That’s in the First Amendment?

Election Day was yesterday. I voted, did you?

With Sunday morning’s message fresh in my mind, I decided to look up for myself a few of the things talked about. The main thing…is the so-called separation of church and state, a term coined by Jefferson as the media happily bestows it upon him.

With the comments on this post in mind I decided to do a quick research.

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Amendment I

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.

Copied and pasted from Bill of Rights from archives.gov

I think it’s pretty straight forward from the language: Congress, stay out.

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Jefferson’s letter: Copied and pasted from Library of Congress

To messers. Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson, a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut.

Gentlemen

The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem.

Th Jefferson
Jan. 1. 1802.

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Here’s the Mayflower Compact taken from University of Chicago website.

Mayflower Compact

11 Nov. 1620Bradford 75–76

I shall a little return back, and begin with a combination made by them before they came ashore; being the first foundation of their government in this place. Occasioned partly by the discontented and mutinous speeches that some of the strangers amongst them had let fall from them in the ship: That when they came ashore they would use their own liberty, for none had power to command them, the patent they had being for Virginia and not for New England, which belonged to another government, with which the Virginia Company had nothing to do. And partly that such an act by them done, this their condition considered, might be as firm as any patent, and in some respects more sure.

The form was as followeth:

In the Name of God, Amen.

We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France, and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc.

Having undertaken, for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith and Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the First Colony in the Northern Parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, Covenant and Combine ourselves together into a Civil Body Politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France and Ireland the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini 1620.


The Founders' Constitution
Volume 1, Chapter 17, Document 1
http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch17s1.html
The University of Chicago Press

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The following URL: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llfr&fileName=001/llfr001.db&recNum=480&itemLink=r?ammem/hlaw:@field(DOCID+@lit(fr001134))%230010474&linkText=1 is a page where you will find surprising statements such as, “humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings…” “when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection” “observed frequent instances of a Superintending providence in our favor” “God governs in the affairs of men” “in the sacred writings ‘except the Lord build the House they labor in vain that build it'”

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I don’t see much separation of religion and politics. I do see religion governing choices and decisions.

Am I wrong? Does anyone else have any other examples? I would greatly prefer using History.

That’s what Christians do now…

Yesterday morning our church service was about the citizen’s duty to vote. This poem was read during the sermon and I found it very applicable.

You? What will you do tomorrow? Will you vote? Will you make your vote count? Or will you be one of  the many who will sit on the sidelines and criticize everything that goes on in government.

 

In 1973 the Supreme Court said it was OK to kill unborn babies. Since then, we have killed more than the entire population of Canada. And it continues. A woman’s choice? It is called abortion.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That’s what Christians do now.

First it was in dingy, dirty theatres. Then, convenience stores. Then, grocery stores. Then on television. Now its in the homes of millions via the Internet. It is called pornography.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That’s what Christians do now.

They called it no-fault. Why should we blame anyone when something so tragic happens? Haven’t they already suffered enough? Half of the marriages of America end this way. The children suffered. The family broke down. It is called divorce.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That’s what Christians do now.

At one time it was a perversion. We kept it secret. We secured help and hope for those who practiced it. Now it is praised. We have parades celebrating it, and elected officials give it their blessing. Now it is endorsed with special privileges and protected by special laws. Even some Christian leaders and denominations praise it. It is called homosexuality.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That’s what Christians do now.

It used to be an embarrassment. A shame. Now a third of all births are to mothers who aren’t married. Two thirds of all African-American children are born into a home without a father. The state usually pays the tab. That is why we pay our taxes, so that government can take the place of parents. After all, government bureaucrats know much better how to raise children then parents do. It is called illegitimacy.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That’s what Christians do now.

At one time it was wrong. But then the state decided to legalize it, promote it and tax it. It has ripped apart families and destroyed lives. But just look at all the money the state has raised. No longer do we have to teach our children to study and work hard. Now we teach them they can get something for nothing. We spend millions encouraging people to join the fun and excitement. Just look at the big sums people are winning. They will never have to work again! It is called gambling.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That’s what Christians do now.

Not long ago, Christians were the good guys. But now any positive image of Christians in movies or TV is gone. We are now depicted as the bad guys–greedy, narrow-minded hypocrites. The teacher can’t have a Bible on her desk, but can have Playboy. We don’t have Christmas and Easter holidays–just winter and spring break. We can’t pray in school, but can use foul language. It’s called being tolerant.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That’s what Christians do now.

Yes, all these things came to pass within 30 years. Where were the Christians? Why, they were in church. All these things are for someone else to deal with. Times have changed. Involvement had been replaced with apathy.

But don’t blame me.

I didn’t do anything. I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home.

That’s what Christians do now.

I realize this piece of writing singles out African-Americans in no way do I condemn African-Americans or am I racist against them. To be quite honest, my ex-bf was African-American and I love his mom and still communicate with her. Please do not think I’m racist.

Laura Bush: Spoken from the Heart

Spoken From the Heart,” is really two books. The first is a deeply felt, keenly observed account of her childhood and youth in Texas — an account that captures a time and place with exacting emotional precision and that demonstrates how Mrs. Bush’s lifelong love of books has imprinted her imagination. The second book is a thoroughly conventional autobiography by a politician’s wife — a rote recitation of travel, public appearances and meetings with foreign dignitaries that sheds not the faintest new light on the presidency of the author’s husband, George W. Bush.

