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Real Answers™
Copyright: © 2010 Gary Hardaway
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By:  Gary Hardaway

Juan Williams has learned that his buddies are not very nice. The enforcers of politically correct thought and speech do not tolerate deviation from the party line. Thus, the amiable liberal commentator got canned by National Public Radio for admitting that some Muslims on airplanes make him nervous. Don’t you just love all this diversity, tolerance, and open-mindedness? Me neither.


Not only did NPR fire Juan – by phone – but then immediately launched a campaign portraying him as an ethically challenged, problem employee.

In the past thirty years or so we’ve had numerous encounters and experiences with terrorists. The shoe bomber, caught before he could blow up a plane. The underwear bomber, caught in the act of trying to blow up a plane. The officer who gunned down thirteen soldiers at Fort Hood. The  killers who murdered three thousand Americans at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania. The USS Cole (17 killed). The 1983 suicide bombing of Marine barracks in Lebanon (299 American and French killed). Subway bombings in Madrid and London: hundreds dead. Jihadist commando attacks in twelve locations in Mombai: 143 dead, 900 wounded.


Add a threat not yet executed: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s desire for Israel to be "wiped off the map." The Iranian president, according to the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad, has supplied Hezbollah terrorists in Syria with 80,000 rockets,


Now, objectively evaluating, is there some common denominator, some key factor that might enable the civilized world to anticipate future attackers and possibly prevent further slaughter? Well, yes. It seems all these sociopaths share certain religious convictions that motivate terrorism.  


Though NPR has decreed that one must never notice, never mention this undeniable fact, the vast majority of sane persons on the planet – not being brain-dead – often see and sometimes even talk about this phenomenon. Juan Williams had the misfortune to say what millions know. His boss required blindness and muteness and pretense of random coincidence.


Political correctness infects the total spectrum of civil discourse. My local paper recently chastised a candidate for Congress for not “apologizing” for his opposition to abortion. The same paper frequently uses the word “conservative” to describe candidates, events, institutions, and views, but – surprise! – does not portray contrasting views or persons as “liberal.” Facebook has recently decided to police the thoughts and censor the statements of citizens who express opposition to homosexual ideology and practice.


News media still continue to talk about “climate change” as if recent “inconvenient” revelations about manipulated, fraudulent data and proven suppression of opposing science has not occurred. Concerning the political perversion of science, one need simply survey how the scientific establishment has mocked, scorned, attacked, and vilified the Intelligent Design movement. The one thing the Darwinists will not do is rationally debate. They are deathly afraid of being outclassed. (Ben Stein’s intriguing documentary, “Expelled,” deftly illuminates this fear and loathing.)


These few items are merely the tiny tip of a massive iceberg. The list of offenses is nearly endless: in media, academia, government, entertainment, law – the general culture. The very significant danger is that we, subjected to constant bias and propaganda, may lose our ability to distinguish between truth and error, right from wrong, We could become radically disoriented, deceived, and exploited.


As an educator/writer I read a lot and sample considerable news and comment on radio and TV. Of all resources available, one stands head and shoulders above the rest: The Bible. The Scriptures sharpen our moral acuity, so that we can smell something fishy about false arguments and hidden agendas. From actual cases in ancient history we learn discernment for today, principles that apply here and now.


The writers were aware that their work transcended mere time and local relevance:

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. . . .  making wise the simple . . . . bringing joy to the heart  . . . . giving insight to life.

The laws of the Lord are true . . . . more desirable than gold.


Try the book for yourself. See if you don’t become a better truth detector.

Gary Hardaway, a regular contributor to the Amy Internet Syndicate, directs Summit School of Ministry in Bellingham, WA.

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