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I think the reason many Christians can't embrace the Natural Law, is because they can't separate their spiritual, or religious life from their secular life; many don't think they even have a secular life. This is why so many religions have some kind of required ministry , one included in their faith.
Because, to embrace the giving of others' natural rights, one must necessarily separate one's religion from one's (common to others) secular life, many zealots can't begin to see Natural Law. This may be where we have to start.
I already know the arguments I'm going to get. But, really, if you're comfortable in your faith, whatever it is, you can separate it from your secular self and be able to separate it in others, thereby leaving it (their faith) up to themselves.
Actually, this is the mark of a cult: an ideology that doesn't allow you to have 'contact' with the outside, or secular, world. Most cults look real inviting, at first, to get you in, then slam the door shut so you are unable to get out.
I'm going to start pointing this out. There's no reason why Christians cannot, not only acknowledge other beliefs, but share them as well.
The New York Times reports:
" A Sikh Principal, Too English for a Largely Muslim School "
By KIMIKO DE FREYTAS-TAMURA DEC. 7, 2014
The New York Times
BIRMINGHAM, England — As a Sikh and second-generation Briton running a public school made up mostly of Muslim students, Balwant Bains was at the center of the issues facing multicultural Britain, including the perennial question of balancing religious precepts and cultural identity against assimilation.
But in January, Mr. Bains stepped down as the principal of the Saltley School and Specialist Science College, saying he could no longer do the job in the face of relentless criticism from the Muslim-dominated school board. It had pressed him, unsuccessfully, to replace some courses with Islamic and Arabic studies, segregate girls and boys and drop a citizenship class on tolerance and democracy in Britain.
“I suppose I was a threat, giving these children more British values, for them to be integrated into society,” Mr. Bains said in his first interview since the controversy over his departure.
His experience has helped bring to life the often deeply emotional and highly contentious conflicts unearthed by a British government investigation this year into whether organized groups of conservative Muslims were having undue influence on public schools.
The topic has become especially sensitive at a time when Britain is concerned about the radicalization of young Muslims in the country and their involvement with jihadis in Syria and Iraq. The investigation was prompted by an anonymous letter, sent last year to local officials in Birmingham, alleging an organized Islamic takeover of British schools in Muslim neighborhoods.
Conducted by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, or Ofsted, the inquiry found the allegations to be overstated. But the agency found much that was troubling about Muslim efforts to promote changes in secular public schools, and it has recently widened its investigation to 46 schools across the country.
The investigation found that five schools in Birmingham, including Mr. Bains’s, shared a pattern of behavior similar to what was described in the anonymous letter. The letter also cited Mr. Bains’s impending resignation, a month before it was made official and which only a few knew about, suggesting that the author was someone with detailed knowledge of the schools.
“The Sikh head running a Muslim school,” the letter said, “will soon be sacked and we will move in.”
The investigation found that some teachers and school board governors at the other schools were encouraging homophobia, anti-Semitism and support for Al Qaeda, sometimes inviting speakers who endorsed the establishment of a state run under Sharia law.
One school stopped music and drama lessons as well as Christmas and Diwali celebrations, and subsidized trips to Saudi Arabia for Muslim students.
In another school, the report found, girls and female teachers were discriminated against, and compulsory sex education, including discussions about forced marriage, was banned. Girls and boys seen talking for too long or considered flirtatious were reprimanded, while boys were given worksheets that said a wife had to obey her husband.
The report, released in July, highlighted Mr. Bains’s case and concluded that there had been a “coordinated, deliberate and sustained action, carried out by a number of associated individuals, to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos into a few schools in Birmingham.”
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The article is Impregnating America With Muslims, I wish all Americans would read this. Muslims know Violence on a scale most could never Fathom. And soon they will bring there brand of Violence to your neighborhood. They are parasites that live to destroy cultures around the world, So this article reminds us why the must leave and take there sheep with them!!.
The article is Impregnating America With Muslims, I wish all Americans would read this. Muslims know Violence on a scale most could never Fathom. And soon they will bring there brand of Violence to your neighborhood. They are parasites that live to destroy cultures around the world, So this article reminds us why the must leave and take there sheep with them!!. http://www.newswithviews.com/wooldridge/...
We MUST return the bible to our schools or continue to fail. The liberal mindset only offers opinions....these are facts!
Yes, we've argued. Yes, we've determined that the government needs tied down with chains. Yes, we know that 'we' have to do it, all of us.
The Beast will never tie itself down. So, how will this be done? Hound our Reps? Hire a lawyer? March in the streets? Start a movement?
