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In my youth I was made to attend a First Assembly of God Megachurch, which assured its congregants that the End Times were happening in the 1990s. “The End times” are an event reportedly predicted by Jesus and the writers of the New Testament which would involve the violent destruction of the Earth and her people. Though it was presumptuous to say when the Rapture was to take place, that special time at the end of history when all Christians are plucked up to the clouds to join Jesus, that it would soon take place was clear to any good Christian who bothered to follow Jesus’ command to study “the signs of the times.”
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The Tupelo Mississippi – Kentucky AFA are like two birds of a feather in a nest together. Essentially, they are just that. Their joint goal of the Separation of Church and State upon which America was originally founded should never even be attempted. If it is compromised in any way, our present religiously pluralistic democratic government would cease to exist as we know it today in favor of a theocratic government. Would you want to re-live the Historical Inguisitions over again in the 21 st century?–ABratt
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The AFA crowd refers to “Christians” as if they represent all Christians in a concerted campaign to block Gay Marriage. LOL–ABratt
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“All Governments Derive Their Just Powers From The Consent Of The Governed”
“There has been in our country a divorce of church and state. This follows as a natural sequence of the declaration that ‘governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.’ The priest was no longer a necessity. His presence was a contradiction of the principle on which the Republic was founded. He represented, not the authority of the people, but of some ‘Power from on High’ and to recognize this other Power was inconsistent with free government. The founders of the Republic at that time parted company with the priests, and said to them: ‘You may turn your attention to the other world — we will attend to the affairs of this.'” –Ingersoll
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“Being Gay Is A Gift From God: The Gift That Keeps On Giving”
Rev. Susan Russell, HP, 1-7-12, re-posted by AlBratt 1-7-12
“The gift of hope that we can, by stepping out and speaking out against LGBT discrimination, heal some of the “very hurt people out there” who have been wounded by the wolf of homophobia hiding in the sheep’s clothing of the Christian Gospel.
The gift of reminding us what a privilege it is to be a community of love, justice, and compassion standing ready to catch those who become able to make the leap of faith and believe in the God who has always believed in them — in spite of the Church that has rejected them.
And the gift of teaching us that the shame is not proclaiming that being gay is a gift from God. The shame is not proclaiming it loudly enough.”
American exceptionalism is to America as Aryan purity was to WWII Germany. ( In other words, its BullP00P)
God DID bless America, including what is now the United States. And as Americans, we did great things with those things. But now, not so much. Now, we are globalized and consequently suboptimized as a country and politicized more and more because of the huge wealth disparities that have broken our national cohesiveness.
Our STRONG middle class is what made us a great nation. Weakening our middle class is what has killed the Goose that Lays the Golden Eggs. And the RICHEST one percent don’t care. Never have cared.
History is replete with once great empires, so how does OURS make us exceptional? REBUILDING AMERICA and its Middle CLASS will MAKE American Exceptionalism a reality, and not just a political slogan….more
3 Weeks Ago from slate.com
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BRIAN FISCHER: OUR NEXT PRESIDENT NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THAT ISLAM IS NOT A RELIGION OF PEACE
Brian Fischer, 10-15-11 http://www.afa.net/Blogs/BlogPost.aspx?id=2147512735
Fischer note: “This is the second in a series of columns on the ideal profile of our next president. The columns are adapted from the speech I delivered at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. on October 8. In an earlier column, I stressed the importance of having a president who shares the genuine, authentic and sincere Christian faith of the Founders, and who rejects the theory of evolution since the Founders believed in a Creator who is the source of our unalienable rights.”
“I have written before that we need a president who believes in a Creator, as the Founders did. But we need a president who not only believes in a Creator, but believes in the same Creator in whom our Founding Fathers believed. The Founding Fathers believed in the Creator who is revealed in the pages of the Old and New Testaments.” [False. Read “The full Christian Nation Myth” in the article link below.]
“Our Muslim friends also believe in a creator. But Muslims and Christians do not worship the same God. If you doubt me, ask one of your Muslim friends, ‘Does the god whom you worship have a son?’ He will tell you that that is blasphemy; even believing that is a criminal offense in most Muslim countries. In Iran, a man is living right now under a sentence of death for the Islamic crime of believing that God has a Son.’”[No one has ever proven that Yahveh or his Son actually existed any more so than Allah has been proven to exist.]
