Thursday, October 6, 2011

iSad: Steve Jobs Dies at 56. And What Do Christians Have Against Apple, Anyway?

Yesterday the world learned that one of the greatest innovators of the 20th and 21st centuries, Steve Jobs, has died. This is what the Apple.com website looked like when the news went public:


So, I'd like to address something that simmers nefariously under the surface in Christian circles that, unfortunately, sometimes gets a little more serious than that playfully innocuous "Mac vs PC" debate. I'm referring to the argument that Apple funds the gay agenda, and that by buying an Apple computer—like I did in 2007—you are indirectly funding it too.

Laying aside for a second my doubts that the "gay agenda" actually exists, let's look at the facts. In 2008, Apple gave $100,000 to the No On Prop 8 campaign. In terms of a billionaire, that's not that much (Steve Jobs had a net worth of $7 billion). Steve Jobs was also often criticized for his decided lack of charitable giving. Obviously, though, I heard this in 2007 before Proposition 8 was even on the table, so there must have been something else. But people, I can't find it.

Now let's compare this to Bill Gates and Microsoft. Bill Gates' father served on the board of Planned Parenthood. He started the William H. Gates Foundation, which became the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, operated by the Gates couple and Warren Buffett and based in Seattle, Washington. It contributes to both Planned Parenthood and world population control efforts headed by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's $1 million gift even started a new international fund within Planned Parenthood—the Suzanne Cluett International Family Planning Endowment—that seeks to take reproductive rights and services across the world. In 2000, Gates gave $57 million to the UNFPA. Although he also contributes to good causes like Children With Aids, the Childrens' Vaccine Fund, and the Lunchbox Fund, some have accused him of being in support of eugenics.

In 2007, Gates bought a $26 million share in PlanetOut, a gay publishing company that runs Gay.com, a site used to schedule sexual hook-ups and all-gay cruises, and that also features hardcore homosexual porn. He, along with a group of investors, owns 56.3% of the company. That, usually, would be considered a majority of the shares.

Meanwhile, Steve Jobs didn't allow porn apps on the iPhone, saying:
"(W)e do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone...You know, there's a porn store for Android....You can download nothing but porn. You can download porn, your kids can download porn. That's a place we don't want to go - so we're not going to go there."

So if you're a social conservative, you should be against Microsoft, not Apple. Now go buy yourself an iPhone to mourn the death of a great innovator.

UPDATE: If you're curious as to the origin of Apple's logo, read this: Interview with Rob Janoff, Designer of the Apple Logo.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Courageous


Movie Release Date: Sept. 30th, 2011

Guys (and girls), if you haven't seen this movie yet, you need to. It's one of the best movies I've ever seen. Moreover, it's one of the best Christian movies I've ever seen. Not only does it give an amazing message about the importance of being a father, but the story is riveting and the acting is great. Whether you're male of female, Christian or not, you should go see it. Seriously, do it!

Courageous is about a group of four law enforcement officers who make a pact to be better fathers at home, and to hold each other accountable. As policemen, their job is to catch drug dealers and those involved in gangs, but through the movie it becomes understood that those kids are there because they don't have good male role models at home. As the Sheriff shares compelling statistics on the relationship between crime and absent fathers, these law enforcement officers search their own lives for the patterns that riddle society and harm its youth. In the end, it's not just being a hero that is courageous, but being a hero to your kids.

This is a much-needed message for families today, and I'm glad that it was made so that everyone can benefit from it. In fact, my church is planning on holding a small group series about it. Highly recommended!