i expect he knew there would be flack.
the explanation for why the ‘hunt’ is allowed, though, is valid. the money helps with conservation AND the hunt helps with conseration.
instead of not doing it for fear of the backlash, doing it demonstrates how much of the backlash is hypocritical, uninformed rubbish. And if that is true for a rhino ‘hunt’ it is as true for the truly important things going on in this country.
 May 20, 2015 at 3:31pm
exactly. and while it is not the stalk and hunt of a white tail, he paid handsomely for it, helping the country and the remaining rhinos, and further helped with conservation efforts by clearing the way for new ‘stud’ rhinos to be able to reach fertile females.
whining to the contrary, the complaints beyond being personal attacks demonstrate that truth and logic do not matter to too many, as evidenced by the protection of smelts or other ridiculous ‘endangered’ species in California contributing significantly to their water problems, and the exclusion of timber cutting/ clearing contributing to the damaging wildfires…
Ahhh, so he did it to help the rhinos? What a guy! I'm in agreement with the killing but don't get confused with the hunters motivation.
Okay, his primary motivation was being able to say he's done something that few American hunters ever had a chance to do. So what? He went about it legally, the country that sponsored the hunt welcomed him and his money gladly, he got his Rhino and everybody came away happy.
How about we send him off on a Rino hunt? I bet you'd like him then ! :0)
 May 20, 2015 at 2:37pm
that’s funny, the attacks on this nation by the ‘constitutional scholar’ POTUS we have right now make me question the process by which we elect and maintain presidents…
what a doofus, to make such blanket statements.
but like the majority of the fourth estate, journalistic integrity has been discarded for activist reporting, and damn the facts. don’t like what you’re hearing? blame it as racist and write it off.
I'd actually like to see the US add a recall for the POTUS if one citizen feels the guy is bad enough to spend the rest of his life in prison for killing him he's recalled or buried.
 May 20, 2015 at 12:57pm
he should tour Iran with that presentation.
seriously, I can love my fellow man, and turn the other cheek without inviting or tolerating violence against my person or my family. If David can get into heaven after his myriad sins, my owning a firearm is not going to bar my entry. I’m a sinner, i know… none of us are perfect.
The ‘theologian’ can hypothesize whatever he wants. My relationship with God is private and personal, and while i listen to the interpretations of my pastor and my wife’s priest, among others, such a position is not going to change my determination to be able to protect my family.
only that freak conflagration that destroyed all the family firearms could prevent daily carry…
Nothing I enjoy more than the opinions of foreigners on American law and culture especially from pizz weak British sheeple.
"he should tour Iran with that presentation."
I bet that they would LOVE it.
They might say: "Yes, yes -- but not only the Christians: the Jews should also not have weapons."
 May 20, 2015 at 12:19pm
nope, iron, in the ‘blame someone else’ the overtly gratuitously promiscuous behavior of homosexuals in the 80′s is ignored as a cause of the rapid and wide spread of AIDS in preference for blaming a ‘slow response’ by the Reagan administration.
never let reality and facts get in the way of a convenient lie you can use to make the opposition look bad…
 May 20, 2015 at 11:56am
 May 20, 2015 at 11:55am
and he would wade through a pile of hot brass to get to you…
though he would never dirty his hands with such efforts, that will be the work of the ferealized ‘peacekeepers’.
the man is seriously flawed in his position and imagined support for such.
i will stand with him only to the point that he decides HE does not need a firearm or protection from anyone who does have a firearm. Beyond his personal choice, the free decisions of free Americans are as completely protected, even when they are contrary to his own belief.
the misguided attitude, though, is why we can never rest and stop worrying that someone with power somewhere in this great nation is attempting to rewrite the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
 May 20, 2015 at 11:52am
he will happily give up YOUR first amendment, he just mistakenly believes that because his viewpoints are the ‘correct’ viewpoints, his voice and his life could never be impacted by the false utopian society he is advocating for.
