Do you think your religious rights are being taken away?

The Intersection of Church and State
The Intersection of Church and State (Photo credit: Wyoming_Jackrabbit)
Some ‘rights’ trample others

In the First Amendment to the Constitution, you will find the “Establishment Clause.” It prohibits the government from passing any laws that imply an establishment of religion.
Since the 1880s, the government has violated the Establishment Clause through numerous polices that involve religion. Among them:
“In God we trust” on our money.
“Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Prayer in schools and government meetings.
Refusing to provide service to the public on religious grounds.
Bans on gay marriage.
Anti-abortion laws.


Weapons Control In America

The AK-47 was first adopted in 1949 by the Sov...
The AK-47 was first adopted in 1949 by the Soviet Army. It fires the 7.62x39mm M43 round. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Regulate deadliest weapons
There is something very bad happening in this country: The gun debate has gone cold, despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of Americans support common-sense measures to reduce gun violence. Gun owners, aided by the National Rifle Association, have successfully fought the Obama administration’s legislation, even though polls show broad support for tougher gun laws.
There was a time when the NRA did not object to fair gun laws. What has happened? Some ill-advised people have secured assault rifles because our armed forces use them, and now the NRA backs no restrictions and apparently does not care if mentally deranged people kill as many as possible. Our officials owe it to their constituents to make assault rifles with extended clips illegal. If our present legislators can’t do the job, let’s get some who can. For example, two Colorado legislators who backed new gun restrictions were recalled due to the NRA. Gun-control supporters have failed to win any new supporters in the Senate and those already there are afraid of losing their jobs. These are hypocrites who put themselves before their responsibility to protect constituents.
When carnage in this country becomes acceptable, death becomes routine. When this happens, we lose more than lives. We lose some essential element of our very humanity. Georgia seems to have reached the pinnacle of American insanity. It recently enacted a law allowing guns in churches, school zones, bars, government buildings, even parts of airports.
When are we going to put public safety above pleasure? In 2010, there were 11,000 gun homicides and 71,500 emergency room admissions for gun injuries in the U.S. This is a horrific toll. These statistics never end and they never lie. With elections coming up, do your homework. Vote only for those legislators who want to save lives instead of saving their jobs.


Obama Suit Foul Play

John Boehner
John Boehner (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

Boehner suit against Obama just foul playThe media and social networks are reporting that House Speaker John Boehner will sue President Obama for "not faithfully executing the laws."

The bottom line appears to be the president's alleged misuse of executive orders and actions that the GOP finds "abusive" and outside constitutional parameters.
I believe that it is fair and legitimate for Republicans to have aspirations to regain the Oval Office. What is not fair is that an institution as key in U.S. democracy as the GOP is resorting to desperate moves and foul play to try to discredit the Obama administration and the Democratic Party. It is a clear move to position itself for the next presidential election.
To sue a U.S. president — even to think about it — for the "crime" of doing his job, being presidential and getting things done in spite of all the barriers and obstacles that Republicans have tried to use to prevent him from being successful is unprecedented.

I hope the American people see through what Boehner and company are trying to do and reject their unethical behavior.

By: Patricia Maldonado


Obama Right Call On Bergdahl

Private First Class Bowe Robert Bergdahl, Unit...
Private First Class Bowe Robert Bergdahl, United States Army. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Saving Bergdahl right call, but poorly done

It comes as no surprise that 71 percent of the Sentinel's Friday Back Talk respondents think the Bergdahl-Taliban trade was wrong ("We asked you: Was the Bergdahl-Taliban trade a mistake?").
Less than 0.5 percent of the American population serve in the military and therefore have no idea what the promise to never leave a man behind means. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is no hero and may have committed a military crime. That should not affect our commitment to bring the men and women we send into harm's way home.
If Bergdahl is guilty of violating his oath, he should be punished to the full extent of the law, but he gets a trial first. If the 71 percent think there should be caveats to promises we make to our fighting force, then they should insist that Congress and the president list the specific rules about rescuing or leaving them behind so recruitment officers can be upfront with possible inductees — sort of a truth-in-advertising rule.
When our men and women were sent into combat, Congress did not question the cost, or even insist that funding be available, and it's a little late to be crying about cost now.

President Obama had to consider the potential threat from released prisoners against the almost certain death of one our own. It was the right call executed in an extremely clumsy manner, and sadly, it has turned into a political issue.

By: Jim Dowdy


Gun Violence The Other Side

National Rifle Association
National Rifle Association (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Focus on cause of violence, not gunBeth Kassab's column, "Does America love its guns more than its kids?" on Thursday, was way off base. She blames the guns for the violence rather than focusing on what has caused our people to turn so violent.

When I went to school in the 1940s and '50s, guns were quite common in households, but we never saw violent shootings as we see today.
What has changed? The guns haven't changed. But our kids are constantly exposed to extremely graphic violence in movies, TV programs and video games; plus we have 24-hour news coverage, which encourages those with deranged minds to act out.
I was never exposed to such when growing up. I don't belong to the National Rifle Association, but I do support the constitutional right of our citizens to bear arms.

The history of Germany before the end of World War II is a good example of what can happen to a country where the populous is disarmed. A better title for Kassab's column might have been: "Does America love its violent entertainment more than its kids?"

By: Robert K. "Ken" Murdock

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