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The Hypocrisy Of It All – First Amendment & Separation Of Church & State

Published June 2, 2011 by glaumland

The ACLU, the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and this federal judge

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/06/02/prayer-prohibited-at-graduation-ceremony/?test=latestnews

want to keep all traces of ‘public prayer’ out of a TX high school graduation ceremony. However, kindly, the judge did allow that students could wear religious clothing or kneel towards Mecca.

Really, I say. Really?

Most parents and educators I know would be much more concerned that students dress appropriately (wearing nice clothes and none of the flip-flops or pants-on-the-ground) and act respectfully (not disrupting the service_oops! did I call it that?_ by getting out of their chairs and moving around) than that people would say a quiet “Bow your heads…” or “amen.” Two things really struck me about this article.

First, how about we have some folks dress up in religious habits or arab garb, then come into Judge Biery’s courtroom. Then, whenever they like, they can get out of their seats and assemble in the aisles, kneeling on their knees towards Rome or bowing towards Mecca. I bet he wouldn’t stand for that disruption in his courtroom, but he says it’s OK for a graduation. HYPOCRITE!

Secondly, if it is true that there is entirely separation of church and state, then it seems to me that Judge Biery has no right to tell a school how they should hold their graduation ceremony. That is a private matter for the school officials and the parents to decide. I don’t care if the school does receive federal dollars, separation should work both ways. Unless there is an obvious physical danger (like yelling ‘fire’ at the movies) anything said at that graduation shouldn’t matter to anyone outside of the auditorium. The school should be able to conduct their ceremony as they deem appropriate, and for Judge Biery to rule otherwise actually creates a relationship between church and state. HYPOCRITE! (Just to add to this point, I really do think the US government should get out of Education and turn it back over to the local governments.)

I’m not entirely certain how the Schultz family can claim that they would “suffer irreparable harm” if someone prays. Maybe it’s like spontaneous combustion or something. My advice to the Schultz’s: don’t pray, don’t go, or get over it. As this is being read, I’m sure prayers are already going up to Heaven on their behalf. Better keep the extinguisher handy!

Hypocrisy is claiming that there is separation between church and state, and then the state tries to assert control over the church. The First Amendment really prohibits the government from establishing a state-sponsored church (like Uncle Sam’s Church of Democracy). As Thomas Jefferson said, the separation is to put a wall between church and state, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t see over that wall or shake hands over it. Good fences (and walls) make good neighbors. And if you don’t like what your neighbor is saying, then leave. Or put your fingers in your ears. Or hum. Or talk louder.

It’s time for Americans to do some studying and read our Constitution for themselves. If you don’t agree with it, you’ve got that right, and the First Amendment protects your right to vocally disagree. But it doesn’t give you the right to be offended by what you see or hear. Get over it, or get out of here.

Until next time…

Democrat Leadership – Smart-Asses or Dumb-Asses, or Both?

Published March 26, 2009 by glaumland

 Women and Wine, Wealth and Deceit, make the Wealth small, and the Wants great.

I continue to watch the Democratic leadership with a mixture of horror and fascination, caught somewhere between believing it’s all just a bad dream (nobody could be that bad on purpose) and believing in conspiracy theories (nobody could be that bad without trying). On the one hand, I want to believe that all Americans (and especially our elected leaders) have America’s best interests at heart. But on the other hand, I think that many politicians become politicians because they want the power that their office brings. So, part of me wants to be hopeful, without being naive, while another part of me wants to be on my guard, without becoming cynical.

Haste makes waste.

I’m not sure if this is Aesop or Poor Richard, but this seems to have been the rule, rather than the exception, for the Democrat-lead Congress and the Obama administration. They’ve spent TRILLIONS to save financial organizations and passed a 2009 budget spending many more TRILLIONS. I can’t even keep the numbers straight any more, there have been so many (between bank bail-outs, auto bail-outs, pork bills, etc). It’s pretty sad though, when the American public doesn’t blink its eyes when talking about BILLIONS, and only seems slightly dazed now that we’re constantly hearing TRILLIONS. I did check my calculator at home, and it only goes up to the 10-MILLIONs place, so I guess I’ll have to watch my budget a little more carefully – ha ha. (OK, I looked it up and Poor Richard said “Necessity never made a good bargain.”)

Money doesn’t grow on trees.