 May 20, 2015 at 11:51am
Traphagen’s ‘op ed’ is proof that the American Education system is failed, and that our children will have to rely on themselves for any unbiased and logic based learning.
 May 20, 2015 at 11:50am
Great gesture, a positive memory for a kiddo who will forever know his father was taken from him too soon, with far too much wisdom and support stolen from him.
Ray: Yes. While nothing can replace the loss of a father, the support and the compassion of the community can certainly help in the healing process. Such a painful loss.
 May 20, 2015 at 11:06am
will google have to apologize as well if searches for leadership link to the White House and current administration?
seriously, an apology for the results of searching for the ‘n word’?
i don’t use it, but banning any word is quintisentially unAmerican. The rise and fall of names and words are based upon the behaviors and history of people, and PC thought control police do no one any service by the ‘list of banned words’ as Carlin so eloquently demonstrated decades ago.
I agree; if you can't change a tire, you shouldn't be driving.
Made all four of my kids learn to change tires, do oil changes, wiper blade changes, spray WD-40 in the distributor cap if it gets moisture inside, repair or replace leaking hoses, all sorts of stuff, before they were allowed on the roads by themselves. Even taught them how to use pantyhose to replace the fan belt, if that should break - Not a great repair, but good enough to get off the highway and call for help.
They all thought I was insane until the night my oldest daughter called me, jabbering, "I DID it! I did it, and it really WORKED !" - "Okay, you did what?" - "I fixed my fan belt when it broke ! With my pantyhose, just like you showed us !" She'd lost the fan belt in her pickup on the way home from College, pulled off the highway and rigged it well enough to get to a gas station a couple of miles away, and you'd have thought she'd just invented a cure for Cancer. It did tickle me that she finally realized that the ol' man knew a trick or two.
Always carry a roll of good electricians tape in your car. Hose gets blown, wrap it until you can get a new one. Life saver in the desert.
Same with me. My daughter called one day to say she had a flat. My response . So change it. Which she did though I dropped by to check. The same with changing oil. Keeping the spare tire inflated. I also include a can of flat tire fix along with a good heavy flash light. I won't go into what I carried in my truck living in the deserts of the south west back in the day.
 May 20, 2015 at 11:00am
impressive graphic… though if that’s the entire inventory minus the trainers and Angels, it is not the ‘front line’ but the fighting capacity of the Navy, instead.
And while it is impressive, with the new airframes that have stealth capability being fielded by China, and capable fighters in the Russian inventory, the number of airframes suddenly does not seem so overwhelming.
i think i am glad we are protected mostly by large oceans. and that the fine men and women of the Navy and the rest of our Armed Forces stand ready to protect us, despite the decisions and actions of our politcial leaders and too many of the political animals within the military who have survived the purges.
Yes, very impressive, though I'd love to know which of the Navy's mental midgets authorized them to make public the entire Naval Air Order of Battle. I hear the CNO got "Thank You" letters from China, North Korea, Russia and about twenty Third-World Countries. Yes, I know that they already know most of this info, but why confirm it and give them a "freebie"?
Nice to see that in their unending effort to blow their own horn, the Navy left Marine Aviation (They Carrier Qualify, too) off of their idiotic graphic.
Q: Who has the the largest air force in the world?
A: The United States Air Force.
Q: Who has the second largest air force in the world?
A: The United States Navy.
 May 20, 2015 at 10:47am
I am proudly a Christian.
And frankly the tone and content of this article are embarrasing.
If as a Christian you cannot separate fiction and reality, you are perilously close to picking up a sword and rushing out to wage Christian jihad against the sodom that is Hollywood, and all those who believe less strongly than yourself.
There is death in the Chronicles of Narnia.
There is sex in the bible (for those who have not read the crib notes, Ruth ‘uncovering his feet’ is a biblical time reference to having sex)
God created us… the human body is beautiful, and the continued efforts of ‘faithful’ to make us ashamed of our bodies are not from God, but from man’s creation of religion.
