Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Please Help Katrina's Victims

Network for Good has many links for organizations taking donations for anyone wishing to help the victims of Katrina. Please help as you can.


Our prayers are with all of those who have been devastated by Katrina, and to all of those working to help the victims.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The Living Document And The Unelected Legislature

The first amendment states: "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 to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

The far-left have some other constitution they call a "living document." Its first amendment says, "There is an inseparable wall between Church and State. Religion shall be suppressed to only being expressed in private...."
Or something like that.

Through constant judicial activism, the ACLU has been one of the primary founders of this "living document", as well as many activist judges who have written it from the bench.

For example, the ACLU has constantly tried to redefine the First Amendment's protections of press and speech to include all kinds of filth and perverse things including child porn.

The Establishment Clause is one of the most abused sections in the Constitution, completely twisted out of context from its original meaning. For example the ACLU's claim that a voluntary prayer made by a high school valedictorian, selected on completely neutral grounds, or the posting of Ten Commandments by organizations with private funds on a public Courthouse lawn, somehow violates the Establishment Clause. Neither of these acts are done by Congress, nor are they "laws" that establish religion.

Many local governments across Georgia and other states begin their meetings with a prayer and reference the Christian deity during the invocation. However, the ACLU says doing so is unconstitutional, and last year federal courts in South Carolina agreed with them.

"The courts have said that if they are going to have these prayers, they have to be inclusive," said Maggie Garrett, a staff attorney for ACLU of Georgia who filed earlier this month against the Cobb County government for the practice.Source


What the majority thinks doesn't matter anymore. Former ACLU Executive Director Ira Glasser made that clear when he said in an ACLU press release after Alaska voted for a constitutional amendment to preserve the traditional definition of marriage, "Today's results prove that certain fundamental issues should not be left up to a majority vote."

See, the ACLU believes they know what is best for America, not the people. And this type of elitism defines them. Sometimes it is very obvious such as comparing religion to terrorism. And this guy was serious.

I'm gonna go ahead and start promoting a book that will be coming out very soon, which I highly suggest you all go out and buy when it does. I was sent an advance copy, and to illustrate my point...I'm gonna quote from The ACLU Vs. America by Alan Sears and Craig Osten.

"Dennis Prager, a well known columnist and radio host, perhaps best expressed the ACLU's worldview (and that of its allies) and its antagonism toward American values, when he wrote the following:"

To understand the worldwide ideological battle - especially the one between America itself - one must understand the vast differences between leftist and rightest worldviews and between secular and religious (specifically Judeo-Christian) values.

One of the most important of these differences is their attitudes toward law. Generally speaking, the Left and the secularists venerate, if not worship law. They put their faith in law-both national and international. For most of the Left, "Is it legal?" is usually the question that determines whether an action is right or wrong....

To the Left, legality matters most, while to the Right, legality matters far less than morality. To the Right and to the religious, the law, when it is doing its job, is only a vehicle to morality, never a moral end in itself. Even the Left has to acknowledge this. When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus in 1955, she violated the law. Therefore, anyone who thinks she did the right thing is acknowledging that law must be subservient to morality...

And why is the Left so enamored by law?

First, the Left, which is largely secular, regards morality no as absolute, but as relative. This inevitability leads to moral confusion, and no one likes to be morally confused. So instead of moral absolutes, the left holds legal absolutes. "Legal" for the Left is what "moral" is for the Right. The religious have a belief in a God-based moral law, and the Left believes in man-made law as the moral law.

Second, whereas they cannot change God's laws, those on the Left can and do make many of society's laws. In fact the Left is intoxicated with law-making. It gives them the power to mold society just as Judeo-Christian values did in the past. Unless one understands that the leftist ideals function as a religion, one cannot understand the Left.

Laws are the Left's vehicles to earthly salvation. Virtually all human problems have a legal solution. Some men harass women? Pass laws banning virtually every flirtatious action a man might engage in vis-a-vis a woman. Flood legislatures with laws preventing the creation of a "hostile work environment." Whereas the religious world has always worked to teach men how to act toward women, the secular world, lacking these religious values, passes laws to control men.

In fact, since it lacks the self-control apparatus that is a major part of religion, the Left passes more and more laws to control people. That is why there is a direct link between the decline in Judeo-Christian religion and the increase in governmental laws controlling human behavior.

Of course, the more laws that are passed, the less liberty society enjoys. But to the Left, which elevates any number of values above liberty-e.g. compassion, equality, fairness- this presents little problem.

