Can we set aside our differences to unite and avoid self-destruction?

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I hope I am not the only one worried about the mind-set of our country as a whole today. It seems that the freedom we exude as the cornerstone of our democracy is being destroyed by the very foundation upon which it is built: responsibility – responsibility to the nation.

Georgia Rep. Sharon Beasley-Teague, D-Red Oak (center), joins hand with Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias (right) and Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler, D-Lithonia (left), during a moment of prayer at a ceremony paying tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., at the Statehouse on Jan. 17 in Atlanta.  DAVID GOLDMAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Georgia Rep. Sharon Beasley-Teague, D-Red Oak (center), joins hand with Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias (right) and Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler, D-Lithonia (left), during a moment of prayer at a ceremony paying tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., at the Statehouse on Jan. 17 in Atlanta.

Party politics seems to be the flavor of the day. We would rather destroy one another than work together. Not in my lifetime have I seen such loyalty and responsibility to party politics as there seems to be today. I wonder how a nation can survive in an atmosphere so divided where party is first and country is last.

WHERE IS THE CALL to unite? You won’t find it in the news, local governments, state governments or the national government. You won’t find it in our places of worship, either. Each entity is staking out its own position, declaring its own territory and drawing a line in the sand. It almost seems that freedom has had an opposite effect on us. Instead of making us more united and better people, it has divided us to the point of no return, it seems.

Democrats can’t speak well of Republicans, and vice versa. Muslims can’t speak well of Christians and vice versa. Conservatives can’t speak well of liberals and vice versa. Muslims and Jews seem to hate each other.

Is there an exception out there? Is there any of us left who has not taken a position so hardened with propaganda that it has replaced what is right with what is expedient – conservatism, liberalism or any other thing we can think of that tends to divide us rather than unite us as a nation, a state or a county?

I LONG FOR THE DAY when we speak with one voice, especially a voice that brings us together for our common good. However, like the prophets of old, I do not see that day coming soon. I see just the opposite. I see Rome – the greatest empire ever built – falling to its knees. We seem to be on a trajectory of self-destruction. The signs are all around us. We are a dysfunctional family. All of us seem to be going our separate ways. The tail is wagging the dog. When will we ever learn from history?

Speaking of history: One of the worst things that happened to this nation, whether we admit it or not, was the Civil War, the wounds of which have never been healed. This conflict, which started out as a disagreement, ended up in a war that could not be resolved for the common good of the nation. This nation has been divided ever since. The victory that was celebrated at Appomattox Courthouse was never a real victory. The wounds are just as open today as they were the days they were inflicted. We still have the North and the South.

Abraham Lincoln said that a nation divided against itself cannot stand. We are a divided nation. If these words of Lincoln mean anything to those of us today who say we love our country, we should do whatever it takes to unite us, including breaking loyalty to groups or individuals who violate this truth.

YES, FREEDOM DOES cost something – not so much what we spend defending ourselves from outside forces. In the whole scheme of things, it doesn’t matter when we are destroying ourselves from within. The viciousness with which we speak of one another is a weapon of destruction. The only way we can be secure from the enemy from without is to first destroy the enemy within.

It is a liberating feeling to be able to break out of the clique and say what we really believe. Is there a conservative out there bold enough to say something good about a liberal? A Jew about a Christian? A white about a black? It’s no easy task. Ask the New Jersey governor.

BUT THOSE OF US who dare to be exceptional will never be the same again. Yes, we will be criticized, friends will leave us, family members will stop speaking to us and we won’t be invited to social functions. But let me tell you from experience: None of these things can compare to living a conscience-free life, one
where we first can be true to ourselves, then to others.

We have sung about how we love our country: “My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died! Land of the Pilgrim’s pride! From every mountain side, let freedom ring.” Can we afford freedom in the true sense of the word, or are we tied too much to our political persuasions to show that love?

(The writer is a former Augusta City Council member and a retired labor relations manager from Bechtel Savannah River Inc.)

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/26/14 - 07:51 am
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Mr. Abrams

Mr. Abrams is a historical figure in Augusta and a good person. He is sensitive to our strife. However, the Civil War is over. Former Union states in the west, a few in the North and Confederate states are now allies. Within states there is even a divide and that's probably what Grady is saying. It's no longer a North vs. the South conflict, it's now middle America vs. big city liberal socialism. Yes, it fits here in the CSRA, too.

