Significant battles in the culture war are seldom fought in high-profile locations (think Dover, Pennsylvania). Likewise, we are seldom aware that we are witnessing one of these battles until after the fact (think “wardrobe malfunction”). For these two reasons, tonight’s winner of the eighth American Idol (AI) competition – which is held in Hollywood and is being incessantly hyped by the media as a battle between a Christian and an alleged homosexual – finds himself in the unlikely position of not just becoming America’s newest pop-star, but also becoming a casualty in the ongoing culture war.
There is an interesting passage in Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow that has stuck in my mind ever since I first read it. If you have never read this short story, you should. It takes about an hour to read and it is a masterwork of flowing prose; the words seem to almost fall off the page. Aspiring writers should certainly read this story for an example of powerful writing, but I would also recommend that non-writers read it to get a sense of how much popular literature has degraded since Irving wrote his story in 1820.
R.C. Sproul writes that “God’s existence is the chief element in constructing any worldview. To deny this chief premise is to set one’s sails for the island of nihilism. This is the darkest continent of the darkened mind – the ultimate paradise of the fool.” Arguing with people who have set sail “for the island of nihilism” is a frightening ordeal. By pushing them to be consistent with their underlying presuppositions, the philosophical nihilists have become moral nihilists.
American Vision received a phone call from an NPR station yesterday (3.3.2009) asking me to appear on one of their shows to answer the charge by the Southern Poverty Law Center that our organization is a “hate group.” (For the record, I don’t do interviews with media outlets that are subsidized by tax dollars.) The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has listed American Vision as a “hate group” under the “other” category on their website because we are “anti-gay.’ I guess the majority of people in California who voted to outlaw homosexual marriage are also “haters.” Of course they are. Read what homosexuals say about them!
I am deeply disappointed in your vote to pass the "Economic Stimulus Package."The bill is more like Pandora’s box than a package. It is an ill-conceived conglomeration of bad ideas.