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Tired of Hobby Lobby?
LCMS Blog ^ | March 24, 2014 | Matthew Harrison

Posted on 03/26/2014 2:42:12 AM PDT by rhema

You’re tired of hearing about Hobby Lobby and the Supreme Court, tired of all the talk of fines and health-care plans and reproductive rights, tired of being bombarded with words spoken in anger from both sides of the aisle. You want to put your fingers in your ears, switch the channel, and wait for the ruling and the rest of it to just go away.

But even though you are tired, even though you’ve grown weary of having the same discussions about the same points, Hobby Lobby and fines and health-care plans still matter. They matter because your country – the United States of America – was founded on the principle that you were born with certain rights: the rights to seek and follow truth, to live according to your beliefs, to worship freely.

And no one, not even the government, gets to tell you how to do that.

Today, our federal government threatens that right, consistently refusing to protect religious liberty as our Constitution and the laws of nature demand. In the dozens of cases against the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate, the government has started dictating the boundaries of religious beliefs, and to pick and choose which beliefs – and which individuals – deserve religious liberty protection.

The contraceptive mandate, part of the Affordable Care Act, requires employers to provide a full range of 20 FDA-approved contraceptive devices, drugs and services in their health-care plans. These include “emergency contraceptives” with the ability to prevent implantation of an embryo – in other words, the ability to end a human life. Catholics, Lutherans, and many other Americans find these drugs morally reprehensible. Yet, though objections to the mandate are strong and numerous – with over 90 lawsuits filed so far – the government has simply swept them aside.

The mandate’s provisions allow for very narrow exemptions for houses of worship. Exemptions do not extend even to affiliates of those houses of worship; for example, a Catholic order of nuns, operating homes for the elderly poor, is not exempt. Nor are Christian colleges, nor are thousands of other religious non-profit organizations, which serve the public good.

In the case of the non-profits, the government has come up with an empty “accommodation” that would force organizations to sign HHS forms directing third-party administrators to provide the drugs that the organizations cannot. As one plaintiff, the Little Sisters of the Poor, explained, these forms are nothing more than permission slips. The Little Sisters cannot direct someone else to act immorally, just as they cannot act immorally themselves. The government has branded this particular belief meaningless.

Neither the exemption nor the false “accommodation” extends to individuals who run their own businesses, like David and Barbara Green, owners of Hobby Lobby. The Greens morally oppose providing drugs that can prevent implantation and have filed suit against HHS, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. In the Greens’ case, the government claims that moral convictions must be abandoned at the door of the workplace. The Greens may not run their own companies according to their consciences. Or, in return for staying true to their convictions, they will be forced to pay crushing fines.

The government’s distinctions under the mandate don’t make sense. The government does not get to reduce God and the way in which He works down to what happens only in church or worship. By its definition, religious liberty stipulates that a church – not the government – must be permitted to form its own definition and its own boundaries.

Moreoever, God uses each of us in our vocations to serve those around us. This call to serve others and live according to our beliefs extends beyond our houses of worship, into our homes, our communities, and our work. To prevent individuals from following the dictates of their consciences is an abuse of power and a gross infringement on human dignity.

As the leader of a Christian church body, I strongly object to the government’s approach of picking and choosing whose beliefs merit consideration. Now, according to the government, Catholic nuns must authorize others to give out free contraceptives, and evangelical Christians must abandon their most deeply held convictions in the operations of their own businesses. What group, and what belief, will next be under attack?

Friends, we may be weary. We may be tired. But we must stand together to protect our God-given right to religious liberty. This mandate threatens not only those whose religions specifically compel them to oppose it, but all Americans. We cannot allow our government to define the content of our beliefs or the degree of their significance.

The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison is the current and 13th president of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.


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KEYWORDS: abortion; affordablehealthcare; birthcontrol; contraception; deathpanels; firstamendment; harrison; hobbylobby; lcms; lutheran; obamacare; scotus; zerocare
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1 posted on 03/26/2014 2:42:12 AM PDT by rhema
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To: rhema

Our government has turned into a cancer.


2 posted on 03/26/2014 3:49:35 AM PDT by ransacked
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To: rhema

BUMP


3 posted on 03/26/2014 3:53:43 AM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY.)
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To: ransacked
It is NOT a government, for that would imply laws and adherence to said laws.

