Valentine’s Day and Christian Marriage

Dinner Topics for Valentine’s Day

keyoldMy, how ironic! History repeats itself! Saint Valentine was persecuted by the Roman government, and eventually martyred, because he performed marriages and ministered to Christians. Who would have thought that those Christians who promote traditional marriage would also be persecuted today?

 

St-valentineFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly known as Valentine’s Day,[1][2][3] or the Feast of Saint Valentine,[4] is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them. It is the second most celebrated holiday around the world second to New Year’s Day.[3]

St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire; during his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius. Legend states that before his execution he wrote “from your Valentine” as a farewell to her.[5][6] Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion,[7] as well as in the Lutheran Church.[8] The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine’s Day, albeit on July 6th and July 30th, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni).[9][10]

The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“).[1][3] Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

Saint Valentine

Historical facts

valentinesaintNumerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine.[12] The Valentines honored on February 14 are Valentine of Rome (Valentinus presb. m. Romae) and Valentine of Terni (Valentinus ep. Interamnensis m. Romae).[13] Valentine of Rome[14] was a priest in Rome who was martyred about AD 269 and was buried on the Via Flaminia. The flower crowned skull[15] of St Valentine is exhibited in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome. Other relics are found in the Basilica of Santa Prassede,[16] also in Rome, as well as at Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin, Ireland.

Valentine of Terni[17] became bishop of Interamna (modern Terni) about AD 197 and is said to have been martyred during the persecution under Emperor Aurelian. He is also buried on the Via Flaminia, but in a different location than Valentine of Rome. His relics are at the Basilica of Saint Valentine in Terni (Basilica di San Valentino).[18]

The Catholic Encyclopedia also speaks of a third saint named Valentine who was mentioned in early martyrologies under date of February 14. He was martyred in Africa with a number of companions, but nothing more is known about him.[19] Saint Valentine’s head was preserved in the abbey of New Minster, Winchester and venerated.[20]

February 14 is celebrated as St Valentine’s Day in various Christian denominations; it has, for example, the rank of ‘commemoration’ in the calendar of saints in the Anglican Communion.[7] In addition, the feast day of Saint Valentine is also given in the calendar of saints of the Lutheran Church.[8] However, in the 1969 revision of the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints, the feast day of Saint Valentine on February 14 was removed from the General Roman Calendar and relegated to particular (local or even national) calendars for the following reason: “Though the memorial of Saint Valentine is ancient, it is left to particular calendars, since, apart from his name, nothing is known of Saint Valentine except that he was buried on the Via Flaminia on February 14.”[21] The feast day is still celebrated in Balzan (Malta) where relics of the saint are claimed to be found, and also throughout the world by Traditionalist Catholics who follow the older, pre-Second Vatican Council calendar. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, St. Valentine’s Day is celebrated on July 6th, in which Saint Valentine, the Roman presbyter, is honoured; furthermore, the Eastern Orthodox Church obsesrves the feast of Hieromartyr Valentine, Bishop of Interamna, on July 30th.[22][23]

Legends

Bishop Demetri of the Orthodox Research Institute, in a keynote address, states that “St. Valentine was a priest near Rome in about the year 270 A.D, a time when the church was enduring great persecution. His ministry was to help the Christians to escape this persecution, and to provide them the sacraments, such as marriage, which was outlawed by the Roman Empire at that time.”[24] Contemporary records of Saint Valentine were most probably destroyed during the Diocletianic Persecution on early 4th century.[25] In the 5th or 6th century, a work called Passio Marii et Marthae published an invented story of martyrdom for Saint Valentine of Rome, probably by borrowing tortures that happened to other saints, as it was usually made in the literature of that period.[25][26] It states that St Valentine was persecuted as a Christian and interrogated by Roman Emperor Claudius II in person. Claudius was impressed by Valentine and had a discussion with him, attempting to get him to convert to Roman paganism in order to save his life. Valentine refused and tried to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. Because of this, he was executed. Before his execution, he is reported to have performed a miracle by healing Julia, the blind daughter of his jailer Asterius. The jailer’s daughter and his forty-four member household (family members and servants) came to believe in Jesus and were baptized.[25]

In addition to this, Saint Valentine is said to have performed clandestine Christian weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. The Roman Emperor Claudius II supposedly forbade this in order to grow his army, believing that married men did not make for good soldiers. According to legend, in order to “remind them of God’s love and to encourage them to remain faithful Christians,” Saint Valentine is said to have cut hearts from parchment, giving them to the soldiers and persecuted Christians, a possible origin of the widespread use of hearts on Saint Valentine’s Day.[5][27] A later Passio repeated the legend, adding that Pope Julius I built a church over his sepulcre (it’s a confusion with a 4th century tribune called Valentino who donated land to build a church at a time when Julius was a Pope).[26] The legend was picked up as fact by later martyrologies, starting by Bede‘s martyrology in the 8th century.[26] It was repeated in the 13th century, in Legenda Aurea.[28] The book expounded briefly the Early Medieval acta of several Saint Valentines, and this legend was assigned to the Valentine under 14 February.

valentine2There is an additional embellishment to The Golden Legend, which according to Henry Ansgar Kelly, was added centuries later, and widely repeated.[29] On the evening before Valentine was to be executed, he would have written the first “valentine” card himself, addressed to the daughter of his jailer Asterius, who was no longer blind, signing as “Your Valentine.”[29] This expression “From your Valentine” is still used to this day.[27] This legend has been published by both American Greetings and The History Channel.[30] John Foxe, an English historian, as well as the Order of Carmelites, state that Saint Valentine was buried in the Church of Praxedes in Rome, located near the cemetery of St Hippolytus. This order says that according to legend, “Julia herself planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave. Today, the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship.”[31][32]

