Monthly Archives: October 2014

VOTE “NO” ON AMENDMENT ONE

Amendment Number One on the November 4th ballot prohibits Alabama Courts from considering foreign, international, or religious law, which in turn could interfere with the freedom of many religious groups. Alabamians who believe in religious freedom should vote against it because:
• It would make it against the law for some religious leaders to perform marriages according to their own religious traditions.
• It poses potential threats to international adoptions, marriages performed overseas, and could cause nightmares over questions of property rights.
• It could be applied to the by-laws and rules churches use to hire and ordain, and restrict how they govern themselves.
• It would contradict Federal and international laws concerning the rights of persons married in other states and countries. This would lead to many unnecessary lawsuits for which taxpayers would be forced to pay the legal costs.
• It is unnecessary. The Supremacy Clause in Article 6, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution states, “The U.S. Constitution, federal statues, and treaties are the supreme law of the land” and therefore take precedence over any foreign laws.
• As Americans, we believe in freedom of religion, not just ours, but others as well. As Christians, we believe we should “love our neighbors as ourselves.” This amendment does not reflect either belief.
• It is a violation of an old established truism: “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.”
The real danger in this bill is that it is an intrusion on religious freedom. It may be someone else’s religion today, but once the precedent is set, it could be yours. Vote “NO!”

ATTACK ADS/8 REASONS TO REJECT THEM

It’s the political season again, and we are being bombarded by attack ads, many of which are so gross they insult our intelligence. Whether they insult us or not, for any ethical person and surely even more for people of faith, there are eight reasons we should reject attack ads.

1. They are filled with lies, exaggerations, and misrepresentations.
2. They rely upon the public’s ignorance of the candidates and the issues.
3. They appeal to the worst side of human nature, hoping to hit hot buttons and stir anger, and resentment that will destroy their opponent’s chances to win.
4. They are unethical.
5. They are immoral.
6. They are unfair; the ones under attack have no opportunity to defend themselves.
7. They contribute to the public’s loss of confidence in all politicians, and sadly, to the political process itself.
8. They are not Christian. Christians are “not to be deceived, but to speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:14-15).

Christian citizenship obligates us to vote and vote intelligently. Unfortunately, attack ads do not help us in this respect. “Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed” (Proverbs 12:19).

THE IMMIGRATION DILEMMA

• The United States is made up of immigrants. The only Native Americans are Indians.

• Immigrants are people created in the image of God, and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. They are members of the human race and are people for which Christ died.

• The Bible tells us that immigrants should be treated as natives; they should not be wronged, and we should love them as we love ourselves (Leviticus 19:33-34).

• We need immigrants to keep America strong and competitive in a worldwide economy. Some of the brightest and best minds in America are those of immigrants who excel in the sciences, medicine, research, and entrepreneurship. At the other end of the spectrum, many immigrants are willing to do work that Americans will not do.

• Immigration reform is desperately needed. The present system is old and cannot meet the needs of the day. Unfortunately, leaders in both political parties have thus far lacked the courage to take on the job.

• We need a system that is fair and just, that meets the needs of legal immigrants, and makes a path to citizenship for the 12 million illegals presently living here.

• Our Lord Jesus Christ was an immigrant. In order to escape a brutal political system, his parents took him to a safe country. Jesus grew up in a foreign land, away from his relatives, among people who spoke a different language. He knew what it was like to be an immigrant, and he requires us to treat immigrants with love and compassion.

7 REASONS PRAYER SHOULD NOT BE IN SCHOOLS

I. It would violate the Constitution. Although the words “separation of church and state” do not appear, that document clearly calls for the separation of church and state. Those who wrote it knew history. They knew how horrible and oppressive life could be when the two were not separated. All attempts to circumvent this provision have been struck down by the courts and will continue to be.

II. It would not be fair or just. Most of those advocating prayer in schools are advocating Christian prayer. If Christian prayer were to be allowed, then prayers of other religions (Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, etc.) would have to be allowed as well. They are citizens and pay taxes that build, operate, and maintain schools; therefore, they have equal rights.

III. It would be a terrible burden on the schools. Teaching and monitoring religion is not the purpose of public schools, and they are not trained or equipped to do it.
IV. The places for prayer and religious instruction are the home, the church, the synagogue, the Mosque, etc. It is the parent’s responsibility to education their children in religious matters, not the schools.

V. The advocates of prayer in schools may have less than Christian reasons for their advocacy; reasons like getting elected or re-elected to public office by sincere, but uninformed voters.

VI. Jesus Christ would not vote for prayer in public schools. He never forced himself, his teachings, or his prayers on anyone.

VII. Prayer still exists in the schools, but it exists quietly and privately in the hearts and minds of the students and staff. As one young girl told me one day—“Prayer will never be taken out of schools as long as there are final exams.”