Monthly Archives: April 2019

The Point: Hatred is Poison

On Saturday, a 19-year-old man walked into a California synagogue and started shooting, leaving one worshiper dead and at least four others injured. That number would almost certainly have been higher had his gun not jammed.

Like other recent mass shooters, he left a manifesto of hatred. Unlike other recent mass shooters, he had a stellar high school GPA, was a varsity athlete, came from a loving family, and attended church.

How does this happen? The Washington Post said it was inspired by “the devastating impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and enabled by the largely unchecked freedoms of social media.”

But there’s a simpler explanation: unchecked hatred. The words “hate” and “hater” have been cheapened by overuse, but true hatred is a deadly poison. It spreads and eats away at the soul of the one who holds it.

First John 3:15 is clear: “Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer.” This is both figuratively, and sometimes, literally true.


San Diego synagogue shooting: What we know about suspect John Earnest 

  • Tom Kisken and Julie Makinen | USA TODAY | April 28, 2019
Ancient hatreds, modern methods: How social media and political division feed attacks on sacred spaces 

  • Marc Fisher, Roxana Popescu and Kayla Epstein | Washington Post | April 28, 2019

We asked God to leave and since he is a gentleman he did just that

Here is the post.

The Point: Your Faith or Your Job

Uber recently fired one of its drivers for refusing to drive his passenger to her abortion appointment. He even tried to talk the woman out of the decision, and might even face a lawsuit from her.

This is only our most recent reminder that Christians need a theology of getting fired. Business owners, educators, and others -especially those in the medical field – may very well be forced to choose between participating in ceremonies, curriculum or procedures and their careers.

This is an opportunity for Christians who don’t face such choices. We need to be ready to assist our brothers and sisters, and their families, when they courageously choose faithfulness over their financial well-being. It could be financial assistance, educational assistance, meals, childcare, whatever needs to be done.

And we need to prepare ourselves. What will we choose when we face discrimination for our convictions? What red lines must we not cross? We need to decide now where we stand.

UVA Basketball Rejects White House Invitation ( Billy How about inviting the fans instead of the teams )

The Richmond Times-Dispatchreports that the NCAA 2018-2019 Men’s Basketball National Champions, the University of Virginia Cavaliers, have a rejected an invitation from President Donald J. Trump to attend a special ceremony at the White House honoring the victors for their hard-fought season.

“We have received inquiries about a visit to the White House,” UVA coach Tony Bennett said in a statement the school released Friday evening. “With several players either pursuing pro opportunities or moving on from UVA, it would be difficult, if not impossible to get everyone back together. We would have to respectfully decline an invitation.”

While it is true that many players are heading for the NBA draft and other career moves, NCAA champions rejecting President Trump’s offer have become somewhat of a trend during his administration. The 2017 championship team, the University of North Carolina, claimed they had scheduling conflicts. Last year’s winning team, Vilanova University, also rejected the White House’s invitation.

However, given the glibness of UVA sophomore De’Andre Hunter via Twitter, it seems politics may have more to do with these declinations than anything else. Hunter tweeted, “No Thanks Trump,” shortly after UVA announced they would not be going to the White House. 

( Billy’s thoughts – It used to be no matter what your politics was if your team won a title it was a honor to be invited by the President of whichever party was in office to the White House for some reason that has been ending under Trump. Perhaps instead of inviting the teams they should start inviting fans. I am sure many like myself would love a chance visit the President and the White House.

The Boy Scouts scandal is shocking, but not surprising

Read the column.

MA college pushes blacks-only dorms for safety

Here is the story.

Court to dad: Your daughter isn’t a girl

A Canadian father has been told to bury the truth and go along with the world.

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has found a father guilty of “family violence” because he refuses to refer to his 14-year-old daughter – who suffers gender dysphoria and wants to be a boy – as a male. According to a report by The Federalist, Justice Francesca Marzari said the father had engaged in “expressions of rejection of [her] gender identity” because of his choice to continue to affirm – in public – that she (identified in court records as “AB”) is a girl.

