I can honestly say I wouldn’t rather live in any other nation but the US. But we have some serious work to do. This war is killing our people and our economy. There was a time when America was a war time economy. War brought new jobs, and infused the American economy with a steady flow of capital. That time is longs since over… It began with the Spanish American War and Ended some time around The Vietnam Conflict.
Now we’re in a new era, one in which war is an open wound bleeding our nation of all manner of resources, human, capital, and the like. The US is now a debtor Nation to Mexico…Go figure. The true travesty is that both during and in the wake of such disaster we Americans have allowed ourselves to be manipulated into the great schism between left and right, by the third person omniscient puppeteer that is our government i.e. (The Republican Party for the Past two terms).
We have been divided on issues that are or should be relative non-issues. Gay Marriage, and Immigration Reform despite there social importance, and controversial natures should fall somewhere slightly lower on the totem pole of our political state when War and Deficit politics are at hand. It’s truly a great step in the direction of justice in which the South African Parliament has voted to legalize same-sex unions, but what does this say about the state of affairs of American politics, when one of the most conservative nations in the free world can see the injustice of sexually discriminatory legislation, and move beyond its religious inclinations to insure a foundation of Liberty, when America has not.
The Home Affairs Minister of South Africa Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told MPs: “In breaking with our past… we need to fight and resist all forms of discrimination and prejudice, including homophobia.” Benjamin Franklin made the following statement in support of the separation of church and state in 1780. “When a religion is good, I conceive that it will support itself; and, when it cannot support itself, and God does not take care to support, so that its professors are obliged to call for the help of the civil power, it is a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.” We cannot afford the luxury of abdicating the throne of our intellects to possibly ill conceived notions of our religious thought all too often taken out of context.
As a devout Christian and Episcopalian, I find it very interesting that in this book we call the bible and it’s red lettered words that are purported to be the words of Christ (God, God’s self incarnate on earth for 33 years) Jesus never once mentioned Homosexuality, which is fed to us as a truly vile and abominable sin in the eyes of our God. Lets stop trying to put the bible into the constitution. Lest we forget the last time we did, it was a perfect justification for the enslavement of Africans. Let’s keep our eyes on what’s truly important.
America has some prioritizing to do. Thanks for your time and cooperation in reviewing this posting. I hope it has served as an inspiration of sorts to slack the fear of individuality. Live bold and don’t be afraid to hold your own opinion. Good luck and God’s Peace…
Auxilio ab alto By help from on high.
Br. Maurice D. Ravennah