In case you missed this story, it seems some of the more aggressive proponents of the Religion of Peace have beheaded yet another innocent.   ISIS is a terrorist organization, and despite what you might have heard, they are not qualitatively different than Hamas, al-qaeda, or any other Islamic “militant” group.   Their goal remains: cleansing the Middle East, if not the entire world, of anyone who does not believe exactly what they profess to believe.

Heartfelt condolences to the family of James Foley, and to all those others who have been murdered, tortured, raped, sold into slavery, or otherwise had their basic human rights trampled.  All in the name of Islam, of course.

How to respond?  Well, ISIS are like unto rabid dogs.  One is not able to negotiate, reason, cajole, or otherwise negate the threat from such animals.  Only brute force, lethal force, will do the job.  Put ISIS down by as much lethal force as we may be able to muster.  And don’t worry overmuch about “collateral damage.” 

ISIS, Hamas, al-quaeda, and all the rest of the rabid dog brigades won’t worry, I can assure you.  And the sooner all of these animals are put down, the lower will be the total body count.

As for the “moderate ” Muslims, the noise they are making about how bad these animals are is positively deafening.  I almost an unable to hear the crickets.

Christian values

As a Baptist, I’ve never understood anyone who considers themselves to be Christian yet denies our Jewish heritage. Or, worse yet, applies an egregious double standard to the State of Israel, where its enemies may commit any atrocity and be blameless, while Israel must be perfect.

Stated differently, we commonly refer in our nation to our Judeo-Christian heritage. This comes rather naturally from the fact that what we call the Old Testament has the same books, is the same canon, as the Tanach used by Jews.

There are quite a few in America who simply don’t get this, who somehow think that we Christians are a totally new breed, that all of Scripture’s lessons may be forgotten, that we have no connection to the Jewish people or Israel.

One man who does get the direct connection between Judaism and Christianity is Rick Perry, who recently had this to say about Israel (via Jennifer Rubin):

“The Jewish values that have transcended time guide Israel and America today, informing our law, our morality and conduct between people of every tribe and tongue. Our forefathers drew inspiration from the ancient Israelites as they sought a new Promised Land, free from the bondage of their oppressors. We live in a land of promise today and we helped re-establish Israel as the Promised Land that millions of Jews could newly call home free from oppression. It is these timeless values that we champion today and it is these timeless values that compel us to speak out for the dignity, security and safety for the free State of Israel.”

Israel, and Christians, have many enemies in today’s world. Some are purely evil, such as Hamas. Others are merely confused or morally blank, such as Obama and many other so-called liberals.

Regardless, I stand with Rick Perry and many others who know the difference. Who don’t prevaricate when it comes to moral clarity. I can’t speak for Governor Perry, but I suspect the source of his clarity is the same as mine: Scripture.

For those who believe, there are few verses stronger than those in Psalm 121:4

Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

There has to be some reason that Israel has survived, given that it is in a sea of enemies. As a Christian, I am with John the Evangelist, who wrote (John 4:22) “…salvation is of the Jews.” It is as simple as that.

But, in today’s world, so-called liberals, seem only to care for Jews who are victims. Jews with guns? Horrors.

“Absolutely unacceptable”

These are the ringing words of the Montgomery County, Maryland Superintendent of schools, Joshua P. Starr. What is the apparently non-negotiable educational problem in Montgomery County? Why, according to this story in the Washington Post, “disproportionality.”

In English, this means that all racial and (presumably) identifiable ethnic groups (but only the right sort of ethnic groups) must perform in all aspects of school in direct proportion to their presence in the student population.

That is, if a school is 15 percent black, then no more than 15 percent of disciplinary actions may be handed out to blacks. I don’t know if the bien pensants of Montgomery County would be incensed or even care if blacks were disciplined at a rate lower than their presence in the population. But if more than that magic percentage are disciplined, then there is a major, major problem.

According to the great minds who run MoCo’s schools, as it is (un)affectionately called, this can only be the result of racism. And, in classic lefty fashion, the reductio ad absurdum racism of the Bull Connor, KKK variety. Jim Crow is in full force, there in upscale and progressive MoCo in the 21st century.

Look, we all know that some students get picked on. And there’s no doubt in my mind that there is some racism. But perhaps the MoCo worthies could step back, take a deep breath, and perhaps, just perhaps, acknowledge that race is no longer a controlling factor.

What may be controlling is socio-economic status. In simplest terms, children from poor homes, from homes without two parents, from homes that don’t provide safety and comfort, are going to be much more likely to get into trouble. White, black, or any color or creed.

Thus it was when I went to school; thus it will always be. To say that an unequal result in “absolutely unacceptable” is to proclaim that the schools will do anything to eliminate it. Right now, it appears the MoCo’s actions are to simply reduce punishment across the board. And then to declare victory if the “suspension gap” is narrowed. Nevermind that there is still a gap, and that it got smaller only by changing some disciplinary actions.

Akin to making standard tests easier if the wrong people fail them, I would suggest. Also, although I’ve no direct evidence, common sense tells me that certain students more leeway than others. Based solely on their race.

Such is it always with those who are offended by the fact that we are not all equal in every aspect of life. That root causes may not lie in racism for every perceived or actual wrong.

On a wing and a prayer

As reported at Christianpost.com, il Papa is hard at work praying for peace in the Middle East. With specific intention for the persecuted Christians in Iraq, who are being ethnically cleansed by mad dog Islamists.

