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The Utility of Free Speech:While the left only allows speech that completely agrees with their own opinions, actual free speech has great value…
As we all know, freedom of speech is under attack. Mark Lloyd proposes to replace privately owned media with a government approved and moderated PBS. Cass Sustein and Henry Waxman have both floated the idea of regulating Internet content. Speech codes on campus restrict the free flows of ideas on college campuses. The ACLU threatens to sue kids that pray at graduation ceremonies. People are threatened if they pray in public. Conversely, the left is able to engage in whatever outrageous activity they choose, and even do what they accuse the right of doing. The double standard is sometimes astounding.
Following Marxist concepts like “tolerant repression,” the left seeks to limit or eliminate dissent. We understand that this is part of their effort to obtain power by silencing all opposition, or making said opposition ineffective, and unable to reach the people. Their allies in the media do not cover stories critical of the left, or distorts them into a one sided attack on the opposition. The government ignores mass protests and accuses the protesters of “racism, terrorism,” and being paid by special interests. What they cannot ban, or cover up, they will discredit. They attempt to cloud genuine dissent with hate, all in order to attack the messenger, and to ignore the message.
Our Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, this is certain. And we know that in a Constitutional Republic, free speech is vital for debate and the free flow of ideas. Without free speech, the Republic that so many bled and died for would take a short trip into tyranny. All these are true, but I would submit that there is an additional benefit for freedom of speech.
Every nation has fringe groups; racists, religious extremists of every type, anarchists, communist revolutionaries, national socialists, and probably a huge number of others. It is tempting to deny these people a public forum, as they are repugnant to most all Democrats, Independents, and Republicans. But there are benefits to allowing them speak and function in the open:
If they are public, we know who they are. Putting a face to the hate allows us to confront it.
If they speak openly, we can know what they believe, and what they want. Knowing this allows us all to confront them.
If they operate openly, we know what they are doing. We can keep track of them, and monitor their activities.
If we ban free speech, even the speech that we find disgusting, we lose some things:
We will have no idea who the extremists are, as they won’t go away, they’ll go underground.
We will have no idea what they believe or plan to do.
By banning their speech, the government will prove most of their beliefs about their ideas being a threat to power.
Being banned makes them more attractive to “recruits.” They will have the “truth those in power don’t want you to know.”
They become dangerous and more likely to take violent action.
Freedom of speech means that you might be offended by something that is said or written. We have to take hate for what it is, and confront it, or just let if fail under the weight of it’s own stupidity. We have to allow all of it, or face tyranny. No party or group should have the ability to eliminate freedom of speech, or our Republic is doomed.
Two would be Muslim terrorists made to disrupt the free speech event held in Garland, Texas last night. The pair drove up to the event and started shooting at police stationed outside. One officer was slightly injured but the two Muslims were instantly put down in the attack.
As of last night police were still investigating to see whether there was a bomb inside the car in which the pair drove to the event.
The event held at The Curtis Culwell Center in Garland was the “Mohammad Art Exhibit and Contest” sponsored by Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative. Geller has been planning the event for months and has said that she is talking a stand for free speech over vociferous whining from some Muslims that images of Mohammad violate their radical, Islamist teachings.
WFAA reports: “The Garland ISD officer, identified as Bruce Joiner, was shot in the lower leg and suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to a spokesman for Garland Police. He was in stable condition at a local hospital.”
The officer was already released from the hospital by late evening.
The Curtis Culwell Center was quickly put on lockdown and the security perimeter extended to 1,000 yards around the building meaning that some nearby businesses had to be temporarily evacuated as a precaution in case the shooters had a bomb in the car.
There was some suggestion that one of the would be killers Tweeted about his actions yesterday evening. His Twitter handle is @atawaawkul and this was the Tweet in question:
Just before 11PM Garland time, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force had joined the investigation and detained all participants of the event to interview them about what they witnessed.
This is a clash of freedom and the terroristic tenets of Islam and nothing less. If our freedoms survive it will only be because we didn’t knuckle under to the threat of Islam.
One of the would be terrorists has been identified…
From Breitbart: “ABC News reports one of the shooters has been identified as Elton Simpson, who an FBI official stated had been investigated for terrorism in the past. Court records from 2011 show Simpson identified as an ‘American Muslim.’”
Well, let’s don’t get our hopes up, I mean John Roberts is STILL on the bench, and he loved ObamaCare so much that he re-wrote the statute to twist it into being quasi-Constitutional…
The Supreme Court will tackle a laundry list of high-profile cases during the first six months of the new year, including decisions on ObamaCare and other hot-button topics that could pose big challenges for both liberal and conservative interests.
The looming decision on ObamaCare tops the list of controversial agenda items, reports the National Journal, but justices are also considering decisions on matters, including political fundraising limits, free speech, and religious freedom that will all have a high impact this coming year.
Challengers hope the court will outlaw premium subsidies for states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges. As most states use the federal exchange, rather than their own, that means 80 percent of the people who have enrolled in lower-cost health insurance plans and receive subsidies to help pay for their policies could lose those payments.
ObamaCare isn’t the only issue on the court’s docket, either.
The court will likely also make several decision involving religious liberty, following the Hobby Lobby decision that struck down a mandate included in ObamaCare provisions requiring contraception to be part of insurance coverage. The ruling, which was hailed by conservatives, allows privately held companies with religious objections to opt out of ObamaCare’s contraception coverage mandate.
In another freedom of religion case, oral arguments have already been held for an Arkansas inmate who wants to grow a beard in accordance with his Muslim faith, and has agreed to hear a similar case involving a Muslim woman who was denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch because of the head scarf she wears.
The court will also has three freedom of speech cases, including one on the campaign finance law.
Oral arguments have also already been heard in a case concerning social networks and what could be construed as threatening messages. The case involves a man who threatened, through Facebook messages, to kill his ex-wife, and will determine if such messages meet the legal standard for a threat.
In another case, the court will hear arguments on a Florida law prohibiting judicial candidates from personally seeking contributions, rather than setting up a fundraising committee. Critics say a ruling against the Florida law could have broad national implications.
And last, the Confederate flag is once again a court issue, reports the Journal, after Texas officials rejected a license plate idea with the flag on it from the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
The city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, said a for-profit wedding chapel owned by two ministers doesn’t have to perform same-sex marriages.
The city has been embroiled in controversy ever since the owners of the Hitching Post sued the city. They say a city anti-discrimination law threatened to force them to marry same-sex couples now that gay marriage is legal in Idaho.
The story lit up conservative and gay-rights blogs. Wedding chapel owners Donald and Evelyn Knapp said they feared jail time or fines if they declined marriage services to a same-sex couple.
Initially, the city said its anti-discrimination law did apply to the Hitching Post, since it is a commercial business. Earlier this week, Coeur d’Alene city attorney Mike Gridley sent a letter to the Knapps’ attorneys at the Alliance Defending Freedom saying the Hitching Post would have to become a not-for-profit to be exempt.
