Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Imminent Threat

       On the news daily one constantly hears updates on the status or perhaps progress of gay marriage in the United States as well as the western world. The media often reports about Obama, Congress, and the steady bickering occurring back and forth between the two. The Christian church, it's followers and their struggle for their right to follow the Bible not secularism. And let's not forget the celebrities and their many affairs. But there is one big news topic that the media often mentions but much of America simply nods in response. This news relates to the same major event that occurred more than ten years ago on America soil. The event woke America up from her seemingly endless partying. The event that caused her to fly across the world and decimate once seemingly invisible warriors of terror, bomb to extinction a once powerful dictator, as well as send troops to navigate around hidden bombs. But after more than ten years news of relentless violence, death, and destruction has caused many of her citizen's to tire and some even yawn at the mention of her enemies.
      While reading and perusing online, as well as conversing with strangers I often received the message that the war is over, countries like Iraq and Afghanistan should be able to fight their own wars, US needs to worry and take care of herself. Why can't Iraq, or Afghanistan take care of themselves?, is a popular question mentioned online. Well, looking at the reality of what is going on around the world with ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda in Yemen, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah, and there is so many more one would need a book to make room for them all. Not only are there so many of them, they are located all over the world. There are of course many Muslim terrorist organizations in the Middle East, northern Africa. Then we also have numerous terror groups in Western Africa, Eastern Africa, Eastern Europe, The Western Indies, France, Germany. Many Americans think that Islamic fanaticism is just a problem for certain parts of the world but don't realize that there are several of the so-called "lone wolves" located all over the country as well as Canada and our buddies in Great Britain. Reluctancy has created a plethora of safe havens in this country and other parts of the world as many Americans as well as nations still don't view these fanatic Islamic groups as serious threats.
       Part of the reluctance deals with the fact that a high majority of the western world are ignorant of the history of Islamic followers' wars against the western world as well as the Middle East and Africa. They believe that these conflicts all began with Desert Storm, popularly known as the first Gulf War. They don't realize that the western world has been fighting wars in the Northern Africa/Arabian Peninsula part of the globe since War World I when countries like Britain, France, United States, and Russia fought against Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire which was partly made up of what is now Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, and Syria. Germany is not enemies of the US and Britain anymore but the territory making up what once belonged to the Ottoman Empire is the same area where most of the these Islamic groups originated from. ISIS covers Iraq and Syria. Al Quaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is active in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Al Qaeda in Yemen claimed the attack on France's Charlie Hebdo that slaughtered 17 people. The Ottoman Empire also ruled in places like Somalia and Jordan countries known to have terrorist groups. Somalia is especially known for being occupied by Islamic rebels. It is here where America fought the Battle of Mogadishu, famously nicknamed Black Hawk Down.
      One can even go as far back as the 1842 Afghanistan Massacre when Britain was forced to retreat during a battle in which only one Britain soldier survived. This battle occurred during the First Anglo-Afghan War. A war that would be followed by the Second Anglo-Afghan War as well as invasions from Russia. These wars would superseded much later by the Gulf War, 911, and the War in Afghanistan. In between those wars took place the Biafra War in Nigeria where the Federal Military Government, consisting mostly of Muslims from the northern region of the country, tried to commit genocide against the Igbos, made up mostly of Christians who resided in the southeastern part of the country.
       History teaches us that there is a great feud, much strife between the western world and middle eastern part of the world. And within this feud more importantly is war composed of Islam against Christians, and pretty much anybody who does not want to follow Islam. This feud did not just begin with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These bloody conflicts occurring for hundreds of years are not going to end by simply training foreign soldiers, sharing military equipment, and intelligence. This war is not going to end by announcing sanctions against various leaders and governments. And if Obama, the US government, as well as her people believe that they can sit this one out while allowing these countries across the world fight their own battle they better tune into history. Look at what occurred in World War I, Mogadishu, and 911. Look at what happened in France with the brutal murders against the Charlie Hebdo artists for drawing cartoons mocking Muhammad.   Just recently a terrorist attack was thwarted in Belgium. The source of the attack stems all the way back to Iraq and Syria. Again the same area of the world where countries from the west have time and again faced countless battles and attacks. No the war is not over America. The battle of Islam against everyone else rages on and on while world leaders refuse to admit that Islamic fanaticism is more than just a bad habit of a few.
       The religion that Islam is superior than everyone else is more than just a belief held by a minority. Look at the growing Muslim population in France, with conflict after conflict slowly rising to what may become a future civil war. France over the years has allowed people from all over the Middle East to settle their lands while not respecting the country's inherited laws and tradition. Currently the population of true blooded French people is being rivaled by the number of citizens originally from countries like Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. There is nothing wrong with allowing immigrants to reside in one's country but even if a fraction of these people do not respect your country's laws and tradition then even a powerful nation could face a crisis comparable to prolonged takeover. France will need to review her laws of immigration. The two brothers who murdered 12 people at Charlie Hebdo are of Algerian origin (Bora, 2015).
       Citizens of France are in the process of debating how their country should handle the influx of recent Islamic citizens living in their country. Britain is stepping up immigration checks, good idea, in their country (Croft, 2010). The United States and much of the western world is still debating with the terms "terrorism", "equal rights", and "tolerance".The sooner leaders like President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have the guts to call a duck a duck the quicker this problem can be taken care of once and for all.

