Archive for November, 2009

As A Terrorist, I Demand My U.S. Citizen’s Rights!

November 21, 2009

The Second New YorkTragedy

Political Cartoon by Chip Bok

From Townhall.com, by Chip Bok of Bokbluster.com

Jesus Was A Communist?

November 20, 2009

Jesus Was A Communist?

In response to one of my blogs about the progressive secular humanist outrageous attacks upon our Christian Religious Holidays, one of my blog readers confidently asserted that Jesus was a Communist.

While I am no expert on this debate, I intuitively found this idea very repugnant.

I did some research and found plenty of stuff on the internet that presents this argument. I suspect that it is in the best interests of communists, socialists, and other revisionists with anti-establishement agendas in America, to try to convince others that this is so. You may wish to Google this phrase to see the various discussions on this subject.

I am a psychologist and not a biblical/theological scholar. Therefore, I will present two independent writings on this topic: one for the argument and one against. Then, I encourage that you conduct your own independent research and draw your own conclusions, as I have mine.

Jesus was a communist

CNN
July 14, 2000
Was Christ a ‘communist’? Castro thinks so

AVANA (Reuters) — Cuba’s Catholic-educated President Fidel Castro, one of 
history’s most famous communists, believes Jesus Christ shared his political 
faith.

“Christ chose the fishermen, because he was a communist,” Castro said in 
comments carried by state media Friday, referring to Christ’s choice of humble fishermen from the Sea of Galilee to be his first disciples.

Castro, whose once-stated atheism is believed to have possibly mellowed in 
recent years, made the comment during a National Assembly debate on the local fishing industry.

His brother Raul Castro — second-in-command in the ruling Communist Party  headed by Fidel Castro — concurred entirely. “I think that’s why they killed Jesus, for being a communist, for doing what Fidel defined as Revolution … that is to say, changing the situation,” he said.

Fidel Castro, 73, was educated at a Jesuit-run High School in Havana. But after  his 1959 Cuban Revolution, he established a socialist and officially atheist state, and declared himself a non-believer. Church-state ties were tense.

But in recent years, most notably during Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to 
Cuba in 1998, Castro has avoided defining his personal view on Christianity and  preferred to insist that he respects all religions.

 He has said that legendary leftist guerrilla Ernesto “Che” Guevara probably would  have been “made a saint” if he had been a Catholic because he had “all the virtues.”

Jesus was not a communist

COMMUNIST CHALLENGE COUNTERED

The Speaker of the Eastern Cape Legislature, Mkhangeli Matomela declared that “Jesus was a Communist” and challenged all Christians to prove him wrong!

Mr. Matomela declared in Bisho during the advisory board report: “To me Jesus was a Communist and I challenge all Christians and parties espousing Christian norms to prove me wrong!”

Quoting from Acts 4:32-35, Matomela said: “All believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions were his own, but they shared everything they had.” Mr. Matomela was defending the alliance between the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party, in his response to the legislature’s annual report.

He said Christians, including the African Christian Democratic Party, attacked the ANC for working with Communists because they read the Scriptures wrong:

“If this is not Communism at its best, please tell me what it is? You will agree with me that angels were not the first to introduce Communism and Socialist principles.” (– Sapa – The Citizen 24 Nov 99)

JESUS WAS NOT A COMMUNIST

The claim by Mkhangeli Matomela, speaker of the Eastern Cape Legislature, that the Lord Jesus Christ was a Communist (The Citizen 24/11/99) is easy to refute.

The sharing that took place in Jerusalem, as recorded in chapter four of Acts, was voluntary. This is confirmed by the Apostle Peter in verse four of the next chapter “While it (the land) remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it (the proceeds of the sale) not in your own control?”

The Apostle Paul also makes clear that giving is to be voluntary without pressure of compulsion, in II Corinthians, chapter 9, verse 7. By contrast, the redistribution of wealth under Communism is compulsory, not voluntary. There is no way the two can be compared!

Secondly, while there are many exhortations in the Bible to help the needy, there is no other example or exhortation to have “all things in common”. It must be therefore concluded that the arrangement in Jerusalem was a purely local initiative to deal with a temporary problem.

