Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Dances With Fat

ShamelessReader Kathryn sent me an article called, and I am not kidding,  “Tell Loved Ones They are Overweight This Christmas”. Should my loved ones take this advice the follow up article will be “I Told my Loved one She Is Overweight and She Told Me to Sit Down, Shut Up and Mind My Own Damn Business.”

The article says that in a poll of more than 2,000 people, 42% of 18 to 24-year-olds would not tell a loved one they should lose weight because of a fear they would hurt the other person’s feelings.

According to the article, this suggests that ” too many people shy away from the issue”.  According to me this proves that 42% of 18-24 year olds have common decency and/or realize that it is impossible for a fat person in our culture to not know that society has a negative opinion about our size.  Stated…

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The “War” on Christianity

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Yeah, there are people in America who think that Christianity is in danger. I am not one of these people. I admit In some places it is dangorous to be Christian, America is not one of those places. Here are some of the expertiences that led to me saying this.

I’m walking through Wal-mart during school shopping season and  I’m looking around at the notebooks and I realize two things. One, They’re over priced and two, half of then are proclaiming loyalty to Jesus or quoting from the bible.  Crosses and fish everywhere, on school supplies no less!  No Islamic, Jewish, Hindu, Wicca, Sikh, Asatru, or other religious views anywhere.  Another day at Big Lots! in the home decor there were crosses and Bible verses for  walls, on figurines.  In the book section, Bibles and Christian inspiration.  Same with almost every other store I have ever been in.

Riding down the road now and there are churches everywhere.  For a religion under attack these churches are surprisingly unmolested, yes, sometimes vandals strike, usually in an effort to make money.  The Churches that have been bombed or shot up in America are not attacked for being Christian, having black people in it or maybe an ex girlfriend is getting married.

Then there is the Constitution, the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The excuses the people use for the “War on Christendom” are prayer in schools, in god we trust, under god, Christmas, media, etc.  (My dad’s was watching Bill O’Reilly  whining about a Holiday tree)  I will start with prayer in school.

A bunch of people seem to think that prayer is not allowed in school, they say God has been kicked out schools.  The Christian God to be exact, The Lords Prayer was said or Bible reading in public school led by a teacher at taxpeyer’s expense .  This became illegal in 1962/3 with the Engel vs Vitale and Abington School District v. Schempp, making state sponsored prayer and Bible readers illegal instead of just unconstitutional. 

This may be a surprise to people but YOU CAN STILL PRAY IN SCHOOL, you can pray were ever  you want.  It can’t be lead by the teacher, any other government, or interfere in classes.  Students can still pray, teachers can still pray, janitors can still pray, lunch ladies can still pray, no one is going alienate them with.  Nobody even has to know they’re doing it.  Not allowing people to pray would be unconstitutional.  Making people pray on taxpayers dime, unconstitutional.

Atheists and others want “In God We Trust” off American  money and this is considered an attack on religion.  It’s not, money is a Federal thing, government.  I know that the “God” we’re supposed to trust is the Christian God, It was the Christian God those letters beseeching the treasury to add it to the money.  This influenced coins to be printed in 1864 with “In God We Trust.” and later paper money in 1957.  Despite the Constitution the quote was made into a mandatory part of money in 1957-66 by Eisenhower as an in your face to Communism which was seen as godless and therefore inferior.  I agree with the people who want to remove “In God We Trust” as it’s unconstitutional and I like America’s official motto better, E pluribus unum, out of many, one.  That way it applies to all Americans and it is not unconstitutional.

Now we have the Pledge of Allegiance, more specifically the “Under god” part.  Many people, including most of my family believe it’s a horrible idea.  I’m sure you know I don’t agree with this.  When I was in school I felt it was a waste of time, still do.  It wreaks of indoctrination in fact that’s part of what the writer intended.  The Pledge was written by Francis Bellamy, a socialist, baptist minister who wrote it to sell flags to schools.  The “Under God” part was added in 1954 by Eisenhower(again) as propaganda.  The Pledge was first said in public schools 1892 for Columbus Day (no idea why that’s a holiday)as ordered by the president at the time.

Another so called attack on Christianity is the “War” on Christmas because people speak out against religious symbols on public/government property.  They don’t have anything against Christmas decorations but Christmas is a Christian holiday(celebrating the birth of Jesus).  This makes it a religious holiday and that makes it against The Constitution to put religious decorations on the Government owned property.  So basically, the people “attacking” Christmas are trying to defend the Constitution because religious Christmas  decorations on government property would be the government promoting a religion. No matter what that religion is, usually Christianity.

Now the media is considered the biggest bad guy in the “War’ on Christianity.  The people whining think that it’s considered un-PC to be a Christian.  By who?  Christianity is shown every were on tv, in movies, in books, and so on.  Media shows people praying, wearing crosses, crossing themselves, crucifix on the walls, a lot of story lines in movies are based on the war between heaven and hell from a Christian point of view.  An example would be The Exorcist moviesl, and some others, I haven’t watched many new movies. 

 

Sources:

http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=us&vol=374&invol=203

http://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_Am1.html

http://www.treasury.gov/about/education/Pages/in-god-we-trust.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bellamy

http://www.wvsd.uscourts.gov/outreach/Pledge.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance