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How About Giving Jesus Christ’s Name a Breather!
Dr. Carl S. Parnell

Posted on 01/28/2008 12:05:56 PM PST by Dr. Carl S. Parnell

The media and entertainment industry is spearheading the anti-Christian persecution in America. Christians have been belittled and have been looked upon as second-rate citizens. As a result, Christians have been misunderstood by many nonbelievers of the Christian faith. Therefore, Christians, according to the Media Research Center in Washington, D.C., are considered to be “cold, intolerant and oppressive.” (1) As a result, media bias has become a serious problem in the Christian community.

Thomas Friedman in his article entitled “The Real War” practically declared war on Christianity. According to Joseph Farah in his counter article entitled “The Unreal War,”

“Whether he realizes it or not, what Friedman actually did in his essay is declare war on Christianity – including the very biblical Christianity responsible for the true pluralistic society America established under the authorship of the founders. More specifically, he declared his own humanistic jihad on Jesus Christ Himself. By Friedman's definition, Christ would have to be characterized as a 'religious totalitarian,' because it was Christ who said in John 14:6: ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.’” (2)

It is appalling that Mr. Friedman has labeled the Savior of Mankind as a religious heretic who wants complete control over his followers like the late Jim Jones. Also, according to Thomas Friedman,

“We're fighting to defeat an ideology: religious totalitarianism. World War II and the cold war were fought to defeat secular totalitarianism... and World War III is a battle against religious totalitarianism, a view of the world that my faith must reign supreme and can be affirmed and held passionately only if all others are negated....” (2)

Therefore, the comparison of Christianity to any form of totalitarianism negates all the good that Christian believers have done for America and the world. With all the death and carnage in the world at the hands of Communist and Socialist leaders, the classification of Christianity as a similar entity is an abomination to all Christians and to God.

It is also an abomination to God when members of the media and the entertainment industry use Jesus Christ’s name in vain. Unfortunately, this is happening on a regular basis. There are several examples that come to mind. First, the motion picture industry is definitely anti-Christian. This can be seen in the themes of the movies that have been produced in Hollywood during the past thirty years. In “The Last Temptation of Christ,” Christ was depicted as a sinner who needed Judas for strength instead of God the Father. Christians are ridiculed in “Poltergeist II since Christians were outdone by a pagan Native American medicine man. In “Monsignor,” the late Christopher Reeves portrayed a priest who seduced nuns. A young nun in “Agnes of God” has an illegitimate baby and then kills it. The movie “King David” has the king, portrayed by Richard Gere, rejecting his religion and his God. (3)

Therefore, it is obvious that Hollywood does have a hidden agenda which is to degrade Christianity in the movies that are produced. This can even be seen in the movies produced by Christian ministers such as Billy Graham. In “The Prodigal,” Dr. Graham’s 1984 film, the Motion Picture Association of America showed their anti-Christian beliefs in the rating that it was given. The MPA rated it PG because it mentioned the word “Christianity” throughout the film. The Motion Picture Association was so bold that it gave the following disclaimer in its review: “Pre-teenage children should not be exposed to Christianity without their parent's consent.” (3) Considering the immoral issues of sodomy, infidelity, obscenity, and many other perverted activities that are included in made by Hollywood movies, it is absurd that a disclaimer such as this would be given. But, such is Hollywood!

Secondly, television is the other major area in the entertainment industry that degrades God on a regular basis. According to Don Feder, a syndicated Jewish columnist, “Christians are the only group Hollywood can offend with impunity, the only creed it actually goes out of its way to insult. Clerics, from fundamentalist preachers to Catholic monks, are routinely represented as hypocrites, hucksters, sadists, and lechers. The tenets of Christianity are regularly held up to ridicule.” (3)

Corbin Bernsen, one of the stars of the old L.A. Law series, stated, “Religion has become an outdated mode, an outdated answer to some of our problems ... I tend to think that people have to start thinking on a logical level. You have to follow your heart, and your heart is not guided by anything except what is in us as thinking animals. If it means dismantling religion, we might have to do that.” (3)

