The problem we currently face is due to our confusing the roles of church and state.  We have governments determining the requirements one must meet in order to obtain both the legal benefits of of a civil union and the spiritual blessings of marriage.   Religious organizations object to the blessings of marriage being given to those who do not meet their “religious standards” for those blessings. Many organizations see this as justification for trying to insert their beliefs into the law, so that one must meet their religious standards in order to receive the legal benefits.

In order to resolve this problem, we must recognize that marriage, as we know it, has two sides:

1.  A civil union with the corresponding legal and tax benefits, and;

2.  A religious marriage that consists of spiritual blessings and privileges associated with and defined by the religious organization that grants them.

Government has no legitimate role in bestowing or withholding the blessings of marriage for anyone. The concept of marriage has its roots deep in religion, predating the very existence of the concept of “the state”.  Government can only legitimately bestow legal rights to those who are willing to make the legal “civil union” contract and submit to the required restrictions and limitations that accompany it.

Likewise, religions have no legitimate role in bestowing legal rights.  Religious organizations are limited to extending or withholding membership and fellowship as well as the spiritual blessings they claim to control.

The government, then, should grant legal benefits to those willing to take upon themselves the covenants and responsibilities of a “civil union” and religious organizations should grant the spiritual blessings of “marriage” to those who meet the requirements they have defined for obtaining those blessings.

Therefore, If a couple (or trio or tribe) desires the tax and other legal benefits of a civil union, let them obtain such benefits from the government who must grant such benefits without discrimination to all willing to make the required commitments. If they wish further to have their union sanctified or recognized by a particular religious organization and obtain the spiritual blessings associated with that organization’s concept of marriage, let them meet that organization’s requirements for those blessings.   If the legal benefits are their only interest, they can skip all the religious requirements.

Let the religions be free and let the government be nondiscriminatory.  Above all, let the people be dealt with fairly and pursue their religious beliefs (or lack of same) freely, without restraint.

When did America cease to cherish freedom? Oh America, behold the source of thy strength! Behold the foundation of thy greatness! Behold the hope of thy children! Wouldst thou be ordinary and shed the tears of thy regret for countless generations to come? Wake up America and PRESERVE THY FREEDOM AT ANY COST! Do not willingly and ignorantly discard it upon the altar of fleeting ease which has been erected by conniving politicians who would grind your bones to fuel their power!

First, I don’t stand with homophobes.   I do stand for the first amendment and individual liberty for all (including homosexuals and homophobes).

I believe that God classifies certain acts as “sin” to warn us mortals of the natural consequences of breaking natural laws.

My personal beliefs are reflected in my company’s employment policy which prohibits discrimination against homosexuals.  In fact, benefits are provided to same sex domestic partners on the same basis as married couples. I happen to believe that it is in the best interest of society to encourage commitment and monogamy among homosexuals and heterosexuals alike, thereby discouraging promiscuity. Promiscuity damages society as well as the individuals that engage in it. Again, these are just my personal beliefs.

Having said that, I am saddened when someone chooses the homosexual lifestyle, as it is such a difficult path they embark upon.  It is a path that can be expected to result in many tears and heartaches ahead. Those who choose this do not need the scorn and hate of intolerant “straight” people on top of the natural difficulties they face. Yes, I know that many accept the theory that homosexuality is not a choice, but is a condition that some are born to. Without opining on that theory, I believe that having the tendencies and desires is different from making a choice to adopt the lifestyle.

Those who believe that homosexual acts are condemned by Our Creator, need to read further into the scriptures and understand the principles of love and tolerance taught by The Savior, then read the stern warning that Jesus left for ALL of us: “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” I recommend the same reading for those who would condemn one for expressing opinions contrary to their own, no matter how ignorant those opinions may seem.

I believe that Mr Robertson answered head-on and truthfully when his interviewer asked deliberately provocative questions. He seems to be a simple man of simple faith who made many bad decisions before turning his life around and has suffered many tears and heartaches as the result. I do not think he is homophobic, nor do i believe he intended to hurt anyone by expressing his opinion. But even if he was a hateful homophobe, he is entitled to his opinion and is free to express it.

Again, this is merely my opinion.

