About the Author

img_5171d-001Hi, my name is Susan Shannon.  I am basically a conservative, Independent, news junkie who adores Jesus for saving my life.  I love to know what is going on around me.  But it wasn’t always this way- I used to blithely go about my day spouting uber-liberal opinions around San Francisco, CA without having watched a single day of news in the entirety my 25 years of life.  I was a single issue voter (abortion rights) that rejected all conservative thought because of it.  I have always loved Jesus, but felt the need to be a ‘cool’, ‘informed’ and ‘intelligent’ Christian to my liberal friends.  I abhorred all those ‘ignorant, red necked, embarrassing’ people that claimed to be Christians (my apologies to you all now- I was 25 and need to be forgiven!)  I was absolutely shocked at the Republican landslide in 1994- I actually felt America had been overtaken by ignorant farmers! (Liberals, does this sound like you?)

All that changed on Sept. 11, 2001.

Like so many Americans, I had absolutely no idea what had happened or why.  I had, of course, caught wisps of news events in years past- I vaguely remembered conservatives like Gingrich (whom I hated at the time) hammering Clinton about his weak response to the U.S.S. Cole bombing in 2000.  But I didn’t understand why it was such a big deal.  To me, it seemed like an insignificant group of dirty, skinny little guys just got lucky with their little boat full of dynamite.  I said, “so what? these people are no threat to America!  Why is that jerk, Gingrich, making such trouble?”  I felt he was just being political and hateful toward Pres. Clinton.  I couldn’t stand all the accusations he was leveling at the Clintons (including the Lewinsky affair)- to me, Gingrich was an international embarrassment to all Americans.  I felt that he was preventing our government and Clinton from doing their job.   I thought President Clinton was a good president.

On 9/11, I discovered the depths of my ignorance and arrogance.  I was completely lost in the ensuing debate- why Afghanistan?  who was Al Qaeda?  Bin Laden?  Why were the people in Muslim countries cheering so insanely as they watched the towers burn and fall?  And let’s face it, I didn’t even know the difference between Republican and Democrat; I didn’t know that GOP mean Republicans; I had no clue was a Libertarian was and I was utterly confounded that when reporters asked politicians questions, the politician never answered!  And worse, the reporter just nodded his head in understanding!  I had a feeling that there is a secret language that I didn’t understand!

All I knew was that I was an American.  I loved my country and was absolutely furious.  I was ready for war- heck, I was ready to sign up for the Army.  But I hated that I was so confused.  I was suddenly thirsty for real facts and information.  On 9/12/2001, I bought books and began to scour news archives online.  I also watched CNN & Fox News non-stop  for several years.

The result is that I am now a staunch conservative.  Note that I didn’t say Republican.  I pretty much despise both parties and I can’t call myself a Libertarian as most of them are Atheists.  I am an Independent and judge each issue according to what I believe is right or wrong.  It’s the only way to go, I think.  I marvel at my earlier arrogance and ignorance, but am glad I experienced it.  Now I understand how the youth blindly follows Obama.  I also see beneath the thinly supported outbursts of most liberals.  I, too, used to just call people ‘ignorant’, ‘racist’, and acted as if the conservative scum before me was simply beneath my attention- I did this as I flounced off with my middle finger in the air behind me.  What no one saw was my immense relief to be away from that conservative.  I knew I had no actual proof for my opinion- I also had not understood the news reference he had used.  (Remember? I never watched the news).  I simply ‘knew’ I was right and he was wrong.  Period.  Oh, I laugh when I see liberals do this now!  I know why they flounce away.  Why they need to just call names, degrade conservatives, and especially, why they always leave the argument.  They know they will look like idiots if they stay.  But deep down inside, they do actually believe they are right.  Been there, done that.

I like that I was a liberal and that research, reading and facts forced me to drop old, strongly held opinions.  Conclusion:  An honest seeking of truth must lead to Conservatism and to God.  If you don’t find them, then you are just making decisions based on emotions and ignorance.  And that makes you blind.

The more I learn, the more conservative I become- not the other way around.

As for me personally, I am an ex-soldier, an ex-international management consultant, now a small business owner, a college graduate, a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend.  I have 1 dog, 2 cats and lots of fish.   I’m not rich and I’m not poor.  I went to public schools through high school.  I am an Army brat- my father is basically a generic white guy and my mother is Korean.  I have lived in 23 different places, several of which were overseas.  I tend to get into trouble with people  because I hate hypocrisy and tend to address it when I see it.  Mostly, though,

 12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. -1 Timothy 1:12

Susan

169 comments

  1. Hey Susan
    Welcome to our side. You have shown your intelligence by willing to question your own beliefs. I am a conservative and have moved away from capital punishment. There have been too many innocent guys executed. Besides, a life prison sentence is more of a deterrent than the death penalty. If one guy gets executed wrongly it is too many. Our courts are very screwed up.

    Blessings on you and yours
    John
    Wilder

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    • Hi John,
      Thank you for that. My mission in life is to find the truth the best I can. I don’t want to be ‘right’. My ears are open and I am always ready to listen. Lies and hypocracy, thank God, are fairly easy to spot. I hope to gain more maturity, humility and wisdom as the years go on! Susan

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  2. Hi Susan,

    You have a very interesting story. It is fascinating to me that you became conservative after being a San Francisco liberal. I have always been quite conservative, but I too watch many news sources (conservative, liberal, and more or less unbiased) to keep myself informed.

    I agree very much with your desire for respectful debate. It is unfortunate that it is so hard to come by, but it is great to find and engage in it.

    I look forward to more of your blog posts.

    — Null (Richard)

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    • Hi Richard,

      Thank you. I welcome you to the debate. Are you a soldier? I am so glad I was once ignorant about politics and that I was once so darned arrogant to spout ideas out of my youthful lips without a single shred of evidence. It truly makes me understand where so many of these young (and not so young) liberals are coming from. Basically, it is cool to be liberal. I mean, who thinks it’s cool to say, “I love God and think we should all fall on our knees and worship Him” (although I did love Him then)? That puts you straight into the dork category- and maybe into the crazy bin! 😉

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      • No, I’m only a soldier in online gaming (which doesn’t count, of course). If I joined the military my wife would be so distraught she’d probably have a heart attack. Many of my extended family members are current or former military, though, so I definitely support our troops wholeheartedly.

        I agree that it is supposedly “cool” to be a liberal but I’ve never really cared whether or not people think I’m “cool” anyway. Another major reason why liberalism is popular among the youth is that colleges and universities encourage liberalism with faculties that tend to be dominated by liberals. Liberal faculties are especially dangerous in departments like political science and philosophy (where liberals tend to dominate even more) since students are often subjected to liberal bias and may be afraid to oppose the liberal professor (fortunately, as an electrical engineer I personally didn’t encounter this too often). Students are bombarded with liberal messages on campus so it’s easy to join all the “cool” liberals and fall into “groupthink” (except there’s not much thinking going on).

        Another thing I’ve noticed about liberals is that even when they do actually follow the news, they tend to only follow very liberal news sources and completely ignore more moderate or conservative sources. They get a very one-sided point of view that way. For that reason I like to follow a variety of news sources to make sure I’m not just seeing one side of the story. On this topic, I found this post extremely interesting: http://enjoymentandcontemplation.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/on-liberals-conservatives-intelligence-wisdom-and-knowledge/.

        Anyway, I have subscribed to your blog and will watch it closely. I like that you seem to avoid blind partisanship. I look forward to participating in the debates here.

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  3. Thank you Susan,
    Like your posts and bookmarked you.
    🙂
    In all honesty, I am very sick to see what is going on…
    as an Immigrant to States some 30 years ago from a communist Poland
    I go into a heart attack mode to realize what is enforced on Americans…
    it is exactly what I have left behind 30 years ago…
    UNBELIEVABLE!!!!
    so,
    THANK YOU!
    for your REALITY task!

    Best wishes to You and Your Family!
    Joanna

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    • Joanna, thanks for your kind words. My step mother is also an immigrant. She has just gotten her citizenship and she plans to use her vote next election! Of all times, this is the most critical to use our votes. Most of us feel this way. However, most Americans are so sure that nothing bad can happen to our great nation. They innocently believe that the Constitution protects us from every truly bad thing. What they don’t realize is that, believe it or not, tyranny will first be imposed by ENVIRONMENTAL law. See my post called, “It’s a Girl! And her name is Mother Nature” if you truly want to be shocked.

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  4. Hey Susan
    I talked to the Republican party in Washington finally today. We could run against Ms Cantwell for the US Senate or we could run you for the state senate. They recommended that you start there.

    There is a kind of David versus Goliath aspect that we could milk the press for against Cantwell. She would bury us in campaign contributions but I am game for the fight. I could definitely prepare you for the press so that you were not embarrased like Sarah Palin was. Her handlers did a lousy job of preparing her for the Couric interview. It would be a shame for there not to be a conservative candidate against Cantwell.

    I am game for this if you are. You have the fire in the belly, you are pretty, brilliant and the inclination. That is all it takes to run, then you have to be willing to do the hard work of campaigning.

    Your call. We can do an exploratory committee to see what kind of donations we could raise. I see donations coming from the catholic church because you are so passionately pro life and from businesses because your unemployment is so high in the state and the businesses rebel against the libtards wanting to stick it to the businesses.

    I already have a campaign slogan from the movie Network where he told people to go their windows and shout that “We are mad as hell and are not going to take this anymore”. It makes for a great campaign slogan don’t you think? So fitting for the times. We could make history running against Cantwell.

    Blessings on you and yours
    John

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  5. Hey Susan
    Here is a list of all the colleges that we could book you into on a public speaking tour and you could convert the young skulls full of mush and get them to volunteer for us and have fund raisers for us.
    John

    Colleges and Universities in Washington
    Washington is home to six public four-year colleges and universities, 34 public community and technical colleges,
    and more than 300 private colleges, universities,
    career and vocational schools.

    Below are lists of degree-granting colleges and universities legally operating in Washington.* Listings do not constitute an endorsement by the Higher Education Coordinating Board.

    Public Baccalaureate Colleges and Universities

    Public Research Universities: The state’s two research universities offer baccalaureate through professional degree programs.

    University of Washington

    – University of Washington Bothell

    – University of Washington Tacoma

    Washington State University

    – Washington State University Tri-Cities

    – Washington State University Vancouver

    Public comprehensive universities and college:

    The state’s comprehensive universities offer baccalaureate and master’s programs.

    Central Washington University
    Eastern Washington University
    Western Washington University
    The Evergreen State College

    Public Community and Technical Colleges

    The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
    provides general supervision over the state system of
    community and technical colleges listed below.

    Bates Technical College
    Bellevue College
    Bellingham Technical College
    Big Bend Community College
    Cascadia Community College
    Centralia College
    Clark College
    Clover Park Technical College
    Columbia Basin College
    Edmonds Community College
    Everett Community College
    Grays Harbor College
    Green River Community College
    Highline Community College
    Lake Washington Technical College
    Lower Columbia College
    North Seattle Community College

    Northwest Indian College (A tribal community college)
    Olympic College
    Peninsula College
    Pierce College – Fort Steilacoom
    Pierce College – Puyallup
    Renton Technical College
    Seattle Central Community College
    Shoreline Community College
    Skagit Valley College
    South Puget Sound Community College
    South Seattle Community College
    Spokane Community College
    Spokane Falls Community College
    Tacoma Community College
    Walla Walla Community College
    Wenatchee Valley College
    Whatcom Community College
    Yakima Valley Community College

    Note: It is the student’s responsibility to determine the accreditation status, transferability of credits, and eligibility for state and/or federal financial aid for each school.

    Private and Out-of-State Public Colleges & Universities

    A.T. Still University

    Academy of Interactive Entertainment

    Antioch University Seattle

    Argosy University/Seattle

    Art Institute of Seattle

    Bainbridge Graduate Institute
    Bakke Graduate University
    Bastyr University

    Brandman University

    Carrington College

    Central Texas College

    Chamberlain College of Nursing
    Charter College
    City University of Seattle
    Columbia College of Missouri

    Concorde Career College

    Concordia University

    Corban University
    Cornell University
    Cornish College of the Arts

    DeVry University
    DigiPen Institute of Technology

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

    Everest College Bremerton, Everett, Tacoma
    Everest College-Vancouver
    Faith Evangelical College and Seminary
    Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center
    Fuller Theological Seminary
    Georgetown University

    Goddard College
    Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
    Golden Gate University

    Gonzaga University
    Heritage University

    Hope International University
    Interface College

    International Academy of Design & Technology

    ITT Technical Institute – Everett
    ITT Technical Institute – Seattle
    ITT Technical Institute – Spokane

    Kaplan University

    Kepler College – in teachout
    Lesley University
    Lewis and Clark College

    Life Pacific College

    Mars Hill Graduate School

    Miami University
    Moody Bible Institute
    Northwest Aviation College

    Northwest College of Art-Poulsbo

    Northwest Inst. of Literary Arts/Whidbey Writers Workshop

    Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding
    Northwest University

    Nova Southeastern University

    Old Dominion University
    Oregon Health & Science University
    Pacific Lutheran University

    Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
    Park University of Missouri
    Pima Medical Institute
    Portland State University

    Saint Martin’s University

    Salish Kootenai College

    Saybrook University

    Seattle Film Institute
    Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine
    Seattle Pacific University
    Seattle University

    SelfDesign Graduate Institute

    Southern Illinois University
    Trinity Lutheran College
    Trinity Western University
    Troy University
    University of Phoenix
    University of Puget Sound

    University of Southern California

    Vincennes University

    Walla Walla University
    Warner Pacific College

    Webster University
    Western Oregon University
    Whitman College
    Whitworth University

    Note: It is the student’s responsibility to determine the accreditation status, transferability of credits, and eligibility for state and/or federal financial aid for each school.

    Seminaries and Church-Related
    Colleges & Programs

    Armour Bible College and Armour Seminary

    Ascension Theological College

    Beacon Institute of Ministry

    Bishop A.L. Hardy Academy of Theology
    Calvary Chapel Bible College

    Calvary Chapel Bible College-Seattle
    Calvary Lighthouse Bible Institute

    Canby Bible College

    Champions Centre College

    Christos Institute
    College for Global Deployment
    Columbia Evangelical Seminary

    Corban University
    Covenant Bible Seminary

    Evergreen Christian University

    First Christian Seminary

    Gather4Him Bible College
    Horizon College of Ministry
    HUMUH Transcendental Awareness Institute

    imago Dei institute/Cascade Bible College
    Institute for Biblical Studies
    The Institute for Christian Works
    International College of Metaphysical Theology
    International Graduate School of Ministry
    KAES Bible College & Seminary

    KPCA Northwest Presbyterian Theological Seminary
    Life Ministry Institute
    Living Faith Fellowship College of Ministry
    The Lorian Center for Incarnational Spirituality

    Missio Dei Learning Community

    New Hope Christian College
    North Park Theological Seminary
    Northwest Theological Seminary

    Pacific Northwest Bible College

    Pacific Theological Seminary
    Portland Bible College
    Renewed Life Seminary

    School of the Apostolic Church
    Seattle Bible College

    Seattle Urban Bible College
    Shepherds Bible College

    Sound Baptist Bible College
    Tacoma Bible College
    Triune Biblical University

    United Theological Seminary and Bible College
    University of Christian Studies and Seminary

    Victory Bible Training Center
    The Washington Bible Institute
    Washington College and International Seminary

    Washington Seminary

    Western Reformed Seminary
    Wisdom Bible Institute
    Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary
    Worship Arts Conservatory

    Private Career Colleges

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  6. Hey Susan,
    Just ran across your blog and was very impressed with your thoughts and ideas. I was especially impressed with how clearly and succintly you express them.
    After spending 26 years in the military and visiting many countries, I have realized that, although our system of government is not perfect, there is no other that is even close to providing similar opportunities to an individual financially, politically or socially. There is a reason millions are trying (and unfortunately succeeding) to enter our country illegally each year.
    Growing up in a family of Democrats, I fell into my family’s way of thinking. The turbulent 60’s however, altered my way of thinking about our government. I began to read everything that I could find about our history, because I knew that the public school system had taught me very little about the actual workings of our government. My first disallusionment came when I realized that the “Camelot” that was created around John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy clan in general, was a complete lie. The way that the press protected his administration and his family, and later Lyndon Jojnson, was in direct contrast with the way that they turned on Richard Nixon. J. Edger Hoover, the Mafia, Hollywood, Wall Street, The World Bank, The United Nations and the Federal Reserve have all added to my growing distrust.
    I will end this post by saying that the political parties have totally disappointed me. As a conservative, it seems like the Republican Party has shifted so far left on the political spectrum, that it is where the Democratic Party was 40 or 50 years ago! I can’t understand how pundits can say that the Republican Party is controlled by the Religious Right. The Democratic Party has been so hijacked by the environmentalists that it has become the Socialist Party! I just read today that in California, the public school system is being forced to teach kindergardeners about the gay lifestyle.
    I am really worried about my country. Our economy is in the tank, and I don’t see many of the jobs that have left the country coming back, the government is increasing in size and power every day, we are losing our freedoms slowly but surely, and our news media is failing to do their job of exposing corruption and abuse, and is in fact covering for all liberal administrations and institutions. Our borders are not secure and we are being financially ruined. China is holding so much of our debt that I am afraid that if they start demanding that our government change its policies, or they will dump our currency and ruin us financially, they could control us without ever firing a shot, as the U.S.S.R. used to say. We are losing our country!
    A Concerned Patriot, Donn

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  7. SLR,
    Thank you for your kind words thanking me for my years in the military. I have to say, looking back years later, when I have forgotten the long hours, family separations, stress, and discouragement, that I enjoyed every day of it.
    I read a number of you posts and finally got to the one where you stated you were a cadet at West Point! Very Impressive. I also would like to thank you for your service to our country. Although most of my years were spent in the Navy, I have several friends who I refer to as “ground pounders,” and whom I consider some of my best friends. Thank you again and keep writing. I really enjoy your posts!
    Donn

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    • Thanks, Donn. But my years at West Point don’t really qualify as ‘service’, but I have to admit, I am willing to take the USAA car insurance program! lol! I, too, look fondly upon my years as a soldier. They were a hoot. I regale my kids often.

