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Monday, July 9, 2007

Slidell Jesus is Offensive

The America I knew has ceased to exist.

In Slidell, Louisiana, an anonymous complainer has managed to enlist the ACLU in filing suit because of a painting hanging in the courthouse lobby. The painting, which has hung there longer than anyone can remember, is a picture of Jesus Christ holding out a New Testament. Below the picture are these offensive words:

To Know Peace, Obey These Laws

The painting itself is a copy of a 16th century Russian Orthodox icon and has a message on it in the Russian language, which is also deemed offensive:

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” And “For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged.”

One person, in all the years that it has hung there in the courthouse, has complained, and now the ACLU must take action and sue to have it removed.

ON THE OTHER HAND, if you happen to be Muslim, you get special privileges:

Northwestern University caters to Muslim students

Airport adds foot basins for Muslim cabbies

Target Stores cater to Muslim Cashiers

The stories are never ending. While Christianity is being forced back into the churches, Muslims are gaining ground.

Non Christians are so intent on stamping out Christianity that they seem blind to this insidious religion’s gaining of ground right here in our own backyard.

When are Americans going to wake up? ARE they going to wake up?

The spiritual realm is as real as the physical one. And right now, there’s a war going on in the spiritual realm just as there is a war going on in the physical world. I know how the spiritual war ends, and the Christians win. I’m not as sure about the physical ones.

I know there are others as sick of this ridiculous junk as I am.
But what are we going to do about it?

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At 9:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess if your living in Sin, and denying the the truth of the Living God, than these things would be offensive.

This was a nation built upon, Christian values, and we as Christians must find our backbone, and continue to fight the good fight. As Paul said "And having done all to stand, STILL Stand"

At 5:49 AM, Blogger Lone Ranger said...

Odd that the ACLU hasn't gone after the Salem, Mass police logo.

At 6:12 AM, Blogger Neil said...

It really is amazing how they bow down to Islam.

In an odd way, though, I guess it is good that they are so hypersensitive to Jesus but they just pat the heads of those who believe in Allah, Krishna, etc. Deep down they know who the real God is. I wonder if that ever occurs to them?

At 5:05 PM, Blogger Ms.Green said...

Robert, the revisionists argue that this country was not built upon Christian values - and they really believe that - mostly because they want to believe it.

Lone Ranger - WOW thanks for the link. What hypocrisy on the part of the ACLU not to go after that one!

Neil - The Bible says God has given to every man a "measure of faith" - a knowledge of God's existence. It's that knowledge of God and what we do with it - and whether or not we respond when He draws us that determines our fate - and it's ultimately the choice we make on our own. It's not God's fault when we choose to reject Him and end up in eternity separated from Him.

At 8:28 PM, Anonymous bullet said...

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."

This is not a free excercise issue. No one is worshipping or otherwise excercising their faith at the courthouse. The picture is a DISPLAY of faith, not an excercise thereof.

This is, however, an establishment issue. The display of a picture of the Christian savior in a public building in which all are too be treated equally regardless of religion is unnacceptable in itself. Add to that the words, "To know Peace, obey these Laws," and you have a clear ENDORSEMENT of Christianity over other religions or atheism. That endorsement is prohibited under the establishment clause.

Though the Constitution does not explicitly say, "...separation of Church and State..." those words have become an accepted idiom to express the idea of this part of the First Amendment. Such an argument is a ridiculous distortion. I would also like to remind everyone that such separation of Church and State was enacted to keep different Christian sects from persecuting OTHER CHRISTIANS.

As to America being founded on Chritian values: This country was founded on the principle of freedom to follow one's own destiny as one sees fit. Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness, etc. Freedom is NOT a Christian value, nor is Christianity a particularly good fit with democracy. How can freedom exist in a system that doesn't tolerate or even allow any doubt or questioning? How can a society which throws out or otherwise ostracizes dissenters claim to have had a hand in the founding of this free and democratic nation?

At 9:42 PM, Blogger Ms.Green said...

Hi bullet - thanks for your input.

Just one quick disagreement here - freedom is actually a very Christian concept, in that God gave us all free will to accept or reject Him. I'm not sure what you are saying when you say "How can freedom exist in a system that doesn't tolerate or even allow any doubt or questioning? How can a society which throws out or otherwise ostracizes dissenters claim to have had a hand in the founding of this free and democratic nation?" I guess I'm not clear on what "society" you are referring to or who is being thrown out or ostracized.

If you have time to explain or clarify what you mean, that would be great - however, as I just posted a few minutes ago on my main page, I won't be posting or responding till probably Thursday because I'm going to be with a friend who just lost a parent.

Again, thanks for stopping by.


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