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Below are the two final essays to be posted on Allegiance and Duty Betrayed. The first one is written by a friend -- screen name 'Euro-American Scum' -- who, over the past four years, has been the most faithful essayist here. He has written about everything from his pilgrimage to Normandy in 2004 to take part in the 60th–year commemoration of the invasion, to his memories of his tour in Vietnam. His dedication to America’s founding principles ... and those who have sacrificed to preserve them over the past 200+ years ... is unequaled. Thank you, E-A-S. It has been a privilege to include your writing here, and it is a privilege to call you my friend.

The second essay is my own farewell. And with it I thank all of the many regular visitors, and those who may have only dropped in occasionally, for coming here. I hope you learned something. I hope a seed or two was planted. But, even if not, I thank you for stopping by ... 25 March, 2010


Blessed Easter


I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him:

    'I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.'
That is the one thing we must not say.

A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic ... or else he would be the Devil of Hell.

You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse.

You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher.

He has not left that open to us.

He did not intend to.

… C. S. Lewis


First_Salute said...

You are my pastor.

I was thinking about that last night, Joanie, you really have a flock, and I, for one, always look forward to your wisdom.



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First_Salute said...

Meaning, you're somewhat the spiritual leader here, and it is some comfort in this storm.

kathymlynczak said...

Thank you Joanie. All the best to you and yours on this Easter weekend.

lori_gmeiner said...

Happy Easter to you and Rick and your children Joanie!

daveburkett said...

Happy Easter to you, Joanie, and thank you for keeping this excellent blog running. It's an oasis.

GaryBurgess said...

Thank you for the powerful reminder Joanie and have a happy Easter!

Luis said...

Thank you Joanie and a very happy Easter to you and your family.

smithy said...

C. S. Lewis's "The Screwtape Letters" is a classic and this set is amazing:


Happy Easter to all.

Bob G said...

C S Lewis’ radio broadcasts during World War II were famous. Today he would be looked at as a radical because of his strong Christianity, but many a person was affected by his words of hope and inspiration during that terrible time.

3timesalady said...

Happy Easter to you and your family. Joanie!

marcus aurelius said...

No Christian and, indeed, no historian could accept the epigram which defines religion as 'what a man does with his solitude.'

-- from "The Weight of Glory"

Another powerful C. S. Lewis thought.

LouBarakos said...

A very true statement by Mr. Lewis. Thank you for posting it.

First_Salute said...

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"War and Forgiveness"
March 25, 2008

Jacob DeShazer, veteran of the Doolitte raid on Tokyo, August 1942, has passed. He was 95 years old.



"DeShazer was taken prisoner, and was starved, beaten and tortured by his Japanese captors... In 1948, he returned as a Christian missionary to the country that had nearly killed him, and he would continue his ministry in Japan for 30 years."

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