Friday, May 8, 2009

May 8, 2009

Kopp Disclosure
(John 3:19-21)

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I'm not a big fan of Michael Savage.

Actually, I'm not a big fan of anyone but Jesus.

It's a first few of the big ten thing.

Heck, I'm not so hot myself; or as someone said while exiting our family of faith not too long ago: "You're so full of ____ sometimes!"

True.

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Friends on the right get mad at me for saying I like PBHO.

I do because he's so, uh, likeable.

I mean, uh, deal with it.

He won by a bigger margin than his predecessor's two Ws.

Friends on the left get mad at me because, uh, well, you know, I don't think he's God's other son in a messianic kinda way.

He's not Jesus.

I mean, uh, deal with it.

He's gonna make mistakes because he's so, uh, human.

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Speaking of, uh, mistakes by you know who, he kinda dissed the big prayer day yesterday.

Geez.

He declined to host an event celebrating National Day of Prayer.

Change.

And he's still pushin' that anti-Christian Judge Hamilton for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals - the same, uh, anti-Christian who ruled in 2005 to ban mentioning Jesus and words like "Savior" from opening prayers in the Indiana legislature while ruling it's cool to use "Allah" and ____ like, uh, that; meaning, essentially, that Christian prayers are illegal in a public forum of Hoosiers. Whoa. Can't wait until he...

Maybe that's why PBHO didn't show up for prayer at the pole(s).

Change.

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Getting back to another, uh, savage, his real name is Michael Weiner; which makes me wonder if he's got identity issues.

I mean my last name has always caused me a lot of grief; but, you know, you gotta deal with the hand that you've been dealt.

O.K., I'll admit it sounds cooler to talk about The Savage Nation than, uh, Weiner's World.

I'm not gonna summarize the fine work of Wikipedia for you; but go to it and read their excellent 13 page summary of who he is, where he's been, what he's done, and why so many lionize and demonize him.

I'm just mentioning him because he was banned from entering the United Kingdom on 5/5/09 along with others "considered to be engaging in unacceptable behavior by seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred which might lead to inter-community violence."

Geez.

O.K., he's got short man's disease; but he just huffs and puffs and...

As I said earlier, I'm not a big fan and think some of his opinions aren't that bad while others are nutty, obnoxious, divisive, and so on; but, c'mon, I don't know anybody who's liked by everybody on everything.

Consider Jesus.

Has there ever been anyone as loving as Jesus?

Has there ever been anyone so engaged in enabling God's best for everybody?

You know what happened to Him.

My predecessor comes to mind.

People - pulpiteers as well as pewsitters - make appointments with me to lionize and demonize him; and, of course, I know the same people who talked and talk behind his back are the same people who have talked and talk behind my back.

Total depravity lives.

Dang.

God knows I'm not making any parallels between that Weiner or...

I'm just pointing out that everybody is on somebody's, uh, hit list.

Yeah, take that last sentence both ways.

Hmm.

It's just another of the pejorative pathologies that keep us from really getting along: the need to transfer our inadequacies to others as if they don't have their own...

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Moretheless, his banning is causing frost around folks who still believe in free speech: saying whatever you want to say without fear of getting locked up or out.

Lars Larson: "I often disagree with the way that Michael Savage says things...I think he's often rude and crude unnecessarily. But isn't that precisely the point? That is exactly the kind of speech the founders of our country meant to protect in the First Amendment. England says a lot about itself and the government's attitude toward its subjects when it forbids a man from coming...because he presents challenging ideas presented in a challenging way...Whose ideas and speech will be banned by government next?"

Steve Malzberg: "Although I am sorry to see the depths to which a once great nation like the U.K. has fallen, I cannot say that I am surprised. I don't think Michael will lose any sleep over the fact that a country which cares more about protecting and appeasing radical Muslims than it does about protecting its people and promoting free speech and free thought has targeted him. However, I fear that this will now be added to the arsenal of the free speech fascists in the USA who are about to unleash their unprecedented attack on all of us."

Roger Hedgecock: "The British government action barring Michael Savage is a frightening preview of what we can expect in our own country as the PC police shut down the voices of dissent."

Joyce Kaufman: "What happened to our great British allies?...When did they decide that the truth was irrelevant and the enemies of freedom needed to be placated?"

Steve Gill: "This is a blatant attack on free speech. Since when did Western nations ban talk show hosts for exercising politically incorrect speech? Instead of banning conservative American talk show hosts, U.K. officials should pay closer attention to the radical Muslims living within their borders. So what's next?"

You didn't hear it here first; but watch out for the real American idol's sycophants to start targeting anyone who questions or criticizes or...

It's gettin' Orwellian.

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Thank God for the Protestant tradition in mainline franchises where you can still dissent and protest without fearing vocational reprisals or...

Thank God for local churches where you can still agree to disagree agreeably and not feel shunned or...

Thank God for the academic world where it's more about learning than ideology and...

Thank God for opportunities to explore and probe and discuss and all of that kinda stuff without being attacked personally and...

Thank God for so many people who can talk about principles without getting really nasty and...

Thank God that sticks and stones may break our bones but...

Oops.

I forgot to thank Him for sarcasm.

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The tongue is such a small part of the body; but...

It's a good thing that God looks at the heart.

Maybe not.

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Blessings and Love!

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