By Pastor George Kelly
Pastor Kelly

There is an old saying that is more than a truism:  “Ideas have Consequences.”

Many times we simply enjoy the fruits of the creative genius – or misapplied innovation – of people who came before us.

Do we ever stop to ask ourselves:  Where did the light bulb come from?  Or what lay hold of a person to think about creating a telephone, a sewing machine, or a refrigerator?

All of the aforementioned commodities first existed as concepts in someone’s mind before they took on tangible form and expression.

Ideas do have consequences in determining the quality of life that we live.

Furthermore, when one surveys the different governmental and economic systems that are utilized around the globe it becomes readily apparent that some socio-economic systems do a better job of delivering goods and services such as liberty, freedom, the rule of law, and material abundance than others.

Where did our governmental structures originate from and what caused them to come into being?

In the United States, our country utilized a “free market” approach with reference to how goods and services – which are scarce – are allocated and appropriated within the nation.  The great Theologian and Economist Adam Smith referred to the free market as the “natural system of liberty” (it would be Karl Marx who would call the economic structure in Western Europe and the United States a “Capitalistic” economic system).

The “natural system of liberty?”  The free market?  Capitalistic or Socialistic economics?  We tend to take these systems for granted, but did they not first exist in the minds of many people before they found a place for gestation?

The United States like so many other nations of the world experiences many different twists and turns in its national history with regards to how the blessings of liberty are bestowed and shared.

What may come as a surprise to many people is that what has enabled the “natural system of liberty” along with the Constitutional framework of the United States government to thrive for more than 200 years is that the foundational structure is built on a unique prevailing “ethos” derived from the belief system of the United States citizens of previous generations.

Ideas from the past also have consequences.

To borrow a term from Edmund Burke we are affected by the “democracy of the dead” as our forbearers still speak from the grave.

The word “ethos” is a Greek word from antiquity that this writer originally heard employed by a late and profound theologian by the name of Francis A. Schaeffer more than 30 years ago.

The word “ethos” literally means the characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or community as manifested in its beliefs and aspirations.

Wow, this is a mouthful of a definition is it not?

This writer believes that the United States of today suffers from a type of “collective national amnesia.”  We act and believe at times as if we are truly autonomous or self-ruled without accountability to anyone or anything.

(Philosophers and Theologians argue that by definition only an omnipotent being of some form could ever be truly autonomous.)\

Nearly 170 years before the founding of our great nation (1619 to 1776) our Pilgrim and Founding Fathers bequeathed a unique “Judeo-Christian Ethos” to the American colonists that provided the foundational structure in which our great nation could move forward and advance.

Question #1:  Do we truly believe that the current fads of today are smarter than the centuries of collected wisdom bequeathed to us by our ancestors?

Question # 2:  Do we feel and believe that we are beyond hubris or over-weening pride by thinking that our breathtaking technological pursuits mean that the old morality does not apply to us today?

Ideas do have consequences.

Over the last 80 years our culture has slowly supplanted the “Judeo-Christian” ethos with one built on naturalism (a worldview that rejects a Creator or a Supernatural origin).

Do we like the fruits of the “naturalistic worldview” with regards to family disintegration; failing schools; heavy divorce rates; falling national educational standards; high criminal recidivism rates and incarceration – and an erosion of honesty within the “public square?”

My friend, you be the judge.

This writer invites your responses – and he says, Thanks You in advance.

Demonstrating once again the back-handed compliment that the devil always pays to Jesus Christ, the blasphemy is directed, not toward Zeus, Quetzelcoatl or Mars, but toward the one true God. In turn, blasphemy always destroys, not God, who cannot be harmed, but the blasphemy, who makes himself utterly small when God desires to exalt him and give him joy.

Mark Shea

Monday before last I was in Cambridge covering the Eucharistic Procession & Holy Hour to resist the planned Satanic Black Mass on the Grounds of Harvard University.

One of the things that really hit me about that day was how little resistance there was to us both in the procession and at St. Paul’s from the other side. I really expected to see the Satanists put up more of a fight.

Instead there was only a single person who showed up after the Holy Hour was done shouting things. (One report identified the man as fellow named Bob Odenkirk but I don’t have personal confirmation of that.

He was shouting things about oppression of women, the church being all pedophiles, and mistreatment of gays (completely oblivious to the irony considering the sexual orientation of those priests guilty of molesting boys of course) in a vain attempt to overshadow the hundreds who had gathered in prayer and rejoicing.

It didn’t bother me as I’d heard it all before but there was one thing he said that stood out to me.

