Labor Day-2019

First I want to say that I love researching history and sharing what I”ve learned with everyone. I will try to put the words of what I’ve read into some type of synopsis. I truly think it’s important to know our history especially American history.

Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters.

In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages.

People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks.

As manufacturing increasingly supplanted agriculture as the wellspring of American employment, labor unions, which had first appeared in the late 18th century, grew more prominent and vocal. They began organizing strikes and rallies to protest poor conditions and compel employers to renegotiate hours and pay.

Many of these events turned violent during this period, including the infamous Haymarket Riot of 1886, in which several Chicago policemen and workers were killed. Others gave rise to longstanding traditions: On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history.

The idea of a “workingmen’s holiday,” celebrated on the first Monday in September, caught on in other industrial centers across the country, and many states passed legislation recognizing it. Congress would not legalize the holiday until 12 years later, when a watershed moment in American labor history brought workers’ rights squarely into the public’s view. On May 11, 1894, employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago went on strike to protest wage cuts and the firing of union representatives.

On June 26, the American Railroad Union, led by Eugene V. Debs, called for a boycott of all Pullman railway cars, crippling railroad traffic nationwide. To break the Pullman strike, the federal government dispatched troops to Chicago, unleashing a wave of riots that resulted in the deaths of more than a dozen workers.

Who Created Labor Day?

In the wake of this massive unrest and in an attempt to repair ties with American workers, Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed it into law. More than a century later, the true founder of Labor Day has yet to be identified.

Many credit Peter J. McGuire, cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, while others have suggested that Matthew Maguire, a secretary of the Central Labor Union, first proposed the holiday.

Labor Day Celebrations

Labor Day is still celebrated in cities and towns across the United States with parades, picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays and other public gatherings. For many Americans, particularly children and young adults, it represents the end of the summer and the start of the back-to-school season.

My synopsis:

I feel depressed when this holiday is here. It means it’s the end of summer, and everyone it seems is in that mechanical work mode. Then October comes and we have my greatest holiday HALLOWEEN! Then November, Thanksgiving….not real hip on that cuz I can’t cook 🙂 Then December is here when everyone gets greedy and money oriented, and children and teens EXPECT expensive gifts rather than throwing away the technology for a week and just spend time with one another without looking at your phone constantly. I guess I’m a pessimistic person right now because I’m on disability and it truly sucks. If my memory hadn’t been destroyed with my head and spinal cord injury I could be a Nurse with a MSN. Working the job I loved and wanted to specialize in psychological nursing. Oh well I guess we can still celebrate Labor Day even when we can’t be part of the LABOR FORCE!

TAKE CARE ALL AND ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY 🙂


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D-Day +1 June 7th, 1944

D-Day +1 June 7th, 1944

I hardly heard anything about D-Day yesterday, so I will post for today June 7th.

There was a memorable story  that stood out was the journey 89 year-old Bernard Jordan took from his care home in Hove to join his colleagues in France.  It’s already been nicknamed The Great Escape. This story is a little late since Bernard Jordan did this a few years back but still entertaining none the less.  The rest is what I’ve read and cut and paste it since I think a lot of people should take this story and learn from it.

 

Quite rightly, the emphasis this weekend was on the veterans and thousands upon thousands of young men who died on those beaches and in the months following the invasion. But it got me to wondering about the news the British people received, listening to the radio or reading the papers to find out what was happening to their loved ones.

Once again, I turned to The Glasgow Herald of June 7th, 1944 for some insights and gathered together a collection of tidbits that appealed to me.

Whereas other papers’ headlines screamed Invasion, with only 8 pages available (because of paper rationing) The Glasgow Herald wasted little space on pictures and remained as understated as ever. On the front page were the usual blackout times (Glasgow 11.57pm until 4.34am) and notifications of births, marriages and deaths. The current entertainment available at the city’s theatres was listed (including the Half-Past Eight Show mentioned in last week’s blog) as well as a programme of musical concerts in city parks.

But the Invasion did make its presence known on the front page with notices from city churches informing the faithful of special prayers and services for ‘our King and County and Allies and for the Forces now invading Europe’. Glasgow Cathedral offered two services at noon and 3pm for ‘those engaged in the Second Front Operation’.

The Late News column referenced a German report which talked of ‘grim fighting’ between Havre and Cherbourg being the ‘bloodiest of the day’ with several hundred Canadian paratroopers wiped out or forced to surrender.

German Overseas Radio denied any fighting in Caen. ‘Mr Churchill’s reference about fighting in Caen is untrue. No enemy troops have penetrated into the city, therefore no fighting has taken place in Caen.’

Page two carried the Colonial Secretary being forced to deny a ‘silly and harmful story’ which had had much circulation, particularly in America, to the effect that America was being charged for every palm tree they destroyed in battles for the recovery of British possessions.

When talking about the history of invasion in Europe, one columnist pointed out that Caen had been the HQ of William The Conqueror before he turned his sights on England in 1066.

Eisenhower apparently carried seven old coins in his pocket – one being an ancient five guinea piece.  He is said to have given these mascots a rub before the Italian invasion and everyone hoped that the mascots would do as good a job again.

