Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Speechless: Silencing the Christians-episode 1

So did anyone watch Speechless: Silencing the Christians? Episode one aired March 1. Episode two aired March 8.

I've watched episode 1 via the internet. I had heard about the valedictorian who was about to mention Jesus in her speech during graduation when school officials cut off her microphone. They would have allowed her to use the term "God" because that is not specific to one religion. But using the Name "Jesus" was not allowed because that is specific to one religion. Have you noticed we can use a generic term "God" and usually be accepted? While the term means to Christians and Jews the One True God, the God of Israel, Isaac, and Jacob, the great "I AM," to others it means "Allah" or to some a spiritual universal impersonal something-or-other. As long as we're vague enough to allow everyone to insert whatever they want, we're okay. But when we get specific and say Jesus is God, then we're cut off...not tolerated.

I had heard of the Pennsylvania Eleven, but I didn't know the story of what had happened to them. These eleven Christians wanted to share the gospel of Jesus Christ during a gay event called "Out Fest" and were doing so on public streets, and were arrested for doing so. So much for our freedom of religion or freedom of speech. Of course the gays can promote homosexuality in word and in public and that's perfectly fine, but don't try to speak about Christianity in public because you can now be arrested for that. Seriously!

I had not heard at all about the text books being used in California's public schools that are filled with pictures of Muslims praying and other photos and text very much promoting Islam. In this public school curriculum, students must learn verses from the Quran. (For Christian students, learning verses from the Bible instead is not allowed of course.) Also part of the curriculum is an assignment where students are to stage their own jihad. These things are required in class. But...but...I thought we were to keep religion out of the public schools! Oh wait...that only applies to Christianity.

Obviously, this is outrageous.

What are we going to do about it? What are you going to do about it? Just let it go? Hope someone else will do something about it? Not worry about it too much because, after all, that's happening in California. And, well, we all know how liberal California is, right? And besides, for some of us, we're not residents of California therefore we can't write a letter to the Governor of California...right?

Have you noticed that whatever California does, the rest of the nation usually follows?

I'm reminded of that old saying from World War II that went something like this: When they came for the Jews, I didn't stand up and say anything. When they came for the Catholics, I didn't stand up and say anything. When they came for me, there was no one left to stand up and say anything.

If we let it go, we'll have these same text book in our own states soon.

And oh by the way, did you hear last Friday that a California appellate court decided that because parents who are home-schooling don't have teaching degrees, they are not teaching legally and their children are now considered truant? More here:



(Just a note: I was looking for links to mainstream reports, like CNN, MSNBC, or FOX, but didn't see any. They might be there and I just didn't search far enough, but it's not like it's a headliner of a story. Have you heard about this on your nightly news?)

If you put a frog in water and increase the temperature gradually, it won't jump out because it doesn't notice the water is heating up. It will sit there and be cooked to death. If the promotion of the Islamic faith and similar outrageous events come upon us gradually enough, like the frog being cooked in a pot of water, we won't notice. Or are we noticing, and just not doing anything about it?

If you haven't viewed episode 1 of Speechless: Silencing the Christians, you need to see it.

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