Monday, February 19, 2018

Jordan Peterson, Celebrity Intellectuals, and the Counsel of the Ungodly


Canadian professor and psychologist Jordan Peterson is the latest YouTube pop-culture conservative phenomenon. He deserves recognition. His erudite responses to complex issues are stirring and instructive. He has given hope to young men too long weighed down by an academic diktat toxic to masculinity.



I began listening to his unique insights on many issues, including how to solve problems, find meaning, and understand the complexities of life. I also heartily embrace his recognition that Communism is evil, that we should stop blaming everyone else for our failures, and that human nature is flawed. How badly Western societies need to return to these moral fundamentals. Much of the agony and hatred in this world would cease if human beings recognized that man is born dead in his trespasses, in need of a Savior, in need of a transformation from spirit to mind, which will end in the resurrection of our bodies.

He is also one of the foremost voices speaking against the activism culture sweeping universities. Without mincing words, Peterson rails against social justice warriors, scolding them to get a life and fix themselves rather than directing their hatred and self-loathing victimization at others. His interview with British journalist Cathy Newman was stunning. He took down all her worst examples of left-wing journalistic malpractice without breaking a sweat, and without cursing, swearing, or demeaning the journalist, although she would have deserved it. He is also a celebrated author: 12 Rules for Life: The Antidote for Chaos. God knows this world is chaotic as it’s lost the moral underpinnings of Judeo-Christian values in a sea of -isms.



And yet …

Peterson has been very dodgy on the issue of God. For a man who has disparaged post-modernism and its corrosive influence on our culture, he jumped around the question when asked. “What do you mean ‘God’?” he responded on one interview. What do you mean “what do you mean?”, Dr. Peterson? That was probably the most post-modern answer I had ever heard, despite his savage yet smart denunciations of post-modernism in the past. He could have articulated a conception of God and answered the question. Do you believe in a Creator? Or are you an atheist?  Actually, Peterson has denounced atheism. When it comes to the Jesus question, though, he hedges his bets, and has recently announced that he will come to a decision about Jesus Christ in three years.

Yes, he is also a celebrated author, all well and good. Chaos is instinctively abhorrent to human beings. Even those who just want to watch the world burn have a reason for it. But this cycle of celebrated intellectuals who  spout off ideas and aphorisms in the spotlight is not new. Like Dr. Phil, Marianne Williamson, and Suze Orman, Peterson gives us advice and outlines rules and precepts on how to live, and it all boils down to “Follows these rules, and you can rule over the problems that follow you.”

One problem: mankind has repeatedly tried and failed to fix himself and/or the world around him. If we could repair our flawed natures, Peterson wouldn’t be having extended discussions about the moral evils of this world. He wouldn’t have a job as a psychologist in the first place. The rugged individualism he seems to promote is actually pretty weak, come to think of it. I have noticed that some of his views are rather secular, in conflict with the Bible. We did not create ourselves. So where did we come from? Peterson dodges a question fundamental to our moral, cultural, and political legacies.



When I reflected on these concerns, that Peterson is offering another self-help movement, it amounts to nothing more than “the counsel of the ungodly”. Here’s the verse where I draw this label from:
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” (Psalm 1:1)

I don’t think that Dr. Peterson is malevolent or evil, for “ungodly” means anything that is not of God. But let’s not fool ourselves. All men are sinners who have forfeited God’s glory. (Romans 3:23). To man’s unending consternation, he falls prey to his secret sins (cf. Psalm 19:12), and finds himself unable to remove his faults. This tension exposes an essential dilemma in Western thought. We want to rely on objective metrics, free of jingoism and bias, yet at the same time man is tainted with his own leanings plus the sin principle. We see evil in the world, and yet our efforts seem to create more evil, especially if men apply their limited solutions to everyone, regardless of others’ specific situation. Ultimately, man seeks his own good, whether at the expense of others or not. He establishes rules, yet even the rule-maker cannot make it by his own rules. Such is the riddle and ridicule of man’s fate on the earth when he looks to himself.

The first verses of the First Psalm asserts that our blessings do not flow from man and his company, but God’s Word. This counsel of the ungodly business is a recurring problem in the Body of Christ and the world. We go from one guru, intellectual, and lecturing busybody to another hoping for fixes. Yet sin can’t be fixed. There is no repairing a fallen world. Do we really think that we can rely on ourselves to fix ourselves, when it took a mighty, divine Creator to breathe life into us? Christians should not apologize for basing their world view, their moral compass on the unshakable Word of God.

