Dec 9, 2007

Tolerance - The World System of Anarchy

It has been reported by the Associated Press that Comedy Central informed the creators of the raunchy cartoon series, "South Park", that they would not be allowed to show an image of the prophet Muhammad. So in turn, the creators decided to replace that scene with an animation of Jesus defecating on President Bush and the American Flag.1

It causes one to wonder, is there really such a thing as "tolerance" in the world today, or instead is it really "tolerance towards all things not of God?"

Upon doing a search on the internet with the key word "tolerance", I came upon Tolerance.org. They have a few articles posted on their main page.

One is by author Rich Stolz, the Immigration Program Director at the Center for Community Change. He says, and I quote, "In the end, however, this movement isn't just about immigrants. The immigrant rights movement draws its strength from basic American values and the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. Immigration is a fundamentally American experience, and despite the anti-immigrant hatred pushed through the airwaves and through the halls of Congress, tolerance remains a powerful value.
Families should stay together without fear of separation. All workers deserve a paycheck for their hard work and should not have to fear injury for lack of basic worker protections. Inevitably, attacks on the civil rights of some of us weaken the civil rights of all of us.
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We are also informed on their website that "April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Advocates everywhere are working to provide services and raise awareness." They then proceed to give us a link as to where we can get "involved".2

Another site, ReligiousTollerance.org, clearly states what its purpose is - "This website is unlike almost all other religious sites:It promotes religious freedom, and diversity as positive cultural values." 3
It has various links on religions from literally A to Z.

What about abortion? Looking up their views on the subject, one comes across their definition of three important terms:

"'Life:Any form of living animal or vegetable."
"'Human life:" Any living entity which has human DNA. A spermatozoa, ovum, pre-embryo, embryo, fetus, newborn, and infant are different forms of human life. However, they are not all considered to have equal value."
"'Human person" This is a form of human life which is considered to be a person whose life and health should be protected. No consensus exists about when this state begins. Pro-lifers generally say it happens at or very shortly after conception, when a human life with a unique DNA begins. Pro-choicers generally say that it happens later in gestation; some believe that personhood only begins after birth when the newborn is breathing on its own. "
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On the same page, they state "A consensus exists among both pro-lifers and pro-choicers that when human personhood starts, the person must be protected."4

To quote their author, B.A. Robinson, "There never has been a consensus on major moral questions. We seem destined to always have active ethical disagreements in the world. Even if absolute truth exists in the religious sphere, we may never be able to determine what it is."5

The United Nation's council on tolerance, also known as UNESCO posts this definition of tolerance under Article 1 - Meaning of Tolerance

"1.4 Consistent with respect for human rights, the practice of tolerance does not mean toleration of social injustice or the abandonment or weakening of one's convictions. It means that one is free to adhere to one's own convictions and accepts that others adhere to theirs. It means accepting the fact that human beings, naturally diverse in their appearance, situation, speech, behavior and values, have the right to live in peace and to be as they are. It also means that one's views are not to be imposed on others."6 Emphasis Mine

I then came upon an article by Muslim scholar, Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall, in which he states, "Before the coming of Islam, tolerance had never been preached as an essential part of religion." And "The tolerance within the body of Islam was, and is, something without parallel in history; class and race and color ceasing altogether to be barriers."7

Dear reader, I could literally fill hundreds of pages with references to "tolerance", and the fascinating thing is, to the world, they basically mean one in the same. According to them, tolerance is in actuality anarchy!

The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines anarchy as "2 a : absence or denial of any authority or established order b : absence of order".8

What the world system is really striving for is anarchy. "Let everyone do what they feel is right, and we MUST accept what those people choose."

Please permit me now to analyze the above statements and provide the truth as to what is really going on.


Illegal Immigration

According to Rich Stolz, the United States, indeed all nations, should welcome with open arms those who flagrantly commit the crime of entering illegally. We should look past the fact that these illegal immigrants are taking work from the citizens of such nations, the fact that many of them (not all) bring with them crime in every manner you can possibly think of, and the fact that instead of contributing to the society they invade, they actually harm its economics and social stability.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform states "Illegal immigration causes an enormous drain on public funds. The seminal study of the costs of immigration by the National Academy of Sciences (9) found that the taxes paid by immigrants do not cover the cost of services received by them. We cannot provide high quality education, health care, and retirement security for our own people if we continue to bring in endless numbers of poor, unskilled immigrants."

