Friday, April 6, 2012

On Good Friday, God Bless The USA

I want to observe one of the most significant days in the Christian calendar with three negatives and one positive. We know that religion of all stripes is under attack by the forces of secularism, faith-hate, and Marxist-Leninism. The only religion given a free pass by the left and the mainstream media (a combination of birds-of-a-feather and outright fear) is Islam.

Satan must be laughing with delight (hat tip to Don McLean).

First up—School Bans Singing of God Bless the USA. This song was first recorded by Lee Greenwood in 1984. It was a hit on the country stations, but got little notice from the rest of music fandom until it was re-released as a message of hope and defiance shortly after 9/11. One school in Massachusetts has gone through three transformations regarding the song which was planned for a program at the school before the Easter break (well, the Spring break). First, the forces of political-correctness caused the administration to require that the word “God” be dropped from the performance. Then, when that wasn’t enough to satisfy the religion-haters, it was dropped from the program entirely rather than risking causing an atheist or Muslim to suffer irreparable emotional distress.

The most recent news (which I have not yet confirmed) says that there was a third transformation. Apparently, there was such an outcry from traditional American parents about removing the song (not to mention God) from the program, that the school reinstated the song, but made it optional for students to sing or not sing the forbidden “G” word. Whatever the final result, it’s a lesson that we must remember. God is under attack by evil forces. But more importantly, good people without the courage of their convictions will cave nearly instantaneously to a demand that even a tangential reference to God be removed from the public’s hearing.

Second—Alleged Christian Barack Obama spoke to an Easter prayer breakfast attended by largely revisionist namby-pamby pastors and liberation theologists and announced his firm belief that “Jesus is a son of god.” Well, Obama is a son of a bitch. There are many sons of bitches, but there is only one Son of God. Sadly, even well thought-out modern English versions of John 3:16 have come to read: “. . . that he gave his son.” The King James version has it right: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Members of the Catholic and traditional Protestant Churches proclaim that we are all children of God. But they also know the distinction between us mere mortals and the Christ. In both the Athanasian and Nicene Creeds, these Christians recite “We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father . . . begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.”

But if you expect the highly-dubious Christian Obama to understand or believe that fundamental creed, you will be sorely disappointed. Most of all, Obama must weaken traditional Christianity and throw in universalist beliefs in order to maintain his position as a messiah in his own right. Christ isn’t the Son of God. He can’t be, or Obama has competition for deity.

Finally, there is my favorite mentally and morally deficient Senator. He’s the one keeping a hold on the proposal in the Senate to override Messiah Obama’s ban on placing a plaque containing FDR’s D-Day prayer on the World War II memorial. His name—Al Franken, grinning geek and sort-of elected junior Senator from Minnesota. Joining with his colleague, an openly homosexual activist in the House, Franken has used procedural rules to prevent the proposal from ever coming to a vote. Our fallen heroes are insulted, a prayer by the President of the United States is banned, and Christ remains crucified.

So, for the uplifting message, instead of my usual short post of Good Friday wishes I’m giving you a link to FDR’s banned prayer. Though it is not a Good Friday-specific prayer, it does contain a Good Friday message. Those who fight and die in defense of the greatest nation on earth rarely are afraid to invoke the name of God, and have gone to their reward knowing that life eternal awaits them. D-Day Prayer.

To our Jewish friends, I also want to extend warm wishes for the celebration of Passover.

47 comments:

Tennessee Jed said...

thanks for this post, Hawk. I do not believe Barrack Obama is a Christian, though I'm not certain what he actually is. Best guess, is Black Liberation Theologist. Probably he is an atheist with government serving in the role of deity. At this time of year, I will try not to let him discourage me.

T-Rav said...

The most surprising thing to me is that there was such an outcry against the school, even in Massachusetts. It's easy to forget that even there, there are still people who worship God.

I am very certain that Obama is an atheist, and not a Christian (or a Muslim).

Joel Farnham said...

Al Franken is one of the reasons I don't like Minnesota. The other reason is the former Governor, Jesse Ventura.

Today, if some politician ventured to say a prayer over the radio... I don't like to think about it.

Lee Greenward's God Bless the U.S.A. It brings me to tears. Great song.

rlaWTX said...

How far we have gone in only a few generations...

LawHawkRFD said...

Tennessee: Everything I've seen, and strictly from my understanding of the fundamentals of Christianity, the best I could say of Obama from his public pronouncements is that he is what has been described as a "cafeteria Christian." He picks what suits him, rejects the rest, and adds his own spin to the whole thing. I suspect his early training by Muslims and communists has diminished any core Christian beliefs in him too far for him to be a traditional Christian. What's in his heart, I can't know.

