Are Christians About To Be Told To Shove It Big Time In America?

May we look at our past, see our present, and predict the future to see how it stands. Let me lay it out…..

“No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” – Article VI

Though we consider the religious forms and ideas of our fathers no longer adequate, the quest for the good life is still the central task for mankind. Man is at last becoming aware that he alone is responsible for the realization of the world of his dreams, that he has within himself the power for its achievement. He must set intelligence and will to the task. -Humanist Manifesto I

Traditional religions are surely not the only obstacles to human progress. Other ideologies also impede human advance. Some forms of political doctrine, for instance, function religiously, reflecting the worst features of orthodoxy and authoritarianism, especially when they sacrifice individuals on the altar of Utopian promises. Purely economic and political viewpoints, whether capitalist or communist, often function as religious and ideological dogma. – Humanist Manifesto II

Thus engaged in the flow of life, we aspire–with–informed conviction that humanity has the ability to progress toward its highest ideals. The responsibility for our lives and the kind of world in which we live is ours and ours alone. – Humanist Manifesto III

The new Acid Test for Public Service and social acceptance seems to read something like the following:

Dear Christian Candidate,

Do you believe that God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe and all that lies therein?

Do you believe that Jesus Christ is His only begotten Son who has come down and sacrificed himself to restore fallen humanity? Do you believe the miraculous account of His birth, death, resurrection, and ascension to be historically accurate and applicable/essential to the restoration of God’s creation?

Do you believe that humanity is wholly misguided and corruptible in its natural state and susceptible to all forms of manipulation, extortion, self-absorption, and self-destruction and, left unchecked, will readily sacrifice the good of the masses for its own temporal gain, glory, and preservation?

Do you reject the theory [that the sum of human existence in all its complexity, rationality, uniformity, diversity, spirituality, connectedness, consciousness, and innate conscientiousness has ultimately come to be in a manner that defies all logical probability (despite carefully presented proposals that infer ironclad validity and empirical certainty and omits essential, observable natural realities) to establish a suspension of belief that expands the explanatory limits of unguided, unassisted naturalism to achieve highly advanced outcomes bordering on miraculous] most commonly know as evolution?

Do you believe that those (who act in a manner that defies the special design, natural order, complimentary standard, and emotional stability of the greater community and are willing to place their own needs and desires above the health and unity of society in both the natural and spiritual realms of human existence) are to be respected and loved as equal members and beneficiaries of God’s creative purpose who nonetheless act (to their own detriment) on propensities that threaten their own perfect design? Do you believe that they should be sensitively guarded and protected (instead of encouraged) from proceeding thus, but rather seek to fulfill a higher and more blessed state of being?

Do you believe that all ethics and morality (in both the active and passive sense) are wholly derived from the Ten Commandments of God (Thou shalt not lie, steal, etc.) that are encompassed in the essential command to love God with all thy heart and your neighbor as yourself, and that although we are unable to keep these commands perfectly (even in our redemptive state) we are to evoke God and support each other in living properly, honorably, righteously, ethically, lawfully, and truly before God and man?

*If you have answered ‘YES’ to any of these questions, we find you wholly objectionable to serve as a public representative in the year 2015; and you will be aggressively slandered and viciously maligned. Now prepare to take your rightful place deep underground.

~This verdict comes courtesy of the secular elite and humanist religious authority.

Despite the drastic and concentrated attack on all things Christian in contemporary American society, our retort is twofold:

1. Stop Forcing Your Immorality On Us 

2. If There Is No God, There Are No Rights

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” – Ben Franklin

“Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act. And never suppose that in any possible situation, or under any circumstances, it is best for you to do a dishonorable thing, however slightly so it may appear to you.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.” – Robert Winthrop

“Indeed, the right of a society or government to [participate] in matters of religion will hardly be contested by any persons who believe that piety, religion, and morality are intimately connected with the well being of the state and indispensable to the administrations of civil justice. The promulgation of the great doctrines of religion—the being, and attributes, and providence of one Almighty God; the responsibility to Him for all our actions, founded upon moral accountability; a future state of rewards and punishments; the cultivation of all the personal, social, and benevolent virtues—these never can be a matter of indifference in any well-ordered community. It is, indeed, difficult to conceive how any civilized society can well exist without them.” – Joseph Story

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” – JFK

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Blessed By Autism…And Sharing The Love!

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I am a 40 year old (going on 42) husband and father of five children, one with autism. Through trials and adversities, my Christian faith has grown strong over the past 15 years. There was one particular event, however, that shook my foundation ever so vehemently. Only by the grace of God and His perfect wisdom was I able to reconcile it with my faith, not only in tact–but stronger than before.

Our youngest son Ryan was diagnosed with Autism at age two-and-a-half. My wife started to notice subtle changes in Ryan’s behavior; and within a month’s time, his language and social interactions became severely diminished. A once-friendly and social little boy, Ryan withdrew, became disinterested in toys, and started engaging in various forms of self-simulation. The Ryan that we knew and loved dearly was gone. My wife and I were left to cope with a deep sense of loss. It was as if our Ryan had been taken away from us. He had become a shell of himself. There was no emotion, no expression; he was totally disconnected. Ryan remained fixed in his own world.

