The Death Of A Snake-handler
Posted on 05.30.12 by Danny Glover @ 10:52 pm

The Bible clearly teaches that you reap what you sow, and if you play with rattlesnakes and refuse medical treatment after being bitten, eventually the poison will win.

So it was with Mark Randall (Mack) Wolford, the leader of a snake-handling church in West Virginia who, like his father decades ago, died this week after a timber rattlesnake bit him during worship. His sister’s account of what happened: “He laid [the snake] on the ground and he sat down next to the snake, and it bit him on the thigh.”

Wolford is the subject of a forthcoming documentary called “With Signs Following.” You can see his biblically ill-informed, ritualistic snake-handling practices in the trailer, which was released in December:

The saddest part of the story is that Wolford died thinking that God endorsed his method of worship and that his family and followers still believe it. “I’m proud of him and don’t want to see him die … but if he does, it’s still the word,” his mother says in the opening of the film’s trailer.

But hopefully filmmaker Kate Fowler’s analysis will prove prophetic about the impact of Wolford’s death: “He’s kind of been the person who kept the faith alive. I think we’ll see a sharp decline [of snake-handling worship] in West Virginia, at least of people openly practicing the faith.”

The sooner this redneck tradition disappears, the better it will be for the reputation of West Virginia because reporters no longer will have material to write stereotypical features like The Washington Post Magazine did on Wolford last fall.

Filed under: News & Politics and People and Religion and Video and West Virginia and Wildlife
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The Best (And Hardest) Job: Mom
Posted on 04.20.12 by Danny Glover @ 10:35 am

Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen created a firestorm of rhetorical protest last week after she chided first-lady-wannabe Ann Romney’s credentials. In a CNN appearance Rosen said that Romney can’t possibly identify with the economic concerns of women in America because she “never worked a day in her life.”

Proctor & Gamble knows better. A sponsor of the 2012 Olympics, the company just released a video that captures the hard-working essence of motherhood — being there for your children:

The video’s storyline focuses on mothers of future Olympians, but the closing message is a reminder to the Hilary Rosens of the world that stay-at-home mothers do real work and have valuable insights into the economics of life. “The hardest job in the world,” the video says, “is the best job in the world. Thank you, Mom.”

Josh Romney and his brothers know that about their own mother. “She could have pursued a career in teaching, business or science,” Josh Romney wrote of Ann Romney in the book “Life Lessons from Mothers of Faith.” “But she always knew that the profession that would bring her the most happiness and fulfillment was that of a mom.”

Let’s hope the power brokers in Washington now see the value of mothers, too.

Filed under: Culture and News & Politics and Parenting and People and Religion and Video
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The Redneck Bigotry Of Bill Maher
Posted on 03.20.12 by Danny Glover @ 1:19 pm

“They can’t see past their prejudices.” That’s what misogynistic, hate-spewing and hypocritical HBO talker Bill Maher said right after airing this prejudicial portrayal of Mississippi voters:

Slate’s Dave Weigel is right that it’s fair game to expose “stupid voters” for what they are by accurately reporting what they say and believe. Video producer John Ziegler did a great job of exposing the civics ignorance of Barack Obama voters on Election Day 2008 in his brilliant short video “How Obama Got Elected.”

But the video on Maher’s show revived the same predictable redneck-bashing stereotypes that liberal elites have embraced for decades to malign people who don’t think like they do. You knew the video was going to be bad because Maher tried to rebut the inevitable outcry of Mississippians, other “real Americans in the South” and their conservative brethren before his producers even hit the play button.

“She did not cherry-pick these people,” he insisted of video producer Alexandra Pelosi, the daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “… We are not making fun of anybody. She did not seek out people who look like what some people would say rednecks [look like].

Maher repeated that defense after the video aired — “[Pelosi] said she cut out 20 people who also did not have teeth” — but the disingenuousness of that claim became apparent as he, his guests and the audience laughed about the physical appearance of the people featured in and cut out of the video. The video was so obviously designed to perpetuate a myth about toothless, ignorant redneck voters in the South that even liberals are criticizing it.

Filed under: Culture and Hatin' On Rednecks and News & Politics and People and Rednecks and Religion and Video and West Virginia
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Dustin Ellerman: Faith First, Shooting Second
Posted on 02.11.12 by Danny Glover @ 9:40 pm

Our family just finished watching a marathon of last season’s “Top Shot” on the History Channel, and we were all thrilled to see Dustin Ellerman, who runs a religious camp in Texas, win the $100,000 prize. He was probably the only competitor on the show who didn’t need to be bleeped for vulgarity.

After watching the season finale, I decided to poke around the Internet to learn more about Ellerman and found this post-”Top Shot” interview with him on CBN:

What an excellent role model!

For a while today, I wasn’t so sure I had made a wise choice in picking “Top Shot” for quality father/son and male-bonding time with our 12-year-old. Although the History Channel bleeps most of the bad language from its reality shows, it’s fairly easy to interpret them visually, and the bad guy of “Top Shot,” Jake Zweig, uttered the f-word so many times during a couple of the episodes that I almost turned off the show.

