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U.S. Customs has proposed revoking earlier rulings that assisted opening knives are not switchblades. The proposal would not only outlaw assisted opening knives, its overly broad new definition of a switchblade would also include all one-handed opening knives and most other pocket knives.
We all want to curb teen pregnancy, but shouldn' t we work to solve the underlying problem, not just the surface symptoms? In order to prevent unwanted pregnancies, it is important to educate not about methods of avoiding pregnancy, but methods of avoiding sex and understanding sexual behavior in its intended context.
Promoting condoms and birth control, apart from self-control, promotes the view that people must have sex in order to be happy and content. And it promotes the idea that it's fine to have sex even if you are not ready to make the marriage commitment that gives everyone involved the assurance that the intimacy won't be squandered or treated in a cavalier way.
Isn't the real problem that we lack the self-control to be sexually intimate only within the marriage God designed to be the proper context for caring for children? So-called "unwanted pregnancy" is merely a symptom of this deeper underlying problem of self-control. Condoms and birth control may help us avoid that symptom, but they don't help us live fulfilled lives where the joy of sex is experienced in the safety of lifelong commitment.
Recently, I received a rare student complaint over an e-mail I had sent to all my classes. In the e-mail, which welcomed all of my students back for a new semester, I characterized myself as an “outspoken Christian professor.” I admitted that I had been critical of some aspects of Darwinism and that I saw my students as more than mere “random mutations.” Finally, I said my Christian views would cause me to treat them differently – namely, by holding them all to a high standard that would help them find their purpose in life: a Divine purpose given to them by their Creator.
The remarks in this e-mail were all couched within the context of the story of a former student of mine. He had often come to class late and talked throughout my lectures – at least until he received a poor grade on his first exam. Afterwards, I castigated him for his conduct and told him he would never become anything until he learned to act like an adult and to fulfill his God-given potential.
In his letter to the department chair, the student claimed that it was inappropriate and offensive for a professor to reveal his religious affiliation in class. He said he was also offended by what he perceived as an inappropriate put-down of Darwinism. Finally, he expressed his concern that he would become a victim of religious discrimination because he did not share my religious views.
My name is Drek the Uninteresting and I will be your instructor this semester in Sociology 101. I have a lot of interesting readings lined up and think that we will all have a good time exploring social life together. My syllabus can be found on the course website and I will be available to answer questions by e-mail.
To give you a better sense of what you can expect, I am an outspoken atheist instructor. I am somewhat critical of creation "science" generally and intelligent design particularly. Thanks to my atheism, I consider my students to be quite a bit more than pathetic wretches laboring under the burden of original sin. I want you to know that my views as an atheist will cause me to treat you differently- specifically by holding you all to the sort of high standard that will prepare you for real life: there are no safety nets in this world, and no second chances, so I expect my students to give me their best each and every time.
See you soon!
Drek the Uninteresting
If he’d bothered to approach me directly, I could have told this student a little of what I know about inappropriate and offensive religious expression in the classroom. In fifth grade I had a teacher named Barbara O’Gara. Mrs. O’Gara was my favorite teacher despite the fact that I was then a Baptist and she was an atheist. Mrs. O’Gara made no secret of this fact. She mentioned it on the first day of class, and she mentioned it throughout the year.
During the course of the year, though, it never occurred to me to report Mrs. O’Gara for simply stating her religious affiliation. If it offended me, I simply dealt with it. Even as a fifth-grader, I sensed that this was how mature people handled things. She had a right to her feelings, and I had a right to mine.
That basic courtesy eluded this student, though. (It eluded my department chairwoman, too – she notified the Dean’s Office) Whether out of his fear that I wouldn’t tolerate his views (though nowhere in my e-mail did I say I would single anyone out for disparate treatment), or out of his zeal to suppress mine, he entirely missed the point that I was making – a point not unlike the one made in the Declaration of Independence. I simply added the concept of “purpose” to the list of gifts (like life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness) bestowed upon us by our Creator … and said that everyone in my class would be held to a high standard – the same high standard – to encourage their progress toward that purpose. [emphasis added]
Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad -- a 24-year-old Little Rock resident formerly known as Carlos Bledsoe -- faces a first-degree murder charge and 15 counts of engaging in a terrorist act, Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas said. The terrorist counts stem from the shots fired at an occupied building.
While authorities continued to investigate a motive, Thomas said Muhammad is a Muslim convert and, based on preliminary interviews with him, investigators believe there were "political and religious motives" in the shooting.
Military officials initially believed the shooting was a random act, but Thomas said police believe the shooter acted alone "with the specific purpose of targeting military personnel."
An attack at a U.S. Army/Navy recruiting center leaves one soldier dead and another wounded. Both victims were volunteers at the center. Liberals show little concern about this murder, even though the murderer "likely had 'political and religious motives.'"
Protesters blockaded Tiller's clinic during Operation Rescue's "Summer of Mercy" protests during the summer of 1991, and Tiller was shot by Rachelle Shannon at his clinic in 1993. Tiller was wounded in both arms. Shannon remains in prison.
The clinic was bombed in June 1986 and was severely vandalized last month. His lawyer said wires to security cameras and outdoor lights were cut and that the vandals also cut through the roof and plugged the buildings' downspouts. Rain poured through the roof and caused thousands of dollars of damage in the clinic. Tiller reportedly asked the FBI to investigate the incident.
Dr. George R. Tiller specializes in terminating late-term pregnancies after the fetus has been diagnosed with a birth defect: a deformed heart, missing kidneys, Down's syndrome, anencephaly.
He calls his work a "reproductive ministry," and he offers his patients many of the same services as the hospice. Tiller encourages parents to hold, dress and photograph their aborted children, whom he delivers stillborn but intact. His staff takes ink-prints of tiny feet and hands; he brings in a chaplain for baptisms. Letters from grateful patients line the clinic's walls.
George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller's killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder. [emphasis added]
BREAKING NEWS: Dr. George Tiller, a late-term abortionist in Wichita, Kansas, was apparently shot and killed while in his church today. Conservapedia condemns his murder, and expects his killer to be brought to justice.
Tiller was shot to death in Wichita, Kansas, at the Reformation Lutheran Church, an ELCA church, on Sunday, May 31, 2009. The Kansas pro-life community immediately denounced this act of retaliatory violence. [emphasis added]