The liberal war against Chick-fil-A: What about freedom of Religion?

Dan Cathy Chick-fil-a Gay Marriage Debate

It is disturbing that so-called liberal politicians would use their political positions to discriminate based on the religious beliefs of a business owner. So far there is no evidence that Chick-fil-A is discriminatory in its hiring or business practices.

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I am a body

I am a body - Everybody is a body

Body and Spirit are tied together. How would you express the concept of your spirit and body being linked together? Do you say “I have a body” or do you say “I am a body”? Some cosmological perspectives of the relationship of the spirit to the body claim that the spirit is placed inside the body and therefore “owns” the body. This gives rise to the idea that the spirit and body are at odds with one another, with the spirit striving to subdue the body. Sometimes our language expresses…

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No Religious Test Shall Ever Be Required For the President. Article VI – US Constitution

No Religious Test for the President

In American politics today there is a faction of right wing conservative Christians who judge every candidate by their religion. There are those who have long maintained that President Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim, and therefore unqualified for the presidency. During his 2008 bid for the presidency former Governor Mitt Romney was incessantly questioned about his Mormon faith. It was so bad he had to give a famed “Faith in America” speech specifically declaring that electing him was not the same as putting the LDS church in charge of…

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Motorcycles and Homosexuality

It was 1984 and my first job at age 16 was as a dishwasher at the restaurant where several of the servers were gay. The servers would constantly give me tips and compliments on the job I was doing, even as a dishwasher, and once one invited me to go out later for drinks. I declined on the basis of my Mormonism and that I didn’t drink alcohol. One of the servers, named Gary, later found out my love for motorcycles and wanted me to take him riding and teach…

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What Oceanic Tide Pools Teach About Diversity

Tide Pool life

Tide pooling for knowledge.  Have you ever gone tide pooling at the beach? Can such an activity give you a better knowledge of this world? I can think of no better way to learn our place on this planet. Traipsing around the edge of the ocean, jumping over rocks, looking into the swirling, foaming sea water at the myriad of creatures that live on the world that spends half the time under water and the other time baking in the sun? Crabs of all shapes and colors hiding under rocks,…

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What of eternal life?

The Good Samaritan

In Luke chapter 10 a theologian tested Jesus asking the seminal question: “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus, being wise, turned the question around on him, asking him what he already believed. The theologian responded “Love God with all your heart and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” but that wasn’t the full question, the theologian really wanted to know “who is my neighbor?” In a classic legalistic maneuver, the theologian was looking for loopholes, but Jesus being wise to this, told a story upending popular notions of…

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In God We Trust? | E Pluribus Unum? which should be the US Motto?

IN GOD WE TRUST OR E PLURIBUS UNUM

The House of Representatives is putting forth a resolution reaffirming the US motto “In God We Trust”. Although probably not the author’s intent, if you don’t agree with the sentiment, this resolution is divisive. It is probably understood by the authors of the resolution that the “God” they reference is the God of Christianity, maybe with a token nod to other monotheistic religions. The myopic discarding of the beliefs of all citizens that are not monotheists is a travesty by representatives of the modern USA. A better, more unifying motto…

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The humanity of Christina Aguilera

Before the Super Bowl XLI, 5 time Grammy winner Christina Aguilera sang the national Anthem. Unfortunately for her, she flubbed one of the lines and ended up improvising to get back on track. If you monitor social networking sites like Twitter or Facebook, you will know that there are people out there very distraught of her trashing of the sacred anthem. The most common arguments justifying the harsh criticism are that she is a professional, and therefore such an elementary mistake is inexcusable. The other variation is that by virtue…

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Religious Intolerance and Illegal Immigration meets the van der spek family

the Van der spek family faces deportation

A family in Layton, Utah faces deportation back to Belgium for illegal immigration to the US ten years ago. As reported in the Standard-Examiner, the van der spek family say they came to the US because of religious intolerance after they joined the LDS church. They are appealing for asylum. When the van der spek family immigrated to the US, Belgium was facing a greater level of religious intolerance than right now. In 1997 the Belgian Parliamentary Commission on Cults was submitted to the Belgian Parliament. According to ReligiousTolerance.org, there…

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What it means to be human.

Representative Family group photo

Recently reading an interview with author Keith Ferrazzi and I really hung on his last six words of the interview. Learn to be a human first. Everything else follows. So what does make us human? It is our commonality of experience. We were all born, we all have somebody we call family, somebody that shares our fears, successes and failures with us. As adults, the majority of us have experienced having children and the trials that comes with that. We have all suffered disappointment, rejection, and betrayal, as well as…

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