mrmarklin

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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Still_Small_Voice in Is religious liberty threatened in USA?   
    The short answer to your question is no. 
     
    Let’s keep this in perspective. Covid 19 is not the bubonic plague that wiped out 1/3 of Europe in the Middle Ages. Most people that get it recover. And the ones that don’t tend to have serious health issues anyway.
    This lock down is ridiculous and a way that the elites are trying to control people. Just because they think they can. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Still_Small_Voice in Is religious liberty threatened in USA?   
    My point about Hitler was that he took advantage of an “emergency “ to obtain power as Chancellor of Germany in 1933. He then arranged things to rule as an absolute dictator for twelve years, even though he was not technically a dictator at all. Mostly his decrees had a legal basis. 
     
    Even though we have a supposed emergency here in the US, we must be cautious about giving up any of our God guaranteed rights. 
     
    Actually we should be adamant about not giving up any, including church attendance.  AFAIK there is no legal basis to arrest anyone attending church. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Still_Small_Voice in Is religious liberty threatened in USA?   
    I must call you out on this. 
    Hitler ruled Germany for twelve years under a legal emergency decree by the Reichstag. 
    No supposed emergency ever justifies any compromise of our God given rights. No exceptions. 
    The decrees so far here in the US  are not even legal IMHO. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Vort in How is everybody doing?   
    I work in an essential Industry so no change in work routine or income. 
     
    Biggest change by far is SF Bay Area traffic. My commute of 15 miles is now around 15 minutes whereas it used to be almost an hour. 
     
    For me all else is normal. Except my favorite restaurants are closed except for takeout, which is not my favorite thing to do. 
     
    I refuse to wear a mask or not travel to my country home. SIP is ridiculous IMHO. BtW, I’m a 72 year old diabetic. No fear. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from NightSG in Is religious liberty threatened in USA?   
    My point about Hitler was that he took advantage of an “emergency “ to obtain power as Chancellor of Germany in 1933. He then arranged things to rule as an absolute dictator for twelve years, even though he was not technically a dictator at all. Mostly his decrees had a legal basis. 
     
    Even though we have a supposed emergency here in the US, we must be cautious about giving up any of our God guaranteed rights. 
     
    Actually we should be adamant about not giving up any, including church attendance.  AFAIK there is no legal basis to arrest anyone attending church. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from NightSG in Is religious liberty threatened in USA?   
    The short answer to your question is no. 
     
    Let’s keep this in perspective. Covid 19 is not the bubonic plague that wiped out 1/3 of Europe in the Middle Ages. Most people that get it recover. And the ones that don’t tend to have serious health issues anyway.
    This lock down is ridiculous and a way that the elites are trying to control people. Just because they think they can. 
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    mrmarklin reacted to Grunt in Is religious liberty threatened in USA?   
    We don't even know if it's 3%.  Many people are asymptomatic.  We don't have any idea how many people actually have it or died from it.  That doesn't mean I'm claiming "it's just like the flu".  
    The answer is never.  The government shouldn't ever take away my liberty to protect me from myself.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Vort in Is religious liberty threatened in USA?   
    The short answer to your question is no. 
     
    Let’s keep this in perspective. Covid 19 is not the bubonic plague that wiped out 1/3 of Europe in the Middle Ages. Most people that get it recover. And the ones that don’t tend to have serious health issues anyway.
    This lock down is ridiculous and a way that the elites are trying to control people. Just because they think they can. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Anddenex in Is religious liberty threatened in USA?   
    My point about Hitler was that he took advantage of an “emergency “ to obtain power as Chancellor of Germany in 1933. He then arranged things to rule as an absolute dictator for twelve years, even though he was not technically a dictator at all. Mostly his decrees had a legal basis. 
     
    Even though we have a supposed emergency here in the US, we must be cautious about giving up any of our God guaranteed rights. 
     
    Actually we should be adamant about not giving up any, including church attendance.  AFAIK there is no legal basis to arrest anyone attending church. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from SilentOne in Is religious liberty threatened in USA?   
    My point about Hitler was that he took advantage of an “emergency “ to obtain power as Chancellor of Germany in 1933. He then arranged things to rule as an absolute dictator for twelve years, even though he was not technically a dictator at all. Mostly his decrees had a legal basis. 
     
    Even though we have a supposed emergency here in the US, we must be cautious about giving up any of our God guaranteed rights. 
     
    Actually we should be adamant about not giving up any, including church attendance.  AFAIK there is no legal basis to arrest anyone attending church. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Vort in Is religious liberty threatened in USA?   
    My point about Hitler was that he took advantage of an “emergency “ to obtain power as Chancellor of Germany in 1933. He then arranged things to rule as an absolute dictator for twelve years, even though he was not technically a dictator at all. Mostly his decrees had a legal basis. 
     
    Even though we have a supposed emergency here in the US, we must be cautious about giving up any of our God guaranteed rights. 
     
