Category Archives: Politics

Guns: Quotes from the Framers (And One Other Guy)

Bear Arms

“Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”
– George Washington

“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
– George Mason

“The great object is that every man be armed.” and “Everyone who is able may have a gun.”
– Patrick Henry

“Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?”
– Patrick Henry

“The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
– Alexander Hamilton

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States”
– Noah Webster

“The supposed quietude of a good mans allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside…Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them…”
– Thomas Paine

“This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!”
– Adolph Hitler

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O-NO: Obama’s Crusade Against Christianity

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In the aftermath of the attack on the American embassy in Libya, in which three Americans and ambassador Chris Stevens were killed, I have found myself literally shaking with anger at the tepid response of our President, Barack Obama.

If you’re unfamiliar with the story, here is a quick summary:

  • An Israeli filmmaker living the United States made a film which ridicules the prophet Muhammad and depicts him in a severely unflattering light. The years since 9/11 have taught us that radical Muslims react violently to any depiction of Muhammad. The film posted trailers on YouTube, which quickly reached the Muslim world.
  • Islamic protestors stormed the U.S. embassy in Egypt, scaled its walls, tore down the American flag, and replaced it with an Islamic banner.
  • Protestors began firing guns outside the U.S. embassy in Libya, causing security forces to open fire, further inciting the crowd, which fired rocket-propelled grenades at the embassy.
  • Three Americans and U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens were killed, and their bodies were dragged into the streets (warning: graphic photo of Stevens).

What sort of a response would you expect from our administration? This is clearly a delicate situation, as both Egypt and Libyan have recently experienced political upheaval, but was this really the response we needed?

In his own statement, President Obama rejected the denigration of religious beliefs, but condemned the violent response.

“While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants,” Obama said.

Don’t preface your disapproval of the attacks with a slap on the wrist of the filmmakers! Show outrage over the violence! Express contempt for the mindless mobs who unleash extreme violence over the smallest of offenses! And even though Obama promised that “justice will be done,” I have no faith, based on his track record, that anything of consequence will be done.

Christianity has suffered persecution since its earliest days, and the overwhelming majority of its followers respond to that persecution peacefully, with dialogue and tolerance. You didn’t see Christians dragging Hollywood producers into the streets and killing them upon the release of Jesus Christ, Superstar.

Members of the media and the Democratic Party are already rebuking Mitt Romney for his “politicizing” the event, but Obama’s tone is not in sync with the American people at the present time.

America needs to wake up.

We cannot re-elect a President who:

These are but a few of the issues that should alarm every God-fearing American, but consider these words from our President:

“Even those who claim the Bible’s inerrancy make distinctions between Scriptural edicts, sensing that some passages — the Ten Commandments, say, or a belief in Christ’s divinity — are central to Christian faith, while others are more culturally specific and may be modified to accommodate modern life.”

Interpretation: the Bible does not apply to “modern life” if it is diametrically opposed to the liberal left’s secularist world view.

“Those opposed to abortion cannot simply invoke God’s will — they have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths.”

This quote shouldn’t be surprisingly from the most consistently pro-abortion Senator in U.S. history.

Concerning his stands on same-sex marriage:

“If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount.”

I fail to recall Jesus taking the time to throw his support behind Elton John and David Furnish whilst delivering the most famous sermon of all-time, but I digress.

“That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t. And I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”

Do these negative stereotypes include their consistent long history of violence towards people of other faiths?

From NBC Washington’s site:

Amidst all of the American flags and presidential seals, there was something missing whenPresident Barack Obama gave an economic speech at Georgetown University this week — Jesus.

The White House asked Georgetown to cover a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name in Gaston Hall, which Obama used for his speech,according to CNSNews.com.

The gold “IHS” monogram inscribed on a pediment in the hall was covered over by a piece of black-painted plywood, and remained covered over the next day, CNSNews.com reported.

This from the President who hosted an Iftar dinner at the White House, but refused to observe the National Day of Prayer except for a token letter.

President Obama has also consistently removed mention of “the Creator” from the Declaration of Independence.

“And it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations,” Obama said.

Obama’s famous statement concerning Tea Party followers has hardly disappeared from people’s memories.

More evidence of the Obama administration’s bias against religious institutions:

The federal government will no longer forgive student loans in exchange for public service if that service is related to religion, according to a new Education Department rule from the Obama administration.

