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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Skylights...

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     Another post, another poem. This one was written as a half-poem, half-song. If any of you have a possible tune for this, give it a go and let me know. Until then, it will simply remain words on a page. (Music really brings our language to life)

--Skylights--

You've got your money,
Drugs, drinks, and bling.
But you've never got your freedom,
A Liberty Bell to ring.
Your psychedelics, religious relics
Never brought anyone joy.

Existentialism is only detrimentalism.
Escape can't be found through the sky or ground.
Release can't read in fiction or Freud.
Success isn't gained through being paranoid.

You've only got Life through the Man on the tree,
Through the blood poured out to make other men free.
Though until now your existence seemed eternity,
Your Life has just begun.

The eternal grave has been turned back again:
You've been made aright--
You've been made alive.
--Today is the last day that you'll die--

Tonight is the night you begin to thrive
Tonight is the night you come alive
Like the current that flows to light up the skies
Is the joy of freedom that lights up your eyes.

There's a fire a'ragin', yearning for souls,
[It lights up the night, and love is its pull]
The flames fan across the full of the world
[Instead of ashes, they leave men strong and bold]

Light up the sky, light up the night
You've got freedom in Christ, He's won the fight.
Welcome to joy, the death of all strife
Welcome to victory, love, freedom, and life.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

You are forbidden to say "No"...

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     There is a planet in our universe where right is quickly becoming wrong, and wrong is hurriedly transforming to right. The planet believes that shape-shifting morals is the perfect system for life. This same planet also is a proponent of Inter-Galactic "Free-Choice," where everyone is free to live as they please, act as they like (within legal barriers of course), and think as they want.
     But they aren't allowed to say "No."
    Within this planet, there are specific issues to which it's citizens (and subsequent galactic travelers from other worlds, once they are discovered) simply must comply. If they do not comply, the populace shouts them down as bigots, backwards, and marshmallow heads. They are overruled in the courts.
 
     A few days ago in Britain, an elderly couple who owns a Bed and Breakfast in the English countryside lost their court case to another couple whom they had refused hospitality at the hotel. The presiding judge ruled that the refusal amounted to unlawful, direct discrimination. Discrimination against whom?
    The couple who was trying to stay at the Bed and Breakfast was homosexual.
    Out of their beliefs the elderly host couple refused the two men a room because they believed that solely civil union (as well homosexual union) did not constitute a marriage. The host couple is considering appealing the ruling, especially because they believed that it was in their right as private business owners to allow or disallow people to stay at their inn. In addition, they believed that it was their prerogative to act according to their religious convictions: that homosexuality is wrong.
   But the British court forbid them to say "No."
   The reasoning behind the decision was that as a commercial enterprise, the B&B was subject to community standards, rather than the owners' private standards.
    Is this what religious freedom looks like?
    I realize that the homosexual couple may have been looking forward to a nice weekend at a B&B in the English countryside, but never, never, never should vacation plans supersede religious belief.

     This issue is now growing in America. I foresee many instances like this one where Christians refuse Homosexuals because the lifestyle is one of sin. Homosexuality is unnatural, unhealthy, and detrimental to the entire family, which is the foundation of our civilization. Christians naturally will refuse to extend the hand of welcome to this unnatural lifestyle. They love the sinner, but the sin is something Christians cannot support.

   The question is, whose beliefs will be overruled?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Losing to the Laogai...

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I realize I haven't written a post in awhile. Like any occurrence in life, there are hundreds of excuses and extenuating circumstances I can point to that have prevented my posting. However, there is one excuse in particular that I can pander to: a research paper.

The finished product is a sum of my research on the Chinese Laogai system. What you will read may shock you, but let me assure you: everything described is real, and happens every day. I may have an excuse to ignore my blog for a month, but we have no excuse to ignore this atrocity in China. 

Read the paper: Losing to the Laogai .