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DOMA’sses: A Rational Argument About DOMA

DOMA-avatarI’m sure most of you have seen this image trending Facebook as of late, and for those of you that live in caves, this is the new icon of the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) to spread awareness of what is taking place in the highest court in the land. This is the week SCOTUS rules DOMA and Proposition 8 either constitutional or unconstitutional. It seems both will be repealed if Justice Anthony Kennedy (Bless his moderate heart) meant what he said earlier about his reservations to upholding this law as constitutional. My lifeline to live news coverage has been limited to only news blogs and NPR as of late, so I can’t tell you what is happening this very moment, if anything significant at all.

So what does all of this mean? Back on a warm September day during the hot and sticky Clinton administration, he signed into law The Defense of Marriage Act. Signing DOMA is something former President Clinton regrets to this day, but he claims Democrats had to compromise to get important bills passed. It also didn’t hurt that the man had a presidential election to win and the LGBT community made up a very small percent of the democratic constituency. It was a very politically toxic subject throughout the 90’s, but in the last decade support for LBGT’s has seen rapid growth all across the nation.

Obviously people are thrilled that there may finally be an end to the discrimination, but there are many who warn of fire and brimstone. You would think such a tired argument would have died with the puritans, but here we are… 2013. Below are screen snippets of such people responding to CNN articles on Facebook, and I will explain why their argument is not only invalid, but entirely based on ignorance.

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God made Adam, Eve and Steve. He also made Anthony, Rick, Thomas, John, Randy, Ruby, Cathy, Debbie…. And if the Bible is correct, our lineage can be traced back to a whole bunch of biblical incest.

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Doris seems to be confused about what’s being debated right now. If it were about something as trivial as what to “call” marriage, I wouldn’t care. The word marriage, however, means everything when it comes to federal recognition for benefits heterosexual families currently have access to. You can call gay marriage oatmeal and I don’t care, so long as oatmeal receives the same federal benefits as marriage does. Also, refer to my comment about incest above for the Genesis remark.

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And most of us who don’t believe in your God don’t necessarily care.

1 Peter 2:13 “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority,”

And regardless of what the Bible says man’s law in this country follows the constitution. Laws made are constitutional until proven otherwise by the Supreme Court. We tried Biblical law in England, and it didn’t work out so well.

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Probably extremely low, considering more and more of this country is losing its religion. It’s also part of the reason marriage equality will win out in the end. I can’t say that all Christians hate the idea of gay marriage; in fact, there are many who are for it. There are even churches who are now welcoming gay and lesbian people with open arms. After all, Jesus never shut out the prostitutes and undesirables from hearing his message, and Jesus never mentions gay marriage or homosexuality in general. He did have some harsh words on divorce though Matthew 19:3-12. Paul mentioned homosexuality a few times, but he also may have been a closeted homosexual himself.

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Yeah, because gay people, some of the most educated and charismatic people in the world, have no idea about the mechanics of sex… gay or straight. Also I have to ask, how many straight parents actually teach their children about safe and responsible sex, and how many leave it to the schools? If abstinence talks worked, Mississippi wouldn’t be the teen pregnancy capital of the US (which happens to be related to being the poorest state in the union).

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You conveniently left out Leviticus 19:27 (cutting hair and shaving), Leviticus 11:8 (BLT’s), Genesis 38:9-10 (Pulling out), Leviticus 19:28 (Tattoos and earrings), Leviticus 19:19 (Mixing things, like seed, cattle, oh yeah, and blended garments), 1 Timothy 2:9 (Jewelry… Which is kind of odd considering what Christians and non-believers alike choose to symbolize their union. God must have said that wedding rings are okay… somewhere. Maybe in a book locked in Vatican vaults?), Leviticus 11:10 (Shellfish!)… It’s so easy to find a verse condemning something YOU ALL do on a regular basis.

