Category: Religion

October 5, 2009

Andy Rooney, religious symbols and my take

by Nori — Categories: Politics, Religion, UncategorizedComments Off on Andy Rooney, religious symbols and my take

This great bit of knowledge came from Andy Rooney.


As you walk up the steps to the building which houses the US Supreme Court you can see near the top of the building a row of the world’s law givers and each one is facing one in the middle who is facing forward with a full frontal view … it is Moses and he is holding the Ten Commandments .


As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each door.


As you sit inside the courtroom, you can see the wall, right above where the Supreme Court judges sit, a display of the Ten Commandments.


There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the Federal Buildings and Monuments in Washington , D.C.


James Madison, the fourth president, known as ‘The Father of Our Constitution’ made the following statement:

‘We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.’


Every session of Congress begins with a prayer by a paid preacher, whose salary has been paid by the taxpayer since 1777.


Fifty-two of the 55 founders of the Constitution were members of the established orthodox churches in the colonies.


Thomas Jefferson worried that the Courts would overstep their authority and instead of interpreting the law would begin making law an oligarchy the rule of few over many.

How then, have we gotten to the point that everything we have done for 232 years in this country is now suddenly wrong and unconstitutional?

I laud Mr. Rooney for reminding us of our foundations.

It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God. It is very hard to understand why there is such a mess about having the Ten Commandments on display, ‘In God We Trust’ on our money, having God in the Pledge of Allegiance or having symbols of our nation’s founding faith used to honor fallen soldiers on public lands.

We’re at the point we need to tell the 14% who are raising such a fuss to Sit Down and SHUT UP!!!  The majority rules and they are NOT the majority.

I believe in the value of the church, in the importance of religion and in living by the Ten Commandments.  I am an agnostic leaning atheist.  I do not see these ideologies as being mutually exclusive.  Religion and living by the Ten Commandments is the moral foundation of our great nation and should continue to be the moral compass of her citizens.  I do not believe we should be removing these symbols of the foundation of our nation.  I’m siding with Australia’s Prime Minister’s view on immigrants.  If you aren’t able to behave in accordance with the 10 Commandments and you can’t speak English,  adapt or get out.

Personally, I have no time or patience for anyone who cannot respect the foundation of our country and the religion it was predicated on.  I guess I’m still working on that “turn the other cheek” lesson.

June 21, 2009

On morality . . .

by Nori — Categories: Politics, ReligionComments Off on On morality . . .

It appears I’ve been kicked off another yahoo list. This is the second or third time. You can tell how important it is to me . . . I can’t remember how many times it’s happened.

This latest go ’round had to do with morality. Not religion, though that’s probably why I got kicked off, but the moral character that makes us good neighbors. The list no-no’s were religion and politics. I’m not religious. I’m an atheist with agnostic leanings, but I am a moral person. I believe in the value of religion (guidance for the masses) and I live by the 10 commandments. They are solid principals and the foundation of our Republic.

A couple of us got into a tussle with someone who thought stealing was okay if he needed it. What followed was an intense discussion over character, what makes a good person and (probably only in my mind) the principals America was founded on. The list owner was already emotionally spent (family issues) and I’m pretty sure our stance and adamant attitudes tipped him right over the edge.

I wonder how many of the arguing horde got booted besides me . . .

May 9, 2009

On Religion

by Nori — Categories: Politics, Religion, Social networkingComments Off on On Religion

Personally, I’m probably an agnostic with atheist leanings, BUT anyone socially blind enough to denigrate the value of religion is missing the boat.

Religion, and specifically the Christian religion, is the core of the great strength of our unique and glorious country.

People on the whole are universally weak and stupid. Religion, specifically the Christian religion, provides a blueprint for living a good life. Not a good life in that you are going to make a lot of money. Not a good life in that you are going to live forever, but a good life in that you will be able to interact well with others, stay out of jail and sleep well at night. If you participate in organized religion you will have a sense of community and will have others there to help you when the world seems against you. If you follow the ten commandments, which is the foundation this country was built on, your life will have a core that will provide guidance when you need it. My litmus test is “can I tell my mother about this and be okay with it”.

So I may not believe in God, but I believe in living my life to the general standards set by the Christian religion. By doing so, I sleep well at night and have a controllable amount of stress in my life.

In this great country, people have the right to believe as they choose. I choose to believe if I do the right thing, I will sleep well at night, I will be reasonably happy and I can tell my mom everything about my day without flinching.

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