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America has lost its faith

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From page A8 | February 01, 2014 |

The purpose of political correctness is to shame us through feelings of guilt to accept what is untrue and unacceptable. It has been the primary tool used by those who seek to change America into a “progressive” nation of dependent citizens. It has weakened the foundations of our faith.

Has shame made you unwilling to defend your faith?

I want to share two email and telephone responses to my January opinion column, “It’s time to step up and take action,” action against certain “evils” that political correctness has forced upon us. Among those “evils” are:

  • The elimination of faith and patriotism from our schools and services.
  • The compromise of our faith with the acceptance of behaviors condemned by our faith – sexual promiscuity and deviance.
  • Turning our back on God. Substituting a faith of nonbelief for belief in God.
  • Killing young children in the name of choice.

Paul Dixon, a retired minister from Fairfield, said we have indeed lost our way. He, like me, can’t understand the silence of Christian leadership when our faith is systematically being attacked.

Green Valley resident Todd Holden and I talked about the absence of an aggressive defense of the Christian faith by mainstream denominations. In place of cries of outrage from our churches, there is either silence or open acceptance of the unacceptable. Does your pastor hear your cries of outrage?

Christ’s instructions to us are clear. In his parable on salt and light, he tells us that we are the light of the world; to not be ashamed of our faith; to let it shine for all to see as if it were a shining city on a hill.

In our national government, we have stripped our Constitution of its original intent of being the solid foundation of our nation. Instead, we are told it is a living document which can change with each new popular social notion. As a result, the solid foundation of the “rule of law” has been transformed into the “rule of man,” which is no rule at all. A house built on a shifting foundation collapses. That’s where we are in America today.

The Christian religion in America appears to have adopted the politically correct gospel of man to replace the gospel of Jesus Christ. There seems to be a practice of “cherry picking ” the Scriptures to justify almost any kind of behavior.

Todd believes we have allowed demonic influences to take over our culture and it may be too late to save it. We have denied Christ and his gospel and God has abandoned us. We have not earned his love and support.

I don’t agree that we are abandoned. Many devout Christians are actively working to get Americans to embrace God and America’s faith-based foundations once more.

Yes, some denominations have decided it is easier to be politically correct and go along to get along. They want to save their tax-exempt status. They continue to do good works, but good works aren’t enough. You can’t be a part-time Christian.

Is your church going along to get along because that is what you want it to do? A Sunday feel-good experience? No hellfire and brimstone for you? If so, then you are the church and have created a less-than-Christian place of worship.

Stand up and speak up for your faith. You are the light of the world.

What would it be like if Christians choose to defend their faith? For one thing, we would know that we have earned God’s support in what we do. We would have a moral society with moral strength. Family would again be the cornerstone of our society. We would have an America we can love and respect once more.

It’s our choice.

Murray Bass can be reached at 427-0744 or mzb60@comcast.net.

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 01, 2014 - 6:27 am

    I am so happy to see more Americans understanding the truth. I suppose as people get older, they start to "fudge" just a little, hedging their bets so-to-speak "just in case." Live for now, live well and be a good citizen. That's all that matters. I always say the best legacy is a fond remembrance. I'm good with that

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  • I copied this from somewhere else... Altar CallFebruary 01, 2014 - 9:34 am

    There is no such thing as Alien Life or the Big Bang! Jesus is coming soon! Are you ready? How to be Saved Are You 100% Sure? Here is how you can be 100% sure that you are going to Heaven . . . Realize and acknowledge: For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, ROMANS 3:23 Yes, every person (including you), has come short of Heaven because of sin. No one can make it to Heaven because they are a “good person,” because even the best person is not good enough to get to Heaven. Realize and acknowledge: “For the wages of sin is death, ROMANS 6:23 All men die physically, but not all men die spiritually. The penalty of sin is death. Unless this penalty is paid some other way. It will be paid in an eternal Hell,, a place of fire and brimstone which is the second death, REVELATION 21:8 Realize and acknowledge: Christ died for our sins, I CORINTHIANS 15:3 Jesus Christ paid the entire price on the cross for your sin. God Himself gave His own Son to pay the price of our sins. Realize and acknowledge: the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord ROMANS 6:23 God offers you freely His gift of eternal life. Jesus Christ did not stay dead; He rose on the third day and is alive forever more. Realize and acknowledge: Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved, ROMANS 10:13 Whosoever means every person (including you). If you have faith and believe God, then you can be saved by repenting (turning from) from your sins and receiving God’s free gift of eternal life in Heaven. Once you have done this, you can be 100% sure that you are going to Heaven. Nothing else will do … not church membership, not baptism, not confirmation, not communion. None of these things can save us from sin. Only Jesus Christ. Confess and ask: Why not pray this prayer … “Lord Jesus, I know I’m a sinner, and I know I can’t get to Heaven on my own. I believe that you are the Son of God, that you died for me, and that you rose from the grave. I repent of my sins; please forgive me and save me from H ell. Thank you for taking me to Heaven when I die. Amen.”

