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Remembering 9/11

September 11th, 2014 by Mick Sheldon
Remembering 9/11
Our country use to share a common bond that was supported by our media , arts and education system . Seems we concentrate on the things that divide us more then that what unites us .  Praying for leadership and a culture  that gets back to honoring and respecting the things we have in common once again .  United We Stand .

Received these two emails from my two oldest brothers . Both lived in the suburbs of DC at the time . My brother Ken worked near the Towers.

My brother John’s brother in law Paul Jurgens was a previously decorated Port Authority officer for his rescue actions of an airline disaster . He was a first responder . Our family lost contact with him and requests for prayers went out throughout our families. We watched the news and celebrated when the false reports came out about rescues , only to go to sleep that night fearing the worse yet still with some hope .

Paul was never found and is one of many first responders who gave his life that day serving his fellow man .

From Jerry Sheldon

Sent Tuesday, September 11 ,2001

Just talked to Sue, ken is fine … he’s further uptown. Likely will spend the night in the City .

Diane’s brother Pete is fine –he travels a lot out of Logan to the West Coast and all over . Not today.

John was not too far from the pentagon when plane hit …he’s fine .


From John Sheldon

Sent September 11, 2001

I work in Arlington,about 2 miles from the pentagon. My workload was such ,this morning, that I decided to leave work about at 8:45 and do my work at home.

While parallel to and within site of the Pentagon . I was listening to the news about NYC and looked at the pentagon and saw the huge fireball. I was able to get out of DC before the closures and the surge of traffic.

Fall Out From Hobby Lobby

July 17th, 2014 by Mick Sheldon
Psalm 139   Verses 13,14,&15
For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. 14I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. 15My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;…
Most have read about the support and outrage of the Hobby Lobby Case .  A small corporation made up of religious Christians refused to pay for four methods of birth control that were to them violating their convictions on the life created after conception . Four methods used for birth control out of 20 were seen violating beliefs that are common place in those who view the Old and New Testaments beneficial in forming our consciences and beliefs .
This  is another case in where a culture falling from the Judeo Christian ethic fails to understand the importance of this . Also an example of Christians using the Bible to portray a belief that is forced on others . Hurtful to both sides . The democratic party is using it massive fund raising appeals .
The argument is being framed as an attack on women .  Patty Murray is leading the attempt to undo the Religious  Freedom Restoration Act  , interesting voted for  by her in 1993.   The current health Care Law did not consider this Act when it was passed.  Obviously there are ways of allowing people receive  these four methods of drug induced birth control that stops life after science shows it has started without forcing those with religious beliefs to pay for  it . .  We do not have be us against them in health care , but this is another example of why it is .
The value of life , seeing it as a gift from God reaches many Christians. Jews and other beliefs. The miracle is believed to be performed when conception occurs , this is what science promotes as the time Human Life has all that is needed to grow into into a person . The Bible teaches us the importance of it and shows How God Loves us . The characteristics of the person are all there after conception .   Ending that life after conception is considered an act nullifying a miracle .  Religious Freedom to flourish needs protection .
Senator Murray,
I am writing to share my views of my wife and I concerning you recent attempt to undo the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
First it is painful to see views I hold or you hold being used to divide us in helping our government work better .
But our conscience tells us what is right and wrong . Needing government tolerance in these areas I believe are important . I was hoping perhaps a plan could be implemented that allowed in cases like this that allowed specific Health Care could be made available without using the employer method . Which seems to be the problem .  But this issue no longer is based on the morality or beliefs of the person using the drugs in this fashion . The co partnership of employers are now involved , forcing either reject your beliefs or not be in business to so many of us .
Doctors are not required to give life ending drugs to those who wish to die in a fashion they believe allows them to be respected and ending a life of pain. That’s a choice also based on morality .
Life is seen as a miracle to those of us who hold the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired word of God . I don’t think this is a strange or hurtful belief , it helps people to respect all life , or at least in our case . In this case it makes people be against each other , yet the belief is meant to help us treat each other better .
One payer health plans would have avoided this , or other remedies I am sure could be found . But now religious people are seen as the enemy , people who support the Health Care Plan are seen as forcing their beliefs on the rest of us .
The cliché of such issues being between the women’s Priest, Doctor and family ring hollow when other people are forced to participate in this decision .
Respectfully Yours,
Mick Sheldon

Religious Left Hosts Forum On Fears of Hospital Mergers

June 8th, 2014 by Mick Sheldon

Found this interesting, not surprising .  The religious left has always been quite quite active in Kitsap County . Have see many comments  on this meeting spoken to on the internet . Not quite sure I have understood all the fears , the Hospital In Kitsap is not doing anything different in regards to abortions or mercy killings .   The Hospital merger was considered a win win and actually reduces costs , Unitarian church from Bremerton also had hosted a forum on supporting the effort of limiting campaign contributions in light of the Free speech decision by the Supreme Court .


