Race Baiting


Race baiting; when someone proclaims Black Lives Matter for example, and your initial response is All Lives Matter and you believe there is only one race, the human race then then you think that saying Black Lives Matter is race baiting. But we human beings cannot interact with each other as one dimensional beings. We are more than just one race; we are individual people with ethnic, cultural, religious, geographical, societal, governmental, educational and many other differences between us as people, as a culture, as a religion, as a community; a town; a city; a state; a nation, as a society, as a governmental system, in educational opportunity’s and many other aspects of life. It is the richness of mental stimulation, the awe and inspiration of the world around us, the sheer joy of human sexual and emotional intimacy, personal satisfaction and fulfillment. But it is also the horror of human cruelty, the despair of oppression, the hatred and in humanity with which we treat one another.
Race baiting; if you hear me saying Black Lives Matter and your response is All Lives Matter and you think I am race baiting think about which way you are looking at it; not which way I am meaning it.

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An Eyeopener…..I, Racist


This was posted on Facebook by a very dear friend of mine. Left me in tears, speechless and as a white woman feeling a responsibility to try to share this with as many people as I possibly can.

 

What follows is the text of a “sermon” that I gave as a “congregational reflection” to an all White audience at the Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ on Sunday, June 28th. The sermon was begun with a reading of The Good Samaritan story, and this wonderful quote from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.

Credit for this speech goes to Chaédria LaBouvier, whose “Why We Left” inspired me to speak out about racism; to Robin DiAngelo, whose “White Fragility” gave me an understanding of the topic; and to Reni Eddo-Lodge who said “Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race” long before I had the courage to start doing it again.


couple weeks ago, I was debating what I was going to talk about in this sermon. I told Pastor Kelly Ryan I had great reservations talking about the one topic that I think about every single day.

Then, a terrorist massacred nine innocent people in a church that I went to, in a city that I still think of as home. At that point, I knew that despite any misgivings, I needed to talk about race.

You see, I don’t talk about race with White people.


To illustrate why, I’ll tell a story:

It was probably about 15 years ago when a conversation took place between my aunt, who is White and lives in New York State, and my sister, who is Black and lives in North Carolina. This conversation can be distilled to a single sentence, said by my Black sister:

“The only difference between people in the North and people in the South
is that down here, at least people are honest about being racist.”

There was a lot more to that conversation, obviously, but I suggest that it can be distilled into that one sentence because it has been, by my White aunt. Over a decade later, this sentence is still what she talks about. It has become the single most important aspect of my aunt’s relationship with my Black family. She is still hurt by the suggestion that people in New York, that she, a northerner, a liberal, a good person who has Black family members, is a racist.

This perfectly illustrates why I don’t talk about race with White people. Even — or rather, especially — my own family.


love my aunt. She’s actually my favorite aunt, and believe me,
I have a lot of awesome aunts
to choose from. But the facts
are actually quite in my sister’s favor on this one.

New York State is one of the most segregated states in the country. Buffalo, New York, where my aunt lives, is one of the 10 most segregated school systems in the country. The racial inequality of the area she inhabits is so bad that it has been the subject of reports by the Civil Rights Action Network and the NAACP.

Those, however, are facts that my aunt does not need to know. She does
not need to live with the racial segregation and oppression of her home.
As a white person with upward mobility, she has continued to improve
her situation. She moved out of the area I grew up in– she moved to an
area with better schools. She doesn’t have to experience racism, and so
it is not real to her.

Nor does it dawn on her that the very fact that she moved away from an increasingly Black neighborhood to live in a White suburb might itself be a aspect of racism. She doesn’t need to realize that “better schools” exclusively means “whiter schools.”

I don’t talk about race with White people because I have so often seen it go nowhere. When I was younger, I thought it was because all white people are racist. Recently, I’ve begun to understand that it’s more nuanced than that.


understand, you have to know
that Black people think in terms
of Black people.

We don’t see a shooting of an innocent Black child in another state as something separate from us because we know viscerally that it could be our child, our parent, or us, that is shot.

The shooting of Walter Scott in North Charleston resonated with me because Walter Scott was portrayed in the media as a deadbeat and a criminal — but when you look at the facts about the actual man, he was nearly indistinguishable from my own father.

Racism affects us directly because the fact that it happened at a geographically remote location or to another Black person is only a coincidence, an accident. It could just as easily happen to us — right here, right now.

Black people think in terms of we because we live in a society where the social and political structures interact with us as Black people.

White people do not think in terms of we. White people have the privilege to interact with the social and political structures of our society as individuals. You are “you,” I am “one of them.” Whites are often not directly affected by racial oppression even in their own community, so what does not affect them locally has little chance of affecting them regionally or nationally. They have no need, nor often any real desire, to think in terms of a group. They are supported by the system, and so are mostly unaffected by it.

What they are affected by are attacks on their own character. To my aunt, the suggestion that “people in The North are racist” is an attack on her as a racist. She is unable to differentiate her participation within a racist system (upwardly mobile, not racially profiled, able to move to White suburbs, etc.) from an accusation that she, individually, is a racist. Without being able to make that differentiation, White people in general decide to vigorously defend their own personal non-racism, or point out that it doesn’t exist because they don’t see it.

The result of this is an incessantly repeating argument where a Black person says “Racism still exists. It is real,” and a white person argues “You’re wrong, I’m not racist at all. I don’t even see any racism.” My aunt’s immediate response is not “that is wrong, we should do better.” No, her response is self-protection: “That’s not my fault, I didn’t do anything. You are wrong.”

Racism is not slavery. As President Obama said, it’s not avoiding the use
of the word Nigger. Racism is not white water fountains and the back of
the bus. Martin Luther King did not end racism. Racism is a cop severing
the spine of an innocent man. It is a 12 year old child being shot for playing with a toy gun in a state where it is legal to openly carry firearms.

But racism is even more subtle than that. It’s more nuanced. Racism is
the fact that “White” means “normal” and that anything else is different. Racism is our acceptance of an all white Lord of the Rings cast because
of “historical accuracy,” ignoring the fact that this is a world with an
entirely fictionalized history.

Even when we make shit up,
we want it to be white.

And racism is the fact that we all accept that it is white. Benedict Cumberbatch playing Khan in Star Trek. Khan, who is from India.
Is there anyone Whiter than Benedict fucking Cumberbatch? What?
They needed a “less racial” cast because they already had the
Black Uhura character?

That is racism. Once you let yourself see it, it’s there all the time.

Black children learn this when their parents give them “The Talk.”
When they are sat down at the age of 5 or so and told that their best
friend’s father is not sick, and not in a bad mood — he just doesn’t
want his son playing with you. Black children grow up early to life in
The Matrix. We’re not given a choice of the red or blue pill. Most white people, like my aunt, never have to choose. The system was made for
White people, so White people don’t have to think about living in it.

