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Atheism atheism (ā`thē-ĭz'əm), denial of the existence of God or gods and of any supernatural existence, to be distinguished from agnosticism, which holds that the existence cannot be proved. is being forced on us
I have been following the antics of Dr. Michael Newdow Michael Arthur Newdow (born June 24 1953 in New York City) is a Sacramento, California attorney and emergency medicine physician. He is best known for his efforts to bar public schools in the United States from reciting the current version of the Pledge of Allegiance because of its , the California atheist who is trying to have the words "under God" pulled from the Pledge of Allegiance Pledge of Allegiance, in full, Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, oath that proclaims loyalty to the United States. and its national symbol. .
His recent statement to the courts that he didn't want his daughter to think that her father was wrong makes me wonder if he gives his children an allowance or if he deals in American currency in any way, because the phrase "In God We Trust" is on all denominations. It is difficult to be consistent in a society that doesn't agree with you.
I am also skeptical of his claim to atheism. Quite literally, the word means "a disbelief in a supreme being" (a god). But all societies of mankind, from their beginnings, have believed in some kind of higher power Higher power is a term used in a 12-step program, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, to describe "a power greater than yourself." Although many participants equate their higher power with God, a belief in God or in formal religion is not mandatory; the higher power is intended as a , something bigger than themselves. Only in recent centuries have men convinced themselves that they don't believe in a higher power, usually in negative reaction to a religion that was forced upon them. In reality, atheism is its own religion, and adherents don't seem to mind forcing their beliefs on the rest of us through litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.
When a person begins a civil lawsuit, the person enters into a process called litigation. such as Newdow is pursuing.
I want to go on record as an objector to this form of religious persecution The neutrality and factual accuracy of this article are disputed.
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'Under God' is unconstitutional
I have a question: How can anyone see the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance - and on our money, for that matter - as anything but unconstitutional?
Some people have claimed that those words represent the ideals upon which our society was founded, and I understand and respect that, but the country was founded at a time when there were very few other religions in this country. Today, the religious composition of the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. is much more diverse, with different people believing in a different god, gods, or no god at all. The original Pledge of Allegiance didn't even contain the words "under God." The government added these as a counter to communism, and that action was entirely unconstitutional.
The government really had no right to distinguish its citizens as being under any god at all. The separation of church and state
Hopefully, the Supreme Court will uphold the separation of church and state and reverse this mistake.
Hospital helped mom and baby
There seems to be a myth in this community that bigger is better. The slogan at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center is "We love taking care of you." My experience is that this is far more than a slogan, it is a way of life for the women who work in Women's Health Women's Health Definition
Women's health is the effect of gender on disease and health that encompasses a broad range of biological and psychosocial issues. and Birth Center.
When my son arrived early and under stress, his need for oxygen alone would have caused him to be whisked away from me and landed him in the neonatal intensive care unit Noun 1. neonatal intensive care unit - an intensive care unit designed with special equipment to care for premature or seriously ill newborn
ICU, intensive care unit - a hospital unit staffed and equipped to provide intensive care at a larger hospital. The nursery at McKenzie-Willamette was more than able to care for all the needs of my son, who spent the first week of his life under the constant care of these dedicated women. Not only was he never taken from me, but when it was time for me to check out and my son was not ready to go home, I was dropped from the census and allowed to stay in his room. Not for one moment were we separated.
I could not have handled the stress of all his needs were it not for the fact that this hospital and the dedicated nursery staff went way beyond the call of duty to keep us together and see that we were well cared for. We could never properly thank the women who cared for us and the policies that McKenzie-Willamette has fought to uphold in keeping a newborn child and mother together.
Nathanson will get the job done
Here in Eugene, the upcoming mayoral election could go one of two ways: to the far left or to the more moderate center. Nancy Nathanson is by far the best choice for Eugene mayor. She's up for the job. If you've been watching her on the Eugene City Council for the past 10 years, I doubt I need to convince you of this. Nathanson has the brains, the energy, the experience and the strong conviction to make things happen.
Through her long experience at the city level, Nathanson understands the vital connection between a healthy economy and a healthy community. She knows that without an energized local business environment, our community stands to lose what it holds dear - its civic vitality. She'll represent us well at both the state and federal levels, advancing Eugene's best interests wherever she finds the opportunity. She knows the ropes. She will get the job done.
Cloverdale Road now a freeway
The Oregon Department of Transportation did a wonderful job remodeling remodeling /re·mod·el·ing/ (re-mod´el-ing) reorganization or renovation of an old structure.
bone remodeling Highway 58 from Interstate 5 to Oakridge. There is one remaining problem - Highway 58 does not connect to I-5 for trucks and cars that wish to travel south on I-5. ODOT ODOT Oregon Department of Transportation
ODOT Ohio Department Of Transportation
ODOT Oklahoma Department of Transportation apparently decided to make Cloverdale Road a short cut for all traffic between Highway 58 and southbound on I-5.
