Moral Repair Plan: Marriage, Children, and Constitution

Dinner Topics for Thursday

We like to follow up yesterday’s Abuse Report with some solutions, which we call the Moral Repair Plan.

keyStrong families, guided by a loving mother and father, serve as the fundamental institution for nurturing children, instilling faith, and transmitting to future generations the moral strengths and values that are important to civilization and crucial to eternal salvation.

marriage1. Christian Church Instructs Leaders on Same-Sex Marriage

On December 20, 2013, a federal district judge in Salt Lake City issued an order legalizing same-sex marriage in Utah, striking down century-old state laws and a state constitutional amendment that defined marriage exclusively as between a man and a woman. The United States Supreme Court has put that ruling on hold pending consideration of the issue by an appellate court. During the interval between the district court ruling and the Supreme Court stay, numerous same-sex marriages were performed in Utah. Legal proceedings and legislative action in some other states and countries have given civil recognition to same-sex marriage relationships.

As we face this and other issues of our time, we encourage all to bear in mind our Heavenly Father’s purposes in creating the earth and providing for our mortal birth and experience here as His children. “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth” (Genesis 1:27–28). “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).

Marriage between a man and a woman was instituted by God and is central to His plan for His children and for the well-being of society. Strong families, guided by a loving mother and father, serve as the fundamental institution for nurturing children, instilling faith, and transmitting to future generations the moral strengths and values that are important to civilization and crucial to eternal salvation.

Changes in the civil law do not, indeed cannot, change the moral law that God has established.

God expects us to uphold and keep His commandments regardless of divergent opinions or trends in society. His law of chastity is clear: sexual relations are proper only between a man and a woman who are legally and lawfully wedded as husband and wife.

We urge you to review and teach Church members the doctrine contained in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”

Just as those who promote same-sex marriage are entitled to civility, the same is true for those who oppose it. The Church insists on its leaders’ and members’ constitutionally protected right to express and advocate religious convictions on marriage, family, and morality free from retaliation or retribution. The Church is also entitled to maintain its standards of moral conduct and good standing for members.

Consistent with our fundamental beliefs, Church officers will not employ their ecclesiastical authority to perform marriages between two people of the same sex, and the Church does not permit its meetinghouses or other properties to be used for ceremonies, receptions, or other activities associated with same-sex marriages. Nevertheless, all visitors are welcome to our chapels and premises so long as they respect our standards of conduct while there.

While these matters will continue to evolve, we affirm that those who avail themselves of laws or court rulings authorizing same-sex marriage should not be treated disrespectfully. The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us to love and treat all people with kindness and civility—even when we disagree.

As members of the Church, we are responsible to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to illuminate the great blessings that flow from heeding God’s commandments as well as the inevitable consequences of ignoring them. We invite you to pray that people everywhere will have their hearts softened to the truths of the gospel, and that wisdom will be granted to those who are called upon to decide issues critical to society’s future.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-instructs-leaders-on-same-sex-marriage

children2. Marriage is about the welfare of children

Joseph Farah

Why has nearly every culture in the world, since the beginning, had the good sense to recognize and foster marriages between one man and one woman?

There are several reasons:

  • Jews and Christians believe it is a God thing. Genesis tells us that God created Adam and Eve as a model for the family structure. Jesus affirmed this in Matthew 19:4-6, when He said: “Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
  • Marriage between one man and one woman works.It is an institution that is tried and tested. It forms the cornerstone of a self-governing society and economy. There is no other model you can point to in the history of the world that more naturally meets the needs of people, civilizes a society and reduces violence and oppression.
  • Lastly, and quite apart from the divisive spiritual and economic issues that divide people, there’s the issue of child-rearing. There simply is no good alternative to raising children outside of the one-man, one-woman family. It protects children. It provides male and female role models for them. It’s simple common sense.

Nevertheless, there are powerful cultural and legal forces working overtime in Western societies to relegate the ideal institution of marriage to the ash heap of history.

Things are moving quickly now, but the process for dismantling marriage has been under way for some time.

It began in earnest with a structural change in laws that made divorce easy. The concept was called “no-fault divorce.” If a man or a woman wanted a divorce for any reason, it would be granted. Divorce had always been around, but there were laws that discouraged it, made it difficult, required “grounds.” That all changed in the 1960s and 1970s. And divorce skyrocketed.

The result was a dramatic increase in poverty mostly for women and children. The state would have to step in with programs to provide the “safety net” the family structure previously offered. (Few recognize, even to this day, how the government was empowered through this act of counterfeit compassion.)

