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Senator: Make Church Attendance Mandatory

News outlets are reporting that senator Sylvia Allen, a Republican from Arizona is trying to pass legislation making it mandatory for citizens to attend church services. She claims that “corrupt souls” are the root of the problems in America, particular, gun violence.  Allen told the state’s appropriations committee, “It is the soul that is corrupt and how we get back to a moral rebirth in this country, I don’t know. We are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity that we have. We should probably be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth.”

I am not sure what to think of this proposal.  First, it would violate the Constitution as the government is not supposed to endorse any religion. Second, what of those people who do not go to church or may be atheists?  Should they be forced to attend church services as well? Lastly, people must be open to going to church and cannot be force. God gives us free will. We can accept or reject Him.  It seems Sylvia Allen is proposing this idea out of nostalgia. She described missing how religion played a big role in society, “People prayed, people went to church, I remember on Sundays the stores were closed.”  I do not see this bill or anything similar even making it to a discussion.  Instead of forcing people to attend church, churches need to go out to them and present their message in a way that is faithful to God and speaks to the people of today.  This is what Pope Francis is doing and calling all Catholics to do.

Source:

http://www.kpho.com/story/28620533/az-senator-church-attendance-should-be-mandatory

http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2015/03/27/pkg-arizona-senator-church-attendance-mandatory.ktvk

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/arizona-lawmaker-church-attendance-mandatory-article-1.2164602

http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2015/03/26/nostalgia-but-no-apologies-senator-sylvia-allen-explains-church-law-comment/

Religious Freedom Wins!

There is a big commotion going on social media and in the traditional media regarding a bill that was signed into law in Indiana. The bill was signed by Governor Mike Pence after passing 63-31 in the House and 40-10 in the Senate and serves to protect religious freedom in the state.  Liberals and other LGBT supporters are calling this new law an open invitation to discrimination. However, those in favor of the law say that the reaction the LGBT agenda is giving the law shows exactly why the law is needed.

Since the LGBT has been gaining wins in courts throughout the states, religious groups have suffered greatly.  Bakers, churches, and other institutions have been sued for refusing to endorse the LGBT lifestyle which is contrary to their religious beliefs.  This law ““prohibits a governmental entity from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless the governmental entity can demonstrate that the burden: (1) is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and (2) is the least restrictive means of furthering the compelling governmental interest.”

On Twitter and other social networks, #BoycottIndiana has been trending with frustrated individuals crying foul at the passing of this bill.  Businesses and other institutions are threatening to take their business elsewhere if Governor Pence does not veto the law.  Talk about bullying…  This goes to show you how this tyrannical minority wants to be the one to “run the show,” so to speak. They do not care when religious businesses and persons are sued for adhering to their religious beliefs. Religious people have to take their agenda or suffer the consequences.  Well, Indiana said “enough!” This law is not meant to discriminate against anyone.  It is meant to protect religious freedom which has been under attack. Recently, a ban was placed on an archdiocese in New Jersey preventing it from selling headstones for its own cemetery!  In California, Archbishop Salvatore is being pressured to change his hiring practices in favor of one that rejects the Church’s moral standard.

Those protesting the Indiana law are ignorant of the facts.  This bill has been a work in progress for over 20 years. Ironically, Democratic, president Bill Clinton signed the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act which was passed almost unanimously by Congress.  There was no protest then because the LGBT agenda did not enjoy the power and audience it does now. Also, president Obama while senator in Illinois was in favor of a Religious Freedom Act that was brought up in 1998.

The passing of this bill in Indiana is testament of what religious people can do.  We cannot sit back and let tyrannical minorities pervert society, our children, marriage and our laws. It is time to stand up to this Goliath and bring it down to size. Our nation was founded on religious freedom. European settlers fled Europe in search for a land where they can believe, pray and worship how they wished without interference from the government or anyone else.  Kudos to Governor Pence for signing the bill into law and protecting religious freedom.  Let us pray that other states follow.

Source:

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/12574928/big-ten-officials-discuss-new-indiana-religious-objections-law

http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/25/politics/mike-pence-religious-freedom-bill-gay-rights/

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/no-indiana-did-not-just-pass-a-law-discriminating-against-gay-people-heres-why-13174/

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/a-grave-problem-nj-ban-on-religious-headstone-sales-could-violate-constitution-58838/

https://www.lifesitenews.com/petitions/i-stand-with-archbishop-cordileone

Cut For Zayn Trends

The internet can be such a good thing.  It can link distant people and educate others. However, it can also be a place for great evil to thrive.