Reference
Bora, Kukil. "Charlie Hebdo attack: Funerals for killers held in Pakistan, while victims are honored
       in France, Jerusalem". International Business Times, 21 Jan. 2015.
Croft, Adrian. "Britain raises terror threat level to "severe"." Reuters, 22 Jan. 2010.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

It's Freezing 2015

       Yes we are at it again. Another season with frigid weather. Since constantly being drilled by all the global warming hype I have paid close attention to the weather outside, especially around the winter time. Since the theory clearly states "global warming" and it's faithful persistently speak of the earth getting warmer year, I expect to physically feel the earth actually grow warmer. It has not happened yet. Again I have been disappointed by this theory that liberal media has assumed to not only be a fact but pretty much common sense. While discussing the topic on some online forums I have discovered that many of the global warming faithful even view nonbelievers as uneducated or ignorant. Amazing, how anytime one disagrees with liberal media they are often affixed with such labels. But is there anything wrong with one desiring to think for him or herself? Must we all nod our head yes every single time professor so and so graduating from so and so university tells us that blah, blah, blah is fact even when within our minds we know that dude is one hundred percent in error?
       Just like the evolution man evolving from an ape deal I want proof? Not pretty pictures illustrating Iceland resembling Hawaii. I want to actually see Iceland with continuous 80 degree weather during the middle of winter time. I want to see the Upper Peninsula of Michigan feeling toasty in the middle of January or perhaps weather the entire freezing month without snow. I want to experience three straight years of warm winter in Atlanta, Georgia. Imagine a city located in the deep south, a supposedly warm area of the United States having thirteen degree weather with a wind chill advisory. Earlier in December of 2013 the weather dipped down to as low as 27 degrees which is pretty cold for the deep south and this happened twice. 28.5 inches of snow were dumped near Fulton, New York, 23.5 inches near Watertown, New York. . Cars have piled up against each other because of heavy snow covering well travelled roads. Freezing rain and sleet are forecasted for the weekend and next week for parts of the South and the East. Does not sound like global warming to me.
       The consistent response by global warming enthusiasts to questions concerning the constant cold weather America keeps receiving is that the collective data of recent weather temperature is much warmer if looked upon as a whole than what it was hundreds of thousands of years ago.  They say that the earth has been warming since 1880, most occurring since the 1970s. Global warming believers also point to warming oceans, shrinking ice sheets, declining arctic sea ice, glacial retreat, extreme events, ocean acidification (as the result of humans increasing their release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere), and decreased snow cover. These scientists are making big assumptions regarding this big earth from data collected within the past couple of hundred of years. No one knows what the weather was like in 200 BC or 900 AD. For all we know the weather could be have been much warmer then. And looking at the earth being at least 6000 years old 1880 is too recent to be making large predictions regarding current and future weather patterns. There could be many reasons for the shrinking ice sheets, declining sea ice, and glacial retreat that we humans living here on earth simply do not understand. Again we do not know the level of the ice upon the world back in 2000 or 3000 BC. Who was there to tally up such information? Anyone who will  make statements regarding the level of ice was 5000 years ago is simply guessing. They are making a big assumption that their data must be correct. I am not able to believe such assumptions because I don't see how they qualify to equal actual factual data. These scientists cannot clearly prove that their numbers are clearly correct. Their numbers and data are base on faith. Faith that this planet is billions of years old and was much colder than it is now. Again who was there to establish that such information is one hundred percent correct? Where is the actual evidence?
       Unfortunately these scientists don't receive much challenge in the world in regards to their numbers because people who disagree with them are usually discounted immediately. They are assumed to be ignorant, Jesus Freaks. Well looking at the situation clearly since the evidence is not tangible one has to have faith in the Climate Change theory in order to believe that it is correct. And even if it is true that the weather is getting warmer we here on earth do not know whether or not the earth is going through a cyclical pattern. Maybe the planet routinely rotates from periods of cold to hot every so many hundreds or perhaps thousands of years. Remember "the ice age". You don't hear about that theory anymore but I remember the media mentioning it often when I was a child.
       Scientists in America, the US government, media needs to look into this climate change theory and do a thorough, unbiased study into the world's weather pattern. Unfortunately, America is often ruled by a pattern of whether or not its leader(s) is a democrat or republican. Depending on the party the leader(s) must abide through this strict means of thinking and problem solving which as a result deprives the country of much needed independent cogitation. We have a president who will stand behind Global Warming not because of any kind of significant evidence providing us with proof of its actual existence but because he is a Democrat and it is a rule in the US that Democrats must support and encourage Global Warming. Such floundering, follow the blind mice type of thinking can create an atmosphere of arrogance mixed with much gullibility. A bunch of people believing that they hold something of great knowledge who are only fooling themselves. Sometimes intelligence is having the courage to simply admit to what one does not know even if it will appear somewhat embarrassing.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy 2015

