Whenever I hear…

Whenever I hear somebody give reasons for supporting Trump, Carson, Bush, Cruz, etc. all that I truly hear is:
  • Screw anybody NOT from America! They’re probably a terrorist or criminal…. except white people not from America, they’re okay.
  • I truly don’t care about jobs, the economy, veterans, the homeless, etc. I just like to act like I do because I’ve never actually paid attention to which party votes which way, I only listen to their fancy, fact-free one-liners I’ fed on the news.
  • People on welfare and lazy and I think they’re on drugs.  I don’t care that many of the largest corporations don’t pay a single cent in taxes due to massive loopholes and storing cash out of America, they’re just doing what I would do if I actually happened to be an extremely wealthy and successful individual, which I am not.
  • I’m so upset by ISIS and all the killings around the world which is why I support everybody in American having as many guns as they can. Who cares about domestic terrorism. We don’t call it that here, those guys were just misunderstood youth who needed help.  We need to go to war and give more guns and have more damage so they know not to mess with ‘Merica!
  • Gay people are icky and I cherry pick the bible for the verses that support me. When you bring to light other bible verses, however, I’m going to tell you that you’re just being hateful and misinterpreting them.
  • That candidate speaks their mind! I wish I could say the same things as them, but I’d probably lose my job.


You are not worthy of such a stage…

I’m just going to start this off with a quote from somebody currently running for President, in reference to Bernie Sanders, the self-described Democratic Socialist.

“It amazes me and it actually kind of scares me, I’ve been spending more time going after Bernie and socialism because I don’t want America to succumb to the notion that there’s anything good about socialism. I think it’s not an accident of history that most of the times when socialism has been tried that attendant with that has been mass genocide of people or any of those who object to it. Stalin killed tens of millions of people. Mao killed tens of millions of people. Pol Pot killed tens of millions of people. When you have a command economy, when everything is dictated from one authority, that’s socialism, but it doesn’t come easily to those who resist it.”

Can you guess who said that?  If you answered Donald Trump, you’re wrong.  This was Rand Paul.  Rand Paul is stooping to new lows and essentially saying that if we elect Bernie Sanders that there will be a genocide.  Are you kidding me?  Rand Paul is just one of the many who does not deserve the stage to be running for the highest office in the United States.  The United States has officially shown the world that we are absolutely mad.  Do you not think the rest of the world looks at us, looks at our current Presidential race, hears the comments coming from some about different ethnic groups, about homosexuals, about foreign affairs and Iran?  We are an embarrassment to our own selves and we are all collectively allowing it to happen.

First off, I’m going to list off some countries that currently follow the Democratic-Socialist structure of government: Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, New Zealand, Belgium.

Now, tell me where the massive genocides have been in those countries in the past 500 years.  Please.  I beg you.

Thing is though, Rand Paul spewing this kind of garbage isn’t anything new.  We’ve had eight years of hearing about an imaginary Muslim who was going to sell the country to Al-Quada and introduce us all the Sharia Law.  There are people out there who ate all of that up and have had 8 years of being in honest fear of somebody coming, taking their guns and giving them a homosexual to marry.  We, as a country, have allowed it.  We have failed as a society.  Those who run the media have given us this and we have taken it from them, as a society.  Just because you don’t personally watch Fox News doesn’t mean that you haven’t allowed this to happen.  We’ve openly allowed lies to be told without taking action against them.  We’ve allowed those lies to be told and believed; and if not by ourselves we’ve allowed it to be told to our family, our friends, our neighbors and everybody we interact with.  Yes, those of you who are not insane thinking that Obama is a Muslim coming to take over the country are still at fault.  We might laugh at that crazy uncle who rants on about Mexicans or guns but we’ve never challenged him to back up his views with anything other than Fox News.  Why?  Why are we so damn afraid to stand up to people who are misguided?

