Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Warning from History for Communist China

Prompted by this:
China Urges Rural Christians to Replace Jesus Images with Xi Jinping

Chinese officials and residents in a rural area of Jiangxi province have revealed a government plan to “melt the hard ice” in the hearts of Christians towards communism by denying them pivotal poverty relief packages if they do not replace images of Jesus in their households with photos of President Xi Jinping.

One official stated that the move was necessary because Christians are “ignorant” and need to be taught to worship the state, not God.

Read the rest.
Totalitarian governments are all the same.  If a country followed the Judeo-Christian tradition (as the US used to do more than it does now) you would have a society that honored their parents, balanced work and rest, and didn't murder, steal, lie, commit sexual immorality, engage in profanity, or covet their neighbors' possessions.  What could be wrong with that?

But then you have the kicker: "You shall have no other gods but me."  And totalitarian governments, whether they are communist, socialist, nazi, or fascist, all want to replace God in the minds and hearts of their people.  They can't be content with merely running a constitutionally limited government, they want to rule every aspect of their people's lives.

So every one of these societies goes up against the Judeo-Christian tradition and ultimately loses—whether it is the ancient Egyptians, the Assyrians, Medes, Persians, Alexander the Great's Greek Empire, the Roman Empire, the Ottoman Empire, Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union—all far more powerful than the Jews and Christians they persecuted—and all gone with the wind.

So it will be for Communist China also.  And the Democratic Party that took God out of their platform had better learn from history too.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Semper Reformanda!

From PJmedia, where there is more:

Anglicans Lead Martin Luther-Style 'Grassroots Protest' Against 'Progressive Christianity'

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, anonymous evangelical Anglicans posted a 95 Theses-style complaint on the doors of five British cathedrals. The first complaints went up on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church in Germany, and the documents pinned to the doors referenced Luther in calling for the Church of England to return to following the Bible.

"500 years ago, Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses to a church door in Germany," one document reads. "He did it because the church had become corrupt. Today a Declaration is being fixed to a cathedral door here in England because the Established Church in our land is becoming corrupt."

"The Church of England claims it has not changed its doctrine but its practice on the ground has already changed: clergy are adopting lifestyles which are not biblical and teaching that such lifestyles are holy in the sight of God," the document explained. "This revisionism is causing a crisis not only in Southwark Diocese but across the whole of the Church of England."

The document issued a very hefty charge. "When the church redefines sin and eliminates repentance, it can no longer offer the good news of eternal salvation from sin in Jesus; the church no longer remains distinctly Christian; it is no longer salt and light in the world," the declaration read.

This document ended with a clear Reformation-style challenge. "Where leaders refuse to repent and submit themselves to the Word of God, the Lord raises up new leadership for His church and new structures: just as He did through Martin Luther 500 years ago."

Read the rest.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Einstein note on modest living sells for $1.56 million

[Note: I have a Book that gives me essentially the same advice and a lot more, written by Someone more intelligent than Einstein, and it didn't cost me $1.56 million, even though it is worth a lot more.  Any guesses?]

https://www.yahoo.com/news/einstein-note-modest-living-sells-1-56-million-182221027.html



Jerusalem - October 24 - A note that Albert Einstein gave to a courier in Tokyo briefly describing his theory on happy living sold at auction in Jerusalem on Tuesday for $1.56 million (1.33 million euros), the auction house said.

The winning bid for the note far exceeded the pre-auction estimate of between $5,000 and $8,000, according to the website of Winner's auction house.

"It was an all-time record for an auction of a document in Israel," Winner's spokesman Meni Chadad told AFP.

The buyer was a European who wished to remain anonymous, he said.

The note, on Imperial Hotel Tokyo stationery, says in German that "a quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest."

Bidding, in person, online and by phone, started at $2,000. A flurry of offers pushed the price rapidly up for about 20 minutes until the final two potential buyers bid against each other by phone.

