Merry Christmas to All

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. read more

Erick Erickson Missed the Mark

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Well, here we go again. Another day and another discrepancy with a conservative stalwart. What the heck. It seems to be the week for it. Maybe, hopefully, this will be the last.

 

As painful as it is, I have to be honest about where I stand, even if it is in disagreement with a true conservative, or conservatives.

 

A few days ago I posted an article in disagreement with Dr. Thomas Sowell regarding Ted Cruz.

 

This time it is Erick Erickson of RedState. My disagreement is over a diary post he wrote entitled, “Yes, Jesus Would Bake a Cake for a Gay Person“. 

 

His post begins: “Jesus Christ would absolutely bake a cake for a gay person. He would bake a cake for a straight person. He would bake a cake for a girl, a boy, a person who isn’t sure what they are, a black person, a white person – Jesus would bake that cake if it, in some way large or small, drew that person closer to him.”

 

“And Christians should too.” read more

Earth Is a Happy Accident

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

The other evening, I watched a program about planet Earth and how it was formed and so on. Throughout the program the “scientists” were constantly telling the viewers of how lucky we are to be placed in the universe where we are, how everything just seemed to come together for planet Earth, or something like that.

 

At the time I thought nothing about the program. Then Saturday morning, I awoke early, got my coffee, sat in my chair and began to write. I wrote the title of my next article, and that’s as far as I got.

 

I gazed up from the page and stared at some plants in front of a large sliding glass door. For reasons unknown, I began to hypothesize how large I could get them to grow if I somehow pumped up the CO2 in the room. Makes sense right? No? Well I thought it anyway.

 

Of course, I thought, too much and I wouldn’t survive and how much is too much for the plants? The balance would have to be just right.

 

At this point I guess I was just daydreaming. My gaze went from the plants to out the slider where the sun was just up in the sky was becoming blue. Then it hit me. read more

Does Prayer Help Us Resist Temptation?

This one’s no surprise, but maybe science is catching up!

 

Praying helps people stay in control of their emotions and behavior, according to a new study.

People turn to prayer ‘as a coping response to the high demands in life’ and are rewarded with increased strength and ability to resist temptation, researchers said.

Previous findings have shown that when people try hard to control their emotions and thoughts, the risk of aggressive outbursts and binge drinking or eating rises.

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Moment of reflection: People turn to prayer ‘as a coping response to the high demands in life’ and are rewarded with increased strength and ability to resist temptation, researchers said

 

BELIEVING IN GOD COULD HELP TREAT DEPRESSION TOO…

Belief in God may improve treatment for those suffering with depression, a study published earlier year found.

Faith in a higher being was found to significantly improve treatment for people suffering with a psychiatric illness, according to research carried out by McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Researchers followed 159 patients over the course of a year at the Behavioral Health Partial Hospital program to investigate the relationship between a patient’s level of belief in God, expectations for treatment and actual treatment outcomes.

Each participant was asked to gauge their belief in God as well as their expectations for treatment outcome on a five-point scale.

Researchers found that patients with ‘no’ or only ‘slight’ belief in God were twice as likely not to respond to treatment than patients with higher levels of belief.

And more than 30 per cent of patients claiming no specific religious affiliation still saw the same benefits in treatment if their belief in God was rated as moderately or very high.

But the latest study, by German psychologists at Saarland University and the University of Mannheim, found that praying helps people maintain self-control.

‘A brief period of personal prayer buffered the self-control depletion effect’, wrote the team, whose findings are published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology online.

‘These results are consistent with and contribute to a growing body of work attesting to the beneficial effects of praying on self-control.’

Praying has already been linked in the past to reduced levels of infidelity and alcohol consumption.

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Removing God

Community Jerk Causes First Grader to Remove ‘God’ From Poem Honoring Grandfathers’ Military Service

by:  at Godfather Politics

A first grader who attends West Marion Elementary School in the McDowell County Schools in Marion, NC wrote a poem about both of her grandfather’s military service in the Vietnam War.  The poem was selected as part of a Veteran’s Day Ceremony display.  One of the lines in her poem read:

“He prayed to God for peace, he prayed to God for strength.”