People like Rand Paul, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump, etc. have essentially turned this election into reality television and we have allowed it.  Donald Trump spewed about how boring the 1st Democratic debate was.  Guess what, that is politics!  Politics isn’t always fun and games, Mr. Trump.  You don’t need to turn everything into a big showy event that will turn heads.  This country wasn’t founded on that.

Some speculate that Ben Carson’s main motives behind running is partly so he can get more book sales.  I wouldn’t doubt that.  We all know that Trump is an ego-maniac who craves the spotlight.  Trump possibly fears that he’s becoming less noticeable in the world but now he’s the first story nearly every day in the news.  We’ve allowed this.  Where do we hear about Bernie Sanders in the news?  Where do we hear about Hillary Clinton, aside from hearing about Benghazi and emails (two things that have been admittedly wastes of time to try and slander Clinton).

I understand one of the best freedoms we share in this country is the freedom of speech.  Anybody can truly say what they want (minus a few things, such as making open threats… that will get you arrested) to whatever audience they want but since when has the freedom of speech also meant the freedom of consequences?  As children we always had that one kid on the playground who thought he could insult others, then when confronted said he had the freedom of speech.  We wouldn’t allow our mother, our father, our crazy uncle, etc. to lie right to our faces about something important in our lives and just let them get away with it, would we?  So why on Earth are we allowing these people who are seeking the highest office in the nation to do it?  Why on Earth are we allowing Fox News to do it?  Honestly, their “Ex CIA operative” whom they called an expert is facing criminal charges for making that false claim.  When do we hold others within that organization and others accountable?  If Brian Williams can damn near lose his job for lying about being in a war zone, why can’t people within Fox News lose their jobs for blatantly lying about the state of the nation, about the president, about presidential candidates… for lying about stuff that actually matters in our lives?  We allow it.  We always have allowed it.  When do we demand action?

The race for the Republican nomination has turned into a circus.  Eight years ago we heard people complaining that a man with only one Senate term couldn’t be President.  Now there are three people running for President on that same side who have never had ANY governmental experience.  One has filed for bankruptcy 4 times, one was a CEO who wasn’t even regarded as having good business sense, and the other a doctor.  All three of these candidate have made at least one ridiculous or bigoted or outlandish claim about an issue that is extremely important to our country, while the rest of the world watches.  We’ve allowed it though.  If Barack Obama made one of their claims we’d all be demanding his resignation, what is so different here?  You might not think any of this is a big deal, but there is a very real chance that one of these people get elected.  Eisenhower, Reagan and Nixon would all be denouncing these candidates if they were still alive.  The sad thing is that Jeb Bush appears to be the least of the evils, and the thought of four more years of that should keep some awake at night.  So you can continue sitting there, watching cat videos and posting your lunch on Instagram OR maybe, just maybe you can start being a part of the solution.  Follow a campaign that you support.  Make a small $5 donation.  Talk politics with your crazy uncle and challenge his views.  Change doesn’t have to be big, if we all are more mindful about the country we live in and where we want it to go, then we can all make a big difference together.

Some Personal Ramblings

So I guess I do write about non-political things.  Woot!  Woot?

So lately I find myself doing many things.  I am teaching full-time as a long-term sub, I still also am doing my nights at the bar and the liquor store I work.  What I am not doing is taking any time for myself.  I finally gave up my weekends at the gas station just so I wasn’t working 7 days a week, despite some family members warning me not to.  A wise quote I’ve read many times was to never get so tied up in making a living that you forget to make a life.

I started this year off wanting to make changes in my life.  Big changes.  Some changes so personal I won’t even talk about them.  Despite that I’ve become a better person this year than I was last year I cannot, for the life of me, remember anything I put on that list, but one thing.  The funny thing is that even though I’ve had the desired outcome I wanted in the creation of that list, the only thing I remember from that list is the one thing I won’t be able to complete.

