|On The Road To The Summit|
More on the trip tomorrow… Wherever you are today, I hope that your day was a lovely one.
Don Bergquist – July 31, 2010 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA
|On The Road To The Summit|
One Nation, Under God...... we are weather you like it or not! – (whether)Which is not to say that there weren't examples of poor spelling and grammar on both sides, I just found these particularly entertaining.
Did God came and took away something from anyone? – (not sure what this even means…)
Like it or Leave. No one asked you here. – (No, nobody asked us here… most of us were born here!)
It's not about religion; it's about a relationship to Jesus Christ. – (I can't even parse the logic here!)
Why are athiest so afraid of a God in whom they do not believe? – (Technically, since atheists don't believe in a god, the can't be afraid of him.)
…what makes me mad is the STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!athiast's – (Interesting spelling and punctuation!)
Memo to Atheists:The Constitution reads "...freedom OF religion" – (Actually, those words don't appear anywhere in the document.)
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Ancestor Worship: Another example of an atheistic religion is to be found in the system of veneration of the deceased practiced throughout the world. From the pharos of Egypt, to the personal family shrines of the eastern religions, this veneration has been practiced far longer than Christianity and is a still-going religious belief.
Buddhism: A widely practiced atheistic (or more properly demi-theistic) religion has no central god. It believes in a number of supernatural beings described as lesser gods. There is no tenant of the religion to require the belief in a deity, so, technically, they could be offended by being compelled to pledge allegiance to a god.
Nature Worship: Paganism and other pre-Christian religions are still practiced widely. As these religions have no central deity but rather worship personifications and anthropomorphic representations of the natural forces, they can be defined as atheistic religions.
Polytheists: There are a number of polytheistic religions that do not believe in the concept of a God but rather in the existence of many gods. And it isn't just the dead religions of Greece, Rome, and Scandinavia that I am addressing here. The Hindu pantheon is as wide and varied as the Norse system ever was. And there are many varieties of polytheism practiced by the indigenous peoples of the Americas.
"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic, for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
TalkToQwest Jul 01, 1:18pm via TweetDeckSo, I suppose that I owe Qwest an apology. If you look at the time stamps on the conversation, even though I didn't address my blog posting to them, and even though it didn’t go to their inbox directly, they responded in less than an hour with an offer to set things right.
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He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such disolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.