Mr. Bernsen’s statement about religion is basically the same belief of all those who produce television programs. They believe that their purpose in life is to promote ungodly social change. Everything is permissible, especially abortion, divorce, dysfunctional sexual orientations, and pornography. In an effort to promote their agenda, they attack and ridicule anyone or any group that fails to support them. This includes Christians and the Church. (3)

The final area of concern to Christians is the blasphemy that occurs regularly on talk shows and award programs. Three prime examples have occurred within the last year. During the September 8, 2007 Emmy Award’s Program, comedienne Kathy Griffin made an extremely blasphemous acceptance speech. Ms. Griffin stated, “A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. Suck it, Jesus; this award is my god now!” On January 11, 2008, an ESPN anchorwoman Dana Jacobson made even more blasphemous statements than Kathy Griffin. At the time, she was speaking at a celebrity roast banquet in Atlantic City, New Jersey. During her speech, she went on a verbal rampage using several profane words addressed at Jesus Christ. Ms. Jacobson said “F---Notre Dame,” “F---Touchdown Jesus,” and “F---Jesus.” Finally, actress Diane Keaton said the F-word four times on Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer. Therefore, it is obvious that Hollywood has little or no regard for Jesus Christ and His teachings.

How can Christians fight back against the tactics of the news media and Hollywood? According to Michael J. McManus, Christians are finally fighting back against the anti-Christian media and Hollywood. They have actually won several recent battles. Two of the more recent wins occurred in early 2006. They relate to the proposed new series “The Book of Daniel” and an episode of “Will and Grace” with a guest appearance by Britany Spears. These two programs were anti-Christian and blasphemous. However, after over six hundred thousand emails from Christians were sent to NBC and the added pressure put on its sponsors, the “Book of Daniel” was cancelled and the “Will and Grace” episode was changed from the original anti-Christian skit. (4)

But, why did these two programs create such uproar in the Christian community? Basically, as usual, the anti-Christian and immoral content was the reason for the uproar. “The Book of Daniel” did not have a Biblical theme. Instead, the main character, Daniel Webster, was an Episcopal priest who was addicted to drugs. To make things worse, his family was definitely not a typical Christian family. He had an alcoholic wife. His own son was a homosexual, and his adopted son had sex with the Episcopal bishop’s daughter. Then, to make things even worse, Daniel Webster’s sister-in-law and her husband’s secretary had a lesbian relationship. The association of the Prophet Daniel’s name with the characters in this television program would be considered an abomination to Christian believers. (4)

In the “Will and Grace” episode, Britany Spears portrayed the sidekick to a homosexual television talk show host. Her assignment was to cook a dish called “Cruci-fixins.” This anti-Christian theme the day before Good Friday was another blasphemous attempt to ridicule the Christian faith. Fortunately, the uproar in the Christian community prevented this event from happening. This script was changed, also. (4)

What would make NBC and other networks so offensive to Christians, especially since 8 out of 10 Americans claim to be Christians? The main reason is that most network executives do not believe that Christians will retaliate against them. Therefore, they willingly attack evangelicals and conservative Catholics. But, fortunately, Christians are finally becoming upset about the anti-Christian propaganda in the media industry. Needless to say, the attack by the media on Christians is not over by any stretch of the imagination. (4)

However, you who blaspheme Jesus Christ on a regular basis, please give Him a rest from all the defamation to His Holy Name. You could blaspheme another religion’s god for awhile. Of course, you know that you would not be irreverent toward any other religion’s god. Any other religion, such as Islam, would fight back immediately. If you were to blaspheme Mohammad, you already know what the consequences would be. Therefore, don’t use profane words toward anyone’s god, especially Jesus Christ. He Needs a Breather!

References

1. Bilson, Vic. “War on Christianity” Jeremiah Project. 17 May 06.

2. Kjos, Berit. “Media Bias Matches UNESCO Intolerance” Crossroad. 18 May 06.

3. “Chapter 125-The Media: Anti-Christian Propaganda Corp” American Life League. 19 May 06.

