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Keep Politics and Religion Together

What do y’all think?

Can you truly separate your politics from your religion?

This is a question I have been thinking a lot about recently, and I thought it would be an interesting discussion point.

We hear a lot about the separation between church and state. In our secular society, the political sphere is not meant for any sort of religion or religious argument, and opponents to religion don’t let the rest of us forget it.

But isn’t religion a lifestyle? Shouldn’t it be such a large part of us that we can’t separate it from our private and our public lives?

Rick Santorum has gotten some heat for bringing his religious morals and values into the political spectrum, especially on the issue of gay “marriage.” His critics don’t want to hear any mention of God or the bible or anything to do with Catholic faith.

But what about those politicians and leaders who say they have religion, but don’t show any indication of practicing it?

I do not think religion and politics should be separated, nor do I think they really CAN be separate if an individual has a strong faith and conviction in their respective religion.

I am a college student who has a strong Catholic faith. I am the same person in public as I am in private. I have the same morals and values when I am with one close friend and when I am with a large group of my peers. I don’t just attend church on Sunday, sing the hymns and praise Jesus, but then disregard my faith the other six days of the week.

My faith is who I am. It influences every aspect of my life. My decisions, my political views, my outlook on life. It influences how I treat people, how I live every minute of every day. It influences the politicians I support and vote for in elections. It influences what I want from my government, and what I don’t want.

What kind of hypocrite would I be if on Sunday I praised a God who opposed abortion, but then on Tuesday advocated for a Pro-Choice standpoint on abortion? Would you be able to look me in the eye if I told you, “I’m a religious person, but I know that other people aren’t, so I’m not going to force them to respect all human life the way God expects us to. They’re going to abort their babies anyways, we might as well make it legal and available to women who want it.” (Some girl actually said this in one of my political science classes. Not even joking.)

The truth of the matter is, if religion is an integral part of someone’s life, if it influenced their decisions and provided the purpose of their existence, they would have an incredibly difficult time separate their religious beliefs from politics. In fact, it would be impossible.

The Founding Fathers, while they did want separation between government and a religion institution, believed that religion was and should be a part of people’s everyday lives. They acknowledged that it could make a person BETTER.

I’d like you hear you viewpoints! Comment comment comment!

~Lucy

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Some Good Some Bad

I have a late start to my day today. I’m sitting at my desk, drinking my cup of coffee, going through my emails and doing miscellaneous schoolwork/real work stuff. If I have time for all of that, I certainly have time for a post!

Did ya hear? Rick Santorum came out on top in Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado. WOW! Props to him. I really think he will come out of this race on top. (Fingers crossed and lips praying!)

And kind of interestingly, Mitt Romney is accusing Santorum of not being a conservative. (Look who’s talking!) But Santorum doesn’t let Romney get away with that… “That’s almost laughable for a moderate Massachusetts governor who has been for big-government programs” (Fox and Friends).

Here is the article on Santorum’s wins this week.

Up until now, Santorum hasn’t had to take A LOT of heat. Romney and Gingrich have  been too preoccupied with each other to pay much attention to Santorum (or Paul for that matter). But now that Rick Santorum is proving that he is an eligible candidate for the presidency, Romney (and probably Gingrich) will give it all their might and fight to discredit him.

 

Proposition 8 (the California law banning gay “marriage”) has been thrown out by a panel of 3 judges on the federal appeals court. Proposition 8 passed by a vote of 52%-48% by California citizens…

It was overturned because the proposition violated he equal protection rights of same-sex couples and violated the due process clause. It violated the Constitution.

My question is this: Where in the federal constitution does it say that anyone has a right to marriage? Where in the constitution does it say that same-sex couples have a right to marry? How does it violate the due process clause of the 14th amendment?!

The Due Process clause states that the government (state and local) may not take away its citizens life, liberty, or property without ensuring fairness. It essentially made the Bill of Rights applicable to state governments.

Is marriage states in the Due Process clause? Nope. Is the California government denying people the right to life with Proposition 8? I don’t think so… Is the CA government denying people the right to liberty? Not particularly. Is the CA government denying people the right to property? Noooo.