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InChristLove 01/26/14 - 09:12 am
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Mr. Abrams has wonderful

Mr. Abrams has wonderful ideas but I'm afraid unrealistic. "I LONG FOR THE DAY when we speak with one voice, especially a voice that brings us together for our common good" I think we all long for this but because of Ephesians 6:12 "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." there will always be strife among people. When moral and family standards continue to increasingly separate us, this divide is only going to increase until the day Almighty God returns. Some don't believe this, that is their right. Other's will and understand.

How can a body of civilians come together and compromise on things they are so divided on?

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seenitB4 01/26/14 - 09:24 am
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The civil war is over

This happens all over the USA....division is the new game of choice it seems.....blame some of this on the 24/7 news media.....we never get away from sadness anymore....if it bleeds, it leads.

I see the division everyday in the news....just look at DeKalb county politics in the last years...what a joke, but not to the good folks living there...Now, the Snellville Gov is having their lawsuits & constant fighting...imo we have to get away from QUOTAS....what color is sitting next to what color....THAT has caused MANY heartaches & certainly hasn't helped govern any county.

Sometimes people just get tired of the constant grief & just move away......& so it goes , like a merry-go-round.

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soldout 01/26/14 - 09:28 am
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Say good when there is good but don't unite

Christ was a divider and did not unite. Good has no place with evil. It is good when things are black and white and not gray. Love people and bless them but never agree with their sin or call it good. Jesus said He was the only way to God and you have to decide if He lied or not. You really don't have party differences today but a division of good and evil. If you love God you will hate abortion and sexual sin and one political party says that is fine. It is no longer political differences; it is a matter of embracing evil or embracing good. Life is so simple we need a news media to help us be confused. Do what Jesus did and call everything what it is and love people into changing. Eternity with Christ is what matters and if that is your path you will always speak out against evil in every form or you can't be one of His.

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ymnbde 01/26/14 - 09:29 am
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ah, but the north and south shall always be with you?

"wounds are just as open today as they were the days they were inflicted..."?
my goodness, that just doesn't make any sense
and Jews say nice things about Christians often
Jews say nice things about everyone except conservatives, often
whites and blacks reciprocate with niceties very often
Muslims say nice things about... hmmm... well, this sentence isn't starting out well
if we focus on the few who profit in the agitation of difference
the differences shall always be agitated, and profitable
a conscience free life? a lack of conscience has caused many of our problems
a conscience filled life would be more useful
this article seems to have been pasted from the fears of the past
and not the reality of the changes of ours and other's histories.
other humans in other lands have it much worse, and we lead in having not the childlike utopia this article seems to strive for
but the adult reality where everyone can have their endowments of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
well, except for that nasty problem of the federal government not educating black kids
that seems to be something both parties agree to ignore

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myfather15 01/26/14 - 11:28 am
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How can you come together

How can you come together with a people who are constantly FORCING your morals into the sewer? Using Federal Judges ruling to impose their will upon us!!

How can you come together with a group of people who are constantly saying if you cling to you Bibles and guns, you're a idiot simpleton?? Constantly degrading your intelligence, simple because you have faith!!

You do not see Christian Conservatives or Tea Party members degrading them, you see us DISAGREE WITH THEM, huge differance!! They constantly LIE about our groups, even placing people inside our groups to pose as us, then act radical to give us a bad name. It's been proven!!

No Mr. Abrams, the radical left wing of today are the most intolerant extremists we've seen in the United States, ever!! They are intolerant of any ideas, or beliefs besides their own!! Your dreams and wishes sound sweet in the mouth, but they are bitter in the belly; because they will never come true!!

There are only TWO ways this is going to end, but both are similar. One is WAR, plain and simple!! It's the only way you can deal with dishonest, deceitful people!! It's also the only way you can stop the spread of the cancer that is communism!!

The second way is Christ's return!! But this is very similar to the first!! Why do I say that? Because the Bible says it!! They will fight against Christ as well!! They will join forces with the one that THEY worship and fight against Christ!! But we know who wins these Battles and THEN, finally it shall be over and your dream with be fulfilled, because the deceitful, dishonest people will no longer exist. Which is the ONLY way to truly have a peaceful world. You just have to choose which side YOU are on!!