I’ve been getting so completely tied up in work that I haven’t hardly had time to just be me.  Tonight would have been my only weeknight off this week had I not gotten a night shift covered on Thursday.  Saturday morning, I am still on at the liquor store, however.  Having to juggle so many different hats can just be over-whelming.  I don’t miss my old days in the finance/accounting industry one bit but what I do miss about that was the time I had.  I felt like I just had more time in general despite the fact that I still worked a full-time job that kept me 8-5, I still had a part-time job (that wasn’t necessary, financially) that had me 2-4 nights a week, too.  I never felt like I just didn’t have free time though.  Yes, the part-time job was working with a rock wall/outdoor rec/boathouse, which just so happened to be a huge passion of mine, but even despite that I was still able to have relationships, go places, see things, do things without having the financial or spatial drag on my life.  These days, despite working so many jobs I don’t have that luxury.  I’m always worrying about bills, rent, etc.  Sure, I don’t make the same money I did in the financial/accounting industry, but honestly even with that job I didn’t make that much.  Sure, I lived in a town that was relatively inexpensive, but I also found myself in Minneapolis nearly every single weekend to spend time with my significant other I was with at the time.  I know that has been nearly 5 years since I left that life behind, packed everything, closed my eyes and took a huge step into my new life, a life of being back at college in my mid-twenties which has now led to my current life as a 27 year old, but what has happened in that time?  I feel like I am just living in a completely different life, it is hard to imagine any of that anymore.

I love my jobs, really I do.  Subbing at an ALC can be an extremely stressful job.  I keep going back there day in and day out, however, not because of the paycheck, but because I actually feel like I belong there.  Sure, I’ve got nothing good to say about the current position teaching math, where I feel like I was just thrown into a pit of lions to fend for myself, but I’m making it work and being successful with it.  Even with all that, there are still days where I just feel like I belong and know that I am making a difference, even if it was just in one person.


Time is a very important thing.  I’m trying to relearn this thing called life.  This time, however, I feel I will do a much better job of it.

Some of you may ask,”Why are you writing this?”  For that I think I have a very simple answer.  Venting.  I often times tell others that sometimes you just need to vent, even if its not a big deal.  Sometimes just saying the words helps you understand what it all means, more.  There have also been times where I’ve found I learn the most about myself by allowing somebody else to vent towards me, even if I have no advice to offer them when they’re done.

Resistance to Gun Control or Resistance to Reason?

So with yet another mass shooting in the U.S. I find that everywhere I look I see the worst in people coming out on the news and the interwebs.  Yet, somehow, when it comes to having a face to face conversation people worry about what words represent them, but I digress.

I am just going to list out some of the most basic of argument we’ve been hearing lately when it comes to gun control, or lack there of.

