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FOR THE SAKE OF TOLERANCE, ARE WE WITNESSING A MORE ANTI-CHRISTIAN GOVERNMENT?

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The Denver City Council is stalling consideration of allowing Chick-fil-A, an openly Christian based company, to open a location at Denver International Airport due to comments made by company CEO-Dan Cathy about his opposition to the LGBT community and his beliefs as a Christian, as well as the companies donations made to charitable groups opposing LGBT causes.

 

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This is an absolute violation of the First Amendment as it pertains not only to freedom of religion and belief, but freedom of speech; it is a direct prejudicial and discriminatory attack on a business because of their religious (Christian) stance.

 


 

Freedom of Belief

The First Amendment does not expressly speak in terms of liberty to hold such beliefs as one chooses, but in both the religion and the expression clauses, it is clear, liberty of belief is the foundation of the liberty to practice what religion one chooses and to express oneself as one chooses. 169”If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.” 170 Speaking in the context of religious freedom, the Court at one point said that while the freedom to act on one’s beliefs could be limited, the freedom to believe what one will ”is absolute.”


 

Despite ardent assurances from the concessionaires — who have operated other DIA restaurants — that strict nondiscrimination policies will include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Councilman Paul Lopez called opposition to the chain at DIA “really, truly a moral issue on the city.” Robin Kniech, the council’s first openly gay member, said she was most worried about a local franchise generating “corporate profits used to fund and fuel discrimination.” She was first to raise issue with Chick-fil-A leaders’ politics.

 

While the Denver City Council delays its decision over whether to allow Chick-Fil-A to operate a business in its airport because of its “Christian values”, the city has become a hotbed of debate across America due to the recent undercover footage shot at a Denver Planned Parenthood clinic. At the center of the debate are questions about Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices and the harvesting of human organs for profit. Congress is currently scheduled to vote as early as next week on whether to pull federal funding from the nonprofit, while several states have already taken it upon themselves to pull their state dollars from the corporate health giant. Colorado Democrats recently voted down a bill that would’ve defunded Planned Parenthood in their state.

 

Are the same concerns over corporate profits being used to fund or fuel racial hate groups, radical terrorist groups, or other such organizations, being raised by governmental officials when considering other such businesses? What about those companies and corporations that openly contribute to groups like Planned Parenthood, which has recently come under Congressional investigation after videos of PP corporate CEO’s and others were released showing a blatant disregard for not only the law as it pertains to abortion practices, but a vile apathy for the babies as well? Perhaps Colorado views the rights of the LGBT community to be more important than those of an unborn child?

 

Colorado isn’t alone when it comes to what appears to be an unwritten “anti-Christian” stance. City leaders in Chicago attempted to block a new Chick-fil-A location for similar reasons three years ago, ultimately backing down after reaching an agreement with the chain. Mayors in both Boston and San Francisco vowed to fend off any foray by Chick-fil-A into those cities as well. It appears that if a Christian business owner wants to setup shop in any of these locations, it is best to keep your Christian beliefs to yourself.

 

 

Footnotes:

[Footnote 169] West Virginia State Bd. of Educ. v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943); Cantwell v. Connecticut, 310 U.S. 296, 303 -04 (1940); United States v. Ballard, 322 U.S. 78 (1944); Torcaso v. Watkins, 367 U.S. 488 (1961); American Communications Ass’n v. Douds, 339 U.S. 382, 408 (1950); Bond v. Floyd, 385 U.S. 116, 132 (1966); Speiser v. Randall, 357 U.S. 513 (1958); Baird v. State Bar of Arizona, 401 U.S. 1, 5 -6 (1971), and id. at 9-10 (Justice Stewart concurring). – See more at: http://constitution.findlaw.com/amendment1/annotation11.html/#f169
[Footnote 170] West Virginia State Bd. of Educ. v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624, 642 (1943) – See more at: http://constitution.findlaw.com/amendment1/annotation11.html/#f171
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The Trouble With Christmas

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PeaceonEarth9x16JPG_lgIt’s December once again. It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. It’s a time for listening to Christmas carols, for decorating the tree and putting up the lights, for having your home filled with the fabulous aromas of fresh baked cookies and scented candles. It’s a time for reflection on the year that has passed and for being thankful to the Lord, Jesus Christ for the wonderful blessings of friends, family, good health, and so on.

