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Beginning of rant (those easily offended shouldn’t come here anyway) Either way it’s up to you, that’s what “freedom and liberty” are all about”.

Apparently this is to address “the needs of a growing Muslim community”. I’ve got some needs for you. My child needs to celebrate “Christmas” with a manger and the hymns of the season. My child needs to celebrate Easter with it’s focus on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. My child needs there to be prayer in the morning before school starts and before they leave for the day. My child needs prayers before contests, events and before testing as prayer settles the mind and brings peace and harmony to the soul. My child needs an hour off daily to attend a church class that he now has to get up at 5:30 in the morning to attend (when school is in session) to help him to navigate the dangerous path laid before him by those who do not believe as he does. My child needs to not be exposed to pornography masquerading as literature, science fiction instead of scientific theory, libertine behavior disguised as health class and abhorrent, immoral, illegal and uncivilized behavior that is on display by teachers and students alike and called “freedom of expression” while my child is told how and what and when they can “express their freedom”. Either all religion is banned or none are.

” Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Once these issues are addressed then talk to me about the needs of a small, insignificant, ignorant, violent and hateful group of people whose stated goal is to kill me and my child.  The hypocrisy of this is phenomenal.  The shear unadulterated unfairness of it makes the mind reel.  Since when do we extend the rights of the Constitution to just one protected group and since when did Islam become a protected organization.  Their mosques preach treason, they don’t obey US law, they murder their daughters and wives with impunity, they restrict the rights of nearly half of their adherents,  they exspouse the death of any or all of those who believe differently than they do and they resurrect centuries old behaviors by others to excuse their religiously bigoted behavior.

I find it difficult to believe an adherent Muslim can believe in freedom or liberty. These ideals are an anathema to their world view, their religious teaching and their cultural identity. They hold on to their 7th century mores and tenets and expect, nay demand all others adhere or be destroyed.  So says their religious texts.   So either we have a lot of quasi practicing Muslims or people are being at best naive at worst disingenuous, or perhaps deluded.  There are some lines that have to remain inviolate.  This is one.-end of rant.

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It sounds like the beginning of a joke or a word problem, but it is neither.  It is a sign of the degeneration of our times.  People think that if they believe in something hard enough, if they say something often enough, if they get enough people to tacitly agree, that thing will be true.  It is an odd thing about truth though, no matter  how you spin it, no matter how you try to hide it, disguise it, manipulate it, truth will surface in all it gory glory.  It may take hundreds of years, it may take wars and rumors of wars, it may take cataclysmic disasters but the truth will remain in the end.

For religious believers we have our faith and the writings of people thousands of years before us on which to base our understanding of  truth.  In all of that writing there is NO evidence of the priesthood being given to women.  Not one.  One might site Judge Deborah who was referred to as a “prophet” and Isaiah’s wife as a “prophetess” but one does not have to hold the priesthood to be the mouth piece of God. All one needs is a willing heart and the lack of any worthy priesthood holders for this to come about.  Over the years though people, without the benefit of the Divine have made and said all sorts of nonsense claiming to be speaking in behalf of the Creator.  The proof of that claim lies in whether what has been said is consistent with Gospel principles and stated covenants and commandments.

While some individuals eschew the roles delineated for them from the beginning it must be noted that in order for the stated plan of the Creator to move forward the roles and duties from that plan must be maintained, for this is essential to the fruition of said plan.  In the beginning God created man (made from available material, not snapped His fingers and voila whatever God desired was there).  It was decided that man should not be alone, and that the plan could not be put into force without another entity to serve as the vessel for the procreated entity.  Woman was then created, not as a servant but as a helpmeet, a partner, a essential part of the Divine order.  As in most successful organizations however one person was the final arbiter, one person made the final decisions, one person held the most responsibility.

Man was given that role.  Woman was to council with man, to provide additional feedback, to temper his decisions and to help guide and direct him to make the correct decisions and both sought input from their Creator.  Man as did  woman, had a direct and intimate role in the “multiplying and replenishing of the Earth” function of the plan.  She would be the one to protect and defend, to keep in her body and later her care the precious seed of mankind.  She was the nurturer, the teacher, the one who guided and directed not just the physical but mental and spiritual progeny that would fill the earth.  It was under her leadership that “man” would grow throughout the world.  In some cases that leadership was benign, in some it was disastrous.  Some children refused to learn from their mothers, some didn’t have mothers due to death or extenuating circumstances.  Some “fathers” usurped the roles of mothers, condemning them to virtual servitude (much as we see in radical tribal entities today).  These men have betrayed their ancient roles and their noble association with priesthood.

At no other time however has there been more pressure on the cornerstone unit of society as there is now.  From the 1960’s on people (men and women) have sought to disparage the role of “mother”. They contend that it is not challenging enough, that it is archaic, that it is deeming and a refuge for the lazy, ignorant and unenlightened. These forces have encouraged women to criticize and belittle other women who chose to take up the ancient role of “mother, caregiver, helpmeet and partner” and castigate their choice.  The women who chose to be mothers are made fun of, debased and reviled by the very people who refuse to understand the importance that a mother holds in maintaining stability of the fabric of our civil society.  As we’ve seen in the present pitting one side against another is an excellent way to destroy both sides.

Thus it is that we now have a woman maintaining that she is an ordained “priest ” in the Catholic Church.  Who ordained this woman?  Was the person a “priest” ordained by someone in authority?  It couldn’t be a Catholic member of clergy because women priests are not found in doctrine there. It is against the Gospel as carried down from  Jesus Christ to Peter, that the priesthood duties are for males to attend to.  Women have other more important and essential duties to discharge.  Without their willingness to do so there would be no plan to follow and no reason to go on as there would be no progeny to safeguard.  She is therefore not a Catholic “priest” no matter what she claims.

