WHAT IS A BIGOT?

"All Is Vanity" by C. Allan Gilbert, evoking the invetiable decay of life and beauty toward death.
“All Is Vanity” by C. Allan Gilbert, evoking the inevitable decay of life and beauty toward death. (from here)

What inspired this post? As politely and sweetly as he could manage, a commenter called me a bigot (see here).

Am I a bigot? Yes. Everyone is a bigot. You. Your parents. Your brothers and sisters. Your friends and neighbors. Your countrymen. Everyone in the whole world. The only person who ever lived who was not a bigot was Jesus.

We all to some degree try to justify ourselves at the expense of someone else. If we can raise ourselves above another — if we can humble another — we think we must be better.  At least, that’s a very popular theory.

The Bible says we are each made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). Even though we are puny, finite things, we should each be able see something divine — something we can love — in each other. But often we don’t.

Review human history. Read the newspapers. Consider the anger we sometime see simmering in each other. Remember the broken homes. Remember all the innocent children aborted, orphaned and forgotten, or just abandoned. Contemplate all the people who make you furious for no reason at all.

“I” am at the center of all “I” perceive. So it is we each tend to go through life thinking it must all be about us. Everything we do and all that is must be for our benefit. If we give something of ourselves to another then they owe us (whether they know it or not). That’s how the strong rationalize enslaving the weak. If the strong protect weak, then the weak must owe the strong something.  Thus, slavery began as a protection racket.

Yet I stray. What is a bigot? How is it we are all bigots? We each try to justify ourselves. I am a good person. I deserve good things. I deserve whatever good things other people have. I covet what others have that I don’t have.

We measure ourselves against each other, and we each want to be better than other people. We damn those who seem to have more. In the age of diversity, how is that done? We join in common cause with people who look like us, sound like us, dress like us, work like us, think like us,…., and sin like us. We organize with the people in our identity group, and we demand respect, our “rights” — and money.

Consider all the identity groups. There are trade associations demanding tariffs. There are unions demanding employer sanctions. There businesses too big to fail. There are racial, sexual, ethnic, and creedal groups demanding “affirmative action. There are groups preoccupied with sexual perversions demanding our affirmation. There are bureaucrats out to save the world demanding bigger salaries and greater powers.

Where does all this bigotry — this competition to make it all about ME lead?

James 4:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

Pride Promotes Strife

Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”

How we can test ourselves? How we determine whether we are motivated bigotry? There is a simple way that works most of the time. If we are willing to debate the rightness of our cause without personally attacking our opponent, that is a good sign. That doesn’t mean you cannot point out something your opponent is doing wrong. For example, if your opponent is willing to twist the Constitution into a pretzel, that has to be noted because it is relevant. We are not suppose to do that. Unfortunately, because we are bigots, we don’t want to hear our sins called sins.

What is the best way to avoid bigotry? What is the best way to test ourselves? Instead of trying to justify ourselves, we must believe on Jesus; we must put our faith in God.  We obey His commands.

John 15:12 New King James Version (NKJV)

12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

It is not our job or our right to make our neighbors behave as we think they should behave.  We have the right and the responsibility to protect each other from the brutes and bullies among us. However, so long as so-called brutes and bullies do not abuse our family, friends and neighbors; we have no right to use government power to attack those brutes and bullies. That sort of behavior that just makes us a brute, a bully, and a bigot.

OF COURSE IT WAS PLAGIARISM — NOT!

Mike Myers as Dr. Evil (from here)
Mike Myers as Dr. Evil (from here)

It is more important to stand for something than it is stand against something. When we vote, we should try to vote for someone whose views on the purpose government are similar to our own. The problem is that what lots of politicians say is not what they do. So when we check out the candidates we have to worry about how much damage we think they will do. Therefore, we often have to vote for the lesser of evils.

Unfortunately, when we try vote for the lesser of evils, that does not much complicate the campaign strategy of the more evil candidates.  They and their supporters just respond by trying to convince us the other guy is even worst, or, supposedly even more despicable, dumb.

Hence, my last post, YOU CAN PLAGIARIZE TRITE EXPRESSIONS? REALLY? derided the accusations that Melania Trump had plagiarized Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech. Ironically, we had two commenters in the last post, novascout (here and here) and Tony (here) try to persuade us that “of course it was plagiarism”. Google now reports 1,730 results for that phrase, “of course it was plagiarism”.

Supposedly, the Trump’s have conceded the accuracy of the charge of plagiarism by identifying the culprit (see Trump campaign tries to move on from plagiarism controversy). However, the headline says what is going on. The Trump campaign regards the accusation as a distraction.