  • We start with my favorite argument of. “but criminals will still get their hands on guns!  Why punish everybody else?!”  First off, I find that the same people who make this argument are far too often also the same people who say we need to ban abortion.  Going by this very same logic, they’re being hypocritical in their argument.  So because people will illegally get guns to kill others we shouldn’t try but when it comes to people risking their lives to get back-door abortions it doesn’t matter?  I’d rather we ban something that works to save lives (you know, actual lives… lives that live and breathe in the world) rather than ban something that will ultimately take those same living, breathing lives in the real world.
  • Also, going off the banning argument not keeping things away from criminals.  Now, you can currently go into a Cabela’s and purchase a number of Semi-Automatic Centerfire Rifles for under $2,000.  Many people also call these assault rifles.  I’m not going to split hairs on definitions, however, but these are guns where even a person with little to no training, who has a few days to become acquainted with the gun, can become extremely dangerous.  Now, I know some of you might be saying in your head, “But you can kill somebody with a hunting rifle, too!”  Here’s the thing though.  A hunting rifle doesn’t carry as many bullets and is also slower to reload.  If you’re trying to do a mass shooting (you know, the kind of shooting where there is a mass of people around to shoot) then that mass has a greater chance of being a mob that takes you out before you can do more damage.  An assault rifle is designed for this kind of mob control.  One person with an assault rifle can fend off an entire mob for quite some time.  We’ve seen war movies where this happens, this is why we love Bruce Willis.  Now if those guns were no longer able to be purchased at stores such as Cabela’s, Gander Mountain, WalMart, etc. they would in turn have to be purchased on the black market.  I’m no expert on the black market, but I am pretty sure that your average college student isn’t just going to be able to walk into a dark alley and yell, “I want some guns!” and walk out happy.  Also, those prices will increase exponentially on the black market.  What once costs you $1,500 will now easily cost more than most vehicles we see these sort of madmen driving.
    Cabela’s Assault Rifles
  • “The government/Obama/Muslims/Communists/Space Aliens are coming to take our guns now!”  Now, being realistic, any gun control will not ban all guns from U.S. citizens.  It would only ban certain types, generally the types that will make it easier for any ordinary citizen to inflict a large amount of damage in a small amount of time.  This would include things such as extended clips for handguns, assault rifles, and even guns with modified stocks for maneuverability.  Keep in mind that any guns you want to own for sport hunting wouldn’t be touched, period.  Also, handguns generally wouldn’t be touched.  I would still be owning my two guns (a rifle and a shotgun) and I would still be able to use them legally.  I repeat to all sportsmen and hunters, YOU CAN STILL OWN YOUR GUNS!  Here’s the thing, there are many in the GOP at the state and federal level who want to make it easier for you to buy a gun than to vote.  They want to do away with the most basic of defenses, such as background checks.  They also want to throw loopholes in there that make background checks essentially useless.  How is this even reasonable?  Do me a favor, go see how much the NRA contributes to elections each cycle.  Just, please, you can easily Google that.
  • “This is in our constitution!  You can’t mess with the constitution!”  Well for starters, those rules in the constitution, what do we call each one of them?  An amendment right?  Amendments have been added.  Amendments have been removed.  We, as a country, have added amendments as we’ve realized times have changed and we need to change with them.  We need to only ask African Americans and women how well this has worked out for them.  Then again, you can now go to a bar and drink, too, thanks to an amendment that abolished another amendment that abolished drinking.  But tell me again how amendments are so permanent?  Yes, they’re hard to change, the founding fathers set them up to be hard to change that way we had to be damn sure we wanted change.  You also know what the founding fathers knew?  They also knew that a gun in the hand one one man could maybe kill 5 people in ten minutes if held by the most expert of shooters.  You know what that expert couldn’t do?  He couldn’t kill or injure over 20 people in less than 5 minutes of shooting.  He would be overrun by the angry mob that ensued and maybe kill 2 people if he was completely lucky.

By the end of the day the people who are against any form of gun control only have 2 arguments for their position.  The first argument is the one they don’t realize they project on a daily basis, and that is that. “Hey!  I am just too damn ignorant to think for myself and am just spewing the same vile filth I read/heard somewhere that I didn’t bother to think about myself.” or “Hey!  I like guns!  They’re fun to shoot!”  That is it.  Don’t give me the, “I’m a law abiding citizen!  Why should I be punished!”  Nobody is punishing you, we’re just realizing that society can only move as fast as it’s slowest member in order to keep from falling apart.  Keep in mind that we were all law abiding citizens until the day we flipped.

#AllLivesMatter… No kidding?

I’m sure anybody reading this has seen the big social media buzz of #blacklivesmatter #bluelivesmatter #policelivesmatter #alllivesmatter and so on.  This is all really starting to get tiresome.  Not the #blacklivesmatter movement, but everybody that tries to make some other clever hashtag to combat the #blacklivesmatter movement.

