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On Judging Others

This entry has to do with two recent events. One of them involves a situation that came to light in the journal community on Friday; the other involves an attack against someone who commented to an unrelated entry here. If you don't want to read any more, skip this entry....
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Divided Over Marriage

Ironic title, isn't it? It's even more ironic that there can be so much division over the right of two people to live their lives as a couple in a committed, loving relationship in an institution designed to bring people together. Many moons ago, I referenced Jeff's well-researched entry at...
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Revisiting Washington

I did John Scalzi's Weekend Assignment, which asked which of our Founding Fathers we'd like to have a beer with. I said I'd like to have a conversation with George Washington to set the record straight about his views of religion and its place in our society. Many who argue...
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The Gay Marriage Debate

John Scalzi's journal round-up lists people who sound off on the gay marriage issue. This is an issue I haven't written too much about, but after reading a few of the excerpts, I decided it was time to throw in my own two copper coins. One of the posts by...
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The Pledge Under A Microscope

Here we go again…another legal fight is under way to remove one more religious reference from the lives of everyday Americans. An atheist is suing to have the words “Under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. Michael Newdow is the father of a third-grader who he says should not...
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Public Prayer

I'm in my 30's, but not too young to distinctly remember Prayer in school. We'd start each morning with the Pledge of Allegiance, and in the middle of the day, before marching single-file to the cafeteria, we'd say a quick prayer as we washed our hands with dampened paper towels...
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An Unforgotten Moment

Sometimes, a simple moment can stick with us and never let go. For some reason, I'm thinking this evening about one of them...an incident that happened back in 7th grade. It's something I don't think I'll ever forget. We were in English class, and the teacher, Mrs. Jennings, was at...
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More on Casual Sundays

A few posts back, I discussed the growing phenomenon called Casual Sundays, which I suggested shows a lack of respect in God's house. A fellow journal writer, whose own journal is on my list of regularly-visited sites, weighed in with an E-mail. I'll share a single paragraph from it: At...
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‘Casual’ Sundays

I passed a banner hanging across a church's parking lot advertising "Casual Sundays" the same way a restaurant might advertise shrimp being added to an all-you-can-eat buffet. Apparently, putting on a tie is too much hassle for a visit to God's house. Throwing on a t-shirt and shorts isn't. In...
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