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      With the mainstream media basically ignoring the firestorm that has brewed over the Obama Administration’s decision to force the Catholic Church to provide contraception in its health care covereage for its employees, the Obama team thinks they have found a way to “appease” the religious groups while not appearing to be giving in to the Church.

       Today, HHS and Obama announced that the availability to access to contraception medications, etc., must still go forward, they have said that if a religious institution has a religious objection to that premise, they do not have to pay for that coverage. BUT, the insurance carrier MUST still offer it to the employees of that religious institution, at no cost to the employee.

        So, let me get this straight. The Church, which has a fundamental disagreement with the idea of birth control, does not have to PAY for it for their employees, BUT it must still be a PART of the plan that the Church offers, and that their insurance carrier MUST pickup that cost. Call me stupid, but does Obama believe that the cost of the birth control will not be buried within the cost of the entire plan?

       Any thoughts?

Did the teacher overreact?

FORT WORTH, Texas – A Fort Worth high school student was sent to the principal’s office earlier this week for telling another classmate he believes homosexuality is wrong.

Fourteen-year-old Dakota Ary spent most of the day Tuesday serving an in-school suspension. It was punishment for discussion in his German class at Fort Worth’s Western Hills High School.

“We were talking about religions in Germany. I said, ‘I’m a Christian. I think being a homosexual is wrong,’” he said. “It wasn’t directed to anyone except my friend who was sitting behind me. I guess [the teacher] heard me. He started yelling. He told me he was going to write me an infraction and send me to the office.”

An assistant principal called Ary’s mother at work to let her know he was in trouble.

“At first I was in disbelief. My son is on the honor roll with great grades. I don’t have any problems out of him,” Holly Pope said.

After hearing Ary’s explanation of what happened, the assistant principal reduced the original suspension from two days to one. But Pope was not satisfied with that.

“He was stating an opinion. He has a right to do that. They punished him for it,” she said.
Read more on myFOXdfw.com: http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/education/092111-student-suspended-for-saying-gay-is-wrong#ixzz1YiebhSSz

 
 

No, this is not Iran or Pakistan were talking about…
This is happening right here in the United States!

The City of San Juan Capistrano, California is demanding that a Christian couple purchase a permit to hold a Bible study group in their home. They’ve already been fined.

The couple insists, “There’s no singing or music. It’s meditative.”

World Net Daily reported:

Chuck and Stephanie Fromm already have been fined $300 for holding Bible studies for their friends at their home, and they face the potential for additional fines of $500 for each study held, according to a legal team taking their case to court.

The newest conflict over Bible studies in homes in America arose in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., where city officials say city code section 9-3.301 prohibits religious organizations in residential neighborhoods without a conditional-use permit, a sometimes very expensive procedure.

The code cites “churches, temples, synagogues, monasteries, religious retreats, and other places of religious worship and other fraternal and community service organizations.”

But a Bible study in a home?

So much for the First Amendment. Today Freedom of Religion only applies to atheists

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/09/city-fines-christians-300-for-holding-bible-study-in-their-home/

    On this National Day of Prayer, and on every day, let us pray for the troops who protect and defend our religious freedoms.

(April 18) — The Supreme Court on Monday will take up a case that pits anti-discrimination efforts against freedom of speech, setting the stage for a ruling with the potential to affect everything from how government contracts are issued to who can join high school after-school groups.

The case, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, revolves around a student group at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law that requires its officers and voting members to be Christian and adhere to core religious principles, including those against homosexuality and sex outside of marriage.

In light of those religious requirements, in September 2004 the college barred the local chapter of the Christian Legal Society from being a registered student organization. Under Hastings’ rules, official student groups — which get to use campus facilities for meetings, college bulletin boards and e-mails for publicity and some student activity fees for expenses — must be open to everyone, regardless of religious beliefs or sexual orientation.

“The idea that the government would interfere with a religious group and tell them that they can’t use their religious beliefs to choose their leadership strikes at the heart of the First Amendment,” says Kim Colby, attorney for the CLS, which has chapters on some 90 law school campuses nationwide.

Colby says the CLS doesn’t want to end up with atheists or people of other religions leading its Bible study. After all, anti-war groups don’t pick military representatives to lead them, and environmentalist organizations get to choose people who are “green,” she says. “You get to coalesce around your beliefs.”

for full article: http://www.aolnews.com/nation/article/christian-legal-society-at-university-of-californias-hastings-college-of-the-law-takes-fight-to-high-court/19438384?icid=main|aim|dl1|link5|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aolnews.com%2Fnation%2Farticle%2Fchristian-legal-society-at-university-of-californias-hastings-college-of-the-law-takes-fight-to-high-court%2F19438384

Mr. McNaughton’s artwork is copyrighted, and therefore I cannot post the “One Nation Under God” painting here, but it may be viewed at his website: http://www.mcnaughtonart.com/artwork/view_zoom/?artpiece_id=353 . I urge you to read the artist’s responses to the liberal attacks of his work.