4. McManus, Michael. “Anti-Christian Bias in Media” Virtue Online. 19 May 2006.


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KEYWORDS: ac; christians; jesuschrist; persecution; profanity
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1 posted on 01/28/2008 12:05:57 PM PST by Dr. Carl S. Parnell
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To: Dr. Carl S. Parnell

I’ve found that Jesus name is used routinely now as a cuss word, even by people who regularly attend church! People aren’t even really aware they’re saying it. I cringe whenever I hear it because He is...just exactly who He said He is, and He is not worth that kind of blatant disrespect.


2 posted on 01/28/2008 12:10:03 PM PST by freepertoo
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To: Dr. Carl S. Parnell

This nation is so anti-Christian that only 99% of our elected leaders in Washington are openly Christian, mega-churches wield enormous political and economic influence, and nearly every Presidential candidate openly discusses the importance of his Christian beliefs.

Will this persecution never end?


3 posted on 01/28/2008 12:11:31 PM PST by Bosh Flimshaw
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To: Dr. Carl S. Parnell

I think we ought to start saying, “HILLARY CLINTON!” when we hit our thumb with a hammer instead. hehe


4 posted on 01/28/2008 12:13:17 PM PST by Rick.Donaldson (http://www.transasianaxis.com - Visit for lastest on DPRK/Russia/China/Etc --Fred Thompson for Prez.)
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To: freepertoo

And then there’s Mike Huckabee.
He’s worn the name out.


5 posted on 01/28/2008 12:13:37 PM PST by counterpunch (Mike Huckabee — The Religious Wrong)
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To: Bosh Flimshaw

Well, that’s actually not true. 99% of them claim Christianity because it makes it sound good for them.


6 posted on 01/28/2008 12:15:18 PM PST by Rick.Donaldson (http://www.transasianaxis.com - Visit for lastest on DPRK/Russia/China/Etc --Fred Thompson for Prez.)
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To: Dr. Carl S. Parnell

I don’t care if it rains or freezes....


7 posted on 01/28/2008 12:15:23 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Dr. Carl S. Parnell
“cold, intolerant and oppressive.” Let's see I have all my body parts. I don't wear a sack. I chose my own husband. I would NEVER send my children off to blow themselves up killing themselves as well as innocent people. I don't threaten to kill anyone who "offends" me. Seems to me they got the wrong religion here.
8 posted on 01/28/2008 12:18:08 PM PST by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: Dr. Carl S. Parnell

Bring it on. Jesus can handle this puny little man and his supporters.


9 posted on 01/28/2008 12:20:03 PM PST by pray4liberty (Watch and pray.)
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To: Dr. Carl S. Parnell

Well....the printed media is closing down. The entertainment industry could do the same if they keep bad mouthing the people. People just have to stop going to the movies for six months and see what happens. The good entertainers will suffer also and maybe that will force them to change things. Take the money away from them and maybe they’ll see the light.


10 posted on 01/28/2008 12:20:16 PM PST by RC2
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To: kalee
Let's see I have all my body parts. I don't wear a sack. I chose my own husband. I would NEVER send my children off to blow themselves up killing themselves as well as innocent people. I don't threaten to kill anyone who "offends" me. Seems to me they got the wrong religion here.

LOL!

11 posted on 01/28/2008 12:22:47 PM PST by pray4liberty (Watch and pray.)
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To: Dr. Carl S. Parnell

I had to throw away a “Scooby-Doo” video yesterday that my wife bought my daughter. It explained that Wiccans weren’t witches and that they were “good.” You have to be very careful these days about what your kids are exposed to.


12 posted on 01/28/2008 12:23:42 PM PST by Greg F (Romney supported the right of homosexuals to be Scout Masters in 1994.)
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To: freepertoo

If you were Satan, whose name would you attack and get people to disparage?

The One who is the one way, the truth and the life, and the only name through whom you can get to the Father.


