Archive for ‘protest’

June 9, 2008

what’s going on in our country?

I just read an article about some clarification on “Maryland Textbooks on Islamic Teachings Dumbed Down”

This really is firing me up.  Our country is fighting any type of Christianity viewpoints to show up in schools across the nation and take up a viewpoint that there is a God and that creation could possibly be an option other than a ‘big bang or evolution’ story, among others.  Yet, an entire state has decided that they need to teach their children in junior high and high school what a jihad is or isn’t?  That understanding of Islam needs to be taught in order to understand tolerance or acceptance of a group that has personally drug our flag on their streets and burned it for decades across countries all over the world.  That explosions to our embassy’s and tower’s of buildings have been demolished and exploded into by whom?  By some passive group of people that think it’s OK for these things to occur?  Islam itself has caused itself to be defamed across the world.  and were going to teach our kids that it’s OK and that jihad isn’t really a way of declaring war in Arabic, but more of a subtle viewpoint that a few radicals have decided to use?  How do you water that down???

I don’t get the logic or understanding behind this?  Why don’t we just get some more viewpoints on other religions as well since were at a good point in time to share about other religions?  Let’s get some Buddhism and Hinduism as well?  Why just Islam?  Political Correctness is out of control.  When PC begins to invade our schools rather than work places, there is a big problem starting to happen.  When schools start shoving this down our throats as a class that must be taken, there is a problem.  When a religious group is able to force the hand of law makers to add classes just for a special religious group, not as an elective, but as a must, we have a problem.

It seems that legislature has given into pro-Islamic groups in the area and declared for our children that this must be taught to them.  I don’t know about you, but If I was in Maryland and had children in public schools, I would pull them out and send them to a private school or home school them.  I would also start bombarding the legislature in Maryland with emails and letters with disdain over this unruly new position that has entered into our schools and our homes. 

Make your voice heard by contacting the Montgomery county, Maryland website here and make your voice heard and known by all that this is an injustice that should not be taught by our schools, period!

When Imams come forward across the world and start saying NO to jihad’s and other violence that continues to pervade the Islamic culture, then can we start saying that there might be hope.  We have yet to see this across our world.  But, the truth is, that the Koran is not a very peaceful book.  One half of it says to live a worthy life with all that is right and then there is a second half to the book that goes into infidel’s and how those who are unbelieving should not be allowed to live.  There is no other major religion in the world that promotes violence this way.  I know this because I have grown up in the culture and have lived a short life of believing in Islam.  There are also many more radical groups that get deeper into the religious cult of Islam.  There is additions to the Koran that exist, including one that believes in Ali, who is the husband of one of Muhammad’s daughters.  He was very extreme in his views on the world and has more explicit things to say about infidel’s and how they should be treated.  This is a very shortened version of the Koran, but is needed to be expressed this way due to the length of the current blog.

We have many countries that are all over the world that DON’T allow religious freedom.  These countries are oppressors of truth and dictate to their people what should be said and done and believe.  This is a travesty!  These countries include ally Saudi Arabia, where you can not visit as a tourist, but only by way of business reasons or religious reasons(of course that religion is Islam and no other).  There is Iran, who is a big oil producer in the world, and continues to proclaim condemnation upon the United States and Israel and I’m sure anyone else that gets in their way and disagrees with them.  We still have communist China that works on keeping a state controlled church, but disallows people to gather in a personal setting to speak on their views of Christianity.  Persecution is very evident across China as well, jail terms and death to those who break the law(religious aspects of it, not for people that commit murder or the like, but break the religious law).

There is a great website that speaks on persecution of the Church, stories of Martyrs of modern day and countries that are persecuting the church as a whole here.  There is also a great book by DC Talk that is called “Jesus Freaks” and I highly recommend getting a copy of it and reading these stories of people that have died for their faith in Jesus Christ and not because they blew themselves up with explosive devices, but because they believed in Jesus and were burned, murdered or a number of other ways that the oppressors felt they needed to kill them.

You alone have the power to make a change, DO IT!

 

February 5, 2008

protest follow-up

To begin, I would like to share this retort openly to all of you in response to a comment that was posted on my first protest that I blogged a couple weeks ago.  I had to respond to this persons comment, because it demanded one.  His original comment is below.  So here it is:

We can also quote people, which I’m about to do, to support each of our stances.  I will begin with John Adams. Who stated in 1765 that he considered America to be “the opening of a grand scene and design in Providence for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth” and in 1813, he wrote that the “general principles on which the Fathers achieved independence were…the general principles of Christianity”

George Washington said in his farewell address in 1796, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”

The words “under God” were from the Gettysburg address given by Abraham Lincoln in 1863.  The Knights of Columbus added it and the President of the United States “agreed” and enacted that it be added to the Pledge in June 14, 1954 “Flag Day” as it is known.  President Eisenhower also stated on that day and paraphrasing in his own words a sermon that he believed in, “These words [“under God”] will remind Americans that despite our great physical strength we must remain humble. They will help us to keep constantly in our minds and hearts the spiritual and moral principles which alone give dignity to man, and upon which our way of life is founded.”

