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Courtesy of Mr. Meekins post at  One Nation Rising

Don’t Hide Behind Piety During Totalitarianism’s Rise

On Issues Etc, the topic was addressed if the Christian must defend the Charlie Hebdo cartoons construed as blasphemous.

From the clip highlighted as the sound bite of the week, one gets the impression that articulating a defense of the gunned down editorial office’s freedom of expression isn’t really all that much of a priority.

After all, the ultimate concern of the church is not so much with things such as innate or constitutional liberties but rather with the proclamation of the Gospel message.

That might be true in regards to those called to the ministry in the strictest sense of that narrow vocation.

However, not everyone within the church is required to emphasize the exact same aspect of the comprehensive Christian worldview.

Given that this program is Lutheran, one would think they might be quicker to remember the wisdom of Martin Niemoller who reflected how, because he remained silent as the acolytes of totalitarianism hauled off a variety of dissidents, that there was no one left to protect him when the Fascist hordes came to take him away.

Christians don’t have to applaud religiously offensive artwork.

However, when bloodthirsty savages begin murdering those that they disagree with, the believer needs to realize that it won’t be long until these demoniacs gun down worshipers for little more than singing doctrinally distinctive hymns or reciting the classic creeds.

By Frederick Meekins

 Frederick Meekins is an independent theologian and social critic.

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Afterthought –  this ought to have been included in my America Implodes Part III  “X”

FROM ZIONICA

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Senior Master Sgt. Relieved Of Position Because Of Christian Faith

How would you feel if your boss asked you for your personal beliefs  concerning homosexuality and then demanded that you answer the question  honestly?   When you comply and tell the boss that homosexuality is a sin,  the boss immediately relieves you of your position of authority because of your response.

That’s exactly what happened to Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk.

In 2010, Lackland Air Force, most known as the Air Force’s basic training,  was merged with Randolph Air Force Base and the Army’s Fort Sam Houston.   It is home not only to the Basic Military Training unit, but it is also  encompasses a number of other units and training facilities.

Sgt. Monk is stationed at Lackland Air Force and has a spotless record for his 19 years of service to his country that is until his commander asked him a  personal question.  The commander was talking with Monk about her upcoming  promotion ceremony and mentioned that she thought the chaplain who was scheduled to deliver the benediction was a bigot.  She told Monk that it was because  the chaplain preached that homosexuality was a sin.

According to Monk, he objected to the commander’s statement about the chaplain.  She then asked him for his personal views on homosexuality and  commanded him to answer honestly.  When he stated that in accordance with his Christian belief that homosexuality was a sin, his commander immediately relieved him of his position.   (underline my emphasis “X”)

http://zionica.com/2013/10/24/senior-master-sgt-relieved-position-christian-faith/#VQfcdtYvi9cJXQmo.99

 

Remaining part of post from Godfather Politics:

Sgt. Monk has retained the services of attorney Mike  Berry of the Liberty Institute.  Berry stated that the Air Force is  denying Monk’s account of what was said and says that this should be a warning  to everyone in the military.  Even though Sgt Monk has a 19 year spotless  career and is within one year of retirement, he could find himself being  forcibly discharged from the Air Force with no retirement benefits at all  because of his Christian faith.

Berry commented:

“You cannot criminalize somebody’s thoughts. You criminalize actions, not  thoughts.  Within the military never before have we reached that  status.”

“We’re now at this juncture … if you don’t believe, or think in a particular  manner, that’s going to be held against you.”

“He had to agree with her beliefs, and if he wasn’t able to do that, he was  deemed unfit to hold that position.  This is a dangerous and slippery  slope  … that somehow the government is going to be delving into your  thoughts.”

It seems that Senior Master Sgt. Monk is not the only one being singled out  by the military because of their Christian faith and belief that homosexuality  is a sin.  Steve  Branson is the pastor at Village Parkway Baptist Church in San  Antonio.  His church is about 20 minutes away from Lackland Air Force Base  and a number of military personnel attend services at his church.  In a  Fox  News Radio interview with Todd Starnes, Branson stated:“Anyone who doesn’t hold to the right view on homosexuality is having a very  difficult time.”

“I’m raising the warning.  It’s not a good situation out here. The  military’s job is not to fight these kinds of battles. Christians are having to  walk so carefully. I hear it every Sunday at church.”

