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Progressive Prayer

December 15, 2014

Normally the events at a City Council meeting in Lake Worth, Florida wouldn’t get much attention outside the city and still less outside the state of Florida, but a recent invocation given at the the beginning of the meeting seems to have gotten nationwide notice. I read about this unusual opening blessing from the Tea Party News Network.

The old adage that “liberals are so open-minded that their brains have fallen out,” has just reached new heights. Leftists have always shown disdain towards God, Christianity, Judaism, and most religions in general (with the exception, perhaps, of Islam. They’re cool with the beheadings and stonings of women, homosexuals, or anyone who won’t convert, apparently). However, now they are striking a new chord as represented by the opening “prayer” given at this City Council meeting in Lake Worth, Florida, earlier this month, where God and Jesus are mocked and Satan is praised.

At the meeting, and as you can see from the video below, “activist” Preston Smith delivered the following heathenistic invocation:

I am not sure that Mr. Smith’s problem is that he is too open minded. Here is a transcript of his remarks.

Mother Earth, we gather today in your redeeming and glorious presence, to invoke your eternal guidance in the universe, the original Creator of all things.

May the efforts of this council blend the righteousness of Allah with the all-knowing wisdom of Satan. May Zeus, the great God of justice, grant us strength tonight. Jesus might forgive our shortcomings while Buddha enlightens us through His divine affection. We praise you, Krishna, for the sanguine sacrifice that freed us all. After all, if Almighty Thor is with us, who can ever be against us?

And finally, for the bounty of logic, reason, and science, we simply thank the atheists, agnostics, Humanists, who now account for 1 in 5 Americans, and [are] growing rapidly. In closing, let us, above all, love one another, not to obtain mythical rewards for ourselves now, hereafter, or based on superstitious threats of eternal damnation, but rather, embrace secular-based principles of morality — and do good for goodness’ sake.

And so we pray.

So what?

When I first read this, before watching the video, I thought perhaps Preston Smith was theologically confused. He seemed to be trying to be multicultural and open-minded by throwing out as many divine names as he could in an effort to appeal to any and all religious tradition. A closer look at the transcript as well as an actual viewing of the video caused me to realize that I was very wrong about his motivation. Here is the video from YouTube.

The disrespectful, mocking tone of his “invocation” is quite unmistakable. Preston Smith does not believe in any of the deities he has named and clearly wished to mock those who do. By equating names given to what believers regard as the One God, Allah, Jesus, Krishna, with the names of deities regarded as mythological, he was clearly promoting Richard Dawkins’s idiotic “I just disbelieve in one fewer god” meme. He was simply going out of his way to be obnoxious.

Why? Is Preston Smith a member of their City Council? There is no indication that he is. He is only described as an “activist”. Why was he asked to deliver the invocation? If he objects to an invocation before City Council meetings, surely there are more appropriate and respectful ways to raise an objection. If the majority of the people want to continue to have an invocation, why can’t he respect that? If he wants to promote Atheism, how does making Atheists look like obnoxious bullies promote that objective? I suppose the answer to these questions is that Preston Smith is an “activist”, which these days is simply a synonym for a bully, a busybody or a control freak, a person who cannot bear to leave others alone to live their lives as they see fit.

I take particular exception, by the way, to his crediting Atheists with the “bounty of logic, reason and science”. Leaving aside the simple fact that we derive our ability to use reason from the Source and Creator of reason, without which any science would be impossible, I would like to point out that the scientific revolution that began in the sixteenth century owed a lot to the development of the use of logic and reason by the Christian Scholastic philosophers of the High Middle Ages and that the founders of nearly every branch of modern science were not Atheists, but Christians. But, perhaps being an activist leaves little time to study history

George Zimmerman is a Good Man

July 29, 2013

I have not written anything on the characters of the two people involved in the altercation at Sanford, Florida which led to the death  of Trayvon Martin simply because I do not know anything about their personal lives and it didn’t seem to be at all relevant to the issues of the incident and the trial. I still cannot say very much about Martin. He seems to have been involved in some petty crimes and perhaps was a somewhat troubled young man. I think it likely that he would have changed once he grew up and might well have been a successful member of his community. We will never know.

As for George Zimmerman, the story of his rescue of a family in an accident tells us a lot about his character. Here is the story from Fox News.

George Zimmerman, who has not been seen publicly since his acquittal in the murder of Trayvon Martin earlier this month, surfaced last week to rescue an unidentified family trapped in an overturned vehicle on a Florida highway, police said Monday.

Sanford Police Department Capt. Jim McAuliffe told Fox News that Zimmerman, 29, was identified by a crash victim as the man who pulled him from the mangled vehicle.

“George Zimmerman pulled me out,” firefighters were told by the unidentified driver, according to McAuliffe.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said the single-car accident occurred July 17 at approximately 5:45 pm. and involved a blue Ford Explorer SUV that had left the road and rolled over.

The sheriff’s office said there were four occupants inside — two parents and two children. There were no reports of injuries.

The deputy responding to the crash said that when he arrived, two men — one of whom was Zimmerman — had already gotten the family out of the overturned vehicle.

Zimmerman was not a witness to the crash and left after making contact with the deputy, the sheriff’s office said.

The crash occurred at the intersection of I-4 and Route 417 in Sanford, police said.

