Archive for January 22nd, 2009

January 22, 2009

First Amendment?

This story below really brings up questions on how much we should be concerned about the ‘GREY’ areas that are in the First Amendment, I believe.  Here’s the article:

WASHINGTON —  The government lost its final attempt Wednesday to revive a federal law intended to protect children from sexual material and other objectionable content on the Internet.

The Supreme Court said it won’t consider reviving the Child Online Protection Act, which lower federal courts struck down as unconstitutional.

The law has been embroiled in court challenges since it passed in 1998 and never took effect. It would have barred Web sites from making harmful content available to minors over the Internet.

A federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled that would violate the First Amendment, because filtering technologiesand other parental control tools are a less restrictive way to protect children from inappropriate content online.

The act was passed the year after the Supreme Court ruled that another law intended to protect children from explicit material online — the Communications Decency Act — was unconstitutional.

The Bush administration had pressed the justices to take the case. They offered no comment on their decision to reject the government’s appeal.

Five justices who ruled against the Internet blocking law in 2004 remain on the court.  The case is Mukasey v. ACLU. 08-565.  http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,481131,00.html

What are your thoughts on this?  Does this not appall you?  It does me.  I know we must and should protect our rights to freedom of speech, but sometimes, like in this case, it really doesn’t help or work for the good of all.  What are we saying to our youth and the next generation of youth growing up?  We must protect those little ears and eyes.  If we don’t…who will?  Where is the state of the USA going to be in 20-30 years from now?  A better place or not?

January 22, 2009

is it good to give?

Scripture says this among many other verses in the Bible, “He who gives to the poor will lack nothing,
       but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.
”  Proverbs 28:27

For me, this verse tells me how important it is to give and give back, not just out of your wealth, but from your heart and from your hands.

In another verse just before this one scripture states this, ” A stingy man is eager to get rich
       and is unaware that poverty awaits him
.”  Proverbs 28:22

WOW!!  What knowledge, and wisdom that come from our Powerful(Omnipotent), all knowing(Omniscient) Father!!

I know that writing checks are easy and important, but let’s also give with our time and energy. 

Of course and more importantly is this, to heed our Father’s warning’s is very important and as I read this, I realize how important it is to give as He tells us to. 

Closed fists can’t give anything.  Open hands give all!!!