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  8. I felt small as I was reading the content of your “About Me Page”. Nonetheless, I am convivial there are people like you who intensifies the hope hope in my heart that there’s still hope for a brighter day. Heroes and good people are still on the planet and I consider you, Ma’am, as one of the carriers of that bright light.

    I am taking my hat off to you, Ma’am, and I am behind your battles through my prayers.

    Good day, Ma’am!

    p.s.

    Thanks for sharing with me a portion of your precious time!

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  9. I felt small as I was reading this page. I didn’t know that I just stumbled upon a big gun. Anyways, I am convivial that I came to know someone like you who intensifies the optimism in me. Gleaning from your strong words, I am certain that you have some serious battles which are, of course, supported by my prayers. Heroes … good people … are so still out there which gives me more hope to a brighter day.

    More power to your blog and may the Aura up there guide you in your battles.

    p.s.

    Thanks for sharing a portion of your time with me through that comment on my blog post regarding bonsai. It definitely made my day!

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    • Hi Sony, why should you feel small? We are all important in this world. I don’t do anything of value and am certainly not worthy of any special recognition. I simply feel compelled to INFORM people what is going on. Americans in particular. I so love America. It used to be so great. I believe that its people still have great hearts and love God. We are being separated and divided and pitted against one another in this false media campaign to paint us all as either Liberal or Conservative. No in between. And they paint us as hateful toward one another. But I look around my neighborhood and just don’t see it. Sure, they say they are liberal. I say I am conservative. But we agree on MOST things. The most important things. The rest is just detail that reasonable people could work out easily. No hate. No bile.

      Oh, sure, there are rabid people out there. But they don’t represent Americans as a whole. I have optimism for the American people. Don’t believe the media tripe. pls. see my “who is rupert murdoch & who owns the news?” article. ALL news, conservative & liberal alike, is owned by about 6 incredibly rich & powerful families and/or groups. I have proven, through stock ownership, that they have formed a news cartel; they have split the news up evenly between them. Why? Does anyone believe that they mean to do good? Ha! So the news is being fed to us. We Americans need to believe in one another. Don’t believe that we are divided. We are being used to acheive the destruction of the United States in favor of a new, ‘open society’- one without borders. And guess who will be in charge of the new American Union that will result? Hmmmm, I’ll leave that to your imagination. Or, you could just read my article, “Is it ineptitude or is Pres. Obama Crazy like a Fox?”.

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      • I appreciate the figurative tap on my back, Ma’am. Being Asian probably is the reason why we, in general, feel that way whenever confronted by big people particularly Americans. We Filipinos are inclined to react that way. Nonetheless, your words are comforting; it made me feel how much you support equality. … “Don’t believe that we are divided.” … I may have little knowledge about politics but I certainly understand the essence of your statements there. I will find time to read the posts you recommended to me.

        From now on, I will not feel small. Thank you for opening my eyes to that reality that we are all important in this world.

        Best esteem.

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      • Oh, Sony, you seem like such a sweet person. I do appreciate you stopping by. You are Filipino? Are YOU from the Philippines or your parents or your grandparents? What I have always adored about America is that race doesn’t (or shouldn’t) matter here. I love the melting pot idea. I don’t believe ‘melting pot’ means losing where you came from- we are all immigrants (except Native Americans) at some point in our shared history. We can and should be proud of our heritage and the good things our particular race, nationality, etc. contributed to this great country. Every race, culture or nationality that immigrated here has hardship tales. It is wrong to cling to the negatives of our pasts and blame others if we fail to succeed. I admire the fact that Asians have done so well in our new home. We worked hard and knew that it would not be us who would directly benefit from our labors- it would be our children & grandchildren. The personal sacrifices that were made have led to today’s Asian success. Nothing more, nothing less. I see hard working Korean shop owners who are at their stores from dawn to dusk. They all send their kids to college. They also believe in giving ALL their money to their kids’ educations- and that the kids will be their retirement some day. They have no shame in the idea of living with their children in their old age. It is a beautiful system that works brilliantly. Makes me proud.

        But I also don’t forget my Caucasian side. I am mostly German & Irish there. Both came here and worked their butts off. My Irish great grandfather was killed as a logger in Missouri when he was in his early twenties. He had only one child. My great grandmother was extremely poor & had to remarry quickly. In fact, that side of my family was so poor (LOTS of kids!) that they all wore the hand-me-downs of the neighboring children- they were taunted mercilessly. All the kids worked and gave all their money to their mother: making glitter pine cones and selling them to rich neighbors for Christmas, golf caddies, etc. They didn’t keep one penny for themselves. NEVER once did my family, hungry & poor as it was, ask for charity or government handouts. We were poor, but dignified. My generation is the first to receive university degrees. All their hard work, humility & dignity has finally come to fruition in my generation. Gives me goose bumps to think about it.

        I LOVE this country for allowing all this to happen. Kids and some Americans today have no patience. They think all their work should pay off NOW, for them. Forget the future of their children & grand children. This is wrong. We need to stay humble and hard working. And we need to keep God close to our hearts.

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  10. Wow! You are impressive…you and I are so much alike. Used to be liberal in the younger days…later I became Christian and am immersed in military. I was prior, my son is in and I served as an Army wife for 23 years…now they want to take our pension and military healthcare. I was on my knees this morning saying God..I want to do something, I wrote Dave Meyer a letter, I’m writing congressmen..I felt confused. I am on fire for this nation and God and the military and for truth and right. I felt myself getting so angry at the injustice and was in prayer asking for discernment as it pertains to being Christian and yet having a righteous anger where it’s necessary. So..I was led to your website. Wow. Thanks so much…Denise

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    • Hi Denise,

      How has it been communicated to you that you might lose your pension & military healthcare? I haven’t heard of this. I have only heard Obama threatening to stop military paychecks if the debt deal wasn’t signed. I would truly appreciate more information about this so I can write an article about it.

      I welcome you to my blog. I, too, am on fire for our nation. I still believe that the American spirit is still here- alive & well. The biggest problem is communication- the power elites have already purchased the entire American media. They are now attacking the Internet and wish to bring it under full control of the government. Without the ability to communicate among ourselves, there is no way to show the lies and evil going on. Then the people can be swayed to do things that are detrimental to our country. The best thing we can do is simply spread the word. Guns & violence won’t work. We need a groundswell of discontent and a march on Washington. Organization will be key. So keep talking! Read everything. Don’t listen to the news alone. Think for yourself. Pray. Remember, we will win this battle against evil- it says so in the Bible. I hold onto that will all my might!

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      • Hi Susan,

        Here are a couple of latest articles. Can you get on military.com?

        No More Retiring at 20 Years?

        July 26, 2011
        Stars and Stripes
        A sweeping new plan to overhaul the Pentagon’s retirement system would give some benefits to all troops and phase out the 20-year cliff vesting system that has defined military careers for generations, the Military Times newspapers reported.
        The plan calls for a corporate-style benefits program that would contribute money to troops’ retirement savings account rather than the promise of a future monthly pension, according to a new proposal from an influential Pentagon advisory board.
        Related Blog Post: Military Retirement Faces Overhaul
        The move would save the Pentagon money — at a time when it’s being asked to cut at least $400 billion — and benefit troops who leave with less than 20 years of service.
        The yearly contributions might amount to about 16.5 percent of a member’s annual pay and would be deposited into a mandatory version of the Thrift Savings Plan, the military’s existing 401(k)-style account that now does not include government matching contributions, according to the Times.
        Proponents said the plan would allow more flexibility for servicemembers, who could decide how they want to invest their retirement savings, and for the military, which would be allowed to offer higher contributions to troops who deploy frequently or take hardship assignments.
        The Military Times has more on the proposed overhaul, including a summary of how servicemembers would be affected, depending on their length of service.

        Face Cuts
        August 03, 2011
        Associated Press|by Lolita C. Baldor

        BAGHDAD — Health care, retirement and benefits for the military are all potential targets for cuts as the nation struggles to rein in spending, the top U.S. military officer told anxious troops on two warfronts.
        Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that while the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are going down as U.S. forces withdraw over the next few years, the latest debt agreement will demand defense cuts. Nothing is off the table, he said.
        Military Advantage blog: Military Retirement Faces Overhaul
        From the Marines battling a fierce insurgency in southwestern Afghanistan to Soldiers packing up to leave Iraq, troops quizzed Mullen about rumors that military retirement benefits and health care would be affected as part of the debt compromise being hammered out in Congress.
        “If we’re going to cut spending, we have to go where the money is,” Mullen told several hundred troops gathered at the Al Faw Palace on the soon-to-be-shuttered Camp Victory outside Baghdad on Tuesday morning.

        Well more than half of the defense budget, he said, is spent on personnel issues, ranging from pay and benefits to bonuses used to recruit and retain needed expertise.
        In Washington, the Pentagon had no immediate comment Tuesday on how the debt ceiling measure would affect defense operations.
        “I don’t think we fully know yet,” said Marine Col. Dave Lapan, a Defense Department spokesman. “We’re still looking at this to determine … impacts.”
        The plan calls for $350 billion in defense savings over 10 years but also sets up a special bipartisan committee to draft legislation to find more government cuts. If the committee cannot agree on a deficit-reduction plan by year’s end or if Congress rejects its proposal, it would trigger some $500 billion in additional reductions in projected national security spending.
        While acknowledging he still did not know the total cut in defense spending that will be required by the legislative package, Mullen repeated his contention that the debt is one of the biggest threats to national security. But he vowed that Pentagon leaders will continue to ensure that troops on the front lines get the equipment and services they need to fight, and that any cuts will be done carefully.
        “I have an expectation that there will be defense cuts as part of this,” said Mullen. “I just don’t know what those will be.”
        In response to direct questions about retirement benefits from troops, Mullen said he does not expect immediate changes.
        Related story: No More Retiring at 20 Years?
        Currently, military members who retire after 20 years receive 50 percent of their pay, and that percentage inches up as additional years of service are tacked on. About 13 percent of those who enlist actually make it to the 20-year mark.

        Cuts to retirement and other benefits have long been avoided by Congress members leery of going after the troops they send to war.
        But Mullen said the chiefs of the military services have talked about the issue, and he said there may be a review of those issues.
        He said the service chiefs would recommend that if such a change were considered, troops with some years of military service would be grandfathered in, so they would not be affected. He did not specify how many years of service that would be.
        While promising a balanced approach that looks at spending on military people, operations and equipment, Mullen predicted that bonuses will be harder to get and poor-performing procurement programs will be eliminated.

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  11. ….one more

    Military Retirement Faces Overhaul

    July 26, 2011 • TERRY HOWELL

    Some in the DoD are push ing to dump the cur rent retire ment sys tem and replace it with a ver sion of the “Thrift Sav ings Plan” similar to the one cur rently offered Fed eral Employ ees. This plan would allow DoD to save money by mak ing con tri bu tions to a civil ian style 401(k) retire ment plan.

    Accord ing to some reports, the DoD would also use the new retire ment plan as lever age or incen tive by offer ing increased con tri bu tion rates for those who opt for mul ti ple deploy ments, hard ship assign ments, and high demand or unpop u lar mil i tary occu pa tions. In addi tion, ser vice branches could use it to entice ser vice mem bers to retire early or stay in longer.

    Unlike past changes to the mil i tary retire ment plan, which shielded cur rent ser vice mem bers from the changes, the plan pre sented by the Defense Busi ness Board would not grand fa ther cur rent ser vice mem bers. The plan would go into effect imme di ately and includes cur rent and future ser vice mem bers.

    Under that plan, new recruits would start imme di ately earn ing TSP con tri bu tions, but, would have no incen tive to stay in the mil i tary for 20 or more years since they would not get a fixed-benefit pen sion. Cur rent ser vice mem bers would begin receiv ing TSP con tri bu tions imme di ately and would earn a grad u ated per cent age of their pay if they stay in the mil i tary for 20 years or more years. Their fixed pen sion rate would be based on their years of ser vice when the new plan kicks in. For exam ple a ser vice mem ber who has 15 years of ser vice would get 37.5 per cent of their base pay at 20 years in addi tion to the new TSP con tri bu tions.

    Some see this as a way to make the sys tem more flex i ble or fair to those who serve less than 20 years and a great way to reduce the over all cost of mil i tary retire ment.

    [BLOGGERS NOTE: A 2010 Defense Busi ness Board slide show pre sen ta tion states that “Pay ing the mil i tary and their fam i lies for 60 years to serve for only 20 years” is unsus tain able. Many retirees may find the point of view that “only 20 years” of ser vice shouldn’t earn ben e fits, trou bling. The same slide pre sen ta tion also refers to the mil i tary retire ment sys tem as a “sacred cow.” Seems to indi cate the bias the board has toward mil i tary retire ment.]

    Read more: http://militaryadvantage.military.com/2011/07/military-retirement-faces-overhaul-plans/#ixzz1UCAVliu3
    MilitaryAdvantage.Military.com

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    • Thanks, Denise. As usual, the media doesn’t cover any real atrocities being committed by our government. This truly disgusts me and I will look further into it. I can promise you a blog on this topic. If you get more info or articles being sent to the troops, please email them to me asap or just post the links right here. Then I’ll take it down. I will try to help in this matter the best way I know how- blog. I will also ask people to contact their Senators & Representatives on the blog, with a letter they can simply cut and paste into their emails. If you can think of what you want people to write in their letters, please send me a copy of the text you want them to send, ok?

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  12. I was talking to one of my attorneys who specializes in military affairs and is retired LTC from AF. He pointed out to me that http://www.MOAA.org is a group of officers both active and retired and there is much discussion on there regarding military cuts. They are to active duty and retired military as is AARP to Seniors. Anyway, I have a lot of reading to do now but I wanted to share that resource with you.

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    • Thanks, Denise. I will check into it later today! This is just sickening. How many people do we have sucking the tit of America? And yet, Obama won’t cut them off. Instead, he wants to cut the people who risk their very lives and the families who support them. Disgusting.

