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Study: God Mentioned in All State Constitutions

A new study from Pew Research Center finds that "God or the divine is mentioned at least once in each of the 50 state constitutions and nearly 200 times overall."

But it's ok because we ignore the state Constitutions almost as much as we ignore God.

All but four state constitutions – those in Colorado, Iowa, Hawaii and Washington – use the word “God” at least once. The constitutions in Colorado, Iowa and Washington refer to a “Supreme Being” or “Supreme Ruler of the Universe,” while Hawaii’s constitution makes reference to the divine only in its preamble, which states that the people of Hawaii are “grateful for Divine Guidance.”
Most state constitutions – 34 – refer to God more than once. Of the 116 times the word appears in state constitutions, eight are in the Massachusetts constitution, and New Hampshire and Vermont have six references each. Perhaps surprisingly, all three of these states are among the least religious in the country, according to a 2016 Pew Research Center analysis.

In addition to the 116 mentions of God, there are also 14 mentions of a Supreme or Sovereign Being, seven mentions of the “Creator,” three mentions of “providence,” four mentions of “divine” and 46 instances of the word “almighty.” While there are 32 mentions of the word “Lord,” all but one refer to “the year of our Lord” and so are not direct references to God. (Indeed, the U.S. Constitution also makes reference to “the year of our Lord.”) There also are seven mentions of the word “Christian.”
Seems to me that we ignore our founding documents for some of the same reasons we ignore God -they tell us what we're not supposed to do.

*subhead*The Divine.*subhead*

Clergy Come Out in Favor of the Government Silencing Churches

A letter signed by more than 4,000 faith leaders from all 50 states was publicized and sent to Congress urging them to keep the anti-religion Johnson Amendment which forbids churches and non-profits from endorsing and opposing political candidates.  

They're publishing this letter now because President Donald Trump has promised to repeal the Johnson Amdendment.

The letter, according to Religion Clause, says in part:

Faith leaders are called to speak truth to power, and we cannot do so if we are merely cogs in partisan political machines. The prophetic role of faith communities necessitates that we retain our independent voice.....

Changing the law to repeal or weaken the “Johnson Amendment” – the section of the tax code that prevents tax-exempt nonprofit organizations from endorsing or opposing candidates – would harm houses of worship, which are not identified or divided by partisan lines. Particularly in today’s political climate, engaging in partisan politics and issuing endorsements would be highly divisive and have a detrimental impact on congregational unity and civil discourse.
Their argument is that it would be divisive. Let's even grant that. But does that makes it the government's responsibility to save churches from themselves? Is that truly the role liberals want the government to play in our lives? (Rhetorical question, I guess.)

Nobody would force religious leaders to endorse or oppose certain candidates and nobody in the government could penalize or force them not to. Isn't that what America's about? Or is that idea old fashioned and Constitutiony?


At "Pride Night" for St. Louis Cardinals, First Pitch to be Thrown by Transgender Man

I wonder if he'll throw like a girl.

Or how about this one. I bet he throws two balls.

Or as Weasel Zippers wondered "Are hot dogs half off?"

At the first official “Pride Night” for the St. Louis Cardinals, the ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by transgender entertainer Tassandra Crush, reports multiple LBGTQ media outlets. It is believed to be the first time a transgender individual will throw a first pitch at a Major League Baseball game.

The game is on Friday, August 25 at Busch Stadium, and special Pride Night themed Cardinals hats will be the team’s promotional giveaway.4

Crush is Pride St. Louis’ reigning Queen of Pride.
Do these people know their audience at all? The thing is, they don't care because they know that people won't boycott. They'll just keep coming and buying peanuts and cracker jacks.

Insert quote here about evil and good men doing nothing.

*subhead*I won't be there.*subhead*

Ultimate Irony. College Cancels Event Called "The Stifling of Free Speech on University Campuses."

Reading this post from The College Fix, something occurred to me. We lost this free speech fight so long ago because we didn't push back on the small things. It was over before we even knew we were fighting.

Get this from The College Fix:

A university in Canada has canceled a planned event called “The Stifling of Free Speech on University Campuses.” Ryerson University cited safety concerns for its decision in the wake planned protests against the panel discussion.

The National Post reports that the Aug. 22 event was to host Professor Jordan Peterson, “who rose to prominence after refusing to use students’ preferred pronouns, and journalist Faith Goldy, who works for the far-right Rebel Media. Behavioural scientist Gad Saad and psychologist Oren Amitay rounded out the roster.”

The main opposition to the event was a counter protest called “No Fascists in Our City!” Their Facebook page states that “considering the rise of Nationalism here and abroad we need to show these people and their guests that we will not tolerate their backward nonsense in our city.”

The protesters also reportedly worked with the university’s student government to pressure administrators. Christeen Elizabeth, one of the organizers of the protest, told the Post: “Transphobia is violence, Islamophobia is violence. Violence is contextual. … We can’t be complicit in this.”

The “no fascists” Facebook page was updated after the cancellation announcement to add: “Everyone!!! We got this shut down! Let’s CELEBRATE! And then we’re still going to rally because the fight is not over. Stay tuned for further updates as we learn more. The people united will never be defeated!”

In an email to the Post, Ryerson spokesman Michael Forbes said the event was shut down because campus officials could not keep everyone safe.
As soon as we allowed them to get away with this manure that words are "violence" we were backpedaling. Yes, words can be hurtful. And yes, words can incite violence. But they are not violence in and of themselves. Y'know, the whole sticks and stones thing.

So, according to them, they're simply acting in self defense with their actual violence against the right's word violence. And let's be honest, word violence doesn't stand much of a chance against actual violence.

On top of that we allowed them to define Islamaphobia and homophobia as anything other than the liberal take on things. If you don't want to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding BAM! You're a homophobe. If you think Islam might just have a bit of a violence problem BAM you're an Islamaphobe. And that's violence.