Attested traditions

Main article: Lupercalia

There is no evidence of any link between Saint Valentine’s Day and the rites of the ancient Roman festival, despite many claims by many authors.[20][33] The celebration of Saint Valentine did not have any romantic connotations until Chaucer‘s poetry about “Valentines” in the 14th century.[25]

 

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Bible, Jesus Christ, and Marriage

Would Jesus Bake a Cake for Homosexual Wedding?

keyWhen Judaism demanded that all sexual activity be channeled into marriage, it changed the world. It is not overstated to say that the Torah’s prohibition of non-marital sex made the creation of Western civilization possible. Societies that did not place boundaries around sexuality were stymied in their development. The subsequent dominance of the Western world can largely be attributed to the sexual revolution initiated by Judaism, and later carried forward by Christianity. The revolution consisted of forcing the sexual genie into the marital bottle. ~Dennis Prager

 

Gary DeMar

“Arizona’s Legislature has passed a controversial bill that would allow business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.” If Gov. Jan Brewer signs it, the courts will rule it unconstitutional.

This all started when states passed anti-discrimination laws protecting people who engaged in same-sex relationships. This put some businesses in a bind. Once same-sex marriages were legalized, homosexuals wanted bakers, photographers, and flower shops to service their weddings.

Gov. Brewer is on track with this comment:

“I think anybody that owns a business can choose who they work with or who they don’t work with,” Brewer told CNN in Washington on Friday. “But I don’t know that it needs to be statutory. In my life and in my businesses, if I don’t want to do business or if I don’t want to deal with a particular company or person or whatever, I’m not interested. That’s America. That’s freedom.”

Any business that refused to service same-sex weddings were hit with an anti-discrimination lawsuit. Fines were levied. At least one bakery was driven out of business. The government created the problem by redefining marriage and by passing laws that say businesses can’t discriminate based on the actions and views of other people.

In 2013, a same-sex “couple” in England has “launched a legal challenge to the right of churches to opt out of gay weddings.” No minister, priest, or civil official has ever just married anybody. There are many ministers that will not marry a couple if both of them aren’t Christians. Many ministers won’t marry people if he does not believe the couple is ready to be married.
There are churches that will not allow certain types of music at weddings. Some churches will not allow alcohol or dancing at the reception if it’s held at the church.

The courts have created this problem, and they’re not going to fix it with more laws. They’re going to make it worse.

Does anyone think that a Jewish baker should be forced to make a cake for a group that wants to celebrate the birthday of Adolf Hitler? Should a black photographer be forced to photograph a KKK-themed wedding?

Was it wrong for a supermarket in New Jersey to refuse to write the name of a couple’s 3-year-old son in frosting on a birthday cake? The child’s name is Adolf Hitler Campbell.

Of course, liberals want to attack Christians, so they’re calling on the Bible for help. [An example of mingling human philosophies with the scriptures.]
KJV BibleLiberals love the Bible except when they hate the Bible. Their favorite verse is Matthew 7:1: “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.” Their least favorite verse is Matthew 7:2: “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.”

Consistency in judgment is the biblical ideal. In John 7:24, Jesus said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” So what’s the right judgment on this issue?

The new pro-homosexual narrative is “What would Jesus do about homosexual marriage?”

For example, Erick Erickson at RedState.com writes, “Yes, Jesus Would Bake a Cake for a Gay Person.” Like the majority of Christians, I agree with Erick that Jesus would bake a cake for a homosexual and anybody else. As he notes, however, the issue isn’t about just baking cakes and photography:
marriage“The disagreement comes on one issue only — should a Christian provide goods and services to a gay wedding. That’s it. We’re not talking about serving a meal at a restaurant. We’re not talking about baking a cake for a birthday party. We’re talking about a wedding, which millions of Christians view as a sacrament of the faith and other, mostly Protestant Christians, view as a relationship ordained by God to reflect a holy relationship.”

Jesus defined marriage, following the creation account in Genesis 2:24 in exacting detail: “And He answered and said [to the Pharisees questioning Him], ‘Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.’” (Matt. 19:4-6).

Jesus would no more bake a cake for a same-sex wedding than He would bake a cake for a Roman centurion who wanted it to read “Caesar is God.”

jesusnadulterouswomanJesus would sit down with those who admit that they engage in same-sex sex, an act condemned by God in several places, and deal with them the same way he dealt with the Samaritan woman who was engaged in illicit sexual encounters (John 4:7-45, especially vv. 15-17) and the woman caught in the very act of adultery (John 8:1-11).

What did Jesus say to the adulterous woman?: “From now on sin no more” (8:11).

Neither the Bible nor Jesus can be called on to support homosexuals who want to marry.
 

 

Breaking from Newsmax.com

Mormon Leader Outlines Opposition to Gay Marriage
A top Mormon leader reiterated the church’s opposition to gay marriage over the weekend during the church’s biannual general conference. While the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ stance on homosexuality has softened in recent years, this is the second consecutive conference in which leaders took time to emphasize the faith’s insistence that marriage should be limited to unions between a man and a woman.

“While many governments and well-meaning individuals have redefined marriage, the Lord has not,” said Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve.

Mozilla vs. Liberty, Marriage

Mozilla feels stinging backlash over CEO boot

firefox-300x204Mozilla, the company that operates the web browser Firefox, experienced its highest level of negative customer feedback the day after its embattled co-founder Brendan Eich resigned as CEO after gay rights activists objected to his appointment.

On Thursday, Mozilla forced Eich to resign just two weeks after hiring him. At issue was a $1,000 donation Eich gave in 2008 in support of California’s Proposition 8, a successful ballot initiative which banned gay marriage.

The decision to remove the man who invented the web scripting language JavaScipt did not sit well with many customers — many of them pelted Mozilla’s website with a surge of negative feedback.

On Friday, 94 percent of the sentiments registered on the site were “sad,” while six percent were “happy.” That translates to about 7,000 negative responses, compared to nearly 500 positive responses.