Finally, as should already be clear, the Lord Jesus gave no instructions for possessions to be held “in common”. He urged the rich young ruler to distribute his wealth among the poor, but took no action to force him to do His will (Mark, chapter 10, verses 21 and 22).

In addition to this Biblical response from Dr. Cain, I wrote a letter based on my personal experience in communist lands:

COMMUNISM IS ANTI-CHRIST

It is ludicrous for ANC politician Mkhangeli Matomela to allege that our Lord Jesus Christ was a communist. If communists really believed that Jesus was a communist why have they gone to such extra – ordinary, excessive lengths to outlaw the teachings of Jesus?

My father-in-law, Rev. Bill Bathman spent over 30 years smuggling Bibles behind the Iron Curtain into Eastern Europe. During my ministry in Romania and Albania I met Christians who had been severely persecuted for their faith in Jesus. Some Christians in Albania were tortured and imprisoned for 10 years – merely for possessing a copy of the Bible!

During the 1980’s in Marxist Mozambique and Angola, I saw churches burned down, Bibles burned and Christians massacred by the communist Frelimo and MPLA governments. When I was imprisoned for my missionary activities, a SNASP security policeman began his interrogation of me in Machava security prison with these words: “I am the devil! I am not only a Marxist and a Leninist, I am a Stalinist! I hate Christians!”

My solitary confinement prison cell testified to this marxist’s hatred of Christians – Scripture verses, doves, crosses, prayers and descriptions of tortures endured had been etched into the walls by previous inmates.

There is a world of difference between the love of Christ and the hatred of communism. You cannot equate voluntary Christian sharing and generosity with compulsory communist confiscation and theft.

For more information and resources contact:
Christian Action Network
PO Box 23632, Claremont 7735
Tel: (+27 21) 689-4480 Fax: (+27 21) 685-5884
E-mail: info@christianaction.org.za

I will leave it to you to decide.  Personally, I am finished with this issue.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.  11/20/09

“We Should Never Dispair”

November 20, 2009

“We Should Never Dispair”

I will confess that, for me, these are times of grave concern for America and our historical way of life.

From my perspective, this only means that it is time to speak-up and go enmass to out ballet boxes.

Perhaps a few encouraging words from our dear first President, George Washington would be appropriate:

We should never despair, our Situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new Exertions and proportion our Efforts to the exigency of the times.” –George Washington, letter to Philip Schuyler, 1777

From the  Daily founders Quote from The Daily Patriot

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.   11/20/09

 

Sorry, Tina

November 20, 2009

Hi Tina,

I am sorry that I somehow did not get your comments in the recent comments section of my blog. I just discovered the mistake.

Thank you for your insightful remarks.

Tom

 Responses to “Oppositional-Defiant Disorder in Children”

  1. vtmawhinney Says:
    November 20, 2009 at 12:06 AM | Reply   editTina, Thanks for your reply. Are you a therapist? If so great, if not…maybe you ought to be. You are correct…spread the word!
  2. Tina Says:
    November 15, 2009 at 2:14 AM | Reply   editChildren with Oppositional Defiant Disorder can be helped. A lot of times if parents can learn new strategies and techniques for interacting with their child, they can see great progress. It is important to get helpful insights from a trained professional who deals with ODD children regularly

The Theocracy of America

November 19, 2009

The Theocracy of America

I have viewed progressive secular humanism as a religion for many years. The separation of church and state argument raised by them and enforced through the ACLU and our progressive governments is nothing but smoke and mirrors. It is a scurrilous and deceitful tactic designed to implant its own “supreme god” and religious beliefs of our youth. During this modern dark age, the progressive liberal church of state and media punishes those who are experienced enough,  educated enough, and courageous enough to criticize this new false religion with “fire and brimstone” allegations of blasphemy. Blasphemers are consigned to hell-on-earth as they are forever publicly lashed and tormented by the church’s state-run media.

The amazing truth is that under the false and misleading banner of “separation of church and state”, the progressive secular humanists are now on the verge of creating  The Theocracy of America.

