Archive for July, 2011

Chairman’s Corner

July 30, 2011

I am getting this Chairman’s Corner up a little late, sorry. It is from July 26, 20011.

 

Good afternoon, and welcome to “The Chairman’s Corner”: 

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!      South Carolina’s Governor Nikki Haley has agreed to be our special guest and keynote speaker for “Vicmead” on October 20, 2011.  She is a truly dynamic personality and a truly great governor. You will want to meet her and hear her speak, so please mark your calendars. This annual event held at the Vicmead Hunt Club in Greenville is the Delaware GOP’s premier fundraising event of the year – more details will follow.  

 

Delaware Republican Presidential Straw Poll – Underway Now – The Republican State Committee of Delaware is conducting a Republican Presidential Straw Poll throughout all 10 days of the Delaware State Fair.  Voter turnout has been good during the first 3 ½ days of the straw poll election and we expect even greater numbers of straw poll voters to cast their vote for the Republican Presidential candidate of their choice during the balance of the State Fair calendar. Temperatures should be cooler and overall attendance should be higher, so please come by our GOP booth under the Grandstands at the State Fair and cast your ballot for the Republican Presidential Candidate whom you believe to be the best person to defeat Barack Obama in 2012.

 

TICKETS ON SALE NOWRNC Chairman Reince Priebus Comes to Delaware –   Chairman Priebus has agreed to help us launch “Operation Win Back Delaware”. This is a state-wide party-building picnic to be held in Georgetown on Saturday afternoon, August 20th from 1 pm until 4 pm. Tickets will be $25 per person, children under 12 accompanying a ticket-holding adult will be admitted free. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

 

Click here to reserve your tickets or to become a sponsor, please call 302-668-1954, or e-mail me at Chairman@delawaregop.com.  

 

Don’t wait, this will be a great event and a great opportunity for Delaware Republicans to meet our new Republican National Chairman and to show that Delaware’s Republicans are united behind “Operation Win Back Delaware”.

 

Rasmussen Polls of Interest to Delaware Republicans:

 

1. With consumer confidence at its lowest point in two years, voters give the GOP a 10 point edge over Democrats on the economy, with 45% saying that they think Republicans can handle the economy better than the Democrats, and only 35% saying that they believe that Democrats are better for the economy.

2. The economy is the issue most important to the vast majority of Americans with 74% rating the economy at the most important issue facing the nation today.

3. Health care is the second most important issue with 69% rating health care as being “very important”.

4. The issue of taxes was rated as the third most important issue with 63% of likely voters rating taxes as being “very important”.

5. According to Rasmussen, most voters continue to believe that tax cuts and reductions in government spending are the solution for repairing the U.S. economy.

6. Most voters believe that taxpayers are not receiving adequate value for their tax dollars when it comes to education and 89% believe that this year’s high school graduates will have a tough time getting a job.

7. 56% of likely voters favor a congressional candidate who endorses a balanced approach to the debt debate and only 35% would be in favor of a candidate who favors tax cuts, only.

8. On the issue of repeal of “Obama Care”, 57% of likely voters favor repeal.

9. On a generic ballot pitting Democrats against Republicans, 44% favor the generic Republican while 38% favor the generic Democrat.

10. The current “presidential tracking poll” shows 44% strongly disapprove of Obama’s performance in the White House while only 23% strongly approve.

 

Closing thoughts:

 

Whether you have already made a pledge you wish to fulfill, or simply want to join your fellow Republicans in sending a message of unity to the “naysayers” by contributing to “The New Beginnings Fund”, simply click here to make a secure on-line contribution.

 

Membership in our new “Chairman’s Club” is growing every day. As you will recall, this is an entirely new Chairman’s Club, and everyone is welcome to join. If you have not yet received an invitation to join the Chairman’s Club and would like to do so, or would like to receive more information about our new Chairman’s Club please contact me at Chairman@delawaregop.com.

 

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Thank you for your dedication to our Party and for your support.

 

Together, a New Beginning!

John Sigler

Chairman

Technically Correct

July 23, 2011

   Recently I have written about the law suit being brought against the Sussex County Council, charging that the council had somehow violated the so-called “separation of church and state”. The suit charges that the practice of saying the Lord’s prayer , rises to the establishment of a state religion. Thus violating the First Amendment of the Constitution.

   Personally I did not feel that it established a state religion. My concern was more that the council was  actually prohibiting the free exercise of religion. That is unless, the council were to allow others to express their faith during the meeting as well.