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Moral Repair Plan: Justice and Service

Dinner Topics for Thursday

keyNote: Members will continue to leave the church as long as they continue to look for “what’s in it for me.” The Millennial generation needs to learn that a disciple of Jesus Christ only grows in faith and character by sacrifice and service. It has been proven repeatedly that the “warm fuzzies” will result from service. ~C.A. Davidson

They actually want justice from the Attorney General …

Holderblackpastorsimpeach1. Black Pastors Want Holder Impeached; Uganda Targeted for Selective Outrage

RUSH LIMBAUGH: “A coalition of black pastors announced on Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, that they are launching a campaign to gather one million signatures on a petition calling for the impeachment of Attorney General Eric Holder…”

Black preachers are going after the first African-American attorney general, Eric Holder.  You know why?  They claim on their petition for impeachment that he has been violating his oath of office by trying “to coerce states to fall in line with the same-sex ‘marriage’ agenda.  ‘President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have turned their backs on the values the American people hold dear, values particularly cherished in the black community:

“Values like marriage, which should be strengthened and promoted, rather than weakened and undermined,” says a statement by the Coalition of African American Pastors that has been posted online with their impeachment petition.” That’s what they claim.  I think this is amazing.  Black pastors get this!  There’s not one Republican.  Maybe they get it. They don’t have the… the… the desire. Let’s just leave it at that. They don’t have the desire to go after Obama on his extra-constitutionality.

They don’t have the desire to go after Eric Holder on his behavior outside the Constitution.  In addition, there are 100 pastors here in Michigan.  These guys, these black pastors want to impeach Holder.  Here’s a pull quote: “I write today to urge you to take immediate action against the Attorney General of the United States for his lawless attempts to undermine states sovereign laws regarding marriage.

“Attorney General Holder should be impeached for abandoning his duty to uphold and defend the law and for pushing a radical agenda on the states in a manner out of keeping with the obligations of his office. I urge you to bring impeachment against Eric Holder for his reckless attempts to undermine our states’ constitutional marriage laws and the voices and values of millions of voters.” As a sideline related issue, are you aware of what’s going on in Uganda?

Uganda, of course, is a nation of black people in Africa.  “A Ugandan newspaper has published a list of what it called the country’s 200 top homosexuals, outing some who previously had not identified themselves as gay, a day after the president enacted a harsh anti-gay law. The US secretary of state, John Kerry, said the signing of the bill by President Yoweri Museveni on Monday marked ‘a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights’, and warned that Washington could cut aid.

“The Ugandan law — which came just over a month after Nigeria passed a similar measure against gays — has been condemned around the world, although it is widely popular among Ugandans.” 

So, so the plot thickens here.  What’s Obama gonna do?  They’re gonna cut ‘em off.  No more aid to Uganda.  I mean, these guys might actually be wishing for the old days, with Idi Amin Dada.  Idi Amin was nothing compared to this.  But Uganda’s being singled out.  They’re a Christian nation, but Uganda’s not the only nation with laws like this.

It’s just the selective outrage.  Perfectly fine to be mad at the backwards, all of a sudden backwards, antiquated African-American nation of Uganda, but we’re gonna leave alone every Muslim nation which has the same, for all practical purposes, laws.

2.  Why Christians need to be involved in Culture War

Ed Vitagliano, American Family Association Journal

Jesus5000Into the breach
There is no other way to fulfill the Great Commission [of Jesus Christ] than for Christians to take the light of the gospel into every dark corner of the earth – and into every cultural battle once they get there.

Who will plunge into the breach, risking all, to save those spiritual captives being led to death? It must be Christians. There is no one else. Christians have the message that saves.

But there will be backlash. There will be retaliation. Idols are entrenched, and the demons behind them do not yield without a fight.
This is why Paul in Romans 8:35-36 says we are like sheep being led to the slaughter. When Christians enter the darkness holding a lamp, they encounter tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril and sword.

Nevertheless, for centuries missionaries have shouldered their packs, left the warmth of kith and kin and marched off to continents that were spiritually pitch black, filled with people held hopeless in demonic chains and oppressed by innumerable idols and false religions.

Can we in America, with our churches well established, do anything less against the secular and pagan ideologies springing up in our land like poisonous mushrooms?

“The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great Light,” it says in Matthew 4:16.

We have the light of God. Let’s boldly shine it in the darkest corners of our culture.

Read more about engaging in the Culture War

Recommended Christian ministries that help equip believers to engage the culture in the area of worldview:

Cross Examined
crossexamined.org
seminars@crossexamined.org

Living Waters Ministries
livingwaters.com
email@livingwaters.com
9818 Arkansas St.
Bellflower, CA 90706
Phone: 562-207-9300
Toll free: 800-437-1893

3. Benefits of church fellowship come in the long term

From American Family Association Journal

family8workingNote: Members will continue to leave the church as long as they continue to look for “what’s in it for me.” The Millennial generation needs to learn that a disciple of Jesus Christ only grows in faith and character by sacrifice and service. It has been proven repeatedly that the “warm fuzzies” will result from service.

By Nicholas Dean, a senior at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He worked as an AFA Journal intern last summer.

YouthGoodbyeIn a culture that encourages shallow encounters and fleeting romances, relationships too often do not reflect any modicum of commitment. But personal relationships are not the only relationships falling short. Church involvement and relationships with fellow believers often follow this same model of surface level encounters and short-term participation.

Warm fuzzies
In his book The Wisdom of Stability, author Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove shares a brief anecdote of Will, a young family man who had spent the past year at a new church. After having moved his family in search of a “church that takes community seriously,” Will was grateful for his year at the new church.

However, he still felt he wasn’t experiencing what he expected. As Wilson-Hartgrove put it, “Frankly, Will had hoped for more.”

