Sorry, Nate. I disagree with your reflexive isolationism. Liberating Iraq might mean aggression, but so be it. At worst, they'll be as painfully decadent as we are--which, aside from the hedonism, isn't that bad. I'm surprised that there are so many Neville Chamberlains in the ranks of the eminently reasonable Libertarians.
A great cry went up from the "Christian Right" (who might be neither Christian, nor even conservative) about the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' "Pledge Decision." My thoughts: You can eat the Pledge, if you like! I have my own:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.
I'm leading two Bible studies, one on the parables of Jesus, and another on the letter to the Ephesians. God does not mince words in reminding us of our need for Him, and what He has done to fill that need. If you are a Christian who has stumbled upon this boring site, please pray that I would be an effective leader and a builder for His Kingdom. If you are not, I invite you to investigate the God of the Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. What might He have for you?
Well, everybody has had at least some thoughts about the Republican dominance on November 5th. If the Democratic Party does not wish to become irrelevant, it must discontinue its close association with moral relativism, and the attendant hostility toward Christianity (the real kind, not Bishop Spong) and Judaism (that one's for the morally bankrupt "academic Left"). More striking is the far left's tendency to rush to the defense of dictators and other wicked men. John Leo points to an inability to make moral distictions as the defining characteristic of the far left. Hitchens' departure from the Nation magazine should be setting off alarms everywhere on that side of the spectrum. But as long as Chomsky carries more weight with leftists than does Al Gore, for example, I hope you like Republicans, because it will be a long time in the wilderness.
I'm a struggling college student, so I've been away for a while; but I now feel a need to address some misunderstandings concerning evangelicals and support for Israel. It is widely guessed (by non-Christian media types) that such support is motivated by a desire to advance a premillenial end-times scenario that is overtly religious. I should say that this is only partially true. Some evangelicals feel that way; still others need not hasten God's prophetic time-clock, and their ardent support stems from a basic affinity with their spiritual forefathers. 60 Minutes did a terrible report speculating that Christians supported Israel en masse for the purpose of bringing the end-times to pass, and futher theorized that the Bush Administration did so for the same reason. As long as the American left looks with suspicion upon Christianity, they will never garner more than a pittance of Christian support.