Friday, August 26, 2011

Government is TOO responsive and Christians are TOO nice…

It dawned on me why are government has grown out of control.
It is excessively responsive to the whims of the electorate -
even before it properly understands the merits and consequences of the change it invokes.
Whether addressing demands for new welfare entitlement payments, new health care laws, new speed limits, new environmental regulations, or whatever, government tends to knee-jerk its way into addressing the real or alleged problem in response to demands by a typically narrow segment of our population.  Special interests, both legitimate and illigitimate, make demands, and the elected officals twitch into action – to get votes and keep their jobs – no matter what the longer term consequeneces may be.
A case in point is the ideological movement among the estimated 5 million (1.7%) Muslims in the United States promoting Islamic (Sharia) law.  The oblivious lawmakers and judges TWITCH INTO ACTION to implement Sharia law before they have a clue about its long term consequences to our nation and way of life.
Here is how it works based on analysis from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest technological university.

Research: 10 percent for Sharia can change a country into Sharia state

How many Muslims does it take to install Sharia in a country? Ten percent, according research shown in the article "Minority Rules: Scientists Discover Tipping Point for the Spread of Ideas." If everybody else is discussing among themselves whether we should save the whales, decrease government spending, or bomb a terrorism funding dictator, and can not agree on central values, ways and goals, the tail can wag the dog:
Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society. The scientists, who are members of the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center (SCNARC) at Rensselaer, used computational and analytical methods to discover the tipping point where a minority belief becomes the majority opinion. The finding has implications for the study and influence of societal interactions ranging from the spread of innovations to the movement of political ideals.
“When the number of committed opinion holders is below 10 percent, there is no visible progress in the spread of ideas. It would literally take the amount of time comparable to the age of the universe for this size group to reach the majority,” said SCNARC Director Boleslaw Szymanski, the Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor at Rensselaer. “Once that number grows above 10 percent, the idea spreads like flame." ...
To reach their conclusion, the scientists developed computer models of various types of social networks. One of the networks had each person connect to every other person in the network. The second model included certain individuals who were connected to a large number of people, making them opinion hubs or leaders. The final model gave every person in the model roughly the same number of connections. The initial state of each of the models was a sea of traditional-view holders. Each of these individuals held a view, but were also, importantly, open minded to other views.
Once the networks were built, the scientists then “sprinkled” in some true believers throughout each of the networks. These people were completely set in their views and unflappable in modifying those beliefs. As those true believers began to converse with those who held the traditional belief system, the tides gradually and then very abruptly began to shift.
This then begs the question:  Where are the “true beleivers” among our Christian population, the supposed great majority?  Three things have happended:
  • The “true belief” of the “true believing” Christians has shifted from God-ordained moral absolutes to a belief in uber-tolerance and niceness.   The video below explains what I mean:

  • Ann Barnhardt describing plague of “niceness.”
Absolutes are out; moral relatively (aka immorality) is in – and accommodated by our religion.
  • Consequently, few among Christians are true believers.  Most have jettisoned their convictions in favor of relativism.  In fact, “true believers” are now mocked.  And our government promotes this trend by subtle and not so subtle rewards and punishments of Christians who attempt to practice their true beliefs.  Most Christians just don’t seem to care that much about preserving their faith, their culture, or for that matter, their nation.
  • Our nation is becoming populated by a species of humanity who possess a “true belief” that is stronger than the beliefs of most Christians.  Muslims are filling the “belief vacuum” vacated by the former majority of believing Christians.  Unfortunately, that belief is also diametrically and diabolically contrary to the principles upon which our nation was founded, our culture, and our form of government.
We are experiencing the consequences of Christian unbelief.  Our Judeo-Christian foundation is nearly gone.  Below is pictured the few devout inspecting the damage and wondering what to do.

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