Tuesday, June 26, 2007

My Great(x9) Uncle's marvelous speech...

Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day

Washington, D.C.
March 30, 1863

Senator James Harlan of Iowa, whose daughter later married President Lincoln's son Robert, introduced this Resolution in the Senate on March 2, 1863. The Resolution asked President Lincoln to proclaim a national day of prayer and fasting. The Resolution was adopted on March 3, and signed by Lincoln on March 30, one month before the fast day was observed.

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation.

And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do, by this my proclamation, designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th. day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting and prayer. And I do hereby request all the People to abstain, on that day, from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord, and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.

All this being done, in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine teachings, that the united cry of the Nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings, no less than the pardon of our national sins, and the restoration of our now divided and suffering Country, to its former happy condition of unity and peace.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this thirtieth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty seventh.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward, Secretary of State.


Taken from:

http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/fast.htm

Monday, June 25, 2007

Where is the ACLU on this one?

Defn: Religious Tolerance - revering and respecting all religions of any denomination or origin and not favoring one over any other.*
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excluding Christianity. In fact, it can be attacked without any repercussions.

In my opinion, the ACLU is nothing but an anti-establishment organization bent on destroying Christianity and freedom. That's another day's rant. With that said, I personally believe that everyone has the right to believe whatever they might. Buddhist, Taoist, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and any others. The beauty of freedom is that we can all live together in peace while believing different tenants of doctrine. I have many Jewish friends, Buddhist friends, Muslim friends, etc. I respect each of their religions. While I lived in Thailand for 2 years, I was a Christian surrounded by Buddhists. I had no problem with that. They taught me many things. When I would tell them I was Christian, they would say "Thuug sadsanaa sawn hai raw ben khon dii!" Or translated: all religions teach us to be good people. I mostly agree with that statement. When people worship God however they may, I applaud them. I appreciate the things that it does for those people. I love living in a country where all religions can live together in peace. We may not agree on all things, but we are civil and we allow all men and women the freedom to worship as they choose. So much for that in this story about the University of Michigan.

It seems to me that the notion "separation of church and state," has sunk to an all time low this time around. "Religious Tolerance" has been boiled down to this: "we must accommodate all religions. But Christians, they don't deserve any tolerance at all." The 10 commandments were taken from courthouses. The pledge of allegiance is under attack. "In God We Trust" is being attacked and an attempt is being made to eradicate it. Sounds to me like it is not a battle for religious equality, but a full blown battle to destroy Christianity. The media would NEVER criticize a Muslim for his religion. They would NEVER criticize a Jew. But the openly and mercilessly attack and demean anyone who is Christian, especially people in high standing. Sounds a bit hypocritical to me.

If you are going to allow other religions to express themselves, then shouldn't you allow Christians? Let's talk about equality! I don't care if the University of Michigan allows foot basins for Muslims to wash their feet. That is fine. I don't think tax dollars should pay for it, but I, as a Christian, don't mind seeing that in a public place. I am not offended. I am actually encouraged that someone is actually living their religion. What I DO have a problem with is that while this is happening, they are taking down any reference to Christianity...crosses, the word "God", Christmas trees (I slap my forehead in disgust), Santa, etc. They are continually saying that you can't have the word GOD in public places, but isn't a State University a public place? Are we being a little hypocritical? I think so. I love this quote from a recent blog:

"When I asked why the footbaths were being installed, Gallagher told me that this is "an accommodation to a significant portion of our student body and their friends and visitors in accordance with our mission." He said that it is a growing trend with Boston University, Cal State-Fullerton, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Washington University of St. Louis, all installing footbaths. "We wanted to be part of that trend in accommodating Muslim students."

But when I asked Gallagher what portion of the U-M Dearborn is Muslim, he said that the most recent information the school has is from a 2004 survey of incoming freshman. The survey only identified 11% of students as Muslims, whereas 37% of incoming freshman were Roman Catholic. When I asked if there was any accommodation or money spent on Catholic students, he could not identify any."

THAT is where I have the problem. When you are building these facilities in the name of religious tolerance, and then you openly deny other religions their rights or accommodations, you are a hypocrite!

Chastity Ring
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,286395,00.html

This story of a girl that wears a ring (that shows that she will remain chaste before marriage) being kicked out of school is absolutely uncalled for! GOOD FOR HER!! Do you imagine if young people and old people would remain chaste before marriage and then have complete fidelity after, what problems in this world would be solved? STD's? AIDS? Single parents? Unwed mothers? Deadbeat fathers? Many of these social and physical problems would go away. What does the system and the media do to this girl? They put her down. They accuse her of offending those of other religions. You knwo what I do? I applaud her. I want her to stand up and show that ring off and spread the word. It woudl change the world if people would commit to that. These people are fighting against a WONDERFUL principle on the basis of not wanting to offend other religions. What ever happened to the old "religious equality" statement? What happened to being tolerant of EVERYONES religion, whether it be Muslim, Buddhist, Judiasm, or Christianity? There is no such thing as religious tolerance anymore. What it is, is a battle against Christianity.



Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Some great quotes...

  • "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." -John Adams

  • ****"Don't let anyone claim to be a true American if they ever attempt to remove religion from politics" -George Washington*****

  • "Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure...are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments." [Source: To James McHenry on November 4, 1800.] -Charles Carroll - signer of the Declaration of Independence

  • "God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel" –Constitutional Convention of 1787 | original manuscript of this speech -Benjamin Franklin

  • "In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered… do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?" [Constitutional Convention, Thursday June 28, 1787] -Benjamin Franklin

  • "It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here." [May 1765 Speech to the House of Burgesses] - Patrick Henry

Friday, June 1, 2007

Top Anti-US Terrorist Captured!!

New Jobs for Tommorrow!!!

Maybe a new job for "tommorrow" is a teacher that teaches spelling...


If you read the article here, Hillary is trying to increase the amount of visas for genius foreigners to come spearhead new technology. Maybe the reason we have to go foreign for geniuses is because the professionals in the US can't even spell "tommorrow" correctly. Says something about our educational system, doesn't it? You want to watch something interesting about our educational system in the US, watch this:

John Stossel's expose..."Stupid in America"