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Cultural Erosion and the *Legality* of Marriage

In a report issued yesterday by the New York Times, several *prominent* Republicans signed a legal brief in support of gay marriage. This includes four former Governors, two members of Congress, and several advisers to former President George W. Bush.

This move continues to shed light upon the fact that those on The Hill are completely out of touch with the American people. While the gay community has been manipulated by mainstream media in to a big hurrah as a victory for gay rights, they are ignoring the fact that this only further enslaves them. They are now caught in the snare that the heterosexual community has been subject to: a government mandate on the institution of marriage.

Last time I checked, marriage was not an illegal act, but a biblical concept. Lets take a look. From freedictionary:

li·cense
(lsns)

n.

1. a. Official or legal permission to do or own a specified thing. See Synonyms at permission.

b. A document, plate, or tag that is issued as proof of official or legal permission: a driver’s license.
2. Deviation from normal rules, practices, or methods in order to achieve a certain end or effect.
3. Latitude of action, especially in behavior or speech. See Synonyms at freedom.

4. a. Lack of due restraint; excessive freedom: “When liberty becomes license, dictatorship is near” (Will Durant).

b. Heedlessness for the precepts of proper behavior; licentiousness.

tr.v.li·censed, li·cens·ing, li·cens·es

1. To give or yield permission to or for.
2. To grant a license to or for; authorize. See Synonyms at authorize.
Permission. Since when does one need permission to do something which is protected by their religious freedom? Freedom. Freedom of what? The freedom to make your own choice…or is it the government’s job to issue approval? Authorize. Since when does the government hold authority over a biblical concept?
Let’s take a look at Merriam-Webster:
li·cense

noun \ˈlī-sən(t)s\

1 a: permission to act  b: freedom of action

2 a: a permission granted by competent authority to engage in a business or occupation or in an activity otherwise unlawful
b: a document, plate, or tag evidencing a license granted
c: a grant by the holder of a copyright or patent to another of any of the rights embodied in the copyright or patent short of an assignment of all rights
3 a: freedom that allows or is used with irresponsibility
b: disregard for standards of personal conduct :licentiousness
4 deviation from fact, form, or rule by an artist or writer for the sake of the effect gained
What? “An activity otherwise unlawful”? Yes, the power the government has impressed upon the church has deemed it illegal for anyone to marry, gay or straight, within a church without permission from the State to do what is otherwise unlawful, irresponsible, with  disregard for standards of personal conduct, and is a deviation from normal rules, practices, or methods. And there you have it, the act of marriage has now become subject to criminal activity unless a government official decides that it in your best interest to grant your request. Sounds like freedom, eh?
In 1999, while planning my wedding, we were specifically told by the priest that it was illegal for the church to perform the ceremonial rite of marriage. When pressed, he further responded that no church would perform such as it would jeopardize the church’s tax-exempt status. So, it seems their hands were tied as well.
This is where the government first really screwed the homosexual community, knowing at the time that churches would not perform weddings to those of the same-sex as it violated their belief system, bound churches pretty much by extortion. With the signing of this brief, it now looks as though the gay community is now bound too.
A little food for thought from my dear friend Scott Boston:

I don’t think the Government should tell Churches who to marry.

I also don’t think the Government should tell Churches who they shouldn’t marry.
If a church says that gay marriage is in violation with its beliefs and tenets of its faith then I have no problem with that church not performing that rite.
If a gay couple can find a church that wants to marry them, more power to them.
If you go to the justice of the peace, I think you should get a civil union no matter who you are since it is a civil and not a religious institution.
The reason that Government got involved in marriage was because progressives who believed in eugenics wanted to make sure that blacks and whites could not intermarry and dilute the white race.
Bingo.
Instead, both sides in Washington are now perpetuating more big-government by placing further restrictions on citizens. This is not a win for gay marriage, it is a further push toward slavery. We now have one more notch on the post of government control.
As the GOP continues to erode, so will society and American culture. From stixblog:
The slow decay of morality is the basis of the socialist movement.  It makes the people look to the State instead of Community and Religion for direction.
I do not wear my religion on my sleeve, but the total disregard for Religious Liberty is eroding, and is going into overtime with Obama.
It was mentioned to me that in a lot of ways, violent revolution would be easier than the battle that we and our children are about to face in the next generation.
I just finished The Harbinger at book club. It’s a very interesting read about an ancient biblical prophecy that foretells our collapse.
This isn’t a fight that our children will fight.  It’s ramping up to befall America in just a few short years. Things will continue to get worse as organizations and institutions fall into disarray, the GOP is there now.
Turning back to God is the only answer.
With that said, this is precisely where America stands at this moment:
The question is, will we continue to slam the door, or will we finally look to see what is on the other side before it’s too late?

God, Guns, and Liberty Conference Tomorrow

Perhaps like many other Americans, you just grew up with guns. Learning how to shoot and to hunt — the thought of doing anything evil with a firearm never entered your mind. With the constant bombardment by the liberal media, you may think they have a point, in order to prevent tragedies such as the Sandy Hook massacre.