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  • PornacFebruary 01, 2014 - 7:14 am

    Christ for Christians! All others stay out.

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  • Rich GiddensFebruary 01, 2014 - 8:11 am

    Remember when Lech Wallessa challenged the Communist State when he and his fellow strikers put up huge Christian Crosses at the Gdangst Shipyard in Poland? What do you people think gave them the courage in the face of tyranny to act bravely against the government thugs? THINK ABOUT IT. All those enslaved people in Eastern Europe----what gave them hope when their own Pope John Paul II was ordained as the Holy Father? THINK ABOUT IT. When our own POW's were held in the Hanoi Hilton and were tortured for holding a Christian Christmas mass----what gave them the courage to carry on? THINK ABOUT IT.

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  • JoshFebruary 01, 2014 - 8:26 am

    Your faith is not being attacked. You have confused the war on Christianity with not always getting what you want.

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  • LarryFebruary 01, 2014 - 8:29 am

    america is a christian nation and was founded by christians for christians. if your not a christian go back to where you came from

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 01, 2014 - 8:32 am

    Larry, I was born and raised little more than 30 miles from here. As long as I obey the laws of the Constitution I'm good. Your comment was not very Christian but no big surprise, just more hypocrisy.

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  • LarryFebruary 01, 2014 - 11:00 am

    all i am saying if you don't believe in God and Christ you do not belong here.

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  • rlw895February 01, 2014 - 11:08 am

    Oh, if that's ALL you're saying...don't belong where?

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  • LarryFebruary 01, 2014 - 12:09 pm

    In the United States of America. Can I be more clear? I don't care if you dont believe in God, your gonna be the one suffering in hell. But do not stay in a country that doesn't want you.

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  • The SugarJarFebruary 01, 2014 - 12:37 pm

    Larry is illustrating very well why we have a constitution-based government rather than a Bible-based (or other Holy Book-based) one.

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  • The SugarJarFebruary 01, 2014 - 12:44 pm

    Perhaps resistance to the defending Christianity by making sure everyone else follows your creed would be clearer for some if the words "Muslim" and "Islam" and "Quran" were substituted...

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  • rlw895February 01, 2014 - 9:40 pm

    Thanks for the clarification, Larry. You were clear, but I couldn't believe you meant it. So, Murray, you seem to have encouraged Larry to speak out. Do you agree with him? He and we should know.

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  • AnonFebruary 01, 2014 - 1:03 pm

    Actually our country was founded as a way to escape tyranny and promote freedom. The First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees everyone the right to religious freedom. Furthermore, our founding fathers were not Christians, they were mostly deists. The idea that they were mostly Christian is a myth. No offence to Christians at all, but if you believe someone who is not Christian should leave maybe you should read the Constitution then move to a country that is actually a theocracy. The middle east actually has that down, perhaps somewhere over there. “The Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.” ~1797 Treaty of Tripoli signed by John Adams “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.” ~Thomas Jefferson, letter to the Baptists of Danbury, Connecticut, 1802 “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, then that of blindfolded fear.” ~Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787 “Every new and successful example of a perfect separation between ecclesiastical and civil matters is of importance.” ~James Madison, letter, 1822 “When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obligated to call for help of the civil power, it’s a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.” ~Benjamin Franklin, letter to Richard Price, October 9, 1780

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  • LarryFebruary 01, 2014 - 1:58 pm

    You believe what you want and I'll believe what I know is true.

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 01, 2014 - 3:13 pm

    Larry, are you new here? You must be because I've been telling the truth here for like twenty years. Just a quick lesson, we are bound by the laws of the US Constitution. If that isn't your thing, then it is you that might want to leave.