But after seeing Ellerman win, I’m glad we watched to the end. The bad guy revealed himself to be a total loser in every respect, and the good guy won convincingly, after weeks of demonstrating both sportsmanship and humility. He stayed true to his faith and quietly let his light shine before people who clearly don’t put God first.

Those are lessons I’m glad our children had the opportunity to learn. Who’d have thunk they could learn it by watching reality TV?

Filed under: Entertainment and Hunting & Guns and People and Religion and Video
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The Vulgar ‘Modern Family’
Posted on 01.11.12 by Danny Glover @ 12:30 pm

Hollywood plans to send a sad but true statement next week about the vulgar realities of today’s modern family. ABC will air an episode of “Modern Family” about a 2-1/2-year-old toddler who says the dirtiest of dirty words.

“We thought it was a very natural story since, as parents, we’ve all been through this,” the show’s creator, Steve Levitan, said in defending the storyline.

Levitan’s explanation stretches credibility. His latest envelope-pushing plot is more a case of crude Hollywood social engineers trying to shove society further down the road of immorality than “entertainment” reflecting a norm. But he’s not too far ahead of the reality curve.

I’ve documented America’s seemingly perpetual slide into the pit of profanity on this blog:

Too many people think it’s cool, creative and comical to cuss. There is almost no circumstance where uttering a bad word is considered a bad thing. In that atmosphere, it is inevitable that men like Levitan will see how far they can go to make their black mark on society.

I wish Simon Cowell’s attitude held more sway in Hollywood and reality. He is determined to produce family entertainment free of swearing.

But when it comes to language, George Carlin is the hero. His admirers won’t rest until everyone from toddlers to grannies utter all seven of his dirty words (and then some) with reckless abandon at home, in school, on the job and across the airwaves.

Filed under: Culture and Entertainment and Parenting and People and Religion
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Parents vs. The Global Nanny State
Posted on 08.26.11 by Danny Glover @ 6:44 pm

“Fact: There are no parental rights in the Constitution.” And the government — in the form of arrogant teachers and education bureaucrats who think they know best and do-gooder activist judges who take their side — is undercutting those rights every day. Here’s a taste of the disturbing evidence:

The U.S. education system is full of committed teachers and administrators who focus on teaching the basics children need to excel in life. They care about their students, and they deserve the support of every parent. But a vocal and powerful minority of educators is even more committed to shaping children’s minds in ways that have nothing to do with reading, writing and arithmetic — and they will not be deterred by engaged, informed parents.

The situation already is bad in America, which is one reason why we home-school (and under a religious exemption at that). It’s also why, as long as our children are of school age, we are unlikely to ever move to my much-beloved home state of West Virginia, where unenlightened rednecks are trying to impose invasive rules on home-schoolers.

But the conditions could get much worse for parents if the U.S. government embraces the ideas of people who want to create a Global Nanny State. Fight that possibility by signing the petition for a Parental Rights Amendment.

Filed under: Culture and Government and Home Schooling and News & Politics and Parenting and Religion and Video and West Virginia
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The Dalai Lama Pizza Joke
Posted on 06.14.11 by Danny Glover @ 12:37 pm

How ironic that Dalai Lama humor is lost on the Dalai Lama himself:

Filed under: Just For Laughs and Religion and Video
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Why We Home-School, Lesson #33
Posted on 06.01.11 by Danny Glover @ 12:28 pm

We don’t want our children dining at Hooters when they go on field trips with irresponsible (and presumably male) chaperones.

But this brief story contains an arguably more shocking revelation than the fact that eighth-graders from Pennsylvania ate at Hooters while visiting the National Aquarium in Baltimore: “Hooters spokesman Mike McNeil says the restaurant chain often hosts groups, including sports teams and church organizations with teens and younger children.”

Religious church groups at Hooters? I wonder if they were wearing “What would Jesus do?” bracelets while ogling the busty waitresses.

(Read previous “Why We Home-School” lessons.)

Filed under: Parenting and Religion and Why We Home-School
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Who Will ‘Follow’ Jesus?
Posted on 04.15.11 by Danny Glover @ 10:00 am

How might the life, death and resurrection of Jesus have played out on Twitter if His followers had captured their experiences in 140 characters or less? This video imagines it:

Filed under: Religion and Video
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My Guiding Light
Posted on 02.14.11 by Danny Glover @ 11:07 am

On this Valentine’s Day, I will let the eloquent, passionate, late senator from West Virginia, Robert Byrd, speak for me about the importance of a soul mate to a man:

My guiding light, my angel from the sky, is Kimberly Johnson Glover. Like too many middle-aged men who become complacent in marriage and take for granted the value of a God-fearing wife and mother, I don’t tell her — or show her — often enough how important she is in my life.

Today is a good day to start. Yesterday would have been better. Tomorrow will be.

Filed under: Family and Holidays and People and Religion and Video and West Virginia
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