Now, this young man might have had misgivings for a number of reasons, but one thing is certain: the warm fuzzy feelings had worn off.
And so it is with church going these days. Church involvement seems to be following the same model as modern dating and marriage conventions, which is to say self-serving. When the warm fuzzy feelings go, so too does the would-be faithful church member. And church is thus reduced to a revolving door.

4. Justice for Justina

About Justina Child Abuse Case

JustinaOver just the past 24 hours, the battle to free Justina Pelletier and return the 15-year-old Connecticut girl to her family has deteriorated. So much so that Grassfire is calling on ALL of our team members to pressure elected officials in both Connecticut and Massachusetts — urging them to intercede on behalf of the Pelletier family.

On Monday, a Massachusetts judge ruled that Justina be placed in court-ordered “foster care” at a non-medical facility where she will receive limited, if any, treatment for her mitochondrial disease — even though her condition continues to deteriorate! (Some reports indicate that Justina is being sent to an off-site psychiatric ward overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families).

Imagine the terror and confusion this precious teenager must feel every day that she’s away from the comfort of her home and unable to see her family, friends or even clergy!
Instead, as a ward of the state (a state in which she doesn’t reside), Justina has become a virtual guinea pig to doctors and state bureaucrats, who seem intent on destroying this child and her loving family.

+ + Sign The “Free Justina Now!” Petition

http://grassrootsaction.com/201116/offer.asp?petition=1&CID=201115&Ref_ID=25263&rid=41671460

5. Poverty Cure

Financial Survival …

New study series helps Christians view poverty through Biblical lens

By Teddy James
RethinkingPoverty_headerGive a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. There are many lessons found in that old adage. One of the most prominent is the difference between helping someone long-term and short-term. And that distinction is where Michael Matheson Miller begins his look at worldwide poverty in a six-part DVD study called Poverty Cure.

Hurting to helping
It is in our Christian nature to help those in need. And there are times when giving money and resources is absolutely necessary and appropriate. But there are also times when giving charity can hurt the very ones it is trying to help.

That is the concept discussed in part one, “Charity that Hurts.” Rev. Robert Sirico, president of the Acton Institute, the organization that produced Poverty Cure, said, “We need to [take the emotional, moral] impulse to do something good and mature it.”

And that is the heart of the DVD study. Miller, the host of Poverty Cure, takes an honest look at the global problem of poverty, asking entrepreneurs, politicians, religious leaders and others how charity has affected local and national economies and what is being done successfully to draw the most people out of poverty.

Helping to investing
Poverty Cure focuses on the idea that people are image bearers of God and thus, are creative and innovative. Every person Miller speaks to says essentially the same thing, “Invest in us, invest in our enterprise, don’t just give us aid.”

One businessman said, “I’ve never heard about a country that developed on aid. I have heard of a country developing on innovation.”
Through the course of the study, Miller spotlights several ministries and organizations that specialize in micro financing, a way of giving small loans to small to medium enterprises. The reason is simple – in developed countries, around 65% of the work force is employed by small to medium enterprises. In poor countries, that number is often below 10%. But building wealth is not the end goal of Poverty Cure.

Investing to reaching
Peter Greer, president of HOPE International, a Christian organization specializing in micro financing and spreading the gospel, tells the story of helping a man get a job and escape poverty. When Greer visited him a year later, his home had not changed and his children were still not in school. Greer learned that he was taking his money and spending it on alcohol and women other than his wife.

He said, “I remember recognizing at that moment there’s got to be more than just a change in a wallet for significant change to happen. I think that is where the church and faith community has something materially different to offer than just another loan, just another job. When you have the opportunity to touch hearts, to touch meaning, to touch identity, while helping an individual get out of physical poverty, that’s where you see incredible transformation.”

Poverty Cure DVD study series

The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty (acton.org) spent three years producing Poverty Cure. The organization focuses on both building wealth and the kingdom of God, as well as articulating its vision by producing projects like Poverty Cure.

This DVD study is ideal for a small group or Sunday School study, with each lesson lasting around 30 minutes. It is also a great tool for families who want to get involved in fighting global poverty. Cost: $59.99. Available at povertycure.org.

Christian Life: Marriage, Real Family, and Quotes

Moral Decisions for Eternity

By Russell M. Nelson

keyThe wise use of your freedom to make your own decisions is crucial to your spiritual growth, now and for eternity.

The wise use of your freedom to make your own decisions is crucial to your spiritual growth, now and for eternity. You are never too young to learn, never too old to change. Your yearnings to learn and change come from a divinely instilled striving for eternal progression.2 Each day brings opportunity for decisions for eternity.

Are we not all children of God? In truth, not one of us can ever stop being a child of God!

The Human Body

My professional years as a medical doctor gave me a profound respect for the human body. Created by God as a gift to you, it is absolutely amazing! Think of your eyes that see, ears that hear, and fingers that feel all the wondrous things around you. Your brain lets you learn, think, and reason. Your heart pumps tirelessly day and night, almost without your awareness.8

Your body protects itself. Pain comes as a warning that something is wrong and needs attention. Infectious illnesses strike from time to time, and when they do, antibodies are formed that increase your resistance to subsequent infection.

Your body repairs itself. Cuts and bruises heal. Broken bones can become strong once again. I have cited but a tiny sample of the many amazing God-given qualities of your body.

Even so, it seems that in every family, if not in every person, some physical conditions exist that require special care.9 A pattern for coping with such a challenge has been given by the Lord. He said, “I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; … for if they humble themselves … and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.”10

Stellar spirits are often housed in imperfect bodies.11 The gift of such a body can actually strengthen a family as parents and siblings willingly build their lives around that child born with special needs.

