For maybe 5 years now I have been calling for a sales tax on all goods except food, an action that would put the power of taxes in the citizens hands. I hope something comes of this.
It amazes me what lengths ungodly institutions will go to in an effort to ensure religion stay in our closets.
The American Humanist Association has threatened East Point Academy in West Columbia South Carolina with a law suit if they did not stop contributing to the charity.
The AHA claims that:
“The boxes of toys are essentially a bribe, expressly used to pressure desperately poor children living in developing countries to convert to Christianity, and are delivered with prayers, sermons, evangelical tracts and pressure to convert,”
The school states pretty clearly in their response to the AHA ”
I am currently participating in this program myself, through my church. We are a congregation of less than 100 if I had to make a guess, and we are providing nearly 200 boxes. My wife pain painstakingly made hats and scarfs for 3 boxes. My pastors father made hand made wooden race cars for probably 50 boxes, and miscellaneous toys and school supplies have been provided as well. In all the boxes I have personally seen put together, there has not been one piece of religious literature. It is possible, at the receiving end something may be added, I do not know because I am not involved in that, but nothing I have seen on the sending end indicates that.
For those who are unaware of the exact text of the first amendment, which includes the establishment clause, here it is. 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
“The AHA said a public school cannot affiliate itself with a group like Operation Christmas Child without violating the Establishment Clause.” Once again a school is not congress, and sharing religion is not establishing religion. If anything since the school was not funding this, I dare say that the acts of the AHA violate the establishment clause by stopping the free exercise of religion.
Public funds are not being spent on this, the teachers were not ordered to participate, the students, were not given incentives to help, and Samaritans Purse was not the only way to help offered by the school. This does nothing but stop sharing and good will to the poorest in the world.
So, thanks to a bunch of godless, heartless “humanist” bullies, dozens of poor children will wake up on Christmas morning without a single toy.
How inhumane of the humanists.
I would like to provide you all a bit of information about this group that shut this charity down for this school.
From their own about page:
The American Humanist Association has stood as the voice of humanism in the United States for over 70 years.
We strive to bring about a progressive society where being good without a god is an accepted way to live life.
Now by the definition of progressivism “the political orientation of those who favor progress toward better conditions in government and society.” they should be in favor of charities that help people. How does stopping a charity that cost the government no money promote better conditions in society? Samaritans Purse, the organization that runs the charity is not wrought with fraud, and has been instrumental in helping so many people in the world with natural disasters poverty, and other issues.
They claim the issue with Operation Christmas Child is that it:
“Operation Christmas Child sends toys to impoverished children overseas expressly as a means to deliver proselytizing messages. The stated mission is to “demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.”
This is true, we are sharing love, but what are you doing AHA? Did you provide the school a secular way to help students give gifts to the poor? Did you start up a charity that would pay for the shipping of boxes that were already filed with presents? No is the answer, all you were concerned about was imposing your extremist views on American children, and protecting people in other countries who are not protected under the American Constitution.
I ask you all, as decent humans, as Americans will you stand by and let children suffer, simply because you desire the destruction of religious liberty?
I ask my religious readers, will you stand by and let this continue? Will you allow groups like this bully you out of every opportunity you have to give?
The world suffers, these boxes give a moments reprieve from suffering. Even if they come with a message that God is kind and loves you, that Jesus is the savior, children are not forced to accept that message. Is this really a reason to crush small impoverished children all over the world?
Here is the letter sent by the AHA to the school. http://americanhumanist.org/system/storage/2/23/7/4719/letter_re_Operation_Christmas_Child_Columbia_SC.pdf
Here is the letter sent out by the school to parents and students. http://www.americanhumanist.org/system/storage/2/30/3/4737/Operation+Christmas+Child.pdf
As a former Texas resident it shames me that some one that has influence over young minds is calling for the repeal of something so core to the American way.
I am a religious guy, ask me anything and I will give you the most honest answer I have under my belt. However in a world where being attacked for your religion is the quickest way to activism I have to question the honestly and character of people who cry foul on the basis of religion.
Recently a bus driver was fired supposedly for praying while transporting children. Those children have filed petitions to get him rehired, despite the fact the school says his termination was due to securing a handicap person in a wheelchair improperly. In a country so hell bent on separation of church and state (something that does not exist in the constitution) I some how find it hard to believe that the school would need to concoct a make believe reason to fire this guy, when being to religious probably would have fit the bill fine. This Fox News interview, addresses some issues in this case, as well as other issues concerning religion and interaction with non religious groups.
