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Some Things Said… (July 05)

Allstate manager fired for writing columns critical of homosexuality

Allstate has fired a manager because he expressed his Christian beliefs concerning homosexuality. Matt Barber was a manager in Allstates Corporate Security Division. On his own time, and without identifying himself as an employee of Allstate, he wrote a column posted on several websites which was critical of same-sex marriage. An outside homosexual group complained to Allstate about the column. Because of their support for the homosexual agenda, Barber was immediately fired and ushered off company property.–from the American Family Association at www.afa.net 06.29.05

Get knowledge…

Let us…cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write… Let every sluice of knowledge be opened and set a-flowing. –John Adams, 1765.

Foundations

A belief in God helps provide a foundation to arbitrate our decisions. Without this foundation, we are condemned to live essentially formless lives. –Armstrong Williams, from his column at www.townhall.com 06.27.05

Commandments go, Commandments stay…

In one case, the Supreme Court decided 5-4 that displays of the Ten Commandments in two Kentucky county courthouses had violated the First Amendment’s establishment clause. In the other, the Supreme Court decided that a granite monument displaying the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Texas state Capitol did not violate the establishment clause. So confusing were the two decisions that some news outlets assumed that the differing conclusions must have something to do with the location of the displays. Some early news reports incorrectly indicated that the Decalogue was forbidden inside a government building but was OK on the grounds outside. In fact, the distinction the Court made was far murkier, relying on individual justices interpretations of the intentions of those who placed the Ten Commandments on government property and, even, how long they had been on display. Oddly, those justices hostile to religious displays in general seemed to favor those that had been on government property a longer time.

Justice Antonin Scalia summed up the confusion perfectly: “What distinguishes the rule of law from the dictatorship of a shifting Supreme Court majority is the absolutely indispensable requirement that judicial opinions be grounded in consistently applied principle. That is what prevents judges from ruling now this way, now that — thumbs up or thumbs down — as their preferences dictate. Todays opinion … admits that it does not rest upon consistently applied principle … sometimes the Court chooses to decide cases on the principle that government cannot favor religion, and sometimes it does not.” If the majority of justices continue down this unprincipled path, they will surely need the divine intervention they invoke each session when they implore “God save the United States and this Honorable Court.” –from an article by Linda Chavez posted at www.gopusa.com 06.30.05

Retiring Justices view of enforcing the “First Amendment”…

It is true that many Americans find the Commandments in accord with their personal beliefs. But we do not count heads before enforcing the First Amendment. –Justice Sandra Day OConnor, concurring in the above mentioned ruling against government displays of religious symbols.

The complete text of the First Amendment – actually Article 1 of the Bill of Rights —

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 of the right of the people peaceably to assemble; and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Right makes might not the other way around…

Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it. –Abraham Lincoln, 02.27.1860

Florida County Ending Official Support of Gay Events

Tampa , FL – It started with a few complaints about a public library exhibit on gay authors, and resulted in an ordinance that has drawn the ire of gay rights advocates around the nation.

The Hillsborough County Commission approved by a vote of 5 to 1, with one abstention, a policy that directs the county government to “abstain from acknowledging, promoting or participating” in gay pride recognition or events. The measure was passed on June 15, after a Gay and Lesbian Pride Month display at the West Gate Regional Library here upset some library patrons. The commission also voted to require a supermajority vote of 5 to 2 to overturn the policy. –from an article by Lynn Waddell, in The New York Times, 06.25.05

Perception

No one thought Jesus was perfect, though he was. We try to make people believe we are perfect, but we are not. — Brent Kercheville, 05.29.05

Article contributed by Richard Vandagriff and Mark Zaveson