April 19, 2015

Atheists and Anti-Creationists Ramp Up the Persecution

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

A quote that is misattributed to Voltaire reads, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." According to Evelyn Beatrice Hall, this was Voltaire's attitude toward material by Claude Adrien Helvétius. Voltaire is incorrectly called an atheist. He was actually a Deist who detested many religious dogmas, and believed in freedoms of religion and expression. The attitude of disapproving of what is said but defending the right to say it is sadly lacking in modern society; people screaming for "tolerance" are extremely intolerant.

Even a cursory search will show that there is intense persecution of Christians, especially in countries run by atheists and Mohammedans. And it's only beginning. Edit: Around the time that I published this article, "Stand Up for the Truth" had a segment on persecution. To hear that, click on "Is Christian Persecution Coming to America?" It's free to listen online or download. The segment that is relevant to this topic begins at the 22:15 mark. In addition, Doug McBurney's "The Weekly Worldview" podcast on the same day this was published had some material about how Christians are losing our freedoms. To hear Doug's uncompromising, direct, and sometimes humorous material (again, for free), click on "Criminal Christianity".

Persecution for Christians is not just something related to the Eastern world, but is increasing in the West. But here, we're not being dragged from our homes or churches and given public executions in organized murders. Not yet. Amazingly, some atheists claim that there is no persecution of Christians, and that they are the ones being persecuted! That ain't happening, old son, except in a few countries where (you guessed it) Mohammedans are in power. Good luck finding evidence of widespread persecution of atheists in Western countries, especially since secularism is favored.

I have said several times that atheists, leftists and anti-creationists want us silenced. Persecution of Christians and creationists in the West is currently relegated to leftist and atheistic activism, resulting in our rights to free speech and religious expression getting stripped away. Occasionally, the seething hatred and rage for Christ and his people boils over (see documentation in "Atheism's Faulty Moral Compass and Consequences"), but violence against us is not quite an organized effort yet.

Many atheists and anti-creationists want Christians and creationists silenced. Since active violence in persecution is rare so far in the Western world, how are they going about their efforts to silence us? This article has several links supporting claims that have been made.

"How do atheopaths and leftists try to silence you, Cowboy Bob?"

I'm glad you asked. In my experience and observations, they seek to negate what we have to say. This is going beyond simply disagreeing with what has been said and then giving a reasoned response as to why the disagreement. No, this kind of negation is rooted in hatred, and many logical fallacies such as ad hominem, appeal to ridicule, cherry picking the data (suppressed evidence), poisoning the well, straw man, equivocation, and others (see my "Logic Lessons" articles for more information). The point to such activities (in addition to expressing hate and rage) is to convince others to avoid even hearing what Christians and biblical creationists have to say. Why listen when we're "bad" and "stupid"? Unfortunately, people are not being taught to think for themselves, and "think" with their emotions, and atheopaths are very fond of manipulating emotions.

By the way, one tinhorn took the bait that I live in a trailer park, and used that for a point of mockery — as if someone's residence means that they have nothing to say.

If you visit forums, groups, and social media, you'll often find atheist material that is devoid of reason and heavy on the hate. Anyone with a grain of sense can see the blatant misrepresentations and Bible-bashing.

Also, they will misrepresent Christianity (indeed, all of "religion") by cherry-picking an article about dunderheads who happens to have a religious affiliation. Their "logic" is an attempt to manipulate emotions through ridicule, and it can be restated this way: "Here is a bad Christian. This indicates that the Bible is false. Therefore, there is no God and atheism is proven!" Not hardly! All these antics do is demonstrate how hatred interferes with actual thought. This is well in keeping with the rise of atheo-fascism. We get a lot of this at The Question Evolution Project.



It gets very bad on the cesspools of Twitter and YouTube, but I don't want to make this article too heavy on the graphics and slow down your browser. Three graphics are enough, wouldn't you say?

On a side note, Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Evolutionary Indoctrination — I mean, Science Education —  only wants the happy shining good face of Darwinism presented, and none of the controversy among evolutionists. That's not education, Eugene. People cannot think critically under deceptive conditions. See "Evolutionary Theory Evolves" for more.