He didn’t have to do that. Given his notoriety, he could have simply kept on driving and not shown his face in public. That might have been safer for him. He also didn’t have to volunteer to be the coordinator for the neighborhood watch. He didn’t have to try to stop a wave of burglaries in his neighborhood.   He didn’t have to protest the police beating of a Black homeless man and accuse the Sanford police of conspiring to cover up the event. He could have lived his life looking the other way, like most of us do. He didn’t He was evidently the sort of man who stepped up and took responsibility. That makes him a good man and a hero.

To get an idea of what he is facing, here is the rest of the article at Fox News.

In another development, Sanford police confirmed that Monday they had delivered boxes of evidence from their Zimmerman investigation, including his firearm, to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice.

Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder on July 13 in the killing of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012.

Zimmerman’s parents, meanwhile, have told ABC News that they have received death threats and have been unable to return to their home following the verdict

“We have had an enormous amount of death threats,” Robert Zimmerman said. “George’s legal counsel has had death threats, the police chief of Sanford, many people have had death threats … ‘Everyone with Georgie’s DNA should be killed’ — just every kind of horrible thing you can imagine.”

And while the family he rescued are grateful, they would rather not say anything about what happened. That is understandable, considering the circumstances, but also cowardly and ungrateful. Here is their story in the Daily Mail.

The family rescued by George Zimmerman after a rollover crash in Florida are terrified they will become targets for hate mobs who have made death threats to the neighborhood vigilante.

Mark and Dana Michelle Gerstle told friends they do not want to talk publicly about Zimmerman for fear they will be accused of portraying him as a hero – and face a backlash from those who consider he got away with murder.

‘They are very grateful to Zimmerman for what he did, but they do not want to get involved,’ said a friend, who asked not to be named.

‘There is so much hatred directed towards him they have got to think about their own family. There are a lot of crazies out there. If they say anything in support of him it could backfire.’

The neighborhood watch volunteer, who to many is the most hated man in America after being acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin, helped save the family after a terrifying crash.

Friends of the couple, who make regular trips from their home to the Disney theme parks in Orlando, said they will be concerned that they could become targets for hate mobs who have threatened revenge for the death of Trayvon Martin.

‘Let’s face it, George Zimmerman is pretty toxic right now,’ said a friend.

‘Mark has two young children and has got to live his life round here. Why would he want to mark himself out.

‘Whatever he says could be taken out of context. If he praises Zimmerman then people will say he is making him into a hero. It is easier if he says nothing.’

Such is life in Obama’s America. George Zimmerman has been declared an enemy of the people, by the President himself and anyone who gives him aid and comfort faces the wrath of the mob. Well, I will praise him, where praise is deserved. He is a good man and should be celebrated rather than threatened, and it says a lot about our degradation as a country that he is not.

Purging

June 14, 2012

I got another email from my friends from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

David,

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that Florida could make or break President Obama’s re-election.

That could be why the Florida GOP is in the process of purging up to 180,000 likely-Democrats from the voter rolls. The Department of Justice has demanded that the Florida GOP call off this illegal voter suppression, but they refuse to stop it.

Mark my words: This voter purge could tip the election in favor of Romney. And even worse, if we don’t stand up to these dirty tactics in Florida now, we will see the same devices played out in swing states like Virginia and Michigan. The stakes are way too high to sit this one out.

Click here to demand that the Florida GOP obey the Department of Justice and stop their illegal voter purge.

So, they are admitting they need the illegal alien, convicted felon, and deceased vote in order to win. I wish the Democrats would reconsider their position on this issue. Whatever temporary advantage they might get from voter fraud is not worth the damage that an erosion of popular legitimacy would do to the country. They are also hurting themselves by becoming the party that opposes any reasonable efforts to keep elections honest.

Romney Wins Florida

February 2, 2012

I should have posted on this yesterday, but I was out of town all day. Anyway Romney won the Florida primary by a fairly large margin. He got 46.4% of the vote to Gingrich’s 31.9% and Santorum’s 13.3%. The pundits and commentators have all had their say and I don’t have much to add. I would like to point out the gender gap that really hurt Gingrich. As Dick Morris put it,

Here’s the reason Mitt Romney won in Florida: Women turned against Newt. In the primary Tuesday, Romney carried men by only 5 points, according to the Fox News exit poll, while he won women 52 percent to 28 percent — a 24-point margin!

Did women turn against Gingrich because of his personal baggage or the interview with his second ex-wife? Did they just dislike his aggressiveness or feel that he couldn’t win? We don’t know. But what we do know is that a gender gap that was not much in evidence in South Carolina surfaced with a vengeance one week later in Florida.

Some theorize that it took a few days for Marianne Gingrich’s allegations to sink in. Others suggest that women might just have gotten an uneasy feeling about Gingrich. But the fact that the gender gap led to Newt’s defeat is incontrovertible.

I think this will become a real problem for Newt Gingrich in future primaries and the general election. I think that a lot of women will look at Newt and his three marriages and be reminded of all the selfish or immature men in their lives.

It would be one thing if Gingrich’s indiscretions were nothing more than a quiet affair. His divorces and infidelities suggest a lack of constancy, an unwillingness to follow through on commitments, even a lack of self-discipline that could be fatal in a President. His actions say something about him, and not something good.


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