Silence Can Be Louder Than Words

It’s not that everyone is required to make a public statement on the remembrance of 9/11. I can understand being quiet on a solemn day, especially if that horrible day hit you close to home. Even if it did not, I respect the impulse to keep your thoughts about 9/11 private.

The people who are making me really uncomfortable right now are my social media friends who have something to say about EVERYTHING. That something is invariably from a leftist perspective, and that something is invariably judgmental. Everything is political and there is no subject which does not need the benefit of their progressive signaling.

They had nothing to say yesterday on the 16th anniversary of 9/11. Zero. No comments whatsoever.

One took the time to comment on Melania’s heels. Still. Share if you’d rather deport corporate tax dodgers than DREAMers. Outrage at vile tweets against Michelle Obama. Trump raped a teenager with his pedophile friend.  Don’t you think Obama was a classier president than Trump? Trump, Trump, Trump.

100% of my friends who remembered 9/11 were conservatives. 100% of my most vocal progressive friends had no comment.

One friend who is progressive told her own story in which she was almost a victim. She is able to appreciate the meaning of the day. She was on her way to an appointment in one of the towers and watched the planes hit from the ferry. Thank God her appointment was late rather than early.

On September 11, 2001, Americans exactly like you and me were going about their everyday business getting their days started, when they were mercilessly and horrifically murdered. For some the end was sudden. Others were forced to endure  awful and unimaginable torment for some time before they died.

The remembrance of this event does not need politicizing. Your fellow Americans died and it was tragic. We all experienced that day together. We are all Americans. We are all human beings. It was a day that changed everything. It is right to pause, note and remember.

I am not making political points when I say that it was outrageous, or when I condemn the actions of the murderers. We shouldn’t have to check with our progressive community organizers in order to condemn the mass murder of our own.

Why no comments? Is it because they have lost the ability to see anything without a far-right/far-left, us-vs.-them narrative? Because they have bought into the “truth” that every last thing is all political all the time, and that they couldn’t discern the virtue-signal correct opinion? I know these questions sound insulting. I just do not know how else to interpret their silence.

Apparently, it’s no longer OK to be united with those people.


A Look at the Evidence for the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus


When it comes to the formation of the early Jesus movement, 1 Corinthians 15: 3-7  is a crucial element to the proclamation of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. In relation to early testimony, historian David Hacket Fisher says, “An historian must not merely provide good relevant evidence but the best relevant evidence. And the best relevant evidence, all things being equal, is evidence which is most nearly immediate to the event itself.” (1) One key in examining the early sources for the life of Christ is to take into account the Jewish culture in which they were birthed. As Paul Barnett notes, “The milieu of early Christianity in which Paul’s letters and the Gospels were written was ‘rabbinic.’” (2)

Paul’s usage of the rabbinic terminology “passed on” and “received” is seen in the creed of 1 Cor. 15:3-8:

For what I received I passed on to you as…

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What do skeptical ancient historians think of the earliest Christian creed?


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Here is a post from my friend Eric Chabot. He writes about the earliest historical source for the minimal facts about the resurrection, which is the early creed recorded by Paul in 1 Corinthians: 3-7.

1 Cor 15:3-7:

3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve.

6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.

7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,

8 and last of all he appeared to me…

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Did Jesus Claim To Be God?

Messages from the Mythical

Are these the words of a man who had no idea about claiming to be God?

The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

Jesus answered, I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.  My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.I and the Father are one.”

Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him,

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End of Summer and Fall Dates

MaddyTree Books

For my local and neighboring blog friends, here are my upcoming show dates.

September 2     East Falls Farmers Market

September 10     Lansdowne Arts on the Avenue Festival

September 23/October 7/ 21/ November 4     East Falls Farmers Market

November 24-25     A Bit of the Arts Holiday Show

December 8, 9, 10     Main Line Art Center Holiday Craft Market

East Falls has a friendly community feel and was super welcoming to me at my first market there. It seems like a nice place to be, judging by the market frequenters.

Lansdowne Arts on the Avenue is a big and terrific community festival on their main street. Lansdowne is intentional about creating community–big time. To participate at any of their arts or town events is to experience first-rate support and organization. This is a fun one!

ABOTA, also at Lansdowne, is a warm holiday experience, and also lots of fun. We have been attending…

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Ten (Bad, But Popular) Arguments for Abortion

This, from Public Discourse:

Ten (Bad, But Popular) Arguments for Abortion

6. The Botched Illegal Back-Alley Abortion. With considerable indignation, students frequently protest that if abortion is banned, then women will die in back-alley abortions. These deaths, indeed, are double tragedies, for they take two lives.
How common—and how dangerous—were back-alley abortions before Roe? How common and how dangerous would they be if abortion were made illegal in some states? The cogency of this pro-abortion argument depends on the answers to these empirical questions.
Even before answering them, though, we have to ask whether permitting abortion would be a sensible and ethical response to the occurrence of dangerous back-alley abortions. Fetuses and newborns have comparable metaphysical and moral status, rendering their deaths more or less equally harmful. If parents were accidentally killing themselves in attempts to commit back-alley infanticides, the correct response from society would not be to legalize infanticide and train personnel to kill in a manner that is safer for the parents. If the dangers of self-inflicted wounds would not warrant legalizing infanticide, why would life-endangering back-alley abortions?

Want Moral Equivalence?

I think most reasonable people, right, left or other, would agree on principle that they do not endorse activists who endorse violent tactics. We would all agree that we want no part with groups who are about violence.

White supremacists were able to gather a few hundred idiots for their best showing recently in Charlottesville.

White supremacists in America have been responsible for how many deaths recently? Planned Parenthood, around half a million each year.

The Women’s March on January 21, 2017, was a march for the purpose of protecting the freedom to end the life of your unborn child. There is no way to abort non-violently. Millions enthusiastically joined the world over.