       2014 has been an eventful year with the rise and fall of so much occurring in this world. The Democratic party received a beating during the recent Congressional voting in 2014. This happening two years after Obama handily won the presidential reelection against the stunned Republican candidate. Two Malaysian aircrafts have met disaster one mistakenly shot down and another after several months still mysteriously missing. Still another commercial plane, this one Indonesian but still carrying many Malaysians, crashed. This one supposedly due to bad weather, "hhmmm". The ever continuous battering, missle launchings, and shootings took place off and on in the Gaza Strip between the Israeli military and the Palestinians. Let's not forget Boko Haram's constant tormenting of Nigerians and Cameroonians who simply don't want to be Muslims. And the annual constant weather related catastrophes, 2014 has left behind some scars.
       The year also produced some victories, or at least hope of possible victories. Obama declared that December 31, 2014 is going to be the last day of this War in Afghanistan with most of the remaining troops finally heading by this date.The job market has been reported to be improving, again I say reported. And relations between Cuba and America, two countries whose leaders have faced their backs toward each other while having their arms crossed since the Reagan era, are now improving. Morally, the nation has back slidden greatly with an increasing acceptance of homosexuality, even gay marriage amongst both individuals, corporations, and even churches. But it is hard to tell how true this supposed growth really is since the media that often reports this data is heavily biased towards accepting such behavior even promoting it and the federal judges constantly over rules popular votes made by their own citizens in order to legalize gay marriage. Well my Bible as well as my experience and relationship with God teaches me not to rely too much on what I hear from the media and at times even political leaders, especially when their words and actions contrast what is written in the Word. Something will eventually bend and break. When it will happen, I don't know but I plan to continue warning people, talking and writing about God's warnings along with His promises because I believe that is what God wants me to do.
       Anyhow the new year 2015 provides much hope and opportunity for those of us who may not of had a great 2014. And those of us who had a great 2014, 2015 provides us with the chance to make the new year even ten times better. How to make 2015 better than 2014? One thing continue reading the good book, the Bible. The Bible will provide one with a depth of wisdom and common sense found nowhere else in this world. The book will help one not to fall and even if one does it will give the individual inspiration, energy, and strength to rise back up. Another way to make 2015 better, continue attending a God fearing, Bible believing, people loving church. Nothing at times can be more comforting than having the ability to attend a church meeting, gathering where you can greet, chat with, and later hang out with a fellow christian(s) who is going through his or her own struggles, sometimes ones similar to yours. The experience will constantly remind you that you are not on your own. There are people out there, some of them standing right next to you from within the crowd, who are experiencing and living within scenarios that would shock you. Again you will learn that you are not alone. And just the way you will root for and desire the best for them they will do the same for you.
        Creating positive plans toward improving one's finances in the new year is another way to pave the way for a happy 2015. Start with constructing better budgeting plans aimed at providing funds towards clearing out old debt and strong will power along with the ability to say "no" to deter new ones. One big trap is watching those television commercials and listening to paid actors telling you what you need, what you must have. Pay them no attention. They don't know you nor care for your personal or financial circumstances. They are simply trying to make a buck. In some cases millions or at least hundreds of thousands of em. Another trap is comparing what you got to what your neighbors, buddies, peers have. Don't allow such things to bother you. Remember, you don't have to have it. And if your friends or even relatives continue to remind you that so and so, this person, that person is riding this and that, living here and there while you are pretty much staying put then you may need to have an inward reflection. But remember any intent, motivation toward self improvement is made to better yourself and those around you not so that you can win a material race between you and your neighbor. Such earthly competitions are meaningless and will only produce mental fatigue and a later realization that what you have worked and spent so much energy doing is not producing within you any genuine happiness.
       2015, oh so much to look forward to. Well I am going to start by continuing reading my Bible. Yes, I know that my poring through the Word has not made me a perfect human being. I have continued to make mistakes. But it gives me hope and the reliance that I can continue learning. I can continue to make use of what I am learning. Because the One whom I am learning from is not staring hard at me counting all of my mistakes and errors. He is not standing toward me arms crossed demanding constant perfection or bust. He is neither unforgiving or impatient. Now His forgiveness does not give me license to continue to willingly live a life full of reckless offense and misdeeds. His mercy and grace does allow me hope that as long as I commit my life to Him and make an honest and sincere effort to repent of my sins I will always remain one of His. A child with an eternal hope and a permanent home.
42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” Acts 10:42-43

