Sunday funnies 4-25-10

by Brian Farrington at Townhall.com...

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by Steve Kelley at GoComics.com...

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(On April 15 US District Court Judge Barbara Crabb ruled the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional, so its fate as a federally recognized annual observance since 1952 is currently uncertain.)


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Isaiah 40:22-24 (New King James Version)
22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
23 He brings the princes to nothing;
He makes the judges of the earth useless.
24 Scarcely shall they be planted,
Scarcely shall they be sown,
Scarcely shall their stock take root in the earth,
When He will also blow on them,
And they will wither,
And the whirlwind will take them away like stubble.

Posted by: Phil Schembri is HisMan at April 25, 2010 11:35 AM


I don't want to sound as if I don't have a sense of humor, but the Sunday funnies actually saddened me to know how much "the earth" God's children offend him. If course, how can we like the earth when we don't like each other. Does that not wake us up to the awlful truth of the state the world is in? I know joking helps to aleviate the realities, but it doesn't for me if the joke relates to these horrors. I have to stick to superficial joking. We really need to pray pray pray, for the future of our youth. I'm sorry if this offends anyone, but it's true. God help us.

Posted by: Rose at April 25, 2010 12:22 PM


Ya know whats unconstitutional are these stupid federal judges!

Posted by: Sydney M. at April 25, 2010 12:34 PM


The first cartoon is thought-provoking. I've read it five times and I think Farrington who drew the Earth Day cartoon has it kind of backwards. (Who's the common "they" that is referred to? No matter what anyone says, who really doesn't like the Earth?)

I would have drawn the Earth with a big grin on his face saying, "Ha! They like me better!" OR, a sad-faced, altruistic Earth saying, "How sad that they care less for unborn babies than for me".

Posted by: Janet at April 25, 2010 12:47 PM


On April 15, Ms. Crabb ruled in favor of the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation. This ruling will be appealed. PRAISE GOD.
:)

Posted by: Janet at April 25, 2010 1:00 PM


When did THE LAW get to be a (strange/other)God?

Posted by: suzanne at April 25, 2010 1:06 PM


The unsettling reality behind the first cartoon is that such judges are representative of who we are as a nation.

The unpleasant and inconvenient truth is that the nation is pretty equally divided on this issue, as evidenced by who currently controls Congress and the White House.

Were we the nation that we were 50-60 years ago, this judge would have been impeached in record time. The sickening and sad reality is that representative democracy is alive and well in the US, and manifests in who gets elected to Congress and the White House, and who gets appointed to the bench and approved as a result.

The problem isn't 'out there', it's in here with us. Like it or not, this IS America in 2010. We need to do a better job at evangelizing our neighbors.

Posted by: Gerard Nadal at April 25, 2010 2:17 PM


Right on!

Posted by: Robetlifelongcatholic at April 25, 2010 2:42 PM


I think both of the cartoons speak volumes. I agree with both of their statements. I think it's true that as a nation when we don't put value on our unborn we usually don't put value on our earth. The second one has validity for me as well it shows as a nation where a lot of people's priorties are. I still believe though that the Church determines the direction the nation goes in. Evidence of this is how those who would try to dilute or sabotage the message of the gospel continue to attack the church. If the church did not have power they would not be attacking it on the scale that they do.

Posted by: myrtle miller at April 25, 2010 2:50 PM


Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.
The poison of vipers is on their lips.
Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.
Their feet are swift to shed blood;
ruin and misery mark their ways,
and the way of peace they do not know.
There is no fear of God before their eyes. (Rom. 3:1-18)

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. (Rom. 8:22)

Posted by: Jon at April 25, 2010 3:14 PM


"The unsettling reality behind the first cartoon is that such judges are representative of who we are as a nation."


Posted by: Gerard Nadal at April 25, 2010 2:17 PM


No, in a sane world the court would not have heard the case of Free from Religion folks because they would not have standing. There is no reasonable basis for standing. It is a capricious court that grants standing in cases such as these. These judges are not "just like us". Not even statistically speaking.

Posted by: hippie at April 25, 2010 3:45 PM


Just wanted to let you all know...I gave birth on Tuesday the 20th of April to an 8 pound 2 ounce son. His name is Jacob Isaac Gabriel!!! Easy labor and easy birth. Just got out of the hospital Thursday!! God Bless all of the pro-lifers who fight for life! Above all, thank you God! I love my baby son!!

Posted by: heather at April 25, 2010 4:24 PM


Congratulations Heather to you and your family. May God bless you and your precious baby.

