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The Geometry Reader or Going Off on Tangents
by Paul Landkamer
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The First Tangent:

A liberal vote is a moral relativist vote. Itís a ďYou canít tell me what to doĒ vote. Itís a vote to tolerate everything except moral restraints. Christian morals are restraints and restraints are bad. Theyíre also based on believing in a God who created rules and boundaries. God created right and wrong. The moral relativist or liberal worldview says thereís no real right or wrong, black or white: only shades of gray. Relativism says there are no absolutes Ėexcept, of course for ďNOĒ absolutes.

Moral relativism means whatís right for me might not be right for you and whatís wrong for me might not be wrong for you. After all, who is one person to impose their morality on another. Ultimately, this means there can be no rules because rules imply a higher moral standard, and we canít have standards. Itís a question of religion. If weíre created, we have a purpose, or worth. But there is a higher power that gives us that worth. If we happened by chance, weíre just accidents, so without that higher power who created us for a purpose, whatís a judgment call from something thatís worthless? Really, then, murder is neither good nor bad. Theft isnít wrong or right Ėrape, incest, and the list goes on.

You say Iím going overboard with this? Is to ďtolerate everything except moral restraintsĒ too broad? OK, where are the limits drawn and who draws them? Elected people are elected by chance mistakes, or accidental worthless beings. A respected elder? Whatís respect when its source has no value? Your right might not be my right anyway. To follow liberalism faithfully, you must accept and approve of ultimate chaos and lawlessness. Or the alternative is to accept a moral standard thatís above human tampering. That standard is found in the Bible. Itís our only refuge from chaos.

Another Tangent:

Immoral businesses thrive on the relativism idea. Our local ďgentlemanísĒ club (stripper bar) proudly displays signs saying to vote democrat. The democrats are traditionally liberals, and wonít legislate anything to tell them theyíre wrong. The abortion industry is also behind the democrats because they donít want to legislate a womanís choice to kill her baby. That brings upÖ

Another Tangent:

Hereís the solution to the abortion/cloning issue. A human embryo has different DNA than its mother. That means itís a different being. If itís human, to abort it is murder. Itís killing another unique little boy of girl. Abortionists say at early stages itís really no different than a fish or rabbit, so itís not really murder. The embryo is clearly different from Mom, and if itís not really human yet, why canít the researchers get their stem cells from that fish or rabbit embryo? If they canít, that means the embryo is human after, and to kill it has to be murder.

Another Tangent:

When a princess kisses, her recipient might get turned into a prince Ėor stay a frog Ėor turn into a Mr. Hyde. Yeah, I heard Superchickís ďPrinces and FrogsĒ today. I like that song.

Another Tangent:

And the reason Iím writing here at Faithwriters in the first place, is to tell you about music. I got two new CDs this week I want to brag on. The first is Bob Dylanís new album, Modern Times. Though I didnít like Mr. Dylan at all back in the Ď60s-Ď80s, Iím liking his bluesy Americana style quite a bit now. When I tell folks about the new album, sometimes I get, ďWow, I thought he was deadĒ and ďHeís really still putting out music?Ē The album is quite pleasant with lots of spiritual, if not Christian, themes throughout. I got the special edition with the DVD. The case has a retro feel in that it looks like a miniature Victrola multiple-record case. Itís fun. The DVD is fun in that I finally get to see Bob make his music rather than just hear it on the radio.

The Benjamin Gate, which was a hard artsy electro-alternative band, broke up a while back, but their lead singer, Adrienne Liesching (now Camp), went on to do solo work. I liked Benjamin Gate, so I took a chance and bought Adieís solo album, Donít Wait. Itís similar to what Iíd imagine Benjamin Gate light to be. The album could even be confused for Ginny Owensí work, except for Adieís trademark high-frequency vibrato that comes through enough to label it as truly hers. Even solo, Adieís still on my buy-list.

Another Tangent:

Did you ever have pets you absolutely did NOT want? Iíve got some that Iíve been trying to get rid of. Trouble is, people keep feeding them so they stay with me. Do you know anyone who wants some pet peeves? Iíve got a few Iím willing to part with.

By the way, zebras and skunks are real! Theyíre not just more shades of gray.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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