First Amendment Victory in California

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A Kern County judge has ruled that the State cannot force a baker to design and bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

The State cannot succeed on the facts presented as a matter of law. The right to freedom of speech under the First Amendment outweighs the State’s interest in ensuring a freely accessible market place.

The right of freedom of thought guaranteed by the First Amendment includes the right to speak, and the right to refrain from speaking. Sometimes the most profound protest is silence.

No public commentator in the marketplace of ideas may be forced by law to publish any opinion with which he disagrees in the name of equal access. No person may be forced by the State to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance against her will. The law cannot compel anyone to stand for the National Anthem. No person may be forced…

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First Amendment Victory in California

Two Days to Nativity, 7 January 2018

God gives us infirmities and illnesses not as punishment for our sins, but as a way to become sin-free. Not only for ourselves, but for others as well. Not only through our suffering but also through the acts of those not afflicted in caring and praying for those who are afflicted.
God is not a harsh and vengeful God, rather He is loving.
He took on humanity as a loving gesture, so He could be one with us and at the same time, through Himself, provide a path to eternity with Him. Christ is almost here . Rejoice! O Come Emmanuel!

Two Days to Nativity, 7 January 2018

Prayer Request

Tomorrow morning I travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to the University of Michigan Medical Center, to be qualified for and enrolled in, their transplant program, to hopefully be approved for a multi-organ transplant (Kidney and Pancreas).
As such, I am asking my friends to pray for me … TO CLARIFY I am not getting a transplant yet … this is the first stage, getting qualified …

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Prayer Request

A critical appeal for your help in our struggling Orthodox monastery’s mission.

Monk Nicholas Joseph

Today’s blog  is an appeal

Monastery of the Holy Martyrs is a small monastic community in Northern Indiana. We also host St. Mary the Proectress – Syriac Orthodox community.

Christ tells us “Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, so you do unto me.” If we listen, we hear the call to be open to one another, to give what we have and to welcome all guests as we would welcome Christ. We are a place of healing and nourishment, where folks respond to each other’s human needs.

Our first job is to pray for the world, for her salvation, your salvation and our salvation. We know that praying to end hunger is without meaning, unless you also feed those who are hungry. So we feed the hungry without question!

Why does the Lord allow there to be poor among us? “For your good, so that you may…

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A critical appeal for your help in our struggling Orthodox monastery’s mission.

Dunkirk

The Writer in Black

I got busy yesterday so didn’t get a blog post up.  Sorry.

Today went with the family to see Dunkirk.

See.  This.  Movie.

One thing annoyed me about it, the use of shakeycam.  However the movie was so riviting that toward the end when I was getting nauseated I thought maybe someone had mixed up the drink machine and I’d gotten sugared pop.  It wasn’t until later that it dawned on me.  I was so rivited by the story that I completely forgot the shakeycam even though it was making me sick.

That may sound like a mixed result but really, it’s high praise indeed for a story.

The movie starts with a squad of British soldiers in town making their way back toward the beach.  They come under fire from unseen assailants.  As they flee, they get picked off one by one, until there’s only one left.  The one…

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Dunkirk

#Goundswell and Truthiness

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Team Kimberlin has not had a good summer as far as PR is concerned. Cabin Boy Bill Schmalfeldt got a peace order slapped on him. Pedi Officer No-Class Gillette got outed as an ex-con who did federal time for kiddie porn and who seems to be an unregistered sex offender. The Dread Pirate Kimberlin’s family issues hit the courts and his wife has accused him of having sex with her while she was underage and not married causing the Dread Pirate title to morph into Dread Pedo. And those are just the highlights.

Last week, Team Kimberlin tried to use the Mother Jones story as a basis to spin up some kind of tale to distract from their bad publicity. But timing is everything. Tetyana Kimberlin’s charges against Brett overwhelmed the Groundswell.

It’s a real shame. They seem to have had a really good story cooked up about how Aaron…

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#Goundswell and Truthiness