The following article appears on Townhall.com.  It is written by columnist Ken Blackwell. In my view, he is spot on. I therefore present it in its entirety.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

11/19/09

One of the reasons liberals are so hostile to public expressions of Christianity is because it threatens the monopoly that the religion of liberalism enjoys in the public square. The late Ted Kennedy was more than a leading senator, to liberal supporters. He was a secular saint. His appeal was essentially religious. He made it fairly explicit in his famous concession speech to the Democratic National Convention that re-nominated President Jimmy Carter. Kennedy reduced thousands of liberal delegates to tears with this emotional peroration:

 May it be said of our Party in 1980 that we found our faith again.

 And may it be said of us, both in dark passages and in bright days, in the words of Tennyson that my brothers quoted and loved, and that have special meaning for me now:

 “I am a part of all that I have met
[Tho] much is taken, much abides
That which we are, we are —
One equal temper of heroic hearts
Strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

 For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end.

 For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.

 Not for Ted Kennedy the cool rationalism of his party’s founder, Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson had famously said “if I had to go to Heaven in a political party, I would not go at all.” For Ted Kennedy and for those weeping delegates, the Democratic Party holds that place that used to be reserved for church and church alone. It’s no wonder that those teary believers—more than 90 percent of whom tell researchers they never go to church—end their search for the meaning of life in political activism.

 Analyze Kennedy’s Epistle to the Gentiles and you will see that the concern, the work, the cause, the hope, the dream that is the subject of his panegyric is government. Government giveth and Government taketh away. The only Government worthy of that capital G is one that provides health, education, and welfare. All Americans are invited into the Democratic Church. Only the heretical conservatives are excluded.

 Speaker Nancy Pelosi was at the Kennedy School at Harvard last week. Liberals go to Harvard the way Muslims go to Mecca. Pelosi was basking in liberal approval for having been the first Speaker to deliver on the promise of universal health care. She established her bona fides early in her sermon. “For thirty years I’ve been an advocate of single payer,” she said. Single payer is liberal speak for socialized medicine, run entirely by the state, paid for by the state. But we have to make some tactical compromises, she said. Well, there may have to be a few little detours on the road to the Heavenly Liberal City.

 “We all have our theology in politics,” she said to murmurs of approval from her audience. When Gov. George W. Bush said in a Republican debate in 2000 that Jesus Christ was his favorite political philosopher, liberals were aghast. But when Nancy Pelosi speaks of “theology,” we must assume she uses the word the way Webster defines it: “the study of religious faith, practice, and experience; especially : the study of God and of God’s relation to the world.”

 For Pelosi, God commands universal health care without a restriction on funding abortion. And God apparently also commands the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. Pelosi invoked the patron saint of San Francisco. She recited the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. It was probably the first time in history that that gentle saint was dragged in to bless the slaughter of innocents and the abolition of matrimony.

 Predictably, there were no ACLU protests. And no atheizers ran to MSNBC to deplore her breaching the Wall of Separation between Church and State.

Pelosi was perfectly free not only to preach her religious ideas, but to impose jail time and fines on those who dissent. In the Gospel According to Nancy, the liberal Preacher of the House promises to bring the liberal Heaven to Earth. Is it any wonder growing numbers of Americans think it’s a living hell?

Written by Ken Blackwell

 

 

Merry Christmas and God’s Blessings To You!

November 18, 2009

Merry Christmas and God’s Blessings To You!

As the times of Thanksgiving and Christmas draw near, there are already renewed and growing assaults upon America’s traditional Christian  Holidays. We Christian’s are too damned meek.

The assertion that the concept of  “separation of church and state” demands that these traditional celebrations must be expunged from our language and from all public places is a hideous lie. It is a lie that is successfully propagandized throughout our young population by the popular media and secular progressives in our legal and political sectors.

Our National Monuments, our Capital Building, Supreme Court, and Library of Congress are replete with Christian Religious writings, etched boldly and deeply into their stone records of our heritage. Yes, folks, this is public property.

The sceptic is advised to read Newt Gingrich’s book, “Rediscovering God in America (2006), published by Integrity Publishers, TN.  There, he or she will find dozens of other “slap you in the face” illustrations of this huge countercultural propagandist’s lie.