But Gridley said after further review, he determined the ordinance doesn’t specify non-profit or for-profit.
“After we’ve looked at this some more, we have come to the conclusion they would be exempt from our ordinance because they are a religious corporation,” Gridley explained.
Naturally, the LGBT folks reacted with tolerance and understanding. After all, everybody deserves to live freely as they see fit, right?
Just kidding, they went into full-tilt homofascist apoplexy. The vitriol spewed by the denizens of “equality” is breathtaking to behold.
Here’s some choice remarks from the gang at a site called LGBTQ Nation.
“The Christian Taliban need to stop breathing through their mouths, their breath stinks.”
“Not gonna lie, I’m very surprised at this. And while I still think it’s BS that a government-realized, for-profit business is given a religious exemption, I’m just going to sit on ACLU’s coattails and see where this goes. Hitching Post has put itself on the line. They are now a RELIGIOUS organization in public light. So the moment that they screw up and perform a non-religious business transaction, the ACLU and the Coeur d’Alene Attorney General will be on them in an instant.”
“Come on down to The Bigot Post!”
Classy. But no better than the associates of a fellow who pretentiously calls himself Joe. My. God.
“As always, anyone who uses the words ‘deeply held religious beliefs’ needs to be punches in their fucking face.”
“Fine. Assholes are assholes. Let’s just move on, and be glad that ADF does not get its test case. May their Religious Business die a quick death due to lack of Religious clientele.”
“So I guess the next time I go into a commercial business and discover it decorated in crosses with a prayer bench and its menu of services and/or products printed inside a Bible, I should realize I’ve entered the Twilight Zone, oh, my bad, I mean a ‘religious corporation’ that probably doesn’t want my gay dollars, right? I dunno, folks, but at some point I think there’s going to be a test IRS case or a lawsuit or both. You can legally stretch your deeply held effort to discriminate as a ‘for profit’ business only so much, if at all.”
“Look at what is happening in Houston. The attorneys are drawing back the subpoenas, but teabagistan is still claiming persecution and will soon be having a huge hate rally there.”
“If they want to play martyr, they should have kept it a business and suffered the slings and arrows of their homosexual overlords. Sounds like the Unruhs took the easiest possible way out. (I’m guessing they are tax-exempt now, too. Yippee!!)”
“Homosexual overlords” pretty much sums up what this is all about. Them, inposing their depravity on us. And making sure we can’t earn a living without genuflecting to their tyranny.
The homofascists will be back. They’re not going to stop until Cardinal Dolan is forced at gunpoint to don rainbow plumage for Adam and Steve’s Big Gay Saint Patrick’s Cathedral “wedding.”
Watch out for their next move, a better “test case.”
I spoke to Leo, the exec director of the Idaho ACLU. He is no happier than anyone else. They are constrained by the law, and I found them to be sincere and mournful over this.
We are going to work on bringing this to the courts, Idaho has several new laws working through the system that would bring this ‘Hitching Post’ issue back into focus.
When I spoke to them I was also very upset, but they were gracious and empathetic and they are not willing to accept this …they just need the right legal framework, one where it is not just a fight against this couples’ First Amendment rights.
Clearly the First Amendment means nothing to the homofascists. The “free exercise” of religion is anathema to their licentiousness, because it holds up a standard to which they cannot adhere. And so religious beliefs must be ridiculed, and ultimately eradicated, lest some hypothetical gay couple feel uncomfortable walking past a church.
The Hitching Post is hardly the only wedding venue in Coeur d’Alene, let alone the state of Idaho, or these United States of America. Homosexuals could ignore it, and go about their business freely and unobtrusively. Just imagine, the Knapps live in peace, and homosexuals exercise their misguided, but alas Constitutional right to “marry” surrounded by like-minded people who want their business. Everybody wins!
That’s what I call “tolerance.”
And, for one last thought, I’ll say again what I always say when the homofascists start screaming about “discrimination.” Pull your cater-to-me-or-else crap with a Muslim cleric or Islamic business. Let us know how that works out for you. That is, if you manage to leave with your head still attached.
A campaign against the state of California mandating abortion coverage in insurance plans is intensifying. Several complaints have been filed with the federal government to keep it from violating what Christian legal groups consider American’s fundamental rights and go against their religiously held beliefs and conscience.
The Department of Managed Health Care has ordered all employers, including churches and other religious organizations such as colleges and universities, to pay for elective abortions in their plans.
Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation are representing seven California churches who object to the coverage, alleging the mandate violates federal law. One of the churches being represented is Dr. Jim Garlow’s Skyline Church in San Diego, which does not want be forced into funding the practice of abortion through its health care coverage.
Casey Mattox, an attorney with the Christian legal group, Alliance Defending Freedom, argues that the Golden State has gone too far by trouncing the liberties that they hold dear.
“Forcing a church to be party to elective abortion is one of the most unimaginable assaults on our most fundamental American freedoms,” Mattox asserts.
Mattox argues that there is no way California should be allowed to bypass federal law and end up getting away with forcing churches to fund a practice that the Bible specifically teaches against.
Christianity is under attack by a tyranny more insidious than anything George III could have dreamed of. Homofascists now demand church-sanctioned “weddings.” HHS mandates coverage for contraceptives, abortifascients, and sterlizations. And here the State of California goes one better, requiring their 30 pieces of silver for infanticide.
Appealing to Obama’s HHS is pointless. They’re obviously delighted with California’s regulations, and their only question is how to extend mandatory elective abortion coverage to all 57 states.
Religious liberty’s only hope lies with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Alas, given SCOTUS’ recent abominable 6-3 decision against Texas abortion law in Whole Woman’s Health v Lakey, it appears that both Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kennedy have gone over to the Dark Side. They’re apparently reluctant to place any “undo burden” on a woman’s “right” to murder her unborn child.
I can easily see them agreeing that paying for her own abortion is indeed an “undo burden.”
America has lost her moral compass. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
First, the California abortion mandate is a law of general applicability. This means no violation of the First Amendment: Under U.S. Supreme Court precedent, religious freedom doesn’t matter.
But Hobby Lobby! Nope. HL is a limited cased based on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The RFRA only applies to federal law, not state.
Since California could care less about religious freedom, we don’t have an RFRA-type law.
But Obamacare forbids states from discriminating against policies that don’t provide abortion coverage. True. Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation are on the case.
Go get them, guys, but as the story says, good luck with that.
The Obama Administration is pro-abortion. More, it has amply demonstrated it won’t enforce laws or regulations with which it disagrees. Thus, I would be very surprised if Obamacarians brought its fellow ideological travelers in California to heel.
So sue! Sure. But I have two words for you: “Ninth Circuit.”
Bottom line: California has crossed the post-Christian bridge into the anti-Christian era.
The Obama Administration has too.