There was a time, not so long ago really, when Christmas seemed to bring out the best side of our natures. Complete strangers passing each other on the street, who normally might not give one another the time of day, smiled at one another and wished each other a Merry Christmas. Neighbors, who rarely if ever spoke, would exchange gift baskets and cards, showing an abundance of Christmas spirit. The Christmas season had an otherworldly ability to do what no other holiday season during the year could; to remove the barriers of the heart. Christmas allowed us to show compassion and love toward one another without being afraid or judgmental. It was the one time of year when we came closest to what God intended us to be.

Yes, it is that time of year again, and yet something feels very wrong. The Christmas spirit is still there, but it seems overshadowed by something. Its sparkle has faded and been dimmed by another spirit, one of division and hatred. There is heaviness in the air that should not be there. It is as though the Grinch has come down from his mountain peak and stolen the very joy from people’s hearts without them even noticing. All of America seems to be at each others throats over one issue or another. We’ve seen rioting in the streets, protesters marching and shouting abusive and foul language, attacks on those sworn to protect and serve the very people who are attacking them. All of these things while our so-called leaders, instead of trying to calm fears and frustrations, seem to be antagonizing and encouraging more of the same.

 

There cannot be joy and love where there is anger and hatred.

 

The President has done very little to bring peace to these volatile situations. Al Sharpton, a so-called “man of God” has actually spent most of his time promoting anger and racism throughout our nation. The tension and division in our nation is reaching critical mass and all the while people continue to place the blame on the other guy. There is no accountability, no responsibility, and seemingly no stopping it. It’s hard to feel the Christmas spirit when all around us the world seems to be burning with hatred and distrust. Why is this happening? Who is responsible?

I’ve listened to all of the comments and excuses given by the media, from politicians, and from protesters; the police are to blame, white people are to blame, rich people are to blame, one political party or the other is to blame…it’s all wrong! The truth is hard to swallow sometimes, and in order to avoid doing so people will always try to blame someone or something besides themselves. It is not something that is only attributed to our children; adults shy away from accountability too. The truth about why all of this hatred and anger exists in our nation today is because it has been taught. I know some will say, “I didn’t teach my children to hate”, others will say, “It’s the fault of the movies or video games,” but the truth is that the responsibility rests on the doorsteps of our own homes. We, the parents, are who must be held accountable for the actions of our children, whether they are three years old or thirty years old. It is the moral and spiritual lessons that we teach to them that lead them to whatever they come to believe.

What are we teaching our children? What do we permit them to bear witness to in movieschild-1374393113vYe or video games? When we talk to them, are we listening as well, looking for warning signs of rebellious behavior or problems they may be struggling with? Do we spend time with them to teach them the importance of respect and honor, of doing what is right over that which may be popular? When they were young, were there rules and guidelines that they had to follow, and if they did not do what was right were there consequences and punishments? Did we teach them to respect authority and to follow the laws that govern us? These are our responsibilities as parents, regardless of how hard or time consuming they may be. Our children deserve the best possible teaching they can get and we are accountable for what they learn. It is a huge part of being a good and loving parent.

Christmas is upon us once again. Instead of twinkling lights and Christmas displays, at least one city suffers from burned out buildings and charred emotions, all as a result of anger and hatred. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the death of a child, it is a very hard thing to endure (I’m speaking from experience), and my heart goes out to those who have suffered that kind of horrific loss no matter the age of that child, but hatred and anger will not help heal the wounds. Attacking others or burning down buildings will not help the pain to pass. Listening to those who have something to gain, by promoting or encouraging that anger and hatred, is not going to make things better. The only way that we can make our world a better and safer place for our children is to teach them things like humility, honesty, respect, and obedience. There is one other very important character trait that we must be certain we instill in our children and that is the ability to forgive. After all, Christmas is about the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ, who came to this earth with the gift of forgiveness for the entire human race.

I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and an even brighter and far more peaceful New Year. God bless America.

Obama Earns Rare Prize For Executive Action on Illegal Immigration

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obama lyingPresident Obama has announced that he will explain his reasoning behind the executive actions that he intends to implement concerning the broken immigration system on Thursday at 8 pm. ET, on the  WhiteHouse.gov website. House Republican’s have cautioned that taking executive action on immigration would be a mistake, but it appears that the administration has rejected those warnings.