“Yet the Founders believed in a God who has a Son. They believed so profoundly in this Son of God that they dated the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution from the year of His birth.[false The Founders did not believe in the Christian God]
“In the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, which Muslims believe was dictated word-for-word by Allah himself, the god who has no son calls no less than 109 times for his followers to commit violence against Christians and Jews. For instance, Sura 9:5 flatly declares, ‘Slay the idolaters (i.e., the infidels, the pagans) wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them.’”
“Just last month, the deputy rector at Al-Azhar University, the most prestigious institution in Islam, the site President Obama chose for his world apology speech to the Muslim world in 2009, said this: ‘I say to all my brothers and sisters: Jihad has become an individual duty incumbent upon each and every one of us.’ He goes on to refer to critics of Islam as ‘the offspring of pigs and apes.’ Islam itself is not a religion of peace but a religion of war and violence and death.’”[Of course, Fischer fails to mention some verses in the Holy Christian Bible where Yahveh declares war on various groups of Biblical people aiming for the total annihilation of men, women, children and in one case, their livestock. Gen. 34-13-29 :The Israelites kill Hamor, his son, and all the men of their village, taking as plunder their wealth, cattle, wives and children., Gen 6:11-17,7:11-24: God is unhappy with the wickedness of man and decides to do something about it. He kills every living thing on the face of the earth other than Noah’s family and thereby makes himself the greatest mass murderer in history. Only Two examples here. There are 155 more to be found in the Christian Holy Bible.]
“A study published this summer revealed that 81% of all mosques in America distribute literature that promotes violent jihad. Because such mosques are the most well-attended, the alarming reality is that over 95% of Muslim Americans who attend mosque on a weekly basis attend one of those jihad-promoting houses of worship. This means every single mosque in America is a potential recruiting or training cell for Islamic terror. The greatest long-range threat to our security and liberty is not radical Islam but Islam itself. This is not Islamophobia it is Islamorealism.” [Yes, Fischer, but it’s Islamorealism and Islamophobia, the first is merely a figment of your own fanatical mind-set.]
“Our next president must understand that the more devout a Muslim becomes, the more likely he is to act on those verses. The more devout a Muslim becomes, the more of a threat he becomes to the national security of the United States. Last month, the FBI arrested a Muslim man, a US citizen, who wanted to blow up the Capitol and Pentagon and kill innocent men, women and children just because Americans are, as he put it, ‘enemies of Allah.”’
[Obviously, this Muslim man has it all wrong. “Innocent American men, women, and children” are not “enemies of Allah.” The real “enemies of Allah” are more correctly known as members of the American Christian Right-wing. A group of fanatical members who are busy spreading false notions and various elements of propaganda about American Muslims and Foreign Muslims abroad. All in the name of Christian Exceptionalism so they claim. But history tells us that Christians and Muslims have hated each other for years on end. It’s all part of the fanaticism that controls both religions and proves there is no exceptionalism generated by either.]
“Of course most Muslims in America would not think of acting out on any of those 109 commands, but we must understand that while there may be moderate Muslims, there is no such thing as Moderate Islam.” [And, considering the availability of news reports and thousands of bloggers operating throughout the world today, I would conclude from the reports I read covering the American Religious -Right and scripture contained in the Christian Bible that there is no such thing as “Moderate Christianity.”]
“A look at Muslim nations around the world makes it clear that Sharia law is flatly contradictory to every value and freedom that we cherish in the West.”
“Under Sharia law there is no freedom of religion, no freedom of conscience, no freedom of speech, no freedom of the press, no freedom of association, no equal rights for women. [“No equal rights for women” you say Mr. Fischer? Wake up man. Look around at the news headlines today and tell me what is happening to Womens Rights in America today as the result of legislation by Conservative Republicans in state, local and federal governments to restrict women’s reproductive rights. Women would not be any worse off with Sharia law than with their own Christian/Republican ordained reproductive legislation. Some day the power of women will rise up to kick the asses of Conservative Christian Politicians, Clergy, activists and others who are continually at war with them regarding their constitutional rights. Besides, the “Sharia law’ myth was invented by anti-Muslim Christians as a scare tactic to build hate and repression against Muslim Americans. If you don’t believe in the elusive Christian God, you are not worthy to be considered an American citizen, “Muslims have no constitutional rights” . Just ask AFA’s Brian Fischer if you don’t believe it.]