Rather than pan the entire series… and yes, there are horrors aplenty in a time where might clearly makes right and the illusion that is civilization is acknowledged to be more fragile than we pretend is the case here in reality. … rather than paint the entire FICTIONAL SHOW as being evil, watch it. consider what a faithful people might do differently… if they would do anything differently.
I promise you, only watching the things that agree 100% with your take on the world and God leaves you with little to watch, and less to discuss. A faith unable to withstand challenge is not a faith.
There is a big difference between the sex portrayed in the Bible (out of wedlock, it is universally condemned) and the sex portrayed on shows like this. Paul tells us to "flee fornication", not indulge in it, so why would we watch shows that so obviously glorify fornication like this one obviously does?
Your faith will be challenged plenty without you looking for trouble (such as watching shows like this). As a matter of fact, in the Lord's Prayer (which should be called the Disciple's Prayer, but I digress), Jesus says we are to pray for God to "lead us not into temptation". What possible reason would you have to then run TO it full speed by watching this garbage?
I will stop by saying that if not watching programs like this leaves you with little to watch, then why would you continue watching and not simply do something else? Read a book, the Bible, exercise (like Matt already stated); there are plenty of things left to do. Become more active instead of inundating yourself with this trash. I say from experience that I have been far better off watching only one hour of television a week instead of the 20+ hours I used to watch. Why not do the same?
"If as a Christian you cannot separate fiction and reality..."
That's actually mandatory for being a Christian.
Be careful little eyes what you see.....be careful little ears what you hear....be careful little mouths what you say....be careful little hands what you do.....for the Father up above is looking down with love....
Little song learned in Sunday School as a very small child based upon the following from Proverbs
My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.
Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
When Paul says to flee sexual immorality, the greek word used is "Pornea," (thus, porn) which literally means "uncovering the nakedness of another". So even though the story is fictional, nudity of men and women is a frequent REALITY in the show. Your argument is incredibly weak and self-serving.
Watch the show if you want to, but don't try to convince someone else that it's wholesome and right in God's eyes to sooth your own conscience.
So, basically, you are saying exactly what Jesus said;
"I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one." John 17:15.
"Withstanding challenge" and going out and brainwashing oneself with sex and immorality are two different things. It is important to know what goes on in the world, the good and bad. However, to watch and support something so violently opposed to the principles in the Bible is not a very Christian thing to do. Yes, there is sex and violence in the Bible because there are people in the Bible. But their actions aren't glorified as "entertainment"; they are examples of man's fallen nature.
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8 Does Game of Thrones fall into any of these categories? Is it a worthwhile way in which to expend thought and time?
I completely disagree with you radoc
Taking your logic, I should watch snuff pornography because after all, God made sex, and the human body is beautiful, and people do stuff like they do in porn, and I know it’s FICTIONAL so no one is really killed, so that makes it OK.
We aren’t supposed to challenge our faith by participating in, including viewing, sin. It is up to us to figure out what that means and where we draw the line of “this is OK” and “this is not OK”, but saying we should watch shows like this to challenge our faith is ridiculous.
I agree with this I am a Christian, and Mr. Walsh seems to try and tell a lot of folks what they should be watching or thinking. This is the type of BS that leads folks to think we are a bunch of bossy Berthas.
Game of Thrones doesn't hide what it is. It's not pandered off as a kid-friendly Sleeping Beauty (hey,.. in the original tale guess what the Prince did to try and wake her up.. yeah.. it didn't stop at a kiss). People who don't want that kind of entertainment can stop watching. People who aren't into weirdo pseudo BDSM soft core porn movies shouldn't see Fifty Shades of poorly written smut. It's not Lord of the Rings. It's sometimes refreshing to get gritty shocking stories now and again. If you're not into that. Don't watch. Turn on the Disney Cha.. er.. well.. rent old Disney movies instead..