All this helps to explain the Left's preoccupation with controlling courts; passing laws; producing, enriching and empowering lawyers; filing lawsuits; and naming judges. Laws and the makers of laws will produce heaven on earth. And that is why the Left hates the America....(that) says morality is higher than man-made law.


A very well written piece there that very accurately describes the situation. It isn't just the ACLU's fault that America is losing its moral values, a big part is also played by the judges who rule in their favor. Relative moralism, and Political Correctness are eating America alive.

This type of thinking leads to totalitarian societies that the ACLU and its leftist allies say they oppose but Roger Baldwin admired during their "struggle in a transition period to Socialism." When society exalts individual rights over collective responsibility, then speech or actions seen as interfering with the right of the individual must be silenced. When law, instead of God, is seen as the salvation of mankind, more and more restrictive laws are passed to ultimately limit freedom rather than expand it.ACLU Vs. America


That is exactly what is happening. The ACLU is shaping America in its ugly socialist image. It is restricting liberty rather than protecting it. They censor speech rather than protect it. Public school teachers are scared to say "Merry Christmas", and County Commissions are afraid to pray in the name of Jesus.

If they continue their agenda unchallenged, they will create an America far from what our founding fathers fled in order to find freedom, and instead, we will become more like the countries the fled from.

But hope is not lost. ADF and other grassroots groups like Stop The ACLU, and other legal groups are here to fight. We can't do it without you. We want to expand our reach by getting an ad in the Washington Post. Go Here to see how you can help.


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Crossposted At Stop The ACLU

Sunday, August 21, 2005

A Reading for August 21

The AM Reading for August 21 is Ps 107, 108, 109

God should be praised for his manifold providences.

Psalm 107 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east , and from the west, from the north, and from the south.

4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.

5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fained in them.

6 The they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.

7 And he led them forth by the right way,. that they might go to a city of habitation.

8 O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

10 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;

11 Because he rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:

12 Therefore he brough down their heart with labour; they fell down, and here was none to help.

13 Then they cried out unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.

14 He brought them ourt of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.

15 O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

16 For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.

17 Fools, because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.

18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.

19 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.

20 He sent his word, and healed them , and delivered them from their destructions.

21 O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and declare his works with rejoicing.

23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;

24 These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.

25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which liftesth up the waves thereof.

26 They mount up to the heavan, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end.

28 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

30 The are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

31 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

33 He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground;

34 A fruitful land into a barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

35 He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry gound into watersprings.

36 And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation.

37 And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.

38 He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.

39 Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.

40 He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.

41 Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.

42 The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.

43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Victory Dance For Moses


Of course I have to post when we have a victory over the ACLU. Several emails from supporters so hat tips all around.



I got this email directly from ADF:

ALLIANCE DEFENSE FUND NEWS RELEASE
August 19, 2005 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT ADF MEDIA RELATIONS: (480) 444-0020

Federal appeals court rejects attack
on Nebraska Ten Commandments monument

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit says monument constitutional,
cites U.S. Supreme Court decision in Van Orden v. Perry

ST. LOUIS - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit today ruled against the ACLU in their attack upon a monument bearing the Ten Commandments in Plattsmouth, Neb. The court reversed the decision of a district court judge who ruled the monument unconstitutional, vacating the position of a three-judge panel of the court that earlier upheld the district court's decision.

"One offended passerby does not amount to a violation of the Establishment Clause," said ADF Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb. "The court rightfully rejected the argument that this monument promotes religion. It has been present for many decades in the corner of a city park without any complaints. It is perfectly constitutional, as has been argued in this case from the beginning."

ADF-allied attorney Jeff Downing, of the Lincoln, Neb., law firm Keating, O'Gara, Davis & Nedved, helped defend the case, ACLU of Nebraska v. City of Plattsmouth, with lead attorney Frank Manion of the American Center for Law and Justice.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles donated the granite monument, inscribed with the Ten Commandments, to the city in 1965. The monument stands in the corner of a 45-acre memorial park ten blocks from city hall. In 2001, the ACLU sued the city on behalf of an unidentified man who claimed the monument violated the so-called "separation of church and state," even though the city did not routinely maintain the monument.

A federal district court judge granted summary judgment in favor of the ACLU, but the 8th Circuit panel reversed that decision, relying upon the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Van Orden v. Perry, which concerned a similar monument in Texas.

Today's opinion states, "The Ten Commandments monument had stood on the Texas State Capitol grounds for forty years without legal challenge. In Justice Breyer's view, 'those 40 years suggest more strongly than can any set of formulaic tests that few individuals...are likely to have understood the monument as amounting, in any significantly detrimental way, to a government effort' to promote, endorse, or favor religion."

