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What Americans Don’t Want to Know

In Courts, Democracy, Freedom, Government, Health Care, Human Rights, Supreme Court, Technology on July 2, 2015 at 8:23 am

by Tori Perez

“Not everything can be changed that is faced, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
– Lucille Ball

It’s simple.

Gas prices are falling, poor people are getting better health insurance, soldiers are being sent home to their families.. It sounds like things are going pretty well for our happy-go-lucky, wealthy country. Just another day livin’ the American dream.

 

Living in America is much like driving a shiny new car. Americans trust their cars too much. They think if they take out a loan for that last-year model Lexus that they’ve got it made and don’t have to worry about anything. Unlike their poor friend in college who’s still driving that ’92 Geo Metro.

 

False. No matter how new your car is or how many miles it has on it, all cars require the same routine maintenance to be kept in good condition. Simple things – check the fluids, brake pads/shoes, belts, tires, plugs, filters, hoses and joints. If all of this is kept up consistently then there will rarely be a need for expensive, unexpected repairs to the engine or other systems.

 

So what? So Americans are driving their 2015 Lexus down I-5, seemingly without a care in the world. It’s got a fresh coat of untarnished red paint, perfectly tuned thermostat for the A/C, radio and iPod hookups and a sun roof. All the comforts of home while you’re flying down the freeway at 80 mph. We are lucky and blessed to have our shiny new car, er, country. Who needs to bother with routine maintenance? However, we know an auto mechanic just around the corner for when things go bad.

Politicians have become our hard-working mechanics. Politics are becoming exponentially more commercialized in a way that takes the responsibility off of us random citizens. We get all the perks without the hard work of the mechanical processes. That’s the dirty work of politicians. Every now and then we take our car to a mechanic and they slather themselves in grease for a few hours, fix up our car and we’re on our way. The good news is that all mechanics are extra greasy, and extra trustworthy, so that we don’t have to know what’s happening on the inside.

In Bowling Alone – The Collapse and Revival of American Community¹Robert D. Putnam tells us

“In 1960, 62.8 percent of voting-age Americans went to the polls to choose between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon. In 1996, after decades of slippage, 48.9 percent of voting-age Americans chose among Bill Clinton, Bob Dole and Ross Perot, very nearly the lowest turnout in the twentieth century. Participation in presidential elections has declined by roughly a quarter over the last thirty-six years. Turnout in off-year and local elections is down by roughly this same amount.” [Emphasis added]

In other words, we are more than happy to let someone else make the decisions and do the “dirty work” for us. It doesn’t matter much who they are, either. The more we shift responsibility, the more our paint stays shiny, and the more our engine falls apart.

When I was little I used to wonder what it would be like if the floor of the car was opaque and we could see through to all the mechanical wonders. We would see them working hard to propel us, not to mention have a great view of the concrete flashing past underneath our feet.

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Talk about terrifying! But, thankfully, engineers know better and have put these dangers out of sight and out of mind. All we need to remember is the click of a seat-belt buckle and we are “safe”.

So… that thing that happened this last Friday? Something about the Supreme Court?

I’m filled with the same irritation, worry and fear that takes over me when I see this little symbol on my dashboard:

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Don’t tell me about it.

I don’t want to know.

Shredding Our Constitution

In Choice, Constitution, Courts, Democracy, Diane Robertson, Education, Families, Free Speech, Freedom, Gay rights, Gender, Government, Homosexuality, Human Rights, Marriage, Religious Freedom, Religious rights, Same-Sex Marriage, Schools, Sexual Orientation, Supreme Court, The Family on July 1, 2015 at 4:24 am

constitution shreddedby Diane Robertson

The United States of America has officially entered the realm of the ridiculous and impossible. Five justices on the Supreme Court decided that the Constitution apparently protects the dignity of adults, and since heterosexual marriage bestowed dignity upon those couples, then according to the Constitution of the United States any two people can marry. Justice Kennedy proclaimed to the people of the Nation that:

“With that knowledge must come the recognition that laws excluding same-sex couples from the marriage right impose stigma and injury of the kind prohibited by our basic charter.”

I’ve read the Constitution several times and I don’t recall anything that could suggest that it protects dignity. If that is the case then no one should ever get a traffic ticket because that is definitely undignified. And no one should ever lose a job or be chided or sent to jail for a crime. Those are all definitely undignified and certainly impose stigma and injury. Oh, and shouldn’t ivy league universities be required to accept every applicant? Going to those schools definitely bestows dignity and being rejected can certainly impose stigma or cause harm. Oh, and everyone who wants to, ought to, become movie stars or doctors or lawyers or Supreme Court Justices or the President because those are dignified careers, and not getting those jobs could cause harm.

