emptysetAtheism, often analogized by the mathematical symbol for the empty set,  means literally “without a belief in a god” . When used to describe people who have chosen gods other than the supernatural gods of  world’s chief religions, this is an oxymoron.  They are certainly not without a god, and are united in opposing the beliefs of theists, so perhaps a more appropriate name for so-called atheists would be anti-theists or anti-Christs.

Everyone has a god including those who call themselves atheists. This is clearly evident if the definition of a god is accepted as “that which one depends upon in time of trouble”.  Those who don’t believe in a supernatural god most certainly depend on someone or something when they are facing troubles in life. Their god may be money, heroes, a loved one or an ancestor, but most likely their god will amount to simply, themselves.  Neither atheists nor anyone else is truly without a god; the term atheist just doesn’t make sense.

Atheists in America over the years have fought against prayer in school, have sought to remove “God” from coinage, have fought against the placement of the ten commandments in public places, and have fought against the recognition of an Almighty God in state and local laws. Nothing brings so-called atheists together better than a fight against the wishes of those who believe in the Almighty to acknowledge God publicly. Although they claim they are not “anti” anything, atheists have often been successful in their efforts to hinder public acknowledgment of a supernatural God. They are really anti-theists not atheists.

The God of Christians said that whoever is not for Him is against Him. This is certainly an apt description of someone who is anti-Christ or against Christ. It is also an appropriate description of modern atheists who admittedly are not for Christ.  They ridicule Christians and others who accept the existence of an Almighty God and fight against the appearance of any public expression of this belief whether sponsored by government or not.  Not only are so-called atheists really anti-theists; they are also anti-Christ.

Atheists have proven themselves not only to be persons who don’t believe in the existence of a supernatural god, but those who are against the beliefs of Almighty God held by others.  They would certainly agree that they are not Christians which means, according to Christ, they are against Him and are therefore anti-Christ.  Christ also said that a person cannot serve two masters; they either serve God or Satan.  So, whether they know it or not, anti-theistic, anti-Christian atheists,  also, by default, make Satan their god and could  even be classified as Satanists.

© Vigilute 2009

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alhambraIslam in America is more like a malignant cancer than a Trojan horse.  It does not contain a plot to secretly install an overpowering force that will strike when citizens are not paying attention, but has a peaceful, benign existence whose steady growth has been hardly noticed.   If history is an accurate indicator, it will continue to grow until it reaches its malignant form in fundamentalist Islam aimed at asserting its power over all of society by implementing Sharia law.  The true Islam is the religion practiced by Osama bin Laden and his extremist followers.

In the United States, Islam appears to be a peaceful religion practiced by its followers in tight-knit communities.  It is estimated that the number of Muslims living in America is  growing at a rate of 25% every ten years.  American Muslims seem to be good citizens and have assimilated well into American culture.  Although these modern Muslims already use their religion as a platform for social and political change, they deny that fundamentalism is the ultimate goal of Islam.  Some American Muslims have even naively said that Islam means “peace”.

But Islam does not mean”peace”; it means “submission” to Islamic law and to the will of Allah.  Simply put, it is the practice of bringing jihad, or holy war, to unite by force the world of unbelieving infidels, the Dar al-Harb, with the world of Muslims, the Dar al-Islam.  The ultimate goal of Islam is to bring the world of unbelievers into complete submission to the will of Allah.   Muslim means “those who submit”, and for extremist Muslim fundamentalists, this means submission to Sharia law, believed to summarize the will of Allah.  Under Sharia law, women committing adultery could be stoned, thieves could have their hands amputated, and homosexuals and apostates could be executed.

Muslims in America have begun to assert their power.  Efforts by Muslim promoters, and Muslim participation at the polls  have been paying off.  Foot baths, used by Muslims in preparation for prayers, have been installed in public, state-run, universities, and public prayers have even been allowed in some public schools for Muslims.  This is only the beginning of more Muslim influence to come in America.  In other countries, Canada and France for example, Islam has gained more strength with the establishment of Islamic courts that have begun to impose Sharia law on fellow Muslims.

Islam in America today appears to be a peaceful religion practiced by pious followers seeking justice and equality for society.  But, as their numbers grow, the true fundamentalist Islam will ultimately raise its ugly head and impose Islamic law on its followers first, then on the whole society.  Historically, this pattern has occurred around the world where Islam is predominate.  In the past 30 years, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and other countries including several former soviet republics have fallen to Islam.  The fate of America and the Western world remains to be seen.

© Vigilute 2009

SpanishWorking illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the United States because they are needed to support the American economy, they are a good fit with American society, and it would not be cost effective to deport them. These immigrants from Latin America, mostly illegal and mostly from Mexico, who were the subjects of controversy before the last presidential election, are here in the USA to stay.