To persecute creationists and Christians, personal attacks and caricatures are the beginning. Then we're vilified, and the intensity increases (I recommend that you read "The Rise of Anti-Christianity in the West"). Using straw man arguments and the claim that "Stupid beliefs make people do stupid things" (ironically used by militant atheists who have appallingly bad reasoning abilities and do very stupid things themselves), they appeal to the unreasonable fear that "religious" people will think that "God told me to kill people", or some such notion. If people bothered to examine the Bible instead of listening to what militant atheists tell them what it says, they would find no justification for the actions of isolated owlhoots who hear voices; the Bible teaches love for enemies and presenting the gospel message, not attacking them on the streets.

Now for the subject of trolling (no, I'm not heading off on a new trail, just ride with me a mite longer, we'll come back). Trolling has been around teh interwebs for decades. I reckon that many people have done a little bit of it in the past, and may so some now and then to provoke reactions. But serious trolls are often very disturbed indeed. It is interesting that militant atheists seem to be the ones doing most of the trolling, and they have exhibited many signs of being mentally unbalanced (see "It All Adds Up — Many Atheists Are Nuts" for more information and documentation). But I maintain that it's not just about intellect and some mental aberrations, it's a spiritual matter (Romans 1:18-24). This is called the "noetic effects of sin". These people are in rebellion against God and the authority of his Word.

A Texas-sized irony is that anti-creationists and atheists who go on the attack are claiming to have a moral obligation to abuse, ridicule, negate, and even silence their opposition. Where do they get their "moral obligation"? Imagination and hatred, mostly. Oh, and redefining reality to suit their presuppositions helps loads.

What do we learn from all of this? Active persecution of Christians is rampant in the East, but is currently more subdued in the West. Currently, persecution is in the realm of legislation, as well as attempts to manipulate emotions so that people will despise a false image of creationists and Christians; can't have people learning what we actually believe and teach, no sireee. Although trolling is occasionally done by people wanting to stir the pot, a great deal of it is done by atheists and anti-creationists who want to silence Christians and biblical creationists. (The atheists and evolutionists who do not engage in this kind of behavior are strangely silent. Indeed, they give tacit approval by not rebuking their own for acting up. Too bad people with Voltaire's truly tolerant attitudes are fading away.) It is not just a mental problem, but a spiritual problem because they are in rebellion against God and his Word.


We will suffer persecution, that's guaranteed (2 Timothy 3:12, John 15:20), and they are adding to our reward in heaven (Matthew 5:12). Even so, we must remain faithful and proclaim the truth. It helps to learn how some of these are manipulating others, show the errors, and encourage people to think for themselves. No matter what, we give glory to God!

April 1, 2015

Fools on the Wrong Road

"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.
For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it."
— Matthew 7.13-14

Short videos and music video for April 1 (Atheists' Day). Two kinds of fools are on the wrong highway, and it's time to exit!

There are two kinds of fools that I want to deal with today. 

Atheist Fools
April 1, so it is Atheists' Day (Psalm 14.1). They are on the broad highway that leads to destruction, but suppress the truth of the God they know exists. 

This was on a Facebook Page that was set up by atheists to mock and blaspheme (click for larger):
My reply was comprised of the references and text of Prov. 26:12, Rom. 11:33-34, Isaiah 55:8-9, 1 Cor. 2:14, Jer. 17:9, 1 Cor. 1:19-20, Psalm 14:1, Rom. 1:18-22, Phil. 2:9-11. Naturally, the response was ridiculed. This guy proved God's Word right again (and blasphemed further). People like this want us to reject God's written Word and embrace their false god, which they call "science". That is a philosophy made up my humans, so in essence, it comes down to worshiping man, not God.

They need to exit their highway to destruction now. Let's have Wild Bill explain in this short video. Then we'll ride the trail in a slightly different direction afterward.





The Christian Fool
Yes, there are Christian fools. Remember, Psalm 14:1 and Psalm 53:1 say, "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God'". We can act like God isn't there by denying the authority of Scripture. One way to do that is having a buffet-style religion, just pick and choose what you'll believe and then say that the other parts don't matter. No, this doesn't mean honest disagreements over the interpretation of some details. There are people who find excuses to disbelieve the Bible, hate and ridicule creationists, lie about God, say that the Bible is written by "ignorant goat herders" — and claim that they go to church! 

Similarly, there are "Christians" who compromise on the Word of God and perform massive eisegesis (reading into the text so they can twist the Bible to support their preconceptions). People like this join with atheists in embracing the magisterial view of science philosophies. The ones who are bringing down the cause of Christ are not the ones who believe his Word, but those I just described.