Man needs redemption and regeneration, the grace of God flowing in our lives through God’s abundant gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17). The answers to life’s problems are not found in the mouths of men who live in the world but in Him who made and then redeemed us. Why not rest in the wisdom of Him who has been from the beginning? (1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 John 2:13).

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Letters to the Editor: Jordan Peterson Article in Townhall.com



Responses to: Jordan Peterson, Celebrity Intellectuals, and the Counsel of the Ungodly

Thanks for your article on the above. While I agree that one should not take Peterson ‘hook, line and sinker’, I think I’m less concerned with his present fence-sitting. I am confident that if Peterson remains dedicated to the truth, he will find the Truth, perhaps sooner than his stated three years. Many honest truth-seekers have done so, as long as they stay honest (eg Lee Strobel). It would seem that Luke’s gospel came about in that very fashion (Lk 1:3) and even encouraged other “lovers of God” to do the same (v 4). 

--Thomas H.


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Hey Arthur, 

I am a new fan of your weekly columns on TownHall. I'm sad that Maxine Waters hasn't been in the national news lately because I thoroughly enjoyed your lampoons on her. Oh I'm sure she'll be back in the news for the sole purpose of impeaching our President. Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I have been pleasantly surprised by your last few columns. It's a rare thing to find any columnist who understands biblical theology and quotes its passages accurately. It has been refreshing to read your biblical take on the ills of our secular and depraved society. 

I agree with you whole-heartedly. I have one suggestion for you that may help your readers understand the Bible better. Use a modern translation when quoting scripture. I know that the King James is a great translation but most modern people don't speak the King's English and are a little weirded out by the "thees" and "thous". I propose that you quote from one of these 3: NAS, NIV, NLT.

It might make it easier for your readers to stay interested and actually become more biblically literate than they already are. 

Thank you. 

--Andy

President Trump is Talking About Three Immigration Pillars, Not Four



Wow, this is quite a surprise.

President Trump had mentioned four pillars to his immigration proposal.

He tried to get something passed through the United States Senate with the help of fellow conservative stalwart Chuck Grassley.



But nothing happened.

Now, his administration has identified three--not four--pillars to his immigration plan:

UH OH!

Guess which pillar is missing?!


Popcorn: Pro-Amnesty LULAC Savages "Malinche" President for Supporting Trump Immigration Proposal

LULAC is one of the most racist organizations out there. They collude to push for benefits for Americans of Latin American descent, without regard for the fact that this country is founded on E Pluribus Unum--out of many, one.

We are one country, we are one nation, and we cannot survive as a country as long as selfish interest groups are more interest in race than they are in reality. The United States is called to be a united community under one Constitution, through the rule of law, based on the Judeo-Christian ethic of honor to the individual based on natural rights from our Creator.

But LULAC wants open borders, amnesty, and cares more about ethnicity than ethics. They are part of the growing coalition of left-wing agitators who want amnesty for all illegals and they oppose the wall and other metrics to secure our borders and put the needs of Americans first.

Roger "La Malinche" Rocha?

Their president, Roger Rocha, has been caught between the widening wedge among liberals and progressives on the amnesty issue. Legislators in Congress are begging the DREAM Act Nightmares to be patient and accept any deal available. Soros-backed groups like United We Dream will settle for nothing less than a clean DREAM Act.

They also want amnesty for every single illegal alien in the country, and they don't want any enforcement along the borders, including the border wall. Shame on these arrogant adult children! This is not their country.

President Rocha also recognizes that because politics is a numbers game, and that in the White House the United States has a clear enforcer, that the unreasonable demands of amnesty advocates is tantamount to delusional. Rocha issued a letter supporting the President's initial, generous officer.

CNBC reports:

WASHINGTON – Facing mounting pressure to resign and the potential to be impeached, the president of the oldest Latino civil rights organization apologized for the hurt he caused by sending a letter to President Donald Trump backing Trump's immigration demands.

"Let me begin by expressing my sincerest regret and apology for any hurt my actions in writing a letter to the President of the United States may have caused you," he said in a statement.

But Roger Rocha Jr., president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, continued to defend his Jan. 28 letter in the statement issued Friday evening, even though he said writing it "turned into the worst mistake of my life."

He said his participation in meetings behind the scenes with the administration helped get Trump to accept offering a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants, rather than only 800,000 and to change his position on a border wall to instead accept technology and more border and immigration enforcement personnel.




Those meetings led to writing the letter because he believed "it may well be our last chance to save and protect our dreamers and immigrant community," he said.


