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Religion, separation of church and state, Jesus camps, religious fanaticism, Islam, Christianity, Pastafarianism, hatred, and bigotry. Throw in a little atheism and you have to just say Why.

Voting for Authoritarian Politicians

As it often happens, voters are given a choice between an authoritarian leader or a non-authoritarian representative. This difference is fundamental to the very fabric of America’s principles.

The US constitution doesn’t say we should elect leaders. That seems like a pretty shocking revelation to many people.  But, this country was not founded on authoritarianism, but on rebellion against such authoritarians.  The very nature of the US is to question and restrain authority.

When it comes time to vote, keep that in mind. If you want to change America’s core to be followers of strong leaders, then vote for the authoritarian, but know what you’re doing when you do so.

On the other hand, if you are interested in keeping America free from the tyranny of the oppressive authoritarian leaders,  vote accordingly.

Whichever way you vote, be sure you know the consequences of your actions. We were not founded on following strong leaders, but rather overthrowing them.

One Quarter of All Pregnancies End in Abortion

hangerThis is an interesting article in the BBC stating that estimates suggest 25% of all pregnancies end in abortion, worldwide.

One of the most important issues is that abortions are going down in developed countries but going up in under developed countries. Countries where women have access to birth control show a lower abortion rate.

What does that mean for America? If the Republicans get their way, birth control will continue to be difficult or impossible for some women to obtain. Add to that, the Republicans are pushing for abstinence-only education, making it even more likely that there will be unwanted pregnancies.

If you’re against abortion, you need to get the Republicans out of power in the USA.

It’s really that simple.

We Are Now In the Sixth Great Extinction

According to numerous university research studies, the earth is now in the 6th great extinction.

Why should you care?

According to their findings, humans will be one of the earliest species to vanish.

Every time we hear someone denying global warming, we need to humiliate them so their stupidity doesn’t infect other people. We have to fix this train wreck and we have to start serious changes immediately.

Go and read this BBC article. Then, get active.

 

Defending the #47Traitors

It is truly shocking to see the Republicans frantically supporting and defending their traitors. Why can’t they just admit that the party is infected and they made a mistake voting for people who openly try to undermine America and our president?

Many Republican voters that I talk with agree that the #47Traitors have gone far beyond acceptable behavior, though they don’t feel it’s right to convict and punish them for their treason or “bad behavior” as some call it.

Still, there are a large number of Republicans out there defending their party no matter how destructive and poisonous to democracy it has become. This unwillingness to recognize the faults of your own traitors makes it plain as day that you are living in a cult. You are past the point of being able to objectively look at your gods.

I, personally, believe that America, all of America needs to quit with the tolerance to destructive behavior by the political parties and more than anything, destructive behavior by the uber wealthy who pull the puppet strings of the parties.

Try the #47Traitors and punish them by removing them from our body politics if found guilty.

And, lastly, even if found not guilty of treason on legal bounds, they have morally committed treason against America and need to be spurned for their crimes.

Don’t Attack ISIS

ISIS is goading us into another war.

They would like us dropping bombs in Iraq, killing more Muslims.

They would like us killing more Iraqis.

They would like us creating more enemies, more terrorists.

How has this shoot first approach worked for us so far? Are we seeing more terrorists or fewer? The obvious answer is more.

You don’t defeat hatred by bombing and killing people. You show yourself to be the better human, the better country, the better religion.

Hey, Obama, stay out of Iraq. Don’t bomb ISIS.

Do you disagree? Leave a comment and make your case.

Christian Views on Abortion

After reading Dave’s two posts on America a Christian Nation and Visitor Comment, I got motivated to follow up. Although Dave’s posts were factual and he made good arguments, I disagree with his inclinations of intolerance.

When educating children as well as adults, you have to show patience and refrain from making the readers feel incapable. But enough about writing styles. Let’s talk about the forbidden subject, abortion.

It seems that after the Supreme Court made another of their many mistakes and made sweeping laws by deciding on all cases regarding Roe vs Wade, all rational discussion stopped. Not only was the Supreme Court out of bounds deciding on this issue as a global decision, but they stopped the discussion Americans were having regarding abortion. Since then, the different sides quit coming together and began drifting apart.