13 posted on 01/28/2008 12:25:30 PM PST by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: kalee

Remember, as far as muslims are concerned,

the rest of us have three choices:

convert
live in humiliating subjugation
die


14 posted on 01/28/2008 12:26:52 PM PST by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Rick.Donaldson

I usually say “Jiminy Horses”


15 posted on 01/28/2008 12:27:58 PM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: Greg F

You’d think Shrek would be fairly benign, wouldn’t you?

How about having a three yr old repeating “eat me” (gingerbread man).


16 posted on 01/28/2008 12:27:58 PM PST by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: MrB

The media promotes the “bad life” not the good life I want for my daughter. Learning the “hard way” is not a good thing . . . that was the route I took . . . my parents were secular and didn’t see how evil the media had become or remember how easily influenced children are.


17 posted on 01/28/2008 12:39:05 PM PST by Greg F (Romney supported the right of homosexuals to be Scout Masters in 1994.)
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To: Rick.Donaldson

Exactly. Think of those who profess Catholicism and abortion in the same breath.


18 posted on 01/28/2008 12:40:23 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: MrB

I’ll choose death.


19 posted on 01/28/2008 12:41:21 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: Dr. Carl S. Parnell

The last movie I can remember that depicted Catholic priests in a truthful manner was The Exorcist. Granted, the movie was about something (exorcism) that is exceedingly rare, but Father Merrin, Father Karras and Father Dyer were each portrayed heroically.


20 posted on 01/28/2008 12:41:50 PM PST by MarineBrat (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccination that the Church offers.)
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To: pray4liberty

That’s right. He sits in the heavens and laughs are our foolishness.


21 posted on 01/28/2008 12:42:09 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: freepertoo
I’ve found that Jesus name is used routinely now as a cuss word, even by people who regularly attend church!

It's easy enough to break people of that. Just say "He's not going to help you in THAT tone of voice."

22 posted on 01/28/2008 12:43:47 PM PST by nina0113 (If fences don't work, why does the White House have one?)
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To: Greg F

Yeah, wouldn’t want kids to learn about other religions now would we?


23 posted on 01/28/2008 12:45:39 PM PST by Pawtucket Patriot
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To: Marysecretary

Woops, I meant laughs AT our foolishness. Sigh.


24 posted on 01/28/2008 12:45:48 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: Marysecretary

How about pre-empting having to make that decision and keep them bottled up somewhere with the superiority of our technology (military power) which stems from our religious basis?

(The basic assumptions about our Deity give us the basis for our scientific discovery and advancement - theirs does the opposite.)


25 posted on 01/28/2008 12:48:23 PM PST by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Rick.Donaldson
I think we ought to start saying, “HILLARY CLINTON!” when we hit our thumb with a hammer instead. hehe

I have been using Bill's call sign for some time now.

As in: GDSOB!

26 posted on 01/28/2008 12:49:28 PM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat; but they know what's best for us)
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To: Rick.Donaldson
99% of them claim Christianity because it makes it sound good for them.

Well, yes, that kind of proves my point. If Christians were really the persecuted group portrayed by the article, do you think the leaders of the nation would make a show of professing their membership in that group?

27 posted on 01/28/2008 12:53:05 PM PST by Bosh Flimshaw
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To: Dr. Carl S. Parnell

I wonder if insisting that one plus one equals two would be considered mathematical totalitarianism by Thomas Friedman?


28 posted on 01/28/2008 12:54:28 PM PST by Juan Medén
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To: Bosh Flimshaw
This nation is so anti-Christian that only 99% of our elected leaders in Washington are openly Christian, mega-churches wield enormous political and economic influence, and nearly every Presidential candidate openly discusses the importance of his Christian beliefs.

Yep, that is why the only words you can't say on a state owned microphone are Jesus Christ. And the only words forbidden in public schools, Jesus Christ. Meanwhile, promotion of teenage sex, homosexuality and abortions is the norm. Yep, a lot of politicians give lip service, but few of them really mean it.

29 posted on 01/28/2008 12:59:15 PM PST by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: Dr. Carl S. Parnell
>>Therefore, don’t use profane words toward anyone’s god, especially Jesus Christ.<<

I say "barnacles" whenever I smash my finger.

