Thursday, June 30, 2005

It's Stop The ACLU Blogburst Thursday!

Featured this week is a post by Lee Ellis who is a retired journalist and a former vice president of both CBS and Gannet. He resides in Indio, California, where he write op-eds that appear in several local newspapers. Find out what Lee's thoughts are on our country's state regarding religion, politics, and more.

You can stop the ACLU's insiduous brainwashing of the people of this nation by learning more at Stop the ACLU. Join us in fighting the continued demise of religion, morality, and patriotism that the ACLU promotes.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Chronicles of my cross - Freedom of Religion.

My first deployment after the 9/11 attacks was to Germany. I was lucky, I got to do my job, far from the front, but I was reminded everyday of what was at stake as each day a new transport came in bearing the flag draped coffins of my fallen comrades. It was a real eye opener. I was glad to have my faith to get me through it.

But I noticed over and over again all the little differences between Europe and America, everywhere I went. In Germany, EVERY Christian and government holiday is observed. In fact May has so many, that they joke about when their next day "on" is, rather than their next day "off". Everyone closes their shops and businesses (except the restaurants) and they celebrate the holiday. It is expected, to do otherwise is unheard of.

The first thing that came to my mind when I first encountered this was, "This would never go over well in America, no shopping on a holiday? Isn't that what holiday's are for?" The people there think nothing of it, they know no other way, and there is no use in complaining, all they will say is, "well that's the way it is".

I remember this every time someone attacks religion here in our country, and I think, if you don't like things here, move to Germany. I wonder how many would?

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Flag Desecration Amendment Passed By House



The House voted in favor of this 06/22/05,

"The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States." Amendment (H.J. Res 10)



The following is an exerpt from STOP THE ACLU Thursday Blogburst -

Read what the ACLU thinks about the issue of burning our flag:

From aclu.org

For more than a decade, the Citizen's Flag Alliance and others have expended seemingly endless resources lobbying candidates and members of Congress to pass a constitutional amendment giving the government the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the American flag. Civil libertarians have fought back hard, organizing coalitions of veterans, religious leaders and other Americans who believe that such a constitutional amendment would undermine the very principles for which the American flag stands.

While our fight against the proposed amendment has made headway in recent years, the margins of our victories remain precariously thin. Recent calls for patriotic unity threaten to bolster the cause of those who wish to protect the symbol of our freedoms at the expense of the freedoms themselves.

We urge you to read about the history of the flag amendment and why Americans across the country oppose this amendment. Then make your voice heard! (source)



Read the entire Blogburst contributed by Gribbit this week at Stop the ACLU. Join us in our fight to stop the lunacy created by the ACLU that is tearing our country apart by demoralizing our citizens and taking away all meaning from honoring our flag, honoring our country, and the religious history it is so richly built upon.

My opinions can be read here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The 2nd Amendment: Original Intent

(The following is an original post by Ogre - that I have shamelessly cross posted here. My thanks to Ogre for sharing his research on the beliefs of our founding fathers and how their faith influenced the writing of the Constitution.)


The 2nd Amendment: Original Intent


Yesterday I posted facts that showed the current media bias against firearms is clearly wrong. I showed how the founding fathers very clearly indicated that the United States Constitution is NOT a "living" document, and that when interpreting the Constitution, one should absolutely consider the original intent of those who wrote it.

Today I'd like to continue with some details about that original intent, specifically the source of the rights in the United States Constitution.

James Wilson, one of only 6 men who signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, who was also the second most active member of the Constitutional Convention, said that the rights found in government documents did NOT create new rights, but instead the documents were...to acquire a new security for the possession of the recovery of those rights to which we were previously entitled by the immediate gift or by the unerring law of our all-wise and all-beneficent Creator.

John Adams said the same thing when he said that Rights are antecedent to all earthly governments; Rights cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; Rights are derived from the great Legislator of the universe.

Thomas Jefferson agreed that government is to declare and enforce only our natural rights and duties and to take none of them from us.

Alexander Hamilton: The Supreme Being gave existence to man, together with the means of preserving and beautifying that existence. He invested him [man] with an inviolable right to personal liberty and personal safety.

