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  1. Reuben says:

    First?!?

  2. bob1 says:

    The three public theologians I’m aware of are Moore, Miroslav Volf and Richard Mouw. There are probably others. They are sorely needed.

  3. Reuben says:

    I keep saying that Cancel Culture will cancel itself out. PC is quickly becoming NOT hip. I dare say even the foulest of comedians are helping this along. I keep up with them, they are breaking down walls.

  4. Captain Kevin says:

    Yay, da Preacha is back!!

  5. Dan from Georgia says:

    Not only do I have zero respect for people who abuse animals, like Noem. I will freely and unabashedly refer to them as trailer trash, white trash, trash waste of flesh, etc. And I don’t care if I am supposed to be the good Christian boy.

    We had here in western Georgia a supposedly legal dog rescue get busted for mistreatment of dogs. The things I read of at their premises are unspeakable. As are what my thoughts were towards these trash. I also never looked at Michael Vick the same what when he returned to the NFL after his dogfighting bit.

  6. Michael says:

    Dan,

    It’s a massive spiritual challenge for me.

    I know that of someone intentionally harmed one of my cats, I’d end up in prison…and even knowing that wouldn’t stop me from doing what needed to be done.

    I think it very important to take it all before the Lord…I do want to be obedient…

  7. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    The NAS rendering of Proverbs 12: 10 comes to mind:
    A righteous person has regard for the life of his animal, But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.

  8. sarahmorgan says:

    All of the Noem commentary I’ve read regarding the dog bothers me, and not so much about Noem than about the prevailing attitudes towards dogs. I live in a rural place full of hunting dogs, working dogs, pampered pet dogs large and small, and packs of stray dogs, and have worked at a livestock rescue where we received instruction on the legalities of shooting any dogs we found attacking the livestock. Recently in a nearby town, someone’s pet dog permanently maimed a visiting relative of the owner, then jumped out of its walled backyard to attack and kill an elderly lady and her small dog who were walking in public nearby. It was discovered that the dog had previously attacked someone else but was released back to the owners against regulations (I guess someone at animal control felt it deserved a “second chance”), so the town where this happened is now being sued by the surviving family (and the dog’s owner is in jail). Lots of people say guns are dangerous, but I think a livestock-killing dog that tries to bite humans is just as bad. So many people are quick to take the dog’s side when it exhibits dangerous behavior, even when it kills or maims someone, and anyone who doesn’t is vilified to the extreme. Maybe one day an honest discussion needs to happen on this topic, but with everything so entangled in politics now, it’s not likely to happen soon.

  9. Michael says:

    sarahmorgan,

    I don’t actually think it’s that difficult of a conversation.

    Our law here is that a dog that attacks a person can be taken from the owner and put down.

    I have no issue with that …except I think the owners should be held accountable.

    The issue with Noem’s dog seems to be that it wasn’t properly trained and she hated it because it was a poor hunter.. She should have had the dog under control. she also had other options than to kill it because she didn’t train it. I would also note that her story about the dog changes with the feedback she’s gotten…maybe she could have given the dog to the North Korean leader she never met with…

  10. Nonnie says:

    How could any decent person not first consider re-homing or a surrender the dog to a shelter? What she did was unconscionable!

  11. Muff Potter says:

    @ Nr. 4 :
    The Scriptures command you to ‘pray’ for her?
    Pray for what?
    She’s a piece of $hit, plain and simple, and the best place for her is down the outhouse seat hole.
    Now that’s some ‘prayin’ I could say amen to!

  12. R'as al Ghul says:

    I would argue that Noem is wicked, so even her “compassion” for animals is cruel. And the story of the dog she hated clearly demonstrates that. The fact that she could not be bothered to train a dog SPECIFICALLY BRED FOR GRABBING BIRDS, but instead execute it for doing what it was bred for tells you something about her character.

    It shows her incompetence, laziness (in training the dog or doing due diligence in selecting the breed), lack of attention to detail (like doing the due diligence to make sure the dog is secured near a bunch of chickens), and her hateful, spiteful nature.

    The good news is if she is picked as VP by Trump, think of all the campaign ads they can run against them. Do a version of the Old Yeller scene but with Noem gleefully putting her dog down with her depicted as the Joker from Batman. The GOP can kiss even more independents goodbye.

    It’s one thing to put down your dog due to age or in Old Yeller (rabies), but to do it simply because you hated is a red flag sign of sociopathy. Serial killers typically start by killing animals. 

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