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I’m going to sound racist here, but I don’t really care. I must have read about 50 different messages from black people condemning homosexuality, but only one or two of them knew how to form reasonably coherent sentences. Shawn here believes as they do in places like Uganda that homosexuality is… a spirit. A spirit that has received many! That certainly sounds gay to me, you may be onto something there! Look throughout creation… Oh yeah, that’s right, not everything God made is heterosexual. In fact, there are numerous animals that can not only change their gender , but also pretend to be of the opposite sex. Obviously not everything is Adam and Eve, plugs and sockets… which by the way has to be one of the weakest arguing points against marriage equality. Do you even know how gay men have sex? Let’s just say the plumbing works, and the parts fit… very well. “Hum…. something to actually think about.”

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72% of black children are brought into this world from unwed mothers. If my parents were homosexual, I’d be happy to have two. By the way, there are more gays of faith than there are atheists. Which leads me to…

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I find it insulting that the black community would dare come out against marriage equality when they barely practice it before having children. And now that you got yours, you have the gall to tout the democratic process… the same democratic process that kept your ancestors in chains over 150 years ago. We don’t live in a democracy, sir. We live in a Republic, and despite what you may believe about democrats and republicans, the republic in republican means something, or at least it used to. It is specifically designed to include minorities instead of having the majority walk all over them. So, in a way it WAS thought of when they were drafting the constitution.

The institution of marriage may be 4,000 years old, but the way we marry nowadays is far different. For example, you and your wife probably chose to marry each other. In Biblical times women and sometimes men did not get a say in who they married (especially if they raped their spouse before being married). Also, the Catholic church has been around for about 2,000 years, but that probably didn’t stop you or others from going protestant. If you were to adhere to ancient traditions, you would be Catholic. Just because something has been around a long time doesn’t mean it stays the same.

You’re black, I can see that clearly. I look in the mirror and I’m white. We were both born that way, but we cannot see anything beyond flesh unless we’ve shared the same mind, experiences and attractions. This is what makes an argument against something you don’t understand so pointless. You think being gay is a choice because you most likely are not gay. If you have never been attracted to the same sex, how the hell can you proclaim a lifestyle CHOICE was involved? Just like how can I claim that black people have it easy freeloading off of the government today? I’m not black, and I don’t know what it’s like to be treated differently based on my race, but I do know what it’s like to be treated differently based on my sexuality, which makes me a little more empathetic toward racial minorities. That’s something you won’t ever have, unless someone close to you turns out to be gay.  It’s perception that needs to change, and clinging to ancient values aren’t going to bring you any closer to enlightenment.

So I’ll give you the same advice, “Stop it, you look and sound stupid.”

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You’re counting one state, or the 53% of Americans that approve same-sex marriage? Either way, civil liberties and equality should not be put to a popular vote. I thought black people learned that lesson already?

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Those selfish minorities! They want all the perks, like not being charged a heafty death tax when a spouse dies, being able to receive pensions or social security benefits when a spouse dies, you know… stuff that married couples are guaranteed under federal law? Quit being so selfish by expecting equal treatment under federal law! Oh but keep on paying those taxes.

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I posted this because of the absurdity. This person is from Nigeria. Yes the same Nigeria with the corrupt government and sharia law in the north. Considering most African countries are 2nd and third world, you don’t know how unlucky you are to live in a place of rolling blackouts, failing infrastructure, uncontrolled governmental theft, increasing HIV/AIDS epidemic and Islamic extremists. Yeah, you can keep all that, because if Nigeria is a country in which God worked wonders, I certainly don’t want that crap over here. Enjoy your dismal future as Nigeria becomes more industrialized. God bless!

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Ah! I was waiting for one of these “dog on man on boy on tree” type arguments. I’m going to explain once and for all why this argument is by far the most idiotic:

Pedophiles and rapists have victims they violated. They basically took rights away from their victims, and if this were biblical times they’d be married, but I digress. This does not equal two consenting adults getting married. A dog or cat, or newt or piece of pie is not sentient and cannot reason, nor can they sign legal documents declaring their unity to a man or woman. This also does not equal two consenting adults getting married. I should also mention that America has just as many deviants as Canada, Finland, The Netherlands, Iceland, Norway, Portugal, Sweden… in all countries where same-sex marriage is legal. I have yet to see any of those countries descend into chaos because of marriage equality.