America needs to start talking about abortion again, and start coming together on some serious solutions. Obviously all one way or all the other will never work and is bad for America. Too bad, though, that some feel that it doesn’t matter if it’s bad for America, as long as they get their way. If we only had more Americans like that, we’d be back in the Dark Ages.

We need to reopen the discussion of abortion.

What does your church say about abortion?

Let me answer that for you. It doesn’t matter!

Got that? Churches are creations of man, controlled by man, supported by man’s donations, led by men. If you’re Christian, what your church says about abortion means nothing. What matters is what your God says about it.

If your God doesn’t agree with your church, and I can guarantee that for most Christians they don’t, then the man is fallible, your God is not.

The real question is, what does the Christian God say about abortion?

From the few links provided by the post on Christian Nation, we can see that God recommended abortion on multiple occasions to stop the birth of children into infected/heathen villages. The Christian Bible even has a detailed recipe for abortion.

The Bible references life to begin when the breath of life is blown. In other words, life begins at birth, at first breath.

Don’t believe this? Read the Bible. For example, in Exodus:

21:22 If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
21:23 And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life,
21:24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
21:25 Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

This tells us two things about abortion and Christian belief.

  1. If a man brutalizes a woman causing an abortion/miscarriage, then, meh, he has to pay the lesser of what the husband wants or what the judges might decide. However,
  2. If the woman dies or suffers any other mischief, then he pays “life for life.”

Ponder that. According to the Christian Bible, an unborn child is not a “person” worthy of a life for a life because it isn’t born yet. Is it worth something? Sure, something, but not the same as a life or a “tooth for a tooth.”

If this isn’t what your Christian church teaches, then you are going to the wrong church if you are trying to follow the teachings of Jesus. Jesus taught the principles in the Bible. All of the Bible.

I’ll leave you with an important question and ask that you consider it seriously. Why does your church preach things that are the contrary to the principles defined in black and white in the Bible and taught by Jesus? Is yours the church of God or the church of man?

Let’s open up the discussion and come together as a country on how best to deal with the issue of abortion. And let’s leave the troubled churches out of it.

America a Christian Nation Redux

After reading PJ’s great post on America, a Christian Nation, I decided that the issue needs a little more meat on its bones. I read so many milquetoast essays explaining how America’s founding fathers weren’t Christian, how this country was born of The Enlightenment, how American morals came around long before Christianity, blah, blah, blah.

All of these essays miss the point. What are Christian Morals and do we really want a nation that practices those morals? Well, to risk being too simple, I state that Christian morals are defined in the Christian Bible. In fact, anyone who has read the Christian Bible knows that the Bible is to be interpreted word for word and is not open to interpretation and must be taken in its entirety. The Bible says so in black and white. There is no opportunity for even a fool to misunderstand what it means. The Bible ends with this warning:

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

So you either take the instruction manual for Christianity in its entirety or you don’t take it. You can’t pick and choose.

Maybe you don’t believe that, but you know that there are many Christians who do.

Why does this matter? Because Jesus was a teacher of the Old Testament. He never once said anything God did in the First Testament was wrong. He wouldn’t be Lord if he said God was wrong. And the God of the First Testament was a monster.

The Bible is full of morals: human ritual sacrifice, rape, incest, slavery, genocide, and abortion. Yes, God was big into abortion and demanded it of his followers. Next time you oppose abortion, you need to sit down and read the Bible and learn to embrace it as it’s prescribed in the Bible.

Sure, there are plenty of great and wonderful morals depicted in the Bible, but none of them started with Christianity. Morals are a fundamental part of the human mind and are required for any functioning society.

So, the only morals left are the abominations of the Christian Bible, and the only one that is part of America’s founding documents is slavery and we quickly learned that it’s a lousy thing, even if it’s condoned by Christians.

I can already hear the usual baseless argument about how the Old Testament doesn’t define Christianity, only the New Testament does. Well, if you really believe that, then you have never read the Bible. You are not to remove anything or add anything.