One of three Florida school officials accused of violating a court order forbidding prayer in school has been exonerated.

 

 

 

Santa Rosa County School District clerical assistant Michelle Winkler has had her day and court and has come out victorious. Winkler was accused of violating a court order that banned school officials from participating in religious activities on campus before, during, and after school hours when she asked her husband who is not employed by the school district to offer prayer at an event.
 
Liberty Counsel‘s Mat Staver seems surprised why the matter even made it to court. “And in fact in this case, Michelle Winkler was at an event after school at a Naval facility, off site, that was privately sponsored,” he explains.

For full article: http://www.onenewsnow.com/Legal/Default.aspx?id=656646

     Let the protesters yell and scream as school age children mark this special day of Thanksgiving. After all, our proud soldiers have defended our freedom of speech for more than 200 years.

    Today is a wonderful day, despite the tragedies unfolding around the world. Today, we take an extra special moment to give thanks for all the bounties of our lives, big and small, and appreciate the things most special to us.

    For me, I have been truly blessed with a wonderful wife, and together our lives have been truly blessed even more with wonderful children. Family is the foundation of the strength of our great Country, and I am ever thankful for the Family that surrounds us.

    I am thankful that we live in a country where we are free to challenge the decisions of our leaders, to question their judgment, to question their qualifications. I am thankful that we have a judicial system, though sometimes flawed, that is supposed to interpret our laws free from political interference.

    We should all be thankful for our Democracy and for the idealism of a free capitalistic society. We should all accept the challenges to ensure that our Democracy survives and that we refrain from a socialistic political agenda. We should be thankful that we are able to share our values, to discuss our differences, and to enjoy the basic freedoms of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

     For those who loudly disagree with the voice of the populous, be thankful you can disagree. Be thankful that you live in a country where despite your angst at certain laws, you are free to live your life without fear for your lives.

     We should be thankful to our President, who has kept a us free of another terrorist attack on our own soil since 9/11/01, and our President, who despite the criticism of the left, has shown the fortitude and wisdom in the strategy of the Iraq War, to the point that today, the Iraqi Parliament has approved the US-Iraq Pact that will define our withdrawal from Iraq by the end of 2011 in a clear manner. We should be thankful for Gen. Petraeus’ guidance in seeing the “surge” through to this ultimate goal.

      Despite economic woes, we should be thankful for what we do have, for the blessings before us, and for a better tomorrow!!

      From our home to yours, a very special Happy Thanksgiving, and a special prayer for all!!

     Thanksgiving Day— a day to give thanks for all the many blessings that God has given us!!

     So we can take the time to be thankful for Family: The children have made the trek home for the big Turkey Day! And because we are free to worship as we want, we thank God for all of our bountiful blessings.

     As a family bonding time, we took the time today to do as our President-elect says we conservatives like to do– hold tight to our Bible and to our guns!! Thus, after taking time to worship, we took the kids to the shooting range for target practice. For anyone doubting the news stories about the Obama effect on gun sales, we had the opportunity to see it first hand. The line at the gun counter looked as though they were in line for Holy Communion. In fact, some of them had been in line for Holy Communion at Mass!

      God bless the Freedom of Religion, the Freedom of Speech, and the RIGHT to bear Arms!!

     The 16th President of the United States governed this nation not with just the brilliance of his mind, but with the strength of his heart, and did so because the extreme stakes during his Presidency required that he draw on his faith in the decisions he faced. Today, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska has drawn criticism to some of her faith-oriented comments regarding the war on terrorism and the war in Iraq, where her son was deployed to just several days ago.

    The great orator that he was, Abraham Lincoln, in his second Inaugral Address, said:

“Neither [side] anticipated that the cause of the conflict [i.e., slavery] might cease with, or even before, the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces; but let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully.

The Almighty has His own purposes. ‘Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!’ If we shall suppose that American Slavery is one of those offences which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offence came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a Living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope –fervently do we pray — that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away.

“Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bondman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, ‘the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.’ ”

Lincoln, after the North lost a disastrous Battle of Bull Run, said:

The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God can not be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party — and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect His purpose.

I am almost ready to say this is probably true — that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet. By his mere quiet power, on the minds of the now contestants, He could have either saved or destroyed the Union without a human contest. Yet the contest began. And having begun He could give the final victory to either side any day. Yet the contest proceeds.”

“I have never studied the art of paying compliments to women; but I must say
that if all that has been said by orators and poets since the creation of the
world in praise of women were applied to the women of America, it would not
do them justice for their conduct during this war. I will close by saying, God
bless the women of America!”
Abraham Lincoln
Source: March 18, 1864 – Remarks at Closing of Sanitary Fair, Washington D.C.
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So, I ask, why is it so wrong to evoke one’s faith for the safety and protection of those who so boldly and so willingly take up the cause to protect the very freedoms we so dearly hold!!??