  The real point of contention was whether or not the members of the council were acting as a body of government at the time the prayer was being said. If so, then I felt that the council was in danger of crossing a line. I do not want my government in charge of my faith in any way, shape or form.

  Just today I have gone through the  County Council’s on-line archives of their agendas and minutes.

   After going through the archives, I find that this “long-held tradition”, in past years, according to the minutes, was not practiced at every meeting. It would seem as if it might have depended on who the council president was at the time.

  What I did find in 2009, were several examples of the meeting being called to order before the invocation. Councilman Phillips was the president at the time. I also found example of the invocation being said before the meeting was called to order. Again with Mr. Phillips  as president.

  It seems as if there was no set policy before mid 2009. But from mid 2009 on, it seems as if the prayer is being said before the meeting is called to order. This includes 2010 and 2011 to present.

  In earlier writings on this issue, I wrote that the group bringing the suit against the council had a good case. In light of the information I have presented here, I would have to say that technically, the council is not acting as a body of government at the time of the prayer, since the meeting has not been called to order. This means that they are just citizens and are afforded the individual freedoms that the rest of us are.

 I will now admit that I allowed my personal views about faith to cloud my opinion on this issue. Because I see faith as a deeply personal act,and this will never change, I may have over reacted in protecting my freedom and that of others. My intentions were always to uphold the Constitution and the freedoms therein.   My intentions were never to attack any of the council members personally.  While I still feel that my arguments were well founded, in this particular case, they were mis-placed.

 My apologies to any and all who I may have offended. I would also like to thank those who I have discussed this with, for being able to discuss the issue without making it personal. Thank you.

Sen. Chris Coons Attacks Marriage

July 23, 2011

    On Tuesday July 19th Sen. Chris Coons (D, De), who was chairing the second panel of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to consider repealing the Defense Of Marriage Act(DOMA)  described the act as, “just wrong”.

  DOMA has been law for fifteen years. The act defines marriage as being between one man, one woman for federal purposes and allows states to ignore homosexual marriages preformed out-of-state. Is it any wonder that a confessed Marxist would find states rights “just wrong”?

  Those who would attack marriage, instead of defending it have put forth the so-called, Respect For Marriage Act (S.598) which would repeal DOMA. Sen. Coons was an original sponsor of this act. Sen. Coons and others claim that DOMA is discriminatory.

  This is just another piece of the puzzle. The radicalized homosexual element within that community, working with the radicalized leftist political leaders within our government, are seeking nothing less than to create a constitutional crisis based on this made up discrimination charge.

 I am little surprised that it would be a leftist such as Sen. Coons from Delaware, that would be leading this attack on marriage. We here in Delaware have been subjected to having laws passed to stop discrimination of homosexuals and forcing employers to give benefits to homosexual partners. Even though there seems to be no real evidence of such discrimination and even though the potential for fraud exist.  We have had marriage attacked right here in this state, by having the legislature pass the civil unions bill. Let me say I do respect the states right aspect of Delaware passing such laws. I just don’t happen to agree with them.

  We now see the attack being taken to the federal level. If DOMA were to be repealed all states would be forced to recognise the homosexual marriages that are preformed out-of-state. This means that if a homosexual couple moves to a state that does not allow homosexual marriages, that state would still have to honor the marriage and everything that goes with it.

  As I have said before, my concern is not about how homosexual marriages will affect my own marriage. It won’t. My concern is about the fact that I believe that the radicalized homosexuals and the leftist in government are working towards creating a constitutional crisis, so that they can call for either a repeal of the First Amendments guarantee of freedom of religion, by suing churches for not performing homosexual weddings. Or worse even, to call for a constitutional convention that would lay open the entire constitution .

  Let me close by speaking to my fellow Republicans. Because of my conservative views on social issues, I am often told by party leadership and the so-called establishment, that we can’t run on social issues. Really? Because the Democrats seem fine with legislating social issues. Why must we cede these issues to the radicalized leftist that would see our traditions and principles laid to waste ?

False Sense Of Security

July 19, 2011

  With some Republicans calling for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, many fiscal conservatives may believe that this amendment would be the way to stop our rising debt problem.

  I would suggest that those who feel that the BBA would solve anything, should look here in Delaware. We have had a balanced budget requirement for sometime now.

   The way it works is that the budget is only balanced until it gets passed. The legislature doesn’t actually make any real cuts in spending to achieve this balance. Instead they just keep adjusting the revenue projections until the projections meet the spending needs. And, TADA! Balanced budget. And as soon as the revenue doesn’t appear, no balance budget.

