You can’t handle the truth

“The Science” is at it again… Nature has reported that evolutionary biologists are trying to find genetic clues as to why homosexuality exists. Homosexuality is an evolutionary paradox, in that it is barren by design and doesn’t belong in a “survival of the fittest” view of evolution. Although every study that has set out to prove that “gayness” is an immutable, genetic trait has been flawed and dubious, the idea that people are “born this way” is unquestioned by many.

The late Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy argued for same-sex marriage on the basis that it was unfair to penalize people who’s “immutable nature dictates” who they love. With all that in mind, scientists are now studying whether homosexuality evolved to “help” heterosexual humans reproduce. (You’ll just have to read it for yourself…) It is not impossible to imagine that the Fall has corrupted humankind, right down to the genetic level, but it is unlikely scientists will add that to their theories. And would they want to hear what God says on the subject, anyway? 

In another round of scientific overreach, a recent article from NPR claimed that a medieval warrior found buried in Finland was probably “non-binary.” The evidence? The person was buried with weapons and jewellery. You can’t make this stuff up…

And that didn’t take long… OnlyFans has reversed the decision to ban sexually explicit content from its platform. Assurances from credit merchants that they wouldn’t stop payments from being processed, along with backlash from “sex workers,” means the show goes on.

Not in My Backyard

We know that the devil is a liar and a murderer and his works attest to that. But it is always troubling when you hear of the wickedness on your own doorstep. According to a new report, a grant of almost $3M has been given to the University of Pittsburgh, to build “pipeline for the acquisition” of fetal tissue to experiment on. According to the BaptistPress, this macabre research has been going on for many years, with the latest grant containing quotas for samples taken from babies of racial minorities. Lord, have mercy!

Life savings

Christian evangelist, Nick Vujicic, has set out to found a “pro life bank.” Vujicic says 90% of banks give philanthropically to pro-abortion organizations and is working to make an alternative. 

In other life news, Mississippi recently asked the Supreme Court to overturn the Roe vs Wade ruling, which made abortion legal all across America in 1973.

If you watched the Chill from Saturday morning, you might have heard the Mad Christian refer to an alternate history of polio. Unbiased Mike found a thread which sums it up well.

Too bad to be true?

A kerfuffle broke out in various quarters of the internet over a study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study was conducted early in the USA’s rollout of COVID vaccinations and aimed to gather data on the potential danger of mRNA vaccines to pregnant women. Somewhere along the way, a claim was made that the study found miscarriages occurring in 82% of pregnancies. LifeSite News, a website trusted by many Mad Christians to bring true information about vaccines and abortion also reported this sensational headline.

Rev. Fisk thought something smelled funky, requesting fact-checking by the Us-the-Chill brain trust— they did not disappoint. Bill, a resident number-cruncher summarizes as follows:

“Here’s what we’re given:

  1. Researchers publish study in NEJM that claims (and here I’ll quote directly) ‘Preliminary findings did not show obvious safety signals among pregnant persons (sic) who received mRNA Covid-19 vaccines.’
  2. Claims circulated that said the researchers were failing to acknowledge that their own numbers reveal that 82% of those receiving the vaccine had a miscarriage. Further claims are that MSM won’t cover it because it doesn’t fit the narrative. Etc. “

Bill also suggested that the study’s design is a little confusing to the non-statistically minded, but concluded: “This particular study does not sway me one way or the other. I cannot, based on this study alone, claim the vaccine to be low risk, nor can I claim it to be high risk. Not enough information.”

It is sad to see LifeSite publish this news, when a little digging might have given them pause, and yet it shows that you can never check your brain at the door when assessing news today. The fact-checkers have not been without their biases, but in this instance, PolitiFact (yes, the one Facebook relies on for its “Truth-O-Meter”) made a fairly good summary of the situation. LifeSite has since pulled their article on the study, stating that it needs reviewing.

There is a quip, attributed to Mark Twain, about lies being able to travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. The amount of information presented to us every day is one thing, but the speed of a Twitter feed turnover is akin to a digital autobahn. Whether half-truths and lies start with an Instagram post, a conservative news outlet, or a government agency, we need to take time to assess them. 

If something fits our narrative too cleanly, it is wise to be a little suspicious. Those without hope in the world cling to any information that endorses their worldview. Being on the “right side of history” is the self-justifying project of the modern man and morsels of half-truth are tasty – for a time. But Mad Christians do not need the world to fit into neat categories, because we know whose world it is. God’s trustworthy word says it best, “The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps.” ~Proverbs 14

This is no time to panic

The latest hysteria out of COVIDland is that there is a new strain in town. The “delta variant” as it is designated, has produced a lot of headlines, prompting fresh lock downs and mask mandates around the globe. But The Blaze has labeled all the hair-on-fire reporting as “panic porn” masquerading as science. Writer Daniel Horowitz lays out the reasons why the virus strain, which is the predominant one in India, is not as bad as the media makes out. This is consistent with what experts were saying late last year— as viruses mutate they often become more contagious but less deadly. (H/T to kudsid for the story)

A new study has confirmed the very low risk of transmission of the Sars-CoV-2 virus on surfaces. So can we quit with the hand sanitizer already?

ZeroHedge has reported that a few male soldiers sought help for acute chest pain within days of receiving mRNA vaccination.

The American Humanist Society has named Dr. Fauci as its Humanist of the Year for his empathy, compassion, and “steadfast commitment to science.” We’ll just leave that there.

Follow the science

My, how things have changed.. It was not that long ago that anyone who baulked at the idea of lockdowns and wearing masks was shouted down as a “science-denier.” While the data has been bearing out the idea that lockdowns don’t make much difference, now even the CDC has relaxed its guidelines for masks. Emma Green wrote an illuminating piece for The Atlantic recently, highlighting liberals who can’t quit the lockdown life.

While some progressives openly admit they just want to oppose whatever former President Trump recommended, others are trapped in a way of thinking that is, ironically, no longer supported by “the science.” Green writes in her article that some people see extreme caution as “a form of good citizenship” and are reluctant to give that up. Others are still working through the “trauma of the past year.”

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow gave an interesting insight into this mindset when she said that she would need to “rewire” her brain. Even though health authorities assured her that science backs their recommendations, she said it would take patience and compassion for her to not see unmasked people as selfish and a threat. The comments on her tweet show the grip that this thinking has on people, with most saying they would not be quitting masks any time soon. One reply summed up where we are: “I need more than a CDC announcement.”

Mad Christians will see a few takeaways here. We know that when mankind casts away the fear and knowledge of God, they don’t become less religious. Nor do they become more rational or free. Our creaturely status means we will always seek something to worship. The dream of humanitarianism – that human potential is infinite and that our best days are always ahead – is foolishness. Human institutions can’t save anyone and the worship of science leads to disappointment. 

So maybe it is we Mad Christians who need patience and compassion. For the ones who are on shifting sand, fearful of death and putting their hope in masks, vaccinations and mandates, we have good news. There is a hope that never disappoints, sealed by the very blood of Christ, who is the Resurrection and the Life. 

This is the truth which emboldens us to live without fear, knowing it is Christ who ordains our days. May he strengthen us to speak this truth to those who are bound by the rules of a false religion, without hope in this world.