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, January 7, 2010

The New Renaissance Man

Hello; My name is Chuck, and I'm a Beckaholic.

Honestly, I don't like to put people on pedestals, because they so often turn out to have a crumbly base. But over the past few years, I've developed a deep and abiding respect for Glenn Beck. His honesty, integrity (learned the hard way), humility (he actually wants to be proven wrong in his dire - but often accurate - predictions), drive for excellence, determination, and sheer endurance continue to amaze and inspire me. Although I don't always agree with him, I do, far more often than not.  While we don't share the same faith denomination, I believe we share the same God and Savior.

I'll move on shortly, but I want to point you to the incredible work Beck has done, especially over the past year, to point out the dangers that threaten to destroy our nation; or at least, the nation we've known all our lives. He has tapped virtually every medium to get the word out; radioTV, books (he currently has four on the New York Times bestseller list), a monthly magazine, the internet, and has even dipped his talented toes into the world of art (the critics and the art crowd naturally hhhaaaaattte Beck for daring to invade their turf with actual evidence and history). He balances his incredible wealth of knowledge with comedic relief, lest things get too depressing. This week, Beck has been wrapping up his (and his associates, of course) massive amount of research into how the Progressive movement is sabotaging the greatest nation in history. If you haven't been watching his Fox News TV show, you can catch the shows in segments at http://glennbeckclips.com/

If you still haven't heard of the Cloward-Pivin strategy, it's the simple yet complex and very effective way the Left has brought America to its knees. Let Glenn explain it and other essential matters in a way you can understand. When you discover a small but growing fire in your house, you have only three options: run away, yell "FIRE" and try to put it out before it gets out of control, or just stand by and watch as the flames engulf you and your family. Our national "house" is on fire. Decide.

Speaking of fire...  As some of you know, I'm in the fire suppression business (and no, I don't own it). My work involves keeping lives and property safe from fire. In the interest of public awareness, I want to point you to a free website that teaches fire extinguisher basics.  BTW: If you don't have an extinguisher in your home...what the hell is wrong with you?!  As I tell my classes regarding the simple instructions printed on every extinguisher, "Read it, before you need it." If you need more info or personal instruction, contact me at blannfiresvr@nycap.rr.com.    
The "Better Life" Myth.  I've been giving a lot of thought lately about a phrase that has been bandied about, probably as long as civilization has existed: "I want my children to have a better life than I did."
Have you ever really thought about that idea? It's natural for parents to want to make it easier for their children, but I believe that this concept has backfired, quietly contributing to the deteriorating conditions we face today.  Generations of hard-working parents sacrificed and strove to make their children's lives easier.  But the parents' selfless character was inadvertently depriving their children of the challenges that produced that character; essentially breaking that circle of learning, living and teaching the values and virtues which has historically connected generations throughout history. Early on, children were often raised in close proximity to their parents as Ma and Pa labored in the kitchen, on the farm, or in the family business. As families prospered from their labors, each generation of children was raised in relatively and increasingly easier conditions, and as parents increasingly found themselves working farther from home and children, those children found less incentive to work hard themselves, or to be as charitable as their parents often were. It took a long time to wean us from our Christian ethic, but we now have entered what is best described as the "me-first" generation. 
Yes, there are still plenty of good, hard-working kids, but take a look around. Ever since the early 1960s, when morality was expelled from the public schools - and as the "greatest generation" transitioned from war to work, and the nation's prosperity increased - there has been a steady rise in juvenile delinquency, illiteracy, teenage pregnancies, sexually-transmitted diseases, juvenile crime and gang-related violence, and drug and alcohol abuse. more recently, the trend has been for kids to turn away from the real world, choosing instead to exist within a 'virtual' world of television and video games, where their 'reality' is either easier to control with a joystick, or can be altered merely by changing the channel.  The 'children' arre now taught to have high self-esteem and a grand sense of entitlement, with a low sense of responsibility. That is a recipe for disaster. The  Vandals are once again 'sacking Rome'.

In the know?  Want a feel for how tuned you are to the world around you? find out how you compare to the wasted generation mentioned above. Try this quick 12-question quiz from the Pew Research Center.

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