Politics · religion

Money Talks

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Although President Trump’s speech given in Saudi Arabia made many good points, one in particular seemed understated.  According to President Trump.  “We must cut off the financial channels that let ISIS sell oil, let extremists pay fighters, help terrorists smuggle their reinforcements.”

Unlike in Washington, D.C. where politicians speculate, estimate and manipulate.  In the real world money talks.  A lack of funds can make life pretty miserable.

There is a need for might to take out training camps and all the other rocks terrorists hide under.  Challenging terrorists on social media and destroying their message will diminish one of their biggest recruitment tools.

Those participating in atrocities around the world are nothing more than cowards.  Their heinous acts will not be rewarded by any faith.  No matter what their religious affiliations, evil is evil.

We must all be tolerant of others different from ourselves if we are to have peace in the world.  Until we acknowledge that the war on radical Islamic terrorist has nothing to do with religion we cannot move forward towards a place where all children feel safe in their homes.

Good people of all faiths or lack there of must come together.  Because make no mistake the war against radical terrorists is a war of good versus evil.  Instead of worrying about where on earth refugees should be sheltered.  It would be far better for refugees to live in their homes in their countries without fear.

President Trump’s speech articulated those point far better and more.  Each one stands on its own merit.  But, the President’s “We must cut off the financial channels” is a big one.  That would “cut off the head of the snake.”

Money is what makes the world go around.  No entity can survive without it.  If you can’t pay for Wi-Fi, you can’t play on the internet.  If you can’t pay for services you don’t receive them.  If you can’t pay for airfare you can’t fly people around the world.

What is even better about money is that it always leaves a trail.  It can be followed all the way back to the root of the evil or the head of the snake.

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Christian Lives Matter

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Christians around the world are under attack.  Where is the righteous indignation for their plight?  Two churches in Egypt were attacked on one of Christians’ most sacred days, Palm Sunday by Islamic terrorists.  The victims’ only crime was being a Christian.

Like many countries in the Middle East, Egypt’s Christian population is in the great minority.  Religious persecution is part of a Christian’s daily life in the Middle East, yet we do nothing.

To the self-indulgent judges suffering from delusions of grandeur playing politics from their benches take notice.  When the Trump Administration tried to help, you knew better.  All sanctimonious you feigned disgust over President Trump’s travel ban.  Because Christians were given priority based on their level of danger, you ruled it was religious bias.

During the election when then Donald Trump referred to a “Muslim Ban” in context his meaning was clear.  The purpose was to give the US time to come up with better ways to identify those from a region of the world where Islamic terrorists thrive.  The objective articulated was to keep Americans safe.

The original seven countries listed in the ban were those identified by the Obama Administration as not having an adequate screening process to assure who was coming into the USA.  If in fact President Trump intended to ban Muslims he would have included all forty plus Muslim countries.

Isis has stated on any form of social media they could find that they are infiltrating the refugee population.  Evil people intent on killing innocent Americans are entering our country in sheep’s clothing.  All welcomed by judges that have sworn to uphold the law.

To the Muslim communities in the United States stop being part of the problem and help to find a solution.  Instead of whining about being suspect, assist in identifying those amongst  you that mean us harm.  This is a nation that cherishes freedom of all religions, Muslims included.  To be part of this country you too must adhere to the law.

The democrats and those in the media playing the religion card to further their self-serving agenda are doing a great disservice to this nation and should be ashamed of themselves.  Frightening Muslims with propaganda and fear mongering in an attempt to undermine the President is un-American.

In what kind of world is it alright to desecrate places of worship of any faith?  Sacred burial grounds are no longer a place to rest in peace.  We are a nation of tolerance.  It is time to remember that.

 

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Trinity Lutheran v. Pauley

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Newly confirmed to the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch will be hitting the ground running.  Gorsuch along with the eight other Justices of the Court will rule on many cases.  Their decisions will shape this Nation.  One of the first cases Gorsuch will be involved in will be Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley.

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Trinity Lutheran applied for monies from a state grant offered by Missouri to nonprofit groups seeking to provide a safer recreational environment for children.  It was Trinity Lutheran’s wish to replace the gravel on their preschool playground with recycled rubber.  Although Trinity Lutheran is a nonprofit and did intend to use the funds to make a safer play area for preschool children they were denied funds due to their religious affiliation.

It is clear that ground covered with rubber is much safer for children than when covered with gravel.  That is the only thing clear about the grounds of this case.  We now have nine Justices well versed in the law to debate and rule on the legalities of the matter.  We will have to trust them to rule appropriately.

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All children require a safe environment to play in.  To exclude children based on religion seems discriminatory.  Safe playgrounds across this country are utilized by children after hours.  Neighborhood children congregate at the closest one irregardless of their religious affiliations

President John F. Kennedy once said “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”.  If Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbus, Inc. is willing to step up to the plate and provide a needed service should they be penalized for practicing what they preach?

The issue is much larger than the needs of a preschool playground.  Religious organizations provide many services.  Homeless shelters, free meals to those in need, elderly outreach, food banks and much more rely on their generosity.

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To exclude these bastions of good deeds from State and Federal funding simply because of a religious affiliation hurts those most in need.  Although it may be due to the religious beliefs of those providing the service, that they do so.  The services they provide have nothing to do with religion.

 

 

 

 

Politics · religion

Let Our Children Pray

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       The First Amendment to the Constitution means the following:

  1. Congress can’t establish a religion
  2. Congress can’t stop free exercise of religion
  3. Freedom of speech
  4. Freedom of the press
  5. Right to PEACEFULLY assemble
  6. Right to complain about the government

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What the First Amendment doesn’t say is anything about the separation of Church and State. That was Thomas Jefferson’s opinion written in a letter.  Nothing more.

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Up until June 25, 1962 all American children started their school day pledging their allegiance to the United States of America and a prayer.  Having been one of those children privileged enough to pray each morning in a public school I can attest to the fact June 25, 1962 was a sad day for the United States.

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At a time in our history when school children were frightened under their desks on a regular basis for “duck and cover” drills school prayer was taken from them.  The comfort received by a daily reminder that God or the Supreme Being of any faith was there to protect us was gone.  The acknowledgement of a higher power was muted.

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Then came the birth of “political correctness”.  Parents of ten children sued New York because they were offended by prayer.  Forget that my mother of four children and the parents of the great majority of school children wanted their children to pray.  The United States Supreme Court ruled in Engel v. Vitale that school prayer violated the establishment clause of the First Amendment.

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In an attempt to placate a handful the Supreme Court trampled the rights of the majority to exercise their religious freedoms.  “One Nation Under God” should be allowed to worship freely any place they see fit including schools.

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It is no wonder that parents of Christian children are up in arms upon learning that although the Supreme Court does not allow their children to pray in public schools, Muslim children are given rooms to pray in.  It is not because they are against Muslim children praying.  It is because all other children are not afforded equal rights.

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Either it is unconstitutional for children to pray in school or it is not.  For a nation to print “In God We Trust” on our currency it is not very Christian like not to let children pray.

Let all the children pray.  There is a solution to every problem.  Larger schools could have home rooms of different faiths.  Leaders of all represented faiths could come up with a suitable children’s prayer.  Muslim Mondays, Catholic Tuesdays, Jewish Wednesdays…..  Find a way.

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Like the song says “red or yellow, black or white they are all precious in his sight”.  Maybe if children were exposed to other religions they would grow into more tolerant adults.  It is sure worth a try.  Pitting one faith against another is not the American way.