So you see, we're battling uphill on this free speech thing because the left established the rules. Anything anyone on the right says is "violence" which must be met with actual violence. In other words, shutup or else.

*subhead*Put Your Blurb Here.*subhead*

Sperm Count Drops About 60% Among Western Men

Just imagine with me for a moment if it were found that something we occurring in the environment which was resulting in a 60 percent decrease in women's breast size over the past forty years. Or maybe a 40 percent decrease in eggs.

This would be front page news. This would be the crisis of all crises. The front of the war on women.But what's actually happening is that the total sperm count among Western men fell 59.3 percent from 1973 to 2011, according to new research.

Soooooo...not much of a ballyhoo.

The New York Times did report on it in their Health section:

The sperm count of men in Western countries has been declining precipitously with no signs of “leveling off,” according to new research, bolstering a school of thought that male health in the modern world is at risk, possibly threatening fertility.

By examining thousands of studies and conducting a meta-analysis of 185 — the most comprehensive effort to date — an international team of researchers ultimately looked at semen samples from 42,935 men from 50 countries from 1973 to 2011.

They found that sperm concentration — the number of sperm per milliliter of semen — had declined each year, amounting to a 52.4 percent total decline, in men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Total sperm count among the same group also tumbled each year for a total decline of 59.3 percent over the nearly 40-year period.

Decreasing sperm count was first reported a quarter century ago, but the new analysis shows that “this decline is strong and continuing,” said Dr. Shanna H. Swan, one of the study’s authors and a professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.

And while this paper offers the most data yet on a subject of lengthy debate, it is far from settled, as the cause and the impact on fertility — and whether it has any real-life consequence — remain unknown.
They throw out that it might be mothers smoking or perhaps chemicals used on plastic but they don't mention the long held belief by some that birth control chemicals in the water are causing changes to male's bodies. No. That would take some...uhm...testicular fortitude as some say. And...low sperm count.

Something tells me that this would be treated as more of a crisis if most NY Times reporters and editors didn't secretly think it was a good thing because maybe...just maybe it'll mean less babies. And that's always a good thing.

*subhead*Put Your Blurb Here.*subhead*

The Anti-Science Left, Iceland, and Abortion

Iceland figured out how to wipe out Downs Syndrome just as Hitler figured out how to wipe out Judaism. I love how they tout this as some sort of scientific advancement. But their solution is always death.

Scientists say that Down syndrome is a "uniquely human genetic problem." But those on the left say that the baby diagnosed in utero with Down Syndrome isn't actually human yet. How is this possible? #antiscience Maybe they mean to say it's an issue for humans and potential humans.


The Suprising Thing That Happened in Charlottesville

Hate is commonplace. If we're being honest, we know most of what there is to know about hatred. It's the star of every news program every night. We've seen it at work in our own lives. We know what it does, we know its plan. We know hate.

I sometimes see signs in my neighborhood that says "Hate has no home here" and I think to myself that this house would be the first. I know what they're saying but hatred finds its way into our relationships, into our homes, and into our hearts. And if we're being honest, I think we'd have to admit that we invited it there.

So when we heard that a hate-filled young man plowed his car into a crowd, we were rightly horrified. But I'm not even sure we were shocked or surprised. Not anymore. I think we've seen too many reckless acts of hatred to be truly surprised by it anymore.

But then something happens that truly surprises, and maybe it's the only thing that truly can anymore. Something which makes us stop and wonder. And forces us to measure ourselves against it.

Please continue reading at The National Catholic Register>>>

*subhead*Love surprises.*subhead*

I Hope Steve Scalise has a TV

I hope Republican Steve Scalise has a television in his rehabilitation center so he will understand that the country is a seething cauldron of right wing violence.


Father of Girl Killed in Charlottesville Speaks out about Love and Forgiveness

This is amazing. I would pray for this kind of grace while also praying that I never have to endure what this man is enduring right now. The father of the young woman killed by the driver in Charlottesville spoke not of hate or revenge but of forgiveness and love:

Hot Air:

“She had more courage than I did,” Mark Heyer said of Heather Heyer. “She had a stubborn backbone that if she thought she was right, she would stand there and defy you. If I understand her, she would want to do it peacefully.”

Even though he is still in shock over his daughter’s death, Mark Heyer said that people on all sides need to learn to forgive each other.

“I include myself in that in forgiving the guy who did this,” he said. “I just think about what the Lord said on the cross, ‘Forgive them. They don’t know what they’re doing.’  … I hope that her life and what has transpired changes people’s hearts,” he said.
I think we should all pray for this young woman and her family. And learn something from the amazing amount of grace they are exhibiting.

I suspect that with all the hot takes on this story everywhere this will be the most overlooked part of the story. Yet it is the most important part.


What the Racist Attack in Charlottesville Says About Us

Absolutely nothing.

I'm tempted to leave the post at that but I'll explain my thoughts briefly. I'm already tired of the hand wringing from some on the right and the wild accusations from some on the left about what the racist's attack in Charlottesville says about conservatives.

But this attack gives us no new information. Did we know there were racists in our country? Of course we did. Did we know that some people are capable of terrible sin? Yup. Did we know that filling your mind with hate will likely lead you to perform a hateful act? Yup.

So as much as the media and some pundits are saying that this is the time for conservatives to accept blame for white nationalists. So because I'm pro-life and believe in limited government I'm somehow riding shotgun in this lunatic's seat? No. In fact, screw you for saying so.

So all the violence done in the name of Islam doesn't reflect on Islam at all but one violent racist in a car is indicative of all conservatives?

This is actually the politicization of tragedy. This is political one-upmanship. It's sad. And kinda' sick.