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  • LarryFebruary 01, 2014 - 3:29 pm

    Am I new here? No I have been a citizen my entire life. Have the papers to back it up. Unlike our muslim prez.

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 01, 2014 - 3:34 pm

    Wow another The Donald. Wow.

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  • Murray BassFebruary 01, 2014 - 7:04 pm

    T he problem being expresssed in the article is that the rights of Christians are not being protected underthe firatamandment. Those rights arebeing subordinated to thnose whose faith is nofaith and now the great jihadist obama is suordinating Christians to the Muslim Brotherhood.

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  • rlw895February 01, 2014 - 9:43 pm

    Murray: Can you give us an example of where the rights of Christians are not being protected?

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  • rlw895February 01, 2014 - 9:48 pm

    Murray: Is that "jihadist obama" the president who ordered OBL killed?

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  • KurrayFebruary 03, 2014 - 7:10 am

    Yea ONL had become a negative influence to Jihad. See my patriot post commentary on the scope of Obama's treason . . His willingness to telegraph our actions have cost many ives. tha lives of Seals. His wupport of Al Qaeda cost the blive of foour in Benghazi. There is enoough evidence to convict him but no testerone in the halls of congress .

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 03, 2014 - 7:25 am

    Wow Mr. Bass, I'm sorry to say this but maybe it's time to move on Sir. I’m not challenging your right to say them, but your comments are becoming more inane than usual. Bequeath your column to FDC, The Mister, Daniel and StR. We'd continue getting ridiculous trash but it would fill the current useless space.

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  • Wow....useless space CD?February 03, 2014 - 7:50 am

    Check between your ears....

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 02, 2014 - 11:18 am

    "Good Christians" don't want atheists to have equal time call a waambulance. Wow Murray, you really did go there! Mr. Bass bringing hysterical FOX-ism laden trash. I thought age and wisdom went hand-in-hand? Clearly not here.

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  • Murray BassFebruary 01, 2014 - 8:43 pm

    On trhe Foounders being Deists. It is true that all were influenced by John Locke's Deism But none of them subscribed to Locke's idea that God was immpersonal and uninvolved with humanity. They subscribed to Locke's ideas about Resaon and freedom, but everyone of them also believed in the active influence of God in the formation of our nation. Madison, Jefferson, Adams Franklin and Madison were all practicing Christians. Different vaiations of Christian Faith. Anglican, Pur itan, Presbyterian. But all Christians. None were pure Deists. All were Christian. Even Jefferson.

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  • rlw895February 04, 2014 - 2:04 pm

    It's fair to say the Founders and Framers were mostly Christians--protestant Christians. That was important because no other religious group at the time would have appreciated the importance of religious freedom and diversity. The Founders made several references to God in the Declaration of Independence because they had to. But when it came time for the Constitution, they made that a singularly secular document. The First Amendment actually did not ban a state religion or guarantee the free exercise of religion except on the federal level; the individual states were free to do as they pleased with religion. But with the conclusion of the Civil War, states’ rights were weakened substantially with the 14th Amendment, and through the 14th, the Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment also applies to state and local governments. With that, the antiestablishment clause has taken on a whole new meaning and it actually conflicts with the free exercise clause. The Supreme Court has struggled to find the right balance for years. More and more, the antiestablishment clause is taking precedence, meaning free exercise is giving way to secular laws the Constitution prohibits religious displays by government.

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 04, 2014 - 2:31 pm

    rlw895, and isn't it funny how "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" along wit. "all men are created equal" were somehow cast aside. Why is that okay?

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  • rlw895February 01, 2014 - 8:57 am

    Whenever someone advocates "defending the faith" we should all get nervous.

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  • ? In Nomine Dei Nostri Satanas, Luciferi Excelsi. ( NOT )February 01, 2014 - 9:02 am

    •SATAN/LUCIFER TO THE EAST •BEELZEBUB TO THE NORTH •ASTAROTH TO THE WEST •AZAZEL TO THE SOUTH

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  • The MisterFebruary 01, 2014 - 9:45 am

    Great observations, Murray. For so many "churches", it's become more about "Church Inc." than anything to do with the Gospel of Jesus and facilitating individual growth in the Word. It's about filling the seats, getting the bucks, building a new building, going into debt, making a nice comfy experience that whitewashes the responsibility of being a Christian. (search YouTube for "Bob Klenck" for his lecture on The Purpose Driven Church Heresy.) And of course they don't want the Christian laity to challenge church leaders, so they have to be dumbed down in Christianity and built up in "spirituality". Thus, Christianity is a threat not only to our government but to the "Church" itself. It's no wonder that Christianity is debased and belittled by government AND by the "Church". Don't expect any righteous revival from the mainstream, consumer-driven Church... if it comes it will be from individuals and small groups of individual Christians.

