“Santorum: Separation of Church, State Not Absolute” 1


“Republican presidential primary hopeful Rick Santorum says he doesn’t believe in the separation of church and state, noting that a speech on the topic by former President John F. Kennedy makes him want to “throw up.”

“I don’t believe that the separation of church and state is absolute,” Santorum said in an interview today on ABC’s “This Week” program. “The First Amendment means the free exercise of religion and that means bringing people and their faith into the public square.” Santorum, 53, made the comments in an interview from Michigan, where he is campaigning ahead of the Republican primary this week. Polls show a close race there against Mitt Romney, who spent his boyhood in the state and where his father, George, was governor and an automobile company chief executive officer.

Santorum said Kennedy’s 1960 speech in Houston about the separation of church and state was an “absolutist doctrine” that he disagrees with.

“To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? What makes me throw up is someone who is now trying to tell people that you will do what the government says,” Santorum said. “That now we’re going to turn around and impose our values from the government on people of faith.”

Santorum said “there are people I disagree with. Come into our town hall meetings and let’s have a discussion. Air your ideas and why you believe what you believe.”

“That’s what America is all about — bringing in that diversity,” the former Pennsylvania senator said. “What we saw in Kennedy’s speech was just the opposite — and that’s what’s so upsetting about it.”

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Did You Watch Basketball Last Night? O.K., Here Are the Oscar Winners!


84th Academy Awards: The winners list

Billy Crystal has wrapped up an uneventful but still enjoyable 84th Academy Awards, so let’s review the winners, shall we?

Best picture

“War Horse”

“The Artist” – WINNER

“Moneyball”

“The Descendants”

“The Tree of Life”

Midnight in Paris

“The Help”

“Hugo”

“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

Actor

Demián Bichir, “A Better Life”

George Clooney, “The Descendants”

Jean Dujardin, “The Artist” – WINNER

Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”

Actress

Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis, “The Help”

Rooney Mara, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady” – WINNER

Michelle Williams, “My Week with Marilyn”

Supporting actor

Kenneth Branagh, “My Week With Marilyn”

Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”

Nick Nolte, “Warrior”

Christopher Plummer, “Beginners” – WINNER

Max von Sydow, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

Supporting actress

Bérénice Bejo, “The Artist”

Jessica Chastain, “The Help”

Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”

Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”

Octavia Spencer, “The Help” – WINNER

Director

Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist” – WINNER

Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”

Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”

Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”

Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”

Animated feature

“A Cat in Paris”

“Chico & Rita”

“Kung Fu Panda 2”

“Puss in Boots”

“Rango” – WINNER

Original screenplay

“Bridesmaids”

“Midnight in Paris” – WINNER

“Margin Call”

“A Separation”

“The Artist”

Adapted screenplay

“The Descendants” – WINNER

“Hugo”

“The Ides of March”

“Moneyball”

“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Best foreign language

“Bullhead” (Belgium)

“Footnote” (Israel)

“In Darkness” (Poland)

“Monsieur Lazhar” (Canada)

“A Separation” (Iran) – WINNER

Art direction

“The Artist”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

“Hugo”– WINNER

“Midnight in Paris”

“War Horse”

Cinematography

“The Artist”

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

“Hugo” – WINNER

“The Tree of Life”

“War Horse”

Costume design

“Anonymous”

“The Artist” – WINNER

“Hugo”

“Jane Eyre”

“W.E.”

Live action short film

“Pentecost”

“Raju”

“The Shore” – WINNER

“Time Freak”

“Tuba Atlantic”

Sound editing

“Drive”

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

“Hugo” – WINNER

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

“War Horse”

Sound mixing

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

“Hugo” – WINNER

“Moneyball”

“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

“War Horse”

Animated short film

“Dimanche/Sunday”

“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”  – WINNER

“La Luna”

“A Morning Stroll”

“Wild Life”

Original song

“Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” – WINNER

“Real in Rio” from “Rio”

Film editing

“The Artist”

“The Descendants”

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” – WINNER

“Hugo”

“Moneyball”

Makeup

“Albert Nobbs”

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”

“The Iron Lady” – WINNER

Original score

“The Adventures of Tintin”

“The Artist” – WINNER

“Hugo”

“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

“War Horse”

Documentary feature

“Hell and Back Again”

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

“Pina”

“Undefeated” – WINNER

Documentary short subject

“The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement”

“God Is the Bigger Elvis”

“Incident in New Baghdad”

“Saving Face” – WINNER

“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”

Visual effects

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”

“Hugo” – WINNER

“Real Steel”

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

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Are Your Ministers, and Priests Preaching about Jesus’ Second Coming?