The aging process is also a gift from God, as is death. The eventual death of your mortal body is essential to God’s great plan of happiness.12 Why? Because death will allow your spirit to return home to Him.13 From an eternal perspective, death is only premature for those who are not prepared to meet God.

templeWith your body being such a vital part of God’s eternal plan, it is little wonder that the Apostle Paul described it as a “temple of God.”14 Each time you look in the mirror, see your body as your temple. That truth—refreshed gratefully each day—can positively influence your decisions about how you will care for your body and how you will use it. And those decisions will determine your destiny. How could this be? Because your body is the temple for your spirit. And how you use your body affects your spirit. Some of the decisions that will determine your eternal destiny include:

How will you choose to care for and use your body?

What spiritual attributes will you choose to develop?

The Human Spirit

Your spirit is an eternal entity. The Lord said to His prophet Abraham: “Thou wast chosen before thou wast born.”15 The Lord said something similar about Jeremiah16 and many others.17 He even said it about you.18

Your Heavenly Father has known you for a very long time. You, as His son or daughter, were chosen by Him to come to earth at this precise time, to be a leader in His great work on earth.19 You were chosen not for your bodily characteristics but for your spiritual attributes, such as bravery, courage, integrity of heart, a thirst for truth, a hunger for wisdom, and a desire to serve others.

A pivotal spiritual attribute is that of self-mastery—the strength to place reason over appetite. Self-mastery builds a strong conscience. And your conscience determines your moral responses in difficult, tempting, and trying situations. Fasting helps your spirit to develop dominance over your physical appetites. Fasting also increases your access to heaven’s help, as it intensifies your prayers. Why the need for self-mastery? God implanted strong appetites within us for nourishment and love, vital for the human family to be perpetuated.22 When we master our appetites within the bounds of God’s laws, we can enjoy longer life, greater love, and consummate joy.23

It is not surprising, then, that most temptations to stray from God’s plan of happiness come through the misuse of those essential, God-given appetites. Controlling our appetites is not always easy. Not one of us manages them perfectly.24 Mistakes happen. Errors are made. Sins are committed. What can we do then? We can learn from them. And we can truly repent.25

We can change our behavior. Our very desires can change. How? There is only one way. True change—permanent change—can come only through the healing, cleansing, and enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.26 He loves you—each of you!27 He allows you to access His power as you keep His commandments, eagerly, earnestly, and exactly. It is that simple and certain. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of change!28

A strong human spirit with control over appetites of the flesh is master over emotions and passions and not a slave to them. That kind of freedom is as vital to the spirit as oxygen is to the body! Freedom from self-slavery is true liberation!29

We are “free to choose liberty and eternal life … or to choose captivity and death.30

marriageMarriage between a man and a woman is fundamental to the Lord’s doctrine and crucial to God’s eternal plan. Marriage between a man and a woman is God’s pattern for a fulness of life on earth and in heaven. God’s marriage pattern cannot be abused, misunderstood, or misconstrued.33 Not if you want true joy. God’s marriage pattern protects the sacred power of procreation and the joy of true marital intimacy.34 We know that Adam and Eve were married by God before they ever experienced the joy of uniting as husband and wife.35

In our day civil governments have a vested interest in protecting marriage because strong families constitute the best way of providing for the health, education, welfare, and prosperity of rising generations.36 But civil governments are heavily influenced by social trends and secular philosophies as they write, rewrite, and enforce laws. Regardless of what civil legislation may be enacted, the doctrine of the Lord regarding marriage and morality cannot be changed.37 Remember: sin, even if legalized by man, is still sin in the eyes of God!

While we are to emulate our Savior’s kindness and compassion, while we are to value the rights and feelings of all of God’s children, we cannot change His doctrine. It is not ours to change. His doctrine is ours to study, understand, and uphold.

The Lord’s way is the only way for us to experience enduring happiness. Each day is a day of decision, and our decisions determine our destiny. One day each of us will stand before the Lord in judgment.41 We will each have a personal interview with Jesus Christ.42 We will account for decisions that we made about our bodies, our spiritual attributes, and how we honored God’s pattern for marriage and family.

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.

Health Insurance Update: Obama vs. Heritage, Marriage, Truth

Ted Cruz: “I think he has absolutely been abusing his power and when you have a president who says ‘regardless of whether Congress acts I’m going to force my agenda on the American people,’ that’s wrong, that’s not consistent with our constitutional protections,” Cruz said.
MikeLeeonstandfortherightOver the last few months, Senator Lee stood up for the American people by fighting Obamacare. Now the media is in full attack mode.

Facts about Obamacare

1. Socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the Socialist State. ~ Vladimir Lenin (FYI, Lenin was a Russian Communist tyrant.)

2. Death rate in countries with socialized medicine is higher because people have to wait so long to get life-saving treatments. For example, in the following countries, which have socialized medicine:

  • In Germany, the death rate for breast cancer is 52% higher than in America

  • In Great Britain, the death rate for breast cancer is 88% higher than in America

3.  Pharmaceutical companies are now stopping research and development on life-saving formulas and moving to cosmetics, etc., which are not so heavily regulated.

4. Red Ink.

Obamacare is turning out to be 10 times more costly than the Obama administration promised.

 

Tea Party Update:

They’re stopping at nothing to fulfill their twisted agenda. Obamacare is downright dangerous (and broken) yet the bully at the Washington pulpit continues to force it on us.

Now it’s harming our elderly—they’re our parents, friends and neighbors. Insurance companies are booting their doctors out of Medicare leaving them without the critical care they require. Millions with people with individual plans are getting cancelled…forced into new plans with ghastly premiums.

Millions can’t get on the failed website yet they’ll be slapped with a fine for not having coverage. People will lose their jobs and homes as Obama siphons every last penny from their pockets to pay for his monstrosity.

Hannity puts his money where his mouth is …after

Operator fired for Telling the Truth about Obamacare

hannitydavisAn on-air call from Fox News and radio host Sean Hannity to the Obamacare hotline on Monday led to a world of hurt — followed by a life-altering offer — for the operator who answered the call.