30 posted on 01/28/2008 1:21:39 PM PST by Muleteam1 (Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick Star. That's the ticket!)
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To: Dr. Carl S. Parnell
I think that this author and Joseph Farah completely missed the main point of the Thonas Friedman article. I just read the original article on the NYT website, and it is primarily about how Islam is not a tolerant religion. It says that Judaism and Christianity are tolerant but that Islam is not. Here is a relevant quote from the next-to-last paragraph.

What is different about Islam is that while there have been a few attempts at such a reformation, none have flowered or found the support of a Muslim state. We patronize Islam, and mislead ourselves, by repeating the mantra that Islam is a faith with no serious problems accepting the secular West, modernity and pluralism, and the only problem is a few bin Ladens. Although there is a deep moral impulse in Islam for justice, charity and compassion, Islam has not developed a dominant religious philosophy that allows equal recognition of alternative faith communities. Bin Laden reflects the most extreme version of that exclusivity, and he hit us in the face with it on 9/11.

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C02E1D6113AF934A15752C1A9679C8B63

31 posted on 01/28/2008 1:45:09 PM PST by DeweyCA
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To: nina0113
I think I'll give your suggestion a try. I had a friend who used to respond to the outburst of Jesus' name being used that way by following up with "Who was crucified for our sins." The stunned and embarrassed looks on the "offenders" faces was often priceless. A lot of people didn't even realize they had said it, because it had become just another reflexive response.

I can't wait to see the reaction when I try your suggestion.

32 posted on 01/28/2008 1:50:42 PM PST by Pablo64 (What is popular is not always right. What is right is not always popular.)
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To: freepertoo

“It is also an abomination to God when members of the media and the entertainment industry use Jesus Christ’s name in vain.”

I think, that being as Al Gore is now a god of the environmental movement for the left, that his name should be substituted when someone wants to use the Lord’s name in vain. Everytime you hear this happen on TV or wherever, picture substituting the name of Al Gore.

“Al Gore! That car almost hit me!”


33 posted on 01/28/2008 1:51:53 PM PST by murron
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To: MarineBrat

Did you see the Exorcism of Emily Rose? The priest in that movie was also portrayed in a heroic manner. Even though the possession scenes were very scary and intense, the movie as a whole was very good. I especially liked the ending.


34 posted on 01/28/2008 1:54:20 PM PST by murron
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To: Bosh Flimshaw

Not until He comes back. Or at least, that’s what I thought I understood Him to say.


35 posted on 01/28/2008 1:57:55 PM PST by Mama25 (The only chaps a girl can trust are those she wears)
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To: MrB
True, but if you're a woman in a Muslim country, your husband's camel is worth more than you.
36 posted on 01/28/2008 2:24:19 PM PST by pray4liberty (Watch and pray.)
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To: Always Right
Yep, that is why the only words you can't say on a state owned microphone are Jesus Christ. And the only words forbidden in public schools, Jesus Christ.

While I understand those are popular urban legends, those statements just don't hold any water.

You can't use a state owned microphone, or a school, to proselytize. That's good. I don't want my local school used to promote Methodism any more than I want the government to have any say in what's in the sermon at my local Methodist church.

You know why it's considered ok to poke fun at Christians? Because they are a hugely powerful majority that dominates a great deal of the government. That's why it happens, and that's why its good that it happens. The powerful should be the target of some mockery. That's good for our system, and it's ultimately good for the church itself.

37 posted on 01/28/2008 2:36:05 PM PST by Bosh Flimshaw
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To: Bosh Flimshaw
While I understand those are popular urban legends, those statements just don't hold any water. You can't use a state owned microphone, or a school, to proselytize.

And what authority does the government have on that? The only authority the government has is to not establish a religion and is specifically forbidden to suppress religious expression. Besides, how is thanking God at graduation proselytizing? How are student lead prayers proselytizing? These aren't urban legends, they are court rulings.

38 posted on 01/28/2008 3:11:13 PM PST by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: Bosh Flimshaw


This nation is so anti-Christian that only 99% of our elected leaders in Washington are openly Christian, mega-churches wield enormous political and economic influence, and nearly every Presidential candidate openly discusses the importance of his Christian beliefs.”