Following is a list of links showing the Christian morals in the Bible. I ask you, do these things reflect the founding of this country? Do we want a country founded on these morals?

Human Sacrifice

There are so very many. Check Google or see this site on Ritual Human Sacrifice.

Rape

You will frequently hear people arguing that all the reference in the Bible to “taking women” really only means they are taking them to the movies and then taking them as their unwilling wives, but that’s not rape. Anyone so blind as to argue this is unworthy of an audience.

The case of Rape in the Bible that most disgusts me is the story of Lot and his daughters. As the story goes, the girls got the father drunk and date raped him. But in the real world, we know how this stuff goes. You can put all the lip stick on this you want but there’s no way this is anything but a pig.

Is it not more believable and more likely that he got drunk and raped his daughters? And for them to conceive it must have happened repeatedly.

Incest

Again, Lot and his daughters is a sick perversion that is God’s way.

But the original conception of Adam and Eve requires incest. Incest was part of the entire plan or maybe God hadn’t thought about that part yet.

Slavery

There are just too many references to even waste time quoting. However, if you feel you need references, leave a comment and I’ll gladly supply a list of links.

Genocide

There are numerous references to genocide in God’s name. Check out Deuteronomy or Joshua.

Abortion

In multiple passages, God’s followers are to cut the unborn children from the bellies of their mothers. Hosea and Kings.

In Numbers 5 there is a ritual designed to cause a miscarriage in a wife whose husband is jealous. That’s a pretty low bar for an abortion performed by the priest.

What More?

This is just a very short list of examples of Christian values. Not my country!

Visitor Comment on Church and State

Checking over the mail queue, I ran across this comment. Since no one else has responded to this, I will do my best. In fact, since my posts are probably the most likely to be read as combative, it was probably meant for me, anyway.

Here is the comment submitted by a reader calling himself Jay:

For someone who claims to want peace you sure are angry and devisive. Do you believe looking down your nose at people because their views differ from yours is a way to peace? As if no one has a right to any belief that differs from yours. I would also like to say that your peace on Christianity playing not playing a role in our constitution as well as your supposed quotes from the bible are factually incorrect and far from the truth. There is also absolutely nothing in the constitution about “the separation of church & state. Any time you would like to be informed on the truth let me know I’d be glad to assist you. To move towards peace would require you and everyone for that matter to stop & examine themselves before criticizing others. Stop looking at the speck in my eye and examine the log in your own. Stay well my brother. You may have unjustified hatred towards myself and everyone else who’s opinion differs but I still love all my brothers, sisters, and fellow Americans.

As I stated, this was not attached to any specific post so I can only imagine that it’s more a comment about Just-Say-Why in general. The reader, Jay, seems to have missed the fact that there are multiple authors posting here and has either lumped us all together or is maybe directing this to someone specific but just doesn’t quite know it yet.

Angry and Divisive

Let’s start at the top: “For someone who claims to want peace you sure are angry and devisive [sic].”

Unlike most bloggers here, I am quite intolerant of those who are so blind they will not see. Too much tolerance is like too many vitamins. They are both bad. Both can kill the host, be it a human body or the body politic. I have no tolerance for those who refuse to admit the facts, those who cling to disproved talking points. In other words, I have little tolerance for those being lied to by Fox and who know it but still watch.

I don’t think anyone here is angry or divisive or looking down our nose. We aren’t angry at those destroying our democracy, but I do feel very little patience for them and we all feel considerable pity for them. They are being hurt by their ignorance just as much as their poor political choices are hurting the rest of the country.

Christianity and the Constitution

Your next point:

I would also like to say that your peace [sic] on Christianity playing not playing a role in our constitution as well as your supposed quotes from the bible are factually incorrect and far from the truth. There is also absolutely nothing in the constitution about “the separation of church & state. Any time you would like to be informed on the truth let me know I’d be glad to assist you.