But we can’t point this out.

Living every single day with institutionalized racism and then having to argue its very existence, is tiring, and saddening, and angering. Yet if we express any emotion while talking about it, we’re tone policed, told we’re being angry. In fact, a key element in any racial argument in America is the Angry Black person, and racial discussions shut down when that person speaks. The Angry Black person invalidates any arguments about racism because they are “just being overly sensitive,” or “too emotional,” or– playing the race card. Or even worse, we’re told that we are being racist (Does any intelligent person actually believe a systematically oppressed demographic has the ability to oppress those in power?)

But here is the irony, here’s the thing that all the angry Black people know, and no calmly debating White people want to admit: The entire discussion of race in America centers around the protection of White feelings.

Ask any Black person and they’ll tell you the same thing. The reality of thousands of innocent people raped, shot, imprisoned, and systematically disenfranchised are less important than the suggestion that a single White person might be complicit in a racist system.

This is the country we live in. Millions of Black lives are valued less than a single White person’s hurt feelings.

White people and Black people are not having a discussion about race. Black people, thinking as a group, are talking about living in a racist system. White people, thinking as individuals, refuse to talk about “I, racist” and instead protect their own individual and personal goodness. In doing so, they reject the existence of racism.

But arguing about personal non-racism is missing the point.

Despite what the Charleston Massacre makes things look like, people are dying not because individuals are racist, but because individuals are helping support a racist system by wanting to protect their own non-racist self beliefs.

People are dying because we are supporting a racist system that justifies White people killing Black people.


see this in how one Muslim killer is Islamic terror; how one Mexican thief points to the need for border security; in one innocent, unarmed Black man shot in the back by a cop, then sullied in the media as a thug and criminal.

And in the way a white racist in a state that still flies the confederate flag is seen as “troubling” and “unnerving.” In the way people “can’t understand why he would do such a thing.”

A white person smoking pot is a “hippie” and a Black person doing it is a “criminal.” It’s evident in the school to prison pipeline and the fact that there are close to 20 people of color in prison for every white person.

There’s a headline from The Independent that sums this up quite nicely: “Charleston shooting: Black and Muslim killers are ‘terrorists’ and ‘thugs’. Why are white shooters called ‘mentally ill’?”

I’m gonna read that again: “Black and Muslim killers are ‘terrorists’ and ‘thugs’. Why are white shooters called ‘mentally ill’?”

Did you catch that? It’s beautifully subtle. This is an article talking specifically about the different way we treat people of color in this nation and even in this article’s headline, the white people are “shooters” and the Black and Muslim people are “killers.”

Even when we’re talking about racism, we’re using racist language to make people of color look dangerous and make White people come out as not so bad.

Just let that sink in for a minute, then ask yourself why Black people are angry when they talk about race.

The reality of America is that White people are fundamentally good, and so when a white person commits a crime, it is a sign that they, as an individual, are bad. Their actions as a person are not indicative of any broader social construct. Even the fact that America has a growing number of violent hate groups, populated mostly by white men, and that nearly *all* serial killers are white men can not shadow the fundamental truth of white male goodness. In fact, we like White serial killers so much, we make mini-series about them.

White people are good as a whole, and only act badly as individuals.

People of color, especially Black people (but boy we can talk about
“The Mexicans” in this community) are seen as fundamentally bad.
There might be a good one — and we are always quick to point them
out to our friends, show them off as our Academy Award for “Best Non-Racist in a White Role” — but when we see a bad one, it’s just proof that
the rest are, as a rule, bad.

This, all of this, expectation, treatment, thought, the underlying social system that puts White in the position of Normal and good, and Black
in the position of “other” and “bad,” all of this, is racism.

And White people, every single one of you, are complicit in this racism because you benefit directly from it.

This is why I don’t like the story of the good samaritan. Everyone likes to think of themselves as the person who sees someone beaten and bloodied and helps him out.

That’s too easy.

If I could re-write that story, I’d rewrite it from the perspective of Black America. What if the person wasn’t beaten and bloody? What if it wasn’t so obvious? What if they were just systematically challenged in a thousand small ways that actually made it easier for you to succeed in life?

Would you be so quick to help then?
Or would you, like most White people, stay silent and let it happen?

Here’s what I want to say to you: Racism is so deeply embedded in this country not because of the racist right-wing radicals who practice it openly, it exists because of the silence and hurt feelings of liberal America.

That’s what I want to say, but really, I can’t. I can’t say that because I’ve spent my life not talking about race to White people. In a big way, it’s my fault. Racism exists because I, as a Black person, don’t challenge you to look at it.

Racism exists because I, not you, am silent.

But I’m caught in the perfect Catch 22, because when I start pointing out racism, I become the Angry Black Person, and the discussion shuts down again. So I’m stuck.

All the Black voices in the world speaking about racism all the time do not move White people to think about it– but one White John Stewart talking about Charleston has a whole lot of White people talking about it. That’s the world we live in. Black people can’t change it while White people are silent and deaf to our words.

White people are in a position of power in this country because of racism. The question is: Are they brave enough to use that power to speak against the system that gave it to them?

So I’m asking you to help me. Notice this. Speak up. Don’t let it slide. Don’t stand watching in silence. Help build a world where it never gets to the point where the Samaritan has to see someone bloodied and broken.

As for me,
I will no longer be silent.

I’m going to try to speak kindly, and softly, but that’s gonna be hard. Because it’s getting harder and harder for me to think about the protection of White people’s feelings when White people don’t seem to care at all about the loss of so many Black lives.

To Pray or Not To Pray…That Is The Question


Recently the Church of Satan in Phoenix challenged the City Council when the tried to requested to say the opening prayer at a City Council Meeting. The City Council opens every public meeting with a prayer; a Christian prayer. The Council members reacted by holding an emergency meeting to decide what to do. They took a vote; not a vote on whether or not to let the Satanists say the opening prayer, this of course would have ended up in the State Supreme Courts where chances are the Council would have lost. They took a vote on whether or not to ban prayer all together at their Council meetings. The council voted 5 – 4 to ban prayer, rather than let the Satanists have their say. Talk about cutting of your nose to spite your face.

So who really won? Many say the Church of Satan really won, claiming that a ban on prayer is what they really wanted. Some say the Council and it’s Christian members one by not letting the Satanists say the prayer. I would say us Atheists and the Secular won this one. Let’s here if for no public prayer at Council meetings.

