Posts Tagged ‘ACLU’

We already know how hard the BarackStar pledged his support to God while courting the hard religious right. (By the way, how’s that commitment card to Christ working out anyway?)

However, there’s been a recent rash of “But I love Jesus too” commentary coming from the really cheap seats. I’m talking about the fools who have soiled their public offices for all the world to see.

God politicsWhy is that every politician wants to hurl their ACLU card in everyone’s faces when litigation shows up, but when scandal comes knocking on their door, they are ready to let us all know how they are a soldier in the army of the Lord?

Thanks to some well-applied masonry by WOW News’ “Bible Belt Blogger,” we have a doltish duo issuing their God card in the press:

In the Washington Times, we see AWOL South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford taking the time to mail in a repentant letter from South America vowing “to fight on for conservative causes and for ‘what God wanted me to do with my life.'”

Yes, Gov. I’m sure shtupping with some dime-store chica you met online is precisely what God wanted for you. And, speaking of Governors who just don’t know when to fish or cut bait:

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (and his pet hair piece) was once again interviewed and he went all holy saying, “I believe there is a purpose behind all that has happened to us. And maybe God has a plan for me to be an instrument for good. And that the troubles we are facing, the lies, the abandonment, the heartbreak, the pain, are all obstacles in the journey we must make, where like the stories in the Bible, God brings good out of bad.”

After being impeached, failing as your own attorney, parading across the country like a color-blind peacock and later arrested by the FBI, that would be nice to believe. Keep combing it forward… eh, paying it forward, Rod.

And then to make this salt-and-pepper shaker set of dunderheads a nice, sweet troika, should we discuss a former Veep candidate, Former U.S. Senator John Edwards?

Faith was huge on his platform, but his witness kinda went the way of new Coke and the Chia Pet when he decided to cheat on his wife, lie about the paternity of his illegitimate child… and oh yeah, while his wife was fighting for her life with cancer.

Stay classy, holmes.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life (Galatians 6:7-8 NIV).

I am all for repentance, getting your life right and – in Blago’s case – jailhouse conversions, but don’t speak it if you can’t sell it. Sure, God is love. Yes, he has a plan for your life. But if you are going to use Jesus to keep your 15 minutes alive and kicking, wait a while…

Trust me, you got caught once. It’ll happen again.

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We are finding out more and more about the fabled “stimu-less” package, and the groaning continues.

Big wigs getting more office decorating money. Insurance agents and bankers need more… well, more insurance and banking funds. And whatever else equals mismanagement these days.

Well, thanks to WOW News’ Faith & Reason (shout out to the lovely Cathy Lynn Grossman), we learn the bill may be a lot of things for a lot of folk, but for religious schools across this land of ours – the bill is iconoclastic. Great.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was in a huff Tuesday, calling the stimulus bill “anti-religious,” according to Politico‘s Andy Barr. The former presidential candidate, and Southern Baptist preacher, was unhappy, Barr said, “because both the House and Senate versions would ban higher education funds in the bill from being used on a school or department of divinity.”

stimulus-bill-and-piggy-banksSo, does the ACLU have anything to do with this? Seeing how it’s their mission to tell this country public education is sacrosanct but talking about Jesus is a sin.

I guess a school whose mission it is to exalt God and education is a bad thing?

And most of those shriveled-up fossils in Congress who get to pay for private and parochial school (because they have the cash under the mattress) for their kids who no predilictions about this bill just want to kill that kind of schooling for the rest of us.

Well, the kind that aren’t engulfed with cypress trees and iron-rod fences.

It’s just not fair that this country is fledgling and everyone needs help, but those tools on Capitol Hill are playing duck-duck-goose to decide who is worthy enough to get it?

Odd how the party-in-charge largely considered to the impious crowd are the ones boisterous enough to shout out the only people who think this is a ska-ruuu job of the highest order.

Yep, for a guy boasting change, this sure seems like business as usual. Pity, folk had high “hopes” for you.

Let’s say you have an encyclopedia called, “The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization.”

censorshipAnd if you were a publisher, give them a hybrid bozo name like Wiley-Blackwell, you would create a nice forward to this Christian-focused book series that extols Jesus, Christianity and the divine providence of God. Well, you would, right?

Well, imagine my chagrin believing this hypothetical when I read this story from the Christian Post and read the line:

Wiley-Blackwell, a major academic publisher, is recalling copies of Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization and scrapping the print run after critics said the entries were “too Christian” and “too anti-Muslim.”

I’m sorry? You are writing a book focused on Christianity, and you get accused by the dreaded PC police for being “too Christian.” And what’s worse, this spineless jellyfish publisher is actually pulling their CHRISTIAN books off the shelves to comply.

That’s it, Wall Watchers. I’m done. Going home. Checking out. I quit.

“They determined that the introduction and many of the entries were ‘too Christian, too orthodox, too anti-secular and too anti-Muslim and not politically correct enough for being used in universities,” said the encyclopedia’s editor, George Thomas Kurian, sounding angry in an e-mail sent last week to nearly 400 contributors.