LawHawkRFD said...

T-Rav: It may be worse than that. He has a strong belief in his own correctness and the wrongness of anyone who disagrees with him on anything, including religion. An atheist denies the existence of God. Obama seems to think he is [a] god.

LawHawkRFD said...

Joel: And they say Californians are crazy. Our cuckoos are amateurs compared to the nutcases who have won major offices in Minnesota.

Politicians are relatively safe saying prayers and mentioning God. Even in the middle and on the left of the spectrum. Carter and Clinton weren't afraid to do so. Obama is an entirely different animal. He has actively ignored major Christian holidays, squelched National Prayer Day, and mentioned Christianity largely in derogatory terms (clinging to their guns and Bibles). But somehow he has no problem showing great respect for Islamic holidays such as Ramadan.

I'm not the world's biggest fan of the country sound, but God Bless the USA gives me chills anyway. BTW: For what it's worth, Greenwood is a native Californian, born in Los Angeles and growing up in Sacramento.

LawHawkRFD said...

rlaWTX: I don't want to sound too Pollyanaish, but we have no way to go but up. That's something, I suppose.

Joel Farnham said...

LawHawk,

God Bless the U.S.A. is not a country and western song. It came out of that section of American Music, but it is all American. I dare say it is more American than that rewrite* of a song from England, or that other one** sung to the tune of a beer-drinking polka.


* God Bless America
**Star Spangled Banner

tryanmax said...

Joel, point of clarification: "The Anacreontic Song" (from which "The Star Spangled Banner" derives it's tune) is not a polka. It lacks the basic polka rhythm (oom-pah-pah, oom-pah-pah).

Joel Farnham said...

Really? Hmm, I could have sworn those guys looked liked the average beer drinking Polka Dancers of my youth. I could be mistaken, it was so long ago. ;-)

LawHawkRFD said...

Joel: The re-write is America (My Country 'Tis of Thee). God Bless America is uniquely American, written by Irving Berlin in 1918. The tune for The Star Spangled-Banner is indeed borrowed, but is hardly a polka. I love the national anthem, but I will also admit that's it's practically unsingable for the vast majority of us with limited range and/or musical talent.

Greenwood's tune is indeed pure American, but you have to admit it isn't exactly Manhattan or San Francisco style.

LawHawkRFD said...

tryanmax: And the polka, popular in America for decades and often considered a uniquely German form, is actually stolen from the Czechs (the sound and rhythm) and the Poles (the word "polka" originally meant "Polish girl," and the Czech transmutation of the word also means "half-step" which is the signature move of the dance itself).

T-Rav said...

Joel, my theory is that with all the mosquitoes buzzing about in summer (what with all those lakes), Minnesotans are suffering from a severe lack of blood to the brain by the time they go to vote in November. How else do you explain it?

LawHawkRFD said...

Joel: Well, there's also the fact that the biggest polka hit in America was, you got it, The Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out the Barrel). LOL

Joel Farnham said...

LawHawk,

Yeah, I get those two mixed up, some how. Still Berlin wasn't quite satisfied with it. He changed it three of four times.

Those cities have a style? Could this be the style? Or is that too Parisian for you?

LawHawkRFD said...

Joel: It's too something for me. LOL And the Jefferson Airplane would never have been caught dead or alive doing something like that.

LawHawkRFD said...

Joel: And the most stirring version is its reintroduction by Kate Smith in this patriotic video from World War II: God Bless America.

AndrewPrice said...

Yeah, the Lee Greenwood thing was stupid. But that's liberals for you.

LawHawkRFD said...

Andrew: I think what bothers me as much as the liberal anti-religion issue is how easily moderates and conservatives cave in to the pressure. There needs to come a point where good people simply say, "enough." Freedom of speech and freedom of religion are under attack. When God is entirely removed from the public forum, those same bastards will want to eliminate praise for the USA as well. They'll claim it's discriminatory to hold the US in higher regard than, say, Greece, or Saudi Arabia, or Kenya.

Tennessee Jed said...

for what it's worth, The Star Spangled Banner is 3/4 time signature like a waltz. Traditional Polka is 2/2 or what is often referred to as "cut" time.

Joel Farnham said...

One Great Pitch by a blind man? Well he is better than Obammy.

Joel Farnham said...

Someone wants us to believe that a white man painted this. This is from someone who wants to provoke a race riot.

LawHawkRFD said...