So now we've clearly shown that government is not in the business of granting rights, but instead the Constitution has clearly outlined various boundaries of natural rights that the government should never cross.

Tomorrow we'll continue with more details and facts about the actual right PROTECTED, NOT GRANTED, in the Bill of Rights.

(It should be a really good post tomorrow - go check it out!)

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Razzing Europe

Pope Benedict XVI (a.k.a. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) wrote in his book, "The Europe of Benedict: In the crisis of cultures":

"Europe has developed a culture which, in a way never before known to humanity, excludes God from public conscience, either by being denied or by judging his existence to be uncertain and thus belonging to subjective choices, something irrelevant for public life," Benedict writes.


You tell them, Your Grace. To his detractors, he adds:

He dismisses arguments that inclusion of the reference would have offended Jews and Muslims, saying they are more offended by Europe's attempt to deny a historic fact.

"It's not the mention of God that offends the followers of other religious, but precisely the attempt to build a human community absolutely without God," he writes.


It's not a matter of religious preference - it's a matter of believing and acknowledging publicly God's influence on our world both historically and in the future. Which makes this a relevant subject in today's irreverent world.

"A human community without God" may be coming to a community near you soon, if the ACLU has it's way. Find out what you can do to help put God back into the public conscience by visiting Stop the ACLU . Join us at Crosses aCross America in our fight to stop the ACLU's attempts to erase God from our history and our future today. We ask you to display symbols of your religion on your private property to remind everyone of your belief in the role and importance of God in our country.

Cross posted at Is It Just Me?

Friday, June 17, 2005

ACLU Worried Over Possible Flag Burning Ban



"It's scary close", said ACLU spokeswoman Terri Schroeder. "People think it's something that's never going to happen. The reality is we're very close to losing this battle."


Words to remember. The same organization that has concerned itself MORE with the rights of the terrorists, than those they terrorized, is now worried that an ongoing battle to make the burning of the US flag illegal will be passed by the Senate and in the ACLU's eyes another First Amendment right will be lost.

After 6 attempts on Capital Hill, this month the Senate will again vote on whether to make burning "Old Glory" illegal. The House has passed the anti-flag burning bill each time it was introduced. In the past the Senate has killed the bill. But, times have changed and the Senate is now controlled by a conservative Republican majority. The ACLU is dreading the outcome of this vote for that very reason.

Isn't it time that a change occurs? Obviously, if we allow it to be legal to burn our own flag (which worldwide a country's flag is symbolic of national unity and strength) and allow us to be attacked in such a visible way from within - why shouldn't others who don't live here burn our flags, bomb our embassies, hi-jack planes and kill our citizens? After all, we have given the world the message we don't care too much about it ourselves, we have empowered the dissidents of our own country with the right to burn our flag.

If flushing a Koran or urinating on a Bible can create such an outrage with demands for justice to be served (government money going to punish people for alleged religious rights infringements, hmmm where is the separation of church and state there?), then why shouldn't the burning of our flag be held at even a higher regard than either of those two religious books by the ACLU? After all, the US flag has been accepted and incorporated as a visual icon in our government by the ACLU, unlike the religious icons that the ACLU is advocating a removal of from all government facilities and grounds. And that is all the more reason to have the bill passed. The flag should be held above all symbolic icons (secular or non-secular) in our country and burning it should be equivalent to an act of inciting treason or committing it.

Yes, the ACLU should be worried. The time now is ripe for change. Contact your Congressmen and encourage them to pass this bill. Too many soldiers, firemen, and police officers wearing an "Old Glory" blaze have died serving our country - even those who would burn it. It is time, if for no other reason, to honor those who are in service to our country by letting them know that they will never see it burned again.

Insight On Religious Beliefs Of Our Founding Fathers

Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, appointed by Madison at age 32 because of his constitutional scholarship, said in his commentary on the Constitution: “The real object of the First Amendment was not to countenance, much less advance, Mohammedanism or Judaism or infidelity by prostrating Christianity, but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects and to prevent any national ecclesiastical patronage of the national government.”

