“We Hold these Truths to be self-evident,…that all men are created equal.” -Ratified November 4, 2008

Election results are in!

Here are the results of the WordPress user poll: (click here to see heather’s original post reporting this news!)

See more in-depth 2008 election statistics at CNN, click here.)

Barack Obama and Joe Biden: 69%
John McCain and Sarah Palin: 24%
Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez: 3%
Robert Barr and Wayne Root: 2%
Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente: 1%
Charles Baldwin and Darrell Castle: 1%

And here are the actual results, as of 12 p.m. PST today:

Barack Obama and Joe Biden: 52%
John McCain and Sarah Palin: 46%
Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez: 1%
Robert Barr and Wayne Root: 1%
Charles Baldwin and Darrell Castle: 0%
Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente: 0%

Some links for the aspiring Christian Passivist….

The Bible, The Gospel in Brief by Leo Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God is Within You by Leo Tolstoy, Learn about Tolstoy!, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Friends of Adin Ballou, The Great Commandment, Sermon on the Mount, Expounding of the Law, Proverbs from Democritus, The Russell-Einstein Manifesto, War and Christian Conscience, catechism of non-resistance, Writings on Christian Nonresistance and Pacifism from Anabaptist-Mennonite Sources, Christian Non-Resistance by Adin Ballou, Mathew 10:16 -“Be as wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”, KAREN KWIATKOWSKI

A short Thanks to “Vague Terrain” Blogger, for linking here in his poem, “Republican Party Lament” last week. (and thanks to Andrew Bolt for the link as well! :)

the author of Vague Terrain posted a nice poem, “Republican Party Lament,” which included a link to one of our posts here at Westtnliving.  We just wanted to say thanks for the link and thanks for the poem, keep the thoughts coming. (Click here to read “Republican Party Lament” at Vague Terrain)

Also, we should thank  Herald Sun’s Andrew Bolt (“Australia’s most talked about columnist“)for linking here in his piece, OBAMA OR MCCAIN UPDATE: IT’S OBAMA after the election this week.

Explain to me how “Christian” people support wars? Thanks.

Some verses from the Bible that opened my eyes to the key role that both ‘passivism’ and “the questioning and doubting the motives of “‘leaders’ and “authorities” plays in the teachings of Jesus Christ:

“In the former law it was said: “Do good to men of your own nation, and do evil to strangers.” But I tell you, love not only your own countrymen, but people of other nations. Let strangers hate you, let them fall upon you, wrong you; but you speak well of them, and do them good. If you are only attached to your countrymen, why, all men are thus attached to their own countrymen, and hence wars arise. Behave equally towards men of all nations, and you will be sons of the Father. All men are his children and therefore all brothers to you.” -Jesus Christ (Mt. v. 43)
:: “In the former law it was said that if a man killed another he must give a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, an arm for an arm, an ox for an ox, a slave for a slave, and much else.
But I say to you: Do not fight evil by evil, and not only do not exact at law an ox for an ox, a slave for a slave, a life for a life, but do not resist evil at all. If anyone wishes to take an ox from you, give him another; if he wants to take your coat by law, give him your shirt as well; if anyone knocks out a tooth on one side, turn the other side to him. If he would make you do one piece of work for him, do two. If men wish to take your property, let them have it. If they owe you money and do not return it, do not demand it.

And therefore: Do not judge or go to law, do not punish, and you yourself will not be judged or punished. Forgive everyone and you will be forgiven; but if you judge others they will judge you also.

You cannot judge, for men are all blind and do not see the truth. How can you see a speck in your brother’s eye when there is dust in your own? You must first get your own eye clear-but whose eyes are perfectly clear? Can a blind man lead the blind? They will both fall into the pit. And those who judge and punish are like blind men leading the blind.

Those who judge, and condemn others to violent treatment, wounds, mutilation, or death, wish to correct them, but what can come of their teaching except that the pupils will learn to become just like their teacher? What then will they do when they have learnt the lesson? Only what their teacher does: violence and murder.”

-Jesus Christ (Mt. v. 38-41, vi. 30, Mt. vii. 1, Lk. vi. 38-40)

:: “And Jesus said: Beware of the leaven of the Orthodox teachers. Beware also of the leaven of the materialists and of the rulers of government. But most of all, beware of the leaven of the self-styled ‘Orthodox’, for in them is the chief stumbling-block.

