27 September 2007
"Dr. Omeish is a respected physician and community leader, yet I have been made aware of certain statements he has made which concern me." ~ Virginia Governor Tim Kaine
Hmmm . . . would this qualify Gov. Kaine as a neo-jihadist? Seriously though, does his reaction seem just a little bit less than adequate or is it just me?
Full story here.
26 September 2007
“One dimension of his conversion work among slaves that has received relatively little focus on its own terms, however, is Davies's attempt to teach slaves to read. If his own accounts can be trusted, no white person in colonial American history was as successful as Davies in stimulating a relatively widespread literacy among slaves in the South. Unlike a later generation of evangelists, primarily Baptist and Methodist, who worked among slaves and free blacks for conversions based on heartfelt outpourings of the spirit, Davies as a Presbyterian believed that the attainment of true religion by anyone, bond or free, black or white, required extensive religious knowledge that came from not only hearing the word of God but also reading it. Counting the work of Davies, his white ministerial associates in the Hanover Presbytery, and the many unnamed blacks who took their lessons from the clergy and taught other slaves, Davies’s campaign for literacy in conjunction with the evangelizing of Virginia was the first sustained and successful program by a white clergyman in the South to stimulate large numbers of Africans and African Americans to read in English.”
[The previous comes from a much abridged version of an article in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, volume 111, no. 4 (2003): 333-378.]The following is taken from footnotes in my book, Stonewall Jackson ~ The Black Man's Friend, pp. 198-200:
[And regarding just one example of other efforts to evangelize slaves via the Sunday school in
3. William Henry Ruffner graduated from
(The Sunday school class referred to in this note is of a class which predated Jackson's and was also conducted at the Lexington Presbyterian Church. "Lacy" is Beverly Tucker Lacy.
"When Ahmadinejad, speaking in Farsi, actually tried to crack a joke, it drew no laughter, although maybe the nuance was lost in translation."
'Let me tell a joke here," Ahmadinejad said. 'I think the politicians who are after atomic bombs, or testing them, making them, politically they are backward, retarded.'
The crowd seemed uncertain how to react. Some applauded that pacifist sentiment, others seemed befuddled by the insensitive use of the word retarded."
(See full article here.)
Excuse me? These people are eager to show up to listen to a holocaust denier, the leader of a terrorist nation, someone who has threatened to "wipe Israel off the map", and someone who is responsible for killing our soldiers in Iraq (by supplying weapons to "insurgents") and all of that does not seem to matter, but they are offended by "the insensitive use of the word retarded?"
What planet are these people from? That kind of reaction is indicative of the idiocy of political correctness--especially on our college campuses--and how pervasive it has become.
So its ok to recognize a holocaust denier and invite a Jew hater to speak at an American University, but boy he better not use the word "retarded"--he might offend someone! Unbelievable.
I believe those in the crowd (and the writer of the linked article) who claim to be offended by an anti-Semite using the word "retarded" are mentally challenged.
24 September 2007
In any event, my vacation was a little slice of heaven with 3 of my 6 children with me, and 2 of my 10 grandchildren all together in a 4 bedroom luxury cabin complete with private baths, a hot-tub, game room, and an indoor pool. We had a blast! We visited Cade's Cove--one of the most pristine and beautiful areas in the Smoky Mountains. The Cove is well worth seeing and offers a nice break from the more commercial aspects of the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge areas. That's not to say we did not enjoy those more commercial aspects! Dollywood, as always, was a delight. Every September, Dollywood hosts 2 weeks of "Barbecue and Bluegrass" which includes open-pit roasted pork barbecue every day in addition to live bluegrass shows at no extra charge. I had the pleasure of hearing Mountain Heart, The Peasall Sisters, and the legendary J. D. Crowe. I even had the honor of shaking Mr. Crowe's hand!
But the best part really was having so many of my family members present with me in such beautiful surroundings. I became somewhat reflective on Wednesday morning; sitting in one of the rocking chairs on the veranda, sipping coffee, reading Scripture and enjoying the sunrise. I could not help but think how, in a small way, these types of get-aways with those you love truly are like a small slice of heaven: gorgeous scenery, every need and comfort met, and those with whom you love most close by. I know that some reading this post cannot relate to what I'm trying to say, as I once could not relate. But as I sat there that morning I pondered how tragic it would be to enjoy such blessings here, yet miss them in eternity. How sad it would be if loved ones do not make it to heaven because of their unbelief and rejection of the Gospel. I then and there rededicated myself to doing everything I could to make sure those I love and interact with on a daily basis know the truth and that they trust the Son of God with their eternal souls.
I also recalled the letters I've read of so many dying young Civil War soldiers as they wrote their last words to their parents, often assuring them of their home in heaven and pleading with them not to mourn as they were going to a better place. I would hope all that read this can make that same claim.
21 September 2007
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All moved in . . . well, kinda; still have a lot of pictures to hang, 2 more desks to move in, and phone wires to untangle! (No, that is not a skinny albino boa constrictor in the bottom right of the first photo.) The image below that one is the gorgeous view of the
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“Relocation of the Museum of the Confederacy to Appomattox would create a synergy between the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, the upcoming Battle of Appomattox Station Battlefield and the Museum itself,” stated Watkins M. Abbitt, Jr. delegate from the Virginia General Assembly’s 59th district, which includes Appomattox County. “The relocation would substantially increase visitation, extend the visitors stay in our area, and result in a tremendous, positive economic impact for Appomattox.”
I wonder why Lexington city officials could not see this? Voters take note.