Marriage Policies In America Similar To Communist China

It’s astounding to review the requirements to be legally married in America. Even more astounding is the reality that Americans, and especially Christians, comply with them. Worse still, Christians continue to demand that the government regulate a predominantly Christian practice. (Monogamous heterosexual marriage is a unique New Testament Christian concept. Nearly all non-Christian faiths advocate polygamy and pedophilia as part of acceptable social marriage norms.)

America’s oligarchic-republican-democratic government currently requires citizens to receive government permission to be legally married—similar to requiring the Chinese to receive government permission to legally have a child.

Imagine living in a country where couples are legally required to give birth to only one child. In order to even have a child, couples are required to apply for a birth permit before starting a pregnancy. After the government legally grants permission to have one child, the mother is required to be sterilized or use an IUD.

Imagine living in a country where government officials chart women’s menstrual cycles and women are required to undergo monthly pelvic exams to prevent pregnancies. And the government requires that all “unauthorized” pregnancies be aborted and one or both spouses be sterilized.

For the majority of non-wealthy people, a second pregnancy and any pregnancy without a birth permit is called “out-of-plan” and is illegal. Illegal “out-of-plan” children are sent to government facilities.

These practices are not imaginary. They are enforced in 21st Communist China. Today, nearly two-thirds of all Chinese couples (approximately 900 million people, or the equivalent of three times the size of the U.S. population) must comply with China’s One Child Policy, which is regulated and enforced by 300,000 officials.

To be legally married in America, applicants must pay for a license and receive the government’s permission to marry—if they successfully prove:

  • Their identity and that they are not closely blood-related to their intended spouse (some states required blood tests, including sickle cell tests),
  • Their age (they must be at least 18 years old or “at least the age of consent”),
  • Their mental state (they must prove they have sufficient mental capacity to understand the act of marriage), and
  • They are not married to anyone else.

Depending on the state, if applicants present a certificate proving they attended the state’s “approved marriage education class” the state fee is waived and only the county fee payment is required.

After purchasing the marriage license, applicants must select an authorized officiate to perform the ceremony and, depending on the state, can marry after adhering to a certain waiting period from the date of the license’s approval prior to its expiration date.

After the marriage is officiated, the government requires that information be submitted on the license and returned to the same county clerk’s office within a specified time period.

To clarify, Christians have been submitting to a government that requires them to:

  • Apply to the government to receive permission to be married.
  • Pay the government to consider their application.
  • Comply with and prove numerous criteria to receive government approval.
  • Only use a government-approved officiant.
  • Be married within the government’s specified time period.
  • Record their information on a government-approved license and submit it to the government within their specified timeframe.

To suggest that marriage in America is a union between God and husband and wife is false. Marriage in America is a union between Uncle Sam and husband and wife. Marriage in America is determined by the government. The government grants permission and regulates whether or not, to whom, when, and how anyone can marry. In America, a license legalizes marriage, not anything else.

Why are Christians demanding that the government grant them permission to marry? If marriage is a solemn oath among two people and God, why are Christians paying the government for a license?

By complying with the government’s regulation of marriage, Christians have only participated in and advocated for the government’s redefinition of it.

Monogamous heterosexual marriage between one man and one woman—including celibacy of singles and faithfulness to one’s spouse— is solely a radical New Testament concept. As numerous historical records indicate, the culturally accepted norm even during the Apostle Paul’s day among Romans and Greeks was procreational sex between one husband and one wife. Recreational sex for married men who actively engaged in sex with young boys, prostitutes, and slaves was the norm.

Likewise, Islamic and pagan societies practiced polygamy, pedophilia, child sacrifices, child marriages, and marriages with slaves. Even Old Testament Israelite sexuality was largely polygamous. Abraham bore the entire Semitic race: Jews from Sarah and Muslims from Hagar. Jacob’s two wives (Leah and Rachel) and two servants (Bilhah and Zilpah) bore him twelve sons. David and Solomon had many wives and concubines.

It was not until the 16th century, largely because of the Protestant Reformation, that marriage became a government institution. It never had been previously—only churches and synagogues recorded and regulated birth, marriage, sex, and death.

The question is: why are American Christians, five centuries later, still so deceived and confused by advocating marriage as a regulated government institution? Do they not realize that in doing so, they are actually validating the government’s authority to regulate childbirth and family structure?

