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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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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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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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World Cup 2010: Now What?

Just like that, the United States national soccer team is out of the World Cup.

I’m incredibly disappointed that we didn’t capitalize on a favorable draw (England, Slovenia, and Algeria), nor a quite realistic route to the semi-finals (Ghana -> Uruguay/South Korea). So what now? Who should we cheer? Who should we jeer?

Far be it from me to tell you who to pull for or against, but most Americans could use a little help, so here it goes.

– FOR –

Spain – They play beautiful attacking soccer. They haven’t quite lived up to their full potential in the group stage, but it would be great for soccer viewers everywhere if Spain stays around. It would be nice to see them win their first World Cup after decades of underachieving. [On a selfish note, Cesc Fabregas plays for them]

The Netherlands – While they don’t quite live up to the Total Football of the nation’s glory days, the Oranje are dedicated to attacking soccer. Add a match-ready Arjen Robben, and the Dutch are ready to dazzle. They, like Spain, have yet to win a World Cup, and it would make for a good World Cup to see them in the final. Also, their language is hilariously entertaining to hear.

Japan – Why pull for Japan? First, they’re major underdogs. Secondly…Nintendo, Honda, hibachi, Sony: need I say more? We’ll forgive them for anime, by the way. Japan have little to lose, and there’s something mesmerizing about watching image-conscious Japanese soccer players fight their way to victory.

Brazil – Everyone knows that Brazil rules international soccer. Names like Pelé, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, and Kaká have been synonymous with excitement. While their manager, Dunga, has emphasized a less-aggressive (and maybe less-Brazilian) style, Brazil are still always a great draw for soccer fans. It benefits the tournament to see them go far, though perhaps not as much to win it, as they have already won five times.

– AGAINST –

Mexico – They dive, they cry, and they complain their way to victory. Welcome to Mexican soccer, where eleven prima donnas prance around the pitch until someone gets within a few feet of them. Then they fall, grab a random appendage, and scream in agony until a referee pulls out a yellow card to administer to a helpless opponent. They’re the U.S. team’s biggest rivals, and they’ve found their way into good form. If you root for anything, root for them to return to reality and lose. [Note: I actually don’t have anything bad to say about their young striker, Chicharito.]

[EDIT – I’m not feeling as harsh against Mexico today. I’m actually pulling for a great game for them against Argentina – 1:34 PM 06/27/2010]

Portugal – The world’s most hated player also happens to be one of the best, but Cristiano Ronaldo alone is reason to hope for Portugal’s exit. Known as one of the world’s most prominent divers (video proof – fast forward to the replay), Ronaldo leads a team full of jock brats that are very difficult to like, even though their brand of soccer is certainly fast-paced and attack-driven. [more Ronaldo divingand more …and more!]

Uruguay – More brats. More diving. And they have Luis Suárez. You get the point.

Ghana – They’re the only African team to make it to the round of 16, and it’s hard to root against Africans from any nation (other than Egypt, Libya, etc.). Those guys are so good-natured. However, they eliminated the U.S. for the second Cup in a row, and for this they deserve to perish.

– UNSURE –

Germany – The Germans showed a brilliant attacking mentality in the 2006 World Cup, but c’mon…they’re German. Germans are boring. Germans are a bit too organized and bland. Right? Or am I? We’ll see.

Argentina – It’s difficult for me to not hate Argentina. They dive. They whine. They actually like Maradona. But Argentina has the world’s best player, Messi, and every tournament needs its superstar. He’s brilliant on the pitch, but off the pitch is quiet, humble, and dignified. He’s the anti-Maradona! I don’t know about these guys…

England – I have always pulled for the U.S. first and England second, but the entire country is getting on my nerves. Their last World Cup win was in 1966 (at home), and ever since that time, the media and fans have put an ever-escalating pressure on their national team. The sad fact is that England is a bit overrated, but the media and fans expect them to deliver, OR ELSE! I have nothing against the English team, but plenty against the supposed fans who booed them off the pitch in their group match against Algeria. Settle down, England. Settle down.

– APATHETIC –

Chile, Paraguay, and Slovakia – I literally have nothing of value to say. They’ll be gone soon, and we probably won’t remember them at all, unless one of the players decides that they’re already losing and might as well live out Ray Steven’s song “The Streak” on the biggest stage of all.

Don’t stop caring, America! There’s still a lot more soccer to enjoy.

Round of 16 recommendations:

Germany/England, Sunday, June 27 – 9:00 AM CST
Mexico/Argentina – Sunday, June 27 – 1:30 PM CST
Netherlands/Slovakia – Monday, June 28 – 9:00 AM CST
Spain/Portugal – Tuesday, June 29 – 1:30 PM CST

[Note: all of these games are available for replay online on ESPN3, with many of the games featured live ]

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