Posts Tagged ‘lincoln’

A Tail is a Leg

April 26, 2011

Abraham Lincoln once asked his cabinet, “How many legs does a dog have if you call its tail a leg?”

Everyone in his cabinet replied, “Five”.

“Wrong”, said Lincoln, “The dog has four legs. If you call its tail a leg, that doesn’t make it a leg.”

That is exactly how I feel about the subject of same-sex or gay marriage. They can call such unions marriages as much as they might want however that does not change the facts. By definition a marriage is “The legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife.” This isn’t just a matter of the dictionary definition. Marriage as it has always been practiced has always been a relationship between a man and a woman. This is not arbitrary, there are reasons for this. If I may quote scripture:

Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field.

But for Adam[h] no suitable helper was found. 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[i] and closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib[j] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,[k]
for she was taken out of man.”

24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. Genesis 2:19-24.

One of the stranger delusions of the Left is that gender is irrelevant, that men and women are completely equal and can be exchange without any differences. This is, of course, foolishness, as anyone who has ever watched little boys and little girls in a playground can attest. Like most of the Left’s delusions, it can only be believed by completely ignoring any real-world experience. The simple truth is that men and women are not equal and cannot be equal. That is not to say,of course, that one is superior to the other, rather that each gender is equally important but different. They are meant to complement each other; the man’s strengths and weaknesses balancing the woman’s strengths and weaknesses. I really don’t see how the dynamics of a same-sex relationship could be stable, unless one man were very effeminate or one woman were very masculine. And in fact, homosexual relationships do not appear to be especially stable or long lasting.

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Long Lost Letter Raises Questions About Lincoln’s Faith

April 15, 2011

This is a very interesting piece about Abraham Lincoln’s religious views.

A long-lost letter written by one of of Abraham Lincoln‘s close friends is raising questions about one of the country’s greatest presidents and his faith. Mainly, what did the lanky Land-of-Lincolnite believe?

According to a letter written by Springfield, IL lawyer and Lincoln confidant William Herndon in 1866, the answer is confusing. In the letter, Herndon claims Lincoln was more of a theist that didn’t believe in the supernatural.

“Mr. Lincoln’s religion is too well known to me to allow of even a shadow of a doubt; he is or was a Theist & a Rationalist, denying all extraordinary — supernatural inspiration or revelation,” Herndon writes in the letter obtained by the Raab Collection of Philadelphia.

“At one time in his life, to say the least, he was an elevated Pantheist, doubting the immortality of the soul as the Christian world understands that term. He believed that the soul lost its identity and was immortal as a force. Subsequent to this he rose to the belief of a God.”

I had always thought that Lincoln was an agnostic or even an atheist since he had never formally joined a church. He did not appear to be particularly religious before he became president. Still, it seems his faith grew while he was in office

But as Discovery News reports, Herndon‘s knowledge of Lincoln’s faith is relegated to the years before he became president — the years before a national crises may have awakened his faith. And there is evidence that such a thing did happen:

But the challenges of a presidency, the angst of the Civil War and the 1862 death of his 11-year-old son would push Lincoln to consider God in ways he never had before, said White, who added that religion is something most Lincoln biographers have skimmed over.

Lincoln’s second inaugural address points to his eventual embrace of religion in midlife, White said. The speech, which was just 701 words long, mentions God 14 times and quotes the Bible four times, with two references to the Old Testament and two to the New Testament. In comparison, there were zero biblical references in his first inaugural and just one Bible quote in all previous inaugural addresses combined.

After his son’s death, Lincoln also developed a strong relationship with a Presbyterian minister named Phineas Densmore Gurley. And after his own death in 1865, Lincoln‘s secretary John Hay found an untitled and undated document in Lincoln’s desk that both questioned God’s presence in the midst of the Civil War and offered affirmation that God was somehow a silent actor in the war. Hay called it: Meditation on the Divine Will.

I think that the stress and strains of dealing with the Civil War would cause even a hardened atheist to turn to God.

From one of the comments on the article

well, I can’t remember the contxt of the quote or who he was talking with, but at the onset of the civil war the other party made a statement something like may God be on our side. Lincoln replied “No, may WE bo on God’s side”.


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