Monday, January 19, 2009
The Inauguration is Upon Us
The inauguration is upon us and already change looms over us, the bill for this shindig is supposed to be over twice as large as any in the past.. hmmm wonder who is going to pay for that?
Faith based programs are not being funded, hmmm wonder how that happened?
One has to wonder what comes next? I have serious issues when they start messing with faith based organizations. I have a couple of reasons for this allow me to expound.
In 1999, due to the Federal government getting involved in the Child Support system and me living on less than a shoestring, I was evicted. Lost my apartment in 3 weeks. I won't go into the despair and fear I felt having 4 kids the oldest being 11 and absolutely no place to go. I went to government agencies, they wouldn't help. Said I made enough money and didn't qualify, I was making less than $10.00 an hour and my child support checks were often late sometimes as much as 8 weeks behind. I was told by a gov't worker that they couldnt help me because if I lived in the Appalachians I would be rich.. Hello?? I lived in the suburbs of Chicago, and if I lived in the Appalachains I would not have a job at all but I digress. So here I was homeless, l4 kids... and no help. Where did I turn? To the local P.A.D.S. program. A faith based organization that provided shelter for the night, dinner, breakfast and a sack lunch. I did this for 89 days and will forever thank God for that blessing. We were not suffering from a poor economy St. Bill was president and alledgedly we as a country were thriving and yet no help for someone who was down on her luck....
Another reason I get a little peeved about the entire lack of respect for faith based ministries is the entire seperation of church and state concept... OK, all I will say this once (will probably say it many times but, I wish I could say it only once). The phrase seperation of church and state is not in the constitution, it states that we will not have a centralized church, ie the church of England. Our country was built on the right to worship God... and yet we allow a few to hurl rocks at that foundation and whine and moan and demand that we NOT worship God.. citing the constitution!!
Don't get me wrong I respect that individuals have the right to not worship God but they aren't the majority and shouldn't be treated as such. Personally, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. I do however respect that others disagree with me and have a faith of their own which is why I am thrilled that our constitution denied us the right to name one single church as head of our country...
What does this have to do with Obama? well nothing really, except for the fact that the change has begun..