September 1, 2011

Religion is a Pillar of Strength in America

America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.
Josef Stalin
I thought this was an interesting quote. Stalin was a great communist leader. He recognized religion, or spiritual life as one of three pillars that are a vital part of American health. Yet, as an atheist, he thought of it as an "opiate" or a drug that the people craved. He was an atheist. And, as a result, he wished to remove religion from his country. "[His] government promoted atheism through special atheistic education in schools, massive amounts of anti-religious propaganda... discriminatory laws, and also a terror campaign against religious believers." (Wikipedia)

There is a book that echoes the ideals of Stalin. The Naked Communist was written by Cleon Skousen in 1958. It lists some measures to be taken to bring America under communist rule. I find some points of interest in that they are happening or already have happened.
16) Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
25) Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
26) Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy." Skousen claimed Communists sought to encourage the practice of masturbation.
27) Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a "religious crutch."
28) Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."
40) Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity, masturbation and easy divorce.
41) Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

Skousen was a devout Mormon. It is easy to jump to the conclusion that his views are biased. Yet, this book seems to echo the ideals of Communism and give us a glimpse into their tactics. It is important to consider how they seem to mirror the words, ideals and tactics of Stalin. Skousen's insight was the reason that Ronald Reagan asked him "to be a charter member of the conservative think tank the Council for National Policy." (Wikipedia)

Numbers 27 and 28 scream common goals with Atheists. Perhaps this is largely because Stalin was an Atheist.  But, it is important to not that not all atheist want communism to flourish.

But it makes me wonder:
"How many would settle with it if it means completely removing religion from the face of the earth?"
"How important is it that our First Amendment (not second or later) is about Religious Freedom?"
"Does anyone see the parallels with the ACLU's history? Or is it just me?"

August 2, 2011

About Marriage "Discrimination"

Marriage Equality is a noble cause. Who wouldn't be for equality? Anyone who opposes it must be a hater. But, much like the Pro-choice (Anti-life) v Pro-life (Anti-choice) debate, it is just a name that embellishes a different view.

Think about it.

Is denying same-sex marriage gender discrimination? Is denying minors the right marry age discrimination? Why don't we fight for Marriage Equality with respect to age? My point is, that there has to be lines drawn somewhere. Obviously, a minor is less likely to find their true love at an early age. But, it is still discrimination. Where do we draw the line?

Why gender is the only issue in marriage equality?

You guessed it, I do not support same-sex marriage. Am I a "Hater?" No. 
  • I do believe that all men and women were created to be equal.
  • I do think that homosexuals should be able to serve in the Armed Forces.
  • It has been my experience that homosexuals are hard working individuals. Almost every single one that I have worked with worked harder than their counter-part. They also were more dependable than their counter-parts.
Rights, Responsibilities and Benefits

As with any freedom comes great responsibility. Too often, we tend to put selfish "rights" before responsibility. Marriage is no exception. If you don't believe me, then look at the divorce rate for mixed-sex couples. I suspect that same-sex couples will be exactly the same. This is because we often think of marriage as a right and not a responsibility. We put our selves first. We look to what we can gain and not what we can give. We put our selves before our spouse.

Why, then, don't I support Marriage Equality? Because I do not see how it would benefit our great country. The only benefits I hear about in this debate are all the ones that are already available in other legal means. Hospital visitation rights, property rights and many more issues. Admittedly, there needs to be improvement in some of these areas, but almost all of these "rights" are already available with other legal means.

To me, religion aside, marriage isn't just about showing your love for someone. That is what the religious part does. Legally, marriage is about owning up. Marriage is about fathers taking care of their children. Yes, you do not need a marriage certificate to do this, but without it, the father has no rights or responsibilities in raising a child. It is the one piece of paper that automatically assigns a rights and responsibilities of a father to a child. Without it, a father is helpless and hopeless. I believe that this is the legal purpose of marriage. Why else would government put their hands inside a religious ceremony?

Convince me
Here is your chance to change my mind. Convince me that there is a need to redefine marriage. Convince me...
  • that it is a necessity to make our country even better.
  • that churches will be left alone.
  • most importantly, that it fits the legal purpose of marriage.

July 7, 2011

When Twitter users "UnFollow" you

I don't use Twitter much, but I do on occasion. On one such occasion, I saw that I had a bunch - a few hundred - of twitter users I was following that, at one time was following me, but stopped.This bothered me in that, this bunch of users had followed me in effort to increase their numbers. They didn't care one bit about me or what I had to say. I was just a statistic, a number to them.

