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“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people”

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One of the predictable effects of the secularization of our culture and our society is the debasement of our collective moral fabric, our social mores. The absolute and fundamental matrix of values that form the basis of our Judeo-Christian society have steadily eroded, and at an accelerated rate over the past few decades. This erosion of traditional values has contributed to proliferation of a moral relativism that is profoundly evidenced by displacement of social standards and individual religious belief systems.

c45c6c37e8873f733f2bbba629d700685a861605a5252b951e200da2d32d574cThe late Alan Bloom, professor of philosophy at Cornell, Yale, and the University of Chicago, wrote, “There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative.” If all truth is relative, all morality becomes relative as well, for the elimination of absolute truth claims absolute morality as its first casualty.

This moral relativism has coincided predictably with the secularization of our culture. Supplanting our Judeo-Christian value system, by effectively removing it from the public realm, has effectively left our society as a ship without a moral rudder.

Moral relativism ensues when ethical standards, morality, and positions of right or wrong are culturally based and therefore subject to a person’s individual choice. There are no absolutes. All morality is relative and up for individual interpretation. Fixed standards of value don’t exist aside from the changing whims of society, social trends, and sometimes even government regulation.

teaching-ethical-thinkingWilliam McGuffey, who authored the McGuffey’s Readers, which were the mainstay of America’s public school system for nearly a century, wrote: “Erase all thought and fear of God from a community, and selfishness and sensuality would absorb the whole man.” Today we witness the veracity of his statement with certitude.

Moral relativism weakens our collective cultural conscience. It weakens our ability to identify evil and our resolve to confront it as such. It leads to the perfidious exoneration of individual responsibility and culpability for perpetrators of evil, and seeks blame for such actions in social, parental, and educational failures. It prevents us from recognizing the evil in our midst that threatens our families, our neighborhoods, our culture, and our nation. And if allowed to continue unabated, it perpetuates the continued erosion of our entire civilization.

John Adams said, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

qq1sgMosesMoralityBenjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence said. “The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be [based] in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.  Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.”

Noah Webster, for whom the Webster Dictionary is named, and often regarded as the father of American scholarship and education, echoed those sentiments. “The Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government. . . . and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence.”

The First Amendment to the Constitution assures the free exercise of religion, yet due to fear of lawsuits from the ACLU and other malcontents, religion has been nearly expunged from the public square. The freedom of exercise clause has been consequently whittled to a sliver, as religious expression and any semblance of religious morality has been systematically extirpated from society in general.

secularismWe have become such a paranoid secular society due to political correctness that even the establishment clause of the First Amendment is incessantly challenged. And when you think about it, by far the most coercive element challenging the establishment clause is secularism itself, which is little more than a godless belief system that substitutes God with human intellect. A student uttering a Christian prayer at commencement no more violates separation of church and state (which isn’t even in the Constitution) than a secular commencement address. Neither violates the compulsory prohibition as expressed in the establishment clause, which disallows a state-sponsored religion.

moral-choicesLast November Rev. Billy Graham presented his final broadcast to the American people. In it he declared, “Our country’s in great need of a spiritual awakening. If ever there was a time this country needed the intervention of God, it is now. We can and should pray for America as a whole, but remember that when God sets out to change a nation, He begins by changing people. It starts with individuals.”

Former LDS Church President Harold B. Lee uttered a similar statement. “This nation, founded on principles laid down by men whom God raised up, will never fail…. I have faith in America. You and I must have faith in America.”

America was not founded as, nor was it ever intended to be, a godless country. Secularism is euthanizing the soul of the nation, challenging even the bedrock institutions of civilization. If we are to survive, it will be by turning to God and reaffirming the natural rights acknowledged and ostensibly assured by our classical-liberal founders, and by those of moral clarity and conviction being involved in the political process.

Associated Press award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, Idaho and is a graduate of Idaho State University with degrees in Political Science and History and coursework completed toward a Master’s in Public Administration. He can be reached at [email protected].

Supreme Court Prayer Ruling Protects Freedom of Religion and Speech

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“Some desire to enthrone a rigid secularism as the state religion while suppressing all other views. In contrast, ordered liberty allows free expression for all.” — Mark Tooley, IRD President
WASHINGTON, May 5, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — U.S. Supreme Court justices ruled today that legislative bodies such as city councils can begin their meetings with prayer.
The court ruled 5 to 4 that Christian prayers given before meetings of the town council of Greece, New York did not violate the constitutional prohibition against government establishment of religion.
IRD President Mark Tooley commented:
“We can be grateful that the U.S. Supreme Court in ‘Greece v. Galloway’ upheld freedom of speech and religion by affirming the right of a town council to hear unrestricted prayer by local clergy. Kudos to groups like the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Becket Fund for their court briefs and advocacy.
“Sadly, the court ruling was narrowly 5-4. And more religious groups should have actively spoken to the issue. Some actually filed briefs against the town council’s allowing unrestricted prayers.
“Some desire to enthrone a rigid secularism as the state religion while suppressing all other views. In contrast, ordered liberty allows free expression for all. Religious freedom remains under attack, and all persons who cherish freedom of speech and religion should prepare for future battles.”