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I didn’t choose this one because it’s a model for the written word, but because of its contradictions. Biblically, gay marriage wasn’t even thought about, and Paul… oh poor flaming Paul was never married and he was about as anti-woman as they come. All that repressed sexual tension needs to be let out in some form or another. Why do you think DOMA exists at all? And what caused Sodom and Gomorrah’s destruction? Well if the two cities did exist, probably war, Earthquake, volcanic eruption, or meteor strike? Or if we go by the word of God, it wasn’t because everyone was gay… it was because the city was evil. The people did not respect or love one another (sounds kind of like the CNN Facebook page), there were rapists and criminals all over the place, no one offered anyone any hospitality and the people were hedonistic. The story of Sodom and Gomorrah symbolized a need for common courtesy and stability, values and empathy.

That’s kind of different than what we are proposing, quite the opposite really. If gay men are allowed to marry and settle down, that will kind of put some restraints on the sleeping around, especially if they have families. That’s what marriage is really about, solidifying the unity of two individuals, giving them a foundation and security to start a family. We live in an age where children need parents, and well, you don’t necessarily need intercourse to have a child of your own in this day and age.

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Best to have society liberally educated rather than conservatively, which is why liberals tend to spend more on it while conservatives cut it. In any case, this response was a mess from the get-go. Somehow we went from a slippery slope to a full-blown cliff. Gay marriage somehow leads to communism and genocide. You do realize that during the Holocaust, gays were either disposed of or castrated. Oh good old eugenics! I doubt you’ve ever read anything on Marxism, let alone a book that didn’t have big words and illustrations. Socialism is not communism, and gay marriage will not lead to the US electing a Chinese communist dictator.

Educated idiots is about as contradictory as the book you have read to you every Sunday by your pastor, because you probably can’t be bothered to read it yourself. And considering you’re fed up with drivel that is not true, maybe you should skip the Sunday sermon.

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Translation: I hate you, I don’t want to know anything about you… GOD BLESS! There’s nothing like hearing the message of Jesus from the people that have no idea that Jesus didn’t go around hating people, and hopefully he was better spoken than you. It’s sort of like how Christians are complaining that people are turning from God, but turn around and say stuff like this to everyone else. It’s your lack of real Christian behavior that’s the real reason behind people turning away from faith. The devil is not to blame, it’s Christians themselves.

There’s so much ignorance out there, it really hurts. It’s not like it hurts my heart or my feelings, it’s literally painful. It radiates from my head to my jaws to my neck and back to my head, because I grit my teeth and wonder how people can live in such a state cluelessness. How can you willfully shut down your brain so that you don’t learn anything more about the world and who you share it with? I know it sounds a bit like I’m close-minded with all the stereotypes I toss around every now and then for humor sake, but I know a lot about the world. I know more than the average person does about our government, our country, current events that actually matter. However, we live in a time where people just can’t be bothered to stop and try to understand what they hate. People are angry, because they don’t know what they are angry about! What scares me is a good portion of the voting population prefers to live in a state of clouded ignorance. The less effort it takes to learn about something, the better.

This is dangerous folks! People are so scared of socialism and communist regimes, but they forget how they start. You need to have a majority of people stupid enough to allow it to take place. And our society, our country is ripe for the picking. Gay marriage isn’t going to destroy this country, willful ignorance will.

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Rome wasn’t built in a day…

It may not have been built in a day, but its decline may as well have happened over night. It’s no surprise that people are starting to notice parallels between the United States and the mighty Roman Empire, and it doesn’t matter which way you swing politically, the stark reality is staring us in the face as history once again makes fools of the human race.

Spanish philosopher George Santayana once said, “those that cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It’s such a simple, yet incredibly clever quote that had just as much relevance in his time as it does in ours today. Human beings are relatively quick to forget lessons learned from the past, simply because those lessons were learned first-hand by a completely different generation. Those that lived through The Great Depression are dying out as the US cusps ever closer to a second one. The way the game is played has changed little, and the spark of our recession is startlingly similar to what drove the United States’ economy full-speed off a cliff in 1929.

