Published on Jun 14, 2018 by PBS NewsHour
Vice President Mike Pence delivers remarks at the Hispanic Prayer Breakfast.
Unified Patriots by Bob Montgomery
The Supreme Court decision handed down yesterday regarding the non-obligation of cake bakers to bake wedding cakes for “same-sex” marriages will be parsed and deciphered and analyzed by many far more scholarly and politically savvy than I, but I wanted to focus on one little snippet from the majority opinion written by (who else?) Anthony Kennedy.
“But Kennedy also stressed the importance of gay rights while noting that litigation on similar issues is likely to continue in lower courts.
“Our society has come to the recognition that gay persons and gay couples cannot be treated as social outcasts or as inferior in dignity and worth,” Kennedy wrote.”
My questions to Justice Kennedy in re his official use of his time, our money and our constitution, would be these: A. “..the importance of gay rights” means important to whom, exactly?; and B. exactly who is it who cannot treat “gay persons and gay couples as social outcasts or as inferior in dignity and worth”?
As I say, I am not your ace constitutional scholar, but I have been under the impression for many, many years that the limitations on freedom of both thought and deed expressed in the Constitution, particularly in the Bill of Rights, were limitations on the government and it’s officers. In other words, if the lawmakers decided that a certain group or class were not to be discriminated against, it was the Government who couldn’t discriminate against them, and those entities explicitly enumerated and in what matters, while preserving their own Constitutional rights as enumerated.
I also thought that freedom of speech, as mentioned in the First Amendment, included all forms of expression, even what Anthony Kennedy’s “Our society” viewed as negative ones.
Further, what “rights” do gays have that Anthony Kennedy thinks are so important? If they have Constitutional rights as individuals, they are already protected by statute and by the Constitution itself, but as far as I know, not as a class. In other words, Congress has not yet passed a law specifying “sexual orientation” as one of the “protected classes’” which the Supreme Court must “protect”, as they say[…]
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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
John 3:16-21 (AKJV)
Cross-posted on Wow! Magazine.
The service was as spiritual as it was uplifting. Reverend Billy Graham’s children and friends shared memorable moments giving the world insight into the man, Billy Graham. The service was not so much a moment to mourn but to celebrate the life of the Son of God’s most famous cheerleader.
Thus, it is only fitting that on Reverend Billy Graham’s grave and marker will be the inscription:
John 14:6 reads, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” It is only fitting as Reverend Graham has quoted this passage hundreds if not thousands of times over during prayer, at crusades throughout his life.
See video below of Reverend Billy Graham’s sendoff. [Note: I have cued the video to begin at the commencement of the funeral service (01:6:50) of video.]