I wanted to resolve this... I found a web site called Tweeter Karma that helped me out. It isn't easy to sift through hundreds of users and decide who to keep and who to leave. But, Tweeter Karma made it a breeze to unfollow those who are not following you.

Some may not follow you for many reasons. But, if you look, you will find that many, many people will add you so that you will reciprocate to build their following. I think this is a dirty rotten trick and I like to clean these people off of my list.

But, how can we fix that? It is rather simple. Here is how:
  1. Visit Tweeter Karma
  2. Click on the link to sign into Twitter and wait a minute
  3. Authorize the app
  4. Click on "Whack" and wait a minute
Once they check your followers, who follows you and compares the two a report is shown. You are almost finished. You can choose any "Sort by:" So, the default of "Sort by: Last Updated" is a good place to be. What is important, for thinning the ranks, is to change the other drop down menu to say "Show: Only Following."

Now you can double check your list of everyone who you follow that does not follow you. Just make the drop down menu say "Show: Only Followers." I do this from time to time. You never know who you may find. I also found many, many who followed me that I did not follow. It was easy to follow them in return. I am amazed at how many follow me that I did not get an email about.

June 29, 2011

Is America a Secular Nation or Christian Nation?

Many groups tout that America is a secular nation. They claim that Separation of Church and State is a fundamental part of the First Amendment. They don't want Congress to make any law respecting the establishment of any religion. They would rather have any mention of any deity forbidden within the walls of our government. Their claim is that government can only be neutral if it is secular. But what does that mean?

  1. of or pertaining to worldly things or to things that are not regarded as religious, spiritual, or sacred; temporal: secular interests.
  2. not pertaining to or connected with religion ( opposed to sacred): secular music.
  3. (of education, a school, etc.) concerned with nonreligious subjects.

Well, a secular government seems to support the ideals of 
Separation of Church and State... 
so it must be what we are.

The two ideals go hand in hand. But, Separation of Church and State was fabricated. We are not a secular nation. But, there are groups that want you to think so. They are pushing to have any reference to God/god removed from anything to do with local, state or federal government. From trying to remove the motto "In God We Trust" from our money and buildings, to trying to remove "Under God" from the pledge of Allegiance. They even want to change how we celebrate Christmas.

But, what they don't know, or choose to ignore, is that our great country was founded as a Theistic one. They won't stop to say that our forefathers did not wanted a purely secular government. If our forefathers did, then their wording of the Declaration of Independence wrong.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
Does this mean that America is a Christian nation? I wouldn't go as far as to say that. Jews, Mormons, Protestants, Catholics and others included, only 14% of Americans actively attend church. How then can anyone call it this a Christian nation? Those numbers beg to differ. 

If we are not a secular nation and we are not a Christian nation, what are we? 
We are a melting pot. 
We are a nation that supports the ideals of a Creator. 
We are a nation of diverse beliefs. 
We are a nation of religious freedom.

God bless America.

June 3, 2011

Defining Atheism from the Bible

If you want to stir up a debate, just try to pin down a definition of Atheism. I often times mused over it's meaning within this very blog. A Christian typically sees it as varying in degrees from believer to disbeliever with Agnostics somewhere in the middle. It is thought of as "Yes, No or Maybe" there is a god. This is how I used to think about it. This "maybe"  is the heart of this argument.

Typically, an Atheist sees it as belief v disbelief - either you believe or you do not. Maybe disbelief is the wrong word - more accurately would be the lack of a belief.
An atheist is someone who does not believe in any deity. Atheist is the term for people who don't have any religious beliefs.
But is it that simple?

The sticky point comes in when dealing with Agnostics. To an Atheist, they still are lacking a belief in God or any god. To an Christian, they haven't denied the existence of God and are a class of their own that fits somewhere in the middle. But, how does the Bible define Atheism?  There are many verses that define what it means to be a Christian, but a verse that defines Atheism?
[He said to them,] Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
It looks pretty clear to me now. There are those who believe, or (mono)theists, and then are those who disbelieve, or atheists. There is no middle ground. To suggest that there is middle ground, is to suggest that there is an alternative to Heaven and Hell. There is no alternative... It is as simple as black and white.