It’s Not a War on Christmas

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As the season of “peace on Earth, goodwill toward men” goes forward, so too do the disingenuous protests of the secular activist Progressives; protests against anything that might be construed, interpreted and/or seen as the religiously based, existing in the public square, be it the government square or the private-sector square. Many Americans find the objections of these secular Progressive activists to be not only in bad taste, but an assault on reasonable sensibilities and traditions. But to the secular Progressives, this annual “offensive” is a necessity; a “nudge,” if you will. And it has a lot more to do with an overall ideological goal than it does with removing Christ from Christmas.

It is true that, whether you believe Christmas is centered on a celebration of the birth of the Christ Child or not, Christmas is a federally recognized national holiday. Christmas was designated a federal holiday by the United States Congress and President Ulysses S. Grant in 1870, however this only applied to federal employees in Washington DC, the designation expanding, applying to all federal employees in 1968. To this legal end, Christmas is codified. But even before the holiday’s official recognition by the United States government, Christmas was a culturally recognized holiday around the world:

“Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a widely observed cultural holiday, celebrated generally on December 25 by billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide, which ends after the twelfth night. Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world’s nations, is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians, and is an integral part (central event) of the Christmas and holiday season.”

Given that the Founders and Framers of the United States of America rooted the entirety of our Founding Documents in the Natural Laws found in the Judeo-Christian philosophy, the recognition of a day designated to celebrate the Alpha and the Omega of this philosophy is not only fitting, but serves to offer up an opportunity to embrace a retrospect of what the root philosophy of all Americans is and should be.

To be sure, the United States is, in fact, a nation of immigrants; a diverse collection of cultures that over time have infused our unique American culture with rich and honored traditions. But, in each of these cultures, as part of each of these traditions, has always been, at their core, a celebration of thanks to the Deity, to God, to a Higher Power over the flawed egos of man. Perhaps that is what makes the traditional season of Christmas one that transcends cultures and languages; lines on a map; and political ideologies…all but for Progressivism’s most zealous.

At the core of turn-of-the-century Progressivism lays the notion that man can be perfected, nay, must be perfected if, in fact, there was to be a “Second Coming.” In an excerpt from The Social Gospel at DiscoverTheNetworks.org, authors, Daniel Flynn and Jonah Goldberg are credited with exposing:

“Flourishing in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Social Gospel Movement was a Protestant intellectual phenomenon headed by clergymen who sought to reconcile Christianity with a Progressive social agenda; who saw the state as the instrument by which God could intervene in human affairs and promote the collectivism supposedly advocated by Jesus. This collectivism, said exponents of the Social Gospel, held the keys to the eradication of all manner of societal ills: inequality, alcoholism, crime, racism, poverty, ignorance, exploitation, and violence.

“Whereas Conservative theologians saw redemption and reconciliation strictly as matters between each individual and God, Progressives in the Social Gospel Movement held that redemption could only be achieved collectively, by means of unified, social and political activism. They maintained, moreover, that the Second Coming of Christ could not occur until humankind had eliminated all social evils by means of such activism. One notable mouthpiece of the Social Gospel was the Baptist minister and theologian Walter Rauschenbush, who said: ‘Individualism means tyranny.’”

Today, with the injection of hyper-secularism into Progressivism, an almost atheistic tenet has taken hold of the modern Progressive Movement. 21st Century Progressives (or modern day Progressives) are more inclined to believe that man – not a Higher Power, a Deity; not God – is the issuer of rights; that the rights we enjoy not only as Americans, but as “citizens of the world,” are derived from governments and not from Natural Law; from elitist oligarchs and bureaucratic experts and not by Intelligent Design.

So it is that modern Progressives need to expunge the idea of a higher power from the American (and, in fact the world) lexicon. If the idea of God, or Deity or Higher Power is to exist, then the authorities of man to establish right from wrong, good from bad, normal from abnormal, tolerance from intolerance, can always – always – be questioned. If the elitist oligarchs of the modern day Progressive Movement are to assume complete control; complete authority to execute social justice, economic justice and redefine the many ideas of equality, then they must dispense with the idea that they – themselves – are not at the top of the power pyramid; at the top of the intellectual “food chain.” The only way to do this is to eliminate the idea of the Higher Power; the Deity; God.

When one understands the need for secular Progressives to directly attack the idea of God; of Christ as the Son of God, it makes sense to take the fight to the opposition on their home turf, in this instance, Christians and Christmas (although Easter is actually the holiest day in the Catholic/Christian faith).

By playing on emotions – the most potent tool in the Progressive arsenal – and painting those who hold true to their religious beliefs as being “un-inclusive,” “intolerant of others,” and “insensitive” for their wont that Christmas include the idea of the Christ Child, Christianity and Judeo-Christian ethos, i.e. The Nativity in the public square; Christmas Carols that feature Christian lyrics; and even merchants saying the salutation “Merry Christmas” for its root word of “Christ,” Progressives aim to “shame” the truly tolerant and inclusive (any true understanding of Christianity reveals that Christians, and not Progressives, are the truly tolerant and inclusive). By shaming or making the majority of Americans “uncomfortable” for the accusations of intolerance and insensitivity, Progressives aim to force an abdication of traditional American values and beliefs. In doing so they inch closer to their goal of expunging the notion of Natural Law from the societal and then governmental lexicons, successfully achieving elitist, oligarchic and totalitarian control over the defining of rights, the common good, and the role of government in our lives.

To wit, this is not a “war on Christmas,” as Bill O’Reilly would say. This is a war on the very notion of the existence of God.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

WESTBORO HAS NO AFFILIATION WITH GOD!

