DISCRIMINATION BY GOVERNMENT

Here is an email I got from Delegate Bob Marshall today.

Governor McAuliffe’s Misleading Message

Dear Friends:

Today I sent a Letter to the Editor to the Indianapolis Star in response to a letter Governor Terry McAuliffe sent attempting to lure Indiana businesses upset with Indiana’s recently passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to Virginia. The irony? Virginia has a similar RFRA, as do 19 other states. Virginia’s law passed in 2007. The sky has not fallen!

Governor McAuliffe wrote, “In light of … recent events in Indiana, I … welcome you to … Virginia’s open, inclusive and thriving business environment … we do not discriminate against our friends and neighbors, particularly those who are supporting local businesses and generating economic activity.”

Correct! Because even though we have a law just like Indiana’s, LGBTQ Virginians have jobs, eat at lunch counters and in restaurants, go to movies and shopping malls, own businesses, buy, drive and own cars, sit anywhere they want on a bus, take vacations across Virginia, buy stock, join country clubs, attend Virginia colleges, etc. The inflammatory LGBTQ rhetoric is nonsense.

Virginia’s law, just like Indiana’s, is amazingly similar to an Illinois law supported by Barack Obama when he was a state senator. The Illinois law is similar to one introduced in 1993 by liberal Democrat Congressman Chuck Schumer and signed by President Bill Clinton.

The point of these laws, now in 20 states according the National Conference of State Legislatures, is to afford individuals, businesses, or other institutions, a defense against government action that would substantially burden religious expression otherwise guaranteed by the First Amendment. The language is similar and the legal effects are the same.

The federal law states, “Government may substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion only if it … is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.”

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, wrote in the Washington Post that these laws “will hurt jobs, growth and the economic vibrancy of parts of the country … ”

Yet, Governor McAuliffe, in his pitch to Indiana businesses notes that Virginia is “home to 35 Fortune 1000 companies and 23 firms with annual sales of at least $5 billion.” Obviously “Religious Restoration Acts,” despite LGBTQ claims, have not hurt Virginia’s business profits or those of other states, facts neither our Governor nor Apple’s CEO will admit.

So, as long as Virginia or Indiana’s RFRA laws are not struck down by a Supreme Court bent on imposing same sex marriage on everyone as a Civil Right, a Muslim restaurant owner in Virginia or Indiana would be able to use such a law to defend against being compelled use food preparation methods contrary to Islamic practices and beliefs; a Jewish Deli owner could not be required to offer pork on his menu; and a Christian baker could use it to defend against being forced to participate in the “celebration” of a same sex wedding. Now, that is real tolerance.

Tonight at midnight is the deadline for my next campaign reporting period! If you would like to help me continue to stand up for these and other values of importance to you please donate to my campaign using the button below or mail a contribution to P.O. Box 421, Manassas, VA 20108.

Sincerely,

Delegate Bob Marshall

Think carefully about what the good delegate is saying.  The point of an RFRA law is to prevent people from using the GOVERNMENT to force people to violate their religious beliefs. Therefore, when homosexual rights activists, the corporate mass media, and Liberal politicians have conniptions over RFRA laws, what is their purpose? Do they want to use the GOVERNMENT to force people to violate their religious beliefs? Well, when homosexual rights activists try to force florists, bakers, and photographers to participate in same-sex weddings, what else could they be doing? Nobody is really getting married. Same-sex marriage is just an endorsement of sexual perversion, and homosexual rights activists want to force people to endorse their “lifestyle choice.”

Effectively, homosexual rights activists, the corporate mass media, and Liberal politicians want to use our government to discriminate against the right we all have to follow the dictates of own conscience. These people want the right to be perverts, but they don’t respect the right not to be a pervert. If that is not twisted, what is?

Do you want the right to follow the dictates of your own conscience? Then please don’t remain silent. If we want leaders willing to stand up for our rights, we must support them.