14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. I Chronicles 7:14

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays on Christmas.

       Tis the season. I wish that I could have written this blog much earlier but better late than never. Here we are again in Christmas season. A time of the year famous for buying presents, dreaming of Santa Claus, singing songs about reindeer and snowmen, attending seasonal plays and concerts, and for some of us a constant reminder. While growing up as a child during this time of the year I was always reminded by my pastor during one of his sermons that Christmas was about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ not Santa Claus. I was reminded that the world often works hard at driving the away the true meaning of Christmas while filling one's mind with a bunch of stuff that has nothing to do with Christmas or Christ and we as a church have to be aware of it. Christians cannot fall into the trap of allowing ourselves to forget about celebrating Jesus Christ on His birthday. And yes I am well aware that December 25 was not Christ's actual birthday but this is the day that the world has chosen to celebrate it. I have volunteered to continue my former pastor's tradition by posting a blog reminding my readers to not forget to celebrate and place Jesus first during this time of year.
       Happy Holidays! Happy Holidays! That is a constant phrase one hears during this time of the year. Seasons Greetings is an older but less popular slogan for this time of the year. Another slogan one often sees is Xmas. By now many of you likely see where I am getting at. Yes Christmas is a time of year meant to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately the world has turned the day into something else different entirely. What is sad is how just about every company, television commercial, store greeter, refrains from saying "Christmas", instead shouting "Holiday Holidays" or an older, similar version, "Seasons Greetings".  When one constantly hears theses phrases over and over again the person wonders "why can't they just say Christmas?" Why continue to avoid the word as if it is cursed?
       Why not just say Merry Christmas? Looking back twenty to thirty years, the word "Christmas" was repeated much more often by the media and surrounding social circles. One heard and saw "Happy Holidays" occasionally but did not think much of it. During those times the phrase "Happy Holidays" was mentioned less often. The threat to take over the Christmas holiday was less obvious. Now even while listening to a supposed christian radio station hearing the DJs continuously shout "Happy Holidays" makes one wonder whether or not there was some kind of an agreement between members of  popular media, business leaders, and politicians that this is the way Christmas was going to be referred to for now on. It is occurring slowly but steadily just like celebrating gay, non traditional families as normal began slowly with the older production of popular tv shows like "The Odd Couple", "Three's Company", and "My Two Dads". See, the devil never makes it obvious. Satan is much smarter than that. He always starts out slowly with something that on the outside appears very innocent but is not exactly what God stated in the Bible as the way it SHOULD be. Just like "Happy Holidays", many people see the phrase as innocent but don't see that the world and its media slipping away from the day being the celebration of Christ, instead making it a day celebrating Santa Claus, Rudolph, and buying presents.
