God and Wall Street

September 26, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Faith


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Chuck Colson wrote an article for the Christian Post entitled: “God and Wall Street”.

He reminds us that fear is the enemy of faith and that often difficult times lead us closer to Christ. Something to think about when you’re IRA or 401k is in the mud.

               

California Baptists support California’s marriage amendment

September 24, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Culture


The California Southern Baptist Convention unanimously endorsed the California’s proposed constitutional marriage amendment: Proposition 8. Proposition 8 will appear on the November 4th ballot and defines marriage as between “one man and one woman” thereby overturning the decision of the California Supreme Court that legalized “gay marriage”.

Read more here.

               

Is the U.S. Constitution a reflection or creation of justice?

September 23, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Politics


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There exists today two schools of Constitutional interpretation. The traditional perspective is that the Constitution reflects just laws and is therefore authoritative. The second is that the laws are just because they are protected by the Constitution. The former appeals to the Constitution’s conformity to objective truth. The sights the Constitution as the sole basis of legality.

This second perspective is dangerous because it views law as the synthesis of human creation. If laws are simply our creations of consensus, then we can recreate the laws from time to time. At root the question of Constitutional interpretation comes down to this question: “Do we recognized eternal truths or do we make up rules in accordance with consensus?”

The Founding Fathers, regardless of their religious commitments, seem to hold that the Constitution distilled an objective account of justice. They did not “create” the rules of justice though majority vote. Rather, they recognized the rights and laws given by the Creator.

               

Obama and McCain tied up on Sept 22

September 23, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Politics


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Rassumussen tracking has the Presidential race tied at 48% vs. 48% (3000 LV).

               

Corporations ask you: “Can we borrow one TRILLION dollars from you?”

September 22, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Politics


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The government bailouts of Fannie, Freddie, AIG, etc. are larger than we realize. My guess is that when historians write articles about the “fall of the United States,” these corporate bailouts will be cited as significant factors.

               

Bill McCartney returns to Promise Keepers

September 20, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Culture

Former University of Colorado football coach will return as the head of the nation’s once popular Promise Keepers movement. Known in the 1990s as the premier Christian men’s movement in America, Promise Keepers has since lost influence. McCartney left Promise Keepers in 2003 on account of his wife Lyndi’s poor health. It is hoped that his return to the organziation will reestablish the outreach and influence that Promise Keepers once held.

               

Is Abortion a “Constitutional Right” worthy of tax money?

September 19, 2008 by Eric James Wilson  
Filed under Politics

By now, there should be little doubt that the Democratic party is committed to protecting a woman’s so-called right to choose an abortion.  This is a policy supported by the highest levels of the party as evidenced in the remarks of Sen. Biden and Speaker Pelosi. Sen. Obama has stated his support for the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion and legislation to protect babies who survived botched abortions.

Unfortunately, Democrats have given even greater cause for those who support life to be afraid of the change they promise. As others have pointed out, the Democrats are no longer committed to keeping abortions rare as has been their previous position.  Adding insult to injury, the Democratic Party has nailed another little noticed plank in its platform (as it did in 2004 and 2000) that goes beyond their “strong” and “unequivocal” support for Rove V. Wade and their claim that “safe” and legal abortion is a fundamental right like those guaranteed in our Constitution.

According to the platform adopted just last month at their convention, Democrats support “a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay.” The phrase, “regardless of ability to pay” frequently comes up in discussions about the “right” to health care.  This deception should remind us there’s no such thing as a free lunch.  Obviously, someone always has to pay and in this case it will be American taxpayers’ expense.

It goes without saying that if Democrats are successful in advancing legislation to provide abortions at taxpayer expense it will constitute a tremendous violation of conscience.  Legal, on-demand abortion is already a horrible reality, but forcing millions of Americans who oppose the practice on strict religious and personal grounds to fund its expansion would be nothing short of tyrannical.

If, as Democrats argue, abortion is a right, like the right to freedom of speech or the right to keep and bear arms, it is unique among Constitutional rights in its guarantee, regardless of ability to pay.  Imagine saying, we affirm our unwavering support of individuals’ right to worship as they choose, regardless of ability to pay.  Or worse, we unequivocally support an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, regardless of ability to pay.

The Constitution recognizes the rights of individuals that come from their Creator.  It does not guarantee that these rights will be fully funded.  I have the right to worship as I please, but American taxpayers aren’t on the hook for paying for my priest’s salary or the electric bill for the Church.  Similarly, if I weren’t a resident of the District of Columbia, I would have the right to own a handgun, but the American taxpayers don’t buy me ammo.

I think it’s safe to say the Democrats’ claim that women have a “right” to a “safe” and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, fails the duck test.  If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it probably is a duck.  This so-called “right” to an abortion bears no similarity to any of our other Constitutional rights and common sense should tell us that Democrats are altogether wrong about their plan to pay for abortions with taxpayer dollars.

               

Electoral Votes – Doing the Math

September 19, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Politics


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As of September 19, 2008, Barack Obama has secured 183 electoral votes. McCain has secured 163 electoral votes.

This election is coming down to eight swing states (CO, MI, NH, NV, OH, PA, VA, & WI) which together have a combined total of 99 electoral votes.

The way I see it, it’s going to come down to five of those eight: CO, NH, NV, MI, & OH (I think McCain will secure Virginia and maybe Pennsylvania).

Any predictions?

               

Biden loses the Catholic Vote for Obama

September 19, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Politics

Gerald Warner at the Telegraph has written a scathing article against Barack Obama’s choice of Joe Biden in the VP slot entitled: “Joe Biden loses Barack Obama the Catholic vote“.

Here are some fun facts from Warner about the demographics of the Catholic vote in the United States:

There are 47 million Catholic voters in the United States. One quarter of all registered voters are Catholics. At every presidential election in the past 30 years the Catholic vote has gone to the winning candidate, except for Al Gore in 2000. This year 41 per cent of Catholics are independents – up from 30 per cent in 2004. Psephologists claim practising Catholics were the decisive factor in the crucial swing states in 2004: in Ohio 65 per cent of Catholics voted for Bush, in Florida 66 per cent. They were drifting away in disillusionment from the Republicans and split 50-50, until Joe Biden worked his magic. This is electoral suicide by the Democrats.

Hat tip to Walker Dollahon.

               

Why does Obama attract young people?

September 16, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Politics

Peter Dreier over at The Nation has published an interesting article entitled “Obama’s Youth Movement“.

Obama has become quite popular with “Millenials” (18-29 years old) and is especially popular with voters aged 18-22 years old.

Why does Obama attract young people?

One obvious reason is that Obama is younger and McCain is older.

But I think there is a more subtle reason. Ask yourself: “How old were 18-22 year-olds on September 11, 2001?”

Answer: 11-15 years old!!!

The trauma of terror and the memory of the worst attack on American soil is not something seared into the memories of these college-aged voters. I’m sure they remember it, but they don’t have an adult memory of the event. Their adult conscious awareness of America is simply “For as long as I can remember, we’ve been in a long and tedious war.” They cannot recall why we are in this debacle, because they cannot recall the terrors of September 11th.

I’m not convinced that McCain can do anything to gain support among college aged voters, but I would suggest that his campaign bring more attention to the reality of September 11th in our nation’s recent history and how that tragic even has made a gigantic impact on our economy and foreign policy. We didn’t wind up in this mess because Republicans cursed the nation. We are in trouble because terrorists pushed us down to our knees and we’re still trying to get back on our feet.

               

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