Someone in the community had to be a jerk and complained that they didn’t like the poem because it mentioned God.  The school reacted to the jerk’s complaint, and forced the little girl to remove the line from her poem before it was allowed to be used in the Veteran’s Day ceremony.

The school’s response hasn’t set well with the girl’s family or a number of others in theNoGod community who fear that the school will use its censorship in other unconstitutional ways.  They sought help from Alliance Defending Freedom, who in turn sent a letter to the school on behalf of a number of residents of the county.

Matt Sharp, legal counsel handling the case wrote to the school saying:

“America’s public schools should encourage, not restrict, the constitutionally protected freedom of students to express their faith.  Students should not be censored when speaking about their faith or honoring those who valiantly served to protect our freedoms. The poem described the historical actions of her grandfather, and the Constitution protects such student expression at school.”

“School officials may not suppress or exclude the personal speech of students simply because the speech is religious or contains a religious perspective.”

“The censorship of this young student’s poem about her grandfathers is repugnant to the First Amendment rights of all students and sends an impermissible message of hostility towards religion.  The First Amendment protects the right of students to discuss their faith–especially when they are discussing a historical event like this student in her poem honoring her grandfathers.”

first-amendmentWND tried to reach school officials to get their side of the story, but none of their requests were answered.  They did note that Superintendent Gerri Martin posted the following statement on the school’s website:

“I am looking forward to collaborating with the board, our attorney, and our community to revise policy and create guidelines that will ensure the rights of free speech and freedom of religion consistent not only with the conscience of this community but the requirements the law places on us as a public school system.”

I see two major problems with this entire situation.  First, the school listened to ONE person’s complaint that they didn’t like the mention of God in the girl’s poem.  So what?  I see and read lots of things that I don’t like, but I don’t set out to trample on the author’s constitutional right to say it.  If everyone was censored based on just one person’s opinion, we would not have anything in writing, audio or video recording, billboards, magazines, newspapers.  Everything would be blank, because there is always at least one person thatcensored won’t like it.

When I see something in print or video that really bothers me, I will write and tell the source that they have lost my business or that I will never watch their show, but I won’t try to stop their right to do and say what they believe.  Too many Americans have died and been wounded winning and protecting the rights of free speech and religion.  To censor those rights would mean that they all died in vain, and I’m not willing to say that.

The second problem is that the school knowingly violated the girl’s constitutional rights. This has been happening in America’s public schools more and more.  As liberal progressives become emboldened by our liberal progressive president, they follow his example and attack the constitutional rights of students, parents and teachers.  And like the president, they do it with full knowledge of their actions.  In fact, in some cases, the schools have purposely trampled on the rights of students and parents in their efforts to usher in the socialist agenda of the NEA.

Parents, if you are unable to educate your children yourself or send them to a good Christian school, then you need to be actively involved with what your child is being taught and how they are being taught.  Look closely because a growing number of schools are teaching globalism and one world economy and government.  Students are being taught that American pride and patriotism are evil and the root of many of the nation’s problems.  They are also taught that mom and dad are evil and part of the problem.  Is this what you want them to learn?

Read more: http://godfatherpolitics.com/8403/community-jerk-causes-first-grader-to-remove-god-from-poem-honoring-grandfathers-military-service/#ixzz2EDTeGa49

Divine Providence

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Have you ever had the feeling you were chosen by a higher power and driven to do something exceptional? Yeah, me neither.

That’s because it’s so uncommon. There is a name for this phenomenon. It’s called Divine Providence.

Divine Providence is not often revealed to mankind, but it does happen. There are times in our history when it seems God has reached down from the heavens and plucked a man (or men) from the masses and guided him to do what must be done in that moment in history.

I don’t believe George Washington just happened. He was chosen and guided through Divine Providence. No one else could have been that guy. As great a collection of minds as they were, not Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Hamilton, etc. could have been the inspiration that was Washington. He was chosen because he was the one man that could take on the task and see it through.