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raul 01/26/14 - 11:00 am
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I have never seen this

I have never seen this country this divided by politics. The division, of which, is directly attributed to the most divisive President I have ever seen. Unfortunate. We are so much better than that.

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griff6035 01/26/14 - 11:08 am
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Posts!

I agree 100% with all of the above posts!

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stuaby 01/26/14 - 11:28 am
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Mr. Abrams, your desire to

Mr. Abrams, your desire to see unity is noteworthy, but, whether you realize it or not, you are asking for good to unite with evil. It will not happen. This country is split between people who fear God and those who don't give a rat's sass about what God thinks. That's what it really all boils down to. How will unity come from this?

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deestafford 01/26/14 - 11:47 am
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Historically, the country has always been divided over...

Historically, the country has always been divided over one thing or another, but now is the first time the country has been torn apart ideologically from the roots of its Founding philosophy.

Beginning over a hundred years ago with the beginning of the Progressive Movement started by Teddy Roosevelt, expanded by Wilson, exploded by FDR, and taken to unimaginable heights as a result of LBJ's initiatives, this country has been on a downward slope which slowed down somewhat during the late 40's, all of the 50's, ending in 1964. Our moral foundation has been toppled as shown by our out of wedlock births, divorce rates, single parenting, acceptance of alternative sexual lifestyles, vulgarity over the air waves, lack of faith in God, poor education levels relative to the rest of the world, lost of individual freedoms, exponential expansion of government, and unheard of national debt.

Never before did we face an outside destructive force such as Marxism that became an acceptable alternative by so many to the Founding principles of individual liberty and small, unintrusive government. We now have people at the highest levels of government advocating the exact same future for this country as advocated by the Communist Party, USA.

What divides us now is the struggle between liberty and shackles---initially velvet handcuffs followed by iron shackles. When the majority of the people suck on the teat of Uncle Sugar you can bet the velvet handcuffs are not far behind in the form of a "benevolent" ruler. One like the current occupant of the White House would like to be.

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myfather15 01/26/14 - 11:51 am
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How many times have the

How many times have the PEOPLE voted, only to have a federal judge overule the vote and impose THEIR will upon the people?

Because the TRUE POWER of this Country lies in the JUDGES!!! We are no longer a Country of We the People, but are a Country of We the Judges!! The left learned this many decades ago!! They got their radical judges appointed to the higher positions.

Perfect example is the ACA!! The President, Senate and Congress have limited power!! The JUDGES were the ones tasked with interpreting the Constitution and deciding whether the law was Constitutional. How did they vote? Hmmmm!!

What about the recent ruling by a Federal judge who ruled Massachusetts must give a sex change operation to a CONVICTED MURDERER????

What about the Federal Judges who've overruled all the votes on gay marriage? Ruling on something that CAN NOT be proven!! No matter what anyone says; you CAN NOT prove that people are born gay!! You must take their word for it!! Judges are actually making rulings on something where they just take their word for it!! Putting PERSONAL FEELINGS above actual Constitution rights!! Just like the Ohio Congressman who changed his view on gay marriage because HIS SON is gay!!! So, you change your entire view on an issue, because of a family member? Is THAT, unbiased?

Judges are supposed to be tasked with interpreting the Constitution, completely unbiased!! People tend to forget that these judges are just men and women who put their pants on just like us!! These people are just as capable of bias as any human being in existence!! They are giving rulings base upon their bias; their political leanings!!

The Conservative movement is losing more and more battles, not because of the people, but because of the JUDGES!! When is the last time you've heard of a big win for Conservatives, through a Judges ruling? The only one I can think of is in the gun control debate and even that is changing, with many federal judges starting to say "something must be done".

When you control the JUDGES, you control the entire Country!! Any law that is passed or not passed, can be declared unconstitutional by JUDGES!!

JUDGES are in control of everything; whether it be Crosses, or Christmas displays in public, abortion, gay marriage, prayer in public, govenment forcing people to purchase a product (health insurance), possession of firearms and yes, even the results of our VOTES!!!

People just don't realize how fragile our freedom is!! We are just ONE VOTE by a panel of Judges, from losing anything and everything and NOONE, including the President or Congress could do anything about it!! You control the judges and you control this Country!!

How do you "get along" with those who circumvent the PEOPLE, using bias federal judges?