History

Then came “the women’s liberation movement.” The feminists insisted that marriage was, by design and nature, an oppressive, paternalistic institution. The slogan “marriage equals rape” comes to mind. Women were discouraged from thinking about marriage as a natural desire and goal for their lives.

Then came “the gay liberation movement.” We were told that what people do in the privacy of their own bedrooms was nobody else’s business – certainly not the government’s. Homosexuality was “normal,” whereas it had previously been seen as a pathology or, worse yet, a sin. Not only was it normal, it was genetic – and impossible to reverse. From there, people’s sexual proclivities and habits became everyone’s business – especially the government’s. Laws against homosexual behavior were struck down by courts.

And then came, just as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had warned in the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case overruling anti-sodomy laws, something new under the sun – “same-sex marriage.” When Scalia wrote his dissent in the Lawrence case, suggesting it would lead directly to homosexual marriage, polygamy and incest, there was raucous scoffing and ridicule from the progressives. Because, at that time, not even the most radical homosexual activists had dreamed up such ideas.

Where are we today?

  • Same-sex marriage has been legalized in 18 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Those who still cling to the notion that homosexuality is sin are prosecuted for their “bigotry” for simply refusing to participate in such ceremonies as photographers, cake makers or officiators.
  • Last month, Utah District Judge Clark Waddoups effectively ruled in favor of polygamy in the case of Kody Brown and his concubines, who appear in the reality TV show “Sister Wives.”

It’s worth pointing out that Utah was only permitted to become a state in 1896 when it officially renounced polygamy.

Technically, however, polygamy is still illegal. But it’s only a matter of semantics now. If a man can persuade several women to shack up with him and have children, it’s OK – as long as he doesn’t refer to those women as his wives. You can still only have one woman as a wife, but you can cohabitate with as many as you like. Presumably the same applies to a woman who chooses to have a brood of men living with her.

But how long do you suppose this situation will last?

If “same-sex marriage” is about freedom of choice, why would that choice be limited to couples? Where did the notion of marriage as an institution between couples come from? Did it not originate with the same “archaic” religious principles that have been blown to smithereens by “same-sex marriage” laws and court rulings?

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, what of the children?

Does anyone consider the effect this kind of social experimentation will have on the unfortunate kids who are being treated like guinea pigs?

There is a better way. It’s found in Genesis 2:24. It’s found in Matthew 19:4-6. It’s found in Mark 10:7. It’s found in our consciences if only we would listen.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/01/marriage-is-about-the-welfare-of-children/#CjX1BVZx8Pt06cSf.99

3)  Stop Government Debt; Balance the Budget

nationaldebtStates are working to oppose national tyranny, using the Constitution. Emphatically, this is NOT a Constitutional Convention, NOT to re-write it, but to legally compel Congress to do its job—to control and rein in the maniacal spending of the dictator in the White House by passing a single amendment requiring a balanced budget. This is totally constitutional—the only thing that is constitutional. The Supreme Court, the President, and Congress have abandoned the Constitution many years ago.

Government Debt vs. Budget Balance, American Citizen

4)  Prepare for Future, Survival

Saving food and other supplies for a “rainy day” makes good sense, reduces worries about the future.

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Government Debt vs. Budget Balance, American Citizen

Dinner Topics

keyDear Readers, this is not a topic for one day. It is so important, let’s keep it foremost in our daily learning.  For me, like many of us, money topics are not my forte. However, thanks to the Tea Party Constitutional Symposium, I have learned much about the importance of a free market economy in a way everyone can understand. I have tried to present the information in a clear and understandable way. I hope this is useful to you. The Constitution provides for the people to take back their country from the jaws of tyranny by implementing amendments via the states. The most effective way to make a difference is to focus on one amendment at a time. This post shows why a Balanced Budget is the most important place to start.  Our greatest weapon against the evils of tyranny is TRUTH, so we must educate ourselves, because government schools will no longer  provide the truth. Please visit the website links and learn all you can and teach your families. Our very survival depends on it. ~C.A. Davidson

 Balanced Budget key to Liberty for American Citizen in the Future

Notes from Tea Party Article V Symposium Part 2

States are working to oppose national tyranny, using the Constitution. Emphatically, this is NOT a Constitutional Convention, NOT to re-write it, but to legally compel Congress to do its job—to control and rein in the maniacal spending of the dictator in the White House by passing a single amendment requiring a balanced budget. This is totally constitutional—the only thing that is constitutional. The Supreme Court, the President, and Congress have abandoned the Constitution many years ago.