To start, what piece are you referring to? There are numerous posts on this site and I don’t see any of them claim that those specific words are in the constitution. But almost every religious reference in the constitution and in other founding documents all point to the need to keep the churches out of the government and keep the government out of the church. Just doing a simple (anyone can do it) search in the constitution for religion gives the following instructions for keeping the religious fanatics out of our government.:

  1. … but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States
  2.  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion

The Treaty of Tripoli

See what our founding fathers said about this being a Christian nation:

As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Musselmen; and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

Okay, these are the facts. Now, Jay, please feel free to “assist” me on how these facts don’t really mean what they say.

And, lastly, Jay says, “Stop looking at the speck in my eye and examine the log in your own”

No one has to look for the speck in the eyes of those refusing to read the facts, the log is visible from quite a distance. If you were as open to understanding the facts and changing your mistaken world view based on what you find, as most of those you disagree with, the world would be a better place. Open your mind. A closed mind will never learn but it will make a great blind and brainless follower.

The Demise of the Republican Party Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Single Issue Voters Getting Manipulated

Almost all of America agrees with the policies of the Progressive Left. This includes agreeing with the majority of the following issues:

  • The rich have gotten too rich
  • The rich have too much influence over our political system
  • Our political system needs to be more representative of the needs of the middle class
  • We need to fix the economy so we can bring back the middle class in this country
  • We need to take care of the least among us, including extended unemployment benefits, food stamps, food for poor children
  • We need to fix our broken health care system
  • We need to get off fossil fuels and need to start developing energy systems for the 21st century
  • We need to do something about global warming and the freaky once-in-a-century storms we’re seeing every day, now

In fact, not only does the vast majority of America believe these things, the vast majority of REPUBLICANS believe these things.

So, if that’s true, then why does anyone still vote republican? The answer is obvious and this answer explains why America is at a greater risk than ever of being destroyed by the wealthy, at the hands of the the Republican voters who believe all these things. This answer should scare the dickens out of you.

The Republican party and the top 1% of our wealthy elite have found a way to get the average Republican to vote against America. This sounds like hyperbole, but bear with me. The vast majority of Republican voters are single issue voters. In other words, they are willing to see all the other issues, mentioned above, go to Hell as long they get their one hot item issue. Even if they don’t get the one issue, they’ll vote for a party that lies to them and says they’re going to provide it.

And, what are these single issues that the Republican voter will vote for even if it means the destruction of America? What are the things that are so important that they’re more important than our economy or more important than everything else our country stands for? You’ve probably guessed. But here is a short list of things that some fanatics will vote for, even if it means voting against everything else that matters to them.

  • Gun rights
  • Abortion restrictions
  • Birth control restrictions
  • Putting women in their place at the back of the bus
  • Putting minorities at the back of the bus
  • Putting gays in their place
  • Protecting the great white class in America
  • Religious control of our country
  • Getting rid of the black man in the white house
  • Undoing equal rights
  • Benghazi
  • Anything Fox News says

The wealthy have found out how to control these ignorant fanatics to vote against everything that matters to them, just so long as they foolishly believe their one-ticket item will finally be addressed.

And now that the Republicans in the Supreme Court have opened the flood gates and allowed the wealthy and transnational corporations control of our political process, we are seeing billions of dollars spent to get those fanatics mobilized.

Come election day, these fanatics will be wetting their pants from all the scary advertising and will be the first ones in line to vote.

All the while, the rest of America will watch in horror at the spectacle that we see every election year and most will neglect to even get to the voting booths.

Big money will be controlling the fanatics more than ever this election year. If the rest of us quietly watch from the sidelines, we can kiss this country goodbye. Not goodbye in the future or goodbye next year or in a few years. If we don’t fix this right now, we will not get another chance.

Talk to your friends. Talk to your neighbors. Try to wake up your single-issue voters in your family to the fact that they’re being manipulated to vote against their own best interests and the best interest of their country.

More than anything, get everyone you know to register and get out and vote.

The Demise of the Republican Party Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Conservatives and Democracy

Help me out, here, if you can.

This seems so obvious yet I never hear anyone talking about it and would never, ever expect to hear about it in the news or even in political articles. Why not?

Here’s my concern.

There has been plenty of research into the weakness Republicans have for hierarchy. They grow up with it, they crave it, they exhibit signs that they need it, they vote for it, they demand it in their churches, they exhibit nervousness in its absence.

