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

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Pause for reflection

I'll get to the meat in a moment. But first: For those readers who actually noticed my absence of postings over the past couple of weeks and may have momentarily lamented the absence, please accept my apology. (For the rest of you, I suppose it doesn't really matter, does it? Oh, well.) I had to take a break because after getting halfway through what would have been the blog following "Looking for Hope," I looked at it with utter disappointment and ended up deleting it. It wasn't acceptable to me. I was tired. In a sense, I had lost hope too.

I was tired of putting so much time and effort into what is simply a hobby blog (since I make no money off it) that allows me to air my frustrations about the world. I was tired of the people who rag me for even bothering, because they believe (and I began to believe) no one cares. I was tired of putting my heart, soul and mind into trying to wake people up, only to realize most folks don't want to wake up, and many who are awake feel they have no control or effect anyway.  I was tired of only getting feedback from a couple of friends; and being me, I figured they were just pumping me up because of that friendship (and I truly appreciate that, guys - and gal). After all, I'm not a world-class blogger who gets picked up by the 'big boys' or called to comment on Fox News (Love you, Michele Malkin!); I'm just a guy who comes home from work and pounds on the keys in an effort to provide new information, and perhaps new perspective.

Then I re-read my last post, and realized I was succumbing to the very thing I was writing about. I had forgotten what got me started on this in the first place. I began this tacky little blog knowing full well it would remain virtually unknown. But I thought that if I could change one mind, lift one heart, teach one thing that might save one life or soul, it was worth the time and trouble. After due deliberation, I still believe that.

So, here I go again. The preceding passage is probably the most personal pronouns I've used in decades, and it's uncomfortable for me to do so, but the explanation was needed, both to air out my own difficulties and to offer something to the one or two people who might actually read this far.  For you, dear friends, thanks for sticking with it.  Now, on to the stuff that matters.

Polish off the crystal ball.  Naturally, most people would choose to be optimistic; good for them. But there comes a point where to ignore the obvious is just plain stupid. If you are willing to continue wrapping yourself in your own personal bubble and ignore what is happening around us, you are - along with a couple hundred million others in this country - setting yourself up for even worse disaster than those who go in possibly helpless but open-eyed. We each make choices every day. Sometimes those choices - whether choices of ommission or comission - can affect not only ourselves but many others we may never meet.  Can something be done? I believe so, but we are rapidly running out of time, largely due to apathy, disbelief and indecision.  Let's take a look at just a couple of things that are currently on the radar. Put these under the heading: Did You Know?

Rise of the Police State. I've noted before that a dramatic change is taking shape among American police forces, and it isn't necessarily for the better.  I've stated previously that I generally support police and law enforcement, but I've also said that laws don't always equate to justice.  Increasingly, the law is being used not to keep the peace, but is being used as a hammer by petty bureaucrats, politicians and organizations with an agenda that doesn't respect personal liberty, equal justice or equal opportunity. And the changing social paradigm - the way people operate on a personal level - is producing new attitudes of disrespect and belligerence across the spectrum of society.

Increasingly we are seeing a rise in the number of cases - often documented in videos - of officers either out-of-control, or being directed by their superiors toward totalitarian behaviors. The calm, rational  Joe Friday and Adam 12  characterizations are giving way to a new sort of cop; but that sort is actually very common, especially in almost every other nation on the planet.  The new breed presents itself as superficially dedicated to law enforcement, but all too often seems detached from what used to be the supremacy of the US Constutition and the Bill of Rights.  And law uncoupled from the restraints imposed on it by those documents leads to ominous and bad things happening to honest citizens and future generations.

Change in the religious paradigm.   A recent Gallup poll indicates that Muslim-Americans are the most optimistic segment of society.  That probably comes as a shock to many Christians, who have always felt we had a corner on that market.  Of course, it's possible the poll numbers may be skewed either intentionally or incidentally, but the fact that they are providing legitimacy to the claim only increases the odds it will become self-fulfilling.