One such evil is taking hold now on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and other social networks.  The hashtag #cutforZayn, #cut4Zayn and other variations of it have been trending encouraging fans (namely girls) to cut themselves in protest to former “One Direction” singer, 22-year-old Zayn Malik abandonment of the boyband.

Zayn Malik quit the group after citing stress and wanting to live a “normal” life free from the spotlight his former boyband generated.  The group, “One Direction” is very popular today with millions of fans, mostly tweens or young pubescent girls. These girls are drawn to the vocal talent and handsome looks of the group’s male members. Unfortunately, as with any group of fans, fanaticism takes hold.  Reason, conscience and morals are thrown out and replaced with instinctual animalistic drives.

Many young girls which clear mental problems are resorting to cutting themselves and posting images of their self-harm after Malik left the group. Psychologists and other mental health professionals are outraged and calling on parents and schools to monitor children for any signs of self-harm as well as to monitor their social network usage.

According to studies, girls are more prevalent to cutting themselves with boys with 1 out of 5 young females ages 10 to 18 are resorting to this self-harm.  This does not mean that boys do not harm themselves. They sometimes restore to burning instead of cutting. The DSM calls this cutting of oneself “Non-Suicidal Self-Injury” or “NSSI.”  This self-harm brings about endorphins in the brain to help a teen cope with stress. The sensation of pain is a way of venting stress similar to someone punching a wall or an object when frustrated. NSSI is comorbid with other mental illnesses. Anyone exhibiting signs of it should see psychological services immediately.

To any young girls reading this post, please do not harm yourself.  No one is worth harming yourself over. You need to understand that things in life change. This boyband member wanted to try something new. He has every right to do that. Moreover, these celebrities make money off of you. They do not sit at home thinking about each fan. This is a business. The people who do care for you are your family and friends who do not want to see you hurting yourself. You are all that matters, not some boyband who will become “old news” in a few years as did the Beatles or any other boyband that followed them.

More information:

http://www.thenational.scot/news/fans-urged-to-cut-themselves-in-response-to-news-zayn-malik-has-left-one-direction.1476

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/zayn-malik-gives-first-interview-since-quitting-one-direction-ive-never-felt-more-in-control-in-my-life-10137740.html

http://hollywoodlife.com/2015/03/26/perrie-edwards-zayn-malik-cheating-rumors-love-breakup/

Leonard Sax MD PhD is a physician, psychologist, and author of “Boys Adrift” (Basic Books, 2007) and “Girls on the Edge” (Basic Books, 2010).

Adler P, Adler P.  2007.  The demedicalization of self-injury (link is external).  Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 36, 537-370.

Cheng H-L, Mallenckrodt B, Soet J, Sevig T.  2010.  Developing a screening instrument and at-risk profile for nonsuicidal self-injurious behavior in college women and men (link is external).  Journal of Counseling Psychology, 57, 128 – 139.

Hilt LM, Cha CB, Nolen-Hoeksema S.  2008.  Nonsuicidal self-injury in young adolescent girls: moderators of the distress-function relationship. (link is external)  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76, 63-71.

Nixon MK, Cloutier P, Jansson SM.  2008.  Nonsuicidal self-harm in youth: a population-based survey (link is external).  CMAJ, 178, 306-312.

Rodham K, Hawton K, Evans E.  2004.  Reasons for deliberate self-harm: comparison of self-poisoners and self-cutters in a community sample of adolescents (link is external).  Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 43, 80-87.

Whitlock J, Muehlenkamp J, Eckenrode J.  2008.  Variation in nonsuicidal self-injury: identification and features of latent classes in a college population of emerging adults (link is external). Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 37, 725-735.

http://www.cmaj.ca/content/178/3/306.abstract

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/teen-girls-crash-course/201211/stressed-out-teen-girls-cutting-cope

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sax-sex/201003/why-are-so-many-girls-cutting-themselves

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/teen-girls-crash-course/201301/cutting-cope-part-two

http://www.livescience.com/11043-teens-hurt-science-injury.html