Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Opus 2015-229: Ideology Trumps Integrity

Some things never change.

I am reading a bestseller from years gone by called Useful Idiots by Mona Charen.  She goes back and brings out the repeated statements by Democrats and media reporters showing how they have consistently been down on America and pro-Soviet.  She traces this bias back to the last time they were called Progressives, in the 1920's.  She points out some of it is pure naivete but other times it is blatant lies to advance the cause of Communism.  She looks back to the early days of the Socialist threat.
“It might be thought that in those early days, particularly since accurate reporting from inside the USSR was hard to come by, liberals and leftists who made excuses for the USSR were simply ill informed.  But in fact the 1930s and early 1940s were characterized by vigorous and spirited debates within left-wing circles about the nature of Communism.  Figures of the anticommunist left ... provided ample published evidence about the arbitrary arrests, disappearance, and persecutions being carried out in Soviet Russia, as well as copious proof that organs like the New York Times were not telling the truth about the famine and others matters.”  p. 90
So in reality it has never been a lack of evidence but a political philosophy that at its heart is anti-American and anti liberty.  As she summarized,
“The evidence, in other words, was there for those with eyes to see.  But in the 1930s and 1940s, no less than in the 1970s and 1980s, many on the liberal Left suspended their skepticism where Communist regimes were concerned.” p. 90
A book that is eleven years old but still has truth that we are refusing to see.  See if your library has a copy.

Charen, Mona.  Useful Idiots.  Washington, D.C.:  Regnery, 2004.

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