To paraphrase a Sonic commercial, “maybe it does because money is made of paper and paper is made of trees…” OK, not quite accurate these days (DH tells me that money is more fabric than anything) but funny nonetheless. Where does the government think they will get all of this money that they are spending? I read a report today that the administration is thinking up new ways to get money. Obviously, their idea to make America’s veterans carry private insurance wasn’t well thought out and it certainly didn’t go over well (my opinion was that this was one step that Obama & Co. had in mind to get their national health-care legislation passed, but they didn’t realize how much it would be opposed). The cap-and-trade policy to have power companies buy and sell polution credits already failed in Europe, so why would we try something that’s already been proven a loser (not to mention costing every American family more dollars). And we’ve also been told that we are not being patriotic if we don’t want to pay more taxes – so that would make several of Obama’s appointments to be some of the most un-American people in America (it doesn’t matter if they are unethical or just stupid – either way they are not fit to govern). So the dollar and the 401-Ks continue to roll downhill.

Promises may get thee friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.

Not only have we seen  some terrible economic blunders by the current administration, we’ve also seen some real doozies in our foreign relations. There is the cheap plastic button given to a Russian diplomat that say “overcharge” and not “reset” – I guess Hillary doesn’t have any friends or co-workers that are fluent in Russian. There was her statement that she doesn’t understand multi-party democracies (ummm…how many polical parties are there in the US?). Hillary told Bejing that our relationship with the Chinese is more important than their policies on human right issues (which is actually a GOOD thing if you’re selling second-hand Chinese ultrasound machines). And my final example here – and this is truly the best of all – giving the British Prime Minister a thoughtful gift of 25 DVDs of American movies in the US viewing format as opposed to the priceless & historic gifts America (not just Obama) received. Perhaps Obama should’ve made Martha Stewart his Secretary of State or maybe just gift-giving czar; I don’t think she would make such stupid and class-less moves.

Love your neighbor, yet don’t pull down your hedge.

Wait, I forgot, we’ve got Smart Diplomacy now! The first call Obama made was to a terrorist-supporting Palastinian leader, not to someone who has been closely allied to the US for many years. And if you don’t believe it from reading the above examples, just consider the following: Obama’s administration has declared that we’re no longer in a ‘Global War On Terror’, now we’re calling it ‘Overseas Contingency Operation’ (that sounds to me like taking Kaopectate and Charmin with you when you travel abroad). So now we can be friends with the countries that Bush labeled as “evil”. When North Korea fires a missile, it really is just a satellite so we can get better cell-phone coverage when we visit their country (just like the 2 reporters who weren’t ‘abducted’, they just received an all-expenses paid vacation at the Pyongyang Hilton). And the poor Iranians need to build nuclear energy power plants because they just don’t have any oil to burn! Boy, I’m feeling so much safer that I’ve just got that tingly feeling all over! (Sorry, I didn’t mean to get so obviously sarcastic.)

Here comes the orator, with his flood of words and his drop of reason.

I do have to confess that I enjoy watching clips of Obama answering questions without his trusty sidekick, the Teleprompter. I don’t get to see as many as I would like since I have dial-up and since MSM tends to ask fluffy questions. But I think the comparisons of Obama with Teleprompter and Obama sans Teleprompter show something more important: that our current president is actually an intellectual light-weight. His reasoning is circular,  and his responses are rambling and really don’t contain any pertinent information. His ideals aren’t in question, but his background is. It just proves that ACORN training and campaigning are no substitute for executive experience. What people have confused for intelligence is his ability to give speeches that were written for him and read off of a teleprompter. Now we have even more proof of his failings in his inability to fill the presidential cabinet and other political positions, as well as his allowing the Democratic co-horts of Reid and Pelosi to take leadership on stimulus and budget legislation. So just who is in charge, anyway?

Well done is better than well said.