OK, about that. You can’t “sound angry” in an e-mail. What, the dude sent it in all caps with mad face emoticons? And here is what Big Brother wants taken out of a Christian Encyclopedia. Wait for it…

Now, the book’s publisher and editorial director want to “de-christianize” all 1,450 entries in the encyclopedia to make it politically correct before it can be reprinted, according to Kurian. He also claimed the press is looking to delete words including, “Antichrist,” “Enemy,” “Beloved Disciple,” “Gates of Hell,” “Witness,” “Virgin Birth,” “Resurrection,” “Evangelism” and any reference with an “evangelical tone.” BC and AD, chronological markers for “Before Christ” and “Anno Domini,” will also likely to dropped.

aclu-vs-godYou know what, I have a better idea. Let’s throw away the Bible, any crucifix you can find, lock up all the priests and preachers and slap the tar out of some nuns because apparently all that Jesus stuff was an aberration and the Church should just huddle up and have bingo night.

I can’t believe I am writing this but isn’t this a job for the ACLU? Isn’t this a horrendous application of censorship? You know, first amendment rights, and all? Any one in the government know anything about a U.S. Constitution?!

If Kurian doesn’t take this publisher out back and “lays hands” on the whole board, Christianity has a lot more to worry about than Barack Obama’s fake “Office of Faith Based and Would you like to be my Neighbor Partnerships.”

Wall Watchers, this story should bother you enough to pray… and maybe send a nice letter of contrition to the publisher, whose PR person can be found here. Not that I’m instigating anything [whistle, whistle, whistle].

A good ol’ dunderhead. Sitting on his blessed assurance during 9-11. Katrina and FEMA. WMDs. The lowest presidential approval rating since… well, no one.

George W. Bush has some atramentous tarnishing on his resume, but among the few lustrous offerings is the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, which he created in 2001.

Talk about a real cross-roads

Talk about a real cross-roads

He is a man of faith, and despite persnickety folk complaining about their unalienable rights being infringed because they are some rigid transexual who vows allegiance to Satan but complained to the ACLU they didn’t get a job at some megachurch they really wanted (What. Ever.), this was a mark of greatness.

It’s main focus was to increase and make available funding to religious groups that offer social services of all kinds – job training, after school, prisoner re-entry, drug treatment – and was fairly successful at doing that.

Now, enters the BarackStar. And fresh off his bajillion promises to maintain a sense of dogma and sanctity in the White House, he kept this important office, kinda.

  1. Now, it’s named the Office of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships. Semantics?
  2. In order to tackle the church/state hullabaloo, Obama’s troupe is arranging a government/neighborhood alliance. Yeah, unlike the general political environment we enjoy called “Democracy” (even though this is a Republic).
  3. And – here’s the story – he hired a nubile 26-year old Pentecostal preacher from Massachusetts named Joshua DuBois to oversee the whole kit and kaboodle.

DuBois’s appointment to run the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships — first reported by the New York Times — is the first sign of a new direction for the office, which partners with faith groups on social service issues and helps advise them on applying for federal funding.

And there’s the rub.

He’s not having – nor is his boss – the aforementioned transexual being unemployed, namely if it’s because that church he… um, she… uh, it wanted to “really contribute to” and didn’t offer up a gig. So, the qualms of the unrighteous and apathetic instantly become the voices of evangelicals everywhere.

Here’s to praying they make the right decisions. But, if you’re interested in a hint, note the official listing of “Federal Agencies and Commissions” on the new, improved and quite swank White House Web site.

“Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships”? Nowhere on the page. Stay classy, Rev. DuBois. Make us all proud.

No riposte needed, which is novel for yours truly. I’ll just let the story from the Washington Post speak for itself:

A group of atheists, led by a California man known for challenging the use of the words “under God” in recitals of the Pledge of Allegiance at public schools, filed a lawsuit yesterday to bar prayer and references to God at the swearing-in of President-elect Barack Obama.

I’m sorry. You realize it is archetypal that the BarackStar is usually on your side, right? Uncanny.

aclu_hate_crime_vs_artEvidently, the compliant, said tool Michael A. Newdow, has tried this game before – he failed this stunt in 2001 and 2005 against President Bush’s inauguration. You would think he would learn.

According to the lawsuit, the opening and ending prayers “are completely exclusionary, showing absolute disrespect to Plaintiffs and others of similar religious views, who explicitly reject the purely religious claims that will be endorsed, i.e., (a) there exists a God, and (b) the United States government should pay homage to that God.”

It’s a prayer, to which you have two options: don’t go to the inauguration (which is about A MAN WITH INDIVIDUAL BELIEFS entering office, not a field trip for the country) or put a DVD in when every channel on the planet is broadcasting the friggin’ thing.

Once again, Wall Watchers, we see the degradation of this country has it erodes it’s stance on Jesus – not religion, just Christianity.

These law suits are nothing more than a ploy to get 15 minutes of fame. Of course, I’m adding time to the clock, but this dude is liable to make a preacher cuss, roll up his sleeves and lay on some hands… and then you’ll have a law suit worth something more than the paper on which it’s written.