The Danger of False Truths – Part 1/3

July 21, 2011

An “old” friend of mine (both definitions of “old”) sent me two e-mails revealing two individual (but false) truths that he believes.

Of course, he cannot help but be this way since he is an individual that only sees things in black and white (by his admission). He is also a fundamentalist evangelical Christian, and has a political agenda that brands him as a neoconservative, libertarian Republican that admires the Tea Party. He also once wrote in an e-mail that G. W. Bush was one of America’s greatest presidents.

His individual truths are influenced by those cultural, religious and political beliefs.

He sent me a link to Chinese officials stole more than $120-billion and fled overseas, central banks says

“Thousands of corrupt Chinese officials have stolen more than $120-billion U.S. and fled overseas since the mid-1990s – and the U.S. was a top destination, according to a report released by the country’s (China’s) central bank.”

“The report, released this week by the People’s Bank of China, says between 16,000 to 18,000 government officials and executives at state-owned enterprises smuggled about 800-billion yuan ($123-billion) out of China between the mid-’90s and 2008.”

Divide $123 billion among 18,000 crooks over a period of 16 years and about $7.5 billion was moved each year or about $417,000 per crook and if that money came to the US, someone probably paid taxes on it.

This doesn’t even come close to the thefts of those in the the US that brought the world the 2008 global financial crises, which cost the world more than an estimated $40 trillion US and in a lot shorter time period.

Continued on July 22, 2011 in The Danger of False Truths – Part 2

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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Separation of Church and State — Part 1/3

January 6, 2011

In 1998, something dire happened in Washington DC while President Clinton was in the White House and the GOP controlled both houses of Congress.

Clinton must have made a compromise with the GOP since in the 105th Congress, the GOP held 55 seats in the Senate and Newt Gingrich was the Speaker of the House with 228 GOP votes of 435.

I have no idea what Clinton got out of the deal, but what happened was a huge victory for America’s conservative evangelical Christians. It also created a threatening situation for most of the world’s population.

These evangelicals are the same people who want to control women’s reproductive rights in the US and the same people who fight to block sex education designed to combat the spread of HIV AIDS.  These evangelicals are the same people that managed, while President G. W. Bush was living in the White House, to limit stem cell research possibly leading to many early deaths and much suffering among the living. 

To explore more on this topic, see Christian Today Australia – US evanglical engagement in politics is too partisan, say authors or Religion Gone Bad: The Hidden Dangers of the Christian Right.

What President Clinton and the GOP majority in Congress did was turn the U.S. Department of State into a global advocate for organized religion.

For many in China, this blending of government with religion in the US may be of a particular concern since China has a history with Christianity that has often ended badly.

When the treaty was signed ending the First Opium War (1840-1842), the British Empire included a clause that forced China to open its doors to Christian missionaries.

A decade later, the Taiping Rebellion (1851-1864) was led by a Christian convert that wanted to turn China into a Christian nation. In fact, Jonathan D. Spence wrote about this Christian convert in God’s Chinese Son.

In the end, more than twenty million were killed.  Ironically, Hong Xiuquan called the part of China he controlled the Kingdom of Heavenly Peace.

Then in 1900, there was the Boxer Rebellion (Righteous Harmony Society Movement), which was a popular peasant uprising to rid China of meddling Christian missionaries and foreigners.

An armed force made up of military from mostly Christian nations invaded China and ended the Boxer movement. The Christians stayed.

In Part 2, we will see why it is dangerous to allow a government to use taxpayer dollars to get into the business of spreading organized religion across the world.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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Dealing with Anger

November 11, 2010

I bought a copy of The Economist for October 30.  The cover has President Obama surrounded by an angry American crowd with signs that shout, “Jobs Now, Jobs Stupid, Throw the Bums Out, Taxed Enough Already, Obamacare Makes me Sick!”

When there is a protest in China where people carry signs, the Western media rants about the Chinese being denied the right to a democracy, which includes the right to protest.

What if the majority of Chinese don’t want the kind of freedom or democracy the West has?

In fact, the only freedom most Chinese don’t have these days is a vote in Party elections. According to the Eurasia Review, the Chinese do protest often.

The Eurasia Review says of Labor Unrest in China, “To some degree, strikes are not something new in China. There are studies that speak of tens of thousands of protests taking place in China every year over a wide range of issues from workers’ back pay to illegal land seizures. Most end peacefully after the government meets some demands.”

However, ignoring these facts, the Hoover Institute of Stanford University urges the United States to be more aggressive in pushing for democracy in China by supporting and linking together Chinese groups and a few thousand individuals that call for democracy.


Let’s not forget that there are 1.3 billion Chinese and they do have a voice.

If they can organize tens of thousands of protests and negotiate settlements with the government, they can also call for changes in the political system if that is what the majority of Chinese want. 

Yet, there is little or no evidence that the majority in China want political changes except for a handful of malcontents spurred on by the likes of the CIA, the Hoover Institute and the Noble Peace Prize Committee in Europe.

As for a free press in China, how can a press be free when it belongs to the government? When President Bush lived in the White House, his staff often censored news coming out of NASA and other government agencies and that was in the US.

In China, the situation is similar—the media in China belongs to the government as the US. Post Office and NASA does in America.

In fact, there is freedom of expression in China. The Chinese Blog more than any nation on the globe and used the Internet to organize national labor strikes in recent months that were spread across China.

China’s government supported those labor movements and chastised private businesses for not paying workers more.

Getting back to the anger that was splashed on that cover of The Economist. Correct me if I am wrong when I say that the anger in China isn’t that much different from the anger in America.

However, it seems the Chinese may be more civilized and open to compromise to solve disputes peacefully and avoid the anger and partisanship that has all but frozen progress in a debt-ridden US.

Learn more and see What is the Truth about Tiananmen Square?

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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