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As Muslims throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to them and their families. This last month has been a time of fasting, reflection, spiritual renewal, and service to the less fortunate. While Eid marks the completion of Ramadan, it also celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity and reinforces the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other, especially those impacted by poverty, conflict, and disease.
In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy. That is why we stand with people of all faiths, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back to their communities.
On behalf of the Administration, we wish Muslims in the United States and around the world a blessed and joyous celebration. Eid Mubarak.
A school principal has been reassigned after a series of shocking bullying incidents that targeted Jewish students.
DNAinfo Chicago reports Ogden International School of Chicago principal Joshua VanderJagt asked to be reassigned because “challenges” arose after two students – one 14 years old and one 8 years old – suffered repeated threats by classmates.
The challenges surrounded allegations from Ogden parent Lisa Wolf Clemente that her 14-year-old and 8-year-old sons were bullied at both campuses by classmates for their Jewish heritage.
The Gold Coast resident said her teen son was shown photos of ovens and told to get in during lunch periods, intended as a reference to the Holocaust.
At the Streeterville campus, Wolf Clemente said her 8-year-old was invited to join a team called “Jew Incinerator” on the popular game app Clash of Clans. The team was allegedly created by Ogden eighth-graders.
In a screenshot provided by parents, the team description reads: “We are a friendly group of racists with one goal — put all Jews into an army camp until disposed of. Sieg! Heil!”
After the incidents, the bullies were suspended for two days – one in school and one out of school. They were also barred from “eighth grade graduation ceremonies,” according to the news service.
A petition circulated online calling for VanderJagt to resign or be fired, DNAinfo Chicago reports.
But in true government school fashion, he was merely transferred.
When the allegations surfaced in June, the boys’ mother accused the district of “pushing it under the carpet.”
The phone lines are jammed.
The American people have risen up in response to a rallying cry from Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), overloading the phone lines on Capitol Hill to pressure their members of Congress to fight against President Obama’s planned executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens.
“I was on hold with the Capitol Hill switchboard about a minute or so each time I called my Representative and my two Senators,” Catharine Trauernicht, a Tea Party activist in Virginia, told Breitbart News Monday. “Typically, my calls are answered right away, but I always know that citizens have sprung into action when the switchboard recording comes on and says, ‘All of our operators are assisting other callers at this time.’”
When called by Breitbart News Monday at about 1:30 p.m., the Capitol Hill switchboard line was similarly busy.
“This shows the American people are going to resist,” a Sessions aide told Breitbart News. “The crescendo will grow. They are only beginning to be heard. They will get louder in the coming days.”
read more here: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/......
Religion in politics vs politics in religion vs religion and politics.
This is a very difficult issue to write on, each individual has an opinion and even those who seem to be on the same page, at some point are often in somewhat of a disagreement but the real question is why and should our opinions be part of law? And I know O am opening a can of worms, probably several but I hope it gets a few people at least thinking.
Before I go into this there is a saying which goes something like "if we can not be honest with ourselves how can we expect to be honest with others" and as I write this I think of how people say Islam is only honest with their own, that they believe it's okay to lie to others but do you feel the same way while blaming others for something you do yourself, to others?
When it comes to religion and government we often we only think of the first amendment which clearly states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;" which by definition the word "Congress" meant all legislative bodies, not just the Federal government. http://books.google.com/books?id=bXsCAAA...
What seems to be forgotten by many is Article VI, 3: "The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." http://constitutionus.com/#a6
I can almost hear the "buts" running through the minds of some people now wanting to argue when I haven't even given an opinion yet, just facts.
If there can be no religious test and no legislative body "shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" then, as Jefferson wrote "The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others." why is it so hard for we the people to find a consensus for us to make government smaller? http://www.britannica.com/presidents/art...
So what is the difference in "religion in politics or politics in religion or religion and politics" and are these three combinations of words where we get confused?
Religion and politics; probably the hardest to define because one can use either of the other two combinations of "religion in politics and/or politics in religion" to include in their definition but for now I will use religion as the individual and politics as the collective, the country, we the people. Since only 1.6% of people claim to be atheist we can pretty easily say a super majority believe in a Creator/God.
For most people it is hard for them to separate their beliefs or religion from their decision making but if they swore an oath to uphold the constitution and the laws of the land can they do both and be honest about it and will we allow them to be honest about it. Lets say one is against the death penalty but our government has it, which it does, can they vote for a law which would allow a person to be put to death and be honest with their beliefs system? Can they abstain from voting on that law instead of voting nay and be honest with their beliefs system?
Now for a much more difficult question. Our Bill of Rights (BOR) says "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;" but lets use the mosque which was being built or was built across from the World Trade Center, does Congress have the right to stop it being built? Now lets add that your beliefs say Islam is a false religion can you vote against it being built even though the BOR clearly says Congress shall make no law.....prohibiting the free exercise? I will add my opinion here, if I were an elected official I would make a public statement something like: Personally I feel the building of this mosque could be seen as an insult to the people of America unless maybe it is dedicated to the lost lives of 9/11 but I can not support a bill which would not allow it to be built, the US Constitution does not allow us to prohibit the free exercise of any religion not matter how I feel about it. If I vote against it or abstain from the vote and uphold my oath of office I will have no alternative but to attempt impeachment charges against those who violate the US Constitution. My personal beliefs are irrelevant and the law of this nation must not be violated for any reason or we open the door to where if the tables were turned it could happen to us.
