Congratulations to Binkie The Clown and Mira! I really loved both those photos!
And thanks to Solly Mack and Mira for helping out alfredo during a very tough time.
alfredo, I had to scratch my head trying to think of something for this contest. Ended up
going back in my photo archives--way back to 2009 when we went to Peru--because I remembered
the turn-out at this high point on the road from Cuzco to Puno and Lake Titicaca. With some cropping
and minimal post processing doctoring of the original single shot I took of the handicrafts laid out on the rocks, I figured that
would have to be my entry. It sure was a lot of fun revisiting that trip through the photos, too!
OK, I'm on it! My husband and I are leaving Tuesday on a trip, but I will have the October theme and information posted
before we go!
wondering if they were going to win a prize!
I've been photographing deer in and around our yard for several years. We get a lot of them!
Half an hour ago there were FIVE of them in our front yard chowing down on azaleas!
Caught three in this quick photo through the window...and then when they scattered another shot of them
up the hill from the house. Do you suppose they're expecting residuals?
The story of the doctor who convinced a cemetery in Winston-Salem to open a green burial
site is here: http://www.pineforestmemorial.com/green-burial
A documentary movie was made of his story: http://www.awillforthewoods.com./#home
And a website that will connect you to options in other states is here:
Looks like the handcuffs are shackled to a chain around her waist, too.
This is brilliant--discovered by a Rabbi--and posted urging her to follow her own church's Statement of Faith.
Rowan County clerk Kim Davis refuses to issue marriage licenses to anyone because of the Supreme Court ruling extending marriage rights to same sex couples. She claims she is doing this on the authority of God. Ms. Davis is an Apostolic Christian. Among the 20 points listed in the Apostolic Churchs Statement of Faith (http://www.apostolicchristian.org/page.cfm?p=555) is the following:
Governmental authority is respected and obeyed. Members serve in a non-combatant status in the military. Oaths are not taken, but truth is affirmed.
Among the Bible passages used to bolster this teaching is Romans 13: 110:
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is Gods servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are Gods servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are Gods servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. 8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,[a] and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself. 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
As an Apostolic Christian Ms. Davis believes the Bible is inerrant and is to be read literally. A literal reading of Romans makes it clear that governments are controlled by God, and that government employees, like the judges of the Supreme Court, are Gods servants. Rebelling against the government is the same as rebelling against God. And yet this is exactly what Ms. Davis is doing: she is rebelling against God.
Ms. Davis has said that her refusal to issue marriage licenses is a Heaven or Hell decision. I agree. My fear is that by rebelling against God she is condemning herself to Hell. I call upon Apostolic Christians everywhere to come to her aid: urge her to either comply with the ruling of Gods servants or resign her position. If you love this God fearing woman please help her step off the road to damnation.
Not only does she not have the legal right to impose her view of Christianity on the
residents of her County, her right wing fundamentalist view is not even supported
by many larger Christian denominations. It would be a nightmare to allow individuals--
given how many views of Christianity there are--to dictate secular policy in a government
office based on their individual religious views. The founding fathers knew this--which is why there
is separation of church and state. The Judge really just has to put an end to this tomorrow.
If it takes throwing her in the slammer to get her out of the office so it can resume functioning
according to law, then so be it.
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