Hannity — an outspoken opponent of Obamacare — dialed up the phone number and was connected to a woman named Earline Davis, a mother of two working for a private contractor.

Hannity proceeded to quiz Davis about technical issues facing the glitch-filled federal health-care website, while also engaging in some casual conversation during the 10-minute call.

The talkative operator filled Hannity in on the problems with the Healthcare.gov rollout and the hotline. She answered all of Hannity’s questions — none of which put a positive spin on Obamacare.

And now, as a result of the negative publicity surrounding her high-profile chat with Hannity, Davis has been fired.

“They fired me from my job,” she told Hannity while being interviewed on his radio program Thursday.

For his part, Hannity told his radio listeners he would compensate Davis for her expected year’s salary of $26,000 and help her find a new job.

Here’s more of Hannity’s conversation on Thursday with Davis:

DAVIS: “So, the next day I came back and they had, like, two people escort me upstairs to HR. And then it was three head people and me, we sat down, and so I’m like, ‘Why am I up here?’ I figured, OK, they want to talk about the phone call incident.”

HANNITY: “I’m very sorry that you had to go through that. I don’t want you to have to pay a price just for taking our call. So I want to help you out here.”

DAVIS: “I remember her saying, ‘We can’t have this type of stuff going on here, so we have to release you.’ They said that no contact with the media. No type of media whatsoever. We’re not allowed to do that at that company.”

HANNITY: “It’s not your fault I called.”
Hannity told Davis he would “gift” the money to her so she won’t have to pay taxes on it.

And now the polite, composed and patient working mom joins the ranks of millions of other employment-seeking Americans.

If you can help Earline Davis find a new job, Sean Hannity wants you to email him at jobs@hannity.com.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/sean-hannity-puts-his-money-where-his-mouth-is/#cXHwp1C2ADj21tVt.99

Heritage:

How Obamacare Threatens Marriage

Lindsey Martin

marriageObamacare’s consequences go well beyond all the website malfunctions.

For example, Obamacare will tax marriage — another blow to the institution that lies at the heart of our society.

A tax on married couples will effectively fund couples who cohabitate, divorce, or never marry, The Heritage Foundation’s Collette Caprara explains. This strain will put a burden on married couples at all income brackets. Under Obamacare, couples would be better off financially to separate or never commit to marriage.

Keeping traditional marriages and families intact was already an uphill battle as both government policies like welfare and social changes have reduced marriage and increased cohabitation. Not only does marriage provide positive effects for the husband and wife, their children reap benefits as well because they are less likely to experience issues with health, education, and poverty.

Caprara elaborates:

Without the benefits of an intact family, children are 82 percent more likely to live in poverty and tend to fare worse on a wide range of economic measures. In their teens, they are more likely to engage in high-risk behaviors such as sexual activity, substance abuse, and anti-social behavior. They also tend to fare worse on emotional and psychological outcomes and have lower levels of academic achievement and educational attainment.

Do you think married couples should be taxed to provide Obamacare benefits to cohabiting and unmarried couples?

Christian Traditions: Teaching Prayer and Respect

Nine Principles for a Successful Marriage and Family

By Jennifer Grace Jones

In “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” nine basic principles for strong, gospel-centered families are given: “Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities” (Ensign, Nov. 2010, 129).

1. Faith

“Faith is confidence and trust in Jesus Christ that lead a person to obey him.”

family6praying“As parents, we have been commanded to teach our children ‘to understand the doctrine of … faith in Christ the Son of the living God’ (D&C 68:25). …

“There is no other thing in which we can have absolute assurance. There is no other foundation in life that can bring the same peace, joy, and hope. In uncertain and difficult times, faith is truly a spiritual gift worthy of our utmost efforts. We can give our children education, lessons, athletics, the arts, and material possessions, but if we do not give them faith in Christ, we have given little.” ~ Kevin W. Pearson

2. Prayer

“Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional on our asking for them.”

Bible Dictionary, “Prayer.”

The Savior then commanded the little children to be brought to Him and commanded the multitude to kneel down. He knelt in the midst of the children and began praying. The people were overcome with joy after hearing His prayer, and they bore this testimony: “The eye hath never seen, neither hath the ear heard, before, so great and marvelous things as we saw and heard Jesus speak unto the Father.” (See 3 Nephi 17:1–17.)

3. Repentance

“Repentance implies that a person turns away from evil and turns his [or her] heart and will to God.”

“Today is always a better day to repent than any tomorrow. … Even should we be forgiven at some later time, the Lord cannot restore the good effects our repentance today might have had on those we love and are to serve. That is particularly poignant for the parents of young children. In those tender years there are chances for shaping and lifting spirits which may never come again. But even the grandfather who may have missed chances with his own children might, by choosing to repent today, do for grandchildren what he once could have done for their parents.” ~ Henry B. Eyring

4. Forgiveness

“To forgive generally means one of two things: (1) When God forgives men, he cancels or sets aside a required punishment for sin. … (2) As people forgive each other, they treat one another with Christlike love.”

From the Life of Jesus Christ

A Pharisee named Simon asked the Savior to come eat dinner. While they were eating, a woman who was known in the city as a sinner came to Jesus and stood nearby weeping. She knelt at the Savior’s feet and washed them with her tears, dried them with her hair, and anointed them with ointment. Simon watched the woman and thought, “This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him.”

The Savior then turned to Simon and taught him a parable:

“There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.

“And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both.”

Then Jesus asked Simon, “Which of [the debtors] will love [the creditor] most?” Simon answered that it was probably the debtor who was forgiven the greater debt. Jesus then turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Seest thou this woman? … Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.” Then He promised the woman, “Thy sins are forgiven. … Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.” (See Luke 7:36–50.)

5. Respect

“To consider worthy of high regard.” ~Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed. (2003), “respect.”