       American companies view Christmas as a day to make great sales as well as their bottom line. This is make it or break it season for many companies. This is the time of the year that many companies depend upon for producing great revenues, making them productive for the entire year. Commercials are created and shown on television, internet, and radio to drive consumers to purchase more and more products. Consumers also annually accumulate much debt during this time of the year trying to satisfy their family, friends, coworkers, and pretty much the world who expects them to deliver, sometimes at a rate well above what they are able to afford. What if these companies gave thanks to God and depended more upon Him to surpass their business quotas? Maybe the holiday season would be less frenetic and stressful. They may find themselves being able to produce more sales without having to force themselves to remain open within the midst of chaos. Remember how God took care of Israel and Judah during the ruling of Solomon and David?They did not have constant sales back then.
      Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas? Now christian people can take the time and opportunity to explain to those who may not know what the day December 25 is really about, what they can really get out of the day. About a Savior who came down to this lost world to save it from inevitable damnation as well as destruction. A world previously doomed to an everlasting period of no hope. Jesus Christ came and gave hope and life to those willing to receive it.  This is a gift much greater, of much greater use and purpose than what any person can get from a fat, jolly man wearing a red suit. Can anyone else offer someone eternal life? Let's as ourselves this question as we approach Christmas and even afterwards. Let's not allow the media and businesses big or small to dictate to us how we celebrate or refer to this holiday. Let us not be afraid to say Merry Christmas. No, we are not to cool speak it. Shout it out. Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! And to all God bless!

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 2:11-14 NIV

Saturday, December 20, 2014

FFRF vs Bible

       
        In the world today there are billions of acronyms representing various groups, the majority of them carrying out their own agenda. Recently on the web I discovered a scarcely known one called the FFRF. What is the FFRF? The FFRF stands for Freedom From Religion Foundation. This group devotes time, money, and energy in effort to free people living in the United States from religion. They cherish the idea of having separation from church and state which to them means banning Christianity from public, governmental buildings, offices, and schools.

       In demonstration of their idea of separation the FFRF is currently going after Cloverleaf Elementary School for passing out free bibles, with the help of Gideons International, to their elementary students. Gideons Internaional handed out bibles to the students during class time. The children were given a choice. They were asked whether or not they wanted a bible. If the child said yes he or she was handed one if not the child would not receive a bible. One child refused a bible saying that she "believed God in a different way". The poor girl was teased and bullied for her statement by the other children. She went home and told her parents initiating a forest fire that is now burning red in the Atlanta metro area school.

       Andrew Seidel, an attorney for the FFRF  threatened to file a lawsuit against the school if it dd not stop passing out bibles to its students. John Harper the Bartow County Superintendent received the threat from the FFRF. He has yet to make a comment. Seidel stated that the school's efforts to provide bibles to their students was predatory and similar to tobacco companies trying to recruit children while they were young. The school administrators replied by stating that they have an "open forum policy", meaning they welcome anyone from any religion to pass out informational material. The FFRF responded by demanding that since they have an "open forum policy" they will invite Satanic temple volunteers to pass out informative coloring books to the students. The school is now considering ending the "open forum" policy.

