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About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations.

Happy Baby, Happy Cat

We’re adult human beings. The mind of a baby, and the mind of a cat, are both closed doors to us. We can only imagine what’s going on in there, when cats and babies get together. Gee, I’d love to remember what it felt like to be a baby. But not for longer than three or four minutes.

Note how gentle that one cat is with the baby who insists on pulling his ears.


Why Rome Persecuted Christians

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Before you can have emperor-worship, you have to have an emperor. Having none, the Roman Republic never had a cult. This had to wait until the Romans had successfully destroyed their republic.

As the master of so many different nations, with so many different gods, the Roman emperor needed more than just the brute force of the Roman army–so often resorted to–to keep them all in line. So what the Romans did was to evolve an imperial cult; and everybody, regardless of their own national religion, had to swear oaths in the emperor’s name and perform sacrifices to him.

This was really inclusive. For a time, Jews got a pass: they prayed to their God for the emperor. Everybody else had to pray to the emperor. For anyone to do otherwise would have been divisive. The Romans were big on inclusiveness, and anyone who tried to be divisive would be killed.

Christians refused to sacrifice to the emperor. Once Nero figured out that the Christians weren’t just an eccentric Jewish sect, he initiated persecutions. The Christians’ failure to sacrifice to him was divisive. Even exclusionary. So he killed as many as he could. Other emperors followed in his footsteps.

Notice Nero’s image on the coin. In Republican times, no living person could have his picture on a coin. That was reserved for gods. So the parade of Roman coins with emperors’ portraits on them tells us where they were coming from.

In the long run, Jesus Christ, who had no army, prevailed against the Roman Empire, which did. He conquered it.

Let them who have ears, hear. Let them who have eyes, see.


Tomorrow (*sigh*)

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Well, I won’t be here for much of tomorrow. First I have to go to the vet’s for Robbie to have a checkup, which we didn’t expect to do quite this soon; and then I have to take Patty to Motor Vehicles to have her driver’s license renewed. They need to make sure she didn’t turn into someone else since the last time they renewed it. Here in glorious New Jersey, unless you’re an illegal alien, you have to prove you’re you before they let you drive.

I’ll try to put up a few early posts before I go, and I hope you readers stay with me. If I can’t manage much that’s new, I hope you’ll take the opportunity to browse among the archives. There’s all kinds of stuff to read.

Meanwhile, we’re getting a torrent of paperwork demanded by the state regarding Aunt Joan’s microscopic estate. You’d think she left a million dollars. I expect myself to die of old age before this work is finished.

I’m tired.


‘Christian Nation’ Billboard: Down

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Not allowed

After protests by the mayor of Dallas, the Dallas Moaning News, and a bunch of atheists, a billboard reading “America is a Christian Nation” has been taken down (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jun/18/america-christian-nation-billboard-removed-dallas/).

Because, you see, the message is “divisive” and “exclusionary” and “a myth.”

If America is not a Christian nation, that’s a tragedy.

American Christians once upon a time created a nation, then unique in the world, allowing the free exercise of religion–any religion. The First Amendment guaranteed it. It goes to show you should never expect gratitude.

The billboard was paid for by the First Baptist Church in Dallas. Now atheists plan to gather in front of the church and hold a protest. Just in case anybody comes out whistling a hymn or something.

Remember that Democrat slogan from 2016? “The government is the only thing we all belong to.” They meant it literally. That’s their religion: the state is their god.

O Lord our God, when you judge this nation, please remember that these things are done without our consent, against our will, and over our objections. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


This Is What They Want

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Wherever liberals and citizens of the world run government, they run it into the ground. The above are pictures from the streets of San Francisco. We could have selected much more disgusting pictures than these, believe me.

Today in America leftids and their henchmen in the nooze media are doing everything in their power to batter down what’s left of our national borders and turn the whole country into San Francisco. They use illegal aliens to do it, just as they’ve done in Germany, France, Sweden, Norway, Britain, and the rest of Western Europe. They have done this everywhere they win elections.