But it takes more to being a Christian that checking a box on a census form. It takes more that filling out forms or celebrating holidays in church like Christmas and Easter. And that is the part that most people will miss. And, to God, these people will suffer the same fate as the Atheists, despite the label they embrace. For they are a "wolves in sheep's clothing."
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man..."

May 19, 2011

NARAL, Pro-Choice America. What an interesting organization. They spout out "reasons" that abortion should be legal. Their whole premises centers around a woman being able to make a choice on their own. And they churn out emails and petition politicians and ask for your money because you may feel  that their cause is worth the fight.

I receive emails from the NARAL. Not because I support their cause, but because I want to be aware of this issue. If there is something going on, I want to be informed. But yet, I often times see how the facts often times get skewed to the point of being deceptive. (Don't get me wrong, the religious right has a few organizations like this... like the American Families Association.)

But I recently received an email from NARAL that talks about some "anti-choice measures" that the Florida Legislature has passed. They feel that Governor Rick Scott should stay out of "our private lives." They feel that these measures are part of a "divisive social agenda."

But... the one fact that they often times will fall upon is deception. This is the text from their blog and their email:
Women in the exchange could be forced to pay out of pocket for abortion services – even women who experience heart-breaking complications, such as a fetal anomaly, or where abortion care is necessary to protect a woman’s health.
Really? Have they ever looked at the statistics? Do they know 3/4 say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or other responsibilities and not when medically necessary? Do they know that 47% of women who have abortions had at least one previous abortion? (See here.)

The NARAL's best (yet debatable) arguments always centers around money, not a woman's rights. These women don't need NARAL to stand up for them. These women need to be told that they are not alone. There are countless others like them that are hurting just like they are. These women need someone who understands.

May 10, 2011

Schwarzenegger's advice on marriage

Have you heard the news? Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver are breaking up. It's Hollywood... no... politics.. whatever, it happens. Is it really big news? 

But something strikes me as being a bit odd... 

Wait. Isn't this the former Governor of California who backed down in defending Proposition 8? Does he know what makes a good marriage? It is odd because he can't even keep his own marriage together, and he thinks he knows what is best for the rest of the State of California.

I find it odd. But, that is how politics often works itself out.

May 5, 2011

Ten things about Christianity, God and the Bible.

I often times find that there are common thoughts that people would have against Christianity, God or the Bible. I thought I would address some of them here:
  1. A belief in God is enough to get into heaven. If you believe, the rest will naturally follow. If you truly believed you had the winning lottery numbers, wouldn't it be natural to play them? But, if you had any doubt, you may decide not to play them for other reasons.
  2. Miracles are a reality. They are the times when reason and logic are defied. They are when the odds are unbelievably beaten. They are the things that cannot be logically explained.
  3. Christianity is not an easy way out. The Bible says that Christians will be persecuted for their beliefs. In some countries, this is the law. In the United States, Christianity is the main defendant in the court rooms.
  4. If you say you have "proof" that the Bible has contradictions, make sure that there isn't something missing. Every single time I have heard about the alleged "proof," I find that there was only a misunderstanding or missing facts. It is OK if you do not understand everything.
  5. Some groups claim to "trust" reason and imply that Christians do not.  There have been, and still are countless rational, reasonable people who believe in God.
  6. Christians are not perfect. If you happen to "catch" someone who genuinely appears to be a Christian, then all you have done is found their imperfection. Remember, only God is perfect. Christians are just forgiven.
  7. Creations is not taught in schools because of "Separation of Church and State." Fact is, Creation is just as valid of a theory as Evolution. Not one single court case has ever made a decision otherwise.
  8. Everything happens for a reason. It isn't by luck, chance or coincidence. Also, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters are "horrible" things. This does not mean that they don't serve a purpose. We serve a God that gives and takes away.
  9. Homosexuality is a sin just as adultery is a sin.  The church needs to accept all  of these people and encourage repentance. However, sinners who do not repent are not good leaders within the church. To say otherwise shows a desire to be led by hypocrites.
  10. Prayer is not meant to be a means of demands and wants. If you want God to listen to your prayers, try to listen to God for direction.

April 26, 2011

The Christian "minority?"

Quite a large number of people claim to be Christian. Christians are a minority.

But don't Christians make up the majority?

Claims are one thing. But let's break down the numbers and see what they say.