Applying for a license to receive the government’s permission to marry is no different than applying for a license to receive the government’s permission to have a child.

American policies may slightly differ from, but largely replicate, those of Communist China.

This column was first published on Townhall.com.

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UPDATE: China Staying On Top of Islam Ban

China isn’t letting up. A couple months ago, we reported that China was making major moves to restrict and ultimate nullify the cultural influence of Islam. Because the nation saw what the west never has—the dangers of Islam being an inherently political movement in addition to a religious one. China has decided to take action. Again, we are not advocating following China’s lead when it comes to human rights. Okay? Okay.

See, China sees this as survival for its nation. Now, China is a pretty messed up nation and commits gross violations of human rights in their own right, absolutely. I can, at the very least, appreciate the concept of a nation, unchained by political correctness, being open about the necessity of survival. Sometimes we miss that here in the United States.

The first things China did to stop Islam had included banning female head-coverings and forcing Islamic restaurants to sell cigarettes just like any other restaurant, serve drinks, and so forth. Also, they oped to clamp down on the beard-growing. The awful, terrible beard-growing.

Well, now, China is moving forward. Pressing harder against Islam. They’re banning Ramadan—for the second time. No fasting is allowed, and restaurants are forced to stay open during daylight hours. Or risk being shut down by the government. Pretty severe. And totally counter to the American constitution.

Like I stated above, in no way do we think China controlling its populous to such a degree is a good thing. But it is an interesting case study to see a nation unfettered in its ‘authoritarianism’ and its aggressive push against Islam.

The main point to be gleaned from this is that Islam is not merely a religion. It uses cultural and legal subversion as a means to an ideological/political end. China’s taking it really seriously. While the USA should never, ever, ever infringe on 1st amendment rights in the way that China does (contextually of course, as they have no 1st amendment), there needs to be an open and honest discussion of the threat that cultural terrorism creates.

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Why America Hates The GOP-Obamatrade Deal

Constitutional conservatives don’t like it. Trade unions abhor it. Obama critics hate it. Environmentalists despise it.

Outside the Beltway bubble, a broad coalition of voters from the left, right, and center oppose the mega-trade deal getting rammed through Congress this week by the Republican establishment on behalf of the White House. Here’s why.

The Obama administration, House GOP leader John Boehner, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have sold out American sovereignty. Their so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission will have sweeping authority over trade, immigration, environmental, labor, and commerce regulations.

As alert watchdogs U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, and U.S. Rep Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., warn: “By adopting fast-track, Congress would be formally authorizing the President to finalize the creation of this Pacific Union and will have surrendered its legislative prerogatives. Before a word, line, paragraph, or page of this plan is made public, Congress will have agreed to give up its treaty powers. … In effect, one of the most sweeping international agreements seen in years will be given less legislative scrutiny and process than a Post Office reform bill.”

The Obama administration, House GOP leader John Boehner, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have sold out legislative transparency. Boehner smugly asserts that so-called Trade Promotion Authority puts Congress in charge and promotes “more openness” on trade talks. Nonsense. Under the Boehner/Obama plan, Congress gives up its ability to amend any trade deals under fast track, severely limits the ability to debate, and lowers the vote threshold in the Senate from 61 to 51. The 11 international parties negotiating with Obama on TPP refuse to sign their dotted lines until Congress agrees to pre-agree to behemoth global trade pacts — sight unseen.

As Obamatrade cheerleader and Big Business crony Sen. Orrin Hack, I mean Hatch, admitted, “I don’t know fully what’s in TPP myself.”

The secretive wheeling and dealing on the massive 29-chapter draft (kept under classified lock-and-key and only a tiny portion of which has been publicly disclosed through WikiLeaks) make the backroom Obamacare negotiations look like a gigantic solar flare of openness and public deliberation. Fast-track Republicans, who rightfully made a stink when Nancy Pelosi declared that “we have to pass the [Obamacare] bill so that you can find out what is in it,” now have no transparency legs to stand on.