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Reports indicate that Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket “Fast & Furious” star, Paul Walker’s upcoming funeral.

This church claims to be a Christian organization acting on God’s behalf. Well maybe they are! The Bible speaks of two gods in particular. The God of Abraham and the god of this world (AKA-the Devil). The God of Abraham is full of love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness. The Westboro god is full of hate, unforgiveness and spitefulness.

Whenever I write about crackpot atheists or left-wing, progressive freaks I get a boatload of emails telling me you can’t lump them all together. Really? Then don’t lump all Christians together!

Mr. Walker was recently killed in a car crash near my home. The local media, including my anchor station (KHTS – Los Angeles), have been covering his tragic death. Apparently Paul was a big star and this was newsworthy. I say that not out of disrespect but I was unfamiliar with him and feel we should never value one life over another. A celebrity’s life is no more important than a homeless person’s life.

With that said, Mr. Walker used his fame and success to help those less fortunate that him. He organized and founded, Reach Out Worldwide, which provides relief to areas struck by natural disasters around the world.

As a Christian, my God wants us to reach out and help those who are in need. My God tells me if I have two pillows and my neighbor needs one, give it to him (paraphrased for my non-religious friends.) If my neighbor needs a coat and I have 2, give him one. If I can feed those who need food, do so!

In the Bible, my God told Abraham that he would bless him so he could be a blessing. In other words, I’ll give you stuff so you can give to others. Its sounds like Mr. Walker was doing that, and for that, I would thank him.

For the Westboro Baptist people, I hope you have portable air conditioners when you depart this earthly life. You will need them. My Bible also speaks of a group of legalistic “believers” who said to Jesus, Lord didn’t we go about doing this and that in your name? Jesus responded to them by saying, leave me I never knew you!

Westboro listen up! What are you doing to show the love of Jesus? Nothing! What are you doing to show the love of God? Nothing!

When Jesus ran into the Pharisees and Sadducees, the “religious” people of the day and they were “ritualistically” praying for all to see how holy they were, Jesus called them hypocrites. Why? Because they were letter of the law guys, not spirit of the law. Jesus actually implied that they represented their father the Devil well.

For the record, Westboro Baptist Church is not representative of the type of Christians that I know, not a one. However, they well represent the “god of this world,” the Devil, their father, full of hate, and un-forgiveness like them. They don’t speak of love and understanding. They speak of hate and condemnation.

The signs they carry “God hates adultery.” Yes, He does. “God hates divorce.” Yes, He does. But He doesn’t hate the adulterer and He doesn’t hate the divorcee. He hates the bad things people do, not the people!

Westboro Baptist members hate everyone that they decide isn’t living right. The church pastor, Mr. Phelps, seems to have forgotten the scripture, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” Hey Mr. Phelps (can’t call him pastor no love for people from him,) I don’t see an ounce of love of forgiveness in you. You do represent well your god, the father of lies, the god of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

For the rest of you, if Paul Walker was the person people say he was, then he was doing what God asked him to do. And if you don’t believe in God, then he was doing the right thing for his fellow man. If more people would show the love of God the way Mr. Walker did maybe God would not get such a bad rap.

This is the season of kindness and God’s love towards man, you know, that offensive stuff, “goodwill towards men” and “peace on earth.” Please! Ignore the peripheral noise. Don’t let phonies like Westboro Baptist Church distract you from doing good things to help other people.

Avoiding the truth about Dianne Reidy

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The liberal media has been having a field day with Dianne Reidy, the woman that stepped up to the podium in the House Chamber and started talking about God. And why wouldn’t they? It’s yet another situation where they can poke fun at individuals that happen to believe in God. It doesn’t matter to them that those beliefs are shared by many people in this country, and that belief in a higher being arguably guided the founding of this nation. Remember? People made the treacherous journey to this continent not only for business affairs, but also to escape religious persecution. Well, the world has changed significantly since then, and in spite of the fact that this nation was founded on the principle of freedom of the people to observe their chosen faiths (whatever they may be), the current climate tends more toward the very persecution our forefathers sought to escape by coming here.

And that is precisely what is happening to Reidy. Honestly, I thought there would be a barrage of scholarly items pointing to the psychological aspect of what probably happened to this woman – scientific debunking of her beliefs. That, while generally annoying, is far less reprehensible than the overt ridicule that is being aimed at her. The award for sleaziest coverage so far has to go to Vanity Fair. Sure, it definitely isn’t a bastion of journalistic integrity, so one must lower one’s expectations in reading their drivel. But, their imaginary conversation with the Holy Spirit that they had the audacity to attribute to God himself is a new low for them. I’ve no doubt that they thought it would be amusing – it probably is to many of their readers. Of course, the next time they think it’s a good idea to start touting how tolerant they are of varying views, they should be attacked with both barrels. My advice to their editors? Stick to what you’re good at – putting controversial nudes of celebrities on your front cover, so you can annoy grocery store managers that get complaints from mothers about their young boys ogling skin in the check-out lanes.

The Daily Beast was only slightly less annoying. At least they didn’t overtly ridicule Reidy, or her husband Dan. They even bothered to place a little context to the story – they reported that Dan is a non-denominational minister, and took the time to get a long statement from him that included information about his wife’s history. The only thing they didn’t bother to say is that the most likely culprit in this situation is the House of Representatives itself.

