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May 5th, 2014 — religion, US Constitution
Believe it or not, as a deist, I support it, to a degree. Ben Franklin, my favorite founding father, convinced me that a ‘prayer’ or a time of ‘reflection’ helped calm lawmakers. He felt that before the debates and disagreements in the Congressional Congress started, they essentially ‘broke bread’ together, they shared a time of common good, and reflection, and how our fellow man is our brothers and sisters and while we may want to strangle each other over the next several hours, we will meet in peace first, go fist-a-cuffs, then enjoy some barley pop afterwards.
Of course, our fine mayor must twist it into being about water, wine and tennis;
“Whether it be a motivational reading or a prayer, we have stewards of all denominations actively engaged to help represent the increased diversity of our town,” Huether said.
I wonder if anyone has told Mike that Dale Carnegie wasn’t the son of gawde?
This isn’t about religion, as much as people want to make it about that on both sides, I will say this is about getting along.
September 24th, 2013 — religion
Trust me, I am not one to come to Joel Rosenthal’s defense that often, to tell you the truth I am on the opposite side of what he says most of the time. I also think calling Stace Nelson a racist was a bit harsh, but as Joel admits, sometimes us blogger’s get things wrong;
Rather than what I “thought” I heard candidate Nelson say.
Following is what Montgomery says his recording of the event shows what Nelson actually said,
“I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order, and I’ll be the latter as long as it supports the first two.”
It is an important distinction if Nelson is exclusively referring to himself.
My reaction, as Montgomery suggests is different when I read the words, but that does not alter my reaction to what my mind heard.
So what did Joel originally say?
Such xenophobic logic has no place in our political debate. Taken on its face, since Christ was a Jew, would he not meet the Nelson Republican Litmus Test? – And be denied to be a Republican?
Joel doesn’t go into detail but he is pointing out something that has often been a peeve of mine when it comes to politicians; Don’t wear your religion on your sleeve. It’s interesting that Stace thinks you have to be Republican if you are Christian or if you are Christian you should be a Republican. Maybe someone should tell Mayor Huether about Stace’s philosophy. Huether often wears his religion on his sleeve, and he is a Democrat (or at least that is his current registration).
Do I want politicians to be people of faith? Sure. But I really believe it is none of my business what they believe, I think a person’s faith is their personal business. I don’t think a politician is more qualified to lead because they either read the old testament or the new testament. I would much prefer they read a book about law or economics then the bible.
You believe in God. Great. Now tell me what you are going to do to make things better on earth for us mortals, you can discuss heaven in private with God, I have no need to be a part of that conversation. God doesn’t pave our roads, educate our children or fight our wars, tax payers do. We ultimately are the ones that tithe government, we are the congregation of this great nation.
April 16th, 2013 — Gay, Gay Marriage, religion
After reading Dannika Nash’s blog post about marriage equality and the church, I wonder if Dannika is missing the bigger point;
I’m writing this because I’m worried about the safety of the Church. The Church keeps scratching its head, wondering why 70% of 23-30 year-olds who were brought up in church leave. I’m going to offer a pretty candid answer, and it’s going to make some people upset, but I care about the Church too much to be quiet.
Someone said to me the other day, “I’m too smart to be a Christian.” Pretty poingnant. People like Nash who are constantly questioning their religion will find themselves leaving that religion. Sometimes these people leave their certain religion for another one, some just choose to float into outer space (agnostics). Others just give up on God all together. Myself, I believe in a higher power, I just don’t believe it belongs to a church or a religion. The problem with religion is that it constantly wants to be a political force. God is NOT a politician. I believe God created us to make wise decisions on our own, and we don’t need clergy to tell us how to vote, where to work, who to be friends with and certainly NOT who can be our lover. I think there is a conscience inside of all of us that tells us when we are doing right or wrong. I think this is also a gift from God. Religion tells us how to think, how to act, who to love. This is why I choose not to have a religion. I think someday Ms. Nash will figure out that the combination of religion and politics is just a recipe for disaster. This is why our country and world is so divided. Not because of our skin color, or because we love a certain person, but this belief that OUR God is the ONLY God to follow.
I can’t tell you what to believe, nor do I want to. But you must find PEACE with your own God. And if you find that in a church pew, good for you. I’m just saying that religion is not always the answer to your questions. Dig deeper. THINK. God wants that from us.
October 23rd, 2012 — religion
Some 4-Square fun!
October 19th, 2012 — religion, South Dakotans
My inquiry involves the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and their type of religious activity’s effects on the political scene today.
The ownership of churches and property in SD are the following:
From the www.foursquare.org locator website:
1. Mitchell Foursquare Church • Family Christian Center
2. Rapid City Foursquare Church • Destiny
3. Watertown Foursquare Church • Family Worship Center
4. Watertown Foursquare • Little Blessings Daycare and Preschool
1. Sioux Falls – Mount of Olives Ministries preaches foursquare
2. Beresford – Living Word Fellowship
I want to know the differences and connections between these churches. If anyone has any insight I would appreciate it. I am working on a post about the influence of organized religion on politics in South Dakota.
Go to work foot soldiers!
December 31st, 2010 — religion
This is well worth watching. I am not all the way through all the videos yet, but I will say this about what I have seen so far; while most think that religion delivers us from evil and saves our souls, one has to question the evil leading some of these religions? IMO, religion is a double edged sword, on one side it can bring peace, love, humanity and charity, on the other hand it can bring abuse, war, and death. And no religion is without guilt. All of them have killed in the name of their God.
I’m at peace with being a deist. Remember, Man created religion, not God. Something to think about in the New Year.
July 20th, 2010 — religion, shit found
While I think wearing hoods in public (think KKK) is stupid (God knows what you look like) I totally disagree with this law. The French are silly sometimes. They live in an entirely socialist democracy with a foundation that is based on the rights of individuals, yet they are trying to tell people how to dress? One step closer to Communism?
December 30th, 2009 — religion
December 27th, 2009 — religion
Luke, let’s jump over these heathans, with our BMW
While this may surprise some people in the clergy, it does not surprise me. You don’t NEED religion to have faith in a creator. As former governor, Ventura of Minnesota, said once, “Religion is a crutch.”
An overwhelming majority of South Dakotans say they believe in God, but only about half of the state’s residents say religion is very important in their lives, and a smaller portion than that attend services each week, according to a new survey examining religion.
You will also notice from the survey that states that take religion more seriously are more likely to be involved with right wing extremism, teabaggery, and general ignorance;
Mississippi, followed by several other Southern states, was tops in religious fervor, according to the survey, which asked questions about worship attendance, frequency of prayer, belief in God and religion’s importance in one’s life.
Now get out your bible, your gun, white hood and confederate flag and go pray.
December 7th, 2009 — anger, Gay, Music, religion
JayQ from Them vs Them has a side project called The Retar Crew. Their first release is free to download. It hardly sucks at all… like your mom.