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Timothy Miller and Philip Zodhiates sentencing updates

Comment posted by Haus Beach on Mar 25, 16:32:

Oops, HTML tags didn't work. Here's the link http://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/civil-suit-in-long-running-same-sex-custody-case-to/article_6ee13ba6-0e68-11e7-b962-e7dc2caced4c.html ... [More]

Timothy Miller and Philip Zodhiates sentencing updates

Comment posted by Haus Beach on Mar 25, 16:30:

They had been taken off earlier. Liberty University previously was dismissed as a defendant in the civil case in October 2013. Liberty is now a co-defendant, which David Corry, LU general counsel, said came as a surprise. “We were surprised to learn [Monday] that we’ve [been] brought back into a case that we’ve previously been dismissed out of,” Corry told The News & Advance. He added LU is seeking input from outside counsel in Vermont on how to proceed. Both Liberty University and Liberty Counsel dispu ... [More]

Taking Another Bite At The Alt-Right

Comment posted by Nice Marmot on Mar 25, 14:39:

"Show me texts that actually indicate that the desire to amass great wealth for large and beneficial projects _for_others_ is morally suspect." Sorry for the delay on this. Had to get a few books through I.L.L. After looking at several books on the subject, I could not find any texts that dealt with that specifically. HOWEVER, neither did I find any that would seem to counter the well-nigh universal opprobrium to wealth-seeking by giving it a pass, so to speak, for good intentions. In short, the very n ... [More]

Timothy Miller and Philip Zodhiates sentencing updates

Comment posted by Lydia on Mar 25, 14:33:

Lisa's lawyers have been defendants, and her church (Thomas Road Baptist) in the RICO suit all along, since 2012 at least. We will see how and whether it develops. ... [More]

Updates on Timo Miller and Kenneth Miller

Comment posted by Lydia on Mar 25, 14:30:

You're a better source than Pacer. :-) ... [More]

Feast of the Annunciation: God Sent the Angel Gabriel

Comment posted by Paul on Mar 25, 13:06:

Tony, I am a life long Catholic and appreciated this discussion about Mary the mother of Jesus being without sin. I do not know why Protestants have such a disdain for the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. Perhaps this will provide my sons and others with the opportunity to explain the Protestant understanding. ... [More]

Updates on Timo Miller and Kenneth Miller

Comment posted by Haus Beach on Mar 25, 10:59:

try PACER. www.pacer.gov. You will need a credit card. ... [More]

Timothy Miller and Philip Zodhiates sentencing updates

Comment posted by Haus Beach on Mar 25, 10:00:

Unfortunately, being part of the instant news cycle pretty much guarantees that one will have to tweak the details with each update. Mindful, however, of my reputation for accuracy, I'm having to take my time compiling a full report of the two sentencing hearings, which will likely be available, with full commentary, at this post within the week. But yes, the RICO lawsuit re-commenced immediately following Timo's sentencing, even with Philip's appeal and the prosecutor admitting that the government is stil ... [More]

Is Jahi McMath breathing on her own?

Comment posted by Lydia on Mar 25, 09:59:

Oh, so you *didn't* mean "and" when you said things like, "Yes, I believe both breathing and brain activity need to be present for someone to be alive without support" and "Being alive means being able to breathe on your own and having activity in your brain." Because taken at face value, with the "and," those statements would mean that people like Reeve, etc., who are vent-dependent are not alive, because they do not have *both* independent breathing *and* brain activity. By doing so, you suggest that Jah ... [More]

Timothy Miller and Philip Zodhiates sentencing updates

Comment posted by Lydia on Mar 25, 09:43:

Whatever that judge was thinking, they threw a big fat wrench in whatever assumptions there had been prior on who counts as a parent. Blame "civil unions." I know I sound like a broken record, but that was what civil unions did before even homosexual "marriage" came along. It was always a marriage-imitating state, and that's why a baby born to one of the partners during it was treated as the child of both. I also cannot help but wonder how it would have played out had instead Isabella had grown up with J ... [More]

Feast of the Annunciation: God Sent the Angel Gabriel

Comment posted by Paul J Cella on Mar 25, 05:41:

Fascinating exegesis, Tony. Thanks for this. I know a lot of Protestants react with supreme skepticism, if not outright hostility, to the Immaculate Conception; but conceptually it has never bothered me. As you say, nothing in the nature of the world or grace or salvation that absolutely precludes God from so acting as to apply to a human the salvific merits of Jesus Christ’s redemption even from the first moment of his or her existence in conception, so as to be redeemed by grace and kept by grace free of ... [More]

Is Jahi McMath breathing on her own?