Reidy had been working long hours, and had been a first-hand witness to the shenanigans being perpetrated by the members of the House. She saw more than the journalists that were covering the nonsense, and were lucky enough to be able to pick and choose source material from C-Span, as opposed to the ones that were camped out on the floor. Based on her husband’s statement, it’s likely that she took a great deal of the nonsense to heart, and ended up having trouble sleeping. As a religious woman, she read the Bible when she couldn’t sleep, and that undoubtedly affected her dreams at least a little. While Reidy and her husband contend that this was a religious experience, there is also a scientific explanation for it. Oddly enough, something about the biological portion of that science actually turned up in the headlines at the same time as these stories about Reidy.

Enjoy the irony folks! The National Institutes of Health funded a study on the effects of sleep on the brain. Low and behold, they figured out that when people sleep, the brain gets rid of waste that causes problems with concentration, among other things. It even clears away amyloid beta, a protein that is associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. Otherwise, psychiatric professionals have either contended that dreams are meaningless dumping of information while we sleep, or meaningful indicators of issues that may be bothering us subconsciously. Either way, they are in agreement that dreams are generally a healthy way of ridding our minds of thoughts that can preoccupy us.

What was it that Reidy was suffering from for weeks before, and during the shutdown? Oh yes, she was suffering from lack of sleep. That means that her brain wasn’t being given the opportunity to clear toxins as well it should, and that her dreams may have been interrupted thus preventing her from moving on from whatever issues were bothering her. And as a daily witness to the posturing and viciousness on the House floor, what can one think would be bothering her? Being a woman of faith, no doubt all that toxic behavior she witnessed daily weighed down on her heavily. And what did she say? That the government is a godless creation. Doubt that? Just read what Todd Starnes reports about our government’s war on religion. Now, if anyone is surprised at that contention, after watching even a portion of the infantile, hateful, and petty behavior of our supposed leaders over the past several months, they’re the ones that need psychiatric help.

(Originally posted at The Conservative Feminist)

Freedom of Religion for ALL or NONE!

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I recently read a story about a public school that took students on a field trip to a mosque. At first I was outraged, as were many of my fellow conservatives. How dare they spend my tax money to go to such a place of hate and an enemy to Americans, those jihadist-loving Muslims. To top it off, the kids were given Qurans and were forced to listen to Muslim scriptures read from their book!

Then I heard it, that little voice in the back of my head… you hypocrite! Who me? Really? No way! But as I thought about the term “hypocrite”, that’s exactly what those thoughts were, hypocritical.

That’s right. You see, I often talk about freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of worship, but am I only talking about Christians or Jews? I firmly believe this country was founded on Judeo Christian principles and that the majority of our founding fathers were Christian, God-loving men. However, also I believe they gave up everything for the rights we hold so dear. And it wasn’t just for Christians and Jews, it was for everyone!

Whenever we conservatives (especially conservative Christians) even think one of our religious or free speech rights are being trampled on someone’s going to hear about it. And you know the left and the atheists would go out of their minds if there was a field trip to a church where a priest came out, read scripture to the kids, explained what it meant, and then offered the kids a Bible. Every anti-religion group known to mankind would come out to protect those kids from indoctrination! The Freedom from Religion Freaks, Freedom from Religion Association, and ACLU would be up in arms.

But on this one, nothing, not a peep, not a word. That shores up my argument that the attack is on Christianity. But that’s another column.

To my Christian Conservative friends, unless you want ruin any chance to educate children about your belief system, you need to back off!

The way to win this argument is to allow field trips to all places of worship. Buddhist temples, Jewish synagogues, Islamic mosques, Catholic churches, Christian churches, and whatever house of worship atheists and others have.

The left is a huge proponent of “education” and exposing our kids to all aspects of life. Let’s do the same thing! You can win this argument in court. Equal exposure to all aspects of religion for everyone.

Think about some of the songs and words our kids hear around Christmas and the holidays. What displays are put up? They are Christian in nature. We won these battles because we allowed, all songs, all displays to be on campus.

When they are taught about the legal system, they are taught where the basics come from (those pesky 10 Commandments!)

The Gideons give out Bibles near school entrances. These are rights the courts have upheld because we allow them for all religions, not just one.

Kids are permitted to lead student-initiated prayer at the flag pole on the National Day of Prayer and other events.

When you get past the rage and look at the facts, the kids were offered the Quran and a few took them. The kids were not forced to pray or read from the Quran. They weren’t even required to go, it was a field trip.

When the parents asked the principal why they didn’t go on other houses of worship field trips, he replied that it was simply a money issue.

Ok you conservative, Christian parents and business owners, now’s the time to ante up. Collect some funds and make that trip possible for all the kids in class. As your good book tells you, share your faith with all people.

The point is, don’t scream about how bad it is for your kids to visit a mosque and all that goes along with it. It’s about educating and informing people. You do that with information. Teach your kids well, expose them to these kinds of things, and as long as you’re living out what you believe, your kids won’t stray.

I remember reading, “Train up your children in the way they should go and when they are older they won’t depart from it”.

Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face. Freedom of religion is for all or it’s for none!

The Coming Blood Moons

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Bible Prophecy is something that intrigues me more than anything in this world!

There was a time when I did not want to hear anything about Bible Prophecy because I was fearful of what has been foretold of what is coming on the horizon.

However, September 11, 2001 was a wake up call for me! Laugh if you will, but for me, that date changed everything for me! I see it as “the beginning of the end!”