Cloverdale Road has now changed into a freeway, but the road is much narrower than Highway 58, and there are 74 driveways and 36 mailbox groups north of Creswell. Because of the added traffic, people using the driveways may have to stop on the roadway; and the mail deliverer is parked on the road in order to deliver mail.
ODOT hasn't given proper consideration to this problem, witnessed by the fact that there are no speed limit signs on the road until one reaches Creswell.
DEBORAH L. LARSON
Conservatives cater to the rich
Conservatives seem so disrespectful dis·re·spect·ful
Having or exhibiting a lack of respect; rude and discourteous.
disre·spect of liberals. They fill these columns with such negative comments about them.
Our wartime president Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the first president who was given that label during my lifetime. He started programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), established in 1933 by the U.S. Congress as a measure of the New Deal program. The CCC provided work and vocational training for unemployed single young men through conserving and developing the country's natural resources. and the Works Progress Administration Works Progress Administration: see Work Projects Administration. . He put a lot of Americans back to work on government projects. I remember listening to him with my father on Dec. 8, 1941, as he made his Day of Infamy speech The Infamy Speech was delivered on December 8, 1941 by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt, one day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
This address is regarded as one of the most famous American political speeches of the twentieth century. after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor, land-locked harbor, on the southern coast of Oahu island, Hawaii, W of Honolulu; one of the largest and best natural harbors in the E Pacific Ocean. In the vicinity are many U.S. military installations, including the chief U.S. .
Roosevelt was a Democrat who cared about the well-being of all Americans, not just the rich. Liberals care about all Americans, not just millionaires. Nor do they cater just to the rich. Conservative politicians cater almost exclusively to the rich and do not look much into the needs of the average American family American Family is a photographic artwork exhibition by Renée Cox. See also
There are other Americans who need help too - such as the mentally ill, the physically impaired See assistive technology. , those who are down and out, those who need medical assistance and those who have other problems. Conservatives seem to not care about the government helping people in need or creating the opportunities for average Americans to better their lives. Their heroes are the very rich.
Many liberals are good Christians who want to help others. Not everybody is of the same convictions, but I would rather our government encourage and help all of our people have a better life and not cater just to the rich who put money in their pocket.
ROBERT W. LAMBIE
Even dogs oppose gambling
I am writing this on behalf of me and my dog. He believes that casinos are bad because people spend money on gambling, waste it, and then don't have money to buy food and toys for their families and dogs.
Imagine if you had a wonderful heart-of-gold dog. What kind of food would you buy him? That's right, the best kind of food there is! So how would you buy that if you spent all your money on gambling?
My dog and I most sincerely want to stop the casino.
BLAIR PEARSON, age 11
We were safer before Iraq war Iraq War: see under Persian Gulf Wars.
or Second Persian Gulf War
Brief conflict in 2003 between Iraq and a combined force of troops largely from the U.S. and Great Britain; and a subsequent U.S.
It appears the CIA CIA: see Central Intelligence Agency.
(1) (Confidentiality Integrity Authentication) The three important concerns with regards to information security. Encryption is used to provide confidentiality (privacy, secrecy). and the U.S. State A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of the United States, although four states use the official title "commonwealth". The separate state governments and the federal government share sovereignty, in that an American is a citizen both of the federal entity and Department now say in "Agencies note spread of bin Laden's ideology" (Register-Guard, April 5) that the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq has accelerated the spread of Islamic militant movements.
Is this a surprise to anyone? Did not millions of people from all over the globe try to tell our war president this would happen? Instead of attempting to solve the causes of terrorism, this war-mongering administration has made a bad situation worse. What purpose was served by the invasion of Iraq? No weapons of mass destruction Weapons that are capable of a high order of destruction and/or of being used in such a manner as to destroy large numbers of people. Weapons of mass destruction can be high explosives or nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological weapons, but exclude the means of transporting or or ties to terrorists were found. Ironically, Saddam Hussein kept terrorists out of his country. The only thing George Bush achieved was to create an unstable, hostile society that will be a breeding ground for future terrorists at the cost of thousands of lives and billions of our dollars.
We now face a staggering deficit for years to come, our allies are alienated from us and refuse to aid us in Iraq and a terrible hornet's nest of anger is now directed at us from the Middle East. We were far safer before Iraq was invaded; all President Bush managed to do there is create more terrorists.
It is a sad day for America. More and more terrorists are created daily so Vice President Dick Cheney's cronies can be awarded fat contracts and George Bush can joke to the media about missing weapons of mass destruction while our soldiers bleed and die in the desert.
Wal-Mart provides good jobs
In reply to the flap about the expansion plans of Wal-Mart in our area:
I have worked for Wal-Mart in Eugene for four years and I am now making $3 more an hour than I did after 25 years at the now-defunct cannery as a member of the Teamsters Union.
Please tell me who else, except Wal-Mart, would hire a 54-year-old woman and give her a living wage, full benefits including health insurance, and a chance to prosper and advance in her position?