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      • Hi Denise, I’m still here. I have been reading the book of Revelation lately. I have been mulling things over in my mind and saying a lot of prayers for guidance. I’m still here. I’m just thinking.

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      • I just now saw your last post. I asked you onto FB. I’m off for 24 hours…allowed back on after 2am. I saw your profile pic…beautiful pic. (I’m not strange, just saying I thought it was a good pic)…yes, I’ve been reading it alot too. (Revelation…and scouring many other books and looking at whats going on. Would love to talk to you more about it all and share thoughts. Anyway, if you want when I’m back on FB you can accept if you want. You will see my posts are 95% me going off on political, history, American heritage stuff and then occasionally I say something lighthearted like Green Bay Packer stuff (we’re huge cheeseheads) or to brag on my sons.
        Denise

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    • When in doubt, curse. Phosphiend, did you know that insults can better be applied with a clever use of acceptable language? Take Richard Burton, for example. He called Elizabeth Taylor a ‘fat tart’. Isn’t that rich? Now, I know if you just apply yourself a little better, you too could insult me in a much more interesting way than the much overused word, ‘fuck’. Just a thought.

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      • Shannon when you piss them off they tend to get ugly. What an awful bunch those liberals. By the way I read your “About the author” Thank God for your conversion. I see a civil war coming not quite like the last one but something even uglier. There’s so much divisiveness amongst us that I fear it’s only a matter of time before something awful happens. Your thoughts.

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      • Dan, I say, “Have faith.” Not only in God, who is the one in charge. But also in your fellow Americans. Most of them are good, upstanding, God fearing people. When push comes to shove, with the right leadership, they will rally. Right now, because the media is completely owned by the Progressives (pls. see my Rupert Murdoch article), the vast majority of Americans don’t know what laws have been passed and don’t even know what is happening. It is not being reported. So if they don’t know, how can they protest?

        The news would have you lose faith in your fellow citizen, Dan. It is purposely creating the illusion of a great divide in our country. But I live here in Washington State- the MOST liberal and Democratic state in America and I can honestly tell you, these people love their country. They just don’t believe what I am telling them. It sounds too crazy (and too scary) for them to listen to. But when the hammer drops and they see the truth, they won’t lay down for it. Today, they have such a great faith that the separation of powers is still in place. They believe that the constitution is inviolate and they believe that their civil rights are firmly in tact. THAT is the problem. So when I tell them about the laws that have been passed, they look distrustfully at me and say it’s not possible. I tell them I will give them the law and the bill via email and they say, ‘no’. They often become angry at me. But not because they BELEIVE in these laws. No, they get angry because if what I am saying is true, they will need to be afraid. They will need to fight. THey will need to CHANGE their comfortable lives from living in peace and serenity to taking actions they would rather not.

        But I KNOW that I know that they are loyal Americans to their bones. When the truth comes, when the hammer of tyranny falls, they will eventually fight back. But many will end up in jail and may will probably lose their lives before they believe. Therein lies the shame.

        I blog and blog and hope that more people will be ready when the day comes. Enough to provide the kind of local leadership we will need then. Because our communication (see my Cybersecurity & Internet Freedom Bill article) will be cut off and we will be fragmented.

        So I say, don’t give the Progressives what they want. Don’t lose heart or faith, Dan. BELIEVE in God and believe in your fellow man.

        as for the attacks I get, they are from a tiny, tiny fraction of Americans. These are people who have rejected God and hate it when I talk about him. I don’t give them the time of day…

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    • phosphiend you are sad indeed. Bet you are a wife beater as well. It takes a real man
      to curse a woman, or better yet give her a good beating. How about meeting me in person and I can teach you some manners you pathetic piece of slime.
      John Wilder

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      • I just love libtards don’t you. They have miniature brains and all they can resort to is
        name calling and cursing. So pathetic and predictable. I wish that phosphiend would take me up on my offer but then I really don’t have any hopes of that, all he can do is curse you anonymously, how truly pathetic.
        John

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    • Skinny huh phosphiend, you must be a tub of guts as well, why not post your picture you phoney. UIbermensch my ass. I can threaten you just fine and better yet I can back it up.
      Want to dance? Yes I sign my real name instead of hiding behind a pseudonym. You want my address as well?
      John Wilder

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      • Oh, John, you really make me laugh. You should see some of the names being hurled at me from my last two articles! This particular troll was kicked off my other article and was furious about it. Therefore, he came to my About page to vent more bile. I like to post those comments because it really illuminates their emotions & intellect. They don’t even realize how naked it makes them.

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  13. For someone who self-describes as “respectful,” your posts are awfully abusive towards the standard set of conservative whipping boys. Personally, your conversion experience immediately after a tragedy sounds exactly like my conversion to Christianity… when I was eleven, and thankfully I got over by the time I was eighteen, taking with me the wisdom that one should NEVER EVER EVER trust an overnight conversion experience.

    If you were an impulsive, thoughtless liberal who believed things for shallow reasons, you have to consider the possibility that you’re an equally shallow conservative. Not every conservative is shallow, that’s not my point; my point is that anyone who thinks you can tell a genius or an idiot, a deep-thinker or a fanatic in the making, by what ideology they’ve come to… well, they’re probably gonna end up being one of the idiots, hun.

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    • Lazlo,

      The difference between our ‘conversion’ experiences is that you, for some reason, have become disillusioned & bitter as a result of yours. I find it interesting that it was Christianity that disappointed you. I can tell you with 100% certainty that you were never a Christian to begin with. Certainly not at the age of 11. An 11 year old can believe in Jesus and God- but that doesn’t make them a Christian. A true Christian may start their path as an 11 year old who believes in Jesus, but if they do not make an adult commitment to Jesus & God- if they do not give their entire life (yes, their entire life) to the service of the Lord, then they aren’t a Christian. Satan believes that Jesus is the son of God too. That doesn’t make him a Christian.

      Lazlo, you have never been a Christian. A Christian, once imbued with the Holy Spirit is never the same again. Joy fills your heart- even in the midst of troubles & agony. I’m sorry that, somehow, along your innocent road, someone or something hurt you and successfully pulled you away from Christ. But I can tell you with certainty that both God & Jesus are waiting patiently for your return.

      I am reading the book of Acts right now. It talks about how Paul was imprisoned & beaten because he was arguing to the Jews that Christ was the promised Messaiah. This angered the synagog leaders because they hated the influence (and therefore the political power) of Jesus. After all, they killed him. If the people came to believe Jesus was the Messaiah, then they would turn against their leaders for having Jesus killed. So they tried everything to stop Jesus’ apostles from talking. But while Paul was in jail, chained to his guard, he wrote a letter to one of the new churches and told them that he felt only joy- because he knew that his troubles were leading directly toward the salvation of many people’s souls. His imprisonment was big news back then. It made people even more curious to know what the ruckus was all about. Even the Romans and Greeks were hearing about all the political and social upheaval because of Jesus & his diciples.

      And guess what? Paul was actually a pharisee in his previous life. He was the number one hater of Christians. He actually used all his political power to kill as many Christians as he could. One day, as he was walking toward a trial where he hoped to doom even more Christians to death, Jesus appeared before him and told him to stop and to serve him. And Paul did. But he also never forgot what he had done previously. He knew that all his negative and ugly acts also served God’s purpose in that his conversion was all the more astounding.

      What I am trying to say to you, Lazlo, is that you can come back to Jesus at any time. Your bitterness (and all atheist bitterness) demonstrates your belief in Jesus and God. You haven’t ‘gotten over it’. No one does. You are disappointed, yes. But if you give your life to serving Jesus, I promise you will only feel immense joy from that point on in your life.

      As for me, I am not disappointed in my ‘conversion’ to conservatism. It certainly was not an overnight experience but was the result of years of research. If you call the reading of many, many history books, political books, newspapers, online research, and focused analysis over the course of about 10 years or so ‘shallow’ then what can I say? Can you say the same of your liberal beliefs?

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  14. I have been a conservative black woman since 1980. I saw that liberalism was dangerous to real freedom and Christianity. Liberalism promoted things I could not condone. I saw Clinton and the lack of truth in the things he said and did, and now, I see Obama doing even worse. I cannot in my heart be a Democrat because of the constant lies I hear coming from the mouths of Democrat leaders. They constantly get rewarded for their corruption by the same type of people who continuously vote them back into office. Anyway…I could go on and on but won’t. Thanks for sharing. Connie
    http://7thandvine.wordpress.com/

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    • Hi Constance!

      Thank you for visiting my blog! You know, my whole life, I could never join a political party. I always wanted to make up my mind each time, regardless of senseless loyalties. As I have aged, had a family & a career, I have become more and more conservative. The more I research, the more conservative I get. Pls. don’t get me wrong, Constance- I am no Republican. But they are the best shot so far. But they are so corrupt too. I just wish Jesus would come back and rule us properly.

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      • I love this article, thank you for writing this. I’m a combat veteran and already feeling the effects of cuts liberal views. We are now the minority of the population and often feel like like outcasts. BUT….I know for a fact, the freedom is NOT free. It’s paid for by our defense. If liberals had their way, we would have a mickey mouse defense system and all hell would break lose, but they just don’t get it. Everyone wants a hand out for something they didn’t earn, and it makes me ill. I admire your patriotism. Thanks you.

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      • Thanks, Brian. I sent you a FB friend request. You know, we have to stay strong and continue to have faith in our fellow Americans. MOST of us love our country with all our hearts- even the DEMS! The ugliest of all people are progressives. These people are bent on the actual destruction of our nation in favor of a larger union, a consolidation of power into fewer hands and an end to our constitutional freedoms. Progressives are in both parties and so we must be careful. Most people are being swayed by the progressive media (pls. read my “Who is Rupert Murdoch & who owns the news” article) which is ALL owned & operated by 6 or 7 (depends on how you view them) families and/or groups. But if push came to shove, most Americans would fight for our country. Never forget that. And, please don’t forget how much we Americans love our soldiers- Dems included. The progressive media wishes to break our spirits by showing only the spoiled, rabid & hateful in our nation. Most of us are just plain, ol’ Americans who mind their business everyday. The real danger is that the progressive media is not covering how the laws being passed that are just waiting to be abused. Americans have NO idea what is happening right under their noses. Sadly, when they DO find out, they won’t be able to do anything about it.

        THAT is the reason I blog- to tell everyone who will listen.

        I would love to talk further on this subject with you, Brian. I have some real questions concerning how soldiers view politics & how closely they follow it. Would that be possible?

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  15. In all your study of the events of September 11, 2001, you didn’t once come on the story of how Bill Clinton ordered the elimination of Osama bin Laden, and how George Bush called off that hunt on January 22, 2001?

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    • What is your point, Ed? Before I do more research based on your question, I would like to understand your motive in this question. As stated before, I am NOT your enemy. I am your fellow American. I am not a republican, but an Independent. More than anything, I am a conservative- which doesn’t define the Republican party anymore. My views are my own and based on what I know. I continue my research and simply will not interpret my finding based on Rep/Democratic lines. Progressivism is the true evil I see- there are Progressives in both parties. When I say Progressive, I do not mean liberal. Nor do I mean Democrat. You need to either just read the article I asked you to read, or read a few of my articles to understand where I am coming from.

      Don’t attack until you know someone. So, please indicate the point of your question. I think we can get somewhere faster if you do.

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    • I believe you have that backwards. Clinton stalled and lost the opportunity to launch a direct strike on Osama bin Laden at a confirmed location. Clinton was advised that Osama was withing our grasp and he hesitated to make a decision because he was playing Golf and couldn’t be bothered with and that’s just one many opportunities wear the ball was dropped. Had he payed more attention to his duty as president maybe the twin towers would still be standing. A good read is: Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How President Bill Clinton Compromised America’s Long-Term National Security by Robert Patterson.

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  16. why don’t scientist just simply say “Godidit” to save money for researches. Forget about rational thought and skepticism. So kids, whenever your teacher hands out an essay exam in any field of science, just write there, Goddidit!

    Honestly speaking if Creationist will dominate science, it spells the end of humanity.

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  17. I really like your description of Saul’s (Paul after the encounter) life in Acts. It’s simple and paints context, which is what is missing when you try and read the Bible. What is amazing is the Devil, Impossible to see, so hard to ‘miss’ (he only leaves when we accept the spirit of Christ to be our reflection.)

    So as hindsight would have it, miracles or no miracles, belief in God or not, the principle elements of the Spirit (attitude) Christ took and put on his person has set the world on fire, in spite of Satan’s attempts to extinguish.

    I appreciate your admission and identification of the ‘Saul’ in you. Everyone should be so lucky to encounter the truth and be given the rebelious spirit needed to cast off the labels of life past, the scarlet letters, the demeaning criticism, the good intentions of others gone bad, the hate and retaliation of envy that was fostered. Oh, and the fear, Courageous = Fearless

    Here’s an interesting rhetorical question…

    “I know someday you’ll have a beautiful life,
    I know you’ll be a star in somebody else’s sky,
    But why, why, why can’t it be, can’t it be mine?”

    -Vedder

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  18. I love your blog! While I have very little doubt that you would absolutely hate mine, I feel like you are my Conservative counterpart. I was raised in Texas, and while I wasn’t extremely conservative, I considered myself a Republican. I was 19 when I was able to vote for the first time, and I voted straight Republican ticket. A little over 5 years ago, I moved to Los Angeles after college. Believe it or not, it didn’t turn me into an instant liberal. I really didn’t care either way. It wasn’t until my daughter was born in December, that things started to change for me. I obviously started to care about things that actually mattered. (BTW…my daughter’s name is actually Rebel) Then one day in January, I was flipping through the channels and I happened to see Rick Santorum speaking at a campaign rally, and for some weird reason it made me cringe. I had never heard of him in my entire life. So, of course I started to read about him. Then I became obsessed with knowing everything about the GOP. Then one thing led to another and I was a full on liberal. I do wish to note, that while I consider myself very liberal, I am not the definition of “liberal” that conservatives assign to it. I have never been on welfare, nor do I want to support able bodied people that are too lazy to work. I don’t think there is anything wrong with being rich. I think Occupy Wall Street was pointless and embarrassing. And I’m sure there may be a few other things we could possibly agree on. I’m sure you can probably guess my stance on about everything else, so I need not go into it. I love facts and news, and I am with you on backing up your claims with actual proof. I am looking forward to reading your side of the story, because every so often I too can see the logic of the right. My latest has been voter ID laws. I thought you had to show your ID to vote. Haha. It really is the only thing that makes sense. I will be reading!

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    • Like you I was kind of Liberal, at one time. Then a relative took me to a John Birch meeting, which is a real education in itself, I remember being really sick about this that I could not leave my house for a week. This group really can educate a person to see beyond the media hype. Now I see the news events with a new set of eyes. Like you I am a Christian conservative. I believe people who go into journalism are being fed by left wing professers. These journalists are now the products milled out of these colleges. What better way to control a nation by starting out with those in the communicating field. I believe many citizens are lied to and if they were given an eye opener of what is Really happening there would be such an uprising that it would turn things around.

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  19. Susan, I am you and you are me. A raging liberal for years, I have grown up. As a home owner and a parent, I watch the news, read about all the people involved (not just what we’re told by a very liberal media), and was all about voting based on abortion rights. Times have changed. And as a Christian I follow ONE book, and the laws that work within that book generally tend to be the same as our conservative politicians! Anyway, thank you for your great posts, and I have just found you via FB for your blog on CT. Fascinating, and I have shared it, so I hope it brings lots of fresh discussion.

    Warmly~
    Stephanie

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  20. Hello SLR (short little rebel),
    I am intrigued about your conversion. You are correct. Most people (even many conservatives) post arguments in opposition to well held beliefs that are typically not supported by raw facts. I was there once too. But whatever drives men and women to begin a journey of enlightenment, it seems the catalyst is a deep resentment toward a point of view we cannot support by verifiable fact. The other catalyst appears to be a deep seeded feeling that many events must be connected. Our failure at identifying the connection drives us onward, or rather drives myself onward. I did not know when I started this that I would end up being a Constitutional Scholar. It seemed such a weighty and complicated subject and I wasn’t sure I had the chops. But I’m not much of a quitter and I tend to rise to the challenge regarding the monsters that barr the way. But in reading your article I was immediately struck with the thought that I typically don’t respond to peoples blogs. Something about your picture was familiar. Moreover your message resonated with me. There is a common sense approach to your conversion and your understanding of it that captured my attention. I’m not certain if I’ve made any impact at all in the world but I keep trying. I can see the fruits of my effort from time to time and it’s very encouraging. I hope the same for you and more. Peace be with you!!