"Additionally, job competition by waves of illegal immigrants willing to work at substandard wages and working conditions depresses the wages of American workers, hitting hardest at minority workers and those without high school degrees." 10

"Illegal immigration also contributes to the dramatic population growth overwhelming communities across America--crowding school classrooms, consuming already limited affordable housing, and straining precious natural resources like water, energy, and forestland."
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But let's forget all about that! Let's ignore the facts. Let's be tolerant and allow these law breakers to continue what they are doing. After all, "one's views are not to be imposed on others"!

Please don't misunderstand me. I fully support a parent's desire to provide for their family to the best of their ability. I am encouraged that there are many out there who will go to incredible lengths to pursue this goal. But illegal immigration is not the answer! The United States and indeed all nations have procedures that allow full integration of an immigrant into their societies. Those who have gone through the process are proud to call themselves citizens of such nations! I have not met a single individual that in doing so laments such a decision.

In addition to breaking the law, illegal immigrants literally risk their lives in the process! Hardly a month goes by where we do not hear of some poor souls who have died in the process. Thanks to the unscrupulous smugglers who pack them tight in trunks of cars, lead them out in the middle of the wilderness to die, or those who are simply unprepared for the journey that awaits them, the inevitable occasionally happens.

Yet people who scream "Tolerance! Tolerance!" proclaim that it is our fault. They say it is our fault because we simply won't open our borders and roll out the welcome mat. There are politicians and activists that literally want us to place watering holes, feeding stations and rest areas so that these illegal won't perish. Of course, this is all at the expense of tax payer money, but what do they care?

Another consequence of illegal immigration is the known fact that terrorists have, and most likely still are, entering our country to perform their despicable deeds! The majority of the 9-11 terrorists did enter the country legally, but illegally overstayed their green card time limits. Right now, our borders are so porous that we cannot say with any amount of certainty how many illegals are in this country, and how many of them wish us harm. What we do know for certain is that they are already here!

Let's not forget the principle of national sovereignty. A nation is an entity, separate from all the other nations of the world. Each nation has its own culture, its own history, its own policies and its own policy on foreign relations. Of course, a nation is much more then these, but these are major parts of what separates it from the rest. A nation is not just a name. The reason we have an immigration process is so that those who wish to become citizens must assimilate. They must be willing to take the attributes of the nation they wish to join, and call them their own. Illegal immigrants do not do this, and thus, threaten the very sovereignty of that state.

The United States Congress is currently debating bills concerning the plague of illegal immigration. News flash! There are already laws to deal with this situation! We don't need more laws, what we need are people willing to enforce the ones already in place!

Instead of enforcing them, we have politicians calling volunteer citizens who attempt to help, "vigilantes!" Apparently, citizens who love their country cannot even patrol and document their borders. These citizens do not harm, threaten or in any other way commit violence against these illegals. They simply document them and report them to law enforcement officials.

But let's forget all about that! Let's ignore the facts. Let's be tolerant and allow these law breakers to continue what they are doing. After all, "one's views are not to be imposed on others"!


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

This is great! This is Awesome! Now we have a month, just like Black History Month, that focuses our attention on the atrocities that unfortunately occur on a daily basis. My question is this: should this be the only month that we should be aware of this stain on society? If so, thank goodness! I don't know what I would do if I would have to think about it every month!

This is yet another drain on taxpayer money to point out the obvious. Instead of using such funds to politicize an issue, we should use that money for real work! Put these vicious animals in a cage and keep them there for the rest of their lives! I'd much rather see my federally demanded donations (also known as taxes) go towards that then towards publicizing something that is already well known, yet treated lightly.

In case you haven't heard, in a recent case in Vermont, Judge Edward Cashman sentenced a child rapist to a mere 60 days in jail. Convicted rapist Mark Hulett confessed to repeatedly raping a little girl countless times while she was between the ages of 7 and 10. Yet "The judge says he did it because he no longer believes in punishment and he wants to speed the rapist's entry into a rehabilitation program."11

Am I missing something here? Perhaps he holds to the "values" of "tolerance" where "one's views are not to be imposed on others".

And in the interest of "tolerance", I wonder if there will ever be a "White History Month"?


Religious Freedom and Diversity as Positive Cultural Values

This can be a touchy subject so let my say right off, I believe that no nation should dictate what faith anyone should follow (be it atheism to Zoroastrianism), and how it should be followed. Indeed, that was one of the main reasons that the nation of the United States was formed. The pilgrims fled England because the King of that time was demanding that the people follow his state sanctioned religion. They had to believe exactly as his majesty said, or face extreme persecution.

However, the error comes when we treat all faiths as equals; they are not. Each faith has a set of standards that its followers must adhere to. That fact alone proves that they are not equal!

There is, however, one "tenant" that all the religions share - the necessity to work out one's own salvation (or whatever their terminology for it is); that is, all religions but one. Christianity is the only faith where one's salvation is based on what one man has already done, not vice-versa.