As long as Obama and his liberally tailored military command remain in  control, Christians will find it more and more difficult to live their faith  while serving our nation.  I believe this is being done deliberately to  tailor the entire military to one that will follow Obama into his war against  patriotic Americans.  Christian soldiers are less likely to obey orders to  fire upon fellow citizens who stand up for their constitutional rights.   But pro-homosexual personnel already have a warped sense of right and wrong and  moral values and will be more likely to follow their gay activist hero into  whatever battle he leads them in, including the one against you and me.

http://godfatherpolitics.com/12980/senior-master-sgt-relieved-position-christian-faith/#ixzz2jJgKr8tF

Obama Tells Christians He Doesn’t Give a Damn About Our Faith

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Last Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services released its final version of Obamacare regulations, including those concerning the contraception mandate.

Over the past year, numerous employers have filed legal action to stop the federal government from forcing them to violate their religious beliefs.  Christian colleges have argued that the mandate forces them to violate their faith by providing contraceptives and abortion inducing drugs to all of their employees.  They believe that any form of abortion is the murder of an innocent life and no different than taking a gun to the head of an adult.

They argued that such a mandate violates their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.  The contraception mandate is nothing more than a form of religious tyranny no different than what the American colonists faced with the Church of England.  They left that tyranny and came to this land so that they would have the freedom to worship God as they believed the Bible dictated, not as some king or queen dictated.

All of those hopes of Christian business owners were dashed to pieces when the final regulations were released on Friday.  Those regulations contained no accommodations for any for-profit Christian employers such as Hobby Lobby and Chic-fil-A, who morally object to the mandate on religious grounds.

For any employer to even have hope of receiving an exemption to the mandate, they must be a religious non-profit company or organization.  However, the Obama administration has added a regulation where the employees of an exempt religious non-profit will still have free access to the contraceptives, abortion-causing drugs and sterilizations.

The exempt employers will not pay for the mandate provisions.  Instead, the insurance companies they get their health coverage from will use other monies set aside to pay the costs of providing the employees of the exempt companies with free access to the all of the anti-biblical provisions of the contraception mandate.  Technically, the religious non-profit companies that are exempt won’t be paying, but their employees will still have the same access as everyone else to contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations.  The insurance companies cannot use the premiums it receives from exempt companies to pay for the contraception mandate provisions, instead, they’ll use the monies from the next company.  So even though the exempt company will not be paying for the provisions, they will still be offering them to their employees.

One aspect of the final regulations dictates that all insurance and healthcare providers will be forced to provide the necessary coverage for free contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations.  Any such companies that are part of a religious institution or owned by Christians will have no choice but to go against their faith.

The final regulations are President Obama’s way of denying the First Amendment rights to the free exercise of religion to Christians throughout the nation.  He has placed a religious tyranny on all Americans that has not been seen since we threw off the yoke of the British nearly 240 years ago.  In so doing, Obama is effectively saying that he doesn’t give a damn about Christians and their faith.  He is trying to force us to bow our knees to him and not to God, but I’ll die before I’ll ever do that.  Like I’ve said before, the time has come for another American Revolutionary War only this time we must fight the tyranny that reigns in the White House and halls of Congress.

Read more: http://godfatherpolitics.com/11519/obama-tells-christians-he-doesnt-give-a-damn-about-our-faith/#ixzz2XoxncLBf

Political Outcast


Fifty-six years ago today, on July 30, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress, authorizing “In God We Trust” as the U.S. national motto.

Atheists have claimed that the phrase was purely political; a Cold War concoction to counter the atheism of the Soviet Union. But the phrase goes back before Karl Marx was born.  In reporting the Joint Resolution, the Senate Judiciary Committee stated:
“Further official recognition of this motto was given by the adoption of the Star-Spangled Banner as our national anthem.