  Why would a national balanced budget amendment be any different?

  Also could someone tell me how you can go from a 14 Trillion dollar deficit, to a balanced budget? In my view, you can’t have a balanced budget and a deficit at the same time.

  So, how long will we have to wait to see a balanced budget. And remember that this will all hinge on the projected revenue actually appearing.

Chairman’s Corner

July 19, 2011

Good Afternoon, and welcome to “The Chairman’s Corner”:

 Let’s begin with a review of up-coming Special Events:

July 21-July 30, 2011 – Delaware Republican Presidential Straw Poll – The Republican State Committee of Delaware is conducting a Republican Presidential Straw Poll throughout all 10 days of the Delaware State Fair. This is Phase I of “Operation Delaware Relevance”. Please come by our GOP booth under the Grandstands at the State Fair and cast your ballot for the Republican Presidential Candidate whom you believe to be the best person to ensure that Barack Obama joins Jimmy Carter on the list of failed, one-term presidents.

We can still use volunteers to help work the booth, so if you have the time and want to share the fun with other Republicans at the Delaware State Fair, please email pmanolakos@delawaregop.com to become a Delaware Presidential Straw Poll Volunteer.

August 20, 2011 – RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Comes to Delaware –   Chairman Priebus has agreed to help us launch “Operation Win Back Delaware”. This will be a state-wide party-building picnic to be held in Georgetown on Saturday afternoon, August 20th. This event will run from 1 pm until 4 pm. Tickets will be $25 per person, children under 12 accompanying a ticket-holding adult will be admitted free. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

To reserve your tickets or to become a sponsor, please call 302-668-1954, or e-mail me at Chairman@delawaregop.com.  

Don’t wait, this will be a great event and a great opportunity for Delaware Republicans to meet our new Republican National Chairman and to show that Delaware’s Republicans are united behind “Operation Win Back Delaware”.

Change of Date: October 20, 2011 is the new date for “Vicmead”.  This annual event held at the Vicmead Hunt Club in Greenville is our Delaware GOP’s premier fundraising event of the year. I’m very excited to tell you that one of this nation’s rising stars and a dynamic leader within our Republican Party has agreed to be our special guest and keynote speaker for this prestigious event.  Please mark your calendars – more details will follow.

Now down to business:

As previously reported, all of our Special Committeesare hard at work helping us to reorganize, re-energize and revitalize our Party.  I want to thank each and every member of each of those Special Committees for the work they are doing.
By way of review,  those committees consist of (1) The Candidate Handbook Task Force; (2) Technology & Communications; (3) Special Events; (4) Grassroots Development; (5) Republican Voter Registration; (6) Under 40 Outreach; (7) Republican Community Outreach; (8) Absentee Ballot Initiative; (9) Constituent Group Development & Outreach.

Please note that if you have previously volunteered for one of these committees but were not selected, please be patient. As these committees complete their work and as we move forward with our continued reorganization and election-year preparations, there will be additional new committees and ample opportunities to serve.

As reported previously, the newly formed Finance Committee has now met for the first time. I am happy to report that our new Finance Committee is fully committed to rebuilding our party’s finances and to preparing for the 2012 elections.

Additionally, the first session of the Affinity Group Outreach Roundtable recently met for the first time at the Kent Region Headquarters. I am pleased to report that this first “roundtable” session was both enjoyable and productive. The free exchange of ideas and interests will certainly go a long way toward helping to prepare our Party for the tasks ahead as we prepare for the 2012 elections.

REMINDER: As the result of legislative redistricting, the Rules Committee will be required to meet in the very near future to carry out its responsibilities with regard to adjusting the current Republican Region alignment. Those Regional Chairs who have not yet done so are urged to immediately inform the Executive Director as to their appointments to that committee. Any Regional Chair seeking clarification or information concerning this matter may contact Seth Wimer at Seth@delawaregop.com. Rules Committee members will be informed in due course concerning the date, time and place of their first meeting.

The vast majority of our rank and file members who initially pledged donations to “The New Beginnings Fund” have fulfilled those pledges. “THANK YOU”! Every donation, large and small, from our loyal and dedicated grassroots, rank and file Delaware Republicans sends a huge message to every other Republican and to every Delaware voter that “together, we are building a new beginning” for our Party. For those few who have made a pledge but who have not yet fulfilled that pledge, I ask that you do so in the very near future.

