Monday, February 16, 2009

America: Socialism, Censorship, Secularism

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Today President Obama will fly to Colorado to sign his so-called "stimulus package". One that most lawmakers --and likely the President himself, has not even read in it's entirety. The results of this and follow-up spending will have a negative generational affect on our country.

A California professor has called a student a fascist b-----d in front of his peers, told the class they did not have to remain in class to hear the reminder of his speech, then when no one left, the professor dismissed the class. The reason? The student is a conservative Christian.

While Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are often the poster boys for the wrath of the left and their commitment to reinstate the so-called "Fairness Doctrine," the National Religious Broadcasters believe it will be Christian broadcasting that will be most aggressively targeted.

I agree. I was on the air daily during the "Fairness Doctrine" and after. I can give you an eyewitness account.

Our Founding Fathers laid life and fortune on the line to develop the New World. Our present administration and his minions are laying our children's lives, opportunities and freedoms on the line for a philosophy that our Founders would recognize as that from which they fled.

It's unbelievable.

Today President Obama is flying to Colorado to sign his "stimulus package" that most Americans, according to polls, feel will not work.

Newsweek magazine, not a right wing icon for sure, has declared that "We Are All Socialists Now." The feature article starts by quoting a conversation between Sean Hannity and Indiana Congressman Mike Pence---the chair of the House Republican Conference.

Pence, a vocal critic of Obama's stimulus, is asking how things like $50 million for the arts and other "pork" items will create new jobs in Indiana and America.

Hannity agrees and says, as he goes off the air, "It is ... the European Socialist Act of 2009."

Newsweek says, "Whether we want to admit it or not---and many, especially Pence and Hannity, do not---the America of 2009 is moving toward a modern European state."

"The sooner," says Newsweek, "we understand where we truly stand, the sooner we can think more clearly about how to use government in today's world."

In other words, "get over it" we are the change you voted for. Indeed.

Newsweek does not feel this is necessarily a bad thing. They predict that one of the most lasting effects of the new administration and his policies will be, "a steady drift toward what could be called a European model of governance, regulation and paternalism."

That is exactly what our Founding Fathers fled, laying life and fortune on the line for a better way.

The article is extensive and properly reflects the philosophical position of the left.

Last week I wrote about censorship and free speech in public education in regard to Darwinism.

Now we hear that a Christian college student has been publicly mocked in front of his classmates, with his professor calling him a "fascist b-----d". This in a taxpayer-funded community college. (Article).

Student Jonathan Lopez, while in a public speaking class, gave a speech about his beliefs and in that context he read the dictionary definition of marriage. At that point his professor, John Matteson, stopped the class, excused anyone who wanted to leave and when no one left, dismissed the class without giving Lopez an opportunity to finish his speech.

This is a clear violation of the student's free speech rights.

Professor Matteson ultimately refused to grade Lopez's speech and wrote on the evaluation, "Ask God what your grade should be."

This case is going to court. It is a snapshot of the future, unless conservatives and people of faith reclaim their country.

According to the National Religious Broadcasters, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are not necessarily the prime target of the left with their fixation on reinstating the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" in broadcasting. (Article).

Craig Parshall, senior vice-president and legal counsel to the NRB says, "It's going to be Christian broadcasters who are not afraid of sexual orientation issues from a bibliocentric view, who aren't afraid to challenge the status quo on an issue like abortion; or Christian broadcasters who aren't afraid to be able to compare the truth of the gospel with the false religions around there. And all of this is very, very politically incorrect."

I personally hosted a daily inspirational TV show that was produced on a major network affiliate and syndicated to other network affiliates around the country for 12 years. I can tell you from first hand experience the so-called "fairness doctrine" isn't. It is censorship at it's worst. Ronald Reagan removed the policy during the years I was on television. I've experienced both sides of it.

The extreme left simply can't compete in a free market of ideas. They tried with the far left "Air America" radio talk show network. Within months, the network was forced to file bankruptcy because nobody was listening. That's true fairness.

However, the left does not define that as "fair." They see "fair " as forcing the public to see and hear their message even if the public doesn't want to hear and see it.

The freedoms that so many have given so much for are in peril.

A fine group of patriotic scholars have done a good deal of research for the Heritage Foundation on this and related subjects. I have linked their site. I strongly recommend you take some time and read their research titled "FIRST PRINCIPLES."

This is not a time to be silent.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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