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SCOTUS redefine religious ceremony… and ignore greater issue

Arberesh Byzantine Catholic Wedding

Arberesh Byzantine Catholic Wedding (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is not a church in all the land that does not perform a particular ritual, whereby two people proclaim their devotion to one another until death does them part.

Highly religious in context, I know only the symbolism of the Christian marriage – or Jewish wedding – wherein God is the groom and His people, His bride.  He once divorced his bride Israel.  The wedding feast of the Lamb (Jesus, Second Person of the Christian Trinity), is coming when the Groom comes to gather up the Church (the Bride) and the marriage is performed and done.

All this to ask this:  Why is the state regulating a religious activity via marriage licenses and their legal requirements?  The first marriage licenses were given out in the mid-1800s when some states began allowing interracial marriage, so long as the couple received a marriage license.

Read more: When was the first marriage license issued? | Answerbag http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/1863923#ixzz2OsshoDcx

There is a provision in the Constitution forbidding the creation of a federal establishment of religion (federal/national church) in the Constitution – yet here we are with very new practice of licensing of religious ceremonies and potential interference in another of our rights protected:  Freedom of association.

While yes there are legal incorporation of various kinds, friendship is not one of them.  Between intimate partners?  Why?

Government policies and benefits given married heterosexual couples now has opened the unintended confusion of the defining of “marriage” a religious ritual.  It did so by introducing benefits that could be with-held from persons not involved in the required marriage formula.

Thus the attempt (likely successful) to expand that definition of that relationship to “spread the wealth” around to those not fitting the current definition – derived from what is primarily a religious rite, purpose and ceremony.  If state policy is served, does that justify intrusion into a forbidden area of defining and establishing validity of a religious rite?

So what’s the point?  The point is that the government (states in particular, since they are the ones that should be regulating the matter – and federal in that it enforces definitions to gain benefits) need to get out of the marriage business.  As such concerns over one state imposing it’s morality on another disappears!


You’ve got to wonder when “let them eat cake” line coming!

They cut out the White House tours, but not the $184,000 an hour plane rides for our joy riding prez.  He is traveling on some legitimate business – granted.  But how many trips to Hawaii, how much traveling out for golf with Tiger?  How much extravagance will the “vice” prez stack up when he hits foreign shores?

Reported by Drudge:

On it goes.  This is soooo reminiscent of the French aristocracy and its extravagances, that Obama should be shivering in his boots.  Especially as the results of ObamaCare continue to come in.  Already talk of retiring physicians (6 of 10 reported to be on this track).  Companies to trim work forces below limits of 50 to avoid mandates for health care.
Meanwhile the senate’s first budget in four years has no cuts and a trillion in new taxes.
When can we come up for air?  When will enough be enough?  Our foreign policies are proving failures on almost every continent.  Benghazi questions go unanswered, and our president storms the middle east with “charm” as his answer to the Israeli / Palestinian conflict.
Oh my aching ears and eyes from seeing /hearing these reports!!
But one thing is certain – hopefully – things must get worse before they get better – before Americans wake-up to the nightmare they’ve installed at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Hate to end on such a note!  Hopefully some will take this comfort below, and to those who cannot, remember – “this too shall pass.”
Psalm 146: 3-5

3Do not put your trust in princes,

in human beings, who cannot save.

4When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;

on that very day their plans come to nothing.

5Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,

whose hope is in the Lord their God.

Asymmetrical warfare in an Asymmetrical world


English: The Bill of Rights, the first ten ame...

English: The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

World Net Daily reports:

“A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander has warned America and Europe that al-Qaida operatives will soon attack them.

“And a source in the Islamic regime’s Intelligence Ministry told WND that another terror team is about to enter the United States. Should the West not accept Iran’s rights to its nuclear program within six months, the terrorists will attack, he said.”

When you consider that box cutters launched the most devastating attack on United States soil, you have to accept the reality that these kinds of threats, from relatively weak players, are inevitable.

The United States’ Obama administration is feverishly trying to rid itself of all military options, and to portray us as “the good guys” to foreign enemies.  What is not quite realized is that these are not just enemies of the United States.  They are the enemies of freedom loving people everywhere – including within the borders of their own countries.

Below is an admittedly “made-up” quote attributed to George Washington, but it is also a statement that stands on its own wisdom :

“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence. From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to ensure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable.

“The very atmosphere of firearms “everywhere” restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”

You know, in light of that advice and admonition, however anonymous it is, perhaps we should realize:  the Second Amendment is just as important against today’s enemies of freedom, foreign and domestic… than any time since our founding.

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