Whether you have already made a pledge you wish to fulfill, or simply want to join your fellow Republicans in sending a message of unity to the “naysayers” by contributing to “The New Beginnings Fund”, simply click here to make a secure on-line contribution.

Membership in our new “Chairman’s Club” is growing every day. As you will recall, this is an entirely new Chairman’s Club, and everyone is welcome to join. If you have not yet received an invitation to join the Chairman’s Club and would like to do so, or would like to receive more information about our new Chairman’s Club please contact me at Chairman@delawaregop.com.

To comment on this newsletter, please e-mail me at Chairman@delawaregop.com.

To make a secure on-line donation to the Delaware Republican Party please click here.
Checks may be sent to: Delaware Republican Party

                                    3301 Lancaster Pike, Suite 4B

                                    Wilmington, DE 19805

To become a Republican Volunteer for Freedom, please contact me at Chairman@delawawaregop.com.

Thank you for your dedication to our Party and for your support.

Together, a New Beginning!

John Sigler
Chairman

Another Step On The Road To Redemption

July 17, 2011

   The following link is to the letter sent to the attorneys of Christine O’Donnell from United States Attorney, Charles M. Oberly III. In the letter the Justice Department states that it will not being pursuing the charges brought against Ms. O’Donnell by the organization known as CREW.

  The charges allege that Ms. O’Donnell mis-used campaign funds for personal use.

  The letter does state that the Justice Department will be referring the matter to the FEC, where the same complaint was also filed by CREW.

http://view.s4.exacttarget.com/?j=fecc127177660079&m=fea015707067067c76&ls=fe2a1c777561047a741776&l=fef61c70776c03&s=fe2415757163007c7c1078&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe831d7977630d7575

How Far Right ?

July 15, 2011

    I know that there are some out there who wish I would just drop this issue, and let it slip quietly away. There are others out there that know me better than that, who know that when I believe something, I speak my mind.

   I have written two  post on this issue and made numerous comments on it. I have attempted to show my point of view and concerns from two different angles. I will now attempt to tie them together so that those who question my position on this issue, will have a better understanding of it.

   The issue of course is the law suit being brought against the Sussex County Council, charging that the Council has violated the so-called, “separation of church and state”. The suit charges that by holding a moment of prayer before the monthly council meeting, and that prayer being a Christian prayer, that the council is “establishing” a religion.

   Personally I am not convinced that what they are doing rises to the level of establishing a religion. I do however feel that the way the meeting is necessarily run, does restrict the free exercise of religion. The fact that the council chooses the prayer, decides which prayer will be said, and who will lead the prayer, and allows no input from citizens, in my view restricts those who come to the meeting.

  Now on this issue I am of the minority opinion within the GOP. At least the Sussex County GOP Executive Committee.  On Monday night past, at the monthly GOP meeting,(where we did pray before the meeting), the issue of the law suit came up in two ways. A resolution was proposed and passed, commending the Sussex County Council for their stand on the issue. The second was a news release from Sussex GOP Chairman Glen Urquhart again supporting the council. The floor was opened for discussion before the vote. I was the only person to voice an opinion that the council may have crossed a line of constitutionality. I also believe I was the only one to cast a no vote against the resolution.

  I’m not going to re-argue my reasons for my opinion. I have made them clear from the start. My concern is not over the effect that faith will have upon government, but the effect government will have upon faith.

  Let me say at this point that my view on this issue has nothing to do with the current make-up of the council. I would hold the exact same opinion no matter who the council members were.

  To understand my views on this, you may need to know where I came from. In my youth I was a sinner of the highest ranks. There wasn’t much I didn’t do. But I was one of the functioning sinners. I could get up and go to work, earn my wages, pay my bills and taxes. Had a wife who loved me, and no one knew. But there came a time that my life was going to be completely changed. I was on the verge of losing everything. Job, home, wife. There came a moment when I found a Bible that had been in my house for sometime, unread. I began reading the Gospels. My eyes were opened. Every word was written for me. I understood exactly what God was saying to me. I didn’t need someone to guide me. God was guiding me. It is at our lowest that we reach out for the one hand that is always there.

  Through the word of God I was able to stop using drugs. I gave up drinking to excess. And I gave up the other things I was doing that would risk my eternal soul. Jesus saved my life. Maybe not my physical life, but my spirit. I believe that Jesus has saved my soul.  I hope this explains somewhat why and how I feel the way I do on this issue. I hope that this covers the spiritual side of the issue. I don’t claim to be perfect, but I am forgiven.