 

Although it is still uncertain of what the President’s plan calls for, one of 10 initiatives in an outline of his plan suggests that “deferred action” will be expanded to allow upwards of 4.5 million illegal immigrant adults with U.S.-born children to stay and work in the United States. Critics say that those who receive deferred action would receive work authorization permits, Social Security numbers, and government-issued ID’s. Many fear that taking such an action could threaten a still relatively unstable economy and job’s market, and a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll showed that forty-eight percent of Americans are opposed to the President taking executive action on the issue while only thirty-eight percent support it. Obama’s current stance on implementing immigration reform through the use of executive action (bypassing Congress) is contradictory to what he has stated many times in past years. In fact, his “flip-flopping” on the issue of immigration reform combined with his contradictory statements about his legal authority to use executive action has earned him the rare “upside-down Pinocchio” from the Washington Post.

 

With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed…Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws.

“There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.”

                                                                          – President Barack Obama (March 2011)

 

“Well, I think it is important to remind everybody that, as I said I think previously, and I’m not a king. I am the head of the executive branch of government. I’m required to follow the law…”

                                                                          – President Barack Obama (January 2013)

 

“…The problem is that you know I’m the president of the United States. I’m not the emperor of the United States.”

                                                                           – President Barack Obama (February 2013)

Although the degree to which this administration is willing to go in order to push their Ultra-liberal agenda has become increasingly apparent to most Americans and much of the media (whether they like to admit it or not), many still defend the President and his policies even amid an outpouring of evidence that shows a blatant disregard for Congress’ power and the citizenry themselves. The scandalous videos that recently surfaced; showing Obamacare’s architect, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber referring to American’s as “stupid” and admitting that Obamacare was basically a fraud perpetrated upon the American people, serves as insight into how this administration views the world around them. Now we come to the issue of possible amnesty by way of executive order for millions of illegal immigrants and its affect of a whole range of factors. From healthcare and jobs, to our educational system and security, it has many Americans concerned – and rightly so.

“There’s no denying that many blacks share the same anxieties as many whites about the wave of illegal immigration flooding our southern border. The number of immigrants added to the labor force every year is of a magnitude not seen in this country for over a century.

“If this huge influx of largely low-skill workers provides some benefits to the economy as a whole, it also threatens to depress further the wages of blue-collar Americans and puts strains on an already overburdened safety net.”

                               – Then Senator Barack Obama: 2006 autobiography entitled “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream,”

Nearly all Americans agree that the first steps involved with improving the nation’s immigration policy would be to secure the border and enforce the laws that already exist. Having a White House that has suspended the ability of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents from enforcing the current laws has not only compounded the immigration problem in our nation, but has put Americans at risk of potential terror threats from abroad.

2014midtermcolormap101The question of timing comes up concerning Obama’s plan as well. It is no secret that the Democrats suffered major losses in the mid-term elections. A wave of Republican victories throughout the country has been viewed by many as a direct referendum on many if not all of the Obama administration’s policies, whereas they have been rejected. Obama doesn’t seem to see it that way, stating in a press conference that he believes two-thirds of voters didn’t even show up at the polls. The sweeping Republican victory may have sent Obama another message as well, that he must do something to strengthen the chances of a Democrat win in 2016. What better way than by granting amnesty to millions of potential new Democratic voters.

Though he appears to be in denial as to what the mid-terms actually meant for his administration, he also seems vindictive and set upon going it alone even after repeatedly claiming he would do what he could to work with Republican’s. As for what may be ahead for America’s future, only time will tell.

 

Lame Ducks And Sour Grapes

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“Nancy Pelosi claimed Thursday she didn’t know who ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber is, after several tapes surfaced showing him gloating about how the law was written to take advantage of the stupidity of the American voter. Problem is, Gruber’s analysis of the law was cited extensively by her office back in 2009. Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, tried to downplay Gruber’s role during a press conference on Thursday. She claimed she doesn’t know who he is, and that he didn’t help write the law. ‘Let’s put him aside,’ she said.— Fox News

“Ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly and pleasant things.” — Joel 3:5

‘Thou shalt not get found out’ is not one of God’s commandments… — Leonard Bacon

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