One of the things that has really struck me though about the Obama administration is the number of foul-mouthed and smart-assed people Obama has surrounded himself with. We have ‘gotta love him’ Joe Biden who can’t keep his foot out of his mouth. He can’t seem to remember the names of people he admires (Is is Justice Stevens or Stewart?) or the “website number” for how the TARP money is being spent. But Joe also responded with the F-bomb when one of his friends addressed him by his new title of “Mr. VP” – yeah, that’s certainly a good reason to curse at your friends. Classless Jerk#1. Rahm Emanuel, the current chief of staff, enjoys throwing the F-bomb around, in public, in his office, right there in the White House. He even has a souvenir name plate on his desk saying, “Undersecretary for Go (F-Bomb) Yourself.” Classless Jerk #2. Finally, we come to the Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. I don’t get to watch the daily press conferences very often (no cable, remember), but I can say that my favorite PS was Tony Snow (RIP). He always managed to deliver the briefings with respect towards the administration and the reporters, while remaining quick-witted and personable. And Ari Fleischer continues to be thoughtful and deliberate when delivering his comments. Not so the current Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. This longtime Obama spokesman seems to take special delight in making sarcastic remarks and delivering wisecracks, as if he is trying to do stand up comedy and get the press corps rolling on the floor laughing. His crass schtick seemed to work at first, but even lately the press appears to be getting weary of the act. Although he can’t seem to answer the serious questions that are now being put to him, Gibbs does have the one-liners to bash Cheney and Limbaugh, or complain that he is “all Russia’d out”, or giggling while he tries to convince a reporter that he is serious (jusk ask Obama cheerleader April Ryan). Classless Jerk #3. Is it me, or does there seem to be an awful lot of giggling from this administration.

What you would seem to be, be really. 

Bad policies and decision-making don’t mean that there is a conspiracy to undermine the America that our founding fathers created. But it is hard to believe that this much stupidity and lack of ethics, coupled with arrogance and elegance, could come together without someone pulling the strings. Just another argument for intelligent design over evolution.

The excellency of hogs is fatness, of men virtue.

I just had to throw this one in because of porkulus and just because I thought it was funny. (Hat tip to Benjamin Franklin for all of the nuggets of wisdom.)

Until next time…

One Nation, Under God

Published March 3, 2009 by glaumland

I attended the worship service at our church on Ash Wednesday. It was wonderful to have a church full on this festival, with the atmosphere so much different than the drama and problems of the old church. But that’s part of an old blog.

As we prepare for Holy Week, Lent gives us an excellent opportunity to take an honest assessment of our lives (impossible without the guidance of the Holy Spirit), of the length and width and depth of our sinful natures, and of our inability to do any thing which will decrease the distance between ourselves and our Loving Creator. To realize that Christ came as a lowly baby to experience our humanity and then submitted to a most horrific death, truly humbles me and resonates to the very core of my soul. Then to travel from the depths of despair to the highest high on Easter Day is too wonderful for words. It’s something amazing to experience.

“One nation, under God.” Although the original Pledge of Allegience (written in 1892) didn’t include this phrase, it was added in 1954 under President Eisenhower’s administration. The reason it was added was to identify that America was remarkable because she was blessed and empowered by her Creator, and not by any man made effort. And as such, having overcome a Great Depression and a World War, she indeed stood as a shining beacon on a hill, just like President Reagan said many years later.

“This nation, under God.” President Lincoln was present at the dedication of the national cemetery at Gettysburg, PA in 1863. By that fall, there had been over 250,000 casualities from the Civil War, and the Battle of Gettysburg itself had 7500 deaths, over three times the number of residents in the prosperous town. Although the romance and popularity of the war was waning, President Lincoln brought forth the idea that the war was more than about maintaining a unified country, but about defending the very freedoms, of ALL men, that were guaranteed by the founding fathers.

So it all goes back to the men who established and shaped our government. Did they INTEND  for America to be a nation, UNDER GOD? What did these men say? (Please read Michael Medved’s article at http://townhall.com/columnists/MichaelMedved/2007/10/03/the_founders_intended_a_christian,_not_secular,_society?page=full&comments=true for the complete picture; it’s not too long and very well written.)

  • President George Washington: “reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle…Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”
  • President John Adams: “Statesmen may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. A patriot must be a religious man.”
  • President Thomas Jefferson: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God?”
  • President James Madison: “religion is the basis and Foundation of Government,” and later wrote that “the belief in a God All Powerful, wise and good…. is essential to the moral order of the World and the happiness of men.”
  • Chief Justice John Marshall: “The American population is entirely Christian, and with us Christianity and Religion are identified. It would be strange indeed, if with such a people, our institutions did not presuppose Christianity, and did not often refer to it, and exhibit relations with it.”
  • Justice Samuel Chase: “Religion is of general and public concern, and on its support depend, in great measure, the peace and good order of government, the safety and happiness of the people. By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion, and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed upon the same equal footing, and are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty.”