         The FFRF vs the Bible, here is an example of how an atheist organization uses words from the Constitution in order to attempt to shut down Christianity in America. Regarding the freedom of religion, is there anywhere in the Constitution that states that a school cannot pass out bibles to its students? Would our Founding Fathers even consider for a fraction of a second, an organization passing out Satan promoting material to elementary children? This is where America currently stands as the many, growing secular groups continue to attempt to silence God away from the lips of the country's worshippers. Groups like the FFRF are trying to use the Constitution as a weapon to silence Christians. They love to use the phrase freedom against religion. What they are omitting is that not only does the First Amendment prohibit the government from making a law respecting the establishment of religion but also prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The FFRF got the prohibit the government from making a law respecting the establishment of government part of the First Amendment down pact but are seriously neglecting the "prohibiting the free exercise thereof" part. Meaning that groups like the FFRF cannot sue government controlled organizations like schools from taking part in religious activities or passing out Christian paraphernalia simply because they don't like Christianity, nor can they force schools to hand out material promoting Satan.

       Making a law respecting the establishment of government means that the US administration cannot force Americans, businesses, schools, or any individual living or staying in America to attend church, read bibles, bow down to Jesus, praise Mohammed, or any activity involving religion. But atheist groups like the FFRF are taking the law several extra steps ahead by trying to use it to completely ban Christianity out of the eyes and ears of government forums and pretty much every public venue and arena. A school can openly discuss God within its building to its pupils if the school officials and employees within its buildings wishes. The same school cannot force students to accept Jesus Christ in their hearts as their personal savior or make them dunk their heads underwater in obedience to Him.

       People, governmental groups, agencies, and professional businesses must know the difference. Christians cannot allow atheist groups to continue to bully them into the huddled corner of the fence. The United States of America was not intended by the Founding Fathers to be a secular nation. Organizations like the FFRF, GLAAD, People for the American Way, The ACLU are molded in the form and behavior of the anti-christ going against everything God desired and commanded from His people. These groups isolate Jesus Christ in a lone corner, detesting anyone who attempts to give Him the honor He deserves. What business does the FFRF have telling Gideons International that they cannot pass out bibles to school children? Why does that concern them so much? Is it because they are really concerned about being free from religion or do they have their own agenda? What about the religion of atheism? How about humanism or secularism? Aren't those religions? Does the FFRF favor one over the other? Does the First Amendment allow organizations like the FFRF and the government to be able to favor one belief system or religion over Christianity? And what about religions like Islam, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses? When their teachers preach their messages at schools and government forums do they attack them with the same fervor?

       The FFRF threatened to pass out reading material supporting Satanism. That is a religion. In this country the United States of America we also have a growing trend of businesses, government organizations and agencies allowing their offices and co-workers to lead yoga classes within their buildings. The Gwinnett county government in the state of Georgia offers yoga classes to the public. Yoga is a Hindu theistic philosophy. This religious philosophy proposes a teaching dependent on a man integrating or uniting his body with his mind and spirit through meditations. Yoga states that a man has to integrate his body, mind, and spirit in order to be in harmony with himself and his environment. According to yoga such actions will give a man peace. Jesus tells us that we pour are entire mind and spirit to Him. We devote ourselves to Him giving Him our first fruit, then we will have peace.

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” Luke 10:27-28.

       More important than peace if we integrate our mind, spirit, and body with Jesus we will live. And not only will we live we will be given eternal life which allows us to have peace while living here on earth.

       There is a hypocrisy from stories like these that are very disturbing. One religion, the religion of the anti-christ trying to suppress the teachings of Jesus Christ. Christians need to use their brains in this battle. Thomas Jefferson did not write the First Amendment in order to suppress Christianity. He wrote it to protect the teachings of Jesus Christ and His followers from pressure groups like the FFRF who would like nothing better than to keep His teachings lying ten feet underground. And if people and institutions like Cloverleaf Elementary and John Harper do not continue to press forward handing out those bibles while explaining away the true meaning of the First Amendment, these atheist groups will continue to bully them. Hopefully Cloverleaf Elementary will not allow the FFRF to scare them. Regardless of what happens in court God is on their side. We will win in the end.


10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:10-12
     
 
 
 
      
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Michael Brown's Death = Racism?