You can’t be that dumb to believe what you wrote!


39 posted on 01/28/2008 3:14:13 PM PST by MrLee (Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalyim!! God bless Eretz Israel.)
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To: Always Right
And what authority does the government have on that? The only authority the government has is to not establish a religion and is specifically forbidden to suppress religious expression.

The authority that recognizes when you use public resources to advance religion, it creates the appearance, if not the reality, of a government-established religion.

I don't know about you, but I really, really like the fact that I can go to church on Sundays without the government having to approve of what the pastor says. In order to keep it that way, we have to be extremely vigilant in keeping the government's business in the government's hands, and the church's business in the church's hands.

What people often fail to consider when arguing against the separation of church and state is that it is a two way street: you simply cannot increase religions role in government without also increasing government's role in religion. Do you really want your government to become more involved in your church?

40 posted on 01/28/2008 3:26:08 PM PST by Bosh Flimshaw
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To: Bosh Flimshaw
I don't know about you, but I really, really like the fact that I can go to church on Sundays without the government having to approve of what the pastor says.

Since when? The IRS seems to think it is their business. And Grassly is holding Senate investigations into TV evangelists.

41 posted on 01/28/2008 3:31:16 PM PST by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: MrLee
You can’t be that dumb to believe what you wrote!

I usually end up being the least polite person in the conversation, but it looks like you've cornered that market preemptively

I assume from your question that you agree with the OP that Christians are the victims of persecution in this country. I think that is a silly notion, advanced by a small subset of people that want to be both powerful and pitied. I have no use for that.

42 posted on 01/28/2008 3:32:14 PM PST by Bosh Flimshaw
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To: Bosh Flimshaw
What people often fail to consider when arguing against the separation of church and state is that it is a two way street:

No, the Constitution is a one-way street. It tells us what the government can and can't do. The Constitution is not a document that can be used to regulate what a Church says or does.

43 posted on 01/28/2008 3:33:04 PM PST by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: Always Right

So what are you trying to say? Do you want more or less government involvement with religion?


44 posted on 01/28/2008 3:33:26 PM PST by Bosh Flimshaw
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To: Always Right

I believe you misunderstood my point. I am pointing out that when you allow for a greater role in government by religion, you are inevitably allowing for a greater role in religion by the government. That’s the way things have always worked, and I see no reason to think that’s going to change any time soon.


45 posted on 01/28/2008 3:35:34 PM PST by Bosh Flimshaw
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To: Bosh Flimshaw

I want the government to treat religion like any other speech. That means government should not discrimination against religious speech like it currently does. Why do gay lobbyists get to come into schools and advance an agenda that is hostile towards the religion of most people, but if someone wants to present an argument based on religious reasons, they are prohibited. The viewpoints of people with a religious viewpoint are being suppressed by a court system that has taken a hostile view of religion.


46 posted on 01/28/2008 3:40:49 PM PST by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: Pablo64

Be sure to say it with a smile, not in a snotty tone of voice. It really works.


47 posted on 01/28/2008 3:50:48 PM PST by nina0113 (If fences don't work, why does the White House have one?)
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To: Dr. Carl S. Parnell

I agree, and I’d add that I don’t like to see the holy name of Lord Jesus amidst the grime of the road on a bumper sticker, even by the well-meaning. I also don’t like some “Christian rock” that substitutes the sacred name of Christ for that of a romantic paramour in a poorly adapted “love song”.


48 posted on 01/28/2008 3:53:30 PM PST by SupplySider
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To: Bosh Flimshaw; moder_ator; Always Right

Bosh Flimshaw’s posts all read like troll postings to me, his posting history is 100% consistent.


49 posted on 01/28/2008 4:43:01 PM PST by ansel12
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To: ansel12

Thanks for you input. Your opinion is very valuable to me, and I appreciate that you took the time to add to the discussion.


50 posted on 01/28/2008 4:48:19 PM PST by Bosh Flimshaw
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