While women disciples were firmly in evidence none of them were priests.  One of the definitions of disciple is;

A person who is a pupil or an adherent of the doctrines of another; follower (along with the 12 apostles, the 70 sent forth by Christ to spread his gospel and the followers of Christ at the time).

Anyone can be a disciple; young or old, bond or free, male or female. There are no distinctions on who can be a disciple, all one needs to do is follow the admonitions of whoever they choose to follow and huzzah they are disciples.

Women however have a higher calling.  They nurture and teach the next generation. While there are many who derogate that function it has become more and more apparent that what is missing in our societies are those standard bearers, those educators of the very young, those stalwarts who cast off aspirations, delay gratification and abandon ambition to truly sacrifice for the sake of their posterity.  They have taken on their roles, set before the world began, within the plan voted on by every person whose heart has beat en utero or who has ever been born on this planet.  These woman know they were destined for greatness, they will affect  millions by what they do within the walls of their own homes.  Their influence and touch is not relegated to the babies they raise until time for them to be exposed to secular eduction but even after they are dead and buried.  They will be mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers, ad infinitum to generations unborn.  Their reach will continue until the end of times and on throughout eternity.

The priesthood  too has it’s duties, it’s powers and it’s reach.  While blessed by the Priesthood,  those responsibilities do not concern women.  For good or ill that is not their assigned role.  Of course this makes no claim on individuals who don’t believe in a Divine Being.  Their way lies along different pathways and their reward will be different from those who do believe.  The reward expected by those who wish to make their own way divergent of any religious affiliation will be, as it must, different from those who rely on the “Arm of Jehovah.” This is right and just.

Either one believes in one’s religion with it’s doctrines and creed or one does not.  If one does not it is a function of truth and integrity that one leaves that organization and finds another which will grant one the opportunities they desire from religion.  For either God, who is unchanging, is true within the confines of that doctrine held by religious sects or He is not. If He is, abide by his plan, if He is not it matters not where you go.

It does not change the truth.   Deny, abjure, disown, spurn, circumvent, enjoin, repudiate all one likes, the truth whatever it is, will not be changed or hindered and will in time come to the fore.  For some the doctrine is named Karma, for believers the scripture that comes to mind is Galatians 6:7

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

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(Please don’t read if religious material and ideas offend you.  Come back later)

As most of you know already I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons).  If you know anything about the LDS church you’ll know we have no paid clergy. Everything is done by members.  We serve in leadership positions and we teach.  I’ve taught………a lot.  I’ve spent 33 years teaching every age from 18 months to 99 years old.  My most challenging age has been the 14-18 year olds.  Not that they were bad to teach, some were just hard to reach.  One of the things I most wanted to teach them along with whatever Gospel topic assigned that week was the following:

Satan is real.  He’s not a boogey man made up to get little children to obey the rules.  He is a real entity, who moves through the world leaving misery and destruction in his wake.  Satan’s plan is not new, nor is it sophisticated.  He seeks to make all men miserable like unto himself. His plan from the beginning was to compel all mankind to return to the Father as long as he got all the glory. Nothing has changed except now he’s working for himself.  He seeks to frustrate the Plan of Salvation by deceiving and coercing man to reject God, and these days he’s doing a bang up job.  His minions and sycophants wander the earth sowing discord and frustration, hatred and intolerance far and wide.  He has over the course of human experience tried, so far unsuccessfully, to impact on the majority of people, through war, awful leaders and Sodom and Gomorrah’s.  Today his tactic is to focus on the destruction of the family.

It has been in the news lately but known by religious leaders for millenia that the family is the bed rock of society.  Not perceived families but real families.  Two adults of different genders, committed to raise children within the bounds of civilized behavior to create the new generation of people to then create the next generation.  What do we have now?  Half of the marriages today end in divorce (and yes I know sometimes that can’t be helped but living correct principles and not settling for someone who refuses to do  can so go a long way to helping that not happen).  This situation leaves the most vulnerable among us, children, in chaotic and precarious positions.  Stress and uncertainty, unhappiness and anger are the legacy of this.  These same children go on to make the same or similar decisions as their parents did, unless acted upon by a greater force.

In the last several years there have been studies reported on about the sad fate of most children raised by homosexual couples.  While the parents are surely not impeding their children’s happiness on purpose the very wrongness of the situation has an impact on them and their children and their children’s children.  Depression and unhappiness will not be destroyed by allow gender neutral marriage.  It is not a functional situation.  Children learn how to be men and women by watching their parents.  They can not learn from a man no matter how “female” he feels, how to be a woman or vise versa.  Each gender is given specific gifts, talents and responsibilities.  Without adoption and or massive medial assistance two people of the same gender will never produce offspring.  It is a fact of nature, not nurture.

Be not fooled. Satan desires to have you.  He will shift you like wheat and unlike our Heavenly Father he doesn’t love you.  As a matter of fact he hates you. You have a body, something his rebellion in the pre existence has denied him.  Know thy enemy. He knows you so be valiant.  You can overcome his machinations but only if you understand that he is  real. His evil is real. There is a difference between that which is right and that which is wrong and wickedness will never be happiness. Not in this world or in the other.

These are the most important things I have ever told my students and my children.  They are true whether you wish to believe them or not. They are a testimony to the grace and goodness of the God that grants me breath and to whom I owe all that I am and all that I have.

This testimony brought to you thanks in large part by facebook people who can’t seem to figure out the difference between being loved and being hated.  They in their very intolerance have become puppets in a war that has been waged since BEFORE the world began. One side promised eternal life the other eternal regret.  Doesn’t seem like a hard choice to me but than again I’m just a religious nut job who actually believes this stuff.  What a maroon, right?

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