    Actually we should be adamant about not giving up any, including church attendance.  AFAIK there is no legal basis to arrest anyone attending church. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Anddenex in Is religious liberty threatened in USA?   
    I must call you out on this. 
    Hitler ruled Germany for twelve years under a legal emergency decree by the Reichstag. 
    No supposed emergency ever justifies any compromise of our God given rights. No exceptions. 
    The decrees so far here in the US  are not even legal IMHO. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Anddenex in Is religious liberty threatened in USA?   
    It is and the powers that be are using this pandemic as an excuse to suppress not only religion, but gun rights and freedom of assembly and free speech.  All in the name of "safety".
    None of this is legal of course, and I'm mostly ignoring any and all of these stupid orders.  I won't wear a mask or gloves, and I go where and when I please.  Over Easter we had a nice family gathering of over ten people at the house.  Shocking I know.
    None of this has been legislated or voted upon by the people it restricts.
    Sadly, all my favorite restaurants are closed except for takeout.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Vort in Is religious liberty threatened in USA?   
    They thought he was more like Stalin. 
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    mrmarklin reacted to Colirio in Is religious liberty threatened in USA?   
    I really just wanted this to be said again. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from NightSG in Is religious liberty threatened in USA?   
    I must call you out on this. 
    Hitler ruled Germany for twelve years under a legal emergency decree by the Reichstag. 
    No supposed emergency ever justifies any compromise of our God given rights. No exceptions. 
    The decrees so far here in the US  are not even legal IMHO. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Colirio in Is religious liberty threatened in USA?   
    I must call you out on this. 
    Hitler ruled Germany for twelve years under a legal emergency decree by the Reichstag. 
    No supposed emergency ever justifies any compromise of our God given rights. No exceptions. 
    The decrees so far here in the US  are not even legal IMHO. 
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    mrmarklin reacted to prisonchaplain in Church culture and imperfection of man   
    I'm offering a non-LDS Christian perspective, but I suspect that my thoughts apply well to most church settings. Some realities that may help:
    1. Church leaders often recognize that it is the most devout who respond to calls for repentance. Often people deep in sin can be cavalier. So, it may be that your being disappointed with yourself (which does need to be lifted) is rooted primarily in your sincere desire for holiness--living right and pure before your God. The motivation is good, but the result (feeling overwhelmingly guilty) is unbalanced.
    2. God don't make no junk! Not sure who first said this, but it is so. Humanity was/is the height of God's creation. Each soul is a treasure. Every head on your head is counted by Heavenly Father.
    3. Consider enhancing your worship of God. In your post you focus a lot on you. That could be disheartening for anyone! So...turn a good measure of that focus to the One you serve. Play faith-promoting songs--especially those that directly offer praise of the LORD. Perhaps doing a study of God's characteristics might be useful. Look to Galations 5:22--23. If you like the characteristics listed seek a greater infilling of God's Holy Spirit. More of Him, less of me!
    4. Keep doing the self-care you described--even the medicine, if it is indicated. You may believe it is not effective, but you might be that much worse off without it.
    These are just my initial thoughts. God's peace, comfort and presence be with you!
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Vort in Is religious liberty threatened in USA?   
    I must call you out on this. 
    Hitler ruled Germany for twelve years under a legal emergency decree by the Reichstag. 
    No supposed emergency ever justifies any compromise of our God given rights. No exceptions. 
    The decrees so far here in the US  are not even legal IMHO. 
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    mrmarklin reacted to prisonchaplain in Welcome to the People's Republic of Seattle   
    Wait...I thought having several months of essentials items stored up was some kind of church-encouraged thing. No?
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    mrmarklin reacted to Colirio in Welcome to the People's Republic of Seattle   
    Wait, wait, wait.... 
     
     
    People still buy magazines?!?
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    mrmarklin reacted to Emmanuel Goldstein in Nature of bodies of translated beings   
    My point is we should call them what they were called in the scripture.
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    mrmarklin reacted to prisonchaplain in Christian college denied right to treat faculty as 'ministers'   
    If I am not mistaken the Hosanna-Tabor school was not a seminary (i.e. graduate school training ministers) but rather a private, church-based K-12 school. The courts can take this in one of two directions. One is the way of Canada, which says that religious schools (other than those that prepare clergy) are no more protected than non-religious schools. Public policy laws oppose discrimination trump the religious convictions of the sponsoring religious organization. This is the narrow, socially "liberal" viewpoint. The Canadian example is Trinity Western University, which failed to gain accreditation for its proposed law school because students signed a morality honor code prohibiting gay or extra-marital sex. My argument pleases social conservatives, but might be considered libertarian, as well. Religiously-oriented schools should have the right to discriminate in the hiring of faculty--and in the selection of students. One way of looking at is freedom of association.  
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    mrmarklin reacted to prisonchaplain in Christian college denied right to treat faculty as 'ministers'   
    This topic could be difficult for the public at large to grapple with. Certainly, most professors are not ordained ministers. Further, many colleges/universities with religious foundations are primarily universities and almost incidentally religious. However, many religious schools have a more rigorous spiritual aspect to them. In my own denomination, for example, most of our colleges/universities are the default regional school many of our coming-of-age youth. Further, they are our main source of ministers. Some have open enrollment (meaning non-religious students can be accepted). However, all of them require the faculty to be Christians who are able to sign on to our Statement of Fundamental Truths. Further, some of our schools (Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Waxahatchie, TX comes to mind) require students to declare Christian faith on their application (Application Question: Tell us about your born-again experience). Courts should give religiously-missioned colleges/universities tremendously broad empowerment to declare their faculty as 'ministers' in regards to this exception.
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    mrmarklin reacted to Colirio in LAWYER HELP REQUESTED   
    Government officials have just as much authority as the governed allow them to have. 
     
    /inciting rebellion