       Was Michael Brown killed in Ferguson Missouri because he was black? That is a difficult question to answer. First of all I don't personally know either Michael Brown or Officer Darren Wilson, the man who shot him to death. Second, I was not there to witness the struggle between the two provided according to Officer Darren Wilson's testimony. What I and most people living in America know is that racism between white and black Americans has been going on in this country for a long time. Slavery first began in America in 1619 when Africans were shipped down to Jamestown, Virginia in order to help settlers with the production of such lucrative crops as tobacco (http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/slavery). From that time until present Africans, Black Americans, Caribbeans, black people from all over the globe have struggled with White Americans as well as other races to be treated fairly in this country.
     Since the Rodney King's LA beatings I have read and paid special attention to articles as well as news events of incidences involving police nistreatment of black people living in America. A USA Today article reported that a black man was killed by a white officer in America an average of twice a week during a seven year period ending in 2012 (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/14/police-killings-data/14060357/). On average there are 96 incidents of white officers killing black men among 400 incidences that were reported to the FBI by the local police. Since Michael Brown 14 teens have been killed by police officers, six of them are black (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/25/the-14-teens-killed-by-cops-since-michael-brown.html). Some of them were discovered to be simply carrying a BB gun. I, myself have had personal encounters with police officers, one where I was followed around and questioned while walking around a white neighborhood in a Chicago suburb. There was no physical altercation but I do remember feeling irritated about the officer's decision to begin questioning my intentions when I did not believe I gave anyone any reasons to believe I was in the pursuit of any kind of mischief.
       Sadly, I see no reason for this pattern of blacks being mistreated by white officers to change anytime soon. Nor do I see a lessening of the anger black people, especially young black men have towards white cops. The anger African-Americans have toward white police officers is deeply rooted. The fury is rage stemming from the days of slavery when blacks were regarded as 3/5s of a man. Of course this is no excuse for men to be setting police cars on fire and engulfing hard working families' business in flames. But the anger has a  psychological and social source that needs to be dealt with in a fair and serious matter.
       One means of settling the enmity is for the United States government to give African Americans a sincere apology. African American ancestors were forced to leave their homelands in order to work in a far away place where they were greatly mistreated, disrespected, and forced to endure hard work without receiving any pay. An apology can work wonders even for the most grievous sins. Second the president along with the government, religious, and civil rights leaders should discuss some kind of financial repayment of Black Americans for all the hard work their ancestors had done. The black slaves did a lot of work for this country. America's rise to prominence in this world is highly due to the free labor the country and many of its citizens were provided for hundreds of years. Imagine a country, an entire southeastern region able to develop and produce a very crucial money maker for its people, cotton, while not having to pay a dime toward the workers slaving hours night and day in order to make it happen. Add the maids, butlers, babysitters, workers harvesting sugar cane, planting and harvesting rice, weavers, carpenters, tobacco farmers, dairy workers, railroad builders and one could build multiple corporations and various businesses. The work and responsibility forced upon the back of African American slaves was tremendous and all of this  was provided for free. The amount of uncompensated labor would likely total to at least billions. No wonder America developed so fast. No wonder this country has been so prosperous. Imagine if the United States and its companies were able to mine and transport coal for free today. Imagine if  America allowed businesses like Burger King and Target to force workers to sell their products without having to provide them any wages or merely paying each worker something like $2.13 an hour. What if professional teams like the LA Lakers or Chicago Bears were allowed to force big time players to fill their stadiums each game while paying minimum wages. These companies and their owners would be colossally, mega rich. Money that would be transferred and shared amongst relatives, friends, nearby businesses. This is close to they type of atmosphere American land owners, company owners, businessmen, and the country's economy thrived in during the slavery era. Many companies and politicians would balk at such an idea but if one was serious about America working together and being as one then such or similar plans must be considered.
       Another means of pacifying African Americans anger is for the government to recreate a system in each major American city where law enforcement and the court system is being watched closely and held accountable for their actions. Obviously much of the people living in this country do not trust the police, the government, and the court system. Some of it is due to paranoia and individuals in various American neighborhoods living a dirty lifestyle but much of the lack of trust is also because of a many misdeeds like Michael Brown's wrongful death in the hands of an officer and the recent occurrence of a 12 year old black boy who was killed in Cleveland by an officer who mistook the toy gun he was waving around for a real firearm. The repeated denial of responsibility by law enforcement agencies, the court system, and the government can no longer continue. The evidence of the mistreatment of black people especially young black men is obvious. Michael Brown did not have to die. Was he a good example of an obedient, well mannered, studious young citizen, perhaps not. Did he deserve to die in the matter that he did in the hands of an officer, no. Shoot to kill and ask questions later is not the job of a police officer. At least not in this country. The police force is not supposed to resemble a gang of vigilantes. That is why there is a court system, with judges and attorneys. Regard each individual, black, white, Asian, Indian with respect, never prejudge, and most importantly hold each person accountable for his or her actions. Such a change of behavior can only occur with a true showing of outward repentance that can be easily seen and measured.

