We, especially we here in Washington State, seem to be under a barrage of new laws lately that define the kind of people we will become. At this crossroads, will we remain a nation held to the high moral standards set by our founders or will we pass unjust laws that serve the desires of man?
Fifty or so years ago Martin Luther King wrote from a jail cell during another crossroads period of time in our nation. I remembered that he talked about the difference between just and unjust laws so I reread his Letter from Birmingham Jail this morning.
“How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.”
Martin Luther King, Jr
I would take this one step further and say that to have a nation of “just” laws, we must elect “just” leaders
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
Over on Facebook, KGMI was refferring to an appearance by Christine O’Donnell on CNN last night. By all accounts I’ve read of Christine O’Donnell, she would make a great senator for her state, so I’m a little sorry I’m posting this. Only a little. Not enough to stop me. So every time I hear any part of the “witch” media frenzy that surrounds her, the Holy Grail witch scene plays a rerun in my head. It’s great fun!
I know that I live a little too close to Bellingham to poke fun pagans/wiccan. After all Bellingham has a rather large and popular house of worship that openly accepts, Christian, Jew, agnostics, atheists, humanists and yes, even pagans/wiccan. So I should be reverent, tolerant and not poke fun, but I probably will anyway.
It’s obvious that the crowd of idiots represent the left leaning Democrat’s, so does that make the knight, Bill Maher? Or is he one of the three head idiots?
No matter how stupid, insensitive, or self-serving we might think it is, the New Yorkers who wish to build a mosque near ground zero do have a right to build it. As I’ve said in a previous post and comment, I don’t think anyone is questioning that right although I read a lot of partisan comments saying that conservatives are trying to deny this right which they of course are not.
More recently there is a pastor in the Southeast who is making the news because he has said he was going to burn a Koran on the anniversary of 9/11. And just like the mosque, no matter how stupid, insensitive, or self-serving we think it is, the pastor who wishes to burn a Koran on the anniversary of 9/11 has every right to burn it.
In both cases, the people of our predominantly Christian believing nation affirm the rights of each party to build where they choose and burn what they choose. Our personal feelings don’t trump their rights no matter how wrong we feel it is. What a great, peaceful and tolerant nation we live in.
Yet, from around the world, the collective voice from predominantly Islamic believing nations has warned that if we let the pastor light up his Koran, there will be violence. And if we stop the mosque from being built near ground zero, there will also be violence. In our nation people have the right to freely speak and freely practice their religion, but they don’t have a right to threaten violence and harm upon others. We need to remember this as we are being cajoled into accepting Islam as if it were just another denomination to choose from; it’s not. To a Christian someone burning a bible will most likely elicit a prayer for the soul of the arsonist, whereas it seems that for a good percentage of Muslims around the world, burning a Koran will elicit a prayer for the arsonist’s death. Why is it again that Islam is referred to as the religion of peace?
It’s time to keep our mouth open on these issues before violence in the name of Islam becomes a problem within our nation. Our 1st Amendment keeps our federal government from valuing one religion over another, but we as citizens have every right to our personal views and our opinion. We have a right to speak out.
I’ve been enjoying an abundance of play and enduring an abundance of work this summer and so have not had much time for blogging. The proposed ground zero mosque though has been the subject of much reading on my part lately. I even started to write a post, but then upon seeing this clip from Pat Condell I realized that he had summed most of it up.
As I said, I’ve read a bit about this subject and didn’t hear anything in this clip that rang inaccurate. He didn’t completely explain that the Visigothic church of St Vincent was torn down and the original namesake Cordoba Mosque in Spain built upon it’s ruins. That news kind of hit a little too close to home for me. And while I’ve heard a few times on the radio about Muslims who feel that the namesake Cordoba harkens to a time where the three religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam all lived in peace only a quick look into history will show the reality that it was anything but peaceful if you were a Jew or Christian.
As I’ve said before the current form of Islam is incompatible with the tenets that our nation was built upon. Islam must go through a reformation if they are to exist as a religion in these United States.
If the developers of this Ground Zero Mosque truly wanted to build a bridge between Islam and the Western world they should realize that they haven’t picked a very good place to lay the first brick.
Find joy and comfort today both in that Christ rose on this day and that we live in a nation where we are free to celebrate His rising with our Christian neighbors.
Today’s the day Christians believe Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead, and 78% of Americans share that belief.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 10% don’t believe Christ rose from the dead, and another 11% are not sure.
Eighty-five percent (85%) also think that the person known to history as Jesus Christ actually walked the earth 2,000 years ago. Six percent (6%) disagree. Eight percent (8%) aren’t sure.
As I said earlier I got caught on the whole Holiday tree vs. Christmas tree at our nation’s capital. The fact that it is so easy to think negatively about our nation’s leader and the moral state of our nation should be a bigger red flag to me that there is something wrong. Not so much with our nation, but with my attitude.
This didn’t hit me so much at the time as it did when I was over at Facebook yesterday. An old high school teammate was pointing out how Coke proclaimed Merry Christmas (Feliz Navidad) in Spanish, yet only Happy Holidays in English. And a more recent acquaintance described Lynden as the last place on earth where people love to wish each other a Merry Christmas. There, two very positive people with a little cynicism to their comments. Odd how visible the Christmas red flag is over other people :) It’s kind of like
Indian Native American poker where you plant the card on your forehead for everyone but you to see.
So the blessing from these two was that they got me thinking positive. Thinking about what a great nation we live in that private companies are free to print Merry Christmas or not, and in any language they desire. And thinking about a recent positive Rasmussen Poll I read that cited
72% of adults prefer "Merry Christmas," while 22% like "Happy Holidays" instead’.
It is everywhere in America and not just in Lynden that people prefer the Merry Christmas greeting during Christmas season. So odds are that if you say Merry Christmas to someone it will be warmly received. Being somewhat political, I’ll also note to you that
Ninety-one percent (91%) of Republicans… like store signs that wish them a "Merry Christmas," compared to just 58% of Democrats.
That explains the Lynden thing and gives fair warning that in Bellingham, a warm reception from your Merry Christmas is a bit more of a coin toss. Ya’ know though if your Merry Christmas comes from you heart, it shouldn’t really matter where it lands.
Ok, last thought to help choose a cup half full of ‘nog attitude rather than the alternative comes, albeit a bit out of context, from Titus.
To the pure all things are pure: but to them that are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. (Tit 1:15)
There, I’ve blathered enough. Merry Christmas.