Tagged: politics

Shouldn’t Men be Manly?

I am quite interested in men’s fashion lately.

I find there is a trend that I keep seeing.  It’s not all that bad, but I wonder where these styles came from.  I am twenty-two and I am interested in fashion in an average way. This blog is a worldview blog and I think our worldview reflects how we dress just as much as it affects everything else in our life. However, I am wondering lately about low v-necks, skinny jeans and colored pants. Not to mention when a guy styles his hair more than I do, I get a little uncomfortable and wonder if I am not enough of a girl or he’s not enough of a guy.  I am not even saying that I dislike these trends, but I do wonder where they came from and why they are here.

Some people think social roles are wrong or bad. However, I think that if you were born a girl, then darling, embrace the girl in you to the best of your ability. Personally, I would rather play in the mud than go to a ball in a big dress. But then again, I understand that I was made by God a certain way and so I also enjoy curling my hair, wearing women’s clothing and generally being feminine. Girls are supposed to attract, be pretty and have some sort of softness to them. (And yes, be intelligent, be able to hold a job, and be strong in their own way… etc.  I am not just a damsel, but being saved by a boy sounds fun to me too!)

But men? They were made to protect, provide and work hard.  I live in Idaho, where I am not surprised to see cowboys here and there. My grandpa was a milk truck driver and so I came across farmers growing up.  To be honest, as a girl and in a very pure Christian sense, I appreciate when a man has a bit of muscle going on.  He doesn’t have to be Hercules, but it’s nice to know that he is walking around a bit stronger than me and can outwork me in a physical sense.  (And yes, he’s intelligent and can be kind too, etc.)  When I get married I’ll be looking for masculinity, because I want to be the feminine one in our relationship. Girls want to feel safe, protected and provided for – those things take strength!

It seems to me nobody really stands up and claps for the cowboy anymore.  Nor do we cheer on the hunter very much or admire the quiet hard worker guy, and we don’t encourage the father. (Just look at all our sitcoms on T.V.).  We do cheer on the the ultra-sensitive musician (or the metro sexual worship leader) and we think the graphic designer guy is super cool.  We young twenty-somethings check out the dude with the neat necklaces that hang just above his deep v-neck shirt and our eyes travel down to his colored pants and his canvas Toms and say, “Oh… so that’s where we are going? That’s the future?” ()

To be honest? All those tight clothes are what women are supposed to wear… right? And even I’m careful about how tight my clothes are to honor the men around me. Now, now, I don’t want to bash the way the guys my age dress and I am not even totally against it.

Me? I just wrote a post to chew on.

What do you think about young men’s fashion these days?

- JJ Day

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Faith vs Reason

I fell madly in love with Jesus when I was 14. My life was changed by the message of the gospel. I didn’t have reasons to believe that the claims made by those in my church were true. I didn’t have justification for why I believed the Bible was the word of God. I just accepted it. It worked, and I came alive. God breathed life into me and I was different. I was made new.

As wonderful as that experience was, it wasn’t enough for me. I couldn’t just believe something without reason. I needed to know that what I believed was true. Yet, I felt an expectation to just accept my experience as evidence. Faith seemed to mean laying aside my mental faculties and embracing Christianity without reason. Furthermore, asking questions and pursuing answers amounted to the sin of doubt.

I couldn’t find any Christians to help with my intellectual quest. The internet didn’t have the resources that are available today. There was no one to tell me that the discipline of “Christian Apologetics” even existed. I set out on my own…

What followed has been my lifelong struggle to understand the roles of faith and reason in the life of a Christian.

Are faith and reason mutually exclusive?

Does faith require us to lay aside our mental faculties and embrace religious belief without reason?

The answer to both of these questions is a resounding “NO!” Basing our religious belief on personal experience and promises of a better life is nothing more than conforming to our post-modern culture. We’ve allowed relativism and subjective experience to pervade Christianity and falsely make us think that this is “faith.” The result is a shallow understanding of God and theology and a lack of maturing. We are infants “blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.” (Ephesians 4:14)

J.P. Moreland* defines faith as follows,

“…biblically, faith is a power or skill to act in accordance with the nature of the kingdom of God, a trust in what we have reason to believe is true.”

