Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Bathroom Issue / Dissenting Opinion

But seriously.  The North Carolina bathroom issue has shown up this whole insanity for what it is.

Niemeyer explains:

This holding completely tramples on all
universally accepted protections of privacy
and safety that are based on the anatomical
differences between the sexes. … schools
would no longer be able to protect
physiological privacy as between students
of the opposite biological sex.
This unprecedented holding overrules
custom, culture, and the very demands
inherent in human nature for privacy and safety,
which the separation of such facilities
is designed to protect. More particularly,
it also misconstrues the clear language of
Title IX and its regulations. And finally,
it reaches an unworkable and illogical result.


 Across societies and throughout history, it has been commonplace and universally accepted to separate public restrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities on the basis of biological sex in order to address privacy and safety concerns arising from the biological differences between males and females. An individual has a legitimate and important interest in bodily privacy such that his or her nude or partially nude body, genitalia, and other private parts are not exposed to persons of the opposite biological sex. Indeed, courts have consistently recognized that the need for such privacy is inherent in the nature and dignity of humankind.


Here is a judge that makes some sense.

And this poster.  

Really, this is the end of the road of post-modern existentialism.

--"Even though I was born a male, in my own mind I am a boy;  therefore, I need access to the boys' bathroom, or vice versa."  The fact is, however, that you are not that what you think but what you actually are.  But your mind swirls around only what you, yourself need or want.  The fact that the world's females are put at risk or at least, at high unease, is of no consequence to these warriors.

--When I was a girl, there was a man who exhibited himself outside the all-girl school.  At one point, I was grabbed by him in a side street and then I had to go testify against him in court.  This man was being prosecuted.

Now, is it permitted for any male to go into any woman's washroom?  These places are sometimes deserted and sometimes busy. In any case, it is easy to hide in them.  Once in a while someone gets killed in them. Once in a while one hears about all sorts of unseemly things going on in them. Nowadays, you cannot even criticize.

How would I feel, if I met men in the ladies' washroom?  People go there to be in private.  I am past deceiving and abusing age, but what about a minor, a little girl, an adolescent?  There are no more boundaries.

The whole thing is insane.  And as the judge said:  illogical.

And the National Review has this one:

None of these alleged civil rights have previously existed in American law. Instead, they represent coercion, pure and simple — the destruction of the civil rights of the faithful for the sake of the convenience of the radicals. After all, not one of these despised religious exemptions actually deprives an LGBT person of the right to marry or adopt or form their own religious organization.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Boys and Boys

On male friendship and what has been lost:

Not being male, I don't quite know how to assess this article.  I shared it with someone today and he was really offended for some reason.

Not very connectedly, the transgendered bathroom issue has been great for me so far.  In the span of three days, I was in places where the women's bathroom was occupied and the men's not.  I just went ahead and used the men's.  Today, I even had a male clerk open the men's for me (a key and a code was required).  I told him that I was a man, and we laughed and my pressing issue was resolved.

There even was a change-table in it, which I did not need.

The first time I encountered a sign like the one below, last week, I just stared and walked past it and nearly followed my husband into the men's.  I wonder if it's ok to use the men's when there is a sign like that on a separate bathroom?

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Will the Feminists please rise about these topics. Thanks.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Tarek Fatah speaks sense to Canadian Senate

Tarek Fatah, founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress speaks some sense to the Canadian Senate on security.  Very interesting points.  He tries to distance himself from the Mosque and contrasts it to real community leadership.  "Imams are not leaders.  Stop meeting with them.  Meet with me.  But I am banned from Facebook."  What happens when a Muslim stands up to a Mullah?  min. 42.
Tears apart a Liberal senator speaking from his usual script, in the last several min.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Jesus Christ, Alpha and Omega, Yesterday, Today, Forever.


The everlasting covenant is in Him, through Him, by Him, for us.

The kingdom is not of this world.


"Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when he was betrayed, took the bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples and said: Take; eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he also took the cup after the supper, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them saying, Drink of it, all of you. This cup is the New Testament in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."

Friday, April 1, 2016

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Nihilism and Pilate and Me and You

John 18:  
36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate.

Sometimes we think post-modernism is new.  It obviously is not;  it is part of us.

We like the fog.  We like to do as we please.  We don't need a king besides Ceasar, as we can't avoid him.

But in us is that niggling feeling and thought, that truth actually exists, since we can't actually function without it.  What if we could not trust anybody's words, promises, explanations...  What if we can't trust our own?  What if we can't trust God's words and there is no goodness and mercy at the center of the universe?  What if there is no meaning, not even the one I have manufactured just for myself?
The other day, a young man said to me:  "Among us nihilists there is a saying..." -- I forget the saying.  I just remember he said "ni" as "nye" not "nee".
I would have said "neeheelist".  Whatever.