Conservatives expect a strong, unquestioned father figure in the home. In some few cases, it may be a matriarchy as opposed to a patriarchy where the mother rules with unquestioned authority.

Conservatives vote for strong leaders. Nowhere in the constitution does it say we should be voting for leaders. Democracies don’t have leaders, we have representatives. Look at any president conservatives have voted in during your lifetime. They are all perceived as strong “leaders”. Look at the congressmen and even the local “leaders” the conservative vote in.

Conservatives tend to be more active in their religion, a religion that is the epitome of patriarchy. Like a cult, you get excommunicated when you question the “leader.”

Conservatives raise their children to respect authority, never question it.

Liberals, on the other hand, know that all authority must be continually questioned, You never take anything on faith. There are no kings in America, because our founding fathers were majority liberal.

Here’s a simple example: when driving down the road, if you pass a policeman, you will notice that some drivers will slow down and fear (respect) authority while others will nod and say thank you and continue on at the legal speed. Which ones are liberal and which are conservative? Seems obvious to me.

Taking this to the logical conclusion, conservative voters vote against democracy at every opportunity because democracy is non-hierarchical. Conservatism needs a strong leader, a king or a dictator. Liberals need representatives.

If our founding fathers were conservatives, this would not be a democracy and if today’s conservatives get their way, we will cease to be one.

Being liberal or conservative shows different brain structure, but this is because of how the children are raised. In other words, there is a cure for conservatism. Training, education, and birth control. Some of them just have to be trained on how to be empathetic. And, all of them need to be removed from the education system.

How to Reduce Abortions

How to Reduce Abortions

Paul J.

hanger

What is the best way to reduce the number of abortions each year?

Unfortunately, the majority of Americans don’t remember what it was like before Roe vs Wade.  But let me tell you what I remember.

Back in those days, when it was illegal to have an abortion, there were tens of thousands of them performed every year. That was when they were illegal.

When it was illegal, there was a criminal industry providing the services that people truly needed. There were botch abortions, where girls died. There  were botched self-abortions, you know, the old hanger approach where girls died. There were cases where girls died in childbirth because they were trying to hide their pregnancy. There were lots of deaths of young girls, needless deaths.

But, the rich didn’t die so much. They didn’t use the coat hanger. They got all the abortions they ever wanted in clean hospitals and doctor offices. They used to call them D&Cs. But the poor couldn’t get the safe illegal abortions, so many of the poor girls died.

Plenty of rich girls died, as well, those who were afraid to go to her parents’ doctor for help.

Making it illegal wasn’t working so America woke up and fixed it. Let that sink in a moment. We got wise and woke up and made them legal.

There was no explosion of abortions when they became legal. They just came out of the back alleys. Girls quit dying from botched self-administered abortions.

So if making them illegal doesn’t reduce them and only causes more problems, and making them legal doesn’t stop them, then what will?

It’s simple. It’s so simple everyone can understand. The best way to reduce abortions is to reduce unwanted pregnancies. That is all that there is to it. Simple.

How do you reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies? Obviously telling young adults not to have sex doesn’t work. Obviously pressuring girls into making vows with their daddies not to have sex doesn’t work. You can’t stop people from feeling the urges we were born with. You can’t stop people from having sex.

You can only help people have safe and protected sex. Teach people about safe sex. Make safe sex free by providing free birth control and free condoms. This doesn’t increase the frequency of sex, it just makes for fewer abortions.

If you really care about abortions, then you will agree that the only solution is to make them safe and seldom by helping people make good decisions when the time comes.

By the way, how’s that whole war on drugs going? We’ve been throwing trillions of dollars at drugs trying to eradicate them but we get nowhere with all our efforts. America is waking up to that fact. Making things illegal doesn’t stop people from doing it. It just makes the otherwise normal American a criminal. Or in the case of abortions, it make the otherwise normal American girl, dead in some dark alley.

If you’re a Christian, you can’t possibly believe that making abortions illegal is going to do any good. The only way is to help people who are in need of help. That is what Christ would do and you know it.