He goes on to say,

“…faith is built on reason. We should have good reasons for thinking that Christianity is true before we dedicate ourselves completely to it. We should have solid evidence that our understanding of a biblical passage is correct before we go on to apply it. And so on.”

The life of the Christian should be a highly intellectual one. The Christian mind shouldn’t be neglected, but rather developed and strengthened. We should use our minds to understand and study the Bible. We should use our minds to determine and defend truth.

Truth is not subjective and it can be known. We have nothing to fear!! When we pursue truth we will find it, through reason, natural science, literature, arts, humanities, etc.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

We need to be educated. We need to understand. Proverbs 18:2 says, “Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.” This isn’t just speaking of biblical understanding. Let’s look at a couple of commentaries on this verse.

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“The separated person seeks understanding in every hidden thing, and feels his toil well repaid when he finds it, even after the most painful and expensive search: the other regards it not, though its secret springs should be laid open to him without toil or expense.”


“A fool hath no delight in understanding,…. In natural understanding, and in the improvement of his mind in it; he delights not in books, nor in the conversation of men of learning and sense: or in spiritual understanding, in the understanding of spiritual things; these are foolishness to a natural man; nor does he delight in reading the Scriptures, nor in hearing the word, and attendance on it in the house of God, but is weary of such exercises…”

Our response to the intellectual assault on Christianity has been to withdraw and to hide. We’ve stepped out of the public forum. We’ve created a divide between the sacred and the secular. We are no longer relevant. As J.P. Moreland put it, “the church has lost its saltiness.”

Christianity has become a private religion, based solely on feelings and personal experience and not able to withstand the Goliaths of our culture. We’re unprepared. We are unable to provide a reason for the hope that we have. (1 Peter 3:15)

If philosophers can shape the thinking of an entire generation, then we clearly need more Christian philosophers. Instead of cowering in fear, let us rise to the occasion and give ourselves to rigorous training so that we can address the intellectual questions of our time. Let’s re-enter the battlefield and take a stand. Let’s take back a culture that has been stolen by the philosophies of this world.

By Stephanie Lasater

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* by J.P. Moreland

 by J.P. Moreland

Another Grenade in the Worldview War.

Last week MSNBC set a fire with statements made by host, Melissa Harris-Perry, that include but aren’t limited to:

“We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we’ve always had kind of a private notion of children. Your kid is yours and totally your responsibility. We haven’t had a very collective notion of these are our children.”

“So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.”

The conservative community responded negatively to the ad, and many of us have heard the “touche” remarks of Palin, Beck, and Limbaugh.  Harris-Perry made what I consider to be .

In this statement, she clarifies her meaning:

“Those of you who were alarmed by the ad can relax, I have no designs on taking your children. Please keep your kids! I venture to say that anyone and everyone should know full well that my message in that ad was a call to see ourselves as connected to a larger whole. I don’t want your kids, but I want them to live in safe neighborhoods. I want them to learn in enriching and dynamic classrooms. I want them to be healthy and well and free from fear.”

She, along with other liberal folks, are totally confused about what could be bothersome to a conservative regarding her statement.  Conservatives and liberals agree that every adult should take caring notice of the children of our nation and invest in them.  Many on both sides of the political spectrum see the clear value of our children and many understand that the future of our nation depends on the spiritual, intellectual, and physical fitness of our children.  Agreed.

The differences emerge when both sides offer solutions to issues that face children.  Two separate worldviews come into play.  One worldview suggests a solution that requires more programs, better education, more awareness, a sense of responsibility for all of humanity.  This worldview truly believes that knowledge is power and it is their moral responsibility to educate — at any cost — children that might not otherwise receive this type of education.  (The education being courses in their worldview and value system, not just ABC’s and 123′s).  This specific education will ensure that the playing field will be equal, and everyone will get along.

