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April 3, 2009

I was a soldier / Je fut militaire

A few years ago I was teaching a course in church history in Bangui, and one of my students came to see me.  He wanted to explain why he was studying at the seminary.  He said to me in French, “Je fut militaire” (I was a soldier).

I remember this because of the simple past tense, which is literary and sounds funny in spoken French.  He had been a rebel soldier and had spent years in the forest of Congo on the opposite side of the Ubangi river from Bangui; as a rebel, he could not return to Bangui until President Ange-Félix Patassé was deposed by François Bozizé, the current President.  While in the forest, he said, they had little to eat and nothing to do. They started reading the Bible together and praying, and so the soldiers in this new church elected my student to come to seminary to become an army chaplain and to lead them as a pastor.
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March 16, 2009

The New US Foreign Policy

Filed under: politics — Petros @ 4:15 pm
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Erin Bonsteel via americanthinker.com

February 2, 2009

The Secret of Rush Limbaugh's Success

Filed under: politics — Petros @ 10:47 am
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Rush Limbaugh is a conservative talk radio host in the United States with over 20,000,000 listeners a week, making his program the single most watched or listened to source of news in the USA. Not surprisingly, Rush Limbaugh is demonized by the mainstream media as a right-wing extremist. For his listeners, however, he is a breath of fresh air. One constant desire on the part of the Left in America is to come up with a counterpart, the liberal Rush Limbaugh. Attempts have been made on the Left to do this, but no one has succeeded. Yet on the Right, numerous radio talk show hosts have repeated Rush’s success (e.g., Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham). Why is this?
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January 31, 2009

A partial response to Elisee Ouoba on the issue of the church's stance on abortion

Filed under: ethics,politics — Petros @ 9:46 pm
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I want to thank you for your commentary on the American church. It is useful, because as a doctoral student in America, you may be able see things to which we ourselves are blind. I am in Canada, so I am not aware of how such issues affect the church in the US except through my reading. I am not an anti-abortion activist. But I am opposed to the practice and I also see it as an important issue for judging the character of a political candidate.

With regard to abortions, the reason it makes no difference which party is in power is that the policy is no longer determined by a democratically elected legislatures; in 1973, the judicial branch, the Supreme Court of the United States, took away the authority to decide the legality of abortion from the legislative branches–this is an usurpation of democracy, taking the right from the people to form the laws that will govern them. The Supreme Court decision in 1973, Roe vs. Wade, wiped out all of the abortion laws in 50 states. It went from being a public policy issue to the privacy issue regarding woman’s right to do with her own body what she wants. There is a series of seminal articles on this subject in First Things November 1996.
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