Though on a more serious note, this Supreme Court ruling is devastating to religious people, religious institutions, and religions. Suddenly five people have declared that if any of the other 300 million people in the nation think that gay marriage is wrong or hold to the Biblical and religious views about homosexuality then those people are bigoted and engage in discrimination that is akin to racial discrimination.

Chief Justice Roberts noted:

“Respect for sincere religious conviction has led voters and legislators in every State that has adopted same-sex marriage democratically to include accommodations for religious practice. The majority’s decision imposing same-sex marriage cannot, of course, create any such accommodations. The majority graciously suggests that religious believers may continue to ‘advocate’ and ‘teach’ their views of marriage. The First Amendment guarantees, however, the freedom to ‘exercise’ religion. Ominously, that is not a word the majority uses.”

How will this change play out? We are about to find out. We can guess that business owners, doctors, lawyers, and the like will be regulated on how they must conduct their business. Conscientious objections will almost certainly be made illegal. School curriculum will almost certainly be required to include lessons on “diverse” families. Sexual education programs will probably be expected to teach sodomy alongside sexual intercourse as equal. Many expect religious schools, businesses, and charities to be regulated while Churches lose their tax exempt status.

But there are other questions we must ask as well:

Will the government allow religious teachers to stick to the Biblical teaching that homosexuality is a sin? Will the government censor the Bible? Will those who use the verses in the Bible in a sermon be convicted of a hate speech crime? Will the government stop parents from teaching their children about religion? Will CPS enter the homes of families that teach their children that homosexuality is a sin? Will the government censor newspapers, magazines, books, and websites that publish ideas that are contrary to gay marriage or homosexuality?

Time and lawsuits will tell as more judges “interpret” this new “law”. But one thing is for sure, the justices got this wrong. They violated the Constitution by acting as the law-making branch. This should have been fought out in the legislature. Within a single ruling five people made up something ridiculous about the Constitution, violated the separation of powers clearly spelled out within the Constitution, destroyed the First Amendment of the Constitution. In a sense, they ripped the foundational document of our nation to shreds.

 

 

How does a same-sex marriage harm your heterosexual marriage? Here’s how.

In Child Development, Divorce, Families, Gender Identity, Homosexuality, Marriage, Parenting, Same-Sex Marriage, The Family, Values on June 30, 2015 at 6:11 am

The happy “same-sex family” is more often than not built upon the back of a destroyed mother/father heterosexual family. 

In the same-sex marriage debate, how often have you heard this snarkily-delivered question:  “Well, how does a same-sex marriage harm your heterosexual marriage?”  With the obvious answer to be:  “Of course, there isn’t any harm…”  But writer Janna Darnelle shows us very clearly the consequences to marriage in her very sobering article entitled:

gay announcementBreaking the Silence: Redefining Marriage Hurts Women Like Me – and Our Children

By Janna Darnelle

The news is full of happy stories of gay and lesbian couples and their new families. But behind those big smiles and sunny photographs are other, more painful stories. These are left to secret, dark places. They are suppressed, and those who would tell them are silenced in the name of “marriage equality.”

But I refuse to be silent.

I represent one of those real life stories that are kept in the shadows. I have personally felt the pain and devastation wrought by the propaganda that destroys natural families.

The Divorce

In the fall of 2007, my husband of almost ten years told me that he was gay and that he wanted a divorce. In an instant, the world that I had known and loved—the life we had built together—was shattered.

I tried to convince him to stay, to stick it out and fight to save our marriage. But my voice, my desires, my needs—and those of our two young children—no longer mattered to him. We had become disposable, because he had embraced one tiny word that had become his entire identity. Being gay trumped commitment, vows, responsibility, faith, fatherhood, marriage, friendships, and community. All of this was thrown away for the sake of his new identity.

Try as I might to save our marriage, there was no stopping my husband. Our divorce was not settled in mediation or with lawyers. No, it went all the way to trial. My husband wanted primary custody of our children. His entire case can be summed up in one sentence: “I am gay, and I deserve my rights.” It worked: the judge gave him practically everything he wanted. At one point, he even told my husband, “If you had asked for more, I would have given it to you.”  Read the rest of the article at Public Discourse

 

 

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