                                                       References
Johnson, K., Hoyer, M., & Heath, B, (2014) Local Police Involved in 400 Killings Per Year. USA Today, Retrieved November 26, 2014 from http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/14/police-killings-data/14060357/
Strochlic Nina (2014) The 14 Teens Killed by Cops Since Michael Brown. The Daily Beast, Retrieved November 26, 2014 from http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/25/the-14-teens-killed-by-cops-since-michael-brown.html


      

Sunday, November 23, 2014

America's Favorite Dad???

       When first hearing about the rape allegations concerning Bill Cosby one would first think "Naahhh!!" "Another whacko with no life seeking attention!" But as the stories continue to pour in and more women from a broad age range and race continue to tell their horrific stories one cannot continue to shun the possibilities. This could be true. America's favorite dad. The same guy who wrote those Little Bill book series which is now the source of the Little Bill cartoons that have been on the air from February 16, 2000 until February 14, 2014. The friendly dad that pitched Coca Cola and Jello-O commercials. The guy who starred in those I Spy action shows. The funny father whom everybody would have loved to call dad from The Cosby Show and It's a Different World. Bill Cosby, the creative producer behind hit kid television series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids as well as Electric Company (Cosby produced the first two years of the show). This man, famous for making all those goofy, stretched play do faces and strange dance contortions, a rapist?!? Well let's not place the final verdict yet but as one follows the news on air and online the conclusion is not looking good for our Mr. Huxtable.
       How does someone with all of these accolades, who could very likely have dated and married any woman he wants, molest or even rape anybody? This is a question America has asked often and for many years, in reference to a large number and variety of individuals. Does Michael Jackson come to mind? He was not convicted of child molestation but after hearing from his many accusers and watching and listening to the pop singer's often eccentric behavior one cannot help but think "Hhhmm?". We can't forget Mike Tyson. Here was a ferocious brawler many boxers feared, millions of fans could not wait to watch, who allegedly beat up his first wife, actress Robin Givens. Well, he claims to not have hit her with a "closed fist" but a man as big as him, even a open hand would likely send a woman to the hospital. Rihanna's accusation of Chris Brown's brutal attack against her. Eminem;s ex-wife Kim accusation of his attack against her. Martha Stewart serving time for obstruction of Justice. Paula Deen's accused racist remark. Let's not forget the ever so famous Ike Turner's long time physical abuse of former wife Tina Turner. The list goes on and on.
        It seems that for a long time America becomes drugged and lulled into sleep while viewing, listening to their entertainment idols and then "BAM!", "Whop!" something unbelievable happens to wake us up. These people are not Jesus they are human beings like we. Some of them have grown better at practicing their secret, at times evil deeds, because of all the money and fame they have acquired. They can now afford to buy or fly whatever, where ever they want in order to make sure that nobody finds out. But in life, as it often happens, someone eventually discovers what has always been hidden.
       Will there ever be a time when people, especially fans, will ever stop being surprised? Will there ever be a time when a news man will announce that Pop Star Moneyman was found raping a minor and America will respond with a yawn? Will people in this country ever learn that these people they see on television and even on the concert stage are actors, illusionists, entertainers. They are there to entertain us. They are on television to enhance their careers. They are not on a mission to to save the world from Judgement Day. Not saying that they are all evil, now some of them, eeehhh?!? Just saying that strong admiration and following of someone one does not know can often end in disappointment. Now Jesus Christ is someone who does not disappoint. He is the Savior of the World. The Healer and Redeemer who rose from death to save not just Himself but others. He is someone who can never disappoint. Who is your hero? Maybe you should reconsider?

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2