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The city of Dearborn, Mich. has prevented a Christian group from exercising their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights.

The Arab Christian Perspective, a group that ministers to Muslims, was banned from handing out religious information at the city’s annual Arab International Festival. According to World Net Daily:

While there never has been a disruption of the public peace during the five years the ministry has been attending, this year Dearborn police warned Saieg he and his group would not be allowed to walk the public sidewalks to hand out information and instead would be confined to a specific spot, the lawsuit said.

Fay Beydoun of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce in Dearborn told the Detroit News there was “no problem” with the Christians being at the event, “but we do have to think about the safety of everyone.”

Why would Christians handing out information at an event full of members of the “religion of peace” create safety concerns? That seems somewhat contradictory.

The complaints cited a police statement that the Christians would be classified among “political parties and protesters,” and would be limited to a single location.

How is it in America, the religion whose recruitment options are: a) Convert; b) Be subjugated; or c) Die continually get a free pass while those who pass out information are considered the “protesters”?

“It’s ironic that while Americans are applauding the free speech exercised by hundreds of thousands of Muslims on the streets of Iran, the city of Dearborn is restricting free speech rights Christians are attempting to exercise on the city’s public sidewalks,” said Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas Moore Law Center, who has filed a case on behalf of the Arab Christian Perspective.

About 30% of Dearborn’s population are Muslims.

More information at Jihad Watch here and here.

[Originally posted at Unto the Breach]

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rednecks

My Dad sent me this in an e-mail. I thought I would share it:

Some people have trouble with all those ‘shall’s’ and ‘shall not’s’ in the Ten Commandments.. Folks just aren’t used to talking in those terms. So, in middle Tennessee they translated the ‘King James’ into ‘ Jackson County ‘ language…..no joke (posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Gainesboro , TN ).

(1) Just one God
(2) Put nothin’ before God
(3) Watch yer mouth
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meetin’
(5) Honor yer Ma & Pa
(6) No killin’
(7) No foolin’ around with another fellow’s gal
(8) Don’t take what ain’t yers
(9) No tellin’ tales or gossipin’
(10) Don’t be hankerin’ for yer buddy’s stuff

Now that’s plain an’ simple. Y’all have a nice day!

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This is one of the best written and insightful articles into the mind of the average Liberal voter. Not the power brokers who merely want power, but the normal looking guy on the street who drives an Acura sporting an Obama bumper sticker. If you read one blog post today, make it this one.

Here is the link again.

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According to HHS guidelines, I have several thousand forms for you to fill out before we can get started.

"According to HHS guidelines, I have several thousand forms for you to fill out before we can get started."

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), is developing a new program designed to help keep marriages strong. In a ‘truth-is-stranger-than-fiction’ way, the information of the program’s demonstration and evaluation was released today through the Federal Register.

The program, being called the Community Healthy Marriage Initiative (CHMI), is funded through Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grants and authorized by the Social Security Act. Aimed at low income families, the program is intended to “support healthy marriage directly and to encourage community changes that increase support for healthy marriages and improve child and family well being.”

The purpose of this information collection is to conduct a follow up survey of respondents from Wave 1 who live in the communities where CHMI demonstrations are operating, and a survey of CR141 program participants. The impact evaluation will assess the effects of community healthy marriage initiatives by comparing family and child wellbeing outcomes in the CR141 communities with similar outcomes in comparison communities that are well matched to the demonstration project sites.

Obviously, someone in the HHS is either: A) sorry that the government has all but destroyed the family through programs such as welfare, and thinks they can correct the problem with yet another government program; or B) trying to finish the job.

Regardless of the reasons and motivations, the government has absolutely no business interfering with anyone’s marriage – even if it is to just offer advice. There is no Constitutional mandate for such a program, and is in direct competition with the traditional marriage counseling services of the church. And, according to the release, over three thousand man-hours per year are required for this program. Your tax dollars at work.

Not that many priests or pastors would complain about the government playing in their sandbox, but it is just another way that bureaucrats are trying to replace the church.

Link to the release is here.