Applause broke out in the room when the sale was announced.

"I am really happy that there are people out there who are still interested in science and history and timeless deliveries in a world which is developing so fast," the seller told AFP on condition of anonymity after the sale.

A second Einstein note written at the same time that simply reads "where there's a will, there's a way" sold for $240,000, Winner's said.

The German-born physicist, most famous for his theory of relativity, was on a lecture tour in Japan when he handwrote the autographed notes, previously unknown to researchers, in 1922.

He had recently been informed that he was to receive the Nobel Prize for physics, and his fame outside of scientific circles was growing.

A Japanese courier arrived at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo to deliver Einstein a message. The courier either refused to accept a tip, in line with local practice, or Einstein had no small change available..

Either way, Einstein didn't want the me ssenger to leave empty-handed, so he wrote him two notes by hand in German, according to the seller, a relative of the messenger.

"Maybe if you're lucky those notes will become much more valuable than just a regular tip," Einstein told the messenger, according to the seller, a resident of the German city of Hamburg.

- 'Stone in the mosaic' -

Two other letters Einstein wrote in later years were also auctioned on Tuesday, fetching prices of $33,600 and $9,600.

In June, letters written by Einstein about God, Israel and physics sold for nearly $210,000 at a Jerusalem auction.

Roni Grosz, the archivist in charge of the world's largest Einstein collection at Jerusalem's Hebrew University, said the notes shed light on the private thoughts of the great physicist, whose name has become synonymous with genius.

"What we're doing here is painting the portrait of Einstein -- the man, the scientist, his effect on the world -- through his writings," Grosz said.

"This is a stone in the mosaic."

Einstein served as a non-resident governor of Jerusalem's Hebrew University. When he died in 1955, he left the institution his archives, making it the owner of the world's most extensive collection of his documents.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Recipe for a Seminary

Ingredients:
  • 1 part Theology, taught as the systematic exposition of God's self-revelation,
  • 1 part Biblical Studies, taught as God's divinely inspired Word,
  • 1 part Church History, because it is important to know how God has acted in history and in the life and ministry of the Church,
  • 1 part Pastoral Ministry, to equip the saints (all God's people) for the work of ministry,
  • 1 part Missions and Evangelism, to make disciples of every people group on earth, at home and abroad,
  • 1 part Godly Discernment, because there is no substitute for it in doing God's will,
  • 1 part Already Prepared Dough, this serves as the base for the rest of the ingredients,
  • 1 part Yeast of the Gospel, because the message and Spirit of Christ's atoning work must permeate all that we do.
Directions:
Mix all ingredients thoroughly and allow to rise in a warm environment.  Bake until golden.  (Caution: Must not be underdone or half-baked.)

Explanation:

Theology — I have always begun any course I have taught by explaining that there are two ways one can teach theology: Either it is a speculative discipline grounded in philosophy, or it is a dogmatic discipline grounded in Scripture.  The first approach almost inevitably results in heterodoxy.  The second approach actually helps us to get to know the God who has revealed himself in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments—the God Who Is, who exists in reality, and not merely our imagination.

The first approach, that Theology is a speculative discipline grounded in philosophy gives us the Pantheism of a Paul Tillich or the Panentheism of the Process Theologians or a Sallie McFague (often quoted by Katharine Jeffers Schori), who said that "theology is mostly fiction" — a construction, a human creation, a tool to delineate as best we can the nature and limits of our understanding of God.  This is what happens when you have a theology that begins with philosophy, that is, with us instead of a GOD WHO IS THERE, who exists objectively and has a concrete identity, and a God WHO HAS SPOKEN, who has revealed himself to humankind through creation, through the Covenant with Abraham, through the Law given through Moses, through the Prophets who called God's people to repentance and faithfulness, and ultimately through the sending of his eternal Son in the Person of Jesus of Nazareth.