I really like reading Matt Walsh's comments. If "Christian" was defined in this culture by people with his values, principles, insights and sensibilities the stat that says over 70% of Americans identify themselves as Christians would mean something. But sadly the "RaydocX" variety making excuses for indulgence in every from of depravity and perversion the culture can conjure up seems to be the norm and that is just what the enemy of our souls wants. And by the way, if he actually looks into the research there is plenty that shows the sub-conscious mind does NOT know the difference between fantasy and reality.
Anyway the bible tells us that we are "to make a covenant with our eyes" - To be Christian means to be a follower of Christ. Christ would not be sitting passively watching this garbage. He would be casting the demons out that are behind it. Those that say, he ate with sinners, NO, sinners ate with Him. He possessed something that drew the masses to Him. He did not become like the world or culture - he changed it by his very presence.He cast out demons and then people marveled they "had never seen it done on this wise before." When you become the world to win the world you lose the world because there is no difference. The blind leading the blind.
Part of the agenda to destroy America was to "turn our art, music and literature against us" here is a reminder in context: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZJF3HalQOU
I read, "I don't want to watch Game of Thrones, but it seems that so many people do because I'm always hearing about it. Well I don't want to hear about it anymore, so I'm going to jump on this bandwagon about the rape scene so I can try and guilt people off the show. I have zero knowledge about the actual scene, but who cares as long as it serves my purpose?"
If you're going to write an article criticizing a scene in a show and using it to try and guilt people into no longer watching the show, you might want to actually have seen the scene. Why? Because many of the things you clearly assumed took place in the scene did not.
You should also probably wait to jump to other conclusions:
What was the point? Shock and spectacle.
Why did it need to be shown? It didn’t.
What purpose did it serve? Promotional tool.
How can you possibly answer these questions given that it was the last scene in the most recent episode? How do you know that future plot lines will not show that the scene did in fact serve a purpose other than simply shock? You don't.
I'm tired of Matt and his high horse. There's a difference between holding your brothers accountable, and judging your brothers from a holier than thou point of view. Learn the difference, Matt.
I'm not stating these things because I'm a Game of Thrones fanatic. I'm stating them because Matt chooses to talk down to people. Worry about the stick in your own eye, Matt.
Not sure a consensus is even reachable on this topic as the attitudes tend to polarize to one side or the other. There is definitely some truth to Matt's article but also to Raydoc's sentiment. What is the line? Do you accept what Thrones portrayed as morally wrong while fulling realizing, less the dragons, our own history as humans is replete with violent abominations that were committed behind the veil of quasi-morality? Do we no longer watch Football, Hockey, Rugby, or any contact sport? Might that violence be judged morally wrong and unviewable? How about the news? We "see" murder, rape, genocide...well...you name it...everytime we click on a website or tune in to most any news show. Heck...Investigation Discovery Channel is murder and rape 24/7. It's no different than the Thrones scene in that it is implied if not shown. It's up to our already conditioned imagination to fill in the blanks. Even the children's cartoons Matt mentioned carry violent overtones. Tom always trying to kill Jerry....Elmer deciding whether it's duck season or rabbit season...dating myself there a bit. So where is the true middle ground? What passes the test of morality? No entertainment at all? After all, it's almost completely sodden with some form of sin or temptation for any prurient interest. Again...not sure of the answer but it's definitely something as humans in our world community need to discuss. Waging battles across fixed boundaries serves no purpose...does it?
What Matt Walsh fails to recognize is that the characters that are involved in the incest scene or that are products of it are some of the worst characters and the products the least competent and very misguided. the character that commits the rape has no redeeming qualities and has done far worse things. there is a clear definition between what is right and acceptable and what isn't. there is some murkiness in the middle ground, but some things are so egregious and irredeemable that the characters are clearly defined as being evil.
He's not saying we should stop watching it because it has nudity and sex in it. He's saying we should stop watching it because it has nudity and sex and those things are glorified, along with backstabbing, affairs, and all manner of things sinful. It's a show you watch BECAUSE there's smut in it. It's not like Blade Runner where the movie is about deep questions like the border between human and machine and has a small nude scene because one of the Replicants is posing as a stripper. You're watching Blade Runner for the story and characters, not for the very brief topless scene. You watch Game of Thrones to see them backstab and have raunchy affairs with one another. It's a smut filled soap opera with dragons in it.
