Karl Denninger notes an instructive juxtaposition:
This is rather curious.
A ninth-grade teacher can assign (compel, require, demand, etc) that 14 year olds read a modern novel that depicts a school shooting, lots of sex, including sex that some people might consider very graphic and coerced, plenty of foul language and other similar “adult themes.”
However, a 12 year old boy who, during free reading time, when students are free to read whatever THEY (not the teacher) select, chooses to read The Bible is sanctioned by his school.
Note the differentiating factor here. In one case we have compulsion, in the other choice. While nobody (who has any intelligence at all) will try to deny that The Bible is full of depictions of violence of various sorts in this case the student in question elected on his own initiative to read the work.
And for doing so, he was punished.
Gee, what is “school” really about again?
That’s what I thought.
(Note: I found the teacher’s husband’s tone interesting when the media tried to get her side of it… see the link above)
Meanwhile, in regards to a significant decision by the Supreme Court to let stand a power that can lead to the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without due process, a journalist had this to say:
We are no longer a nation ruled by laws. We are nation ruled by men who have so steeped themselves in a false narrative that at the same time they are exponentially increasing the ranks of terrorists, they are destroying the rule of law itself. It is madness upon madness – the classic tale of becoming the evil you purport to fight while believing you remain righteous.
Those who understand the Christian worldview see the link between these two tales. We forget that much of what made America unique was rooted in a specific Western, Christian frame of reference. That frame acknowledges the sinful nature of humanity, which both requires a government to restrain evil, but also a system to limit and restrain government power, lest it become evil itself. To the extent this fallen world tries to erase this unusual intrusion of a Godly perspective (see the first story for but one example), it’s inevitable there will be changes in everything else. Throw God out–and any idea of dependence upon or accountability to Him–and there is nothing left to deter men from trying to make themselves gods on earth, pursuing their agenda whatever the cost:
…even without the excuse of combat, Power also murders in cold blood even more of those helpless people it controls, near four times more of them.
Consider Table 4 and Figure 1 , the list and its graph of this century’s megamurderers–those states killing in cold blood, aside from warfare, 1,000,000 or more men, women, and children. At present count, these eleven megamurderers have wiped out 142,902,000 people, almost four times the battle-dead in all this century’s international and civil wars.
Absolute Power, that is the U.S.S.R., Communist China, Nazi Germany, Militarist Japan, Khmer Rouge Cambodia, Communist Vietnam, and Communist Yugoslavia account for 128,744,000 of them, or 90 percent. Absolute Power breeds mortacracies.
Many non-Christians believe the connection between rejecting God and oppressing man is a dramatic overreach. And yet we’ve seen it in recent history, and can observe it playing out again in our lifetimes, all across America and the West.
But we’re accused of being unscientific?