Our Constitution is a Secular Document

This is America. This is not a right wing theocracy. This is a nation built upon a secular “Constitution”

The First Amendment says :

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

It cannot be more clear than that. This nation was never intended to be a Christian country. However, to make sure the words ring through, I will quote John Adams.

“The Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”
~1797 Treaty of Tripoli signed by Founding Father John Adams

“The Constituion” was built upon English common law. “The Constitution” was based upon the writings of Rousseau, Locke, Hume and Voltaire.

I agree with Jefferson when he said “I am for freedom of religion and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.”
~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, letter to Elbridge Gerry, January 26, 1799

 

Always Alvays

Alvays is a Canadian band from Toronto. Their album “Alvays” received a 4-star rating from “Rolling Stone” magazine.

The album soared to number on the college charts. Simon Vozick-Levinson of “Rolling Stone” described the album as “ Indie-pop wonder.”

The song “Marry Me Archie became a minor hit. Alvays sound can be described as a cross between Sonic Youth and Arcade fire.

The Band formed in Toronto in 2011. The line-up consists of vocalist Molly Rankin, Keyboardist Kerri MacLellan, Alec O’Hanley on guitar, Brian Murphy on Base and Phil MacIsaac on drums.

A Bit of Doggeral

You shall never have my soul.

You shall never take controll.

Who do you think you are

That you could think to keep me in a car from station to station

To command my travel destinations?

I go where I please,

Though it may come as a tease.

Watch me throw you off course

And then give you thought or two to think about offcourse.

I shall make it through the brambles,

Though you may be sitting there with anvils.

 

What Evangelicals are Really in for if They Want to Implement Biblical Law

There is a strange view of wanting to bind the country to Biblical law. There is no precedence for this. “The Constitution” makes a clear separation between church and state.

Also, the laws in the “The Bible” are meant to apply to Jews living in the land of Israel. If you are not a Jew living in the land of Israel, the law does not apply.

If we want to delve deep, I doubt many Evangelical Christians would want to clear their house of all leavened grain products before Passover. They would also have to clear their house of rice as well, since it leavens via water. They would have to refrain from eating grain products for 7-8 days.

Then there is Yom Kippur. Would Evangelical Christians choose to not eat or drink anything for the entirety of the day? I doubt they would.

There is also other festivals, such as Sukkot, which requires you to live in a tent  like structure for 7-8 days.

These are all in “The Torah.” The purpose of these festivals was to remember deliverance from Egypt.

Indeed, much of the Laws in “The Torah” are laws concerning sacrifice. The laws concern the Priestly cult.The laws concern what sacrifice to bring for intentional or unintentional sin.

Oh, and another thing. If you want to be really strict, you can say goodby to your precious cheeseburger. You can say goodby to serving any milk with meat. You can also say goodbye to lobster, crab and shrimp to. This is very commonplace in Orthodox Jewish societies.

Also, you can say goodby to operating your car on Sunday. You will also have to heat all your meals before your Sabbath starts. You will have to light all your lights before it starts as well. Oh, by the by, you cannot travel very far on that day either. This is why Orthodox Jews live within walking distance from a Synagogue.

So, good luck not doing any manner of work that day.

“The Torah” also lists different land allotments in Israel to different tribes of Israel. This is another proof the laws in “The Torah” are meant to apply to the tribes of Israel.

Now, no one will kill you for not following all these today. At the strictest, you will be given Karet. Karet was interpreted as spiritual death by the Rabbis because they really did not want to physically kill anyone.

Indeed, there is at most 2 cases in all of the history of ancient Israel and the Jewish courts where they actually carried out the death penalty.

So, think long and hard at your continued attempts at attempting to implement this.

 

I do not Understand Artificial Insimination

I am 100 percent for a homosexual’s rights to be married. Artificial insimination, however, does strike me as odd.

My opinion is if you like another man or woman, you should like them as another man or women. You should accept the fact they or you will never become pregnant. You should accept the fact they or you will never have a biological child.

This does not mean you cannot have children. There are plenty of children out there ready to be adopted. There is no need to have a biological child, if you made a decision, which would naturaly result in you not having one.

Personally, I think if someone truly loves a person of the same sex – as they are biologically physically attracted to them – they should not do things which are associated with the opposite gender.

If you are attracted to aspects of the opposite gender, then marry someoene of the opposite gender. If you are attracted to physical aspects of the same gender, marry someone of the same gender.

 

Life Begins at Conception is Not Found in “The Bible.”

Life begins at conception  seems to have started as a Catholic concept. It then became an Evangelical one.

The Jewish view on the subject is different. “The Torah,” treats a man who has injured the fetus and thus aborting it without the consent of the mother as injuring her property. The penalty is a fine.

“The Talmud” view on the subject is more complex. The Rabbis don’t consider the tissue living until it has reached at least 3 months.

Depending on the Rabbi, in “The Talmud,” it could be even more than that, since “The Talmud” is made up of different views on the subject – hence the statement two Jews three opinions.

The “News Testament,” does not even discuss the issue. So, it cannot have been drawn from their either.

Traditionally, no matter how far the child is along, the life of the mother always takes precedence.

I grant partial birth abortions are disturbing. If someone argues for those to be illeagal I understand.

However, the life begins at conception is not a view found in “The Bible.”

Weather you are religious or not religious, your reason for the doctrine that life begins at conception would have to be an opinion you arrive at outside of the “The Bible.”

Reminder

On the plus side, I am reminded to update my linked in profile with recent employment information.

I am horrible at updating different profiles at different sites. I need to get better at that.

I do not remember the last time I logged into linked in, but it has been a while. I do not go there often.  I do not remember when the last time I did my most recent update was.