Pastor Reg Kelly examines the Holy Scriptures for an answer to this debate at the God, Guns, and Liberty Conference, scheduled for February 26 th at 7PM at Bethel Church 1233 American Legion Dr. Festus, MO. There is no fee for this Conference.  No registration is required.

GodGuns

The entire conference will also be aired live online.

Akin Attacks Delegitimizes Trauma of Rape

As a woman, as a mother, as a wife, I believe my body is sacred. It is sacred to God, it is sacred as my children’s womb and it is sacred as my husband’s deepest passion.

That being said, I am sharing the story of a dear friend, and rape survivor. She refuses to be called a victim…and based upon her plight, I cannot, for the life of me, understand anyone who would. And I cannot understand men or women, regardless if their political persuasion, who are exploiting a violent sexual attack on any woman for gain.
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In case you head has been in a hole these past few days, feel free to check out the hoopla over Todd Akin…but what is more disturbing to me is the fact that both sides are exploiting this situation with zero regard for the pain their shameless digs drum up in women who have lived through it.
Here is Kirsten’s story:

As a young woman, I thought I new it all, and the world was mine to conquer. That all changed on bright, sunny afternoon when I was spending time with a friend, 3 years my senior.
Without getting into graphic detail, he raped me…as Whoopi Golderg would say, I was “rape raped”. I wasn’t beaten severely or held at knife point, but I was completely overpowered. I was also in shock, mortified, and in denial of what was happening to me.
Once the deed had been done, I didn’t know what to do. What if my parents found out? What about my peers? What if I became pregnant. The mental torture I endured from that singular event became my secret, and mine alone to bear.
Yes, I was in physical pain…excruciating, but emotionally, I was near death. What did I do to deserve this? I was a “good girl” as girls went, and had lost my virginity to a violent attack. It was stolen from me.
I could not sleep, I could not eat, I spent my days excusing myself to go to the restroom and cry for hours on end until my throat was raw.
Being young and foolish, I did not report the rape for fear of humiliation. On top of my physical and emotional pain, it would be far too bear.
I have no idea if I had gotten pregnant for sure. I do remember, being late for my period for 3 weeks, I had been struck down by a new terror. I hadn’t told anyone what happened to me, and now how was I to explain this? I was sure the man who did this to me would never tell the truth.
I was physically and emotionally at the end of my rope.
Two days later, I started bleeding heavily and that lasted nearly two weeks. I just remember being relieved that I had nothing more to explain away, if there was anything to begin with.
In hindsight, I believe I had been impregnated, and the stress on me, both physically and emotionally, was too much for my system. It was all equally traumatic as the first offense.
For many, many years, I kept this all to myself. Then the real world hit me. Every time there was a major story of a woman going through what I went through, it ripped of the scab to open the wounds anew. I am absolutely outraged that so many men and women, especially in the media, are so careless and self-centered that they neglect the emotions and mental health of rape survivors across the nation and around the globe. Do they not realize what they are doing to us? We relive that horrible, horrible moment over and over again. With every word spoken, I relive every moment, every thrust, every tear, and every fear of that rape.
Do they not realize the shame we carry, the guilt we feel, not to mention the depression? Do they not realize countless women have taken their own lives as a result of a “legitimate rape”, and each time they play such a nasty political press game, they are inching women that much closer to the brink?
I hope it’s worth it to them, to know that they are hurting so many…and for what? Where are the feminists who are supposed to be kind, tolerant, and understand me as a woman when I am hurt? I guess they just don’t get it.

Very good questions, indeed! Perhaps the “rape rape” MSM could get their heads out of their butts long enough to realize that when they exploit such situations, they are hurting thousands upon thousands. How many more women have to relive such a violation, and for how long?

…and based upon this woman’s story, I guess I can see where what Todd Akin said actually makes some sense…

Call for New Bloggers

If you are interested in getting into the blogosphere, and have a blog, or writings you would like to submit for review, feel free to submit. Looking for writers about life, culture, politics, family and faith.

No Corkscrew Required!

Too good not to share:

Forgot your corkscrew? Open your wine bottle with a shoe!

European Update

H/T: BostonGazette.Wordpress.com

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out.

Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards.” They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France’s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”

The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbor” and “Lose.”

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels .

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be alright, Mate.” Two more escalation levels remain: “Crikey! I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!” and “The barbie is cancelled.” So far no situation has ever warranted use of the last final escalation level.

A final thought –

“Greece is collapsing, the Iranians are getting aggressive, and Rome is in disarray. Welcome to 430 B.C.”

Bacon Lovers Can Die…And Go To Heaven!

In other weird findings, for all of my bacon-obsessed pals out there, you can now beam yourself to the Pearly Gates, wrapped in bacon!

No joke, J&D’s Foods has created this bacon coffin, where lovers of the pork product can find heavenly rest for all of eternity. These fatted caskets can serve as your final resting place starting around $3000.


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