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  21. Susan – I am so glad that I saw one of your blogs on Facebook! I can completely relate to your story and how you came to be the Christian Conservative that you are. I, too, used to be an uninformed liberal. Then, I grew up, so to speak!!! I really like your faith-based perspective on politics – our faith and beliefs should be a part of everything. Too often many conservatives leave God out of it, in my opinion. Have you ever read The Harbinger? I just finished reading it last night. If you have not, I highly recommend it – very eye-opening! Keep up the great work and God bless you!!! – Kristin

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  22. wow, found your article about connecticut on facebook, and it’s so nice to know there are others out there who see the evils of the progressive movement and the strong possibilities of coverups all over. i used to be a republican because i thought that’s just what “good Christians” do, but since listening to ron paul, i realize how much of our modern world is nothing like what our constitution and forefathers intended. it’s so sad to see this “class war” going on right now–people angry at others’ financial success and wanting more of their “fair share.” most people don’t know income tax wasn’t even a thing until a hundred years ago! and even then it was supposed to always be capped at 3%. if we didn’t go around handing out foreign aid to countries that hate us anyway and giving out handouts instead of teaching people to work for themselves, we wouldn’t be in this mess. overspending is the problem, but all anyone wants to talk about it how much more money someone else makes than them and how that isn’t “fair.” who ever said life was fair? you don’t see people born with ugly faces wanting to uglif-y the rest of the world’s faces because what they were born with wasn’t “fair,” do you? it seems to be there are too many people in the world today who just never grew up.

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  23. Susan,

    God bless you. I really appreciate the focus, control and objectivity you bring to your publications. I hope that everyone who chimes in offers something constructive and respects the position from which you write.

    Merry Christmas,
    hugh

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  24. I’m sure there are a lot of comments for you to go through so i will attempt to be brief. To randomly come across writing like yours that resonated so strongly with thoughts of my own was such a wonderful treat. I love to write but the time is hard to find (meaning I haven’t won my war with procrastination). Your writing is to the point but very well worded and clearly imbued with a deep passion. I have trouble finding writer’s i enjoy enough to follow, and have an even tougher time finding those skilled writers who maintain their integrity. What i see in you is what i see missing from conservatism in general (or more to the point the perception of conservatism) and this is eloquence. Beautifully constructed clever sentences that flow seamlessly. We have the facts on our side but we still lag behind those without fact or legitimate argument. What truly sealed the deal however was your response to comments made by the parasites, the vulgar, and the misinformed. You handled each with class and efficiency and I’ll be following your blog (i currently only follow two writers). This being said I’m confused on how you could be so religious but still support pro choice earlier in your life? It sounds like you experienced a “come to Jesus” moment as my grandmother is fond of saying.

    When you find the time i would appreciate your thoughts on a few things I’ve written.
    http://anonymityunderground.wordpress.com/

    Please continue the good fight.

    Steven

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  25. You write well and think clearly, and I appreciate that you take the time for this blog. My sister referred me to this article. I’ll be reading your posts from now on. Incidentally, I recently read a book that dramatized the grooming of a psychologically vulnerable person into an assassin: “The President’s Nemesis” by Michael Beres, published in 2006. I think he has some hard to obtain insight, because the book was spooky for how credible it seemed.
    Carry on!

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  26. I don’t believe things happen by accident. Tonight my husband and I mentioned one of our liberal viewed friends. His words…”What happens is, these kids go off to college and want to be “free” to do what ever they want (just like ourselves). They are young and impressionable and the liberal perspective attracts them(like they did us). THEN, they grow up, get jobs, pay taxes, grow old, and wise…and their views change to a more conservative stance.” They may have something traumatic happen to them, they may find Jesus, they may see the next generation acting and talking foolishly because they simply haven’t experienced life yet…whatever the reasons it tends to go that left direction and rarely the other way. And if it does go the other way, they’ll be back. to the right 🙂 We actually had this conversation, then one thing led to another and I was reading your BIO above…not by accident. Best wishes and prayers for you. Speak the truth and you will always be in the right…opinions are a dime a dozen. Knowledge is power.

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  27. Susan, Thank you so much for this blog site. . . appreciate your views. . . In Christ I share your values and hold many of the same views. . .looking forward to following your writings. Will remember to pray for your continued boldness and success.

    Blessings,
    Sonflower28

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  28. Just discovered you on Prophezine. Ray Gano’s site. Like your article and have been checking in here about once a day since then.
    Keep up the good work. You are very encouraging in these trying times!

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  29. Please let me know how to contact you personally. I too believe I have been called and given much of this same information from our Creator. For the last 10 years, with those close to me, I have been crying out that we are living in the end times and technology is the major contributing factor. We are the resurgence of the great city of Babel for it was not simply just about man building a tower that caused God to scatter the people and our language. It directly has to deal with the technology and intelligence of that ancient civilization. But in the last 150 years, God has removed his hand. He has allowed the re-introduction of technology and through it, the unification of mankind once again.

    This is the first I have ever seen of your blog. If you think we can help each other, I’d love to get in contact with you. God bless you, and I commend you for your courage in the face of a fallen and depraved generation.

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  30. Hi,

    I was looking to comment on the Urgent Update on CT Shooting post, but I do not see Leave a Reply box. Are comments closed on that page?

    Good job on that, by the way, and it’s good to see a fellow brother/sister in Christ using their critical thinking skills.

    Also, on another note, I just happened to look up and read the comment from you to John above this “Reply Box,” which says, “…My mission in life is to find the truth the best I can. I don’t want to be ‘right’. My ears are open and I am always ready to listen. Lies and hypocracy, thank God, are fairly easy to spot. I hope to gain more maturity, humility and wisdom as the years go on! Susan”

    I’d like to share some information with you concerning growing in the wisdom & knowledge of God and lies that the devil is using against the Body of Christ to keep them in the dark about God’s plan for them. It has to do with the simplicity of the gospel and sound doctrine. Let me know if you’d care to dialogue about this.

    Grace and peace in Christ,

    Paula

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  31. I respectfully disagree with your stance, however I commend you for the courage to share your opinions with the community despite the obvious berating you have received from others who choose not to try and understand your views and why you have them.

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  32. SLR…I have been following yoy on Facebook…this morning I am unable to go on your page…are you having issues with your FB page?

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    • No prob. I just took the site off line late last night- it had come under so-called atheist attack. (they do this from time to time). I like to be online while this happens so that I can delete & ban them so that you don’t need to be exposed to their foul language. It got late and I wanted to go to bed, so I just took it offline until morning. It’s up and running again! smiles! susan

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  33. Susan, I’m not sure how I came across your blog, but I thoroughly enjoy your facebook posts and blogs. Lately, I’ve been entertained with your atheist infestation problem, as I used to have one of my own. But I feel that I need to say this to you: We are in the end days, We have enough of a battle for the minds and hearts of people who already call themselves Christians – we don’t have to take on atheists. God has allowed this great delusion and neither you nor I will lift it from them.

    Keep up your great work but don’t allow the enemy to distract you and cause you to stumble with these arguments. Maintain your testimony and don’t let your love grow cold. We have an incredible amount of work to do as watchmen – we don’t have time to be distracted, and we can’t risk losing our love for people out of frustration.

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  34. Good morning Susan,

    I’ve noticed that you’ve disappeared from FarceBook. You’re neither on my list nor can I even look you up. Have you been banned or just fed up? I miss your posts. It’s refreshing to hear from one who’s of the same bent.

    Have a great day. God bless.

    Chris

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    • Chris, sorry- I have a new policy! You can read about it on FB in my NOTES section. I AM still live. But when the page gets an atheist ‘infestation’ and I want to go to bed, I can’t leave the page open for them to poop on it! It makes it nasty for my readers. So. Sometimes I will take it down TEMPORARILY, while I’m away. If you find this at some point, don’t worry. It will only be a matter of hours until it’s up again! cheers! Susan

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  35. I really enjoyed reading about your story,I guess being raised in San Francisco,CA. you was more espoused to liberal views.I admire you for being opened mined and reading material that opened your eyes to the real truth,that took a strong woman to do this with so many liberals around you I assume.I,m from the south born,raised and still live in Alabama.My entire life I have been conservative raised up going to church.I,m 46 now and parts of the south are not as conservative as when I was younger,I,m as conservative today as I was at a young age,my daddy and mama taught us moral values from an early age.Not really sure how I found you fb page I guess all the conservative pages I like,then I saw a page called “Short Little Rebel” and had to check it out.lol.God Bless you and your family.Ron the Alabama rebel.lol.:)

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  36. To truly understand why Muslims cheered while dancing in the streets of Middle Eastern Countries at the news of the Twin Towers being destroyed by terrorists on 911.

    One has to understand:

    – How the American government has interfered in the affairs of other countries before and after world war two when America arrogantly took on the role of being the worlds police men.

    – How the CIA and United States military has been used to assassinate the leaders of other nations such as in Iran and Iraq. Supported brutal dictators {especially in the Middle East and South America} who then without mercy brutalized their own people such as the Shah of Iran, Saddam, the political leaders of Syria and Egypt. As well as the atrocities the modern day nation has committed against the Palestinians.

    Only then can one understand why they are not only fully justified in hating us but why – at long last – they gave America a well deserved bloody nose on September 11, 2001.

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    • while agree with you about our government interference & arrogance- I strongly disagree that this is why they attacked us and continue attacking us. They hate everything about us- ESPECIALLY our freedom. They fear that their women and children will learn our ideas about that. They hate technology for the same reason. It allows their people to access all the crummy stuff we hate too. And they HATE our support of Israel, which is a direct result of our overwhelmingly Christian faith. THAT is the true problem. Since I am unwilling to give up Christ and Israel and my freedoms, I am automatically their sworn enemy. And so are you. Even if you sympathize, they will murder you as quickly as they would murder me. It is JIHAD, DaPoet. The sooner Americans understand this is the sooner we can win against them. As long as people, like you, apologize for their terror, they will continue to use it to spread their propaganda. That is all terror is: propaganda. And it has worked with you. Rethink.

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      • With regard to 911 I would suggest that you consider the research of Dr. Judy Wood, B.S, M.S, PH.D This short vid “Where Did the Towers Go?” is very informative from a scientific view point. She also has a longer version of the vid as well as a self published book by the same name. The official story just has never made much sense and even less sense as time goes by.

        http://vimeo.com/57850147 to see, copy and past to browser. .

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    • I don’t think you truly know what exactly you’re talking about. Yes the government did some messed up stuff. But the leaders of the other nations that were assassinated had Rape houses, torture rooms and and allot of other Diabolical and down right evil devices that much of the public doesn’t know or need to know about. They were active in human trafficking/ sex slavery.

      There are some types of evil that can be handled without the taking of a life, i.e. prison, fines, things of the sort. However, the aforementioned evil must be dealt with swiftly, lethally, and violently. Nobody can sit and stare in me the eye and tell me that Saddam Hussein, al-Zarqawi and other notorious leaders were “good upright men that deserved a second chance.” They had their second chance multiple times and blew it.

      In short what I’m saying is that the troops don’t sign up to defend Freedom and democracy for the US only, but for the entire world. Because when freedoms are stripped and choices are erroneous there is no and will never be any quality of life. So if you would like to live in those countries without the freedom to say what you just did about the government and want to live constantly looking over your shoulder so you don’t get captured, tortured and beheaded for “Allah’s sake” or for “Jihad”; Then please move there and live there for a while. Then write me back to inform me how much you love not getting to eat certain foods or move during prayer time. Because let me tell you, it sucks.

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  37. If anyone is really looking for a decent book on 9/11 I would suggest crossing the rubicon. It is exhaustive. I have only gleaned a portion of it, but it is highly foot noted. So agree/disagree with the author you have all the places he got his info from and can look them up for yourself.

    As far as those of islamic persuasion who were dancing in the streets after 9/11. One must understand that we financially highjacked most foreign countries economies and this process of taking over a countries finances is explained best in the books, “The Creature From Jekyll Island” By G. Edward Griffen (detailed info on our banking system and a glimpse into how our nation loans money to other countries, it will scare you), and “Confessions of an Economic hitman.” Confessions does a good job of showing you how one man was used as an agent to loan and collapse other countries in order to exploit their government and their resources. A truly compelling read. I happened across an article written in “The NEw American” some years ago (some may have issues with this mag but they have been right on many political issues) of which they detailed how kermit Roosevelt was a economic hitman to the former Iranian regime. The U.S. then went and essetially helped usher in the current regime, and with it an islamic militant state. Any individual who truly wants to check these resources and verify their accuracy should be able to obtain them with minimal effort.

    God Bless,
    marc

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  38. Hello, my name is Micah Chetta and I’m from Greenville S.C. I am a senior in High School and I am shocked that gay marriages are considered equal to heterosexual marriages. I have decided to start a petition in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 of the state of California. Both acts stand in favor of marriage between one man and one woman. Both acts have been declared unconstitutional by several courts and are now going to be heard in front of the Supreme Court on March 26-27. I ask that you please help this petition spread nation wide by presenting it on your blog. The Petition states that the US population is in favor of DOMA and Proposition 8. The purpose is to let Congress, The Supreme Court, and the White House know that the US population supports traditional marriage. Please support this petition by signing it and then supporting it on your blog. I want to get at least 100,000 signatures, but I hope to get more. However, in order to get more signatures, I need your help to spread the word. Thanks

    Go HERE TO SIGN PETITION: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stand-firm-on-doma-and-proposition-8/ (BTW, YOU ONLY HAVE TO PUT IN YOUR NAME AND EMAIL, YOU DON’T HAVE TO DONATE ANYTHING!!!!! THOSE DONATIONS GO TO THE WEBSITE, NOT TO SUPPORT THE PETITION)

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  39. I do not even know how I came across your blog, but I am here! I read your bio and Just wanted to encourage you that the best place to “seek” the Truth is in Bible. Better yet, you will not have to “seek” for it – but you will definitely find Truth in the Word of God. As I read and hear about and have great concern of current political events and the emergent church movement, I take everything back to scripture. His Word will guide you to what is Truth and you will understand it if you have accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. So be careful in being too open to someone else opinion – as long as it follows directly in line with scripture. 2 Timothy 4;3-4 says “The time will come when they shall not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itchy ears. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (KJV). May everything you do bring glory to the Lord and win lost souls for His Kingdom in Heaven. .

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  40. Short Little Rebel,

    Just wanted to say thank you for what you do. I follow your posts daily and receive multiple blessings for it. You have my prayers.

    North Texas Drifter (northtexasdrifter.blogspot.com)

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    • Thanks, Thomas. And you are welcome. I take great joy in my work! And I need every prayer I can get. If you do pray for me, can I ask that you pray for wisdom for me? And humility? I can’t bear that I should write something out of the wrong place within me and that someone should stumble because of it! Thanks! Susan

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  41. Additionally, you’re essentially a laughing stock of the educated. But you’re right – you have first amendment rights! I totally support your right to be dumb. It’s hilarious to read and the actual educated people get a kick out of it.

    You should read real books rather than pundit diatribe and attend a college that’s first tier rather than a degree mill.

    I hope you post about history so I can destroy your posts. Conservatives like to make up history. Please, post about history and the Constitution so I can own you.

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    • Um. I was not aware that WEST POINT was a ‘degree mill’. And I was not aware that getting a recommendation from the vice president of the United States to attend this ‘low level’ university was a shameful accomplishment. I also was not aware that working internationally as a management consultant for the telcom industry and getting paid wild amounts of money for 13 years was a small accomplishment. As for writing on ‘history’, I do so frequently. Also, the constitution. I welcome your… um… ‘destruction’ and ‘ownership’ any day. Dork.