Politics in religion: This one seems to be easy, we are seeing it with government forcing religious churches into filing as non-profits. If "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" then what are they doing when they say who is and who isn't a church or religious organization?
Religion in politics: This is about the same as saying does God/god belongs in politics. If there can be no religious Test required as a Qualification to any Office then who do we vote for and for which version of god, be it any of the many Protestant, Catholic, Buddhist or whatever? If we choose a Protestant representative or a Catholic or even some other, would it make a difference when it comes to our rights if the upheld their oath of office to abide by the Constitution first an foremost? If they upheld their oath of office to abide by the Constitution first an foremost would we have to worry about the laws they might pass because the laws of this land come after the Constitution not before it?
So, if we want a moral, virtuous government, would not the first prerequisite be they upheld their oath of office to abide by the Constitution? Since every president and most all of congress has claimed to be Christian since the founding of this country, then how do we decide between Christian left or Christian right or just Christian or whatever? Wait, if one is to uphold their oath of office and we have impeachment as an option or our vote at the ballot box does religion have that much of a part in who we elect?
If I vote for a Protestant, Catholic, Buddhist or whatever because that is what I am or I vote for one because of their stand on an issue and will allow them to violate their oath of office so I get what I want, then what door are we opening for the issue which we do not agree with? What are we saying about our morals, our integrity and our honor to allow someone to violate their oath of office, do you really think that is right religiously or morally?
Thank you for at least reading this.
Retired Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz says the media have been racist in their coverage of the Israeli-Hamas coverage, and I agree!
During an interview on the Hugh Hewitt radio show, Dershowitz said the media have totally ignored the far greater casualties that have occurred in Muslim-on-Muslim violence in the Arab world.
“Seven hundred people were killed in two days last week — there wasn’t a word about it in the media,” Dershowitz told this writer, who has been guest hosting Hugh Hewitt’s radio show all this week. “But a few dozen Palestinians were killed and the body count was prominent.”
“And I think it is racism — implicit racism on the part of the media,” he continued. “And that is, when an Arab and Muslim kills another Arab and Muslim, it is not news. But when an Israeli Jew in self defense kills an Arab Muslim, that becomes front-page news.”
During two days last week, more Syrians were killed than in the entire flare up between Israel and Hamas over the last two weeks. In total, more Arabs have died in the current Syrian civil war than in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict by nearly a factor of two.
This is the opinion of Alan Dershowitz, and also mine ... although my opinion creates delirium in my mind of how this once great nation can now have the stigma of abandoning Israel, our friend and ally, and allow our government to support and supply Hamas with weapons and money! Hamas is an organization that has banded together the worse of the worst from many countries to create jihad.
The persecution is not only Jews, but also Christians. It makes me feel emotional and nauseas to see the number of Christians that have been be-headed by Hamas, then celebrated in a victory by placing the severed heads on poles for all to see. We, as a nation, should never condone such actions!
Our president and main-stream media then proudly support the Hamas! This is incendiary evil, and another way that our narcissist and evil future self predicted dictator is dividing our nation, and transforming us into an Islamic state. Efficacious is a surety of producing the desired effect, and this man has done this in a subliminal manner, while his smile is mesmerizing us into believing his many falsehoods.
Our president has had a profound impact on this great nation, and the hidden agenda to all of this is to destroy our nation ... and "We the People" cannot seem to form a syllogism of understanding.
Do we even know who this man is? Or where he came from? Has he ever been vetted? Has he kept his oath of office? Has he upheld our Constitution? He has build a wall of impunity around himself that feeds his narcissism, as he now feels he can do anything he wishes and not be touched legally or politically.
Don't we, as Americans, recognize his idiosyncratic behavior? He is at one with the Muslim Brotherhood, and they are always welcome in OUR White House; He supports the Islamic extremists, and is always making the statement that Islam is good; He supports Al Qaeda, Hamas, and many terrorist groups, no support is there for Israel, and he is slowly eroding our Constitution. Our government is infiltrated with Muslims, Islamic extremists, Communists, and more. How did we let this happen? Why are we not upset with the invidious behavior of our president and most of our government?
Their are also indications that this man's profligacy ... lack of restraint, lax in morals, questionable sexual preferences, etc. is negatively effecting our nation. Are we not concerned?
We are a divided nation in many ways, and yes we are now racist. Martin Luther King's dream has turned into a nightmare under this man's presidency. United we stand, divided we fall, as the famous quote says. We are falling. We, as "One nation, under God" have even allowed God to be erased, and now Christians are being persecuted. Do we want to be a Muslim nation? We need to be thinking for ourselves Americans again, and not be swayed by Barack Hussein Obama's adroit allegorical falsehoods. He is a pernicious disease that is eating away at our once great nation!
Again, I ask you, Why are we allowing our nation to side with Hamas against Israel? And most importantly, Why are we letting ourselves be destroyed?!
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