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Re: “Paragould school puts Nativity Scene back up after protest

Doc:
Interesting site. I will read more for sure.

Norma & the Outlier:
I'm against hate crimes of any kind. Those are indeed terrible occurrences. I agree, the publicly recognized Christian leaders should stand against this ugliness.

I'll sign off of this debate for now, but will keep a lookout for you on the next story.

Posted by rmcmillon on 12/16/2011 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Paragould school puts Nativity Scene back up after protest

Hackett:
Sorry. You are correct. My point is that the God is in the foundation of our country's guiding principles. The Constitution was signed "in the year of our Lord." Our founding fathers intended for us to be a nation directed by God, not separated from Him. They didn't want the nation to dictate which way we worshipped God.

It's because of our founding documents that we can even type/chat freely here and disagree. I am extremely grateful for this privilege and that you and the others who are posting here have it as well.

Fanatics of any particular religion are whom we need to guard against. And, sadly, Christians have their share.

Construction paper and staples aren't a huge expense. I have several close friends who are teachers who pay out of their own pockets to provide items for the children they teach and their classrooms. (I get your point about the tax payers money. Every little bit ads up. I know enough people in the GCT school district who will gladly say that was their couple of dollars for the bulletin board.)

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Posted by rmcmillon on 12/15/2011 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Paragould school puts Nativity Scene back up after protest

Norma:
I was referencing what you wrote to me in an earlier post:
"Stone disobedient children to death? Execute gay men (but not lesbians)? An eye for an eye?"

I wanted to be clear that the teaching for Christianity is not an "eye for an eye," or to "stone disobedient children to death." Didn't attempt to misread your comments, they just seemed pretty direct.

Still I ask, are there a set of guidelines or code of ethics by which you live?

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Posted by rmcmillon on 12/15/2011 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Paragould school puts Nativity Scene back up after protest

Rowdy:
I want our children to receive an excellent education. Arkansas ranks very high in the nation with our education. They are taught different subjects at school to help then learn what they need to attain a higher education or work at particular jobs or trades for life.

Absolutely, it is the responsibility of the parent, parents, guardians, grandparents, and/or church to teach them about God. The attempt is not to "pedal" a religion. I will not stand up and fight for the Bible to be an actual school subject. There are many varied ways that people believe it should be taught and thus would lead to greater and greater difficulties. But I believe it is good for children to be taught the principles of Chrisitianity. (I know, that comment will get ripped because all other religions "principles" should be taught as well.) There are Christian schools available if parents so choose to give their children Bible education everyday.

So, let's leave that out of the school. But, do we bark before we consider, "is this really that big of a deal." Arguably a harmless bulletin board. There wasn't a member of another religious group wanting to put up another type board, so far as I know. Would be something for consideration whenever that time comes.

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Posted by rmcmillon on 12/15/2011 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Paragould school puts Nativity Scene back up after protest

Norma:
I do not propose the killing of someone who does not agree with me. The Old Testament was pretty harsh. God chose to work out his plan through the Hebrews, but they, as we humans do, often turn our backs on Him. So there was punishment that ensued. Christ brings grace, mercy, and love with His ministry in the New Testament. His minstry was about correcting the abuse of the law that mankind had messed up. We humans mess up Christ's message to by being ugly towards each other. I pray you do not take any of my aforementioned statements in any other way than in a peaceful and loving way.

Let me ask this, what is it that drives your life? For what or whom do you live?

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Posted by rmcmillon on 12/15/2011 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Paragould school puts Nativity Scene back up after protest

Rowdy: Sounds like you need a hug, bro. Evidently a lot of "Christians" have misrepresented the true Christ to you.

I agree on needing to put on the other person's shoes for a while. I do that everyday. The world would be better if we all did that, but that would be a perfect world.

oh, and

Janie:
Would have loved to read that editorial if you were still here. Wouldn't have agreed with it all, but it would have been interesting.
Yes, you did shake us around a bit while you were here. But, I like a little fire. It wakes people up. Tell Perkins "Hi!" for me if you see him.

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Posted by rmcmillon on 12/14/2011 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Paragould school puts Nativity Scene back up after protest

plainjim: To be fair, yes that would be the politically correct way to do it. However, let's look at whom the writers of the Constitution placed at the head of our country. "We are endowed by our Creator." Not all religious groups recognize the God that our founding fathers did. These other groups are privileged to worship their deities. We allow them to do that as long as it is done peaceably. In accordance with that, we Christians need to be respectful of their practices and worship peaceably as well.

How are we in violation of the Constitution in trying to keep the Creator God in the everyday life of our country?

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Posted by rmcmillon on 12/14/2011 at 8:51 AM

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