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      • Wow nice accomplishments… in the end they won’t mean anything. You will die like everyone else and then nothing… no heaven, hell or void in-between. Just nothingness. Hopefully your death will come soon, we need less people like you in the world so the rest of us can go on with evolution.

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  42. Hey Susan, I got reccommended to your blog and thoroughly enjoy reading it. I’m from Singapore (in Southeast Asia) and the gay movement has just recently picked up here, which I’ve written about in my blog (girlinturquoise.wordpress) It’s nice to know someone across the globe shares my sentiments. Looking forward to more posts from you, and the debates/conversations ahead. 🙂 Keep writing!

    -Girl in Turquoise

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    • Hi Sid, I sure do know Ann Barnhardt. I have posted a thing or two of hers. She & I differ, however, on a couple of things. First, she strikes me as really angry- I don’t feel angry. I feel determined, but peaceful. She also challenges and welcomes attacks by her enemies. I don’t. I won’t run from them, but I also won’t issue a challenge. Last, my goal is not really politics. It is to bring Christ to as many people as I can before I die. That isn’t really her goal.

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  43. Lol…… sounds like you were more educated before you watched the news.

    I thought 9/11 had everybody woken up… who knew it actually put some back to sleep??!

    Some people just require more sleep than others I guess…

    But next time the alarm goes off, don’t hit the snooze! We need ‘thinkers’ like you to start thinking! 🙂

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    • Sunawake, despite your vaguely insulting tone, you are very right. 9/11 woke us up and now it is being used to put us back to sleep. These progressives will never let up. They ponder day and night, devising new ways to do evil.

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  44. Susan, great attitude and great purpose — to lead as many to Christ as possible! I’m saddened to hear of your USMA tragedy. Unfortunately West Point is far from the only place where such things have occurred. It is true that it takes courage to address wrongdoing anywhere, particularly when the masses are supportive — actively or passively. Therefore it’s awesome that you’ve aired your personal circumstances with the aim to shed light on a problem that needs to be addressed. I will respectfully disagree that there are no gentlemen at West Point. There are more outlets for positive, Christian fellowship there now than I’ve seen elsewhere. Of course, whether a cadet attends or doesn’t attend these sorts of extracurricular clubs will not definitively prevent disrespectful words and actions; however, these groups play an important role in making a positive impact, and changing some cadets. Little by little, the emphasis that has been placed on respect is taking root and affecting change. I imagine there will never be a complete solution, but I am not sure that segregation is the best option. Perhaps it is; I detailed comparative study would likely reveal pros and cons for both courses of action. Teaching people how to respect and love others as Christ taught is so critical. For those who will not attend Christian events, then addressing this issue in this secular forum will hopefully affect change in them as well. I agree that there is almost always sexual tension between men and women; it’s how we are created/wired. Of course exceptions exist, but this is really an undeniable truth of humanity, right? May God grant you the wisdom that you’ve requested and the patience to reply respectfully and lovingly to those condescending people who are missing out on the peace and joy that Christ gives so freely to those who seek it from him.

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    • Dear Lumiere et Sel, I don’t believe I have ever said that there are no gentlemen at West Point. Indeed, there are many. More so than the creeps. I still highly respect West Point and am proud that I attended. But the military needs to take a real hard look at how it deploys men and women. I do believe segregation (not complete- but in logical, functional units) of the sexes. That doesn’t mean men and women don’t ever work with one another. They just don’t sit in fox holes together, if you get my drift. There are some branches, perhaps, that might integrate the two. But I still favor complete segregation in terms of their units. A real study will probably never be done- too politically incorrect. I welcome Christ’s return- once the ugliness of sin is removed from the human heart, we can actually accomplish great things together- we will actually be able to make decisions based in LOGIC instead of greed, lust, evil. Won’t that be great!

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    • Life can depress me. Not life, actually, but mankind. I tell my children that they should never worry about ghosts or monsters or ‘evil’ things they see in movies. People contain all the truly evil things. People are capable of doing more evil than all those ghosts could ever dream of. If every person really had the courage to look around them- to see the misery that man inflicts upon man, they would realize that this life is meaningless- that it is NOT worth living. Not without SOMETHING or SOMEONE to GIVE it meaning. Without that, anyone who really sees, who allows what they see to touch them, would commit suicide. That is why sensitive artist types commit suicide and take so many drugs. They do open their eyes. They attempt to ignore God and instead try to use their art to make meaning. But it doesn’t help. Then, they attempt to use drugs to soften the misery. But that doesn’t work either. Eventually, whether or not they are conscious of their decision, they decide to end their lives by taking too many drugs. I fully understand their decision. I would do it too. Without Christ and God, this life is MEANINGLESS. I do allow myself to look. I do allow people’s misery to touch me. And it drives me to my knees. The only thing I can do is COUNT on God. I count on him to have a PLAN. A FAIR plan. One that makes it all right and just. One that will punish the truly evil and lift up those who suffered in this life. One that will bring true joy to children who were raped and frightened- they only suffered for a brief time- but their joy will last forever- so long, in fact, that they will never remember those seven years they suffered. Without that knowledge, how can you or anyone bear to see the suffering? I can’t. I need God. I need him in order to live. You should find your comfort in him too. HE is the only meaning there is. Without Christ, there is no meaning. The bible tells the only story that makes sense. STudy it. No other ‘religion’ makes sense. Atheists love to say that the bible is ‘inconsistent’ and that it is a book of ‘fairy tales’. This always prompts me to laugh. They have never read it. It is the most intellectually challenging book written. All its prophecies are perfect. It is perfectly consistent over thousands of years and many different writers separated by locations and decades & millennia. No man or group of men could have conspired to have written it. If it were about anyone but Christ, the world would believe it. The world would fall on its knees in worship. But the name of CHRIST has power. It can either create a sense of incredible hate and revulsion or an incredible sense of love and devotion. No other name can do that. You can say, ‘Allah’ or “Buddha’ or ‘Shivah’ and no one will react. But say, “Do you love Jesus?” and bam! watch the reaction. The bible is perfect. Amazing. It is the story of mankind. Everyone is looking for Jesus. He will answer your depression. He will remove your depression. He will take away all your sin. He will instead give you life- not just in heaven, but here on earth. He is already your king. He will not beg you. But I, as his servant, am lovingly telling you what he has already done for you. If you are smart, you will accept his gift. Go to a church near you. For your own sake… Susan

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      • God blesses us in ways we don’t see or feel. Keep your focus where it should be friends, On Christ. Susan thank you for friending me on facebook. 🙂

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  45. Hi, I just wanted to say that for one your comments are subjective. You only allow the ones that you like to be seen according to your “If you are leaving a nasty, unhelpful comment, it will never see the light of day.” I also think that you post about God hating sinners is very ummm extreme and not really educated. Please read what Jesus came for. We are all sinners, you and me. God doesn’t hate you and he doesn’t hate me because we are sinners. Also just becoming christian doesn’t mean you are perfect either. Being Christian has many different meanings, one is that we pursue a life of Christ and living like him. We will never live without hate or hypocrisy, but God understands that and loves us regardless. Which is why he sent Jesus. Yes I think that he can be disappointed but it doesn’t mean he doesn’t stop loving us. I do believe that we should spread the word, but one of our most important missions is living as an example for others and constantly showing love and compassion. Maybe you shouldn’t have unfriended all of your Mormon friends because you have a shot to show them ministry. Something that I think is another really cool Christian philosophy is dubbed “Imago Dei” which is latin for “image of God”. It is basically that we are made in the image of God, right? So we all have a bit of God in us, so when Jesus answers the Pharisees that the greatest commandment is that we should love God with all of your soul and all of your mind and all that you do and the second is like unto it love your neighbor as yourself. So when you are truly loving God with all your heart and soul you are loving all those around you, and when you are truly loving your neighbor you are worshipping God. and I think that is really awesome.

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    • Hi Bob, please excuse me if I don’t include ‘the builder’ part as I address you. Of course I moderate my comments- any responsible blog owner would. If you read through my comment section, it is clear that I allow other points of view on my page. I do not allow useless , go nowhere arguments and I don’t allow profanity or rage. Having read back upon some of my older comments, sometimes I regret my tone. But I am imperfect and am happy to admit it. You say that I am extreme and ‘uneducated’ about the post about God hating sinners yet you fail to account for the scriptures that back that article. Of course I know what Jesus said. But note that these people whom God despises are the ones who utterly fail to obey the very first commandment. They detest God with all their hearts. These are not mere sinners. These are God haters. I do think that God despises them. And I do think that God will end their days and their spiritual lives. He has done it many times before and he will do it again. In fact, it is prophesied many times in the bible- as well for the future in Revelation. Will you call the bible ‘uneducated’ too?

      Now, as a Christian, you should know that we have only one source in all the world for all our knowledge concerning God- and that is the bible. There simply is no other reference. All other books are written to interpret that one amazing document. One can quibble about meaning, but one can’t say the bible is wrong. I list bible verses that exist. Jesus made it clear that nothing has been erased from the bible- not one letter, not one stroke of a pen.

      We know, however, that Jesus came in fulfilment of the prophesies of the Old Testaments concerning atonement and sacrifice and so we need not do those kinds of things anymore. Cleanliness and uncleanliness no longer have any meaning for us as we are permanently washed clean by the blood of Christ. Forbidden foods no longer matter for the same reason- Christ told us that it was not what entered the body that defiled us but what came out of our mouths that defiled us.

      But as to what God loves or hates, what God considers moral or immoral- none of that has changed. God never changes. He is unchangeable. He stands as the mountain of steadiness. He is who he is and will always be.

      So, your comment that I am ‘uneducated’ is something of a luxury for you as you don’t bother to support it in any way at all- other than to make yourself easier with the ways of the world.

      Perhaps you feel that I am too harsh with homosexuals. Well, I think you fail to understand my feelings on the matter. I don’t have a problem with individuals. I have a problem with the Progressive Movement who is using people who suffer with this addiction/demon/sin in order to steal all of our First Amendment Rights. Many, like you, fail to understand the danger Christians, especially, are in. Because you do not read the news, you don’t know that in Canada, today, it is already illegal for people to use words from the bible to say ‘anything negative’ about homosexuality. Counselors, pastors, psychologists will now lose their liscenses if they even try to ‘help’ a person suffering from homosexuality even if the person wants to change their behavior. That is wrong. That is the State entering into the health care of an individual. That is the State fining and limiting the free speech of individuals. The KKK can wear ugly masks and say horrible things as they march down streets but Christians can’t quote the bible? That is why I fight against homosexuality. Not because I wish to fight them- but because they are fighting against ME.

      I have friends who struggle with homosexuality. We speak compassionately and openly about their struggle. There is no hate, only love from me. We pray together and love each other. Don’t mistake my public, political battle with my personal relationships.

      I truly believe that the modern American church has FAILED to tell the whole truth about God. That is why it bores people to tears. They teach an effeminate, weak, mamsy, pamsy version of God that no one would want to follow. Gee, let’s see, even Iron Man has more balls than the version of God our modern church pumps out. No. Mankind NEEDS the biblical God. That is the ONLY God they will respect. And God knows it. He knows exactly what he created. And he knows exactly what we need. We need HIM. The real him. The one who demands respect before he demands our love. The one who defines love as OBEDIENCE first and emotion second. The one who will throw your butt in hell or kill you forever if you will hate his guts and demean him as some do today. Yes, that God. That is the one that men will follow to their dying day. Men need a higher purpose, Bob. They need something to believe in. Someone to believe in. A higher Calling that will WIN in the in. And our God is that God. And while he is full of LOVE, he is even more full of RIGHTEOUSNESS. And sometimes, that righteousness must be seen in the light of justice and that justice must been seen as death. Just as man’s court must sometimes assign death, so must God’s. Who are you to question God?

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      • It is wonderful that you took your valuable time to answer your “critic.” Perhaps the Holy Spirit will convict this person. People who want to twist what the bible says to suit their TRUTH (like homosexuality is right, for example) have always been here.

        Because of the proliferation of media they appear instantly in every area of our lives–from the office of the President to Church pulpits. I agree with you, the Church has FAILED.

        I’ve attended many Churches over the years. I’ve heard a ton of masterful self-help preaching. It delights us, makes us feel good while we live as the world.
        Here’s what I think, there aren’t many people like you who are willing to speak the truth in love. Not many who want to be criticized and ostracized.

        It is now up to those of us who are out there in the marketplace to do as Jesus did.

        We must preach the truth of the gospel. Not easy-believism–“come to Jesus because he has a wonderful plan for your life–this is heresy. But Come to Jesus and be willing to apply the Cross to your life. It is a bloody place of submission and sacrifice.

        I agree–Jesus hates sin. Jesus loves people. But, God in Christ will not tolerate a sinful lifestyle–His judgment(s) upon His people is evidence of His wrath.

        Critics often fail in two areas: (a) They haven’t read God’s word (b) They don’t take into account the whole counsel of God. They pick out their favorite parts and run with that! We “Pew folks” have a job to do for the cause of Christ–too many of us are sitting in the stands, eatin’ pizza watching the game. Be Blessed

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      • Wow. John, your comment can’t come at a more needful time. I have just spent several of the lowest days of my life. I have felt lonely and bereft. My church has proclaimed, at the pulpit, having never once mentioned the word ‘gay’ or ‘homosexual’ even once before, “You can’t be too Republican, you can’t be too Democrat, you can’t be too slutty, you can’t be too GAY! to come to our church!” This was announced directly after my pastor made an example of his having tattoos and being able to be a Christian at the same time. His point: salvation means, “It’s Jesus and…Nothing!” You need to understand that I had been counseling my pastors for the past 2 years, at least, to take a leadership role concerning homosexuality. I had been warning them to be prepared financially in case they lost their 501 3c status over it. I asked them to be prepared in case they lost their license to ‘marry and bury’ over it. They had assured me that they were ready and would ‘lose it all’ for the sake of Christ. But when my defamation/rape case went public- and when they found out that I had an interview with Inside Edition last Friday, they did a surprise service where they made that incredible announcement. I know it was to distance themselves from me. I had told them that the opposing lawyer had been using my blog articles against me in court. He had been lying and saying that I hated all gay people, that I was ‘turning fiction into fact’, that I was a liar, and attention grabber, a ‘Jesus freak’, a ‘religious fanatic’, a bigot, a hater, etc. Mostly, they were going after my supposed ‘hatred’ of gays. I told my pastors all of this. I think my pastors were terrified that the gay lobby would turn against them if they found out they were my church. I think that’s the reason for this incredible declaration at the pulpit. I confronted them on FB because I know why they did what they did. No one knows that I have been talking to them for years. No one knows that they told me their actual views on homosexuality. People in the congregation exploded in applause when they heard the word, ‘gay’. I live in WA, the most liberal state in the nation. The people applauded because they, themselves, want a way out of their own responsibilities. Everyone is afraid of gay retaliation and hatred. All you have to do is look at what they have done to me and my family to see what they will do to you. And they say I am the hater? People have lost their common sense. who is hating whom here?

        So. I have recently lost my church because they had no faith in God. They failed to stand with him. They thought they needed to defend themselves- they didn’t believe he would defend them. They shed me- I was expendable. I stand alone. My online friends stand with me, but my local ones are afraid. How can the leaders of my church do such a thing? I just can’t understand this?! Don’t they love Jesus? Don’t they love the truth more than their own lives? what they said isn’t true. They will kill people’s souls with their deception. Don’t they care about that? That isn’t true love. It is hate. No one sees it that way, though. They think it is love- because it sounds like love. But it isn’t. Not when it prevents people from changing their behavior. without repentance, there can be no salvation. That is the truth. You really can be too slutty and too gay for salvation. Jesus said that only those who do the will of his father will go to heaven. just crying ,”lord, lord!’ is not enough. We aren’t saved by works, but by our works, we are known to be saved. The Holy Spirit we receive upon salvation changes us forever- we can’t sin like that anymore. We don’t want to. where is this truth being preached????