So have most courts, particularly the Ninth Circuit.
I don’t expect these churches to find legal relief short of the Supreme Court. And that will take years.
So I say, “disobey.” Refuse to offer abortion coverage.
Dare California to put ministers and priests in jail.
We are all martyrs for Christ. Let us be martyrs for the unborn too.
Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to $1,000 in fines, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court.
Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Donald and Evelyn Knapp, two ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene.
“Right now they are at risk of being prosecuted,” attorney Jeremy Tedesco told me. “The threat of enforcement is more than just credible.”
The wedding chapel is registered as a “religious corporation” limited to performing “one-man-one-woman marriages as defined by the Holy Bible.”
However, the chapel is also a for-profit business and city officials said that means the owners must comply with the local nondiscrimination ordinance.
That ordinance, passed in 2013, prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and it applies to housing, employment and public accommodation.
City Attorney Warren Wilson told The Spokesman-Review in May that the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel likely would be required to follow the ordinance.
“I would think that the Hitching Post would probably be considered a place of public accommodation that would be subject to the ordinance,” he said.
He also told television station KXLY that any wedding chapel that turns away a gay couple would in theory be a violation of the law “and you’re looking at a potential misdemeanor citation.”
Wilson confirmed to Knapp in a telephone conversation that even ordained ministers would be required to perform same-sex weddings, the lawsuit alleges.
“Wilson also responded that Mr. Knapp was not exempt from the ordinance because the Hitching Post was a business and not a church,” the lawsuit states.
And if he refused to perform the ceremonies, Wilson reportedly told the minister that he could be fined up to $1,000 and serve up to 180 days in jail.
Remember when Liberty meant something?
Liberals love to harp on the “separation of church and state” when it suits their (often nefarious) purposes. No religion in the public square! Unless it’s a Christian minister ordered at gunpoint to perform a same-sex “wedding.” Then, party on dudes!
The state will compel you to sin. The state will compel you to celebrate sin.
This is not America. We were a nation founded by people seeking religious freedom, people who fled government oppression of their beliefs and rites. They came to these shores to be left alone, to be free from persecution.
Now the government they created to guarantee their freedom has become the oppressor, cloaking its thuggery in the guise of “equality.” The homofascists use that word, but it does not mean what they think it means. This new tyranny is the antithesis of the Founders vision. And its goal is to ensure that every last vestige of religious liberty is eradicated, because homosexuals believe they are “more equal” than anyone else.
Have you ever attended Vacation Bible School? Around here, we call it VBS and it is the time of the year, usually during summer vacation from school, that children gather at a local, or not so much, school to learn about the Bible and the principles it teaches. In the case of the VBS put on by our church, it is some children’s only opportunity to attend an event that is both educational and uplifting. Not to mention, a lot of fun.
During the week, representatives of the local police and fire departments, as well as the local paramedics. It depends on the theme of the VBS. For instance, the theme at our local VBS this year was God’s Garage. The children have a lot of fun and learn something about the Bible in the process. That’s how it is supposed to work.
To point of this post, the theme for VBS at Bible Baptist Church in Carthage, Missouri this year was God’s Rescue Squad. As you can guess, the local fire and police departments made an appearance. The paramedics brought their ambulance and was evidently proud to do it. Because of the patroitic pride felt by the church, they extended an invitation to the Missouri National Guard to bring a Humvee and visit with the children. The invitation had a two-fold purpose. First, the church wanted the children in attendance to have the opportunity to see a Humvee up close. It’s quite the impressive sight, especially to a young child. Second, they wanted to show their appreciation of the National Guard for the work they do in serving our country and protecting our freedoms. They thought it would be a simple thing to request, but they thought wrong.
Fox News – But our story picks up with what happened on Thursday. That was the day when the church was supposed to honor the National Guard. They had invited troops from the nearby armory to drop by with one of their Humvees
“We were going to thank them for protecting our religious liberty,” said Pastor Hogan. “It was more of a promotion for the military – to show the kids what the military does.
But the National Guard did not visit Bible Baptist Church on Thursday night, and the reason why has caused great anger and frustration among church members.
“We were told it was against military policy for National Guard troops to participate in Vacation Bible School,” Pastor Hogan said. “They said if the National Guard had assets on church property it would look like the National Guard is sponsoring the Baptist religion.”
Forgive me for being so dense, but I just can not grasp the concept why it is necessary to ban the National Guard, or any other section of our military, from participating in VBS. Are they teaching doctrine to the children by showing off a Humvee and some of the other equipment? The answer would be an obvious no. Are they trying to establish or further a particular religion by being honored at the church for doing what they are doing for our country? Again, the answer is no. It is unfortunate, sad, and more than a little ignorant that our military has such a stupid policy. This is what the Army regulation says, as it was given to State Representative Mike Kelley, who questioned the Missouri National Guard on what had transpired.
It states: “Army participation must not selectively benefit (or appear to benefit) any person, group, or corporation (whether profit or nonprofit); religion, sect, religious or sectarian group, or quasi-religious or ideological movement.”
The policy also states that troops are to avoid any activities that might involve or appear to involve the promotion, endorsement, or sponsorship of any religious or sectarian movement.
I have yet to hear a coherent reason for such a stupid policy. There, I said it again. It is a stupid policy, born of an overgrown federal government that favors political correctness above everything else. It’s nonsense, but it is what we have to deal with because of the direction our government has been heading for the past several decades. It is not an overnight sensation, but one that has been a long time coming.
Make no mistake. I am in no way upset with the Missouri National Guard. The members of the unit that was forbidden to help with VBS were disappointed that they could not do so. One member, having to remain anonymous because of the Army regulations, had this to say about the policy.
“I will never understand why it’s okay for the military to march in a gay pride parade but not be allowed to spend an hour talking to children who look up to them (soldiers),” the Guardsman said. “I honestly never thought I’d see the day that this would happen in my hometown.”
He is referring to the permission given by the Department of Defense for a military color guard to march in a gay pride parade in Washington, D.C. In my opinion, you can’t get any more backwards than that. Since when is it such a bad thing to participate in Vacation Bible School, but perfectly acceptable to make sure our military is politically correct and shows how proud they are of the small minority of Americans who are homosexual?
Our country may be even further down the tubes than I thought.
Hat/Tip to Townhall.com for this story of a UCONN Professor who goes “bananas” on a religious group who were simply exercising their 1st Amendment Rights to free speech.
University of Connecticut Anthropology Professor James Boster was caught on tape blasting three creationists for their beliefs. Tolerance in the state of Connecticut seems to be at an all time low this week. It was only Monday a professor at the Eastern Connecticut State University was also recorded via audio describing the GOP as racist and misogynistic.
In a follow up to this story, Professor Boster claims he was “protecting” a student from the religious group.
He said there is more to the story and that the group was criticizing students’ ethnicity and sexuality, so he stepped in to defend them. “When they attacked the student, I went out to confront them,” Boster said. “It was my moral duty to become outraged.”
