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West Point cadet drops out to protest influence of fundamentalist Christianity

WED DEC 05, 2012 AT 06:41 AM PST
West Point cadet drops out to protest influence of fundamentalist Christianity
byChristian Dem in NCFollow

Blake Page
Cadet, United States Military Academy at West Point

Why I Don't Want to Be a West Point Graduate


While there are certainly numerous problems with the developmental program at West Point and all service academies, the tipping point of my decision to resign was the realization that countless officers here and throughout the military are guilty of blatantly violating the oaths they swore to defend the Constitution. These men and women are criminals, complicit in light of day defiance of the Uniform Code of Military Justice through unconstitutional proselytism, discrimination against the non-religious and establishing formal policies to reward, encourage and even at times require sectarian religious participation.

These transgressions are nearly always committed in the name of fundamentalist evangelical Christianity. The sparse leaders who object to these egregious violations are relegated to the position of silent bystanders, because they understand all too well the potential ramifications of publically expressing their loyalty to the laws of our country. These are strong words that I do not use lightly, but after years of clear personal observation I am certain that they are true.



Mitt, during campaign: "I love American cars!" Mitt, after the election: "Check out my new Audi!"

Mitt, during the campaign: "I love American cars!" Mitt, after the election: "Check out my new Audi!" pic.twitter.com/G7v37RxG


Looks like we lie all the time, often to ourselves

One in four Americans has an opinion about an imaginary debt plan

Looks like we lie all the time, often to ourselves

Here's an example:

One in four Americans has an opinion about an imaginary debt plan

A new poll from Public Policy Polling found that an impressive 39 percent of Americans have an opinion about the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan.

Before you start celebrating the new, sweeping reach of the 2010 commission’s work, consider this: Twenty-five percent of Americans also took a stance on the Panetta-Burns plan.

What’s that? You’re not familiar with Panetta-Burns? That’s probably because its “a mythical Clinton Chief of Staff/former western Republican Senator combo” that PPP dreamed up to test how many Americans would profess to have an opinion about a policy that did not exist. They found one in four voters to do just that. ...Sarah Kliff, WaPo


But we know that. Lying to others is "real lying." Lying to ourselves is "forgivable." Which makes that 25% also expressing an opinion on "Panetta-Burns" semi-forgivable. Or is it?


This is the same Rick Santorum who brought the Terri Schiavo case to the floor of Congress...

This is the same Rick Santorum who brought the Terri Schiavo case to the floor of Congress; this is also the man who wants to take health care decisions out of the hands of women and their doctors. The hypocrisy keeps rolling on.

Santorum: U.N. Disabilities Treaty Would’ve Had Bureaucrats Unseat Parents
by Rick Santorum Dec 5, 2012 4:45 AM EST

The Senate made the right choice Wednesday in rejecting the CRPD, writes former senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.


FOX Puts TurdBlossom Out To Pasture

Fox News Puts Karl Rove on the Bench

According to multiple Fox sources, Ailes has issued a new directive to his staff: He wants the faces associated with the election off the air — for now. For Karl Rove and Dick Morris — a pair of pundits perhaps most closely aligned with Fox’s anti-Obama campaign — Ailes’s orders mean new rules. Ailes’s deputy, Fox News programming chief Bill Shine, has sent out orders mandating that producers must get permission before booking Rove or Morris.


Dear Banking AssHoles: Pack A Lunch...

Senator Warren

Elizabeth Warren Wins Senate Banking Committee Seat: Sources

Wow, those are some HAPPY HAPPY Holiday Faces!


No Holiday Photo for Speaker and President as Fiscal Cliff Stand-off Continues

Boehner came to the White House last night for President Obama’s annual holiday party for members of Congress, but the Speaker didn’t pose for a photograph with the president as he has in the past and as other members of Congress did last night.

So; no moment of comity and holiday cheer. No shake of hands and warm chit-chat. No friendly greeting and moment where each pledged to work with the other to resolve this dilemma.
Bah, humbug?


REID: 'Repubs So Intent On Protecting Millionaires/Billionaires-Willing To Sacrifice Middle Class'

Reid says Boehner debt plan would raise taxes on middle class
By Alexander Bolton - 12/04/12 11:03 AM ET

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday slammed Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) debt offer, which Reid said would raise billions of dollars in taxes on middle-class families.

Reid said Boehner would raise taxes on the middle class to shield “millionaires and billionaires” from feeling “pain” and dismissed the latest Republican proposal to the White House as a “nonstarter.”

“Their proposal would raise taxes on millions of middle-class families,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “Their plan to raise $800 billion in revenue by eliminating popular tax deductions and credits would reach deep into pockets of middle-class families.

“Republicans are so intent on protecting low tax rates for millionaires and billionaires, they’re willing to sacrifice the middle-class families’ economic security to do so,” he added.


GOP's War On Xmas & America

Is America Islamophobic?

your telling me?

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