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  • LindaFebruary 01, 2014 - 12:29 pm

    the artcile was to long to read but i agree with everything the righter said. america has lost its faith and thats why its going to hell in a handbasket. bring back God to US and to Fairfield.

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  • Mr. SmithFebruary 01, 2014 - 1:48 pm

    Could "Larry" be pulling our chain here?

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  • Mr. PracticalFebruary 01, 2014 - 6:07 pm

    Let's hope he is. Otherwise, it's a bit disturbing.

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  • rlw895February 02, 2014 - 8:53 am

    Maybe. I was trying to be cautious. Really is hard to believe. But that's what "defending the faith" may bring out.

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  • Jason KnowlesFebruary 01, 2014 - 6:03 pm

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." Bass is a hypocrite of the highest order. He and his Tea Party sycophants want strict adherence to the Constitution, but also Christianity forced on us in our schools. Well, sorry, but you cannot have both. And his obsession with people's sex lives would be comical were it not so sad. Murray, live your faith to your heart's content and enjoy the freedom to do so, but please be kind enough to let the rest of us do the same. The rest of us are just fine the way we are. You are completely unhinged and your screeches on PatriotPost just confirm that sad fact.

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  • FDCFebruary 01, 2014 - 6:16 pm

    Jason: What a nasty, unprovoked comment you posted. You made some completely unsubstantiated allegations regarding both Mr. Bass and the citizens who join together and call themselves the "Tea Party." I guess you just don't like the First Amendment regarding either the free exercise of religion or of free speech. I think you squeal a little too loudly. If you are not careful you may be labeled a prig.

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  • Jason KnowlesFebruary 01, 2014 - 9:21 pm

    Nasty? Unprovoked? Unsubstantiated? I addressed what Murray wrote both in this column and on patriotpost.org, Franklin. Go back and read. I told him to enjoy his freedoms but allow the rest of us to do the same. He wants to impose Christianity on everyone by having it taught in schools, a clear violation of the First Amendment he (and you) so vociferously defend. That is hypocrisy, Franklin. Too bad you're to blind to see that. And he does have a rather strange obsession with the sex lives of others. His writings bear this out. Murray loves freedom: the freedom to do what HIS faith demands. What rights of the religious are being taken away? Name one. If our government actually did take away a single individual's right to practice their faith, provided doing so did not violate any laws or another's personal freedoms, I'll be the first to stand up and protest.

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  • FDCFebruary 02, 2014 - 7:18 am

    OK, Jason: How about the Administration threatening chaplains with court martial if they mention the name "Jesus"? How about schools everywhere changing the name of Christmas to some ridiculous other name just to spite those who happen to think the name Christmas is not a threat to anyone? And as for obsession with the sex lives of others, you are loud and aggressive regarding pushing your own agenda, aren't you? I suppose I should have addressed your remarks with the word "intemperate" rather than as I did. You seem to be an angry young man, willing to lash out at any who dare disagree with you. You might find it easier to win points by using a more temeperate, reasoned approach.

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  • Jason KnowlesFebruary 02, 2014 - 8:45 am

    Says the man who uses alliterative insults to people with whom he disagrees. http://www.factcheck.org/2013/05/court-martialed-for-sharing-religious-faith/

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  • Jason KnowlesFebruary 02, 2014 - 9:01 am

    Frank, I know facts are tough on you, but go to factcheck.org and look up your rant on chaplains being court-martialed. it's a BS claim. Schools don't use Christmas because many students do not celebrate it. Again, nobody's rights are taken away. You can call it "Christmas" break or whatever, schools just can't. Again, no big deal. Your rights to celebrate the birth of Jesus have not been infringed one iota. The rest of your diatribe made no sense. Your ad hominem attack on me being "loud and aggressive" has nothing to do with Bass' unhealthy obsession with others' sex lives. You go from that to telling me I am angry. You have no counter argument so you attack me personally, which seems to be your default setting. You are merely projecting your own anger on to me. Bass himself hates political correctness and so do you. So do I. So being temperate when addressing you or Bass is a waste of time.

