- AFA.net: A Very Brief History of Gambling In America, by Paul Griffin Jones, II, Ph.D.
An interesting article, given Oklahoma’s recent infatuation with lotteries and casino gambling to “save” education. But, I would also have to say that I would take anything this group (The American Family Association) says with a big honking grain of salt because they also publish ignorant diatribes like this one that say things like this . . .
- One side of me thinks this is wonderful that America can send money to help these people dying with AIDS. The other side of me says we could use that money on our own seniors here at home to help offset the high costs of health care and prescription drugs. Or how about taking that $15 billion and letting states keep some of that money to help get them out of the red ink many are drowning in.
Besides, I ask myself, what in the world are these people doing over there in Africa to cause 30 million adults to have AIDS?? That is mind boggling! And this is a difficult disease to contract. Basically you have to have sex with someone who is infected or have some kind of transfer of body fluids such as a blood transfusion. Surely they know how AIDS is spread after all these years?”
What is wrong with this man? I am amazed that a self-professed Christian would say something this innane and insensitive. I wonder what Mr. Wildmon would say about a wife who is faithful to her husband who unknowing to her is cheating on her. What if she contracts AIDS from her adulterous husband?!?! … something tells me Mr. Wildmon doesn’t care. I find this disgusting.
- Also, joining Mr. Wildmon in the “Hall of Shame” is Dr. Dobson who recently appeared on CNN recently to offer his blanket support to the Bush administration and their war on the people of Iraq. I can’t begin to say how disappointed I am in this. Dobson’s programing has been very encouraging to me in the past. It is hard to reconcile that image of him with what I see in that CNN piece.
- And last but not least, good ol’ Charles Stanley takes the cake. He has such a nice calming voice on the radio, but sheesh(!) this man has some issues. In a recent article on Intouch.org he says:
- Even if we do not actually participate in the fighting, we are also called to create unity and harmony within the country. We need to support whatever decisions our nation makes, as long as they do not directly violate the Word of God. How can we justify the protests and marches against war? I understand that, in America, for example, we have a right to express our different opinions. However, there comes a time when our personal opinion is not a priority. The only reason we have the freedom to protest in this country is because thousands were willing to die for that liberty in the past.
Instead of resisting, we should offer to serve the war effort in any way possible during this time, especially by encouraging and helping the families of our soldiers. And the most important and powerful thing we can do for our nation is pray. Pray for our President, leaders, military, and even our enemies. God honors the prayers of His children and expects us to support those in authority.
Does Mr. Stanley understand democracy? Folks (who at least in Oklahoma City are about 80% Christian would be my guess) who protest against war do it because of their faith, not in violation of it. And, we are very patriotic, that is why we protest because we expect more of America than this.
I certainly believe in praying for our leaders, and those of our “enemies” too. (Phil Ware discusses this far more eloquently than I could at http://www.heartlight.org/articles/200302/20030203_pause.html). But doing this does not mean that one won’t protest against the action of those same leaders either.
I think it is wrong for Stanley to say that is wrong for Christians to protest. Christians have protested since the early days of the church (starting with St. Patrick, the first person to speak against slavery in history and going to the present era, when folks of faith were the driving force behind the American Civil Rights movement.). This is good and right.
I do think though that Christians bear a higher responsibility in protesting (just as they do in life). We should avoid being hateful towards people (something I struggle with daily) and instead to fight ideas not the people who advocate them. This is going against the flow of the tone of some recent protests (which were too hateful IMHO), but I’ve also noticed that in those areas where Christians are involved to a larger extent, the protests don’t have that vibe. Here in OKC our protests have been not been hateful, something which I am very grateful for.
Ok, off my soapbox now. (I should add though before you jump my case, I think Christian leaders are fair game for criticism. Jesus ripped into the religious leaders of his day, so you can be assured that when I see folks like Stanley and the guy from AFA advocating un-Christian attitudes, you bet I’m going to let ’em have it. They should know better.