Thursday, September 27, 2007

MIKE HUCKABEE: DECISON TIME ON AMERICA-HATING SUPPORTERS

Blogger Larry Perrault has accused me of "vomit[ing]" on his spiritual mentor, Dr. Laurence White, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran (OSL) Church in Houston. It's true that I regard Dr. White as a purveyor of anti-American (and anti-Christian) rhetoric, the kind that drives mentally and spiritually deficient individuals (I've cited abortion site killers Paul Hill and Eric Rudolph) to violence.

As to White's relentless anti-Americanism, I've cited the preacher's own words in his disturbing speech/essay called "God and Caesar," where he compares America to Nazi Germany. He says:

[In the early years of the Third Reich] ". . . most Christians looked the other way while innocent people were slaughtered and a nation was led down the path to destruction. I would submit to you this evening that we [in America] find ourselves in a similar predicament today. "

White adds: "Once again the innocents are being slaughtered, the country is being led down the path to destruction, and Christians, by and large, are looking the other way. America finds itself today in the midst of a moral catastrophe. We have cast aside the most basic standards of human decency. We have broken marriages and fractured families.

He continues: "Our youth are losing their way and often their lives in a maze of alcohol and drugs. We live in the midst of a culture that mistakes lust for love and tolerates the vilest perversions as acceptable alternate lifestyles while pestilence stalks the land. Our public schools have become facilitators for fornication and procurers for the abortionists knife."

White also says: "America has sown the wind of immorality and we are reaping the whirlwind of destruction and death. We have degenerated into a nation rolling in luxury, reveling in excess, rollicking in pleasure, revolting in morals, and rotting in sin. Personal responsibility, duty and honor have been abandoned in our mindless pursuit of instant gratification for our every desire."

This is more than a preacher jeremiad. Frankly, it sounds like a call for violent revolution.

Here's the link to "God and Caesar," which I urge you to read in its entirety: http://mtio.com/articles/bissar55.htm

Just prior to the Ames (Iowa) Straw Poll, Mike Huckabee disassociated himself from an evanglical Protestant supporter (Rev. Ride) who made anti-Catholic statements. It would seem to be the time for him to do the same with Dr. White and Larry Perrault (who blogs at: http://larryperrault.blogspot.com/

I've compared Dr. White's thoroughgoing blast at America with Osama bin Laden's similar attacks on the U.S. and Western culture. Substitute Islam for evangelical religiosity and the two men basically are saying the same thing about our society. They are calling for its overthrow.

Mike Huckabee's blog reprinted Dr. White's recent condemnation American politics, complete with an ethusiastic endorsement from the omnipresent Larry Perrault. You can read these strange documents on Mike's blog at: http://www.mikehuckabee.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Blogs.View&Blog_id=478. Note that White compares the current situation in America with the "holocaust." Essentially, the letter says it would be preferable to elect Hillary Clinton rather than one of the candidates from "the Republican establishment."

Here's what Larry Perrault said in an accompanying letter mainly attacking me for criticizing White's apocalyptic rhetoric and distaste for America: "Just look at the [White] letter and consider that America is well entrenched into a mortal social sickness." (Note: It turns out that the "social sickness" refers to the fact that most Americans don't agree with Larry Perrault and Laurence White.)

Understand that Perrault is condemning a society where four-out-of-five people identify themselves as Christians. It is the most Christian -- and the most charitable -- society on earth.

What White and Perrault are criticizing basically is that most Americans practice a form of Christianity that's anathema to them. Their condemnations of society exemplify smugness, sanctimony, and spiritual arrogance.

The vast majority of Mike Huckabee's supporters are decent, god-fearing individuals, and they're certainly people who love their country. They certainly have issues with the tawdry elements of American popular culture, but they also recognize that this is an extremely diverse, pluralistic society -- not a theocracy.

Candidate Huckabee has a decision to make: Is he a serious presidential canidate, or is he basically the captive of a small number of extremists in the evangelical movement? From all evidence, Mike is a patriot, not someone with a deep hatred of this nation. He doesn't need overheated supporters like Dr. Ride, or Dr. White, or Larry Perrault.