"Like the Ten Commandments monument at issue in Van Orden," the court added, "the Plattsmouth monument makes passive-and permissible-use of the text of the Ten Commandments to acknowledge the role of religion in our Nation's heritage."

The full text of the court's opinion can be read HERE ADF provided funding for the case and for a friend-of-the-court brief filed with the appeals court by the National Legal Foundation.

ADF is America's largest legal alliance defending religious liberty through strategy, training, funding, and litigation.

www.telladf.org


I just gotta say I love it when freedom wins over the ACLU!

Cross Posted At Stop The ACLU

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

ACLU Spokesperson: Religion=Terror

Hat tip to Junkyard Blog

Critics of the ACLU have long suspected that the organization hates Christians. Well, one ACLU official does his best to prove it:

It's in the choice of words, but you decide.. is American Civil Liberties Union chief Joe Cook calling the Tangipahoa Parish School Board members a bunch of terrorists?
Cook was asked about a meeting Monday, during which the school board spoke to all teachers and workers about policy for this year, and had been asked by the ACLU to remind teachers to be extra careful not to allow prayer at school functions. This is what the ACLU chief had to say:

"They believe that they answer to a higher power, in my opinion. Which is the kind of thinking that you had with the people who flew the airplanes into the buildings in this country, and the people who did the kind of things in London."

Tangipahoa school officials tell reporters it's ludicrous to compare the Tangipahoa school board's "fight for religious freedom and freedom of expression in schools" with terrorist motivated attacks.


Crossposted at Stop The ACLU

Monday, August 15, 2005

Early Christmas Gift For The ACLU

I had a supporter of Stop The ACLU contact me a long time ago and tell me they were working on a video about the ACLU and Christmas. They just now emailed me back, and have completed it. They wanted me to share it with my readers and get some feedback. It kinda makes me think of an old 80’s video from back when MTV actually had music videos on it. Leave your feedback in the comments.

Watch The Video Here

She plans on circulating it widely when the Christmas season arrives. She said that is her in the video, and her husband. In my opinions, from the looks of her husband, I think she could do better. LOL! You’ll see what I mean.

Crossposted At Stop The ACLU

Sunday, August 14, 2005

‘Anti-ACLU’ Fights for Religion in Public Life




Is that one of those Stop The ACLU Guys with that sign?

Today I wanted to talk about an awesome organization The Alliance Defense Fund This organization is always at the forefront fighting the ACLU. An organization I give money to often, and highly recommend others to join.

They have done many things to save liberty from the careless hands of the ACLU, and we will share some of the more recent projects in this post a little later. But first I wanted to share an email I recieved from their National Media Relations Manager, Gregg Scott. They know of us, and they like us!

Jay--

Great site man. Good resources for all Americans.

Sept. 1, Alan Sears will release his second book -- The ACLU vs. America.

Would you and/or Nedd like an advance copy? Shoot me an email back and I can drop it in the mail pretty quick. This thing is a sledgehammer to the ACLU's ugly knees.

Best--
Greg


Of course I said yes! I was pretty excited to recieve a seal of approval from such a respected National organization.

LOS ANGELES - For years, the American Civil Liberties Union (search) and other groups have fought to remove any trace of religion from government and public life, and for years they've won.

Now the ACLU is facing a challenge from groups such as the Alliance Defense Fund (search), one of several Christian law firms formed in the 1990s.

From its base in Phoenix, the ADF says its goal is to defend religious liberty, the sanctity of human life and the traditional family against any person or group who attacks those principles.

"The ACLU has through the years filed a series of lawsuits that diminish the rights of Americans to understand their history, to exhibit in public, to exercise their faith in many ways," said ADF president and CEO Alan E. Sears.

In one of its better-known cases, the ADF sued the city and county of San Francisco and successfully argued before the California state Supreme Court that marriage licenses granted to same-sex couples should be declared null and void because the mayor and county clerk did not have the authority to issue them.

Now it's working on what it calls its "Christmas project," an effort to defend school districts around the nation against lawsuits to ban Christmas trees and other religious displays during the holidays.Fox News


Already at work to save Christmas from the ACLU! Not only that, but they are already finding success in the venture.

ACLU backs down in Louisiana nativity scene case

"The ACLU's case was going nowhere fast," said Mike Johnson, an ADF attorney based in Shreveport. "Stockwell Place Elementary School's display of a creche was unquestionably lawful and legitimate, and its allowance of equal access for Christian student organizations is in perfect compliance with the First Amendment."


So, go sign up for their email list, give a tax deductable donation. This organization is helping to Stop The ACLU!

