Faith in party misled voters

Presidential elections generally end with only half of the country satisfied. The discord comes from the elected officials rarely get more than 53 percent of the popular vote. After an election, social media are lit up with all kinds of opinions. Just after the presidential election was called last week, my Facebook page was overloaded with many statuses bemoaning the reelection of Barack Obama, and others predicting the end of America and the birth of our new socialist state. Several of my friends alluded that voting for Obama was unethical. One even went so far as to say that the Americans who voted for Obama had forsaken God. That person is wrong. They perpetuated a misplaced belief that only Republicans can uphold Christian values. In the 1980s, a movement known as the moral majority gained substantial popularity in the U.S. It was led by Rev. Jerry Falwell, who endorsed Ronald Reagan in his first campaign. The moral majority was made up of conservative Christians. Though the organization has all but disbanded, the trend of conservative Christians exclusively supporting Republican candidates continues. Virtually all of Congress is religious, and 86 percent identify as Christian. There is vocal movement from religious leaders that Christians should support Republicans mainly due to their perceived pro-life stance. However, most Republican politicians have little to show for it. Christianity has been yoked with politics since it was made the state religion of the Roman Empire. Church leaders used religion as a tool during the Middle Ages to sustain political power. With the intention of directing America toward God, Christians now participate in the political process. They have the best intentions, but they are sometime used by politicians. The moral majority was right to recognize the brokenness of America, but they placed their hope in the false idols of political candidates when they should have looked to God for change. The life of Jesus is the antithesis of what is expected of politicians. Jesus called his followers to be meek and to be servant leaders. Look to our politicians, and you will not find these attributes. Politics is the only realm where words speak louder than actions, and this is the fault of voters. Never elect politicians based on what they say. Instead, choose them for what they do. Do not let anyone fool you into believing that there is one political candidate who is the Christian choice. All congressmen are up for reelection in two years. If you want to vote in a Christian fashion, then measure men by their action, not which party they are a part of. Above all else, do not place...

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Disney purchase gives ‘New Hope’

Princesses, evil rulers thwarting plans and princes sweeping in to save the day. Sounds like a normal Disney movie, but in a few years, a new story will be coming to screen again and this time with light sabers and Jedi. On Oct. 30, The Walt Disney Company bought LucasFilm, Ltd., for $4.5 billion. The company not only bought the Star Wars franchise, it received the entire portfolio from LucasFilms, including Indiana Jones. So does pairing feel forced or will it become a Disney magic in the making? Disney officials said they had been talking to George Lucas, founder of LucasFilms and director of the Star Wars films, about the purchase for a year now. Disney is planning to release Star Wars Episode VII in 2015 with more films expected to continue the saga. The company said it will release a new Star Wars film every one to three years. Lucas will serve as a creative consultant for the next film, but plans to retire eventually. “For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” Lucas said, in a statement. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.” The first Star Wars movie, A New Hope, was released in 1977 and starred Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. Since then Lucas has given the world five more iconic films with the last one being Revenge of the Sith, which was released in 2005. So what is this new era of the iconic saga going to look like? Will Disney rewrite the ending so that it has a happily-ever-after ending? Hundreds of books have been written that begin right from where the last movie finishes, but Disney said that the upcoming movie be an all-new story with no connection to the previous films. With new technology for special effects, new episodes of the saga could improve the quality of the movies. The first three films are more technologically savvy and the last three aren’t. So the films will go from high in special effects, to low and then back to high? Most fans wonder if it is a good idea to touch the film, while others are thrilled and some are undecided. Enthusiasts are asking if original actors will be used from the last film, Return of the Jedi. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher said in an interview that they knew about the new movie and if asked, they would consider playing their characters. Playing their original roles as the stars of the movie may...

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America spreading aid thin

With wars, crises and upheaval all over the world, America is being asked to aid many hurting nations. Ultimately, the U.S. cannot meet the demands of every person who cries out for aid—there are simply too many of them. We too have our own battles to fight, our own children and our own lives. However, as a Christian nation, we must remember to follow the guidelines set for us in the Bible. Philippians 2:4 says: “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others,” (KJV). If we as a nation are to succeed, we must work to ease the burden of hurting nations. Counter to popular notion and human tendencies, lending a hand to others not only helps them, but it helps us. If we follow God in our daily affairs, including our foreign policies, then our nation will be better for it. Take, for example, the crisis in Libya. After their leader Muammar al-Gaddafi’s 42-year reign of terror ended, their nation has still been feeling the repercussions of the unrest. Civil war has led to the deaths of thousands and has caused about a million to flee the country. President Barack Obama reacted by sending aid to Libya in the form of airstrikes and military endeavors against the forces of Gaddafi. According to the New York Times, Obama thought we had a responsibility to intervene in the conflict. He said. “I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.” Had America not intervened, the mass murdering of innocent civilians would have continued. We showed that we have the capability to provide aid without putting our nose into everything. In 2011, a massive earthquake caused a tsunami, which killed thousands of people and ruined resources of Japan. Many countries combined forces to send help to the island so that work could be done in the most productive manner. Had the United States tried to fulfill the burdens alone, there would be problems within our own borders as well. As a nation, we must remember that we, too, need help. Though we won’t be able to take care of every nation, it is vital to help those we...