LULAC’s board scheduled a Saturday meeting at 3 p.m. EDT with Rocha, following two days of turmoil and backlash over Rocha's letter.

What was in the letter, that offended so many LULAC members? Perhaps the fact that he wrote a letter to President Trump invited such incendiary outrage. But still, was it offensive in its content?

Rocha issued the following in an open letter:


Rocha basically signaled that he would get on board with all four pillars of President Trump's immigration agenda, including the curtailing of legal immigration and termination of the diversity VISA lotteries.

Why did he signal support at first? Because this seemed to be the last means of getting a viable solution passed through both houses of Congress and on the desk of the President for his signature.

Do the pro-amnesty forces have a choice at this point? Rocha was trying to be sensible ...

Yet the rest of the LULAC community went loco.

KGNS out of Laredo, Texas reports:

LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) - The leader of the oldest Latino civil rights organization in the U.S. is facing harsh criticism for endorsing President Trump’s immigration framework that includes a border wall.

Roger Rocha, President of the League of United Latin American Citizens wrote Trump this week saying that the storied civil rights group would support his plan for a border wall in exchange for protecting young immigrants brought to the country illegally.

Rocha also wrote that LULAC would endorse new restrictions on legal immigration.

Those comments drew storing reactions from LULAC members and activists across the country who say such policies would hurt Hispanics.

LULAC member Ralph Arellanes of Albuquerque says the wall should not be a part of any compromise.

Washington State LULAC Director Diana Perez says Rocha’s letter wasn’t approved by the national board.


Rocha says he plans to retract the letter.

How sad that so many of these left-leaning activists bit the hand that wanted to help them. It's become expressly clear that liberals, Democrats, and the progressive left have no interest in solving this illegal immigration problem. Democrats want the perreniel wedge to expand their power base and ensure a permanent underclass to elect them into power.

How shameful is that! President Trump was spot on when he tweeted:

As for Rocha and LULCA, the members of LULAC  are already savaging him:




For Immediate Release

February 16, 2018

Statement from LULAC National Board

Washington, D.C. – The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) has a long-standing legacy of fighting to protect the civil rights of Latinos in the United States. As the nation’s largest and oldest Latino volunteer-based civil rights organization, we are committed to serving all of our constituents and advocating for the most important issues impacting the Latino community.

What about the rights of all American citizens?

Notice how the press release talks about "Latinos." Do they care whether they are citizens or not? Or course they don't! They only want to push a La Raza hate narrative that puts people first based on their skin color.

Racism to the extreme.

Today the LULAC National Board convened in Washington, D.C. to address recent public concerns regarding the organization’s leadership and assess the necessary next steps. Roger C. Rocha, Jr. announced his intent to serve out his term until the national elections take place on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Annual LULAC National Convention & Exposition in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Rocha does not plan to run for a final term. In the meantime, the National Board, on behalf of the National Assembly, will continue to perform it’s duties.

"It's duties"--grammatical error. When writing the possessive, one uses "its". I can't believe that a prestigious national organization like LULAC would issue a press release with such a glaring error.

LULAC National Chief Executive Officer Brent Wilkes resigned today but also restated that he will help LULAC with the transition as he exits out of the organization. Mr. Wilkes has served the organization for 30 years, advocating on behalf of Latino civil rights, voting rights, immigration, education, health care, the environment and more. Under his longtime leadership, LULAC has become one of the most respected voices on Latino civil rights issues.

Resignations are already on the horizon. How about that!

This is good news, indeed. I think that LULAC showed fold up, close up, and just go away. Enough with this race-based outreach.

“We take the concerns expressed by our members, stakeholders and communities we serve very seriously,” said Brent Wilkes, LULAC National CEO. “The board is determined to do what is in the best interest of the organization. We remain focused on the national issues that put the livelihoods of our communities at stake and will continue to strongly advocate for all Latinos in the United States. LULAC has built a successful track record of fighting for what is right and our commitment to the people we serve remains stronger than ever.

The National LULAC Board will be as transparent as possible and keep our members informed of any and all updates on this matter.”

What was this big announcement for? An emergency meeting, but a meeting to decide what?

Here's the next press release:


Washington, D.C. – At the National Board meeting today, the LULAC National Board of Directors adopted a motion of no confidence against Roger Rocha, Jr., its National President. The Board further confirmed that the National Board of Directors would continue to perform its duties of advocating and fighting for our community.