Many reports claim that Atheists make up roughly 14-17% of the population. (See Friendly Atheist) This leaves 83-86% that are religious and, in America, it can be easy to believe that they are mostly Christians. This can make it easy to think of Christianity as a majority. One study claims that about 70% of the population claim to be Christian and that sounds like a majority to me. (See Pew Forum)

Yet, this includes so many people "claim" to be Christians... yet they do not live as if they believed it. There is a catch phrase that explains what I mean: "Going to church doesn't make you a Christian, anymore than standing in a garage makes you a mechanic." To me, these people are comparable to someone saying they are going to win the lottery, yet they do not buy a ticket. If you were to include this group of potential millionaires, then America's wealth has grown beyond belief. So, let's look closer at some numbers.

If you search around, you will find that about 40% or more people in America actively attend church. (See Atheism at  Many factors will change the numbers, but this is generally how they wind up. And, even though this is enough to logically call it a minority, it is still misleading. This number also includes groups who do not read the Bible, like Muslims.

We started out with 70% of American's claiming to be Christian. Now, we are at 40%,. But, it goes even deeper than that. As it turns out, only 14% regularly attend a Christian church. (See Wikipedia) That leaves 56% of America who claim to be Christian, yet they don't attend church. 56%. If it were the lottery, we would have a lot of people who claim to be millionaires.

April 16, 2011

Personhood laws in your area

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Support your local Personhood amendments and initiatives. Sign the petition to put Personhood laws on the ballot this upcoming election.
Find your local chapter on at PersonhoodUSA website or on Facebook.

April 12, 2011

What have I been up to?

Maybe you have noticed my absence in writing. I haven't forgotten about this blog, I have been super busy. First, I was given the task of learning a new software... Final Cut Pro. This alone was a huge task as I had no experience with the program.

Another thing that has slowed me down is my laptop. It has crashed and I need to pursue the warranty to get it fixed. My Compaq is dead. It won't even boot up. This has limited my time to write posts such as this.

Finally, life itself has strategically placed obstacles in my way. Many would point to the  Devil and blame him. I am not so quick to point. In my house, our cat gave birth to five kittens. One by one they have all died with the exception of the last one. While this alone won't slow me down, it has because my littlest of children have taken to these little helpless kittens.

Despite my recent disconnect, I will still praise God. He has given me the strength to make it through these trying times.

In the meantime, I am working up a "Fan Page" on Facebook. Check me out at Who knows where it will go. I hope to share interesting sites and news that are too short to blog about. See ya there. And see ya in a post here soon.

March 13, 2011

Sin v. The rules

The Ten Commandments were first handed down by Moses in Exodus 20. Most people regard these commandments as instructions to keep us from sinning. It is often thought that if you break them, you sin and need repentance. But, does being a "Christian" mean following a list of rules? Is it just "Thou shall..." and "Thou shalt not..." or is there something else?

Being a Christian is not about how good we are... It is not about the do's and don'ts... It is not about works or deeds.
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
Simply put, to follow the rules is to try to do just enough. It is a stumbling block that we must overcome.
What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. As it is written:
“See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
What then, is sin? Sin is what keeps us out of heaven. It entered into us when we were born through Adam and Eve. I believe that sin is part of human nature. After all, it is something we are all born with. Adam and Eve both put their own desires before what God wanted. I believe that sin is putting our own selfish wants and desires before God and others.

But, Look carefully at the reasoning used to entice Eve into eating the fruit. It is when humans went in a separate direction than God.
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Eve wanted to be more... to be like God. She put her own wants in front of what God wanted. She was selfish in eating of the fruit. It is our selfish desires that put us in a direction opposite of God. How then, must we change course and go in a direction towards God?
Then He said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me."
Luke 9:23
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me."
We need to clean ourselves of our selfish intentions that takes us away from God. What else, besides human nature, would cause us to covet, cheat, lie, steal or deny God? What else would be our motives?

The Ten Commandments were handed down by Moses to the Jews. They set them apart as special people. They can set us apart as special people too. But, following them is not a means for redemption.

Adoption and Religion

In Florida, adoption between same-sex couples is a heated topic. Those for it blame the "religious right" as their main opposition. But, in the United Kingdom, there is an interesting, yet disturbing court case that usually just happened.