What we have is a regime, presided over by a petty tyrant. There is no law, except what he deems, nor is there any adherence, when it is unsuitable.

This is no longer the United States for we are divided as no time since The War of Yankee Aggression. This is Acirema, where criminals are rewarded and honest people are punished.

4 posted on 03/26/2014 4:00:10 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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Females on SCOTUS view is if you don’t like the preventative reproductive mandate, don’t participate and pay the tax so everyone in your company suffers the blow back.

Most conservatives view is you don’t like the missing preventive reproductive coverage in your health insurance, go buy your own pills and condoms with your own money, not mine.


5 posted on 03/26/2014 4:04:05 AM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: ransacked

So True...it is a cancer that has been ignored far too long, the entire body has been infected, time for radical surgery for the patient is at throws of death.


6 posted on 03/26/2014 4:08:10 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: NTHockey

“It is NOT a government, for that would imply laws and adherence to said laws.
What we have is a regime, presided over by a petty tyrant. There is no law, except what he deems, nor is there any adherence, when it is unsuitable.

This is no longer the United States for we are divided as no time since The War of Yankee Aggression. This is Acirema, where criminals are rewarded and honest people are punished. “

I wish I could “like” this, as on some of the other forums I visit and post on.

Truer words have never been spoken.

Our true government has been usurped.


7 posted on 03/26/2014 4:10:24 AM PDT by Clarence
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To: rhema

There shouldn’t be anything in that government healthcare mandate related to contraception and/or killing babies.


8 posted on 03/26/2014 4:26:50 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: rhema

Well we have a long road ahead. We won’t even receive the “verdict” until May or the day that the Supreme Court concludes the year. Expect numerous stories from all sides and their “guesses” on what the verdict will be.


9 posted on 03/26/2014 4:33:42 AM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: rhema

Can you be a Democrat and a Christian? Do you serve God or Mammon?


10 posted on 03/26/2014 4:53:04 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: ransacked
"Our government has turned into a cancer."

The government reflects the culture.

Its a culture of death.

By denying God they deny life.

They'll stop at nothing in their mad rush to destroy all that is holy and good.

When confronted by the holy and good they are offended and they turn violent.

I fear that things are not going to improve.

11 posted on 03/26/2014 5:05:13 AM PDT by Pietro
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To: txrefugee
Can you be a Democrat and a Christian?

I believe the answer to that is a resounding NO!

12 posted on 03/26/2014 5:17:26 AM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: rhema

A good way to support Hobby Lobby during all of this - go shopping there.


13 posted on 03/26/2014 5:32:08 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: rhema

Let’s see, the majority of the US population, about 80%, consider themselves Christian or Christian leanings. Yet, the majority of these “CHRISTIANS” voted for this OBAMA administration. Oh, they were warned, if thy voted for this LIAR IN CHIEF they would live to regret it. But they did it any way. Now, these same “SAVIORS” that they voted for are turning around and biting them in the rear end. And now, they are complaining?


14 posted on 03/26/2014 5:51:56 AM PDT by gingerbread
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To: rhema
" You’re tired of hearing about Hobby Lobby and the Supreme Court "

No, I'm not tired of hearing about it, in fact I'm quite interested in the outcome.

Whoever wrote this needs to read up some on the power of suggestion. How presumptuous of them, whoever they are, to make such a personal statement to their readers.

15 posted on 03/26/2014 5:54:27 AM PDT by OKSooner ("As the riders went on by him, he heard one call his name...")
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To: txrefugee
Peace, txrefugee,

Can you be a Democrat and a Christian?

Yes, you can be. Just like I can be an American and opposed to the progressive direction which the country is headed, I can be a Catholic and a Democrat and not support the progressive national party platform.


James R. McClure Jr.
Jeffersonian Anti-Federalist Democrat candidate for IN09

16 posted on 03/26/2014 6:01:20 AM PDT by James R. McClure Jr.
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To: rhema

the rights to seek and follow truth, to live according to your beliefs, to worship freely...Where did that come from? I thought it was the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of property (money, food, housing and clothes)?