THE STATES MAKING THEIR OWN RULES DOESN’T LOOK SO FAR FETCHED AFTER ALL

sick with feverOn the 17th of October I posted a suggestion by Senator Dick Black, Delegate Mark Berg, MD, and Delegate Bob Marshall (HAVE OUR STATE GOVERNMENTS BECOME WIMPY?). Black, Berg, and Marshall urged Virginia’s governor, Governor Terry McAuliffe, to implement “travel bans similar to those that have been implemented in thirteen African nations which have banned travel from Ebola prevalent areas to their countries.” Unfortunately, McAuliffe ignored them. It appears, however, governors in other states cocked an ear and listened.

Bloomberg reports the following in New York, New Jersey to Quarantine Ebola-Risk Fliers.

New York and New Jersey will quarantine on arrival at the area’s airports anyone who had direct contact with Ebola patients, Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie said.

The stricter rules came shortly after a top U.S. health official said the federal government also was considering tighter measures nationwide that may put anyone returning from Ebola zones into quarantine or under strict monitoring. (continued here)

The New York Times has something similar in Mandatory Ebola quarantines ordered in New York, New Jersey.

New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine all medical workers returning from Ebola-hit West African countries for 21 days, and the U.S. government is considering the same step after a doctor who treated patients in Guinea came back infected, officials said on Friday.

State health officials will extensively interview all travelers arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

“Increasing the screening process is necessary. I think it reduces the risk to New Yorkers and the residents of New Jersey,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. (continued here)

Does that means that anyone who wants to escape being quarantined in New York or New Jersey will come through Virginia instead? I don’t know, but we may wish to ask Governor McAuliffe what he thinks.

HAVE OUR STATE GOVERNMENTS BECOME WIMPY?

sick with feverThese days I am not very excited about politics. I still see the issues as extremely important, but I don’t have any genuine Conservatives running locally that I can support.

I still support the Republican Party, but the Republican Party is not doing anything meaningful. They are just waiting for disgust with President Barack Obama and anyone they can associate with him to win the election for them. It is hard to generate enthusiasm for a political party that is so fearful of standing for and fighting for anything.

To illustrate, let’s consider the following. Here is an email I got from Delegate Bob Marshall on Wednesday.

Marshall, Black and Berg Request Travel Ban from
Ebola Prevalent Areas

Dear Friends,

Yesterday Senator Dick Black, Delegate Mark Berg, MD and I sent a letter to Governor Terry McAuliffe urging him to seek travel bans similar to those that have been implemented in thirteen African nations which have banned travel from Ebola prevalent areas to their countries.

We urged Governor McAuliffe to use the police powers of Virginia to protect our citizens and residents from exposure to Ebola even if it means a timely court challenge against passenger airlines or the federal government if they continue to permit entry into Virginia of passengers flying from Ebola affected areas.  We also asked him to take similar measures to protect our seaports.   We reminded him that similar Government travel restrictions were used to limit Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Please check out the letter and contact Governor Terry McAuliffe to urge him to:

Use your gubernatorial powers to protect me and the other residents of Virginia from exposure to Ebola.  Please take the necessary steps to ban travel from the affected nations to Virginia, both through our airports and through our seaports.

Thank you for your help!

Sincerely,

Delegate Bob Marshall

Three members of our General Assembly wrote and signed a letter.  Just three.

Will our Democrat governor do anything? Probably not.  McAuliffe fights for taxes, special privileges for victim groups, and big spending, but he does not seem much interested in protecting our God-given rights.

What is astonishing is why our leaders have not imposed travel restrictions to protect themselves and their own families? Do they think themselves somehow immune from the plagues that afflict the rest of humanity. It seems that is the case, but we should know better.

I wonder if we live too much in an unreal world. Do we regard real life as something akin to reality TV? I doubt we are so foolish. Nevertheless, we have a tendency to regard death as too distant to touch us.

I remember reading a story about Union soldiers, their first brush with combat during the Civil War. When they came fire, ambushed, they just stood there too startled to move. What was running through their minds? Was it disbelief that someone could actually shoot at them? Only after they got over the shock of seeing the bodies falling around them did the remainder seek cover.

The Union soldiers were young; they had never experienced combat or been under fire. They had not been trained to react appropriately, and they had no time to react. What is our excuse? Contained in a backward region of distant Africa, the Ebola epidemic has been going on for months, growing.