The second worldview suggests that maybe this issue goes a little deeper and has more to do with the decay of our morality over the years and less with our current situation.  This worldview recommends a return to Biblical morality, honest and genuine concern for individuals, and it values the free choice of each individual.  Perhaps every child will not be parented equally, but this worldview doesn’t believe it’s the responsibility of everyone else to ensure that all things are fair.  In fact, it holds that fairness is an illusion.  Respect is shown for humanity in attempts to help the less fortunate with whatever extra each person has, but there is no pressure to be or do something by coercion or force.  Children should be taught (usually by parents) how to handle difficulty in life because there is no historical proof that more education equals a trouble-free world.

This will always boil down to a war between worldviews.  If two people of opposing worldviews both sincerely adore children, they would still find plenty to fight about.

But I can answer Harris-Perry as to why her comments made conservatives so mad.  Because she said that we need to “break through” the idea that “kids belongs to their parents.”  And she used that wording repeatedly.  Now, if her intention is just to make a safe and healthy world for kids, please tell me why would she use that wording?  This was not an off-hand comment to a reporter, this was a TV spot that she was doing.  Clearly rehearsed and well-thought out.  Those words were chosen.

That’s why Worldview #2 got mad at Worldview #1 this time.

Learning in “dynamic classrooms,” and being healthy and well doesn’t make fear go away.  We can make public education available earlier, better, and include more fruits and veggies.  But nothing, and I mean nothing can replace a parent’s role in their child’s development.  Parents not Programs prepare children for life, for a global economy and for just being a great parent themselves someday. That is, if we believe that humans are individually and intrinsically valuable.  But if we believe they are just another cog in the great machine, then perhaps we might be easily tricked into thinking they don’t need parents as much as they need a good education.

What is your take on this latest grenade in the worldview war?

By Steph Nelson

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Water Cooler Talk: Religion and Politics

He completely disagrees with me.

I completely disagree with him.

He hates America, I adore America.  He violently attacks Christianity, I sweetly offer it to anyone who is willing to listen.  He’s into the darkest things, I wait for the morning so I can dance under the light of day.  He’s water and I am oil.

So then, how do we have the best weekly conversations about religion?

I’ve done it. I’ve shoved the gospel down someone’s throat.  I have pushed my political viewpoints right in front of someone and arrogantly said, “Take it or leave it.” But then, I realized this was not the way to do it! Sharing the gospel is not about holding up a sign and saying, “You’ll go to HELL if you don’t believe!” (Which, to be bluntly honest, is what I do believe).  However, that’s not really attractive and even I call that person crazy.

However, personally speaking, the most success I have had with the gospel is when I’ve prayed for someone and when I’ve showed them I really care.  To be really specific, I’ve had the best times of seeing someone convert to Christianity after a church service when the music played and they’d heard the pastor preach and they were there at church to seek God in some way anyway. Softly I have asked dozens of times, “Do you want me to go with you down to the people who can lead you into Christianity? It just takes one prayer to begin and then we can talk about what God is doing in you after that….” I’ve had so many people nod and I’ve taken their hand and led them to Christ. In those instances, I was not pushy and I just held open my own hands and asked.

I’ve also had many conversations about politics that were successful too.  The million dollar answer to that one is: Humility! Humility. Humility. Humility. To sit there patiently and listen to what they have to say (not sitting there waiting for them to finish so I could refute quickly).  Another great way is to ask a question, “What do you say to the argument that a pencil can’t write a sentence, the person does, just like a gun cannot shoot someone, a person does? Do you think maybe focusing on gun education and improving good citizenship in our schools might be better than banning all the guns in the world?” Then calmly listening to their answer.

Do you have tactics to arguments?

What has worked? What hasn’t?

Why do you discuss religion and politics?

Why don’t you?