“When we have sampled much and have wandered far and have seen how fleeting and sometimes superficial a lot of the world is, our gratitude grows for the privilege of being part of something we can count on—home and family and the loyalty of loved ones. We come to know what it means to be bound together by duty, by respect, by belonging. We learn that nothing can fully take the place of the blessed relationship of family life. …

“Brethren, let’s treat our wives with dignity and with respect. They’re our eternal companions. Sisters, honor your husbands. They need to hear a good word. They need a friendly smile. They need a warm expression of true love.” ~ Thomas S. Monson

6. Love

“Deep devotion and affection. … The greatest example of God’s love for his children is found in the infinite atonement of Jesus Christ.”

From the Life of Jesus Christ

On the eve of His Crucifixion and hours before the agony of Gethsemane, Jesus Christ observed a final Passover with His Apostles. When the meal concluded, Jesus “knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own unto the end.” The Savior then rose from supper and girded Himself with a towel. He filled a basin with water and washed His disciples’ feet. When He had finished, He gave them a new commandment:

“Love one another; as I have loved you. …

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples.” (See John 13:1–5, 34–35.)

7. Compassion

“Literally ‘to suffer with.’ It also means to show sympathy, pity, and mercy for another.”

From the Life of Jesus Christ

In a particularly touching account, Jesus approached the city of Nain, where He saw a funeral procession for a young man—“the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.” When the Savior saw how many people from the city were with the woman and how deeply she grieved, He “had compassion on her.” He touched the stretcher where the young man lay and said, “Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.” Immediately the man sat up and began to speak, and the Savior delivered him to his suffering mother. (See Luke 7:11–15.)

8. Work

“To exert oneself physically or mentally especially in sustained effort for a purpose.” ~Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed. (2003), “work.

family7gardening“Teaching children the joy of honest labor is one of the greatest of all gifts you can bestow upon them. I am convinced that one of the reasons for the breakup of so many couples today is the failure of parents to teach and train sons in their responsibility to provide and care for their families and to enjoy the challenge this responsibility brings. Many of us also have fallen short in instilling within our daughters the desire of bringing beauty and order into their homes through homemaking. …

“[My father] instilled in me a joy and appreciation for honest labor and prepared me for that time in my life when I would have the responsibility of providing for a family. The principles I was taught by my wise father of honest labor, of not wasting, of discipline, and of seeing a task to its completion were basic to my success.” ~ L. Tom Perry

9. Recreation

Healthy, virtuous activities that refresh the strength and spirit of all involved.

family4picnic“Just as honest toil gives rest its sweetness, wholesome recreation is the friend and steadying companion of work. Music, literature, art, dance, drama, athletics—all can provide entertainment to enrich one’s life and further consecrate it. At the same time, it hardly needs to be said that much of what passes for entertainment today is coarse, degrading, violent, mind-numbing, and time wasting. Ironically, it sometimes takes hard work to find wholesome leisure. When entertainment turns from virtue to vice, it becomes a destroyer of the consecrated life.” ~ D. Todd Christofferson

American Culture, Birth, and Marriage

Dinner Topics for Wednesday

Welfare and Illegitimate Birth

From Rush Limbaugh Radio Show

Seventy percent of black babies are born without a father.  Fifty-three percent of Hispanic babies born without a father. Seventy percent of poor white women’s babies born without a father. You are not ever going to reverse the welfare state with statistics like that.  Not possible.

baby2Folks, we’ve been talking about the erosion of our culture.  I mean, our culture is being perverted, and it’s crumbling.  The guardrails, the institutions that provided the glue — marriage is one of them — that kept society together, all those things are under assault, and many of them are vanishing.  What is the biggest obstacle right now to welfare reform?  It may not be the biggest, but it certainly is in the top three.  You know what it is?  Out-of-wedlock birth.  Do you know how many out-of-wedlock births there are in this country?  Seventy percent of black babies are born out-of-wedlock.

Now, I can guarantee you what’s happening within certain sectors of the audience, is that people are shouting at me at their radio and calling me names about being old-fashioned fuddy-duddy or some sort of discrimination artist or what have you, or someone who holds up old-fashioned laws that are not relevant anymore.  But stick with me on this for a second.

Fifty-three percent of Hispanic babies are born out-of-wedlock.  Seventy percent of African-American babies are born out-of-wedlock.  Seventy percent of babies born to poor white women are born out-of-wedlock.  Half of the babies — get this stat — half of the babies born to mothers under 30 are born out-of-wedlock.  Let me run through this again, ’cause I maintain that you cannot get rid of the welfare state with these birth statistics.  Somebody has to take the place of the second parent, and the government has willingly, and, in fact, Democrat-led governments have eagerly done so.  So 70% of African-American babies are born out-of-wedlock.  Fifty-three percent of Hispanic babies born out-of-wedlock.

By the way, they tell us that Hispanics are natural conservative voters out there.  They’re just conservative Republicans-in-waiting.  Poor white women who have babies, 70% out-of-wedlock.  What does that mean?  It means that the institution of marriage doesn’t mean anything anymore to way, way, way too many people.  It’s been weakened profoundly.  Do you know what the out-of-wedlock birth rate was the first 200 years of the company?  Would you be interested in knowing what that number is?  The out-of-wedlock birth rate was two to 3% in the first 200 years of the country.

Now, again, the numbers.  Seventy percent of black babies are born without a father.  Fifty-three percent of Hispanic babies born without a father. Seventy percent of poor white women’s babies born without a father. You are not ever going to reverse the welfare state with statistics like that.  Not possible.  Chew on that.

RUSH:  You know what people are saying out there to me now, don’t you?  They may not be saying it yet, wait ’til Media Matters gets their interpretation of the statistics I just offered.  “How dare he talk about women’s reproductive freedom that way.  How dare he?”  That will be the reaction to the out-of-wedlock birth numbers.