In 2003 I decided to do an in-depth study of Revelation. It was not until I did that study that I realized that there is actually a special blessing to anyone who studies Revelation!

“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” Revelation 1:3

So now, with all that is going on in the world- wars on the horizon- and now, seeing the signs and wonders that are coming in the sky- I am watching with wonder!

In 2014 and 2015, there is a tetrad of blood moons coming. Watch, and be amazed!

If this scares you, you can have peace! The LORD God would love to call you His own!

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  2 Peter 3:9

 

Here is an in-depth, 2 hour long sermon series on the coming Blood Moons. While I do not agree with everything that Pastor John Hagee preaches, one this is for certain: he is a STRONG advocate for Israel, and I believe his Prophecy teachings and insight is spot on! A VERY LONG video, but VERY INTERESTING!

Atheist Penn Jillette Makes The Case For Sharing Your Faith

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Penn Jillette shares an experience he had with a Christian man who was proselytizing, and the man gave him a Bible, even though he knows Penn Jillette is an atheist.

You can see that he is physically processing all that happened. You can see how moved he was by this experience.

If you are a believer, this is an eye opening video. God’s gift is for everyone! Share the good news! All it takes is a seed! God will do the rest!

Pentagon Owes Veterans an Explanation!

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Recently the Pentagon released a training document labeling certain people as extremists, allegedly to inform Soldiers on the changing face of extremist groups. But, the people who are lumped into this new category may surprise you. The  Pentagon owes its veterans an explanation.

 

Judicial Watch, the conservative watchdog organization, obtained the document published by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Office through a FOIA request. Within the 133-page training document is a training document warning Soldiers of individuals who may be members of extremist organizations.

The DOD document warns, that many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights and how to make the world a better place.”

 

In a section entitled “Extremist Ideologies”, the training document explains, “In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.”

 

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton making comments to Fox News said he was “disturbed” by what he read in the document.

 

“It’s disturbing insight into what’s happening inside Obama’s Pentagon,” Fitton said. “The Obama administration has a nasty habit of equating basic conservative values with terrorism.”

 

Later in the interview, Fitton said, “It’s craziness! It’s political correctness run amok.” Fitton’s comments are included in a great article from Todd Starnes appearing this week in Townhall.com. Read the full article here.

 

With language like this, veterans may well raise an eyebrow, or express outright disgust, especially after serving their country and declaring their oath to the Founding Document, the Constitution.

 

“Nowadays, instead of dressing in sheets or publically espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights and how to make the world a better place.”

 

That right there is a definition of the Soldier’s duty here in the U.S., or so we thought.

One has to wonder why such a document ever saw the light of day; until one finds that it relied heavily in wording and sourcing from the Southern Poverty Law Center, a leftist organization with connections to the White House.

Veterans and Soldiers, Airmen and Marines, are forbidden by the UCMJ to comment or question their civilian leadership, and yet their leadership constantly manipulate the services for their own purposes. This is not the first time the DOD has been in trouble for labeling Christians and Conservatives as extremists to be watched. An e-mail to Soldiers from a Lieutenant Colonel at Fort Cambell Kentucky warned the Soldiers of so-called hate groups like the Family Research Council and the American Family Association, organizations the SPLC has targeted as domestic hate groups in the past. The e-mail was intercepted by Fox News last April.

 

In the e-mail, the unnamed colonel writes, “When we see behaviors that are inconsistent with Army Values – don’t just walk by – do the right thing and address the concern before it becomes a problem.”

 

If the colonel had been writing about sexual harassment or assault of women in uniform, or the harassment and hazing of minorities, I would have to agree. But in the intentional labeling of Founding Fathers such as Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and George Washington as “extremists” I would have to say, with all do respect to the colonel, “take a giant leap, Sir!”

 

The Pentagon really owes an explanation to their servicemembers and veterans of foreign wars. As a DOD trained public affairs operative myself, I have this advice for the Pentagon that I offer for free. You need to distance yourself from these documents and offer an explanation and apology to your core audience. It needs to be sincere and it needs to be in person. I recommend a high-ranking subject matter expert, like a JAG officer of the colonel rank or higher, personally addressing a veterans group such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars or the American Legion. He needs to explain that those incidents and documents do not represent DOD policy and are isolated incidents not properly vetted by command. He or she needs to assure the veterans that such documents will not be published again and they need to explain the Pentagon holds the Founders and the Founding Documents in the highest esteem, respecting the sacrifice of the nation’s veterans who fought, bled and died for the principles that they inculcate.

 

Confederate Corner with George Neat – Leftist war on everything

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When: Tuesday, May 7th, 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Where: Confederate Corner with George Neat on Blog Talk Radio

What: Yes there are Confederates north of the Mason-Dixon line, and George Neat is one of them. And we’re happy to bring his views to you in the “Confederate Corner” radio show.

For more information on George and his political views, please drop by the Confederate Corner at GoldwaterGal.com. (http://goldwatergal.com/goldwater-gal-media/confederate-corner/)

Tonight: George will be talking about Cole Withrow (the Eagle Scout that got arrested for being responsible), terrorist teachers, and the military’s war on religion. Of course there will also be a Soldier Salute, and a “nearly-infamous” Crack Pipe Moment.

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Pentagon’s war on Christianity

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Jesus_midimanWhen it is one situation, it’s possible to just say it’s an aberration. Two? Well, the likelihood that it’s a coincidence starts going down dramatically. Three? Like the baseball analogy, “three strikes, and you’re out!” And that is precisely where the U.S. military is right now.