17 posted on 03/26/2014 6:12:24 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: rhema

What makes me “tired” of this is the ruling we will get from the “Supreme” court ... some watered down thing that kills freedom of religion without saying it (like Obamacare being a tax). I’m “tired” of the “Supreme” court which I always thought was our one final barrier to progressivism ... now it too has been infected. If this ruling comes back as I suspect, then (for me) it is “over.”


18 posted on 03/26/2014 6:14:48 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ("There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: rhema

You did not build that....so...you do not get to set the rules of your own business....case closed


19 posted on 03/26/2014 6:17:37 AM PDT by BRL
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To: PoloSec
"Time for radical surgery for the patient is at throws of death."

The cure is a tough one... Open revolt... Lots of folks are going to get hurt...

I believe our nation will, out of necessity, split unto two or more parts...for a while anyway...until some parts collapse into complete and udder devastation.....

But, the sun is shinning right now.... :)

20 posted on 03/26/2014 6:22:03 AM PDT by unread (Rescind the 17th. Amendment...bring the power BACK to the states...!)
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To: OKSooner
Whoever wrote this needs to read up some on the power of suggestion.

He's a preacher, not a motivational speaker.

How presumptuous of them, whoever they are, to make such a personal statement to their readers.

He isn't speaking in a void. Many of his audience are tired of Hobby Lobby et al. Tired that we have had to waste time and treasure diverting attention away from what we should be doing, to fight the gov't in court over something in the 1st Amendment. Tired of fighting the same gov't we pay taxes to over pro-life issues. Doesn't mean we'll stop, just tired of this crap.

21 posted on 03/26/2014 6:42:57 AM PDT by xone
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To: ransacked

Theres a reason for that though. We, the electorate, are the problem and whats happening in govt is only a symptom.


22 posted on 03/26/2014 6:58:20 AM PDT by 556x45
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To: NTHockey

The problem is the American peopel who endorse and vote for tyranny even if they are too dumb to be able to spell the word.


23 posted on 03/26/2014 7:01:24 AM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: xone
" He's a preacher, not a motivational speaker. "

Okay... I'll put him right next to the guy who put a sign up on the marquee that said "God wants to kill you."

24 posted on 03/26/2014 7:04:51 AM PDT by OKSooner ("As the riders went on by him, he heard one call his name...")
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To: lightman; MinuteGal; SmithL; Cletus.D.Yokel; Jacob Kell; farmer matt; T Baden; stayathomemom; ...
LCMS Ping

This article is a statement from LCMS President Harrison.

25 posted on 03/26/2014 7:06:56 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Lutheran pastor and LCMS Ping List master)
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To: rhema

Roberts should swing for this whole mess.


26 posted on 03/26/2014 7:10:15 AM PDT by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: OKSooner; xone
Okay... I'll put him right next to the guy who put a sign up on the marquee that said "God wants to kill you."

Hey, I actually preached a sermon once with that exact title, "God Wants to Kill You." It caught people's attention, and then I explained in what sense that is true.

And so, if you read at all beyond the title of this article, you quickly understand where LCMS President Harrison is going with this. And then Harrison sums it up like this at the end: "Friends, we may be weary. We may be tired. But we must stand together to protect our God-given right to religious liberty."

27 posted on 03/26/2014 7:14:54 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Lutheran pastor and LCMS Ping List master)
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To: Charles Henrickson; flaglady47
I'm pleased with President Harrison's statement. It was timely and necessary.

This is his second term as elected head of the conservative Missouri Synod's Lutherans....and from all accounts he's doing a stand-up biblical job!

Leni

28 posted on 03/26/2014 7:25:01 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: kalee

Bttt


29 posted on 03/26/2014 7:25:18 AM PDT by kalee
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To: Charles Henrickson
It caught your congregation's attention.

I daresay a statement like that alienated most everyone who just drove by and saw it on the marquee. That is if you care about what they think, otherwise why would I bother?

As for this guy telling me I'm tired of whatever...

"Ah ain't no ways tahrd..." :)

30 posted on 03/26/2014 7:32:08 AM PDT by OKSooner ("As the riders went on by him, he heard one call his name...")
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To: OKSooner

Almost seems like you didn’t read the article.


31 posted on 03/26/2014 7:52:48 AM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: stayathomemom
Bingo.