So what is the problem with Proposition 8 then? We’ve pretty much just disproved the excuse of it violating the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment. Marriage is a privilege, not a right, so Proposition 8 can’t take away a right where none existed in the first place.

As with the equal protection clause, gay people aren’t being denied rights nor are they being mistreated. Just because the government wants to uphold marriage between one man and one woman doesn’t mean they are taking away the rights of people. They are still being protected under the US Constitution and the CA constitution. They still have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (property).

But because our country’s morals are kind of going down the drain, a panel of 3 judges were able to overturn a law that the PEOPLE, the CITIZENS, of California voted to enact. That seems a little bit backwards to me. If you want to read up on the decision, here is the article.

 

Big stuff in the news today. I wonder what will happen tomorrow!

Have a great Wednesday everyone! Take some YOU time 🙂

~Lucy

No Kidding Here

Facebook is a forum for politics. Facebook is a forum for LIBERAL politics.

The issue that I see the most of is gay marriage. Shocking.

One of my FB friends posted this on their wall. Describing it with: “Potential presidential candidate? Are you kidding me?”

 

To this post I respond…

Our PRESIDENT? Are YOU kidding ME?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6-e-pxc7gY (Let’s golf.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSEp77-NKE8&feature=channel_video_title (“Where [Congress] won’t act, I will.” Pretty sure that’s not how it works, but ok.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjiXrMR022Y&feature=relmfu (PASS IT RIGHT AWAY!!! You should pass this jobs plan right away. We need to pass this bill. Everything will be paid for. YAY! It’s free!)

 

So yeah… Really tempted to post the same video but praise Santorum’s remarks. Is that too obvious??

This is the time when Christians need to stand up for what we KNOW to be true. There is an ultimate truth. We need to be brave enough to take our stance and NOT back down. Be strong! Be vigilant. Pray for God’s help, for him to help you speak the right words, to discern when it’s time to speak.

Challenge the status quo! We don’t have to go with the flow! We don’t have to back down to liberals!

I’ll pray for all of you. Please pray for me.

~Lucy

(Not sure where to begin? Try checking this out.)

What’s Actually Going On?

Is she alive?

Yes, folks. I, Lucy, am still living. I realize that I haven’t blogged in FOREVER. My deepest apologies. I don’t know where the time went…

One minute I’m driving home for Christmas break, baking Christmas cookies and opening Christmas presents with my family…

The next I’m sitting in my research methods class falling asleep. What in the world…?

But no, really. That’s exactly how it happened.

So I guess it’s back to reality. Back to life. Back to work. Back to school. Back to schoolwork. Back to politics. Can I get a whoop whoop?

Apparently I’ve missed some things while I’ve been out in LaLa land. Bachmann dropped out of the race. Romney won New Hampshire (apparently by a landslide). Ron Paul still thinks he has a chance. (Let’s hope not. What a disaster.) My hopes are still on Santorum. I refuse to give up hope. 🙂 POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING.

Man, I’m telling you, there is no good news. I sitting here skimming the front page of the Washington Post… Here are some of the headlines.

Voters unswayed by attacks on work at Bain — This has to do with Romney, if you were interested. I’m not.

Two Army brigades to leave Europe — Eh. A little bit more interesting… Not particularly.

Billion-dollar candidate? Not likely. — Of course Obama’s on here. And of course it’s a trivial subject… We all know he’s going to save his money and waste the taxpayers on lavish parties and campaign funds. We all know he’s doing it.

He’s 5’7”. And the next big thing? — Some basketball thing. Not sure why it’s important. Maybe because the dude teeny?

More older Americans are working — And… It’s because the retirement age is like 70 now. Of course older Americans are working; they don’t have a choice!

Colbert transfers super PAC to Stewart — I just don’t even know…

I have no interest in any of these articles. Shall we move onto the New York Times? Things look a little bit better here. At least some of them have a dash of relevance.

