Thursday, May 10, 2012

Conservative on Target! 5/10/12

From Jonah Goldberg, "The Tyranny of Clichés" (2012):
How many speeches have we heard explaining that there's nothing we can't do if we all stick together? The problem with such appeals is that they tend to skip over the fact that people disagree, and that such dissent is valid. Like the No Labelers, unity worshippers want to ignore this inconvenient truth and hector the dissenter to drop his objections and fall into line. . . .
   Most of the time such appeals are as harmless as most of the pabulum in politics. Indeed, appeals to unity are unavoidable, because politics is ultimately about addition, about bringing sufficient numbers of people together. But taken to its rational conclusion, appeals to unity are troubling because they work on the assumption that strength in numbers is, on its own, a virtue. That is not the American political tradition or creed. In America the hero is not the mob. It is the man—or woman—who stands up to the mob and says: You will not lynch this man today.

The version of Christianity he [Obama] picked up from Jeremiah Wright, who taught, instead of God’s love, hatred for his country and fellow countrymen, certainly does not come from the Bible. In the case of today’s announcement, it is not just a live and let live approach to homosexual activity, but one that places it in a position of recognition and honor.
   But what does our instruction book from our Creator tell us. “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” Leviticus 18:22 (ESV). The same verse in Good News Translation is even easier to understand, “No man is to have sexual relations with another man; God hates that.” To those who would tell us that this is just an Old Testament concept, I would suggest I Corinthians 6:9-10 (ESV) where we are told “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

This actually should’ve been the quote of yesterday, but it’s still awesome.  On Fox News’ Special Report, conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer had the following to say about President Barack Obama’s “evolving” views on gay marriage: “Well, it surely the first time in scientific history that evolution has been accelerated by an upcoming election.”