The first sentence was enough for me.

I'm out the door off to an invigorating day of honest work, and I'm not gonna let it be spoiled by anyone offering me a suggestion of fatigue about anything before it even gets started.

And when I get home I'm gonna give thanks for it and then give thanks for a nice meal too and then a solid night's rest.

Tomorrow this same guy will be offering the same suggestion to someone else in a different way:

"You sure look tired. Does it hurt in your back yet?"

32 posted on 03/26/2014 8:02:02 AM PDT by OKSooner ("As the riders went on by him, he heard one call his name...")
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To: OKSooner
Tomorrow this same guy will be offering the same suggestion to someone else in a different way:

Yeah, I doubt it, but then I actually have read the post, and have an attention span.

suggestion of fatigue about anything before it even gets started.

The case has been going on for awhile. Besides the Pastor is speaking to sinners, apparently some have risen above that, good for you.

33 posted on 03/26/2014 12:21:03 PM PDT by xone
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To: Sacajaweau

There should never have been anything in “insurance” regarding sex at all for all these years, unless it actually is a necessity for health/medical reasons.

Abortion, birth control, men’s sexual enhancement (why is it never for women, who have more trouble anyway?) - NONE of these is a medical issue.

All of them are for convenience and have nothing to do with maintaining the life of the subject.

Yet, guess what I could get tax-free? Both off the shelf, and prescription? You guessed it - I can get sex stuff without penalty. No co-pay on BC pills. Simple condoms with no tax! Meanwhile, my chronic necessities - colon and reflux troubles, embolism - I have to pay for these including tax! Unbelievable! (Yes, I have stated my displeasure and shock anytime that happened.)

They truly are moving us toward Idiocracy (TM). Intentionally.


34 posted on 03/26/2014 12:57:31 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: xone

That’s so nice.


35 posted on 03/26/2014 1:16:27 PM PDT by OKSooner ("As the riders went on by him, he heard one call his name...")
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To: OKSooner

I try to be.


36 posted on 03/26/2014 1:27:29 PM PDT by xone
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To: xone

You remind me of someone.


37 posted on 03/26/2014 1:38:27 PM PDT by OKSooner ("As the riders went on by him, he heard one call his name...")
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To: OKSooner

I should. 1 Corinthians 9:19-23


38 posted on 03/26/2014 2:26:34 PM PDT by xone
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To: xone
"Yeah, I doubt it, but then I actually have read the post, and have an attention span. "

"Besides the Pastor is speaking to sinners, apparently some have risen above that, good for you."

No, I've met Jesus and you don't remind me of him. Not in the least.

You are Steve, and nothing more.

39 posted on 03/26/2014 2:44:34 PM PDT by OKSooner ("As the riders went on by him, he heard one call his name...")
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To: OKSooner
I've met Jesus and you don't remind me of him. Not in the least.

Of course I don't, I'm a sinner, but a redeemed one. You OTOH remind me of a lib.

40 posted on 03/26/2014 3:12:29 PM PDT by xone
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To: xone

Don’t come to my house again.


41 posted on 03/26/2014 3:49:14 PM PDT by OKSooner
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To: OKSooner

I think I’ll continue to do as I please in any case.


42 posted on 03/26/2014 3:57:21 PM PDT by xone
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To: xone

Yes, you’re arrogant enough to, that’s true enough. But not at my house.


43 posted on 03/26/2014 4:51:32 PM PDT by OKSooner
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To: OKSooner
Yes, you’re arrogant enough to, that’s true enough. But not at my house.

Whatever Willis. Your house?

44 posted on 03/26/2014 7:40:42 PM PDT by xone
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To: ransacked; NTHockey; USCG SimTech; PoloSec; Pietro; 556x45

The presumption by courts is that not only federal law, but all diktats from agencies are constitutional. It is up to plaintiffs to prove otherwise.

That is a horrendous assumption in a supposedly free republic dedicated to unalienable rights.

It is way past time to take peaceful means to reclaim our liberties.

An Article V state convention to propose structural amendments is our only hope.


45 posted on 03/27/2014 2:35:16 AM PDT by Jacquerie ( Article V.)
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To: James R. McClure Jr.