Since April 5th, readers of Todd Starnes writing have been shown examples of the U.S. military adopting policies or actions that can’t be called anything but firmly anti-Christian. In that first report, Starnes pointed out that the U.S. Department of the Army had labeled Evangelical Christians and Catholics as religious extremists. That is sensitive terminology, because it is typically attached to potential security risks – individuals or groups that may engage in violent activities to promote their goals. Using that terminology in reference to those religious organizations places them on a list with terrorist organizations. Of course, objections to this classification have been lodged, but it remains to be seen whether or not there will be any changes made.

Then, there was a report about a directive given to soldiers, requiring that they remove a reference to a bible verse that is etched on the scopes of their weapons. There were instructions on a procedure to remove the references entirely, including filing and cleaning. The references were placed on the scopes by the vendor. Why the military considers a minuscule marking on the equipment such a danger to service members remains to be seen. It could be argued that it could be bothersome in the field, if the scopes were seen by enemy combatants. However, it is no secret to anyone that there are many Christians in the U.S. military.

Finally, there is a report about military personnel not being able to access the Southern Baptist Conference website from base computers. Other than preventing members of that denomination from being able to access information from their churches, it is also hampering the ability of Baptist Chaplains to perform their duties. And, apparently, this block isn’t being initiated by the Pentagon, but by “Team CONUS” – the entity that is in charge of maintaining security for the computer systems in question. As for the reason given to users about why the site is being blocked, they are shown a screen that states the site may contain “hostile content.”

Any one of these situations is not a good sign, and definitely runs contrary to the old military adage “there are no atheists in foxholes.” Put them all together, and it appears there is a trend building in the military to remove religious references entirely.

Cowards, just Cowards

Originally, I wasn’t going to write about the Boston bombing because I didn’t think there was much that could be added to what was being said over and over on every station. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones or had a loved one hurt. I also would commend the efforts of all agencies involved in catching the cowards who did this. Yes, COWARDS! You can call them terrorists, jihadists, or home-grown terrorists, but really, I call them what they are… COWARDS!

They hunt out and plan to hurt innocent people and children. They do it in a sneaky way, in the shadows, with no courage and no spine.

It takes cold hard courage to look the person in the eyes that you are about to kill or blow up. You’d have to look at them, their humanity, their emotion, their fear and then kill them. Cowards can’t do that.

But what does it take to do what they do, to plant bombs where no one will notice? They’re not placed to protect anything or keep someone out of where they shouldn’t be. They are placed to simply cause as much human suffering as possible, by cowards. I keep saying that because you shouldn’t think of them as freedom fighters or religious zealots or anything else but simply a coward!

While perusing Facebook and other blog-type sites most of the posts talk about what a great job the police and authorities are doing. There were also comments about the cowards being “freedom fighters”, that they felt oppressed, or that they were “set up”. PLEASE! Don’t even go there!

There are evil people in this world, period. Hitler, Stalin, and so on are prime examples. People who will kill you because they can’t take responsibility for their own actions, their own failures, their own inability to make a life for themselves.

The coward killers that committed the Boston bombings were just out to do evil. You will be told that it’s because of a religious jihad or because they are radical Islamists. In this case, I submit, they were just evil people.
People don’t become evil because they “join” a religion or because they join a movement. It starts long before then. Many people leave a religion or group because they feel it’s going in the wrong direction or the principles change. Those people have character and truly want to do the right thing. But evil people seek out evil and justification for their anger to back up their hateful actions.

It’s a warped way of thinking when hateful people think they have been wronged by the big, bad devil known as the United States. The good life and the freedom we have make them mad because they don’t agree with it or they think they can never achieve it or worse, have tried and failed and need someone else to blame.

So the cowards kill and destroy because they think they are justified. They think they have divine guidance, but all they have is hate and evil.

Don’t feel bad for bombers, as misguided as they may be. These cowards knew what they were doing… and they didn’t care.

Pray for the families that lost loved ones and those who have family members recovering from injuries. If you don’t pray, then send good thoughts or feelings their way. They need all the help we can send.

Joe Messina is the Host of The Real Side Radio Show heard daily around the country. www.TheRealSide.com

Sure … There’s No Attack on Religion !

Not all religions are under attack. It seems the emphasis is on Christian-based religions. Let’s review a couple of examples.

According to the AP and other news sources, an LGBTQ group (for the uniformed that stands for “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer”) has asked that a priest be removed from George Washington University. They want Father Greg Shaffer removed from campus over his anti-gay and anti-abortion views.

Damian Legacy and Blake Bergen want the university’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion to investigate the priest and are calling for the student government association to de-fund the Newman Center on campus.

News reports indicate they were particularly offended by a blog post the priest wrote calling gay relationships “unnatural and immoral.”

Interesting. This doesn’t sound like they really care to have someone with a diverse thought process to be included. In fact, it doesn’t sound at all like they want to understand why he believes what he does. Isn’t that intolerance? And does the priest not have a right to express what the Catholic Church teaches? The church that he works for and pledged an oath to is dedicated to upholding the truth according to God’s word (as laid out in the Bible), and it’s what he believes.

Did they not know what the Catholic Churches believe and teach? Did they not know what 99.9 percent of Catholic priests believe? A testimony to how deeply the left does its homework.