Crossposted At Stop The ACLU

Friday, August 12, 2005

How You Can Help Put The Fear Of God In The ACLU

The man behind an online effort to rein in the American Civil Liberties Union is taking his campaign to America's churches, hoping to mobilize millions of believers into taking a stand against the legal organization.

As WorldNetDaily reported, Nedd Kareiva's StopThe ACLU.org is dedicating to ending the legal victories of the ACLU - from limiting the activities of the Boy Scouts to promoting same-sex marriage.


Yes folks, that is our very own Nedd Kareiva! The founder of our parent organization that The Stop The ACLU Blog is the official blog for.

The website exists for one purpose, Kareiva says, "to mobilize millions of God-fearing, patriotic Americans to stand up to the ACLU agenda and consigning it to the ash heap of history (or export it to Communist regions)."

Now, the activist has begun a mailing campaign "to recruit pastors, church leaders and congregations to expose them to the ACLU's agenda. Just as the ACLU has 400,000 members, according to a recent article in the National Journal and another in the Washington Times, we are shooting for 1 million Stop the ACLU members."

On the website, Kareiva is asking for supporters to help him mail letters to churches across the nation. The form letter asks leaders and members "to visit the website and catch a vision of what we are doing."

Kareiva tells WND that since the ACLU visits college campuses to recruit followers, "we are countering them by going to our churches."

Said Kareiva: "Churches are at risk of the ACLU's agenda, particularly in efforts to force them to hire and prevent them from firing homosexuals and transsexuals."


"We want to build a huge public awareness campaign against the ACLU and hopefully getting churches on board will help facilitate it," the activist told WND. "Many are silent but when they see what we're doing, we think they'll mobilize... We already have a few pastors from various denominations across America. We need thousands more."

Kareiva ends his online pitch with a reference to the Almighty: "With your help, we can build massive public awareness of the ACLU's agenda and put the fear of God in them. Let's do it today!"


So now, how do we get involved right? Well that is what I am here to tell you. It is pretty simple.

Nedd has put together a form letter and is looking for volunteers to mail them across the nation. The letter simply asks them to visit Stop The ACLU.Org and Stoptheaclu.com and educate themselves about the ACLU. They don't ask for money, or anything like that.

We already have approximately 25 people thus far who have committed to send 20-50 letters a month, including your truly! We are hoping to reach at least 100 by September.

So how do you get involved? Simple enough...just EMAIL NEDD and say you wanna devote a little time for this good cause. He'll send you the resources. Couldn't be more simple. So what are you waiting for?

Crossposted At Stop The ACLU

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Prayers Too Christian For ACLU

Call the PC Police! Those fanatical Christians are at it again! This time they actually ended some prayers, brace yourself, in Jesus name! Now, the ACLU will have none of that coming from Cobb County Commission meetings. For heavens goodness sake, these are government officials, and people were offended by it. We can't have that!

Five very sensitive Cobb County residents are joining the ACLU in the lawsuit after being offended at some of these opening prayers that were "overly Christian."

The lawsuit, filed by the ACLU Wednesday in federal court in Atlanta, claims the prayers before commission meetings are too Christian. One prayer ended, "in the name of Jesus our savior," and dozens more since 2003 mentioned Jesus, according to the lawsuit.Source


A spokesman for Cobb County, Robert Quigley, said the commission prayers were in legal bounds because they're voluntary, they occur before meetings begin and because they're not always Christian.

See, the ACLU has a much better and more PC idea for opening prayers.

Civil liberties lawyers have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to allow a Wiccan priestess to offer prayers before a public board's meetings.Source


Now before I get turned into a newt, let me just say I think the ACLU has merit in this case. But again, its the old double standard. The name of Jesus is too offensive for the PC crowd, but praying to the goddess and the horned god, is A OK! Way to go ACLU!

Crossposted At Stop The ACLU

EXPLANATION OF GOD - Through A Child's Eyes

I got this in an E-mail from a preacher friend of mine...no telling the voracity of the E-mail, but the message is good.

This ONE IS FABULOUS!!! It was written by 8 year old, Danny Dutton of Chula Vista, CA, for his third grade homework assignment. The assignment was to explain God. I just wonder if any of us could do as well???

EXPLANATION OF GOD

"One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn't make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn't have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers."

God's second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times beside bedtime. God doesn't have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this. Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.

"God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn't go wasting his time by going over your Mom and dad's head asking for something they said you couldn't have."

"Atheists are people who don't believe in God. I don't think there are any in town.. At least there aren't any who come to our church."