For people who claim to be Christians and "live like the devil", or are allegedly church-going but blaspheme and live in hatred and bitterness toward people who do believe the Bible, compromise and twist the Word of God, I urge you to repent and examine yourselves (2 Cor. 13:5). Other examples of Christian foolishness include ignoring their Bibles, and neglecting good teaching (2 Tim. 3:16).

Playing religious games and deceiving yourselves as well as others is a dangerous game. Sure, you'll meet God face to face one day, but you may be on the wrong side of Judgement, and end up in the opposite place that you expected to spend eternity in.

Two kinds of fools with some things in common.: they both deny the authority of Scripture, and are in rebellion against God. This is rooted in pride. Professing Christians like this are saying in their hearts, "There is no God".

I have one more video for you here.



March 24, 2015

Cowboy-Style Coffee, Then and Now

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Nowadays, I can't go without coffee. If Doc tells me to give it up, I don't know what I'm going to do. Maybe go back to drinking tea. I used to drink tea, and was a reluctant convert to coffee because of convenience and socializing at various jobs. Never did give up coffee all the way, though.

Back in the days when cowboy drovers were moving cattle from Texas to Kansas (just after the Civil War until the mid-1880s, mainly), the chuck wagon cook needed coffee to help keep the crew moving and happy — or closer to it, in that dangerous, dirty work. The Arbuckle brothers came up with a new way of processing and sealing the coffee, and it was an instant hit in the West. Since there weren't no stove handy most of the time, cowboys had their methods to make it, and it's still popular for people who are camping and so on. Good thing cowboys like to eat eggs... Here's a recipe from Camping With Gus, and more recipe information from American Cowboy. Don't forget that pinch of salt.


I never did get around to having it that way.

A co-worker clued me in on a bargain at a place called "Ollie's Bargain Outlet", and I saw a brand I never heard of: Rio Grande Roasters, with the cowboy logo. I had a laugh at that. The write-up on the packaging was entertaining, too:
Rio Grande Roasters™ started with an attitude. A “roll up your sleeves, get the job done” passion and determination for creating coffee that honors the rugged independence of the American West. Sturdy brews that help you tackle whatever lies ahead, and consistent quality that never lets you down. Our 100% Arabica beans are freshly roasted in small batches with a bold Southwestern flair. From sunrise to sundown, a cup of Rio Grande Roasters™ coffee makes a great partner.
I got some small packages to try out, and I don't even have one of those newfangled coffee-making machines. They cost around $80 USD, so it may be a long spell before I get one, too. But they have the machines in the break room at the workplace, so I picked up a couple of small packages of the Rio Grande Roasters. 

The coffee was pretty good, so I took a chance on this monster:


Mesa Sunrise coffee from Rio Grande Roasters (made by the Trilliant company). Got myself an 80-pack on sale.

Yep, that's an 80-cup package. Since I spend over 40 hours a week at the workplace, and occasional overtime (some owlhoots lied and said that I get my greenbacks from my creation science ministry), I figued, "Why not?" They cost me 31 cents a serving, and I have ten months before the "use by" date on the package. Yes, my gamble paid off, I like the taste of the "Mesa Sunrise" coffe.

Betcha the Cartwrights woulda love to see the modern conveniences.

The makers of the coffee will probably never know about this article and indirect endorsement, but I had fun writing it and doing something completely different.

March 22, 2015

Taqiyya, Mohammedans, and Facebook "Standards"

Taqiyya gives Muslims license to deceive unbelievers.

Not everyone knows this, but Mohammedans are permitted to lie to unbelievers to gain our trust and then defeat us. It's called "Taqiyya". I reckon that this falls under the heading of "the end justifies the means". One instance of this on Facebook was done by a Page called "Western Terrorism Watch". The name implies that they are one of several Pages that report Islamic terrorism. Instead, they are loaded with hatred for the Israel, the United States, Canada and the Western world in general.

They came to my attention when they reacted to the article, "Evolutionary Thinking and ISIS Atrocities" when it was posted on The Question Evolution Project:
A pro-terrorist Page on Facebook complained when an article against terrorism was posted.
Posted under "Fair Use" terms for educational purposes. Besides, it was in my e-mail.

Ironic to be called hypocritical by hypocrites. Their Page has only nine "Likes" at this writing, but their hate-speech posts and remarks are deplorable, and loaded with straw man arguments, false generalizations, and more. More of "the end justifies the means", ISIS is a murderous terrorist group that is capable of burning people alive, such as this Jordanian pilot. This bunch of pit vipers are not content to kill infidels, but will also kill other Mohammedans, such as these in a Yemen mosque.