This is one of the few cases where the school has shown some spine. School officials have said it protects the right of religious freedom and is defending the rights of all religious beliefs to express themselves.

Newman Center, the building in which the priest was teaching, is a Catholic-based center. The have Catholic mass in there and teach the principles of the Catholic faith. No one is forced to go and participate. So what’s wrong here? I’ll tell you. It’s all about hate. Period.

The people who complained about a Catholic priest teaching Catholic principles in a Catholic hall are just hateful.

This shows the real hypocrisy of the left. If I say I don’t believe in gay marriage and I don’t believe same-sex couples should be allowed to be married, then I am, or will be, labeled a “homophobe” and “gay hater.” They say we should be silenced and not allowed to teach in our churches what the Bible clearly states about marriage, abortion and so on. They say it’s hate speech.

When they speak against Christians, it’s considered freedom of speech. But when Christians speak against LGBTQ lifestyles, it’s hate speech. Really. How disingenuous can one be?

Then, there is the kid who asked the teacher for a Bible. No way, you say? Yes. Another news source posts, “The teacher’s trouble started last October when he was standing by a door waiting on middle school students to enter the building. One student trailed behind the rest.”

“Just remember, son,” he told the tardy student, “The first shall be last but the last shall be first.” A few days later the student asked about the origins of the quote. The teacher “told him it was in the Bible.”

There’s that nasty word, and being uttered in a school, oh my. Doesn’t sound like the teacher was pushing his views, but let’s continue.

“On Oct. 12, the teacher was eating lunch in the cafeteria when the student approached and brought up the Bible verse. So the teacher took out his Bible and showed the student the verse.

“At some point the student mentioned that he did not have a Bible. The teacher, who also serves in Gideons International, happened to have a spare book.

“The teacher basically said, ‘would you like mine?’ said a friend of the teacher and a fellow Gideon. The student said yes, and so the teacher gave him his personal New Testament.”

Still doesn’t sound to me like pushing his religious beliefs. So what happens next? He is fired. What did he do wrong? They hand out all kinds of fliers and books on sex and how to and where to and with how many to the kids who didn’t ask for them, but a teacher, who is asked specifically about a book the student is curious about, is forbidden from sharing? Just outrageous.

There are so many examples of these kinds of incidents happening more and more in our schools. Only a dishonest person would say there is no attack on religious liberties in this country.

Joe Messina is host of The Real Side radio show, a nationally syndicated talk show. www.TheRealSide.com

Liberals Won’t be Happy until all talk of Special Creation in Classrooms is Dead

by Jeremy Griffith

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Glenn Beck and Company have been talking at length recently about the dangerous takeover of our education system by Progressive educators, specifically through the programs C-Scope and Common Core. But the Progressives have been slowly taking over the education system for years and their main weapon in this takeover has always been to teach their brand of Progressive science and get our children to disregard the Bible as a quaint, outdated myth.

Andrew Breitbart, the famous Blogger and media personality and visionary, God Bless his soul, said that politics is downstream from culture. He is absolutely right and that is why we are losing today’s youth at the ballot box. The Progressives are effectively using media, entertainment and education to shape the minds of our kids which is why when they get to be the age to vote, they make the wrong choices, choosing goofy liberals like Barack Obama over sane alternatives. Those politicians are depicted as hip and with it, while in the meantime, conservatives are thought of and projected as backwards, Bible believing throwbacks.

The problem with this picture the youth has of our world is that it is based on a lie, and a clever one, taught to them at a very young age, in our Progressive public schools. The main weapon of this indoctrination has always been, the theory of Evolution. Only when we delve into the details of this flawed theory and method of education can we expose the problems and outright lies being taught. If we don’t confront our education system with this systemic lie, we will never reclaim our kids or our future.

Here are a couple of lies and myths that are being taught in school as fact.

“Science shows that life began through purely natural means, without the help of a mythical, all powerful being.”

This is a lie, science has shown no such thing and when you delve into the facts, you find there are more problems with the evolutionary theory than there is with a Biblical view of Creation.

Here is one way that evolutionists like to demonstrate their theory as fact.

“The geological column and the paleontological record shows that life evolved on this planet over billions of years.”

That claim is false. The geological column is a model that shows the rock layers of the Earth from the deepest to the shallowest in the order of what they are thought to appear. These layers of Earth also have dates associated with them showing the best guess of scientists when these rock layers were formed from an evolutionary standpoint. The paleontological record is the record of fossils of extinct species in these rock layers that further validates the dating methods of evolutionary scientists. It shows the natural progression from simple life forms at the beginning, to more complex forms higher up.

The problem with this model is that it appears nowhere in nature. In actual fact, these rock layers are often found in much different order based on geographic location and indeed are folded together with rock layers that should have been formed billions of years later.

The fossil record to is a problem too. Often you find very simple life forms that are supposedly billions of years old at the same depth or higher than more recent fossils. My favorite fossil is a set of very human looking foot prints in the same soil as set of ancient dinosaur prints.

Scientists teach our students that the Earth has no special place in the universe and that life that created itself from nothing and started here, could very easily start very easily elsewhere. This is called the Copernicus Principle and it is the basis of much of what is taught in science instruction today. The problem with this principle is that it is mischaracterized and misconstrued to the point that the original meaning of this principle has been lost.