In addition to his other rants he kept yelling: “You’re cannibals! You’re eating flesh, you’re drinking blood. You’re cannibals. Stop being cannibals!”

A few minutes later as I was getting a lift to my car I noted to my companions the irony that, like the Satanists who had claimed to score a consecrated host for their Black Mass he was, without meaning to, acknowledging the real presence of Christ.

which brings me to a fellow on twitter called Infidel Cracker.


As you might guess from the description of himself we likely have an awful lot in common politically. I’m very conservative, I’ve not been shy about critiquing Islam and big into God and family.

However his opinion of the Roman Catholic Church is….interesting.

As that tweet might indicate his grasp of the history of Christianity is also a tad creative and his worries concerning the church have to be seen to believed.

While that’s a tad comical the thing that really struck me weren’t those tweets that I’d heard from fanatical protestants before, but these tweets that seemed to echo the shouts of that Monday night


and :

The irony is overwhelming. One man an atheist / satanist the other a proclaimed Christian “Washed by the blood of Christ” making the same arguments directed against the same church.

But there is a difference. A Satanist hates the Catholic Church for what it is. The fanatical Protestant hates the church for what he thinks it is.

It’s not odd of course that such misconceptions exist. There is a long history of anti-Catholicism in America, the MSM keeps making that fight as well and let’s face it the Catholics most promoted by the msm such as Nancy Pelosi, Joe Bidens & Sr. Jeannine Gramick are not likely to get any Protestant cheering for the church.

But either way when dealing with the angry Satanist & the fanatical protestant the solution is the same. Prayer.

I’ll let the Holy Spirit & their guardian angels do the heavy lifting here. I’ve added Infidel Cracker & Bob Odenkirk to my prayer list, I’d ask you to do the same

Finally lets close with this bit of wisdom from Michael Kelly

She can use the help and she’s not been well enough to ask you herself, and her home schooling takes all her energy.

In fact her last post in April was to ask help for another blogger

Go over there and hit her tip jar, she’s fighting for her health and her cable bill.

And most important pray for her and her own family.

We are going to sue your *** and your *****

South Park Trapped in the Closet 2005


There are many ways to look at the story of the Armed Robbery at The Pit:

Police are searching for three suspects involved in an armed robbery at Durham’s newly-opened barbecue restaurant, The Pit, at 321 W. Geer Street.

Authorities said just before 9 p.m. Sunday, three men wearing hoodies entered the restaurant through the back doors with pistols, and forced several staff members to lie on the floor.

One might look at it as Irony as the restaurant bans guns published a photograph of the sign on May 21, making “The Pit” restaurant a self-declared gun free zone–the same kind of zone Michael Bloomberg and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America pressure other restaurants into becoming.

Some see it as a warning for Chipolte:

If somebody is going to rob or shoot up a Chipotle, for instance, they’re not going to care that they cannot (or have been politely asked not to) bring a gun onto the premises.

Some have used it to note the difference between a restaurant and say, a state capital:

Does The Pit Authentic Barbecue offer the same level of armed security that the NC Legislature and the NC State Capitol offer?

Are there armed police officers hired to stand guard patrolling The Pit Authentic Barbecue the same way there are armed police officers hired to stand guard on the NC Legislative Building and the NC State Capitol?

I’ve yet to see anyone argue it as an affirmation of Chris Rock’s warning

Don’t go to parties with metal detectors Sure it feels safe inside; but what about all those niggaz waitin outside with guns? They know you ain’t got one..

As our media betters assure us all of these things can’t be true because banning guns is an unfailing guarantee of safety another explanation must be found and here it is

A clear case of product defect

the evidence

Take a close look at the anti-gun sign. See how it’s not just some generic “No Guns” sign the owner, Greg Hatem picked up down at the local sign emporium. No, these are custom jobs. He went out of his way to make custom signs to make sure we gun owners felt unwelcome.

Our friends on the left know that a proper “No Guns allowed” sign will automatically prevent any criminal from producing a gun.

But instead of getting a garden variety “No Guns Allowed” sign he got a specialty sign that likely was never produced tested.

So the obvious solution is an expensive lawsuit against the signmaker for providing a defective product.

Not only did these careless signmakers put lives at risk, which on occasion can be allowed for a good cause, but these careless signmakers risked a liberal meme.

And that must be punished:  Severely!


Update:  Maybe it’s a school funding problem

These men are victims of Republicans cutting funds to schools. How were these three victims of society supposed to obey a sign they couldn’t even read?


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