Banning Healthy Food

Advent is here so it is time for school Christmas fairs. It’s a time for fun, fundraising, and health and safety bans.

Mynydd Cynffig Junior School in Kenfig Hill, Bridgend, has banned pupils from taking home-made cakes and biscuits such as mince pies to its Christmas fair.

The local councillor in charge of education realised the problem with this policy is really greater than the chance someone might bite into a dodgy pie: “Children are going to get a complex that anything that comes out of a packet is better for them or become nervous about what they eat.” With school kids fat and bouncing off the walls, we need to promote healthy eating, even when it comes to pies and cakes.

The headteachers in the Bridgend area are especially nervous because of the E. coli outbreak in 2005 that killed one little boy and made another 157 quite ill. The only thing is that the outbreak came from commercially produced meat supplied under contract to schools. Seems to me, there is a better chance of food safety from homemade items.

The Matter of Belief

The results of the latest Harris Poll on The Religious and Other Beliefs of Americans has been released. Bearing in mind the margins of error (a term which Harris doesn’t like), belief is up generally over 2005. This includes belief in the Deity of Jesus (72%), the Virgin Birth (60%), the Resurrection (70%), miracles (79%), angels (74%), heaven (75%) and hell (62%).

The British press were quick to express their incredulity that more Americans believe in the Devil (62%) than believe in Darwinism (42%). I don’t know why they seem so surprised. Every poll that has ever been taken shows the same thing. But the blinders of materialism are fixed firmly to the British mind. Seeing is believing. If God hasn’t conformed to a personal list of criteria, then He can’t possibly exist. A recent MORI polls indicated that 40% of British teenagers do not believe in God at all. From my own experience, I think the number is higher.

Reuters noted the Harris Poll “is the latest survey to highlight America’s deep level of religiosity, a cultural trait that sets it apart from much of the developed world.” In other words, enlightened Europeans know better. Americans are backward.

But looking at the Harris poll itself, there were a few surprises for me. I did not realise that Christians are either Catholic, Protestant, or Born-Again. These are the Harris categories of respondents. I’m guessing the latter two categories mean liberal Protestants and evangelical Protestants.

It would appear that 97% of evangelicals believe in God. This is very interesting, because I’ve never met a person who considers themselves “born-again” who doesn’t believe in God. How does that work exactly? Only 96% believe that Jesus is God or the Son of God. Once again, I’m not sure what to make of the other 4%. This drops to 89% of evangelicals who believe in the Virgin Birth.

There was also some indication of the ignorance of some American Christians about their own faith. Only 88% of evangelicals thought that all or most of the Old Testament is the Word of God. However, only 33% thought the Torah is the Word of God, even though the Jewish Torah is the first five books of the Old Testament. At the same time, 9% thought most or all of the Qur’an (or “Koran” as spelled by Harris) is the Word of God.  This is a higher percentage than amongst Catholics and liberal Protestants.

Baying for Blood

It’s the story that just won’t go away. Officials have had to secretly move Gillian Gibbons from the jail in Khartoum where she was being held because of the threats to her life. As reported tonight by the Daily Telegraph:

Sheikh Abdul Jalil Karuri, a leading cleric, earlier whipped up a crowd attending Khartoum’s Martyr’s Mosque by telling them Gillian Gibbons had deliberately named her class’s teddy bear Mohammed “with the intention of insulting Islam.”

Knife-wielding crowds protest in Khartoum

Later the protestors joined other worshippers to congregate in Martyrs Square, in the centre of the capital, where they chanted “Shame, shame on the UK”.

“Those who insult the Prophet of Islam should be punished with bullets,” the crowd shouted after Gibbons, 54, was jailed for 15 days on charges stemming from naming a teddy bear Mohammed.

Others shouted “execute her” before large crowds of people who had congregated outside the British embassy, some on horseback, dispersed peacefully.

This is a type of Islam that must be confronted. This is Jihad that must be met with Crusade. It is a clear and present danger. To continue to appease it is a foolish course of action. Unfortunately, the West does not have anything near the resolve imagined in the delusional minds of the sheiks, mullahs, and imams that whip up the frenzy.

With a post-Christian pan-religionist Europe, the only country with the ability to do anything is the US.  However, the US can’t do anything without being accused of imperialism. It also lacks the willpower to effect real change. After all, it overthrew the Taliban in Afghanistan only to install another Islamist regime where Christianity is still outlawed.

This is one reason I do not support withdrawal of troops from Iraq. To leave Iraq is to give victory to the Islamist insurgency.  It is to make the world a less safe place.