Possibilities

by Doug on December 14, 2013

in Birth of Jesus, Christmas

Her fresh young face
Poised above
His tiny perfect one.
Her tender eyes gleam
With affection at his,
Wrapped in slumber.
~
She snuggles him warmer.
Determined brows arch
Straining to lift lids
From sleepy eyes.
~
A small squeak
Signals the failure of this endeavor.
Lips purse into a tiny bow,
Then relax to a wee smile
As if a blissful thought
Had wafted through his dream.
~
Her joy overflows,
Spills down her cheeks.
She dreams of…..
~
Possibilities.
~
For tonight…
Water turned to wine
And the tear damp smile
of Nain’s widow,
Remain concealed
In deep soft futurefolds .
~
This night,
Times kind meridian
Grants her shelter from
Looming day
Of thorny crown,
And crimson earth.
~
Mysteries of empty tomb
And endless worlds redeemed
Float beyond
Her dreaming.
~
Tonight,
Her arms filled with holiness,
Her face soft aglow
With the ancient light
Of numberless distant suns,
She can only see…..
~
Possibilities. 

The problem with third parties has traditionally been that they are formed and populated by outsiders who want  to get “in”. But, what if there was a third party of “insiders”who are already serving in elective office?  They are not struggling to get “in”, they are already there.  They are merely separating from parties that do not share their values and joining together with other insiders of like mind.

Unfortunately, the Republican establishment has abandoned the traditional GOP values, leaving a minority of “outsider” patriots to bear the standards the party was founded upon.

What if those true conservatives who already hold high office at the state and national level were to secede from the Republican party and leave it to the pusillanimous old establishment hacks who pulled the once proud GOP down into its present day “token opposition” status?  What if patriots, the ilk of Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, etc. lead the effort to band together with those of all political labels who revere the US Constitution, to form a “Constitutionalist” party?

A party Dedicated to:

  • The principles of government upon which The United States of America was founded.
  • Liberty and justice for all.
  • The liberty to worship what,when, where, or nothing at all as each person wishes, with the state sponsoring no specific religion or lack of religion.
  • Limited National Government that serves only those functions for which it was created, leaving all other government functions and matters to the individual states.
  • Fair, simple, minimal taxation and balanced federal budgets
  • A citizen legislature that neither spawns nor tolerates career politicians.

While this Constitutionalist Party may not begin with a majority in any legislative body, it would immediately have a strong presence in the US congress (which could be leveraged into magnified influence), as well as several governorships and strong positions in state legislatures around the country.

We encourage those Patriots who stand for the above listed principles and currently hold state and national office, to band together and secede!  Form a strong, well established third party that can serve as a foundation for “WE The People’ to save this great nation.  Let leaders step forward to light the way and organize like minded patriots to take our country back from the coalition of political hacks, opportunists and evil men and women that think they own it!

WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!

 

Stolen from: https://www.facebook.com/TheScarlettSage  because it voices my sincerest wishes for my friends and I wish I had thought of it :-)

To my Liberal friends:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2014, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other countries nor the only “America” in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishes.

To My Conservative Friends:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Tristan Breaux, 25 year old President of the Norfolk Virginia NAACP, is besieged by calls for his resignation for making the following “radical” post to his personal Facebook page prior to the Zimmerman verdict:

“As I look at this George Zimmerman case… I wonder why is it that we are always willing to say someone who clearly had a shaky past, was the victim. Are we blinded about why Travon was at his dads house in the first place, and why he wasn’t at home at the time he was shot? Please think logically and not racially…”

Obviously he must be weeded out of the black establishment leadership as he does not meet the standard set by such “professional blacks” as Al Sharpton for an irrational, self-serving, race baiting demagogue.

And, we wonder why the environment for children born into the welfare and “gansta” cultures becomes more bleak every year…

Remember the name, “Tristan Breaux”. I predict that you will be reading about him in the future. I pray it is because his political star is rising and not because he has been assassinated.

The Declaration of Independence states that:

  • The people have God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of their own happiness. The people’s rights do NOT come from the government; they come from God!
  • The government’s purpose is to preserve and protect these God-given rights.
  • The government’s power derives from the consent of the governed and “that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it and to institute new government.”

The very last sentence of the Declaration demonstrates the signer’s devotion to liberty:

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”