Do we have an irrational sense of invulnerability? What will happen if Ebola starts to spread here? When we realize we too can suffer the same plagues that afflict the rest of humanity, will we panic or will we turn to God? Will we repent for our foolish hubris? How many of us have to die before that happens?

BANNING THE NAME OF JESUS IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY

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It is a peculiar thing, but too often the people who call themselves Christian seem to know less about their faith than the people who detest Christians. What do those who hate Christians demand? They insist that Christians deny Jesus, deny that there only one God and that Jesus is His only begotten Son. To be a Christian martyr requires an affirmation of the name of Jesus and His divinity.

Persecution In America’s Military

Persecution of Christians in America’s military actually predates President Barack Obama. When we sent our troops into Middle East to fight Saddam Hussein, our leaders forced our soldiers to avoid any overt displays of Christianity. Even though they were there to defend Saudi Arabia, our troops could not risk offending their “hosts.”

Latter the persecution followed our military men and women home. Here are some news articles that cover the subject from various points of view. Even the National Guard in Virginia has issues.

What Is A Christian Martyr?

So what is a martyr? Consider one the examples of the early heroes of the Christian faith.

One example of such courage and bravery is seen in the life and death of Polycarp, a man who lived in the second century A.D. He was arrested and brought into the great amphitheater in Smyrna (in Asia Minor). Thousands of people were there to watch what would take place. The ruler reminded Polycarp of his great age and he urged him to deny his Christian faith: “Revile Christ, and I will release you.” But Polycarp answered, “Eighty and six years have I served Him, and He has never done me wrong; How can I blaspheme Him, my King, who has saved me? I am a Christian.” The ruler then cried out to the crowd, “Polycarp has confessed himself to be a Christian.” The crowds yelled, “Let him be burned!” Wood was collected and made into a pile. Polycarp asked not to be fastened to the stake.

“Leave me thus,” he said, “He who strengthens me to endure the flames will also enable me to stand firm at the stake without being fastened with nails.” As the woodpile was lighted Polycarp bravely lifted up a final prayer to his God and finally the flames consumed him. He died in 156 A.D. (from here)

If we search the Internet, we will find much about martyrs.  If we check the PBS (That outfit our tax dollars helps to fund.) website, we will find a balanced approach. The view of the persecutors is represented. In fact, martyrdom is a cult, sort of a sneaky plot.

POLYCARP

[The story of Polycarp is one of our first martyrdom stories]. Polycarp was a bishop of a place called Smyrna, which today is modern Izmir in Turkey, and at a very old age he was brought up for trial and persecution…. Probably his martyrdom occurred somewhere around 165 give or take some years. We’re not too sure about that. What ‘s important about the story of his martyrdom that the church of Smyrna wrote… was that it tended to present Polycarp’s martyrdom as copying in some respects the “martyrdom”of Jesus. That is, that there’s a government official named Herod who’s partly responsible for Polycarp’s death. Polycarp is put upon a donkey and rides into the city…. Pagan officials are trying to make Polycarp recant. They ask him to curse Christ, which was always thought to be a sure sign that you weren’t really a Christian if you had cursed Christ, and … to offer the kind of pinch of incense to Caesar to indicate your reverence for the Roman gods and for the emporium. He refuses to do any of these things and is put to death by burning. An interesting feature of the story is that his father must go and collect his bones after he has been put to death. This becomes one of [the] first instances we have of what turns into the cult of the martyrs… [the practice] of preserving bits and pieces of the bodies of martyred people and holding these in great honor and esteem. Many of the martyrdoms written after the time of Polycarp tend to follow this basic model. (from here)

Who was actually the first Christian martyr? That was Stephen.  How he died is described in Acts 6:8-7:60. Because Stephen refused to deny Jesus, Jewish officials executed him by stoning him to death (as a young man, who would later become the Apostle Paul, watched).

gotQuestions.org provides a Christian perspective on martyrdom.  What should we learn from Christian martyrs? provides a good place to start and links to other articles. Here is a key passage.

Matthew 10:32-33 New King James Version (NKJV)

32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

Jesus died for us, obedient to the Father unto death. He expects us to have faith in Him and His offer of salvation. He commissioned Christians to spread the Good News, not hide it.