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  • Murray BassFebruary 02, 2014 - 9:43 am

    Jason, Don't fault Frank. He was just following your lead. You have been attacking me personally so you set the ground rules. You seem to have a Tea Party psychoses. Nobdy mentioned Tea Pary but you use Media lies aboout tea Oarty to attack me. I can handle it. The more than a thousand local independent Tea Party groups believe in and support Constitution based limited government. I don't know why you would object to that unless you endorse the huge out of control unlimited government we now have. No relationship to constitutioal limits. They support Fiscal responsibility, not the wildly out of control debt based spending that is the style of our present goverment All parties. Why do you object to fiscakl responsibility" And tgree trade instead of the highly regulated qbe government controlled by arrogant bureaucrats. . Todays columnhad nothing to do with Tea Party ; It was directed at christians, especially pastors and minnisters . adking themwhy the promotion of Atheism at the expense of Christianity. Jesus said "You are the light of the world. Be not ashamed of your faith. Let it shine for all to see as if it were a shining city on a hill." You wouldn't understand that but Political correcnesshas made many Fchristians falsely feel guilty about their beliefs. And have hidden them under a "bushel" (basket) You shouldreally see someone about that Tea Party problem youhave. I still love you.

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  • Jason KnowlesFebruary 02, 2014 - 10:33 am

    How have I attacked you personally? I attack what you say. I read your columns on patriotpost and find the logic of both you and your supporters in these sites (all of whom claim to be members of the Tea Party) to be faulty. No, you didn't mention the TP in this article, but you wrote this very same article, word for word, on patriotpost, a repository of TP propaganda, therefore it is fair game to mention it and criticize it. I do not call you names are make comments about your appearance. Franklin does. If I call you a "hypocrite" it is because you engage in hypocrisy. That is not a personal attack. When your column mentioned "evils" that we need to "take action" against, like no prayer in public schools, you'll have to forgive me if I find that hypocritical coming from someone who claims to be a Constitutional purist like yourself. If your column was only meant for Christians to look inward, perhaps you should have been more clear about your intentions. Perhaps what is making Christians question their beliefs is what led to me to question mine as an adolescent: intellectually dishonest answers to logical questions. As for you "loving" me, that is very kind of you. I still think you're a kind, affable dude. That will not stop me from taking you to task when I think you are wrong. Now go enjoy your Sunday and quit casting your pearls before swine! ;-)

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  • SavetheRepublicFebruary 02, 2014 - 10:45 am

    But Christians have no choice but to send their children to atheistic Schools ( if you can not afford private schools ) whose only take on things is evolution, for the most part no mention of Creation is allowed ......if the atheistic approach is so much better, why is it that what close to 40% of births are out of wedlock now, with no Father to help support these children....this after the sex education in public schools......I would like to see vouchers so that everyone can pick their own school or form charter schools.

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  • FDCFebruary 02, 2014 - 11:50 am

    Jason: what a curious little man you are. You began this thread with a vicious personal attack on Mr. Bass, who is a true gentleman and a gentle man, yet when answered in kind you mewl and squeal about being attacked personally. The lesson here, Jason, if you can't take it, don't dish it out. You say I am projecting my own anger on to you. You flatter yourself; you are not worthy of such attention on my part and I will not empower you to think you have earned my "anger." You are irrelevant, sir, and merely a irritant. As for court martial threats to military chaplains, do you deny that it ever occurred? If so, you are even less informed than I thought.

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  • Jason KnowlesFebruary 02, 2014 - 12:21 pm

    Frank, I can take whatever the likes of you dish out. Again, point out where I attacked Murray personally. Did I attack his ideas? Absolutely. Did I call him any names? No. Is your ego so fragile that someone who disagrees with you or your compatriots is seen as a personal attack? If I am not worthy of your ubiquitous anger, then why do you keep responding? I never squealed about personal attacks, I pointed out YOUR hypocrisy on the matter. Attack me all you want. I could care less what anyone thinks of me. Check the log in your eye before pointing out the speck in mine.

