The week prior to Easter brought good news for those supporting the World Trade Center cross after New York Federal Judge Deborah Batts tossed out a lawsuit which had been filed against the National September 11 Memorial and Museum by American Atheist back in July. The atheist group argued that “government enshrinement of the cross” was in violation of “separation of church and state.” The cross has been a symbol of hope for many, as it is made up of 2 intersecting steel beams which were left standing in the form of a perfect cross after the collapsing of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. Judge Batts determined that the cross is permissible because it does not advance any religion, and it is a part of the history of that fateful day.
Despite the beliefs of many individuals, the Separation of Church and State is not a law…nor is it in the Constitution. It is a phrase used by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury Baptists. Although many Americans believe that the First Amendment demands separation of church and state, it actually states that the government can make no law prohibiting a religion from being established or exercising freely. Namely; “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.” As anyone with a grain of sense can see, the First Amendment says nothing at all about separation of church and state. It actually gives the citizens the right to worship as they wish with NO interference from the government. Kinda shocking, huh? Meanwhile, the ACLU sued Rowan County North Carolina for always starting their meetings with prayer, the state decided to propose a bill which gives the power to protect the first amendment rights of the state by leaving that power in the state’s hands. Unfortunately, even this bill could be abused if a state decided to establish its own religion and force its citizens to comply.
In other religious news, a Florida University took action against a student who refused to follow his teacher’s instruction and stomp on a picture of Jesus. In a letter which was sent from Associate Dean Rozalia Williams, Ryan Rotella was being charged with many offenses, including violation of the student code of conduct: “acts of verbal, physical, or written abuse threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, or other conduct which threaten the health, safety, or welfare of any person.” The Blaze later reported that the University apologized to the student and reversed the decision to punish him. Ryan Rotela has issued a challenge on his Facebook page to the teacher, Deandra Poole, to debate the issue on television.
Technology got a bit scary and intrusive as Apple made a purchase that will make it possible to roll out a very invasive app which obliterates the privacy of its users. The company bought WiFiSLAM, which is a 2 year old business that focuses on indoor GPS. It reportedly can find your location…down to which corner of the room of your house you are in. According to CNN, “The company claims to be able to pinpoint the user’s location indoors within about 8 feet.” My question is why anyone would want a device that could do that? Unfortunately, Apple may not even require the user to download an app for the invasive technology to work. One writer suggests that the software could be downloaded with the next Apple iPhone update.
Also in the world of technology, yet another promotion of yet another “chip the size of a grain of rice embedded under the skin” has been developed. This time, instead of offering it as a GPS for Alzheimer’s patients or a way to locate missing children, the chip is being pushed as a way to help manage diabetes and high blood pressure. Again, I have to wonder who would actually want this technology: a chip implanted into their skin, no matter how helpful it seems when it is presented to us? Aren’t drones and Apple phones invasive enough for you?
Of course, along with religion and technology, gun control exploded across the country. With the urging of President Obama, Connecticut passed the strictest laws in the country. It banned the sell of magazines which hold more than 10 rounds, expanded its assault weapons ban, and its background checks. Citizens won’t even be able to buy ammunition without a background check, and over one hundred firearms were added to the assault weapons ban. Connecticut also implemented the first ever statewide dangerous weapon offender registry, and added hat anyone who has been committed by court order to check into a mental hospital will not be able to own a gun for at least five years. Meanwhile, Colorado passed a few of its own strict gun control laws, with President Obama cheering them on. Several Colorado sheriff’s stood in opposition of these new laws, and the state will be losing at east two major businesses, HiViz and Magpul, in the wake of these decisions.
As these states were enforcing new laws meant to deter gun ownership, a town in the state of Georgia had a different stance. Nelson, Georgia passed a law which will require every head of the household to own a gun. A similar law has been in place in Kennesaw, Georgia since 1982. The only way to opt out is to be legally or financially unable to purchase a gun. Of course, this may all be in vain if the NRA is correct. The National Rifle Association maintains that the federal government has no plans to stop until all guns are outlawed and confiscated, and they have the proof to back their suspicions.
As the US battled over gun laws, the UN approved a global arms treaty…backed by none other than the US government. Several Senators stood up to oppose this treaty, pointing out that it would require the US to implement gun control law which could supersede our current laws. Jan Morgan explains in the Daily Caller how this treaty unloads “a pack of wolves in the sheep meadow.”
In media news, the Obama administration has decided to not only hate Fox news, but has added Drudge Report to its list of “bad” news sources. White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer whined that due to its “dominating” effect on the news cycle, the site can “hurt what we are trying to do.” Way to go, Drudge! Someone needs to put a monkey wrench in the gears every now and then!
On another bit of media ridiculousness, the AP has changed its style and will no longer use the term “illegal immigrants” because “no human is illegal.” Let political correctness reign! In the words of Jay Leno, “And in a groundbreaking move, the Associated Press, the largest news gathering outlet in the world, will no longer use the term ‘illegal immigrant.’ That is out. No longer ‘illegal immigrant.’ They will now use the phrase ‘undocumented Democrat.’ That is the newest – ‘undocumented Democrat.'” (Incidentally, Jay Leno is leaving the Tonight Show, to be replaced by the more liberal Jimmy Falon.)
With North Korea threatening to use nuclear weapons, the US president seemed to be more worried about basketball, vacationing, and of course disarming the American public. Obama’s ideas just seemed to get better and better as the week went on. The negative effects of his sequester had already began as Cancer Clinics began to turn away Medicare patients. Unfortunately, with the president’s new “Monsanto Protection Act,” there are likely to be a lot more cancer patients looking for treatment in the future. The flow of insanity continued as Obama urged banks to approve home loans for people with low credit. Isn’t that what helped get us in this mess to begin with?