Ancestral Line of Jesus According To Luke


Jesus was the son of Joseph

Joseph was the son of Heli,

Heli was the son of Matthat

Matthat was the son of Levi

was the son of Melchi

was the son of Janna

was the son of Joseph,

was the son of Mattathias

was the son of Amos

was the son of Naum

was the son of Esli

was the son of Nagge,

was the son of Maath

was the son of Mattathias

was the son of Semei

was the son of Joseph

was the son of Juda,

was the son of Joanna

was the son of Rhesa

was the son of Zorobabel

was the son of Salathiel

was the son of Neri,

was the son of Melchi

was the son of Addi

was the son of Cosam

was the son of Elmodam

was the son of Er,

was the son of Jose

was the son of Eliezer

was the son of Jorim

was the son of Matthat

was the son of Levi,

was the son of Simeon

was the son of Juda

was the son of Joseph

was the son of Jonan

was the son of Eliakim,

was the son of Melea

was the son of Menan

was the son of Mattatha

was the son of Nathan

was the son of David,

was the son of Jesse

was the son of Obed

was the son of Booz

was the son of Salmon

was the son of Naasson,

was the son of Aminadab

was the son of Aram

was the son of Esrom

was the son of Phares

was the son of Juda,

was the son of Jacob

was the son of Isaac

was the son of Abraham

was the son of Thara

was the son of Nachor,

was the son of Saruch

was the son of Ragau

was the son of Phalec, which was the son of Heber, which was the son of Sala,

36 Which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad, which was the son of Sem, which was the son of Noe, which was the son of Lamech,

37 Which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan,

38 Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

Grow Up And Put Away Childish Beliefs; Like Religion


1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

When I was a child I had a blanket that was my shield, my protection and it was my comfort.

When I was a child I believed that thunder was god bowling, that the rain was gods tears and that Noah actually put two of every animal on the ark. As a child I believed that stepping on a crack would break my mothers back and that four leaf clovers were good luck. As a child I believed in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. I believed that if I ate a watermelon seed a plant would grow in my tummy and that if I didn’t smile my face would freeze that way.

I know better now.

Remember when you were a kid and that story your big brother would tell you scared the hell out of you; the first 500 times they told it? Sure it was scary the first hundred times you heard it, but after hundreds of nights where there was nothing under the bed you just weren’t afraid anymore?

Well when I was a kid I also believed that if thunder was god bowling and that the rain was his tears. I believed that god would protect me from evil as long as I loved him. I believed that the devil was responsible for all the evil in the world and god was responsible for all the good.

I have grown up since then, I know that thunder is caused by an increase in pressure and temperature from lightning which produces rapid expansion of the air surrounding and within a bolt of lightning. I know that the more water vapor there is below a cloud, and the stronger an updraft is it causes the water vapor to condense into cloud water or ice particles, and precipitation will form within the cloud, and then it rains.

I also know that if no god can protect me from the evil in humans no matter how much you love him. I also know that there is good in humans that don’t even believe in god.

I have put away all my childhood things, the blankies, the dolls and the toys. It is time to put away those childhood beliefs as well.

 

 

 

To Richard, From a Feminist; A letter to Richard Dawkins


“Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton

 

Dear Richard Dawkins,’

Feminism is not an issue and it isn’t political. Feminism is a stand for what is a moral, ethical and international dilemma, the violence against, the oppression and inequality of women. I believe that Dawkins is a good man, rational, reasonable, moral, enlightened, empathetic, intellectual activist who believes, sees, speaks out and stands up for women’s rights, secular freedom and scientific education for the good of the whole of humankind. What he isn’t is a run of the mill man, biased, sexist, racist, misogynistic, religious or hypocritical. He is educated, brilliant, secular and extremely influential and is or at least should be held to a higher standard. He has put himself in a position to make a difference on a global scale for the cultural, intellectual economical, scientific and political advancement and enlightenment of humanity. He has placed himself among those who know they can and will make not only a difference but history. His work is and will be studied, taught and remembered alongside of Newton, Einstein, Darwin, DeCartes, Hume, Oppenheimer, Krauss, Tyson, Bethe, Bohr, Feynman and others who have changed the course of our very existence. So yeah, I expect more of him than most.

Recently Dawkins has been misquoted, , misinterpreted, misunderstood and had completely missed the point of feminism. This is not entirely his fault but it is entirely his responsibility. It is his responsibility to clarify, rectify and unify this divide among free thinkers that he has caused, the cause in which he has fought so hard for; secular freedom and reason depends on him. This cause of secularism and reason isn’t his to divide but it is his to unite. Common Richard, don’t group all feminists into this rape culture and militant feminism; just as you don’t like being lumped in with atheists that have caused harm in the world, those that have damaged your cause; don’t let a few damage ours.

Your’s truly;

and atheist feminist.

 

No Representation Without Taxation


The Revolutionary war began when Americans refused to pay taxes without being represented. They coined the phrase ‘No Taxation Without Representation’.

Well I think it is high time and equally valid to state that there should be No Representation Without Taxation.

 

To argue that religious institutions aren’t represented is absolutely not true. To use as an argument for this that we have a separation of church and state due to the First Amendment is equally false. There is no separation. And the First Amendment was written to protect religion from government not to protect government from religion.

Let me give you a good example;

Congress has a Congressional Prayer Caucus, a Chaplain of Congress (with an office in the Capitol) elected by Congress and paid with tax payers money. Military Chaplains are also paid with federal tax dollars. How again is this the separation of Church and State? How is this not a violation of the First Amendment? It isn’t.

Congress has had a Chaplain since 1774, no that is not a typo, the office of House and Senate Chaplain came to be before the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration Independence was written.

Here are the requirements for Tax Exempt Status per the IRS

Tax-Exempt Status

Churches and religious organizations, like many other charitable organizations, qualify for exemption from federal income tax under IRC Section 501(c)(3) and are generally eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. To qualify for tax-exempt status, the organization must meet the following requirements (covered in greater detail throughout this publication):

  •  the organization must be organized and operated exclusively for religious, educational, scientific or other charitable purposes;
  •  net earnings may not inure to the benefit of any private individual or shareholder;
  •  no substantial part of its activity may be attempting to influence legislation;
  •  the organization may not intervene in political campaigns;
  • and n the organization’s purposes and activities may not be illegal or violate fundamental public policy.

IRC Section 501(c)(3)

All organizations, including churches and religious organizations, must abide by certain rules:  

  • their net earnings may not inure to any private shareholder or individual;
  •  they must not provide a substantial benefit to private interests;
  •  they must not devote a substantial part of their activities to attempting to influence legislation;
  •  they must not participate in, or intervene in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office;
  • and n the organization’s purposes and activities may not be illegal or violate fundamental public policy.

