One of the great ironies of the contemporary atheistic movement comes from its ubiquitous use of rhetoric, branding, and emotional triggers to advocate for reason. The leading atheists trumpet their devotion to reason in all their public communications, typically featuring the word in bold type across the names of their books, websites, organizations, and events. For instance, Sam Harris, co-founder and chairman of Project Reason, has said, “The only angels we need invoke are those of our better nature: reason, honesty, and love.” Christopher Hitchens told us in God Is Not Great: “We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, open-mindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake.” In the BBC (Channel 4) documentary The Enemies of Reason, Richard Dawkins, founder of The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, claims, “Reason has built the modern world.” Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Michael Shermer have gone so far as to argue that atheists should really be called “brights,” in light of their insistence on a reasoned approach to all knowledge. Throughout their books, talks, and websites, the New Atheists consistently promote their allegiance to the glory of reason.
by The Right Scoop:
Levin says that when it seems like stuff the Democrats say can’t get any stranger, it does. And this time it’s Nancy Pelosi arguing that ObamaCare fulfills the Declaration of Independence. Yeah, she really said that.
By Mark Steyn:
The killer of French schoolchildren and soldiers turns out to be a man called Mohammed Merah. The story can now proceed according to time-honored tradition:
Stage One: The strange compulsion to assure us that the killer is a “right wing conservative extremist,” in the words of NRO commenter ExpatAsia, echoed by Chrisman and Galt’s Bain. Up north, this view was shared by Canada’s most prominent establishment Jew and the Liberal Party attack poodle Warren Kinsella (whom NR readers may recall from my free-speech cover story, which mentioned the groveling apology he was forced to make to “the Chinese community” after an unfortunately sinophobic cat joke). The insistence that the killer was emblematic of an epidemic of right-wing hate sweeping the planet is, regrettably, no longer operative. Instead, the killer isn’t representative of anything at all.
So on to Stage Two:
By Melanie Phillips:
When the Toulouse school massacre happened, the media rushed to say that the perpetrator was a white far-right racist. The lone gunman had mown down at close range a rabbi and three children at a Jewish school, wounding several others. He was thought to be the same killer who a few days earlier had murdered three black French paratroopers in two separate attacks. A killer who targeted Jews and blacks – must be a far-right white racist, right?
By Lee Duigon:
I have a degree in Political Science; but I have no idea what to call government by the least capable, the least qualified, the least moral, and the least fitted to the task of governing. In other words, I never learned a technical term that would apply to the government of the United States today.
There’s a lot that goes on here, politically, that Political Science can’t explain. For instance, twice as many American voters identify themselves as “conservatives” as opposed to “liberal.” And yet for some reason the 20% of the electorate that identifies as “liberal” completely runs the show. In a representative republic, how can that be?
It is as if the American people have become irrelevant to the business of running the country. We don’t matter anymore. We hate Obamacare, and yet we’ve got Obamacare. We want to protect the institution of marriage, but our courts and media won’t let us. We hate high gas prices, but the people who run the country seem to love them. In overwhelming numbers we cry out against the crazy spending that’s pushing our country into oblivion; but it only seems to make our government spend more.
Most mystifying of all, we elected these people who are destroying us.
By Mark Judge:
People who argue against reducio ad Hitlerum, the tendency to reduce every political argument to a Hitler comparison, usually have a good point. Welfare reform was not the Third Reich. Neither is environmentalism.
Yet in rejecting Hitler argument, people have forgotten an important aspect of totalitarianism: its pettiness, and how that pettiness can morph into greater forms of repression.
Many totalitarian states don’t start by shoving people into death camps. Most begin by micromanaging everyday life. This is why I fear liberalism so much.
For the past several decades the left hasn’t resembled Stalin liquidating millions — although pro-life people could make that case — but rather the nitpicking, control-freak oppression of a low-level bureaucrat in a new totalitarian regime.
Speech codes. News organizations blackballing those with different opinions. Casual misogyny and ridicule of traditional morality.
By Victor Davis Hanson:
When the summer driving season starts soon, and tension heats up over Iran, gas may reach $5 a gallon. Nothing bothers voters more than paying an extra $20 or $30 every time they fill up. In times like these, they soon might prefer even an oilman in the White House to an ideologue whose opposition to new oil development seems more religious than empirically based.
