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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Some readers respond to my occasional letters to the editor in The Telegraph (Macon), and regular comments online, by raising questions as to what sort of credentials I bring to my endeavor to address matters of faith, Christianity, religion, etc. A reasonable inquiry: one to which I respond by saying… none.

Well, almost none. That is, I have no formal training or background or certification to point to in any area of theological investigation. My credentials are a settled faith in the articles of orthodox Christianity, as expressed in The Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds — a faith arrived at after a lifetime of seeking after the truth. As a simple and lowly lay Christian, I have no agenda other than the promotion of what the vast Body of Believers agrees to, the Mere Christianity written of so eloquently by C. S. Lewis. 

I have tried and tested most of the alternatives, including a callow quasi-atheism, followed by vague varieties of humanism, rationalism, secularism, post-modernism, and muddled forms of mysticism. In short, a spectrum of beliefs that comprise what my late friend Michael Kilpatrick called “Whateverism” — the belief in “something, nothing,...

Keyword(s): Christianity, religion

Saturday, December 30, 2017

After examining and witnessing the ever-expanding war of destruction of the founding principles of individual liberty, I have concluded there are two basic groups of intellectuals battling each other — those who use as the foundation for their beliefs a world of illusion and those who reach their conclusions based on reality and objective truth. Post-modernism is the philosophy and worldview most responsible for the dilemma we face today. When the foundation of one’s belief — namely, the view of the world one uses to formulate belief systems and eventually political systems — is based on pure illusions formulated in what can only be described as degenerate brains, one must expect social chaos and eventual societal collapse. We see this, for example, with the idiocy of transgender insanity. No rational mind would believe that one could just willy-nilly decide whether one is male or female in defiance of biological certainty. Some have, with all seriousness, claimed that half of their body is female and half male, and that this formulation can change with time. The really shocking thing is that these people are listened to, as if they have some momentous assertion to formulate....

Friday, December 22, 2017

President Trump, every Republican senator, and the GOP majority in Speaker Paul Ryan’s House just put the future of their party on the line.

By enacting the largest tax cut since the Reagan administration, the heart of which is cutting the corporate rate from 35 to 21 percent, Republicans have boldly bet the farm.

They have rewritten America’s tax code to reflect their belief that cutting taxes on the private sector will produce the prosperity they have promised. If it happens, the GOP will reap the rewards, if not by 2018, then in 2020.

Democrats, as the Party of Government, egalitarian and neo-socialist, have come to see their role as redistributing wealth from those who have too much — to those who have too little. For, as men (and women) are born unequal in ambition, ability, talent, energy, personality and drive, free markets must inevitably produce an inequality of results.

The mission of Democrats is to reduce those inequalities. And as the very rich are also the very few, in a one-man, one-vote democracy the Democratic Party will always have a following.

Winston Churchill called this the philosophy of failure and the gospel of envy....

Keyword(s): Democrats, taxation, taxes, Trump

Saturday, December 16, 2017

New York’s Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is spearheading a McCarthyite purge of sexual harassers from Congress, throwing the nation’s capital into turmoil. What counts as sexual harassment? Good question. Men accused of boorish gestures or vulgar remarks face the same disgrace as outright rapists. And never mind if the accusations lack proof and the accusers remain anonymous.

Consider the charges dredged up again this week against President Trump. You heard them last year when he was campaigning for president. One accuser, Jessica Leeds, said that more than 30 years ago Trump groped her on a plane. But reporters were not able to confirm the flight, date or even year the incident was supposed to have occurred and couldn’t track down one witness to support her story.

The same was true with the other accusers. No facts.

No wonder the public dismissed the claims and elected Trump.

Monday, Leeds and two other accusers reiterated their old, unsubstantiated charges at a press conference. In response, six Democratic senators, including Gillibrand, are calling for Trump to step down from the presidency. It’s as if the #MeToo movement lessens the standard of...

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Science requires an ambient of academic freedom that entails the free exchange of ideas, ideas that can be tested in the laboratory and eventually rejected or accepted by the rigorous scientific method. But how can dissenters be heard when medical journals have established a monolithic wall of censorship, excluding ideas different from those espoused by the smug leaders of “organized medicine” and the medical editors appointed as the guardians of truth? Difference of opinions and the freedom to express them are essential to intellectual discourse. But academic freedom is perverted and scientific truth is replaced by political ideology when only one side of an issue is allowed to be heard. This is essential what has happened over several decades with intolerance of opposite views by the public health establishment and the practice of censorship by the major medical journals in the debate over firearms. 