Even though my wife and I had prior experience with developmental disabilities, both personally and professionally, nothing could prepare us for what we were now facing. Not only was our faith in God put to the test, but also was our faith in ourselves and each other. But now was not the time to throw in the towel. Ryan needed us like never before, and we needed each other; but most importantly, we need God’s preserving grace to face this steep mountain and find the strength to keep climbing.

Knowing that a complete recovery from this condition was uncommon, we prayed for understanding and acceptance. We eventually found a private school exclusively serving children with Autism. After six months, our son started exhibiting significant developmental progress. Many amazing people – teachers, therapists, and other parents who were facing similar adversities – were brought into our lives. We are truly grateful for them all!

As difficult as it was to accept, this unforeseen circumstance has brought our family closer together and enabled us to rally around our Ryan as he continues to progress a little each day, one step at a time. By concentrating our focus and efforts on intervention and progress, rather than the initial regression, we have been able to develop a healthy and spiritually sound perspective toward our child’s condition. It’s been part of the healing process, emotionally for our family and developmentally for our child. Thankfully, we have reached a place where even the smallest improvement in Ryan’s development feels like the biggest blessing.

Photo credit: AJ Castellitto

Photo credit: AJ Castellitto

I firmly believe that God takes extra care of the most vulnerable among us. They are ripe for healing and are marked for Heaven……

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How To Get Into The Right Wing Watch Hall Of Fame

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Well, I finally made it into the Right Wing Watch Hall of Fame.

I figured I would go over to their Facebook page and read what some of my new fans had to say. I must say, it wasn’t pretty. Actually, it was pretty unnerving.

Here were some of the responses to my fairly tame article titled “Rainbows and Infidels”…

  • “I swear everyday these idiots say something even crazier. They are seriously afraid of an America without legal bigotry.”
  • “Hey AJ, homosexuality is normal, natural, and healthy if your gay f#%*wit.”
  • “Right wingers are complete f#%*@ing fool’s.”
  • “If you believe in god you are a mentally ill individual who needs immediate help. We, as a people, need to stop coddling the childish behavior of god-niks and demand that they be committed for psychiatric evaluation. Involuntarily, if necessary. The entire ilk of god-niks are sick…”
  • “Late at night….he dreams of being “taken down” by gay commie pawns…..”
  • “Where do they drag these loonies up from?”

I tried to put my empathy hat on for the sake of the more reasonable commenters. There actually were one or two who were respectful and reasonable in response to my attempts to engage. I tried to convey my love and concern, not only for the future of this country, but also for them.

I thought that “civil unions” provided the gay couple with all of the legal benefits and state recognition they’d been seeking. Some seemed a bit confused on this point….like this guy:

This is just plain stupid! Individual gays fall in love and want the legal and financial benefits of marriage. This happens one couple at a time and there are no conventions (they do have a parade) or conspiracies.

Unfortunately, the larger agendas seem to be lost on the majority. But despite their confusion, this is seemingly the crux of their argument.

The benefits afforded via civil unions were satisfactory in providing domestic partners legal-contractual recognition. This was not enough for the folks leading the charge, however, so they doubled down. It is they who purposely and calculatingly want Christianity buried and Christians to be forced underground (and churches wholly conformed to secular standards).

I tried to reach some level of understanding. A redefinition of marriage has great social and cultural implications. It’s just one more part of the greater mission to radically transform America in a way that makes us more pliable and susceptible to radicals, renegades, and rogues hostile to American values, principles, and ideals. I’m talking about people who want to do real harm.

There are those who are willing to use the force and power of government to inflict personal slander, privacy infringement, financial ruin, physical harm, and imprisonment upon an innocent majority–specifically, upon those who will not wholly comply with the extreme and drastic measures being forced upon society (this is about much more than just non-traditional marriage).

A much greater fight is looming. America’s privacy, security, sovereignty, and vitality are on the line.

A power grab is in the works. Every aspect of our life – religious, vocational, personal, medical, economic – will be exposed and assessed. We will be either rewarded or punished by the government, based on our history of compliance.

It’s already happening. If those being blindly manipulated would only open their hearts and minds and see where we’re headed (death panels, broken families, no borders, no privacy, no free speech, no economic opportunity, no hard line against terrorism, no faith… just collective misery).

That’s what all these “phony scandals” are about. And the donkeys are just a bit more sold out and sinister than the elephants.

The most trustworthy are the most maligned. Yes, I’m talking about the extreme Right wing (Cruz, King, Lee, Amash, Stockman, Garrett, and straight-shooters like Gowdy and Chaffetz) and many more good men and women. Commies will use anyone and anything for control and tyranny. It’s a power trip, whether it’s religious humanism or militant Islam. Evil is patient and never sleeps. This is not a political war nor a culture war. We have found ourselves in the middle of a religious war. This is a spiritual battle for truth. The soul of our nation (and the souls of our children and grandchildren who are callously being led astray) is at stake!

