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Archive for November, 2009

Cyber Monday Sale

There’s a great sale going on till midnight tonight over at Athanasius Press. Every book is on sale for at least 50% off!

This is a good time to pick up copies of the Through New Eyes Commentary series as well as some of the other works that you haven’t been able to obtain yet.

In addition AA Media has items on sale (click on “Conference recordings” and “Sermon series” links). It’s a great opportunity to pick up some profitable Christmas gifts for friends and family (and for yourself!). Go over and check it out.

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Get it. read it.

If you have not read Peter Leithart’s Deep Exegesis, what in the world are you thinking????

Please.

Start using your time better!

You need to get this book and read it.

Now.

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Robert Spenser on Islam

The video below is the first part of a 50 minute lecture on the truth about the Crusades and Islam. Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and is one of the leading experts on Islam. He is the author of one of my favorite books on Islam: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), 2005 and Religion of Peace: Why Christianity is and Islam Isn’t, 2007. This talk was given to the Danish free press society, in Copenhagen. Take a few minutes and listen to all five parts of this lecture, you won’t be sorry.

[HT: Ralph Smith]

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So, once again, another one of Allah’s boys has attempted to disprove the fact that Islam is a religion of peace. Now, everyone is falling over themselves trying to find proof that Hasan was an unstable “Islamic extremist,” a “jihadist,” a “fanatical terrorist,” etc., etc. — i.e., anything but what he really is: a faithful, obedient Muslim.

Here’s the problem: As long as we continue to portray Islamic terrorists as “extremists,” “nutcases,” and “whackos” we’re missing the point. The ones who kill are NOT extremists — they’re simply faithful Muslims. All devout Muslims must submit to the Koran which obligates them to kill Christians, Jews, and all other “unbelievers.” Those who refuse to do this are the exceptions. THEY are the abnormal ones — NOT Hasan. He’s just being obedient and following the teachings of Muhammad consistently. In fact, if a Muslim objects to Muhammad’s teachings on this point — he opens himself up to being treated like an infidel as well. It’s only neo-orthodox Muslims and Islamic hypocrites that think murder is a bad thing.

Until we acknowledge this, we’ll continue to put ourselves at risk. We’ll continue to allow devout Muslims into the military. We’ll continue to employ them as baggage handlers at our airports, and allow them to hold positions from which they can cause great harm in a very short time. Someone says, “Wait. You don’t want us to start discriminating against people because of their religion do you?” Let me answer with another question: “Would you think it wrong if I refused to hire a convicted, self-confessed child molester to run my day care center?” And if I did do such a foolish thing and he started molesting the children, would I have grounds to protest that I didn’t realize he was a fanatical child molester?

It’s time to label Islam accurately: It’s a Satanic cult built upon lies, hatred, intimidation, and murder. Until we are willing to acknowledge this truth, we will continue to adopt and follow policies that put the citizens of our country at enormous risk. To presume that most Muslims are hypocrites is folly. The time for being surprised and shocked that there are Muslims who will actually follow Muhammad’s command and kill a bunch of unarmed and defenseless “infidels” for the glory of Allah and the opportunity to have a flesh party with his 72 virgins, is past.

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The Future of Jesus

I continue to get inquiries asking if I think we’re living in the “last days” (because of all the shenanigans being pulled by Obama and friends). My answer is very profound and thoughtful. I usually say, “nope.” But Mark Horne has taken the trouble to spell out in a brief space, why I say this. Go here and see for yourself. Short, to the point, clear, excellent. That’s what my “nope” means. Thanks Mark.

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An amazing tool

A few weeks ago I ordered (online) a copy of the Liberty Fund’s “Portable Library of Liberty.” The Liberty Fund is offering this CD free of charge to anyone who requests a copy (go online here to order). Well, it arrived today and I’ve just spent a half hour or so perusing the contents — and I have to say, it’s amazing.

There are over 900 books (unabridged and searchable) included along with 35 hours of MP3 audio of interviews with some of the leading thinkers of our day. All the books are in three formats (facsimile PDF, HTML, and PDF E-Books). I was astonished at the breadth of titles included (theological, historical, classical, and philosophical). You can browse the CD by title, author, period, schools of thought, subject areas, or topics. All the present Liberty Fund titles are there along with the complete works of Shakespeare, Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, Montesquieu, John Stuart Mill, all the poetical works of Milton, and many others (these books would cost you hundreds of $$$ to obtain today — if you could find them).

There are a large selection of works on the American Revolution and Constitution, the English Revolution, and the French Revolution (containing some of the best literature ever written on these epochal events). You can read some of the great writings on Education, Economics, Socialism and the classic Liberal critique, Art, Political theory, and even Theology (some of Calvin’s commentaries along with His Institutes; the complete Summa Theologica; the writings of Wycliffe, Hus, Zwingli, Luther, Bede, Augustine, Luther, John Robinson, and Richard Hooker are included among others).

All in all, this is a wonderful tool and to think that you can get it just for the asking is about as good as it gets. We are indebted to the Liberty Fund for making this available — order yours and, while you’re at it, write them a note of thanks.

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Chicken

So director Roland Emmerich loves to destroy landmarks in his movies (the Empire State building, the White House, the Capital Records building in LA, etc.) and he goes at it with abandon in his latest one, 2012. Nothing is spared: The White House goes down (again), the Sistine chapel, St. Peter’s, Christ the Redeemer in Rio, all are destroyed (along with many other famous places) in the movie — all the prominent landmarks . . . with one exception. Emmerich says he really wanted to depict the destruction of the Kaaba (shown on the left) in Mecca. Why didn’t he, you ask? Here’s why (from the Sci-Fi Wire):

“Well, I wanted to do that, I have to admit,” Emmerich says. “But my co-writer Harald said I will not have a fatwa on my head because of a movie. And he was right. … We have to all … in the Western world … think about this. You can actually … let … Christian symbols fall apart, but if you would do this with [an] Arab symbol, you would have … a fatwa, and that sounds a little bit like what the state of this world is. So it’s just something which I kind of didn’t [think] was [an] important element, anyway, in the film, so I kind of left it out.”

ok. Here’s the state of the world — Christian symbols may be exploded, destroyed, defaced, and treated with reckless abandon and Christians understand that it’s just a movie, it’s no big deal, you’re telling a story and it’s ok. But if you so much as touch the symbols of Islam (which we are told over and over again is a “peaceful” religion), some maniac will think he’s doing God’s will if he can find you and cut off your head.

And that does tell you something. The only reason most people “respect” Islam is because they don’t want to be chased down and killed in the street.

[HT: to Remy]

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