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Aug
10

Legal Does NOT Mean Moral!

Legal Does NOT Mean Moral! In much of Western Culture, there is a belief that if something is legal, it must be morally acceptable. Why do people think this way? In a previous post, I talked about how Friedrich Nietzsche shifted our cultural vocabulary away from speaking about morals (which are objective), to talking about “values,” (which are subjective). When morality becomes relativized (the belief that there is no objective moral truth, only personal, subjective opinions), there are only a couple of options left for a civilization to keep itself from being hurled headlong into the abyss of anarchy (making up your own rules), hedonism (living for pleasure), and utter chaos. Civil Law (which restrains society) will either be based on an objective moral law (which can only ultimately come from God), or man’s subjective opinions. Our society has rejected the concept of objective morality because it necessitates a moral law-giver (God), and the notion of a God to whom we owe our allegiance and submission has become reprehensible to many. So that leaves us with human opinions. If a society is detached from an objective moral law, the people will be governed by: 51% of the majority opinion in a country (a Democracy). An monoarchy (rule by a king, queen or dictator) An oligarchy (rule by a small group of elites who control everything) A representative Constitutional republic. Our nation has been, in concept, the fourth of these options. We are to be governed by the Rule of Law, and not by the mere whim of our leaders, or even of the people themselves. We have a couple of written documents from our nation’s Founding Fathers: The Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence. In a so-called “secular” society, that refuses to acknowledge God and be internally governed by His moral law (Self-Government), these documents (and the laws that have emerged from our law-makers since that time, have become, by necessity, a kind of moral plumb-line, or secular Bible for the American people. Therefore, whatever is established by a written man-made law or code becomes in the minds of people the definition of what is right or wrong, or acceptable and unacceptable. The problem with this, however, is that humans can be wrong, and their opinions can change. Today there are many things that are deemed legal. and therefore, at least subconsciously for many, moral and ethical. Abortion and homosexual marriage used to be viewed in our society as moral...
Feb
9

The Rule of Law – Chief Justice Roy Moore

The Rule of Law – Chief Justice Roy Moore Alabama’s Chief Justice, Roy Moore, is in the news again. A few weeks ago, a federal court in Mobile, AL ruled that that state’s ban on homosexual marriage was unconstitutional. Today, that ban is to be lifted, allowing for same-sex couples to obtain legal marriage status in the state. Justice Moore has encouraged probate justices across the state to defy the federal court order, claiming it is unconstitutional. This harkens back to a scene played out on the national news twelve years ago. On November 13, 2003, Justice Moore was removed from his position for refusing to obey a federal mandate to remove the 10 Commandments monument from the state courthouse. On Nov. 6, 2012, Moore won election, once again as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. It is unknown at this time how much cooperation Moore will receive from the justices in his state, and how many will risk defying the federal court order on constitutionality. For a bit of background on the case that launch Justice Moore into the national spotlight, here is an essay I wrote in 2003, summarizing the 10 Commandments case, and it’s importance for jurisprudence and the rule of law in America. The Rule of Law In 2003, one of the most memorable judicial scenes in American history, Alabama’s chief justice, Roy Moore, lost his job and his appeal to keep a monument of the Ten Commandments in the Alabama state Supreme Court building. The irony was thick in this case, and we must be certain that the profundity of what took place doesn’t escape us in all the political bantering surrounding the event. A nine-member Court of the Judiciary (known to the press as an “ethics” committee) issued its unanimous decision to remove Justice Moore from office. According to CNN, “The ethics panel said Moore put himself above the law by “willfully and publicly” flouting the order to remove the 2.6-ton monument from the state judicial building’s rotunda in August.” (Emphasis mine) In an interview with CNN, Justice Moore said, “The issue is: ‘Can the state acknowledge God?'” he said. “If this state can’t acknowledge God, then other states can’t. … And eventually, the United States of America … will not be able to acknowledge the very source of our rights and liberties and the very source of our law.” “When a court order departs from the law and tells you what you can think and who you can believe in,”...
Jul
19

Eric Holder wants to make Zimmerman pay.

