Showing posts with label Rick Warren. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rick Warren. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Francis Schaeffer: Herman Dooyeweerd's Trojan Horse?

Was Francis Schaeffer just a popularizer of Dooyeweerd's ideas? A narrative pushed (&believed?) by numerous (Dutch & American) publicists, policymakers and Reformational philosophers. Just a recent example in this quote by Byron Borger:
'Roots shows Dooyeweerd's broad analysis of the flow of Western history, the consequences of the dualisms inherited from Greek thought, the synthesis of medieval worldviews, and the subsequent secularization as (to use the words of popularizer Francis Schaeffer) "nature eats up grace."'
Michael Horton, host of the popular White Horse Inn radio ministry, recently said:
“There is disenchantment with market-driven approaches [like Warren’s]. A new generation is looking for a little bit more seriousness and depth.”
The success of Jim Demint's grassroot advocacy points to this same trend away from top-down. This is bad news for people like Peter Wehner and Michael Gerson who have distinguished themselves since 2008 through their efforts to sink the grassroots campaigns of both Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul. A few weeks ago Peter Wehner and Michael Gerson wrote a ( according to Joe Scarborough 'great' ) essay on saving the Republican party. Today Michael Gerson writes in the Washington Post 'Rand Paul masks his true worldview' which reminds us of the fact that Michael Gerson was the speechwriter of Charles Colson. Michael Gerson writes:
'In the interval, Paul gathered the sudden, unexpected, Internet-driven momentum of a varied coalition.'
The success of Rand Paul's filibuster builds on years of transpartisan coalition building. For years Michael Gerson could afford to ignore and ridicule the efforts of people like John Whitehead, who served as research assistent to Francis Schaeffer on the influential book "A Christian Manifesto". Whitehead's blogpost Setting the Record Straight: Michele Bachmann, Francis Schaeffer and the Christian Right gives some insight in Francis Schaeffer's thought:
'However, while the Christian right has made big gains politically in the past several decades, the Christian involvement in politics has produced little in terms of definable positive results spiritually. After all, political action as a cure-all is an illusion. Although it is a valued part of the process in a democracy, the ballot box is not the answer to humankind's ills. And, in fact, Christians who place their hope in a political answer to the world's ills often become nothing more than another tool in the politician's toolbox.
Francis Schaeffer understood this. As he advised in "A Christian Manifesto," Christians must avoid joining forces with the government and arguing a theocratic position. "We must not confuse the Kingdom of God with our country," Schaeffer writes. "To say it another way, 'We should not wrap Christianity in our national flag.'" As history makes clear, fusing Christianity with politics cheapens it, robs it of its spiritual vitality and thus destroys true Christianity.'
John Whitehead's words on Francis Schaeffer's thinking are confirmed in a blogpost by Colin Duriez who corresponded with Schaeffer on supposed links between his thinking and Dooyeweerd's philosophy (of sphere sovereignty):
'I am really not sure that I have much relationship to Dooyeweerd. Most of my thought was developed prior to my detailed contacts with Hans Rookmaaker and in our detailed contacts I do not think that what we exchanged had so much to do with Dooyeweerd at all, but simply our own thoughts which undoubtedly we have shared backwards and forwards to our mutual advantage for the 20 years.'
The battle for a bit more seriousness and depth among Evangelicals is directly linked to the battle for Francis Schaeffer's legacy. You either trap Calvinists lightningbugs with Dooyeweerd, or you engage the grassroots in a learning process.

Instead of using Schaeffer as the Trojan horse for Olasky's compassionate conservatism or Dooyeweerd's sphere sovereignty, let's dig deeper. To understand the origin of Schaeffer's thought and thoughtleadership, we should read the work of J. Oliver Buswell and  van Til's friend Geerhardus Vos.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bradley Manning At Fort Leavenworth Kansas

Cynically Bradley Manning is now held at Fort Leavenworth the military training center where current rwandan president and war criminal Paul Kagame, the son of Museveni Muhoozi Kainerugaba and many other unsavory characters received training over the last 3 decades. Thanks to Bradley Manning we now know for sure that the US State department has been engaged in sordid activities through it's embassy to influence the Spanish justice system. According to Amnesty International:
"The world faces a watershed moment in human rights with tyrants and despots coming under increasing pressure from the internet, social networking sites and the activities of WikiLeaks, Amnesty International says in its annual roundup."
American politics still seems to think wikileaks won't play an important role in the US presidential elections. I would say, think again. As Melanie Philips points out in this excellent article:

"But who would have thought overseas aid would turn into such a hazard?