Stephen R. Maloney

NOTE; IN RECENT WEEKS, I'VE PROPOSED AN AMENDMENT THAT CONGRESS AND THE STATES PROBABLY WOULD PASS. IT WOULD REDUCE THE ANNUAL NUMBER OF ABORTIONS IN AMERICA BY ROUGHLY 200,000 -- PERHAPS MANY MORE OVER TIME. PEOPLE LIKE PERRAULT AND WHITE HAVE SHOWN NO INTEREST IN IT. I FEAR THAT'S BECAUSE THEY LIKE BEING "PRO-LIFE . . . FOR THE SAKE OF BEING PRO-LIFE." THESE ARE THE PEOPLE MIKE HUCKABEE WAS ADDRESSING WHEN HE SAID, "LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION, BUT IT DOESN'T END AT BIRTH."

SOME EVANGELICALS -- VERY FEW IN NUMBER -- APPEAR TO BE MAKING A CAREER OUT TALKING THE PRO-LIFE MESSAGE WITHOUT ACTUALLY DOING ANYTHING TO REDUCE ABORTIONS AND INCREASE ADOPTIONS.

Note 2: If you go the Our Savior Lutheran Church website, you will notice Dr. White preaching to what appears to be an all-white (or nearly all-white) congregation in a comfortable middle-class section of Houston. That causes a problem, becuase it means the preacher (and his flock) are unlikely to have much understanding of the vastly different world inhabited by most of humanity, especially the women who end up having abortions. I'll write about that next.


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Excerpt from next blog piece (quotes from Elizabeth George's superb novel What Came Before He Shot Her:

(Multiracial Dix D'Court, a kind and loving man, to his multiracial girlfriend Kendra, who lives in depressed area of London with three children basically dropped off at her doorstep): "You ever think about how God works?"

Her response: "Man, I tell you: No God I'm familiar with has ever lived in this part of town."

[God supposedly does live in Rev. White's part of Houston, and that's why he will never understand Kendra or her children. ]

At one point in the novel Kendra talks about her niece, "Ness," to a rather stiff white woman from Social Services. The white lady is talking about the need to get to the root-cause of Ness's problems (truancy, drug overuse, constant indulgence in sex. and an attempted mugging -- all at age 15).

Here's what Kendra, who deserves an award as surrogate mother of the year, is thinking: " . . . She asked Fabia Bender [the social worker] a logical question. How much more than a dead father and an institutionalized mother was necessary to the understanding of Ness's fury? And what did an understanding her fury have to do with keeping her from ruining her life? Because, Kendra Campbell told the social worker, some serious life-ruining was what Ness Campbell had in mind. She saw her existence as destroyed already, so she'd decided to go along for the ride."

[I submit that people like Laurence White have probably never once listened carefully to person like Kendra Campbell or Ness. By the way, Jesus apparently communicated with such people regularly.]

1 comment:

Jim Baxter said...

Carl V. "Sam" Lamb and I served side-by-side as rifle-squad leaders; Fox Company, 'Chesty' Puller's 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. He wrote a book about our experiences in the Korean conflict, 1950-1951. He included my remarks about an incident in which one of our people threatened to punch-out a fellow squad-leader-guideon who had black skin.
The page follows:

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THE LAST PARADE
by Carl V. "Sam" Lamb Page 296 (ref: 1951)

James Fletcher Baxter

"Sam" and I had a lot in common. We both resisted evil. After I
got out of the hospital, Big Jim Causey told of driving along
in his police cruiser and hitting a black man in his head
with his pistol. He thought it was funny how the guy sprawled
into the street. When he made this comment we were in a card
game. I didn't say anything, but then he said he was going to
kick the ____ out of Joe Goggins and I had heard enough.

I said, "If you're going to try that, you'll have to go through
me to get to him. I'm willing to give my life for a country
that values each individual. If that isn't true, I don't want
to fight for that country - but, it is true, so I'm not going
to let you rob me of the very good reason I may lose my life
tomorrow or next week. If you attack him, you attack me. I
may lose, but I guarantee I will make it very expensive for
you to get to him. Let me know what you decide."