John 3:16-18 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."

Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."

There are religions out there that claim the title of "Christian" but they are really wolves in sheep's clothing. If you study them closely, their path to salvation relies on a different Jesus and a different God. Still examining them, you will notice that they all require "good works" for salvation to be possible.

As Dr. Walter Martin so eloquently stated "I must dissent from the view that 'all roads that lead to God are good' and believe instead the words of our Lord, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me' (John 14:6). It should be carefully noted that Jesus did not say 'I am one of many equally good ways,' or, 'I am a better way then the others, I am an aspect of truth; I am a fragment of the life.' Instead, His claim was absolute, and allegiance to Him, as the Savior of the world, was to take precedence over all the claims of men and religions."12

For us to be "tolerant" and accept all religions and faiths as equally valid is more then a grievous error. It is a choice to allow millions upon millions an eternity in Hell and separation from God!

It has now become a popular pastime in this world to mock the Christian. Many books, many movies and many documentaries strive to portray the Bible as a work of fiction, Jesus as either a "good man" or a "rebel" and his followers as certified nuts.

After all, Christians do not accept that "one is free to adhere to one's own convictions and accepts that others adhere to theirs". Being aware of the Truth, the Christian will not sacrifice it to be "accepted" by the world. We truly care about the state of a person's soul, and it truly pains the Christian to see the lost follow evil doctrine that will lead them to an eternity of Hell and separation from God. Indeed, we cannot, nay, we will not be able to live with ourselves knowing that if we do not try to spread the seeds of Truth, those close to us may never know the eternal peace and grace that comes only from God our Father, through His son Christ Jesus! We will never say that Islam or any other worldly religion is on equal or greater footing then Christianity.

Because of this, the Christian is often labeled an "intolerant bigot" and we are treated as such. However, it is impossible, once you know the Truth, to deny it. Think of the law of gravity. We all know "that what goes up must come down." Now imagine a person who has experienced this and being confronted on this issue willing to state "Well, things don't always fall back down. Gravity is only how one perceives it."

Abortion

Sadly, "family planning" has become a staple in the world's "diet". It is common practice in China to abort baby girls, since families are limited to one child and males are considered "more important." In America, it's promoted as a "right" and as a way to protect a woman's health. The EU and UN are pushing for all nations to make it not only legal, but socially acceptable. This is outrageous! Yet because the mainstream public has been hearing about this practice and listened to its promoter's propaganda over the years, their heart has turned as hard and cold as stone towards it.

What is life? If we take the evolutionist' stand that we all evolved from microbial material, pond scum is as much "alive" as a human being.

I challenge you to change your thinking in regards to this matter. Human life is not pond scum, nor is it equal to those of animals or plants. None of these have a soul.

When a human being is conceived in the womb, that person is instantly alive. We are not just a collection of random cells. We are designed.

Isaiah 44:2 "Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee;"

The bible calls a child "the beloved fruit" (Hosea 9:16) and states that God knows us while we are yet in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee…"

I have yet to meet a mother who was not overjoyed at the birth of her child. Indeed many studies have proven that mothers who have had an abortion (killed their child), suffer with severe depression and regret many years afterwards, if not peminately.

How many of you have seen a live ultrasound of a child? I remember when I saw the first ones for both of my daughters. The heart was beating and I could see the outlines of the head and extremities. When an arm or leg moved, I was awe struck. This was not late in pregnancy, but relatively early on. Mothers carry inside them living human beings.

Yet we are told that they are "fetuses", "embryos", "pre-embryos", "a collection of cells" and just about any other term these murderers can think up to devalue a human life. Did you know that the most effective technique that Pro-life clinics use to save an unborn baby is to give a free ultrasound? Most women after seeing their living and moving child, banish any thoughts of "ending the pregnancy", or in plain English, "killing their own child."

Most heinous of all the acts of abortion is a late term procedure known as "partial birth abortion." During the "procedure", the baby's head is delivered into the birth canal, and with the top of the head exposed, the "doctor" pierces the skull and sucks out all the brain matter. Yet people are still willing to fight to make this legal! This and all abortion amounts to nothing less then murder. The practitioners are the murderers and the parents are the willing accomplices. The child is the victim, pure and simple.

"What about when a woman's life is in danger or is the victim of a sexual assault?" That is a question that many supporters use as the "smoking gun" for support of this crime. The fact that a woman's life may be in danger and that the only way to save her is to kill her unborn child is hard to imagine in these days. Medicine has advanced in leaps and strides. The same technology that allows "doctors" to take an child's life can help to save it.

With both pregnancies, my wife was considered "high risk". Left untreated, both her and our child would have died. Yet because of medicine, lifestyle discipline and the protecting grace of God, I have two wonderful little girls.

Our first one had to be induced, and nearing the conclusion of the birth, the doctor ordered over the loud speakers for all nurses and specialists to rush to our room. Abby had to have a suction device attached to her head, and literally be yanked from the womb. When she came out, she was completely unresponsive. The scale that is used to rank the health of a baby was born ranges from 1-10 (or around there, I don't remember the exact numbers). Abby ranked a two. Even now when I think about it, tears come to my eyes. She wasn't moving, the doctor and nurses had a sense of urgency in them that I had never seen before. But by the grace of God they were able to revive her. Soon after her birth, she had a "relapse" and had to be incubated and force fed by tubes in her nose. But the Lord was gracious and healed her. Today, she is fully active, incredibly intelligent and an immense blessing in my life.

Our second child again was a "high risk" pregnancy. Because of the risk to the life and well being of my wife, she had to be delivered via cesarean. Today, Faith is a beautiful child that brings a smile to my face at every thought.

Yet, using the "logic" of the pro-abortion crowd, we should have aborted both of our children. My wife's life was in danger both times, and the doctors were uncertain if the children would ever be physically normal.

As concerning those who become pregnant as a result of sexual abuse or rape, don't kill the child because of what that evil person did! There are thousands of families that are unable to have children of their own and are eager to adopt. Even if that child has to remain in state custody for most of its young life (which is an extremely rare case), God still has a plan and a purpose for that life. He knows that child while it is still in the womb!

Yet under the doctrine of "tolerance", abortion - the killing of a human child, must be accepted.

Muslim Tolerance

As incredible as it seems, Muslims apparently consider themselves to be the most tolerant of all religions. They even claim to have brought it into the mainstream. Let's list off a few facts and I'll let you decide for yourself.

  • .The Islamic countries are at war with Israel. They will not tolerate its existence.
  • Under the banner of Islam, Muslims led a holy war that nearly took over all of Europe.
  • Under Islamic law, Muslims will "tolerate" a non-believer as long as that person is willing to pay what is in essence a ransom to them.
  • Under Islamic law, any Muslim who converts to any other faith should be (and often is) condemned to death. (Afghan convert Abdul Rahman narrowly escaped the death sentence for converting to Christianity, but thousands more face that fear every day.)
  • Under Islamic law, any woman who has dishonored her family by being molested or suspected of adultery is slain.
  • Algeria just recently passed an anti-conversion law that that punishes anyone who persuades a Muslim to leave his faith, with up to five years in prison, and banishes house churches.

I can literally continue to list examples of how "tolerant" Islam is, but instead I'd like to refer you to two great sites. The first is Answering Islam and the second is TheReligionOfPeace.com. From there you will find many articles from experts concerning the faith of Islam, their practices and their attitudes towards "tolerance."

Conclusion

In today's world, it's unacceptable to display an image of Muhammad, yet at the same time being acceptable to depict Jesus defecating on President Bush and the American Flag.

In today's world, it's unacceptable to defend a nation's borders against an invasion, yet at the same time being acceptable to call those who defend them "vigilantes."

In today's world, it's unacceptable to put away a child molester for life, yet at the same time being acceptable to spend government demanded donations on wasteful activities such as "Sexual Assault Awareness Month" and "Black History Month."

In today's world, it's unacceptable to proclaim that there is absolute truth, yet at the same time being acceptable to mock those who hold the Truth dear to them.

In today's world, it's unacceptable to prevent a mother's "right" to kill her child, yet at the same time being acceptable to suck the brains out of a living child.

In today's world, it's unacceptable to depict any negative images of Islam or its prophet, yet at the same time being acceptable to murder those who change their faith and to murder women who "harm" their family's "honor."

That, my friend, is tolerance.


1 - http://entertainment.tv.yahoo.com/entnews/ap/20060413/114497364000.html
2 - http://www.tolerance.org/news/article_tol.jsp?id=1371
3 - http://www.religioustolerance.org/
4 - http://www.religioustolerance.org/abo_over.htm
5 - http://www.religioustolerance.org/abs_true2.htm
6 - http://www.unesco.org/tolerance/declaeng.htm#article1
7 - http://www.cyberistan.org/islamic/toleran1.html
8 - http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/anarchy
9 - http://www.nap.edu/books/0309059984/html/index.html
10 - http://www.americanpatrol.com/REFERENCE/isacrime.html
11 - http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=4325804&nav=4QcS
12 - "The Kingdom Of The Cults" Dr. Walter Martin; chapter 1, pg 13

By, Philip Damon

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