Tonight's CSCOPE debate was dominated by inside baseball. Our eyes glazed over on multiple occasions. The most striking part of the 'debate' was when Thomas Ratliff got sloppy.
Ratliff's obvious strategy was to bore people with details. It worked for 45 minutes. Then Thomas Ratliff decided to speak about Pearl Harbor and 9/11.
Thomas Ratliff on Pearl Harbor:
Not everyone sees the world the same way we do.Thomas Ratliff on 9/11:
One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.[Author's Note: These two comments came between 7:20 and 7:35 pm CST; unfortunately, we didn't time stamp our notes.]
Ratliff, once he realized how badly he stepped in it, backtracked by claiming he didn't want Texas schoolchildren to insult potential foreign employers. [Insert National Debt Joke Here]
Cahnman's Musings suspects no one will change their mind about CSCOPE based on tonight's debate. Cahnman's Musings is friends with CSCOPE activists, but still found the debate painfully boring. The most interesting moment came around the 45 minute mark, when Thomas Ratliff got sloppy.
Author's Note: Cahnman's Musings will post video of the debate as soon as it becomes available
Author's Note II: From StaceInTexas:
Author's Note III:
This badass devotional says it best:
Thou Hast Rejected Knowledge
by Henry Morris, Ph.D."My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." (Hosea 4:6)
This lament over the ancient apostasy of Israel embodies an age-long principle which surely applies to those nations today which once professed Christianity but are now dominated by humanism. Our own nation is experiencing an awful scourge of moral anarchy among our children and young people, and the reason why is because their parents and grandparents have largely "forgotten the law of thy God."
America—particularly its intellectual leadership—has "rejected knowledge," so its people are being "destroyed for lack of knowledge." This ignorance exists despite an abundance of supposed actual knowledge (i.e., "science") in our educational institutions, for such facts are almost universally taught in a secular context. Our teachers have forgotten that "the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge" (Proverbs 1:7).
Even in evangelical and fundamentalist churches and schools today, there is often too little emphasis on knowledge and too much on experience. Christian faith is not "feeling"; it is volitional commitment to a true intellectual understanding of the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish," said Christ (Luke 13:5). The Greek word for "repent" means "change your mind!" One can only believe right if he first thinks right, and this requires true knowledge.
Listen again to Hosea's warning: "The LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy |i.e., 'kindness'|, nor knowledge of God in the land" (Hosea 4:1). "They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind" (Hosea 8:7).