Life is so precious and valuable, isn't it? Just happy to know you and your husband welcomed this baby into your life and you knewo he was alive from the very moment of conception. Like I think I read Xalisae post, he did not at the moment of birth get sprinkled with some magical dust that made him your "BABY", making him worthy of your love and protection.

Posted by: Prolifer L at April 25, 2010 4:54 PM


Thank you Plifer l ! Sorry, my capital l's are not working.

Posted by: heather at April 25, 2010 4:58 PM


Hippie-
What percentage of Americans do you think Judge Crabb represents? They are probably the exception you think. They just make the most noise?

Posted by: myrtle miller at April 25, 2010 5:09 PM


Heather-
Congratulations on your baby boy.

Posted by: myrtle miller at April 25, 2010 5:14 PM


Posted by: myrtle miller at April 25, 2010 5:09 PM

Judges represent the law. This isn't Old Testament Israel where the Judges represented the "sharia" of the time. And as the National Day of Prayer is an adjunct of "Focus on the Family," I would say that, as such, it represents less than 50% of the population - that is those not Christian and not evangelical Christian. I know it's hard for you to believe; but apart from the American "Jesusland," the rest of the country is religiously very diverse - and that includes (gasp) liberal Protestants. In my neck of the woods (New England) publicly funded displays of religiousity are considered quite de classe. In fact, the founder of my state, Roger Williams was a staunch supporter of the separation of church and state.

And Nadal says that this judge would have been impeached in the 50's - really? Impeached because she didn't rule in favor of a government sponsership of religion. Oh well, in the 50's blacks were getting lynched in Jesusland so go figure. Ah, the good old days of racial segregation, illegal abortion, and lots of old time religion which, as I recall, wasn't too hot about Roman Catholicism!!!!

Posted by: Artemis at April 25, 2010 5:19 PM


Heather,
Congratulations, and blessings to your family!

Posted by: Janet at April 25, 2010 5:23 PM


Congratulations Heather!!! Wow, that's some strong Biblical name there. He has some mighty big shoes to grow into with that name, and I suspect that he will do so admirably with you as his mom.

All the Best from the Nadal family to yours!!

Posted by: Gerard Nadal at April 25, 2010 5:31 PM


Atremiserable,

Guess you're too busy being an obnoxious troll to say a kind word to Heather.

At least you're consistent. Get well soon.

Posted by: Gerard Nadal at April 25, 2010 5:34 PM


Artemis,
You're living in a sorry part of the country.
Where's Jesusland?
No one's advocating church-sponsored religion.
Did you know freedom of religion is different from freedom from religion?
The Day of Prayer does not force you to pray. Do you feel left out?

Posted by: Janet at April 25, 2010 5:34 PM


Oops. I put the emphasis on the wrong "from".

Posted by: Janet at April 25, 2010 5:35 PM


Posted by: heather at April 25, 2010 4:24 PM

"Easy labor and easy birth."

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Heather,

First and foremost, congratulations on the birth of your son. I pray and speak continued and increasing blessing upon you and yours.

Gen 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, You are our sister; may you become the mother of thousands of ten thousands, and let your posterity possess the gate of their enemies.
AMP

On the lighter side: The last time I used the word 'easy' to describe 'labor' and/or 'birth to desribe my wife's deliveries, I almost got slapped. Not by my wife, but by other moms.

yor bro ken

Posted by: kbhvac at April 25, 2010 5:42 PM


Posted by: Janet at April 25, 2010 5:34 PM

"The Jesusland map is an Internet meme, created shortly after the 2004 United States Presidential election, which satirizes the red/blue states scheme by dividing the United States and Canada into "The United States of Canada" and "Jesusland"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesusland_map

And Yeah, this is a "sorry" part of the country - what with the beautiful beaches and mountains and all those evil, satanic institutions of higher education centered around the greater Boston area and those in the Berkshires - not to mention our wonderful Brown University. Some great hospitals around here, too. And NY City, under the fabulous Michael Bloomberg, is just such a den of sin!!!

"U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb wrote that the government can no more enact laws supporting a day of prayer than it can encourage citizens to fast during Ramadan, attend a synagogue or practice magic." She further states: "It goes beyond mere 'acknowledgment' of religion because its sole purpose is to encourage all citizens to engage in prayer, an inherently religious exercise that serves no secular function in this context," she wrote. "In this instance, the government has taken sides on a matter that must be left to individual conscience."

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2010-04-15-prayer-day_N.htm

Do I feel "left out?" As if!!!! And BTW, the evil Obama administration is fighting this ruling. What I find amusing is how the Jesus freaks are freaking out about this. The rest of us - as my liberal Jewish friends would say - "not so much."

