The History of Easter:
Things you might not know about Easter traditions we follow today:
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 New King James Version (NKJV)
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 22:36-40 New King James Version (NKJV)
“He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, But he who honors Him has mercy on the needy.” Proverbs 14:31 (NKJV)
This holiday season has been busy with decorating, shopping, and of course baking. The gifts are all wrapped and under the tree. The Christmas Cards have all been sent. I’ve checked the Santa Tracker and Santa has a while before he makes it to my part of the world. I’ve gotten a plate of home made Ginger Snap cookies and Cinnamon Rolls all ready with a large glass of milk to be set out next to the fire place before bed.
Gifts are only one part of the Holiday Season. It is also a time to be thankful for the things that we have, the people in our lives, and to look forward to the coming new year.
Wishing everyone a wonderful and safe Christmas and Holiday Season.
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The Supreme Court has been busy, among the recent decisions they have made is in the case of Hobby Lobby. An over simplification of the issue at hand was that the owners of Hobby Lobby believe that certain types of birth control cause abortions and they didn’t want those included in their health insurance plans; due to long held religious beliefs. Beliefs that the Supreme Court agreed they could force upon their employees who may not share their religion. They also said that the government provided a work around solution for religious institutions that could be used. Since then the Supreme Court has clarified that all contraception falls under their decision and has in the days since granted a request by a college to block any enforcement against the school for refusal to comply with the contraceptive mandate.
There are many articles and comments out there about the decision, from gloom and doom to celebrations. In reading the articles and the comments one argument stood out among the sea of typical talking points:
When it comes to Erectile Dysfunction drugs their only stated purpose, and medical benefit is to allow men to have sex via helping with a poor libido (sex drive), ejaculation, and getting and maintaining an erection. There are several causes for Erectile Dysfunction including:
In short Erectile Dysfunction drugs allow men of all ages, and lifestyles, to continue to have as much sex as they want.
Pregnancy is caused primarily by sexual intercourse. The number one cause of an abortion is a woman getting pregnant by a man. Therefore logic follows that Erectile Dysfunction drugs that allow a man to keep having sex; do in fact, cause abortions. So why aren’t companies with such deeply held religious beliefs demanding to remove them from insurance coverage?
Seriously, why do I; a woman, have to pay higher premiums for a man to be able to have as much recreational sex as he wants? It’s a lifestyle choice. The majority of the causes for erectile dysfunction are caused by lifestyle choices. There is also the fact that treatments for erectile dysfunction have been seen to cause prostate cancer. So now, I am not only paying higher premiums to cover the drugs I am paying to cover the cancer treatments caused by the drugs. All so a man can keep having as much sex as he wants.
There are non-medication alternatives to Erectile Dysfunction drugs including improvement to lifestyle, losing weight, and using a vacuum device to stimulate the penis into an erection prior to sex.
When it comes to birth control the primary purpose is to prevent pregnancy. However it also is used for other medical conditions:
Birth Control does have a list of side effects including: nausea, acne, weight gain, moodiness, and in rare cases blood clots, stroke, heart attacks, liver tumors, gallstones, and conflicting studies link it to breast and cervical cancer.
Medical decisions should be between a patient, their doctor, and whatever religion that patient holds. A simple solution would be for the government to allow all women to go get birth control insurance coverage from the insurance companies directly; or from the government. As with all medication there should be a co-pay associated with getting the medication. It shouldn’t be singled out to be free.
Take employers completely out of the equation.
“I don’t want to see religious bigotry in any form. It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it.” Billy Graham 1981