The Stream -> On Taking a Knee, Puerto Rico, and the Vegas Massacre

The Stream -> On Taking a Knee, Puerto Rico, and the Vegas Massacre

October 5, 2017
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Las Vegas Shooting: Pure Evil
James Robison
October 4, 2017

The President was right on target when he referred to the murderous act in Las Vegas as “Pure Evil.” Satan is the author and instigator of all evil. He is the very personification of it. Even those who doubt or deny God cannot deny there is an obvious force of evil present in our world. Jesus said Satan is the father of all lies and, above all, a thief and murderer. He seeks to destroy life — every precious aspect of it. When he is in control, he continually manifests despicable, unimaginable acts defying all logic.

We’re right to abhor the unspeakable brutality and murder of the innocent — anytime, anywhere. We don’t yet know whether the 64-year-old Vegas gunman was deranged or cruelly rational. But we do know his act was demonic. No, the devil didn’t make him do it. The murderer made a horrible choice by giving Satan control of his life and accomplished the enemy’s deadly purpose.


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On Taking a Knee, Puerto Rico, and the Vegas Massacre
Peter Wolfgang
October 4, 2017

The whole “NFL takes a knee during the National Anthem” story really wasn’t a big thing to me until the massacre in Vegas. Now I see that there’s more to say. Our fights over the suffering of our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and Las Vegas are why it’s wrong to take a knee during the National Anthem.

Very little binds us all together as a nation. If it is not a love of country, a patriotism that transcends our differences and retains some awareness of being “one nation under God,” it is nothing. And that is what we have holding us together right now. Nothing. Just the laws, I suppose, and that will not be enough if the nation itself loses its legitimacy in the eyes of the people.

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Fragmented, Divided: How Would We Stand Up To a National Attack?
Tom Gilson
October 3, 2017

I began writing this article on America’s fragmentation a couple days ago before the Las Vegas shooting happened. I had no idea how clearly my point was about to be illustrated.

Here’s what I had in mind as I began writing:

If North Korea were to land a nuclear missile in California, could it break open a major fault line?

The answer is most certainly yes — though not necessarily one in the ground. I know nothing about the seismic risk, but I’m sure a bomb landing on the west coast could shake our whole society to pieces.

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Hugh Hefner’s Legacy to Me
Nancy Flory
October 3, 2017

I won’t forget the day I found out that my then-boyfriend regularly watched porn. My heart was broken. I knew I could never live up to what he saw as normal and “natural.” For him, pornography was something every man watched. Why was I so upset? He asked. It’s no big deal. “It doesn’t mean anything.”

That’s Hugh Hefner’s legacy. In 2013, Esquire published a piece called “The Perfect Life of Hugh Hefner” republished last month as “The House of Hefner.” The article describes his life as a “perfect” life full of unadulterated pleasure.

He may have thought his life was perfect. The editors of Esquire might envy him. But he began the movement that mainstreamed pornography. He created addicts and destroyed marriages.

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