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A New York Magazine piece released on April 12th, proves that puff pieces are not just for Democrats anymore. Sometimes a hip and trendy young Republican gets polished in the press as well.

Eric Ulrich, a newly elected New York City Councilman, is just the sort of poster-child for the “New Right” Democrats need to complete the project of creating “the New Right.” He’s young (24, ooohhh), cool (he watches Family Guy, aaahhh), has great hair, trendy cloths, and…wait for it…wait for it…BASHES CONSERVATIVES IN THE SOUTH! What could be better? Here is the quote lest I be accused of taking poor Eric out of context:

You know, Republicans aren’t all religious fundamentalists from Alabama; some of us are just normal, working-class Catholics from Queens.

As one of Alabama’s Conservative representatives (I even got me a piture of ‘ol Bama on my websait thingy) I take umbrage at Eric’s statement (surprised someone from Alabama could actually use ‘umbrage’ in a sentence, Eric?). I am here to “tear you a new one, Eric.”

If you were a real Republican, New York Magazine would not have touched you with a 10 foot pole. They might have poked fun at you somewhere, but that would be iffy until you began running for higher office. And they would be the first to label your statement as a “hate crime” if you directed it at anyone other than Southern Christians.

If you were a real Republican, you would know that all religions should be handled with a level of respect. The disdain practically drips from your statement at those of us who actually hold their religious beliefs to be true. That is, after all, what ‘fundamentalism’ means. It does not mean extremism. Christians who believe that God created the world, created man, allowed man to fall from perfection, sent His Son to rectify the problem and take our place in Death, then raised His Son from the dead are essentially fundamentalists. If you yourself do not believe these things, then I’d like to talk to you about allowing Christ into your life.

If religious ‘fundamentalists’ did not hold their religions to be true, then what the heck are we getting up on a Sunday morning for? Church is not a country club Eric. We don’t just sit around and decide what we are going to believe on a particular day. Nor do we take polls to see what beliefs are popular that week. That is what makes it a Religion. People die every day for their religious beliefs, most of them are Christians. Do you also have a problem with the Catholic religious fundamentalists? Perhaps your priest would like to have a word with you, or better yet, your mother.

The second part of your statement claims that you are normal because you are from Queens. I’ve seen Queens…you can keep it. Give me blue sky, green trees, and breathable air any day. Because we are different, in dialect, in priorities, and obviously in manners, does not mean that we, and by we I mean those of us from the great state of Alabama, are not normal. So, we put sugar in our tea while it’s brewing instead of trying to dissolve it in a cold liquid – so what? To me, that just makes us smarter, but not more or less normal.

The last part of your statement sent me through the roof, “…some of us are just working-class [people]…” And what, we’re just plantation owners who sit around drinking Mint Julep’s? Or worse yet, unemployed trailer inhabitants watching monster truck rallies on our 19″ TV’s? Most people are “working-class” Eric, you would do well to remember that. Even wealthy people work, or do you think that doctors, bankers, and lawyers, just stay at the 19th hole while magically collecting enormous paychecks?

Eric, if you are representative of the New Right, than I don’t want any part of it. I’d rather stay in my “backwoods” state with its working-class religious fundamentalists, thank you very much. At least we know how to make tea.

P.S. A shout-out to my buddy Suzanna Logan and her blog for bringing this idiot to my attention. And just so my blog post can also be labeled “cool” here is a picture:

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Scripture for the times

At church this morning, a responsive reading caught me as being perfect for our times. Many of us, disappointed over the direction of our country, are full of all sorts of emotions. Despair and anger do not need to be among them. We need to remember that everything is in the hands of God. It is Him that is ultimately in control. He placed Obama in office, and as counterintuitive as it seems, He is responsible for Nancy Pelosi being Speaker of the House. We must trust that everything will work for His glory. So on that note, this is Lamentations 3:17-18, 21-24 (NLT)

Peace has been stripped away, and I have forgotten what prosperity is. I cry out, “My splendor is gone! Everything I had hoped for from the Lord is lost!”

Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in Him!”

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