Pope Francis prayed for an end to Christian persecution in the Middle East on Sunday, one day after Christians were forced to flee the village of Mosul in Iraq following threats from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a jihadist militant group.

While leading a moment of silence in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Sunday, Francis said that Christians suffering persecution in the Middle East will be the subject of his “constant prayers.”

Good to know that Pope Francis is praying constantly. To no apparent effect, it would seem. The Christian population of Mosul, one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, appears to be approximately zero.

How to fight ISIS? Well, a few (hundred) well-placed drones would not be out of order. Might perhaps even get the jihadis’ attention, if we had an American president who might actually tell them to cut out their genocidal violence against Christians.

Getting back to the Pope, he seems convinced that prayer alone is sufficient, and, in what might pass muster among a middle school debate, informs us

“Violence isn’t overcome with violence. Violence is conquered with peace…”

Yes, Francis. Violence never settled anything. Like chattel slavery. Like Nazism. Like Fascism (or was that a little too close to home for those of you enjoying la dolce vita in Rome?

Look, I have a great regard for the Church of Rome, as well as the efficacy of prayer. But prayer is not enough to stop agents of evil such as ISIS. Violence is the only thing that might actually work, if we but have the will to defend Christians.

I’ll end with a question: does the Pope not control huge resources that might be brought to bear on this problem? And all he does is pontificate (sorry, couldn’t resist) about prayer. A sorry lack of spine on the part of Francis.

At the Southern Baptist Convention’s website, a pastor writes, “he question should be, ‘Are we welcoming the stranger?’” But there is, of course, more than a single question. The obvious companion question is, “how may we best stop the abandonment of these innocents by their parents?”

It is certain that many of these children come from poor, dangerous places. The same has been true throughout America’s history, and many of my fellow Baptists have been refugees from poverty and political and religious tyranny.

Keeping these children here won’t make those places less poor or safer. Encouraging them to come here, as Obama has done to a certain extent, does not help, and can only encourage more and more unaccompanied children to sneak across our border.

Such encouragement leads parents to abandon their children and ship them off on a dangerous journey to an unknown fate (on top of freight trains, for example). This should be stopped for humanitarian reasons alone.

The first steps are to secure the border and make it as clear as possible through actions, not mere words, that those who cross our border illegally are not welcome.

We will continue to deal with unaccompanied children who do get in with as much kindness as we can. But that does not change the imperatives of what must be done to retain our nation’s sovereignty and to keep families together in Central America.

Gaza Gay Pride Parade

It seems that Israel does not have many friends around the world just now. It is fashionable among the Left to bash Israel as some sort of colonial power, an “apartheid” state, etc. etc.

The BDS movement continues apace, with its intent being the demonization of Israel. It is no accident that some allegedly Christian churches have joined this unworthy effort. They have apparently forgotten, ignored, or simply denied Scripture that promised all of the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River to the Jews. Meaning, simply, that what the Left and its enablers consider a “European” power has somehow usurped the land and suppressed those poor, downtrodden peace-loving Palestinians.

Yes, the same Palestinians who are now controlled by the Islamist terrorist organization Hamas. Whose stated goal is hardly peace, but the destruction of Israel and the killing of all Jews they can get their hands on.

Israel is a liberal democracy, not perfect, mind you, but one in which Arabs are given full rights as citizens. And, as a liberal democracy, it tolerates things such as a gay pride parade. Things that would result in an immediate death sentence in many Islamic countries.

Islamists, such as those in control of the Palestinian rump state (good name, in several senses), would send death squads out to counter a show of gay pride. Their total intolerance is also demonstrated by their refusal to allow a single Jew to live in their territory. If one is both a homophobe and a rabid anti-Semite, this might make perfect sense. To those of us who are neither, Palestine shows itself as just another shithole unworthy of sympathy.

Fun with the Left

The Daily Beast is a must-read for those of us who would follow the latest in political correctness, multiculturalism, and, in general, turning a blind eye to liberal hypocrisy. Of course, even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and again.

Today we learn of “Tea Partier Chris McDaniel’s Mississippi KKK Connection.” One can almost hear those sweet and sad sounds of Dixie being played at Jeff Davis’ funeral.

The basis for the scare headline? It boils down to this excerpt from the story (and it’s a story in the best use of the term to connote a work of fiction):

Tea Partier Chris McDaniel has taken $800 in donations from Carl Ford, a former lawyer for Sam Bowers, the imperial wizard of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan…

Oh, the humanity. That nasty Kluxer Chris McDaniel is about to go night riding and lynching black people. Well, perhaps not. The scare headline, and the “facts” about it, put McDaniel a mere two steps away from taking money from someone who provided a legal defense to a now deceased Kluxer.

In fairness, the Beast also highlighted the somewhat closer connection between Hillary Clinton and a pedophile who raped a child. A pedophile who Hillary got off on a legal technicality. Do the Democrat’s have the perv vote sewn up yet? See, I can write scare headlines as well…

In the real world, that piece of human garbage was guilty of raping a child. Hillary got him off. And now, according to the Beast, she’s laughing about it.

That is today’s Left: taking a campaign contribution from someone who defended a Kluxer is bad bad bad; being the lawyer who gets a child rapist off on a technicality is a qualification to be our next president?

God spare us.