“That means, at minimum, we need a president who will use all the resources at his disposal to resist and reject the implementation of Sharia law anywhere, at any place, at any time, under any circumstances in the United States of America.” [a president who will resist and reject the implementation of Sharia Law…” a perfect no brainer if there ever was one. ]
The Christian Nation Myth[Christian Fundies Are Busy With “Christian Nation” Propaganda
By Farrell Till, Al Bratton re-posted excerpt 10-15-11
“Whenever the Supreme Court makes a decision that in any way restricts the intrusion of religion into the affairs of government, a flood of editorials, articles, and letters protesting the ruling is sure to appear in the newspapers. Many protesters decry these decisions on the grounds that they conflict with the wishes and intents of the ‘founding fathers.’”
“Such a view of American history is completely contrary to known facts. The primary leaders of the so-called founding fathers of our nation were not Bible-believing Christians; they were deists. Deism was a philosophical belief that was widely accepted by the colonial intelligentsia at the time of the American Revolution. Its major tenets included belief in human reason as a reliable means of solving social and political problems and belief in a supreme deity who created the universe to operate solely by natural laws. The supreme God of the Deists removed himself entirely from the universe after creating it. They believed that he assumed no control over it, exerted no influence on natural phenomena, and gave no supernatural revelation to man. A necessary consequence of these beliefs was a rejection of many doctrines central to the Christian religion. Deists did not believe in the virgin birth, divinity, or resurrection of Jesus, the efficacy of prayer, the miracles of the Bible, or even the divine inspiration of the Bible.”
Thomas Paine Part One
by Robert Ingersoll, Secular Web
Re-printed by Al Bratton 10-09-11
“At the age of thirty-seven, Thomas Paine left England for America, with the high hope of being instrumental in the establishment of a free government. In his own country he could accomplish nothing. Those two vultures Church and State — were ready to tear in pieces and devour the heart of any one who might deny their divine right to enslave the world.”
“Upon his arrival in this country, he found himself possessed of a letter of introduction, signed by another Infidel the illustrious Franklin. this, and his native genius, constituted his entire capital; and he needed no more. He found the colonies clamoring for justice; whining about their grievances; upon their
knees at the foot of the throne, imploring that mixture of idiocy and insanity, George the III., by the grace of God, for a restoration of their ancient privileges. They were not endeavoring to become free men but were trying to soften the heart of their master. They were perfectly willing to make brick if Pharaoh would furnish the straw. The colonists wished for, hoped for, and prayed for reconciliation. They did not dream of independence.”
“Paine gave to the world his ‘Common Sense’ It was the first argument for separation, the first assault upon the British form of government, the first blow for a republic, and it aroused our fathers like a trumpet’s blast.”
“He was the first to perceive the destiny of the New World.”
“No other pamphlet ever accomplished such wonderful results. It was filled with argument, reason, persuasion, and unanswerable logic. It opened a new world. It filled the present with hope and the future with honor. Everywhere the people responded, and in a few months the Continental Congress declared the colonies free and independent States.”
“A new nation was born. It is simple justice to say that Paine did more to cause the Declaration of Independence than any other man. Neither should it be forgotten that his attacks upon Great Britain were also attacks upon monarchy; and while he convinced the people that the colonies ought to separate from the mother country, he also proved to them that a free government is the best that can be instituted among men.”
“In my judgment, Thomas Paine was the best political writer that ever lived. ‘What he wrote was pure nature, and his soul and his pen ever went together.’ Ceremony, pageantry, and all the paraphernalia of power, had no effect upon him. He examined into the why and wherefore of things. He was perfectly radical in his mode of thought. Nothing short of the bed-rock satisfied him. His enthusiasm for what he believed to be right knew no bounds. During all the dark scenes of the Revolution, never for one moment did he despair. Year after year his brave words were ringing through the land, and by the bivouac fires the weary soldiers read the inspiring words of ‘Common Sense,’ filled with ideas sharper than their swords, and consecrated themselves anew to the cause of Freedom.”
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New Fossils May Redraw Human Ancestry
by NYT, Nicholas Wade, 9/08/11
Recently, Bryan Fischer, spokesman for the Tupelo, MS based (Anti-Science, Anti-Gay, Anti-Liberal, Anti-Muslim, Anti-Secular …) American Family Association, authored an internet article entitled “Defeating Darwin In Four Steps… Even A Caveman Could Do It.”