But, then again, I’m just a man and this is not my decision. It is the women of America who must decide what is right for each of them in each case and the rest of us need to stay out of it.

Any man you see trying to get involved in restricting abortions is nothing more than a bully trying to control other people. A sick and destructive bully.

America is the Most Generous Country

America is the Most Generous Country
by
David Schlecht

It’s the season for giving. How generous are we in America?

I’ve seen it reported many times that America is one of the most giving countries when it comes to charity. Let’s consider this for a moment and see if it makes any sense.

There are lots of ways to give to “charity” including religious giving, giving to non-profit organizations, giving of one’s time, skills, and services.

What’s more, how much of your religious or non-profit giving actually makes it to provide actual services for the cause?

We measure our non-profits by the percentage of money actually spent on the cause. In a capitalist economy, this is backwards. The thing that matters the most is how well the money is spent. If you donate $100 and the non-profit uses that to advertise and brings in $1,000,000 then that’s a whole lot better than giving $100 to the cause. So, spending 0% on feeding the poor is in most cases better than spending 100%.

But, why is this true? Why do charities have to advertise? Why do they have to spend money advertising? In a truly giving society, they wouldn’t.

In fact, if America was truly the biggest giver to charity, there would be no need for non-profits as we would collect money for the poor in our taxes.

Another thing to consider is how your charity dollars are actually being spent. If you’re giving money to a billionaire televangelist or a church with multi-million dollar facilities, then you’re not really giving any money to charity. You’re being a putz.

So, let’s compare America to the countries that actually give more to the cause. In America, we spend a small fraction of our income on charity. Sure, you might give 5% or 10% to your church, but the billionaires give zero percent, on average. So, let’s average that out. The middle class and the poor make 10% of the increase in GDP and they pay 5-10%. That’s a total of a whopping 1% on average per person. Not too charitable if you ask me. And, of that 1%, how much has to go into advertising, marketing, building million-dollar churches an making the televangelist rich?

On the other hand, countries that take care of their people pay 50% in taxes and the majority of it goes to the people.

What a difference, don’t you think? 1% compared to 50%. But, of course, we don’t consider these other countries to be giving to charity. How blinded can we Americans be?

It’s time we started putting our money and taxes, and demanding that the wealthy elite pay their fair share. We should go back to the 92% tax bracket we used to have on the billionaires.

This would help prevent the greedy, and unethical televangelists and avoid wasting your contribution dollars on marketing.

The best charity is a reasonable tax rate that takes care of the people.

 

What Proves God Exists?

What Proves God Exists?
by
Paul J.

I hear people telling me, all day long, about all the things that proves to them that God exists or that there is intelligent design or whatever.

Sunsets are beautiful because God exists. See? It’s proof. Birds fly because God designed them. See? It’s proof. Back in the cavemen days, they would say, When I jump up, God brings me back down. See? It’s proof.

But when asked for actual evidence, well, no one seems to have the proof. Why would God hide the proof from us when so many are seeking it? A cruel hoax?

Well, let’s change the question around a little bit. If there was one fact, that if proven, would convince you that there is no God, what would that fact be?

What facts do you have that if proven would make you question your god?

If something can’t be disproved can it be proven?

Your God is Here

Where in here is your god?

Your God is Here

Paul J.

I don’t consider myself an atheist by any stretch, but consider any religious person without an open mind to be a slave, and an easy target for religions and the republican party. But, still, with an open mind, I found this concept quite interesting. Which God in there is yours?

Was America Founded on Christian Values?

I’ve heard this argument so many times I decided it needed to be investigated. Was America founded on Christian values?

There are two places for us to look for answers: 1. Do Christian values agree with the values this country were founded upon, and 2. Did our founding fathers make any comments regarding this possibility?

Christian Values

Let’s start with looking at Christian values and American values and see how much overlap there really is. A quick read of the bible or even a quick goolge of Christian morals and values brings up these values defined in the Christian bible.

Jesus Died for Our Sins

This is one of the biggest defining principles of Christian religion. Having one entity/person/god take the punishment so the guilty party can go free is not only immoral but is entirely against the ideas of moral in today’s America and wasn’t considered moral by our founding fathers. Therefore, the biggest principle of Christianity is completely contrary to American morals.