Nicolas Copernicus was an early scientist living in the 16th century that claimed that the Earth is not central in our solar system, that it in fact orbits the sun along with the other planets. This of course is correct and the common view of today. But the theory has been twisted beyond its original intent to say that there is nothing special about Earth and its location, that if evolution is true there should be thousands maybe millions of Earthlike planets out there, and they’re cropping up all the time as the universe evolves. This theory has been espoused by many great scientists, chief among them the late great Carl Sagan.

But when we observe the universe with our own eyes we see the opposite is true. The Earth occupies a habitability zone that is perfect and critically important to create and sustain life. It is so unique indeed that we have never found anything like it after all our years looking through the telescope. The universe is so vast that even if there were other inhabitable worlds, we could never reach them even if we achieved light speed. So the fact is the Earth IS unique and special, just like the Bible says it is.

Evolutionists have gone far out of their way to prove their  theory as fact that they have even committed fraud to do so. So called ape-man links have repeatedly been exposed to be outright frauds; and sketches of the fetuses of different lifeforms when compared to humans have been doctored to show a relationship that doesn’t actually exist.  Movies like Inherit The Wind are created to falsely show the victory of this brand of science over religion changes the facts so grossly as to lie about the actual outcome of the famous Scopes monkey trial and all of the important details of the case. (Watch this humorous and short video on a fictional debate between an evolutionist and creationist on the movie Inherit The Wind. )

The left’s position in schools when it comes to science instruction is so shaky that school boards won’t tolerate even the mention of creation science theory for fear that they will lose the near perfect strangle hold on our kids, and they are right. If the children are presented an idea that differs from what they are being instructed, they might, horror of horrors, start thinking for themselves and questioning things they are taught. That’s too dangerous for a Progressive to tolerate, so they bombard school districts with lawsuit after lawsuit until they get their way.

If we are going to win back the culture, we can’t cede this battle to the Progressives. Science is fun and important but it doesn’t answer any of the really interesting questions, who are we and where do we come from? Where are we going, is there life after death?  Are we more important than the animals or are we just animals ourselves with no real purpose? These are the questions our children are struggling with, whether they are equipped in our schools to handle them or not. The outcome is obvious. A child trained that he is accountable for his very soul to an Almighty God who created him and everything else is far less likely to shoot up a classroom of sixth graders than a boy who is taught he is an animal and there is no real purpose to this life. This is the real battle we are facing, not gay marriage or gun control, but the purpose for life and higher meaning. Can we really just let it slide and let the Progressives win? I think not.

Either the Bible is true or it isn’t. I think the next generation, with proper instruction on how to think for themselves, are smart enough to figure that out for themselves. What harm can there be in teaching the Christian axiom, “do onto others as you would have done to you?” There is danger in the other worldview, we’ve seen it at places like Sandy Hook.

Watch The Privileged Planet on DVD for more information on the special place your world has in our solar system.

Check out this interesting article on the age of the sun at Creation.com

 

Religion under attack in America!

It is my opinion, and I do believe, that religion of any kind is under attack here in America. However, the primary targets, for now, are Christian.

Let’s start with the pope announcing his resignation due to health issues. The news was a big deal both inside and outside of the Catholic community. Many Catholics were saddened to hear of his early departure. Many non-Catholics and non-religious people said there were other reasons, possibly more sinister reasons. Some said there were more issues that were going to come out against the church and they (whoever “they” are) wanted him out of the way.

How about this for an explanation? He is old. He is sick and feeble and feels that he needs to get out of the way to best serve the institution that he loves. Imagine that.

Have we become so cynical as a society that we couldn’t possibly believe anyone does anything for honorable reasons?

There are still many people who believe their God and their church are worth sacrificing and dedicating their life to. It’s not a club or a group or a committee. It’s a core belief, the foundation of a person’s life.

Some are now saying, those mostly on the left, that this is a great opportunity for the Catholic church to “upgrade itself” to usher in women priests, a female pope, gay marriage, abortion and more.

To a Catholic (and Christian), God’s word is just that. It’s His word. He’s the only one who gets to change it, not us. Scripture is clear on this matter, and with the exception of a few “progressive” scholars, almost all Christians can agree on what God’s word says about these things. These are God’s laws for us to live by, and there are consequences for ignoring them.

Maybe there is a direct correlation between our disregard for religion and our disregard for the Constitution and its laws. Is anyone “sold out” to anything anymore?

Let’s make it simple. I am “sold out” to my wife. I believe in her. I love her. I trust her. I trust her words and her actions, especially as it pertains to us. I believe in her so much that I don’t try to change her. She may have some minor things that I don’t care for, but they aren’t important enough to take up brain space. I joined with her for who she is.

When someone joins a church and believes in its core values, those values are unchangeable. Asking someone to go against scripture is like asking or encouraging a child to disobey his parents.

Progressives don’t seem to grasp that there are foundations that make religions and this country great. They think that if something in those foundations makes one person in the group uncomfortable, then we should change them.

Progressives don’t seem to have boundaries or rules that are cemented in facts, and proof doesn’t seem to be important in making decisions.

You cannot ask religious people to go against their Creator or their Creator’s words. It simply won’t work. It’s called being dedicated to what you believe in.

Progressives keep asking religious people and institutions to give up their individuality and violate their belief systems to come in line with the rest of society, “get with the program” and accept what they believe society should accept.

First the Constitution came under attack, now religion, and next comes socialism. Check your history books, people. History is on the road to repeating. Don’t let it happen to US.

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