[LINK] Internet Propoganda ... More Food for Thought / "How Do You Feel About This?"

Adam Todd adam@todd.inoz.com
Tue, 18 Feb 2003 14:45:24 +1100

I received this with a pile of "Fowards" at the top.  Thought I might toss 
it in for discussion because it includes Internet, Communications, 
Religion, Censorship and just about everything else all rolled into one 
suggestion - that "we" turned our backs on God.

There are some interesting thoughts within this writing, however, whatever 
your religious belief is, I'm not arguing the religion side.  Be there a 
God or not, everything described here is of human free will and some of it 
does make a little sense.  Anyone else got some enlightening things to say?

What about how to change the direction being followed, into something more 
beneficial, without loosing all the benefits of our current way of 
life?  Is that possible?  Or do we archive today and start anew?

>From: James Daley
>To: AY2K@webtv.net
>Sent: Saturday, February 15, 2003 3:10 PM
>Subject: More Food for Thought / "How Do You Feel About This?"
>More food for thought.
>In light of the many perversions and jokes we send to one another for a 
>laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke, it's 
>not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.  Billy Graham's daughter was 
>interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How could God 
>let something like this happen?" (regarding the attacks on Sept. 11).
>Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said
>"I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years
>we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our
>government and to get out of our lives.  And being the gentleman He is, I
>believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect Go! d to give us His
>blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?"
>In light of recent events...terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think
>it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body
>found recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we
>said OK.
>Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school ... the Bible says
>thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as 
>yourself. And we said OK.
>Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they
>misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might
>damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an
>expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK.
>Then someone said teachers and principals better not discipline our children
>when they misbehave. The school administrato! rs said no faculty member in 
>this school better touch a student wh en they misbehave because we don't 
>want any bad publicity, and we surely don't want to be sued (there's a big 
>difference between disciplining, touching, beating, smacking, humiliating, 
>kicking, etc.). And we said OK.
>Then someone said, let's let our daughters have abortions if they want,
>and they won't even have to tell their parents. And we said OK.
>Then some wise school board member said, since boys will be boys and
>they're going to do it anyway, let's give our sons all the condoms they 
>want so they can have all the fun they desire, and we won't have to tell 
>their parents they got them at school. And we said OK.
>Then someone said let's print magazines with pictures of nude women and
>call it wholesome, down-to-earth appreciation for the beauty of the female
>body. And we said OK.
>Then the entertainment industry said, let's make TV shows and movies that
>promote profani! ty, violence, and illicit sex. Let's record music that
>encourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide, and satanic themes. And we said
>it's just entertainment, it has no adverse effect, nobody takes it seriously
>anyway, so go right ahead. Again we said OK.
>Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they
>don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill
>strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
>Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.
>I think it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW."
>Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the
>world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but
>question what the Bible says.
>Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like
>wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, peoplethink
>twice about sharing.
>Funny how lewd , crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through
>cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and
>   Are you laughing?
>Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your
>address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they
>will think of you for sending it. Funny how we can be more worried about
>what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.  However that may
>mean that we are trying not to offend with God's name.  We do understand that
>everyone on our e-mail list may not share the same level of 
>faith.  Presenting our personal relationship concept of God is a serious 
>matter.  We will take the time to carefully consider how and with whom we 
>share that concept.
>If you think this has some merit and is worth discussing or considering then
>pass it on. If not then just discard it... no one will know that you did. 
>But, if you discard this "thought process", and won't even consider it 
>personally or as a basis for discussion then don't sit back and complain 
>about what  happens next.  Each one of us is responsible for ourselves and 
>how we present ourselves before God.  If we present ourselves before our 
>family and friends in a particular way that makes no effort to "train 
>them" how to treat us or our values, then things slip and slide into the 
>same mud.  Nothing looks different; nothing stands out; nothing is special.
>God gave us one of the most sophisticated computers ever made; our brain.  We
>owe Him our best use of it.  Let's use this minor copy of His greatest 
>computer (Dos or Apple) to share the best of what He has to offer us.
>Life is for the living; living should be a celebration.