If post something that is offensive to the Gaystapo, militant atheists, leftists, other groups, your post will get pulled down and you'll get slapped around by Fazebook. But if you report hate speech against Christians, Conservatives, traditional family advocates, creationists, and so forth, you're shooting craps and the dice are loaded against you:
Atheist Zuckerberg and his leftist crew do nothing against many forms of hate speech, but approve of anti-Christian, anti-Conservative, anti-creationist, anti-Semitic hate speech.
Image courtesy of Why?Outreach

I tried to report the terrorism lovers to Facebook. You can guess what happened:
Facebook "standards" in action. That is, hate speech against Christians, Americans, Canadians, the Western world, Israel and others is acceptable.

When you have a social media site that is run by leftists and atheist Zuckerberg, don't be surprised when you get waved aside. And Fazebook shouldn't be surprised when something else comes along that has consistent standards and FB becomes as relevant tomorrow as MySpace is today. If I didn't have to be on there to reach people, I wouldn't be there at all.

March 11, 2015

Kent Hovind Case — Wrong on Many Levels

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Latest edit: 7-08-2015

This kind of stuff really puts a burr under my saddle. Young-earth creationist Kent Hovind was jailed on tax-related crimes. Naturally, atheopaths dance the Darwin Disco and try to use this to poke creationists in the eye. But you can't get the truth from those tinhorns. And getting the actual story requires some digging.

My own awareness of Kent Hovind is minimal. I heard some audio and saw some videos a few years ago, and thought that he was a very engaging, dynamic speaker. He stood up for the truth against arch-compromiser Hugh Ross, but has used "do not use" arguments for creation. (Although I'm biased in Hovind's favor and think he has been, and is, railroaded, I have to be honest about those shortcomings in his presentations.) Even so, he had atheists in a tizzy during debates — perhaps that is one of the main reasons they hate him so much. These days, I am familiar with and supportive of Eric Hovind's Creation Today ministry.



Was Hovind running a scam and dodging taxes, maybe "milking the system"? I don't see how any informed, intellectually honest person can reach that conclusion. Oh, sure, the Internal Revenue Service has their side of the story, but so do Kent Hovind, co-defendant Paul Hansen and their supporters. There are extremes in the story, some are typical sidewinder nonsense from anti-creationists, the other extreme sometimes presents a great deal of emotion. The antagonists won't bother to consider that he may be a prisoner of conscience who had a disagreement with the business laws and taxes. (Civil disobedience helped make Henry David Thoreau a hero to some.) Nor will they consider that violent criminals have served less time in prison than Kent Hovind already has!

Note the hypocrisy of atheist organizations who claim that they want fairness. Groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation and others didn't offer a meadow muffin about Obamacare's bullying of the Catholic church, nor do they show any concern about Kent Hovind. If they were honest, they'd be involved, since government abuses of power (such as this one) can become their problem as well — but will there be anyone left to help them out? Not hardly.

One version of the Niemöller poem comes to mind:
First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.
For people who want to investigate and learn more truth than they'll get from militant atheists and the government's biased side of the story, I have some materials to offer.
I hope that people will use the information instead of the anti-creationist, anti-Hovind nonsense that is prevalent. This is bigger than a disagreement between a creationist and the government, it can have repercussions that affect many people. And Christians, you'd better be praying!
      

February 12, 2015

Evolution, the Illuminati, and Question Evolution Day


by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

For Question Evolution Day, I decided to write some thoughts about the Illuminati and conspiracies. According to some people, the Illuminati is a secret organization that seeks world domination, and has a strong influence in the affairs of governments. I understand that they're also spying on individuals, and some accounts tell us that they want to take over the world for Satan. 

Yes, the Illuminati started out as a secret organization, and people link them to another secret organization, the Freemasons. They have also been allied with the Anunnaki, who are (according to some accounts) our reptilian masters from outer space who also control the world. The details are sketchy about their power and alliances, and vary greatly, some tales are extremely far-fetched.

