Ravi Zacharias, a world-renowned evangelist and leader in Christian apologetics, died yesterday. He was 74.
Zacharias was known for his defense of the Christian faith using logic and reason — his radio program was called “Let My People Think.”
He had spoken to groups in the US military Read more
I do believe that we are a nation that, without God, there is no truth, and it’s all about power, ideology, advancement, agenda, not doing the public service.
The quote above by President-elect Donald Trump’s Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions is a statement of the obvious to millions of Christians, yet is being touted as proof Sessions is unqualified for government service.
In a widely distributed piece at The Daily Beast, author Jay Michaelson cites the above under the headline “Jeff Sessions Said ‘Secularists’ Are Unfit for Government,” and questioned Sessions’ fitness for the office:
[Sessions’] comments raise questions as to which set of “truths,” religious or secular, would motivate his Justice Department’s decisions on which laws to prosecute, which liberties to protect, and which interpretations of legal and constitutional texts to adopt.
That’s moronic for two reasons.
The first is the obvious “truth” that Read more
Michael “Mikey” Weinstein has famously claimed that Islamic militants are motivated to attack because they feel they are fighting a crusading Christianity. For example, while military imagery has historically been rife with references to knighthood, Weinstein has focused particular energy on military units with things that he declares will be perceived as “crusading,” not unlike the 8th Special Troops Battalion Warrior Training Center in Fort Shafter, Hawaii:
More recently, he said ISIS received a “propaganda bonanza” when a uniformed US military officer spoke of the influence of God in his life.
Weinstein needs this narrative because his foundation is Read more
The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is billed as the world’s largest workplace charitable campaign. It allows federal employees, including members of the US military, to allot donations from their paychecks to a variety of non-profit organizations. While “charity” can sometimes be stereotypically religious, the CFC allows government workers to donate to everything from the Family Research Council to Planned Parenthood.
One regional campaign chose an interesting set of artwork for the cover of their listing pamphlet:
Those who keep up with religious issues in the culture will immediately recognize the symbol of secular humanism, as epitomized Read more
Michael “Mikey” Weinstein recently published an anonymous, 3,000-word essay from a “senior officer” describing why MRFF “clients” always remain anonymous in their complaints against Christians and religion in the US military.
While the treatise is meant to provide justification for the “clients” in Weinstein’s anonymous attacks on Christians in the military, many people would likely agree with the general, neutral premise — highlighting oneself can negatively affect a military career. For example, Tony Carr blogging at John Q. Public and many others have become outlets for members of the military unwilling to name themselves out of fear for their careers. As Weinstein’s acolyte says:
One doesn’t need to commit a punishable offense…to derail a career and if I’m a commander judging a group of subordinates, I don’t even need to bother myself with the mountains of paperwork that would come with actually initiating disciplinary action against one of my junior officers…
Instead, I just can as easily kill the career of an unchosen one with sweet kindness and honesty…If you don’t have a complete, unbroken string of golden soccer trophies for every assignment and year of service, you’re done…
Again, the implication is not Read more
Renowned Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias recently had the opportunity to speak at the US Air Force Academy on the topic of “Secularization & the Search for Absolutes.”
Zacharias’ audio on that topic is available here (Part 1 and Part 2).
It was a Read more
Despite claims that religious groups get favored or undue access to US military installations, the US military hosts many more non-religious events to support its troops. Fort Carson recently hosted the Lt Dan Band, led by Gary Sinise, which seemed to be well-attended despite the inclement weather: Read more
In an era in which society encourages each to do his own thing, and “right” is a relative term, a recent study seems to indicate many people do inherently have an understanding of morality at their core — and this may sometimes conflict with the actions required by military combat:
The conflicts that troops feel can range from survivor guilt from living through an attack where other troops died, to witnessing or participating in the unintentional killing of women or children, said researchers involved in the study.
The key quote comes near the end of the article: Combat experienced US Marines were the subject group, and the study showed
Their condition [PTSD] was more closely linked to an inner conflict Read more