One stanza of our national anthem is as follows:
“‘O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto — ‘In God is our trust.’
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

“In view of these words in our national anthem, it is clear that ‘In God we trust’ has a strong claim as our national motto.” ((S. Rep. No. 2703, 84th Cong., 2d Sess., p. 2.))
In November of 2011, the motto was needlessly reaffirmed by Congress. Ron Paul, on the campaign trail, said he would have voted “No.”
In March of last year, the Supreme Court of the United States refused to hear an appeal by atheist Michael Newdow from a decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals against Newdow’s claim that the “In God We Trust” Motto violated his Constitutional Rights.
Some Christians cheered, but this was not a victory for the God of the Bible. The decision was based on the Ninth Circuit’s prior declaration back in 1970 that phrases like “under God,” “In God We Trust,” and “So Help Me, God” did not violate the “separation of church and state” because the word “God” in these phrases was actually a secular term, a “ceremonial” and “patriotic” phrase with no “theological” meaning, functioning simply to inculcate obedience to the State.

If the phrase had been a “theological” reference to the God of the Bible, then it would have been “unconstitutional.”

Imagine that Francis Scott Key was transported through time from 1814 (when the Star Spangled Banner was written) to our day. What if he sat in the back of a typical public school classroom for a day, and discovered that God had been banned there? What if he were told that 4,000 American mothers abort their children each and every day? What if he saw our pornography — not what we call porn, but what we don’t call porn: everyday billboards, videos, and publications that would have shocked his sensibilities? What if he saw the warrantless violations of the 4th Amendment at airports by those who had taken an oath to support the Constitution by declaring “so help me, God?” What if he saw our standing armies and foreign wars? What if he could grasp the size and scope of our Messianic government? What evidence could be set before him that would convince him that this is a nation that trusts God?

Read more: http://politicaloutcast.com/2012/07/has-in-god-we-trust-become-a-fraud/#ixzz228PMsSol

LOVE IT! HA,HA! SAD THOUGH…

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

And a comment from a townhall member:

 Liberty At’Stake · Top Commenter · Alexandria, Virginia

The correct answer is a ‘tax’ is a levy for voluntarily doing something and a ‘penalty’ is a charge for *not* doing something that has been mandated. It’s not that hard – really.

Credit to Cry and Howl    [ http://cryandhowl.com/2012/04/13/constitutional-violations-of-the-obama-administration/]   for the posting of this article, and link. I used the original pg to include the petition and link against “O”. Please go there and sign this petition!  “X” [Red font my emphasis]

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MEMO: A Report on Obama Administration Violations of Law
FROM: Attorneys General Tom Horne, Arizona; Pam Bondi, Florida; Sam Olens, Georgia; Bill Schuette, Michigan; Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma; Marty Jackley, South Dakota; Alan Wilson, South Carolina; Greg Abbott, Texas; Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia
DATE: March 5, 2012

Introduction

As chief legal officers of the states and commonwealths, attorneys general are the last line of defense against an increasingly overreaching federal government. Attorneys general have a duty to uphold the laws of their respective states and uphold the U.S. and state constitutions.

One of the ways in which attorneys general protect the integrity of state laws and constitutions is by carefully reviewing the actions of the federal government and responding when they break the law or overstep the bounds of the Constitution.

Federalism is the division of authority between the federal and state governments that the Founding Fathers created to provide a check on federal power so that the federal government would not become destructive of the very liberty it was instituted to protect.

While some naïvely argue that the Constitution should “evolve” due to the fact that our Founders could not have foreseen the issues faced by our country today, they forget that the Founders faced tyranny firsthand and understood it well. This led to the creation of a Constitution that relies on limited government, precisely to protect our citizens from today’s unprecedented overstepping of the “division of authority.”

The Landscape

While each Attorney General has policy disagreements with the Obama Administration, those disagreements are not what serve as the basis for this effort. For example, this Administration makes many decisions and takes numerous actions that Republican attorneys general find politically ignorant or flawed from a policy standpoint. However, that does not make those decisions or actions illegal. The purpose of this report is to outline actions taken by this Administration that are violations of law.

The obvious example is a federal health care overhaul, passed against the will of the majority of Americans and more importantly in violation of the Constitution, which is now being challenged by more than half of the states.

While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has received the most attention, it serves as a representation of a much larger picture that demonstrates the continued disdain for the Constitution and laws shown by the Obama Administration.

Through the collective review by a committee of Attorneys General from nine of the 50 states, the group identified more than 21 illegal actions from this Administration and is highlighting the effects of the federal overreach on our citizens and states.