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stuaby 01/26/14 - 12:50 pm
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@myfather15

Isn't it interesting, on the heels of what you've said here, that the following is written in the book of JUDGES chapter 21 v25:
"At that time there was no king in Israel. People did whatever they felt like doing."

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corgimom 01/26/14 - 03:30 pm
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"You do not see Christian

"You do not see Christian Conservatives or Tea Party members degrading them, you see us DISAGREE WITH THEM, huge differance!! "

Oh, I beg to differ. I GREATLY beg to differ.

The conservative "entertainers" are just as vicious and nasty as the liberal ones. Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter- all of them. None of them is immune. They will say anything for a buck, and do.

The conservative politicians- they are just as bad as the liberal ones with their smear attacks, their digging up dirt on people, the twisting and taking things out of context in their political ads. It happens now in every election. I can't stand to watch tv or listen to the radio, both sides do it, and nobody is holier-than-thou.

It's all a big mud-slinging competition, to see who can sling the most mud. To suggest that Christian conservatives and Tea Party members don't do it too is the biggest bunch of baloney.

And every year it gets worse and worse, not better and better.

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corgimom 01/26/14 - 03:43 pm
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myfather, prove that you were

myfather, prove that you were born heterosexual.

Prove that your family members were born heterosexual.

You can't prove that, either.

All I know is that every gay person that I've ever known said that they knew, even as young children, that they weren't like everybody else. Even before they could articulate what it was, they knew they were different.

What IS known is that sexual preference is set by about age 3. Nobody knows what makes people heterosexual or homosexual, but you don't know it either, myfather.

And it has existed for thousands of years, that tells me that there's something that causes it.

States are not allowed to pass laws that are unconstitutional. That's just the way it is. And I'm sorry that you don't agree with that, but that isn't going to change.

States used to have all sorts of laws about interracial marriage, slavery, racially discriminatory laws, sexual discriminatory laws, laws that violated people's civil rights. Just because a state passes a law doesn't mean it's right and doesn't mean it's Constitutional. That's why we have the Supreme Court. It amazes me how people that declare that they are such good Christians, such patriotic Americans, only want to follow the Constitution when its something they agree with and complain when it doesn't.

We are not a nation that is ruled by the Bible. It was never set up that way, and cannot be that way.

The Constitution protects everybody's rights, not just Christians. The Constitution isn't about "majority rules", that's elections, it's about that everybody has rights and everybody's religious rights need to be respected, not just those of Christians. And if it's not like that, then the US isn't any better than those crazy Middle East countries that use the Quran to govern and use Sharia Law.

Religion is not government, and in the US, government is not religion.

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corgimom 01/26/14 - 03:51 pm
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"The Conservative movement is

"The Conservative movement is losing more and more battles, not because of the people, but because of the JUDGES!! "

No, myfather, it's because the US is no longer dominated by white Christian men. It took a long time, but it's better that more people than just white men are part of our government, because our country is far more than just white Christian men.

The Conservatives are losing because there are fewer and fewer of them. There have been many changes in America in the last 50 years, and on the whole, they are for the better. I don't agree with all of them, but I can live with the changes that I don't like. Because I know it's not all about me.

The US has always gotten more and more liberal in its leanings, it's a process that has evolved for over 200 years and isn't done yet.

The America today bears little resemblance to that of 50 years ago, and that's not all bad, and the laws have changed to reflect that.

When you look back on some of the laws, they were just plain silly. A white person couldn't marry a black person? Why?

A bank couldn't consider a married woman's income when buying a house? Why?

Schools could exclude blacks? Why?

And it'll be the same way in 50 years, people will look back and say, "What was all the fuss about gay marriage?"

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teaparty 01/26/14 - 03:57 pm
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"The Conservatives are losing
Unpublished

"The Conservatives are losing because there are fewer and fewer of them."
corgi, I agree, the liberal deadbeats are now out numbering the working conservatives.

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specsta 01/26/14 - 04:20 pm
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The Wrong Way

Grady Abrams wrote - "We seem to be on a trajectory of self-destruction. The signs are all around us. We are a dysfunctional family."

Amen, Mr. Abrams.

The monsters of greed, selfishness, violence and inhumanity toward others will be our ultimate downfall.