By the way, the overall illegitimacy — ah, sorry.  It used to be called illegitimacy.  The overall out-of-wedlock birth rate in America is 40% now.  And when you subgroup it as the numbers were that I offered, folks, there’s no way you’re gonna have serious welfare reform.  Now, the question is, which came first?  Did the existence of welfare help to create these statistics, and I’m one who believes that the answer is inarguably yes.  But others, of course, “Oh, no, nothing could be further from the truth.”

Truth, Taxes, and Traditional Marriage

Dinner Topics for Thursday

And in all this controversy among adults, no one cares about the children! ~C.A. Davidson

The Following is an excerpt from the Rush Limbaugh Radio Show  freedomofspeech

Suppressing the Truth

Some reporter here for the UK Daily Mail went and found a guy who’d been adopted by two gay parents and was abused for ten years, but the social workers ignored the complaints because the parents were gay.  Now, that’s just one example, and you can’t extrapolate from one example and say this fits the bill for everybody, but if you look hard enough this is the kind of stuff that is out there in the media. That’s the UK Daily Mail.

Video exposing Planned Parenthood Abuse of Children is Pulled

“So long as the student avoids STDs and pregnancy, and is comfortable with what he or she is doing, it’s an anything goes.'”   It is at this point in the story that even those who thought they knew Planned Parenthood will be shocked.  “American Life League, released a video titled ‘Hooking Kids on Sex,’ graphically detailing just what Planned Parenthood sex education is. It went viral and was viewed almost one-quarter million times in the first week before a [Planned Parenthood] activist got YouTube to suspend it.

“ALL came back with Hooking Kids on Sex (II). Even those who thought they knew Planned Parenthood were shocked. The video’s moderator, Michael Hichborn, argues that [Planned Parenthood] follows the same business model as a drug dealer,” in the PREP program, Personal Responsibility Education Program, Planned Parenthood. This is the video that was made to expose the program.  This is not a Planned Parenthood video. This is a video that people alarmed about this made, and Planned Parenthood got the video pulled off of YouTube. 

Here is the video that American Life League came back with after their first one was pulled: (Scroll down on the article to view the video)

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/03/29/how_did_this_happen_the_left_corrupted_the_language_undermined_morality_and_there_was_no_pushback

 

Wo unto them who call evil good and good evil

You ridicule and you wear down anyone or any institution that does not relent.  Amidst all this talk of equality, Dr. Ben Carson is not allowed to voice his opinion.  His opinion is a formally mainstream position, but he can’t articulate that now without being punished.  So we’re gonna protect the vile, hateful people out there, but not Ben Carson.  As far as Dr. Carson about being removed, replaced, he said, “Well, that’s okay. It’s their day.  I don’t want to rain on their parade.”  ~Rush Limbaugh

He’s not allowed to do that without being punished.  The First Amendment applies to vile, hateful people, but not to a thoughtful, brilliant surgeon.  Vile, hateful people can say whatever they want about whoever.  The way this happened is he goes on Fox and he says this.  Media Matters pulls the quote and sent it out to their trolls. The mainstream media caught up with it, flavored it, shaped it the way they wanted it, and the medical students at Johns Hopkins said, “My God, our professor’s a bigot!  We can’t have our commencement speaker be a bigot.”

Meanwhile, have you heard about the black lawmaker down in Alabama? Joseph Mitchell of Mobile.  He sent an e-mail to a constituent. He’s a Jefferson County, Alabama, guy, and in his e-mail he referred to the constituent’s “slaveholding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping, incestuous kinfolk.”  This is an African-American member of the legislature in Alabama, and they’re now saying that he didn’t break any legislative rules when writing that e-mail, referring to a white constituent’s ancestors as incestuous slave owners.

This is from the Alabama House of Representatives leader. “Republicans House Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn said that neither he nor most other legislators share the views of Democrat representative Joseph Mitchell of Mobile. ‘I can’t believe he’s put something like that out, but he’s got his free speech writes and he can write his constituent that all day long.'”  He can call his constituent a “slaveholding, murderous, adulterous, baby-raping, incestuous, kinsfolk,” and Republicans will Alabama will defend his First Amendment rights to do that.

Why Do Married People Get Tax Breaks?

CALLER: I think it’s fine to eliminate the death tax for same-sex partners and to allow them to visit each other in the hospital.  You know, right now if I show up at a hospital in New Jersey and one of us is sick and we have our civil union certificate, they’ll look at it and say, “What the hell is that?” Later we could win in court, but, I mean, we can’t visit each other in the hospital.
RUSH:  So basically you’re advocating all of that be made legal but not marriage?

CALLER:  I guess what I’m saying is that legally when we talk about taxes or visiting each other in the hospital —

RUSH:  Well, if these two women were sisters –if they were sisters — she would have to pay this tax.  Why isn’t it discrimination if sisters can’t get married?

CALLER:  If they’re sisters, yeah, I guess they would.  You know, what I say is these are two women that were under the radar for 40 years buying a house together.  What business do Obama and President Clinton President Clinton have in spending millions of dollars fighting them in court to take the $360,000, half of the retirement plan, and the house?

It’s About the children!!!!

We will be faced with our nation imploding, like European nations. Without a replacement population to grow up and be future taxpayers, the nation can’t survive.~ C.A. Davidson

But why are there financial benefits in marriage?  Why is there the personal exemption for every crumb cruncher you produce?  Because the state has a vested interest in the population maintaining or growing, and an acknowledgement by the state that it’s expensive to have children.

You have to feed them, you have to clothe them, and so forth.  So there was a basic acknowledgement of two things: It was in the state’s interest, the society’s interest, the population’s interest for there to be — at least at bare minimum — a replacement level birthrate. Meaning: Keep the population what it is.  Ideally you want a growing population.  So the benefits were meant to encourage families.  But we’ve blown the notion of family to smithereens, or we’re in the process of it.  So that argument has sort of been watered down.