Not only as Christians , but as human beings, we should simply refuse to watch all the garbage that is thrown at us in the name of "entertainment". I have been turning off Violence and objectionable sex scenes for years. I've refused to go to movies that were known to be violent. I despise the fact that every time you turn on the television or go to the movie theatre someone has a gun in their hands and is killing someone. It's disgusting and it's not entertaining to me. It's time to simply turn the station , or refuse to go to see certain movies , or refuse to allow our children to play violent video games and get the message to Hollywood that we don't consider this entertainment , we're sick of it, and it's not good for our minds or for society at large. Only when they see they are losing millions will they change their tune.
For being a "Christian" you sure do miss a lot of things in the scriptures.
15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
"but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."
We are asked to try and live like Christ. That means avoiding entertainment that demeans our fellow man and ourselves.
To each his own, but I watched the first episode and realized it was not something someone trying to follow the precepts of Christ should be watching.
"Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?"
Your use of the phrase 'Christian Jihad' in your comment is a shameful and thoughtless act of moral equivalence. There's a big difference between Matt trying to convince Christians not to watch GOT, and Islamic jihad as it perpetrated throughout acts of terrorism. You need to check yourself and stop throwing around terms like jihad so carelessly. Matt isn't threatening to kill anyone or placing fatwahs on people. That's what JIHADISTS DO. Matt simply wrote an editorial about why he thinks Christians shouldn't watch GOT. He's not performing any concrete act to STOP people from watching it, nor is he trying to shut it down.
Freedom of expression means FREEDOM. Matt is free to express what he wants. Agree or disagree with him, but calling him a 'jihadist' is way out of line. Think before you speak.
You might be able to rationalize it to yourself, but your body and mind don't really know that what you are watching isn't real.
That's why the pornography industry makes billions every year, because the body doesn't know or care if what you are doing is masturbation with an imaginary sex partner on a video, or real sex happening to you in your bedroom. Your body, your brain, don't know the difference. If the difference between real life and fantasy were as strong as you say, then it would be impossible to get an erection from watching pornography, and would only happen in person with a real human being seducing you.
There's a difference between withstanding a challenge that comes your way, and actively throwing yourself into a pit of acid and saying "if my faith isn't able to withstand challenge it's not very good."
There are two sides to my argument that nobody can refute.
1. The world is full of real pleasure and wonder that is much better than the lies and falsehoods of things like pornography. Go for the real stuff, not the artificial stuff.
2. The world is full of real horrors and nightmares that are much more disturbing than the falsehoods of things like Game of Thrones. You are needed to help deal with the real stuff. You can go back to the fake evils and terrors once the real ones are gone.
Did you read his entire article? Seems like you may have missed some of it.
You are incorrect regarding nudity and the human body. Take a gander at Genesis 3 and you will learn why we wear clothing.
Years ago I read a quote by Ann Landers...If you wouldn't eat out of the trash why would you read it and put it into your mind....I've tried to live by that by watching what I read and watch. I know the difference between fiction and real life and I also have lived long enough to know that what you read/watch Satan will use against you. If you think you're a Christian and you're still watching stuff like this...then I have news for you, you are not a Christian. Hate me for saying so if you want but it is the truth. For many of you will come to me and say Lord, Lord, and I will say Get away from me I do not know you. Paraphrased but none the less you get the picture.
