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Thank you to all in the Armed Forces who have sacrificed and have paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we may be free. God has watched over our nation and been with our military in their fight to keep us free.  God Bless the U.S.A.

Here is James Otto singing Soldiers & Jesus:

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Priests who are contracted out to minister to the lay faithful may be arrested if they minister to Catholics in the military during the government shutdown.   Even if a priest volunteers he may be arrested. So if they practice their faith priests could be arrested.  Why the heck should a government shutdown determine whether a priest can say Mass, pray, do weddings and funerals, and hear confessions?  This is clearly a violation of the First Amendment. 

This was brought to my attention by Maggie’s Notebook yesterday.  This is from Maggie’s Notebook: 

Obama still has 129 staffers working directly for him during the shutdown. Biden has 12. Most don’t know how to do the lesser jobs that need doing – like send a news release! And that’s okay, but when it comes to the spiritual needs of our troops, contracted priests have been threatened with arrest if they voluntarily (unpaid) tend to the troop’s spiritual needs. Some Priests are “contracted” due to a “lack” of active-duty Catholic priests, so there is likely a shortage of Protestant pastors as well, although I can’t confirm it. Shutting down the Washington Mall Memorials and Monuments, which can cost nothing to keep open if done properly: post a few signs saying there is no security, you are responsible for your own safety, and ‘hey, please take your trash with you,’ could work. Just as Obama refused to divert funding to the Military during sequester, the goal seems to make those who give the most for their country, the least.

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“With the government shutdown, many [government service] and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer,” wrote John Schlageter, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, in an op-ed this week. “During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.”

According to its website, the Archdiocese for the Military Services “provides the Catholic Church’s full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces.” Read more at The Daily Caller

 

While it is not concrete that the priests will be arrested for practicing their faith the fact that it is a possibility really irks me.

From The Blaze: 

The arrest claim is a bold one — but is it true? Recently, Politico did report that furloughed federal workers could be fired for using their BlackBerry phones during the shutdown. One warning noted that there could be penalties for conducting any work outside of the office during this time.

“Due to legal requirements, working in any way during a period of furlough (even as a volunteer) is grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment,”read a recent letter from the House Administration Committee to nonessential employees. “To avoid violating this prohibition, we strongly recommend that you turn your BlackBerrys off for the duration of the furlough.”

Technically, this would translate over to faith leaders as well. As for events that might be scheduled on military bases — baptisms, weddings, etc. — unless a priest who is not contracted is found, Schlageter said that the event would potentially have to be canceled.

From CatholicVote: 

Our government is out of control.

First, it was the World War II veterans who had to break down barriers to see the open air, un-attended memorial erected in their honor.  A memorial which is on public land but is supported – including the National Park Service fee – with private funds. This week there was more security surrounding this memorial — just to keep elderly veterans out — than there was at our embassy in Benghazi the night it was attacked.

And for what? To inflict as much pain as possible through this government shutdown. It’s called Washington Monument Syndrome, and it’s pure political theater.

But now there’s a story just coming to light that takes things even further. According the Archdiocese for Military Services, GS and contract priests (who are paid by the federal government as independent contractors in places where there aren’t enough active-duty priests to meet the needs of Catholics in military service) are being forbidden from celebrating Mass, even on a volunteer basis.

If they violate this restriction, they face possible arrest. FOR CELEBRATING MASS. 

This shutdown impacts Catholics in the military worldwide. In the DC-metro area, it specifically impacts bases like Quantico. On the Facebook page for the Archdiocese, Catholic military members commenting on the story are not happy. Comments include:

“This is outrageous!!! Especially threatening them with arrest to voluntarily do their job.”

“Unbelievable! I was worried about this because our priest is contracted as well. It is bad enough to be furloughed but to not have a Mass to attend, is a real downer,”

“Just one example, a couple is getting married tomorrow at a large Air Force Base that is staffed by a Contract priest. That priest did all of their marriage prep, and has gotten to know the couple very well over the past few months. But with the shutdown, he cannot perform their wedding. Instead of the priest that the couple has come to know and love, an active duty priest has to be sent in to perform the wedding of two people who are strangers to him and he to them.”

