In a PIG’S Eye

Raids on pig farms? Michigan’s DNR appears to be doing so.

The law was announced in October of 2011, no wild swine in Michigan. So, farmers had plenty of time to prepare, but is the DNR handling it properly? Frankly, I don’t know. That bothers me more than anything. ® recently posted an article that seemed written by a nutcase, calling for arrest of DNR agents and suggesting the possibility of lethal force against them. Sorry, but I don’t go for that.

If the DNR is invading private pig farms without due process, as the article claims, yeah, they are in big trouble. But violation of due process can’t be met with taking the law into our own hands. If it actually happened as reported, then the entire DNR must be investigated by the State, not individual citizens going after individual DNR agents.

But, the article fails to report why the State has declared the species dangerous.  · · · →

What It Feels Like

I’m a Christian.

I don’t force my beliefs on others. Rather, I enjoy time with people who think differently. But, society doesn’t seem to accept that.

I’m a Christian.

Churchianity hates me if I don’t hate those tho disagree with me. Others who hate Christianity hate me if I believe that ideas like black, white, red, and plaid can be defined.

I’m a Christian.

I have friends who are homosexual. They know I don’t agree with them and they remain my friends. Is this not allowed? Must we agree prior to friendship?

I’m a Christian.

I join the two million and increasing number of Christians, about half of them in Asia, who find that the single greatest thing they did to grow closer to Jesus Christ was to make Jesus their only pastor and abandon clergy. Western Churchianity persecuted them, slandered them, so the Chinese Communists imprisoned them and killed them.  · · · →

True Racism

“Unfortunate” doesn’t begin to describe Trayvon’s death. Reportedly, Zimmerman did something even he regrets because his mind was in the wrong place. He should be held responsible. But haven’t we all done something similar?

How do we define “racism”? If we refer to the antiquated, overt prejudices of the South, drenched in a history of slavery and the passive superiority that Martin Luther King Jr. rebuked in his prison letter to the White American Church… well… then Zimmerman wasn’t racist. But how can that be?

From the 911 manuscript…

Dispatcher: Are you following him?

Zimmerman: Yeah.

Dispatcher: Ok, we don’t need you to do that.

…and Trayvon ends up dead. If you are being followed, the follower is obviously not “standing”. The martyr stood his own ground. Let’s all stand our ground for Trayvon.

…but stand against what?

A few days ago, President Obama asked the nation to reflect on why this sort of thing could happen.  · · · →

Asperger Talk

A friend with Asperger’s recently sat down with me to reflect his daily challenges. When he kept describing Asperger as a a “problem”, I finally explained a few things which left him happily speechless…

Asperger is not a problem. Rather, it’s one of God’s answer to many problems in the world. The unifying feature of the Asperger gift is that it comes with no “Off-switch”.

Most people have an Off-switch. If they are acting out of ordinary or dangerous, we might be able to say something and then the person will almost certainly stop. Asperger, however, doesn’t work that way. In a sense, a person with Asperger’s has an Off-switch, but the switch can only be operated by God.

Satan, of course, doesn’t like this. Neither do tyrants. This tends to attract unusual hatred—from some people, not all. Even the name “Israel” means “wrestles with God”. The Israeli nation, for millennia, has functioned—corporately—like one, large, national case of Asperger: Only God can tame them—Satan doesn’t stand a chance.  · · · →