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Amazed

I am so amazed by God. I just recently became a father and it is the most joyous experience besides being married. I look forward each and everyday to go home and spend time with the both of them.

We have recently opened up our home to a young adults small group called the Loft. Ours is the Loft @ Quincy and its the second Thursday of every month. It is a time to get together and drink some coffee and discuss the many things of God. We will be discussing World Views. It is a great time.

God bless

Red Alert

Name Change

All throughout the Bible there are stories about how peoples names were changed!

I believe that the name change of my blog is meaningful in that God is calling us to be revolutionaries and not relevant! If anyone has any ideas for a new design for this weblog leave me some comments or email me @ dr.romine@me.com

God Bless

Criminalizing Faith

The slippery slope of secular humanism continues to become even more so all around the world. We are quickly moving beyond a mere degradation of social virtues to outright hostility against religion and potential criminalization of adherents who practice their faith in their daily lives.

In recent years we have seen the Dutch government change its laws to allow euthanasia, gay marriage, infanticide of imperfect children, and most recently, the sanctioning of gay polygamous unions.

Gay marriage has become a reality in Canada and Massachusetts. For years our own governments have flirted with passage of so called “hate crimes” legislation that essentially criminalizes individual thoughts by way of adding extra penalties if biases, hatreds or intolerances are perceived in the commission of a crime.

And now the British government is proposing a sweeping new legal code that would forbid discrimination against homosexuals when in the market for “goods and services”.

As we know from our own experience in this country with the broad interpretation of our Constitution’s language regarding interstate commerce, it’s no leap of logic to deduce that “goods and services” will soon encompass just about any human interaction involving an exchange of money. Its effect will be that of forcing people of faith, be it Christian, Jew or Muslim – pretty much everyone except secular humanists – to act contrary to their religious beliefs in the conduct of their everyday lives, or else become a criminal.

For example, religious schools would commit a crime by not allowing gay students or teachers. Churches that occasionally rent out their facilities for community events would violate the law by not allowing gays the same access – perhaps even to hold same-sex marriage services.

Religious newspapers would violate the law if they refuse to run advertisements for gay lobbying groups. A Christian owned ad agency would be unable to refuse to do work for a campaign promoting gay marriage.

In short, the active practice of one’s faith in everyday life would no longer be legal.

Here in the United States, the move by Massachusetts’ Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage without so much as a vote by that state’s legislature, much less its citizens, has resulted in making the adoption agency practices of the Catholic Church illegal. That being the case, the Church was forced to end providing such services altogether, rather than compromise their faith.

The implications don’t stop there. Kansas Senator Sam Brownback recently pointed out that, “…in states with same-sex marriage, religiously affiliated schools, adoption agencies, psychological clinics, social workers, marital counselors, etc. will be forced to choose between violating their own deeply held beliefs and giving up government contracts, tax-exempt status, or even being denied the right to operate at all.”

Generally, such proposed legal changes stem from the fact that the secular humanist crowd doesn’t see religion as something that should instruct one’s daily life and relationships, but rather as simply representative of a place some people go on Sunday. And they have no patience for people who take it more seriously than that.

Someone once said that true tolerance also means having tolerance for the views of the majority. While history is filled with examples of religious intolerances, the greatest levels of intolerance today no longer come from the faithful, but rather from the anti-religious.

Much is made by the left in our country of the First Amendment’s establishment clause in our Constitution, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…”. From bans on prayer in schools, or at publicly sponsored events, to public displays of the Ten Commandments and even the inclusion of the words “under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance, we are told that such observances constitute an establishment of religion and are therefore unconstitutional.

They seem to forget that the very next phrase in the First Amendment states, “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. In other words, it provides for freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.

Here in this country and abroad, we desperately need fewer politicians and judges working to use the state as a weapon against religious practice, and more that will be vigilant to oppose government actions that prohibit the free exercise of religion in our everyday lives.

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Morning

I awoke this morning right after my wife left for work. As I was taking a shower I was thinking about God and the current state of our great nation! A scripture popped into my head and its in 2 Chronicles. It says that if we humble ourselves, pray, and seek, and turn from our wicked ways then God will heal our land. That is amazing to me!

We need to stop pointing fingers and work as a team! Like the true patriots of our glorious past!