 

Congress even wrote special legislation regarding the IRS’ right to audit churches and religious institutions;

Special Rules Limiting IRS Authority to Audit a Church

Tax Inquiries and Examinations of Churches

Congress has imposed special limitations, found in section 7611 of the Internal Revenue Code, on how and when the IRS may conduct civil tax inquiries and examinations of churches. The IRS may begin a church tax inquiry only if an appropriate high-level Treasury official reasonably believes, on the basis of facts and circumstances recorded in writing, that an organization claiming to be a church or convention or association of churches may not qualify for exemption, may be carrying on an unrelated trade or business (within the meaning of IRC § 513), may otherwise be engaged in taxable activities or may have entered into an IRC § 4958 excess benefit transaction with a disqualified person.

Now let’s look at how much this elected office pays;

Total Salary Expenditures

 

I fail to see how being an elected member of Congress does not influence legislation.

From an article by Paul Singer, USA Today;

“We do what we can to make sure that legislation emerges with what we believe to be American, Christian values,” said caucus member John Fleming, R-La. “We believe that a democracy is only functional if there is a certain level of virtuousness among the nation. Freedom also requires a certain responsibility and that requires a certain moral code. The moral code that we as Americans have lived by for over 200 years is based on what? The Ten Commandments.” 

Rep Randy Forbes VA  and a dozen other Prayer Caucus members traveled to North Carolina in March to launch an initiative called PrayUSA, asking government officials and other to sign a resolution calling for prayer. The initiative is part of “a tactical strategy to effectively challenge the growing anti-faith movement in our Country,” the foundation says.

And the foundation blog advocates strongly for the defense of conservative Christians like Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who was briefly jailed for refusing to sign marriage licenses for gay couples.

“Criminalizing Christianity is not the America envisioned by our Founding Fathers,” reads a blog post on the foundation website about the Kim Davis saga. “Sadly, the balance of power in our country is being undermined within the legislative branch and increasingly supplanted by both executive fiat and judicial tyranny. The government was never designed to replace God and therefore, does not have the authority or right to redefine the laws of nature or of nature’s God…..  We are fighting for our freedoms—silence and inactivity will leave us vulnerable and open to further attack. Christian…it is time for us to wake up and be engaged!”

How is this not influencing legislation?

 

 

While the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the a House and Senate Office of the Chaplain stating that it is a tradition and should be respected it is important to remember that slavery was considered a ‘tradition’ as well.

MARSH v. CHAMBERS, 463 U.S. 783 (1983)

CHIEF JUSTICE BURGER delivered the opinion of the Court.(1)

 A statute providing for the payment of these chaplains was enacted into law on September 22, 1789.

Clearly the men who wrote the First Amendment Religion Clauses did not view paid legislative chaplains and opening prayers as a violation of that Amendment, for the practice of opening sessions with prayer has continued without interruption ever since that early session of Congress.

It can hardly be thought that in the same week Members of the First Congress voted to appoint and to pay a chaplain for each House and also voted to approve the draft of the First Amendment** for submission to the states, they intended the Establishment Clause of the Amendment to forbid what they had just declared acceptable. In applying the First Amendment to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment, it would be incongruous to interpret that Clause as imposing more stringent First Amendment limits on the states than the draftsmen imposed on the Federal Government.

This unique history leads us to accept the interpretation of the First Amendment draftsmen who saw no real threat to the Establishment Clause arising from a practice of prayer similar to that now challenged. We conclude that legislative prayer presents no more potential for establishment than the provision of school transportation, beneficial grants for higher education, or tax exemptions for religious organizations.

A paragraph from writings by James Madison point out that Madison was concerned about respecting the religious rights of all religious sects;

JAMES MADISON: The tenets of the chaplains elected by the majority shut the door of worship against the members whose creeds & consciences forbid a participation in that of the majority. To say nothing of other sects, this is the case with that of Roman Catholics & Quakers who have always had members in one or both of the Legislative branches. Could a Catholic clergyman ever hope to be appointed a Chaplain? To say that his religious principles are obnoxious or that his sect is small, is to lift the evil at once and exhibit in its naked deformity the doctrine that religious truth is to be tested by numbers or that the major sects have a right to govern the minor.

Though Madison did see the payment of the Chaplain by the National Treasury as unconstitutional, what he deemed a violation of the First Amendment was the appointment of a Protestant, not the appointment of a Chaplain.

 

Obama’s Decisions About Syria; Or Lack There Of


It boils down to this, Obama blew it when he didn’t help the Syrian Rebels when they first started fighting back against Assad, for that matter Obama should have acted when Assad first started killing his own people. Yes there were valid political reasons for his decisions but the had to have been something, or at least more he could of done than he did.

Because he didn’t help the Rebels, ISIS stepped up and offered to help the Rebel’s and many accepted their help and even fought with them, but even if no one accepted their help I am willing to bet they would have started fighting Assad anyway. Not out of the kindness of their hearts or even to help fellow Muslims, they are fighting Assad to take the country away from him and when they do they will be no less tyrannical to the Syrian people.

Because he didn’t act when Assad started killing his own people Russia was able to step up without declaring war on the Western world and therefore he moves ever close to his goal of expanding Russian territory. Needless to say America will not take arms against Russia, some even call them our allies. So at this point if we help Syria that is what we will be doing, we will be not only aiding terrorists but we will be taking on formidable foe in Putin. I we help Assad and Putin against ISIS we are helping as mass murdering war criminal. It’s a lose lose situation.

Many Americans don’t see the big picture, what they see is that we aren’t helping fight ISIS, therefore helping terrorism.

It seems to me that not getting involved at this point is a brilliant move. Why risk American lives, spend money this country doesn’t have and why deplete our supplies when if we wait this out till either ISIS wins or Assad wins then if going to war is still the only option we have only one enemy, but make no mistake immediate action has to happen. If we hesitate or try to negotiate or impose more useless sanctions either side will maintain their momentum, ISIS will continue where Assad left off in his attack on the Syrians; If Assad wins this war the Syrians will pay for their crimes against their sovereign with their lives and their fellow Syrians will once again be living under the oppressive regime.

But what is most likely is Obama is hoping that Putin will be able to defeat ISIS. Then under this assumption that he is our ally he will try to play politics and negotiate away Assad’s regime. Which will be a mistake. Will it affect us here at home? Not in the traditional sense, but anyone of conscious will acknowledge the immorality of indifference to the crimes against humanity Assad’s regime has and will commit.

So what do we do? We sit it out and wait.

