IRON RANGE DIGEST: MAY 28, 2012

HEADLINES

UNIONS TURNING AGAINST OBAMACARE
An Iron Range GOPer’s dream issue?
Source: ijreview.com

A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO THE 2013 MN LEGISLATIVE SESSION
In a nutshell: More taxes, bureaucracy, and spending…also gay marriage…hurray?
Source: capitolchat.areavoices.com

SCHOOLS STRUGGLING WITH CHILDREN AND GENDER IDENTITY
At what point do we step in and say enough?
Source: twincities.com

DNR WANTS TO LIMIT YOUR LAKESHORE PROPERTY RIGHTS FURTHER
Source: twincities.com

MN GAS PRICES START TO FALL AFTER ALL TIME HIGH
Is it that much of an improvement? Could we be doing more?
Source: duluthnewstribune.com

IL SEN DICK DURBIN NOT SURE IF BLOGGERS PROTECTED BY FIRST AMENDMENT
Do we need to spell it out for you?
Source: ijreview.com

COMMENTARY

FMR SENATE CANDIDATE PETE HEGSETH: SECURING ISRAEL TODAY
Source: nationalreview.com

BURT ADAMS: KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS RIP
“Tomorrow we’re dead.”
Source: mygovcost.org

QUOTE DRAKE: AWESOME MEANDERINGS AND DEEP THOUGHTS FROM GEORGIA’S DRAKE DUNAWAY

If indeed gay marriage is on the way, the West will shift closer to a valueless society. For centuries since a Rabbi from the Galilee sent his message across the world, ethical monotheists have always assumed a world in which we are collectivists spiritually and individualists practically–a two-tiered bargain. The truth and merit of that has always been self-evident, but to a budding generation it is not evident at all, as they don’t even recognize the “higher plane” and disregard history.

For the monotheists of yore, they were not in a moral majority as in traditional America. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Lot, and so on. In the bigger picture, monotheism is returning to the primal world it once inhabited as a minority and a rarity. It is incumbent on us all to raise children with solid values and standards, and to love and reach out to those across the divide.

Such a hellenist society will not survive for very long, as such societies become socially flimsy, produce few children, and begin to decline. Islam will consume it and destroy it in the way they are in Europe. Four kings attacked Sodom, and a rare monotheist named Abraham saved the day. Therefore it is your duty to love those on the other side of the fence all the same.

We’re returning to the world that was.

Retrospectively, there are gaping fissures in current marriage. What a theater it has become within heterosexuality! Kim Kardashian profanes the name of G-d when she marries and divorces a week after. Commercialism has turned it from a covenant to a splurging event. DeBeers invents the 20th century phenomenon of the wedding ring, raising a false expectation of dumping a down payment on a house for a vain rock with no resale value. We furthered the “no fault divorce,” we became a consumer society that threw objects and toys away, and then finally people. If one cheats on one’s wife or womanizes, one is just as queer before the throne. If one divorces without cause, one is just as queer before the throne. I don’t think the Worldmaker cares if your failing was “macho” or not.

But what I see of the gay believers is this; they cannot do 613 commandments (technically, none of us can as we cannot be Levi, women, men, and farmers at the same time), BUT, I do think they can still aim for the other 612. There cannot always be agreement, but there can be respect and collaboration to the extent theology and mercy allows. G-d searches for us, we will search for others. I cannot attend a gay wedding, but I can still discuss ethical principles and work with them to repair the world and further the eternal truths we do agree on. G-d saves humanity without undermining his theodicy; we can reach humanity without sacrificing our righteousness.

In this world, we are all cohabiters.
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