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Saturday, June 10, 2017

News Weakly - 6/10/2017

Guilty Until Proven ... Guilty
Protesters gathered in Washington D.C. calling for "a congressional independent commission to investigate connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian government." In truth, the question to them is not "Did it happen?", but "How much?" As one protester said, "I want to know how Russia has infiltrated our government. I don't think there's a question that they have."

An "independent commission" is not, actually, what they're looking for. Like so many other times it is a group of angry people looking for a lynching before guilt is proven. They're looking for an independent commission that can disassociate from Trump. Or, to put it another way, a commission that opposes Trump and, therefore, will find what they want ... what they know to be true.

Test for Public Office
Last year a Wheaton College professor opted to wear a hijab in solidarity with Muslims because "we worship the same God." (She is no longer at Wheaton.) Russell Vought wrote an article explaining why she was wrong. "Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned." In April, President Trump nominated Vought to serve as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. On Wednesday the Senate opened hearings to consider that nomination. The ACLU complained. A person who believes that Christianity is the truth and other religions are, by process of elimination, not the truth should not be allowed to be appointed to office. Senator Bernie Sander's offers this religious test for Christians in public office. If you believe that Muslims don't know God because they have rejected Jesus, you hold an "indefensible" belief system and are "hateful" and "Islamophobic". You are discriminatory, intolerant, and unfit for public office. He stated, "I would simply say, Mr. Chairman, that this nominee is really not someone who is what this country is supposed to be about." The Constitution forbids a religious test for qualification for office or public trust, but it looks like some would like to rescind that part of the Constitution, too. (The video is here, with relevant comments from 44:20 to 51:20.)

Side note: Pray for Senator Christopher Van Hollen Jr. of Maryland. In the same session Senator Van Hollen self-identified as a Christian. In the hearing he said, "I'm a Christian, but part of being a Christian in my view is recognizing that there are lots of ways that people can pursue their God." By definition Senator Van Hollen called Christ a liar (John 14:6; John 8:19). He is in a dangerous position of thinking on one hand he's a Christian while denying on the other his Lord and Savior. God has the ability to open eyes. Pray for Christopher (1 Tim 2:1-2).

What does Twitter tell us about public opinion these days?

When California Senator Kamala Harris decided that pestering a witness rather than letting him answer her question was the right thing to do, committee chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, told her, "The chair is going to exercise the right to allow the witnesses to answer the question, and the committee is on notice to provide the witnesses the courtesy." And the Twittersphere went wild, delighting in her discourteous attitude. One wrote, "I❤Kamala Harris. 'Ma'm may I have a chance to answer your question?' Kamala Harris: 'NO'." Like that's a good thing. The disgraceful ones in this story were those who asked to allow the witness to answer and asked for courtesy. I would argue that someone who asks a question and doesn't allow the person to answer is not asking for information. This, apparently, is a good thing to the Twittersphere.

When congressional candidate Karen Handel said she didn't believe in the right to a livable wage, but "an economy that is robust with low taxes and regulation," the Twittersphere erupted. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee holds, "Every American deserves a living wage." When did this become a human right? The word there is "deserves". That means "without regard to effort, quality, or any other factor except that they are an American." Whatever you do, don't think about that statement. Because that would require the government to pay my grandchildren, felons, and homeless people a "living wage." And there is, in the end, no definition of what a "living wage" is. Twitter appears to disagree with a "meritocracy" idea where you earn what you get; the Twittersphere appears to lean toward socialism.

New Navy Warship
A new warship is being commissioned by the U.S. Navy honoring Democrat congresswoman Gabby Giffords. The ship is the first gun-free warship, reflecting the Giffords' anti-gun stance. It has "a vegan-friendly galley, unisex uniforms for the whole crew, and numerous 'safe spaces' throughout the ship." Must be true; I read it on the Internet.

Other Internet News
In Auburn, California, a 36-year-old man hammered the game-winning homer in a local tee-ball game and won the championship for the home tee-ball team. Nate Ripley identifies as a six-year-old, so he was allowed to play on the team.

As a note, yes, that last story is intended as comedy by the Babylon Bee, but it's not as far out as you might think from real stories, like the 52-year-old father who identifies as a 6-year-old girl.

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