The King of England, George III, the Mad King, begat George Washington. The King was a bad guy and the colonies needed a polar opposite to lead them out of bondage, as it were.

Washington was not perfect, but he was a good and just man. He was, by no coincidence, exactly what America needed at the time.

Abraham Lincoln was also that man this country needed at that exact time in our history.

James Buchanan, Lincoln’s presidential predecessor was arguably pro-slavery, at least so far as the American territories were concerned. He had many pro-slavery advocates in his cabinet.

Once more, Buchanan begat Lincoln. Many would argue Lincoln was not an anti-slavery advocate to start, but no one could make that claim, by the time he ran for reelection against George McClellan, who wished to end the war and compromise with the south allowing slavery to continue.

I contend that Lincoln was guided on the path of good and no other, at that time in history, could have accomplished the task of both preserving the Union and emancipation.

Carter begat Reagan. In the late 1970’s this country was floundering and leaderless. Carter was a weak administrator at best and America craved, no needed, a strong leader. Reagan was that man. He was a good man with strong ideals and not afraid to call out evil. He reminded us how great America was and how it could be again, that we were the last best hope of mankind and a beacon of freedom for others to emulate.

He was the man, guided by Divine Providence , to restore and renew America. No other of his time could have been that man.

And so do we stand at this moment in history with a clear choice, and Mitt Romney is the clear choice.

As many know, Romney was not my guy, as it were. He is not the “true conservative” we all think we need and as we would define a conservative.

What Mitt is, is a good man. I have concluded that a conservative policy wonk is not now what America needs, although, as an added bonus, we will get one in the V.P., Paul Ryan.

In every crucial moment in our history, a phoenix has risen from the ashes to pull us back from our path to self destruction and place us back on the path to good.

It’s as if God gives us a little rope and then pulls us back when we stray too far.

I’m no clairvoyant, but I think we might be living in an historic time. We may be witness to another Divine Providential event.

Evil gives way to good and Barack Obama and his administration of radicals are evil, maybe the worst in our history. They may not be “the Devil” evil, but evil in that they wish to shake the foundation of liberty and freedom established by our founders until it topples, in order to rebuild it in their own warped image of the “perfect” society.

It’s not evil to wish to change things, if done in the light, where all can see, understand and freely choose. The evil is in the covert way they’ve chosen to operate.

The mark of a good man is how good he is when no one is looking. Few people are as good as Romney when no one is looking.

We, at this moment in history, need a good and moral man. I believe, through Divine Providence, Mitt Romney has been chosen to be our standard bearer of good.

Do I wish that Mitt was not only good but more conservative? Yep, but I’ve come to gladly accept that he is not both. He is honest, moral and very hard working.

That’s what we need at this moment in history and we get to witness the history and hopefully be a part of it.

The Ayes Have It

This just in. 

Most people paying even scant attention know the democrats revealed who they really are as a party, as they expelled any mention of God from the party platform, as well as officially throwing Israel under the bus.

Knowing them as I and other informed conservatives do, they were certain this was just a minor adjustment to their overall, radical platform.

They were clearly taken by surprise at the backlash they received and the firestorm it caused.

They sent out old party hacks, such as Dick Turbin, not to defend the decision, but to dodge and deflect. It didn’t work.

I just witnessed the floor vote at the convention to reinsert God back into the platform. I’m not sure it was also for the Israel flap, but I assume so.

The man at the podium shouted, “All in Favor, say Aye!” Many shouted in the affirmative. He then shouted, “All opposed, say no!” Just as many as the ayes. He then repeated himself, with the same outcome. He tried a third time with the same results.

At this point he had the option to take a floor vote but declined. After some quick whispers to a colleague, he declared, “The ayes have it, measured passed.” Boos then resounded over the floor of the hall.

Watching the man squirming up there at the podium was almost sad. He clearly did not want to be put in this position.

I’m betting, the democrat campaign damage control experts set this up telling this poor sap, whatever happens, the ayes will prevail. There would be no floor vote. They could not take the chance of the no votes winning out.

Now that’s entertainment.