Category Archives: politics

Official CBB Policy Regarding Spam Rumors

So today I received an email from a church member linking to a video about a new Hillary Clinton rumor which may or may not be true. I have somehow gotten on various church members’ email lists, and periodically receive urgent alerts regarding threats to our religious liberties in America or other things. Although I certainly believe in defending religious liberty, I am often annoyed since a visit to Truth or Fiction sometimes dispells these horrific claims. Unfortunately that specific rumor has yet to be addressed at the site. But here are a couple of other examples:

We’ve heard other urban legends such as:

  • Proctor and Gamble is a company filled with satan worshipping executives (mostly, if not entirely false)
  • The government printed “under God” on the edge of the new coins (wait, that one was true!)
  • Pepsi took the words “Under God” off the can.

Truth: Pepsi did not, however Dr. Pepper did. And despite this, I’m not sure  it is worth AN EMAIL WRITTEN IN CAPS TO ALERT ME TO THE SEVERITY OF THIS PROBLEM.

I also didn’t ask to be included in the email, and I certainly did NOT ask for my personal email address (not the secondary spam address either!) to be broadcast to dozens, scores, or hundreds of other people. Unlike myself, I suspect many of them may want to be informed of these rumors, and may lack the scruples necessary from refraining from pirating my email address onto their lists, thus exacerbating this problem.

Back to the poor church member:Unfortunately for them, I am starting to realize that my silence in the face of an overly unredemptive and politically charged email is tantamount to my approval of it. Articulating a rather blunt email in response (as tactfully as possible) might actually have the effect of liberating my email account from any future emails of this variety. Glory!

So here’s a notice for anyone who is planning to send me any such email, links, or commentary that is politically motivated, with the effect of tempting me to accuse any polititian or leader, rather than praying for them, thereby entering into an unholy partnership by my divisive attitude:

Don’t do it, since you’re forcing me to counterspam EVERYONE in your cc field with a more biblical perspective, and run the high risk of embarassing you. Please, don’t do it!

As if Chuck Wasn’t Enough

Ric FlairJust seen on Fox – Tucker Carlson

Wrestling superstar Ric Flair will endorse Mike Huckabee’s campaign on Sunday.

All I can say is, “Woo!”

Mr. Flair is the master of the “Figure Four Leg Lock”. Watch out, Pat Robertson!

Vote for Huck or Answer to Chuck

I’d hate to be Pat Robertson on Judgement Day… Chuck Norris’ Judgement Day that is!

PA Cell Phone Update

Just heard it on KYW news – there’s a bill getting ready to be introduced that will ban all cell phone use, texting, etc… for teens behind the wheel. Teen, I’d call the ACLU if I were you!

CBB Spreading Cell Phone Dis-Information

This blog has been getting over 100 hits several days this week regarding a post related to the “cell phone ban”. I welcome the traffic but don’t want to spread mis-information. I just saw this off the TV news site:

HARRISBURG, Pa. – An e-mail currently making the rounds is creating a lot of confusion about just what the law of the land is in Pennsylvania when it comes to cell phones and cars. The e-mail erroneously claims that the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a law banning the use of cell phones by drivers and that it will take effect Nov. 10. Lawmakers have considered such a law, but it has not been passed.

Read this link for more info. Apparently there are hearings on “distracted driving” coming up this Monday, October 15.

How Close This Came to Failing…

Regarding Philadelphia’s city council decision to celebrate itself as a “Pro-Choice City”:

The proclamation came very close to failing. As the roll was called, Councilman Frank DiCicco paused for several moments, clearly agonizing over how to vote, before finally saying “aye.”

[so this guy didn’t even have his mind made up beforehand???]

Rigali’s [diocese of Philadelphia’s Bishop] letter called the “pro-choice” designation a “shameful label.”

“Philadelphia is experiencing homicide at a record rate; now is not the time to affirm the false choice of procured abortion,” his letter said.

“What’s shameful is to equate reproductive rights with homicide,” said Dayle Steinberg, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

[hmm…]

Planned Parenthood helped Brown draft the resolution, and Steinberg applauded Brown for having the “courage to introduce something that shouldn’t be controversial but is.”

[did you catch that? this is what is so deceptive about living on the east coast – these subtle insinuations that I should be ashamed of my convictions]

“We are certain that this resolution is reflective of the opinions of a majority of Philadelphians,” Steinberg said.

[but you have IMPOSED YOUR MORALITY upon ALL Philadelphians]

Once the resolution was approved, Philadelphia joined the ranks of a small group of mostly liberal California cities that have made similar proclamations, including Berkeley, Santa Cruz and West Hollywood.

[SF has yet to enact this resolution? what about Vegas or NYC?]

Source

Who is there in this city that can let me know that stuff like this is being considered in ADVANCE? I’d rather be proactive and less “intolerant” in my retroactive angst. Plus, the Bible tells us that we need to be praying for our leaders instead of just blogging about them… If this was NOT a life and death issue, I might be a bit more civil in my postings.

Philadelphia is a “Pro-Choice City”

The stuff I hear when I’m waking up to the news.

Apparently the only people in an uproar about this is the local Diocese of Philadelphia.

Who’s minding the store in Philly? This resolution passed 9 to 8. Had I any clue this was happening, I would have come just short of harassing my council[person]. This resolution was proposed to a councilperson by Planned Parenthood, a civil and tolerant organization by some accounts.

Anyone think the homicide rate will stay under 400 this year?

OUR RESPONSE

Obviously I’m not encouraged by this. We have 3 responses –

#1 – I will call this the “Angry Religious Pennsylvania Response”

Otherwise known as the “Handwringer”. In this response, we follow my frustrated direction of this post and just start letting all sorts of negative thoughts and words pass out of our mouths. We damn all of the people involved in this vote that we disagree with and we appeal to God based on our frustration and our disagreement with this vote. For some reason (tax and crime rates perhaps) many of those in this group live in the country or the suburbs rather than right in the city limits (where they have a small vote).

#2 – Tolerant East Coast Urbanite Response –

This is the “Whatever will be, will be” response. If you are a Philadelphian you might not even have a problem or disagree with any of this vote for that matter… But let’s say you didn’t want your leaders making an official declaration on your behalf. Well what can you do? God must’ve allowed it, after all He is “sovereign”. Just go about your day and think about the Sermon on the Mount and social justice (the kind that serves the poor who are outside the womb) and somehow it will all work out in the end [From what I understand, Calvin was not a hyper-calvinist, and travailed in much prayer for his world]. Many of this group may live in the city out of a compassion for the needs, but may be blinded to their ability to respond to some of these larger political issues.

#3 – Loving, Intolerant, Respectful Response

This response has finally been showing up on the radar. The “loving, respectful” part is for our 9 councilperson majority and for the verse that says that we must respect and pray for our leaders, who have been set up by God. It’s also for the people that are in favor of this resolution and the lobbyists at Planned Parenthood. People have dignity and we are supposed to bless those we are at serious odds with and treat them well.

There is another realm where a lack of tolerance is called for. Is it possible for us to pray in a loving but intolerant manner for a changing of the heart of this city back to “brotherly love” and back to the God of William Penn. Why did Daniel pray a prayer in chapter 9 that identifies with the people he disagreed with (“Lord, WE have sinned”)? By the way we also live according to the Sermon on the Mount and also do all we can to serve the poor and continue the social justice end, rather than ignoring these huge needs.

Let’s go with Door #3. Here’s a group doing just that in DC.