Comment posted by Mel on Mar 24, 21:18:

Correction: *voiding her death certificate* ... [More]

Is Jahi McMath breathing on her own?

Comment posted by Mel on Mar 24, 19:41:

You are misunderstanding me. I am not saying just the inability to breathe qualifies someone for brain death--it is also the area of the brain that is damaged and the extent of the damage.Both need to be present for someone to be brain dead. Please feel free to cite your sources on this. In your defense (and going off your aforementioned misconception), you mention people who can not breathe on their own and are subsequently not brain dead and have disabilities such as Stephan Hawking and Christopher Re ... [More]

Is Jahi McMath breathing on her own?

Comment posted by Mel on Mar 24, 18:45:

Kindly refrain from ad hominem attacks such as "absolute b.s" in your reply; it really does not convince me that you are credible or justify your inference in anyway. ... [More]

Timothy Miller and Philip Zodhiates sentencing updates

Comment posted by DR84 on Mar 24, 18:35:

It is still alarming that the original judge did not take into account that Lisa is Isabella's biological mother nor that Isabella had grown up with and bonded with Lisa and not Janet. I am now a parent and if my biological relationship nor my bond with my child counts, what does? Whatever that judge was thinking, they threw a big fat wrench in whatever assumptions there had been prior on who counts as a parent. I also cannot help but wonder how it would have played out had instead Isabella had grown u ... [More]

Is Jahi McMath breathing on her own?

Comment posted by Lydia on Mar 24, 18:29:

Brain activity is important for breathing regulation; If she is not able to breathe on her own she will die. Thus, Jahi fulfills the current definition of brain death, which is "irreversible brain damage causing the end of independent respiration, regarded as indicative of death" (Dictionary) Oh, you got it out of a *dictionary*. Well, that settles it. Please, please, try to get your medico-legal information correct before you waste people's time. No, it is not the case that being unable to breathe on o ... [More]

Is Jahi McMath breathing on her own?

Comment posted by Mel on Mar 24, 18:21:

Yes, I believe both breathing and brain activity need to be present for someone to be alive without support. Brain activity is important for breathing regulation; If she is not able to breathe on her own she will die. Thus, Jahi fulfills the current definition of brain death, which is "irreversible brain damage causing the end of independent respiration, regarded as indicative of death" (Dictionary). I know you might want to say their is some brain activity present in her brain, but even if that's the case ... [More]

Timothy Miller and Philip Zodhiates sentencing updates

Comment posted by Lydia on Mar 24, 17:01:

It was interesting though that the *very same* judge sentenced Philip Zodhiates to 3 years only the day before in the same case. I think in Timothy Miller's case it was a combo of his having agreed to a plea bargain (the government gets a lot less vindictive if you plea bargain) and some faint sense of the evil of his having been in the Nicaraguan prison held virtually incommunicado under terrible conditions for 6 weeks or so, possibly because of a lie told by the U.S. govt. to the Nicaraguan govt. Somehow ... [More]

Timothy Miller and Philip Zodhiates sentencing updates

Comment posted by Scott W. on Mar 24, 13:08:

Good news indeed. Granted, I can't imagine nor want to know what 8 months in prison is like, but seeing that most kidnapping sentences will rate several years to many, it's not hard to imagine a judge sensing the vindictiveness and absurdity of it all and ruling accordingly. I'm guessing a RICO indictment would have to come from the feds rather than Jenkins herself. Hopefully in this current climate there are reluctant functionaries as well. ... [More]

Six things wrong with this article on "homophobia" in the church

Comment posted by Lydia on Mar 24, 09:29:

Generally, I think that there is a discernible difference between being "tough" and being mean-spirited, and between due punishment and bullying, between appropriate social pressure and tyranny. Right. This is what is being lost, now. The ability to discern any difference. The false dichotomy is: Either you're a namby pamby (like the author of the article in the main post) when it comes to condemning sin, or else you think it's necessary or even laudable to be beating people up, threatening to beat them up ... [More]

Six things wrong with this article on "homophobia" in the church

Comment posted by Tony on Mar 24, 08:31:

But the prescription--never do anything that might be not nice and slightest bit uncharitable? Can it work? Who knows. Mactoul, I suspect we are working under different meanings of "charitable". I have no problem being hard-nosed, stiff-necked, and tough on those who would consider breaking an important social boundary. I have no problem with, for example, shunning those who would deliberately and openly engage in fornication (as witnessed by 'living together'), so at least the same would apply to simi ... [More]

Six things wrong with this article on "homophobia" in the church

Comment posted by Mactoul on Mar 24, 00:23:

Tony, I am really talking of schools and impressionable adolescents who might be nudged into a less transgressive norms by an atmosphere that does not coddle transgressions. A certain degree of roughness--you don't really know how effective societies socialize their young into accepting norms. We have the description--everywhere boys are asked to man up and not be sissies. But the prescription--never do anything that might be not nice and slightest bit uncharitable? Can it work? Who knows. ... [More]

Six things wrong with this article on "homophobia" in the church

Comment posted by Tony on Mar 23, 20:39:

All societies have employed a degree of coercion and sanction to keep those of transgressive urges in tight bounds, at least in public. Mactoul, I was calling for a normative point (what is right or wrong), and you have answered with a descriptive point: all societies HAVE used "coercion and sanction". Well, most societies done things with broad approval that we think are wrong. Until well along into the Christian era, most societies have had slavery. Many societies have had polygamy. Many societies se ... [More]

Six things wrong with this article on "homophobia" in the church

Comment posted by Paul on Mar 23, 18:44:

Lydia, thank you for the insightful article. I love the Bible but appreciate that you point out that creation is a revelation from God too. (I finished your book, it was great!) You or your readers might be interested in this free audio, "Kids, God Made Marriage." http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=71415115240 There is also a parents guide which expands on and makes explicit the implicit arguments in the children's audio. http://media.sermonaudio.com/mediapdf/71415115240.pdf This audio mak ... [More]

Six things wrong with this article on "homophobia" in the church

Comment posted by Lydia on Mar 23, 15:33:

Oh, believe me, sir, they are large, they contain multitudes. If it serves their purposes on a given day (for example to "be shocking" or "make the left mad" or "be tough"), they'd advocate tarring and feathering. If it serves their purposes on a different day, they will tell us all to bow down and adore a self-styled Dangerous F*gg*t because he's so "courageous" and not afraid of anybody, blah blah, and because what really matters is "fighting the left," blah-more-blah. A nicely postmodern movement, which ... [More]

Six things wrong with this article on "homophobia" in the church

Comment posted by Mactoul on Mar 23, 01:19:

Lydia, You need to decide whether the New Right is too accepting of homosexuality thereby corrupting the conservatism or it is too vigilante of homosexuality thereby brutalizing the conservatism. ... [More]

Six things wrong with this article on "homophobia" in the church

Comment posted by Mactoul on Mar 23, 00:11:

Tony, we are staking a claim that there is a middle ground The so-called middle ground has never existed, All societies have employed a degree of coercion and sanction to keep those of transgressive urges in tight bounds, at least in public. ... [More]

Jonathan McLatchie on OT Undesigned Coincidences

Comment posted by Lydia on Mar 22, 21:42:

Callum, I think I know the documentary you mean but haven't seen it. I gather it's pretty definitely leaning toward late Exodus, but late Exodus may be correct. It's not an area I've researched extensively. ... [More]

Is Jahi McMath breathing on her own?

Comment posted by Lydia on Mar 22, 21:41:

Being alive means being able to breathe on your own and having activity in your brain Absolute b.s. There are even people who are fully *conscious* despite not being able to breathe on their own. Oh, you meant being conscious *or* being able to breathe on your own? Then a) learn not to say "and" when you mean "or" and b) don't just make stuff up to get the conclusion you want. ... [More]

Jonathan McLatchie on OT Undesigned Coincidences

Comment posted by Callum on Mar 22, 21:01:

Speaking of the OT, Lydia, do you have Netflix? There's a fascinating documentary on there about the Exodus. For once, its not the far liberal show you typically see on the Discovery Channel or National Geographic which gets 10 Dominic Crossan like scholars. It makes a very intetesting case for the Exodus having happened during the middle Kingdom. Anyway, a really good in depth programme if you are interested. ... [More]

Is Jahi McMath breathing on her own?