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  • FDCFebruary 02, 2014 - 1:43 pm

    Jason, you grow more shrill with each succeeding comment. You are a bully and you just don't know how to respond when someone has the audacity to stand up to you. You call Mr. Bass a "hypocrite" then you say you didn't call him any names. You say he is "unhinged" but you say you didn't call him any names. You castigate him because you think the has "a rather strange obsession with the sex lives of others." I just can't understand how you can so quickly disassociate yourself from the statements you made. Also curious is the fact that twice in this thread you have used allegorical phrases lifted from the New Testament. I find it amusing that you, a professed atheist will use the Bible when you find it convenient. You can browbeat your students but you can't get away with it here. And I repeat: anger? No, Jason, you are not worth it.

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  • MURRAY BASSFebruary 01, 2014 - 7:15 pm

    Gee Jason Whatever made you think I want to convert you or Larry or CD or any other non christian. We are talking about the foss of ffaithj in the Christian Religion. I don't want you or the other atheists or don't knows to change. But I want the Atheists and don't knows to butt out of what we are doing as cChristians. None of your Damned business. As someone said, leaveus alone.

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  • murray BassFebruary 01, 2014 - 7:24 pm

    sorry Larry. My mistake sorr

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  • Puddin TaneFebruary 03, 2014 - 8:28 am

    Mr. Bass, the fact that you seem to welcome someone with Larry's hateful mindset shows exactly what is wrong with so-called "compassionate" Christians like yourself. And FDC, your tactic of sticking your fingers in your ears while yelling "la la la" doesn't se like a very effective rebuttal to Mr Knowles, no matte how much you polish the language. I mean seriously, try and address one of the points he brought up before you "magnanimously" declare that you're above anger.

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  • Murray BassFebruary 03, 2014 - 9:13 am

    Hi Puddin When I was in my early 20's I was an agnonstic. No proof. As I matured I realized that there was no proof there was no god. And many thousand of year of bright people believing there was . I decided that I wasn't the superbrignt know everything I had thopught I was. There was simply far more proof of the existence of "God" than t here was not. Either way you go, it's a matter of faith. I chose to believe in what most intellectuals believed over the centuries. I matured. T he people who are atheists or agnostics are really good olks with egos so big thatthey cannot subordinate themselves to a higher power and God. . That "superior ego" provides the basis for attackes on people of faith, whateverit is. They are saying. "Look at me. I am superior. I know all there is to know about God and Faith and that is nothing at all. . Absolutely no hjumility. And a lot of arrogance. And that's OK. Just don't force your "I don't know so you can't know eother " on us. You can nmot believe what you don't wish to not believe. Your right. Please don't dump your faithless superiority on us.

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  • Puddin TaneFebruary 03, 2014 - 9:38 am

    Ok, Mr. Bass, you failed to address my point that the faith seems to attract fundamentalists who only believe it's Yahweh or the highway, and try to impose their will on the rest of us (see Larry, who may or may not be doing a parody bit). To be fair, I think all religions are guilty of this, so don't think I'm singling out Christianity. But you're right, even though America is secular it doesn't mean I should force my faithlessness on those who choose to believe...much like how you shouldn't be able to force your faith on us through public schools.

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  • Puddin TaneFebruary 01, 2014 - 6:23 pm

    Thanks to the poster who included the deist quotes from Thomas Jefferson and other Founding Fathers. It's always funny to hear from people who insist that this is a "Christian Nation", as the first amendment effectively prohibits that. Perhaps the faith might be more appealing if it wasn't so concerned with the opinions of goat herders from millennia ago, a trait which had held the faith back on matters of science(hello, geocentric universe).

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  • FDCFebruary 01, 2014 - 7:28 pm

    No, Puddin Tane, the First Amendment does not prohibit this republic from being in its heart, and deeds, Christian, Jew, Muslim, or any other religion. The First Amenment does just what it says: prohibits Congress from establishing a religion and also prohibits Congress from interfering with the free exercise of religion. Quite simply: The federal government has no business in religion, for or against. So just leave we who wish to exercise our First Amendment rights alone and we'll do the same for you. And if we wish to proclaim our religion from the rooftops and threaten unbelievers with doom, SO WHAT? The First Amendment regarding freedom of speech allow us to say just that.