How secret are they, then? People seem to "know" a great deal about them. They are writing Weblogs and posting in social media all over the place. When people make the devil hand signal where the index and pinkie fingers are extended, and the middle two are held down by the thumb, sometimes observes exclaim, "Aha! An Illuminati person is signaling other members!" That hand sign is popular in occult heavy metal acts (such as the late Ronnie James Dio), and is also used by supporters of the Texas Longhorns football team. I remember people accusing George W. Bush of flashing the sooper-sekrit signal. Yeah, big secret. In a press conference, a sign that many people know the secret for, in front of the press and millions of viewers — and he's known for doing it to support the Longhorns.

I reckon that I'm put off by the wild stories and conspiracy theories; there isn't a great deal of unity in them. If the Illuminati or a consortium of secret, powerful groups does exist, there's not hardly a lot I can do about it. I'm sure some people will want to convince me now.

Do you want a conspiracy theory? I'll give you one.

Today is the fourth annual Question Evolution Day. It is an event to unify people who want to speak out against evolution and affirm creation, and for people to stand for religious, intellectual, academic, speech and other basic rights. We hope that not only will biblical creationists uphold the authority of Scripture, but that people will start to critically examine evolution and see that there is precious little science in it. Conjectures, "just so stories", unfounded assertions, fraud and outright lies are used to uphold evolutionism.

Why?



It goes back to the Garden of Eden, and Satan's first lie where "you shall be like God" (Genesis 3:4-5). People use evolution to "scientifically" justify their rebellion against God, even though they know he exists (Romans 1:18-22). He's the Creator, and he makes the rules. People want to be their own gods, making their own rules and worshiping false gods, especially themselves and invoking Scientism. Evolution is a major stumbling block for people to come to salvation through Jesus Christ.

Satan is the controlling force of billions of lost souls (2 Cor. 4:4). He loves evolution because it promotes his lie to Eve that people have believed for millennia afterward. So, Satan protects evolution with his Darwin Drones, stalkers, trolls, and the like. Many people are deceived by evolutionism, and fight to keep it from rational scrutiny. If it was an intellectual problem, people would be biblical creationists! But no, it is a spiritual problem.

Although there is no secret organization of evolutionists, Satan is the mastermind controlling evolution. (You'd think the Illuminati, Masons, Anunnaki, and others would be violently shutting down creation science, since it proclaims the true God of the Bible.) The conspiracy is in the unseen realm, not from flesh and blood (Eph. 6:12).

You want a conspiracy theory? I can do one for your dancing and dining pleasure. 

Satan is the mastermind. He has servants who willingly bow to him for power, money, prestige, and other promises. So, his servants organized into secret societies to fight against the truth of the gospel message, which begins in Genesis. Wait I hear someone outside better post this quic

February 2, 2015

Creation, Conservatives, and Fighting for Free Speech

If the Grinch was a leftist, he might say, "Free speech is speech I can't stand in the least!" Let's face it, political correctness is primarily an effort to suppress free speech. Who are the biggest proponents of political correctness? Liberals, of course! They resort to labeling and name-calling, especially if someone holds to traditional Christian and Conservative values. If you point out that the Bible calls homosexuality a sin, you're a homophobe (a meaningless term used to provoke emotion; I don't phobe homos, or heteros, for that matter). If you point out the minority-status national origin of a criminal, you're a racist. Say that there are some things women just can't do, you're a sexist. Ban an obstreperous atheopath from trampling a Christian or creationist site, you're a censor (news flash, Skippy, you were banned for being an obnoxious buffoon, not for being a threat to our beliefs, and certainly not for using logic).

Liberals rely on emotion and fear. When they have power, they use it with gusto. Post some of the aforementioned ideas on Facebook, you can get in trouble. One guy posted something in an atheist-dominated "debate" group promoting Question Evolution Day, and was promptly treated like garbage and QED was thoroughly misrepresented (atheists almost always misrepresent creationists). Then he mysteriously lost his account. However, (warning, I'm not kidding here) this obscene graphic was not removed, it does not violate the so-called standards of Facebook. And that's very, very typical of Fazebook.

There are still pockets of teh interweb where free speech still exists for Christians, creationists, and Conservatives. It is still a great equalizer, giving us regular folks a chance to express ourselves. But even that depends on various factors. We'll speak out while we still can.

Doug McBurney is a Conservative Christian who has a podcast called "The Weekly Worldview". Politically correct? Not hardly! Doug will tell you what he thinks about the news, and tell you the truth about the left. He is also a creationist who supports Question Evolution Day. He'll make you think, enrage atheists and liberals, make you laugh, he plays rock and roll to make ironic points... Check out his current podcast at "Snapshots from the Bizarro World".



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