About Proposed Amendments

Term Limits

Starting around 1896, when the Progressives began entrenching career bureaucrats in their Administrative State, politicians stayed in office for increased number of years. Today the average term of elected officials is about 20 years.

The argument against term limits is that the bureaucrats are entrenched no matter which party is in power, and if they don’t like a certain elected official who opposes bureaucratic tyranny, they simply wait until the opposing official is out of office.

constitution2The best way to get the Congress back into the hands of the people is to repeal the 17th Amendment.

This would return the selection of Senators back to state legislators, thereby returning power to the states, and giving the people of the states more voice in the federal government. Currently, U.S. Senators, once they are elected by their state, and once they arrive inside the corrupt Capitol Beltway, they are no longer accountable to the states. They simply become another cog in the giant, crushing wheel of the federal leviathan.

Where we really need a term limits amendment is for the judges. With the Supreme Court justices in office for life, we have seen the tyrannical horrors they are capable of, and this only the beginning.

In his book, The Liberty Amendments, author Mark Levin provides powerful history and logic to support a term limits amendment, starting with the Supreme Court justices.

Priority: Balanced Budget Amendment

The Federal Government is spending $6.8 million per minute.

If we don’t control spending America will be bankrupt in 5 years, and nothing else will matter. The recent Paul Ryan budget authorized the spending of one trillion dollars per year.

National Debt Timeline

trilliondollars<– 1 Trillion Dollars

2000—$5 Trillion

2008—$10 Trillion

2013—$17 Trillion

If we had ratified a Balanced Budget Amendment in 1985 when Ronald Reagan requested it, our national debt would be less than $1 Trillion today.

2013

nationaldebt<—National Debt

Outgo: $17 Trillion

Income (tax revenue): $2.5 Trillion

Interest: $420 Billion (Interest kept artificially low by Federal Reserve)

Balanced Budget Objective ABC

Abolish the IRS

Balance the Budget

Constitutional Restraints

Definitions:

Bankruptcy in the United States

1. 100 million people without benefits

2. Economy will collapse

3. President will instate martial law to curb unrest

4. Our liberty will vanish

debt-ceiling-obama-cartoons“Quantitative Easing”

This is a fancy name for PRINTING MONEY. The government prints $85 million per month and adds it to the currency circulation. This causes INFLATION.

INFLATION

The media may tell you that inflation is caused by high prices. This is not true. That is like saying that “wet streets cause rain.” Inflation is caused by dumping unearned dollars into the economy. This paper money, not backed by anything of real value, like gold or silver, causes the real value of goods to go down, even though the prices go up.

Businesses do not—cannot—cause inflation by raising prices.

They only raise prices so they can cover the expense of operations.

Only the government can cause inflation, because only the government can print money. Inflation is like a hidden tax that everyone has to pay.

constitutionBalanced Budget Amendment

Why is it a priority? Because if we go bankrupt, we will no longer be free to do anything—buy, sell, speak, or do.

Freedom requires a stable economy, and a stable economy requires freedom. Capitalism provides the most freedom to the people.

capitalismUnder capitalism, the rich become powerful; under socialism, the powerful become rich. ~Rush Limbaugh

Out of 50 individual states, 49 have a balanced budget requirement. Why shouldn’t the Federal Government have a balanced budget requirement?

About Government Spending

treewbranchesTree Analogy

Compare government spending to a weed in Washington DC that grew into a tree. That tree has a lot of branches: IRS, Entitlements, Welfare, Department of Education, Environmental Protection Agency, and other countless bureaucracies.  Which one should we cut out?

The answer is to go after the whole trunk—that is, cut off the spending, dry up the funds that feed all these tyrannical bureaucratic branches.

Bus Analogy

dangerCompare the economy to a bus. Congress is driving—going at 65-70 miles per hour, and you are riding. You come to a sign that says “Bridge Out Ahead.” Wouldn’t you think that the driver would slow down and stop? No, instead, Congress is stepping on the gas, speeding up to 75 or 80, spending more and more and more.

This is why the Balanced Budget Amendment has 3 parts:

1. The Federal Government can spend no more than it takes in.

2. Raising taxes requires a super-majority. Tax limitations must be built in.

3. Borrowing must be phased out over 5 years.

Path to a Balanced Budget Amendment

The plan is to implement it in 3 years.

If Congress refuses to obey the Constitution and bring forward the amendment demanded by the people, the states could sue to force Congress to act. We have many allies in Congress, and the public pressure on Congress would be powerful.

November 20, 2013—Ohio passed a Balanced Budget resolution, 63-29

75% of the American people support it. Article V requires 2/3 of the states to pass the amendment. We have 20 out of the required 34 currently working toward the amendment.