Meeting Time 7PM  7-9:30  Poulsbo Library


POULSBO — A panel discussion on hospital mergers in Washington is scheduled for June 11, 7-9:30 p.m., in the Poulsbo Library community room.

The discussion will be moderated by Chuck Bean, a citizen activist. The forum is sponsored by the North Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Church.

Panelists include Dr. Dick Baker of Compassion and Choices Washington, Leah Rutman of Seattle ACLU, Sheila Reynertson of Mergerwatch (New York City), and Liz Elwart of Planned Parenthood.

Panelists will discuss the potential impacts of religious restrictions on reproductive health and end-of-life care. For information, go to www.nkuu.org or call 360-394-3945.

Bean authored a petition to the Legislature that would “to prohibit religious organizations and businesses from denying legal health care services based on their religious ideologies.” The petition has more than 5,600 signers.

Bean is a management and financial consultant to 20 Northwest Tribal governments and housing authorities.  He directed the Muckleshoot Housing Authority from 2003-07, and  King County’s Community Development Block Grant Program from 1974-78.


Monuments Men Needed Today .

May 28th, 2014 by Mick Sheldon
Watched the Monuments men last night . Interesting how the movies theme was about preserving art and culture , or risk loosing the dreams and goals of western civilization.  .
70 Years ago if someone took down a painting because of a religious symbols or characters in it  , we would have said it was the German Air force, not the American .

The painting, titled “Integrity,” depicts an Air Force officer in the foreground, the faded image of a crusader in the background and the words “Matthew 5:9.” According to the King James version of the Bible, that verse reads, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”


After the Military Religious Freedom Foundation complained, calling it “repugnant,” and an “overt display of Christian nationalism,” the painting was removed from the Mountain View Air Force Base’s mess, according to Fox News.



Atheist TV Coming This Summer

May 21st, 2014 by Mick Sheldon

Atheist TV to be launched this summer ….There is a new atheism, perhaps new is the wrong word. But it has its own fundamentalism to it , people are emotionally attached to their beliefs and in many regards is a religious belief of nothing . I don’t quite understand the anger aspect to it , but they do want to expand their beliefs in order to save us all from ourselves . Sound familiar ? 

 Should be included in teaching about World Religions .


American Atheists, the same people responsible for filing suit over the 9/11 memorial displaying the ground zero cross of two steel beams pulled from the World Trade Center rubble, have just announced the upcoming launch of AtheistTV, set for release this summer.

According to the site, the “first atheism-dedicated television channel” will be in partnership with Roku for internet-streaming to “provide quality programming to millions of homes.”

“American Atheists will bring together dozens of atheist content creators, including The Richard Dawkins Foundation, to present the first on-demand television station that presents exclusively atheist, humanist, and freethought programming,” says the site. “In addition, American Atheists is making available its recently-digitized historic video archives spanning more than 50 years of activism.”

The closest program to “Atheist T.V.” is the public access show The Atheist Experience hosted by Matt Dillahunty.

Religious Freedom Wins In Highest Court

May 6th, 2014 by Mick Sheldon

Religious Freedom won in our Highest Court in a recent decision going back 6 years to Greece NY being taken to court for allowing prayers to open their meetings .


“The prayer opportunity in this case must be evaluated against the backdrop of historical practice,” the majority wrote in its opinion. “As a practice that has long endured, legislative prayer has become part of our heritage and tradition, part of our expressive idiom, similar to the Pledge of Allegiance, inaugural prayer, or the recitation of ‘God save the United States and this honorable Court’ at the opening of this Court’s sessions.”


In 1983, the court upheld an opening prayer in the Nebraska Legislature and said that prayer is part of the nation’s fabric, not a violation of the First Amendment. Monday’s ruling was consistent with the earlier one.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, said the prayers are ceremonial and in keeping with the nation’s traditions.

“The inclusion of a brief, ceremonial prayer as part of a larger exercise in civic recognition suggests that its purpose and effect are to acknowledge religious leaders and the institutions they represent, rather than to exclude or coerce nonbelievers,” Kennedy said.


Many conservative Christians are see this as a win for their own faith , but it actually is a win for freedom . The government deciding how we speak about God , how we pray is the essence of the First Amendment protections . The Amendment was to protect the people from the dictates of government .


‘Great Goddess Athena, great god Apollo, we ask that you impart wisdom in these proceedings today,” Jennifer Zarpentine, a Wiccan priestess, prayed at the town board meeting of Greece, New York, in April 2008. ” This was the issue , was the government endorsing paganism when allowing the priestess to pray  ?

I rather have people be allowed to pray in their own manner then to be forced by government to limit their prayers and beliefs to a cookie cutter one size fits none concept .  The court Agrees .  Freedom won .





National Day Of Prayer.

May 1st, 2014 by Mick Sheldon

Thursday, May 1, will mark the 63rd National Day of Prayer (NDP).  Christians all across America will  pause from their daily routines to take time to pray for our nation and our communities.  Several churches in Kitsap County have volunteered to host regional events on this date. 