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Bizkit 01/26/14 - 04:54 pm
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Corgimom sexuality "develops"

Corgimom sexuality "develops" you aren't born with a sexual identity-and while scientist hypothesize genetics, hormones, and environment play a role-the evidence for a genetic link has been difficult to demonstrate in monozygotic twin studies, however there is some chromosomal linkage studies with chromosome 8 that indicate an association. Genetics in humans is difficult because most human traits are multiple-alleles, but from monozygotic twin studies it indicates that genetics isn't the "major" factor in determining homosexuality. A strong genetic linkage would have been demonstrated by now-especially in monozygotic twin studies.

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Bizkit 01/26/14 - 05:05 pm
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Here is an abstract from a

Here is an abstract from a review:n 1996, psychologists Ray Blanchard and Anthony Bogaert found evidence that gay men have a greater number of older brothers than do heterosexual men. This "fraternal birth order" (FBO) effect has been replicated numerous times, including in non-Western samples. More recently, strong evidence has been found that the FBO effect is of prenatal origin. Although there is no direct support for the exact prenatal mechanism, the most plausible explanation may be immunological in origin, i.e., a mother develops an immune reaction against a substance important in male fetal development during pregnancy, and that this immune effect becomes increasingly likely with each male gestation. This immune effect is hypothesized to cause an alteration in (some) later born males' prenatal brain development. The target of the immune response may be molecules (i.e., Y-linked proteins) on the surface of male fetal brain cells, including in sites of the anterior hypothalamus, which has been linked to sexual orientation in other research. Antibodies might bind to these molecules and thus alter their role in typical sexual differentiation, leading some later born males to be attracted to men as opposed to women. Here we review evidence in favor of this hypothesis, including recent research showing that mothers of boys develop an immune response to one Y-linked protein (i.e., H-Y antigen; SMCY) important in male fetal development, and that this immune effect becomes increasingly likely with each additional boy to which a mother gives birth. We also discuss other Y-linked proteins that may be relevant if this hypothesis is correct. Finally, we discuss issues in testing the maternal immune hypothesis of FBO.

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Bizkit 01/26/14 - 06:53 pm
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I'd read about the birth

I'd read about the birth order association with homosexuality but not the possible immune mechanism. This does makes biological sense as many mammals have mechanisms to regulate reproduction and population. It may be a vestige of our evolution like the appendix has been considered a vestigial organ-although that is changing. Course this doesn't explain women as they have no Y chromosome.

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myfather15 01/26/14 - 07:04 pm
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Ok, Corgimom

We agree that we can't prove one is born either way!! So when we're talking about a legal marriage, let's take something we CAN ABSOLUTELY PROVE, which is NATURE!!! This isn't a God argument, because whether you believe in God or not, this truth still remains; regardless of what you believe!! That is PROCREATION and the ability to CONTINUE our species!! No, marriage isn't completely about procreation, but without it, mankind would cease to exist!! Procreation IS the greater good, which comes from the relationship of a MAN and WOMAN!!!

Last time I checked, people of all races can procreate with each other!! It just takes a little common sense to understand the difference. Common sense that if you utilized, you would be dangerous!!

"The US has always gotten more and more liberal in its leanings, it's a process that has evolved for over 200 years and isn't done yet."

Thank you!! This does nothing but strengthen my faith!! There is NOTHING you can say, that He hasn't warned us about in His Word. God's Word warns us about particular topic!! The "falling away" isn't done yet!! Yes, it's going to get worse, much worse!! But through the strength he gives us, we shall ENDURE, until the end!! It doesn't matter how many battles you win, if you lose the War!! The Victor has already been determined, now the only question is, how many people are going down with the losing side?

That doesn't mean that it doesn't hurt to see the Country sliding into the sewer!! Yes, it hurts and that is why I stand against this liberalism!! But I KNOW who has the victory!! THAT is not a concern of mine!! He is still in control, but I feel He expects us to STAND for what we believe in, not just be a doormat for the left to wipe their feet on!!

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myfather15 01/26/14 - 07:16 pm
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Also, I've spoke to several

Also, I've spoke to several gay people who stated the EXACT OPPOSITE of the experiences you've had!! I've spoke with gay people (including my aunt) who was married for 22 years, before leaving her husband for another woman. But, this is where gay people struggle to explain this. They will say "They were gay their whole lives, they just struggled with their sexuality" YEAH, OK!!