In writing that last sentence, I cannot help but think of two books by Francis Schaeffer that I read ages ago: The God Who Is There and He is There and He is Not Silent.  Schaeffer was correct in identifying these two statements as the great watershed in all human reality.  Either God exists with a distinct identity that is objectively real and knowable, or else McFague is right, we are just making things up as we go along.  And either God has spoken by revealing himself in Holy Scripture and in the Person of Jesus, or else we can never truly know whether he exists and has a will and purpose for us or not.

The second approach, that Theology is a dogmatic discipline grounded in Scripture, gives us a framework that is built on the Solid Rock.  The first approach, that Theology is a speculative discipline grounded in philosophy, ultimately leads us to futility; it is a house built on nothing more than shifting sand.

Biblical Studies — I have always believed that to teach Biblical Studies in seminary, you must do more than teach about the Bible, you must teach the Bible--that is, you must enable students to master the contents of the Old and New Testaments and to have such a love for Scripture and such confidence in its divine inspiration and authority that they can communicate that love, knowledge, and confidence to the people they pastor in a way that is positively contagious.

Church History — It has often be said that those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it.  We need to be aware of how the Church has read and interpreted Scripture.  We need to be inspired by great heroes of the Faith.  We need to know about Councils and decisions of the Church in ages past so that we can recognize and deal with the heresies that crop up in this and every age.  We need to learn how God has acted in history and what the Church has done, both its failures and its successes, so that we do not repeat its failures (mistakes and heresies) but rather build on its successes.

Pastoral Ministry — We are called to be a caring presence to those whom we pastor.  But we are to be more than that.  We are called to make disciples, to lead others effectively to follow Jesus.  All that we do with parishioners must build them up "until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:13).  It takes thoughtful training by skilled teachers to learn how to do this well.

Missions and Evangelism — The ultimate aim of the Church must be to fulfill Christ's Great Commission, to make disciples (learners, followers of Jesus) of every language, tribe and tongue, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe everything that Christ commanded.  And, for that task, Jesus has given us his authority and the assurance of his continued presence with us.  Does every seminary turn out graduates who see that as the aim of their ministries?  Do they turn out graduates who know how to lead others to commit their lives to Jesus as Savior and Lord?  No, sadly, they do not.  Yet Jesus said this is the one thing the Church must do.  We need for this to be of utmost importance in seminary training and the thing toward which our knowledge of theology, the Bible, and history point us.

Godly discernment — Looking back on more than thirty years in theological education, one thing I have been blessed with is an ability to discern what people need to know to be formed as followers of Jesus, how it needs to be taught, and just as importantly, by whom it needs to be taught.  This was the key to building a great faculty at Nashotah House.  The founding Dean of Trinity School for Ministry, Bishop Alfred Stanway, used to say, "Under God, having the right people is the key."  I have always found that to be true.  The key to keeping a school orthodox is, first of all, having faculty and trustees who are committed followers of Jesus Christ and who understand that, as James 4:4 says, "friendship with the world is enmity with God."  That is to say, we recognize that there are worldly values that are in conflict with the Gospel and the teaching of Scripture; and when those values collide, our unswerving allegiance must be to Jesus Christ our Lord, who saved us and "bought us with a price" (1 Corinthians 6:20, 7:23).

I could wish that this kind of godly discernment were as widespread as the waters that cover the sea; but it is not.  It is tempting to think that if someone can run a parish, a cathedral, or a diocese, then he can run a seminary.  But these are different vocations and require different skill sets.  One might think that anyone who is articulate and well-versed in a particular subject with an education from a prestigious school can teach; but the formation that goes on in seminary is much more than merely teaching.  You have to discern spiritually whom God is calling to be a shepherd and disciple-maker in a given context.  The type of person called for even varies according to the discipline being taught. 