U.S. Sends Top Iranian Leader a Warning on Strait Threat — I would at least READ this article.

Danish Squatters Want to Buy but Not Own — Hmm. Sounds like people wanting others to give them stuff… Typical.

PACs’ Aid Allows Romney’s Rivals to Extend Race — Good to know, especially since I don’t really prefer good ole Romney at this point in time.

Colbert for President: A Run or a Comedy Riff? — Seriously? Of course it’s a comedy riff. Get real. This is as bad at the Post’s about Colbert and Stewart. Ding dongs.

No Snow, but a Wintry Mix of Opinion — Buurrrrr… Who’s opinion? Political opinion? Economic opinion? Student’s or adult’s opinions? Is it interesting enough to consider reading?

Video Multiplies U.S. Difficulties in Afghanistan — We do not need any more difficulties anywhere. We’re up to our ears in difficulties.

Synthetic Windpipe Replaces a Cancerous One — Whoa. That’s cool.

Ok, so, not only does the New York Times have more article options on their front page, but they’re better articles (I can’t really believe I’m saying that… Oh well.) This is going to be the moral of this story… Since I don’t feel like blogging about a particular article at this point.

There is not a single news source that a person can look at for all their information. There are days where NY Times has zero on their home page and Washington Post has something relevant. Sometimes neither of them have anything and I look on CNN and Fox News.  Don’t look at one news source and call it a day. It takes a lot of research and digging to really become informed and education. Plus, when people say stupid crap such as… “You’re a conservative! You only watch Fox News. You watch biased news sources and only look at the one conservative view-point on issues…” YOU can say… “I read Fox News, I read CNN, I read the Times, I read the Post…” Educate yourself! Be better than everyone else! Know the opposing viewpoints and their arguments. That’s the only way you can formulate your arguments effectively.

Can you imagine how silly liberals would sound in they only watched CNN all day? Oh, wait….

~Lucy

Who’s in a Minority?

Oh, California. I think you are going downhill so rapidly you can’t even recognize it.

http://www.catholic.org/politics/story.php?id=44014

This isn’t really new news, but California will begin to include homosexual curriculum in their public schools starting in January. Gays, lesbians, transgenders, and bisexuals are not considered minorities, along with people with disabilities and Hispanics.

It’s probably no surprise to y’all to hear that I think California is stupid for passing this law. It’s stupid that their government thinks it has a right to teach little children about homosexuality. It’s actually quite disgusting.

But I’m not going to focus on this aspect of the law so much.

Nope. What I’m going to focus on is how everyone seems to be a member of a minority now.

For instance, I’m a minority merely because I’m a woman. My little sister is a minority because she has Down Syndrome.

My gay neighbors down the street are minority members.

Other GLBT members are minorities because they like people of the same-sex.

Transgendered people are minorities because they think they should be a member of the other sex (even though their body is telling them “No Way.”)

Someone made a good point in the comment section of the article. “Latinos make up about 37.6% of the Californian population and in comparison Catholics comprise about 28.8%…”

Are Catholics considered a minority? Maybe we should be…

This whole “minority mentality” causes issues in our society. Everyone thinks they are entitled to something.

Homosexuals think they are entitled to forcing being gay upon us who believe it is morally wrong.

Women think they are entitled to killing innocent babies because “the fetus is not a person” and its “part of my body.”

Illegal immigrants (mostly the Hispanic ones) think they are entitled to free healthcare and free education and government aid.

As far as I’m concerned, people with disabilities are the only minority people actually worthy of aid and special recognition from the government. The government’s job is to protect its people. I know I might be a bit biased on that issue just because it hits so close to home.

So, what do y’all think? Do you think California is in the right or the wrong with this new law?

~Lucy

Baby Found in Dumpster

Exam week is upon me (and probably most of you college people out there) and it is Stressful! (Yes, with a capital “s”.)

And like any normal college aged kid, to de-stress I listen to Christmas music and read the news online.

Came across this article. Just a slight warning… it tells it like it is, and is a bit disturbing. Prepare yourself.

