November 23, 2015
The Culture of Accommodation
The recent student revolt at the University of Missouri shows how ridiculous the culture of accommodation has gotten in America. The outbursts started with claims of racism on campus and progressed to the point where the university's president, Tim Wolfe was forced to resign.
The question is how can this happen at a university that is listed as the 8th most liberal in the state? The answer is that there is no satisfying people that hold to a leftist ideology. The more you give into them; the more they want.
The University of Missouri has become a comedy of dysfunction by having a student go on hunger strike over health care costs, and the school's football team refusing to play because someone claimed to have seen a swastika made out of poop in a dorm bathroom. Furthering this method of fear mongering were reports of a car driving around with a Confederate flag. Strangely lacking is hard evidence of these alleged hate crimes. In the days of cell phone cameras, someone should have an image of these incidents.
You can't have an orderly society if a rumor of perceived racism is the only thing needed to trigger strife. Instead of quitting, President Wolf should have told the students they were acting like spoiled brats. Now that everyone will be required to go to advanced sensitivity training, we have one more reason to question the need for institutes of higher learning.
Political correctness is a system of thought that denies political pluralism. Under the PC culture, anyone claiming to be a minority can demand to be given special privileges. These added rights come at the expense of the majority.
One group given a massive amount of accommodation under political correctness are Muslims. A growing number of food companies are preparing their products to fit within the Islamic food code called Halal. I recently noticed a frozen food product at Wal-Mart that has the Halal seal of approval.
To qualify as Halal, the food must come from a supplier that uses special practices. The animal slaughtered must be done by a Muslim who invokes the name of Allah, most commonly by saying "Bismillah" ("In the name of God") and then three times repeating, "Allahu akbar" (God is the greatest). Then, the animal must be slaughtered with a sharp knife by cutting its throat, windpipe and the blood vessels in the neck, causing the animal's death.
The animal rights loving left has shown no outrage over this Muslim technique of killing animals. Since they don't object to how Muslims treat homosexuals, women, and members of other faiths, the painful butchering of animals is a minor matter.
The one group that is always the victim of the accommodation police are Christians. Earlier this month, Michele Bachmann, a former congresswoman from Minnesota, made some remarks about prophecy on a radio program hosted by Tony Perkins, the founder of Family Research Council. The liberal media acted like Bachmann had just expressed her love for cannibalism. Here are the highlights of the interview:
This week really was about biblical prophecy in many ways, Mrs. Bachmann, said of her trip. And we're seeing as events are speeding up, events are speeding up so quickly right now, and we see how relevant the Bible is, and we're reading our newspaper, at the same time we're learning about these biblical events, and it's literally day by day by day, we're seeing the fulfillment of Scripture right in front of our eyes.
We recognize the shortness of the hour," she said, "and that's why we as a remnant want to be faithful in these days and do what it is that the Holy Spirit is speaking to each one of us, to be faithful in the Kingdom and to help bring in as many as we can
-- even among the Jews--share Jesus Christ with everyone that we possibly can because, again, He's coming soon.
The reason why Bachmann is marginalized is because believers don't stand up for their rights. There are 90-100 million American evangelicals in this nation that share her end-time views. I doubt all these extremists on the left amounts to more than 20 people. They control society because we folks on the right are simply too timid.
The day is quickly coming were we will leave this world, and all these leftist wackos can squabble among themselves for their share of this sinking ship.
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words" (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).
Israel's Strange Silence
Middle East maliciousness is literally exploding, igniting fires of death and fear across the world. Europe feels the heat of the Islamist rage as ISIS (or ISIL, as Mr. Obama terms it) turns up the rheostat of hatred in France and other places.
Europeans, particularly the Scandinavian countries, the favorites for Muslims who set their sights on migration, are becoming desperate for ways to close borders forced open by European Union dictates.
Polling statistics show that Americans are increasingly concerned that soon that incendiary, religious fanaticism will infect this nation. "Lone wolf" actions by ISIS wannabees are, in fact, bringing the more fanatic brand of Islam to this continent, which was more or less insulated from that religious fervor prior to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Towers.