“This Court has … determined that it is a form of family violence to AB for any of his family members to address him by his birth name, refer to him as a girl or with female pronouns (whether to him directly or to third parties), or to attempt to persuade him to abandon treatment for gender dysphoria.” (Source: Court Docket E190334, April 15, 2019)

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Why They Kill

Listen to a commentary by Dr. James Dobson on why young people kill other by going here.

Awesome kid

BreakPoint: Easter Worshippers and “non-Muslims”? No, the Victims were Christians by: John Stonestreet & Roberto Rivera

The death toll from the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka continued to climb all week. As of Thursday, the official count was 359 dead.

Reading and listening to reports about the attacks, it’s apparent that the number of victims in Sri Lanka isn’t the only uncertainty. Many people, especially politicians and media outlets, seem to be having trouble deciding how to identify the victims. I don’t mean individual names. I mean identifying what the large majority of victims had in common besides being Sri Lankan: They were Christians.

The default identifier by left-leaning politicians on Twitter was “Easter worshippers.” Seeing a phrase that hardly anyone every uses repeated by so many was, well, just weird. In fact, when I first saw the trending “Easter worshippers” controversy blow up on Twitter, I wondered aloud if this was a redo of the made-up controversy over Starbuck’s red cups at Christmas from a few years ago. Like then, I wondered if a few isolated examples were being blown out of proportion.

I don’t know who originally decided to use the expression “Easter worshipper,” but it definitely caught on. So much so that it almost looks like there must have been a memo somewhere advising people to use the expression instead of calling the victims “Christians.”

President Obama tweeted “The attacks on tourists and Easter worshippers in Sri Lanka are an attack on humanity.” Leaving aside the fact that Christians, not “humanity” writ large, were the ones attacked, it’s still an odd choice of words.

Even odder was Secretary Hillary Clinton’s response: “On this holy weekend for many faiths, we must stand united against hatred and violence. I’m praying for everyone affected by today’s horrific attacks on Easter worshippers and travelers in Sri Lanka.”

“Holy weekend for many faiths?” OK, Jews celebrated Passover on Saturday, but as the New York Times podcast “The Daily” pointed out from the start, the group behind the attacks targeted Catholic churches and attacked on Easter Sunday, which is holy to only one faith: Christianity. But even they struggled to identify the victims as Christians, preferring instead to call them “non-Muslims” on a number of occasions. And more than one NPR program I heard described how the rampant anti-Muslim environment of Sri Lanka contributed to the attacks.

Even if we dismiss the odd victim nomenclature as an anomaly, many commentators talked as if it were the buildings instead of the people inside them, and their beliefs, that were the terrorists’ target.

This seeming denial or at least ignoring the fact that victims were targeted because they were Christians is so odd that it prompts the question “Why?”

As Ross Douthat of the New York Times helpfully explained, at least part of the answer is that many Western commentators have trouble seeing Christianity and Christians as anything but privileged. However true or not that may be of Western Christians—and now is not the time to debate that—the events in Sri Lanka are, to paraphrase the opening line of Rick Warren’s “The Purpose-Driven Life,” not about us.

It’s about, as Douthat put it, “Christians like the murdered first communicants in Sri Lanka, or the jailed pastors in China, or the Coptic martyrs of North Africa, or any of the millions of non-Western Christians who live under constant threat of persecution.”

The reluctance to call them “Christians” trivializes their suffering; obviously, not in God’s sight or in ours, but in the eyes of the non-Christian world. It’s as if they died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, like someone who gets run over by a bus while crossing the street.

Whatever gripes you have with American Christians, in much of the world Christians “live under the constant threat of persecution” and, as we saw this past Sunday, even death. Why? Because they are Christians.


As I’ve said before, the failure to do more to protect them is a disgrace. And failing to call them by their proper name, “Christians,” adds gratuitous insult to already-grievous injury.


Are Christians Privileged or Persecuted? 

  • Ross Douthat | New York Times | April 23, 2019