Media and religion and politics

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Those didn’t used to mix in polite conversations, at least the second two. Now, they’re all intertwined. As they should be, given that our Constitution and the values of the founders were based on the Christian belief in God. And that the culture formed around Judeo-Christian ethics. Society has been ordered around religiously informed voices in the public square, debating and defending the ‘inalienable rights endowed by our Creator’.

Trouble is, when the ‘conversation’ or debate in the public square is determined by those who control the major means of social communications, the ‘talking points’ get skewed and the language is distorted to shape public opinion.

Thank God for the internet and alternative media these days.

Questions like the ones here at GetReligion get more of a hearing.

You see, it’s almost impossible — in an era defined by political battles over moral issues like abortion, gay rights and… click here to read whole article and make comments



In their own words

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Obama and McCain

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Not a lot of verbiage is necessary to hear the essence of what the two presidential candidates stand for, and what those beliefs mean for the future of this nation.

It’s America’s Choice Now.

Those words say everything.

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The single most important reason to vote

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Members of the Supreme Court are, seated from left, Anthony Kennedy, John Paul Stevens, Chief Justice John Roberts, Antonin Scalia and David Souter. Standing, from left, are Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel Alito. Bush appointees Roberts and Alito are the newest members.

You’re looking at it. The Supreme Court.

It all comes down to that. Judges.

During a fall campaign dominated by the economic crisis, debate over two wars and arguments over who is more fit for office, discussion of how the next president will handle Supreme Court nominations largely has been overshadowed. Even so, the differing experiences of Obama, McCain and their running mates offer clues as to how the candidates might approach vacancies on the bench.

More than experiences, their own statements have declared the judicial philosophy that guides their view of law… click here to read whole article and make comments



Why did it take so long for this to come out?

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A radio interview of Sen. Obama from 2001 airing many views that form his political ideology has just surfaced.

One that leaps off the page is his view of the Consitution as “a charter of negative liberties.” For the “Got Hope?” crowds, NRO says look at this, in the candidate’s own words.

There is nothing vague or ambiguous about this. Nothing.

From the top [of the snip of Obama’s radio interview]: “…The Supreme Court never entered into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society. And uh, to that extent, as radical as I think people tried to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical.”

If the second highlighted phrase had been there without the first, Obama’s defenders would have bent over backwards trying to spin the meaning of “political and economic justice.” We all… click here to read whole article and make comments



Viewer beware

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It’s truth time.

This video shows more than you have probably ever seen, anywhere, about what is so conveniently called “choice.” If you can’t watch it, think about why it’s so offensive.

And when one of the presidential candidates…the one currently projected by the media to win the White House…promises to pass the ‘Freedom of Choice Act’ as one of his first presidential moves, you need to know how that affects you.

This proposed legislation would create a federally guaranteed ‘’fundamental right'’ to abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, including, as Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia has noted in a statement condemning the proposed Act, ‘’a right to abort a fully developed child in the final weeks for undefined ‘health’ reasons.'’ In essence, FOCA would abolish virtually every existing state and federal limitation on abortion, including parental consent and notification laws for minors, state and federal funding… click here to read whole article and make comments



Friction between politics and justice?

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Looks like some public servants assigned the responsibility of adminstering justice are also concerned with political consequences.

Like on the voter fraud cases.

We’ve all read a lot about the “politicization” of the Justice Department in recent years, and that political pounding is having an ironic effect. The prosecutors who are supposed to guard against voter fraud don’t seem very interested in running the political risk of doing their job.

Look at the facts.

If voter fraud would ever be ripe for investigation, this would seem to be the year with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (Acorn) having been caught filing thousands of bogus voter registrations in at least 14 states. Acorn’s history of deceit and the national sweep of today’s scandal demand a federal probe. Safeguarding the integrity of the vote is every bit as important as protecting access to the polls,… click here to read whole article and make comments



Signs of things to come for media access?

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Sen. Obama’s campaign is not used to being directly asked tough questions by the press. That’s largely due to their admiration of him.

In the future, it may be due to lack of access. Swift retribution against tough questioners does set an example.

WFTV’s Barbara West sat down to interview Joe Biden and left the interview in the cross hairs of the Obama campaign. The trouble started with her asking Biden questions the Obama camp didn’t like.

It ended, abruptly, with the Obama camp pulling the plug on that station’s ability to get future interviews.

The Obama campaign cried foul. This was off limits. No way is it fair to ask these kinds of questions of this campaign. They promptly canceled an interview that was scheduled for Jill Biden, Joe’s wife and wrote a letter of outrage to the station manager.

“This cancellation is… click here to read whole article and make comments



Vote ‘no’ to affirm life?!

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Very tricky wording on this ballot initiative in Washington State.

If approved by voters Nov. 4, Initiative 1000 would bring Oregon-like assisted suicide to Washington.

Get that? A ‘yes’ vote would approve assisted suicide. A ‘no’ vote would uphold the sanctity and dignity of human life until natural death.

But the public is only hearing the message that is best funded. And…

Contributions by supporters of a physician-assisted suicide initiative in the state of Washington are outpacing those from opponents by nearly four to one, and nearly two-thirds of those pro-referendum gifts are from advocacy organizations and their representatives or a former governor and his family.

The ‘Right to Die’ movement is well-funded and mobilized in active organization.

People going about their business and worried about the economic crisis and the presidential election aren’t paying too much attention to this one.… click here to read whole article and make comments



Unintended consequences of Palin’s… existence

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Posted in Media, Society, Abortion, Politics, Culture at 11:35 am by Sheila

 US elections: Sarah Palin denies spend on clothes was £90,000

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The vice-presidential nominee is out there representing conservative ideals and principles in American government.

But the degree of revulsion liberals, and particularly feminists, are revealing in their reactions to her show that to them, she represents a threat to their goals for American government and culture. On Fox News’ Special Report yesterday, Charles Krauthammer said she is a “silent rebuke” to these women. 

Look at the viciousness of the attacks.… click here to read whole article and make comments



Vote ‘yes’ to save lives

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In South Dakota, Measure 11 represents the most comprehensive affirmation of the biological definition of a human being to come out in legislation since Roe v. Wade.

Even when the media use loaded terminology, the message is clear: abortion kills a human being.

Just like the Washington state initiative (below), this vote affects all the states. Many Americans are now saying ‘I’m Joe the Plumber’ because he asked the right questions that resonated with core beliefs of mainstream citizens.

In that same spirit, anyone can be a South Dakotan, because although they are making the fundamental choice on the ultimate human right, other states will fall in line after the November 4 election, and we’re all in this. helps everyone be a South Dakotan, and South Dakota to be Everywhere, USA.

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