Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal

Friday, August 19, 2016

What Riots Are Good For: Pay Up, or Else

Ben Shapiro lays his cards on the table here in his editorial entitled "What Riots Are Good For: Pay Up, or Else".

This week saw the latest in a spate of riots in Democratic cities: Milwaukee burned. It burned not because of some grave racial injustice, but because a black officer shot a black suspect armed with a stolen gun. That’s the new normal: Ferguson burned because a white officer shot a black man who tried to take his gun and then charged him; Baltimore burned because a group of officers, some of whom were black, didn’t buckle a black suspect into a seat, and that suspect died in the back of a police van.

Circumstance no longer matters, however; neither does proof of systemic discrimination. No, the only thing that matter is the perception of racial discrimination. And that perception justifies violent racist action

That’s what happened in Milwaukee, which has — not coincidentally — seen a 70 percent spike in murder from 2014 to 2015. Rioters torched a gas station while shouting “black power!” Some tried to chase down white citizens unfortunate enough to drive into the wrong area. A leftist white journalist fled the city after being targeted for his race; another reporter was chased by men in a Chevy Suburban because he is white.

Great Racial Unifier™ President Obama couldn’t be reached for comment — he was busy golfing. The media, meanwhile, continue to mirror the stance of CNN’s Marc Lamont Hill, who calls such riots “uprisings” and states that there is a need for “resistance to oppression . . . and you can’t circumscribe resistance,” and declares, with no sense of irony, that black Americans cannot be racist ....

... the Left has used riots as a tool of policy for decades.

... There’s something stomach-churning about the logic here. Leftists have governed virtually every city in which major riots have taken place, from Milwaukee (no Republican mayor since 1908) to Baltimore (no Republican mayor since 1967) to Los Angeles (before the 1992 L.A riots, no Republican mayor since 1961) to Detroit (where the mayor during the 1967 riots was a Democrat who had walked arm-in-arm with Martin Luther King). Yet instead of governing properly — instead of making life better for their citizens — politicians have worked hand-in-glove with agitators who riot, thereby placing outside pressure on politicians to take radical action. This inside-outside game perverts politics itself: Instead of voters electing politicians who will enact their agenda, politicians become tools of violent mobs — or worse, instigators of those mobs for purposes of clubbing the voters into submission.


He makes an interesting argument. As he notes, "politicians become ... instigators of those mobs for purposes of clubbing the voters into submission." The simple fact is that politicians will often use any good crisis to "club" the populace into submission. History bears testimony.

The Roman emperor Nero used the great conflagration of Rome in 64 A.D. to divert public attention away from his failed policies and to incite public animosity towards the Christians, who subsequently paid a heavy price. During the chaos of the fire, there were reports of heavy looting. The fire ended up raging out of control for nearly three days. Three of Rome’s 14 districts were completely wiped out; only four were untouched by the tremendous conflagration. While there is controversy regarding the origin of the fire, there is no disagreement among historians that Nero used the disaster to further his political agenda. In essence, the same thing is now happening with various governments using crisis-after-crisis to enforce their will upon the populace.

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecc 1:9)

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