To see the progress, and to learn what you can do, visit

IamAmerican.org

Compact for America’s “Article V 2.0” Turn-Key Approach is Our Best Shot

Compact for America—the States regain Control

Using an agreement among the states called an “interstate compact,” the Compact for America invokes Article V of the United States Constitution to advance one or more specific constitutional amendments. An interstate compact provides the vehicle to advance constitutional amendments because it transforms the otherwise cumbersome state-initiated amendment process under Article V into a “turn-key” operation.

The Compact for America empowers the states to agree in advance to all elements of the amendment process that states control under Article V in a single enactment that can be passed in a single session. The Compact does require congressional consent to work, but such consent is achieved by simple majority passage of a congressional resolution, which consolidates everything Congress must do in the Article V process in a single enactment and in a single session. Specifically, the Compact and the counterpart congressional resolution include:

 An agenda limited to the consideration of the proposed amendment (specified in the Compact);

In short, the Compact for America consolidates everything Congress and the States do in the Article V process into just two overarching pieces of legislation—one congressional resolution and one interstate compact joined by thirty-eight states. It thereby dramatically cuts the time and resources needed to achieve a state-originated constitutional amendment. The Compact transforms the state-originated amendment process, which otherwise requires more than 100 state and congressional enactments across five or more legislative sessions, into something that can get done in a single legislative session for each member state and Congress. Rather than a legislative quest that will take ten to twenty years, the Compact can generate a constitutional amendment in as little as one year.

The Compact’s “Article V 2.0” turn-key approach also eliminates any possibility of a “runaway convention.” It compels all member state delegates to follow convention rules that limit the convention agenda to an up or down vote on the amendment it proposes and to return home if those rules fail to hold. It prohibits member states from expanding the scope of the convention, violating the convention rules, or ratifying anything other than the contemplated amendment. The Compact is like a ballot measure directed to state legislators, governors and Congress.

That’s why Compact for America has garnered support from Congressmen David Schweikert (AZ), Paul Gosar (AZ), Lamar Smith (TX), John Culberson (TX), State Legislators Adam Kwasman (AZ), Yvette Herrell (NM), Tommy Williams (TX), Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst (TX), the Republican Liberty Caucus, Ohioans for the Liberty Amendments, States United Balanced Budget Initiative, Idaho Freedom Foundation, Kansas Policy Institute, Pelican Institute for Public Policy (LA), Wyoming Liberty Group, Hon. Judge Harold DeMoss (U.S. Court of Appeals for 5th Circuit), Kevin Gutzman, Ph.D., J.D. (Western CT State University Professor of History), Ilya Shapiro, J.D. (Cato Institute), Nick Dranias, J.D., Sven Larson, Ph.D. (Wyoming Liberty Group Economist), Byron Schlomach, Ph.D., Kyle McAlister (Questor Pipeline Company), Ron Hicks (HerdX, Inc.), Robert C. Reinarz (R.C. Reinarz & Company), Mark McKinnon (Maverick Media), and John McLaughlin (McLaughlin & Associates).

Compact for America is also what the People want. According to McLaughlin & Associates, popular support for a compact to advance constitutional amendments exceeds opposition by more than two to one.

Christian Leaders: Quotes on Faith and Future

Dinner Topics for Wednesday

“I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”~Joshua 1:5

key“The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We look ahead and remember that faith is always pointed toward the future” ~Jeffrey R. Holland

Look Ahead and Believe

Edward Dube

In the sight of the Lord, it is not so much what we have done or where we have been but much more where we are willing to go.

family7gardeningWhile I was a boy working in the fields with my mother, she taught me one of the most important lessons in life. It was late in the morning, the sun was up, and we had been hoeing for what I thought to be a very long time. I stopped to look back at what we had accomplished and said to my mother, “Look at all we have done!” Mother did not respond. Thinking that she had not heard me, I repeated what I had said a little louder. She still did not reply. Raising my voice a little higher, I repeated again. Finally, she turned to me and said, “Edward, never look back. Look ahead at what we still have to do.”

Jeffrey R. Holland counseled: “The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead and remember that faith is always pointed toward the future

Boyd K. Packer once attended an ox pulling contest, where he drew out an analogy. He said of the experience: “A wooden sledge was weighted with cement blocks: ten thousand pounds [4,535 kg]—five tons. … The object was for the oxen to move the sledge three feet [91 cm]. … I noticed a well-matched pair of very large, brindled, blue-gray animals … [the] big blue oxen of seasons past.”