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program announced the change Jan. 31 with little fanfare, while most of Washington was focused on the new ObamaCare rule requiring religious organizations to provide free birth control through health insurance.

What does this mean? Read on:

“Generally, the type or nature of employment with the organization does not matter for PSLF purposes,” reads the new language.

“However, if you work for a nonprofit organization, your employment will not qualify for PSLF if your job duties are related to religious instruction, worship services, or any form of proselytizing,” the announcement said. Also, the organization cannot be a labor union or a partisan political organization.

Support that had previously been provided for students who pursued a life of ministry was removed by the Obama administration.

Further evidence of Obama’s obsession with taking all reigns off of abortion:

President Barack Obama on Friday lifted restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, reversing a policy of his Republican predecessor George W. Bush, a spokesman said.

The Democratic president’s decision was a victory for advocates of abortion rights on an issue that in recent years has become a tit-for-tat policy change each time the White House shifts from one party to the other.

The lifting of these restrictions allows government funding for groups that have, in the past, performed and promoted abortions in foreign nations.

Pro-Life Groups Left Off Obama’s Health Care Summit List, Abortion Advocates OK:

President Barack Obama has apparently shut out pro-life groups from attending today’s health care summit to dialogue on how health care reform should be implemented. However, the White House had no problem inviting Planned Parenthood and other groups that support abortion.

The summit is an attempt by the Obama administration to focus on reducing and containing costs as well as expanding coverage and Obama sees it as a starting point for tackling the overhaul of health care.

With pro-life advocates worried about the attempt to expand abortion by either making taxpayers fund abortions in a national health care plan or requiring insurance companies to pay for them, pro-life groups have a key interest in the outcome of the debate.

However, Obama appeared to shut them out of the discussion.

Obama Administration defines pro-life advocates as “violent” and “racist”:

More details are emerging about a terrorism dictionary the administration of President Barack Obama put together in March. The newly-revealed document comes on the heels of a report the Department of Homeland Security sent out saying pro-life advocates were right-wing extremists.

The latest report to cause national outrage is a document known as the “Domestic Extremism Lexicon,” essentially a terrorism and political extremism dictionary for the Obama administration’s internal use.

The March 26, 2009 document features numerous definitions and the headline “antiabortion extremism,” appears on page two of the eleven-page manual.

The Obama administration calls pro-life advocates violent and claims they employ racist overtones in engaging in criminal actions.

The definition reads: “A movement of groups or individuals who are virulently antiabortion and advocate violence against providers of abortion-related services, their employees, and their facilities. Some cite various racist and anti-Semitic beliefs to justify their criminal activities.”

Despite an HHS study which demonstrated widespread support from both parents and students for programs which advocate abstinence, the Obama administration shut down government funding for 176 abstinence programs.

Why have I listed all these quotes and stories (which are only a fraction of what I’ve found)? As a minister, should I take a stand that does not isolate those who differ with me politically? Should I keep my political stance private?

As a student pastor, I personally believe it is my responsibility to strongly, peacefully, firmly state that Barack Obama is actively seeking to diminish Christianity’s influence on our nation. This is not an irresponsible or reckless statement — his record and his words speak for themselves. My students need to know that despite MTV’s support of Obama, following the cool crowd isn’t always the route a Christian needs to take.

To clarify: my opposition is not exclusive to Obama, or even the Democratic Party, but to all those who seek to push secular humanism on the American people, and have enacted a plan to carry out their will.

I was once accused of being a single-issue voter by an acquaintance with whom I disagreed strongly on abortion. While I would contend that I am not a single-issue voter, it is true that no other single issue better embodies the disparity between the values of the Democratic and Republican parties. The widespread acceptance of abortion is indicative of the moral decay that has overcome our country’s traditional, Judeo-Christian values.

Is Mitt Romney a perfect alternative? Absolutely not.

But we don’t have the option of electing a perfect candidate. We have been given a nominee with a proven financial record who has espoused traditional values, is opposed to abortion, would support Israel, and would not seek to diminish the Christian heritage of our nation.

All this being said, the answer to a turnaround of the heart of America lies not within its politicians, its lobbyists, or even the media. The answer lies within revival — a nation-wide time of repentance, reflection, and rededication towards the God from whom our blessings come.

2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Obama is not the source of our problems. The source of our problems is the heart of our nation. Don’t be distracted by the things of this world or the teaching of those whose hearts are opposed to God. Turn your heart towards Him, and pray that our land is not too far gone.