The Impact

Whether it is through the EPA, NLRB, Office of Surface Mining, FCC or other entities, the Obama Administration has aggressively used administrative agencies to implement policy objectives that cannot gain congressional approval and are outside of the law.

In Florida, a state with one of the most aggressive and innovative water quality protection programs in the country, the EPA chose to impose its own costly, unprecedented and unscientific numeric nutrient criteria. The estimated impact the EPA’s rules would impose was dramatic, including billions of dollars in compliance costs, significant spikes in utility bills and the loss of thousands of jobs. The Florida Attorney General’s Office sued the EPA and two weeks ago prevailed when a federal judge in Tallahassee threw out the costliest of the EPA’s rules, the one governing Florida’s streams and rivers. In doing so, the judge found the EPA’s rules were not based on sound science and that the agency had failed to prove that its rule would prevent any harm to the environment – in other words, the EPA was found to have violated the law.

In South Carolina, the NLRB’s recess-appointed, unconfirmed general counsel threatened to sue the state for guaranteeing a secret ballot in union elections, despite 83 percent of South Carolinians voting for an amendment for such action. When South Carolina was joined by three other states in mounting a vigorous defense, the NLRB backed down but turned their attention to Boeing, a private company and corporate citizen of South Carolina, telling the employer where they could or could not locate facilities. Again – after a high-profile fight – the NLRB backed down in their complaint against Boeing, but only after the company and the union worked through an agreement.

In Arizona, voters passed a referendum requiring that individuals registering to vote show evidence that they are citizens. Over 90 percent of the population can satisfy this simply by writing down a driver’s license number or naturalization number. The less than 10 percent of those who do not have these numbers are able to register by mailing a copy of a birth certificate, passport, Indian registration number or similar documentation. The Obama Administration argued against Arizona in the Ninth Circuit and a decision is yet to be made.

In Oklahoma, the EPA illegally usurped Oklahoma’s authority in the Clean Air Act to determine the state’s own plan for addressing sources of emissions by imposing a federal implementation plan. The federal plan goes beyond the authority granted to the EPA in the Clean Air Act and will result in a $2 billion cost to install technology needed to complete the EPA plan and a permanent increase of 15-20 percent in the cost of electricity. The Obama Administration is fighting Oklahoma’s appeal, which was filed in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The ongoing fight over the individual mandate and these four state examples serve as only a representation of the more than 21 Obama Administration violations that attorneys general are fighting against.

Taking Action

What these nine Attorneys General have collectively confirmed is that this Administration repeatedly shows disdain for states, federal laws it finds inconvenient, the Constitution and the courts.

With the release of this report, and its extensive list of transgressions, two principles are abundantly clear:

  • This group of nine Attorneys General will grow and continue to serve as a de facto “task force,” assisting when possible to defend state laws and identifying “best practices” and legal arguments to fight back against the Obama Administration’s illegalities in a more cohesive and effective manner;

  • The next election is critically important and as the states’ chief legal officers, the attorneys general will make a concerted effort to educate their states’ voters on the impacts that the Obama Administration’s legal violations have on their every day lives.

Regardless of party, when Washington politicians fail to adhere to the Constitution and the rule of law, state attorneys general become the last line of defense against an overreaching federal government.

List of Violations

  • FCC: Regulation of the Internet in the face of a court order from Circuit Court of Appeals for Washington D.C. stating that the FCC does not have the power to regulate the Internet

  • PPACA: Individual Mandate; To be heard by Supreme Court of the United States in March

  • EPA 1: GHG lawsuit; EPA’s own Inspector General reported last September that EPA failed to comply with its own data standards; Heard in Circuit Court of Appeals for Washington D.C. in February

  • OSM: Attempting to impose regulatory requirements on the 19 states with authority for exclusive regulation of their coalmines for the first time in more than 30 years

  • NLRB: Boeing; Engaged in unprecedented behavior as described by former Chairmen under both Presidents Bush (43) and Clinton; behavior is best exemplified in South Carolina where the Board tried to muzzle over 80 percent of state voters who supported a secret ballot amendment to the South Carolina Constitution and attempted unsuccessfully to tell an employer in the state where they can and cannot base manufacturing facilities

  • EPA: Florida Water; EPA’s numeric nutrient criteria pre-empted Florida standards; U.S. District Judge upheld the state’s site-specific alternative criteria for streams and rivers