Boster said the group were preaching that “evolution is a lie.”
But, he told NBC Connecticut he wasn’t provoked by their message.
The video shows Professor Boster leading students on a chant, saying: “Praise Darwin, Praise Darwin!” He said he wasn’t trying to sway their beliefs, but it was his version of street theater.
“I was trying to engage them as cast members in the drama that I was creating,” Boster said.
Yeaaaaaah, right again.
Many evangelical leaders are questioning UCONN on this issue, because of how harsh the college was on Assistant Football Coach Ernest Jones earlier this year.
“I have a problem with the professor proselytizing the students for a particular spiritual philosophy,” Peter Wolfgang, of the Family Institute of Connecticut, said.
“UConn came down on him like the wrath of God,” Wolfgang said.
Now some people are questioning why UConn isn’t holding Professor Boster to the same standard.
“Everyone has the right to exercise free speech on our campuses. At the same time, we expect our faculty to act in a way that promotes civil discourse and to express themselves respectfully. The use of abusive language and the confrontational posture seen here are inconsistent with UConn’s values,” a statement the university says.
But I wouldn’t hold my breath on any real consequences being handed down to this “teacher.” In an interview with NBC, he has a smirk on his face when asked if he’s in trouble.
“Yes, I’m in deep trouble. … The Dean has summoned me into his office,” Boster said.
He also told NBC Connecticut, his behavior was justified.
“Shame on you for condemning someone to hell that they don’t even know,” he added.
I would say it’s safe to assume Professor Boster is rarely bothered by shame.
If you’d like to drop him a line, here is his UCONN faculty page which lists his email address – be civil, because if enough of us are civil to him, he might learn what it means.
I think some of the looniest arguments or at least the most juvenile come from liberals bent on defending Barack Obama no matter what. For example taking Obama’s perpetual golfing get-a-ways, I read recently where a liberal wrote that “right wing” presidents (referring to G.W. Bush) played golf just like Obama does. Sigh … “he did it too!” … like toddlers playing in the back yard. Well, it is a fact that G.W. Bush played golf during his eight years (8) in office. Twenty four (24) rounds in eight years as opposed to Obama’s nearly 150 rounds in five years. Am I manipulating the facts? No, those are the facts.
Bush to his credit stopped playing out of respect for the men and women in the military. When Americans die of a result of Obama’s negligence, his game gets better.
Personally I’m glad Obama spends a lot of time on the golf course. At least then we know he’s getting a break from this destroy America campaign.
The left always mocks the fact that America was founded by men who feared God. Not all were “Christians” per se, but they honored God as the creator of mankind with unalienable rights … We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
And for those who don’t know, ”unalienable rights” are different than “inalienable rights”. I noticed since I posted this liberals already are spouting off things like … some of the Righties go ahead and tell us that religion is absolutely necessary in order there to be a moral and upstanding government of integrity and honesty in its dealings with its citizens.
Well, I tend to believe George Washington rather than some snot-blowing liberal, and with the following I rest my case.
Regardless of liberal drivel who continually display gross ignorance, religion and morality are essential for political prosperity …
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
Some of the most laughable comments or claims by liberals are that food-stamps, welfare, Pell grants and unemployment benefits for all, are signs of a Christian nation. Sigh (again) … any attempt to even formulate an argument against such nonsense is a complete waste of time. Comments such as the above are the mind-set of people whose god is the government and all good things come from that god.
One side note. A Texas A & M study found that Barack Obama is the fifth best president in American history …
I noticed the other day while scouring liberal web sites that one liberal in typical liberal fashion asked, “What happened to the ‘small arms treaty’ conservatives have been so paranoid about? You know, BIG government wants to take your guns! It appears it’s just like all the other paranoia right-wings are attracted to … nothing to it!” Now, that’s paraphrasing, but here is the actual post:
Not so long ago . . . in a land far far away . . . (The land where some “Righties” spend their days in a kind of smug self-satisfied fog of fantasy and delusion) . . . there was a lot of talk about how a proposed United Nations “Small Arms” treaty was going to be used as a mechanism to attack the Second Amendment Rights of American Citizens and which would also lead to confiscation of all privately-owned guns in These United States. I am still waiting to see any of that paranoia come to pass. What about you? Anybody from the “Gubmint” come to collect YOUR guns yet?
To me it’s fascinating the way folks, especially liberals have the propensity to think that because something doesn’t happen right away … it isn’t going to.
In response to the above it appears the Small Arms Treaty is alive and well. I suggest folks read what Mr. John Kerry has been up to. Anyone who believes this guy deserves what they get.
The wonderful thing about America is that our founding fathers made it very difficult for anyone to destroy this nation rapidly. They built checks and balances into the Constitution so that no one person could rule. To take away our Constitutional rights is something that would have to be done incrementally: Change the attitude of the people. Make them more afraid of “terrorists” than the government. Convince them to give up liberties so the government will make them feel safe. Convince law abiding people to allow the government to monitor their every move under the guise of “national security”. Allow mass shootings to outrage the public so as to make gun control seem like “common sense”.
Just because something unsavory hasn’t actually happened yet does not mean it isn’t being worked on.
The president is supposed to be a natural born citizen so there would be no possibility of dual affinity. George Washington warned of foreign influence corrupting our republic. In his Farewell Address 1796 he said:
As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the public councils. Such an attachment of a small or weak towards a great and powerful nation dooms the former to be the satellite of the latter.
Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. (emphasis mine)
Liberalism has been chipping away in contrast to everything that President Washington warned about in his Farewell Address. I read all the time where liberals mock any politician, actually anyone who adheres to their religious beliefs. Especially those of the Christian faith. You know the “holier than thou” kind of mockery if a politician quotes the Bible. I’ve also read many times where folks mock those who claim that morality is important in the character of one who would be president. Morality in a president has given way to having one who’s considered “cool” because he smoked crack and marijuana.
We’ve been inundated with the “separation of church and state” crap for decades now, until it’s reached the point where a child cannot even pass out candy canes to his school friends without some teacher stopping him, saying “Jesus isn’t allowed in this school!”
This is a small example of the decline in America’s greatness, a greatness that George Washington cautioned could be lost when national morality excludes religious principle.
Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
To those who blindly follow those who speak of patriotism and love for America, but in deed weaken the moral values, economic structure and the might of our military, be not deceived. We were warned, now centuries ago that insidious forces from without and from within will attempt to weaken this nation to the point of surrendering the sovereignty of the United States:
The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed … (emphasis mine)
And finally folks, we see every day the Constitution being ignored and usurped by the president and the members of Congress do nothing. Yea, they are complicit, and many partakers in the destruction of this nation. We citizens have allowed the government far too much power over us. I think Washington informs us who really should be in charge …
The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.