I look at the decisions being made in some seminaries and am aghast: "Why can't you see that this is the wrong person to put in that position?"  Were I to ask the question, I would get the answer, "but he/she had a great resume."  Or "He/she seems like a nice person."  Or worse yet, "He/she will give balance to the faculty."  We all know that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.  Either you seek God's will in this matter (and pray until you sweat blood, if necessary) and get this right, or else you sink your own ship.  It is both that hard and that simple.

Already Prepared Dough — The cost of a three year seminary education has risen astronomically in the past 30 years.  In contrast with Methodists, Presbyterians, and Baptists, Anglicans and Episcopalians have historically provided relatively little financial assistance (other than bequests) to seminaries or students attending seminary.  Anglican parishes, dioceses and jurisdictions still want the best-trained clergy, but they have never gotten into the habit of paying for them.  So we are looking at a financial crisis affecting all theological seminaries today, but it is perhaps affecting Anglican/Episcopal seminaries more than most.

Those who can give generously, and that includes people of even modest means who will give sacrificially, need to realize that giving financially in order to train the future leadership of the Church is the most important investment they can make with their giving.  It is an investment in the future of the Church itself.  And it is an investment in making sure we have leaders and equippers who will insure that we fulfill Christ's great commission.

The Yeast of the Gospel — If "having the right people is the key" what makes those people the "right people?"  A seminary must have exceptional teachers who reflect their love for God and for students in what they do.  They must be continually aware of all that the Person and atoning work of Christ mean for their personal lives and ministries, and who communicate this humble awareness to their students.  They must be uncompromising in their faithfulness and very committed to seeing that what they teach enables their graduates to go out as priests and leaders who can transform lives and congregations.

So there it is.  It may seem like a simple recipe, but it isn't.  I would venture to say that 9 out of 10 seminaries get it wrong.  It is these seminaries that cause those who are concerned for the renewal of the Church to think that a seminary education is unnecessary or even harmful.  But truly biblically faithful, Spirit-filled, seminary education is not only a beautiful thing, it is indispensable if we are to have wise, knowledgeable, godly leadership for the future of the Church.

What prompted me to share this recipe was the tragic death this week of Fr. Daniel Westberg, Nashotah House's Professor of Ethics and Moral Theology, who embodied all the exceptional qualities I have mentioned.  In writing it down, I was reminded of an interview about Nashotah House that I had given to David Virtue in 2009, and I was reminded just how tasty the recipe is and how much I enjoyed making it.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Nashotah House Announces Passing of Beloved Professor

Fr. Daniel Westberg in front of Nashotah House's
historic Blue House (1842) with  Upper Nashotah Lake
in the background
I was very saddened today to receive a phone call letting me know that a good friend and former colleague had died tragically.  Father Daniel Westberg, Nashotah House's Professor of Ethics and Moral Theology died while sailing on Upper Nashotah Lake, the first in a chain of clear, spring-fed lakes on which the campus is located.

On Wednesday, Fr. Westberg celebrated and preached at the Eucharist that morning.  It was a sunny day, with the trees on the Nashotah campus displaying their fall colors.  Nashotah House is beautiful at any time, but the fall colors can be truly spectacular.

Fr. Westberg went for a sail on the lake in his own boat, alone.  Apparently he was not wearing a life vest.  Neighbors summoned police and rescuers around 1 p.m. when they heard shouts of distress coming from the lake.  Fr. Westberg became separated from the boat, perhaps trying to swim to shore.  Rescuers searched until dark on Wednesday without locating Fr. Westberg.  The search resumed this morning and his body was found.

Fr. Westberg had been a professor at Nashotah House since 2000.  Previously, he taught at the University of Virginia (1990-98) and Wycliffe College, Toronto (1998-2000).  He earned the DPhil at Oxford, studying under the renowned Anglican ethicist, Oliver O'Donovan, who was Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, and the Dominican scholar Herbert McCabe, OP.  His dissertation was on Thomas Aquinas and the virtue of prudence.