        John. I wish I had a friend close to me. Someone to visit me here at my home. But at the moment, I am stripped of my friends. Pray that the Lord sends someone to me. Susan

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      • just say this, didn’t expect you’d reply to my comment. The war is not against “flesh and blood, but powers and principalities…” The world seems to be getting darker. But Jesus Christ is the light. I pray that you get the support that you need. Be Blessed John

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      • The only thing I have to say to you (in love) is that God despises and hates no one. He HATES all sin with a passion, but never the person. He will always take back His fallen people, and take in the lost. I am a testimony of that. No matter what the attitude of a person, what they feel about God, what they do (apart from fully and willfully and knowingly speaking blasphemy of the Holy Spirit), God will always take them back. He loves all humans, and He cannot hate a person. His hatred is reserved for sin, for the fallen angels and the devil, and anything that is not of Him. I am actually in the process of trusting in Jesus and seeking Him. It is very hard to stop sinning, and school (I’m 16) makes it harder for me, especially my urge to idolize the girls. But I trust Jesus will and already has delivered me. I want Him to be my portion. I do not want to grieve the Holy Spirit, nor the Father. I really do want to love Him, to OBEY Him at ALL costs, and to look at my earthly life and see it as worthless apart from Christ. I ask you pray for me, and for God to give me Mercy and Grace.

        Also, one last note. I don’t want to make you angry, and I know you may be facing something very bad right now. But some of your comments do sound a bit irritated. I don’t know much on politics, and honestly don’t really care, but you seem sort of angry if someone confronts you in an angry or rude manner. I would settle a tad bit, especially if they are atheist, and lovingly and kindly explain to them your views, and also more importantly how they need Jesus Christ as Savior in their lives. Because what they think and say really do not matter.

        Shalom.

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      • How about this, Jorden? Since you admit that you are only 16 and a new Christian, you withhold giving advice to an older Christian and instead stick to asking for prayers. Not because I am perfect, but because you truly don’t know what you are talking about. But I am not upset or angry with you because I can see that your heart is truly seeking Christ. If I get irritated with people, it is because I can see they have no interest in obeying God’s Word. Especially so-called atheists. But rather than discuss deep theology, which would be ‘meat’ to you, I will only give you ‘milk’, which you need as a young person and as a new Christian. I will happily pray for you. And I will bless you in God’s name. I am so happy that you are in the ‘process ‘ of loving and trusting Jesus. That news gives me great joy! Here is my advice to you as a young Christian: READ THE BIBLE every day. There is no other way to know God’s will. Many will tell you that you need a preacher or a pastor or a teacher to tell you what the Word of God is or means. But Jesus and the Bible tell us differently. We only need the Bible and the Holy Spirit. READ it daily and pray for the Holy Spirit to understand it. DO go to church, but don’t put your faith in mankind for true understanding. It will be against Christ’s orders. I say this to help you in your journey. There are many antichrists at work in the world- many of whom claim to be Christians. There are many false pastors and churches today. Many who wish only to be ‘happy churches’, ‘hip churches’, ‘popular and cool churches’. These don’t want to obey God at all. Read the Bible and you will see that obedience to Christ will lead to SUFFERING, not a party. And certainly not to wealth. Those who want good times are not following Christ. If I speak firmly to some, it is for a reason- a reason you don’t yet understand. You don’t have ground to lecture me on these matters as you don’t understand scripture. Further, what you just said is false. I won’t argue with you as it isn’t important for you right now. But reading your Bible and loving Jesus IS the most important thing for you right now. I will pray for your right now so that my prayer is build right into my response. Ok, I prayed for you. The Lord be with you, Jorden Darrett. May you be blessed with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. May you become a mighty man of God. The return of Christ is imminent. May you dedicate your life to Christ and his work- to love and care enough about your fellow man to tell them the full truth of Christ- of the repentance of sin and the promise of everlasting life through the incredible love and sacrifice of the Blood of the Perfect Lamb!

        Jesus said, “8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah.” Matt 23

        The Apostle John also wrote this, concerning the Holy Spirit and how he will guide you:

        “15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

        18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.

        20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

        24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life.

        26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

        28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.

        29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.”- 1 John 2

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  46. I would say in a less confrontational way then Bob that I would like to see your data to back up any of your claims. How you gathered your data, who you gathered it from (demographically), how many people you sampled, and whether the questions were leading or not. Case in point there isn’t much data to suggest marijuana is the cause of future addictions but some people ignorantly state it as if it’s fact because they heard it and never question where the statement originated. I would challenge the very premise of homosexuals hating Jesus or being more likely to be atheists. I don’t see any actual evidence of this. Your observations are likely the very definition of observation bias. What there is evidence of is people who have higher academic intelligence have personality traits that make them more likely to question religion and ultimately not like the answers they get in response to their questions. An example would be some Christians try to say something along the lines of I can’t disprove their statements so somehow that makes it true. When in fact most of the statements are unfalsifiable to begin with and just as importantly to consider is that it is not on me to disprove a theory, it is first and foremost on whomever posited the theory. I would also add that “I said so”, “millions of other people believe it”, “I just know”, “I had this experience in my life that means Christianity is true”, etc do not count as evidence in any way. I would also agree with Bob that if you really believe what you say then you should have no problem with opposition because you should know your tight and can prove it. This is in no way a small statement on what I believe or do not believe. It is simply the methods and logic needed to go from belief to fact.

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    • Well, you just want all that data, do you? You make me laugh. What I have found is that when people stomp up to me as you are doing now and ask me huge questions and demand ‘proof’ for all kinds of large subjects ranging from marijuana to homosexuality to atheism is that there is not a word I can say that will EVER change your mind in any of those subjects. So, why waste my breath. Further, I’d like to know who you think you are stomping up to me in this manner? Do you really think it is less confrontational? Can you have asked for any more from me? Would you like to conduct an IRS audit while you are at it? lol. Seriously. Your request is absurd. Yet, if I thought for one instant it would help to save your soul from hell to give you an answer to your absurd question, I would give it. But I don’t, so I won’t.

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    • Hostility? The only hostility I see is from you and those like you, Laszlo. I’m not going to lie and say that I never get irritated by the sheer arrogance, disrespect, anger, insolence, violence, intolerance, hypocrisy, and hatred of so-called atheists that come to my page but I can say this: I never attack anyone first. If I get irate at anyone, it is because of their rude behavior toward me and toward my God. So, if you criticize my behavior, it certainly isn’t rooted in my Christian beliefs, it is because of the above mentioned attitudes of those like you. When someone speaks their differences respectfully, they receive the same treatment from me. Of that, I can assure you. But then again, you and everyone can plainly see that by reading all the comments on my blog. You, like they, are little children, completely unwilling to accept responsibility for the logical consequences of your actions. I have no doubt that you struggle with this same problem throughout other areas of your life.

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  47. “I am an ex-soldier”

    You were not a soldier, you were a cadet. And by your own admission, and by supporting documentation from your time at West Point, you were a bad cadet. You failed, in almost every way, but you pretend to be a soldier to get people to give you money?

    Here is the problem. What will you do when you are in court and all of this documentation is produced saying how bad you were at West Point, and then the pictures showing you asking for money as a cadet are shown? How will that play to a jury? Stolen valor is a big deal these days.

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    • Joseph, Joseph. Are you still here? It must just burn you so badly that I rejected you and your Mormon cult on this page. Do I come to your page to insult you? No. Do I write articles about you? no. Do I care about what you think, how you live your life, or what is happening in your life? no. Do I STALK you? no. And why is that, do you think? Because you don’t matter to me.

      Um. Cadets are most certainly considered soldiers by the U.S. military. We received pay as soldiers; we could be called into service for war at any time. As to you accusations, do you really believe that I am unaware of all the false accusations being brought against me? I know them. As for your own false accusations, they they only make a fool out of you. God, the REAL God of the universe and not the crazy mormon human god, is behind me. HE will justify me in the end. He has lately provided the miracle that we needed to complete the funding for this entire fiasco. He has rejuvenated my soul. Also, we have all the evidence we need to win. Smear campaigns are for the desperate- for those who know they lack the means to win with facts. I have no intention of smearing Riggins in court. I don’t need to resort to such lowly tactics. Instead, I have a well laid out set of FACTS that the jury will see and from which will make their clear decision in my favor. Only little haters like you, who have had giant chips on their shoulders from long before this case can fabricate any guilt in me. Your eyes are clouded by your own rage from past impotence which YOU made evident of your own volition here for thousands to see. If you didn’t want to look the idiot, you should not have come here and done so. You should not continue doing so; that is my opinion. But if you must, I will, from time to time, continue exposing you. Out of kindness both to you and my readers, I throw most of your boring and redundant comments straight into the garbage before ever reading their content. But since you insist on this course of self destruction and self humiliation, I feel beholden to satisfy you from time to time.

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  48. Hi Susan, I came upon your site as a result of an Internet search after downloading Pope Francis’s book from the Library. When referred to as ‘Your Holiness’ he said,’ just call me Father.’ Among other things this is a question I have always had about the Catholic Church because of the Matthew 23:9 passage. I will view some of the other answers as well.

    Your blog is most interesting particularly since I once participated in a couple of online Christian forums and recognize from reading only a few comments and replies that I am glad I no longer participate in discussions of this nature. I did find Jordan’s November comments to show a maturity beyond his age. I believe that God loves everyone but HATES the evil that permeates our culture today. He is and always will be in charge and continue to allow free will (which I as a human being think is unfortunate). There I go judging God! He know I love him.

    I have chosen to attend church off and on (mostly off) over my 70 years but have spent considerable time studying scripture. I am not Catholic nor am I Protestant but find myself somewhere in between if that could be perceived as possible.

    Phyllissa

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    • lol, Phylissa, I am only a simple Christian! I gave up with the titles LONG ago. I am disgusted with the whole Catholic and Protestant thing. When did THAT begin? What were the Apostles? Christians. Christ-ones. That’s me. I want the basics. I find it difficult to go to church, but when I find one that is good, it is exceptionally fulfilling. Singing to God is especially wonderful. God bless you! Susan

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  49. How can loving Christ be the most rebellious thing that one can do? That makes no sense to me. if people love him, they don’t rebel against him.

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  50. Why are people so against you?

    John 15:18, 19 (and following verses) comes to mind where the Master says to the disciples, ““If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”

    On another note, someone had “reached across the boundaries” at homosexuals even to the point of writing that “heaven would be crawling with them!” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, presents an entirely different scenario:-

    “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

    “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (ESV)

    Yes. “…let God be true but every man a liar.” (Romans 3:4)

    But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:29)

    “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” (Galatians 1:10, NLT)

    May God bless you.

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    • Thank you, Thomas, for that understanding and comforting word. While I see it and understand it, others will not know what you mean at all. I see that you read what one of my readers said about heaven ‘crawling with’ homosexuals. He claims to be a pastor. The Bible foretells of today- we are in the end times. Jesus told us to watch the tree branches- when the buds and branches soften, we know that spring is right around the corner. The end is very near- almost the entire world has heard the Word- then our King will return. My heart rejoices at this prospect. False teachers will receive double justice for what they do. They dare to take on the authority and mantel of Christ and lead many to hell. I don’t relish the thought of their just reward, but I am so glad that their activities will end. The Bible never lies to us, Thomas. It’s truth is clear. It is the double edged sword. The world hated Jesus. Even if we murdered, the world would love us- it only hates those who love Jesus and the Truth he represents. Thank you again for your kind words, my brother in Christ.

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  51. My thoughts in regards to your comment about “honoring God with your poverty” is this: Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. I understand that you are doing all you can to preserve the integrity of your blog by not having any “backers,” however if you are running a site with over 2 million views, it just makes good business sense to turn a profit at the end of the day. Nothing in this world is free anymore, unless someone is willing to give without requiring payment, which really doesn’t make sense in the long term. It is honorable to give, if in obedient response to God, but I don’t think we are meant to work hard all our lives for free. I see your blog as a political platform. Don’t politicians make money? I watch Info Wars, and they are very open about selling their products in order to fund the work they do, and if they didn’t receive funding, they wouldn’t be able to report the way they do. People are happy to pay for content that they enjoy. I read many parenting and homeschool blogs, and the fact that they are monetized and have sponsored posts doesn’t make me question their validity. Christians are meant to be the answer to the world’s questions/problems. So when we are living joyfully in abundance and peace, the world will wonder what we have that they don’t. There’s nothing to separate us if we look the same. I did some research on the topic of “suffering for the Lord” just because that comment made me curious. The main reason “Christian suffering” is mentioned in the Bible is the suffering of shame and persecution Christians must endure and the hands of the oppressors. I compiled a list of verses about the abundance and joy we have in the Lord to encourage you: Rom 8:28, John 10:10, 2 Peter 1:3, Phil. 4:19, James 1:17, Luke 6:38, Isaiah 41:10, 3 John 1:2, Phil. 2:13, 2 Cor. 9:8, 1 Pet. 5:10, 2 Cor. 8:9, Luke 12:32-34. Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly, so if we keep living in sin, sickness, and poverty we aren’t honoring the great sacrifice Christ made when He suffered the cruel death of the cross for us. The cross changed everything, and praise God for that!
    Praying that your court case is resolved quickly and favorably. Trust that God has provided for all your needs, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:19.

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    • Hi Emily and thank you for your words. But please know that I don’t choose poverty to honor God. Did I write that somewhere? If I did, I’m surprised at myself! I did it truly to keep the trust of my readers. I understand what you say but I think people do find some comfort in the fact that I don’t monetize my site. Heck, even I take comfort in it! It keeps ME honest to myself. I’m really and truly not here for the money and fame. I’m here to help people and be myself. Not making money just keeps it all simple for me. If I got a check in the mail, I think things would change for me. I really do. YOu can’t serve two masters, Emily! I believe that. I just prefer to keep my money making and my Christian work separate. It’s better that way! I do hope that God blesses me MIGHTILY in my jewelry business, though! feel free to pray for God to make me very prosperous in that area! smiles!

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  52. “You really can be too slutty and too gay for salvation. Jesus said that only those who do the will of his father will go to heaven. just crying ,”lord, lord!’ is not enough. We aren’t saved by works, but by our works, we are known to be saved.”–from your comment section

    The Bible says:
    “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13
    His words.

    My belief is that it’s never too late on earth to be saved if we only call on His name. Look at the sinner on the cross. If we live our lives serving the Lord, we have the benefit of loving and knowing Him for that much longer, but you actually can’t be too slutty or gay for God. Yes we should stand up against homosexuality, however it is not up to us to change peoples’ hearts, that’s the Holy Spirit’s job. We are just to present the Good News to the world and let the Holy Spirit do His work.

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  53. I want to ask you something, is it possible to hate God but love Christ
    Because I honestly hate the God of the old testament but I am okay with jesus.

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    • No, it is not possible. They are ONE. They are in full agreement about everything. to hate one is to hate the other. Why should you hate God? To love Jesus is to love God even more- because God sent Jesus out of LOVE for humankind. If you hate the God of the Old Testament, then I can say that you haven’t read the Old Testament. I wish I could read it with you! I would love to teach you of his great love and wisdom! He is always the same and he is full of LOVE for you. Today, yesterday and always. to see Jesus is to see God. Let me put these words here spoken by Jesus where he explains how he and God are related to one another. Before I go, I beg you to not listen to OTHERS concerning God or Christ. Read the Bible for yourself. Go to church. Therein lies the truth. Evil lies in the hearts of men and they hate God with all their minds and souls. Satan wishes to keep men away from God- only out of jealousy because HE will die and YOU weren’t ever meant to. You, my dear, were meant to LIVE forever!

      1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in Goda ; believe also in me. 2My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going.”

      Jesus the Way to the Father

      5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

      6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you really know me, you will knowb my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

      8Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

      9Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

      Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

      15“If you love me, keep my commands. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will bec in you. 18I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

      22Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”

      23Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

      25“All this I have spoken while still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

      28“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.