 

By JJ Day

Teaching Kids to Be Responsible

By Amy Vassar
Responsibility.  I think that’s one of the weightiest words I ponder as a parent.  What can I do to teach my children responsibility?  How can I prepare them to take ownership of their lives and their decisions?  What is the best way to help them transition from the authority of Dad and Mom to the authority of God, as a person with a free will but a solid moral compass?  Oh man.  Ask yourself those questions once a day and you’ll see an increase in your prayer life!

As a college instructor, I see every day the disservice that has been done to many young people in terms of their view of responsibility.  When did it become normal to turn assignments in late and expect to get credit for them?  At what point did the shift occur that makes students assume they won’t be held responsible for instructions that they overlooked?  Now, this is certainly not true of every student in my classes, but it is a pervasive attitude that seems to be increasing all the time.

As a mom, then, I am on a mission.  I want my children to be prepared to take responsibility in their daily habits, their studies, their jobs, and their relationships.  To accomplish this, in addition to the constant prayer I alluded to earlier, I am working on three basic lessons with them.

1.       Embrace things that are hard.  “Just because something is hard does NOT mean that it should not be done or that you should not be held responsible for it.”  I’m pretty sure there are nights that I say this in my sleep, because of how often I say it to my oldest child.  But of course this cuts both ways; in order to teach my children to embrace difficult tasks, I must do likewise.  My goal is to never let “It’s too hard” be an acceptable excuse in our home.  God created the human mind and will to be capable of incredible things, but unless you’re occasionally pushed to your limits, you won’t know how far you can go.  This can take the form of practical tasks like cleaning and organizing a closet or packing in a load of firewood, or even physical activities like doing a set number of jumping jacks or sit-ups.

2.       Find the information you need.  Sometimes in life we aren’t given all the necessary information for a task.  Marriages and children don’t come with instruction manuals.  When you start a new job, there are usually numerous little parts of your job that you have to figure out on your own.  To prepare our children for this reality, it’s important to sometimes leave out some details and require them to track those down.  For small children, this could be done with little tasks like telling them to put away two things that are on the floor, one of which they don’t know what to do with.  The process of learning to ask questions is so important!

3.       If you can do it, and you know it needs to be done, then it’s your job.  Sorry, I know that phrase doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.  Likewise, it can be a tricky one to implement and enforce.  But while we are big proponents of designated chores in our house (another way to teach responsibility!), I’m not a fan of the “my chores, no more” attitude that can sometimes develop.  So if my 4-year-old walks past a piece of trash three times without picking it up, he’ll have some explaining to do.  If my 5-year-old knows it’s time to set the table, she is expected to be in there helping get it done.  In this way, we are all taking responsibility for the smooth functioning of the household.

In closing, I certainly don’t have this all mastered, and I am not as consistent yet with enforcing these things as I want to be, but I hope they help stir up some ideas for you.  Now go inspire your children with responsibility!  There’s a generation out there waiting for its leaders.

Amy is a wife, mother, teacher, and photographer. She has been married to her husband Paul for 8 years. Paul is a small business owner and together they home school their 3 children, who are currently in 8th grade, kindergarten, and preschool.  

Amy holds a B.A. in Spanish and an M.A. in Teaching from the College of Idaho, and she is in the process of earning an M.A. in Spanish from New Mexico State University. She is a member of the Spanish faculty at College of Western Idaho, where she formerly served as program head of Modern Language and currently serves on several committees aimed at improving the quality of online and hybrid courses. She is also a freelance photographer, specializing in family and senior portraiture.

Amy is passionate about education and about missions. Her goal in homeschooling is to raise up confident, responsible individuals who know how to learn, how to work hard, and how to pour themselves into whatever mission field God calls them to, whether at home or in other lands.


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The Enemy

Have you ever noticed how quick we are to project our own views on to everyone else? I am guilty of this.

I recently read a book called . It is about a bigoted, obnoxious, conservative Christian, young-adult man who decides to “go in the closet” and pretend to be gay for a year in an attempt to overcome his bigotry. He even leads his family to believe that he is gay and he immerses himself into the LGBT community. It is the author’s personal journey from religious bigot to….well, I don’t know what. He’s opposed to any labels.