The Obama administration, House GOP leader John Boehner, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have sold out our immigration priorities. Both parties have put cheap labor from illegal immigrants before American workers. Both parties support massive increases in foreign temporary worker programs that favor cheap tech workers from India and China over highly educated, highly skilled American workers who are forced to train their replacements. Both parties back fraud-plagued green card giveaway programs for wealthy immigrant investors that amount to a crony “economic development” racket. More Obamatrade documents disclosed by WikiLeaks indicate that negotiators have discussed unilateral changes to U.S. worker protections in visa law, processing times, and temporary visa expiration dates.

Supporting free enterprise in America does not mean supporting a global free-for-all for every last $2.00/hour entry-level foreign tech journeyman. Past free-trade pacts have failed to live up to their overhyped promises. University of Maryland economist Peter Morici notes that under Obama’s free trade pact with South Korea, imports with that country “are up 3.6 billion” while “U.S. exports are down marginally and the U.S. trade deficit with the Asian nation has swelled to 5 billion.”

Meanwhile, he reports, our wage-suppressing $350 billion bilateral trade deficit with China “costs American workers at least 3 million jobs” and several Asian countries now negotiating TPP “have violated WTO and International Monetary Fund rules by purposefully undervaluing their currencies to subsidize exports and raise prices for otherwise competitive U.S. products in their markets.”

Here is what those of us against the GOP-Obamatrade bills can all agree on: Both political parties in Washington are screwing over our country. American citizens are sick and tired of the permanent ruling class subverting the will of the people in the name of “bipartisanship.” We’ve had enough of Big Business betrayals and Big Government collusion.

What part of “Stop selling out America!” does D.C. not understand?

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Huckabee Advocates Strong Response To China Cyber Attack

In a recent email to supporters, 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee discussed an issue he feels must be addressed in order to maintain America’s position as a world leader.

“The Chinese attacked our government and hacked into the lives of 4 million Americans,” he wrote in reference to a widespread data breach discovered last week.

In Huckabee’s opinion, the best response to this attack would be an in-kind retaliation.

“The way you deal with a bully on the playground is to punch them in the face and put them on the ground,” he advised, “because the only thing they respect is power.”

To that end, he said America’s reaction should be to “hack the Chinese government.”

Lamenting the as-yet-unknown repercussions our nation will face as a result of the China hack, Huckabee called on America’s current crop of leaders – specifically Barack Obama – to act on the country’s behalf.

“When you tolerate bad behavior and bullying,” he insisted, “you get more of it. China’s attack against four million Americans is the largest theft of government data in our nation’s history.”

Wondering what it will take “for President Obama to open his eyes,” Huckabee asserted that, should he win the general election next year, he will make the China threat a primary focus.

“As President,” he promised, “I will stand up to China, retaliate with strength, and never apologize for protecting Americans.”

He then bemoaned the current administration’s perceived unwillingness to protect the privacy of Americans and our allies around the world while turning a blind eye toward legitimate threats.

“The fact that this Administration wiretaps our ally, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone, but sits back as the Chinese launch a cyber attack on four million Americans is mind-boggling.”

His email alert concluded with a link to a fundraising site through which supporters can voice their support “for our strong stand against China with a donation today.”

Should the U.S. government hack China’s government as a form of retribution? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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WATCH: Judge Jeanine Buries ‘Ego’-Driven Obama Beneath A Crushing Pile Of Critical Failures

We already seen syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer take President Obama to task for his assertion that, thanks to the efforts of his administration, America is once again the “most respected country on Earth.” As Western Journalism reported last week, Krauthammer ripped apart Obama’s boast during an appearance on The O’Reilly Factor where he said, “You wonder what world, what planet he’s living on.”

Now, on her Fox News show Justice, Judge Jeanine Pirro has taken Obama to the woodshed and given him more than a dozen hard swats for the “most respected” claim that she showed to be without any merit.

“With all due respect, Mr. President, I’m not sure if you’re delusional or you just think that we are,” Judge Jeanine said. “We’re the most respected country on Earth because of you? And you say this why?”

Pirro then went on to list well over a dozen reasons why Obama’s boast made no sense; failures ranging from the faulty “reset” with Russia to the continuing “string of victories” for ISIS to the president’s “trashing” of Christians at the National Prayer Breakfast.

By clicking on the video above, you can watch Judge Jeanine present her compelling evidence against Obama’s claim that his administration has elevated the United States to “most respected” status on the world stage.

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