And now we’ve arrived at a time where Christianity is increasingly becoming marginalized in American life and government. Much like the environment found in the French Revolution, we are now experiencing the American “Age of Reason,” where the accomplishments and excesses of man are celebrated. Christianity, along with Christian morals and values, are being pushed aside in favor of an enlightened and tolerant stand (commonly called political correctness). Sadly enough, this insidious movement is occuring even in the religious establishment as more churches seek to be “open” and a place where the focus is about “me and my worship experience.” But that is another blog, as well.

What concerns me at this moment is the division occuring between Christianity and our government. I believe that President Obama and the current administration are making serious attempts to make the separation even larger. I do not believe that Obama can even be called “Christian” as his prolonged allegience to Rev. Wright’s black liberation theology is not at all Christian, nor even Biblical. He has already changed (in the quiet darkness of a Friday afternoon without press) essentially Christian mandates: he has opened American coffers to pay for abortions over-seas, and he has rolled back the conscience rule. Although Obama says that determining when life begins is “above his paygrade,” he obviously believes that the “right to choose” only belongs to those who wish to end life, and not to those health care providers who do not want to participate in ending life. We’ve got a chief of staff who frequently, and apparently casually, throws out the f-bomb in public. And we have told China that human rights take a back seat to buying our national debt. Any moral rock that America has stood on for these last 2 and 1/2 centuries is now being jack-hammered away by people who want to be seen as “smart,” “progressive,” and “popular.”

Not only did we have to endure an inaugural speech and prayer that attempted to mollify believers of all kinds (and also non-believers), the present administration is going all of the way: prayers where Jesus isn’t mentioned (for fear of offending people – “throwing gasoline on a fire”) and requesting prayer transcripts 24 hours ahead of time for vetting purposes. What needs to be vetted? If anything, that in itself is a violation of the freedom of religion and the separation between church and state. It IS ok to have a prayer at a political event, but it is NOT ok to tell the person giving the prayer what they can or cannot say. It will be interesting to watch this as we get deeper into this presidency.

Let me end with two quotes:

From Rush Limbaugh: “All politicians, including President Obama, are temporary stewards of this nation. It is not their task to remake the founding of this country. It is not their task to tear it apart and rebuild it in their image.”

From Thomas Paine: “Man cannot make, or invent, or contrive principles. He can only discover them; and he ought to look through the discovery to the Author.”

I agree with the founding fathers. Let’s go back to the original game plan.

Until next time…

Happy Birthday George!

Published February 22, 2009 by glaumland

George Washington is frequently called “The Father of Our Country.” Most people remember his wooden dentures and the story about chopping down the cherry tree. But many probably don’t know how Godly, and good, a man he was. Read the link to get an idea…

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Letter_to_Touro_Synagogue

It really makes me sad on this day that our government has gotten so far away from the ideals of our founding fathers. They were men of books, but not limited by keeping their noses in the books. They not only wrote and talked about their ideals, but they lived them as well. So unlike the government officials who talk about how Americans should show their patriotism by paying taxes, and then don’t pay their own. Or those who talk about the plight of the homeless and poor over $1000/plate dinners. Or those who talk about transparency, but won’t talk openly & honestly about their past.

What would America be like if we had people like George Washington, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers here again. They would take a look at our government and start protesting loudly, both orally and with the written word. They would know our Constitution and Bill of Rights by heart and would use these documents, along with sound logic & reasoning, to show the bureacrats and the nation where we went wrong and how to get back on track. They would encourage open debate where there were differing opinions but not resort to name-calling & back-stabbing tactics.

Jesus once told told some Pharisees who were trying to trick Him, “Render unto Ceasar the things that are Ceasar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” Perhaps today we could say, “Give to America the things that America has given to you.” America and Americans have given us, at great cost in human life, the freedom and responsibility to watch over our government and it’s actions. We must raise our voices, and our arms if necessary, to prevent our government from straying from it’s primary duty: to protect the freedoms of all Americans. It is not to be a government of SOME people, by SOME people, for SOME people.

It is not the governments responsibility to give us our rights or invent new rights. We must study and learn from our founding fathers about the rights that they, along with all those who have fought and died for America, have won for us. We must hold those rights dear and not surrender them. We cannot afford to be ignorant or unaware otherwise we may become slaves to those who would manipulate or subvert our rights in the name of “progress.”

Wake up America. Stand up America. Speak up America.

Until next time…