Our established government does not have the power to keep us from establishing another, and we have the right to expel those who violate the Constitution.
In my previous post, “Jesus is not allowed in school“, we saw the perfect example of how Christians and in particular Christian children are being bullied by the benevolent American education system. Time and again we get the “separation of church and state” line of crap. However it’s obvious that only applies to the Christian church or any mention of Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter if it’s Christmas or Easter … Christian kids are not allowed to mention the name of Christ. (for the sake of ignorant liberals: Christmas is the celebration of Christ’s birth. Easter is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection without which there is no salvation …)
Moving along here, my friend and frequent visitor Muse 1876, left a link for me. I decided to post something about it.
Via: The Christian Science Monitor Public schools grapple with Muslim prayer
A San Diego school adjusts its schedule to accommodate Muslim worship.
When afternoon recess comes at an elementary school on the outskirts of San Diego, some students rush out for a quick game of hopscotch, while others gather in a room for Muslim worship. Like a growing number of school districts around the country, San Diego’s is changing its ways to meet the needs of its Islamic students. Here, a controversy with constitutional overtones erupted: In accommodating Muslim students, is the school unfairly promoting religion?
The school’s policy “presumes that Christians are less religious and less inspired to worship and praise the Lord and come together,” says Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute. He is asking the school district to set up special rooms where Christians can pray, too.
This outcry, and others like it from conservative commentators and attorneys, suggest that the whole matter may land in court. Potentially at issue is to what extent actions taken by a public school to accommodate special religious needs of some students might require similar allowances for other students.
For now, about 100 students in the Arabic language program at Carver Elementary School are finishing their first year under a daily schedule that gives them a 15-minute recess period in the afternoon, about an hour after lunch. Many of the students are Muslim and transferred from an Arabic-language charter school that folded. Carver Elementary revised its schedule so the students would have the option to pray at the specific times ordained by their religion, says attorney Brent North, who represents the school district. A teacher is present to watch the praying children but cannot lead or take part in the observance.
A question of faith?
Five daily prayers are “part of our fundamental faith,” explains Akram Shami, a retired bank security manager who volunteers at the Islamic Center of Southern California in Los Angeles. “We pray to God, we worship God, and we recite verses from the Koran.” One prayer is typically performed at specific times around noon or 1 p.m., depending on the time of year, although Muslims differ on the mandated prayer times.
At some public schools, students leave class momentarily or wait to pray until they get home. Mr. Shami says his faith allows prayers to be combined at a later time if necessary.
The San Diego district took special action regarding the timing of recess because “the Muslim faith requires specificity of prayer obligations … that most other religions do not,” Mr. North says. He denies reports that a new recess was added specifically to address the religious needs of the Muslim students.
“As a constitutional law attorney, I don’t care whether kids do or don’t pray in schools. I don’t care to whom or how they pray,” North says. But he adds that he does have to make sure that religious requests are treated in a neutral way.
So, the school’s policy ”presumes that Christians are less religious and less inspired to worship and praise the Lord and come together.” Can you believe this line of certified b.s.? In my previous post, some Christian kid couldn’t even hand out Christmas candy cane with a benign little religious saying on it, but schools will set up rooms and special times during the day to accommodate Muslims and their prayer times.
I’m sick of liberals and these perverts in schools bullying Christian children … along with the ACLU and/or some parent who gets offended at a cross or some “Christian” symbol displayed in public schools but won’t say one word about the above piece.
I think it’s about time Christians get off their dead, complacent rear-ends and get involved. Make as much, if not more noise than the godless, the atheists and the Muslims and let the left-wing liberal freaks know we’re tired of it. I mean come on folks. What’s it going to take? There are so many Christians who are content to go to their little churches on Sunday and maybe a mid-week service and that’s it. I suppose that’s okay, but Christians need to get involved in politics to a certain extent. “Oh, I’m not interested in politics” you’ll hear them say. Well, they’d better get interested because politics and who we elect to make laws, has a direct effect on our freedom to worship as we choose. One doesn’t have to be into politics to a fault, but geez folks, get involved enough so that after Sunday service and IHop and the football game you can make a difference by getting informed and making wise choices. Until Christians do, collectively, the “Jesus isn’t allowed in school” bunch will continue and will get much worse. Stop being bullied by little weasels, because that’s all they are. Limp-wristed, panty-waist little freaks.
You simply aren’t going to believe this. In Ontario, a Catholic School principal has been stripped oh his license when it was discovered that he was allowing his homosexual partner to abuse children in the school. Life Site News has more…
THUNDER BAY, Ontario, August 9, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The former principal of a small Catholic school in northern Ontario has had his license revoked by the Ontario College of Teachers for ignoring the repeated sexual abuse of students by one of his homosexual partners.
Jacques Perron was found guilty of “professional misconduct” earlier this year and was barred on Wednesday from reapplying for his teaching license for at least five years.
The former principal of a French-language Catholic school had hired two men, Pierre Grondin and Jannick Gélinas — with whom he was sexually involved — to work at the school. Grondin was hired as part-time school custodian and Gélinas as school secretary.
From 2003-6, Grondin exposed himself to male students in the classroom and in a hotel while on a school trip, sexually abused an intellectually-challenged male student several times a week for a number of years, and sexually abused two sisters while filming them. He also harassed staff and enforced Perron’s unwritten policy of no dissent.
During Perron’s reign of terror at the school, religion classes ceased and students began accessing porn from the school’s computers. Donald Dionne, who served as Interim Principal for the school from November 2004 to June 2005, testified at a court hearing earlier this year that the school had been stripped of “religious teaching” and that “students had access to pornographic websites”.
Seems like “Cultural Terrorism” to me. Removed God, and replace it with porn and sexual abuse. I think this story speaks for itself. Of course, it has long been a goal to remove or limit age of consent laws, so this might be seen as a reflection of that. And, if you ask any #FreeKate minion, you’ll be told that child sexual abuse is OK if it’s consensual so…..
On November 26, 2012, I wrote a post titled Is It Time For Conservatives to Start Thinking Long Term? Support from my readers was less than I had hoped it would be. As part of that post, an article by Andrew Klavan was linked and I asked that readers review and share their opinions on Klavan’s long view plan for taking back America. Klavan addressed three areas of gradual attack: bringing balance back to news media, bringing balance back to the entertainment industry, and bringing our Judeo-Christian God back into our culture. All lofty goals to be sure. For my part, I wrote about the process of creating short-term, mid-term, and long-term plans.
One commenter to the post was by a dear friend and long time supporter of this blog. She wasn’t buying what I was selling. She said her opinion was we would never get our country back in bits and pieces. She believed that our only chance was to rebuild after a total collapse. That opinion is shared by many. I am less than optimistic about that possibility and so, in part, I am embarking on this series of post to try to do a better job of convincing my friend and as many others that I can, that the long-term approach I am talking about is the most likely path to an American Renaissance some day.