America! Keep fighting the forces of our undoing!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.   11/18/09

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)

November 17, 2009

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)

Women who drink alcohol during pregnancy put their infants at risk for biological damage. Binge drinking among college students and early alcohol consumption among teens has increased dramatically. Alcohol consumption during pregnancy increases the risks of a newborn infant suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). FAS often shows itself in head and facial deformities that tend to create elf-like facial features, slow growth, abnormal joints (feet, fingers, toes), heart defects, tremors and agitation in newborns, hyperactivity, learning disabilities, abnormal brain development and possible mild to moderate mental retardation.

Rough estimates of the occurrence of FAS are 1 to 2 of every 1000 babies. This figure increases to around 29 of 1000 women who heavily consume alcohol early in their pregnancies.

In general, Alcohol consumption among our female population has also increased in recent decades. Guidelines for the safe consumption of alcohol during pregnancy are not clear and this has led many health professionals to recommend zero alcohol use during pregnancy.

This leaves society with three major problems: The first is that many pregnant women do not get this message. Secondly, many of the women who do understand that alcohol is dangerous to their in-utero developing babies simply behave irresponsibly: some knowingly take the risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. In many other cases pregnant women are addicted to alcohol and believe they cannot control their alcohol intake. Finally, and most diabolically, women may drink alcohol during that early time interval when they have not yet discovered that they are pregnant.

 Physical and neurological damage caused by woman who consume alcohol or other drugs during pregnancy cannot be cured. These infants are damaged for the rest of their lives. The effects of these impairments will reverberate for at least three generations: the mother’s life, the child’s life, and the lives of the many others with whom the damaged and growing person will interact. The costs in lost human potential and financial resources of substance abuse to the unborn and society are huge and difficult to establish.

What, in general,  are the costs of an impaired child through life?  There are the costs of special education, unemployment, medical care and welfare. Insurance costs must increase as well as our taxes. What about the costs of crime law enforcement, prosecution, prison?

We seldom think about the costs to us all of the behavioral contagion that I have outlined above.  If we fail to control these costs to society through prevention, this human source drain upon our health and viabilitycan destroy America’s health and viability.

We must  prevent FAS and other factors that destroy our children.

I am reminded of a nursery rhyme from my childhood:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the Kings men and all the Kings horses couldn’t put poor Humpty Dumpty together again.”

The prevention of our human problems is the best way.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.  11/17/09

The Big Picture

November 16, 2009

The Big Picture

Yes, dear freinds, it is of paramount importance that we talk about how to raise and acculturate our children well.  But, do not be naive and fail to also deal with the “big picture”.  We cannot hope to raise our children well if we do not deal with the larger realities that threaten our close alies’ very existance, and that of our own.

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

From Townhall.com,  by Michael Ramirez

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 11/15/09

Conduct Disorder In Our Children and Youth

November 15, 2009

Conduct Disorder In Our Children and Youth

Children diagnosed with conduct disorder show a repetitive and persistent tendency to disrespect and violate the rights of others and to break normal societal rules and also laws. Conduct Disorder may be identified in children before 10 years and up to 18 years of age. It can be diagnosed in individuals older than 18 years, but only if they do not meet the criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder which I will discuss in a later blog.  Briefly, Antisocial Personality Disorder is a life-long disorder that is more severe than Conduct Disorder. The early appearance of Conduct Disorder in a child makes it more likely that the problem will continue into Antisocial Personality disorder in adulthood.

Conduct Disorder may be classified as mild, moderate or severe in nature. Frequently, children with mild cases of this disorder can be helped with therapeutic interventions and the problem may improve with maturity. Severe cases are more likely to continue into adulthood and form a long-term pattern of deeply ingrained antisocial behavior patterns that are highly resistant to change. The majority of our prison populations would be diagnosed as Antisocial Personality Disordered.