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  • Puddin TaneFebruary 02, 2014 - 9:22 am

    Hey, look, FDC just proved my point! Yes, the first amendment does prevent the state from establishing religion, hence why the government can't establish us as a Christian Nation like you and Mr. Bass would like. We are a secular nation, which means your religion should be on the same footing as Islam and Judaism: out of government.

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  • Rich GiddensFebruary 01, 2014 - 8:36 pm

    The almighty will destroy your wicked vile evil State just as he did to Sodom and Gomorrah. Its coming.

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  • Puddin TaneFebruary 04, 2014 - 12:49 pm

    If divine intervention is coming, it will be to wipe out hateful Pharisees like yourself, Richie.

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 02, 2014 - 8:43 am

    The attempted trespass of religion into law and vice versa is hurting people the facts are indisputable. That is legally and ethically wrong. I support the separation and practice of each independently as guaranteed. I cannot and will not support those demanding religious equality but deny human equality. That is hypocrisy of the highest order and completely void of common decency.

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2 shot Friday night in Fairfield

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A1

 
Groups receive honors for going green

By Brad Stanhope | From Page: A2

 
Inmate sues jail for $4.5M over returned letter

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A3

Badges pinned for new Fairfield, Vacaville firefighters

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
‘Nuttin But Fun!’ theme of 2015 Dixon May Fair

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

 
Adult literacy efforts in need of volunteers

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

County looks for Solano centenarians

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3

 
Brown signs two bills by Wolk

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A4

 
Brain tumors are not all alike

By Scott Anderson | From Page: B8

Weather for Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B10

 
Fairfield police log: Aug. 21, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Suisun City police log: Aug. 21, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
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US / World

New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 1 Comment

 
US won’t let borders hamper fight vs. extremists

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

Interpol seeks clues to Thai ‘baby factory’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Parents had hoped to negotiate with Foley captors

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

Lawn removal in parched California draws fine

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
IDs of men found shot in adjacent yards released

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

DUI arrest is California Democrats’ latest blow

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Couple charged in alleged odometer rollback scheme

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Passengers leave trove at San Francisco airport

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
New fear: What happens in Ferguson if no charges?

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Ice bucket challenge may change nonprofit world

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Days Obama, predecessors spent on vacation

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Questions, answers about Missouri grand juries

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Gov’t warns US retailers about hacking software

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000 deaths

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Mosque attack kills 64 in Iraq, Sunnis halt talks

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Hamas kills 18 suspected informers to deter leaks

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

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Opinion

An honest view of recent police shootings

By Deon Price | From Page: A8

 
Cheers, jeers for the week of Aug. 17-23, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8

Boxer, Feinstein: Different routs in backing Israel

By Thomas Elias | From Page: A8

 
Somebody deserves to be fired

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

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Living

Today in History: Aug. 23, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: Aug. 23, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

A ‘gifted’ family member doesn’t have a degree, can’t keep a job

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A7

 
Horoscopes: Aug. 23, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A7

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Entertainment

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B9

 
Ebola outbreak revives interest in ‘The Hot Zone’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Parole denied yet again for Lennon’s killer

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
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Sports

Avila remains undefeated after opponent throws in towel

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Offense struggles, Raiders fall to Packers 31-21

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Panik, Giants end Nationals’ 10-game win streak

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Gray pitches into 9th, A’s top Angels

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Davis’ accomplishments still inspire despite loss

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Versatile Martin looks to earn 49ers roster spot

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
New, longer grass laid at 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

US picks 12-man roster for basketball World Cup

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Blaney steals 1 from Kyle Busch on final restart

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Harvick wins Bristol pole; 5th of this season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Chevrolet wins IndyCar manufacturers championship

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Scott, Tringale tied for the lead at Barclays

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Ryu has 66, leads by 5 at Canadian Women’s Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Goodes leads Boeing Classic by 1 stroke

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
This date in sports history for Aug. 23, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
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Business

Fitbit to Schumer: We don’t sell personal data

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Jell-O can’t stop slippery sales slide

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

At Jackson Hole, central bankers eye varying goals

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Yellen: Job market makes Fed hesitant on rate hike

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Lawsuits challenge FAA drone, model aircraft rules

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
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Obituaries

Mary Louise Loveall

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Sandra “Sandy” Caldwell Garton

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

Paul Nolin

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
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Comics

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

 
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Home Seller 08/23/14

Real estate transactions for Aug. 23, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR2

Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.10 percent

By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR3