Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Patriotism Illegal on DC Mall

On June 25th a group of conservative students from the Young America’s Foundation were requested by police to leave the area near the Lincoln Memorial after displaying unruly behavior. What was their crime? Singing the national anthem- OUR national anthem- The Star Spangled Banner.

Apparently police told them they must limit themselves to ‘content neutral’ expressions.

Park Police may not have noticed, but the words inscribed inside the Lincoln Memorial are not very ‘ neutral’ themselves. Perhaps it’s only a matter of time until they are prying the marble tablets down with a crowbar or defacing them with a chisel.

(Read full article here)

My daughter attended the YAF conference last year in DC. They also have a yearly conference at the Reagan Ranch. I would highly recommend these activities.

I love the closing comment by the Security Guard who dealt with the youth- “We need to make certain that all other visitors that don’t want to be a part of that or just choose to be tourists are able to do so in the same light that probably President Lincoln wanted – which is completely content neutral,” he said.

You just have to shake your head.


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Star Spangled Banner

start and stripes vintage

I got this graphic over at Vintiquities Workshop and the author said she would love to see this flag all over blogland. I love it and am adding it to my sidebar.

I read a lot of blogs on the ‘arts and crafts’ circuit and am inspired by all the patriotic, flag waving, America loving people we have across the country. Sometimes living out in the left coast I forget that a patriotic display is more common in other areas.

Thank you for flying the colors!


Voters, Shmoters.

OK, perhaps the name of this post doesn’t reflect the seriousness of what the courts have done, but it does represent their flippant attitude toward legislation from the bench and overturning the will of the people of California when it comes to today’s ruling.

I agree with the following statement issued by my church leaders- In opposing the ruling and changes to the definition of marriage, while I still believe in treating other humans with ‘mutual respect and civility’.

SALT LAKE CITY 4 August 2010 The Church issued the following statement today in response to the ruling by Judge Vaughn R. Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Perry et al v. Schwarzenegger et al:

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regrets today’s decision.  California voters have twice been given the opportunity to vote on the definition of marriage in their state and both times have determined that marriage should be recognized as only between a man and a woman. We agree.  Marriage between a man and a woman is the bedrock of society. 

“We recognize that this decision represents only the opening of a vigorous debate in the courts over the rights of the people to define and protect this most fundamental institution—marriage.
“There is no doubt that today’s ruling will add to the marriage debate in this country, and we urge people on all sides of this issue to act in a spirit of mutual respect and civility toward those with a different opinion.”