Jerry Jones brought his superyacht to the Super Bowl: Cultural divisions and the persuasive power of courage
this is the daily Article podcast published by the Denison Forum or culture changing Christians to receive the daily article directly to Your Tale inbox each weekday morning visit the daily Article Dot Com. Now here's Today's news discerned differently. What what do the Dallas cowboys have in common with the Washington redskins the Atlanta Falcons and the Jacksonville Jaguars? None of them is playing in this year's Super Bowl. What else do they have uncommon? Their owners owned super yachts. That are making the news these days cowboys owner. Jerry Jones has already brought to Miami his three hundred fifty seven seven foot long super yacht. Bravo Gina which is rumoured to have cost more than two hundred fifty million dollars. It has two helipads and a large SPA That includes a sauna steam room massage room. Plunge Pool and state of the art gym redskins owner. Daniel Snyder owns a three hundred five foot long long super yacht. was something no other yacht in the world has a twelve seat to death tall imax theater that added an extra three million dollars to the final price. Tag Tag Falcons. Owner Arthur blank has a new two hundred ninety five foot super yacht. Jaguars owner Shaheed Gun owns three hundred twelve foot long yacht that charters lawyers for over one point two million dollars a week. Sunday's Big Game is a welcome distraction from the corona virus crisis which is now surpassed SARS in the total total number of people infected and caused the World Health Organization to reconvene. It's emergency committee today. The super bowl is also a positive diversion for the sports swirled as the investigation continues into the tragic death of Kobe. Bryant and eight others his wife. Vanessa made her first public statement yesterday writing writing that there aren't enough words to describe our pain right now but the Super Bowl does remind us that economic distinctions are very real in America today. The average price of a ticket to the game is eight thousand nine hundred forty dollars. Avila rents in Miami for as much as fifteen thousand dollars a night or you could consider a vacation package for two with private jet transportation to Miami a suite at the Ritz Carlton and four days sailing. The Caribbean on a private yacht all for a mere seven hundred twenty thousand dollars. It has always been true that some people have more than most people and class distinctions lead to cultural polarization. But you can make the case that such polarization is becoming more dangerous as it escalates today. A study published last year found that just over forty two percent of Democrats and Republicans view the opposition as downright evil some twenty percent of the Democrats and sixteen percent of Republicans. Think we'd be better off as a country if large numbers of the opposing party in the public today just died when asked how. How much do you feel? Violence would be justified if the opposing party won the twenty twenty presidential election eighteen point three percent of Democrats and thirteen point. Eight percent of Republicans said such violence would be appropriate on a scale ranging from a little to a lot. What explains such vitriolic polemical Michael Polarization New York Times columnist? Ross doubt hat points. Christopher Caldwell argument in age of entitlement and America since the sixties as an important part of the answer Caldwell begins his analysis with the Civil Rights Act of nineteen sixty four an effort to rectify defy the tragic racial injustice that has been systemic in America throughout our history however according to Caldwell reformers who produced the act also developed developed a structure of judicial and bureaucratic supervision and redress that gradually expanded into a rival constitutional system. This movement evolved to advance this groups claiming equality rather than the protection of citizens enjoying liberties according to doubt hat caldwell sees the debates over feminism and gay marriage transgender rights and immigration as following the lines of this constitutional division in this view. The new constitutionalists are constantly Discovering new rights and empowering courts bureaucracies to enforce them the rights to abortion and same. Sex Marriage are examples of this steady subsequent. Subsequent advance of Cultural Progressivism Old constitutionalists resists such discoveries and the seismic cultural changes they have produced the cultural ruptures created by this constitutional division are deep systemic and emotional pro choice advocates claim. They are defending women's rights and lives pro-life advocates claim they are defending millions of unborn children. LGBTQ advocates claim they are protecting persecuted minority from bigoted oppressors advocates of Biblical sexuality claim. They are defending moral positions that are historically Orthodox and culturally foundational. This is not the first time. God's people have been required to defend unpopular truth at personal risk in fact those who stand Dan for Biblical morality in our fallen world often find themselves in the minority from able to Noah to Moses to Daniel and the prophets of Israel L. God's faithful were tortured and suffered mocking and flogging and even chains and imprisonment some were stoned sawn in two or killed with the sword others were destitute afflicted mistreated. Paradoxically opposition to our faith is an opportunity for our our faith when Christians pay a price to follow. Jesus others see the sincerity of our sacrificial commitment and we discovered the degree to which he is not just our or savior but also our King Pastor Paul Chappell notes. The devil doesn't persecute those who aren't making a godly difference in the world are. Are you willing to be persecuted today. Would you consider sharing this podcast with a friend family member. Your Co worker in order to help build a community of culture changing Christians. Thank you for listening to the daily Article podcast today.