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Weekly Observations For – May 7th

Weekly Observations

Weekly Observations

What We Saw This Week

Some of my observations from around the social media networks. Comments I made, events I shared. Stories with some laughter and some concern. Some news stories that created annoyance with politics  or moments of joy with a few good news stories too.

May 13th
Pat McCrory
May 12 at 6:23pm ·
The White House just announced that it won’t pull federal funding to North Carolina while we take them to court. Sometimes the only way to stop a bully is to stand your ground and stare them down.

May 13, 2016 2:27pm
If standing up for equal rights is being a bully, then I think the U.S. Government has the bigger balls. You however are a disgrace pandering to the ignorant few with taxpayer money that should be going to the education of NC’s future. Continue reading

Marriage Equality

Love Is Love

Love Is Love

Celebrating A Historic Day

The Supreme Court rules gay couples nationwide have a right to marry. “Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same legal treatment as opposite-sex couples, and it would disparage their choices and diminish their personhood to deny them this right,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion. ~ Read the coverage at The Washington Post.

The first wedding I officiated was for a same-sex couple. It has always bothered me that the wedding wasn’t “Legal” here in Virginia at the time. Not only for the couple, but as a minister licensed in this Commonwealth there was something lacking in the celebration. It was my first official wedding and there was nothing to mark the occasion. Continue reading

Religious Freedom In Virginia

Do Your Own Research

Do Your Own Research

Religious Freedom vs. Rights of Conscience

Today’s News media has fallen short of being a reliable source for factual reporting over the past 3 decades. They’re more interested in spinning headlines that inflame and infuriate people, than reporting the facts in full and giving both sides of a story.

This past week as Indiana garnered great heat over the recently passed “Religious Freedom” act, the News Media has left out certain pieces of information that leads one to think Virginia has a similar modern religious freedom act in place. I thought that from watching the news on all the networks. Even the Washington Post left out the full facts when reporting that 19 other states have a “Religious Freedom” act.

I wanted to read the law and find out when it was put into place. So I went off to do my own research. Well color me surprised!

The law in Virginia was enacted in 1786 by Thomas Jefferson. Which certainly puts an entirely different spin on the News media and their graphics when they include Virginia in group of states that have a Religious Freedom Act in place. I wonder how many of the other 19 states fall into the same category! Continue reading