Although many of them have been forced back to Mexico due to the struggling American economy, they still fill most of the menial manual labor jobs in the United States.  They work in tough  jobs, rejected by Americans, in manufacturing, hospitality, agriculture, and service industries.  Many businesses in these industrial sectors, especially manufacturing, must compete globally and can’t afford to pay higher wages demanded by less productive Americans who find these jobs beneath their dignities or choose to accept public aid in lieu of earning a living.

These immigrants are a good fit with American society.  They are very family-oriented and rely heavily on each other and aren’t used to looking to the government for help.  The value placed on contributing to their familial units provides peer pressure resulting in a work ethic with emphasis on promptness: they show up for work and work at a fast pace.  And, many are religious with a large percentage of them holding at least a fundamental belief in God.

They shouldn’t be here illegally, but any effort to deport them now would be futile and expensive.  Even identifying the millions who are here would be a daunting and costly task for a government that is already broke.  The fact that millions of children who have been born in the United States to illegal immigrants are citizens complicates deportation of the parents.  The American people are already paying for their health care, education and other societal benefits; by making them legal these costs could be offset by tax revenues not currently being collected.

Giving amnesty to working illegal immigrants would benefit American society by helping  businesses to compete better globally, by enriching American culture, and by controlling societal costs.  Americans may as well learn their language, take an interest in their history and culture, and welcome them.

© Vigilute 2009

shoesWe Americans need to take responsibility for our health and worry less about how to pay our physicians for treatment and more about how to avoid needing treatment in the first place.  We need to stop smoking, eat less, and get off our fat American backsides and move our bodies. We cannot depend on our government to provide our health care nor to take care of our health.  The government is not interested in helping Americans to live longer, and cannot afford taking on responsibility for health care. A government run single payer plan or public option insurance scheme could only result in rationing of treatment.

The battle over health care in the USA these days is not really about caring for the health of the American citizen – it’s a power struggle for control of the health care industry.  The US government really doesn’t care about the health of its citizens nor about prolonging their lives.  In fact, it would be much better for the greater good of society if Americans didn’t quite make it to the average lifespan of 78 years currently expected for Americans.

Americans are already living too long for the collectivist institutions of Social Security and Medicare to survive financially.  If health care is taken on too, the government will have to increase its debts to meet its commitments.   Medicare and medicaid are already financially insolvent, and the government will not be able to meet its commitments for Social Security payments to retirees after 2020.  We the people can’t afford another gigantic entitlement program.

Health care insurance is no guarantee of  good health anyway; it is simply a way to spread risks and costs and hopefully provide access to care when we don’t have good health.  Medical treatments still have to be paid for and are not ‘free’ just because a person is covered by health insurance.  If the patient doesn’t pay for the treatment, then citizens will have to; after all, the citizens are the government.  If the government becomes the insurer, costs will either have to be passed along to citizens in higher taxes, or health care will have to be limited (i.e. rationed) so that treatment costs can’t get incurred in the first place .

Good health and long life are blessings not entitlements; neither should health care insurance be an entitlement.  The only promise we have of extending our lifespans is in the  ten commandments in the Bible, “honor your father and your mother…that your days may be long” – why not give that a try?  Maybe we can even make it to 78 without modern medicine.

© Vigilute 2009

my-millenium-oakThe reality is that Americans are deeply influenced by our culture of self-reliance and individualism whether they know it or not.  It is not un-American to reject collectivist policy as Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has charged, but it is quintessentially American to proudly and loudly reject such policy.

In recent years it seems that many US Americans have been suffering from an identity crisis. They have forgotten, or were never aware of, the values and beliefs that make us who we are. There is even a sense of shame that we have, by our creativity and labor,  prospered more than others in the world.  Influenced by the media and guided by power-seeking politicians they have typically looked back to Europe for ideas for public policy.

Although the first immigrants, arriving over four hundred years ago, to what is now the USA were European, they were of a different sort than the current collectivist European – they were entrepreneurs. Arriving later were those persecuted because of their religion. What they had in common was a desire for freedom to prosper over others and believe differently than others left behind in Europe. They were unashamed individualists and their values and beliefs have influenced American culture more than anything else.  Immigrants continue to pour into the USA, legally and illegally, still seeking the same freedom to prosper and escape persecution.

Americans don’t need to look to Europe for a national identity nor for cultural values.  We have a culture based on self-reliance and individualism that has helped us to become the greatest nation in history.  We have rejected European values through much sacrifice of lives in several wars.  Efforts to inflict public policy on us based on collectivist European values will eventually run into the roadblock provided by American Individualism.  The recent rising up of Americans in town hall meetings against the government takeover of the health care industry is a case in point.

What we need is the freedom to exercise our individualism constrained only by objective morals to protect us from each other, and covenants to protect us from our government.  We need to follow the moral guidance of Judeo-Christian values embodied in the Ten Commandments of the Christian Bible and Jewish Torah.  And, we need to abide by the first ten amendments to our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, that were ratified to protect us from the tyranny of government.

© Vigilute 2009