Dead Baby Found in a Dumpster in New York: Mother is Charged with Self-Abortion

I know right? I can almost picture your face just reading the title of the article. I gasped a little bit. I was studying statistics with my friends who are also taking the same class, and they both are Catholic. (The article is from Catholic.org). But I guess they don’t like to read articles about aborted babies right before a huge exam… for the life of me I can’t figure out why. 😛 But I digress…

The article in its entirety is extremely disturbing. There are a few gasping moments where your hands will run to your face to clasp your mouth is complete and utter shock and disgust.

A 20-year-old woman (a woman my age; that really puts things into perspective) self-aborts her baby by drinking herbal tea known as the “abortion-causing tea.” How lovely! So this chick gets knocked up, realizes she made a mistake, drinks this baby-killing tea, and then throws the baby into a dumpster. All like it’s nothing to her. What I would understand is how she could live with herself after seeing her dead baby… How messed up in the head does someone have to be to see a DEAD HELPLESS BABY and not care? How could someone live with themselves if they knew they had just murdered it? I hope it haunts her for a looooong time because that is disgusting.

She is being charged with murder, with self-abortion. And I’m not going to lie, I thought the exact same thing as the NARAL president. It’s a double standard in our society to not make illegal abortion but to charge a woman with self-abortion. Now, having said that, they have it right in this instance. Let’s take it a bit further, though, and realize that this is the right action! Let’s realize that abortion is horrible! Let’s realize that self-abortion is just as gross, and disturbing, and brutal as abortion performed by the doctor.

I think the difference is this: the justice system won’t see anything wrong with abortions performed by doctors because they don’t personally see the babies in the dumpsters. But because a baby was actually seen, and someone cared about that innocent child enough to call in the authorities, abortion suddenly became a horrible atrocity. The police officers, and the judge who sits in on this woman’s trial, will see pictures of the child who was selfishly killed by its mother, the one person who was supposed to protect it from harm, the person it loved unconditionally from that moment of conception. I  hope this causes a step in the right direction, the direction of outlawing abortion… I will pray hard that this is the wake up call the government needs.

I will let you read the rest of the article.  But think about this… Texas has a “Fetal Protection Law” but still allows abortions. Oxymoronic much?

Good luck on exams, all you collegians! Hope they prove to be easy 🙂

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you came to birth I consecrated you; I appointed you as prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1: 5)

 

Help is Not on the Way

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Church/Default.aspx?id=1472222&fb_comment_id=fbc_10150390555149785_19456400_10150390859344785#f35be8b48

Why is it that Catholics (and other Pro-Life, Christian churches) are seen as horrid and damnifying simply because they do not condone abortion?

Jesus taught us all to help those less fortunate than us, to help the poor and needy, the sick and hungry. He calls us to help the hurt and the suffering.

That is exactly what the Catholic church was attempting to do when it requested the money to help victims of human trafficking. BUT. Because they would not provide abortion services or birth control, the Catholic church was denied the money and it was redistributed to various other organizations who would probably inflict more hurt and pain upon those victims through abortions.

I would be interested to see what these other institutions are that received the money. They might think that they are looking out for the best interests of trafficking victims, but they are not.

Those individuals (mostly women I’m going to assume) have already been beaten, humiliated, raped, and worse. They have been exposed to psychological damaging circumstances. And the government feels that the best way to deal with these issues is to provide them with abortions? Which are also physically and emotionally scarring?

It’s like they’re saying, “You’ve probably been through heck and back. But hey! What’s one more traumatizing event? We’ll abort your baby for you and now not only will you have to deal with the memories of your trafficking experience but also of your baby who will never experience life.”

That’s great.

Sorry to be so blunt and crude, but this is reality. No point in trying to hide it or make it into something it’s not. The issue of abortion is not about sunshine and rainbows. It’s about murder, taking the life of an innocent being without any regard. It’s so incredibly disturbing.

~Lucy

“And the King will answer, ‘In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.'”
“Then he will answer, ‘In truth I tell you, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me.'” (Matthew 25: 40 & 45)

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