As for the specific issue at hand, I did my best to lay it on the line, despite the hostile territory:

I don’t necessarily advocate overly-negative analysis that places people on the defensive. But we have a responsibility to look at all facets of these issues.

1. Is government a supreme god-like authority, and do they only represent atheists and religious humanists?

2. How is marriage defined? Who defined it? Who has the authority to redefine it? Are there limitations on what constitutes a state-recognized marital union? How about polyamory? Who sets the standard?

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If morality is arbitrary, who sets the legal standards, limits, and thresholds? Are attacks against Christians covered by hate speech? How are concerns related to traditional/cultural views on morality (including the effects of porn, divorce, infidelity, child sexualization-education, common decency, and the importance of present traditional parental roles) rightly deemed hate speech?

Our message to those who identify themselves as homosexual (although I don’t believe we must be defined by a sexual inclination) is that ‘Jesus loves you’–and so do we. We will not use you. But we won’t lie to you either. We needn’t be defined by our thoughts nor our desires; rather, we are defined by what we embrace!

Also, we should ask the President if Islamic nations are exempt from making marriage a godless and arbitrary institution. Treating militants with kid gloves as they torture, rape, and kill Christians and desire the same for Jews is not cool… not at all!

What’s become of our country? Both parties and a vast majority of Americans support Israel’s right to self-defense. So why does this admin act contrary to that? Where in the world are the priorities?

Question authority, reject the propaganda, and examine the fruits ……. pf what kind are they?

We boycott Indiana but embrace Iran??? Where is the consistency and moral authority? All I see is an empowering of Islam alongside a concentrated effort to neutralize, undermine. and wholly annihilate Christianity and Judaism. It ain’t gonna happen! God Wins!

Ryan Anderson debates gay marriage with Piers Morgan:

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Thou Shalt Not Lie…And Pick A Side

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“If you’re a liar, maybe you’re actually not such a great person. If you feel like you need to lie in order to get people to adopt your ideas, maybe they’re not such great ideas. If you have to lie about your “evil” enemies to get people to dislike them, then maybe YOU’RE THE ONE WHO’S THE BAD GUY.” – John Hawkins

It’s easy to stir the pot. People are on edge. They’ve been wronged and somebody needs to pay… Big Time!

So scapegoat if ye will because there is bloodlust in the air. A life for a life seems to be the never-ending cycle, and it feels as if it’s merely getting started.

When you are making an omelette, I guess it’s permissible to break a few eggs (as long as you sufficiently clean up your mess, of course). Personally, I’m very tired of the innocent paying with their career and – in the most tragic cases – their lives. The collateral damage unnecessarily applied is nothing short of lamentable and outrageous.

For those playing this game (or silently nodding their heads from the sideline as innocent lives are shattered), you can have your revenge. I’d rather stand with the righteous peacemakers who dare to confront the true oppressors. This administration is a bunch of lying globalist secularists. If this is all that the godless have to offer….No Thanks!

I prefer to stand on the side of those who have acted openly, honestly, and ethically to bring people together (and show honor and praise to the One in Whom all true mercy, justice, and forgiveness is shown). If that means I must flea an unjust struggle that rewards the least sincere and most objectionable…so be it!

“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” – Voltaire

JESUS paid the Ultimate price. If Anyone deserved to protest, it was Him! But that would be playing into Satan’s hands…..

Jesus is King and Lord…He would have none of it!


“Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” (Matthew 16:23)

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An Open Letter Exposing Ted Cruz

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Dear Senator Cruz,

I’m sorry to say this, but the finger points directly at you. You are wholly deserving of the blame. This is all YOUR fault!

I was ready to turn the page. I was fully convinced that our elected officials fit into only one of three categories: Crook, Coward, or Commie.

I had come to fully understand the harsh realities of our day and how the current administration is finishing the work that had begun decades ago. We no longer will resemble the free society we once were. Our children will struggle, they will be monitored, and their care (and possibly even their food) will be rationed. They will work for the government, be supported by the government, and be indebted to the government; and they will not have the freedom to speak out against the government – no matter how repressive it becomes.

I’d come to accept it. There sure isn’t much I can do about it. I just know it wasn’t supposed to be this way. This is not what our forefathers envisioned. In fact, this is exactly what many of our former generations fought against. They spilled their blood so that freedom would be preserved. And now, a select few are arrogantly and maliciously taking it all away. Even the freedom to uphold and honor the Judeo-Christian God of our founders is under assault. Nevertheless, I’ve become resigned to the fact that the country I love is swiftly becoming no more.

And here you come, Senator Cruz, with your bold words and integrity. You withstand contempt and disdain even from within your own party.

Senator Cruz, I blame YOU for restoring honesty and sincerity back into the relationship between representative and constituent.

You are the culprit; and regardless of the final outcome, I just want to say……

Thank You!

* Originally written and published prior to the infamous ‘shutdown.’ It’s being republished in celebration of the fearless Senator’s Big Announcement!

No more of these putrid ‘electable’ Romney-type RINO candidates who place global interests above that of the average American. This is our last and final shot to save America. If we are going down, let’s put our best guy out there. It’s do or die time! Cruz or Bust!!!

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