David Cameron is clearly experiencing an unwelcome initiation into what might be dubbed the iceberg school of politics"
Wikileaks will eventually not only impact the arab world, the information leaked in those cables will reach the American public. We are not just living in the age of Ron Paul. We are living in the age of wikileaks. American citizens across the US are asking these questions. And it will eventually impact the outcome of the US presidential election. The credibility of Tony Blair and Rick Warren has hit an iceberg which is allready impacting US politics like wildfire.

It seems pretty clear Pentagon has been spreading lies on the way they treat Bradley Manning. Bradley Manning is being held under inhumane conditions.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Reverend Rick Warren on Trial, in the Court of Public Opinion

Rick Warren presented his second International Medal of P.E.A.C.E. to Rwandan President Paul Kagame on September 26, 2009, at Saddleback Church in Southern California. 
By Ann Garrison
May 5, 2010
Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, presidential candidate of the Rwandan FDU-Inkingi Party, is going on trial in Rwanda.  Ingabire is charged with “genocide ideology,” a statutory speech crime unique to Rwanda, and of an “association crime,” associating with terrorists.
Eight days after Ingabire’s arrest on April 21 in Rwanda’s capital,  Kigali, a team of U.S. lawyers filed acivil lawsuit against Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Oklahoma City alleging Kagame ordered the political assassinations that triggered the Rwanda Genocide, costing one million Rwandan lives, and that he engaged in racketeering to control the vast natural resources of eastern Congo across Rwanda’s western border at a cost of six-million Congolese lives.
The international legal strategies and geostrategic implications of these parallel, competing courtroom dramas, are huge and historic.  Like any trials of such import, they will become trials in the court of pubic opinion.
And, California’s most famous Proposition 8 anti-gay marriage campaigner, Reverend Rick Warren, will stand trial in that court as well.  Warren has staked his reputation as an international humanitarian on his alliance with Kagame, and on his Rwandan and Ugandan HIV/AIDS ministries, which are infamous for hijacking PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, in service to his abstinence-only-until-heterosexual-married -monogamy-for-life agenda.
Full story at Fog City Journal,

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Rwandan President Paul Kagame questions Euro justice

by Ann Garrison

Rwandan President Paul Kagame now questions the fairness of the International Criminal Court, and, says that most people who organized the Rwanda Genocide are outside Rwanda's borders.

On September 21, 2009, the Associated Press published "Kagame: Rwanda and Congo are making very good progress toward peace in conflict-wracked region." At first, this seemed like a standard corporate press reproduction of a U.S. State Department release championing their puppet, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, and the so-called peace process that they engineered to maintain control of the vast, geostrategic resources of D.R. Congo. But then AP reporter Edith M. Lederer, quoted Kagame himself:

"Genocide in Rwanda — the causes of it are not Rwandan, are not African. The genocide has its roots somewhere else."

Lederer went on to say that:

"Without naming any individuals or countries, Kagame said most people who organized the genocide were outside Rwanda's borders, yet none have been held accountable.
. . .

The Rwandan leader questioned the fairness of the International Criminal Court, (ICC), the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal, saying it is widely seen as targeting Africans, developing countries or weak countries and not dispensing justice equitably on a global basis."

(How very true, though Kagame failed to point to the ICC's recent indictment of Omar al-Bashir, the sitting head of state of Sudan, a nation hostile to U.S. and its allies' interests, with immense oil reserves now being tapped by Chinese corporations.)

Nevertheless, Kagame begins to sound very much like Africa and human rights investigator/reporter Keith Harmon Snow, who has also characterized the ICC as a court for "African fall guys," dictators, and human rights criminals who have outlived their usefulness to the U.S. and its allies, and/or, have become liabilities, because so many other Africans have testified to their crimes.

The trials of African fall guys, at the ICC in the Hague, reinforce the morality of Euro-justice, without mention of the foreign manipulations that Kagame alluded to.

It sounds as though Kagame now fears becoming another African fall guy, despite receiving Bill Clinton's Global Citizen Award, on September 24, 2009, and Reverend Rick Warren's International Medal of Peace award, on September 25, 2009.

Last year Rick Warren presented his first International Medal of Peace award to George Bush, and I don't think we should take either of Kagame's recent awards any more literally than that, or than the countless environmental stewardship awards that Exxon-Mobil, Peabody Coal, Chevron, Lafarge, ADM, Monsanto, and other multinational miscreants present to one another in year round ceremonies.