Tennessee: That, too. LOL

LawHawkRFD said...

Joel: The video proves that a blind man is still a man. As opposed to watching Obama throw a pitch, which is more like watching someone pitch a fit.

LawHawkRFD said...

Joel: It's possible that some dumb white person did that, but he'd be taking his life in his own hands to do something that stupid. We've seen this time and again, particularly at the universities. In almost all the cases, it turned out to be phony, produced by the people it was allegedly aimed at in order to further fan the flames of hatred. Hitler perfected it, culminating with dressing up loyal Nazis as Polish insurgents attacking Germany, and triggering World War II.

Joel Farnham said...

LawHawk,

A white man didn't do it. A Pseudo-intellectual black man did it. You know how I know? Last time I checked, racist white people, if they are so INCLINED as to put graffiti on a building, they would target blacks in general or one specific one like Obama, Sharpton, Jackson or even Martin. Not glorify Zimmerman, because he is HISPANIC.

Second, it fits the MEME a little too WELL.

Third, the wording is of someone who studied ancient history and not current.

Forth, mice, which is what a white racist acts like now a days, don't antagonize cats.

Fifth, the New Black Panther Party has said that they are going to do something on Saturday, this is a call out to all blacks who are racists to come out.

Sixth, if it were to happen, why in Ohio of all places? Why not in Florida where it all started? I'll answer that, Ohio is where the New Black Panther Party committed some egregious criminal acts on November 4, 2008.

T-Rav said...

Bev, I second that.

LawHawkRFD said...

Joel: Given the history, the odds favor you being right. What ancient history are you referring to? All I saw was "long live Zimmerman." Was there a manifesto or something that I didn't see on your link? "Long live" ("viva" in Spanish) is still used very commonly, so I think I missed something.

tryanmax said...

Joel, may I add that the choice of white spray paint was none-too-creative?

I'm not willing to lay the blame for it on any specific person or group, but I will say that it is difficult to believe that the university has no idea. I am not familiar with Ohio State's campus, but in general I have found security on university campuses so tight that such an act could not be completed. That goes double for any Black Cultural Centers that might be on campus.

Photos from the OSU website seem to confirm that the graffiti was placed on the side of the building, but that would provide little cover. It sits in a fairly open location directly behind the undergrad student services building and in front of the main gymnasium with residence/dining halls on either side. It is essentially at the heart of the campus where security should already be tightest at all hours of the day.

LawHawkRFD said...

tryanmax: I also noticed that it looks like it would be a lot easier for someone inside the building to sneak outside and paint the words, then disappear back inside without being noticed by campus security. The lettering also appears to be oddly low on the building. The picture I've seen looks like there is considerable low-lying foliage in front of the building which would hide someone from the inside better than someone coming from the outside. But that may just be the perspective of the photo.

Joel Farnham said...

"Long live" is used mostly with English or British literature or in Great Britain's Parliament. It is hardly ever used any place else that is common with White supremist groups. Viva is used in La Raza as well as Cinco de Mayo, but it isn't used in this type of situation. Unless you think it is a Hispanic Supremist group that is backing Zimmerman. If so, why not "Viva Zimmerman"?

Another way of putting it, this phrase "Long Live Zimmerman" does NOT have the ring of truth.

One of the unique properties of Black Power, and the New Black Panther Party is the intellectual snobbery. The Critical Race Theory, after all, was created on campus. It is entirely fitting that a history major college student wannabe Black Panther got it in his or her head that White Racists talk this way. This has a ring of truth.

tryanmax said...

LawHawk, agreed. Everything about this suggests more to the story than a simple act of vandalism. Whoever did it (and I am not pointing fingers) had to have coordinated it extensively just to pull it off without being caught.

The thing that occurs to me is that people GO TO JAIL for this kind of nonsense anymore. Long gone are the days of making the perpetrator clean up after himself. These days, the punishment must far exceed the crime, especially where young people are concerned.

And I guarantee you that every student on that campus has had that fully impressed upon them, if not during orientation, soon after. Pranks and shenanigans simply aren't tolerated anymore. This is the long route to saying that whoever did this was incredibly bold or incredibly stupid. And stupid wouldn't cut it, IMO.

So, one must ask, who carries that kind of boldness when it comes to these types of issues?

tryanmax said...

I have to second Joel. "Zimmerman was framed" seems much more likely than "Long live Zimmerman," especially if this was supposedly done by a 18-22 year old college student. (The center is in the midst of the undergrad housing.)