Another long time friend showed his frustration with Klavan’s ideas. Paraphrasing, he said something like this: “Jim, do you seriously think we are going to change the way people think? What is Klavan thinking? That is crazy talk.” But why is it crazy talk? Isn’t that the way America was taken from us; by a small group of people who believed over time they could change the way Americans think? Isn’t that how they changed our culture? They were dedicated to an idea and committed to their long-term mission. Are we any less intelligent than they?Can we not be just as dedicated to a mission that some future generation will know once again the beauty of the idea that is or was America? Some argue that part of our problem is our belief in individualism and because of our individualistic nature we have problems working together for a common goal. Can conservatives be so blind and dull that we can not see that the only way for future generations to have the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of individualism is by working collectively with as much commitment to the mission of taking America back over time.
So, with that in mind, I have an initial outline of what I want to do with this series of articles. I will start Part 2 with a review of the Making of America and the Taking of America. That may turn out to be two parts. I don’t yet know. Then there will be a part on what the concept of Taking Back America A Buit At A Time might look like. I will bring back Andrew Klavan’s article and talk about it in more detail. There may be a post where you and I can speculate what the period of chaos might be like after the debt addiction bubble breaks and before order is restored. Lastly, I’m thinking about a discussion of “leadership” and “salesmanship”. Two qualities in short supply that will be critical to the process of retaking America.
I can’t make any promises, but I intend to try to keep each post under a thousand words. I’ve not been very successful at doing that of late, but I am going to try. Maybe that way I can keep the reader’s interest.
Well,now you know what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?
According to a recent Pew Research Centersurvey, one in five Americans – the largest percentage in history — have no religious affiliation, and 63 percent of those people are registered Democrats. Pew’s data represent a trend from the last five years. …
Among those who are moving away from traditional religious labels — Pew calls them the “nones” — only 26 percent self-identify as Republicans or conservatives.
Pew senior researcher Cary Funk agrees. “The ‘nones’ are progressive,” she said, “especially in regards to social issues.”
Data indicates that this trend has been developing for more than ten years.
A variety of exit polls in 2000 showed that 61 percent of religiously unaffiliated voters chose Al Gore over George W. Bush. In 2008, three-quarters of them voted for Barack Obama over John McCain. In 2008, they were as firmly Democratic as white evangelicals were Republican.
The rest of the article is informative, so I suggest that you read it in it’s entirety.
I could cover this, but the implications come in three parts.
Frankly, a book can be written about this, and probably has, at some point. So, and long fancy exposition that no one will read completely will not be effective here. But, among those that comment here, and friends, are people that can discuss the implications of this with a great deal of competency. So rather look at what I think, let’s have a discussion of what everyone thinks. I happen to think that this is one of the biggest stories of the year. While it is predictable, and obvious, the long term ramifications are not for the election, but for the very soul of this nation.
Perhaps I should say, “emphasis on the ‘under it.” As we all know, Communism in actual application is perhaps the most tyrannical killing machine ever devised by man. Unfortunately, as we saw with OWS, many of those would-be Marxists deny that the deaths, starvation, or shortages occurred at all. Fortunately for us, there are millions of people that lived under communism that can speak out on what really happened. Glenn Beck interviewed several recently…
I wish there was a bit more, but I think the point is conveyed. But, as our friend Bezmmenov has told us, the truth means nothing to OWS, or other useful idiots…
Everytime I see a leftist argue by attacking people personally, rather than present information (because they have none), I am reminded of Bezmenov’s point, “They are programmed to respond to certain stimuli…”
Sad, but true. However, the good news is that not everyone is brainwashed like the OWS and, say the pro-labor crowd. So, we still have a fighting chance.
About two-dozen members of Occupy Providence hiked from Burnside Park to the 39th Annual Pro-Life State House Rally organized by the Rhode Island State Right to Life Committee on Thursday.
The pro-life organization’s executive director, Barth E. Bracy, told LifeSiteNews.com that, near the end of the rally, the Occupiers “strategically fanned out with military precision.”
That’s when they “started showering condoms down on some of the girls from a Catholic high school.”
They gathered around speakers at the podium, shouting them down or otherwise jostling them and members of the audience.
Bracy, who finished only a quarter of his keynote address before being drowned out by chants and catcalls, said the Occupiers – who carried a large sign reading “Occupy Providence” and wore distinguishing arm bands – physically bumped several people. “They’re touching you. They’re swarming you,” he said.
The Providence chapter openly planned its actions on its Facebook page, Bracy said.
Apparently, if you ask the occupods, 99% of Americans are in favor of killing babies, and pushing Catholics around. But, this is not a hate crime, because the victims are Christians. It’s OK to hate, disrupt, or push them around.
Amidst chants of “occupy anti-choice” and “pro-life, that’s a lie, you don’t care if women die,” organizers instructed the youth not to react but to pray as security was called. A couple of angry young men shouted repeatedly “as long as you harass women you will be harassed.”
As the shouting continued and security was delayed, organizers chose to begin the first set of music. The cheers of the massive crowd at the suggestion drowned out the protestors, who were unheard from that point until they were escorted out by security.
Isn’t it great that the occupods fully support both Freedom of Speech, and Freedom of Religion?
Pastor Lively is the author of two books opposing the homosexual agenda: “The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality and the Nazi Party” and “Why and How to Defeat the ‘Gay’ Movement.”
The group also denounced the pastor for calling homosexual acts a “behavioral disorder” and equating them with “alcoholism and bulimia” and “sexual sins such as adultery and polygamy.”
Occupy Springfield targeted Holy Grounds Coffee House, the pastor’s initiative to provide a spiritual lighthouse to the often dangerous downtown neighborhood, as the location for their march and protest.
A video of the encounter shows protestors marching up to the Coffee House chanting “Hey-Hey, Ho-Ho, homophobia’s got to go” and waving signs reading “Preach love, not hate,” and “We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re Fabulous. Get Used To It!”
A group of Christians who heard beforehand about the planned demonstration through Facebook mounted a counter demonstration, effectively blocking Occupy Springfield from following their marching orders to “occupy” the Christian mission centre.
The pro-family group MassResistance called their defense of the pastor and his mission centre a “great day for the pro-family movement and for America.”
“One really got the sense that this is a spiritual battle and we had stared them down. Like all radical leftists, they have a bully mentality and have difficulty with anyone not giving in. We’re sure they’ll be back, of course. And when they do, good people will stand up to them again,” they said.
The last paragraph is very meaningful. The bully mentality is most certainly there. After all, the Alinsky method used by the left is based on bullying. But, the most important factor is WHY they bully people. Their goal is power to implement their Marxist system. Marxism, like any totalitarian system, cannot allow dissent. Dissent can spread, and turn into action. Once that happens, the system collapses-just as the Soviet Union did. So, a great deal of effort must be expended on silencing dissent. Hence, the bullying.