Why put the silliness to rest? Let’s look at this two ways. First, consider what the Democrats want to argue about.  Here are are the priceless lines “stolen” from Michelle Obama’s speech. Note that none of the lines in Melania Trump’s speech are actually identical to those in Michelle Obama’s (see Melania Trump Copied from Michelle Obama’s 2008 Convention Speech (Snopes.com)). Note also that what is in bold below was supposedly stolen.

  • Their integrity, compassion and intelligence reflect to this day on me and for my love of family and America. – Here Melania Trump talks about herself. Michelle Obama referred to her daughters. Seems like a strategic difference, but maybe Melania gave birth to herself.
  • From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise. That you treat people with respect. – Does Michelle Obama have the original copyright on: you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond, you do what you say, and that you treat people with respect. Platitudes can be copyrighted?
  • They thought and showed me values and morals in their daily life. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son, and we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. – Two words in that sentence constitute plagiarism?
  • Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them. – In America we use to grow up with our elders constantly telling us that the only only limits to our achievements were our dreams and our willingness to work. Now we are offended when a legal immigrant tells us that? Because of plagiarism? Plagiarism of who? Michelle Obama? Consider the irony.

As I said, I don’t get it. What is there in any of the supposedly plagiarized portion of Melania Trump’s speech that she should have credited to Michelle Obama? If this is how Democrats want to portray Donald Trump as evil, I think it is about as funny as Dr. Evil.

So what does Trump want to move onto? That is, what are the Democrats trying to distract us from? Consider.

What we should be doing is looking at what the people who are running for political office have done? What is it that they have done that qualifies them to run for high office, to spend our money and exercise power over us, our families, our friends and our countrymen.

What does they news media want to talk about? Well, it has more to do with theater and entertainment than substance.

Soon the conventions will be over. Are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton the most unpopular presidential candidates ever? Maybe. Is our country in a mess? Yes. Is the mess getting worse? Yes. Are we going to start looking into the records of the people we vote for? God help help if we don’t.

OUR RIGHT TO BE REPRESENTED APPROPRIATELY

school.pngWhat follows is an email that I received Wednesday evening from Dottie Miller, Chairman of the Prince William County Republican Committee. This is a call to action she broadcasted to all committee members.

Committee Members,

I am writing to inform you about yet another controversy regarding our School Board.

On June 15, 2016, Brentsville District School Board member Gil Trenum, a Navy reservist, announced that he has been called up to active duty to serve overseas as part of Operation Enduring Freedom for one-year beginning in August. Trenum has served his country as a United States Navy officer for nearly 12 years and has continued to serve as a Navy Reserve Commander for 14 years. In all, this is his 26th year of service to our military. Virginia’s Division of Legislative Services has advised Trenum, a Republican, that he can hold his School Board seat and choose a temporary replacement while deployed. However, School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers, a Democrat, is seeking to ignore Trenum’s wishes and appoint someone else. Trenum has provided three candidates to temporarily fill his seat while he’s deployed, however, Sawyers wants to appoint Don Shaw, the current Vice Chairman of the Prince William Democrat Committee and former candidate for office. Sawyers is currently seeking a legal opinion on the matter from Attorney General Mark Herring. Democrats already hold a 5-3 advantage on the School Board, yet Sawyers wants to create a larger majority to implement his agenda.

Here is a recent Washington Post story about this matter: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/pr-william-school-board-seat-up-in-the-air-ahead-of-reservists-deployment/2016/07/01/40f32440-3fb3-11e6-84e8-1580c7db5275_story.html

Chairman Sawyers’ objection to Mr. Trenum’s wishes are particularly disappointing for several reasons:

1) By not honoring the wishes of Gil Trenum during his deployment, Chairman Sawyers is disrespecting veterans and military reservists and using a reservist deployment for personal political gain.

2) Sawyers’ partisan behavior will only discourage reservists from seeking public office in Prince William County in the future.

3) Chairman Sawyers is openly disrespecting the will of the Brentsville voters by attempting to appoint someone who doesn’t share Trenum’s policy positions or philosophy. Brentsville voters have elected Trenum as their School Board Representative three terms.

Since Ryan Sawyers was sworn-in as chairman of the Prince William County School Board on December 11, 2015, he has engaged in controversy after controversy. Whether it be school-naming fights, teacher intimidation, or retaliation of a H.S. principal, Chairman Sawyers has been more bully than consensus builder. Please make your voice heard on this latest controversy.

Action Items:

-Make your voice heard by calling/emailing the School Board Chairman and your District Representative about this matter. Find their contact info here: http://pwcs.ss9.sharpschool.com/cms/one.aspx?pageId=690983

-Share this information with our neighborhood and friends via conversations and social media.

