Category Archives: First Amendment

Atheism as a cover for racism

I found this over at euraktiva’s blog.

The question proposed — Is this a part of a growing phenomenon — Religion being used a subtle code for race?

Islamophobia Watch – Home – Atheism as a cover for racism.

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VIDEO: John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. on Religious Liberty

The more things change the more they stay the same, meaning….

A presidential candidates religious choice and practice has always been an issue dating back to the 60’s.

It’s Time To Pass The Torch Obama 08

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US Marines are forcing Christianity onto the Iraqis

Sad to say, but this is a part of having America come into your home…. they are going to tell you that Christianity is right and your religion and faith is all wrong, but the real plight is about your conversion.

Our, U.S. Marines are handing out this coin, imprinted with a Gospel verse, to Fallujah residents.

Anad said, a Marine slipped a coin out of his pocket and put it in his hand.

Out of fear, he accepted it, Anad said. When he was inside the city, the college student said, he looked at one side of the coin. “Where will you spend eternity?” it asked.

He flipped it over, and on the other side it read, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16.”

You can read the full article at McClatchy Washington Bureau.

Here’s a comment that one of the readers left in regards to the “shiny fake coin”.

Hi there! We’ve bombed your country, crippled your infrastructure, killed thousands of your citizens, and pretty much ruined any chance for you or your remaining loved ones to have any semblance of a normal life in your homeland. But we’re hoping this shiny fake coin that says you’re going to hell unless you accept Jesus as Lord will somehow comfort you.

Sincerely,
Handful of Well-Intentioned but not-so-bright US Marines

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Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius Should Be Banned From Communion over Abortion Vote

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, of the Archdiocese of Kansas City of Kansas has asked and met with the Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius requesting that she no longer partake in the sacred act of communion. The eating of a wafer and the drinking of grape wine [representative of Jesus’ Blood].

You see only the pure absent of sin living their lives in holiness as of the Bible, should ever participate in communion – the holiest of all acts. In that case, not the Archbishop or anyone else for that fact, should raise their hands nor rise to their feet – just don’t get in line.

But whatever holiness and goodness that Governor Sebelius was living it was pretty much cast aside after her April 21st Veto of the Comprehensive Abortion Reform Act passed by the Kansas legislature.

The Archbishop wrote

Since becoming archbishop, I have met with Governor Sebelius several times over many months to discuss with her the grave spiritual and moral consequences of her public actions by which she has cooperated in the procurement of abortions performed in Kansas…. I wrote the governor last August requesting that she refrain from presenting herself for reception of the Eucharist until she had acknowledged the error of her past positions, made a worthy sacramental confession and taken the necessary steps for amendment of her life which would include a public repudiation of her previous efforts and actions in support of laws and policies sanctioning abortion.

Recently, it came to my attention that the governor had received holy Communion at one of our parishes. I have written to her again, asking her to respect my previous request and not require from me any additional pastoral actions.

I must be honest the only thing I can think are these 2 words — Vomit and Regurgitate.

Oh where Oh where is my Separation between Church and State?!

Read all you want at KansasCity.com or at The Leaven.com and here’s a message from the Governor.

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Ohio Students Divided Over Their Science Teacher and His Bible

United they are not standing and those who oppose –

Mount Vernon Middle School students are throwing their support behind the Science Teacher John Freshwater. They support his right to bring his Bible to class. The students feel that Freshwater’s First Amendment Right is being violated.

I think it’s wonderful the students are rallying in defense for a cause they believe in.

However what’s so sad is that in the process of trying to protect Freshwater’s First Amendment Right they are violating the rights of others – their peers. The students who do not participate in Christianity are verbally assaulted for their disbelief of. Yet their peers who are in support of teacher John Freshwater but of a different faith or religion are still ostracized and not embraced.

So here’s the climate at Mount Vernon Middle School:

“You’re either for Mr. Freshwater or you’re against Mr. Freshwater. There’s no in between,” Murdoch said. “In the kids’ minds, I think, it is just the Bible issue. And who is going to go against the Bible? Nobody. But it seems like the ‘Christians’ are using that as an excuse to gang up on the ‘atheists.’”