Joel Farnham said...

tryanmax and LawHawk,

Two to one, someone will talk about this after the weekend. I am thinking about the 15 minutes of fame thing.

LawHawkRFD said...

Joel: While I'm very much prone toward agreeing with you, I don't entirely buy your theory that "long live" is restricted to archaic white people and Brits and would never be used by a supremacist of any color. I never suggested that the writer was Hispanic, I was simply pointing out that the expression is somewhat universal. As for your theory that a mixed-up black racist might use the expression thinking it is used commonly by white people, that does indeed very much have the ring of truth to it. That's not the same as saying that it is somehow dispositive truth.

LawHawkRFD said...

tryanmax: That all makes sense. And since only white people can be racists, subject to the harshest of penalties, it would be far safer for a black agitator to do this without worrying about serious consequences.

darski said...

Joel said I'll answer that, Ohio is where the New Black Panther Party committed some egregious criminal acts on November 4, 2008.

I believe those acts were committed in PA. In Pittsburgh if I remember correctly. I was watching the Bcast that day and they played the tapes.

LawHawkRFD said...

tryanmax: I still don't find the expression "long live" that odd. Your suggestion makes more sense, but it's not the only option.

But let me play devil's advocate. What if it was done by an extremely bold, devious, and smart white racist, who figured he would never use the expression himself, but did figure that a naive black student might imitate what he thinks is "white" language, thereby deflecting the suspicion from his white self.

Having said that, I still think it's most likely an "inside job" done to stir up sympathy for Trayvon Martin and hatred toward George Zimmerman. But I already made too many assumptions about the Martin/Zimmerman case in the early stages, and I don't want to make that mistake twice.

LawHawkRFD said...

Joel: That's very likely. It was hard for people who would do something like this to keep it secret before the age of instant communications. White or black, the temptation to e-mail or tweet the dubious accomplishment might just prove too great. Trouble-makers who are not experienced and sophisticated also tend to be braggarts, a trait that doesn't work well for professional agitators.

LawHawkRFD said...

Joel and Darski: I could spend a lot of time googling this, but could one of you please fill in what the criminal act of November 4, 2008 was and save me the time? I do know that on that day, the New Black Panthers intimidated white voters in Philadelphia, but apparently that's not the incident you two are referring to.

Joel Farnham said...

My mistake, I was wrong about Ohio being where the voter intimidation was located. It was in Philadelphia, NOT Ohio.

Sorry guys.

I apologize to every one. I was working from a faulty memory.

LawHawkRFD said...

Joel: No need to apologize. I was getting intrigued, figuring I had missed a big brouhaha in Ohio. LOL

But since we're on that track, it exemplifies one of the points we were talking about. Had these been racist rednecks threatening black voters, they would all have been fined into financial hell. But since they were black, the Obama/Holder Justice Department decided that the judgments against them (already obtained by the previous Justice Department) were to be dismissed. No penalty whatsoever. The one judgment which was allowed to stand prevents only one of the many thugs from being present at any Philadelphia polling place, until the day before election day, 2012.

Joel Farnham said...

LawHawk,

While I lived in Sacramento, I had, as a neighbor, a White Supremist. He didn't have "leaders", just a faulty way of looking at race. Never once did he talk about long live anybody. I also knew a few skinheads. "Long live someone" was not in their lexicon. It has been many years, and I am working with a faulty memory. :-)

LawHawkRFD said...

Joel: "Long live" is the kind of thing that goes on bumper stickers and protest signs (and graffitied walls), not in common parlance. I wouldn't say it, nor would any of my family. But they might put it on a sign. I've seen "long live socialism" on protest signs in marches in Los Angeles and San Francisco, but I doubt most of them would say it in a conversation. Still, I think you and tryanmax have a valid point, and I'm not even close to saying that your theory might not turn out to be absolutely correct.

tryanmax said...

LawHawk, I'm not willing to make a claim about what happened, either. But the little evidence there is coupled with common knowledge about university security and discipline procedures strongly suggests that Occam's Razor doesn't apply here.

LawHawkRFD said...

tryanmax: I don't have a problem with what you or Joel are surmising. It's fair, and it's good speculation (and I tend to think it's right). I was only cautioning against doing what the race-baiters have done in the Martin/Zimmerman fiasco. There's a big difference between intelligent speculation and hasty conclusions, and I think both of you have clearly avoided the latter. I just don't want to say "it is" when it should be "it appears to me from what I've seen so far . . . . "

I agree with you on Occam's razor as well. It's just too conveniently pat for the simplest and most obvious conclusion to be the right one.

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