I had great hopes for this book. The premise fascinated me. The author’s attempt to walk in someone else’s shoes for a year, regardless of personal loss, was noble.

However, I must confess, when a friend first referred the book to me, my first thought was, “Great, another Christian-bashing book. Can’t wait to read it!” (Yes, you detect sarcasm.) My friend assured me it wasn’t, but our views of Christian-bashing are clearly different because I found it to be just that. It’s too bad too, because the author has a great message to share. If only he could have done it without alienating his target audience.

I won’t review the book directly because I’m not sure I would recommend it – and there are plenty of reviews already on . I think it would offend most conservative Christians (because of his harsh stereotypes and eventual deviation from traditional theology), but I don’t necessarily think it would appeal to homosexuals either.

So you are probably wondering why I am even writing about it. I’m not so sure myself. The book has been bugging me, camping in the back of my mind and constantly pestering me.

It was an eye opener for me. Not about the homosexual community, which is not unfamiliar to me. But rather, about Christians. He is intensely harsh towards conservative Christians as he projects his once-bigoted self onto every other conservative, fundamentalist Christian. In fact, towards the end of the book he confesses to exchanging one form of bigotry (towards LGBTs) for another (towards conservative Christians).

Before the experiment, he was horrible to the LGBT community. Mocking them. Throwing condemning Bible verses in their face. Treating them like they had a contagious disease. Believing that God hates them. He showed no love, compassion, empathy or understanding. He said repeatedly that he was taught to be this way and seems to conclude that this reflects all conservative Christians and is a direct result of their theology.

The way traditional Christianity is represented in this book is not the Christianity that I know. It is not consistent with the Bible. It is not a representation of the Christians in my life. I hate Christian stereotypes. I hate the way the media portrays us. I hate the assumptions my non-Christian friends make about me. I feel like I am always fighting against these, always coming to the defense of Christianity. And I honestly don’t understand it.

I now realize this is because I project my views and experiences with Christianity on to everyone else, much like the author of this book. But I don’t see judgmental bigots.

I see a loving family.
I see grace, compassion, and forgiveness.
I see broken lives made whole.
I see relationships restored.
I see service and sacrifice.
I see loyal friendships where people lay their lives down for one another.
I see a Savior, who died for ALL of our sins.
I see hope, for anyone who asks.

Is it possible that these same people – who have richly experienced the grace of God in their own lives – are egging the cars of homosexuals? It is possible that they are spewing hate to their gay and lesbian acquaintances? Is it true that they elevate these behaviors to a level of sin that God cannot forgive? Do they ostracize the LGBT community, treating them as if they have a contagious disease?

I don’t know. I hope with all my heart that it isn’t true. But clearly there are professing Christians who do these things, and it breaks my heart. This is not the message of the gospel. This is not behavior that reflects biblical Christianity.

We don’t have to reject the Bible to embrace our homosexual neighbor. We don’t have to deny the gospel to sit in their living room and hear their stories. We don’t have to compromise our beliefs to have a homosexual couple over for dinner and to be their friend.

We don’t have to agree with people to love them. We don’t have to convince them to agree with us. We obviously haven’t taken the time to understand or to show we care. We’ve failed to demonstrate the love of Christ.

They see us as the enemy, apparently because that is what we have been to them.

An enemy.

Do we label them perverted, disgusting, untouchable?
Do we judge them?
Do we throw our stones, and revel in our self-righteousness?
Do we fail to understand the burdens they bear?

Could it be that the only message they hear from us is “Homosexuality is an abomination!?”
Could it be that all they see of Christianity is our fight against gay marriage?

Regardless of how we answer these questions, this is how many view us. My heart breaks. My heart breaks for the pain we cause, when we should be messengers of hope. We should reflect the love of Christ.

In the same way that those in the LGBT community don’t want to be labeled and want to be treated as individuals, I hope people will do the same for me. I hope they can stop rejecting all conservative Christians because of the idiocy of a few (or perhaps many, sadly) and give us a chance to bridge the gap.