ISIS propagandists, through social media and other methods, are making it known beyond any doubt that they view America as the place they most wish to spread their special brand of terror.
All of this is going on simultaneously across the world. All the while, governments and military authorities are nearly at a complete loss for how to deal with the Islamic beast. At the same time, there is an almost complete lack of mention of the one entity that most of the world considers the prime reason that there is all of this voracious activity by the likes of militant Islam.
It is downright eerie.
That entity, itself, is inexplicably silent for the most part about the rage to its north. I'm talking, of course, about Israel, the tiny Jewish state that is claimed by practically every diplomat in the world to be, in one way or another, at the heart of the ever more dangerous situation in the Middle East.
Israel has for decades been at the center of most every action and reaction to Muslim terrorism in the region. From the time of the murders of the Israeli athletes in the 1972 Munich Olympics, to the downing of the World trade Towers and damage to the Pentagon during the 9-11 attacks, and until just recently, Israel has continuously been at the reportorial center of things. Not so now.
Israel is silent; the world seems to not be noticing that tiny nation for the moment. A legitimate question to ask is: Why is this so? Why, after decades in modern times--after thousands of years in the battle of Israel versus its enemies, is the modern Jewish state seemingly off the radar screen of the on-going conflict?
This, I realize, could change instantly--at any moment. Israel could be thrust in the middle of dire crisis before this column appears. It is an almost unnatural situation, if I may use that phraseology. The almost "natural" state is for Israel to be constantly and consistently blasted by its enemy, Islamist-antagonists and by the world community at large.
There have been, of course, occasional reports of Temple Mount turmoil of late on which we and others have commented. But, about the larger involvement of the entire Arab-Islamist world, and even Iran in the conflict with hated Israel, I find scant mention these days.
While Israel remains basically mute, and everyone else's attention is turned to ISIS and the turbulence it is kicking up in Syria and around the world through its proxy "migrants," Vladimir Putin and the Iranian mullahs are cooking up plans, the intentions of which only the Lord knows at this point. But, be sure of one thing, all of this means that the stage is being rapidly set for the final act of this pre-tribulation program that is about to begin.
To me, it almost seems like there is a circling around the intended prey by predators. The prey is being temporarily ignored while the pecking order is arranged for who will get the first spoils of the intended victim. This, I mean from a prophetic perspective.
There seems to be in the nebulous background of all this a power juxtapositioning of the apex predators and the scavenger types to determine what comes next with regard to the end times assault against the nation God chose long ago to remain standing when all others are vanquished. It's as if Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel's government are flummoxed as to what it all means--this violence that is on display to Israel's north and, increasingly, around the globe. But, one thing sure, the Israeli prime minister and other Jews of good, common sense and a sense of history, know that it somehow all means that they--the Jews, Israel--are the intended prey. Somehow it will all come down to them having to consider invoking the Samson Option, in geopolitical terms of "them versus us."
Israel is silent, but is not asleep. Netanyahu and the Israelis that have that sense of foreboding know that soon the hungry eyes of the predators will turn back to them just like they always do. Their deeply committed vow is "Never Again!"
Always the blame for the problems of the Middle East is directed at them. A news story this past week clearly indicates satanically-directed attitudes against God's chosen people are as deluding as ever. Sweden is under attack by the so-called "migrants" from Syria and other areas that ISIS seeks to dominate in its determination to establish a world-wide caliphate. Swedish women and even young girls are being raped by the invading horde, it is reported. Despite this, one top Swedish government official manages to point a finger of blame at the strangely silent Jewish state.
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom linked Palestinian grievances with Israel to the Islamist terror attacks that killed 129 people in Paris:
"Obviously, we have reason to be worried, not just in Sweden but across the world--because there are so many that are being radicalized. Here, once again, we are brought back to situations like the one in the Middle East, where not least, the Palestinians see that there is not a future. We must either accept a desperate situation or resort to violence," Wallstrom said in a television interview. (How Original: Sweden Blames Paris Attacks on Israel - Israel News, November 17, 2015).
That Israel is responsible for the Islamist rage is the message. Zechariah's forewarning can be heard thundering, even if present day Israel is for the most part silent.
"Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it." (Zech 12:2-3)