Fr. Westberg's most recent book was Renewing Moral Theology: Christian Ethics as Action, Character and Grace (InterVarsity Press, 2015).  He co-authored Preaching the Lectionary (3rd ed.; Liturgical Press, 2006) with the late Professor Reginald Fuller.

It was exceedingly gratifying to have served as Fr. Westberg's dean for ten and colleague at Nashotah House for twelve years.  Dan had a brilliant mind and keen sense of humor.  He had a quiet demeanor--a gentle man and a gentleman.  As a professor, he was a friend and mentor who spent time with his students and truly cared about their spiritual as well as their intellectual formation.  But, above all, he was a godly man who truly lived the faith he proclaimed.  Dan's tragic death is a great loss for Nashotah House.  He will be missed by all who knew him, but especially by his wife Lisa, his father, a brother and three sisters, four adult children, and three grandchildren who survive him.

We commend our brother into the loving arms of God.  May he rest in peace and may light perpetual shine upon him.  Our prayers go out for Lisa and Dan's family.
  • Nashotah House's press release is here.
  • Coverage from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is here.
  • WDJT Milwaukee has coverage here.

Monday, October 16, 2017

A Great Lesson on Stress Management

A young lady confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water while leading a seminar and explaining stress management to her audience.  Everyone knew she was going to ask the inevitable question, 'Half empty or half full?'

She fooled them all.  "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile.  Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter.  It depends on how long I hold it.  If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.  If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm."

"If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.  In each case it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

She continued, "And that's the way it is with stress.  If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."

"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.  When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden - holding stress longer and better each time practiced."

"So, as early each day as you can, put all your burdens down.  Don't carry them through the evening and into the night.  Pick them up again tomorrow if you must."

1. Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue!

2. Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

3. Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it..

4. Drive carefully.  It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

5. If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

6. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8. Never buy a car you can't push.

9. Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

10. Nobody cares if you can't dance well.  Just get up and dance.

11. Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12. The second mouse gets the cheese.

13. When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

14. Birthdays are good for you.  The more you have, the longer you'll live.

15. Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

16. We could learn a lot from crayons.  Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull.  Some have weird names and all are different colors; but they all have to live in the same box.

17. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

18. Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have.

19. Be the kind of person that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says: "Oh Crap, they're up!"

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY

20. Save the earth. It's the only planet with chocolate!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Yom Kippur: The Day of Atonement

The High Priest's Confession on the Day of Atonement:

"I beseech You, O Lord;
I have sinned, rebelled, and transgressed against You,
I, and my household;
I beseech You, O Lord,
Grant atonement for the sins,
and for the iniquities and transgressions
which I have committed against You,
I, and my household.
As it is written in the Torah
of Your servant, Moses:
'For on this day
atonement shall be made for you,
to purify you from all your sins
— before the Lord you shall be purified'."

Sunday, September 24, 2017

352 Earthquakes Hit Southern California Last Week

I don't remember hearing much about this in the media, do you?
The 352-event earthquake storm that hit Southern California last week failed to cause appropriate concern due to the magnitude 7.1-magnitude monster that killed 295 in Mexico City.

The Southern California quakes ranged from magnitude 0.30 to 3.65 on the Richter Scale, according to the Caltech Seismological Laboratory. Although most of the “storm” quakes were small, 18 were large enough to make the Felt Report, which tracks noticeable events over a 2.0 magnitude.

Elevated earthquake activity seemed spread across the Pacific coasts, with big quakes recorded in New Zealand, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan — and lots of after-shocks in Mexico.

A 3.4 magnitude quake in North Korea, while the U.S. Air Force was buzzing its airspace with a fleet of B-1 nuclear-capable bombers and a large number of F-15 escorts, was thought to have been another nuclear test by the North Koreans. But world tensions subsided after the BBC reported that atomic energy experts labeled it just an earthquake.
Read the rest.
And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains. (Mark 13:7-9)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Evensong sees a surge even as British church attendance declines

From here, where there is more:
LONDON (RNS) — The line of locals and tourists stretches about 400 people long, and one might think they are waiting to get into a play, a museum or even for ice cream.

