7 Quick Takes Friday (set #172)

7 Quick Takes Friday

This week: A new video apologetical series from a young person’s perspective. The USCCB’s video call to prayer. The crazy, surreal world of those choosing separation from God. Setting the middle east toward nuclear destruction – our biggest policy blunder ever. Lumen Entertainment presents Skiff and AJ’s latest video. From the CJ automotive desk – the making of the Tesla Model S. Lying to achieve political ends.

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Ali-Marie Thompson is a young Catholic apologist who is building an impressive collection of videos explaining topics of our faith. She has recorded over 50 My Catholic Perspective segments over the last year. See her YouTube channel for more.

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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) published this video 2 years ago, but I just came across it. The description says the USCCB calls “for a nationwide effort to advance a movement for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty through prayer, penance, and sacrifice.” What was on their mind then has not gotten any better.

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A world without God seems to be the goal of many these days. By His love, every person has the free will to make that choice for themselves. Their goal will be their eternal reality.

Spotted by Msgr. Pope

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Nuclear Bomb

Israel has long had the atomic bomb. Count on them having very capable delivery systems and high-yield warheads. It was a hedge for them against an uncertain future where their enemies might get “the bomb.” That has not happened so nuclear Armageddon in the middle east has not happend.

That is about to change in a big, big way due to our president’s “negotiations” with Iran. You are free to interpret it as you wish. Iran’s neighbors interpret it as giving them the green light and are extremely alarmed. They have the means to similarly arm themselves in their own self-defense and now feel forced to take that path. This may go down as the biggest foreign policy blunder in our history.

The Jerusalem Post has this report: Saudi Arabia in talks to purchase Pakistani nuclear weapons.

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Skiff and AJ continue to explore the interior of a church. In their latest episode (#6), the look at the confessional.

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I can’t afford a Tesla Model S. My 2001 vehicle is nice and doing just fine anyway. The Tesla however, is a really cool car (does “cool” date me?). Anyway, I came across this video on how they are made. Spoiler: mostly by robots.

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Lying to achieve a worthy end is a valid tactical decision, according to Muslim scholars (known as taqiyya and kitman). This tactic has been embraced beyond the Muslim world and is now routinely injected into American politics, again and again and again.

Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was begun by Jennifer Fulwiler and is now continued by Kelly Mantoan. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Kelly for hosting this project!

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