That is NOT what she told me!! She told me that she never had feelings for another woman until she met this ONE LADY and they became friends at first, then it developed. But, I suppose she had these feelings supressed inside herself, huh? Always some sort of irrational explanation!! I also spoke with a VERY good friend of mine that was a paramedic. He told me that he CAN and WILL go both ways!! He is ATTRACTED to women as well, but he PREFERS men!! He said he prefers men in a romatic relationship AND a sexual relationship!! But he did tell me one time "Any man who tells you he don't want a woman doing it for him, is a liar!! If I can't get a man to do it for me, I'll take a woman anyday. Either one is better than me doing it myself."

Now, do I sterotype EVERY gay person into his category and beliefs? Absolutely NOT!! Do I feel that ALL are like my aunt? Absolutely NOT!! They are all individuals and each case is different. Some gay people might find his words to be disturbing!! But I'm simply pointing out that YOUR experience, doesn't mean it's the experience of them all either!! This paramedic friend of mine was a staunch republican as well!! He couldn't stand leftists activists!! He stated many times he just didn't want the government in his bedroom telling him who to sleep with. Matter of fact, there was one gay activist he use to tald badly about all the time. He would often say "I realize what I do isn't the norm in society and I'm ok with that. I just don't want people telling me what to do."

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myfather15 01/26/14 - 07:25 pm
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Now, having said this, it's

Now, having said this, it's time for me to get off here. I'll check back in the morning as usual. Have a good night!!

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InChristLove 01/26/14 - 09:48 pm
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(corgimom) " it's because the

(corgimom) " it's because the US is no longer dominated by white Christian men. " and you find this a good thing corgimom.

As a professed Christian, I would think that you would be concerned that this world is rapidly falling into the destructive ways of Satan instead of having strong Christian men to lead their families in the ways of God, to have families with strong moral upbringings and people who live for Christ.

Yes there has been many changes to our nation (and the world for that matter). Some good and some bad but I've seen more bad than good. You stated in another 50 years ""What was all the fuss about gay marriage?" It was against God's law 50 years ago, it is against God's law today, and it will be against God's law 50 years from now. That is what all the fuss is about and if you had any kind of relationship with Christ and His Word, you would know what all the fuss is about.

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myfather15 01/27/14 - 06:11 am
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People tell me I'm wrong to

People tell me I'm wrong to "judge" someone and their personal beliefs or personal relationship with Christ. But I like to point out that I'm not judging, I'm using Christ's advice and discerning those who are pretenders, from those who are true!! It's really not that hard.

"Many shall come in my name, believe them not."

"By their fruits, ye shall know them."

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Rocket91 07/30/14 - 07:32 pm
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Walk the walk, not talk the talk

It is obvious that this nation has been reduced to obsessing about other people's lives, people's rights being compromised, and people being labeled/polarized by everything we do and believe. It's interesting that most of the people who always put their two cents in about something are often less informed or less educated on the subject at hand. Anytime something happens or goes wrong, the liberals seem to be getting blamed more than the conservatives. I bet that a lot of people who call themselves conservatives have plenty of liberal or "middle of the road" beliefs or values.

Where religion is concerned, I am Catholic. I know plenty of Protestants who always feel that they have to dangle their religion and bible in my face. A big reason why they do that is because they have a problem with me being Catholic. They think that they are an authority on the bible and know God better than anyone else. I feel that it is counterproductive to constantly debate people about religion, it rarely gets anyone anywhere. It just irritates most people. If people would stop being zealots about everything they believe and start setting a positive example in society, we could start to get along better, and even be a better friend/acquaintence. Just because a person has a different religious or political view, it does not mean that we cannot co-exist on different levels. Even at events that I have gone to will sometimes have a reminder posted to keep religious or political differences at the door.

For everyone who feels that their rights are being compromised, I feel that the biggest reason why it is always happening is because there are too many people who do not respect the boundaries of other people. I will use smoking as an example. There are a lot of public places that don't allow smoking because non-smokers should not have to breathe in the smoke, the smell lingers after someone puts out a cigarette, and from my experience, everyone I have known who has smoked has never had the courtesy to not light up out of respect to a non-smoker. If a non-smoker should be able to tolerate smoke for a length of time, then a smoker should be able to go without lighting up for a length of time. If everyone would behave themselves and respect other people's boundaries in many aspects, there would be less need to have Big Brother hovering over all of us. It takes "one person" to ruin it for everyone else.

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