“My daughter Arie told me about a Jewish child who brought his Torah to school when other students brought Bibles in support of Freshwater,” she continued. “He thought he was supporting freedom of religious expression, and the other kids just ripped him apart. ‘What are you doing?’ they asked. ‘You can’t support Mr. Freshwater, you’re Jewish.’ So they don’t get it.”

you can read the story right here at Mount Vernon News.

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Deathrow Inmate Waives Appeals Partly for Religious Beliefs

In 1996, David Mark Hill lost custody of his children. In retaliation he walked into the Department of Social Services, opened fired and shot to death his case manager along with two other employees. The next day Hill was found lying across a set of railroad tracks with a self inflicted gun shot wound through the roof of his mouth that had exited his head.

The death row inmate had a father who was not well and felt that if he hadn’t pushed forward with the appeals process, ‘that it could have possibly sent the ailing man straight over the edge’. Although, deciding to now uphold the courts decision and ruling has more to do with Hill’s faith.

“Part of my religious beliefs are that if you kill somebody, you shed somebody else’s blood, that your blood has to be shed or you have to die in order to be forgiven for that,” Hill told a lower court judge, according to the Supreme Court ruling.

Interesting – on the ride to Social Services and moments before he let loose a few rounds – Hill was noted as saying “I’m tired of these people playing ‘God’ with my children.”

Let the record state, David Mark Hill has been determined to be of a sound mind. He speaks intelligently and communicates his reasoning and rationale regarding all aspects of the case to the point where his wishes for execution shall be granted. However a date hasn’t been set at this time.

Hill vs State of South Carolina

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It’s Official Religion Has Driven The Mayor of Alabama Crazy


(mayor on far left)

I’d say it’s official that the Mayor of Alabama has lost his mind and he needs to retrace his steps in hopes of finding it.

Mayor Larry Langford of Alabama held a ‘Sack cloth and Ashes’ prayer and vigil in response to his city’s high homicide rate. His words, “This city needs to humble itself.” Mayor Langford is a professing Christian, that is leading his citizens the exact way the people in the book of Jonah were led. And, that was for the residents of the ancient city of Ninevah to wear rough fabric and ashes as a sign of turning away from sin.

First, the Mayor is in violation of separation of church and state.

Second and real important, this man is treading on some very dangerous waters. So, he’s a professing Christian? Did he speak in a universal language of religion for everyone in his city – I doubt it & I’d bet my last dime.

There’s arguments between the Baptists and the Methodists or should I say a disparaging belief system. Then the differences between the Catholics and the nondenominational and/or what about the Jehovah Witness? I could keep going, but you see where I’m headed with this right?

When the prayer rally is over and the crime rate has shot up even higher, it could be and do you know why?

Because he prayed the prayers of a Christian Baptist man not a Jewish or Catholic one. The Mayor prayed wrong, he wasn’t in the right closet. He even had his flock praying wrong, which brought on curses from The Masterful obviously unforgiving God. (You know it’s the truth).

I’m just curious?? Is it still wrong and a reason for God to send you to Hell if you’re a Methodist and you sit in a visiting Baptist Church and take communion? No disrespect intended. I was cursed from the lips of a Pastor because I had the audacity to do this. Told if I ever did it again, they’d have to ask me to leave the church. And, this was a nondenominational pastor and so was the church that we were visiting. Yet, he could not lead us and save us appropriately with the drinking of that symbolic grape drink (blood) and wafer cracker. His prayers may not have been clean like a righteous man – my participation could have brought on destruction to the world and sin for me.

So I hope the Mayor is very careful! One thousand followers/prayers/citizens was in attendance. He had purchased 2,000 sack cloths. He told his people in a wonderful spirit of unity, that if they were too cute to put a sack cloth on – stay home. And if they were too cute to adorn themselves symbolically with ashes – stay home. He’s such a wonderful Christian, who by the way sits on the board part time at Birmingham Budweiser Distributing Co. as “director public relations.”

Maybe when the repentance rally was over he invited the 1,000 to come have a beer on him – food for thought?

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