In Spoken From the Heart (Scribner, 456 pages, $30), Laura Bush, 63, discusses George W. Bush‘s drinking before he turned 40, the distressing silence of the White House in the months after the Sept. 11 attacks, and the car accident she caused at age 17 that killed a close friend and has haunted her since.

“It’s tough; it’s tough; it’s still hard” to talk about the crash that took place on a dark country road on Nov. 6, 1963, Laura Bush says. “This was a major tragedy in my life and shaped me, I think, in ways that I didn’t know then, that I didn’t see then, that I see now in retrospect.”

She was driving to the movies with a friend when she didn’t notice a stop sign until too late. Her father’s Chevy Impala smashed into the smaller Corvair Monza that Mike Douglas was driving, on his way to pick up his girlfriend. At the hospital, getting stitches in the emergency room, she could hear the choked sobs of his parents down the hall.

She never saw them again, never told them she was sorry — something she now regrets.

“It taught me something that’s a very hard lesson to learn … that things happen to you that you can’t change; tragedies happen that you can’t change,” she says. “You’d do anything in the world to be back three minutes before it happened and to have it stop. You just can’t. And I learned that ‘if-onlys’ are futile.”

As an adult, when parents or teachers ask her to write to young people who have been involved in deadly car accidents, she urges the teens to get counseling to deal with the aftermath.

“But I didn’t do that, and no one ever suggested I should,” she says. “Somehow 1963 Midland, in West Texas — what people really did was sort of swallow their troubles, and you didn’t really talk about it a lot. So that’s what I did.”

Criticizing the critics

There are things Laura Bush doesn’t deal with at greater length or with more candor. She doesn’t want to dissect the Obama administration that succeeded her husband’s. She has little time for critics who fault former president Bush’s decision to invade Iraq or his response to Hurricane Katrina.

No one doubted the intelligence findings (later proven untrue) that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, she writes, so why would he? And he flew over the devastation in New Orleans days after Katrina rather than stopping there because he was concerned about distracting rescue and relief efforts with the security and logistical demands of a presidential visit.

Instead, she faults his critics. She singles out Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for calling her husband a “liar” and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for questioning his judgment, knowledge and experience. “He has none,” Pelosi once said of Bush.

“I think it’s really important for public officials to use some sort of decorum, for all of them to,” Laura Bush says. “George did. He would have never called anyone names like that, ever — certainly not the Leader and the Speaker. I mean, that’s just not constructive. And we see it today. It’s still happening today. It wasn’t just about George. Now it’s about the other side.”

Source

Laura Bush, a Lonely Texas Girl Far From Home

‘Spoken From the Heart’ by Laura Bush

The former first lady’s memoir is beautifully written, unselfconscious and hasn’t an iota of political mean-spiritedness.

Contemplating for summer reading…

I have a problem with Phil Liberatore

Something has been on my mind the past few weeks.

If you listen to the Christian radio stations you’ve probably heard the advertisements.

I owed X amount to the IRS and Phil helped me get out of it.

I owed X amount to the IRS and Phil helped me get money back.

Now I’m able to spend time with my family and a huge burden has been lifted. I’m now able to enjoy life as I want.

I’m wondering how this all works. So Phil, a CPA helps those who owe taxes. He helps them evade their responsibility as a citizen-paying  dues/taxes, etc. Not only does he remove the debt they owe but also gives them money back?!

In reality, whose money is that?!

The government doesn’t have money. The “revenue” government receives is from you and I, also known as: taxes (yes, i understand, beautiful word-sarcasm implied) If there were no taxes the government would have no way to fund anything…

So, if you still can’t figure out whose money they are receiving, let me help you!

IT’S THE PEOPLE’S MONEY! It’s MY money, it’s YOUR money!

If you really think about it doesn’t it make you upset? Others are slugging it out, doing their duties, paying their taxes, barely making it out with 2 or 3 jobs. This John Doe next to you is crying to Phil about owing $30,000 in back taxes and has a lien on his home. Phil takes care of it. He negotiates-removes the debt and the lien. BUT WAIT! That’s not all! You  may get money back!!! What is this?! Positive reinforcement wrongly applied!

Albeit, the government has spending and budgetary issues needing to be addressed but that does not excuse us from our citizen duties. If you don’t like how the government runs things VOTE and do something about it: write the letters, make the phone calls, advocate your cause! If you choose not to become active then don’t complain about it-suck it up ’cause obviously it doesn’t upset you enough to change how things are!

I have a few questions:

1. Does John Doe pay taxes now?

2. If John Doe does get money back and files taxes, did he include the money received from the IRS as other income and paid taxes on that?

3. Does Phil contract with these tax evaders to pay taxes now?

4. Does Phil pay taxes-is he honest with his tax filings?

5. Does Phil negotiate with the IRS to be in a lower tax bracket?

In conclusion, based on what I know of Phil from the radio, I don’t know if I would vote for Phil: 42nd District in Congress.