Posts tagged ‘first ammendment’

Is anything ever really Fair?

The Fairness Doctrine certainly isn’t. I have written about this before, and like I said then it is being brought back around again. I think this is a collossal mistake across the board. If we are going to selectively start applying the Constitution then we are opening some very gray doors. The Fairness Doctrine sounds very much like something that would violate the First Ammendment. The very same Ammendment that is used to basically censor religion already.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that expressly prohibits the United States Congress from making laws “respecting an establishment of religion” or that prohibit the free exercise of religion, laws that infringe the freedom of speech, infringe the freedom of the press, limit the right to peaceably assemble, or limit the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Note the bolded part. Free Speech. Freedom of the Press. These are the types of things being tampered with here.

James Gattuso at the Foundry has some information about the Durbin Bill that has been introduced to counter the measure put forth by DeMint.

Interestingly, the Durbin amendment doesn’t actually address the Fairness Doctrine itself.   Supporters of such a direct attempt to reimpose the doctrine know that such an direct attempt to return to the speech-muzzling rules of the past would be doomed to fail.  Notably, even President Obama has declined to support such a step.   Instead, the measure would simply require the FCC to promote “diversity” in media ownership and to ensure that broadcast stations licenses are used “in the public interest.”

But who’s to say after all what constitutes proper “diversity” and what is in the “public interest?”  Would diversity be enhanced if there were less time devoted to conservative views?  Would the “public interest” be served by increasing airtime for Bill Press and Air America?

Just a few days ago the pro-regulation advocacy group Free Press issued a report entitled “The Fairness Doctrine Distraction,” outlining just such a strategy.   The problem, the group has long argued, is an imbalance in talk radio – specifically too many conservative voices.  But the solution is not the Fairness Doctrine per se.  The solution is stricter ownership rules governing who can hold a broadcast license, stricter “localism” and other public interest requirements, and strict rules on the Internet to enforce “neutrality” there.

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February 27, 2009 at 5:37 am Leave a comment

The attack on faith

There is a blatant attack on religion in our country. It is becoming more apparent as well. The media perpetuates this in record amounts. Being tolerant of every faith other than Christianity has gotten to a highpoint. Christians are becoming the minority and are at risk of becoming persecuted in our own country. A country founded for religious freedom. No matter how you choose to spin it, or rewrite history. This is from the Constitution, The Bill of Rights. It is really there. Not made up.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
— First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

*For more information taken from the Department of State website defining the history of religious freedom.

Condaleeza Rice issued this quote as well, “Religious freedom is at the core of our nation, now as always,” Rice told reporters. “We are a country founded on the belief that all men and women are created equal, that as equals we enjoy certain universal and inalienable rights, and that among these are the right to live without oppression, to worship as we wish, and to think and speak and assemble without retribution.”

Or read Abraham Lincolns 2nd Inaugural address, note the number of references to God. He was free to express his beliefs without fear of persecution. Did he force all men to believe as he did?

Over the past few decades in an effort to be more “tolerant” of other faiths and religions Christianity, which was the religion of our founding fathers, is under attack and is not tolerated. Here is another quote illustrating the explanation of our country’s founding on Christianity:

I think that Christians may be a little out of line on this part of the issue, and I want to bring it into balance. Regarding the question, Is America a Christian nation?, if we mean by that that Christianity is the official, doctrinal religion of this country, the answer is of course not. That’s prohibited by the exclusion clause of the First Amendment. If we mean that we were founded on Biblical principles by Christian men who had a deep commitment to the Scriptures by and large, the answer is certainly yes. Gregory Koukl

So please don’t mistake what I am saying to mean that there is an official religion of our country, but also please don’t assume that Christian men did not found our country.

There are plenty of sources and resources to support whatever view you choose to uphold. Weighing out the true from the untrue are subject to discernment. Under the scrutiny of a Christian faith there are absolute truths as laid forth in the Bible. There are differences in beliefs even within the Christian community, so I am also not suggesting that all Christians believe the same things. (I am referring to all the mainstream Protestant & Catholic denominations.) There are so many variances even within the denominations and all people have free will. We choose what we believe. It is not something forced. Make sure you know why you believe what you do.

Do I think that everyone agrees? No.

Am I going to judge you for not believing? No.

That is not my place. I will respect your views, yet I will not believe that they are right. Just like you will not think I am right. But I will be happy to share what I believe if you want to know.

Should there be persecution publicly for having faith? I don’t think so.

Will it happen anyway? Yes.

I have most recently been upset by this conversation referring to Sarah Palin’s religious beliefs. Please understand she is not pushing her religion on anyone here. She is a woman of faith and as such I am proud of her for not denying her beliefs. No one ever said that we all believe the same thing. When did it become okay to make fun publicly of someone else’s religion? There is no tolerance for someone having a stance on religion. It takes far more courage to stand firm in your faith instead of wavering and trying to appeal to everyone, just to make yourself more popular to everyone.

I was watching for some reason an interview Keith Olbermann did with Rachel Maddow. I have never watched his show and am really not sure why I did this day. I have to tell you, I have never been so disgusted listening to someone make fun of another person as I was here. The comments saying “if there is a god” and “they actually believe in the rapture” and just the overall tone of the conversation is making fun of around 80% of Americans who call themselves Christians. While not that many would be offended since about half of the 80% are not active in their faiths. So still that leaves about 40-50% of Americans being made fun of.

What I find offensive is the fact that they are so callous and rude. If you can be tolerant of Obama’s faith than why can’t you be tolerant of Palin’s? The attacks on Obama’s church were not attacking his core faith. They were questioning his association with a blatantly anti-American pastor. There is no possible way to argue that Jeremiah Wright is not inflammatory in his speech. That said if Obama chooses to believe all that Wright said, that would be his choice. Just as is the faith of every other American. I am not in a position to judge anyone else’s religious beliefs.

Let me be clear in saying, I believe the Bible. I do believe the teaching of Jesus and am not ashamed to say it. Therefore much of my views on social policy reflects my faith. Please understand this is not a slam on anyone, but I am entitled to feel safe to worship as I choose without fear of persecution and voice my opinions as well. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions on the hot topics (right to life and lifestyle choices to mention a few). I don’t discriminate against people with views opposite mine. I may not agree, but those are your views, your choices. Don’t harass and shame others just because you don’t agree. That is not constructive or very nice.

With attacks on Christianity expanding every year I am worried more as time goes by. I just want respect for my faith and my children’s faith. If you can grant respect and tolerance to everyone else, why not me too? For the non-believer, the Muslim, all faiths? I know I have no problem with other faiths. We all have the same freedom guaranteed by the Constitution as Americans.

I have to point this out too. What is up with in public schools at Christmas they spend time making sure that everyone’s faith is represented – the exclusion of Christianity. Now let’s be serious here for a minute: Christmas Trees and Santa have NOTHING to do with Christianity. They are secular icons used at the holiday. I just want to make sure that my children are able to have their holiday celebrated and taught too. And frankly that is why my children go to a private school, to make sure that they are able to celebrate their beliefs (not to mention that the education in public schools can be questionable sometimes)

More links illustrating some attacks on religion:

THE NEW TOLERANCE

Article: It’s politically correct, but does it hold danger for followers of Christ? Is love the same thing as tolerance?

Is Christian Tolerance Tolerable Anymore?

Palin’s Religious Beliefs same as Middle America

New Tolerance, No Virtue

**Please keep any comments to refrain from slamming or bashing personally. Constructive comments will be approved.

October 6, 2008 at 5:46 pm 11 comments


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