By Stephanie Lasater

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Saeed Forgives: A Letter To His Wife

Today I want to link a letter that Naghmeh, Pastor Saeed Abedini’s wife received this week.  If you remember, Saeed is being held in prison in Iran and abused for his Christian faith.  I will let him speak for himself:

 

Read Pastor Saeed’s heartfelt letter.

 

 

By Stephanie Nelson

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Mommy, There’s a Man In The Girl’s Bathroom!

Do I really have to share a public restroom with a man in order to not be discriminating?

Are we archaic in our gender-specific bathrooms and need to change over to gender neutral ones?

Such is the belief of a minority of gender confused people who are getting their way when it comes to public restrooms. Not that I don’t see that this is definitely an issue for transgender people.  They would like a place to go to the bathroom that makes them feel safe and okay. But is opening up the bathrooms for anyone and everyone really the best solution? Shouldn’t we also ensure that women and children feel safe and okay, too?

Can’t we just keep adding gender neutral/family bathrooms to stores along with the traditional ones? I don’t want to sound unkind toward those who are gender confused (I do understand the problem.) However, I personally would feel extremely unsafe, very uncomfortable, and somewhat violated to have to do my business right next to some strange man. We could have some  heterosexual men take advantage of this law and do much damage. It’s a very vulnerable position to be in. How about my children who could not defend themselves against some sicko wanted to take advantage from the stall right next to them? After all, he is there legally.

I know Boise already has in effect this law of no discrimination of public accommodations.  Now it’s up for vote in Pocatello, ID. Of course, we’re way behind public universities when it comes to freedom for all in the bathrooms.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

How about changing rooms and locker rooms?  Is it really unjust and prejudice to have guys use guy bathrooms and girls use girl bathrooms unless you’ve had a sex change, until all stores have a third option, the family/gender neutral bathroom?  How can we make laws that help one group of people but possibly endanger another group?  We need to be very careful what laws we put into effect that can be taken to a very bad extreme if an individual decides to.

Further Reading:

By Jane Pinkerton

Why You Should Care About Saeed Abedini’s Fate.

**Updated**  It has been pointed out to me that the State Dept. HAS called for Saeed’s release back in January.  Even so, I stand by my statements in this post and counter that they should do what it takes to bring Saeed home.  And there remains some ‘splainin to do about the contrasts I point out regarding the Obama Administration.

If you are from around here, you have most likely heard the urgent call to and spread the word about a pastor — a US Citizen — who is being held in one of Iran’s most horrific and bloody prisons, Evin, located in Tehran.  His crime?  Well, we don’t really know.  He is ethnically Iranian and re-entered the country lawfully, to help start a non-sectarian orphanage.  Being a convert to Christianity from Islam has made him a target, and he is now in prison for “threatening the national security of Iran.”

(As an aside, if only we could cause Iran to shake in their boots merely by sending a baby-faced pastor there to start an orphanage!  Smell fishy to anyone else?)

Here is the “threat” in all of his scary glory:

I hope you have heard about this even if you aren’t from Boise, where Pastor Saeed Abedini was living before his imprisonment.

I hope you have heard about him if you aren’t a Christian and don’t totally care what other countries do to Christians.

Here’s why:  Today I have learned that when Saeed’s ferociously brave wife showed up to testify before the State Department regarding the life of her husband, again I remind you, a US Citizen, .  

Too busy procuring $250,000,000 to deliver to Egypt?

Perhaps.

The sad truth unravels:  The people we have chosen to represent us on Capitol Hill may or may not have a minute to represent us when it really counts.  I speak of the Obama Administration, specifically the State Department.  I know we don’t directly elect those in the State Department.  But we elect the president, and we trust him to choose people who have our best interest in mind.

The European Union has spoken up and called for Pastor Saeed’s release.  But not the country he chose to be a citizen of.  You know, the country that requires ten truckloads of red tape in order to become a “citizen.”  Saeed was honored to put in the hours of study and tests in order to have the privilege of calling the USA his home.