” Is anyone up there going to start a protest?! A rosary ?!?!? A nice Catholic riot maybe?! PLEEEAAASSEEE?! SOMEONE?! ANYONE?! Any real Carholics out there?!!!!???!”

This is outrageous. It is a violation of the First Amendment. It is a prohibition of the free exercise of religion to order priests under penalty of arrest that they cannot volunteer their time to offer Mass to the faithful on base. This cannot be allowed to stand.

CatholicVote has a couple updates on this unconscionable situation.  Our government is indeed out of control. 

 

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I have been dealing with a bad headache and stomach issues today so I am posting some links to articles and blog posts which I recommend you read.

 

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Backstage At The Muppet Show… 

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Ten Greek Words Every Catholic Should Know

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Ephesians 4:25-27 — Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.

Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.

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The trustees have chosen a new president to succeed Fr. Terence Henry at Franciscan University of Steubenville.  His name is Father Sean Sheridan.  He has a strong legal background which will help in the fight against the unjust HHS mandate which does not respect conscience rights or citizens’ religious liberty.

“I am honored to serve as the next president of Franciscan University,” Father Sheridan said in a statement. “It is inspiring and truly humbling for me to be here at Franciscan University with the students who are pouring their hearts into their education and their prayer life, falling in love with God and the Church and striving to become saints.”

Here is a little bit about Father Sheridan’s credentials:

Father Sheridan entered the Franciscan Third Order Regular in 2000, leaving behind a career as an attorney focused on health-care litigation. He made his solemn profession of vows in 2005 and was ordained to the priesthood the following year. Father Sheridan continued his legal education in the Church, earning a doctorate in canon law from Catholic University of America in 2009. He wrote his dissertation addressing seven challenges — and potential solutions — to implementing Ex Corde Ecclesiae (From the Heart of the Church), Pope John Paul II’s 1992 apostolic constitution for Catholic higher education.

Father Sheridan served as an assistant professor of canon law at CUA from 2009 until last fall, when he became a professor in Franciscan University’s theology department.

“He’s got the right mix of academic, pastoral and professional experience,” Hernon said. “He’s got the mission of the university in his heart, and he wears it on his sleeve. We know he’s going to continue to see how the university can respond to the call St. Francis received from Christ, to ‘Go, rebuild my Church.’”

We have a story of authentic courage of someone who has stuck by their beliefs even among pressure in these ever changing times of what our culture deems as acceptable.  Chris Broussard is the ESPN analyst who was asked to comment on on the NBA basketball player Jason Collins who announced that he is gay for all the world to hear.  Broussard said that homosexuality is a sin. He went onto say:

“If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever that may be,” including heterosexual sex outside of marriage, you are “walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ.”

Instead of being respectful and tolerant of his point of view some people have taken to twitter to call for ESPN to fire Chris Broussard.

It looks like the Southern Poverty Law Center has some explaining to do.  It appears that the SPLC influenced a domestic terrorist attack by labeling the Family Research Council as a “hate” group.  Seeing this information on the SPLC’s website spurred Floyd Lee Corkins to shoot at innocent workers at the Washington-based Family Research Center. Corkins has pleaded guilty to a charge of domestic terrorism and will be charged in June. Lives were spared as a result of the heroic actions of Leonardo Johnson, the security guard/building manager. 

Apparently religious freedom for Christians in the military will not be tolerated.  Here our military men and women are fighting to protect our freedoms which are outlined in the Constitution and yet their rights won’t be protected while serving.  Geesh! This is disgraceful. Totally unconscionable!  

From ChristianPost: 

President Obama’s new “religious tolerance” consultant to the Pentagon, Mikey Weinstein, wants Christian military service members who openly talk about their faith in uniform to be charged with treason, which is a crime punishable by death according to military law.

By employing his consulting services, and as Commander-in-Chief, President Obama is effectively endorsing Weinstein’s recently voiced and written views such as: “Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized [sic] and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation’s armed forces.”