La Malinche colluded with Cortez,
or at least that's what Brown Supremacists say


Rocha has turned into La Malinche for the radical activists who want open borders, unlimited amnesty, and the de facto end of the United States.

Here's a statement from the resigning Executive Director to Latino Rebels, on a radical socialist website, with red stars and all:

For Immediate Release
January 31, 2018

LULAC Opposes Trump Immigration Framework Calls upon Congress to Pass a Clean Dream Act

Washington, D.C. –The League of United Latin American Citizens has long supported the passage of a clean DREAM Act that would provide a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants who were brought to this country as children by their parents and have graduated from high school.

The issue has taken on even more urgency with LULAC since the election of Donald Trump and his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by March 5, 2018.

Our position on the DREAM Act has been clear: we believe that passing the DREAM Act is the right thing to do for the DREAMers and in the best interest of the United States who will benefit from their talent and work ethic. This position has been adopted by the National Assembly of LULAC on multiple occasions and remains in force today.

We do not believe that the DREAM Act should be coupled with any additional border enforcement measures or the elimination of family visa categories, since the bill by itself represents the best of American values, and gives blameless young people the chance to succeed and contribute to our country. Not surprisingly, eighty-six percent of the American public agrees with us and supports the passage of the DREAM Act.

In addition, the LULAC National Assembly has adopted resolutions opposing Trump’s offensive wall along the US/Mexican border, opposing cuts to family-based immigration, opposing efforts to force state and local governments to enforce federal immigration laws, and opposing the increased detention of undocumented immigrants.

For this reason, LULAC is adamantly opposed to President Trump’s recently released immigration framework which calls for $25 billion in US taxpayers’ money for an ineffectual wall between the US and Mexico, increased detention of immigrants, elimination of 5 out of the 7 categories of family-based immigration visas, and elimination of the diversity lottery visa program for underrepresented countries, among other draconian anti-immigrant policies.

Further, we share the view of our members, coalition partners, and allies that President Trump’s hurtful, inaccurate, and inflammatory language toward immigrants and communities of color neither advances the interests of the country nor represents this nation’s values.

The President’s efforts to hold DREAMers hostage to these outrageous policies are reprehensible because he has manufactured the crisis himself by ending the DACA program when he could have kept it in place, and especially because he has already told these young Americans not to worry because he will “deal with them with great heart.”

LULAC has engaged in non-stop advocacy in support of a clean DREAM Act over the past year. LULAC has held more than 60 town halls on immigration nationwide. We have also conducted four advocacy weeks in Washington, most recently with 150 DREAMers the week of January 16-19, 2018, who delivered petitions and letters to all 535 Members of Congress. LULAC’s members and allies have kept in constant contact with our elected representatives both online and in person.

LULAC will continue to press for legislation to restore protections for DREAMers and provide a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants who work hard to contribute to our communities. We encourage Latino communities and the country at large to make their voices heard by engaging in our democracy through their exercise of free speech and their franchise to vote.

This statement was voted on and approved today by the LULAC National Executive Committee and represents the organization’s official position on the DREAM Act.

"I guess I won't get to sit
at the cool kids' table any more!"


Final Reflection

The whole organization is crumbling in on itself. They want amnesty for the 1.8+ million illegal aliens, but they internally recognize that there will be no deal if there is no enforcement metrics in place with the legislation.

But the left-wing agitators within LULAC will tolerate nothing less that amnesty at all costs.

They are in the impossible pickle. The Democratic Party wanted to pander to illegal aliens and their legal friends and advocates. Now they find that it's all about the votes--as it always has been--and illegals don't vote, or they shouldn't be voting.

Even if they end up flipping one or two states, Americans are fed up with their jobs, their quality of life, their lives in jeopardy because Big Business, Big Labor, and Big La Raza want big amnesty at the expense of the legal law-abiding residents

We are not going to tolerate it anymore.



The Democrats have been exposed.

LULAC is despised.

The illegals are getting desperate.

And the American people are determined to win at all costs.

We deserve to, after all--this is our country!

Oh, and before I forget ... didn't Trump talk about four pillars to his immigration proposal?

This past weekend, he mentioned three. Guess which one is missing?!

Panic Among End Citizens United PAC: Donations Are "Cratering"

This is good news. Democrats are ramping up the money machine to flip a Congressional seat in Pennsylvania.

The polling is getting closer, but there is nothing yet to ensure that Democrats are going to snag this seat. The bigger issue will come later this year when judges redraw the Congressional districts.



But that's another matter for another day.

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