But the feelings apparently are not mutual.

Here is a picture of Naghmeh before testifying in Washington DC.  She holds a flag that the US gave Saeed upon receiving his citizenship.  This picture is very touching.  She is  smiling warmly, she’s dressed up and looks very classy.  And I am certain I see a glimmer of pride in the way she is holding that box with the flag.

Can you hear the heart of this precious family?

We are so thankful to be US Citizens.  We want Saeed to come home to us (he has two small children as well).  Please, USA, can’t you speak up and help us bring Saeed home?  

They are not demanding any entitlements.  They are invoking the right as US Citizens to be protected and defended abroad.  Yet, Secretary Kerry and his cohorts have no time.  No time to send anyone to the hearing.

President Obama claims to not favor Muslims over others, and to not have any special admiration for Iran.  Yet an opportunity arises for him to prove his own claims true by demanding Saeed’s release and he chooses silence.  I must ask, why?

President Obama claims to put the interests of America, and by extension, her citizens, first.  Yet while Saeed is being beaten in prison, rumored to be on the verge of death itself, Obama is busy sending $250,000,000 to Egypt.  I ask, why does he have time and money for Egypt, but cannot find time — merely minutes — to call for the release of one of his own?

President Obama supports the rights of illegal immigrants to live, work, study, and die in this country.  Yet by his silence he lets Americans assume that an immigrant here illegally is more precious than one who has earned citizenship and is about to die abroad.  I ask again, why?

This is why every American should care about the fate of Pastor Saeed.  And it is why every American should take note of the response of a progressive ideology to the cry of an individual.

I am not one for Obama conspiracy theories, in fact I detest them because they are usually based in speculation and fear.  But there are times when this administration makes it very hard to not think that the darker forces are at work.

President Obama, some of us want to think the best of you, but you make it extremely difficult.  Could you throw us a bone this time?  Call for Pastor Saeed’s immediate release.

By Stephanie Nelson

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The Land of the Free: If the Government Says So

I’m just appalled at what is going on with the Obama administration and the German family who are here on political asylum to homeschool their children. Here are the details in a nutshell:

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike fled from Germany to the United States after their family was vigorously prosecuted (fines, forcible removal of their children, threats of jail and more) for homeschooling. Initially, the Romeikes were granted political asylum, but the U.S. government appealed that decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals. That Board sided with the government. HSLDA then appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals—the federal court just below the Supreme Court.

Now, the U.S. Justice Department is arguing that the freedom to choose to educate one’s own children is not a fundamental right.

My initial response is why in the name of all that is good are we trying to send back a family that is here legally under political asylum, when we have millions of undocumented immigrants here that get the full benefit of all of our freedoms and taxes? What idiocy can really be driving our government?

Also, if you read , the government is saying that the Romeikes aren’t a ‘particular social group’ as they can stop homeschooling. So, following this logic we would conclude that someone who is homosexual isn’t a ‘particular social group’ since they can just choose to be straight? Mmm, I don’t think that one would fly. But for some reason, people’s deep religious and personal beliefs don’t matter. The government says that the children are only in public schools 22-26 hours a week. After that the parents may teach what they want.

Does anyone think that our government would say to Orthodox Jewish parents, we can force your children to eat pork products for 22-26 hours per week because the rest of the time you can feed them kosher food?

Freedom for the mind and spirit is as important as freedom for the body and spirit.

I see our rights being eroded away right before our eyes, as we have a government that wants to control what they see fit to control. Why else would they single out one family from Germany and try to overturn their granted political asylum? Why not single out an undocumented immigrant?

Let’s be honest, and admit that would cost them too many votes. Why is our government fighting so hard to send this family back to a certain loss of their children and maybe jail time (if they don’t bow to government school control). Is there an underlying bias towards homeschoolers that our government is showing? Please read the case and you tell me if you see some discrimination in there?

Did we not learn anything from Hilter? He did the same thing with government controlled schooling and look where that got us.

By Jane Pinkerton

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