We all know that #alllivesmatter.  That is a no-brainer.  What people are trying to accomplish with the #blacklivesmatter hashtag, however, isn’t that they’re trying to say black lives are more important than other lives or any of the such.  They’re merely bringing to light the fact that yes, all lives matter, but right now we’re trying to focus on black lives because there is a growing number of people coming out of the woodwork that seem to believe that black lives are somehow inferior to other lives.  These people are not just police officers, too.  These people are lawyers, doctors, teacher, bartenders, and really anybody from any walk of life, rich or poor.

I read somewhere a little story that sums up the #alllivesmatter crowd quite nicely and I’ll paraphrase below:

  • Imagine you’re at a party and everybody at the party receives a piece of cake but you.  You’re irritated at this because you are being treated lesser than everybody around you.  You say out loud, “but I want my fair share!”  Somebody overhears you and replies back to you, “No!  Everybody wants their fair share!”

How does this make you feel?  Does this make you feel like you’re asking too much for your fair share?  Now imagine we’re not talking about cake.  (I know… I’m having a hard time not thinking about cake, too)  Imagine we’re talking about being treated like a person, instead.  Having a hard time imagining that?  That’s probably because you’ve never been treated differently based on the color of your skin before.

The sad thing is that most often, people don’t want to believe inequality exists.  It is easy to turn a blind eye to such things when you’re the one who stands to benefit from it.  I am a white male.  Louis C.K. said it best when he said that being a white man is truly the best thing there is.  Louis C.K. (and I) are not saying that white men are better, either, but being white is clearly better.  I’ll link that video below, but back to the point.  Even though I stand to benefit from inequality, I am still fighting against it.  The most hardship I’ve ever faced is in being an atheist, where I’ve had narrow minded individuals (who think they’re Christians) attack me for my beliefs.  This is nothing compared being bullied by authority figures, such as the police, for being black, Hispanic, etc.

Here’s a little anecdote for you all to illustrate this.  I live in Mankato, MN.  This is mostly a college down.  One night I found myself downtown and ran into some friends who I ended up sharing a few drinks with.  I knew there was no way I would touch a vehicle after this.  I called my friend up who happens to be black and live next to downtown to see if he could give me a ride, in my vehicle, to my house.  He came downtown, picked me up in my vehicle (which he wasn’t acquainted with) and proceeded to drive and be pulled over because he didn’t fully turn the lights on (only turned them to fog lights).  Upon being pulled over he handed the police officer his driver’s license and my insurance.  I explained to the officer that this was my car and my friend kindly came to pick me up because I ended up having a few beverages.  What did the officer do?  He had my friend get out of the car, was screaming at him and his complacent face and asking if he had a problem with the officer.  My friend was 100% cooperative, never once rose his voice, never made any threatening gestures and tried to be as kind as possible.  Finally after two other squad cars showed up and they wasted 20+ minutes of our time they let him drive his intoxicated friend home.  During this whole time the officers never asked anything of me, or even said a word to me after my friend was out of the car.  How is this fair?  Tell me how much his life mattered compared to mine?  I was the only intoxicated person and yet my friend was the one they treated like garbage.

So despite that I personally have nothing to gain from this movement I will gladly stand next to my fellow men and women in this world and say that #blacklivesmatter.  I say #blacklivesmatter because I am intelligent enough to realize that all lives matter, but right now we need to give some extra attention to the black lives that are being left behind.  We, as a society, can only move as fast as our slowest member, so we can’t leave anybody behind.  And by anybody, I mean that bigot, too.

Louis C.K. clip

Please stop oppressing my right to oppress others…

This has essentially been the battle cry of many “Christians” in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to hold Kim Davis in contempt of court for her refusal to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples (by refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couple) do her job.

The main argument we see with this is that Kim Davis’ 1st amendment rights are being spat on.  The main issue with this argument, is that it is wrong.  First off, Kim Davis isn’t sanctioning a religious ceremony by issuing a marriage license.  Any church/priest/pastor/minister/etc still has the right to not do a religious ceremony for a number of reasons.  Two Christians getting married can still be denied by the Catholic church because one of the two isn’t Catholic.  If this was truly about Kim Davis’ religious beliefs then she should be asking every single couple that comes through what religion they are, and denying marriage licenses to non-Christians, as well.

