Happy Easter!

This link will take you to a story by Leo Thorsness about a church service that he and his fellow POWs had in the Hanoi Hilton in 1970. The story should give us a fresh perspective here in America as we dress up in our Sunday best and go to church, unhindered, to Easter service tomorrow. Let us be thankful for the freedoms we have as Americans. But more importantly, let us be thankful for the freedom that Christ’s death and ressurection has given us as Christians. Freedom from sin and hope for eternal life.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me:
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in multitude.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

Salvation is of the Lord.
May your salvation O Lord be ever with us.

From St. Patrick’s Breastplate

Happy Easter everyone.

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Magnificent Monday Quotes – G. K. Chesterton Edition

Chesterton is one of those authors that Conservatives are supposed to have read. I have not. I want to, I just haven’t gotten around to it. Anyway, here are some thought provoking quotes from G. K.

“‘My country, right or wrong,’ is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, ‘My mother, drunk or sober.'”

“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.”

“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”

“Journalism largely consists of saying ‘Lord Jones is Dead’ to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.”

“There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob.”

“Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.”

“A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.”

“A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.”

“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.”

“Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.”

“Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.”

“I believe what really happens in history is this: the old man is always wrong; and the young people are always wrong about what is wrong with him. The practical form it takes is this: that, while the old man may stand by some stupid custom, the young man always attacks it with some theory that turns out to be equally stupid.”

“The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog.”

“Reason is always a kind of brute force; those who appeal to the head rather than the heart, however pallid and polite, are necessarily men of violence. We speak of ‘touching’ a man’s heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it.”

This one is for “C” – “Comforts that were rare among our forefathers are now multiplied in factories and handed out wholesale; and indeed, nobody nowadays, so long as he is content to go without air, space, quiet, decency and good manners, need be without anything whatever that he wants; or at least a reasonably cheap imitation of it.”

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”

“The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted: precisely because most things are permitted, and only a few things are forbidden.”

“Women are the only realists; their whole object in life is to pit their realism against the extravagant, excessive, and occasionally drunken idealism of men.”

Multicultural Idiots

You may have heard the story today about the new law in Afghanistan that makes it illegal for a wife to refuse to have sex with her husband. The law also requires that a woman receive permission from her husband before she leaves her house. This law was passed by the government that the US helped put in place after unseating the Taliban after 9/11. I saw the story on CNN today and was, like most people, ouraged at the fact that we live in a world were uncivilized morons like this are allowed to govern, let alone live. Then they started putting up viewer emails and I couldn’t believe my eyes. The email that shocked me was off the screen so fast that I was sure I was mistaken about what it had said. But later I ran across the transcript on CNN’s Cafferty File political blog. And sure enough, there was the email from the viewer and it was as stupid as I originally thought. Here it is:

Dave writes:
It is not our place to tell other folks how to live! Yes, this is wrong in our eyes, but it was not that many years ago that a man in the U.S. could have never been arrested and prosecuted for the same crime.

The utter and complete nonsense of the statement just, well, makes my head explode. What it really does is point to the dangers that multiculturalism or cultural relativism breeds in a law abiding society. Nothing is right or wrong. There is no good. There is no evil. It’s all just differing paradigms and opinions. There’s a great video on YouTube of Mark Steyn addressing the problems with multiculturalism. It is well worth eight or so minutes of your time.

The Hollywood Agenda

I’ve never been one of those people who believed in the “Hollywood Agenda”. Does Hollywood tend to be liberally biased? Yes. But I always believed that since movie studios are business operations that they were primarily motivated by profit. If certain types of movies make them more money, that’s the type of movies they will make.

However, If the numbers compiled by Movieguide that are quoted in this article  are accurate, I guess I was wrong.

Magnificent Monday Quotes

I’ve been thinking about doing a post a week that is basically just quotes that I’ve run across over the past week. And since I already had a few saved up and today is Monday, I guess the weekly quote post will be on Mondays. So enjoy “Magnificent Monday Quotes”.

“Is not the fanaticism of your irreligion more absurd and more dangerous than the fanaticism of superstition? Begin by tolerating the faith of your fathers. You talk of nothing but tolerance, and never was a sect more intolerant.” – Elie Catherine Freron

I didn’t know who Freron was when I came across this but, thanks to the magic of the internet, I quickly found out that he was a French philosopher and critic of the French Enlightenment movement of of Voltaire especially.

“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.” – Abraham Lincoln

“You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.” – General Charles Napier

That’s one of my favorite quotes. Napier is referring to the Indian practice of “suttee” – the tradition of burning widows on the funeral pyres of their husbands.

“All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” – Sir Winston Churchill

“It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.” – Edmund Burke

I included the above for a co-worker of mine who has the maddening policy of never giving anyone a direct answer to any question. You know who I’m talking about LO III.

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.” – Milton Friedman

Since baseball season is right around the corner, I’ll call it a post with two quotes about the Great Game.

“I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism. Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us.” – Walt Whitman

“If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base.” – Dave Barry