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My (Your Deity Here)-Given Right

In the end, an American-given right is a right ... no matter if God or Allah or some other deity signed off on it. So, why do the political parties need to play up the God part?

I’m so tired of this campaign nonsense.

The bitter snipping and snapping between the parties – and the people who support them.

And, of course, it continued Wednesday. The GOP crying foul that the Democrats were keeping out of their official platform the phrase “God-given” and the official stamp of approval of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

OK, I see the importance of the latter – although, I’m guessing that no one ever dares question the fact, or seriously call it into debate. Israel’s an important ally in the region and yada, yada, yada. No one denies it, so stating it seems like overkill.

No, it’s the former that’s bothersome. With all our problems, we’re worried about something being a “God-given” whatever?

Oy, vey.

Look, I get it. Obama’s a secret Muslim and them keeping the phrase out (combined with the Israel item) just proves it, right? That’s what you’re going for?

Or, or … you can’t forget God and all the glory he provides in our lives. And the help he gives us to be successful in our business ventures. But, wait; God didn’t build that, did He? Because that would mean that you did get help building that business, and you didn’t pull up your own bootstraps, because God might’ve been carrying you.

OK, I’ll stop the cynical sniping. It’s not productive, and just goes to further divide us.

So, let’s just boil the whole thing down to this:

Keep your God out of my government.

It’s not a new thought. I’ve touched upon it multiple times before ( and ). And it works for both sides, when you think about it.

You don’t want secret Muslims making changes based on Sharia law? Good, neither do I. Just the same, I don’t want some whack-job extremist going in and making changes that send the United States’ belief structure back 300 years.

That’s why I don’t care that Mitt Romney’s a Mormon. He’s free to practice whatever religion he wishes – as long as he leaves his beliefs at church and governs with the best interests of the country in mind (which is where I worry).

Yes, your faith teaches you that this is wrong and that is worse. And it’s yours to believe. Live your life following that faith. That’s your right.

But that doesn’t mean that the rest of us heathens aren’t allowed to practice that “wrong” as long as we’re not hurting any one else while doing so. It’s our right, same as yours, after all. Right at the top of the Constitution: Freedom of Religion, and that includes the Freedom from Religion.

So, for all the talk of personal responsibility and personal freedom, why couldn't members of the Religious Right let the ultimate personal life decision go? Why is it that big of a deal? Why is it not an Allah-given right? Or a Zeus-given right? In the end, it's an AMERICAN-GIVEN RIGHT, whether a deity signed off on it or not.

Heavy sigh.

Look, I’m just tired of this whole thing. We’ve been campaigning non-stop for how long now? Seems like forever.

Let’s just get to the Democrats convention done, and get into the home stretch. I’d like to see everyone stop the name-calling and generalities and start talking about specifics and facts (yes, facts, please).

Unfortunately, I don’t have high hopes for it getting better any time soon.