  Now to the political side. I happen to believe that the Declaration of Independence is the greatest document ever written, second only to the Bible. I hold the Constitution as an extremely close third. With these three documents, I feel we as American citizens can negotiate our way through this world and into the next. I believe our Founders were inspired by God to put together such a near perfect system of government.

  I have often said that the Constitution and the Bible are very much alike. Ten people can read them, and you will most likely get ten different interpretations of each. They are also alike I feel because, just as when we read the Bible with an open heart, the words of God are put in our hearts with understanding. We need no man to explain them to us.

  I also feel that the Constitution in its simplicity, is the genius of its longevity. It was written in a fashion that every literate citizen could read and understand, and in a language that having it read to them, every citizen could understand.

 So is it any wonder that an issue such as this, which contains elements of both politics and faith, would cause so much division? Not at all.

  When I first posted on this issue I received comments from people who considered themselves conservatives, and from those who considered themselves liberal or progressive.

  I actually received more positive response from those on the left. Those describing themselves as conservative didn’t see the point I was trying to make. Some may have even felt betrayed, since they considered me a “good” conservative. Not to worry, I am still that good conservative.

  So if I am such a good conservative, how come the left is agreeing with me? Well this is one of those cases where two differing ideologies, that normally disagree, agree. We agree that there is a problem. But we don’t agree on what the problem is or what is causing it.

  Okay, I now want my older conservative friends to take their medication. Anyone with a heart condition, you may want to take this next part in small doses.

  There is a separation of church and state within the Constitution. Of course there is, anyone who says not is either confused or working another agenda. But it is not the separation that the liberals are always talking about.

 The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech”.

  The word that causes people trouble many times is the word, “congress”. Some have said that “congress” only refers to the U.S. Congress. I and others, who do not necessarily agree with me on the rest, do agree that the use of “congress” is intended to mean government. By the way one definition of the word congress is, ” a formal meeting of delegates”.  So it would seem as if the Founders clearly wanted “congress” to stay out of the faith business.

  Okay, have you all caught your breath? Anyone feeling a little lite-headed? The reason so many on the right get upset at this idea is because they have been taught by the leftist media how they are supposed to feel about this issue.

   This is the point where my liberal friends of a few day ago, may have to get off the bus. This is where I no longer agree with them. The liberal take on the issue of church and state tends to hold to the idea that no one can pray on public property. That to have a child say a prayer over their lunch, somehow creates government-run religion. They would say that because a park is owned and run by government that prayers could not be said there. They would in some extreme cases, may even want to stop prayers in foxholes.

  This is not what our Founders intended. From my understanding of the Constitution and my interpretation of it, I feel that the Founders intended that all citizen would be free to exercise their individual faith, whenever and wherever, with no interference of government. Be it on government lands, in government buildings, schools or at home in their closets.

  Now I come to the part that has troubled my conservative friends. One even asked if I would be happier in the Democrat party. I am sure at least a few have called me a liberal for taking the stance that I have. Or have they gone so far as to call me a “RINO”?

  The reason that I am misunderstood on this issue is because I am too far right for even Sussex County Delaware. Too conservative one might say.

  While we have some conservatives saying that this is an attack on religion, I see my stance as fighting for the freedom of religion for all. While some are saying that we need less government, they then turn around and shout that government should be in the faith business as well. Some have even called for school prayer. I have said that I feel school  children should be allowed to pray if they choose to. But I sure as heck don’t want that prayer led by a government paid teacher. No more than  I want to be led in prayer by a government paid council member.

 This is my problem then. I am too far right on this issue for the GOP. While I am saying that I don’t want any involvement of government in faith, some in the GOP would actually have more. 

 This issue will come down to, I am sure, whether or not the council when called to order as a governing body is afforded the same rights as individuals.  As I have stated, I feel that when they call the meeting to order, they have become government or a “congress”, and have no business then conducting prayers or restricting others from praying.

  I hope that this reassures some of my fellow conservatives and doesn’t scare away too many of my liberal converts. I do not see this as a partisan issue. I see this as a question about one of our fundamental freedoms. A cornerstone of the foundation upon which this nation was built. If our faith is to be free we must protect it from all influences. God will work within us if we ask him to. And we don’t need government to lead us there.

 

 

Madison’s Federalist Paper #10

July 12, 2011

 I wonder if anyone can guess why this is relevent?