In my humble opinion, the above names of our forefathers, are all pointing to the God of Christianity, being proof that each was a believer.  I think those are pretty powerful names of the original writers of all important documents written of the day.  I would also state that Jesus dealt with the same type of issues as we do here in America today.  In Jesus’ day, if you’re familiar with the 4 Gospels, Jesus had to overcome the Sadducee’s and Pharisees of His day.  The issue of ‘Legalism’ in regards to the  Old Testament Law, rather than the ‘Spirit’ of the Law.  An example of that was when there was a crippled man whom Jesus healed on the Sabbath.  According the the OT ‘Law’ there was to be no work done on that day.  But, Jesus, acting in the ‘Spirit’ of the Law realized that this man needed to be healed that day-immediately when he saw him-not wait another day because the ‘Law’ said so.  The Constitution, Bill of Rights, The Amendments, etc. are written as ‘Law’, but the Spirit of the ‘Law’ is different.  Our Forefathers were trying to give rights to all, without giving away our need to praise and worship Jesus.  They realized the intolerance and bigotry that drove them and the original settlers to the New World.  It wasn’t about not being a Christian country…it was about independence and freedom to worship God without fear of persecution or ridicule.

According to you, if we were to analyze the United States of America and listened to your thoughts and views on it, we would be considered the Cold War Soviet Republic of the 21st century, with no churches or mosques or temples to speak of.  This is not a clear view of today’s society in America at all.  Sure it[“the 10 Commandments”] has ‘some’ good things?  What about coveting your neighbor’s house?  What about adultery?  What about honoring your father and mother?  Are those not sound words for those without religion?  What’s wrong with respecting the first 3 commandments anyway?  Is it a bad thing? 

Thank God for what He has given to us and thank God that we do have the 1st Amendment to the Constitution that gives us the right to free speech, free to exercise religion.  What about flag burning, is that OK too?  We might as well act like those who hate our country and burn the flag as well?  Have you forgotten 9/11?  Have you been outside of the United States?  Not North or South of the border either, but really been around the world and seen poverty?  Where poverty in the US would be considered middle class compared to some places around the world.

Let’s thank God together that we have a Great country that was built in the Spirit of Christianity and protected those rights and the rights of those who don’t want to believe as well.  But, nonetheless, were Believers themselves!

 

Original comment:

First of all, this country is not Christan, it is not based on “Christan values” (which Christan values? They change from version (of Christianity) to version) From day 1 this was a secularist nation. There is no mention of God in the Constitution and the only mention in the Declaration of Independents is vague and better fits Deism than Christianity. And the Treaty of Tripoli which states “As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion” (Treaty of TripoliThe word “God” was not originally part of the pledge of allegiance, that was added in the 50s during the cold war.The 10 commandments are not “positive, good, moral and just plain right”, sure it has some good things like “don’t steal” “don’t kill” (or murder, depends on translation) and “don’t bare false witness” but those are not unique to Judaism and Christianity, there apart of all morel systems. The first 3 commandments are “Do not have any other gods besides me” “don’t make any graven image or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” and “don’t take the name of God on vain” Thats the first 3 commandments, not the no stealing, killing/murdering and lying commandments. Which is the opposite of the first amendment which guaranties us freedom of religion, speech and the press. Freedom of religion, the freedom to warship how we want, other gods or none at all. Freedom of speech, the freedom to take the name of God in vain and to make an a graven image of all that the 2nd commandment forbids.
January 22, 2008

protest

I want to officially protest here on my blog.  It seems there are many venues to do such a thing and I think this is the Best one that I can think of.  I’m also going to write this down in my “101 things to do before I die” check box under “Protest or Strike in the name of something you believe in”  🙂

What I’m concerned about is the direction of our country.  The very foundation and principles of our country were built on Judeo-Christian beliefs.   With that said, why is it that the 10 commandments are being removed from our courts around the nation.  Why is it that the word “God” is trying to be taken out of the Pledge of Allegiance.  The statistics of those who say they believe in “God” are astounding.  Some 85% of Americans say they are Christian.  So, if that stat is true, then why the big issues with the 10 Commandments and the Pledge of Allegiance? 

It seems that the ‘few’ are making it ever difficult for the masses.  I think this has always been the case in world history and I presume the same goes for modern day issues.  

There must be some humanity in the fact that the 10 Commandments are positive, good, moral and just plain right!  Our consciences say so!  Then why the removal of them from our courts?  If we as a people abide more in the 10 Commandments found in Exodus 20 and/or in Jesus’ words, “to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind and to love your neighbor as yourself”  Mark 12:30-31, wouldn’t we be a better nation for it?  Wouldn’t we see positivity and goodness and love expound?  I think so.

We, as Christians, need to speak up on all types of issues that plague our society.  We need to do it properly though and not in an unloving fashion.  Jesus flipped over a table in anger, but never sinned.  Can we make our voice heard and not sin?  Of course we can.  I’m doing it now.  Be vocal my fellow believers!  Share your heart and mind and pray for our great country, the United States of America.  Let’s stand united as one body and make our voice heard.  Let’s not allow the ‘few’ to ruin it for the masses. 

I remember when Congress, following the 9/11 attacks, stood together as one.  Democrat and Republican, Black and White, ALL with ONE voice in solidarity, singing the national anthem.  That’s the vision of who we are as a nation that I like to see, UNITED!