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Roberto September 16, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Better be glad we live in a Christian nation. The Sodomites would be stoned to death and other non-Christian values would exist. The majority of Americans have Christian values including many Gays and have a right to live in a nation that escaped religous persecution.
Constant Comment September 18, 2012 at 02:20 AM
@American, didn't you know that Marfa thinks that she is God? She sent out that memo last month after she lost the race to be Mayor of Hell...}~0
Constant Comment September 18, 2012 at 02:22 AM
No not really cause their mats were sopping up all the greasy oil spots on the parking lot. Don't even have to raise taxes for that kind of service either. Win/win! }~)
Constant Comment September 18, 2012 at 02:24 AM
How true Roberto. Some of these flappin gibs on here, certainly would have been stoned by now! }~)
Constant Comment September 18, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Loss of God in our country is loss of civility. }~(
julian September 18, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. The under God wasn't added until 1954, you know, in the days of McCarthyism. If you need a god as some sort of crux to stay civilized, then your morals are pretty weak. Just saying.
Charles Ferrell September 18, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Go to Utube and listen to the great Red Skelton's story about the Pledge and the meaning of adding "under God." All of our morals could use some help from the Lord from time to time. Including God in anything is a good idea. And as Red Skelton used to say... "may God bless..."
Martha L. Bridges September 21, 2012 at 02:40 PM
There appears to be a repeated thread of misunderstanding or presumption running through these comments. Those of us who feel strongly that the functions of church or religion and state or government need to be kept separate or returned to being separate, are not necessarily non-believers. It is entirely possible for people to be both spiritual and adhere to a personal moral code of conduct without feeling the need to believe in any one particular religion or support its dogma. All levels of American government were intended to be secular in nature to ensure they equally represent all the people without consideration of any religious beliefs. This country is fast approaching the point where the population will be neither predominately white nor believe in some form of Christianity. It is high time to acknowledge these facts, and for the shrinking percentage of people who are white and Christian to stop trying to ram their personal religious beliefs down our throats by passing laws which reflect their minority beliefs. The majority may elect our representatives, but those who create and enforce our laws must guard against infringing on the rights of any minority. Americans need to develop genuine respect for people who have differing religious beliefs or no religious beliefs. This would vastly improve our relationship with our fellow citizens and the whole world and safeguard the rights of every citizen from the dictates of any religious point of view.
Seen it before September 23, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Martha doesn't capitalize God. Whenever I say Allah, I capitalize it even though I am not Muslim.
Anon September 23, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Martha probably doesnt beleive in God. Which is her choice. He beleives in her though.
Anon September 23, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I would say that Julians morals are pretty weak. Just saying!
Anon September 23, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Amen!
Anon September 23, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Amen Charles!
TheMrs September 23, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Funny, I use the same presumption in others posts when discerning whether or not I think they believe in God. ;) It seems to be a respect issue for me, but I don't know how others view it. I capitalize every form of "God" where a religion is worshiping the One in the sky because in the end, we're all chasing after the same God, we just have different views on exactly who He is and how to worship Him.
Teller of Truth September 23, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I've had this very same discussion with Marfa in the past about how disrepectful it is when people don't capitalize God. She does not believe in Him. She does not believe in marrying a 'man' nor in having kids. Are you getting the severely damaged picture yet? Thats ok because HE does not believe in her. What do you think hell is full of?
Teller of Truth September 23, 2012 at 05:36 PM
@The Mrs, thats right. I capitalize God out of respect for Him & for others. I do NOT capitalize president obummer for the same reasons!
Seen it before September 23, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I'm trying to find consistency in Martha. She seems to have valid points sometimes, but then she defects elsewhere. Instead of calling her a hypocrite (we all are), I prefer to say I'm confused with her core.. her center.. it shapeshifts a lot.
Seen it before September 23, 2012 at 06:18 PM
regardless, God bless her.
Constant Comment September 23, 2012 at 08:52 PM
God does NOT bless heathens! }~0
Teller of Truth September 23, 2012 at 11:18 PM
"DEAR LORD, It's been a rough 4 years. You have, in your infinite wisdom, taken my favorite actor Patrick Swayze, my favorite musician Michael Jackson, my favorite salesman Billy Mays, my favorite actress Elizabeth Taylor, my favorite singer Whitney Houston, my favorite announcer Dick Clark and now my favorite comedian Phyllis Diller. I just wanted you to know, Dear Lord, that my favorite politician is Barack Obama. Thank you for your time. Amen"
Rosalie Stafford September 24, 2012 at 07:37 AM
Author shows faulty logic & lack of historical/cultural knowledge when he equates God & Allah in his cavalier throw-away line: insert your deity in "***-given rights." Our founding documents assert our God-given right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness (i.e., ownership of property). The Christian god is down with this. The Islamic god denies these rights to females and non-Muslims. So, you can't just "insert your deity." Cultures are not equal. Some cultures are superior to others.
Constant Comment September 24, 2012 at 07:59 AM
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!}~)
Charles Ferrell September 25, 2012 at 04:55 PM
President Obama, speaking at the United Nations in New York City Tuesday morning, said: "The Future Must Not Belong to Those Who Slander the Prophet of Islam". What a missed opportunity. What if he would had included "...or any Prophet of any religion on the face of this earth"? That could have been a defining moment for this man, an opportunity to step up and be a World Leader, not just a President of the United States. He had his moment Tuesday morning, he had his moment at the plate, with his legacy on the line and he whiffed, he fanneed. Mighty Obama struck out. The amateur missed his moment to step up in history and be remembered as a man who stood up against intolerance. He could have stood tall; instead he fell short.
Teller of Truth September 25, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Must have not been in his 'script' that day!
Teller of Truth September 25, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Glad that 1 person read to the end & got it! Thanks!
Martha L. Bridges September 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Once again we see comments on the PATCH which have conveniently been taken out of context to further misunderstanding, to criticize and defame our President and lend support to the hate and divisions that some comments here promulgate. President Obama and every American should be proud of the carefully measured words he spoke at the United Nations. He publicized our firm resolve to bring those who strike out to harm our country or our people to certain justice. Rather than missing a great opportunity, he embraced it and did a splendid job of clarifying where America stands. Anyone who doubts this should read or listen to his entire speech. Read more at http://www.mstarz.com/articles/5205/20120925/obama-un-speech-2012-transcript-full-text-video.htm#Kjjz8ryI1ym6crvV.99 Instead of making misleading and false comments meant to unjustly criticize the President, readers should hear his full statement. The President clearly called for condemnation of those who would desecrate the image of Christ, and called for recognition and respect for other religions and nations too. This is the problem with depending on grabbing a snippet of words or a few sound bites rather than taking the time to truly listen to the full context of what is being said – and then taking the time to reflect on it. We already have a "World Leader" in our President, and anyone who doubts that should read his carefully chosen words below:
Martha L. Bridges September 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM
From the President's U.N. speech: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Yet to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied. Let us condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims, and Shiite pilgrims. It is time to heed the words of Gandhi: "Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit." Together, we must work towards a world where we are strengthened by our differences, and not defined by them. That is what America embodies, and that is the vision we will support.”
Teller of Truth September 26, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Obummer is far from being a 'world leader'. Funny how some senior citizens just fall for any & everything they are fed. Duped once again Marfa! No one is surprised.
Teller of Truth September 26, 2012 at 07:28 PM
To repeat someones lies, still does NOT make them any more true or believable. Obummer defined himself as being black to get the black vote. He lets aliens invade our country to get the hispanic backing. The only 'vision' he supports is remaining in office to finish off the job of destroying the USA & all we stand for & believe in.
jill smith September 30, 2012 at 07:18 AM
His tolerance is seen as weakness around the world. Our Ambassador and three Americans brutally murdered, and Obama apologizes profusely. Obama is no Gandhi that's for damn sure, Gandhi was sincere. Obama's speech starts off by apologizing to the prophet of Islam, It should have started off with condemnation of those who murdered four Americans.

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