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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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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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