Also central to Marxism is the hatred of Christianity. The spiritual explanation is that Marxism is inherently evil, so it is natural that it would try to destroy Christianity. The political explanation is that Christianity imparts hope for a better future, and that it takes loyalty and obedience away from the state. The Marxist system puts itself up as “god,” controlling all aspects of human life. Christianity throws a wrench into those works, so it has to go. Combine the hatred with the bullying, and you see exactly what is happening here, and what will continue to happen, and perhaps escalate.
Yesterday I attended a conference at a university in another state for the purposes of looking over a test that this university gives all future teacher candidates, and it was indeed an upsetting experience for me once again because of my conservative beliefs. The conference had about a dozen teachers and professors at it, all drawn from the social studies profession, and we spent the day looking over all of the items on a test that is given each year to graduating teacher candidates, making sure that the test items were valid questions to ask future teachers. The teachers on the committee ranged from communists to fascists to socialists to liberals, with one or two moderates thrown in for balance, and me. The day was a constant battle for me, but there was one question in particular that I believe was very revealing.
Our committee looked over a question that (roughly) said “Which of the following is the correct reason why there is global climate change?” The supposed correct answer was “the build-up of carbon dioxide gasses caused by man-caused deforestation.”
Of course I questioned the validity of the item, and in doing so, I set off an amazing firestorm of criticism and personal attacks that shocked me in its savagery and offensiveness by simply questioning of whether a test question should be asked to all students who want to be teachers in the future should establish as a fact that there is in fact global climate change occurring and that the reason for it occurring is because of the build up of carbon dioxide gasses and that the reason why there is more CO2 is because of deforestation and that this deforestation is caused by man.
You see, by questioning this test item, I questioned the entire Faith of the liberals and leftists on the committee, and questioning people’s Faith really pisses people off. It is a matter of Faith that is not to be questioned and that evidence is not needed that global warming was happening, that it is caused by humanity, that it is a bad thing, that even if other nations do nothing we can still do something, that it isn’t too late to act, that we can afford to do something, and that the something is more government control over our society. I questioned whether it should be a fact that all students learn the Faith of the left.
The committee reacted with shock that I was allowed to be on the committee and was allowed to be a teacher. I was called stupid, dumb, uneducated, and an unbeliever. They wanted to know how many years I had been teaching, how many students I may have possibly talked to about my unbelief, and above all, how I had ever been allowed to become a teacher with such ideas as questioning the Faith of the left.
In spite of the vicious and personal nature of the attacks me, I maintained my cool and simply kept repeating that some question aspects of the question and that it would be unfair and invalid to have that sort of question on a test that all students must take. I maintained that my personal views were irrelevant and that I was simply doing my job. But this wasn’t good enough- the mere whiff that there was a heretic in the room had got the committee’s blood boiling, and instead of discussing whether the item was valid or not, they jumped to the attack of me, demanding to know my personal views on every aspect of global climate change. I kept my cool until one of the more moderate committee members made a comment that sent me over the edge by questioning my Faith.
“Teach brings up a good point,” he said, “There are people out there who may doubt what we all know are accepted facts, and we should be careful with our language. When we ask questions about other discredited ideas and theories, like creationism, we are careful to not purposefully offend those who believe in those things, so we should really try to rework this question.”
The committee though disagreed- one after another they said “This test is to test whether graduating students have the knowledge to be teachers, and I don’t want anyone becoming a teacher who has illogical and wrong views, whether it is believing in a flat earth or creationism or or magic or doubting that man-made global warming is happening now due to deforestation.”
Now I was boiling. This committee thought that I was illogical and wrong because I believed in science and God! They compared creationism (a variation of which that focuses on the evolution of early man that I have become increasingly fascinated with) and the science of global warming with flat earth and magic and saw nothing wrong with that comparison! My Faith and beliefs were now under attack.
Sadly though, I recognized that the committee was correct- I was a Christian man in a sea of heretics, and my options were at that point to continue my objections to the test question and continue to be attacked by the group, or to just shut up and continue to chip away at the edges of the the liberal agenda of the test. Since this was only a volunteer effort on my part, I stopped talking, eventually their personal attacks and questioning of my education and beliefs were stopped since they no longer were hurting me, and the committee moved on to other questions of various degrees of invalidity.
Pagan religion is becoming increasingly popular and accepted in our society. I see it most in the numbers of people who openly and proudly proclaim that they are not Christian, and also are the most fervent and devout believers in man-made-caused-one-way-global-warming-solved-by-government-power. They now worship the Green God. Other people, in an effort to be fair and politically correct to everyone, have decided to worship every god, embracing a polytheistic view of the world, whereby they pray to whatever god they think will help them the most. Animal rights activists worship animals and many people worship men (like Obama)- paganism is on the rise, not decline, in our society.
…It all started last week with an innocent email that was sent out by an administrator, telling our entire staff all about Earth Hour and encouraging people to “support the fight against global warming by turning off your lights for one hour tomorrow night- together , we can create change in our world and bring peace to all.”…
…In a fit of frustration, I replied to this email- pecking out a reply between hours- and sent it to the whole staff. I felt that if it was okay to get emails about Earth Hour, it was okay to respond to these emails- and I did. I sent the following message “As you can see from the attached graphs, there is no correlation between keeping your lights on and the Earth warming. But, because you asked, I’ll turn off some lights to lower my energy bill.”…
….But question the religion of global warming, question the beliefs of liberals, and be prepared for a firestorm- now I know. My inbox was instantly filled with emails blasting me, stunning me with their viciousness and vileness.
Other teachers and administrators sent me emails that said that my arguments were “sad defeatist” arguments, that I was giving up on the world and was unwilling to fight to make the world a better place. I was called “unintelligent,” “uneducated,” “immature,” “backward,” and “crazy.” Like most liberals do, rather than debate my ideas and thoughts and data, they went straight for name-calling.
Even worse, many began to question my teaching ability. For the record, my students have the highest scores in the district on our common assessments and high-stakes tests, and I have frequently been recognized by students, other teachers, and administrators for being an outstanding teacher. But question the global warming religion once, and I get emails saying such things as “I am concerned that you could be convincing our students of the same fallacies” and “I seriously question what you are teaching our students.”…
…Logic, reasoning, and calm calculations, supported by data and clear thinking, had run up against religion. Global Warming (or climate change) is a religion, not a policy position. It’s too bad that this religion is allowed to flourish in schools, that education can have study classes on the tenets of global warming, that we erect alters to worship global warming (a ‘green garden’ was built at our school last year), and that there are places to sacrifice to the green gods all over schools (the recycling symbol is omnipresent, as our recycling boxes and bins). It’s too bad that schools are against religions such as Christianity and Judaism, as public schools continue their war on “he who can not be named in schools” (God).
