HUGH’S NEWS & VIEWS
WHAT ONE CAN “LEARN” FROM READING THE NEWSPAPER
Will Rogers is reported to have said, “All I know is what I read in the papers.” I would like to respectfully disagree with the Oklahoma philosopher and point out that there are other, and more reliable, sources of knowledge. Nevertheless, one can learn much from reading the newspaper, not all of which, I might add, is worth knowing or in harmony with a higher source of knowledge. As another “philosopher,” Josh Billings, put it: “It is better to know nothing than to know what ain’t so.”
For example, from reading The Tennessean (Nashville’s daily newspaper) of Tuesday, May 21 of this year, I learned that country music entertainer Chely Wright has given birth to twin boys. Interestingly (and strangely), Wright is the “husband” in a lesbian “marriage.” She became pregnant in January, but as any junior high school kid knows, a woman (as a woman) cannot impregnate either another woman or a man (as a man). Strange though what one can “learn” from reading the newspaper! A “husband” has become a mother, but I suppose she will be the “daddy”!
The New Testament writer Jude spoke of the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them as “having gone after strange flesh” (a euphemism to describe homosexual activity) (Jude 7). Strange flesh, indeed! When God created mankind in the beginning the Bible says “male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27), and ordained that “a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).
The promoters of homosexuality maintain an “in your face” agenda via TV, movies, print, marches, demonstrations, and local and state legislation to make their immorality acceptable. Unfortunately, they are gaining ground. In The Tennessean of May 22, 2013 it was reported that according to a poll conducted by Vanderbilt University 49 percent of Tennesseans support gay marriage or civil unions while 46 percent are opposed to both. According to the paper, “The poll results suggest a marked shift in Tennesseans’ views since 2006, when 81 percent of the voters approved an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage between one man and one woman as ‘the only legally recognized marital contract’ in the state.”
Two days later, the May 24 edition of The Tennessean emblazoned the front page of its main section with the top headline, “Scouts lift ban on gay boys.” The article went on to report that the national council of the Boy Scouts of America had voted by 61% percent to allow openly gay boys into its organization. The Middle Tennessee Council fought the policy change to the end but agreed to abide by the decision of the national council. A Scout executive for the Middle Tennessee Council said, “But it’s obviously a historic day for the Scouting organization.” Historic indeed! Continue reading