CNN’s Don Lemon discusses the possibility of profiling white men in an attempt to prevent gun violence and decrease the amount of mass shootings. Lemon argues that white males between the ages of 18 and 25 were behind nearly all recent mass killings.
MSNBC: People Against Gun Control Are Scared Of “Black And Brown People” Rising Up To Get Them…
Mr. Obama repeatedly lost patience with the speaker as negotiations faltered. In an Oval Office meeting last week, he told Mr. Boehner that if the sides didn’t reach agreement, he would use his inaugural address and his State of the Union speech to tell the country the Republicans were at fault.
D-Oh! Never saw that coming…
At one point, according to notes taken by a participant, Mr. Boehner told the president, “I put $800 billion [in tax revenue] on the table. What do I get for that?”
“You get nothing,” the president said. “I get that for free.”
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations. (Abe Lincoln)
Imagine the man who spoke those words coming before his country in a time of distress and blaming a rival political party for all the nation’s ills; it’s impossible. Obama is a well-known admirer of the Lincoln biography “Team of Rivals,” but while he’s talking to the other side, he seems unwilling to listen. Apparently, he’s content with laying blame and saving face at the expense of the nation’s financial health. (Katie Hicks)
D’oh! Never saw that coming…
After all, he gets a “get out of Blame” card for free. What else could want for Christmas…. 🙂
The students at Terry Elementary School in Little Rock, Ark., were invited on a class field trip to see a performance of the show this month but unfortunately were blocked from seeing the Christmas classic by atheist groups that felt the children’s classic since time immemorial was ‘religious’ and therefore was banned under a separation of church and state.
The school naturally caved to the atheist groups, rather than fight a prolonged and expensive court battle to defend the matter.
The problem is, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” has nothing to do with the teaching of religion, and is more about caring for each other and respecting one another’s differences—something the atheists like to exclaim they represent when defending their own viewpoint of the universe.
While Charles Schultz wanted a definitive religious experience for the viewer he was well aware of the problems of inserting anything religious into a television special, even as early as 1964. Executives at CBS originally balked at the special, so Schultz tempered the message. Schultz explained why Linus makes a speech from the Gospel of Luke:
“If we don’t tell the true meaning of Christmas, who will?” – Charles Schultz, on “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
The point Schultz was trying to make was that Christmas is not about religion so much as it is about the birth of Jesus Christ, who was as much an historical figure as he was a religious figure. Jesus of Nazareth existed, and whether or not you believe he was the Son of God (a matter of religious conjecture and faith), billions of people worldwide follow his simple teaching of treating others as you would treat yourself.
The message of Jesus is fundamentally simple and non-religious in its content. As such, it is supremely important that children understand and are taught the significance of the holiday—to celebrate the birth of Jesus, and the simple message that much of world tries to live by daily. The message of loving one another as equally as we love ourselves is hardly one that is unique to Christianity or any other religion for that matter, yet it was unique at the time of the Roman Empire when it was first delivered.
The Charlie Brown Christmas special does not delve into the religious aspects of Christianity, nor does it try to. The show merely expounds upon the message of loving each other equally, and does so in an equanimous manner. Charlie is castigated for his simple view of Christmas while the other children are focused on the commercial aspects of Christmas. They eventually come to the realization that all aspects of Man are wonderful, if given the love and equal treatment we all deserve. This is not a religious message; it is a universal message of unity, charity and love. Most importantly, this is a message that almost certainly any atheist would agree with; love and charity and kindness to one another are hardly exclusive to religion.
The speech delivered by Linus is the only reference of in the special to any religious aspect, and even that is a simple Biblical description of the historical event of the birth of Jesus:
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.'” Luke 2:7-14, from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Linus
Despite what the atheists argue, this is the sole reason for the existence of Christmas, the birth of Jesus and his birth being recognized as the birth of a Savior. That is a matter of historical fact, and the reason why children need this explained to them. (Thomas Purcell)
That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
And now a message from those fun-loving guys and gals, The Atheists:
Christian Nationalists aren’t moved by the principle of treating adherents of other religions with respect — they sincerely believe that they deserve special privileges from the government. (atheism.about.com)
Unlike Liberals… 🙂
So, why is Christmas singled out? In essence, because Christianity is being singled out.
Not to say that other faiths, specifically Judaism, don’t have to fight against religious prejudices; however lambasting Christianity has become a social norm in American culture. People, who would have once been revered for a strong commitment to their faith, are now treated as second-class citizens.
In addition to personal attacks, Christianity has also come under fire from schools and the government. Like the six year-old girl from Marion, North Carolina who was forced by school administrators to remove the word “God” from a Veterans Day poem. Or the restaurant in Pennsylvania that was mandated by government officials to offer its “10% church pamphlet discount” to customers of all faiths — including atheists. Both of which sparked mass controversy, and opened a discussion concerning the freedoms of speech and religion.
Cities and individuals have also been forced to remove Christian symbols that were seen as offensive. For instance, Buhler, Kansas and Steubenville, Ohio both removed the depiction of the cross within their city logos, after being threatened by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) with a lawsuit. Or Patrick Racaniello, who was forced to remove the cross he posted in his front yard, because local officials claimed that it violated a city ordinance concerning the attraction of public attention.
Not to mention the Obamacare mandate that forces Catholic employers to provide contraceptives to their employees — a mandate strongly opposed by the Catholic faith.
Although revving-up around Christmas, religious freedom continues to be a year round struggle — with the preceding examples only being a small snippet of the full realm. Whether in the spirit of inclusion or in the sentiment of “separation of church and state” — a notion that cannot be found within the Constitution — the war on Christianity does not appear to be receding anytime soon.
Furthermore, the main point missed by opponents of Christianity is that it’s because of our Judeo-Christian founding that America has remained so diverse, not despite it. With Christmas being a yearly reminder of the occasion and the opportunity to celebrate faith, family and life, no matter your religious beliefs — because it’s freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. (Policymic)
And I’m not even an actual Christian, mind you…MERRY CHRISTMAS
I will say it while I still can. 🙂