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November 22, 2013
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|The Real Truth about 'Boring' Men - and the Women who Live with Them: Redefining Boring
Ann Voskamp - A Holy Experience
So not every guy proposes with lip syncing, rolling cameras, and a choreographed entourage.
Yeah - so what if your Dad didn't?
He just pulled that beat-up Volkswagen Rabbit of his over in front of Murray Reesor's hundred acre farm right there where Grey Township meets Elma Township, pulled out a little red velvet box, and whispered it in the snowy dark: "Marry me?"
"He didn't even get down on one knee or anything?"
You boys ask it incredulous, like there's some kind of manual for this.
And I've got no qualms in telling you no. No, he didn't even get down on one knee - it was just a box, a glint of gold in the dark, two hallowed words and a question mark.
The real romantics imagine greying and sagging and wrinkling as the deepening of something sacred.
Because get this, kids - How a man proposes isn't what makes him romantic. Its how a man purposes to lay down his life that makes him romantic.
The real romantics know that stretchmarks are beauty marks and that different shaped women fit into the different shapes of men souls and that real romance is really sacrifice.
I know - you're thinking, "Boring."
Can you see it again - how your grandfather stood over your grandmother's grave and brushed away his heart leaking without a sound down his cheeks?
50 boring years. 50 unfilmed years of milking 70 cows, raising 6 boys and 3 girls, getting ready for sermon every Sunday morning, him helping her with her zipper. 50 boring years of arguing in Dutch and making up in touching in the dark, 50 boring years of planting potatoes and weeding rows on humid July afternoons, 50 boring years of washing the white Corel dishes and turning out the light on the mess - till he finally carried her in and out of the tub and helped her pull up her Depends.
Don't ever forget it:
The real romantics are the boring ones - they let another heart bore a hole deep into theirs.
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|Representative Mike Pompeo: Restoring "Under God" to the Air Force Academy Oath
Bethany Brock - FRC Blog 11-21-13
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) appeared on yesterday's edition of "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins," and explained why he and 27 other representatives wrote a letter to the Superintendent of the Air Force Academy, Lieutenant General Michelle Johnson, about the deletion of the phrase, "so help me God," from the oath in the Cadet Handbook.
Pompeo sees the deletion of this phrase as "an attack of core freedoms and our Christian nation" and as a part of a larger attempt to remove religious freedom from military institutions.
"These are not isolated random events," Pompeo asserts, "They are a concretive effort by folks who are on what I call the 'hardcore progressive left' who want to take religion out of the American mainstream, who want to paint it as irrational or paint those who hold dearly to their religious beliefs as being outside of the mainstream or the norm. The military institutions are certainly a part of that."
The phrase, "so help me God," is a part of the oath, but is optional for military members to include when taking the oath to serve. Pompeo pointed out that the Supreme Court has evaluated matters similar to this phrase both in the public square and in military institutions and found them both proper and constitutional.
He affirms, "This is not about establishment. This is not about denying other folks freedom to exercise their religious rights. This is about a basic set of values and a basic set of core religious freedoms, so we asked the Superintendent to reconsider the decision that has been made. We want to work with the Department of the Air Force, as well and get the leaders inside of the Air Force at large to reconsider this. We are hopeful that they'll start to do that. I hope that's what they ultimately conclude and I hope to get this right for the nation."
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|Just Do It: Nike donates $280K to redefine marriage in Oregon
Kristen Andersen Life Site News 11-21-13
Sports retail giant Nike has jumped into the fray over same-sex "marriage," founding a political action committee (PAC) to fund efforts to redefine marriage in Oregon, where the company is based.
Oregon voters approved an amendment to the state constitution in 2004 that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The measure was approved by a wide margin, with 57 percent of Oregonians voting in favor of the traditional definition of marriage, despite the amendment's backers being outspent 2-to-1 by homosexual activists.
In 2008, the state legislature voted to approve domestic partnerships for homosexual couples, and last month, state officials announced that Oregon would recognize same-sex "marriages" performed in other states.
But that's not good enough for homosexual activists, who have mounted a petition drive to put same-sex "marriage" on the ballot again in Oregon, asking voters to reverse the ban they enacted just ten years ago.
Now, Beaverton-based Nike has joined the fight, founding "Nike Equality PAC" to support the referendum.
According to the Portland Business Journal, the PAC was launched with $280,000, including $100,000 in corporate contributions and $180,000 in personal contributions from company executives.
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|Obama Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Abortion Activist Gloria Steinem
Steve Ertelt Lifenews.com 11-20-13
Longtime pro-abortion activist Gloria Steinem today received the highest honor the United States can bestow upon a citizen who is not a member of the U.S. military. Obama today awarded sixteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and those recipients included abortion activist Gloria Steinem.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is "presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors," and Obama apparently believes dedicating one's life to promoting abortion is a part of that list.
In announcing the award, Obama said "The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours. This year's honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world. It will be my honor to present them with a token of our nation's gratitude."
After learning of the news, pro-life advocates on Twitter were dumbfounded that Steinem received the honor.
"Obama gives medal of freedom to a woman who described killing her unborn child as a "pivotal and constructive experience."
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|FEMA Refuses Storm Aid to NJ Town on Religious Grounds
Jonathan Last - The Weekly Standard 11-25-13
When Sandy swept across the Jersey shore in October 2012, the coastal town of Ocean Grove was spared the worst. Sure, half the town's boardwalk was destroyed and its pier was swept out to sea. And yes, sand, trees, and concrete benches were carried two blocks inland, while entire buildings were picked up and moved across town. But Ocean Grove's crown jewel, an ornate and beautiful 6,250-seat auditorium, built in 1894, survived. It only had a third of its roof torn off. The auditorium's foundation was intact and, most important, its 11,561-pipe organ was unscathed by the wind and rain.
So despite everything, the residents of Ocean Grove counted themselves lucky. That is, until they had to deal with the federal government. Ocean Grove has been denied rebuilding funds from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In one sense, this denial is part of the Obama administration's quiet campaign against religion in the public square. Yet the story of FEMA's conflict with Ocean Grove is about more than just Barack Obama. It's the story of modern America's rebellion against its religious foundations, rendered in miniature.
In the late 1860s, a Methodist preacher named William Osborn assembled a small group of pastors from around Philadelphia to purchase a patch of land at the shore in central New Jersey. On July 31, 1869, they christened their one square mile of paradise "Ocean Grove."
At first, it was just a campsite-the preachers and their flocks pitched tents during the summer in order to get away from the bustle of the city. That December they organized a government for the nascent community, setting up the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In the Northeast of the 1860s, this was a commonplace: Camp meeting associations stemming from the Second Great Awakening were formed in Martha's Vineyard, Willimantic, Conn., Merrick, N.Y., and elsewhere.
Ocean Grove's camp meeting was particularly successful. In 1870 the New Jersey state legislature granted the Camp Meeting Association a charter, giving them the power to hold and maintain their property, establish infrastructure, and even create a police force-all in the name of setting their land aside for "the perpetual worship of Jesus Christ." It was, as they say, a different time.
Which is why, after Hurricane Sandy destroyed most of the boardwalk, everyone in Ocean Grove was shocked when FEMA declared that there would be no assistance this time, either. The agency explained that, as a private, nonprofit organization, Ocean Grove was not eligible for federal assistance in rebuilding a "recreational facility"-which is what they dubbed the boardwalk.
FEMA's decision was a remarkably tortured reading of both precedent and fact. So tortured that it suggests some deeper motivation on the part of the federal government. What happened between the storms in 1992 and 2013 to change the government's mind about Ocean Grove? The answer is simple: gay marriage.