President Obama is someone who claims that he is a Christian.  If he is a Christian why would he employ a “religious tolerant” consultant that calls Christians “monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans”?  By “fundamentalist” does Weinstein mean, actually follows the Bible and adheres to timeless biblical truths?  So I guess he thinks modernism and moral relativism “true Christianity”?  This administration has been the most hostile to Christians (traditional Christians) in recent modern history.  This is not only intolerance but is persecutory in nature. And some people wonder why we a number of say that Obama is shredding the Constitution. It is obvious that he has no respect for the Constitution or citizens’ rights.  He acts as if he were king.  I do pray for his conversion of heart and soul.  

Israeli President Shimon Perez has invited Pope Francis to visit Israel.  Pope Francis has accepted the invitation “with willingness and joy” .  No date has been set for the visit. 

A Vatican statement said they discussed prospects for a resumption of negotiations for a solution that would respect “the legitimate aspirations of the two Peoples, thus decisively contributing to the peace and stability of the region.”

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I wish all of my blogging friends a happy, fun, and safe Memorial Day.  Today is a special day for us to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom as well as those who have served and are serving overseas today. May God bless our brave men and women and keep them safe.

 

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One of my fellow friend’s blogs has been banned in Afghanistan. Huh? Why would the military ban her blog? This administration is filled with anti-freedom policies which censors dissent, the kind which highlights the Obama administrations political chicanery.

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Maggie’s Notebook Banned in Afghanistan: MSGT Tom O’Rourke – Military Poor – Misleading Leadership: In Honor of SSG Chris Kiernan

Yesterday I was notified that this blog, Maggie’s Notebook, is banned in Afghanistan on the computers soldiers use for “recreation.” As anyone reading here knows, I am an unwaivering supporter of our Troops. I have been very critical of Military leadership, from the perspective of a citizen sitting out here in the ether. I have been critical of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta for baldly telling Congress he and the President will deploy U.S. Troops when they choose to do so, without Congressional oversight. I have criticized the Military handling of Nidal Hassan, the Ft. Hood shooter, and I, along with many others, am dismayed at our leader’s refusals to acknowledge Islamic jihad. I have told Sgt. Gary Stein’s story, and the stories of other Military, who say they will…

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After reading John’s great post Judge Napolitano: What if we only THINK We’re free? I had to really think about whether or not we are really free as Americans living in the United States of America. Or, do we just think that the term freedom excludes the possibility that Americans are free but that it is necessary for us to live with certain essential laws required for our safety? I believe that we as Americans are still free but less free than we were forty years ago. We are still much freer than other nations in Africa and the Middle East in which people of different ethnic and/or religious affiliations are waging civil wars with one another. On the one hand I believe that we shouldn’t have to deal with certain safety measures but on the other hand my alter ego says making some small sacrifices to ensure the safety of our country is a small price for us to pay compared to the sacrifices that our men and women serving overseas are making.

If Americans can volunteer to join the military to go overseas to fight for our freedom and are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice why aren’t Americans back home willing to make some sacrifices which could affect the safety of our nation? Freedom doesn’t mean that we have carte blanche say over whatever we want to do without having responsibilities or their being consequences for our actions. Do all of the security measures taken since 9/11 to prevent another attack on our nation really constitute us sacrificing our freedoms or is it the idea that “this or that should not have happened” that forms our brain to think that we aren’t as free as we once were because of the security measures taken after 9/11? In my thinking I came up with this question: how can we expect our soldiers to make the ultimate sacrifice while we aren’t willing to make some adjustments to the way we live, like every time we choose to take a plane from place to place? I am not saying that we should have to endure the groping of the TSA at the airports but we did experience the 9/11 attacks as a nation and other terrorist attacks have been attempted afterward which spurred the so-called need for these pat downs and x-ray scanners. But how can we as Americans who are living safely and comfortably with our families actually justify complaining about walking through an x-ray machine before we enter a plane while soldiers are dying to ensure our freedoms? If walking through an x-ray scanner ensures that every person will be safe when flying an airplane what is so wrong with it? We have cars with seatbelts that we must wear to ensure our safety and if we don’t and get caught then we will get a ticket by the police. Are we really free when we are required to wear seatbelts so that we are The fact that Americans are required to walk through scanners, given a pat down before being able to board the plane and being required to follow the law and buckle your seatbelt seems trivial when you think about the fact that we have soldiers who have served overseas, have given their lives and others who are still serving overseas who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice so as to defend our nation from our enemies.  Is our military fighting for our freedom to not walk through x-ray scanners, not have pat downs, or not wear seat belts? Or are they really fighting for our freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom to pursue happiness? But that was alter ego talking. My first instinct tells me that all of these restrictions violate our freedom. Against the part of me that craves safety and security at the cost of liberty there remains a core conviction within me that our freedom is worth a great deal of risk, and indeed, that’s why our men in the military are overseas fighting. Should frequent flyers really be required to expose themselves to excessive amounts of radiation which is harmful to their health? Should the measures taken to ensure our country’s safety conflict with our freedoms? Do the safety measures really conflict with one another or are there gray areas where our freedoms and safety meet and there is give and take?