I am no Biblical scholar, but, I sense that the End of Days foretold in the New Testament is upon us .  We are told that in the days near Jesus’ Second Coming, “there will be war and rumors of war.” “Their will be signs in the heavens.” Look at your news sources and see what is going on in the world: Fighting, unusual phenomena in the weather and other unseasonal manifestations.  I awoke this morning to learn that in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad is using activists as human shields, tying them to his tanks as he wages war on his people.  Everyday there are reports of the number of innocents killed by the armed forces of Syria.  Correspondents and journalists are prevented from entering Syria to prevent them from reporting on the truth of genocide there.

Why has the Arab League not acted?  Have they no teeth?  One man running from harm, under attack in Syria, said, “Where is America?” It is time for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and other countries in the world band together as NATO did to save the people of Libya.  Nations in the area have bought weapons of war from us and others. It is time to use those weapons to save the vulnerable people of Syria. Oil rich countries cannot just sit on their profits while the world goes to hell!  The United States is trying to get its house in order.  While some regard the US as the “Policemen of the World,” we are not.  We don’t have the resources to right all the wrong in the world. Witness the vote in the Security Council the other day when Russia and China vetoed action by the United Nations to help the people of Syria.  Any resolution by the General Assembly cannot help those suffering in Syria under artillery fire from their government. The Arab Spring must not die!  But, the Middle East cannot curse the West and then look to us to save them. (IMHO).  But, friends are concerned about the welfare of each other.  As we see the fighting and dying in Syria, we ask ourselves, “Who are our friends?”  Must we borrow money to fight a war in Syria? Perhaps the powers-that-be in the Middle East would pay the United States to police their sector of the world(?)  Whatever they do, countries of the Middle East must act to restore peace to their region. Genocide must not win!  Is fighting for liberty and democracy for all the people of the world God’s mission for the United States of America and her allies?  Must our youth shed their precious blood in the darkest theaters of war to assure global peace and freedom? Is this our cross to bear?  Is this our role in end of days? Heavenly Father, we pray that You will send Jesus soon to end our travail and take us to Glory!

Let the Fires of Liberty Burst Forth!

English: Map of Arabic-speaking countries.

Map of Arab Speaking Countries

What is really happening in Iran? – Pepe Escobar – Asia Times


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Khamenei's reportedly fears a coalition of 'purists' will rise up and get rid of him REUTERS

Hong Kong – The supreme war-or-peace question regarding the Iran psychodrama has got to be: What game is Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei really playing?

Sharp wits among the lively Iranian global diaspora maintain that the Supreme Leader is the perfect US/Israel asset – as he incarnates Iran as “the enemy” (although in most cases in a much less strident way than Ahmadinejad).

In parallel, the military dictatorship of the mullahtariat in Tehran also needs “the enemy” – as in “the Great Satan” and assorted Zionists – to justify its monopoly of power.

 Drums of war:
The US media and the ‘Iranian threat’

The ultimate loser, voices of the diaspora sustain, is true Iranian democracy – as in the foundation for the country’s ability to resist empire. Especially now, after the immensely dodgy 2009 presidential election and the repression of the Green movement. Even former supporters swear the Islamic Republic is now neither a “republic” – nor “Islamic”.

For their part, another current of informed Iranian – and Western – critics of empire swear that the belligerent Likud-majority government of Israel is in fact the perfect Iranian asset. After all, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and former Moldova bouncer turned Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s non-stop warmongering tends to rally Iranians of all persuasions – always proudly nationalistic – behind the flag.

The absolute majority of Iranians knows and feels they are targeted by a heavily weaponised foreign power – US/Israel. The leadership in Tehran has been wily enough to instrumentalise this foreign threat, and at the same time further smash the Green movement. MORE

Iran official calls faithful to ‘burn the White House’ – Haaretz 1


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The Muslim world should not accept an apology issued by U.S. President Barack Obama over the burning of Korans in an American base in Afghanistan, a top Iranian military commander said on Saturday, adding that nothing short of “burning the White House can relieve the wound of us.” Read & Comment

 


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Jesus Christ is Real! I must spread the Good News! 1


GOD IS OMNIPRESENT

03:10 AM

God woke me up to answer “nature’s call”…and to witness to you.  [As you know I am disabled and must worship God through ‘”church TV.”]  Before I awakened I was deep into a dream that included elements of previous dreams. In the dream I used former friend’s house to entertain co-workers and he came home and ended the party.  There were two co-workers who could not get home at two in the morning, so they looked for he, as host, to come up with a solution. One co-worker was male and one was female.  I quickly found a “gypsy cab” to take my male co-worker home.  The woman was a tougher nut to crack. No cab would take her the long distance where she lived.  But, I was wrong,  after take a long walk, I found a regulation cab that took her that long distance instead of her relying on public transportation.

