this image is a lie
Everything and freedom of belief.
If you've been following the items I post for any length of time, you will know that we are actually facing a genuine war on reality. Scan down this page or any page on my blog and you will see evidence of an overall assault on knowledge, inquiry and reality itself.
2+2= well... that depends.
We can prove something is true. We provide documented evidence. We provide witnesses. Film of people plotting. Confessions. In response we are told that truth is no defence, that we are racists. We are supposed to feel shame for what we say and more than that, who we are. So goes the message.
I'm afraid I would like to politely disagree.
Asking questions and criticising something that it has been decided is above criticism can be very costly. All the more reason to do so. Remember Bonhoeffer. Remember those Christians who would rather die than deny Christ. In comparison, who are we to shirk our responsibilities? In New Zealand we are a long way in every sense from Nazi Germany or Nigeria or Syria. It would be prudent to commence our defiance sooner not later in order to prevent a lot more damage down the road. The earlier we challenge, the less likely things will come apart. The longer we wait - perhaps hopefully looking for the winds to change and something come along and relieve us from our responsibilities - the more likely inequality and misunderstanding will descend into chaos. We have to be brave, we have to speak, we have to listen - we have to rebuild a community based around truth.
John Stossel is a Libertarian Fox news contributor who brings his own particular perspective to bear on the closing of the Western mind that is occurring. Part 1 is a 15 minute video & deals with how Islam relates to the West and the difficulties we have with each other. Subsequent parts 2-4 deal more generally with what seems to be Leftist opposition to opinions that oppose their own. An opposition that rightly concerns many thoughtful people on the Left. Matters such as gay rights, global warming, abortion and other sensitive issues are addressed. A new Totalitarianism is appearing in the West which matches in many ways Islamic Totalitarianism.
King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold. Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: As soon as you hear the sound ... you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace."
However there were some Jews whom the King had set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who paid no attention to the command. "Your Majesty, they neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? Now when you hear the sound ... if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. So these men, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.
Up to this point in the story everything was up to the three men.
From here, the rest was up to God.