God

  1. God leaves Washington

    God leaves Washington

    Some people call me a conspiracy theorist or a myth buster, but when it comes right down to it, it's all about finding out the truth. To fine the truth, you usually have to dig below the surface of just about anything. And right now, my sniffer is picking up on something, all right.

    It's a fact: God is getting squeezed way out of Washington, D.C.

    Now, before you read any further, know this: I'm not here to spout off my beliefs in God or religion. But I am a firm believer in accurately reporting history - whether or not I'm proud of it, believe in it, or even like it.

    And whatever my personal beliefs may be, I think it's a dangerous game to try to erase the heritage left by our founding fathers - religious or otherwise. But that's exactly what's happening every day in this country.

    I could give dozens of examples, but this is the latest one to cross my desk.

    "Laus Deo," or praise be to God, is inscribed on the east side of the aluminum cap that sits high atop the Washington Monument. Since not too many people have the opportunity to see the real thing, the National Park Service has created a replica.

    In 2000, the replica was displayed in such a way that all four sides could clearly be seen, but in 2007, the "Laus Deo" side of the monument has been pressed so closely to the wall that no amount of straining or contorting can allow you to see the inscription. It was mysteriously removed from the plaque's description as well.

    In 2000, it read, "APEX OF THE MONUMENT The builders searched for an appropriate metal for the apex that would not tarnish and would act as a lightning rod. They chose one of the rarest metals of the time, aluminum. The casting was inscribed with the phrase, Laus Deo, (Praise be to God)."

    In 2007, the last sentence is no longer there. Instead, it reads: "CAP OF THE MONUMENT The builders searched for appropriate metal for the apex that would not tarnish and would act as a lightning rod. They chose one of the rarest metals of the time - aluminum."

    A National Park Service ranger said, "It's not a conspiracy or anything" Yeah right.

    This whole Washington Monument issue might seem minor - and by itself, it is. But when you tack it on to other anti-God movements that are done in the name of being politically correct (like calls to rewrite the Pledge of Allegiance), suddenly the molehill becomes a mountain.

    One more thing: I just read a story about some high school students who put up a poster advertising a program called Operation Christmas Child. The school forced them to replace the word "Christmas" with the word "Holiday."

    I'm pretty sure there's nothing in the books (as of yet) that actually outlaws God or Christmas. But if we continue down the path we're on, it won't be long in the making.

  2. Parents: The anti-vaccine

    Parents: The anti-vaccine

    Vacci-Nation Situation, part 4

    For the last week, you've read the latest news - and my latest predictions - about one of the biggest evils on the American medical landscape: Mass vaccinations.

    As you'll recall, one of my extrapolations of this false panacea of medicine had to do with a new vaccine that's all the rage - one designed to prevent most cases of HPV (genital warts) in young women, along with the subsequent development of cervical cancer this viral infection is linked to

    My argument is that while it's all fine and good to prevent infections of a common STD and its often-cancerous aftermath, there's a "point of diminishing returns" in the equation if the vaccine gives young women a false sense of security about the safety of sex. This may expose them to all kinds of other diseases, some deadly (and getting deadlier).

    But there are some "wild card" factors in this equation, too - things that could either mitigate the urge among young, nave people to copulate with abandon OR temper that very same urge: Things like schooling, parenting, and one other influence I alluded to in the last Daily Dose

    I'm talking about popular culture.

    If you've been a reader of mine for any length of time at all, you know I've long lamented the steady decline in the themes and messages in a lot of modern cultural influences - things like movies, TV, magazines, music (if you can call it that) and the over-publicized antics of spoiled celebrities. Now here's how this dovetails into the vaccine equation

    In the absence of strong, morally principled parenting - and schooling that minds the lines between what's proper curriculum and what's the responsibility of those parents to teach their kids - young, sexually curious adults are taking their cues on how to act from all the wrong places: Rap "music" lyrics and videos, movies, mom's Cosmopolitan mags, and whatever they learn from predators that prowl Internet chat-rooms and the MySpace profiles all their hyper-sexed, Ritalin-addicted friends are posting

    What's worse, they also learn how to act from what they're seeing Paris, Britney, Lindsay, and all the other pop-tarts doing on TV! (If you don't know who these people are, or are clueless about MySpace, you need to plug in to understand your kids and grandkids - but be forewarned, the journey's not for the faint of heart).

    Think today's kids aren't REALLY so impressionable that they'd take their cues from a bunch of spoiled, talent-less Hollywood party-girls and gangster-rap stars?

    According to recent UK Daily Mail article, researchers asked a random survey of 1,500 British kids aged 10 and under (the answers would be similar for American kids, I promise you), "What do you think is the very best thing in the world?"

    Ranked from 1 to 10 by greatest number of responses, their answers were:
    1) Being a celebrity
    2) Good looks
    3) Being rich
    4) Being healthy
    5) Pop music
    6) Families
    7) Friends
    8) Nice food
    9) Watching movies

    And last on the list

    10) God

    Take a look at the top three answers: Celebrity, beauty, and wealth. And also notice how "pop music" ranks above family, friends, and God

    Still think kids' sensibilities about life, love, sex, and what's important aren't being shaped heavily by hyper-sexed popular culture?

    Bottom line: With STDs, sexual objectification, and victimization rampant - and with schools promoting sex as though it's civic duty - it's more important than ever for parents to set strong boundaries that instill sexual temperance and age-appropriate behavior in their kids.

    Instead, we have parents steering children, either by first-hand example or by tacit approval of their over-eroticized young lifestyles, into having risky sex early and often

    If only we could come up with a vaccine against THIS kind of "cancer."

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