God Bless<

Attack on the People of faith

Christian Coalition of America played a leading role several years ago in ensuring that military chaplains may continue to pray in the name of Jesus by helping members of Congress such as Congressmen Walter Jones, R-NC, Todd Akin, R-MO and Duncan Hunter, R-CA pass legislation ensuring that military chaplains have full religious freedom.

Now Senator Jim DeMint, Republican from South Carolina, has said that there is a provision in Barack Obama’s stimulus legislation which is “an attack on people of faith.” In both the House bill, passed last week with no Republicans voting for it, and the Senate bill, which may be voted on this week, there is a dangerous provision affecting people of faith which states that the funds from the stimulus bill will not be able to be used to improve facilities that are “used for sectarian instruction, religious worship, or a school or department of divinity….”

In the pork-filled bill passed by only Democrats in the House of Representatives last week, $20 billion is included for infrastructure improvements, including $6 billion to colleges and universities which will have to abide by the anti-faith provisions in the bill. The many churches in America which rent auditorium facilities in public schools for church services and the religious groups which have Bible clubs in public schools, etc., will no longer be able to do so in schools which want to continue to receive federal funding.

It is beyond belief that a large number of Democrat members of Congress are absolutely intent on satisfying the anti-Christian whims of their left-wing supporters and passing legislation putting Christians and other people of faith at an exterme disadvantage in America. This legislation will invite interminable lawsuits by such groups as the American Civil Liberties Union.

People of faith need to call both of their Senators immediately to urge them to vote against the stimulus bill with these provisions which were clearly put in the legislation to disadvantage people of faith. They also need to call the White House (202-456-1414) to insist that this discriminatory provision be removed immediately. Time is of the essence.

Patriot Perspective: 60 Million Armed Patriots and Counting.

By now, you’ve probably heard that large sectors of the U.S. economy have collapsed, consumer confidence is at a historic low, Democrats control the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, and they’re poised to print “bailout and infrastructure” money on the theory of “trickle up poverty” — risking a prolonged recession followed by hyperinflation.

If there is an economic recovery any time soon, it will be the result of private sector initiatives and a consumer confidence recovery, not the redistribution of a few trillion dollars among friends. Never fear, there is a “community organizer” at the helm.

And that’s the good news.

The bad news is that Barack Hussein Obama and his congressional cadre may well use the current crisis as cover to further undermine our constitutional rule of law.

Yes, Obama and his Demo colleagues in the Senate and House have taken a sacred oath to “support and defend” our Constitution, but they have no history of honoring their oaths.

So where does that leave “The People”? Well, if the politicians don’t honor their oath, why should we honor their office? That is a question for another day.

At no time in our history has the future of American liberty been secure without a vigorous defense of the plain language of our Constitution, opposed to the adulterated interpretation of the so-called “Living Constitution” promoted by Barack Obama and his gang of judicial activists.

And there is no more important place to start at this moment in our history than with the Second Amendment to our Constitution.

In 1833, Justice Joseph Story, appointed to the Supreme Court by our Constitution’s principal author, James Madison, wrote the following in his “Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States”: “The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of the republic; since it offers a strong moral check against usurpation and arbitrary power of the rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.”

That was never more true than today.

Obama claims: “I believe in the Second Amendment. Lawful gun owners have nothing to fear. I said that throughout the campaign. I haven’t indicated anything different during the transition. … We can have reasonable, thoughtful gun control measures that I think respect the Second Amendment and people’s traditions. I think there’s a lot of room before bumping against a constitutional barrier.”

However, Obama’s nominee for attorney general, Eric Holder (formerly Janet Reno’s Deputy Attorney General), who faces Senate confirmation next week, reaffirmed in the recent DC v. Heller Supreme Court case his long-held position that the Second Amendment affirms no right of individual gun possession by private citizens.

Holder insists that the Second Amendment “does not protect firearms possession or use that is unrelated to participation in a well-regulated militia,” which he interprets as a military unit. Of course, our Founders understood “militia” to be synonymous with “the people,” but Holder must have skipped his law school’s elective on “original intent.”

Holder’s remarks seem to conflict with his boss’s statements about gun ownership, but Obama is not referring to the rights assured by the Second Amendment: “I’m a strong believer in the rights of hunters and sportsmen to have firearms.” That’s the same subterfuge his mentor John Kerry propagated back in ’04.

Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso understands what’s at stake: “Given Holder’s career of attacks on the Second Amendment, his nomination continues to be of great concern to me. … Our nation’s highest law enforcement officer must be committed to protecting and defending our individual rights to keep and bear arms.”

Other conservatives also get it, like Louisiana Sen. David Vitter: “[Holder has] clearly advocated near-universal licensing and registration, and he joined and filed an amicus brief in the District of Columbia v. Heller U.S. Supreme Court case arguing that the Second Amendment was not an individual right. That’s deeply disturbing.”

Statistically, those who are not “deeply disturbed” by the implications of Holder’s appointment are likely residing in one of those blue urban centers which typically elect liberals to national office.

I came across an essay from one such misguided urbanite this week — Fred Lebrun, who writes for the Albany (NY) Times-Union.

Fred wrote of the unprecedented number of gun sales since Obama’s election: “Otherwise sensible people seem to completely lose their marbles when it comes to the loaded question of handgun ownership, and what rules ought to apply. I’m not sure why that is. The latest example of mass paranoia at work for no discernable reason is a rush to gun shops across the country to buy sidearms. The rationale, or vague impetus, is that with the election of Barack Obama as president, we’re heading for the confiscation of our guns, for sure. … Well, if it’s true, why in the world would you go out and buy something the government is going to take away from you anyway?”

Fred, those of us who still uphold our Constitution and honor our oaths, as have generations of Patriots before, understand that, in the words of James Madison, “The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. … The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition.”

Madison’s words are truer today than when he wrote them in 1787. (Our adversaries at the time of that writing, the British, are learning that gun confiscation leaves one defenseless against tyranny — and they are now protesting … with cardboard placards.)

As for why some folks “go out and buy something the government is going to take away from you anyway,” well, the only guns that will ever be taken from my hands, or those of tens of millions of like-minded gun owners, will be seized posthumously, and with empty magazines — which is the only reason Obama and his congressional Leftists have not completely discarded that venerable old Constitution.

Fred concludes: “For the first time since 1935, with an all-Democratic national government, we are in a position to finally institute some meaningful and sensible gun control measures that will help mightily in regaining our cities from gun terror, street by street. Gun control doesn’t have to be a dirty word.”

What Fred doesn’t seem to understand is that there are already some 20,000 — TWENTY THOUSAND — gun laws on the books. The argument that more laws will make America safer is ludicrous at every level, and to suggest that somehow such laws justify undermining the Second Amendment’s clear intent is to undermine the strongest pillar of our Constitution.

Y’know, Fred, old Ben Franklin had a word of advice for folks like you: “They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

And to those for whom such a struggle proves too much an encroachment on their comfort zone, Sam Adams said, “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!”

Fortunately, millions of gun owners subscribe to Thomas Paine’s opinion: “If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”

Currently, some 80 million Americans are gun owners, and it is estimated that 60 million of them own guns for purposes other than hunting. If you are not among them, you might thank God for the ranks of us who are, because as our Founders knew, we are the vanguard between liberty and tyranny.

The Liberal Mindset: Do as I do, Not as I do.

  • Barack Obama warns us all that we need to be good global citizens and understand that we can’t keep our thermostats at 72 degrees… yet when its icy in Washington DC he has the heat turned up in the Oval Office so high that you could “grow orchids“.
  • Joe Biden calls paying taxes patriotic and Barack Obama warns us that we all need to pay our fair share and take care of the “least of these” yet neither give much at all to charity.  If you think a cause such as third-world country abortions is so worthy, why not give your own money to it?  Or is it just better to take the money of American taxpayers to support your causes so you can hold on to your own wealth?
  • And while President Obama promised his stimulus package would be without pork and would be highly targeted to get the economy moving again, very little of the package is actually stimulus, and is actually mostly pork.  While President Obama promised there was no ownership on ideas and that the best ideas would be used to create jobs and get the economy moving, by Team Obama’s own numbers the GOP Plan creates more jobs and costs taxpayers considerably less, yet he isn’t considering their plan because he “won“.  Hundreds of economists, Nobel Laureates included, oppose Obama’s so-called stimulus plan.

Work

Work is sucking today. I need a miracle from God to help me sell some plans today!