Did we honestly think it couldn’t happen again just because we had a bull market for almost two decades? When investor confidence is up, it’s easy to throw caution to the wind and ignore a very basic principle of a free market system: it’s never really free. You can’t get something for nothing, but that’s exactly what we were doing from the 80’s onward. There was once a time when you could pay off a brand-new home in your 20’s-30’s while earning a reasonable living wage. Very little was purchased with credit, and things that were purchased with credit had very reasonable and affordable interest rates.

Somehow we went from a society that worked hard, saved, and was able to actually obtain and OWN the American dream to a society that is not only in debt, but is financially and socially incapable of getting out of it. We got a lot of things for nothing, and nothing is precisely what a lot of Americans have to show for it today. It’s easy to lay the blame on the consumer, but it takes a creeping malevolence to undermine and pervert the notion of obtaining the American dream in such a passive way that no one knew until it was too late. The malignancy was small, but the cancer spread from Wall Street to corporation to government.

If you catch cancer early, it can be controlled or even cured. If you catch it too late, your body begins to shut down. We’re definitely two decades too late, and this isn’t going away anytime soon, not without some amputations.

But that was just one example of completely disregarding the past. Let’s take a look at our great, great, great, great grandfather Rome. No one can deny the power and greatness of the Roman empire. It had the world’s best military. It was the second world republic (after Greece). It had a thriving economy (using slave labor to obtain most of it). They built some of the most impressive roads, buildings, aqueducts, sewer systems… my God, it was pristine and way ahead of its time. Who knows how technologically advanced they would have been had they not “accidentally” burned down the library of Alexandria.

But all was not well in Rome. It was too big and too diverse, which meant it was a lot harder to control with a centralized government. This gave way to major corruption and gross, uneven wealth distribution. Sound familiar? That was the first problem, the second problem was the decline of the military, which ties into the first problem. When you have prolonged military presence in foreign lands, the costs to maintain that presence coupled with the cost of expansion (even through conquest) leads to eventual decay. Could this happen in a world where it takes days, not months, to travel from one end of the globe to the other? The Roman military often settled where they conquered, which further segregated and decentralized Rome. Obviously our troops aren’t going to start new lives in the middle east, but look at what this prolonged military presence is costing the country.

Military decay wasn’t the only reason an empire as great as Rome fell. The wealthy began hoarding bullion (silver used as currency), and large amounts of impure currency was minted and distributed, which caused massive inflation. Goodness, that does sound familiar. Trade between the eastern half and western half of Rome began to decline. How much does the US actually export to other countries, and at the same time, how many goods are actually made in this country to supply a demand… in this country? Take a look at where most of your products are manufactured and draw your own conclusions. That wasn’t all that aided in the collapse of the Roman economy. The barbarians also plundered the coffers, and basically left Rome for broke. This is kind of similar to what the wall street barbarians, I mean barons are doing today.

Religion! Oh here we go again with religion being the root of all evil. Well, I’m sorry to break it to you, but it’s no coincidence the decline of the Roman empire began to really take off after the Romans not only tolerated Christianity, but made it an official religion! Thanks Constantine. That’s really all it took to shift the power from Emperors to the pontiff. Once Christianity spread like disease among the people, those that held the religious trump card became the new rulers of Rome. Not saying that religion didn’t exist before Christianity, but there was a reason why this particular religion was feared and discriminated against in ancient Rome. Now, couple this newly found religion with the rise of Islam in the east, and you have a conflict of, well, biblical proportions. Two of the worst religions not only accounted for countless deaths, but also had a hand in plunging the civilized world into the Dark Ages.

We are seeing a rise in this same theocracy that helped doom Rome in the United States today. It’s amazing that after almost 2,000 years, we’re back to this dark blotch in human history. Picture this, if the roles of Islam and Christianity were reversed, if Islam was this nation’s religion and Christianity was contained in the middle east, the roles of these religions would be reversed. You would have Christians blowing themselves up and Muslims trying to control every uterus and bedroom in the US today. This is not speculation here, because all of this has happened before! Christians, when given the chance can be just as volatile and violent as Muslims. I like to think of these people of faith as having hive mentality, and no real mind of their own.