Eunice adn Owen Johns tried to adopt. The courts denied them. Their decision wasn't purely based upon their sexuality, but rather their religious beliefs about homosexuality.
The sticking point was their answer to the question: “Would you tell a child it was OK to be homosexual?” The Johns replied that they would not. They would love a child regardless, but not endorse that lifestyle.
Are we OK with that? Do you think that this is a Separation of Church and State issue?

March 2, 2011

Music Moment - Kutless - What Faith Can Do

What Faith Can Do
from It Is Well

I have had this song on my mind for a few days.
I thought I would share it with everyone.

February 16, 2011

Abortion's blind eye to our past

One argument in favor of keeping abortions legal is the fear of having them performed illegally and unsafely. It is the infamous coat hanger images of botched abortions in dark alleys of yesterday that we want to stay away from. A coat hanger "should never be a surgical device" is the cry among some of the supporters. "Never going back" is another.

It is hard to believe it, but some doctors would have no regard for their patient's safety or well being. That a doctor would defy the law in order to make a quick buck and "help" someone caught between a rock and a hard spot. That they would turn a blind eye even to do something that is against the law.

There are many parallels to illegal abortions of the past and the "legal" ones performed today. This is why this quote caught my attention...
“I can tell you from experience that Planned Parenthood often turns a blind eye to sexual abuse and trafficking..."
It is about sexual abuse, and trafficking. It is about doctors who have no regard for the law. It is about an abortion rate of 40% in New York City. And it doesn't just stop there... the list goes on and on when we think about it.

Shouldn't we have learned from our past?

February 2, 2011

My Super Bowl prediction

I am a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. I have learned that you can never count them out of the game until it is finished. From the way the team conducts it's business, you couldn't ask for a team more focused on the game.

But, it's Ground Hog's day. Most people waited to see if Punxsutawney Phil would see his shadow and make a prediction. Here is the official statement:

Here Ye, Hear Ye, Hear Ye
Groundhog Day, February 2, 2011
Punxsutawney Phil was raised from his burrow
By the call of President Bill Deeley.
He greeted his handlers, Ben Hughes and John Griffiths.
After casting an inquisitive eye towards thousands of his faithful followers, He proclaimed that the Steelers are going to the Super Bowl!

Back to the business at hand...
He surveyed his surroundings carefully and found that there was no shadow around, So, an early spring it will be.
 So, it's official... the Steelers are gonna win the Super Bowl. And here are some reasons why I agree.

  1. The Green Bay Packers entered into the playoffs as the number 6 seed. In the previous 44 years of the games, only one team has done that and won. The irony is, that was the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  2. Both teams are running the same style of defense. Both Quarter Backs can scramble and throw. It's about experience. The Steelers have more Super Bowl experience. The Packers haven't been in the Super Bowl since 1998. The Steelers have 3 trips within the last 6 years. But, it comes down to who can do their job with all the pressure. The experience will pay off for the Steelers.
  3. Punxsutawney Phil said so.

January 26, 2011

Contradictions and the Bible

Why was it that King David sent Bathsheba's husband on the front line to die was a sin? Yet, he would send armies out, many would die and this was not as sin? And that is not to mention all of the people from other places that died in the wars he started. Why isn't that also a sin?

There are some issues with the Bible that leave people dumbfounded. As a Christian, I sometimes struggle with some of these same questions too. But, my inability to understand them does not make them contradictions. So, I set out on a personal quest to find an answer that makes sense. As I mused the problem, I realized that I needed to answer one question... 
"What is sin?"
As I sort out the facts in my head and put the words in order, I can leave you with this assurance... there is an answer. A very real, logical answer. And I am working on some posts about it... sometime... But until then, here is  a real-world illistration... 

We know that when things heat up, they expand. And, when they cool down, they shrink and contract. And this is true with most any material... except for water. 

Why does water seem to contradict the facts? It does expand when it heats up. It does contract when cooled. But, take it's temperature low enough to freeze, it begins to expand.

It isn't until we gain a deeper understanding of how the molecules line up when freezing that we begin to understand why water does not invalidate the facts. The reality is that it actually enhances the evidence and brings us to a greater understanding of why materials expand and contract.

