Here is a wonderful article about a troubling problem

April 30, 2012

We need to know what is legal that is popularly thought to be illegal.  (False “Separation” of Church and State.)  Here is a wonderful – if troubling – article by the Alliance Defense Fund.

El Paso City Leaders Declare War on Civil Liberties of Christians

  • BY ALAN SEARS POSTED APR 3, 2012

It leads with:

The penalty for opposing the policies of El Paso mayor John Cook are getting stiffer – maybe as stiff as “sign a petition, go to jail.”

and later states:

“El Paso citizens should not live in fear of being arrested and jailed for exercising their constitutionally protected right to free speech,”

I made a reply to a comment by a person stating the (false) opinion that “Church’s (sic) can’t be political”

http://blog.telladf.org/2012/04/03/el-paso-city-leaders-declare-war-on-civil-liberties-of-christians/#comment-485198460


NC Amendment 1

April 3, 2012

The Baptists are leading the way on the defense of traditional marriage.  They held a conference last week on the importance of marriage to our society.  It included necessarily a religious viewpoint but also secular and practical reasons to defend marriage.  http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=37523

Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of North Carolina Values Coalition, said that “when marriage is redefined as genderless, there are legal consequences for anyone who disagree with it.”

“Everything from inheritance laws to property rights must then change,” she said. “If you disagree with this, you’re treated as a racist and as a bigot.”

Also the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh has weighed in – clearly and I think effectively – in favor of the amendment.

Bishop Burbidge Discusses Religious Liberty and Marriage Amendment

On May 8, 2012, voters in North Carolina will have the opportunity to make the traditional definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman part of the North Carolina Constitution.  On this week’s Catholic Perspective and Catholic Weekly, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge explains Catholic teaching on marriage and encourages the faithful to vote for the marriage amendment.  Bishop Burbidge also discusses the ongoing efforts to overturn the recent Department of Health and Human Services mandate requiring employers and insurers to provide contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.

Watch Catholic Perspective online (Windows Media)

from: http://www.dioceseofraleigh.org/news/view.aspx?id=1436


NC Amendment 1 to protect traditional marriage

April 3, 2012

The Baptist Press posts an interesting analysis of the polls of North Carolina voters concerning Amendment 1.  The amendment states:

Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.

Several polls last week showed that the amendment is likely to fail.  The Baptists however state:

Two new polls that use the exact language citizens will see on the ballot show a proposed North Carolina marriage amendment with a substantial lead.

A survey of 1,191 likely voters by Public Policy Polling has the amendment ahead, 58-38 percent, while a poll of 1,001 by SurveyUSA has the amendment up, 58-36 percent.

I live in perhaps one of the most liberal places in the United States.  Jesse Helms once said – when he balked at spending money on a state zoo – to instead “put a fence around Chapel Hill.”

That said, the received wisdom that I hear from everyone on this issue is that Same-Sex Marriage is a “right.” If we oppose it – with this amendment or otherwise – we will be seen as the hateful south – a real boogie-man to many down here.

However it seems that most of North Carolina agrees with me.

Whether this amendment is good business or good politics or good jurisprudence remains to be seen.  Arguably it may be a necessary step to prevent the courts from overturning validly enacted laws defining marriage.  Where supporters have succeeded in making this a “rights” issue in the press (sometimes by using deliberately distorting the phrasing of poll questions), supporters of traditional marriage are painted as backwards at best and hateful knuckle-draggers and likely KKK members at worst.  I’m not; at least I don’t think I am.  It appears that most of voting-age North Carolina agrees with me – except in this little island of self-righteous liberalism.

Baptist Press article is at:
http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=37524&ref=BPNews-RSSFeed0403


Easter IS legal

April 3, 2012

I cannot help but think that we have become afraid to believe anything.   Kudos to the ADF for publishing this.

Constitutional Rights of Students, Teachers, and Public Schools to Seasonal Religious Expression  Easter 2012

http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/Content/pdf/2012_Easter_Memo.pdf

Also listen to this radio interview of Matt Sharp of the ADF.

Matt Sharp on the Bob Dutko Show: Can children in public schools talk about the meaning of Easter?

http://www.alliancealert.org/2012/04/03/matt-sharp-on-the-bob-dutko-can-children-in-public-schools-talk-about-the-meaning-of-easter/

http://www.alliancealert.org/2012/20120403.mp3