I will say the atheist in the interview panel seems a bit angry, and sure does hang on to that statistic of 1/3 college students are atheist (a stat I personally do not believe). The interview indirectly raises a few interesting points. At what point do you stop being a Christian do you only pray in a closet as one of the hosts says? What obligations to others do you have as a Christian, and how do you treat/interact with those opposed to your belief systems?
I would love to hear from you all about what you think and how you interact with those that have different belief systems.
Most Sundays I go to church. I carry my sidearm with me every single time, and a lot of people ask me why. My common response is something along the lines of: In Luke Jesus called for his disciples to sell their cloaks if they had no money to buy swords. Why should we do any less?
Luke 22 35-38 :
35 And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” 36 He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. 37 For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” 38 And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”
The reality is I do not trust people. It is an easy step to escalate what happened in Bozeman to violence against individuals. We all have a duty to look out for one another, to protect each other, to assist each other. I simply take that duty and follow it to the best of my ability.
There have been shootings in churches in America, people have died by the hands of angry violent people inside places of peace. There are no safe havens from violence, deadly or not. In Missoula last Christmas several churches were broken into and robbed, fortunately those individuals responsible were caught.
This incident in Bozeman is so extreme that the FBI is investigating and offering rewards for information that leads to the arrest of these individuals. Whoever is committing these crimes, has attacked three different kinds of churches. They broke windows, tagged walls, and burned Bibles among other things.
If you have a tip to who committed those crimes please contact the authorities.
How to submit tips:
Anyone who has information about the incidents or the person or persons who committed these acts is asked to contact the FBI’s Bozeman Office at (406) 994-0927, the Bozeman Police Department at (406) 582-2010, or the Montana State University Police at (406) 994-2121 or to e-mail tips to the FBI Salt Lake City Division, which covers Montana, at SaltLakeCity@ic.fbi.gov.
In Montana, a state with just around one million people inside her majestic boarders the ACA is hitting hard and hitting fast. At least 26000 Montanans have lost coverage due to the laws rigid rules for insurers, but only 212 have been able to sigh up under the health care exchange. This is less than a one percent replacement rate, and that spells disaster for Montanans.
This is not the only problem that plagues Obamacare. The president’s recent decision to renege on his defining law, is causing chaos in the insurance industry while being misreported by news outlets and misinforming citizens alike. With news titles like Obama announces ‘keep your plan’ Obamacare fix from Yahoo news its easy to understand why Americans do not know what he is getting us into. Exactly what Obama said was that “Americans whose plans have been canceled can choose to re-enroll in the same kind of plan.” To bad that is only for a year, and only if your insurance provider restores the plan.
From what Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen says it seems unlikely that insurers in Montana and nation wide will decide to reopen those canceled plans due to several issues.
Lindeen said that if companies choose to revive the old plans, it could mean higher costs, not only for those on the plans, but for others in a company’s risk pool.
“Insurance companies have been operating under the assumption that everybody was going to be in the same pool,” Lindeen said. “Now, if they make the decision not to go ahead and cancel these policies, they will now then be bifurcating that risk pool, which means that there are probably going to be some higher costs for some consumers.”
Half the reason the government shut down last month was over the Affordable Care Act, and its failure to provide what it promised, less expensive insurance, and coverage for all. Obama’s recent attempt at a power grab by changing this law, something that is disputed he even has the power to do (he doesn’t) only shows how desperate he is to save face for himself, and the democratic party.
This set up I believe may work in Obama’s favor to further demonize insurance agencies and promote a single payer system. When insurers fail to offer plans they use to have after Obama gives them the go ahead, all of a sudden the fault leaves his shoulders, and there is no more burden for him to carry. Once people see how “evil’ these corporations are, our kind government will have no recourse other than to take control to insure equality.
There is this mentality among people who are following this issue, that the only direction we can go is forward. People call out republicans for wanting to repeal the ACA with out proposing a replacement. Because there are no replacement options on the table, and every one seems to ignore the obvious option of going back to what we had before, I really do believe a single payer system will quickly evolve as the popular option to Obama’s failed plan.
Call me crazy, but come back to this blog in 3 years and tell me I was wrong, I bet you won’t be able to.