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Speaking Up –


Former President, William Jefferson Clinton on his views about SYRIA

I would feel A GREAT DEAL more confident if this man was in The White House right now -It is “indeed” NO SECRET, that President Bill Clinton does something to me mentally when he speaks or when I am reading something in reference to what he stated…. A mature, educated POLITICAL orator just  tickles MY FANCY! However, on a serious note – Clinton knows what to do –

 Is he perfect? NO… Is he more EXPERIENCED? Yes……

“If you believe that maintaining power and control and absolute freedom of movement and sovereignty is important to your country’s future, there’s nothing inconsistent in that [the US continuing to behaving unilaterally]. [The US is] the biggest, most powerful country in the world now. . . .

But if you believe that we should be trying to create a world with rules and partnerships and habits of behavior that we would like to live in when we’re no longer the military political economic superpower in the world, then you wouldn’t do that. It just depends on what you believe” — President Bill Clinton

Personally, I just do not “care for” the way President Obama went to CONGRESS on a decision that had the AUTHORITY to make – (Mr Commander in Chief)

Hey trust me, ” I get it“… Obama is thinking that “if this war goes wrong” and does a great deal of damage to the American people / United States military families losing thousands more of their sons, daughters, uncles, fathers, sisters, mothers, etc…. THE BALL  JUST WONT FALL ON ME….. It will be “Congress’ fault as well”……

One Word >>>>>> BOLOGONA

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Helping Self...

Just Say Amen – and Move on….


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It is sad that it is the truth……..not enough people are BOLD enough to re-track what transpired with this piece of legislation. It took ONE woman’s voice / her opinion on what she DID NOT like to take prayer out of school.

However, there seems to be thousands of people who disagree with taking prayers out of school but there were no MARCHES, NO RALLIES, NO SOCIAL MEDIA OUTBURSTS etc.

Interesting, is it not?

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More Political Talk / Views


Every belief that citizens try to express politically is rooted in some philosophy or religion or some set of assumptions about society and its
well-being. They do not come from out of nowhere. Religiously-based convictions about society and morality are as legitimate as those that spring from non-religious philosophies. Hence, Christians, Muslims, or Jews may seek to get laws passed that are rooted in their religious convictions. Such laws are appropriate as long as they have a secular purpose and do not constitute an establishment of religion.

Whether these laws are wise or worthy of enactment must be judged by whether they promote the common good as judged by national values not by the fact that they are or are not rooted in the religious faith of those who support them.

A religious foundation is neither required not forbidden. Neither secular humanism nor religious faith is privileged in this regard. Ideally and in principle, religious believers should not seek to get laws passed on religious grounds but because they express the values of the secular society. These norms and goals are defined by the founding documents and cultural traditions as they have come to be embedded in the common life. For example, if people of faith want to crusade for universal health coverage, e. g., they should argue for the policy not because the Bible or the Pope authorizes it or because God wills it but because it promotes “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and because Congress is constitutionally permitted to spend money to provide for the “general welfare.”

Likewise, religious groups that seek to outlaw racial or gender discrimination should make their case on the claim that it would be good for society as a whole not on the fact that it is authorized by their religious faith.  In practical terms, however, if believers feel that distinguishing between the religious
basis and the political implications of their faith is an intolerable splitting of a unitary set of beliefs, then let them act accordingly. If  people actually
convince other voters to support legislation because the Bible, the Pope, Buddhist teachings, the Koran, or church doctrine mandates it, not much can be done about it except to make an effort to persuade them that there is a better way.

TRUST ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We cannot determine or control the reasons why people vote or support the policies they do or prevent them from convincing others to do the same. In the voting booth citizens are a law unto themselves. They can vote for whatever or whoever they want for any reason that motivates them. It is pointless to demand purity of principle on this matter. Voters act out of prejudice, self-interest, racial identity, ignorance, and for all sorts of other good and bad reasons, including their religious beliefs, philosophical commitments, and a devotion to justice based on American principles. Let us be realists about the matter.

 

Democracy is an untidy, often VERY messy,  matter…..IF you do not believe me… look at AMERCIA! Ugghhhhh……

The people can do what they want restrained only by Constitutional mandates. But it is better when acting politically in the public arena for believers to translate  religiously-based beliefs into the traditions, language, and values of the secular order. This is called for as a matter of principle. It is advisable pragmatically as well, since the tying of policy or voting explicitly to the tenets of a particular
religion, denomination, or sect may repel  large number of voters and hinder rather than further the cause.

I love Politics AND History……………

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Church vs. State


Church conversations and little talks were a tad bit on my nerves – people do not understand the difference between CHURCH and STATE and I have been really seeing that over the last 5 years. However, it is merely the CHURCH that has a HIGH LACK OF KNOWLEDGE about politics….

Yes…… I MAY BE A HISTORY AND POLITICAL JUNKIE – but overall most black churches are not involved intellectually like “they should”….

The problem of church and state has to do with institutions and the spheres of action that are appropriate for each. Here the concept of separation is valid. The government does not appoint bishops and pastors for the churches. Churches, meaning here all religious organizations, do not appoint presidents, governors, and judges. No religion can be favored over others or supported by taxes.

So can we STOP with the OBAMA foolishness! WE THE PEOPLE voted a regular man into office to run a WHOLE country and not a PASTOR to run the country…. There is a difference – seriously.

The state has no role or authority in defining beliefs relating to God and worship. The free exercise of religion is to be guaranteed. The state is neutral between particular religions and permits citizens to believe or not believe in God and to engage or not engage in religious practices or belong to religious organizations according to the dictates of their conscience.

There is no religious test for holding office……………….. If it was a criteria… AMERICA would surely be in big trouble!! Yikes.

Is religion one of many activities that deserves protection so that other interests are equally important in the eyes of the law? Or does it deserve
special consideration so that its claims outweigh all others? If the former, our ultimate loyalties and our relationship to God may be demeaned and set aside for lesser values. Yet religion may be the sponsor of what is bigoted, heinous, reprehensible, or even trivial.

How can we protect religious liberty as a precious right and at the same time avoid  its misguided, destructive, immoral, and hateful manifestations? To put it differently, society has a set of laws and practices regarding justice, medical practice, morality, decency and many other things.

When religious beliefs and practices are in conflict with what society has deemed necessary or important for the health and welfare of its citizens or
to guard their civil rights, what trumps what? How serious a breach of religious freedom can be tolerated for the sake of making secular law applicable to everyone? How reprehensible must an act be to eliminate its practice in the name of freedom of religion? Should individuals be allowed to discriminate in the name of religion against blacks or homosexuals or unmarried persons of the opposite sex where their own property or private prerogatives are concerned while a public institution should not? How do we distinguish between private and public in these cases?

How are we to weigh civil rights against freedom of religion? To shift the focus, is religious conviction merely an example of human subjective preference which we can change by another choice, or is it a transcendent objective demand that claims our allegiance in a compelling way so that we  have no choice but to be obedient to it?

The Constitution specifically names freedom of religion as a protected right. How much weight does it therefore have in relation to conflicting claims? I am just so over everytime I put on the news someone is trying to take GOD off of something….. No one is stating to take His name off of money!

Let me touch briefly on a subject that is still with us.  It involves a proposal by President George W. Bush. The issue of government support for  faith-based human services is  full of complications, dangers, ambiguities, and subtleties. The beauty of religiously-oriented social ministries is the potential for dealing with people as whole selves, i. e., giving them food for the soul as well as for the body. But this very unity poses the problem of how it is
Constitutionally permissible for the government to enable the providing of secular bread without funding sectarian religion.

If, on the other hand, the delivery of goods and services to the needy is totally divorced  from the religious dimension, in what meaningful sense is it any longer faith-based, apart from merely being sponsored by a religious group? Why shouldn’t the government fund a church soup kitchen if all that is dispensed is soup? Because, we say, what the church would spend on soup can now be spent on  the church bus. But maybe they would just serve more soup. Maybe the soup itself is a  witness to the faith behind it, but if it is, is that not a sponsorship of religion?

Would the government discriminate against some religious groups? But that is a matter of administrative practice not of Constitutional principle. What is a religious group? What  does faith-based mean? Can we think our way through this thicket without falling into confusion?

IM DONE……………… ugghhhh

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Finally The Votes!


A Pastor friend of mine just sent me this info and I am very in awe of some of the votes!!! Here is his email word for word…

Well, the numbers are in with close to 5,500 having taken my poll for the 2012 COGIC Leaders the results are below.  Please note that I closed the poll at midnight Saturday night, which might not reflect what will happen in the General Assembly due to Bishop J. Neal Haynes having an episode during the Official Day Service.

It was more that a struggle for him to complete a simple task of leading the congregation in the COGIC Statement of Faith.  If you paid close attention to your program Bishop Haynes was not originally on the program, but his daughter requested her father be added.  Seems that was a huge mistake now and just might be the reason he does not get back on the General Board.

Additionally, Sunday Night he had to be escorted out of the service by Bishop Daniels and an adjutant when it is rumored he became overwhelmed.  However, this is not the first time the National Church has an opportunity to see there is an issue with Bishop Haynes, four years ago during his speech to be re-elected to the General Board he told the story on how he met his wife and most recently during the Bishop’s Conference in Detroit he interrupted Bishop Blake’s message that he would give an offering of $10,000.

Top 12 for General Board

1. Bishop Charles E. Blake, Incumbent (4830) 2. Bishop J. Drew Sheard (4740) 3. Bishop Phillip A. Brooks, Incumbent (4270)

4. Bishop Sedgwick Daniels, Incumbent (4240) 5. Bishop Jerry W. Macklin​, Incumbent (4220) 6. Bishop J Neal Haynes​, Incumbent (4020)

7. Bishop Brandon Porter (3770) 8. Bishop George D. McKinney​, Incumbent (3730) 9. Bishop Frank Otha White​, Incumbent (3690)

10. Bishop Roy L. H. Winbush​, Incumbent (3610) 11. Bishop Nathaniel W. Wells, Incumbent (3060) 12. Bishop Dwight Green (2960)

13. Bishop Prince Bryant (2120) 14. Bishop Ted Thomas,​Sr. (2000) 15. Bishop Martin Luther Johnson (1990) 16. Bishop Matthew Williams (1940)

17. Bishop George Adebanjo (1760) 18. Bishop William T. Cahoon (1660) 19. Bishop Bobby Henderson (1550) 20. Bishop Rufus Kyles,  ​Jr. (1460)

21. Bishop Lawrence Wooten (1420) 22. Bishop G Wesley Hardy Sr. (1240) 23. Bishop Felton Smith (1240)

Presiding Bishop Bishop Charles E. Blake (3870) Bishop Nathaniel W. Wells, Incumbent (850)

General Secretary Bishop Joel Harley Lyles Jr., Incumbent (4730)

Financial Secretary Bishop Frank Anthone White, Incumbent (5200)

Treasurer Elder Charles Mason Patterson Sr., Acting (4580) Elder Jerry B. Madkins Jr. (720)

Top 15 for Trustee

1. Mrs. Sylvia H. Law, Incumbent (4630) 2. Mrs. Mildred Linzy, Incumbent (4610) 3. Dr. Joseph Chase​, Incumbent (4320)

4. Ms. Cari Barnes, Incumbent (4200) 5. Mrs. Georgia Lowe (4060) 6. Elder David Hall Jr. (3850) 7. Elder Amos Smith, Incumbent (3610)

8. Supt. Dwight E. Walls Sr., Incumbent (3560) 9. Elder Michel Golden Jr. (3300) 10. Mrs. Sandra Smith Jones (3250)

11. Supt. Melton R. Timmons (3030) 12. Dr. Peter  Davis (2910) 13. Elder Josephus Shepherd (2850) 14. Elder Thomas Goodwyn (2840)

15. Elder Aaron Litzsey (2830) 16. Supt. William Watson III (2810) 17. Elder Robert Dean (2740) 18. Elder Kendall Anderson (2680)

19. Elder Timothy Johnson (2680) 20. Elder Darin Burns (2670) 21. Elder Kenneth Williams (2390) 22. Supt. Jerome Strickland Sr. (2280)

23. Elder Kenneth W. Newman Sr. (2000)

Alright…. ON MY WAY TO CHURCH NOW >>> so late!

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Do Your Civic Duty Today –


Shut up and just go VOTE ….. 1 woman made a complaint and started a movement and got legislation passed to get PRAYER taken out of schools…. You hear me???? The opinion of 1 woman!! I wonder why she wants God name on the money that she spends everyday….. UGGHH