Perhaps what was most upsetting to me about this incident was the reaction I got from my wife when I told her all this stuff. Excited about fighting the good battle, energized from my attempts to reason, I told my wife what I had done. Her face got pale, and she became fearful and scared- she was frightened that in this world, this new country of change, that I would be fired for believing the wrong things, for having the wrong views on global warming. My wife was scared that schools have become so much like a 3rd world dictatorship that saying the wrong view could mean the loss of my job. And the scary thing, she is right.
By taking this stand, by sending out one little email questioning global warming, by defending myself from insults and questions as to my ability, I have put myself personally in danger of being fired. I may now be let go from my job for questioning global warming. That is scary. Things are changing in this world, hope is dimming, and life is not fair anymore- and my small attempt to fight back at this, to push the darkness back by lighting the light of logic and reasoning on Earth Hour, may very well be the end of me as a teacher.
As you can see, the Green God has a lot of followers in the education world, and expressing faith in him and his beliefs and rituals is more accepted in our society and in our schools that expressing faith in God and the Bible and the rituals of Christianity. My experience serving on this committee once more reinforced this belief and provided even more evidence to me of that Liberalism is now a Religion.
Just as with the 9-12 protest last year, Glenn Beck has had a controversial event. It seems that the rally went off without a hitch, and there were no reports of arrests, hate crimes, or any other problems. Of course, that won’t stop the left from inventing some over the next weeks or so.
I was unable to watch the event in full, due to some family commitments. However, I did catch some of the live stream, as well as the coverage on CSPAN. All in all, I caught about 45 minutes of it, and I must say, it was inspiring. I do wish I had caught Dr. Alveda King’s speech, here is an excerpt form YouTube.
As it was with last year, there is already controversy over the numbers in attendance.
UPDATE: This is what Beck had to say about attendance (at the very beginning of the rally):
CNN – “I have just gotten word from the media that there are over 1,000 people here today,” Beck said sarcastically.
“We are humbled that you are here,” he said. “The reflecting pool holds about 200,000 people. This field back here holds about 250- to 300,000 people. They are not only full here, they’re full in that field, they’re full behind me, and they are now across the street approaching the Washington Monument.”
Looking at the pictures, it’s fair to estimate that there were over 500,000 people at the rally.
WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of people rallied at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, summoned byGlenn Beck, a conservative broadcaster who called for a religious rebirth in America at the site where the Rev. Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech 47 years ago to the day. (Emphasis mine)
“Shame on them. We still have a dream. We are here to let those folks on the Mall know that they don’t represent the dream. They sure as hell don’t represent me. They represent hate-mongering and angry white people. The happy white people are here today. We will not let them stand in the way of the change we voted for!“
Folks, what you are hearing is the sound of thousands of liberal heads exploding. Beck, yet again, has had an enormous rally. There were no arrests, no incidents of racism, nothing that the MSM can use against him (other than what they take out of context or invent). Again, he has confounded the left by refusing to fit their narrative. They have no idea what to do about him. Smears don’t stick. Ridicule only makes him stronger. They haven’t a clue as to how to respond, other than to continue insulting him, and us. Given their ratings, or lack thereof, we know how that is working out for them.
You might think that Beck is a nut. He might be. However, if he is a nut, he’s one of the smartest nuts we have. Beck has looked at our history, both of the nation, and the civil rights movement, and he has recognized a means to revolutionize the population. He is right about the “black robe brigade.” The clergy had a massive role in the transmission of the ideas of individual liberty, in a sense, preparing the population for the Revolution, and the Constitution that followed. These ideas are rooted in Christianity-that our rights descend from God, and are not granted by man. Don’t get me wrong; I am in no way questioning Beck’s faith, or that he’s doing this as a political stunt. This is real, in my opinion.
The more I think about this, the more I think that this is the start of something incredible. If you watched Beck’s Friday show, there are tens of thousands of clergy, of all races, ready to sign on to this idea of restoring honor. Additionally, they are begging the IRS to take their tax-exempt status. They have hundreds that are reporting themselves for political speech, so they can sue the IRS, and win. It is a revolt of sorts, and I don’t think the left will win it. They have been doing it for several years, and IRS won’t bite on it. The general interpretation is that they know that the’ll lose, so they leave the churches alone.
Here’s the rub for the left. Beck and the clergy are going to go out and spread the ideas of individual freedom far and wide. It can’t be stopped. The government can take Churches, and the ideas will be preached in the streets, and in home churches. They are going to teach their children, both their own, and others. They will be immune to the left’s propaganda machine. The left’s rotting and corrupt institutions will not contain this, nor can they turn it back. Essentially, you cannot kill an idea. In the end, the people that hold these ideas simply will NOT OBEY a socialist government.
Socialism, “progressivism,” fascism, no matter what you call it, are jealous systems. They are so control oriented, that they cannot tolerate true diversity of ideas. They fail miserably when their lies, and the results of their policies, are exposed to the light of day. So, they try to control information, schools, and threaten/discredit those who dissent. We see all of this happening now. They have to control and indoctrinate everyone, or they fail. They have to “convert” or silence everyone-we do not. They also have to either ban, or co-opt religion, as they cannot even tolerate the people having any source of power higher than the state. If the people believe that their rights descend from God, and not from the state, they aren’t going to go along with those rights being limited. They are going to resist the nanny state. They are not going to accept the elites at their word. Our adversaries, therefore, have spent the last few decades trying, via Cultural Marxism, trying to eliminate or distort the meaning of our religions and of our Republic.
Much of that is about to be undone.
I’ve said before that the United States is more than a geographical area. It is really a set of ideas. Inalienable rights, limited government, freedom of speech, the right to keep and bear arms, state’s rights, and all the others, are unique in world history, as these ideas are, in actual practice, designed to prevent tyranny. Throughout history most of humanity has lived in some state of slavery or anther. The ideas of the founders changed that. A purposely limited government cannot control the people, so the left has been trying as hard as they might to negate or stifle those ideas. Using media, education, and the legal system they have been successful in growing the powers of the state. However, Beck’s event has the potential to undo all of that. More and more people are rediscovering the ideas that are the backbone of our Republic. As that occurs, the statists among us are going to be dismayed when these participants in this new enlightenment simply disregard them.
Maybe I’m jumping the gun here. Maybe I’m right. No matter what, this event is the start of something. It takes the war of ideas to an all new level. I’ve compared our current fight with the left with WWII. Obama’s election was Pearl Harbor. That was followed by a period of negativity and darkness, when victory was was in doubt. Then, came Midway-a decisive victory that turned the tide, even though there was much hard fighting ahead. I had originally thought that Midway was going to come in November. I see now that it just might have happened today.
I’ll call it now. The left is done. They are a dying beast. They will flail about with their remaining strength, but they will be defeated. As more and more people come back to ideas of the founders, the left will simply be unable to stop them. The left will do more damage, and engage in more Cloward-Piven, but you can’t kill an idea, and if we are indeed on God’s side, we cannot be defeated.