Kagame might be indirectly attempting to protect himself by protecting his partner in crime, former "General" Laurent Nkunda, who was arrested by a joint Congolese-Rwandan force on January 22, 2009. If Nkunda were brought before the ICC, he might well start talking about Kagame, and, if Kagame were brought before the ICC, he might well start talking about Bill Clinton and other members of the U.S. State Department, military, and national security apparatus.

Would anyone listen? Most likely not, but Kagame seems to be warning, "without naming individuals or countries," that, should he one day find himself on trial in the Hague, he would start "naming names and countries," "outside Rwanda's borders," who organized and benefited from the 1994 bloodbath.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Dambisa Moyo tool in Kagame's PR strategy

As the article "Rwanda Rising: A New Model of Economic Development" points out, Paul Kagame has surrounded himself with some influential friends that are part of his pr strategy. Dambisa Moyo, writer of the book "dead aid" does not need further introduction, she wrote yesterday on her twitter account:
"Rwanda's President Kagame calls on African nations to work towards ending their dependency upon foreign aid."
Kagame, President of Rwanda, invited Dambisa Moyo to speak on the subject of her book, "aid is not helping the development of Africa", shortly after the Netherlands and Sweden decided to suspend their budgetsupport to Rwanda. The reason for that being a UN report on Rwanda's support of rebels inside the DRC. Catherine Philp, correspondent for the sunday times writes today on Kagame in the article "Yesterday a victim, today an oppressor: how aid funds war in Congo"
"15 years (after the genocide), Mr Kagame finds himself cast more as a perpetrator than victim, with the unveiling of Rwanda's role in the plunder and killing in eastern Congo, a war that has claimed the lives of five times as many people as the genocides in Rwanda and Darfur combined. So why are British taxpayers still supporting him?"
Paul Kagame said at a pressconference yesterday, anticipating the visit of Koenders, dutch minister of development cooperation:
"Good help is help that really helps your country advance, bad help is help with all kinds of conditions and political intimidation behind it"
"Here in Rwanda, it is us who take the decisions on our national security, and nobody else, it's ridiculous that they stopped the budgetsupport even before the final draft of the UN report"
Paul Kagame is an intelligent man and as former head of the Ugandan military intelligence he is an expert in modernday information warfare. He knows that it's not the truth that is decisive. Today the dutch member of parliament for the VVD who made sure Koenders couldn't continue his budgetsupport to Rwanda, Arend-Jan Boekestijn, asked Koenders to make sure that Rwanda does not receive one more penny from the dutch taxpayers, because that money is used by Kagame's dictatorship to suppress the majority of Rwandan's citizens.

Dambisa Moyo's arguments on the lack of effectiveness of development aid become less convincing while she is actively campaigning for Paul Kagame. Does she really not know Kagame has a very different agenda? But even the Nelson Mandela foundation in South Africa invited Paul Kagame as you can see in the video below. It shows to me the complexity of Africa's political reality and that you should not believe all the easy slogans and romantic simplifications that are served up over and over again.


Sunday, December 21, 2008

Blogtalkradio on Rick Warren, Ben Affleck, Nkunda and Kagame

Said Kakese Dibinga, Owner of The Bayindo Group SA, Location Greater Los Angeles Area, industry Venture Capital & Private Equity, talks about the war in Congo and the dubious relation between Rick Warren and Paul Kagame.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Paul Kagame and Rick Warren

This article from Sarah Polak reveals the strategy Paul Kagame is using to continue the needed US support for his government. I have to give him credit, he is a smart guy. And he knows Rick Warren needs him just as much as he needs Rick. These two guys are mutually profitting from this "deal". As an American abroad I pitty a people that brings forth such leaders. It is also scarry to see that the US democracy can be soo easily manipulated.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Rick Warren kneels for the Lord Paul Kagame

I'm at the Newseum in downtown Washington, D.C., where the Rev. Rick Warren is hosting an event dedicated to honoring President Bush for his work on HIV/AIDS.

Mr. Warren is a high-powered and internationally recognized pastor, who hosted the presidential candidates at his church in August. And he has drawn some pretty serious star power to this forum, although most of it is by video.

But President-elect Barack Obama, President Clinton, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, U2 rocker Bono, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Rwandan President Paul Kagame will all address the forum by video.

Mr. Blair and Mr. Kagame's videos, and maybe the others, will both be specifically aimed at saluting Mr. Bush, whose PEPFAR program (President's Plan for Emergency AIDS Relief) in Africa has given life-saving treatment to over 2 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, at a cost to the U.S. taxpayer of $15 billion over five years.