RaydocX, Job 31:1 ~ I will be honest and say that I was typing a rather sanctimonious reply to your comment, and I hit a wrong button and it all went away. I'm guilty in regards to looking at questionable images of women. But in my heart, the deepest place in me, where I feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit, I know the above article is spot on. I just feel like I do myself a disservice when I willingly subject my mind to those images (there's a science to it, as well, that I am vaguely aware of). I've heard various pastors say "garbage in, garbage out." I am learning to trust God to help me live to a higher, Holier standard. And I know that if I walk into sinful (or even just morally questionable) situations, with out God's direction or for His purposes, with my eyes wide open, the consequences will be entirely my own. I know we, as Christians, will face challenges to our walk with Christ. I am also aware that God will make, for us, a way of escape from them ALL. I will fail miserably (I KNOW) at seeing some of these escape routes. However, if He makes it as easy as turning the channel or turning the T.V. off entirely, and even just NOT browsing questionable web-sites or magazines (guilty AGAIN), then I'm game! Love in Christ.
When you read the historical accounts of people's sin in the bible, you aren't watching their actions. The bible also doesn't give a play-by-play of what happened. I won't question your Christianity, not my place, but you might want to check your walk.
Ray, my brother. Are you saying that this show is worthy of discussion? It is a show for gratuitous sex and violence. What socially redeeming qualities does it present? I'm curious. The Chronicles of Narnia wasn't about death, it was about resurrection. And, yes the Book of Ruth has sex as does Genesis, Samuel 1 &2, Kings 1 & 2, and so on. So what? The Bible is The Story about the relationship of man and God, and how imperfect man is, and how God loves us despite our shortcomings, and is always ready to forgive. In Holy Scripture there's war, murder, betrayal, cowardice and even the mention of Adam and Eve covering themselves because of the shame of their nakedness ... when there were no religions. You are right about one thing, Game of Thrones is fiction and it appeals to a wide HBO audience. But, its popularity doesn't make it good or righteous. It just titillates.
Nope. Sorry Raydoc. This article is one of the best I've seen written on the subject...EVER!
RaydocX, you are no Christian. I suspect that you use the anonymity of the internet to affect an air of authority and intellectualism that you can not possibly attain to in person. You defend the fictional depravity in GoT because fiction is where you thrive and reality is where you are powerless, ignorant, and alone. Just for fun though, I thought I would refute your "counter-arguments" with some good old fashion logic:
- Christianity isn't just a label. Christians follow Christ. I can't imagine myself or anyone else being comfortable sitting next to Christ and watching this and if you can then your ability to spell Christian is probably the extend of your knowledge about Him.
- You postulate that the inability to separate fiction from reality will likely result in some form of terrorism. What's the causal relationship here? There is none but you see, you've been trained by Hollywood to jump to extremes for dramatic effect even when those extremes are at once ridiculous and irrelevant.
- You've equivocated the mention of sexual relationships in text to it's graphic visual depiction. With that logic you probably have a hard time distinguishing skateboards from cars, a glass of water to the ocean, and your own body to that of a slug.
- Finally you argue that the reason someone is opposed to entertaining others with his or her body is because they are ashamed of God's creation. With that logic, Christ's mission might have been more about entertaining us than saving us. Repent
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:14-16
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8
And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it. Isaiah 35:8
Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Revelation 22:14
Xray, No one is asking people to be ashamed of their bodies, but the men and women in the entertainment industry aren't showing the human body in order to glorify God, or to enrich and uplift humanity.
They show men, women and children in degrading, violent, immoral, salacious situations meant only to titillate and arouse. They are desensitizing people, inuring them to violent behavior and linking violence with sexuality.
Why would you choose to enrich people who make a living out of creating violent, sadistic, and degrading movies, TV shows, video games and music?
As adults hopefully we can differentiate between good and evil, but how does a child who has been brought up seeing violence, degradation and immorality on a daily basis, choose goodness when all around him or her, is vile, base, and demeaning?
It really comes down to personal preference. Rape and murder happen in real life. This show neither censors nor glorifies these acts - it simply presents them to the viewer as depictions of evil.
The question is, how realistic do you like your stories to be? Maybe you're ok with Game of Thrones. Maybe you can only handle children's fairy tales. Maybe, like Walsh, you're somewhere in between. It doesn't really matter what your preference is, but I wouldn't tell somebody they were wrong for having one different from mine
……………..I promise you, only watching the things that agree 100% with your take on the world and God leaves you with little to watch, and less to discuss. A faith unable to withstand challenge is not a faith.