All presidents, of course, usually get the blame or praise when the price of gas skyrockets or plummets, just like they own a bad or good economy, or a successful or failed war. Obama, however, earns additional blame for the gas rise for reasons well beyond the normal oil bogeymen — tension in the Middle East, rapacious OPEC dictators, oil-company greed, and Wall Street speculation. Why? Americans remember that his team boasted about wanting higher energy costs in 2008, when Obama was still basking in hope-and-change adulation.
by Bruce Bawer:
Earlier this month, under the headline “Words are not innocent,” the Swedish newspaper Dagbladet ran an opinion piece by its cultural editor, Kaj Schueler, which was, essentially, an attack on Sweden’s newly minted Free Press Society. It was one of several such attacks directed at the organization in recent weeks by members of Sweden’s mainstream media, all of which made essentially the same arguments as Schueler – who, early in his article, summed up his position as follows: “According to the Free Press Society, we no longer have real freedom of speech in Sweden. They are wrong – we have it. But since words are not innocent, there are limits to free speech.”
Michael J. Totten:
Radical Islamists are making inroads in the Arab world’s most advanced, liberal, and tolerant country. And the secularists think the United States is helping them do it.
“People here think the United States is cooperating with Ennahda,” said local journalist Ashraf Ayadi, referring to the Islamists who won 42 percent of the vote in the election last October. Even though a majority of Tunisians voted against them, they still got more votes than any of the other various parties, so they got to choose the prime minister.
The Persecution & Prayer Alert
The Voice of the Martyrs, Canada
Thursday, March 22, 2012
“The true calling of a Christian is not to do extraordinary things,
but to do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.”
A. P. Stanley
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In this week’s edition: reports from Eritrea, Nigeria, Pakistan, and
1. Update: Eritrean church leader in urgent need of medical care
(Source: International Christian Concern)
An imprisoned church leader in Eritrea is in desperate need of medical
attention as he is diabetic and his health is rapidly deteriorating
without treatment. Patriarch Antonios, head of the Eritrean Orthodox
Church, was detained for asking the government to stop interfering
with the church and to release members of his church who have been
held in prison for their faith (for more information on his arrest, go
). “It is a miracle that he remains alive without medical care,” said
an Eritrean Orthodox priest in the United States.
Since 2002, the government has jailed, tortured and killed numerous
Eritreans for political and religious reasons, and tortured and killed
many of them extra-judicially. Today, it is estimated that between
2,000 and 3,000 Christians are in Eritrean prisons. Believers face
deplorable conditions, including torture. Many are held in metal
shipping containers with no ventilation or toilet facilities.
Please pray that the Lord will continue to protect Patriarch Antonios’
health, astounding those who imprison him and causing authorities to
recognize the one true God. Pray that imprisoned Eritrean Christians
will exemplify the love of God through consistent love and prayer for
those who persecute them (Matthew 5:43-48).
For more information on the persecution of Christians in Eritrea, go
. Visit our Persecuted Church Prayer Wall at
to post a prayer of support for Antonios during this latest trial.
2. Suicide bombers attack Nigerian church
(Sources: Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Compass Direct News)
A suicide bomber has killed eight people, including two boys and an
expectant mother, after detonating an explosive device just outside a
church in Nigeria. The car bomb that was detonated outside the gate of
St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church on March 11 could be heard up to two
kilometres away, shattering the glass in buildings within a 200-metre
radius. It is believed the attacks are the work of Boko Haram, an
Islamic extremist group that seeks to impose a strict version of
Shariah (Islamic law) in Nigeria.
The bombing has led to outbreaks of more violence, and some state
health and police sources have reported unconfirmed “reprisal” attacks
against Muslims. Witnesses have also reported additional deaths of
Christians at the hands of military personnel. Some sources said
soldiers killed four Christians when they were confronted about how
the car containing the bomb had made it past security.
This is the second such bombing in the Christian community of Jos in
Plateau State in recent weeks. An earlier bombing at a church in late
February killed several people (for more information, go to
Please pray that those mourning the loss of loved ones will find
comfort in Christ. Pray for a peace that surpasses all understanding
for those living amidst the ensuing violence. Pray that God will give
Nigerian Christians the patience to entrust true justice into the
hands of God (Romans 12:17-21).
For more on the persecuted Church in Nigeria, go to
3. Pakistani woman charged with blasphemy after refusing Islam
(Source: Compass Direct News)
A young mother who angered relatives when she refused to deny her
Christian faith has been falsely accused of blaspheming Muhammad, the
prophet of Islam.
Shamim Bibi, the 26-year-old mother of a five-month-old baby girl, was
arrested by police in Khichiwala, Bahawalnagar district, in Punjab
Province on February 28 after neighbours accused her of uttering
remarks against Muhammad — an offence punishable by life imprisonment
or death under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Shamim’s brother and
brother-in-law say she was wrongly accused because she had resisted
pressure from her husband’s sister as well as her nephew and niece to
convert to Islam just four days before her arrest.