As disturbing as the recent Zimmerman trial has been, the most shocking part of this story may still be unfolding. A Florida jury acquitted neighborhood watch citizen George Zimmerman of second-degree murder in the fatal-shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, has decided that the jury got it wrong, and that Zimmerman still needs to pay, saying, “we must not…let this opportunity pass.” Implying that Zimmerman’s actions were racially motivated and that he may have committed a civil rights crime, Holder is preparing to try Zimmerman again for the same crime! This is ironic given the fact that the FBI had previously conducted a lengthy investigation that found no evidence that Trayvon Martin’s death stemmed from racial motives. This is a violation of the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides: “[N]or shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb . . . .” The issue at hand is NOT whether we agree with the jury or not, or whether or not they got it right in their decision. It is about upholding and respecting the Rule of Law. If anything appears to be “racially” motivated here, it seems like Holder’s actions. Eric Holder has also taken an action against the Romeike family from Germany who sought asylum here in the U.S. so they could homeschool their children for religious reasons. Holder has declared that the family should be shipped back to their country, where the compulsory attendance laws were written by the Third Reich! Our friends at HSLDA are going to appeal this case to the U.S. Supreme Court. May God bless their efforts! Eric Holder is the same man who was found to be in contempt of Congress last year by a 255-67 vote! Our Executive Branch of government is out of control, with our President making an astounding number of Executive Orders and creating an alarming number of Executive “Czar” positions. Be assured that Holder is not going to be taking significan actions like this that are not fully encouraged and supported by his Boss. Because of his blatant disregard for the U.S. Constitution, Congress, and our Rule of Law, he (and his Boss) should either resign, or be impeached from his office. Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference...
Jun
29

Dr. Francis Schaeffer speaks from the grave to the U.S. Supreme Court

Dr. Francis Schaeffer speaks from the grave to the U.S. Supreme Court You cannot have true freedom when it rests solely on the arbitrary decisions of a small group of individuals at a given time. Dr. Francis Schaeffer predicted in 1982 the judicial tyranny that was coming 30+  years later, when our U.S. Supreme Court would be legislating from the bench. When you replace absolute morality with Relativism, you will inevitably end up with tyranny. “We must understand something very thoroughly. If the state gives rights, it can take them away –they ’re not inalienable. If the state gives rights, they can change them and manipulate them. But the Founding Fathers believed there was a Creator and that this Creator gave inalienable rights –that is what has given us the freedoms which we still have…We are losing those freedoms and we can expect to continue losing them if this other worldview continues to take increased force and power in our country.” It is not too late for us to heed and apply these prophetic words spoken by God’s messenger, Dr. Schaeffer. We simply MUST hear these important words once again. “The Government, and especially the courts, have become the vehicle to force this anti-God worldview on the population.” Dr. Schaeffer also predicted and talked about the need for a Biblical theology of civil disobedience. You can get a copy of the book and DVD of A Christian Manifesto to hear this important and timely prophetic message once again. Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker and Director Family Renewal,...
Jan
31

What is Wrong with Conservatism?

Since I wrote my last blog post “What is Wrong with Libertarianism?”, I’ve been called everything from a Theocrat, to a Globalist, to a Christian Fascist. It’s always lovely to see how nicely Christians can agree to disagree. 😉 Some folks have made some major false assumptions. Since I have dared to critique the Secular Humanist worldview behind the Objectivist-style Libertarian philosophy; many have concluded that I must, therefore, be a warmonger who loves big government, exalts Federalism, despises State-sovereignty, worships the Federal Reserve, dislikes cats and wants to institute a Christian version of Sharia Law on the American people. Allow me to rest your fears. None of those things are true. Quite the contrary. (Well, okay, I don’t like cats.) Before I address a few of the problems with Conservatism, let me tell you what I don’t like about Liberals (just because this is my blog and I can!). 😉 Liberals are Utopians. And Utopians are bad. The Liberals think that government can fix everything. The government needs to do everything for us. It needs to raise our kids, feed us, provide us with free education, housing and healthcare, give us clean air, regulate the internet so we never see any bad things (like “hate speech”), manage our retirements, and protect us from being hurt (by taking away our guns). There is only one little problem with this worldview; It is wrong. Okay, so with that out of my system, the reason I have a problem with Conservatism is that Conservatives tend to be Utopians as well. Their view is that government is bad. Unless they are in leadership, and then it is good. Big government is really bad; unless they are in control, and then it is really good. For whatever reason, once a Conservative gets elected, nine times out of ten, he becomes what he hates. I like how Reagan put this: “Government is not the solution to our problem government IS the problem.” Do you remember when George W. Bush was elected? We had endured eight miserably intolerable years of the Clinton regime, and the Religious Right had enough! So, we elected perhaps the most outspoken Evangelical Christian to ever serve in the White House. How did that work for us? Now please don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to bash Bush. That’s been done enough, especially by the current administration! I can’t think of anyone with whom I’d rather play horseshoes, and barbeque...

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