Story also said, “We are not to attribute this prohibition of a national religious establishment to an indifference to religion in general, and especially to Christianity . . . Any attempt to level all religions, and to make it a matter of state policy to hold all in utter indifference, would have created universal disapprobation, if not universal indignation.”

Patrick Henry, the firebrand of the revolution, said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not upon religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”

James Madison said, “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves and to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”


Read more about this here.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

This IS For God and Country


A Soldier's Prayer

"For if God be for me who can stand against me. No weapon formed against me shall prosper."

A picture of his helmet (held between his boots) taken by a soldier in 2004 serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom near Fallujah, Iraq. For God and Country they serve.

Thursday Is Stop The ACLU Blogburst Day

The ACLU has been the backbone to all litigation that has occurred in which references to religion are being dismantled or attacked in our country. Today is the traditional Stop the ACLU Blogburst day and you are invited to visit the Stop the ACLU site to read this weeks topic, which deals with the ACLU's stance on pornography that is also morally corrupting our nation.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Chronicles of my cross - The WTC Cross


WTC Cross
Originally uploaded by Zaphriel.
In late September, 2001, as we were recovering from the shock of everything that had happened over the previous weeks, I felt all the helplessness, the panic. Stories, more and more stories continued to poor out of ground zero. One that struck me as interesting, and that showed some hope in all of the confusion, was the WTC Cross. It could be said that it was just debris. And that is a distinct possibility, but the hope I felt in seeing it, helped me through the days, weeks, months, and years of deployments ahead. It was just a coincidence to some, but to me, it reminded me to Never Forget. Never forget my faith and never forget who I am and what I am here to do. During my deployments I would see photographs of the towers and reminders of the attacks, and I would feel the pain, and then I would remember the cross in the rubble, and I would start to feel hope once again.

Forgive, but Never Forget.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Thanks For Your Support!



On June 7, 2005 during a comment session regarding the possible closure of the Soledad Cross in San Diego County, CA "Crosses aCross America" was inspired. The Soledad Cross had been placed on a mountain many years ago as a tribute to the soldiers who had served in the Korean War. A lawsuit was initiated by an atheist who claims that the Soledad Cross (which is located along a highway he traveled) was disturbing to him and should be removed.

This particular instance was the springboard from which "Crosses aCross America" was launched. The inspiration for "Crosses" came from frustration that precedents that had been set over the years to honor our founding fathers faith in freedom of religion and that had been illustrated through artwork and other religious symbolism in our government buildings both on a national, state, and local level were coming under attack by those who would have a total separation of church and state. Numerous lawsuits have been filed in federal court (or have been threatened to be filed) by the ACLU to remove all of these religious symbols from public view on public property. Capitulation (by those government entities, who could not afford to fight) to remove religious symbols has occurred.

Recently in an interview, Reese Lloyd (a former ACLU attorney) shared his feelings about religion and our government:

"The ACLU is involved in the secular cleansing of our history. This is not just a fight about free exercise, but about the protection of our American history. The ACLU want to deny America the knowledge of their Christian heritage."

"For example, the Ten Commandments in Court Houses. I don't think this is an "endorsement" of religion. It is an acknowledgment of our history. I don't care if it causes discomfort to Islamic terrorists, Islamic terrorist sympathizers, or Hindus and their holy cows."


These are pretty strong words coming from a former ACLU attorney. Mr. Lloyd is a member of the American Legion, and is only one soldier who served his country under the motto "for God and country". But, his sentiments are the reflections of many others who believe as he does, that there is a movement by some to wipe out part of our country's history as if it never existed. These secularists would do this by removing religious symbols in public places and to remove mention in our schools of the strong religious faith of our country's citizens that has had a huge bearing and impact over the years in molding our government, and that has fortified our people's resolve in times of crisis and war over the years.

Through "Crosses aCross America", we feel that even though the removal of religion in a public sphere may become a reality, the placing of crosses, star of David's and other religious symbols by the private sector on their own personal property will continue to remind those who would choose to forget, that there are those who REFUSE to forget the role and importance of religion in our country's history. We ask everyone that feels this way (as we do) to SHOW YOUR SUPPORT visually and make "Crosses aCross America" a reality, not just something discussed on the internet.

