Saturday, January 31, 2015

Seattle Seahawks Head Coach: 9/11 Truther?

I won't be watching the Super Bowl.  As a lifetime Lions' fan, it's just too painful and depressing to watch once again two other teams compete for the NFL championship.

And I wouldn't know if it is correct to call Pete Carroll a "9/11 Truther," but Kevin Ryan uses Carroll's questions about 9/11 to point out some of the problems with the official accounts of it:   Why Would Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll Question 9/11?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Islam and Israel

I've just begun reading "What the Qur'an Really Says," by Shaykh Prof. Abdul Hadi Palazzi, but already I'm finding it fascinating reading. He argues that the Qur'an clearly teaches that Allah gave the promised land to Israel, and will one day bring back all the Jews to that land, before the end times.  Therefore, there is nothing in Islam that prohibits Muslims from recognizing Israel as a Jewish nation.

If only this were the majority view of Muslims, perhaps peace could be attained more easily.

God's Attitude Toward Making Peace with the Canaanites

Joshua 10 recounts how the other Canaanites attacked the Gibeonites for making peace with Israel. I think this demonstrates that almost all the Canaanites had no interest in making peace with Israel. What is interesting is that not only does Israel come to the defense of Gibeon, but so does Yahweh, sending down great hailstones and killing more of the hostile Canaanites than the Israelites kill. If God was angry that Israel had made peace with Gibeon, this would have been the time for Him to show it. Instead, He Himself comes directly to Gibeon's defense. I think clearly, God's main desire was not to slaughter the Canaanites. If they had chosen peace, He would have been happy with that.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Why did the Canaanite genocide take place?

Being troubled by the Canaanite genocide, I re-read Joshua over the weekend. Rahab submits to Yahweh and helps His people, and she and her family are spared. The Gibeonites trick Joshua, but make peace and are spared. They are punished for the deceit and are made hewers of wood and drawers of water. But that punishment was not part of the condition for making peace. In other words, had they just come to Joshua and sued for peace, it would have been granted to them. Later, the Gibeonites are attacked by neighboring Canaanites for making peace with the Israelites. It seems clear that the other Canaanites were not willing to sue for peace. In chapter 11, we are told,
"18 Joshua made war a long time with all those kings. 19 There was not a city that made peace with the people of Israel, except the Hivites, the inhabitants of Gibeon; they took all in battle. 20 For it was the Lord’s doing to harden their hearts that they should come against Israel in battle, in order that they should be utterly destroyed, and should receive no mercy but be exterminated, as the Lord commanded Moses."
It is clear that if the Canaanites had sued for peace, mercy would have been shown and peace would have been granted.
The idea that Israel was commanded to slaughter the Canaanites indiscriminately, regardless of whether or not they were willing to accept Yahweh and His people Israel is false. The Canaanites, for the most part, were people who knew that Yahweh had miraculously brought His people into the land, and yet they continued to refuse to worship Him, and tried to eliminate His people Israel. That is why they were slaughtered.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

How to evade security at the WTCs.

If 9/11 was an inside job, and the WTC buildings were taken down by controlled demolitions, how did the conspirators manage to evade detection by security at the WTC complex?  Kevin Ryan offers some evidence that perhaps the head of the security company was part of the conspiracy:    Barry McDaniel and 15 Reasons to Investigate Stratesec."

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Behe's latest Reply to Miller.

Professor Michael Behe has published a series of four posts in response to Professor Ken Miller's response to his challenge.  Links to Miller's response and to the first three of Behe's posts can be found at his last post,  "Kenneth Miller Steps on Darwin's Achilles Heel."

In my opinion, Behe decisively wins this round (as I think he has won the previous matches against Miller).  Further, it's difficult for me to believe that Miller isn't being purposely deceptive in his criticisms of Behe.

UPDATE:  "Decisively wins" is too tame a phrase to describe what Behe did to Miller.  "Took him to school"?  "Humiliated him"?  "Behe beat him 'til Miller's blood covered the floor, then he used his carcass to wipe it all up"?  Yeah, that last one comes close.  And Behe did it all without being the least bit impolite.  I take my hat off to the man.

In fact, if you think of Behe as Gene Hackman, and Miller as Richard Harris, it went something like the film clip below, only Behe didn't display any animosity, at all.  He merely used Miller as a punching bag to send a message to all the other Darwinist critics out there.

Unforgiven (2/10) Movie CLIP - English Bob (1992) HD:




Sunday, January 11, 2015

Nine Questions about the Paris Attacks

Kevin Ryan asks Nine Questions about the Paris Attacks.

To me, the three most intriguing questions involve the apparent suicide of the investigating police commissioner, the I.D. card left behind in the get-away car, and what looks like the non-shooting of the police officer.