Now, it was my turn to get home. I was in a bad area of town which was patrolled by the police. I had had trouble with the cops in that area before. Next I was wrapped in a lace burka-like costume. I thought that appearing to be a female would get me through this dangerous patch.  I passed this newstand with a lone black man was in attendance. He was a black Muslim.  He looked at me curiously, but, said  nothing. I went a little way further and then heard him running and calling out to me.  Having noticed that my garment kept coming undone, he offered me a small device that his women used to fasten their clothes.

Suddenly, the dream shifted to a scene where I was noticed by the cops. [“Girls” as big as me were rare. [No, I am not a drag queen.] 🙂 They stopped me and started asking me questions. Arrogantly.I refused to be interrogated the way they do black men in my town. [Not where I live now.] I was bold enough to defy them and not suffer their abuse silently    [I was asking for trouble!].  The cop beat me with his nightstick. I was shocked to realize  that the blows did not hurt.  I wondered why? As the assault continued, I thought of Christ being beaten by the Romans. I thought that as the Son of God, surely, He did not feel the pain of those blows.  I told the cop that I had to pee and he said, “too bad.” I asked him if he wanted me to pee on myself.  He was not sympathetic.  As he dragged me off to jail, I awoke to find that I did need to urinate. [Note : I was a bed-wetter until I was 14.]  Then I awoke and I realized that God was using this dream to assure me that He is always with me, even when “life beats up on me.”  Though I am alone, I have God as my constant companion.  It is He who gives me the words I write in my blog.

After clearing the “sleep” from my eyes, I thought about the hard times I had gone through in my life. There were times when my lifestyle put me in danger of being arrested.  I never was because God was with me.  I won’t detail my sins, but, I will say that it involved a “certain white powder.”  God was with me then and He is with me now. Before He left us,  Jesus told His disciples to “spread the Good News” of His birth and death for our salvation.  I asked myself, “How could I follow His command?”  Then God revealed that I could witness for Jesus by telling you, my loyal readers, of my dream and my faithful interpretation thereof: Jesus Christ is alive and making a home for you. “Christ will come again!”  Have you accepted Him as your Saviour?: Do you have a personal relationship with God?  It is not too late. And, remember, no sin is too small or too big for Him to forgive. Jesus loves you!

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BILL CLINTON: A Sermon on Politics: ‘All of Us See Through the Glass Darkly’ 1


Ex-President Clinton, VP Joe Biden and President Obama.

‘All of Us See Through the Glass Darkly’

Bill Clinton explores politics & religious values in a sermon at Riverside Church before the start of the Republican convention

BY: Bill Clinton

Politics and political involvement dictated by faith is not the exclusive province of the right wing.

Religious values can include commitment to the common good, concern for the poor and vulnerable, the middle class families, the preservation of our God-given environment, unity over division, and for truth in campaign advertising.

We have a curious situation in American where the religious right has tried to turn all who disagree with them into two-dimensional cartoons. I read a very moving article in one of our newspapers a few days ago in which someone in the president’s hometown said all the Democrats cared about was abortion, gay marriage, and being weak on defense.

I have never met anybody that was pro abortion. That is not what pro-choice means. It just means we don’t want to criminalize the choice. I’m not ashamed to believe that gay people shouldn’t be discriminated against and I don’t believe Jesus ever had much to say about that. When Charlie Rangel fought in Korea and John Kerry fought in Vietnam they did not ask what their political party was before they let them put a uniform on.

I was raised a Southern Baptist. I used to wonder why the Republicans hated me so much. I’m kind of nice and accommodating. I even go duck hunting once a year. I think it’s because I’m supposed to be some sort of apostate – a white, southern, protestant. Why am I not a Republican, especially now that they’ve given me all those tax cuts?

The other party’s about to convene here, putting on its once-every-four-years compassionate face. They have claimed the exclusive allegiance of America’s “real Christians.”

Read more: http://www.beliefnet.com/News/Politics/2004/09/All-Of-Us-See-Through-The-Glass-Darkly.aspx#ixzz1lV9VSPzf

We Are All Americans!


Tamron Hall. Host, “NewsNation”  MSNBC

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