But these people want to go to a church service.

In Britain, where churchgoing is mostly in decline, what has drawn the crowd on a late afternoon in August is evensong, the hymn-heavy evening service of the Anglican church taken from the Book of Common Prayer. This line was headed for the service at the famed Westminster Abbey, sometimes called England’s parish church.

Abbey officials estimate that there can be up to 700 people at evensong when the main choir is singing. Similar crowds can be found across Britain in cathedrals such as York Minster and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, and in Oxford and Cambridge.

But even in much smaller churches, evensong attendance is growing, attracting people who might otherwise never enter a church, and bucking the British trend in declining congregations. Some clergy are hopeful that it may be a way people are drawn into a deeper relationship with the church.
Read the rest.

If you would like to hear a Choral Evensong, there are loads of them on YouTube. One of my favorites, featuring the choir of Liverpool Cathedral (and England's largest pipe organ) is here.



Friday, August 25, 2017

Indiana Teacher Demands Parents Tell Kids to Stop Talking About God in Class

Religiophobia: (Noun) An irrational or obsessive fear or anxiety of religion, religious faith, religious people or religious organizations.  See also religiophobe, religiophobic.

From here:
MCCORDSVILLE, Ind. – Parents of McCordsville Elementary School students are upset after a first grade teacher sent home a letter asking kids not to talk about “God,” “Jesus,” and the “Devil.”



According to a release from the school, a debate about God took place in a first grade classroom earlier this week.  In response to the debate, the teacher wrote a letter about expectations in the classroom and sent it to parents.  The letter talked about school language and asked parents to have a “talk” with their children about the appropriate time and place to talk about religion.

[Notice that the teacher's letter (see photo above) doesn't say anything about a "debate."  It merely says the students were "using the words God, Jesus, and Devil in conversation."]

FOX59 obtained the letter from a parent of one of the students in the class, which reads in part:

“With Mccordsville Elementary being a public school, we have many different religions and beliefs, and I do not want to upset a child or parent because of these words being used.”

[Frankly, I doubt that McCordsville, Indiana (population: 6,485) actually has "many different religions and beliefs," whatever this relgiophobic, politically correct teacher may think.  But, even if it does have "many different religions and beliefs," all of those 6,485 residents, including their children, still have a First Amendment right to discuss their religion(s)—as the school superintendent rightly clarifies:]

But a letter from the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Robbins says it is okay for students to talk about their beliefs as long as it does not disrupt class.

“To simply summarize, MVCSC employees can neither advance nor inhibit religious views.  Trying to limit a student’s view on religion is a violation of a student’s first amendment rights.  However, if the discussion becomes an academic disruption, then as a district, we can intervene to maintain the integrity of the educational process while at the same time being sure to not violate a student’s constitutional rights.”

District officials say they have met with the teacher about the school’s policies.  It is unclear whether she will face any disciplinary action.
When I was growing up two of the teachers in my elementary school were also Sunday School teachers at my church.  Two other teachers that I know of were Sunday School teachers in other churches.  Could we talk about God, Jesus, etc. Monday through Friday the same as we did on Sunday?  Well, perhaps not exactly the same as we did on Sunday; but religion wasn't a forbidden subject.  The end result was that we developed an integrated worldview where religion was a part of life, right along with math, science, history, literature, etc. 

We learned the Golden Rule (Do unto others as you would have them do unto you) wasn't just in the Bible, it was sound ethics and a good guideline for building a healthy society where people respected and cared about each other.  Needless to say, bullying wasn't as much of a problem as it has become once we started taking things like God, the Bible, the Golden Rule, etc. out of our schools. 

If Christian parents don't stand up for our First Amendment freedoms, we are soon going to have a society where even common courtesy has disappeared and where our social ethics resemble the Lord of the Flies.

I'm just sayin'...