Wish I'd said that!

In recent decades, the ACLU has used its so-called "wall" to fight tooth and nail to prevent government sponsorship of the Pledge of Allegiance, memorial crosses, Ten Commandments displays, nativity scenes, Bible displays, and virtually every other acknowdgement of America's religious heritage.

At the same time, it is worthwhile to note that there have been some instances in which the ACLU has endorsed public displays of religion. For example, When New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani threatened to cut taxpayer funding from the Brooklyn Museum of Art for displaying a painting of the Virgin Mary with cow dung and pictures of female sexual organs pasted all over her body, the ACLU was first in line to defend the display. U.S. District Court Judge Nina Gershon ruled that New York City's elected officials were not allowed to place conditions on the museum's funding.

In another instance, the ACLU offered its support to the taxpayer-funded National Endowment for the Arts, after the agency sponsored an art show featuring "Piss Christ" - an exhibit consisting of a crucifix submerged in a jar of urine.

In the ACLU's myopic world, it appears that the only permissible publicly-funded displays of religion are those which blatantly mock or disparage the Christian faith.

-- Indefensible: 10 Ways the ACLU is Destroying America, Sam Kastensmidt, 2006

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Ones You Don't Expect

I want to start off with an amazing video of 7-year-old Gina Marie Incandela, who sang the Star Spangled Banner at the recent Magic vs. Celtics playoff. What makes her performance all the more incredible is that Gina is autistic, and doctors never even expected her to be able to speak. Maybe you don't get turned on by the song, but turn up the sound and be prepared to be floored. Never let it be said God doesn't provide gifts in unexpected places, even if only for one, shining moment.

Where does he find the time? It is rare to find someone who can accomplish a lot in a little time, but Barack Obama is one of those people. Unfortunately, most of what he's doing is not good. Somehow, in between dates with his wife (mostly at taxpayer expense) he's managed to throw sand into the national gearbox, whether you're talking about the private healthcare system, national defense, diplomacy, or economics. He fired the Inspector General of the AmeriCorps program without providing either a reason or adequate time (both in violation of a law he got passed while a senator). He's even got ABC TV acting as a propaganda organ for the White House, without allowing dissenting opinion. As a result of all this and more, there is a growing unrest, and unless he changes course for the better (unlikely), we may inadvertently provide the excuse some in the malAdministration have been waiting for.

You are not alone. Here's an item you probably won't see on the nightly news (except, perhaps, Fox News) or in most newspapers. A new GALLUP poll indicates that 40% of Americans consider themselves to be 'conservative', compared to 35% calling themselves 'moderate', and only 21% admit to being 'liberal'.

Admittedly, the liberal line has increased from 19% ten years ago, so their ranks are slowly growing, thanks in no small part to media and educational establishments top-heavy with radical leftist thinkers, plotters and instigators. However, conservatives still make up the backbone of the nation; for the most part making the country function and doing the hard work, raising families with values, defending us, and giving us hope for a future worth living.

Meanwhile, the liberals plod ahead, sowing discord and discontent, punishing the productive, rewarding the nonproductive, destroying the moral fabric, pushing us toward poverty and putting us all at increased risk. And if you can't see that comparison, you really aren't looking.

While on the topic, I'm curious why 41% more women tend to be Democrats, compared to 24% for Republican women. Gallup seems to tie it to genetics, and I think there's a good basis for that belief. I'm one of those wackos who believes God made us, and I think He made women with a 'nurturing gene' because of their essential role in sustaining the species. Don't take that to mean I think a woman's role is barefoot and pregnant only (insert smile here), but I do believe it is an important part of a woman's most basic identity and purpose. And I think that nurturing tendency is easily capitalized upon by liberal bullcrap (call it propaganda if you want to dress it up) designed to get women feeling sorry for everyone worse off than themselves, even those who really don't deserve such consideration.

For the record and probably inviting trouble; I believe in equal opportunity and equal pay, but I also believe women should be exempt from unnecessary combat roles (but when the enemy is coming through the wire, all bets are off and all able bodies needed) - although I do think women benefit from combat/survival training; but that's a discussion for another time.

Speaking of strong women... Gov. Sarah Palin walked into a potential mine field laid by Matt Lauer, and all but floated over it. He asked questions about energy programs and of course, about the Letterman debacle. Sarah came through it all with real class. And after several days of dancing around it, David Letterman finally gave as close to a sincere apology as we're likely to see. Could be because his job was on the line. Whatever wakes him up.

A closer look. In case you missed the Glenn Beck interview last Friday (and are the least bit interested in this conservative media phenom), check it out here. It was a very fair presentation for a guy who gets a lot of undeserved bad press.

No comments:

Post a Comment