On Oprah

oprahOprah is a religion. A false religion. She has created an industry worth billions of dollars by propagating a New Age Humanism that has dethroned God and put the Self in His place, a religion epitomizing Lucifer’s rebellion against the Most High God: “I will exalt MY throne above the throne of God.”

Her’s is the secular prosperity gospel, with a broader reach and more insidious appeal than that of her next closest competitor, Joel Osteen.

In accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at last night’s Golden Globes, Oprah cited decades old racist acts – despicable acts that took place 74 years ago – as if those kinds of attitudes and actions are still mainstream in contemporary American life. They are not.

She propagated the idea that the male gender cannot be trusted. She told all the little girls watching that they live in “a culture broken by brutally powerful men.” We do not.

In the mainstream of American life and commerce, there are many powerful men who go to work every day, who move the economic engine of America forward, without brutalizing anyone.

The Hollywood culture is indeed broken by “brutally powerful men.” But it is also broken by sexually powerful women – the Delilah’s who have abused their own sexual power. Most of the actresses attending last night’s gala apparently cannot afford a blouse. Or a bra.

In her raucous rallying cry, Oprah preached that there is no such thing as THE truth – only YOUR truth. That is a lie. Oprah wants you to exchange the truth of God for a lie. The lie is whatever you – or she – or the media – wants the truth to be.

I was aghast. And I’m even more aghast at the almost immediate media deification she received – though I’m not surprised.

Bonhoeffer on Christians and the Worship of Power

download“Christianity stands or falls with its revolutionary protest against violence, arbitrariness and pride of power and with its plea for the weak. Christians are doing too little to make these points clear rather than too much. Christendom adjusts itself far too easily to the worship of power. Christians should give more offense, shock the world far more, than they are doing now. Christians should take a stronger stand in favor of the weak rather than considering first the possible right of the strong.”

Deitrich Bonhoeffer in a Sermon on II Corinthians 12:9

Ernie Harwell on J.P. McCarthy

ernieOne of the best lines Ernie Harwell ever delivered:

“I had a lady tell me at a party one time that, ‘When you broadcast out there on the west coast, those Tiger games, I always go to bed with ya.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, but you wake up in the morning with J.P. McCarthy!'”

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William Bennett did NOT pen an essay endorsing Trump

Over the last several months several friends have forwarded to me an email containing an essay purportedly written by former Secretary of Education William Bennett praising Donald Trump.

Bill Bennett did NOT pen this essay.

It was originally posted on the web site Reality News Media on 17 September 2015 and circulated for several weeks with no attribution attached to it. It wasn’t until mid-November 2015 that Bill Bennett’s named started to appear alongside the title in an apparent attempt to lend credibility to the essay.

Bennett’s views on Donald Trump are not in line with those expressed in the essay. While the unknown author writes that Trump would make a good President since he is self-funded and does not play by the rules, Bennett said in an interview with Sean Hannity that he was not okay with a Trump presidency:

Because I look at a man and the totality of his acts and his record and the things he has and stood for.  And I think, probably, he’s not very principled in terms of his convictions anyway, except he, you know, is a businessman who does things his way, his own idiosyncratic way.

I do understand the appeal. People are angry, mad.  And he seems big enough to kind of encompass that anger …

… Here’s Trump with a record, you know, longer than your arm, wrong on all these things, getting all this support. That’s what makes me a little angry and makes me think there’s a lot of irrationality on it…

… Look, if Trump’s the nominee, Sean, I will support him because I won’t support Hillary.