If you don't mind, I'm going to solicit ideas, here, before I finish my discussion. :) What are your ideas?
Killary STARTED this gester year before last/ Remember when she threw up both of her Blood Stain hands over her head and said and I QUOTE ...... "What Difference Does it Make "
NOW where are all of the Liberals on this one to include the Conservatives now on the Hands Up - Don't Shoot.
Dam White Folks did it again First.
I SAY TO ALL OF THE rioters of Ferguson and I quote to you the NEW Slogan ........ "PANTS UP -DON'T STEAL "
Would anyone LIKE to OPINE on this ONE ?????
What does a president have to do to get impeached? After Lincoln’s assassination, Johnson became president and was impeached for simply removing the Secretary of War from his cabinet; Nixon resigned rather than be impeached for the Watergate cover-up; and Bill Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice.
What does a president have to do to get impeached? After Lincoln’s assassination, Johnson became president and was impeached for simply removing the Secretary of War from his cabinet; Nixon resigned rather than be impeached for the Watergate cover-up; and Bill Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice. Now enters Obama who has lied repeatedly and usurped authority he does not have and has now violated the authority of Congress by declaring 5 million illegal aliens to be free from deportation as the law requires! He has arrogantly, audaciously, and asininely stomped on the Constitution with the hobnailed boots of tyranny. If that does not demand impeachment, nothing does.
Obama has generous support for amnesty from the wealthiest liberal non-profits in the nation such as the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Open Society Foundations of the financier George Soros, and the Atlantic Philanthropies. For more than ten years those groups have given more than $300 million to immigrant organizations, “including many fighting for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.” Those groups and others are using money from U.S. sources to destroy America as we know it!
Even in normal times, it is insane for a nation to have open borders where anyone for any reason can enter without restrictions. Then when you consider a time of war, national pestilence, or terror, it is doubly insane to permit unrestricted entry into a nation. That’s about where the U.S. is today. With an astronomical increase in crime; with burgeoning welfare roles; with cities and states whining about empty coffers; with hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work and more to follow; we still have almost open borders! We might as well put up a huge sign on our southern border: “Terrorists and other illegal aliens Welcome! Follow the arrows to Tucson!” Maybe an additional sign promising “free medical care and education”!
Open border fanatics tell us that “The U.S. had open borders from its inception until 1882. It makes one wonder what the Founding Fathers would think of us today!” However, that is not the whole story because in 1882 there was much of America unexplored, uninhabited, and unavailable. We needed the people–farmers, smiths, merchants, salesmen, trappers, cobblers who came and fell in love with their new nation, learned English, and melted into the pot. But the pot is not melting today. It is now a salad bowl where many different peoples do their own thing and have no interest in the general welfare.
Treason is “any attempt to overthrow the government or impair the well-being of a state to which one owes allegiance.” That means anyone, including leading politicians, who seeks to weaken our nation, worsen our economy, or wreck our system is a traitor. We must leave room for honest disagreement as to how to solve a problem but to disassemble a defense that has been utilized for a hundred years qualifies as treason.
Thousands of illegal aliens cross into the U.S. from Mexico carrying drugs, disease, and destructive plans to our nation. Others want to pick tomatoes and other vegetables; however if tomato pickers can slip in, so can terrorists. Yet, we have major politicians (including President Obama) who are so unconcerned, they are determined to give amnesty to those gatecrashers already here! That would be an invitation for even more illegals to rush north.
The current very negative consequences of immigration are largely because more recent groups aren’t learning English at the same rates as their predecessors. Harvard economist George Borjas suggests that “it’s not very costly anymore” for new immigrants if they don’t learn English because so many of them have formed communities that insulate them from other Americans. Therefore, they don’t need to learn English since they can function with each other. Illegal aliens get lost in a huge group of their own kind and don’t need to melt into the pot. They sit, soak, and sour in the salad bowl.
We should send a loud message to all politicians that it is time to take charge of our borders to clean up the mess: Build the wall; no amnesty; no more guest workers until the economy stabilizes; no more immigration for five years; fine businesses who hire illegal aliens; send the gate crashers home; arrest the “coyotes” who get rich smuggling illegals across the border; demand that our “friends” in Mexico stop playing the hypocrite and close their northern border as they have their southern border. It’s past time to get started.
First, we impeach the President!
IRussia To Conduct Observation Flight Over US
In an attempt to promote transparency in military activities between the two countries, Russia will conduct an observation flight over the United States as part of the Treaty on Open Skies between Dec. 8 and Dec. 13, Sergei Ryzhkov, head of Russia’s National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, said Monday.