What is it about squalor, crime, filth, public health hazards, and boiling misery that turns Democrats on? It’s like they get a sexual charge out of it. Not that they would permit anything of the sort in their own personal living space. No, no, no–this is meant for us peasants, us deplorables.

I should talk. My state elected a governor whose main preoccupations are to sabotage the immigration laws, legalize marijuana and sports betting, and raise taxes. And every flaming idiot who voted for him says “I thought he was going to lower our taxes”!

It is almost miraculous that any Democrat can ever be elected, anywhere. Because, folks, there is no excuse: only the most invincible ignorance can expect anything but disaster.

But that invincible ignorance is surely the most important product of our schools and colleges, to say nothing of our nooze and entertainment media. The dumber we are, the better they like us.


Blue Wave, Eh? Ya Mean Like This?

Attorney Sarah Swain (left) apologized after she was criticized heavily by law enforcement groups who argued that the image promoted violence against police officers.

The Democrat running for attorney general of the state of Kansas–that is, the top law enforcement official in the state–is in hot water over a post she has hanging in her law office. It shows Wonder Woman lassoing a police officer (http://www.kctv5.com/story/38460272/candidates-poster-of-wonder-woman-lassoing-cop-criticized).

Gee, a lot of people think this isn’t quite the ticket for a state attorney general. Even some Democrats think she should drop out of the race. But she says people have “misconstrued” the meaning of the poster. She says she’s “pro-cop.” It should be obvious to everyone that that poster displays only the highest regard for police personnel. If you don’t think so, you must be a Racist.

So is this part of the Big Blue Wave that’s gonna flood the country in November, and sweep the Democrats back into power? “Vote for us! No more law enforcement! No more national borders! No more Climbit Change denial! We’ll finish the job Obama started!”

Yeah. Vote for them and put a stake through the heart of America.


‘Christ **is** the Answer’ (2016)

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Christ Pantokrator–Ruler of All

There are many mornings when the nooze just gets me down, and this was turning into one of them.

That’s when we have to look to Jesus. Son of God, Prince of Peace, King of kings and Lord of lords.

https://leeduigon.com/2016/09/04/christ-is-the-answer/

If we could fix this mess ourselves, we wouldn’t need a Savior. We wouldn’t need a Righteous King.

We can’t, but He can.


‘My Worth is Not in What I Own’

We are bought with a price–Paul mentions it twice in I Corinthians–and it was a very high price indeed: the blood of God’s only begotten Son.

My Worth is not in What I Own, by Keith and Kristyn Getty, with Fernando Ortega. Background scenery by God the Creator.


This Contest Ain’t Workin’

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Recently I announced a fun contest for readers. Cast the Bell Mountain movie, using actors living or dead to play at least six characters, and whoever comes up with the coolest cast wins a copy of The Silver Trumpet.

A lot of people have read that announcement, but so far only three have entered. What kind of contest has only three people in it? Are many of you just waiting around to see what others say? Crikey, I could get three entries into “Name That Tent Caterpillar”contest.

C,mon now, folks–spread your wings and let your imaginations take flight. You can cast anyone you want for any part. If you want to cast Yul Brynner as Ellayne, fine–you won’t win, but you could do that.

This game will only work if a lot of readers play. ‘Nuff said?


Good Christian Blogging in Apologetics and Theology is Hard Work

I’m a little late with this, but I do want our friend SlimJim to know his efforts are appreciated.    —LD

 

The Domain for Truth

I believe good (biblical, clear to understand, logical and edifying) Christian Blogging in Apologetics and Theology is hard work.  Sometimes a daily post goes beyond the self-set deadline.  I have been spending a long time last night and this morning working on a post.  I will have to finish it later and schedule it for another time.

Yet I believe it is worth it; for God’s people desiring to grow.  For those who are not Christians using search engines looking for answers.  For those on social media to click on something that is sound and edifying to read in a world that is amusing itself to death.  And of course for the fellowship and friendship on here.

Got to run to my off line responsibilities for now!

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