And when the people understood what he was speaking about, he repeated: Most of all, beware of the teaching of the scholars, the self-styled Orthodox. Beware of them, because they occupy the place of the prophets who declared the will of God to the people. They have of themselves assumed the authority to preach the will of God to the people. They preach words, but do nothing. They only say: Do this and do that. But there is nothing to do, because they do nothing good, but only talk. They tell people to do what cannot be done, and they themselves do nothing. They only try to keep the teaching in their own hands, and for that purpose strive to appear imposing; they dress themselves up and exalt themselves. Know therefore that no one should call himself a teacher and leader.

The self-appointed Orthodox call themselves teachers, and by so doing hinder you from entering into the kingdom of heaven, and do not enter it themselves. These Orthodox think that people can be brought to God by external ceremonies and pledges.

Like blind men they do not see that the outside show is of no importance and that everything depends on the soul. They themselves do what is easy and external, but what is needful and difficult-love, mercy, and truth-they neglect. They only wish to appear to be within the law and to bring others outwardly to the law.

Therefore they are like painted tombs, which seem clean externally but are loathsome within. They outwardly honor the holy martyrs, but in fact they are just the people who torture and kill the saints. They were, and are, the enemies of all that is good. All the evil in the world comes of them, because they hide the good and put forward evil in its stead.

Most of all to be feared, therefore, are the self-appointed teachers. You yourselves know that every other mistake may be corrected, but if people are mistaken as to what is good it cannot be corrected, and that is the case with the self-appointed leaders.”

-Jesus Christ (Lk. xii. 1&5, xx. 45, Mt. xxiii. 2)

Here is a short list of Current Legislation which seeks to break the ‘Separation of Church and State’ in the United States. Contact your public officials today and let them know how you feel about such unAmerican legislation.

(Click here to Write to your representative!)

Click here to visit “contacting the congress”  to find your representatives by zip code and contact them!

Congress:

S.3683 The Mt. Soledad Easter Cross in San Diego, California, immediate acquisition of the Christian Easter Cross by the United States.’
S.3683 A bill to acquire the Mt. Soledad Easter Cross in San Diego, CA, by providing for the immediate acquisition of the Christian Icon by the United States
S.1765 OPPOSE S. 1765 and Stop the Rebuilding of Churches and Vouchers
S.1504 Stop the Boradband Investment & Consumer Choice Act
S.520 ‘A bill to limit the jurisdiction of Federal courts in cases involving god(s)
S.RES.483 ‘A resolution recognizing the first weekend of May 2008 as “Ten Commandments Weekend”.
S.J.RES.1 Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment
S.J.RES.1 Stop The Same Sex Discrimination Amendment
H.R.5683 ‘To preserve the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego, California, by providing for the immediate acquisition of the memorial by the United States.’
H.R.4364 ‘To require everyone to pay all elected and appointed officials to engage in public prayer.’
H.R.3920 ‘To allow Congress to reverse the judgments of the United States Supreme Court.’
H.R.3190 ‘To safeguard our religious liberties.’
H.R.2679 Republicans want to stop constitutionally protected expression of religion
H.R.2123 Stop Congress From Passing The Madrassas Readiness Act
H.R.2028 ‘To amend title 28, United States Code, with respect to the jurisdiction of Federal courts over certain cases and controversies involving the Pledge of Allegiance.’
H.R.1070 Eliminates Jurisdiction of Federal Courts In Cases Involving God.
H.R.699 Stop H.R. 699
H.R.27 Oppose federally funded religious discrimination
H.RES.888 Stop the Pro-Christianity Resolution
H.RES.888 Stop H. Res. 888, the Pro-Christianity Resolution
H.RES.598 Supporting the goals of the Ten Commandments Commission and congratulating such Commission and its supporters for their key role in promoting and ensuring recognition of the Ten Commandments as the cornerstone of Western law.
H.J.RES.7 ‘Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to voluntary school prayer.’
H.CON.RES.12 ‘Requiring the display of the Ten Commandments in the United States Capitol.

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