Politics, Atheists and Christmas

Politics Athesists and Christmas

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Atheists and Christmas:

Who are atheists?  What is their problem?  Why do they attack Christianity?

Atheists are bitter because they find existence to be empty and meaningless… Apparently, during our short time on this Earth, they are determined to drag the rest of us down with them.

Amendment I:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Angry, Anti-Christian Atheists’ Efforts to Shut Down Christmas Parade Backfires… BIG TIME!

Author: Editor, Posted: December 8, 2014

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is a perpetually offended atheist group.

They unethically use the threat of legal action to bully municipalities and schools into conforming to their secular demands or face MASSIVE legal bills.

Fortunately, they just saw their efforts to stop a Christmas parade backfire… in a huge way!

In Piedmont, Alabama, city officials were under so much pressure from the atheist organization that parade organizers were forced to cancel this year’s parade theme: “Keep Christ in Christmas.”

Thankfully, all the lawsuits in the world can’t stop free men and women from proclaiming their faith and standing for the real meaning of Christmas. This is a huge win for Christmas and traditional values, as this story is going viral.

However, that didn’t stop the people of Piedmont from expressing their Christian faith and showing their love of Jesus Christ:

Mayor Bill Baker said the desire to have a religious theme for the Christmas parade was in response to a conflict earlier in the year with the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The Wisconsin-based atheist organization contacted Piedmont City Schools earlier this year with the threat of a lawsuit if perceived school-sponsored prayer continued before football games. The high school stopped using the stadium loudspeakers and instead began holding a moment of silence. Many students and fans said the Lord’s prayer during the break.

The FFRF learned of the “Keep Christ in Christmas” parade theme and sent another letter to city officials. The city agreed to go back to the usual title, the City of Piedmont Christmas Parade.

That motivated Piedmont residents to exercise their freedoms of religion and speech Thursday night. There was a prayer circle before the parade, and many marchers carried signs with “Keep Christ in Christmas” handwritten or printed on them.

“This anti-religious group that started all this stuff, I really believe this has backfired on them,” mayor Baker said.

“What has happened now is the city of Piedmont, great city to live in, great people, has rallied. They have caused our parade to be bigger and better with more emphasis placed on Christianity.”

Baker said the turnout at this year’s Christmas parade was the city’s largest ever.

“There’s people in there wearing t-shirts that are of a religious nature. It just went crazy, out of sight, in a positive way, and I’m so excited,” he said.

 

CIA Report:

Can we remember what it was like in the days after the 9/11 attacks?  Can we today feel the anger and the fear?

Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) Chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee

The report, released on Tuesday, details tactics and methods for obtaining information from those either involved or associated with planning the 9/11 attacks.

Tactics included confining individuals to small boxes, weeks of sleep deprivation, simulated drowning, slapping, and threats to kill, harm or sexually abuse families of the captives.

(Obama’s Drone Strikes?)

 Torture (liberals) or enhanced interrogation (CIA, conservatives)  Enhanced interrogation or Torture?  Karl Rove:  To inculcate fear and panic

 Vice President Dick Cheney strongly disputed the report, saying “we did exactly what needed to be done in order to catch those who were guilty on 9/11 and prevent another attack, and we were successful on both parts.”

Four CIA Directors contend that valuable information was retrieved – George Tennant, Porter Goss, Michael Haydn, John Brennan

  • Stopped future attacks
  • Capture other terrorist leaders
  • Nuclear attack? Water? Electrical grid?  9/11 sophisticated attack so ….
  • Got Bin Laden

Additional Notes:

  • Report cost $50 million taxpayer money
  • Report did not interview CIA directors or anyone else involve in the program
  • Appears to be political

 

Bush and Obama Departments of Justice found no prosecutable offense – Holder’s people investigate for three years (trying to find case against Bush administration?)

 

Why did Senate Democrats release report 10 years later?:

  • Change the conversation towards 2016 presidential election?
  • Next two years of constant and changing attacks on Republican in the mainstream media?
  • Feinstein losing chairmanship of Intelligence Committee?

 Poll on CIA enhanced interrogation:

Justified 51%

Unjustified 29%

Don’t Know 20%

 Were Terror attacks prevented by enhanced interrogation:

Yes 46%

No 28%

 Budget – $1.1 trillion:

Omnibus/CRomnibus

The Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Saturday that funds the government through next September, averting a partial government shutdown and sending the measure to President Obama’s desk.

The legislation locks in spending levels negotiated in recent years between Republicans and Democrats

Obama – “there are a bunch of provisions in this bill that I really do not like,” and said the bill flows from “the divided government that the American people voted for.”

The Senate voted 56-40 – The measure provides money for nearly the entire government through the end of the current budget year Sept. 30. The sole exception is the Department of Homeland Security, which is funded only until Feb. 27.

Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren:

Cruz – says bill funds Obama’s amnesty

Warren – says bill cuts Dodd/Frank and allows more corporate election donations.

Updated 1:18 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12: The House passed the CRomnibus Thursday night 219-206, with 162 Republicans and 57 Democrats voting for the bill, and 67 Republicans and 139 Democrats voting against. While the vote was close, the breakdown split along familiar lines. But there were some interesting trends and deviations in the vote.  0

Keep in Mind -Democrats will lose control of the Senate in January because of heavy losses in midterm elections last month and will go deeper into a House minority than at any time in nearly 70 years.

 However, that didn’t stop the people of Piedmont from expressing their Christian faith and showing their love of Jesus Christ:

Mayor Bill Baker said the desire to have a religious theme for the Christmas parade was in response to a conflict earlier in the year with the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The Wisconsin-based atheist organization contacted Piedmont City Schools earlier this year with the threat of a lawsuit if perceived school-sponsored prayer continued before football games. The high school stopped using the stadium loudspeakers and instead began holding a moment of silence. Many students and fans said the Lord’s prayer during the break.

The FFRF learned of the “Keep Christ in Christmas” parade theme and sent another letter to city officials. The city agreed to go back to the usual title, the City of Piedmont Christmas Parade.

That motivated Piedmont residents to exercise their freedoms of religion and speech Thursday night. There was a prayer circle before the parade, and many marchers carried signs with “Keep Christ in Christmas” handwritten or printed on them.

“This anti-religious group that started all this stuff, I really believe this has backfired on them,” mayor Baker said.

“What has happened now is the city of Piedmont, great city to live in, great people, has rallied. They have caused our parade to be bigger and better with more emphasis placed on Christianity.”

Baker said the turnout at this year’s Christmas parade was the city’s largest ever.

“There’s people in there wearing t-shirts that are of a religious nature. It just went crazy, out of sight, in a positive way, and I’m so excited,” he said.

 

 

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