And the final nail in Rome’s coffin was division. One of my favorite presidents once said “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” You had western Rome under two radically different rulers and eastern Rome in the same boat. In this country, we are not divided by geography, but rather by political partisan. It has gotten so out of hand that we’re as ineffective a nation as Rome was as two. One side of Rome succeeded for a while longer, but still eventually fell. Which side will succeed in the US, and does one extreme stand a chance at bringing this nation out of despair, or prolong its inevitable collapse? I’m going to say the latter. We need both political parties, because these once gave voice to people who didn’t have one. We may even need a third political party to balance the two out, something completely middle ground. Then again, we may already have them as Independents, which seems to be growing in popularity as people become disgusted with the political side they’ve once had no choice but to take.

As gloom and doom as this may seem, we have something Rome didn’t, which may be our saving grace. We have history to teach us the lessons of our past, and we have the capability to learn and adapt based on observation. The circumstances of Rome’s decline were culturally different, but fundamentally similar to what is happening in this nation today… and perhaps the world. We cannot repeat these mistakes and expect to still evolve into something better than we were. Right now is a pivotal moment in our existence. Apocalypse is said to be a time of enlightenment, something happens that makes everyone stand up and take notice and become better. Cyclical apocalypses only occur when we become comfortable with ignorance and close our minds to the consequences.

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“Put God back in our country!”

  Ask any “God-fearing” church-goer today what is really wrong with this county. It’s not government and Wall Street corruption, it’s not high unemployment, it’s not a crumbling economy, no. All of these things seem to be linked to one detail: the lack of God in the country. It never ceases to amaze me how much fear this one religion spreads across the nation, and just like in the days of old, given one catastrophic event, these people that claim to spread love and God’s salvation to the world are quick to turn on their fellow Americans.

Why? Because they fear God’s wrath. They believe that because they live in Sodom and Gomorrah, they too will be taken out in droves by their supposed righteous, all-knowing and above all, loving God. So, how is one spared the wrath of God in today’s melting pot of Satan’s own disciples? It’s not by only accepting Jesus as their savior and going to church every Sunday and Wednesday, they also have to impose their beliefs on the rest of us in order to get their mansions and crowns, and more of God’s love in the afterlife.

Yes, you read that correctly. Being in the presence of the most powerful being in the universe, and possession of all knowledge isn’t all that great to the average Christian. They demand streets of gold, rivers of milk and honey (ew?), a tree of life… for some reason, huge mansions and lavish crowns with jewels for every soul they saved on Earth. Of course, the bigger the mansion, the more of God’s love you receive.

It’s true! The bible tells me so, or does it?

Apparently, you have a chance to win not one, but FIVE crowns on judgement day, which seems to be more like God’s OSCAR awards ceremony to faithful Christians… or at least this is how a lot of us interpret it. To be honest, the Bible is so cryptic and has been translated so many times, no one really knows what the hell it really means anymore or what has been translated incorrectly or what was placed in there to be intentionally misleading. If thousands of years of history has taught us anything at all, it’s you can control anyone when you keep them stupid and religious.

I grew up southern Baptist, so this  John 14:2 verse “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you,” was somehow interpreted as this holy scavenger hunt for lost souls to claim huge mansions for yourself upon your death. Of course, as humans we only measure the worth of something in materialistic ways, so this sounds like a fool-proof life insurance policy the dead can reap the benefits of! How exciting!

We’re starting to see this Christian movement again in the US. Let’s face it, the United States isn’t exactly a country where the majority are in any ways our best and brightest. As far as cultural awareness goes, don’t even ask. Prior to 1990, 87% of adults in this country identified themselves as Christian. Of course, your chances of getting into heaven if you had asked many of those 87% was greatly lowered if anyone practiced a denomination of Christianity other than their own. The good news is, that rate dropped to 76% in 2008 and it continues to plummet as people become more aware of just what they had been told to believe. I also believe the massive publicity of the religious right has a lot to do with this decline.

Who wouldn’t question their beliefs after seeing these fools on every news network for the last year.

