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It is often adversity that brings out the greatest of our virtues, and as the Good Book says, the Greatest is LOVE….. enough said!!
I, too, heard this growing up on one of my grandparent’s “vinyl” (33rpm or a 45?)— I think it was Tex Ritter:
A special thanks to Gumply!
UPDATE: Sen. Inhoufe and Rep. Frank Lucas, both representing Oklahoma, sent a pointed letter to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke asking if he stood by the Federal examiners actions. Later in the day, the examiners personally returned to the bank in Perkins, OK to retract their request for the removal of all Christmas and religious items.
The government warned a small town bank this week to remove the Christian symbols from its counters and off its website.
A small-town bank in Oklahoma said the Federal Reserve won’t let it keep religious signs and symbols on display.
Federal Reserve examiners come every four years to make sure banks are complying with a long list of regulations. The examiners came to Perkins last week. And the team from Kansas City deemed a Bible verse of the day, crosses on the teller’s counter and buttons that say “Merry Christmas, God With Us.” were inappropriate. The Bible verse of the day on the bank’s Internet site also had to be taken down.
“I don’t think there should be a problem with them displaying whatever religious symbols they want to display,” said Amy Weierman, a Perkins resident.
Specifically, the feds believed, the symbols violated the discouragement clause of Regulation B of the bank regulations. According to the clause, “…the use of words, symbols, models and other forms of communication … express, imply or suggest a discriminatory preference or policy of exclusion.”
Note: The home office of the bank we deal with ordered that no Christmas trees or Menorahs be displayed in the branches….. only poinsettas. The cite the need to “not offend anyone else.
My response… I told them that THEIR ACTIONS OFFEND ME !!
I am not a body language expert like Tanya Reiman, who appears on the O’Reilly Factor to discuss the “real” meaning of people’s actions and words, but as an average American, one of those who holds tightly to the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution (you know, Bible and gun-toting), I was a bit taken aback listening to Sen. Barack Obama answer a certain question in his interview this morning with George Stephanopolous.
Obama was trying to blame the McCain campaign for reigniting the questioning of Obama’s Christian faith, and when he ultimately conceded that the bloggers have fanned these flames, he acknowledged that “John McCain has never questioned my Muslim faith”….. “I mean Christian”. To be sure that I heard correctly, the marvels of TIVO enabled me to hear Obama proclaim his Muslim faith OVER and OVER again. To be clear, the statement is not, nor can it be, taken out of the context it was stated within.
Let us remember that this is also the Senator who proclaimed that sounds of the noon prayers toward Mecca are music to his ears.
Herein lies the fundamental problem in an Obama Presidency. It is the uncertainty of the character of the candidate that will create the uncertainty of our future. This country grappled with the Catholicism of John Kennedy and the Mormonism of Mitt Romney. The uncertainty that Obama creates in the hidden nature of his dealings creates an uneasiness about his ties to the Muslim community of the world.
Despite his denials of any lingering association with the Muslim teachings he received as a child from the primary male figure in his early years through pre-adolescence, his stepfather Lolo Soetero, his words often give another message. The years of learning from Lolo Soetero are part of the most formative years of the child’s life.
So, was Obama’s slip of the tongue today just a simple gaffe, or will we see one of the “many faces” of Obama, as a recent TIME Magazine cover implied?
Update: It has been highly noted that come November, we will have a President and/or a Vice President, whose sons are serving in our military. The irony that Obama was the only one of the four candidates without any military connection was not lost, not even to our liberal biased Obama-fawning media. Thus, for the first time in this extremely long campaign, Obama told George Stephanopolous that he had considered entering the military service when he graduated high school in 1979. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/09/obama-to-step-6.html