Jun 30, 2012

Alasandra's Reading List ~ June

  1. Peter, Paul & Mary Magdalene The Followers of Jesus in History and Legend by Bart D. Ehrman - book review here.
  2. Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith -my favorite character was the dog Freddie de la Hay. 
  3. The Judas Gate by Jack Higgins - A wealthy Irishman is lending aid to  Al Qaeda and Sean Dillon, Billy Salter, Harry Miller and Daniel Holley set out to stop him.
  4. Confessional by Jack Higgins - When the KGB plant an operative in Ireland under deep cover, the British and Irish have to work together to stop him from assassinating the Pope. After centuries of mistrust only one man who has the trust of both sides can save the day Liam Devlin.
  5. Angel of Death by Jack Higgins - "January 30th" seems to know everything Brigadier Charles Ferguson, Sean Dillon and Hannah Bernstein are up too. Tasked with protecting Senator Patrick Keogh's life while he visits Ireland for "Peace Talks" unveiling the identity of "January 30th" is of the utmost importance. But the clues lead to a highly placed member of the government, a respected scholar and a famous actress. Can even Dillon clean up this mess without embarrassing the government?
  6. A Devil is Waiting by Jack Higgins - Introduces Sara Gideon the newest member of the PM Private Army. When Sara is kidnapped by Ali Selim, Daniel Holley goes to war to get her back unharmed.
  7. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins - When the Districts start revolting President Snow's solution is to have another Hunger Game with former tributes. Katniss and Peeta find them themselves back in the ring. But this time Katniss is determined to save Peeta's life. Strangely enough several of the other tributes also seem to be working to save Peeta and Katniss even at the cost of sacrificing themselves. When the force field goes down Katniss is rescued by Haymitch and the revolutionaries. Unfortunately Peeta was captured by the government and District 12 has been destroyed. Gale got Prim and Katniss' Mother out in time.
  8. Day of Judgement by Jake Higgins - When Father Sean Conlin's in captured the Vatican and President Kennedy send an unlikely group into East Germany to rescue him.  
  9. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - Finnick, Bette, and Katniss were rescued from the games and taken to District 13, where the rebel leaders plan to use Katniss as they "Mockingjay". Realizing that Peeta is being tortured to break her Katniss is unable to function, a desperate plot is hatched to rescue Peeta. Peeta's rescue is a huge successes ecept Peeta has been programmed to kill Katniss. While Peeta is undergoing medical care Katniss flees to the front to escape her memories of the love she and Peeta share. When President Coin of District 13 sends Peeta to fight with Katniss' squad she realizes that President Coin wants her dead now that she is no longer needed to stir up the rebellion. When she sees her sister who is part of a medical squad incinerated in front of her eyes she realizes that President Snow was telling the truth about the rebels being behind the bombing and kills President Coin for her duplicity.

Jun 13, 2012

America is a Secular Nation

I fear our public education is in even worse shape then I thought after reading the letters to the editor for June 13, in The Sun Herald.

First we have Jeffrey Chastain stating.

The Founders were deeply religious individuals who believed in, and fought for, their right to religious liberty. It was respect for this right, not hatred of Christianity which led to the Constitution as we know it.

The Revolutionary War was over "taxation without representation. It had nothing at all to do with religion or religious liberty. I fervently hope that Mr. Chastain slept through history class and his uninformed drivel  isn't a sample of what public school students are being taught.   

The Founders were also comprised of individuals of many different beliefs Atheist, Deist and Christians were amongst the Founders. They all agreed that the United States of America would be a SECULAR Nation, in order to prevent the bigotry, intolerance and religious conflict that had plagued Europe for centuries. They wanted our laws to be based or reason and facts not religious superstitions and papal edicts. And they wanted to prevent any religion no matter how popular it was or how many adherents it claimed to have from being able to force their religious views and beliefs on others through our laws.

Alice Jones needs to go back and read the actual writings of the Founders of our Nation. Especially Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine then she would realize how ridiculous her entire letter was.

Kay Cerisier obviously failed American History and Government

Our founding document is the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution, 

The Declaration of Independence did not establish US law. The Constitution, a deliberately secular document, did.

Of course since Ms. Cerisier is trying to promote her religious beliefs pesky little things like the truth should be ignored.  

As for the Declaration of Independence mentioning a  Creator, for all she knows the Creator they were referring to was the Flying Spaghetti Monster.  "Creator" is not a uniquely Christian term. Many religions believe in a single creator including Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism.  In fact The Declaration of Independence contains a deistic reference to "the Creator," None of the founding documents mention Jesus Christ at all, not even Cerisier's precious Declaration of Independence.

Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2012/06/12/4004063/declaration-of-independence-says.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2012/06/12/4004067/founders-had-respect-for-not-hatred.html#storylink=cpy