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Who on “our side” stayed home yesterday?

Despite both media and personal FOTM eye-witness reports of very long lines in many polling places yesterday, we are told that voter turnout in the 2012 presidential election was 13 million fewer than in 2008.

Mitt Romney won 3 million votes less than John McCain in 2008, while Obama lost 10 million votes of his own from 2008.

Kevin DuJan of HillBuzz asks “So where did those 3 million McCain voters go?”

They surely didn’t vote for Obama yesterday.

DuJan writes, “The only thing I can think of is this.” Either Ron Paul supporters sat the election out because of what happened in the Republican National Convention between Romney’s people and Paul’s delegates, and/or Evangelicals went through with their threat to sit home because Romney is a Mormon.

Certainly Ron Paul never gave Mitt Romney his endorsement. In fact, on election day yesterday, Paul’s website actively sought to discourage Paulists from voting by publishing his essay, “Ron Paul: No Difference Between Obama and Romney“.

As for the Evangelicals, did many stay home in spite of Christian evangelist Bill Graham’s full-page ad in the New York Times endorsing Romney?

DuJan is incredulous: “And these two groups thought allowing Obama to have a second term was worth sitting home. Is that what happened? I never thought that was a realistic possibility because I can’t imagine ever allowing the Left to not just maintain power but actually expand their reach…but that’s what happened last night.”

What I do know is that I haven’t seen “dan,” a Ron Paul supporter and longtime regular FOTM commenter, come on FOTM for many weeks now. His last comment was on October 9, 2012, nearly a month ago. And as late as yesterday morning, a commenter who calls himself Joe had voiced his misgivings about voting for Romney because of the latter’s Mormon “polytheism.”

UPDATE (Nov. 8, 2012):

What some commenters to this post wrote, as well as an essay by self-described Ron Paul follower, financial consultant Ron Holland of The Daily Bell, make clear that indeed Paul cultists should be partly held responsible for “our side” losing this election. Here’s what Holland wrote:

“…the GOP leadership antagonized the 10 percent of the Republican Party electorate who supported Ron Paul for President. Of course, the establishment is still deathly scared of the Ron Paul movement and their harsh treatment and the subsequent blowback on November 6 guarantees any discussion here will be verboten and seldom mentioned for obvious reasons. While some voted for Romney, a few – as the returns show – voted third-party and many like me just sat home on election day disgusted at the entire political charade. Romney lost because he needed a majority of this 10 percent to win yet those controlling his campaign simply threw this voting block away because it threatened powerful central banking, neocon and moneyed interests supporting the GOP.”

As if all that was at stake in this election is central banking. You Ron Paul cultists make me sick. By staying home on election day, you helped reelect the devil — the most pro-abortion president in the history of U.S.A.

Update (Nov. 9, 2012):

Evangelical Christians did not stay home on Nov. 6. They turned out for Mitt Romney in even larger numbers than they did in 2008 for John McCain. See my post, “Evangelicals and faithful Catholics came through for Romney.

~Eowyn

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Rosary beads are “disruptive”

Loveland school seizes rosary beads from student, says they’re ‘gang symbol’

KDVR: LOVELAND, Colo. — A student is questioning whether his faith or his fashion is under fire at his high school in Loveland. Thompson Valley High School officials have confiscated his rosary beads twice since school started three weeks ago. And he says they never told him, or his family, why.

They tell me I can’t wear them,” says Manuel Vigil, showing us an identical rosary to the one seized by his school. The junior says he wears rosary beads to protect himself from harm.

But his school district thinks the religious necklace will harm students. “That’s typically not what we want for a safe environment for school,” says Thompson Valley School District spokesperson Margaret Crespo.

The district says they can be affiliated with gangs, and disrupt learning. “Are you in a gang? I ask Vigil. ‘No. I’m not in a gang,’ he says. You’re a good student?  ‘I’m a good student,’” he says.

The 16-year-old says he and his family are strong Catholics. “I use them for prayer. I feel safe when I have them on.”

The district says it gave Vigil options before seizing the beads. “We’ve given you two opportunities to take it off or to put it inside your shirt. That’s not something you’re interested in doing. You’re not giving us an alternative than to remove it,” Crespo says Vigil was told.

But Vigil says he only got a demand. “If he would have given me that option, I would have put it in my shirt,” he says.

Vigil’s classmates agree putting a bad label on a good symbol is wrong. “If it’s for religious reasons he should be allowed to wear it. We have religious tolerance in this country,” says a freshman student Jack. “It’s a necklace. Girls wear necklaces all the time and they never get them taken away,” says junior Rachel.

They can say anything they want is disruptive.  Just ‘cause they say it, doesn’t mean it’s true,” says freshman Adam. None of the students wanted to give their last names.

Vigil says how ironic he’s getting in trouble for being a good and faithful person. “I could see if I was out doing gang activity, but I’ve never been in trouble with the law, never been in trouble at school,” says Vigil.

The bigger problem the district says is Vigil’s rosary had 13 beads per section, instead of the traditional 10. That 13, they say, can be associated with the Sureno’s gang. But Vigil didn’t know that. Plus, on some religious websites we also found several rosaries featuring 13 beads. His other confiscated rosary, by the way, has 10 beads.