You don’t tempt evil. You avoid it. Did Joseph wait around to show his mighty faith in God when his clothes were being removed by Potipher's wife. NO.
Straight is the way and narrow is the gate to life eternal, and few there be that find it.
A moral person does not endulge in immoral movies, shows, etc. As a man thinketh, so is he.
I'm with you RaydocX, I look at a lot of these commentors as CHORFS. Like a pack of ghouls they pounce to show how "worthy" they are as "Christians" by degrading you. If viewers are sensitive to Game of Thones then they should not watch it, but I don't want to hear Christian social justice crap any more than I want to hear Social Justice Warrior drivel. I don't have to justify anything to these "Christians".
"Ruth uncovering his Feet" is in no way shape or form a reference for sex . Who in the world told you that ?Let’s also dispel this thought of aggressive sexual action taken by Ruth upon Boaz as he sleeps by our recalling the context and history of the Ruth narrative. Ruth and Boaz have shown themselves to be exemplary people; devout, faithful to Yehoveh, righteous and upright. Boaz has raved about how well known Ruth’s high character is among the residents of Beit-Lechem, and Boaz has been shown to be a kind man with only noble motives and intentions in all he does. Except within the institution of marriage, for a woman to look upon an exposed man could bring her a terrible punishment (recall the instance in the Torah of a wife who helped her husband in a fight by grabbing the genitals of her husband’s opponent; it resulted in her hand being cut off). For Ruth to uncover a man’s private parts would be nothing less than prostitution. So to accuse Ruth and Boaz of engaging in sexual activities that are strictly forbidden by the Laws of Moses would be completely inconsistent with all we have learned about them, and counter to the entire purpose and nature of the story.
All you have to do is ask, "Does this bring me closer to the Lord? Do I feel the spirit as I watch this? Would the Lord watch this if he were here on Earth?" I'm embarrassed for you for being so ignorant in life, sin, temptation, good and evil, the will of the Lord, choices and the consequences that follow, and I could go on, but I'll stop.
What an odd view. If I read Matt is it bringing me to OR from? Perhaps neither. Just entertainment, diversion etc. We are free to pray 24/7. Or just get on with our lives and acknowledge our Lord however we choose. I guess Matt knows best..or not.
RaydocX, yes there is death in the Bible. because of that, i dont have a problem with bloodshed being displayed. the sex one the other hand, i do have a problem with. The Bible does mention sex, but very briefly. it doens go into detail. its not a display of what they did on a screen. its not written in an erotica style. when the Bible mentions sex, the most is says is "and ___ went in unto ____ and they became one flesh." if get aroused by this simple statement as much as you would softcore pornography on your TV screen, you have a major problem.
Proudly read the latter part of romans 1, particularly pay attention to how it closes with verse 32. I seem hooked on stupid media myself, but I will not attempt to say it is fine. I know better! The dark one has an agenda and Hollywood is carrying it out.
27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old,[a] ‘You shall not commit adultery.’[b] 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
The issue is not with separating fiction and reality. The issue is that what we are exposed to affects our lives and has the potential to draw us closer to Christ or further from Him.
It is impossible to pick items out of context and say that it is good or bad. I know of people who spent time as soldiers and watched people die and even participated in killing others. Some people can take that experience and center their life on what is most important, pray more often, and grow closer to Christ. Others can have the same experience and react by indulging in alcohol, sex, and anything else to either "enjoy the moment" before they die or to try to drown away the traumatic experiences. While war is 'reality' and not 'fiction', all experiences can drive us in one direction or another.
There is a difference in tone from the nudity shown in Schindler's List and pornography that is readily available online. Does the show bring you closer to Christ and make you want to be a better person and help your neighbor and your wife and family? Or does it make you want to retreat into a locked room to be titillated while your wife is raising your kids on her own?