In speaking about the result of the contest, he said: “Teams were eliminated one by one. … The big blue oxen didn’t even place! A small, nondescript pair of animals, not very well matched for size, moved the sledge all three times.”

He was then given an explanation to the surprising outcome: “The big blues were larger and stronger and better matched for size than the other team. But the little oxen had better teamwork and coordination. They hit the yoke together. Both animals jerked forward at exactly the same time and the force moved the load” (“Equally Yoked Together,” address delivered at regional representatives’ seminar, Apr. 3, 1975; in Teaching Seminary: Preservice Readings [2004], 30).

Our destiny is not determined by the number of times we stumble but by the number of times we rise up, dust ourselves off, and move forward. ~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

The Strength to Endure

 Richard J. Maynes

Heavenly Father has organized our journey through life to be a test of our character. We are exposed to both good and evil influences and then given the moral agency to choose for ourselves which path we will take. As the ancient Book of Mormon prophet Samuel taught, “Ye are free; ye are permitted to act for yourselves; for behold, God hath given unto you a knowledge and he hath made you free.”2

Endurance is an important principle found within the doctrine of Jesus Christ. It is important because the quality of our eternal future is proportional to our ability to endure in righteousness.

Because we face challenges every day, it is important that we work on our spiritual stamina every day. When we develop spiritual stamina, the false traditions of the world, as well as our personal daily challenges, will have little negative impact on our ability to endure in righteousness.

footraceThe Apostle Paul stated, “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”5 The race that is set before us on this earth is an endurance race filled with obstacles. The obstacles in this race are the challenges we wake up to each morning. We are here on earth to run the race, to exercise our moral agency, and to choose between right and wrong. In order to honorably and successfully finish the race and return to our Heavenly Father, we will need to pay the price of dedication, perseverance, and self-discipline. We need to get into spiritual shape. We need to develop spiritual stamina. We need strong testimonies that will lead to true conversion, and as a result we will find within ourselves the inner peace and strength needed to endure whatever challenges we may face.

So whatever challenges you wake up to each morning, remember—with the spiritual strength you develop, coupled with the Lord’s help, at the end of the race you will be able to enjoy the confidence that the Apostle Paul expressed when he said:

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:6-8)

“I Will Not Fail Thee, nor Forsake Thee”

 Thomas S. Monson

Our Heavenly Father … knows that we learn and grow and become stronger as we face and survive the trials through which we must pass.

It may be safely assumed that no person has ever lived entirely free of suffering and sorrow, nor has there ever been a period in human history that did not have its full share of turmoil and misery.

When the pathway of life takes a cruel turn, there is the temptation to ask the question “Why me?” At times there appears to be no light at the end of the tunnel, no sunrise to end the night’s darkness. We feel encompassed by the disappointment of shattered dreams and the despair of vanished hopes. We join in uttering the biblical plea, “Is there no balm in Gilead?”Jeremiah 8:22 We feel abandoned, heartbroken, alone. We are inclined to view our own personal misfortunes through the distorted prism of pessimism. We become impatient for a solution to our problems, forgetting that frequently the heavenly virtue of patience is required.

The difficulties which come to us present us with the real test of our ability to endure. A fundamental question remains to be answered by each of us: Shall I falter, or shall I finish? Some do falter as they find themselves unable to rise above their challenges. To finish involves enduring to the very end of life itself.

Whenever we are inclined to feel burdened down with the blows of life, let us remember that others have passed the same way, have endured, and then have overcome.

From the bed of pain, from the pillow wet with tears, we are lifted heavenward by that divine assurance and precious promise: “I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”((Joshua 1:5) Such comfort is priceless.

Our Heavenly Father, who gives us so much to delight in, also knows that we learn and grow and become stronger as we face and survive the trials through which we must pass. We know that there are times when we will experience heartbreaking sorrow, when we will grieve, and when we may be tested to our limits. However, such difficulties allow us to change for the better, to rebuild our lives in the way our Heavenly Father teaches us, and to become something different from what we were—better than we were, more understanding than we were, more empathetic than we were, with stronger testimonies than we had before.

This should be our purpose—to persevere and endure, yes, but also to become more spiritually refined as we make our way through sunshine and sorrow. Were it not for challenges to overcome and problems to solve, we would remain much as we are, with little or no progress toward our goal of eternal life. The poet expressed much the same thought in these words:

SmokeyLightGood timber does not grow with ease,

The stronger wind, the stronger trees.

The further sky, the greater length.

The more the storm, the more the strength.

By sun and cold, by rain and snow,

In trees and men good timbers grow.Douglas Malloch