He’s tried to pick them up from the office. But the school says they’ll only give them to a parent and his mom can’t make it during school hours because of work.

Reason number 999,999 to home school.

DCG

A big h/t to FOTM’s eagle-eyed Miss May and Lady Wendy who both spotted this story!

~Eowyn

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Surprise! Muslim Americans Give Obama Highest Approval

Have you ever wondered why your pet dog or cat who’s been with you since babyhood recognizes its own kind?
My strictly indoor cats like to look out of the bay windows — at the birds, squirrels, raccoons, and the occasional skunk that wander by. But when a neighbor cat drifts into our garden, my cats pay special attention and get downright agitated.
Just as my cats recognize other cats, Muslims recognize a fellow Muslim when they see one.

Terence Jeffrey reports for CNSNews.com, August 10, 2011, that of all religious groups in America, Muslims give Obama the highest approval!
I’m so surprised!!! (not)
The newly released survey was conducted by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center, a partnership between Gallup and the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi.
Here are the percentages of the various religious groups which approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president:

  • Muslim Americans: 80%.
  • Jewish Americans: 65%
  • Atheists, agnostics, and those of  no religion: 60%
  • Catholics: 50%
  • Protestants: 37%
  • Mormons: 25%

Read the rest of the article here.
H/t Steve & Tina!
~Eowyn

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Vietnam Persecutes Christians

Flag of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

“All men will hate you because of me….” -Matthew 10:22

Along with the persecution of Christians in Muslim countries, here’s a reminder that Christians continue to be persecuted in so-called communist countries — in this case, Vietnam.

Michael Benge — who spent 11 years in Vietnam as a Foreign Service Officer and 5 years as POW — writes in The American Thinker, June 12, 2011:

[T]he brutal communist [Vietnam] regime may have outdone itself with last month’s reported slaughter of over 75 ethnic Hmong Christians. Hundreds more were wounded and/or arrested and taken to undisclosed locations.

An estimated 9,000 Hmong, mainly Catholics and Protestant Christians, gathered in the Muong Nhe district in North Vietnam’s Dien Bien province on May 1 to honor the beatification of Pope John Paul II…who had opposed both fascist Nazis forces and communist totalitarianism….

The religious services honoring the pope evolved into peaceful protests by Hmong seeking religious freedom and the cessation of human rights abuses, institutional corruption, social injustice, and land-grabbing….

As was the case during similar protests by Montagnard Christians in 2001 in the Central Highlands, and in true fascist form, communist officials overreacted by deploying thousands of troops, special police, and MI-24 “Hind” helicopter gunships. All outside communication was shut down, the electricity was cut off, the province was cordoned off to prevent anyone from entering or leaving, and all news media and foreigners were banned from the area. Some Hmong demonstrators were able to escape into the nearby mountains, where they were hunted by heliborne “Dac Cong” Special Forces units. Some of the fleeing Hmong are reported to have been summarily executed when caught. At least two Hmong mountain villages and several enclaves suspected of harboring fleeing protesters were attacked by the gunships  armed with rockets, cannons, and Gatling guns. It is not known how many were killed or wounded.

[…] Article 70 of the 1992 Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam provides that “the citizen shall enjoy freedom of belief and religion; he can follow any religion or follow none. All religions are equal before the law. The places of worship of all faiths and religions are protected by the law. No one can violate freedom of belief and of religion.”

However, Article 70 contains this caveat: “nor can anyone misuse beliefs and religions to contravene the law, and State policies.” 

The laws cited above are full of ambiguities and contradictions and provide no criteria as to what is considered “misuse,” but they fundamentally state that all religions, religious denominations, churches, clergy, and religious activities must be approved by the central government in order to be legal. Ethnic minority Christians are regularly harassed, beaten, and tortured in attempts by communist officials to force them to renounce their beliefs in God. The Vietnamese government is now proposing amendments to the already harsh existing laws that will further restrict freedom of worship and all church-related activities.

[…] Anyone who participates in unauthorized religious activities, including outdoor prayer services, protests, or demonstrations, is guilty of “undermining Vietnam’s national unity,” a crime that carries a prison sentence of ten years or more. Even if the Hmong Christians had not held peaceful protests, the mere fact that they conducted open-air prayer services to honor the beatification of Pope John Paul II makes them subject to arrest and imprisonment.

[…] The State Department will no doubt mention the persecuted Hmong Christians in its Annual Report on Human Rights. Yet State has continually refused to do anything that might be deemed punitive, such as designating Vietnam as a Country of Particular Concern regarding religious persecution, which might upset the delicate feelings of the communist regime. Needless to say, President Obama seems oblivious to the ongoing religious persecution and human rights abuses.

Read the rest of Benge’s article, here.

The Left, under whatever guise, hate Christ and Christians. One has to ask what is about Christ that engenders such murderous hatred.

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” -John 15:18

~Eowyn

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Religious Affiliations of 112th Congress


Source: Pew Research Center
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