would lead to wine, then the hard stuff and, inevitably, to a life of debauchery. A trip to the movie theater would lead to a pornography addiction. Playing poker with friends would lead to a gambling addiction. Slippery slope. Dancing, of course, placed you on the fast track to sexual intercourse.
I left the evangelical subculture, more or less, at the end of the 1970s. Little did I know that evangelicals were then stepping onto their own slippery slope ....
To say that I left the evangelical subculture is not quite accurate ‚ÄĒ and not only because evangelicalism is so stamped into my DNA that it is impossible to leave entirely. Evangelicalism really left me more than I left it. The religious tradition that shaped me was part of a long and noble movement that, in earlier generations of American life, took the part of those on the margins of society. Evangelicals, especially in the 19th and early 20th centuries, sought to educate those on the bottom rungs of society so they would have a better life....
Abuse tracker helped fill out some of the details of the article that SA has.
Paul Brooks wrote: Three Hudson Valley men abused by a Catholic priest decades ago will receive $250,000 each in compensation from the New York Archdiocese, according to their Kingston lawyer.... .... The money from the Archdiocese was authorized after a review of the claims the three men filed with the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program.
The Archdiocese has paid out more than $40 million under the program, it said in a report released Thursday....
The ends justify the means? I think some thinking has to be done about this‚Ěó at least Moore is serving some useful purpose.
Jeff Greenfield wrote: ..Moore‚Äôs supporters are making even as their man takes serious incoming fire. The political defense of Moore goes like this: ‚ÄúIf Moore loses, that‚Äôs one less vote for tax cuts, conservative judges, traditional values. (Well, they might want to shelve that one). We can‚Äôt let our problems with personal conduct override the enormous political stakes.‚ÄĚ...
In the end, though, neither Clinton nor Kennedy can escape the ‚Äúreckoning‚ÄĚ of which Hayes and Flanagan refer. In the case of Kennedy, his treatment of women was not simply callous, but jeopardized his presidency. In the case of Clinton, his public policies cannot erase the serious doubts about whether a sexual predator occupied the White House for eight years. And even measured by partisan concerns, Clinton‚Äôs behavior materially, perhaps fatally, wounded the campaigns of Gore and Hillary Clinton.
I remember writing a letter to my congressman--who was pushing NAFTA-- about the problems of NAFTA and that one of the requirements should have been that Mexican factories had to be set back from the international border. This article prove me right! It's a good article!
Psalms 122:6-8 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May they be secure who love you! Peace be within your walls and security within your towers! For my brothers and companions' sake I will say, Peace be within you!---ESV
Stewart Huntington wrote: ...Puckett has been fighting crime on the reservation for most of a decade. Mostly he targets drug dealers but, since Nebraska shuttered beer sales in Whiteclay just south of the reservation, he's seen more bootlegging.
"It has grown tremendously," said. "But it's always been here. We can't say it hasn't been here because it's been here but it has increased since Whiteclay has been shut down."...
I suppose most people including myself was hoping that Christian Sharia law would have a big effect. Perhaps it has had an effect but still not a complete shutdown of illicit alcohol, just as it didn't happened in the prohibition era? 10 Things You Should Know About Prohibition.
If it's any consolation to the Republicans, the Democrats are leading to 2-1 in the people who were forced to resign from office.
Rachel Bade & Jake Sherman wrote: ... on Friday, the Associated Press reported that Franks offered to pay an aide $5 million to carry his child and pressured her relentlessly on the matter.
New details about the controversy surrounding Franks come as sexual harassment allegations have engulfed Capitol Hill. Franks became the third lawmaker this week alone to announce that he will step down after being accused of sexual misconduct, following Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).
It sounds like the Anglican Church is just helping to set up an equivalent of the Saint Pius X Society.
Wikipedia wrote: .... Talks between the Society and the Holy See are at an impasse, and the Holy See considers that the Society has broken away from communion with the Catholic Church. Although the Holy See has granted to all priest members of the Society the faculty to give sacramental absolution validly to those who attend its churches and has authorised local ordinaries to grant permission for celebrating marriages of followers of the Society...
John MacArthur certainly has some good points here
John MacArthur wrote: The gospel that Jesus proclaimed was a call to discipleship, a call to follow Him in submissive obedience, not just a plea to make a decision or pray a prayer. Jesus' message liberated people from the bondage of their sin while it confronted and condemned hypocrisy. It was an offer of eternal life and forgiveness for repentant sinners, but at the same time it was a rebuke to outwardly religious people whose lives were devoid of true righteousness. It put sinners on notice that they must turn from sin and embrace God's righteousness. Our Lord's words about eternal life were invariably accompanied by warnings to those who might be tempted to take salvation lightly. He taught that the cost of following Him is high, that the way is narrow and few find it. He said many who call him Lord will be forbidden from entering the kingdom of heaven (cf. Matthew 7:13-23)....
"In a major victory for American national sovereignty and self-government..."
This is not the way Nebraska Farmers look at NAFTA, however
Barbara Soderin wrote: Withdrawing from a free-trade agreement with Canada and Mexico would cause long-term harm to Nebraska farmers and ranchers and put a big dent in the state‚Äôs economy, the Nebraska Farm Bureau said in a new report.
For the first time, the agriculture lobby group looked to put an approximate dollar figure on the value of exports to those countries at the county level and individual farm level.
Four top-producing ag counties ‚ÄĒ Platte, Cuming, Custer and Holt ‚ÄĒ are estimated to export more than $30 million each in commodities to Canada and Mexico, exports that could significantly slow without free-trade rules in place. Only two Nebraska counties are estimated at less than $1 million in export value to those nations.
Now, we know the problems with homosexuals and they are serious. I have often used these verses:
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.---ESV
However, the GOP has embraced some of the other sins mentioned in the above verses just as tightly as the Democrats have embraced their favorite sins from the above verses you can see that Mr. Moore is not fit to be a Senator. He also embraces http://tinyurl.com/yd2k9jdj (Dominionism -- A Summary) that is poisonous to Christianity and democracy!
Liberals and not all these comments are from liberals in this article, can have enough right on people or topics that they should be paid attention to on those particular topics. Steve Bannon is one of them.
David Smith wrote: into the mainstream. The Southern Poverty Law Center, an anti-hate speech watchdog, wrote in an open letter: ‚ÄúBannon presided over a news empire where he, according to former staffers, ‚Äėaggressively pushed stories against immigrants, and supported linking minorities to terrorism and crime‚Äô.
It added: ‚ÄúUnder Bannon, Breitbart published a call to ‚Äėhoist [the Confederate flag] high and fly it with pride‚Äô only two weeks after the Charleston massacre when the country was still reeling from the horrors of the murders. Under Bannon, Breitbart published an extremist anti-Muslim tract where the author wrote that ‚Äėrape culture‚Äô is ‚Äėintegral‚Äô to Islam. Worse perhaps, Bannon personally insinuated that African Americans are ‚Äėnaturally aggressive and violent‚Äô.
It should be noted that President Trump has done a good thing by recognizing Jerusalem the capital of Israel Psalms 135:21 Blessed be the Lord from Zion, he who dwells in Jerusalem! Praise the Lord!---ESV