Islam; Christianity and Terrorism


Let me start by pointing out that Islam, Judaism and Christianity are all monotheistic religions of the same god. Call him Allah, Yahweh or Jehovah he is the same god. Something that most Christians do not know and do not want to know is that Muslims worship the same god, read the same Bible; Old and New Testament and they also believe in Jesus Christ. They, like the Jews just don’t believe he was the son of god, Islam does however see him as a prophet of god. They also differ from Christians on the Resurrection as they believe that god ascended Jesus into heaven before he died on the cross. They all three believe they are descendants of Adam, of Abraham and of Noah.

Another not well know fact and also a commonly disputed fact; as much so as their god being the same god and their holy books being the same is that Muslims claim the Quran was given to Muhhamed by the Arch Angel Gabriel. Yes that Arch Angel Gabriel.

What does all this have to do with terrorism? Just as Christians can’t all be lumped in the same group as Jim Jones, Davis Koresh, Adolf Hitler or those that took part in the Inquisitions or the Crusades, not all Muslims can be lumped in the same groups as terrorists; ISIS, Al Queda or Boko Haram.

Syria: What’s Really Going On


There are a lot of opinions about what is going on in Syria and exactly what part the United States had to play it all of it. After many heated debates on social media I realize there are many wrong ideas about what is going on there but there seems to be two extremely different views on America’s part in it, most believe we are responsible because we meddled in their civil war, I see what is happening as a direct result in America’s lack of involvement.

Most refer to the conflict as a civil war. A civil war is defined as a war between citizens or civilians of the same country, a war between opposing factions or regions of the same country. I don’t know if I would define the war in Syria as a civil war. This is a war between civilians and a Fascist regime. Actually I would say this didn’t start out as a war at all, it started out as a nation of peaceful demonstrators calling for a totalitarian dictatorship to step down and demands for a democracy. The Assad regime responded to these protests, not by meeting their demands and stepping down but by killing the unarmed demonstrators with gunfire, bombs and air strikes. This was a nation of civilians, not a militia or even a militarized rebel force, but civilians. Civilians who then became victims of chemical warfare. Since 2011 over 200,000 Syrians have been killed by Assad. For 3 years the rebel forces asked for help with weapons and a show of support from it’s western ally’s in France, Great Britain and America. These please went unanswered or with little to no actual help. All of Syria’s ally’s simply left their calls unanswered. With a force of less than a few hundred severely untrained and poorly armed rebels the terrorist group now know as ISIS took advantage of the opportunity to step in with men and might and without being asked took up arms against Assad and his regime, a regime that is now supported politically and militarily by Putin’s Russia. The tens of thousands of Syrian refugees that most Americans are rejecting and refusing asylum are fleeing from these two considerable forces who are destroying their country and who are nothing more than collateral damage.

Had we helped to fight Assad, or at the very least offered help to the rebels so that they could fight his regime ISIS never would have been able to waltz right in and take up the Syrians fight as their own. ISIS is not fighting for the justice and freedom of the Syrian people, they are fighting to take over Assad’s rule of this war torn country. The people of Syria have an oppressive regime no matter who wins this war. Now, we cannot offer aid of any kind, in the air or on the ground or even support by arming the rebels, the rebels are now the most feared terrorist group in the world. A terrorist group who we now cannot fight without our part helping a Fascist regime that is killing it’s own people.

My one question is this, where does this leave us with Russia? If ISIS wins the stronghold may be one we cannot fight without having to go up against Russia. If Assad wins we cannot then begin helping a rebel force that may no longer be a force nor can we create one without going up against Russia. If we help Russia defeat ISIS we are supporting Assad, who’s regime is committing crimes against humanity no less horrific that the crimes committed by Hitler, Stalin or Pol Pot.

At this point the only help we can now offer is to help the Syrian refugees. These refugees are not terrorists nor are they poor illegals looking for a handout. They are victims of genocide and terrorism and they are victims of political games that allowed them to be betrayed by their allies.

The Ancestral Line of Jesus


Abraham was the Father of Isaac.

Isaac was the father of Jacob and his brothers.

Jacob was the father of Judas and his brothers.

Judas was the father of Phares and Zara.

Phares was the father of Esrom.

Esrom was the father of Aram.

Aram was the father of Aminadab.

Aminadab was the father of Naasson.

Naasson was the father of Salmon.

Salmon was the father of Booz.

Booz was the father of Obed. Ruth was Obed’s mother.

Obed was the father of Jesse.

Jesse was the father of King David.

King David was the father of Solomon. Bathsheba was Solomon’s mother.

Solomon was the father of Roboam.

Roboam was the father of Abia.

Abia was the father of Asa.

Asa was the father of Josaphat.

Josaphat was the father of Joram.

Joram was the father of Ozias.

Ozias was the father of Joatham.

Joatham was the father of Achaz.

Achaz was the father of Ezekias.

Ezekias was the father of Manasses.

Manasses was the father of Amon.

Amon was the father of Josias.

Josias was the father of Jechonias and his brothers.

Jechonias was the father of Salathiel.

Salathiel was the father of Zorobabel.

Zorobabel was the father of Abiud.

Abiud was the father of Eliakim.

Eliakim was the father of Azor.

Azor was the father of Sadoc.

Sadoc was the father of Achim.

Achim was the father Eliud.

Eliud was the father of Eleazar.

Eleazar was the father of Matthan.

Matthan was the father of Jacob.

Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, Mary was the mother of Jesus.

If Jesus was the son of god, if Jesus was conceived in her of the Holy Ghost and Joseph never ‘knew’ Mary then how in the hell are all those fathers the ancestors of Jesus?

Another Post About Flags


I understand made points about being overly politically correct, I really do and often times political correctness flat out pisses me off, for obvious reasons but also because tip toeing around hurt feelings more often than not prevents issues from being faced, dealt with or resolved., However…..I really believe this isn’t about offending anyone, it’s about whether or not we have grown up since the days of slavery, since the days of papal rule, since the days of medical and scientific ignorance and since the days of plain ignorance. It’s about learning from our mistakes. Yes there are those that take any point to far, like the moving of a grave of a Confederate Soldier. I don’t support certain ‘flag removing’ because it offends black people, I support it because gestures like waving a flag means something, to everybody. A flag represents what you stand for, what you believe in, what you represent and what you would defend to keep. These things are the reasons we humans came up with flags. Flags are a universal symbol that in one glimpse states important and sometimes life or death qualifying beliefs. The whole point is that one does not need to ask what another’s view, politics, religion and ideals are in the eyes of any that would threaten those things. A flag in battle shows whose side you are on and what you are willing to die and kill for. A flag in battle can save your life or cost it. A flag in front of a building tells you if those inside are friend or foe, think about US embassy’s in foreign countries; the Old Glory tells any American they can be safe there, get help and even be defended against harm or any injustice that may be done to you there. A flag is a symbol of pride, sometimes what you are proud of is a crime against humanity; slavery was not offensive it was morally wrong and inhumane. My great great grandfather Joshua B Mabery was a well-known, wealthy land….and slave owner. I am proud of my heritage and do not apologize for my ancestors offenses, by the same token I, we have grown as a Nation and as human beings; we no longer own slaves. Flying flags proudly that represent this inhumane way of life says to me that if you could you would, that though you suffered defeat and the law of the land says you can no longer enslave another human being that is the only reason you don’t. This in not ‘offensive’ or politically incorrect it is immoral and dehumanizing. This is not a slip of the tongue it is a slap in the face not only to black people but to any human being that fought and died for their right to be treated as what we had no right to disallow them…….human beings. If you truly in your heart of hearts don’t see black people or any Peoples as less worthy than yourself then no one should have to make you take down a flag that says otherwise, that flag would have been folded up and put away a long time ago….