Sacrificing for God

The bible is rich with ritual of sacrifice of both human and animal. No one today or at the founding of our country ever thought that it was acceptable to kill humans or animals for a deity.

Judge Not Lest You be Judged

Again, this is one of the principle definitions of Christianity and is referenced in the bible repeatedly. However, our country’s constitution defines judges as a fundamental part of the government.

Subjugation of Women

America’s founding fathers were mostly pagans but there were a couple devoutly religious in the mix. Still, there is no reference in any of our country’s founding documents, including all the notes on all the discussions leading up to the constitution that makes any reference to women being second class citizens or requiring women to be subservient to their husbands or covering their heads. Yet, these are defining principles in many of the bible’s stories. Even Jesus was quoted as being abusive to his mother.

The list of defining Christian morals that don’t match morals of our country are endless. I could continue but I believe I’ve proven my point.

Secondly, what did our founding fathers say about religion and government?

Founding Fathers’ Religious Comments

Let us start with the most obvious, the first amendment: Congress shall make NO law respecting an establishment of religion.

Isn’t that pretty obvious? If it’s not, if you want to interpret it to mean Congress shall make laws respecting… then you might have missed something in your English language class in elementary school. No means no. Even if you wonder if it really means yes, then correspondences with the founding fathers would illuminate that, but as it turns out, documents of their correspondences show that they mean “no”. For example, Thomas Jefferson wrote to say the 1st amendment made a “wall of separation between church and State.”

Madison was quoted as saying, “Strongly guarded. . . is the separation between religion and government in the Constitution of the United States.”

Not obvious enough, yet?

In an international treaty, The Treaty of Tripoli, drafted in the late 1700s it states:

As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Musselmen; and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

The only way to continue to believe that America was founded on Christian principles is to refuse to accept facts. Unfortunately, though, this is also a defining characteristic of Christianity.

Peace Brothers.

America a Christian Nation

America a Christian Nation

Paul J.

Ever wonder if America was founded as a Christian nation? Ever heard that we must be since we are founded on Christian values? Well, if someone said it must be, well, then it must be.

If you are not so inclined to believe just anyone about such a grand assertion, you’re probably wondering where you can find information on the issue. Well, of course, you can find it right here. But, why stop there? Why not read the actual words of America’s founding fathers?

Here is a link to Thomas Paine’s works. See what he says and then come back here and tell me you believe America is a Christian nation.

The Effects of Religion on Society

The Effects of Religion on Society
Paul Johnson

It’s interesting to look at the effects that religion has on society. Below, you will be able to visualize the effects of different social trends, including religiosity, health, teen pregnancy, education, and income disparity. This data was compiled from multiple sources, mostly being from the census data.

Each graph shows two social issues on a state-by-state basis. Look to see how many peaks in one line match peaks in the other line. This indicates that both the social indicators are high in that state. Look for the number of valleys that line up as well. All the states are in alphabetic order so you can find your own state by counting the number of tick marks.

Let’s get started…

Religion tracks poor health in almost all states

The above graph shows that states with highly religious people contains the most unhealthy people. Do sick people become more religious or are more religious states under served in the health industry?

Let’s look at teen pregnancies in religious states:

Teen pregnancies are higher in states that are more religious.
Teen Pregnancies and Religion

The two lines don’t match up nearly as closely as the unhealthy religious graph but the number of peak and valleys that match is well above 50%. It should appear obvious to anyone reading this that the religious communities have a problem with their youth being unprepared for their sexual inclinations. Abstinence education doesn’t stop sex, it stops intelligent decisions regarding sex.

Okay, let’s look at education and religion:

You can see the obvious correlations
Religion and Lack of Education

This graph tracks almost as closely as the first one. There is an obvious correlation between how uneducated a community is and how religious they are. There are endless psychological studies proving that the typical Republican is way below the average IQ of a Democrat, but this data seems to prove that there is also this same marriage of religiosity and duh.

The real question is, which is cause and which is effect? Does being dumb make you more susceptible to religion or does religion discourage knowledge?

