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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Flag Day – 14 June 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

Flag Day was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. After Wilson's proclamation, Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years; and then on August 3rd, 1949 President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

The controversy about amending the Constitution to prohibit flag-burning is still in the news. Unfortunately, some politicians are shamefully using this emotional issue to score political points by trying to take short-sighted and irresponsible action when it may be better to leave well enough alone. As for those who consider themselves conservative, making changes to and playing political games with our Constitution is anything but conservative. It is shameful to burn the flag; but isn’t it also shameful for leaders to use the flag as an issue to advance a political agenda and to distract the public from pressing issues that they don’t want to address?

Hypocrisy is rampant today just as it has always been. Jesus rightly called the leaders of His day “hypocrites.”

In an article I read about the flag, the writer stated that the flag should be worshiped. I say, respected – yes! Worshiped? – No! Only God is worshiped. To worship anything or anyone besides God is idolatry.

I will close with this thought: Since I am convinced that the increasing, round-the-clock bloodshed of God’s innocent creatures in slaughterhouses is having serious, irreversible consequences that are escalating, if we really want God to bless our country and the earth, go vegan! Pretending that this holocaust of other animals doesn’t exist or isn’t important will not make those consequences disappear – we will all bear the results – flag waving or no flag waving.

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