We both knew what he meant.  Words have meaning.  The saying he quoted (though it be a nihilist saying)  had meaning.  We both knew what he said when he called himself a nihilist.  Obviously, there is a set of doctrine.

Pilate was stressed out that day, torn between his wife, between Ceasar, between the Jews and between Jesus.  "What is truth" was his way out.  The innocent was condemned.

We do it all the time.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bach's Easter Cantata, number 4

This is a beautiful performance:

Here is the scrolling score, for singing along:

Here is the text and the English translation:

Monday, March 21, 2016

Introduction to the Gospel of John from the Lutheran Study Bible

Here is the Lutheran Study Bible, by the way:

Luther on John, pp. 1774 and 1775

From the very beginning the evangelist teaches and documents most convincingly the sublime article of our holy Christian faith according to which we believe and confess the one true, almighty, and eternal God.  But he states expressly that three distinct Persons dwell in that same single divine essence, namely, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  The Father begets the Son from eternity, the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son, etc. Therefore there are three distinct Persons, equal in glory and majesty;  yet there is only one divine essence....The first man to attack the doctrine of the divinity of Christ was the heretic Cerinthus, a contemporary of the apostles.  He presumed to fathom and comprehend this article with his reason.  Therefore he declared that the Word was not God.  And in order to support this view he cited the verse from Deuteronomy (6;4): "The Lord our God is one God"; and also (Deut.5:7):  "You shall have no other gods before Me."  With this sham he worked great harm.  he gained a powerful following.  Many Jews attached themselves to him, even some of those who had believed in Christ.  It must be viewed as a manifestation of divine grace that Cerinthus assailed this article during the lifetime of the apostles;  for this is what prompted John, the foremost of the apostles still living at the time, to write his Gospel.  In it he proves this article conclusively:  that Christ, our Lord and Savior, is true, natural, and eternal God with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  John had a very good reason for basing his proof on Moses, since it was he of whom Cerinthus and his followers had boasted.  Wresting Moses from their hands, mouth, and heart, John now quotes Moses in an attack against their blasphemous heresies and refutes them completely.  This was a veritable masterstroke.

Therefore the evangelist John is a master above all the other evangelists, for he treats of this doctrine of Christ's divinity and His humanity persistently and diligently.  he joins these two natures together.  When Christ becomes man, He speaks to us, performs miracles, and dies according to His humanity.  And then His divinity is also established with plain words.


Early Christian testimony affirms that the apostle John wrote the Fourth gospel.  Yet the Gospel itself never states this directly.  Instead, the author describes himself as "the disciple whom Jesus loved" and seems to mention other witnesses to the events of the Gospel.  Critics have used these facts to suggest a number of other potential authors, but none of the suggestions are compelling.  The references to the beloved disciple fit well with what we know of John in the other Gospels:  that he was a member of Jesus' inner circle and a close comrade of Simon Peter in Acts;  the other member of that inner circle--John's brother James--was martyred early on;  Ac 12:2.  The reference to other witnesses ("we") also shows up repeatedly in the Letters of John.  Therefore, early Christian testimony appears sound and consistent in affirming John as the writer.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

International Women's Day

I'm not much into "days", but let's give it a shot.

I have been spoiled.  I had a great father and mother, a prosperous upbringing, a good education, a stable marriage, wonderful hobbies, and last but best a faith in Christ that has supported me through a variety of trials.

As a woman, I marvel, though, that after all this time and all the books that are written, that it is still so hard for men to understand women, and probably vice versa.

This comes through even when speaking with LGBT individuals.  When Jenner poses as a dolled up woman and wants to be called a "woman", he has absolutely no idea what he is talking about--just for example.

And this is how I know that the Bible is true.  Even though it was written down by men, it knows what it is about.  That's all I am going to say right now.  I have work to do.

Also look at this:

Monday, March 7, 2016

Shoot the messenger: the hypocrisy in criticizing dissidents from foreign lands for speaking out

The BBC had a story about this last night:  Kamel Daoud of Algeria is criticized by western liberals for calling Islamic sex lives miserable.  He feels their hypocrisy when he writes from Oran whereas they write from their "western cafe's".  I don't have words for this sort of dismissal of brave spokespeople who know what they are talking about.  There are many one could list, and the western intelligentsia does not dare cope with what they have to say.  We only recall the disinviting of Ayaan Hirsi Ali from Brandeis University.  The list is longer.  Houellebecq is in hiding.  How many fatwas... A western chiding of Kamel Daoud in Oran.  It is insane.  If the intelligentsia won't deal with the subject matter, who is surprised at the rise of the Donald Trump and the marches in the street?