According to Fischer’s article, written in his/ AFA’s defense of Presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s anti-evolution stance, there are four major areas of Evolution Science to be considered in-defensible:
The question [Fischer says] remains: “is Gov. Perry right?”
Continuing, Fischer explains: “What follows is a straightforward, four-step refutation of the theory of evolution. The steps are easy to remember, and make a nice little cadence when spoken with a little rhythm: First Law, Second Law, Fossils and Genes. Armed with this truth, go forth and conquer.”
Transitional Fossils/Fischer: “ Realize that the fossil record is the only tangible, physical evidence for the theory of evolution that exists. The fossil record is it. There is absolutely nothing else Darwinians have they can show you.”
But if Darwin’s theory is correct, that increasingly complex life forms developed in tiny little incremental and transitional steps, then the fossil record should by littered with an enormous number of transitional fossils.
Darwin himself said, “The number of intermediate and transitional links must have been inconceivably great.”
“But, sadly for Darwinians, after 150 years of digging in dirt all around the world, there are still no transitional fossils at all, not one!” …
“What the fossil record teaches us, in contrast to the theory of evolution, is that increasingly complex life forms appear fully formed in the fossil record, just as if they were put there by a Creator. This is especially true of what is called the “Pre-Cambrian Explosion,” the vast, overwhelming, and quite sudden appearance of complex life forms at the dawn of time.
“Evolutionists are at a total loss to explain the Pre-Cambrian Explosion.”
[Yet another Fischer misrepresentation of the scientific facts concerning the Cambrian Explosion …]
“The biblical record indicates quite clearly that all things, including increasingly complex life forms, came fully formed from the hand of God.”
“Thus the fossil record is a powerful argument for the existence of a Creator or Intelligent Designer while at the same time being fatal for the theory of evolution.”
“Creation Science and Intelligent Design theory have an explanation for the fossil record; evolution does not.”
If the “biblical record indicates quite clearly that all things, including increasingly complex life forms, came from the Hand of God”, as Fischer claims, I conclude that it is imperative that Bible-inspired Creationist/Intelligent Designers and all others, including Bryan Fischer, in the field of non-science Christian Religion come together in a common effort to decide which one of the two Creation Stories, that appear in the Book of Genesis, to designate as valid and which one to designate invalidate since the two contradictory stories have nothing in- the- way of mutual content to be one and only one account of the Creation.(ie., Gen.1:1-2:3 No.1) (2:4-25 No. 2).
But, either way, both accounts of Biblical Creation are only Myths.
New Fossils May Redraw Human Ancestry
Nicholas Wade, NYT, 9/8/11
Brian Fischer stated: “Creation Science and Intelligent Design theory have an explanation for the fossil record; evolution does not.”
That being the case, Mr. Fundie Fischer, I’m convinced you need to walk that one back and rethink the “fossils”associated with evolution as well as “Evolution Science”itself. The following (9/8/11) article from the NYT will explain the reason why:
“An apelike creature with human features, whose fossil bones were discovered recently in a South African cave, is being greeted by paleoanthropologists as a likely watershed in the understanding of human evolution.”
“The discoverer of the fossils, Lee Berger of the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, says the new species, known as Australopithecus sediba, is the most plausible known ancestor of archaic and modern humans. Several other paleoanthropologists, while disagreeing with that interpretation, say the fossils are of great importance anyway, because they elucidate the mix-and-match process by which human evolution was shaped.”
“In the articles in Science, Dr. Berger’s team describes novel combinations of apelike and humanlike features in the hand, foot and pelvis of the new species.”…
“This mixture of apelike and humanlike features suggests that the new species was transitional between the australopithecines and humans, the researchers said at a news conference on Wednesday.
[This revelation debunks Fischer’s claim that Evolution has not produced one “transitional fossil.”There are hundreds more that have been scientifically documented, which proves that the Right-Wing Fundamentalist Christian, in his support of Perry’s science- bashing agenda, has written a completely false analysis of Evolution Science! ]
Fischer’s last and Bottom line: “the easiest verse in the Bible to believe is the very first one of all: ‘In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
But, where in the Bible is an easy verse telling believers who created God? I would simply conclude, Apes created Man, Man created Gods. The Heavens and the Earth created themselves long before.– AB