 The list of actions shown by the children diagnosed with Conduct Disorder can be alarming. A partial list of such behaviors is as follows:

Recklessness and risk-taking
Curfew violations
Truancy from school
Running away from home overnight or longer
Lying, deceiving or “conning” others
Early sexual activity
Tobacco, drug and alcohol use
Bullying, threatening, intimidating and fighting
Using weapons (stones, clubs, knives, guns)
Breaking and entering homes, cars, or other buildings
Cruelty of people and/or animals
Property destruction (vandalism)
Robbery, extortion, mugging, purse snatching (while confronting the victim)
Assault and, rarely, murder

Conduct Disorder has increased in prevalence over several decades and rates are around 6% to 16% for males and 2% to 9% for females.

Suspected Causes

Many very bad childhood experiences appear to be tied to the development of Conduct Disorder. Parents who are drug involved, or have mental disorders of their own are more likely to have conduct disordered children. Research also suggests that the tendency to develop Conduct Disorder behavior patterns is genetically inheritable. Children so diagnosed frequently have experienced traumatic events, poverty, family disorganization, abuse, neglect, and abandonment. They have frequently lived in poverty and grown up around violent peers and adults. Children with a biological or adoptive parent with Anti-social Personality Disorder or a sibling with Conduct Disorder, are themselves at greater risk for developing a conduct disorder.

A Case Study

One 15 year old’s father was in prison for killing someone. The boy had visited his father in prison on numerous occasions and sometimes got phone calls from him. Despite his father’s pleadings to him to do good in school, follow the rules and stay out of trouble, the boy was failing in school, frequently suspended, and had been in a juvenile detention center for threatening and attacking other students. The boy’s mother had lived with several other men in the course of his short life-time and he had experienced drugs, violence, and the physical abuse of his mother and himself repeatedly. After frequently running away from home and being involved with older men and drug abuse, he was placed in a long-term adolescent treatment facility. The boys Conduct Disorder was severe in nature, with an early onset,  and it was likely that his behavior patterns would continue into adulthood and then be diagnosed as Antisocial Personality Disorder.

We must find ways to save our infants and children from these incredibly damaging influences. The majority of these human tragedies can be prevented before their contagious effects spread throughout our population. Our current late remediation strategies are failing miserably and are doomed to fail by the very nature of this intractable psychological disability. 

America must create bold preventive and very early interventions to avoid the continued escalation of the social havoc that we now experience due to our increasing rates of Conduct Disorders. 

 V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.    11/14/09

The Causes of Good and Evil

November 14, 2009

The Causes of Good and Evil

Aurelius Augustine (354-430 AD), better known as St. Augustine wrote the following:

“WHAT IS CALLED EVIL IN THE UNIVERSE IS BUT THE ABSENCE OF GOOD.”

From a scientific perspective, I judge that St Augustine was correct. I will confess my bias when I contemplate the sweet and wonderful beauty of an infant, of any race, from any place in the world. The growth of good or evil all begins with the birth of an infant, and what happens to it from there on.

I will define evil as those behaviors which commonly damage the lives of the doer, as well as the lives of those with whom they associate directly, or indirectly.

It is the infant’s environment, and his or her experiences in that environment, that will teach the behavior patterns that we call evil or good. If we protect and teach good behavior to our infants, from the very beginning, evil rarely emerges.

On the same topic, St. Augustine wrote:

“IT IS NOT ESSENTIAL TO MAN’S HAPPINESS THAT HE SHOULD KNOW THE CAUSES OF PHYSICAL CONVULSIONS; BUT IT IS, THAT HE SHOULD KNOW THE CAUSE OF GOOD AND EVIL.”

Knowing the causes and cures of our physical ailments is certainly a good thing. However, as we have made wonderful advances in this area of human development, we remain failures at managing our own behavior.

Behavioral scientists have long demonstrated that by differentially withholding rewards from bad behavior and rewarding good behavior, the good behavior is deferentially strengthened. In other words, Good when strengthened in ways we know well, comes to dominate Evil.

All of this is nothing more than a restatement of Psychology’s well-known premier Law of Effect: Consequences Control Behavior.

Politics are a mechanism cultural design and/or cultural redesign. If we will redesign America such that our precious rewards are given to those who show good behavior (work hard, follow rules and laws, behave responsibly, care for their children, and treat others with kindness and compassion); And if we withhold our precious rewards from those who do bad—the Good in us will naturally predominate.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.
11/13/09


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