Dottie Miller, Chairman

D.J. Jordan, Vice Chairman

Prince William County Republican Committee

If we want our leaders to behave honorably, the we have to hold them accountable. Is Brentsville District School Board member Gil Trenum’s request honorable? Would it be honorable for School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers to ignore it? Please consider the matter and then contact your District Representative.

IS MY THEORY CORRECT?

he Minute Man, a statue by Daniel Chester French erected in 1875 in Concord, Massachusetts. (from here)
The Minute Man, a statue by Daniel Chester French erected in 1875 in Concord, Massachusetts. (from here)

To understand this post, dear reader, I am going to make an odd request. I would like you to read two posts on another person’s blog. So please be patient with me.

What is the subject? It is an important one. We have this strange idea being promoted by many of our leaders: people don’t kill; guns kill. Therefore, if we get rid of the guns, guns won’t kill people.  In a nation of people descended from pioneers, where did that nonsense come from? As odd as it may seem, I think the notion originated as a distortion of Biblical teaching. However, to put that notion into perspective, I think reading a couple of posts at
level_head‘s (AKA Keith DeHavelle) blog would help.

First check out Confiscation, a post about gun control. Make certain you digest these comments.

56 million people died as a result of gun control in the 20th century.

That’s the lowest estimate I’ve seen. Stalin was reputedly responsible for 55m, and Mao for another 80m or so. Not counting Hitler, Pol Pot, etc.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

Really? I always thought it was that number. :S

I’ve seen 160m to 180m.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

Oh wow. Regardless, gun control is a huge factor behind a number of genocides in the 20th century.

Then consider Conspiracy. That is a post about the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that truly is engaged in a massive conspiracy. In his post,provides a short history of our government’s attempts to tiptoe around the connection between Islam and terrorism.

Why do we refuse to make the connection between Islam and terrorism? In response to the following comment, I provided an explanation (following the comment).

I also noticed that every time there’s an Islamic terrorist attack, Muslims make themselves the “victims”. It turns from “this was a terrorist act” to “this has nothing to do with Islam, they’re just Islamophobes”.

I seriously believe that there’s a victim mentality among part of the Islamic community. Unfortunately too many of them are silent about what their fellow Muslims do. Where was their outrage from the Cologne NYE attacks or Orlando or San Bernardino? They complain about bigotry, yet they’re the intolerant ones. Merely carrying a Bible in many Muslim countries is unthinkable yet in many Western countries, they demand that everyone caters to them! One Canadian town refused to get rid of pork a few years back actually. One Minnesotan county’s Somali population demanded that their food stamp program adhere to Islamic standards.

Not only that, but the Obama administration has helped made it “racist” to report anyone that’s suspicious who also happens to be Muslim. Not only that, but despite the government knowing about the Orlando and San Bernardino shooters being radicalized, they did little to nothing about it.

Citizen Tom

2016-06-22 01:13 am (UTC)

 Based upon what I have read in the Koran, what the Islamic terrorists are doing conforms to Islam. That is most certainly what they believe.

I think our problem is that we suffer a different sort of extremism. Consider what happened during the Protestant Reformation. Christianity began splintering. The idea of warfare for the sake of Christianity faded when people began reading the Bible in their own language. Jesus never supported any such thing. Even the Old Testament does not approve of warfare to spread the faith. In fact, the Bible frowns on warfare throughout. The Bible explains the conquest of the Promised Land was a special case. Look what happened to the Jews when they started behaving like the Canaanites.

Nevertheless, among Christians we have pacifists and socialists who try to justify their beliefs based upon the Bible. Catholics even insist priests and nuns must not marry. Wherever people find the least ambiguity the Bible, someone will take that ambiguity and run with it.

What has been the most destructive misinterpretation of the Bible? Here is my candidate. Jesus kept church and state separate. In fact, the Bible frowns upon rendering very much authority to Caesar (see Matthew 22:21 and 1 Samuel 8). The secularists in our society, however, have taken this separation of church and state to an absurd extreme. To prevent being annoyed by the subject of religion (or having their plans for big government thwarted), they seek to confine the practice of religion to private closets.

Hence, when confronted by Muslim extremism, secularists don’t know what to do. War against religion? To a devout secularist, religion is not suppose to be important. We are all supposed to be the same and just get along. So-called Multiculturalism is the religion of the secularist. Thus, secularists classify terrorists as mad men and seek to ban guns. Guns kill, not people devotedly practicing their religion. Therefore, Obama is incapable of dealing with the problem, and he is even willing to invite all the Muslims who want to come into the United States.

Therefore, I ask. Is my theory correct?