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

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Unanswered Questions

This is going to be a special edition of In My Right Mind. Even if you don't think I am in my right mind, at least give me the benefit of the doubt and check out the information I pass along. After all, I don't do this for an ego trip (anyone who knows me should realize that), and I'm sure not getting paid to do it. I do it because I don't want to see this country go up in flames -- perhaps literally -- and I don't want to see us, and those who come after us, lose our freedoms, even though we take them too much for granted and may not even deserve them anymore because we fail to realize what those freedoms actually cost.

This edition is all about Glenn Beck's recent week-long special, "The New Republic: America's Future." A lot of people blow off Glenn Beck for a number of reasons, most of which are unjustified. If you haven't watched his Fox News show (5 pm EDT) during the past week, you've missed a lot of information, backed up by evidence. He has really outdone himself with this monumental effort to dig out the truth about what is happening to America. Beck also asked a number of very important questions of this malAdministration, none of which have been answered yet. But this picture he's presenting is so much bigger than just Barack Obama, and it includes not only the radical Left and the Democrats, it also includes the Republicans as well.

Rather than respond to his thoughtful and legitimate questions, he gets attacked and ridiculed by the Left and ignored by too many regular folks who would rather bury their heads in the sand or believe the hateful rhetoric that the mainstream media promotes. Perhaps the most important question he asks is, why aren't the mainstream media news organizations asking these questions?

On Monday, Glenn began asking reasonable questions for unreasonable times, and began mapping out the intricate web of interconnections between the government, certain megacorporations, unions and community organizations. He also took a close look at the phenomenal national debt. For example, did you know your personal share of the national debt was more than $38,000 per citizen - on Monday (and it's growing by the second)? He believes that a new organizational structure of greater intricacy than any other in history is quietly being built to supplant and replace our constitutional form of government. And if they are successful, freedom will be the next word banned from the marketplace of ideas. He also gave us a glimpse of Obama's so-called "green czar", Van Jones.

On Tuesday, he continued his investigation, including Cass Sunstein, one of the most radical of Obama's czars and his agenda, and reminded us that during the campaign the president admits his goal is to "transform" America, not fix it. Check out the evidence to get an idea what he wants to transform it into. Clue: have you read Orwell's "1984" lately?

Rush Limbaugh joined Glenn via phone on Wednesday to discuss the imminent threat to free speech and the radical agenda of the new FCC Chief.

Thursday's show may be the most disturbing yet, as it outlined the Obama malAdministration's attempts to raise "a civilian national security force" that is "as strong, as powerful and as well-funded as the military." This may be the scariest aspect of the Obama plan to reconstruct America. Into what, exactly? This sounds ominously like Obama wants to raise an army that is personally answerable to him, and not subject to the Constitution. Could this be the latest incarnation of the 'Brownshirts' of Nazi Germany? There is so much being attempted now that weakens our constitutional freedoms, bypasses the traditional safeguards, and is overwhelming in its scope. The opportunity to stop it is passing with each day of our silence and passivity.

On Friday, Glenn capped off a week of questions with some potential solutions. As he notes, repeated inquiries to the White House have not yielded any answers. The only response has been to demand that Beck not call Obama's advisors 'czars.' OK, then; let's call them by a more accurate title: commisars. But answer the questions.

If you don't have the time or inclination to view all the video clips, Beck has also provided the entire week's highlights in printed form on his website. But I urge you to give him a chance. He has been the strongest media watchdog defending your rights. He's hired more research, done more homework, risked more of his own health, money and his life (he's under continual risk from death threats to him and his family) than anyone else, including Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage or Levin. But he's not God, and he cannot save America; he's only doing the best he can to wake the rest of us up before he is silenced.

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