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      • Good Day Short Little Rebel,
        Well Thank you for your reply,to be honest,I had forgotten about this message as it has been a while it was posted.I could see your passion and love for God which I must say is an admirable thing and off course I should respect your decision.I have decided to open myself to God as i felt things that happened in the past like the bullying,teasing,taunting ,mocking of me which made me depressed and alos suicidal was not his fault nor his will and was mainly man’s corruption.It is going to be a lot of effort for me but it is fair to say it is worth trying with regards to bible reading and church going and to try to find the light.
        you seem like a nice person Short little rebel even though you have strict conservative views of which you are entitled to!!,you seem to have a caring part,something which a couple of Christians I have met lack.
        Keep on doing what you do and Good luck to you in life.
        George

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      • George, you can email me anytime if you want a private conversation. You can send me an email address and I could write mine to you. I wouldn’t post it publicly. I know how it feels to be lonely and sad and suicidal. As you read in my blog. Btw, did you read the article I wrote called, “One Christian’s Journey?” That is the story of how I became so depressed that I wanted to kill myself and finally came to God. If you are on that precipice too, you might be interested in reading it. It will give you hope. I know it will. God showed me such mercy and grace in my final hour. He literally saved my life. HE is the reason I am here today. He healed me and made me whole again. I’m so glad that you want to try God- God never disappoints. NEVER. Jesus is real- he LIVES and he is not a liar. All his promises are true. We were never meant to only live this measly 80 years or so. This is just our growing stage- our time to choose between God or not God. Everything in our lives is designed for that question. Answering that one question is the entire point of this 80 or so years. Choosing Jesus is the only reason we are here. And yes, it is a hard choice. But once we have chosen well, we are FREE. You will never know freedom until you become a slave of Jesus. Only those who have made this decision know what this means. Your heart and soul become free and you know who you are, where you belong, WHY you are and where you are going. You know that you are a timeless being, meant to live trillions of years in incredible peace, love and happiness. God said, “I will wipe every tear away then…” And you become free on this earth- before you die. Jesus said, “Heaven is in your midst even now” and it is- you must have the Holy Spirit and the right eyes to see it. George, basically, you join your brothers and sisters in Christ. Remember, too, that ‘church’ is not a building- it is the worldwide fellowship of all of us who love and follow Jesus. When you read your Bible, make sure you pray to God for the Holy Spirit first so that you can understand it. Without the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you won’t understand the meaning behind the Bible.

        In any case, my heart and soul are with you, George. Accepting Jesus is easy and yet so hard for people. But the technicality is simple. All we need to do is ask him. “Jesus, I believe in you. I believe you are the Son of God, who came to this earth to teach me about God, heaven and salvation. I believe that you willingly walked to the cross and allowed yourself to be sacrificed in order to pay the price for ALL my sins, both in the past and all that I will commit in the future. I believe you did this because you loved me even before I was born- that you knew my name and love me for who I am. I believe that you were willing to save me while I was still sinning because God loves me and not because I ever did anything to deserve it. Thank you, Jesus, for doing this for me! I accept this beautiful gift and I accept this washing away of all my sins. I rejoice that I am forever reconciled back to my father in Heaven, God! That I now have a place in heaven because of your great and loving deed. I dedicate my life to your service, my new king and savior and I will serve only you from this day forward! Amen!”

        One could just say, “I believe in you!” and have all this in their hearts, of course, but I wanted to give you the whole gist of what is meant by those words! lol.

        Say all this to Jesus and thank God for sending his son for this purpose. George, we all have a purpose in this life. YOU have a purpose. You aren’t random. You were meant to be born, meant to be broken, meant to be healed, meant to be saved, and meant to work for Jesus to help others be saved. There is a final destination for all of us. See you there, brother!

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      • if I may answer George…many cannot get past the God of the OT acting so…unloving, mean and god-like but there are many things to consider about the OT and may help him see God in a different light.

        -the OT is written in poetic style–Poetry uses language to explain or tell something in a very different way from prose.

        -life, culture, thinking and mindset was much different back then. Reading the OT in the light of our society and values today is what causes problems. (God said WHAT? God did WHAT?) God dealt with those people in a way they could understand just like He deals with us today in a way we can understand.

        -it is a history of God and his people the Israelites who were a very warlike people (similar to middle east today) and what He did to tame them (all those OT rules meant to teach them about the nature of God and tame them into being civilized) It records the good bad and ugly events, nothing held back.

        -when God told his people to go wipe out a certain city or group of people it was because they deserved it…they practiced sacrificing of live babies on very hot stones to their god Molech. God had warned them
        to stop and they did not. Not all of those people-groups were totally wiped out as they appear later in the OT writings.

        -slavery back then was a way to survive. Life was very subsistent— no walmarts or mcdonalds.

        -multiple wives, concubines– people lived in small communities in the middle of no where . Everyone had to work and a childless woman was considered shameful so the head of the little clan took care of all their needs. More hands made less work and more sons made for better defenses. .

        -death was a constant part of life and people thought of it and faced it much different than we do.

        -since many marriages were arranged and people did not “fall in love” so to speak (again our cultural mindset causes problems in how we read the OT). Marriage to someone who raped was a way of handling the situation if the woman got pregnant.

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  54. Your story really gripped me, SLR. You’re a credit to conservatives everywhere. I still remember coming home from school (In England) and hearing the news about an attack on America, it was hard during my teens to really understand how deep the wounds of that day would become in the lives of everyone. I’d first found your blog via an atheist writer named Allallt (?), who I’ve had so much success in debating. It’s truly faith affirming to outline an atheist’s position and watch the result blow up in their face. I take heart in that the Lord loves them and is even now knocking on the door of their hearts.

    https://oldschoolcontemporary.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/oscs-definition-by-interrogateum/

    https://oldschoolcontemporary.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/oscs-allallt-how-i-defeated-you-so-super-soundly/

    Congrats on the fine blog. 🙂

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    • lol. Yes, Allalt has shown up a couple times on my blog. I really don’t enjoy ‘debating’ with him because he doesn’t really debate. He just comes on and says, “You are wrong.” and then proceeds to leave a comment that is even longer than my article! And then, if I so much as leave a stray thought ( which is obviously a stray thought) he takes it seriously and goes to town. He then leaves links to science articles and thinks he has made an argument even though he’s never read it or understood it. That’s how he counters a logical argument. With a link to someone else’s thoughts. That is not allowed on my blog. It’s your thoughts or nothing. Also, you can’t leave comments that are longer than my article and think I have to read it and answer every point in it. After all, the point of the comment is to respond to my article, isn’t it? lol. Then, he goes off to his blog and claims that I am afraid to answer him! aghagh**! More like: don’t want to. His thoughts are like spaghetti. If you have spent real time with him, you have the patience of a saint. I don’t mind a differing opinion, but it has to be clear and concise. I also know what a logical argument is and I rarely make mistakes making my own. I don’t tackle arguments unless I can make a logical one and thus, it’s usually hard to tear one of mine down. I definitely pick my battles. Thank you for reading my About Page. I will read your two links to get a better feeling for who you are as well. 9/11 was a turning point in human history. We can see that more today than ever. Sorry to say that it was a downturn. Progressives have been quick to use it to change everything we know for the worse. I don’t recognize the United States anymore. But I am not afraid- God is in control of it all. We try our best, always, to fight evil- but if we lose, then we know it is God’s will. And then, we can relax because we know He meant it to be so and all will be well. God bless you, Old School.

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      • Recently I’ve read Light in the shadow of Jihad, by Ravi Zacharias. He does an excellent job of reaching into our shared past through 9/11 so to better explain American’s current course, socially speaking. Moreover, their material isn’t simply loving, but sharply intellectual. Thank you for the blessings, I greedily accept. Undoubtedly you’ll enjoy the conversations I’ve linked to, all of which my buddy Allallt has abandoned, sometimes rather abusively (you know you’ve got ’em when they start posting waves of abuse 😉

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      • Ha, so true. I won’t debate the likes of Allalt. Or David K who is now on his site trying to continue a discussion with me. I have put both onto my banned list which bugs them. So they are actually on Allalt’s site trying to tempt me back to finish the conversation about my article. lol. But it’s just not worth it. They refuse to address a single point other than to say, “you didn’t prove your point” and then move on to their theories. They never actually say how I didn’t prove my point. So, it’s a ‘pointless’ discussion! see what I did there? giggle. I made a resolution and promise to myself: I want to be nicer to atheists. The problem is that I care too much about them- and that can lead to anger. I want them to ‘get it’ right here and right now. I need to learn that it is in God’s hands. There is absolutely nothing I can do to make their souls ready to hear the message of Christ. Only the Holy Spirit can do that. I speak the best truth that I can and if they reject it, I must dust off my sandals as Jesus taught me. But waaaaaay before I am angry. Just walk away before that. I think that is the key to dealing with these people. Let them go.

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  55. Good Day Short Little rebel,
    Thank you for your reply,yeah my email is [PRIVATE] if you want to chat privately,I am sorry to hear that you had also been suicidal but glad to hear you were able to find hope,it is always nice hearing of people who find hope and light after turbulent times.It really is.
    No I hadn’t come across your blog “One’s Christian Journey” but I could check it out .
    I said the prayer you wrote and as I mentioned will still be endeavoring to read the bible and attend church,I have also asked God to make me understand that his love is constant no matter what ,at times of hope or times of darkness.by the way,did you check out the website link with my former post ,I was just wondering?
    As I mentioned before thank you for your care and consideration,it is nice to no someone has a care for one’s well being and I hope things are well with you.
    Best Wishes.
    George Magaji

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    • Great, George. I am so happy that you repeated that prayer and accepted Jesus as your king. He will never let you down. We, as his brothers and sisters and servants, will always let him down, but the best part is that he never holds it against us. I always know his forgiveness is there even before I ask it. His love and comfort is always with me- it secures my heart and steadies my feet as I walk through the shadows and fears of this world. Sometimes, I feel the evil on all sides of me, like claws reaching out from the darkness, all wishing to take bites and scratches from my flesh, but Jesus’ staff keeps them from me in some miraculous fashion. He propels me to do what is right, and it feels sometimes as if the world is against me for doing it. Sometimes, I become very afraid and feel completely vulnerable. I do. My heart shivers. But Jesus reminds me of his Father’s words: “If I am with you, who can stand against you?” George, when you read the Bible, the best part is knowing all the promises from God. Like the one I just wrote. If God is with us, who can stand against us? That one has given me courage so many times. It has given me the courage to write and stand up for what is good and right. Even if means standing up against some pretty powerful people or even the masses. Believe me, this isn’t bragging. Bragging would mean that I am not afraid when I do it. But I am beginning to feel afraid when I do it. I know the cost of it now. But every day I live- (which are beginning to pile up now!) I learn to trust in God more and more. We aren’t here to be happy or to be satisfied, George. We are here to first, find Christ and life eternal. And then, with the rest of our lives, we are here to help others find it too. And in the process of doing so, we are also to help them in every other way too. Just simple kindness and love. (but sometimes that love comes in the form of a rebuke, you know?) In any case, I will be sending you an email in the next week or so. We can continue our conversation that way. Susan

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  56. I totally respect that you’re a Conservative, but to say that ALL Liberals just blindly believe whatever they hear and resort to name calling, because they don’t have actual arguments is incredibly insulting. Just because YOU didn’t do your research when you were younger doesn’t mean that all left-thinkers don’t. There’s a way to tell your story without including a mass group. Jesus was a pretty hard core Liberal.

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    • Hi All American, weeeelll, it’s a hard generalization not to make. Having been a liberal (without really knowing it) and having hung around with such hard core liberals, I can say that I know what liberals think and how they are and how they behave. And I still interact with them here on my blog- and almost none of them are polite or educated on the issues. I’m sorry, but there you are. Your comment is one of the very few that have addressed me with any respect at all. Your tone is even and you haven’t called me a name. We are off to a great start! lol. But I can’t lie and say that my interactions have been positive. Most liberals who come here most certainly do call names in their very first comment. They especially hate my stance (which is God’s stance) on homosexuality- ie, that it is immoral. That, alone, is enough to garner all the name calling. But it shouldn’t. It is my opinion and my Christian belief. There are other religions with the same belief- Muslims, for example. But they love the Muslims. They aren’t consistent at all. It’s just Jesus that bothers them. I don’t know why, exactly, but I think it’s because, deep down, they actually believe in him. The fact that I write so convincingly about him and the Bible cuts them deeply inside and they hate how it makes them feel- and so they attack me for making them hurt. I can understand the emotion, but not their reaction. They are grown adults and can’t go around acting like that. Emotion is one thing, behavior is another. We should still be able to talk like civilized people.

      And I didn’t say all liberals call names and follow blindly. I said that young people followed Obama blindly (and they did) and that most liberals would flounce from the room when their lack of debate skills and real information ran out against a conservative. ‘Most’. And I would stand by that statement. I’ve debated some pretty smart liberals, but out they flounce with every excuse in the book. They don’t always flash the bird or call a name- but flounce and flee they will. If they don’t exactly call a name, they most certainly let it be known that I am ‘just too ignorant to debate.’ But I always smile inside because I know why they are actually leaving. It’s because they can’t respond to my very good arguments. It’s never me who gets angry and leaves. I can tell you that.

      As to Jesus, he was NOT a liberal. He was a hard core conservative. All the way. His beliefs: Love one another as you would love yourself. That is an absolute conservative idea. We love ourselves- we should love everyone the same. Not more, not less. That means that equal opportunity makes no sense. Neither does racism or prejudice. He didn’t believe in this idea that some people should be given ‘extra help’ just because they had a certain skin color or because they had lesser circumstances in life. Just look at his story of the Master who handed out the gold talens. Some got one, some got two and some got three. Each person was required to double their investment. In fact, the one who only got one only buried his because he was afraid of losing it. Jesus called him a ‘evil servant’ and sent him to hell. He didn’t have any compassion on him because he was the poorest of all. He, too, was to take what he was given and he was to use the same multiplier- double it. This negates the entire liberal argument. The bible also states that if a man doesn’t work, he shall not eat. Period. This throws out the entire welfare department. The apostles outlined how their ‘welfare’ system should work- and the only people who got money were old widows who didn’t have a living family member to care for her. That’s it. Single mothers were to re-marry as quickly as possible and before she could- her FAMILY supported her and her kids. Families took care of their disabled and old. That’s SMART. But liberals want the BREAK UP of society. They support abortion, divorce, and gay marriage. All things that weaken traditional family units that are the strongest bonds that lead to the most efficient and powerful use of resources in any given society. There IS no better way to distribute resources than through a strong male/female family unit that stays together for a lifetime. PERIOD. The use of a giant, central government to replace these sleek, quick thinking, efficient units called ‘families’ in society is ridiculous. Jesus knew this. and the Bible supports the FAMILY all the way and considers all things that would break the family unit a sin. So, that would make Jesus and God CONSERVATIVES.

      What you fail to see is that Conservatives are conservatives BECAUSE we follow Jesus. Not the other way around. Jesus can’t be a conservative or not be a conservative. That would be putting the cart before the horse. The very definition of a conservative is that they are Christians. Now, if you are talking about the GOP or Libertarians, it might be different. But Conservatives = Christ followers. And Christ was most definitely not a liberal. In any sense.

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  57. just found your site and love it…I will be back to read more…btw I am a rebel too and add to that being Italian, artist, independent thinker, horse lover –it is a volatile mixture……the things I got in trouble for just for being myself…we were newlyweds and my hubby who was minister of music-youth-ed in a 1st bapt church in ark was called into the office one day and asked by the pastor—“WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR WAYWARD WIFE???” Hubby had no idea, was i carousing, drinking, doing drugs? .SHE RODE HER HORSE TO CHURCH!” Can you imagine anything more outrageous than that? . This pastor had also told me when we moved there I was to wear dresses AT ALL TIMES AND he strongly suggested we get rid of our 2 pet cats. Do you wonder why so many christians have turned atheist when it is all about outward appearances… rules put on them that are not even in the bible. P.S. you may make this note private if you feel it is in the best interests of your blog.

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    • Come to the Highlands UMC in GA. You can wear jeans or shorts and ride your horse. All are loved here!! You can even be an artist. I’m one, but I can’t convince anyone that the walls are boring.

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  58. If you get your rules and information from ancient comic books that your nationalities had nothing to do with and whose authors never knew your kinds, or rather that you get them from commenters and interpreters foreign to their provenanty, you couldn’t get more ignorant than you are. Anyone who is first born doesn’t know and believe what some later take on, none of which agree with each other; it’s better for the former to not share in the latter’s assumptions if they are wrong, those which make them more ignorant than the former.

    Of all the times you claim to represent a god, why don’t you let this god say so here in your blog or in a comment? The fact is your god is your imaginary friend and a book. It can’t do anything on its own. But you get your understandings of this book from, as above, lots of parties much removed from the authors, and you share their beliefs about it (which agree with your presuppositions and biases, not with rationality or nature) when the book actually makes lots of claims you don’t believe in or know it says; if I were to point out these errors you could try to find some defense that twists the meanings of the words to support your belief but which doesn’t come from anywhere but the believer or you could shut up about any defense and no longer believe the whole thing as you realize you got your beliefs not from the intent of the book but from your peers who imposed themselves on it.

    When you cherrypick passages to defend one small argument you ignore the other passages that contradict or qualify it. Like when you say the most important thing is to love one another, you ignore all the hateful and deceptive passages where Jèsu did the opposite. Go on any biblical search engine and enter these: hate, sword, cut, slay, dogs, pigs, vipers, mother and brothers, shewbread, moneychangers, fig tree, enters eliminated, lose gain life, angels marry, fool, worms, lama. The first one leads to how much one is allowed to love someone, and in comparison with him. He was a terribly bad role model; he did not fulfil any OT book; he certainly wasn’t perfect but one of the worst sinners and criminals: theft, vandalism, slander, pretense, sabbath work, quackery, hýpocrity, false witness, prevarication, wrath, sedition, self-incrimination, blasfemy. In Jn 15 he quotes an alleged law to be fulfilled that “they” hated him without reason, but this is a fabrication; there’s no such law but it’s a quote from a Psalms chapter, by a self-admitted sinner, and there were plenty of the above reasons for them to hate him. I can tell you all of the wrong and failed statements he made; you probably did read most of the Gospels but didn’t understand them or relate them to the world at the time which is why you still believe. However I’d like to address the claims you made on this blog page so those can come later.

    “They especially hate my stance (which is God’s stance) on homosexuality- ie, that it is immoral.”

    You don’t actually know what that god’s stance is. (By the way, homosexual is a misnomer; homo is a genus from the Latin and if the word were all in Latin same-sex should be idesexual or identisexual.) The Lev statute originally said “and with woman ye lie not woman’s lying” where the gerund mishcàb meant the lair, couch, or bedroom of the only woman who could own one, a hooker. Paul qualified arsenocoites, malelyers, with pornoi, he-whores, in two passages. He did talk about sexual immorality but practises like fornication (where fornix means brothel), temple prostitution (where one wasn’t born queer would adopt this religion and behave queerly with this priest), softness or sissiness (where malacoi means softies), and adultery. But why do you believe Paul was God? or that he agreed with this “God”? (God is another misnomer as it translates the Vulgate Deus where in Hellènic it was only in the lowercase definite “ho theos” for “the god”; Abrahamic Scriptures betray a plurality of gods under deceptive disguised names; they especially come out in the creation passages where you see plural pronouns and their plans and fears.) Paul and Jèsu never met each other, or rather the writers behind them never spoke with each other, which is why they contradict on several matters between the Gospels and Epistles. Paul in Ro said everyone has sinned and fallen short of the glory of the god whereas Jèsu in Jn and 1Jn said the blind and nonwitnesses aren’t sinners and told a woman to go and sin no more. The NT doesn’t single out queers but opposes all sexuality; four chapters discourage marriage and three say the married shall not be resurrected. None of the church fathers had a woman; Paul even instituted same-sex unworldly marriage in 2Co 11:2. The OT actually celebrated the queer couples Dàvid and Jonàtàn, Rut and Naomi, and the writer and subject of Song of Songs until in the last case the male passive verbs were censored by scribes. If it had forbidden same-sex relations, it’d refer to sex by “go into”. As for Muslims, Quŕ-àn took the story of Sodom and expanded on/embellishd it. The original only said everyone in the town (not the males) told the guests to come out so they could know them, and “know them” is what idiots take to mean sex, but how could one use “know” without that connotation if one didn’t mean it? The town was destroyed not for buggery but for prostitution and inhospitality, as the story says. I don’t know how the conversation got to queers, but the attempted retrofit believers do with natural law fails as sexual orientation is determined by specific growths in the brain the mother makes; there are not simply two human sexes but seven; not all life needs two partners of opposite sex to breed; a child may take one, two, or three parents; the Adam and Eve story is completely fake and there’s never been fewer than 10,000 men alive in their time, 70,000 years ago after the Toba supereruption; female did not come after male but rather the male came from the [Turner] female and a penis only grows after there are androgens.

    “As to Jesus, he was NOT a liberal. He was a hard core conservative. All the way.”

    Again you cherrypick passages. Quora has two question/answer pages on his left-wing socialist deeds, like his help of the poor and minorities, attack of the rich and powerful, breaking and reform of laws.

    “Love one another as you would love yourself. That is an absolute conservative idea. We love ourselves- we should love everyone the same. Not more, not less. That means that equal opportunity makes no sense. Neither does racism or prejudice.”

    That doesn’t say “as much as”. Besides, he was certainly prejudiced to that foreign woman who went to him to heal her dauhter until she spoke some poetry, to that fig tree that was not in season, to other sects he couldn’t convince, to the nonbelievers, to the wisdom of the world, to god-testers.

    “Just look at his story of the Master who handed out the gold talens.”

    The story represents belief, not money.

    “The bible also states that if a man doesn’t work, he shall not eat. Period. This throws out the entire welfare department.”

    You forgot attribution. 2Th isn’t a good book to get Jèsu’s beliefs, especially when the latter’s goal was for believers to make themselves poor, sell everything they own to buy a sword, then get themselves killed by that sword (presumably on doomsday as in Rev).

    “Single mothers were to re-marry as quickly as possible”

    Wrong.

    “But liberals want the BREAK UP of society. They support abortion, divorce, and gay marriage. All things that weaken traditional family units that are the strongest bonds that lead to the most efficient and powerful use of resources in any given society.”

    The passage alleged to support marriage was but a description, not prescription, of it, and there are more passages that oppose it than support it. The NT doesn’t really say anything about abortion. Num 5C prescribes abortion for adultery, and Psa prescribes abortion of foes in war.

    “There IS no better way to distribute resources than through a strong male/female family unit that stays together for a lifetime.”

    Marriage was invented to sell off young girls (brides) to breed for cattle then raise those children; when she couldn’t breed anymore and the children were grown up the marriage could be dissolved and/or the husband could take any number of new wives. It has nothing to do with love but with want and ownership. Breeding is a crutch that wastes resources and time on redundant life when research ouht be spent on insenility and immortality; not all life dies: HeLa, quaking aspen, immortal jellyfish. Overpopulation, seen during the Mayan famine, Black Death, and Great Fire, quickly destroys the world and makes everyone stupid.

    “The very definition of a conservative is that they are Christians.”

    You completely made this up. What dictionary can I find that in? Maybe you mean neocon. The impressions of your camp are the least of your problems; they go on and on. Your supporters can’t talk better than in dumb ancient poetry like “knocking on the door of their hearts” and other nonsense; Hebrew was so primitive it had no word for mind, so it used heart instead (the blood pump that does not feel); if western society got its customs from Egyptian religion instead it’d talk about the liver instead of the heart as the seat of feelings. Pentecostals mistake their feelings (from molecules like oxytocin and serotonin) for a god. Believers talk about a spirit when spiritus (m.; breath, booze) was a Vulgate mistranslation of the Vivloi pneýma (n.; wit; Latin vis), itself a mistranslation of the Tànàc ŕuax/ŕuakh (f.; wind); such wind was the creatrix of life and the mother and wife of j·hveh. That Bronze Age concept of animatrix/animant/animator was supplanted in medieval times by humor and in modern times by hormone and neurotransmitter. You cannot help anyone with this ancient babble; theism has set the western world back 2000 years, especially after Rome took Abrahamism for its state religion, seen in the loss of knowledge between Hero of Alexandria and Leonardo da Vinci: Compare the windmill with the aeolipile, heaps of charts with the Anticýthera computer, the onager with the ballista, Giordano Bruno with Dèmocrito; flat-earth/earth-centric bishops and imams with Erastottenè.

    “bless” is short for bledse, Englisc for sprinkle blood on a pagan animal sacrifice.

    “They refuse to address a single point other than to say, “you didn’t prove your point” and then move on to their theories.”

    Where are their comments? What about theories? A theory by definition is a proven hýpothesis.

    ” and promise to myself: I want to be nicer to atheists.”

    nice < niais < nescius := not-skilled.

    “They are in full agreement about everything.”

    They absolutely are not. I had wanted to leave the false witnesses for later, but you kept on with your repeated liges. He said that no one has seen the god and lived, but that of course was falsified by the 70 elders of Israel and the Levite priests who saw the face of j·hveh on Mts. Sinai and Moria. One of the 12 commandments on the tablets that Jews, Samaritans, Catholics, and Protestants each group into their own 10 [but without the 2 others] was the expiry of sin in a house after four of five generations, so there was no need for a new covenant or redeemer. The legal reforms certainly broke j·hveh’s intent, as was the driving of the moneychangers out the temple. He broke Isa 53 in six terms: death by suffocation instead of stoning, no offspring, false witness, spoke up at arrest, sent a pack of swine to their death, and his folk weren’t rebelliose but pius.

    “because God sent Jesus out of LOVE for humankind.”

    My Quora answers should address this but I’ll repeat it here. The Gospels don’t say this: Jn 3:16’s mistranslations say “world” but from cosmos (as in cosmètics) which means array, arrangement, how things are, way of life, whereas the term for world was oicumenè, in other passages; only Ti 3:4’s mistranslations say love for mankind, but filanthròpeia means “friendship of man”; friend is simply someone you treat with freedom or informally; it doesn’t need love. Moreover Jn 3:16 did not say love (erò-, as in Eros/Cupid) either but like (-ghape-, as in agape). Yet this god was allowed to like the order and believers should be and do like god, but 1Jo 2:15 disallows that. One could find a verse to support almost anything. You don’t care about reality, only your feelings and beliefs which you will not test, so you carry your wishy-washy sales pitch (in other words, fantasy), but all of it is liges; all of it fails; Scripture is full of wrong and fake predictions, those antedated of their writing, those specific to the endtimes 2400 and 1950 years ago, those that gravely harm anyone who actually carries them out. Every religion’s Scripture has literally 1000s of mistakes historic, scientific, moral, mathematic, scribal, cultural, internal. By verse the NT isn’t even half accurate and the Gospels are only two-thirds accurate: http://www.islamic-awareness.org/Bible/Text/Bibaccuracy.html; verses were added to over a few decades; later manuscript forgeries like the Comma Johanneum of the Catholic trinity made it to Vulgate and Vulgate to the 1600s versions until the 1800s when the Textus Receptus was dumped for the Alexandrian and Critical Texts: http://classic.net.bible.org/universal.php?s=EMPTY.

    esbee, yes Scripture is a poem; it’s also a comic book not meant for foreigners to believe were real events. That’s why its gods follow in the flaws of man, how the latter dealt with problems. Its gods regularly made mistakes that they had to repent the creation of life (Ge 6:6) and in a few passages they had to ask man what they didn’t know (Garden, Sodom, Gherasènes’) or wait for man to change their minds. The creation story says they got their powers from the tree of life, where the trees of knowledge and life (fig and palm) represent the discovery of agriculture, so they came after those trees. A true god would never make anything imperfect or in opposition, nor need any worship or belief, nor constantly make mistakes and misbeliefs, nor need anyone to write or tell its wants and likes. The story of theism takes advantage of the mentally ill, the demented and deranged and desperate; they were actually born this way with poor judgement in their orbitofrontal cortex that they’d be prone to religiose or mýstic thinking; they markedly think and talk differently than someone who doesn’t mainly or who refuses to believe in what isn’t known (and who can tell between “know” and “believe”); this is why there’s a strong correlation between faith and criminality and failure. Ministers seek the sheep on the street; they don’t want anyone to challenge them, and they will censor adverse information, and shield their children of it, then homeschool their children so they can safely brainwash them with it. But reality withstands criticism and anyone who understands it need not fear upset. You say here you don’t allow a commenter to post other sources (“to someone else’s thoughts”) to back up a claim but your rules page says you expect those sources to back up a claim. You can’t be consistent. Of course you should get long comments; you write a lot in the blog then add your comments. I expect this kind of blog to moderate posts by default so that my problems may not even get seen if you don’t log in, or to be subject to your mood. Can you surprise me otherwise? Can you tell me anything I don’t or can’t already know?

    Kristians don’t exist: https://www.quora.com/Did-Jesus-think-he-was-being-crucified-to-save-mankind-Did-he-think-he-was-saving-mankind-from-sin/answer/Autymn-Castleton. Catholics are Papist (Mt 23:9); Protestants are Paulian (Mt 15:24); breeders are neither (Mt 19:12; Lu 20:35; 2Co 11:2). The goal of the Gospels was to end the family and the world. The Buybull was so poorly written the savior couldn’t keep track of his own words or culture, so he sent himself to hell: Ps 14:1 > Mt 5:22 > Mt 23:17. None of the Abrahamic gods knew about the believers here nor of America, Australia, Asia orientalis, or Antarctica as they all believed the earth was flat, heaven was a sea or lake where the stars swam above a bowl that held up the rain, hell was simply a grave or later a trash dump that’s no longer on fire (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gehenna), and earth rode on another lake.

    https://www.quora.com/Did-Jesus-God-think-the-world-was-flat/answer/Autymn-Castleton
    http://jesusneverexisted.com
    http://nazarethmyth.info
    http://www.answers.com/Q/Was_Jesus_Christ_mentioned_in_Roman_history

    Theists believe in, condone, and promote evil:
    http://evilbible.com
    http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/cruelty/long.html
    http://nobeliefs.com/DarkBible/DarkBibleContents.htm
    http://awkwardmomentsbible.com

    Theists are 1000 times likelier to end up in prison:
    http://google.com/search?q=atheists+prison
    http://google.com/search?q=%22The+Criminal%22+%22Havelock+Ellis%22+Religion

    Theists are unlearned and stupid:
    http://google.com/search?q=religiosity+education+OR+intelligence
    http://google.com/search?q=%22Religious+Knowledge+Survey%22

    heists spread suffering, poverty, crime, and disease with their new morals that defy the social and sexual order: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Mother_Teresa

    http://google.com/search?q=prayer+hospital+study
    http://whywontgodhealamputees.com

    Theists fake their talents:
    https://www.quora.com/What-do-atheists-think-after-seeing-people-being-healed-in-churches-like-in-the-following-videos-Can-they-claim-this-is-not-spiritual
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Miracle_of_the_Sun

    Theists don’t own the afterlife:
    http://google.com/search?q=%22astral+planes%22+OR+%22focus+levels%22
    http://google.com/search?q=%22Ryan+Hammons%22+OR+%22James+Leininger%22

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    • alysdexia, I normally don’t allow such link filled, wandering and meaningless comments on my blog, but felt moved to address you. Listen, you sound very confused and well, ‘into’ some very strange readings and thoughts. I’m not sure from where you are getting these, but I do know that they are bad- bad, as in, evil. There is something wrong going on inside of you. I’m not trying to offend you or taunt you- I am concerned for your well being. Here is the thing about Truth, Alysdexia, Truth = Plain and Easy to understand. What you wrote makes no sense at all. It is as if you are in and out of consciousness. That can’t be Truth. Truth is always clear as day and always sets you free. If what you know feels dark and confusing, it isn’t truth. Truth doesn’t take long to tell.

      I’m very saddened that someone has taught you that the Bible is wrong. It is not. It is LIFE itself. I pray that the Holy Spirit can reach out to you and break through your darkness so that you can see the Light of Christ. HE is the only source of Truth. It is that simple. Start there.

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