I am not qualified to judge A Game of Thrones since I have only read the books. On one hand, there is supposedly a lot of sex and nudity and violence. On the other hand, the books don't glorify that stuff and the good people are either truly good or genuinely striving to overcome their weaknesses.
Since receiving Christ, and the Holy Spirit, some things just feel distasteful to me. I'm not being prudish, but I prefer not to take part in or watch things I used to like. You can do whatever you want. Maybe you feel led in another direction. Since reading Unoffendable by Brandt Hansen, I no longer judge. but I am curious about why a Christian would waste time watching GOT altogether.
This comment (and article) are sad for som many different reasons. Please read:
 May 20, 2015 at 10:13am
Rape is a horrific crime.
The overuse of the term, though, diminishes the crime by diluting it, making any man the potential rapist, and ignoring the things women should not have to do to protect themselves, but in a real world should be mindful of for that very protection.
Her antics do nothing to bring attention to rape, by instead demonstrating the ability of self important self righteous tantrum throwers (of both sexes) to use the topic to bring themselves attention and to harm others by their accusations.
If she was raped, her rapist should stand trial. Her mattress display does nothing to improve ‘support’ of rape victims, to make the crime of rape more visible, or to prevent rape from happening to other young women.
 May 20, 2015 at 9:58am
That’s dedication, when your efforts to help the people put you at sufficient risk there is a reasonable need for armor.
AS500 plates are less than $200 on ebay (if you’re patient, you can even get the side plates and the IIIA soft plates all together) and carriers are less than $100.
but i’m not arguging against this product… if it’s more easily and quickly available and lets more citizens protect themselves it’s all good.
there are products that are simply too expensive for the good they could do. the inserts for kids’ backpacks are $100 and more (hence the search for affordable IIIA soft plates). And away from bulletproof vests, the makers of AED automated defibrillators seem not to understand that if they priced their units under $200 they could sell as many as they could make, but pricing them above $500 and $600 guarantees people who could benefit won’t be able to have one at home.
but that’s all been solved by Obamacare, right… er wait…
Well put Ray- no time like now, before another armor ban is floated by the toads and progs. Same concept behind health, house and vehicle insurance- you never need it until you really fricken need it, aside from 0care.
Well put, my guess would be that they take the "whatever cost the market will bear" too stringently, selling your product at a lower price but higher volume could be better for both the profit and humanitarian aspects.
@ RaydocX, right you are, however, I advise against buying body armor on ebay. Your purchase is on record. You can buy military grade BA at gun shows cheaper than ebay anyway. Pay cash, and no one knows you have it. Be advised, a type III vest w\ plates is really, really heavy, only good for static location. For moving around, go with plates and carriers.
 May 18, 2015 at 5:30pm
just because there is an AR in your avatar does not mean you deserve blind support from the rest of us here.
try making some sense.
 May 18, 2015 at 5:24pm
the police i know do not approach that amount, including the time worked moonlighting and overtime.
Bloomberg had to use old numbers, because if they looked in the last 18 months, the danger to police i suspect would push them higher on the list.
 May 18, 2015 at 5:21pm
Mayhaps he needs to rethink that explanation, unless the Pope is of Palestinian upbringing and a fluent speaker that does not apply…
colloquialisms are nonsense phrases taken out of the original language… ‘right as rain.’ ‘indian giver’ (which one could point out is a negative connotation NOT to native Americans, but the American government)
 May 18, 2015 at 3:18pm
Brigott, HE does not say His Truth is at the far right position.
Yes, His word it truth. But he dealt with Satan. There is good and evil. Our opinion of what is the ‘ultimate right (correct)’ may be diamtrically opposed to what He believes…
take homosexuality as an example. Love is love, and I doubt my God is angered by people finding love with one another… doesn’t mean it has to be recognized as ‘marriage’ but His opinion we guess at by cryptic interpretations of a handful of verses by MAN… from the same book that has daughters sleep with their father. It’s not an infallible tome.