Now, just as Kim Davis does have her 1st amendment rights, every single person in this country, gay, straight, etc. also has those same rights.  Marriage is now 100% legal in this country, whether Kim Davis likes it or not.  Two men or two women can not have THEIR 1st amendment rights stripped away, simply because Kim Davis doesn’t agree with it.  Jesus might have nothing to do with that wedding.  A church still can say, “no, we cannot perform your ceremony.”  Weddings can still be performed by judges or anybody who is licensed to perform a legal marriage.

What we’re seeing here is a group of people who have this skewed belief that the 1st amendment ONLY applies to THEIR personally held beliefs.  I won’t even say these beliefs are the beliefs held by Christians, because there are still many level-headed Christians who won’t stop love.  Thing is though, the rest of us don’t need to be tolerant of your intolerance.  Many of us here in the real world are sick of it.  Luckily the court system is sick of it, too, and has stopped allowing a small group of people oppress others for their personally held beliefs.

Fifty years from now out grandchildren will be learning about the civil rights movement that happened in the 2010’s.  You know how stupid you thought people were for not giving equal rights to others based on their skin color?  Your grandchildren will be having that same feeling about people like Kim Davis.  Kim Davis won’t be known as a hero.  If we’re lucky enough, Kim Davis won’t even be known

Christian Persecution?

I’m sure by now many people have seen the “interview” of Ted Cruz by former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin.  Yes, I too was surprised that somehow this lady has her own show, but we just won’t get into that right now.  For those of you who have not seen it, the link is at the bottom of this post.

This clip starts by showing a Ted Cruz speech clip in which he talks about the 1st amendment having the freedom of religion in it.  He goes on to state, “If we cannot worship God, if we cannot live according to our faith and our dictates, all other liberties fade away.  Never has the threats been greater to our religious liberty than they are right now here today.”  The passion in his voice is something you’d think came straight from Daniel Day Lewis.  If I didn’t know any better I would buy that speech, put it on my mantle and hold it as gospel.  Unfortunately, however, there are many people in this country who do not know better.  They hear that passion and they instantly believe it.

People like Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Scott Walker, and basically all of Fox News are trying to act as if Christianity is being persecuted against here in America.  Despite having that whole separation of church and state thing in our constitution, Christianity is still very much a part of our government.  I am not saying this is a bad thing, either.  We have had 44 Christian Presidents in a row.  The vast majority of our senators and congressmen and women are Christian.  Religion does influence people a great deal, and again, this isn’t a bad thing.  Unfortunately what is slowly happening here is that some are trying to confuse the freedom of religion with imposing that religion on others.  We see this both subtly and obviously.  We still have Christian pieces on state grounds.  We still have opening prayer in some state houses.  This isn’t a problem, never has been.  But when other religions are being denied the same equal rights that Christianity is given on state grounds, then there starts to become a problem.

I am an atheist.  There, two posts in and I already said it.  I, however, do not let my atheism shroud my judgement.  I’ve lived much of my “open atheist” life being shamed for it at times.  I lost two very close friends when I came out as an atheist.  I was still the same person.  I still had the same morals I had when they decided I was good enough to be friends with.  Only difference was my label.  Getting back into the government side of things.  Let’s say I commit some crime, get arrested and now I have a court date.  We still swear on a bible in the courtroom, do we not?  Where is that Christian persecution?  Does me, an atheist, swearing to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God on a bible, as an atheist who does not believe in an almighty God above make it any less sincere?  What if I were a Muslim?  Now I only share half of that book, so am I half as sincere?  Maybe I’m a Buddhist monk in that courtroom, swearing that same oath, as a witness to a crime.  Any Christian persecution there?