  • EPA: Texas Air; TX filed lawsuit challenging Cross-State Air Pollution Rules; application rule to TX was particularly dubious because state was included in the regulation at the last minute and without an opportunity to respond to the proposed regulation; regulation was based on a dubious claim that air pollution from TX affected a single air-quality monitor in Granite City, Illinois more than 500 miles and three states away from Texas

  • EPA: Oklahoma Air; EPA illegally usurped Oklahoma’s authority in the Clean Air Act to determine the state’s own plan for addressing sources of emissions that affect visibility, by imposing a federal implementation plan; Federal plan goes beyond the authority granted to the EPA in the Clean Air Act and will result in $2 billion in cost to install technology needed to complete the EPA plan, and a permanent increase of 15-20 percent in the cost of electricity; Obama Administration is fighting Oklahoma’s appeal, which was filed in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals

  • HHS: Religious Liberty; HHS mandated religious entities such as Catholic, Baptist and Jewish schools and churches be required to provided medical services they find unconscionable to their employees; President attempted to compromise with an “accommodation” in name only that required insurance companies to provide the services for free to the religious organization employees; Accommodation made matters worse as many religious-base hospitals and schools are self-insurers; Seven Attorneys General filed suit to protect religious liberty and oppose the HHS mandate

  • DOJ: South Carolina & Voting Rights Act: Rejecting voter ID statutes that are similar to those already approved by the Supreme Court of the United States; DOJ ignored section 8 of the Voting Rights Act which calls for protections against voter fraud, and used section 5 to administratively block measures to protect the integrity of elections passed by state legislatures in preclearance states including South Carolina; South Carolina voter ID law merely requires a voter to show photo identification in order to vote or to complete an affidavit at the pain of perjury if the voter does not have a photo ID

  • DOJ: Arizona & Voting Rights Act: Rejecting voter ID statutes that are similar to those already approved by the Supreme Court of the United States

  • DOJ: Arizona Immigration; In violation of 10th Amendment, federal government to sue to prevent AZ from using reasonable measures to discourage illegal immigration within Arizona’s borders; Affects Arizona because state has a large percentage, compared to other states, of illegal immigrants and need to be able to act to reduce the number

  • DOJ: Alabama Immigration; The DOJ challenged Alabama’s immigration reform laws after parts were “green lighted” by a federal judge; DOJ appealed the ruling; parts of the AL case have been struck down in various federal courts; specific provisions of the law include collection of the immigration status of public school students, businesses must use E-Verify, prohibition of illegal immigrants receiving public benefits; the provision requiring immigrants to always carry alien registration cards; allowance of lawsuits by state citizens who do not believe public officials are enforcing the law

  • DOJ: South Carolina Immigration; DOJ challenged South Carolina’s immigration reform laws that are very similar to the AZ which is scheduled to appear before the United States Supreme Court; SC case will be heard by the 4th Circuit soon there after as the 4th Circuit granted SC motion to extend the filing time until after the US Supreme Court issues an Opinion in AZ

  • Congressional: “Recess” appointments to NLRB (three) and CFPB (one)

  • EEOC: Hosanna Tabor (MI); Sought to reinstate a minister who was discharged for her disagreement with the religious doctrine of the church

  • DOE: Yucca Mountain; In 2009, Administration arbitrarily broke federal law and derailed the most studied energy project in American history when DOE announced intent to withdraw 8,000 page Yucca Mountain licensing application with prejudice; SC and Washington State filed suit, as a result, contesting the unconstitutional action; American people have paid more than $31 billion (including interest) through percentages of electric rate fees towards the project and taxpayers have footed an addition $200 million in legal feeds and over $2 billion in judgments against the DOE for breaking contracts associated with Yucca Mountain

    1. DOI: Glendale Casino (AZ); Glendale is a violation because the Federal Government is forcing a family-oriented town, Glendale, to become another Las Vegas against its will. Essentially, the Federal Government has granted ‘reservation status’ to a 54-acre plot in the same town, where the Tohono O’odham Nation plans to build a resort and casino.

We the People Demand a Full Scale Investigation into the Eligibility Requirements of President Obama to be President and to run again for a second term.                3,126 Letters and Emails Sent So Far

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