January 21, 2011

Same Sex Marriage - a gay man's view

Finally, I found an article about same-sex marriage worth mentioning. And, the thing about it that suprises me is that the author is gay.
From a legal standpoint, the meaning is quite clear: Civil marriage confers a number of concrete privileges -- tax breaks, adoption rights, hospital visitation -- that are desirable and, in the interest of equality, shouldn't be withheld from gay couples. Socially, extending marriage rights validates gay partnerships. None of these, though, seems to touch on the real substance.
I mention the arguments about tax breaks, hospital visitation here... I have not touched on the adoption rights issues... yet. And I plan to... soon. But, back to the article...

He is also planning on his own wedding and talks about how he is confronted at every turn about what ssm means. He closes with this...
Ultimately, I'm still not sure what marriage "means," but Michael and I can make it up as we go along.
I wish that I knew him personally so that I could see how his view shapes out... just to see the how and why about his thoughts on marriage change. He seems to be onto something. I hope and pray that he gets a real answer.

January 19, 2011

What would you do for a million dollars?

What would you do for a million dollars? Most people would do just about anything. Some would even kill. It always amazes me how someone can rationalize things in their minds. They can even rationalize the most unbelievable of things in exchange for other gains.

Just days before the anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision, it makes national news... it being abortion. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Kermit Gosnell and  nine of his employees were arrested. The details are so gruesome, that I will not post them, but you can read about them here

Even the pro-choice groups want to distance themselves from this. They use it to illustrate a "dramatic need for safe, legal and accessible abortions, even late in pregnancies." I guess, to them, if everything is pretty and regulated, then that is the measure of safety. They believe that this could never happen if it is regulated. Yet, the report calls it a "complete regulatory collapse."
It shouldn't have happened, yet it did. No regulation stopped it... Even though regulations should have stopped it.
“Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels he is ‘finally finding his place in it,’ while really it is finding its place in him.”

January 15, 2011

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday 2011

January 22, 1973
Roe v Wade and Doe v. Bolton

As the thirty fourth anniversary of this landmark case passes, we have seen a milestone taken place. Since then, 53 Million abortions have been "performed."
"Fifty-three million is the population of a medium-size country. Imagine the outcry if the people of Spain (46.1 million people) were destroyed by another nation," C. Ben Mitchell
Many churches will "sponsor" Sanctity of Human Life Sunday on January 23, 2011. (Some churches will recognize it on January 16, 2011.)

But I would like to say, "Thank you." 
  1. Thank you to every woman, couple  and family who made the choice of life.
  2. Thank you to every person and group that helped support anyone who made choosing life easier.
  3. Thank you to every person and group that helped fight for the rights of the unborn. I believe that everyone who has a legal identity has a right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

January 14, 2011

The Free Entrecard Experiment 2.0

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Ok. I have learned one thing about Entrecard... it only did two things for me. It increased traffic and introduced me to but a handful of fellow bloggers. But, not one of Entrecard's "droppers" took advantage of my previous experiment. Not one single dropper.

I did get a couple of emails asking me about the experiment. They were not current Entrecard members. A big thank you goes out to those people. It is because of you that I know that my posts are read. More about Entrecard at the bottom of this post For now, here are the experiment details.. 

I have thought things over. I have made it easier. All you have to do is leave a comment with a link to your blog. It is almost that simple.

I will send you the credits that you spent back through your Entrecard widget. Make sure your Entrecard widget easy to find so that I can give you back your credits. 

There is no limit to how many times you can do this, except for those enforced by Entrecard. Do this as many times as you are able. But please leave a new comment each time.

I may change any details listed in this post, comments and on this blog, but will most likely keep it this way. I will keep this open until Midnight on April 30, 2011.

Now, About Entrecard...

It's time for me to rant about what I have experienced. The top "reason to join" is to increase traffic.
By installing the Entrecard business card 2.0 to your site, your web traffic will grow instantly. It really is truly amazing how Entrecard works. 
Well, it does just that. It works as advertised. If that is your goal, then it is 100% what you want. But, It is not all I want.  Entrecard consumed much of my time. I would spend two or three hours a day doing my daily drops. I quickly rose close to the top of my group. It seemed great at first. But, in that time I didn't stop to read a single post unless it had something to catch my eye. Additionally, I was spending so much time dropping, that I had no time left to write for my own blog.

And then it occurred to me... if I wasn't paying much attention to other blogs, why would others who did the same read my posts? 