Some of you may have heard about the county clerk for Rowan County Kentucky who is now refusing to issue marriage licenses after the Supreme Court legalized marriage for everybody.  She is smart about this, indeed.  To avoid “discriminating” she is not issuing licenses to any couple, gay or straight, claiming that it is against her belief to do so.  There are some main points I would like to touch on, so I’ll just bullet them out.

  • Issuing a marriage license is for a LEGAL marriage, not a church marriage.  CHURCHES CAN DENY A COUPLE FOR ANY REASON, even if that reason is, “He/She is of a different faith, no wedding!”
  • She has, I would presume, issued marriage licenses in the past to atheist couples, potentially Muslim couples, or even couples that didn’t get married in a church, under her God.
  • Kim Davis has been married four times, divorced 3 times… Therefore, according to the bible, is an adulteress.
  • Romans 13:1-14.  You know, something about obeying the law of the land, because those who made the law of the land were put there by God to create those laws, also, in the case of the United States, were put there by elected officials who are Christian, by a vast majority.  (Also throw in some irony here then about Obama being in office)

Tell me now, who is being persecuted here?  Who is being DENIED something, based on who they are as an individual?  I certainly don’t see Kim Davis being denied anything.  She is being asked to do her job.  How does she still even have a job?  She’s received multiple court orders telling her to do her job.  The county office is too afraid of a media storm if they fire her, which they should.

If you don’t like gays and lesbians getting married because it goes against your “Christian values” then you should also be shaming the hell out of Kim Davis for her adultery.  Where is the outrage over Sarah Palin’s daughter, the adulteress?  You would rather jump at the Obama children for looking bored watching a turkey being pardoned than go after something that truly goes against your religion.  The day I hear Fox News blast Rush Limbaugh for being an adulterer and going against their Christian values is the day I will stop calling Fox hypocritical.

Oh… Back to Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz.  Further into the “interview” (stocked full of ridiculous one liners) and what it brings.  Ted Cruz says that if he is elected he will, in his first day, he will direct the Department of Justice, IRS, and every federal agency that the persecution ends that day.  He talks about how soldiers should be able to worship their God without their commanding officers stopping them.  I’m not military, so correct me if I am wrong, but when has a soldier been denied the right to pray?  Christian, Muslim, etc.  Ted Cruz is trying to break up that constitution he claims to hold so tightly.  Despite separation of church and state, he is trying to turn this into a Christian nation.

He then goes into talking about defunding Planned Parenthood.  He goes so far as to call Planned Parenthood a criminal enterprise.  This is what is being considered “journalism” from Sarah Palin on Fox.  Anybody who tries to educate their self can easily see what Planned Parenthood is all about.  Abortion is VERY low on that list.  I won’t get into the non-religious arguments for/against abortion.  Both sides have great arguments and poor arguments.  If you defund Planned Parenthood based on your “Christian values”, throwing all medical science to the side, tell me who is being persecuted against?  If you’re Christian, don’t go to Planned Parenthood.  We allow your churches to be tax exempt.  When was the last time somebody tried to fight against that?

Do you want to know what I really see here?  I see a country that is still very Christian.  I see a country that has one of the most Christian governments in the world.  It’s not a bad thing, either.  What is slowly happening though is we’re getting some very skewed views on right and wrong under the guise of Christianity trying to slip into our government.  I’m an atheist who’s voted for Christians.  The vast majority of our elected officials are able to keep religion and government separate.  Yes, their Christian faith DOES influence their vote, as it influences who they are.  The majority of Christians are also intelligent enough to know what being a true Christian means.  Many of these very vocal politicians and pundits, however, do not know true Christianity.  They only seem to know their blind hatred while they throw a tantrum to try and get their way.  Who is to blame?  Sadly, we all are to blame.  We, as a society, have allowed this to happen.  We’ve allowed various other forces to rise to power and we’ve allowed people like Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Fox News to have that power.  They didn’t steal it from us, either.

Sarah Palin interview Ted Cruz