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Texas teams in close quarters within division
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Texas teams in close quarters within division

By Cody Weems It’s no secret that Texas is a football state. However, all three of the state’s NBA teams are looking to make Texas a force to reckon with in the basketball landscape. The three division foes are set to battle it out for a spot atop the Southwestern Division of the Western Conference. The ageless Spurs are favored by many to repeat as division champions, but the biggest question mark the team faces is whether or not players can stay healthy for an entire season. Guard Manu Ginobili, who missed significant time last season with a broken hand, was already sidelined for the first two games due to a back injury. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has said he intends to limit the playing time of 36-year-old Tim Duncan, but as he told ESPN’s Andrew McNeill, Duncan has an ability to make the most of his minutes. “It’s just a credit to his professionalism, his character, his understanding of the human body and that there are only so many steps and years you have,” Popovich said. “He’s taken the best advantage he possibly can to extend that as long as he can.” San Antonio made a statement in their second game of the season by defeating Oklahoma City, the defending Western Conference champions. While the road to the NBA Finals may run through San Antonio, Dallas is looking to bounce back after a disappointing season. Last year, the defending champs sneaked into the playoffs only to be swept in the first round by the Thunder. The Mavericks are more than capable of competing for a championship but are forced to start the year without Dirk Nowitzki. The 11-time All-Star underwent arthroscopic knee surgery prior to the start of the season and isn’t expected to return for at least six weeks. Nowitzki told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon that it’s up to his teammates to step up in his absence. “The boys need to find a way to win some games, sometimes with defense, win some ugly games,” Nowitzki said, “but definitely find a way to win some games and play some decent basketball until I come back.” The addition of O.J. Mayo has given new life to the Mavericks offense. Mayo signed with Dallas in the offseason and has impressed through the first few games, which includes a 30-point performance in a huge 126-99 win against Charlotte. The Mavericks have looked solid on the young season and should be a complete package once Nowitzki returns. The third Texas team is one that many overlook, but the Houston Rockets are hoping to get noticed with their play this year. After signing...

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Women’s hoops to start season at Southwestern

The women’s basketball team has hit the hardwood in preparation for its 2012-13 season. New Head Coach Lisa Curliss-Taylor will begin her first season with the Lady Cru. The team will return nine players and add nine freshmen to the roster. Brandy Dittert, Gabby Guzman and Tina Miller are the three seniors on the team this season. Curliss-Taylor has set the objectives this year by focusing on the present. “Our main goal is to get better every day. We want a successful season, but we also want to build foundation and continue to get better,” she said. The Lady Cru will depend on their strengths to get them back in the American Southwest Conference Tournament. Curliss-Taylor believes the team has much talent. “We have quickness, and can shoot it from outside and inside. This will make it difficult for some teams to defend us. Overall, we are a balanced team,” she said. Freshman visual communications major Kourtney Bevers agrees. “We have a lot of speed on the team, and when we use that to our advantage, we are dynamic,” she said. The team will also use relationships within itself as an advantage on the court. Senior nursing major Brandy Dittert thinks that the bonds formed on the team will show on the hardwood. “Our strengths this season are our chemistry and our heart. Everyone on our team is a hard worker and has the same goal in mind. Our team is very close. We get along on the court, and we spend time together off the court. The chemistry we have made will benefit the way we will play this season. I believe when a team is unified, it is a key to being unbeatable,” she said. Sophomore computer information systems major Samara Williams supports Dittert on team relationships. “For an extremely young team, we have great chemistry. We are also good about keeping each other accountable without taking anything personal. We all genuinely love and support each other,” she said. Last season, the Lady Cru finished 5-16 in conference play and had a 6-19 overall record. In the 2012-13 ASC’s annual Preseason Coaches and Media Poll, the Lady Cru are picked to finish fourth place in the West Division. The Cru totaled 77 points in the ballot voted by ASC West Division coaches, sports information directors and media members. They chose Concordia University to finish first with 137 points, followed by Howard Payne University with 129 points. Hardin-Simmons University comes in third place and totaled 108 points. Bevers talks about this year’s squad. “We are a very young team this year and definitely new. We have worked really...

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