Let’s look at Religiousness and Income Disparity:

Religion doesn't track income disparity
Religiosity and Income Disparity

There isn’t much correlation at all between these two. In other words, income disparity isn’t any more prevalent in religious communities than anywhere else.

But, if we compare income disparity and lack of education:

Lack of income tracks income disparity
Education and Income Disparity

These two data sets track each other very closely. It is quite obvious that communities with low educations are exploited by the wealthy. It also indicates that in communities where the mega-wealthy control the community, there is little chance of the people getting out from under their thumb. Education is the best solution to income disparity.

I hope you enjoyed the graphs and the narration that explains each.

Pro-Christian Anti-Christian

Pro-Christian Anti-Christian
Paul Johnson.

If you were to create an organization that was the opposite of Christian, what would it look like? One easy approach is to look at all the things that were important to Jesus and oppose them.

Jesus spent most of his life helping the poor, feeding the poor, clothing the poor, or today would be housing the poor, healing the poor and the sick. He was against mixing church and state. He told his people not to show boast about their faith. He showed humanity and justice for the imprisoned. He opposed wealth and lived a life free of greed.

What other things can you come up with that were important to Jesus? He mentioned gays hardly ever so it’s not something worth associating with Jesus. There was no such thing as abortion in those days so you can interpret anything you want but if it was important to Jesus it would be obvious to all. But, he never talks of abortion.

Go ahead and think up any more things that were important enough to Jesus that he spoke of them often.

So, now we can outline the things that would make an organization anti-Christian.

What other things do you think would characterize an anti-Christian party?

To be a Christian

To be a Christian
by
Paul J.

With all the talk from the Republican candidates about how superior their own personal religious strengths are, it should remind all of us what it really means to be a Christian.

Do you consider yourself a Christian? What are your most important Christian principles?

Considering how Jesus taught and how he lived his life, here are some Christian principles many consider important. How do you rate on these Christian principles?

  1. Works of Mercy: Do you support and vote for a political party that is for providing material needs of the weak, sick, and poor? Or do you vote for a party that is against health care for all?
  2. Does your political party seek to take away rights from others, such as gays, or illegal aliens, or Muslims? Or does your political party show mercy for all, regardless of their differences?
  3. Salt and Light: Do you shine like a lamp and show your political party that you believe in “do unto others as you would have done unto you?” Or, do you support a political party that wants tax breaks for the rich while deserting the needs of the poor?
  4. Does your political party want to cut expenses by taking away benefits and services for the poor to help the wealthy? Or does your political party want the wealthy to share in order to feed the hungry, and heal the sick?
  5. Are you sure that your political party shines with the light that you want illuminating you and your family and you community and your country?

If you are a Christian, these are some difficult questions and hopefully will make you stop and think, regardless of your political party.

Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done it to me. [Matthew 25.40]

 

What Does Pro Life Mean?

What Does Pro Life Mean?
Paul J.

What does it mean to be pro-life? Answer some simple questions and rate yourself.

  1. Should the sick be cared for even if they can’t afford health care?
  2. Should the elderly be cared for even if they can’t afford health care?
  3. Should the poor be cared for even if they can’t afford health care?
  4. How about if they have to chose between heat and medicine?
  5. Should the homeless be cared for?
  6. Should illegal aliens be cared for even if they can’t afford our hospitals?
  7. Should the minimum wage be high enough to provide a meaningful way of life for everyone, one that includes medical and retirement?
  8. Are you against the death penalty?
  9. Are you against abortions?

Count up all your “yes” votes. If you have only one “yes” vote, some strange folks would say you’re pro-life. But anyone with even the slightest grasp on reality would say that anyone with less than 90% “yes” vote is just mediocre. Anyone with less than 50% “yes” has a serious problem. If you are below the 50% mark, I strongly suggest you read the Constitution of the United States and start with the introduction, or preamble. Just in case you can’t find it, here is how it starts:

We the People  of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

It should be pretty obvious to even the most uneducated in our society that the purpose of our government is so we can provide for the wellbeing of ourselves and our neighbors. The entire introduction to our constitution lays it out in black and white.