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A How-To Guide to Shooting Heroin -- Finally!

In New York City, the Department of Health has sparked controversy and outrage by spending more than $32,000 on 70,000 pamphlets that show addicts how to properly heat heroin, find a vein, inject it, and find and discard needles appropriately. The city claims this move is aimed at decreasing infections of HIV and other diseases by heroin addicts.

I wish I could say I am surprised, but given the “public health” measures in sex education, which also claim to reduce disease and increase public health, I'd expect nothing less. Instead of deterring bad behavior, people with this mentality choose to assume the worst in human nature and reduce our self-control to that of purely pleasure-seeking animals. The city, and some in the public health field, claim the pamphlet does not encourage the use of illegal drugs, but instead just shows people how to take them safely if they do choose to partake. But others, such as special agents from the DEA and NYC Councilmen, stand firmly against the pamphlets.

If the heroin pamphlet idea makes you sick—and it should—then we must understand that any bad idea policy idea that does not get squashed by our elected officials, and those that they appoint, gets replicated in other places. When “sex without consequences” advocates started converting people to their unethical ideology, some brushed it aside and dismissed it. This how-to guide on heroin injection is a byproduct of such apathy.

Rumor has it that next week NYC will come out with a how-to guide for arsonists. Severe burns from igniting combustibles are a growing problem, and instructions would likewise increase public health.  Sounds ludicrous, does it not? Well, it is—it's just a joke. I made it up. But it makes about as much sense as the real pamphlet. 

Rather than investing money in deterring criminal, immoral, and deadly behavior, NYC has instructed people on how to commit crime and self-destructive behavior “by the book.” When fighting evil, we must understand that each and every battle is important. Because when you lose one battle, other battles are likely lost before they even happen.
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    My dear friend Evelyn Bence has written a moving remembrance at Christianity Today of her visits to a dying friend.

    I wanted to share it just as much for the poetry of her prose as for her thoughtful reflections. It's entitled "Watch and Wait: Tarrying with Christ and the fearful dying."

    I do hope you read it, and that you have a holy, blessed Easter.READ FULL ARTICLE »
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    While he's on the snarky side, Tim Teeman in The Daily Beast sums up the problem of Google Glass being increasingly invasive.
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  • The road less taken

    In this article that's making the rounds online, a Christian man with same-sex attraction explains why he chooses to be married to a woman. Part 2 of his article is scheduled to go up Thursday.

    (H/T Shane Morris)READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Easter and Public Schools

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    However, contrary to what many educators think, a new report released this week documents that state academic standards not only allow, but in some cases, expect public schools to teach about Jesus, the Bible, and Christianity. Gateways to Better Education has published this online report, titled “The Bible in State Academic Standards.” The 230-page report highlights state-by-state academic standards indicating ample opportunity for educators to teach about the Bible, Christian beliefs, and Christians who were influential in history.
  • Stupidest trend ever?

    A Dutch teenager was arrested Monday for tweeting a bomb threat at American Airlines. For some reason, this caused many others to think that tweeting bomb threats at American Airlines was a really great idea. 

    Apparently, bored and spoiled young people plus social media plus the copycat mentality equals a perfect storm of asininity.READ FULL ARTICLE »
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    All four parts of the podcast I did with William O'Flaherty and Dr. Crystal Hurd are now available for $3.READ FULL ARTICLE »

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