A local leader claimed that Shamim’s neighbours told him and other
Muslims that they had heard the Christian woman making derogatory
remarks about Muhammad in her courtyard. Shamim’s brother-in-law says
after gathering information from an accuser and the neighbourhood, he
found that neither accuser was even present at the time of the alleged
remark. The Superintendent of Police Investigation also acknowledged
that one of the two witnesses had admitted to not being present at the
alleged “crime” scene.
Please pray that the accusers will recant any untruth and that Shamim
will be freed. Please pray that her infant daughter and her husband,
Bashir Masih, will remain safe and will soon be reunited with Shamim.
Pray that Shamim will keep her eyes on Jesus, persevere in her faith,
and not grow weary or lose heart (Hebrews 10:32-39; Hebrews 12:1-3).
For more on the persecution of Pakistani Christians, go to
4. Deadline looms for South Sudanese Christians to evacuate Sudan
(Source: ENInews, VOM-USA, Sudan Tribune)
South Sudanese Christians have just a couple of weeks to leave the
north or risk mistreatment by the Islamic-majority Sudanese
government. Former citizens, known by the Sudanese government as
“southerners,” were stripped of nationality after South Sudan’s
January 2011 vote to secede (for more on the secession, go to
). They now have until April 8 to leave or establish alien residency,
though no residency terms have yet been established. The ultimatum
will impact between 500,000 and 700,000 people who are mainly
Christians of southern origin that still live in the north.
Sudan amended its laws after the South’s independence to say that
Sudanese people automatically lose citizenship when they acquire by
right or by other means the citizenship of South Sudan. Sudanese
people in the north with any parents, grandparents or great
grandparents born in South Sudan or belong to any southern ethnic
group are considered South Sudan nationals. Some church leaders fear
increased persecution of Christians in the north or even forced
repatriation for those who may want to stay.
Please pray that Christians in Sudan will be guided by the Lord during
this difficult time. Pray that the government will cease in its
strategy to persecute Christians remaining in the north. Pray that, in
all things, Christians in Sudan and South Sudan will remain steadfast
in their faith (1 Peter 5:8-10).
For more information on persecution in Sudan, visit
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By Bill Flax:
The recent release of a tape by Andrew Breitbart’s outfit sparked renewed interest in President Obama’s murky past. In anticipation, conservatives were elated that the president might finally be exposed. The tape showed Obama, then at Harvard Law, orchestrating a protest on behalf of Derrick Bell.
Without providing any background on just how radical is Professor Bell, the compliant liberal media derisively dismissed it all as conservative paranoia, even proclaiming presidential vindication. It still appears preposterous to purport that America elected a communist ideologue. The world’s greatest beneficiary of capitalist bounty would never willingly empower a radical socialist to “fundamentally transform America.”
Unfortunately, we did, even if Americans loathe admitting it. And this ought to have been obvious even before Mr. Breitbart’s valiant efforts.
Obama exploits the citizenry’s concerted blindness, cloaking his views under veneers of “social justice,” “fairness,” and “progress.” Unadulterated Marxism attracts few votes. In rare candor, sans teleprompter, Obama lectured Joe the Plumber that his prescription for widespread prosperity is “spreading the wealth around.”
by John Nolte:
Media bias comes in many forms, but mostly in what the MSM refuses to cover or ignores outright. For instance, Mel Gibson’s despicable anti-Semitic outbursts received the coverage they deserved. On the other hand, Tom Hanks can spend five minutes joking around with a guy in blackface at an elite school in the Pacific Palisades, and the media pretty much pretends it never happened.
The reason for this is simple. One guy made “The Passion of the Christ” and the other is a high-powered, left-wing A-lister who tells lies about Sarah Palin.
In this occasional feature, the National Post tells you everything you need to know about a complicated issue. Today: Sarah Boesveld on the uproar among Alberta homeschooling parents who oppose Bill 2, the provincial government’s updated Education Act, which could get third reading as early as Wednesday night:
Q: So, why are homeschooler parents worried?
A: Many feel it amounts to “social engineering” on homeschooled students, and parents worry they’ll face complaints that they’re not necessarily teaching their children according to what’s in the human rights codes. Section 16 of the act (under the heading ‘Diversity’) says all academic materials must “honour and respect the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Alberta Human Rights Act,” which is a new provision. Homeschooler parents fear those lines could invite human rights complaints if somebody doesn’t like what they’re teaching. The most common example has been religious groups that could fear a complaint for teaching that homosexuality is a sin.