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My Birthday Wish

Posted by Jimi Cutting on June 22, 2012

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

Posted in birthday, Equality, LGBT, Maine, Marriage Equality, Personal | Tagged: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

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

Posted by Jimi Cutting on May 25, 2012

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.

Posted in Bigotry, discrimination, Laws, Random, Religion | Tagged: , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Let’s Talk About The Constitution

Posted by Jimi Cutting on March 13, 2012

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.

Posted in free thought, Laws, Religion | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Why It Should In Fact Be Called President’s Day

Posted by Jimi Cutting on February 20, 2012

I know that as far as the law is concerned the holiday is “Washington’s Birthday”, however that does not mean that it is a “right” concept.  Every person that has served as President should receive recognition for the duties they performed for this nation during their term(s).  As a practical matter it is really not feasible to have each President have their own day so it only seems logical that there should be a unified “President’s Day” in this nation.

By now you are probably talking to you monitor and listing various Presidents that should not receive recognition, well guess what, you are wrong.  Whatever your own thoughts and beliefs, the presidency goes beyond the man in the office, it is the symbol of this nation, the leader.  Even more than this nation being judged by our President we are judged by other nations by the way our people treat and react to the current, and past, Presidents.

I do not have some liberal agenda on this issue, all I am advocating is a fair recognition of all the people that have given their time to serve as President of this nation.  Granted, Washington is considered the father of this country, however it can easily be argued that there were Presidents who had more of an influence of the progression of this nation than him.

Is this revisionism in my eyes?  Maybe, or maybe I believe in my nation and those people that have served this country, be they elected officials or members of the military.  All of these people deserve our support and recognition of their service.  So please folks, let’s be reasonable here and stop taking a chance to correct someone over something so trivial.

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Patriotism Is Not A Disease

Posted by Jimi Cutting on February 11, 2012

I am very proud to be an American and I am not afraid to state that.  However, that being said, that does not mean that I fully subjugate myself fully to my government.  in fact, I disagree with the actions of my government quite a bit, but, that is what makes this nation great–we are allowed to do that without penalty!

This is not a concept that just applies to America either, people honestly do care about their nation and culture no matter where they live and completely independent of whatever government is currently ruling over them.  It is not for the USA to dictate to other nations what their beliefs should be, we should be willing to accept the fact that other nations have rich histories and cultures of their own.  The issue of ruling governments is something different entirely.

At this point I need to interject with some simple definitions.  To clarify on my word choices it is important to note any references to country are meant in a geographical sense while references to nation reference to a large body of people within a country.

There is somewhere in the neighborhood of 196 countries in this world, that is a huge number when you consider the fact that there tends to be many nations, or societies/cultures if you prefer, within one country.  We are not at the point as a species of having a collective belief system, this is something I have addressed before and most likely will again, and it is unfair for anyone, person, nation or *cough* religious institution, to attempt to force their belief system on another.  You would not go into someone’s home and tell them how to rearrange their furniture would you?  It is important to respect the belief systems of other nations, especially when you are a tourist.  People will most likely spot you as a tourist and have their own preconceived perceptions, however, if you act in a polite manner (as if you were in someone’s home, which you are) then chances are you will be treated politely yourself.

I have grown very tired of Americans disrespecting their own nation, it is uncalled for.  While you may disagree with the current powers in government, they are not a true reflection of this nation, yes they are the “representatives” however this nation is to culturally vast for that few people to be a reflection.  It would behoove you to realize as well that only a small number of the government people in Washington D.C. are elected, a fair amount of them are appointed for one reason or another.  The concept of a career politician was not something that the Founding Fathers intended, this nation was founded on the principal of being citizen led, with elected officials serving the needs of those citizens.  Speaking of the Founding Fathers, this is a great chance for a segue into the topic of The Constitution.  I want to start this part with a quotation from Thomas Jefferson:

I am certainly not an advocate for for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them, and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.

Thomas Jefferson was fully for the idea of a “Living Constitution”, a constitution that could be revisited and revised on a regular basis to reflect the changes in society and technology.  Instead, what we have now is akin to a religious movement for a document that is over 200 years old and was written in a different time with a very different culture.  The original intention of our Constitution was to create a government that was more centered around the people than the British rule we had lived under.  Which, that was fine and good for that day and age, but as many events have shown it no longer applies to the here and now.  The Founding Fathers never envisioned the Internet, women’s rights, freedom of the slaves or open acceptance of homosexuality.  While yes, we have an amendment system for our Constitution it is not enough, not by far.  The core of the Constitution needs to be revisited and edited to reflect the age we currently find ourselves in.

To close this off, I want to touch once again on religion.  While I agree with the concept that everyone is entitled to their own belief system, religion should never be a part of any government, they two are not compatible.  The purpose of government is supposed to be to insure the welfare of the govern, also know as the citizens.  Religion seeks to control the masses with the “elect few”, the priest caste.  Religious doctrine is government does not allow for a free and healthy society, if one reflects on historical wars you will see that more than any other cause they have been started for religious reasons…  Just take all of the Crusades as a fine example.  Religious reasoning has been used far to often to oppress people and to deny them of their basic rights:  Women, minorities, & LGBT to name but a few.  Religion is fine in the home, the church and gatherings of like minded people, but please, leave it out of the schools, my government and off my front porch!

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