Should Children Be Taught To Respect The Religious?


I am fortunate enough to be in a position where I not only have a hand and a say in the raising of my 2 year old twin grandsons, within this position I am also fortunate enough that they are being raised as atheists. Like my atheist father I and their father will be teaching them about religion as much as and as often as possible, but unlike my father throughout their younger years they will hear Bible stories in the same context as fairy tales and children’s stories about dragons, Hobbits, Trolls or giants. I grew up going to Sunday School in Protestant churches to learn about the Bible all the while knowing my dad did not believe in god. But I took those that did believe and their beliefs seriously; I don’t want my grandsons to think of religion as anything other than make believe. There is one drawback to this that I can foresee however; that is how do I teach them to be respectful or at least not disrespectful to the religious who take their beliefs seriously? Or do I end the unconditional respect that is granted to religion, the religious and their institutions beginning with my grandchildren.

I say I begin to end this unearned respect demanded by and given to religion. The twins will grow up looking at those that believe in the Bible and worship god the same way they would look at someone who believed in Grimm’s Fairy Tales or worshiped the Wizard of Oz. If I am going to teach them what I believe then they are going to grow up looking at god no different than Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny. The boys are not going to be lied to about these fictional characters and told they are for real, but I also cannot raise them as if they don’t exist because at least as far as Santa is concerned during the Christmas season; yes I refer to the holidays as Christmas because that is what it has always been to me, Santa is everywhere and all the other kids are lied to about him. I remember trying to explain to my youngest daughter why Santa was at every store we went to one afternoon, I think I told her he had helpers that dressed like him because everyone wanted him to be everywhere and she told me that the elves were his helpers, to which I had no reply. My grandsons however will be told the truth, Santa is just pretend, and that it is fun to pretend so lots of people pretend to be Santa and parents pretend that presents they buy were really brought from Santa just because it is fun, no other reason. I will tell them the same about the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, it’s just things we do for fun.

Although I will have a tough time selling the fun to pretend in god story; there is very little if anything about god that is ‘fun’ or ‘funny’. But then we humans do find it fun to scare the hell out of each other so I guess that works as well.

FORGIVENESS


I have felt the same way about forgiveness my whole life. Forgiveness as far as I know is a Christian concept, a concept first introduced in the Bible, a concept of god’s. God forgives all sins and sinners; which in my mind kind of negates or at least means Jesus died in vain. God forgives all sins, priests offer absolution, one may buy indulgences; there are multiple ways to be forgiven for your sins. The reason god forgives sins is because if he didn’t heaven would be empty, we are all born sinners remember? This makes it inevitable that we will sin. But there is a reason god forgives us, what is the reason we are to forgive each other? If I am not mistaken scripture or at least church doctrine says that only god can forgive our sins.

So why do people feel the need, desire or the importance of forgiveness? Yes this is prompted by the shooting in North Carolina of the 9 black people in a church prayer group by an angry white kid who killed motivated by racism. The community in which these people lived and the congregation of the church as well as church going family members are already forgiving the shooter. I see this all the time. I even see it in my personal life from even atheist friends who forgive those that have raped, molested, beaten, lied and betrayed them. Some admit that forgiving is more for themselves than those they forgive and there is a part of me that understands that need to let things go so you can move on. But letting go and forgiving to me are two different things. Forgiving makes things okay, well that being the point making things okay so you can move on also makes it okay for the person who hurt you so they can move on as well. If they move on, move past or get over what they did doesn’t that make it like it never happened? Doesn’t that make is so it doesn’t matter? Doesn’t that mean they will do it again and that no one is held responsible for what they did? Sometimes anger is a good thing, a useful thing, a motivating thing. Anger makes sure that no one forgets these crimes, for it is the doom of men that they forget. Forgetting is a surety it will happen again and again and again. I will never forgive my rapist, nor will I ever forgive my ex abusive husband for all the beatings he gave me. To I wallow in the past no, do I remember the past and make sure that others know the past yes. Am I angry about what happened all these years later no, but I am angry at those who wronged me all these years later. My anger doesn’t exist at the forefront of my daily life but don’t ever doubt it is in there, some where.

This shooting in North Carolina should not be made to be okay by anyone. Especially before the shooter has been punished for his crimes. And I gotta say this………9 black older people in a prayer group, one young white kid comes in and sits down at the table….no one for a minute wondered what the hell he was doing there? Just sayin……

Without God We Will Behave Like Animals


It is too often said that without god we humans would behave like wild animals. That we will fornicate in the street, rape, murder and live life without morals.

Animals behave more ‘godly’ than any human, even the most pius. Think about it.

The very religious suppress male sexuality and oppress female sexuality. The Bible clearly dictates, many times that sexual intercourse and ‘wooing’ is for one reason and one reason only; to procreate and create more humans. God clearly dictates that to fornicate for pleasure is a sin and to prevent pregnancy or to abort pregnancy and even to masturbate and ‘waste’ your sperm are all mortal sins punishable by death or eternal damnation. Rape is wrong, war is wrong, murder is wrong and adultery is wrong. For females to flaunt, enhance or show their beauty is a sin. To abandon, neglect or to molest and abuse your children is a sin. To destroy the earth by the crimes of arson, pollution, poison air, radiation, nuclear or chemical weapons and by logging or fishing and polluting our oceans are sins. These are all behaviors of human beings. Animals only have sex to procreate and to assure the survival of their species, animals don’t practice birth control or abortion nor do they masturbate. They don’t rape; in fact the largest percentage of species females are the ones that choose their mates, or not choose any with no rape. Those animals that mate for life to not ‘cheat’. In the animal kingdom it is the female who plain and unassuming. This is a way of protecting her from being seen so she may protect her offspring by hiding; the males are the brightly colored, larger in stature and it is the males who fight for the right to mate or display elaborate mating dances and rituals to win the females permission. Animals don’t kill or use food and natural resources beyond what the need to survive. They don’t use or do anything out of greed or materialism. Animals don’t murder out of hatred nor do they commit suicide because they are depressed. It would seem to me that if we behaved more like animals this world would be a better place and we would be as godly as god demands we be.

