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declaration of independenceOur country has been around a long time.  At least, in our minds it has.  The truth of the matter is that as civilizations go, we are a blip on the radar.

On the other hand, we have gone a long time as a “stable” country.  The last major upheaval could be considered the Civil War, now over 150 years ago.

That is quite some time to have passed without major change.

Major Change.  We’ll come back to that in a minute.

Our country was founded on freedom.  Freedom of religion.  Freedom of speech.  You know the drill.

Increasingly now, appointed judges and elected officials have passed laws that restrict our freedoms.

For example, today in Connecticut, the legislature attempted to pass a bill which would have dictated how the Catholic Church manages its finances.

How did the citizens of Connecticut respond?  By turning up at the Capital Building. 4,000 of them.

And the bill was withdrawn.

We see this type of action over and over.

Which brings us back to our starting point.

A remarkable amount of time has passed without Major Change.  Look at the history of our world. The modern history.  Look at countries that have changed their form of government in just our lifetimes.

Are we losing our freedoms bit by bit?  Oh yeah, you can say that again.  As we sit, fat, dumb and happy in front of the TV, we are giving up our rights.

Maybe it is time for Major Change.  If not, what type of government will we end up with?

More to come….


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A Prop 8 Supporter Live Here

Today was a momentous occasion in California history.  Prop 8 was argued in front of the California Supreme Court.

Supporters on both sides agreed that Ken Starr presented a very logical and clear explanation of the legal reasoning behind the people’s right to amend our constitution.

Across the board, the consensus was also that the No on 8 side floundered and stumbled along the way and relied more on the “It’s not fair” argument which is popular with the SNL crowd, but fails to sway justices 99.999% of the time.

Meanwhile, the law in Calfornia currently reads as follows:

CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION
ARTICLE 1  DECLARATION OF RIGHTS

SEC. 7.5.  Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or
recognized in California.

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On March 5th, the California Supreme Court will hear arguments on Proposition 8. Only four months after seven million Californians voted to amend the California Constitution to read “Marriage is between a Man and a Woman”, 7 justices will decide if this will be our law.

Ken Starr (of Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial) leads the Prop 8 side and is expected to show all of the legal reasons why this was approved by California’s Attorney General, Jerry Brown, and placed on last November’s ballot.

Shannon Minter, a transsexual attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights will argue that “its not fair.”

However, no matter what happens and regardless of the outcome, there are immutable facts which will remain.

1 – Marriage was instituted by God. No matter your religion (or lack thereof), all roots trace marriage back to a religious institution. It always have and always will be a divine ordinance in God’s eyes.

2 – Nothing that is said in front of, or done by, the California Supreme Court, will change the facts of Marriage. Marriage will continue to be a Religious Principle that has been accepted and codified by the laws of man.

In light of these two tenets, people may protest the decision of the court, legislatures may enact additional laws and pass future referendums, and courts may continue to pass judgements as time marches on.

None of these will change the Divine Nature of Marriage.

This cannot be refuted any more than one can argue against the Laws of Physics. In the end, gravity wins.

Think about it. You have time.

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