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My Birthday Wish

As anyone who reads my blog will know I am a big supporter of marriage equality. I normally do not do the “Cause Wishes” that get sent out around my birthday but with the ballot issue coming up in Maine this November and all the other states dealing with the issue I figured this would be a good time. So, the link below is to my wish, donate if you can, share either way. It would be nice to raise some money for this very important issue.

 

My Birthday Wish

 

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Proof That Seperation of Church and State is Important (or why religious wing-nuts need to go away)

English: 42 as an Interleaved 2 of 5 barcode

English: 42 as an Interleaved 2 of 5 barcode (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apparently David Barton is under the impression that HIS Bible is the ultimate answer in the universe, at least that is what he is putting forth in this article.  Where does the church find these people?  Do they actually search around for the people that drool the most and then recruit them for their seminary schools?  Or perhaps they check the drag marks on their knuckles…

This statement by Barton is huge because by his own terms things such as women’s rights, anti-discrimination laws, abolishing slavery…  those are all wrong and against the Bible and should still be legal.  There is a lot more in the Bible that is simply not applicable to our modern society that according to his statement should still be practiced and yet I have never seen a Christian live up to all the rules and guidelines as put forth in the Bible.

The church is overstepping their boundaries by a fair magnitude lately and I cannot help but wonder why it is being allowed to happen.  Is the government merely to scared to stand up to the church?  Granted, we have extremists like WBC and David Barton, but even the Vatican is attempting to influence policy in America.  You would think of any other organization in the world, the Vatican would understand the toxic nature of mixing government and religion together as is clearly seen throughout history.

The church has no place dictating policy to the US Government, none whatsoever.  By all means, setup rules and guidelines for your cultists parishioners, but stay the hell out of our government.  This cannot be stated enough times, this country was not founded on Christian beliefs, God was purposely left out of the Constitution, it was not a mistake.  The only thing you will achieve by attempting to force your religious views into the Government of this country is angry people striking back against you, and eventually you will lose all those wonderful benefits that come from operating a church.

Everyone has their own belief system and I am not knocking them down, however, when you try to influence how I will live my life based on your ideals it pisses me off.  Keep it up long enough and one day you will find some vocal group attempting to outlaw some activity you participate in and you will find yourself in the fight of your life to maintain your basic rights just like the rest of us are now against all you Bible thumping wackos.

 

P.S.  I am not sure why WordPress presented me with images related to Hitchhiker’s Guide for suggestions on this blog, but I could not pass up the chance of putting the ’42’ bar code up.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Bigotry, discrimination, Laws, Random, Religion

 

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Let’s Talk About The Constitution

So, how many of you have actively read the United States Constitution?  I would imagine not many really, it is after all a very dense document and open to many different interpretations.  While I am not going to evaluate the entire document, there are some key points that I do want to address.  I suppose the best place to start is with religion and what the Constitution says about it.  Would you be surprised by the fact that the base text, this does not include Amendments, have very little mention of religion.  In fact the only direct mention to religion is in Article VI section 3: “but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”  That’s it, really go look it up that is all that is there.

Now, some may argue with me about Article VII where it states “the year of our Lord.”  Well, let’s put that to rest rather quickly, that has no overt religious bearing at all.  In fact it was the common way of referencing the year, much in the same way you will see A.D. on the year now.  Which incidentally A.D., or Anno Domini, means “the year of our Lord.”  In the 1700s this was the way of formally dating important documents, nothing more.

It would behoove anyone that chooses to argue about the Constitution to really study it.  The bits and pieces that we hear in various arguments are taken out of context and one really needs to study the text to understand for themselves what the intentions of the drafters were.

The Amendment system is simply atrocious.  Although we have only ever overturned one amendment in the history of our Constitution there are many that should never have had to be amendments, if not for the conflicting values of society at the time; such as the abolition of slavery, civil rights and women’s suffrage.  It is easy to see why it will take a Constitutional amendment to make marriage equality a fact in this nation as every individual is trying to impose their own value system on everyone else, and that is not how this country was designed to be.

The purpose of our Constitution was to establish the role of the federal government as well as the rights and responsibilities of the people.  It has since become a crutch that people use willy-nilly to support any action they deem worthy.  Not every issue needs to be a Constitutional issue; most can be resolved by applying simple common sense.  Unfortunately in this country common sense is quite the rare drop and until such time that people can think clearly without imposing their own values we will never live up to the dream imagined by the drafters of the Constitution.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2012 in free thought, Laws, Religion

 

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