He got up from our card game and said, "I'll have to think
about it."

I said, "Let me know. I'll be here."

He came back a little later and said, "You're right. I was
wrong." I thanked him for his manliness.

Joe Goggins came to me later and thanked me. He had wet eyes.

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5/10/07 JFB
Shortly after the above event, Jim Causey was called home for family
member medical problems. On his way back to the States, he passed
through a Naval medical facility. While there, he ran into my brother,
Sgt. Howard "Barney" Baxter, 5th Marines, who had just been sent
stateside for his Chosen Reservoir frost-bitten feet.

Causey told my brother what had happened and said "how much it
had changed his life." He said Joe and I had forgiven him and he
would "never go back to the old collective point of view." He was
really joyful because he was honestly able to forgive himself! He
became a more manly man - a good Marine - with honor.

I'm pleased the Rutgers women accepted Imus' apology. They, and
others, need to forgive. We all need to grow. Good examples are
always in short supply. God bless my Country and its Individuals.

vincit veritas
Jim Baxter
Sgt. USMC
WWII and Korean War
5th Grade Teacher - 30 wonderful years! '57- '87
semper fidelis

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INDIVIDUAL VALUE - Gift of Y'shua JESUS
by James Fletcher Baxter

The Old World method of measuring human value was,
and still is, by the group. Whether tribe, clan,
city-state, color, ethnic, or gender, the Old
World, ancient and modern, measures by the plural
unit. Individuals had and have no value of them-
selves but only as they were and are part of a
collective.

When Y'shua Jesus died on the cross, the veil of
the Temple at the Holy of Holies parted from the
top down. The individual believer in the congrega-
tion had, for the first time, a face-to-face, one-
on-one relation with his Creator. The Creator,
Himself, had validated each individual for the
first time.Thus, the Individual became the corner-
stone for later human value measuring systems:
socio-political, philosophical, religious, educa-
tional, economic, etc., henceforth and forever.
Western Civilization, America, English Law, civil
Rights, the 'democratic' process, etc., all sprang
from that single event. (Greco-Roman 'democracies'
were 95% slave throughout their entire histories.)
Biblical principles are still today the foundation
under Western Civilization and the American way of
life.

Many social systems attempt to borrow ideas of
"democracy" without the basic premise in The Indi-
vidual. Such a system is only superficially and
temporarily 'democratic.' The cornerstone of the
democratic process is The Individual and the
cornerstone of the value of The Individual is
Y'shua Jesus! It is not possible to have one with-
out the other. There is only One Source - there is
no other.

It is additionally interesting to note that all
value measuring systems are based on the single
definitive unit of the system. Ex: Number, Time,
Distance, Weight, Heat, Money, Angle, Volume, etc.

Only humanism makes the abusive error of measuring
human value by the plural unit and attempts to
build social structures, relations, and institu-
tions thereon. Such man-made systems can only be
abusive and oppressive because in reality there
are only individual persons. Groups or collectives
are merely convenient verbalizations about indi-
viduals. They are not reality.

I have yet to see a 'group.' All I have ever seen
are individuals.Have you ever seen a group - or is
it a verbal convenience? Reality is only in the
individual person. And, such a validation never
derived from a human source without the initiative
of the Creator. (The French Rationalists of the
18th Century favored the fruit - but rejected the
branch, tree, and root.)

Today, wherever Y'shua Jesus is rejected, the
group or collective is still the basic way of
measuring human value - or human non-value.

We thank the Lord God for revealing His validation
of each individual person. We thank Him for creat-
ing each person uniquely, in His image, and call-
ing each one to a courageous ascension by Y'shua
Jesus, who said, "I AM the Way..."

Praise the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and
His Son of Man, Y'shua Jesus.

Reference: Exodus 25:30,40 Hebrews 9 Matthew 27:51
Mark 15:38 Luke 23:45 KJV

vincit veritas
Jim Baxter



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