Democrat???

What is it about the Democrat Party that makes you want to be part of it?

Is it gun control? Socialism? Abortion? Sodomy?

You wouldn’t get my vote ... I DON’T VOTE FOR THE PARTY OF DEAD BABIES. You have chosen to associate yourself with perverts, baby-killers, thieves, and tyrants. Either you’re one of them, or you have really bad judgment.


46 posted on 03/27/2014 2:57:02 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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Peace, NorthMountain,

What is it about the Democrat Party that makes you want to be part of it?

Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Cleveland, to name five examples.

Is it gun control? Socialism? Abortion? Sodomy?

So, logically, all Republicans are for crony capitalism, both through "bailouts" and "stimulus", new entitlement programs, increased spending and debt, and amnesty? Because that's what we've gotten from the Bush administration and Boehner House.

You wouldn’t get my vote

Did you vote for McCain or Romney? If so, you'll vote for "moderates" who are just socialist-light and who vote for unconstitutional acts and powers, but you'll not support someone who is a staunch defender of the Constitution simply because of a letter after their name?


James R. McClure Jr.
Jeffersonian Anti-Federalist Democrat candidate for IN09

47 posted on 03/27/2014 8:49:57 AM PDT by James R. McClure Jr.
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To: James R. McClure Jr.
Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Cleveland, to name five examples.

BWAHAHAHAHAhahahahahaha!!!!

You're kidding, right? Tell me that's some sort of sick joke ... you can't POSSIBLY think they have anything to do with today's sodomite, abortionist, socialist, gun-thieving democrat party.

So, logically, all Republicans

"They're doing it, too!!!" is a rather childish defense. Look at YOUR democrat national party platform. It's on the internet, so you can't BS me about what's in it. That's what you're signing up to support when you call yourself a democrat. You're aligning yourself with Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barack 0bama. You're willfully becoming part of the Death Party ... and you have the temerity to call yourself a Christian.

but you'll not support someone who is a staunch defender of the Constitution simply because of a letter after their name?

No, I'll not support someone who gives any sort of credibility to the socialist, nanny-state tyrant, homosexual, abortionist, gun-thieving democrat party. It's not just a letter after the name. Assuming you get elected ... who do you support for Speaker of the House?

48 posted on 03/27/2014 1:38:54 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: NorthMountain
Peace, NorthMountain,

You're kidding, right? Tell me that's some sort of sick joke ... you can't POSSIBLY think they have anything to do with today's sodomite, abortionist, socialist, gun-thieving democrat party.

You asked a question. I answered it, plainly and clearly. Your disdain for My answer does not make My answer any less valid.

"They're doing it, too!!!" is a rather childish defense. Look at YOUR democrat national party platform.

I didn't say, "You are doing it too." I drew a logical parallel between your attempt to stain Me for being a member of the Democratic Party, by claiming that I must support all the activities of that party, with your support for Republicans, which according to your logic, you must support all their anti-constitutional actions. You cannot have it both ways. If I am guilty of the Democratic sins, then you are guilty of the Republican ones.

No, I'll not support someone who gives any sort of credibility to the socialist, nanny-state tyrant, homosexual, abortionist, gun-thieving democrat party. It's not just a letter after the name. Assuming you get elected ... who do you support for Speaker of the House?

I appreciate you giving Me the respect to say that My candidacy as a Jeffersonian Anti-Federalist gives credibility to the Democratic Party. I am fighting to save her soul. I have answered that question publicly and am happy to answer again. I would not support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker. She had her chance and we've all seen what happened. As to who I would vote for for Speaker, Collin Peterson springs to mind.


James R. McClure Jr.
Jeffersonian Anti-Federalist Democrat candidate for IN09

49 posted on 03/27/2014 3:24:26 PM PDT by James R. McClure Jr.
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To: James R. McClure Jr.
You failed to draw a parallel.

You, as a member of the democrat Party, have chosen to affiliate yourself with the Democrat Party Platform. There it is, that's what you're affiliated with.

I appreciate your candor; I think you are mistaken in your belief that the democrat party can be saved, deserves to be saved, or would benefit these United States if it were saved.

I think it should be destroyed, root and branch.

50 posted on 03/27/2014 6:16:59 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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