  James Madison

To the People of the State of New York:

AMONG the numerous advantages promised by a wellconstructed Union, none deserves to be more accurately developed than its tendency to break and control the violence of faction. The friend of popular governments never finds himself so much alarmed for their character and fate, as when he contemplates their propensity to this dangerous vice. He will not fail, therefore, to set a due value on any plan which, without violating the principles to which he is attached, provides a proper cure for it. The instability, injustice, and confusion introduced into the public councils, have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments have everywhere perished; as they continue to be the favorite and fruitful topics from which the adversaries to liberty derive their most specious declamations. The valuable improvements made by the American constitutions on the popular models, both ancient and modern, cannot certainly be too much admired; but it would be an unwarrantable partiality, to contend that they have as effectually obviated the danger on this side, as was wished and expected. Complaints are everywhere heard from our most considerate and virtuous citizens, equally the friends of public and private faith, and of public and personal liberty, that our governments are too unstable, that the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties, and that measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority. However anxiously we may wish that these complaints had no foundation, the evidence, of known facts will not permit us to deny that they are in some degree true. It will be found, indeed, on a candid review of our situation, that some of the distresses under which we labor have been erroneously charged on the operation of our governments; but it will be found, at the same time, that other causes will not alone account for many of our heaviest misfortunes; and, particularly, for that prevailing and increasing distrust of public engagements, and alarm for private rights, which are echoed from one end of the continent to the other. These must be chiefly, if not wholly, effects of the unsteadiness and injustice with which a factious spirit has tainted our public administrations.

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Has Mitch McConnell Lost His Mind?

July 12, 2011

 Here is link to a story explaining Sen. Mitch McConnell’s idea to give away the farm.   http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/07/mitch_mcconnell_doesnt_care_ab.html

 Has Mitch McConnell lost his mind. Just when the House Republicans have Pres. Obama going down for the third time on reducing the debt and amount of spending, Sen. Mitch McConnell doesn’t just throw the President a life line for raising the debt ceiling, he rides out on a jet-ski and gives him a ride.

  And why would Sen. McConnell do this? Politics!

  Hey! I ‘m all in favor of doing everything we can to defeat Pres. Obama. But not if it means taking the nation further down the road of ruin. I am hoping to at least see this nation back on the road to a representative republic form of government before I leave it to my child. To be willing to add more debt just to win an election, to me is a dangerous game. What if this plan works the way Sen. McConnell hopes and the president is able to raise the debt ceiling,with no tax cuts and still the Republicans fail to remove him from office. We will have given him powers not intended for the executive branch and four more years.

 Mitch McConnell, it would seem is willing to make Pres. Obama, King Obama.

  Did I fall asleep and miss where Mitch McConnell decided to change parties?

  It is this McCain mentality that has doomed the GOP to failure. Just when we have them on the ropes, some establishment Republican decides it is time to compromise.
  COULD WE PLEASE JUST STOP IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m Just Saying !

July 12, 2011

 
Freedom of Religion

“Although it is the duty of all men frequently to assemble together for the public worship of Almighty God; and piety and morality, on which the prosperity of communities depends, are hereby promoted; yet no man shall or ought to be compelled to attend any religious worship, to contribute to the erection or support of any place of worship, or to the maintenance of any ministry, against his own free will and consent; and no power shall or ought to be vested in or assumed by any magistrate that shall in any case interfere with, or in any manner control the rights of conscience, in the free exercise of religious worship, nor a preference given by law to any religious societies, denominations, or ”
  Guys and gals, let us step away from the U.S. Constitution for a moment. So many have tried to parse the word “Congress” and say that the founders ment only the federal congress, and did not consider local bodies as a “congress”. I personally don’t hold to that line of thought.
 The piece at the top of this comment however is section 1, of Article 1, of the Delaware Constitution.
 It says, ” yet no man shall or ought to be compelled to attend any religious worship, to contribute to the erection or support of any place of worship” 
 Well I think that we can all agree that a prayer is a form of worship, correct. We can also agree that the building where the Sussex County Council meetings are held are paid for by all tax payers and not just Christians. And since if you want to attend the only county council meeting that there is, then you are forced to attend a religious worship, in a building that many did not give their permission to be built with their tax dollars, to be used for worship.
  So will we now be told that we need not respect the state constitution? Will we now be told that it is still okay to alienate tax paying citizens because the religion of the day is Christianity? I have too much respect for Christianity and the principles upon which we were founded upon to allow either one to be corrupted by the sinful hand of man and I not speak out .