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Now THIS is an agenda

by Jeremy Hooper

Human life that is sacred from the time of conception -- except in cases of war, capital punishment, or retaliation against our enemies.

Marriages that are defined by the gender of the participants, not the love and commitment shared between the duo.

Science teaching that ignores prevailing scientific opinion in favor of personal religious belief.

Restricting games of chance because a small minority find them uncontrollably tempting.

Throwing around terms like "socialistic," when what you more readily mean really mean is principled, reasonable, and compassionate.

This from Florida Baptist Witness:

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—With a looming budget deficit anticipated to dictate much of the action of the annual state legislative session, Florida Baptist Convention legislative consultant Bill Bunkley is urging Florida Baptists to evaluate budget priorities “through the lens of God’s principles and His priorities”—and to urge the Legislature to do the same.

Bunkley offered his annual preview of the legislative session, set to convene the first week in March, in comments to Florida Baptist Witness.

“Of primary concern to Florida Baptists should be the sanctity of human life from the womb to the tomb, marriages defined and supported as those anchored by a husband and wife, educational honesty about the creation and development of the world as created by God, the further temptation of those experiencing financial hardship by increased gambling venues and incremental moves by government to adopt a socialistic approach to providing necessary services,” he said, summarizing the major concerns he will be watching on behalf of Florida Baptists this session.

Florida Baptists urged to ‘closely monitor’ Legislature [FBW]

Hold me, daddy. The suggested worldview scared me.

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Your thoughts

If they want to think that way, it's fine with me. However, I would hope that they would also keep their religion out of our government.

This is what I don't get. We have a friend that thinks that way, and he always votes straight Republican. The problem is he's gay and will nail anything with a y chromosome and a bit of a pulse. He has no problem with hooking up with someone he just ran into online. He even cruises truck stops. I don't understand how he reconciles his beliefs with his actions.

Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Feb 25, 2009 5:41:50 PM

"However, I would hope that they would also keep their religion out of our government."

Well unfortunately, this entire piece is about pressuring legislators to vote for "pro-family" policies. So no, that's not the plan.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 25, 2009 5:48:32 PM

I think we should get an Orthodox Jew somewhere in the Senate who wants to:

1.) Make the sale of meat/cheese products illegal
2.) Make the use of electricity on Fridays illegal
3.) Make pants for women illegal
4.) Make a law that requires all delis to be kosher
5.) Make the sale/presentation of shellfish and/or pork illegal on any restaurant menus
6.) Make Cheeseburgers or any pork products or food demmed unkosher illegal in public schools.
7.) Require Hebrew prayer to be taught and enforced in public schools.
8.) Make it illegal for married women to leave the house without a head cover
9.) Make it illegal for men/women to touch in public
10.) Outlaw any wedding ceremony that didn't segregate men and women.
11.) Make it manditory that all wedding dresses are conservative, long sleeve dresses.

See how the Christians like having someone else's religion shoved down their throats for a day. See how they feel being told one person's beliefs should be the law of the land.

Posted by: Stef | Feb 25, 2009 7:34:26 PM

I swear, when I become president, I WILL put an end to this. Some how, some way, I will.
It is not right in any sense of the term, and encroaches on others freedom of religion.
I know I will probably be hated by that generation, but I'd rather do what I know is right then bend to the will of a vast majority bully.
And I'll be PROUD, dangit!

Posted by: Clicky the Fox | Feb 25, 2009 9:13:44 PM

I know that the average age in most of FL is over 65 years old. What happens when all these people die off? Will FL become less politically batshit crazy?

Posted by: Tony P | Feb 25, 2009 9:18:55 PM

Big Government bad business

Posted by: bjorn | Feb 25, 2009 10:23:52 PM

Stef: You raise an interesting point. I was raised in the Bible Belt South, but now live in NYC where I married (or, technically, will soon marry) into a Jewish family. So now, the orthodox form of religion to which I am most exposed is Orthodox Judaism. The differences between the two could not be greater. Heck, Andrew and I have even happily, non-controversially attended more than a few Orthodox weddings and other events, where our love is recognized and publicly respected.

The problem, which is obvious but not nearly discussed enough, is the Christian orthodoxy's desire to evangelize to EVERYONE. We have to have more people, of all faith views, standing up and resisting the attempts to force any religion down anyone's throat. Especially when we are talking about civil government.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 26, 2009 10:00:41 AM

So....they have a Legislative Agenda???
Shouldn't they be paying taxes!!!!
You gotta pay to play you know....Give up you tax free status!!!!
Then you can play....until then....Just go home and pray in the closet....Like you're supposed to!!!!!

Posted by: P Bo | Feb 26, 2009 8:02:57 PM

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