"Jesus is God's Son. He used to do all the hard work like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn't want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him. But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his father that they didn't know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said O.K."

"His dad God appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him he didn't have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he helps his dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones he can take care of himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important."

"You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time."

"You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there's anybody you want to make happy, it's God. Don't skip church or do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong and besides the sun doesn't come out at the beach until noon anyway."

"If you don't believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can't go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He's around you when you're scared, in the dark or when you can't swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids"

"But you shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases. And that's why I believe in God."

Told you it was good. Z.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Please Sign Petition For Intelligent Design


Please forward this message to your family and friends!

Should Intelligent Design Be Taught In Public Schools Alongside Evolution?

Recently President Bush was asked by a reporter if he felt intelligent design should be taught in public schools. President Bush replied: "Part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought. You’re asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, and the answer is yes."

The media immediately blasted the President for his comments. They made the front page of the liberal Washington Post. Should students be exposed to different ideas, or should they be shielded from information about intelligent design? Give us your opinion.


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ACLosers Free Speech Victory

(AgapePress) - A judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging prayers at school board meetings in Delaware. The lawsuit was filed against members of the Indian River School District Board of Education, a group that regularly opens its business meetings with prayer.

Judge Joseph Farnan ruled that the school board meeting prayers are not a violation of the constitutional provision often referred to as the separation of church and state or the "Establishment Clause," as the ACLU had argued. He also determined that the school board members are immune from the ACLU's liability claims.
Nice to hear that we have a judge that can actually see that prayer is not a violation of the Constitution. I'm always glad to hear about an ACLU defeat, and a victory for freedom of expression.

In dismissing the case against the individual board members, the judge stated that opening a session of the legislature or other deliberative public body with a prayer does not violate the Establishment Clause. He also declared that absolute immunity extends to legislators at all levels of government, including school board members in Delaware.

The Rutherford Institute, an international, non-profit civil liberties organization that works to defend constitutional human rights, became involved in the Indian River school board's case after the Wilmington branch of the ACLU demanded that the district discontinue offering prayers at school events and graduation ceremonies, as well as at school board meetings. Despite ACLU pressure, the board members continued to open their meetings with a brief prayer.Read The Whole Thing

I also must note that I love it when people stand up for their rights. These board members didn't give an inch to the Anti-Chirstian Lawyers Union. More Christians need to start standing up to this dangerous organization. I applaud these board members for standing up for what they believed was right, and their constitutional rights.

Anyway, its a victory for the good guys, and I'm happy to be able to share it with you all.

Crossposted At Stop The ACLU

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Theory vs. Faith

From a scientific standpoint many theories have been presented in how the universe began, how life began, and how man evolved. A scientific theory is a hypothesis based on scientific reasoning which is based on some fact, weighted with more faith that a theory has a basis. Not all in the scientific arena subscribe to the same theory. Yet the hardcore scientific realm has no use for the theory of intelligent design, which is based on faith and is for many an explanation for the unexplainable or unproven.

President Bush has (innocently enough) touched off another firestorm of controversy by stating that he did not see anything wrong with the THEORY of intelligent design being taught along with the theory of evolution in our schools. Critics of the President, who support the Establishment Clause believe that bringing this theory into the classroom would violate the 1st Amendment, because intelligent design is supported largely by the religious.

President Bush was asked,
“Both sides ought to be properly taught?”
Bush said: "Then, I said that, first of all, that decision should be made to local school districts, but I felt like both sides ought to be properly taught...”

When asked,
"So the answer accepts the validity of ‘intelligent design' as an alternative to evolution?"

President Bush replied,
"I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought, and I'm not suggesting — you're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, and the answer is yes."

Why the controversy in such a simple statement? Because it gives the supporter's of intelligent design a plug by the President, who in his statements merely pointed out that our children should be exposed to "different schools of thought".

President Bush's calling either side of the controversy "schools of thought" points out the obvious. The "big bang theory" and "theory of evolution" are merely that - theories which in large are based on faith that the theory is correct. So teaching one school of thought and stifling the teaching of another could in effect be a violation of the 1st Amendment freedom of speech because both are based in a belief system with no absolute conclusive evidence to support it. Freedom of speech is based on the right to freely speak of ones beliefs regardless of the validity of those beliefs. Teaching intelligent design should not then be restricted from schools who believe that it is a valid theory - they are only exercising their 1st Amendment rights to speak freely of their beliefs.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

There Are No Words...

To the loved ones, friends, and fellow members of the Ohio Marine Reserve Battalion who died this week in service to us all - they served bravely and with full honor - our thoughts and prayers are with you.

God bless you all.