Posted by: Artemis at April 25, 2010 5:43 PM


Heather, Congratualtions!!! God Bless you and your family.

Posted by: Jasper at April 25, 2010 5:49 PM


Congratulations, Heather! :D

Posted by: Marauder at April 25, 2010 6:55 PM


Posted by: heather at April 25, 2010 4:24 PM
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Congratulations Heather! Hello Jacob Isaac Gabriel! May God Bless you and your family forever through Jesus Christ!

Posted by: Chris Arsenault at April 25, 2010 7:00 PM


Congrats, Heather. Love the name :)

Posted by: Fed Up at April 25, 2010 7:00 PM


"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;"

An 'established' church was a particular denomination that was recognized and often supported by the 'state' using taxes taken from all the citizens.

When the constitution was ratified a majority of the 13 'colonies/states had 'established' churches. This practice persisted in some of these 'states' til after the Civil War ended. All these 'established' churches passed federal constitutional muster because they were established by the individual 'state' legislatures and not the federal 'Congress'.

If Congress had only passed resolution recognizing a particular day as national prayer day then Crabb would have little basis for her decision.

But Congress, contrary to the first ammendment, passed a 'law' establishing a certain day as the National Day of Prayer and that law required the President and succeding Presidents to issue a proclamation recognizing the day in perpetuity.

I am quite possibly not in possession of all the facts, but based on what I do know and how I understand what I know, Judge Crabb may have reached a correct decision.

If Congress had only passed a resolution recognizing a particular day for national prayer, and not 'required' the executive branch (The President) to join Congress in their resolution, then the lines would have been more blurred into a gray shadowy penumbra sort of a thing.

While christians may not be pleased with the decision, we might want to consider how we would feel, if we were in the minority and our tax dollars were being used to recognize Ramadan or fund the killing of pre-natal children.

The citizens of the 50 individual states through their respective legislatures are not prohibited by the United States Constitution from establishing any day they desire as a national day of prayer.

If the state legislatures act, then we can sit back see which states fall into the 'woe unto thee' categories.

These would be those bastions of 'enlighenment, education and reason'(home to the artemistified) where all the beautiful people dwell, who will tolerate anything but intolerance and are absolutely sure there are no absloutes.

1 Sam 2:30 For those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed. AMP

Artemistinthewind,

I did a word search of the U.S. Constitution for 'religion' and 'separation of church and state'.

I only found one other mention of religion and surprise, surprise, surprise, that 'wall of separation' is not in there.

I understand it is in the constitution of the former U.S.S.R., the now distintigrated humanist hell hole, that once held millions of people in bondage. Some where so desperate to be free they risked their lives and in many cases lost their lives in the effort, to escape to freedom. (Google 'Berlin Wall')

Article VI, section 3

..."but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."

Artemistinthefog,

That means a person cannot be legally disqualified from holding public office if she/he is relgious or not.

b.o. is being disenguine when he says will instruct the AG to seek to find a way to re-instate the Day of Prayer. b.o. knows this will have just as much legal effect as his EO prohibiting federal funds from being used to pay for elective abortions under his hellthscare scam.

This is the same man who declared america is not a christian nation but claims america is the largest muslim nation in the world.

Now that is certainly an enlightened and educated load of hot steaming b.o.!

To quote Hal, "blah, blah, blah,"

yor bro ken

Posted by: kbhvac at April 25, 2010 7:39 PM


I am so happy for you and your family Heather. Babies remind us of what is really important!!

Posted by: Praxedes at April 25, 2010 8:36 PM


Oh so sweet Heather!

May God Bless you and your great family, amen.

Posted by: Phil Schembri is HisMan at April 25, 2010 9:01 PM


"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;"

ken,
You make a good point about Crabb's decision, but I wonder if establishing a "Day of Prayer" is the same as "making law respecting an establishment of religion". I don't think so.

* * *

Artemis,
You know, anyone can pray on the National Day of Prayer, regardless of their religious persuasion. You can pray to your god of the concrete or refrain from prayer altogether. The only reason I can see for the non-prayers of the country for caring one way or another is that they feel "left out".

Posted by: Janet at April 25, 2010 9:21 PM


Artemiserable,

Did you hear the good news? Heather had a baby!

Posted by: Gerard Nadal at April 25, 2010 9:24 PM


Congratulations, Heather.. Beautiful name. So many baby boys lately! Maybe I'll be able to 'add to the ranks' soon. :)

Posted by: Pamela at April 25, 2010 9:24 PM


Heather,

Congratulations!! Beautiful name for the baby boy. There is nothing more magical in life than the first few days with a new baby. The rest of the world goes to work and you sit in the quiet just watching him breathe. Nothing like it.