Unlike the criminological literature that have compiled data on both sides of the gun and violence debate, the public health establishment and the medical journals, have never published, to my knowledge, one major study or review article discussing the beneficial...

Monday, December 4, 2017

In a recent editorial “Death by gun violence — A public health crisis,” twelve editors of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) lobbied, or rather lambasted, Congress for not dealing with gun violence as a public health issue and guns as viruses that need eradicating. But the editorial was laden with misconceptions and a number of glaring errors. For example, consider the following claim:

“Guns do not make individuals, their families, or homes safer and they result in far more deaths to loved ones than to an intruder intending to cause harm.” To support this statement the editors cited a notorious article by public health researchers Arthur Kellermann and Donald T. Reay published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in 1986.

Unfortunately for the medical politicians of JAMA, who should know better, that NEJM article has been heavily refuted, and the statement that guns in the home are more likely to result “in the death of the loved ones rather than the intruder,” has been specifically and thoroughly disproved by a number of independent investigators, including Professor Gary Kleck of Florida State University and criminologist Don B....

Friday, December 1, 2017

Every Sunday, The Telegraph publishes the ruminations of Dr. Bill Cummings, a former Catholic priest whose column consists mainly of questions, doubts, and skepticism in regard to the faith he once embraced.  Sunday seems appropriate for such reflection.  The first day of the week; the day that is recorded that Jesus Christ arose from the dead.  The day that those who profess faith in him have set aside for congregational worship, in commemoration of that event.  It is the day that thousands across Middle Georgia — and millions across the globe — meditate upon the essential truths regarding the reality that we inhabit.  A time to go beyond the melange of mere opinion regarding ultimate things, the  “great questions” of this life.  To go beyond even the raw data provided by the empirical, scientific investigation into our reality.  It is a time to commune with the source of reality itself — the source of our space-time dimensionality; the “uncaused cause” that is the cause of everything else.  After all, science can tell us the “what” and “how” of something.  But not the ultimate “why”. If it were possible to know every facet of...

Keyword(s): Christianity

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

In the wake of the heinous Las Vegas shooting, the medical politicians of the American Medical Association and the public health establishment — which is to the left side of politics on just about any topic even remotely related to medicine — have rallied to the cause of gun control political propaganda, rather than science. Toward the cause, they have resumed drumming up arguments that have been thoroughly refuted in the past. And this is true for the most prestigious medical journals, The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the British Lancet.

Incidentally, this repetition of hackneyed and refuted data, I suppose given the prestige of the journals, is not due to ignorant negligence but to deliberate academic hubris because they consider themselves above the academic standards they tout but do not practice, such as the importance of the exchange of ideas so essential to intellectual freedom. But in truth, there is no such academic freedom but a monolithic establishment, and articles that have had the temerity of describing the beneficial aspects of guns are not published; their authors marginalized,...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

One year ago, the political earth stood still with the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. A majority of American voters in 30 states awarded their electoral votes and the presidency to an outsider, a businessman and reality TV star with decades in the public eye, but no experience as an elected official. He won by running against the establishment in both political parties, the media, bad trade deals, and policies of countries such as Mexico and China that he believed were not in the best interest of the American people.

Unlike previous GOP presidential candidates, Donald Trump connected with voters in Rust Belt states who were ignored in the past. He talked about jobs, trade deals, coal, infrastructure, a border wall, tax cuts, repealing Obamacare and putting “America First.” After supporting phony Democratic presidential nominees for years, these blue-collar voters gave Donald Trump the margin he needed for victory.

To win, Donald Trump had to defeat 16 career politicians and establishment Republicans in the primaries and a “Never Trump” candidate that disgruntled conservatives fielded in the general election. Of course, he also had to...

Monday, October 30, 2017

As part of the recent flood of complaints of sexual harassment, a woman declared that 89-year-old former President George H. W. Bush touched her buttocks through her clothing while he was seated in his wheelchair. She added that Bush told her a mildly off-color joke: “Who’s my favorite magician? David Cop-a-Feel.”

The former President has been confined to a wheelchair for years because of Parkinson’s disease. This disease causes tremors and rigidity, but also dementia in its later stages. For example, recall the late Muhammad Ali, who was reduced from a world-champion athlete to someone who could barely speak. Or recall the late Saint John Paul II, who was reduced from an inspiring speaker to someone who could not speak at all.

All this raises important questions:

● When a man is physically impaired and confined to a wheelchair, if he attempts to give a standing person a hug, is it amazing that he can only reach as high as the buttocks?

● We are told that women are fully capable of serving in ground combat. But we are also told that women are so fragile that being touched on the buttocks through clothing by an old man in a wheelchair causes them...