Global Christian Perspectives – April 1, 2016

… but not April Fool! All serious!

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(prepared by co-host Chris Eyre)

Predictions about the election.I see lots of them, mostly (from my perspective) desperate attempts to envision an election which isn’t Trump -v- Clinton.
From Alan, talking behind his back:-

https://energion.co/discuss/2016/03/14/can-a-christian-politician-campaign-as-a-christian/
Having actually spent something over 25 years as a local politician, while I can see that it is challenging to do politics while maintaining Christian principles, it certainly isn’t impossible, and I’d suggest that if we don’t do this, we’re responsible for whatever we get instead…

Elgin’s (fairly) recent post:-
https://energion.co/discuss/2016/03/15/2811/
FWIW, it is now decided that refusal to provide services on the grounds of the sexual orientation of the recipient is illegal here (but you wouldn’t get large fines or civil damages flowing from it). We’ve also had a case involving a cake maker.

A solution to Islamic terrorism?

https://www.prageru.com/
I’m wondering what Elgin thinks of this article:-
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_mexicanization_of_the_united_states_20160313
I can see elements of this in the UK as well, though our “Mexico” is probably currently the former Eastern Bloc countries which have joined the EU (which may link to…)

From Elgin:- The rise of anti-establishment movements around the world will hit global investment, Wall Street profits and Hillary Clinton‘s chances of winning the presidency, according to a self-described libertarian economist.

Steen Jakobsen, chief economist at Danish investment bank Saxo Bank, believes the “social contract” — the agreement between the ruled and the rulers — is now broken, and this can be seen in the rise of Donald Trump.

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/29/hillary-clinton-cannot-win-us-election-economist.html

Global Christian Perspectives – September 25, 2015

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News Segment:  30  mins  – Times are flexible.

Pope’s visit

               General reaction to the Pope’s visit and what he says over the next few days

Ben Carson’s Statement on Islam and the Presidency

While At first I was troubled by the clips of Carson’s statement I heard when I heard the full clip I changed my view, and now see this in just another in a very long line of media hit pieces.  While I think he could have been a bit clearer, given it was an off the cuff answer, I do not really see any problem here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUJvUDdtp8w

Immigration in Europe

This remains a growing and major crisis.  My view is that it is likely to remain, and in fact get worse, until the source of the problem is dealt with, something few seem willing to address.

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Rights ? Do they exist? What are they?

Historically human rights were grounded in a belief in God, i.e. what God had given no one not even the King could take away.    This view was beautifully summed up by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence when he wrote,

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

You can see this behind the argument of Lincoln in the 7th and last debate against Douglas when near the end he argues,

That is the real issue. That is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles-right and wrong-throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, “You work and toil and earn bread, and I’ll eat it.” No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.

Today rights have been disconnected from God, and without a basis have drifted into chaos where China can claim it can suppress individual rights because it has a Right to Develop.  Where every wish become a right because it is desired.

The slavery issue remains a factor here. I do not believe there is such a thing as a right that impinges on others.  Your right to life, liberty and the pursue of happiness, for example, should not affect me, nor does it make any demands of me.  The moment it does, it ceases to be a right.

The “right” of another cannot be to force me to work on their behalf, and yet much of the modern welfare state is built on just that sort of mandate. 2/3 of the US budget is transfer payments, taking money from some people to give it to others. Thus if I am lucky, I will only have to work well into my 70s before I can retiree because in part I have to pay for government workers some of whom retire with 100% pensions at 55.  What do we normally call it when one person is forced to work for the benefit of another? Now days it is called a right.

Global Christian Perspectives – August 28, 2015

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Immigration

Not just a US problem, and it is growing

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/22/migrants-hungary-border-fence-wall-serbia

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/europe-migration-crisis_55d63616e4b055a6dab37e64?kvcommref=mostpopular&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34028487

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-32912867

 

In the US, Conservative Columnist George Will attack Trump, but for many his article backfired as it showed the problem to be worse than many had thought.

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-losing-immigration-policy/2015/08/21/b58a6d9e-4771-11e5-846d-02792f854297_story.html
 

Stock Market troubles

Is this capitalism run amok, or government meddling backfiring.

 

 

 

News Segment:  30  mins

 

For the in-depth segment some from previous weeks.  Please pick one or suggest another.

 

Who is our neighbor?  

 

A large part of the reason for the immigration problems are economic problems, corrupt governments, instability and wars around the world. What is our responsibility to those who are suffering around the world?  Some background,

 

“Former President Clinton has said many times in the years since that not intervening in Rwanda is his greatest regret. In March of this year he told CNBC that he believes had the U.S. gone into Rwanda, even marginally, early on in the genocide at least a third of the hundreds of thousands of people slaughtered could have been saved.”

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/06/rwanda-and-what-bill-clinton-left-out-of-criticism-of-obama-on-syria/