Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Review of Austin Dragon's Thy Kingdom Fall

I enjoy science fiction. I am a big fan of Star Trek and Doctor Who, as well as many others. Many Star Trek fans are familiar with the Enterprise traveling to strange new worlds and that Gene Roddenberry created a future in which humans on earth eliminated war, money etc.

In Thy Kingdom Fall, Austin Dragon presents us with a different future for the end of the 21st Century. Although the Americans in this future enjoy the comforts of many technological advances - smart cars, smart houses, smart cities - this future is far from perfect. Certainly, this was not the vision of Madison and Jefferson. While crime has been significantly reduced, Americans have grown used to surveillance drones hovering over their cities.

Dragon masterfully looks at recent history and current trends to create this futuristic setting. Thus, America in the late 21st Century is completely secular, with the population proudly referring to themselves as "Pagans." In the future, the people of faith are the minority with the Pagans derisively referring to them as "Jew-Christians".

The book combines a murder mystery with political intrigue. A major conflict in the book focuses on the tension between the people of faith and the government. This tension presents challenging questions. How should a Christian respond when the government outlaws your Bibles? Should Christians live in separate communities or enclaves when the government is hostile toward you because of your faith? Should Christians launch surveillance and snatch missions that would make Mossad envious?

Austin Dragon has written an excellent book in Thy Kingdom Fall and I look forward to the release of the second book in the series as America moves closer to World War Three.

Is Jail Time Possible for Christian Baker Who Refuse to Bake Cake?

Should bakers and other vendors be allowed to refuse service to gays and lesbians, specifically when it comes to marital ceremonies? “No,” argues one gay couple who have filed a discrimination complaint against a Colorado baker who refused to provide them with a wedding cake.

Masterpiece Cakeshop, owned by Jack Phillips and based near Denver, Colorado, is at the center of the dispute after David Mullins and Charlie Craig attempted to order the baked good from the business last summer.

Phillips, declining to provide service after learning of the couple’s sexuality, cited his Christian beliefs. But Mullins and Craig aren’t accepting Biblical arguments as a viable basis for the refusal.

....the Colorado Attorney General’s office also filed a formal complaint. If the baker loses and continues to refuse service to gays and lesbians, he could be fined $500 per instance — and given up to a year in jail, his attorney claims. Phillips will stand in front of the state’s Civil Rights Commission in September.


Friday, July 5, 2013

You Are Kidding? Preachers of L.A. Trailer: Coming This Fall

I see nothing good coming from this program.  A pastor living with his "baby mama." Am I the only one seeing something wrong with this picture.  Preacher comparing himself to P Diddy and Jay Z.   We are not expecting perfection, but these "ministers" have to walk to a higher standard.  More later.