Our first week has been wonderful. The number of visitors to "Crosses aCross America" in our first 5 days has been much more than anticipated - due largely in part to our supporters WHO BELIEVE in "God and Country" and who have taken the time to promote our site on their own sites, in forums, emails, and by word of mouth. Each person is encouraged to make "Crosses aCross America" become a reality - by their continued support through the internet; by contacting area churches and other houses of worship; and by placing a symbol of their faith on their private property - not only in support of this cause, but to remind those who would like to see religion wiped from public view and mind that this is not going to happen.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

ACLU Suffers Loss In Cross Case

Freedom rang in the ears of the ACLU today, as a the voice of the people trumps the ACLU's judicial activism....as it should be.

A San Diego judge ruled today against an effort by an atheist to block statements in a ballot initiative that will decide the fate of the historic cross on Mt. Soledad overlooking the Pacific.

As WorldNetDaily reported, atheist Phillip Paulson, represented by the ACLU, threatened five San Diego-area personalities with legal action over the proposed wording of the July 26 voter initiative.

The five behind the Mt. Soledad initiative are KFMB radio talk-show host Rick Roberts; KOGO radio talk-show host Roger Hedgecock; San Diego Padres radio announcer Jerry Coleman, Rep. Randy Cunningham, R-Calif.; and SoledadNational.com Director Phil Thalmeimer.

Voters will be able to decide if they want to transfer the city owned site to the federal government where it would be designated as a war memorial. Paulson contends the cross should be removed because it's on government property.

An attorney for the five personalities, Charles LiMandri, said ACLU attorney Jame McElroy was visibly "not pleased with the decision of the judge."Read more at WND

It is always good news when religious liberty is upheld in our Country. It reignites hope! Bravo to this judge. However don't let your guard down. The people won this one, but we will see the ACLU attempt to destroy our religious expression again. Let's not allow them to use our money when they do.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Crosses aCross America

We are a non-demoninational group that is dedicated to promoting faith in God and in our country and the freedom to practice it. There is a growing number of cases where the freedom to practice religion in public places and to display icons based on religious beliefs in public places have come under attack; lawsuits stemming from those who object to public displays of religion (and who are now suing our government, our states, our cities, and our schools to remove all religion from public view) are occurring at an ever increasing rate.

We believe the US is under attack by those who would deny us our heritage - which since the days of our founders has been steeped in the faith of God, regardless of religious affiliation.

We encourage everyone to place crosses, star of David's, and other religious emblems on their property, in their windows, and on their cars to promote this effort.

Additional information will be available on this site. We encourage you to bookmark us and return frequently to find out how to join our movement and participate with us to promote the freedom to practice our faith in God and our nation.

Thank you and God Bless.

Thanks to Mudville Gazette and Outside The Beltway

Interview With A Former ACLU Lawyer

The Chronicles of My Cross


Mycross
Originally uploaded by Zaphriel.
I will be periodically posting here about My Cross, my faith, the holy book, and how they got me through the toughest times of my life.

I am Christian, and I have been to two war zones. I have seen both the good that can be in this world, and the bad. My Faith has guided me through situations I would never have been able to face otherwise.

I hope you all find it interesting and insightful.

I never want by right to express my religion taken away, mainly because I have seen what happens when it is.

Soledad Cross Under Attack



The Soledad Cross (pictured above) is in the center of a lawsuit between the county of San Diego and an atheist who is represented by the ACLU. Read more here.

Dean on Religion

Howard Dean describes the Republican Party as "pretty much a white, Christian party."

So, does that make the Democrat Party "pretty much a black, non-Christian party"?

We beg to differ, Mr. Dean.

Tulsa Zoo Home To Religious Exhibit

Hat tip from An American Housewife. After much controversy, Christian advocates get equal time at the zoo.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Display Your Religion Proudly

If you decide to put a cross or other religious emblem on your property, in your yard, on your roof in big lights...or whatever. Send us a photo, and we will post it here.

Legislators Sued For Praying

Unbelievable, but true. Read more here.
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