So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Foreign Policy of John Kerry

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'Foreign', as in foreign to any discussion requiring intelligent thought.

Lest there be any doubt to whom the article is referring, readers should know that the person quoted is none other than Secretary of State John Kerry, a practicing Catholic when he wants to be known as such. That is, on any given election day or fundraising for the Democratic Party. You remember, the fellow who recently made mention of Israel and apartheid South Africa in the same breath. Such a gentleman.

In this short piece, Kerry, once again, says more about himself than the issue at hand.
Kerry on Religion: 'Not the Way I Think Most People Want to Live'
During a talk to the U.S. embassy staff in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the first stop on his trip to Africa, Secretary of State John Kerry remarked about what he called the "different cross-currents of modernity" and the challenges they present on the African continent. The comments contain a veiled reference to religion, and the part that religion might be playing in some of the current conflicts in Africa:
This is a time here in Africa where there are a number of different cross-currents of modernity that are coming together to make things even more challenging. Some people believe that people ought to be able to only do what they say they ought to do, or to believe what they say they ought to believe, or live by their interpretation of something that was written down a thousand plus, two thousand years ago. That’s not the way I think most people want to live.
Mr. Bier's observation holds Kerry's feet a little closer to the fire:
The words "something that was written down a thousand plus, two thousand years ago" appear to refer to the Bible, or the Koran, or perhaps both.
"That’s not the way I think most people want to live." Mr. Kerry probably meant to say 'That's not the way I want to live." He's said as much by wiggling out of the public responsibilities and obligations of calling oneself Catholic.

Mr. Kerry is full of surprises, not the least of which is his ability to let slip the truth about what he really thinks about the role of religion in one's life. He and his ilk—Pelosi, Biden, Sebelius—exhibit little crisis of conscience rejecting what they "ought to do" because each of them considers himself/herself an authority unto himself/herself, which makes them very much like the badly behaved people Kerry is attempting to criticize.

Watch carefully for Kerry's "clarification" that makes use of a liberal religionist's old chestnut—the repurposing of language. He'll back-peddle on the quote, saying he was only talking about the misuse of religion, or something or other, when, in fact, his clumsy choice of words hints at a kind of bigotry and dissent that does not see the difference between bad religion and good religion. Kerry clearly displays the myopia of his generation, an ability to see fuzzy edges around everyone else's convictions but his own.

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