Comment posted by Mel on Mar 22, 18:23:

Those are separate questions. One cannot decide "this person is dead" *because* one thinks "this person should be dead" or "it would be terrible to be this person and be conscious." Although the quality of life is decreased (as it would be for anyone in this situation), it is also subjective and secondary to the real argument you pose, which is: Is Jahi dead or alive? In this case, Jahi can not breathe on her own and does not have sufficient brain activity (whether it is partial or not) Being alive me ... [More]

Timo Miller and Philip Zodhiates update

Comment posted by Haus Beach on Mar 22, 17:53:

Philip got 1 year in prison. He will be able to serve it at the same VA prison where Ken is. ... [More]

Six things wrong with this article on "homophobia" in the church

Comment posted by Tony on Mar 22, 16:09:

Of course, nowadays you'd be sued. You'd have to find a way to prove you weren't discriminating, blah, blah. Right. I was limiting myself to stuff that, at least for the moment, won't get you hauled into court to defend. As for the *outright* public nudity and indecency that is endemic to "gay neighborhoods" or to abominations like "pride" parades, that behavior should be subject to arrest if we are to have any public decency laws at all...So I guess it would be a kind of revolutionary act in some pla ... [More]

Six things wrong with this article on "homophobia" in the church

Comment posted by Jeffrey S. on Mar 22, 16:02:

Lydia, All good suggestions. I would add the willingness and indeed, the importance, of telling the truth about the so-called "gay lifestyle" -- I thought of this as I came across this piece recently by Austin Ruse (not for the faint of heart): http://www.crisismagazine.com/2017/homo-homophobia ... [More]

Six things wrong with this article on "homophobia" in the church

Comment posted by Lydia on Mar 22, 13:02:

So, here's my question: does exclaiming loudly "that's disgusting!" when two guys snuggle in front of you fall into the same category as shouting "you freaks!" at them? No. I would go farther. I would say that various venues, especially those that are privately owned, ought to have the prerogative to have standards of behavior. In all honesty, I could imagine that this might include reasonable limits on the behavior of male-female couples. If the owner of a restaurant tells a guy and a girl that they can't ... [More]

Six things wrong with this article on "homophobia" in the church

Comment posted by Tony on Mar 22, 12:34:

A problem lies in not distinguishing what truly is bullying from social stigma per se. Lydia, I think this is really true. The LKGB would have us believe that even a non-act that is merely the failure to be positively supportive of gayness amounts to "being mean", and even so much as a facial expression of disgust, or turning away, is "bullying". We can easily reject such characterizations: That's not what "bullying" means in any other context, so it isn't here either. On the other hand, some of what ... [More]

Six things wrong with this article on "homophobia" in the church

Comment posted by Lydia on Mar 22, 09:37:

A problem lies in not distinguishing what truly is bullying from social stigma per se. I can well imagine that some of our new "right" people are now going to start advocating vigilante behavior, literally running homosexuals out on a rail or beating people up or what-not. Or even mere insult for the sake of insult. And the activists, of course, will treat any stigma or request for public decency and discretion as equivalent to plain cruelty. But there are ways of evincing disgust and asking people not to ... [More]

Six things wrong with this article on "homophobia" in the church

Comment posted by Mactoul on Mar 22, 00:53:

Routine decrying of bullying even by conservatives like Dreher does not help. It needs to be appreciated that this so-called bullying served vital needs in keeping the transgressive urges of the deviants and the latents in tight bounds. It is good for the deviants and the latents themselves. ... [More]

Six things wrong with this article on "homophobia" in the church

Comment posted by Tony on Mar 21, 20:56:

It's an odd kind of gesture, isn't it? Like a nominee for a federal position in a Republican administration having to refer to Roe v. Wade as "the law of the land" to get confirmed. Dreher has to salute the flag by talking about how terrible the closet was. Given Dreher's standing, (he can afford to thumb his nose at some idol and still get on with his life), and his explicit reference to being countercultural to be fully Christian, I am not sure it makes sense to think of this as Dreher somewhat insincer ... [More]

Timo Miller and Philip Zodhiates update

Comment posted by Lydia on Mar 21, 18:04:

Yes, the day before Timothy's--that is, tomorrow, the 22nd. Timothy Miller's sentencing is scheduled for the 23rd. Presumably because it is the same judge. I thought I had posted that rescheduling of Zodhiates' sentencing, but apparently I only e-mailed with someone about it. ... [More]