But why wouldn't American-based Muslims feel optimistic? The government supports nearly everything they do, they are making inroads throughout the culture with the help of this malAdministration's clear favoritism, plus support from bureacrats, the media, and millions of dollars pumped from the Saudis, Hezzbollah, Hamas, CAIR and other activist groups. Meanwhile, the former majority of benignly-dominant Christians are fast becoming the new persecuted faith along with a global resurgence of anti-Semitism. Churches are being attacked, invaded, burned and vandalized here and around the world. Christians are being harrassed, tortured and killed for their faith more than they have in hundreds of years. Much of American media is waging a tacit campaign against Christianity, but minimizes or virtually ignores the dark deeds of Muslims, including "honor" killings, beheadings, sexual and spousal abuse, money-laundering, terrorist support and direct actions and other crimes - including those commited in our own country.  Is there really any wonder why Christians are losing their traditional optimism for this world, and further retreating into their consideration of the next?  After all, it takes time for a formerly dominant culture to acclimatize to being the new persecuted sub-class, especially when its own laws and institutions have been thoroughly infiltrated and are being used against it.

And while we're on this happy train of thought, consider this: the evidence is mounting that there is an active push to start any sort of real social crisis, including a full-fledged race war. The race-baiters have been at it for years, but now there is active incitement. It began with so-called 'flash-robs': large groups of people who organize on social networks such as Twitter, meet up and essentially invade a store, stripping its shelves of everything they can carry, and run out the door leaving the shop-keepers bewildered and enraged, customers terrified, and police helpless to stop it.

The latest phase seems to be centered around violent confrontations calculated to provoke via race, like the LA riots in the wake of the Rodney King verdict. A recent, unprovoked mob attack by more than a hundred blacks at the Wisconsin state fair Thursday night appears to have been specifically targeting white people bringing their families to the fair. Numerous fairgoers were beaten and cars damaged by the mob. Note to the oblivious: When someone incites attacks on innocent people with their families, they don't expect to get a cheery aftermath. This was calculated by someone to attract retribution and further violence.

We're also seeing outbreaks of spontaneous violence elsewhere, including a Philadelphia incident (no longer the 'City of Brotherly Love') in which a woman on a bus who felt slighted by another passenger phoned a group of others who met her at the bus stop openly waving firearms and then fired randomly at the bus with an AK-47 semiauto. Fortunately, no one was injured. Unfortunately, no one on the bus was able to fire back in self-defense.

Expect to see more of these violent provocations and incidents taking place across the country. The mindset of America has been altered through decades of programmed ignorance of our founding values and social mores, the skewering and deconstruction of our language, history (both good and bad) and national goals, the undermining of our economic principles and social institutions.  When you have a state (Pennsylvania, again) that declares that owning a cellphone is a civil right and the state is obligated to provide one to the poor - along with 250 free (taxpayer-bought) minutes per month, you know something is radically wrong.  I mean, really; if a massive solar storm or EMP wipes out cellphone service, does that make the state a violator of civil rights for not protecting against it? And why only provide them to the poor? Shouldn't every citizen be entitled to those "free" phones and minutes? [Insert scream of frustration here]  This is a perfect reminder that the State cannot legitimately provide rights, it can only protect God-given Rights - which was the primary function of American government from the beginning - and grant (or revoke) Privileges.  Many people cannot tell the difference between the two, but we will certainly recognize when we lose them.

We are headed 180 degrees away from what our Founders intended, and what they sacrificed so much for. We have gone from the Greatest Generation straight into the Prodigal Generation. And that's the last stop before the train hits the mountainside.

What is occurring today is the result of intricate planning that began more than a century ago, aimed at the dissolution of the American Republic and our liberty - the greatest social experiment in history. We are at the end of the beginning of the end. We have reached the tipping point, and it could go either way; but at the moment we are leaning in the wrong direction. Those hardy and vocal conservative souls who are keeping the heat on are the last bastion.

Yes; I believe God is in charge; but throughout history, good people have suffered along with the bad. He expects us to act anyway, and He is not only directing, He is waiting for us on the other end, but He is also waiting for us to act in the here and now. Our duty is in the effort, His will be the result.

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