religion

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

What Goes Around Comes Around

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We are a nation governed by The United States Constitution.  It is time we start playing by those rules again.  They have served us well.  Our forefathers knew what they were doing when they divided our government into three equal branches.  For our country to run smoothly the three branches need to do so as well.

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The Supreme Court is responsible for ensuring that disputes are resolved in accordance with the United States Constitution.  As a result of partisan politics one of those seats has remained empty for months.  Garland didn’t get a hearing thanks to Republicans.  So Democrats refuse to vote “yes” for Neil Gorsuch.  Two wrongs don’t make a right.

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The Supreme Court can run smoothly with only eight sitting justices.  The problem comes when the eight justices are equally divided.  When that happens the Supreme Court relinquish its duties to a lower court.  Instead of having nine well qualified justices decide a case that can affect us all.  We place our fate in the hands of one justice from a lower court.  Rouge self-indulgent justices suffering from delusions of grandeur are free to play politics from their bench.

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 The Executive Branch, headed by the President approves legislation and commands our military.  The duties of a President are limited.  A President doesn’t make laws.  The President approves or doesn’t legislation passed by Congress.  A President must have approval from Congress to go to war.  President Trump is the least of our worries.

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The Legislative Branch known as Congress is divided into the House and Senate.  Their job is to take care of business for the American people.  Each state has two Senators to represent their home state.  The number of Representatives from each state is based on population.  Their job is to represent their constituents.

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Partisan politics has taken over Congress.  Members have sold their souls to their political Parties.  The top priority is stacking the deck in Congress by filling the seats with those from their Party.  Their days are spent campaigning for the next election.  Pleasing political donors takes precedence over serving this country.

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The quagmire in Congress has progressively gotten worse over time and didn’t happen overnight.  Pointing all the fingers in the world won’t help.  There is plenty of blame to go around.  As time has gone by, members have been emboldened to push the envelope further and further.  They are in the process of pushing it too far.

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One Party makes a rule to benefit the Party, not the people.  When the other Party uses the same rule for their benefit the first Party cries foul.  Neither Party has the foresight to consider the long-term ramification of their actions.

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Democrats’ antics of undermining the President of the United States are setting a dangerous precedent.  Once the genie is let out of the bottle, there will be no getting it back in.  Congress members need to think long and hard before they do.

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Democrats unhappy they lost the Presidential election went so far as attempting a coup.  With Nancy Pelosi’s daughter as their minion they attempted to intimidate Electoral College members into overriding the American people.  Luckily it backfired.  Their candidate lost more votes than their intended target.  Imagine if they had succeeded?  Are they so naïve to think it would have been business as usual?

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Instead of representing their constituents at the table they spend every waking moment fear mongering.  Then they complain the people are afraid.  What good does that do the American people?  Calls for the American people to protest and fight the President in hopes he fails to further their Party’s agenda are un-American.  Causing chaos in our streets is not in the best interest of the American people.

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What goes around comes around.  The problem is when all you do is run around in circles you get nowhere.  That is exactly the direction Congress is going.