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How Not to Support Israel
I have visited Israel twice and fully support its right to exist. I fully support the right of each country to exist, but let’s be clear that Israel has a special challenge due to history. While I disagree on some points of its policies, I would never join a boycott of Israel. If I was an employer, I would never force my employees to sign a document stating that they won’t join a boycott against Israel. Yet that is just what Bahia Amawi, a contracted speech pathologist for an Austin-area school district was asked to do, and she could not do that in good conscience. So, she lost her job and is suing. This is because Texas, like other states, has an anti-boycott law on the books that says a government entity may not enter in a contract for goods or services with Texas unless they agree not to support a boycott against Israel. The ACLU is representing four other individuals in Texas affected by this law, and they state the case is “about whether a government entity can dictate the political viewpoint of the contractors … with whom it does business.” There are lawsuits along this line in other states with similar laws on the books. In response to the situation, Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford), author of the original law, said the law was never intended to target individual employees and that he will introduce legislation in the upcoming session to clarify that. Good. Your employer shouldn’t get to dictate its political views to you for you to keep your job.
The Worth of a Soul
The Word of God tells us “For God so loved the world that He gave His only born Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Many know this well-traveled verse, whether they believe it or not. How many times have any of you heard it? More than you can count, I am sure. But why would God love such people as us? So many wrecked by the bottle or the needle, so many without direction or hope ... and many working themselves in a frenzy, but for what purpose? To get ahead, maybe? I dare say that most think it scarcely worth their while to waste much time on those who have fallen off the wagon. The Bible also tells us “no one can redeem his brother ... for redemption of the soul is costly.” Costly, yes. To save a person so that they can spend eternity with a loving God, and that starting now cost God, His beloved Son, Jesus. God the Father turned away from Jesus while He hung on that cross, becoming the sacrifice for our sin and rebellion against a holy God. The Bible tells us “there is no remission of sins without the shedding of blood,” and so it was that the blood of Jesus was shed. Salvation is now available to all, whether down and out, rich and famous, or everything in between. All of us are headed for a certain eternal hell where the fire is never quenched unless we during this short life receive that gift from God, eternal life in Jesus Christ, and that by faith alone. The Bible tells us “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” and “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” No one can quite understand the worth of a soul, though God values each and every one so much that He came into the world as a man, Jesus the Son of God, then became the sacrifice for us all. Will you not consider this wonderful offer that can change you or anyone else forever? It is free to the receiver, though it cost God everything!
A GALILEO AFFAIR FOR OUR TIMES
In 1633, the Catholic Church forced Galileo to recant his support for the Copernican theory that the Earth moved around the sun. He lived the remainder of his life under house arrest but today his role in astronomy is recognized. Pope John Paul II even apologized on behalf of the church in 1992. Still, heretics who pursue uncomfortable truths do so at their own peril. Witness James D. Watson, co-discoverer of the DNA double helix in 1953 and subsequently awarded the Nobel Prize. Watson believed and continues to believe that inherent, genetic differences exist between the races. One would think that the opinion of a Nobel laureate would merit consideration, but he has been cast away from polite society, just like Galileo, for heretical thoughts. A recent airing of “American Masters: Decoding Watson” on PBS let Watson speak for himself. His views about the genetic relationship between race and intelligence remain unchanged. “I would like for them to have changed,” he said on camera,” that there be new knowledge that says that your nurture is much more important than nature. But I haven’t seen any knowledge. And there’s a difference on the average between blacks and whites on IQ tests. I would say the difference is, it’s genetic.’’ In discussing IQ averages, he does not say that all whites are smarter than all blacks, but means that the average IQ for whites as a group is higher than that of blacks as a group. Similarly, the average IQ of Far East Asians is greater than that of whites. Just as Galileo challenged the Catholic Church for its belief in an Earth-centered universe, Watson challenges believers in equality, which is a political idea with no place in science.
Imagine a product (Z) that requires ingredient X, which exists only in countries C and E. X is a mineral that must be dug from the ground. In country C, X is near the ground’s surface. In country E, X is at least 1,000 feet below the ground’s surface, so country C can produce X cheaply compared to country E. Let’s assume that the cost to producers of Z in country E of buying X in country C and shipping X to country E is less than the cost of buying the X that country E produces. If free trade exists, then country E’s consumers will be able to pay less for product Z than they will have to pay without free trade. Suppose that country E has a population of 1 million, of which 1,000 work to produce ingredient X. Free trade will endanger the jobs of country E’s 1,000 workers who produce ingredient X. To protect those workers, country E’s president imposes a tariff on ingredient X that is imported from country C. That tariff increases the cost of ingredient X, and thus the cost of product Z. Who wins and who loses from the tariff? The winners are the 1,000 workers in country E who produce ingredient X. The losers are the 1 million or so consumers who buy product Z. So the losers far outnumber the winners. Trump calls himself the “tariff man.” Here is one more reason that we should rid ourselves of D. Trump. He is an enemy of consumers.