Pamela,

I think you're right about the boys. :) I will be praying for you and your (hopefully soon) addition. *hugs*

Posted by: Heather M at April 25, 2010 9:55 PM


Thats so wonderful Heather! congrats! Congrats! Congrats! :-)

Lo, children are a blessing and the fruit of the womb is His reward!

Posted by: Sydney M. at April 25, 2010 9:56 PM


Artemis,
I believe the First Amendment to mean precisely what it says. And I think the National Day of Prayer is a wonderful thing. How taxpapers monies contribute to the National Day of Prayer I'm not quite sure but personally would not have a problem with my tax dollars supporting it. A stated intention of the National Day of Prayer was that it would be a day when adherents of all great religions could unite in prayer. How do you rationalize abortion? Even before I received the Baptism Of the Holy Spirit I knew it was wrong. My first mental argument for life was back in the day when they referred to it as just a blob of tissue. I remember thinking well just leave it alone and see what happens. Debate all you want. There is wonder in life. It is a good thing.

Posted by: myrtle miller at April 25, 2010 10:28 PM


Congrats Heather!! :>

Posted by: Abel at April 25, 2010 11:22 PM


I just read that the head of the American Humanist Association has asked Obama to substitute the National Day of Prayer with a National Day of Reason...

Would Obama really take such a suggestion seriously?

Posted by: Diana at April 26, 2010 1:19 AM


Artemis- I googled National Day of Prayer and found that James Madison the Father of the Constitution set aside a day for prayer he just didn't believe in telling people how to observe it. It's a very interesting article. I think there is a lot to be said for the beautiful state of New England. I love to watch this Old House on the public broadcasting channel and anytime there in your state you know because there's always a code for everything. Do you'll have Indian Summers there?

Posted by: myrtle miller at April 26, 2010 6:32 AM


HEATHER!!!
Congratulations, Momma!! So thankful to God for the blessing of a precious son! Also for an easy labor and delivery. I have had a couple of those too!! :)

Enjoy the moments with your boy!

Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at April 26, 2010 8:48 AM


Really doesn't matter what the secular governmental court says.

Let them attack religion, Christ and Catholicsim. Seems like a pretty weak attack anyway.

Since when does Christianity need the US Constitution, or any other secular authority, to validate it's existence or the efficacy of its prayer?

Just keep praying the liturgy and the rosary and going to Mass.

-Tim-

Posted by: Tim H at April 26, 2010 9:39 AM


What I find amusing is how the Jesus freaks are freaking out about this. The rest of us - as my liberal Jewish friends would say - "not so much."

Posted by: Artemis at April 25, 2010 5:43 PM


Actually, the very religious don't care. I visited the blogs of some conservative seminary professors who think it doesn't matter much because it was really more attended by those who aren't offended by syncretism. They would not attend a public prayer of mixed faiths anyway and never promoted the National Day of Prayer because they feel the other religions are false and they didn't want to be involved with any kind of prayer service with followers of other religions.

National Day of prayer was a bigger deal for religious liberals than for "Jesus freaks" or the Hasidim.

Posted by: hippie at April 26, 2010 9:45 AM



I just read that the head of the American Humanist Association has asked Obama to substitute the National Day of Prayer with a National Day of Reason...

Would Obama really take such a suggestion seriously?

Posted by: Diana at April 26, 2010 1:19 AM

He, he. I would like a National Day of Reason.

The Humanists might be greatly discomfited when they discover that most of the giants of reason were and are religious.

Posted by: hippie at April 26, 2010 9:52 AM


Heather,
Congratulations on your new little man! I'm sure he will bring many blessings and joys to you and your family. May God watch over him and guide his steps all of his days.
Elisabeth

Posted by: Elisabeth at April 26, 2010 10:07 AM


A couple possible additions to the second cartoon:

Pipeline/wires attached to the abortion clinic labeled "Tax dollars"
and
A line of govt employees/appointees at the porn storefront eagerly waiting to spend their govt expense account $$$.

Congratulations to Heather and welcome Jacob! God bless you.

Posted by: jim sable at April 26, 2010 11:34 AM


"Actually, the very religious don't care. "

I agree, hippie. I pray every day anyways.

"He, he. I would like a National Day of Reason."

Me too. What fun.

Posted by: Janet at April 26, 2010 2:03 PM


A belated congratulations to you and your new little one Heather!

Posted by: Rachael C. at April 26, 2010 10:15 PM


God bless you and your growing family, Heather! And welcome to little Jacob as he celebrates his 1-week mark in your arms.

Posted by: klynn73 at April 27, 2010 8:47 AM



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