Thanks for the plug Bryce.
Just think. There won't be any preschoolers strolling into the dispensaries now. I guess I can sleep sound.
Hey Doc, this diaper rash is killing me. I think I need some sticky icky.
I voted against extending these limits and will vote against any of the commissioners that benefit from this manipulation. Karma is a wicked mistress.
Those who have the least to do with causing recessions seem to be effected the most by the cuts that follow.
Scooter, you say that it is as if the ancient underpinnings don't matter in 2010.
Is this not the same issue involved with Christians celebrating Christmas; a practice that has no basis in scripture yet is defended by the majority of Christians? Is it pagan for a Christian to bring a tree into their home or exchange gifts? Is it pagan for a Christian to hang lights or laurel? (this practice was specifically condemned by one of the ante-nicene fathers)
I would venture to say that you would defend these practices if they are done with the right purpose.
It is not the outward actions that defile, it is the inward heart that defiles. Bhudists, Hindus and many others practice meditation, prayer, fasting and other spiritual activities that have similarities to Christianity. Does this mean we should reject them?
In the gospels, Jesus is critisized for healing on the Sabath because the religious were so worried about the letter of the law and had lost sight of the intent. Christianity is first and foremost about a relationship with Jesus. If that relationship is brought closer via yoga, prayer, fasting, standing on ones head, hopping on one leg and clucking like a chicken, etc. Then God bless the chicken hopper in their pursuit of a closer walk with Christ.
This guy obviously joins the many who think that freedom of religion should read freedom from religion. Forced secularization violates the first amendment in that it elevates anti-religion above religion. It can't be both ways. You either want the government involved in governing religion or you don't want the government involved in governing religion.
I served 12 years in the military. My career ended when I converted to Anabaptist and left the military as a contentious objector. Even through the process of proving that I was sincere in my beliefs, I never felt that I was persecuted for my religion.
When people go through stress, they turn to that which promotes their own spiritual/mental well being. Why should they be hindered in this because others are offended by their religious expression?
This strikes me as "respect my diversity".
I read an article today about a person who pretends to be a Christian to avoid being pressured about their faith. How can you expect to be left alone if they think you are one of them?
The free exercise of religion is one of the things military people swear to protect yet there are those who would like to take this from them.
This statement on Mr. Weinstein's website said it all...
"When on proudly dons a US military uniform there is only on religious symbol; the American flag. There is only one religious scripture; the American constitution. Finally, there is only on religious faith; American Patriotism."
This statement would turn off most religious people regardless of faith. It would be considered idolatry to Christian, Muslim, and Jew alike. I leave out others simply because I am unaware.
The solution to harassment is not to prevent the free exercise of religion. The solution to harassment is to teach the difference between sharing one's beliefs and harassment. For those who think that being exposed to other religious views is harassment, they have a lot to learn about diversity.
Diversity is the embrace of a plurality of views not the suppression of them. Religious apartheid is not going to solve this problem.
For some, MMJ may be a path to general legalization, but more many it is means of relief from pain without having to add to the profits of multinational drug companies. We have allowed fear of the unknown cloud the judgement of public opinion on this plant for far too long.
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