SIDE NOTE: I have a number of personal friends who have either had an abortion, and I do not condemn them. Some regret their actions, and some do not. Regardless of their current perspective, I want them to know that even though we disagree strongly on this issue, they are still my friends.

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Bin Laden’s Son: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T!”

No, this isn't Sayid from Lost: it's Omar bin Laden

From Yahoo’s article: Son says bin Laden sea burial demeans family

A statement purporting to come from a son of Osama bin Laden denounced the al Qaeda leader’s killing as “criminal” and said his burial at sea had humiliated the family, an online monitoring service said.

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The letter said, in part: “We hold the American President (Barack) Obama legally responsible to clarify the fate of our father, Osama bin Laden, for it is unacceptable, humanely and religiously, to dispose of a person with such importance and status among his people, by throwing his body into the sea in that way, which demeans and humiliates his family and his supporters and which challenges religious provisions and feelings of hundreds of millions of Muslims.”

Omar, I’d hate to break this to you, but we don’t care about your father’s burial rights. Your father was a mass murderer who funded and oversaw attacks that killed thousands and affected millions more.

Your father has earned his place in history with Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin. He spread hate and viciousness while perpetrating unspeakable acts across the globe, often against innocents. He will be recorded as one of the most evil individuals to walk the face of the earth.

We’re supposed to care about the feelings of his followers? We’re supposed to worry about challenging a religious sect that clearly has violence on its mind every hour of every day? We’re supposed to be concerned about giving an honorable burial to a man whose preferred burial method for others was underneath tons of twisted steel and rubble?

Omar, we…do…not…care.

Now get back to figuring out the secrets of the island with Jack, Kate, Sawyer, and Hurley.

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Upset Stomach or Terrorism? You Decide.

From the Yahoo News article: No bail for man who tried to access plane cockpit.

A federal judge has denied bail for a Yemen native accused of trying to barge into the cockpit of a San Francisco-bound American Airlines flight.

Prosecutors argued in court Tuesday that Rageh Al-Murisi shouldn’t get bail because he’s a danger to society.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Elise Becker says Al-Murisi yelled “God is great” in Arabic before pushing toward the cockpit. She notes the same phrase was uttered by the hijackers of Flight 93 as they took over the plane that eventually went down in Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2001.

Sounds like a clear-cut case of a loose cannon extremist attempting to bring a plane down without much of a plan, right?

Well, not according to his family…

The Yemeni man who was wrestled to the floor after pounding on the cockpit door of a plane approaching San Francisco may have mistaken it for the bathroom.

Rageit Almurisi cannot speak English very well and could have misunderstood the signs inside the jet, his cousin claimed.

The maths teacher, who was heard yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he allegedly battered the door, had also only been on three planes in his life and would have been unfamiliar with the layout.

This definitely means that every time I visit the loo from this day forward, I’m going to yell out “Allahu Ackbar!”

His family also claimed that Almurisi, 28, suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and could also have reacted badly when an air stewardess told him to sit down.

His painful joint condition meant he had to take regular walks on flights, they claimed. ‘I would not be having that,’ his cousin Rageh Almoraissi said.

‘If a flight attendant has the nerve to grab me and try to force me to my seat, believe me, you would hear about other people having injuries.’

So if you have a headache that sends you into a frenzy, the natural thing to do when a flight attendant tries to calm you down is rush the cockpit and yell out the same thing as the 9/11 hijackers? Fantastic idea.

Also, I’m checking out the other passengers on every flight I take. If Rageh Almoraissi is on board, then I will not be.

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Bye-Bye, bin Laden

Osama bin Laden Waving Bye

I’ve decided to post a quick thoughts on what is, thus far, the topic of the year.