The flight will be launched from Travis Air Force Base in California and cover a maximum range of 2,640 miles. A group of U.S. specialists will also board the Russian aircraft to monitor the flight and to ensure that norms of the treaty are not violated. According to the U.S. Department of State, the Treaty on Open Skies allows 34 participating countries to carry out observation flights over each other's territories to gather information through aerial imaging on military forces and activities that are of concern to them.
“Within the framework of the international Treaty on Open Skies a group of Russian inspectors plans to conduct an observation flight on a Russian Tupolev Tu-154M-LK-1 observation aircraft over the territory of the United States,” Ryzhkov told Ria Novosti.
The announcement comes after a U.S. military plane reportedly conducted surveillance flights over Russia last month to capture images of the region’s military equipment. The mission was conducted amid increasing isolation faced by Russia following sanctions imposed against it by the U.S. and European Union over the Ukraine crisis.
“Most of the world has no idea this treaty even exists,” U.S. Navy Commander Chris “Half” Nelson, who was overseeing the mission over Russia at the time, was quoted by Military.com as saying. “Whenever I mention that Russians fly aircraft over the U.S. taking pictures, it blows people's minds.”
Signed in March 1992 in Helsinki, the Treaty on Open Skies came into force on Jan. 1, 2002. Russia ratified the treaty on May 26, 2001.
Are we foolish enough to want higher gas prices after reading this from USA Today?
USAToday: The Economy Needs High Oil Prices
by Ryan McMaken
Today's USA Today includes a Q and A about falling oil prices:
A: Oil prices are collapsing. Consumers are pouring less of their money into their gas tanks. That should be good for the economy and stocks, right?
Not exactly. The stock market is struggling this month as the decline in oil prices intensifies. There are several reasons for this. First is the direct hit. Lower gasoline prices result in lower prices of shares of energy stocks, which are a big contributor to the markets. Exxon Mobil (XOM) is the fourth most valuable company in the Standard & Poor’s 500 so when its shares tumble, that hurts the broad market. Shares of Exxon are down more than 12% this year, creating a big downward draft for the other companies to overcome.
Mises Institute reply:
The "answer," provided by Matt Krantz tells us a few things about where oil is being positioned as a "driver" of the current economic expansion.
1. First of wall, the article reminds us of the uselessness of referring to "the economy" as one unified thing. Of course falling oil prices are good for some people, while they may be bad for others. People who use oil, and industries that are energy intensive, will of benefit from a fall in the oil price. Those who are heavily invested in oil (such as hedge funds, oil companies and others), on the other hand, will benefit from high prices. To refer simply to "the economy" tells us nothing at all about how oil prices really affect human beings in the real world. Frank Shostak explains here how "the economy" is just a metaphor.
2. Oil is becoming something of a bubble industry and is being positioned in a way similar to where housing was prior to 2008. If we insert "housing" and housing related-industries in the USA Today piece where "oil" and oil-related industries now are, we find some striking similarities with what was being said about housing prior to 2008. We were told repeatedly how high housing prices were the key to keeping the economy chugging along. Certainly, this was true for many industries that were heavily invested in housing, but common sense tells us that falling housing prices are and were a good thing for people who actually use housing, especially low-income consumers of housing. Falling prices, as Jim Grant recently noted, constitute progress, not grave economic threats. But, when your focus is primarily on what prices do to hedge fund managers, Wall Street, and other chosen favorites of the central bank, (as is the case with most national business reporters like Krantz), of course high prices are a good thing, and a fall in prices is a reason for worry.
3. Some still confuse correlation and causation. Implied in all the explanations of how a falling oil price is bad is the suggestion that a significant fall in prices could lead to a recession. Indeed, Mark Thornton recently discussed the correlation between falling oil prices and recessions. But of course Thornton did not suggest that the falling prices cause the recessions. In contrast, the peaking oil prices the precede a recession are indicators of a Fed-induced boom that precedes a bust. and in this case, there may even be more emphasis than usual on propping up prices, since oil is one of the few well-performing industries right now, producing a large portion of what little job growth there is nationwide, and a sizable share of GDP growth. The fact that there is such an emphasis now on boosting for high oil prices and claiming they are key to economic progress, we can possibly guess where the next round of bailouts for too-big-to-fail enterprises will be directed.
So it seems USA Today is saying, if we want a good economy we should want higher gas prices but who is that going to help, you, me or those invested?
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