Congressional Prayer Caucus; Violating The First Amendment


Congressman J. Randy Forbes, Founder & Co-Chairman
Senator James Lankford, Co-Chairman

Congressman Robert Aderholt
Congressman Brian Babin
Congressman Andy Barr
Congressman Gus Bilirakis
Congressman Rob Bishop
Congresswoman Diane Black
Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn
Congressman Jim Bridenstine
Congressman Bradley Byrne
Congressman John Carter

Congressman Jason Chaffetz
Congressman Mike Coffman
Congressman Doug Collins

Congressman Mike Conaway
Congressman Kevin Cramer
Congressman Rick Crawford 
Congressman Jeff Duncan
Congresswoman Renee Ellmers

Congressman Stephen Fincher
Congressman John Fleming
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx

Congressman Trent Franks

Congressman Scott Garrett

Congressman Louie Gohmert
Congressman Bob Goodlatte
Congressman Morgan Griffith

Congressman Gregg Harper
Congressman Andy Harris
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler
Congressman French Hill
Congressman Richard Hudson
Congressman Tim Huelskamp
Congressman Bill Huizenga
Congressman Randy Hultgren
Congressman Robert Hurt
Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins
Congressman Bill Johnson

Congressman Sam Johnson

Congressman Walter Jones

Congressman Jim Jordan

Congressman Mike Kelly
Congressman Steve King

Congressman John Kline
Congressman Doug LaMalfa

Congressman Doug Lamborn
Congressman Bob Latta

Congressman Daniel Lipinski

Congressman Patrick McHenry
Congressman David McKinley
Congressman Jeff Miller
Congressman John Moolenaar

Congressman Randy Neugebauer
Congresswoman Kristi Noem
Congressman Alan Nunnelee

Congressman Stevan Pearce
Congressman Scott Perry 

Congressman Robert Pittenger
Congressman Joe Pitts
Congressman Mike Pompeo
Congressman Bill Posey 

Congressman Tom Price
Congressman Dave Reichert
Congressman Reid Ribble
Congressman Scott Rigell
Congresswoman Martha Roby
Congressman Phil Roe

Congressman Mike Rogers
Congressman Peter Roskam

Congressman Dennis Ross

Congressman Ed Royce
Congressman Steve Russell
Congressman Paul Ryan
Congressman Matt Salmon

Congressman Steve Scalise
Congressman Adrian Smith
Congressman Chris Smith

Congressman Lamar Smith

Congressman Steve Stivers
Congressman Marlin Stutzman
Congressman Lee Terry
Congressman Glenn Thompson
Congressman Mike Turner

Congressman Fred Upton
Congressman Tim Walberg
Congressman Randy Weber
Congressman Joe Wilson

Congressman Robert Wittman

Congressman Todd Young

Christian Congress, Christian Nation


First Prayer of the Continental Congress, 1774

The Prayer in the First Congress, A.D. 1774The Prayer in the First Congress, A.D. 1774

O Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the Kingdoms, Empires and Governments; look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these our American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee. To Thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support, which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in Council and valor in the field; defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their Cause and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, of own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle!

Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation. That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish amongst the people. Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they here represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Savior.

Amen.

Reverend Jacob Duché
Rector of Christ Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 7, 1774, 9 o’clock a.m.

 

This was the first prayer said before a Congressional session. Here is the prayer they said on the 15th of May 2015;

05/15/2015
Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, S.J.

We give You thanks, O God, for giving us another day.

We ask Your blessing upon this assembly and upon all to whom the authority of government is given.

The issues of these days and in coming months remain complicated and potentially divisive. Endow each Member with wisdom and equanimity, that productive policies and solutions might be reached for the benefit of our Nation.

Please send Your spirit of peace upon those areas of our world where violence and conflict endure, and threaten to multiply. May all Your children learn to live in peace.

And, may all that is done within the people’s House this day be for Your greater honor and glory.

Amen.

Tell me again we are not a Christian Nation.

Presidential Thought of The Day That Tells Us What The President Really Thinks


From the Prayer Caucus government website https://forbes.house.gov/prayercaucus/

This ‘daily thought’ expresses the idea of America that has not changed since it’s founding with one small, cosmetic, and condescending guise of not only freedom of religion but of freedom from religion. It is meant to appease the secular and atheist population of These United States of America but it actually does in endorse her contempt, intolerance, and ‘holier than now’ moral superiority those of no faith. This daily thought is a reflection of what is thought daily by those of faith; what is assumed and presumed by those of faith; that everyone believes in god not matter how or where they worship him and even if they don’t worship him; but believing him none the less. Sure our gracious founding fathers fought and died for their religious freedom and for that freedom of fellow Americans taking oaths to protect this freedom at any and all costs while overlooking or perhaps even looking past the possibility of anyone wanting the freedom of no religion at all thus assuring no one could make them worship at all but no where, no where in any document written that gave birth to our nation and systems of laws and justice is there any promise or consideration made for someones right to not believe in god at all.

Read what Obama didn’t write down, hear what he didn’t say and think about what he thought. He thought he was being politically correct and including the secular and non-believers, I think he was excluding us.

My comments throughout are in red letters, yes, sarcastically like Jesus’ words.

05/07/2015

“Presidential Proclamation –– National Day of Prayer, 2015

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, 2015

– – – – – – –

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

When women and men of all backgrounds and beliefs are free to practice their faiths without fear or coercion, it bolsters our religious communities and helps to lift up diverse and vibrant societies throughout our world. In America, our Nation is stronger because we welcome and respect people of all faiths, he doesn’t say ‘and people of no faith’  and because we protect the fundamental right of all people to practice their faith how they choose, to change their faith, or to practice no faith at all, he doesn’t say or to have no faith at all and to do so free from persecution and discrimination he doesn’t say from exclusion or forced inclusion. Today, as we pause in solemn reflection, we celebrate the religious liberty the secular and non-believers don’t celebrate religious  liberty, we don’t have religion we cherish here at home, and we recommit to standing up for religious freedom around the world the secular and the non-believing would not commit to  standing up for religious freedom, many of us like my self who are anti-theists would only commit to not standing up for any of them or commit to standing against all of them.  .