  • Crossroads Neighborhood Church  in Bremerton (6:30 – 7:30 p.m.); prayer topics include education, city government, our State, nation, and the world.
  • Sylvan Way Baptist Church in Bremerton begins at 6:00 a.m. on May 1st and continues for 24 hours in the sanctuary.  The entire county is invited to attend this one of a kind prayer focus…no speaking, no music, no announcements….just prayer!
  • Lone Rock Chapel in Seabeck (10:00 a.m. – noon)
  • Gateway Fellowship in Poulsbo (6:30 – 8:00 p.m.) will open their doors to the community to pray for seven topics that have great influence in today’s culture:  the government, the church, the military, the family, education, the media, and business.

President Obama delivers the real Easter Message

April 19th, 2014 by Mick Sheldon

The President stated the following at the White House third annual Easter Prayer Breakfast . The words addressed us personally and to a God who sees us in that light . American Theology has always been diverse and divided, now we are morally divided also . But with the Easter Message   promise of redemption and resurrection, there is always hope for restoration.

President’s comments……

“But in a few short days, all of us will experience the wonder of Easter morning. And we will know, in the words of the Apostle Paul, “Christ Jesus…and Him crucified.”

It’s an opportunity for us to reflect on the triumph of the resurrection, and to give thanks for the all-important gift of grace. And for me, and I’m sure for some of you, it’s also a chance to remember the tremendous sacrifice that led up to that day, and all that Christ endured — not just as a Son of God, but as a human being.

For like us, Jesus knew doubt. Like us, Jesus knew fear. In the garden of Gethsemane, with attackers closing in around him, Jesus told His disciples, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” He fell to his knees, pleading with His Father, saying, “If it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.” And yet, in the end, He confronted His fear with words of humble surrender, saying, “If it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

So it is only because Jesus conquered His own anguish, conquered His fear, that we’re able to celebrate the resurrection. It’s only because He endured unimaginable pain that wracked His body and bore the sins of the world that He burdened — that burdened His soul that we are able to proclaim, “He is Risen!”


And the President concluded:

We are here today to celebrate that glorious overcoming, the sacrifice of a risen savior who died so that we might live. And I hope that our time together this morning will strengthen us individually, as believers, and as a nation.”

God’s Not Dead/ 12 Years a Slave

April 13th, 2014 by Mick Sheldon
Watched two good movies lately , one at the theatre God’s Not Dead.  One by rental 12 Years a slave .
GOD’S NOT DEAD weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action. The film will educate, entertain, and inspire moviegoers to explore what they really believe about God, igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions. Movie is based on a true story and legal lawsuits against many of our college universities of today because of discrimination.  . How Christians are portrayed in Hollywood  takes an about face here , they are seen as human . Some better then others , people who are not Christians are seen as people just dealing with the hard ships of every day life .
Good movie , has one scene where a Dad is hitting his teen age daughter and one car accident . 
 12 years a slave starts out slow but for a reason . You become linked with the main character , a black man in middle class NY living a good life among white friends also . Treated fairly with not much impact from the slavery in the southern states . He is kidnapped and sold for money . This is no Gone With the Wind in regards to the happy care free lives slaves are shown to experience in that movie . The evil and contradictions of whites are seen , at times moral upstanding people but yet upholding the crime of owning a person . Many scenes are hard to take , the slaves being whipped are hard and quite realistic .  Based on a true story .

Fire Fox CEO Resigns Over Marriage Issue

April 9th, 2014 by Mick Sheldon
Well another claim of victim is being shot across the Internet , and in fact reached some of the mainstream press . This is quite the story , the CEO of Firefox donated a thousand dollars to support traditional marriage back in 2009 .  The irony of this is President Obama at the time was supporting Traditional marriage at that time also .  Can you just see a cry for the President to step down from the same part of our culture ?
I see these issues in a different way the older I get . We have gone from the times when we looked to issues from a position that shared all views. For instance reading this from a conservative or a Conservative Christian organization we will see the lack of respect for religious views, freedom of speech , the hypocrisy of the left in their talk about tolerance . The CEO will be seen as a victim and used to promote the lack of morality the other side has in this issue .
Why I am saying this , taking this view ?  I support Traditional marriage , the fact is it is the best reliable way , time tested , to preserve the standards needed to provide children with security and the love needed from both genders , Biologically and spiritually supported .  But lets be honest ,  a 16 year old kid , for whatever reason having same sex attractions will be more comfortable in a secular organization or our home church . If you say Home Church , praise God . Because we have a Christ who is about reconciling . He is the God of Love .  Politics attack , it attempts to destroy your opponent . Christ sees both sides of us  , sees us where we are and where we can Go if we Follow Him .  Its not my job to tell someone if he is right or wrong , It is my job to be be avenue where the Lord can be seen and heard . That’s enough of a job for me .
On Thursday, Mozilla, the company behind Mozilla Firefox, forced CEO Brendan Eich to resign over his support for Proposition 8 in California, which stated that marriage was between one man and one woman.