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Anyone Else Overdosing?

If you're like me, you may have overdosed on the subject of gay marriage the last few days. I am only affected in that I am saddened when any group of people does not have the same rights as everyone else. In the context of the SCOTUS decision, I don't see it as a religious issue. Each individual religion will decide that for themselves. Even within the Christian community there is division. Some churches have accepted it, some haven't, and some are still wrestling with the issue.

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Much Ado About Nothing

The internet is blowing up with unhappy comments from Christians about the the SCOTUS decision on same sex marriage.

I don't get it.

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"Female" and "Republican" - Huh???

I like to think of myself as being open-minded (my deceased uncle accused me of having such an open mind that my brains had fallen out!) and willing to listen to anyone's point of view, if for no other reason than to do a reality check on what I think vs. what others think. I have learned a lot listening. And SOMETIMES I am even able to refine my thoughts based on what I've heard. I am not wishy-washy, but I am able to evolve in my thinking, when presented with an idea that has merit. Little of what I think is carved in stone, and I like that about me. 

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Religious Freedom? I Think Not.

Religious freedom, my ass.

None of this stuff going on right now is about religious freedom. It's about fundamentalist Christians wanting to shove THEIR religion down the throats of everyone else.

I haven't heard a SINGLE SOLITARY Christian leader come out and say how wrong it was for the country to basically FORCE Mormons to abandon polygamy, even though it was a basic tenant of their religion from the get-go.

I haven't heard a SINGLE SOLITARY Christian leader come out and say that the Muslims should be able to practice Sharia Law, according to their religion.

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Thought on the Indiana "Discrimination Law"

It's been quite a long time since I've done any political blogging. It just got to be too much. Too much negativity, too much bickering. I needed a break. But I needed to write, so I started my own blog, mostly about the artsy stuff in my life.

But there are times when the important stuff bleeds over, as was the case today, when THIS went up on my blog:

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Help Me Sort This Out

I need some help in reconciling the idiot I suspect Romney to be with the "successful" business man and devout Mormon he is purported to be.

I think we all accept that that he is a man void of guiding principles that propel him. He has switched positions too many times, often with just a few hours or even minutes separating the opposing statements of belief, to accept that any of the positions mean anything to him deep down inside.

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Strangling the Republic

I'm tempted to write a post on this subject, but due to time constraints, I'm hoping y'all will be willing to read the article that prompted my concern and discuss the work of others, rather than my own views on this alarming subject.

I posted it under the "In The News Section" but I'm not sure how much attention those articles get.

http://consortiumnews.com/2012/06/20/strangling-the-republic/

I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

 

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How Do We Avoid The "Backfire Effect?"

I would venture to guess that for most of us, blogging gives us an opportunity to get our thoughts out there and, hopefully, get a few people to see the wisdom of our words. I know I hope to make an impact, and so and I comment here and there, put up a blog or two, pass along my "wisdom" on my Facebook page, write to many politicians on a regular basis, phone some, and try to work politics into personal conversations whenever I can.

I'm beginning to wonder if it is all in vain, after reading an article titled:

 

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Snails and Republicans

I don't normally get to garden much this time of year, but since our normal heat seems to be going to other parts of the country this year, I was able to get out and putter today.

I do my best thinking out there. It's quiet, and pulling weeds and dead-heading plants require little brain power, so my mind gets to work on other things. Today, probably because of all the consternation the deadlock on the debt ceiling is causing me, I was reflecting on politics, and a comparison between politics and the garden came to mind.

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The Debt Ceiling and the 14th Amendment...Who Knew?

Well, according to a piece on Countdown tonight, the Dems may be able to skewer the Repubs with the Constitution itself, making raising the debt ceiling a moot point, and at least temporarily taking away the possibility of a default.

The 14th Amendment states in section four: "The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned."

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