For many of us, prayer is an important expression of faith –– an essential act of worship and a daily discipline that allows reflection, provides guidance, and offers solace. Through prayer we find the strength to do God’s work: to feed the hungry, care for the poor, comfort the afflicted, and make peace where there is strife. In times of uncertainty or tragedy, Americans offer humble supplications for comfort for those who mourn, for healing for those who are sick, and for protection for those who are in harm’s way. When we pray, we are reminded that we are not alone –– our hope is a common hope, our pain is shared, and we are all children of God. He isn’t acknowledging those of us who do not believe in god; a pretentious gesture meant to purposely say that even though they are morally superior to non-believer they graciously give all people consideration with absolute pity for us who just don’t know any better.  Those of us who do not believe in god do not share this common hope, those of us who do not believe in gad have a common hope that no one else would either, believers do not share our pain and they are the cause of ours; and no we are not all children of god. There is no god. 

Around the globe, too few know the protections we enjoy in America. Millions of individuals worldwide are subjected to discrimination, abuse, and sanctioned violence simply for exercising their religion or choosing not to claim a faith. Presumptuously condescendingly saying we have faith we just don’t claim to. Communities are threatened with genocide and driven from their homelands because of who they are or how they pray Once again excluding concern for those of us who are threatened with genocide and driven from our homelands because of who we are or that we don’t pray, stating consideration for those that do pray. The United States will continue to stand against these reprehensible attacks, work to end them, and protect religious freedom throughout the world Add another deliberate exclusion of the phrase protecting freedom from religion throughout the world.. And we remember those who are prisoners of conscience maybe just a hint of the suggestion that conscience belongs only to those that have faith; fair enough to say giving the deliberate restating repeatably this thought is of the faithful and or those of any faith; not of no faith–– who are held unjustly because of their faiths or beliefs Is this to say that there aren’t any non-believers who are held unjustly because or their lack of faith and no beliefs? –– and we will take every action within our power to secure their release again restating their is no power used to secure the release of non-believers being held captive by the faithful. .

In the face of tremendous challenges, prayer is a powerful force for peace, justice, and a brighter, more hopeful tomorrow. is this to say that us non-believers don’t want peace or worse that we prevent it? That we are unjust with no hope for or of tomorrow?  Today, as we join together in fellowship, we seek to see our own reflection in the struggle of others, to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, and to keep faith –– in one another, in the promise of our Nation, and in the Almighty he had up until the Almighty. .

The Congress, by Public Law 100–307, as amended, has called on the President to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a “National Day of Prayer.” Can we call upon him to issue a proclamation designating the second Thursday in May as a “National Day of No Prayer”?

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 7, 2015, as a National Day of Prayer. I invite the citizens of our Nation to give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths  How about we citizens thank ourselves in accordance with our own ideas, and consciences and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings for our hard work, and I join all people of faith yet again an exclusion, maybe even a stand against of non-believers in asking for God’s continued guidance, mercy, and protection because we can’t ask god since we don’t believe in him; from their judging eyes don’t accept him and therefore aren’t worthy of his mercy and not deserving of his protection as we seek a more just world.Slightly suggesting we non-believers are un just. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty–ninth.

BARACK OBAMA”

What If God Didn’t Sacrifice His Only Son What If He Punished Him


Let me start by stating the obvious, I am a non-believer. But……what if god didn’t forsake Jesus but Jesus actually forsake god by breaking his commandments and preaching against the words and commandments given to Moses by god? From the get go Jesus comes out saying the way to heaven is through him, that we are to obey him as we obey god. Christians call him the Lord. Now, given the fact that the first two commandments, and to theologians the most important ones, clearly state we are not to worship anyone or anything but god. There you go. Was not Jesus blatantly and defiantly breaking these commandments?

In the New Testament Jesus says that Moses went easy on the Israelites because he understood their sinful nature. Jesus says that if you lust at another mans wife even just with your eyes if you notice her beauty then you have committed adultery. He says that god has sent him to tell them that they need to get to him by way of his son, not the way Moses had told them. He basically throws out Moses’ credentials and says he didn’t do what god told him to do.

God had already commanded the deaths of many people for crimes not much worse than those that Jesus commits. What if god told the leaders of the Jewish Temples to accuse Jesus, what if he told Pontius Pilot to crucify Jesus, what if at the very least he let it happen as punishment for Jesus defying god?

Just a thought.

 

Pope Francis; Progressive Thinker or Smooth Talker


There is a lot of hoopla over how progressive the current Pope is. But is he really? Well if you want to call finding new ways for the Catholic Church to take credit for years of scientific advancement and for Darwin’s revolutionary discoveries and observations and that this Pope is the most gracious and loving father because he can love all god’s children even homosexuals then I would have to say that this Pope is really good at saying the right words and phrases that get the people to think he is accepting homosexuals in the church and that he is scientific and open-minded.

Let me start with he ‘acceptance’ of homosexuals in the church and in the clergy. He is not saying that Christians shouldn’t have problems with homosexuals, he saying Christians can, by getting them in the church doors, stop homosexuals from having sex ergo stop them from sinning. By accepting gay men into the clergy they have to take a vow of celibacy. Problem solved. By accepting gay men into the congregation where abstinence until marriage is the rule and where marriage is defined as a union between a man and a woman….well here again problem solved.

Now lets talk about what I consider to be even more underhanded and sneaky than tricking homosexuals into becoming Catholic; Pope Francis acknowledging that Darwin’s theory of evolution and the big bang theory are real. Now the big bang theory is pretty easy for Christians to hijack, all they have to do is say that god caused the big bang which still gives him credit for the creation of the universe. But trying to steal Darwin’s theory will be more difficult, as least to anyone with any amount of intelligence. This Pope very clearly does not have an understanding of Darwin’s theory, and most Christians don’t either. For the Pope to say Darwin was right he is saying that the Bible is wrong. Does anyone really believe that is what is doing? If it is does anyone really think the church will let him get away with this? Darwin says we all evolved from a single-celled organism. The Bible says god created man whole, walking upright and that he made woman from the rib of the man. Right there this whole acceptance of evolution fails. How exactly is the Pope saying humans have evolved if we physically are the same as we were when we were created? Even if he is only conceding that we have intellectually evolved how much can we have evolved if we were created with an understanding of how life began (biblically), with an understanding of language, with the knowledge of all living species on earth and what we could and could not eat, which plants and trees we could eat from, how to grow crops, how to live in a society etc.

Pope Francis needs to actually read ‘The Descent of Man’, ‘On Natural Selection’ and ‘On The Origin of Species’. Clearly he has not. Well somewhere someone in the Church had to of read ‘On Natural Selection’ because they used it to enforce anti-antisemitism and support Hitler’s perverse us of it for his eugenics experiments.

Bottom line is this, once again the lack of education that has kept Christians faithful has paid off for the church once again. If there is one thing the church is supreme for it is keeping its followers in the dark.

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