So, roughly 76% of Americans are Christian, and the other 24% are bringing this country down. For that, I do apologize. My lack of faith will most likely bring about the inevitable destruction of the United States, but hey, at least the 76% will be going to heaven! As for poor me, I will be roasting in fiery torment for eternity.

But wait a second, that can’t be right. Only the few will be chosen to enter the kingdom of heaven. Of those 76%, how many are actually born again Christians? Well no one really knows that number, but if there is one thing we have been good at since puritan times, it’s faking it!

Now let’s get into politics, and why the republicans won’t have a snowball’s chance in the darkest and hottest parts of hell of retaking the presidency in 2012. The days of intelligent, fiscally responsible, pro-active and politically fair republican presidents and presidential candidates died with Theodore Roosevelt. If you ask any republican, it died with Ronald Reagan, but the rest of us are a little smarter than that. Reagan’s presidency brought about the corporate government era, which gave a messy birth to the incompetent and legislatively useless pile of crap we have in our nation’s capitol today.

Taking a look at the republican “hopefuls,” we don’t really see any kind of tangible relief from the right. What we do see is a bunch of moral and religious rhetoric, and completely ridiculous claims to solving our financial woes with simple percentages. Herman Cain anyone? He preaches 9-9-9 as religiously as the most rabid southern pastor pushes salvation, but when asked about the complicated problems his simple-minded simple plan would cause, Cain simply answered in his own simple way “I have no idea…”

Well it’s certainly not the first time we’ve caught these people living in worlds of their own. Michele Bachmann lives on a plane of existence that is so different than our own, I half expect her to start sliding in and out of parallel universes in the middle of a debate.

Rick Perry is, of course, Bush 2.0 with a twist! You would think that the second version of something would be an upgrade, not a downgrade. This isn’t the case with republican candidates. He’s receiving a lot of negative publicity lately, but it’s not the right kind! There is a treasure trove of things the press could be pushing, but we’re still hung up on “nigger head” for some reason. Come on, it’s Texas. If you honestly gasped and held your face in disbelief that any evidence of racism has surfaced with this man, you may be mildly retarded. Everything you see is bigger in Texas, except what really matters…

Brains. What did you think I was going to say there?

Now we have Willard Romney, the *gasp* Mormon republican that can’t decide whether he wants eggs for breakfast, or cereal, or both… or none at all. Of course his religion fans the flames of republican debate in a mostly “good Christian” party. Yes, we all know Mormonism is Christianity 2.0 with another twist (yes, the same downgrade works for religion too), but let’s not forget that what most of these people want is a theocracy. They want their own version of sharia law, which is Biblical law. It’s basically the same thing. Death penalty or prison sentences for gays, women are second-class baby-makers… you know where this is going. I could make a list that would take up five full pages of all of the horrible things that could happen if these people ever succeeded in their ultimate goal. If you want to return to a time of serfs, nobility and the crusades, vote in an evangelical right senate majority and president. After all, the time when the church ruled the people is considered “the good old days!”

Those of course are the bigger candidates. Huntsman, the “intellectual” Mormon, as much of an oxymoron as that is, isn’t really worth mentioning right now, but I thought I’d give him some light. Some of what he claims to support is on par with what I think is good for our country, but he’s so far center that his eyes are actually firmly lodged in their sockets instead of bugged out and crazy, so chances of him getting anywhere in his own party are pretty damn slim. Of course, I’m wary of anyone with a Mormon or any type of over-the-top religious background. Trusting these people to make sound and unbiased choices would be like trusting and Indian cab driver to take you down a steep mountain in pea soup fog.

And speaking of sound and unbiased choices, no, Newt Gingrich will probably never again darken another doorway in Washington. Your first born are safe… for now.

I’d say, God is alive and well in the United States today… just a little unpopular considering who is representing him. If 76% of the country claims to be Christian, and just about every political leader on the right has strong Christian roots, who’s really to blame for the problems in this country? I kind of want to say God is, but that wouldn’t be very fair at all. I mean, the omnipresent being hasn’t shown us his backside since the time of Moses. I kind of want to say human beings in general are to blame.

Yeah! That makes more logical sense.

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