  1. Osama bin Laden is dead, and everyone is understandably in celebration mode. I am too. I would have personally preferred that he be taken alive to stand trial in the United States, but I’ll take this result over his escape 100% of the time. Untold thousands of family members of those lost on September 11, 2001 are resting easier today.
  2. President Obama was incredibly gracious in calling President Bush before addressing the media. He understood that it was President Bush’s mission for 7 years, and he deserved the courtesy of hearing that bin Laden had been eliminated from the sitting commander-in-chief. Classy move, Mr. President.
  3. I did not personally vote for President Obama (though I wasn’t happy with his contender, either), but our president does deserve a good amount of credit for being briefed repeatedly on the details of the mission, and giving the ultimate authorization to carry it out. It was accompanied by some serious risks, and he showed dedication to the fight against terrorism in his approval. If you don’t believe it, read this 3-page Politico article in its entirety. Are we really so concerned with political advantage that we would prefer to let the figurehead of Jihad go untouched than for a member of an opposing political party to receive a bit of credit?
  4. Navy SEALs are awesome. Our military is filled with people of incredible skill, character, and determination, and this mission reminded us of such. No Americans were lost in the raid, despite losing a chopper. I’ve read several books on America’s elite special forces units, and this only serves to heighten my admiration for them. Good job, boys! We’re proud of you all.
  5. The fight against radical Islamic Jihad will continue. bin Laden was indeed an important figure among them, but there are literally hundreds of thousands, if not millions, more willing to fight against Western civilization in the name of Islam. A reminder of their twisted worldview actually took place during their raid: one woman was killed because she was being used as a human shield by one of the men surrounding bin Laden. There’s still a long battle ahead of us — I just hope we’re willing to finish it.

God bless our troops. God bless our president(s). God bless America.

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For Better Conversation, Shut Everyone Up(?!)

Senator Jay Rockefeller wants FOX News and MSNBC off the air (to watch the video, click here).

“There’s a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: ‘Out. Off. End. Goodbye.’ It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly, in their future.”

First of all, Senator Rockefeller, if you have a bug inside of you, I’d recommend a visit to the ER. Crickets are cute, but not while occupying your appendix.

Secondly, the best way to encourage political discourse is to silence FOX News and MSNBC? I was always under the impression that shutting up groups of people was a way to END discourse. Additionally, where is CNN in this conversation? Does Senator Rockefeller consider CNN to be the bastion of unbiased opinions?

The real problem isn’t that there is a lack of solid political discourse. The problem is the Left’s unadulterated hatred for FOX News and any other media outlet that challenges the liberal media near-monopoly. FOX News easily beats out CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC combined on a nightly basis. Sen. Rockefeller doesn’t want to encourage political discourse — he wants to end it.

Liberals are generally strong advocate of free speech…for fellow liberals. When conservatives get the mic, they call for the mute button.

*slow clap*

Excellent point, Sen. Rockefeller. Excellent.

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A Question

Stephen Colbert, a satirist on Comedy Central, testified before Congress yesterday.

In character.

Taking his blowhard comedy act to Congress, Stephen Colbert told lawmakers that a day picking beans alongside illegal immigrants convinced him that farm work is “really, really hard.”

“It turns out — and I did not know this — most soil is at ground level,” Colbert testified Friday. Also, “It was hotter than I like to be.”

Still, Colbert expressed befuddlement that more Americans aren’t clamoring to “begin an exciting career” in the fields and instead are leaving the low-paid work to illegal immigrants.

Staying in character as a Comedy Central news commentator, Colbert offered a House hearing his “vast” knowledge, drawn from spending a single day on a New York farm as a guest of the United Farm Workers.

Apparently, an entertainer appearing in character before Congress isn’t without precedent:

There was some grumbling from some lawmakers about Colbert testifying in character — an unusual approach although not unprecedented. After all, lawmakers once heard testimony from the “Sesame Street” puppet Elmo.

I’m curious as to how that testimony would have gone if Elmo hadn’t appeared in character. Would he appear as just a hand?

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The 50-Member Church and the Media Storm

If you’ve clicked onto a news web-site or watched FOX News/CNN/MSNBC the past several days, I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about the Florida pastor who has organized a mass burning of the Quran at his church.

“We must send a clear message to the radical element of Islam. We will no longer be controlled and dominated by their fears and threats.”

…by turning us into them? This makes Christians look a whole lot like these people:

It also ignores a pretty clear message from Jesus Himself:

Matthew 5:43-44 (NKJV) – “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,

And from the Apostle Peter:

1 Peter 3:9 (NLT) – Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.

If this pastor truly wanted to act scripturally, then perhaps he’d be better off organizing a prayer meeting on September 11 instead of a Quran-burning festival and pecan pie sale. Pray for Muslims around the world. Pray for a revival among them. Don’t incite them. Realize that as a Christian, what you do will be interpreted by many people as being reflective of the American Church as a whole.

I for one would like to make a point to distance myself from this pastor and his church.

And yeah, I’ll be praying for them too.

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