Unfortunately our freedoms have been under attack from the inside for decades. One example of this is of freedom of speech in places of higher learning. While this country prides itself on the fact that we have freedom of speech but do we really have freedom of speech at universities? Many universities are progressive propaganda machines which want their students to simply follow the progressive way without thinking critically about the issues or doing research on the issues because God forbid, that might prove that progressives “facts” are really flawed or false. When conservatives offer a different point of view their professors penalize them just because they have refused to follow the progressive mantra. If the person can back up their viewpoints with facts they should not be penalized because their argument doesn’t fit into their professor’s political philosophy. Does this really sound like freedom of speech?

Freedom of religion has been under assault for many, many years also. As Americans we have a right to pray in public and this includes praying at government events. Atheists and non-religious types have perverted the meaning of  “separation of Church and State” and the meaning of “freedom of religion” and have interpreted these as “freedom from religion” and anything to do with God or religion has no place within our government”.   When atheist radicals are vying to tear down crosses that have been on government land for decades in remembrance of fallen soldiers our culture has gone awry and this shows the vindictive hatred that atheists have for both religion, the freedom of religion, our constitution, and our country.

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Here is Lieutenant Colonel West’s response on the Marines’ video, the one where Marines are shown urinating on dead Taliban corpses. 

“I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors being killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah.

“All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?

“The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.

“As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”

I am in full agreement with Rep. Allen West.  His response is spot-on! 

I think the Marines should have poured bacon grease on the Taliban.  

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Are those who advocate for homosexuals to have the right to openly serve in the military enabling the intrinsically disordered sexual act to occur more frequently than before? Serving in the military, whether heterosexual or homosexual, is not a human right. In fact, the recruits must meet certain qualifications to be able to enter the military. If gays openly serving in the military was really a human rights issue then why aren’t all human beings allowed to serve in the military, regardless of their disabilities? Why don’t those who are handicapped have a right to serve in the military? Is that not being intolerant and discriminatory?

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was the perfect medium which prevented persecution and discrimination. The military didn’t need to know the sexual orientation of their soldiers. Homosexuals were allowed to serve in the military, just not openly. Those who are in favor of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” have put one segment of the population’s sexuality above the military’s mission, the principles and main goals of the military. How does having knowledge that someone is homosexual benefit either the military or the other men and women serving in the military? If fact there is a good case to be made that having gays openly serving in the military will lower morale and have a negative impact on the military and the way it functions. There is no right for gays to openly serve in the military.

Those who have endorsed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” are in effect giving their endorsement for sexually perverse behavior. To endorse the “right” for homosexuals to openly serve in the military one must have an acceptance not only of their personhood but also for their homosexual lifestyle. Those who claim that gay rights is a human rights issue and support homosexuals openly serving in the military may see themselves as being tolerant but what exactly are they being tolerant of? A homosexual person’s openness about the sexual nature of his lifestyle? What progressives claim to be tolerance is the enemy of morals truths, ethical morality, or moral goodness. They want more than tolerance. They want society’s approval of the homosexual lifestyle. What progressives call tolerance goes way beyond avoiding discrimination and promoting respect for the person. It crosses the line into an illicit acceptance of immoral behavior.

Those who demand “tolerance” do not practice what they preach. They are extremely hostile to those who conscientiously object to homosexual behavior. Since the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” the discrimination has been against those who object to homosexual acts.

 

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Here are a few videos to honor our brave men and women who have served, both past and present.

 

 

 

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