If you use Google's Adsense, it gets worse. It has a drastic effect on your Clickthrough Rate. It is simple math. According to Google:
Clickthrough rate (CTR) is the number of clicks your ad receives divided by the number of times your ad is shown (impressions).
If you have 3 ads clicked with only 10 impressions, that is a 30% CTR. (3/10 = 0.30 = 30%)

Now, let's see what happens when we increase our impressions by generating "traffic." If we have the same 3 ad clicks with 20 impressions, the CTR drops to 15% (3/20 = 0.15 = 15%)

Let's even the score. If we have 6 ad clicks with 20 ad impressions, our CTR is back to 30%. (6/20 = 0.30 = 30%)

If you increase your traffic, your traffic must increase ad clicks by the same factor just to earn the same rate. For example, increase your traffic by a factor of 2 (double) your traffic's ad clicks must increase by a factor of 2 (double) just to earn the same. If your traffic does not click more, you lose.

January 12, 2011

WBC and Tuscon, Arizona

It seems as if the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) has it's goals set on spreading their message, more hate. You may have heard about them before, protesting funerals... chanting and holding signs that says, "God hates (you name it)" According to their website, they plan on protesting in Tuscon, Arizona. Among the protests are the funeral for a child , a federal judge, the congresswoman who was shot, and a local high school in the area. The funerals are all victims of the recent tragedy there. I am glad to see a law put into place to limit this type of protest.

I searched for information about the group... and found an abundance of gay rights groups that are profiting from the opposition to WBC. But, I finally came across a site that sheds some light on the inner-workings of the group. The estranged son of it's founder calls the church/cult "an incubator of hate."  I think he said it just about the way it is. 

He details the account of how the a leader of the church/cult has lead people using the Bible in the name or "truth..." his own version of the truth. After reading his account, you can see how easy it is for Nate Phelps to reject God. Now father and son both reject the same God... just in different ways and for different reasons. No doubt that his father's "beliefs" have influenced his decision. 

Isn't that ironic?

January 5, 2011

What is the purpose of same-sex marriage?

The topic comes up from time to time where someone either opposes or supports same-sex marriage. In fact... it recently made the news in California and New York. And it will continue to be a hot topic for a long time to come.

I am not a legal scholar, student or otherwise. I oppose the issue... and not just because "the Bible tells me so." I simply do not see a need for government to be involved with marriage to begin with... well, almost.

I do not hate homosexuals. Some of my friends are homosexuals. Most are fine, outstanding people who are typically harder working than others. They tend to be more trustworthy than even the "Christian" who attends church, judges and curses at others. And their sin is no worse than the sin of the one who commits adultery or has an affair.

But... putting my Bible aside, the whole issue boils down to one simple question:
What is the legal purpose of marriage?

Most people will tell you that the purpose of marriage is to express how deep your love is to someone. To show how committed you are to someone else. You may have your own ideas about why two people should get married. And all that is fine. But it does not answer the question - What is the legal purpose of marriage? Does it answer the question of why we need a government's stamp of approval?

There are some good arguments in favor of same-sex marriage. But there are also some flaws in them. Like...
  • hospital visitation rights - they rights are already available in other legal forms
  • employer benefits - these benefits are becoming more available (See here and here)
  • alimony/spousal support - this support is near obsolete and rarely needed in traditional marriages today
  • tax breaks
  • award of child custody and support
Once you strip away the ones that are already available (hospital rights), becoming available (employer benefits), and the ones that are obsolete (alimony), it leaves you with one common denominator...
It's About Family.

Tax breaks. They are meant to aid low income families who have children to care for and support. I would find it hard to believe that they are meant to help couples that don't have children. And, in the case of adoption, there is no need these tax breaks. Shouldn't the couple or family already be financially stable enough to care for and support a child before they adopt?

Child support and custody. If same-sex couple were to bring children into a home, it should be through an adoption. This issue would be settled before-hand. If it is not, then the non-parent should have no rights to custody and no responsibility for support.. Therefore, this subject is mute... almost.

Almost because this is the only answer that I have to my original question - What is the legal purpose of marriage? It defines a family unit. It lays out who is responsible for the natural product of that marriage - the children. It spells out who is legally and financially responsible for those same children. It simulates an adoption where the contract is preset. Otherwise, there is not one single reason the government should have their hands in the business of marriage.

I dare you to show me one reason that says otherwise.
Give me just one reason.

Marriage is not a privilege, it is a responsibility. And, the sooner we wake up and figure that out, the sooner we have stronger families.