Regarding the Invasion of Italy and France, it had been decided by Roosevelt and Churchill at the Casablanca Conference in 1943 that an invasion of the west would be deferred until the Allies had cleared the Mediterranean and knocked out Italy.

Page 3 contained Scottish news with detailed Invasion news starting on page 4.

The Invasion was originally scheduled for Monday June 5th, but postponed for 24 hours because of bad weather.

German Radio admitted the Allies had a foothold 10-15 miles long and nearly a mile deep in France.

Allied landings also took place on Guernsey and Jersey in the Channel Islands.

Hitler was reported to have taken charge of the military response to the invasion.

Between midnight and 8am on June 6th, an estimated 31,000 Allied airmen flew over France. 1,300 Fortresses and Liberators began their attack at 6am ending at 8.30am.

Priority was being given for troops’ mail so that both the men in the front line and their relatives and friends at home should receive regular deliveries of letters.

One hour before they left for the beaches, the troops enjoyed a meal of pork chops and plum duff. Each solder was then given a ‘landing ration’ –  a bag of chocolate and biscuits and cigarettes for ‘consumption while waiting’.

Civilian workmen and villagers who had seen anything of the preparations at an American airfield were detained in the camp by the authorities for 48 hours until news of the landings were released.

125,000,000 maps were used by the US invasion forces.

Eisenhower broadcast a Call to the People of Europe:  The hour of your liberation is approaching. All patriots, men and women, young and old, have a part to play in the achievement of final victory.

General Montgomery wished the troops ‘Good Hunting in Europe’.

And then, on pages 7 and 8 it was back to normal with commodity markets, situations vacant, property, livestock and farms for sale.  A five-room terraced house with kitchen and scullery could be bought for 800 pounds. So much for the biggest invasion force the world had ever seen.

If you ever get the opportunity to watch the film The Longest Day, I highly recommend it. It’s a comprehensive view of the events of June 6th, 1944 from all sides involved.

Facts and Info regarding MAY DAY

 

What is May Day, anyway?

Indonesian workers in Jakarta celebrate May Day with a protest march, not a maypole.

  • May Day falls on May 1 every year
  • It is a holiday of summer celebration, but also marks International Worker’s Day

To most people in the Northern Hemisphere, May Day conjures images of brightly colored twirling ribbons and promises of warm days ahead. That’s not the whole story, though: May Day is also a day of protests and riots that traces its modern roots back to a world-changing explosion in Chicago.

When is May Day?

May Day is May 1 every year. Easy to remember, right?

What is May Day?

Depending on where you are, it’s either a seasonal celebration or a day to celebrate workers’ rights, or maybe a little bit of both. Think of the latter use as a Labor Day, if you will, for the rest of the world.

How did it start?

This is a more complicated question. Originally, May Day was an ancient pagan holiday celebrating the start of summer. In Gaelic traditions, it is known as Beltaine (or the Anglicized “Beltane”). As time went on, different groups adapted the celebration to their specific cultures or beliefs. Europeans and Americans often celebrate in a more secular manner with diversions like maypole dancing and flower crowns. (That certainly lends a bit of cultural context to all the young women breezing around summer music festivals this time of year with giant daisies on their heads.)
Also of note: In May, the Southern Hemisphere is getting ready for winter, so May Day as a seasonal celebration is, for the most part, a Northern Hemisphere thing.

How did it become a day for labor rights?

May Day is also a labor holiday in many areas of the world, and that part of its history is a thornier story. May Day has shared a date with International Workers’ Day since the 1880s. At the time, labor movements around the world were fighting for fair work accommodations like eight-hour workdays and unions. The date was chosen because it aligned with the anniversary of the Haymarket affair in Chicago, where police killed four people at a peaceful protest after someone threw a bomb into the crowd.
The event had a huge impact on labor movements across the world.
Because of its more recent history, International Workers’ Day/May Day is often a day of protest for labor unions around the world. The people come come out to rally, and sometimes their passionate demonstrations can turn violent. In 2014, Turkey attempted to ban labor rallies, citing security concerns. Across Europe, similar events have attracted heavy police presence.
Riots and protests occur in the United States, as well. One of the most notable is the Seattle May Day Marches, which, though intended to be peaceful, have broken out in violence in the past.
In a strange way, some of these demonstrations overlap with the more festive roots of May Day: The planned protests in Seattle include a rock concert, and the long-running May Day Parade in Minneapolis features both colorful, festive floats and revelers who wear satirical costumes related to the labor and political issues of the day.

Is this related to the “Mayday! Mayday!” distress call?

It’s actually not at all! “Mayday” the distress call comes from the French term m’aidez, which means “help me.”
Nothing wrong with a little French lesson to go along with the holiday’s history!
So in a synopsis never think you know why or how things happen, but remember we have the internet now so every question can be answered.

And remember:

You have two choices in life, to exist in it or LIVE IT.  I chose to live it.
Make sure you visit my website and check out my book:

Time to reunite..for THANKSGIVING

Thankful We Are Friends! Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time to relax, watch football, share a good meal with friends and family.  Let us not forget that while we have the capabilities and people around us to be happy, eating and laughing; homeless and the poor do not!

Volunteering at your local homeless shelter or a church that reunites people for this holiday.  There are many homeless people that aren’t the stereotype of what we perceive, and even if they were they also need help and love.  The fact of the matter is, if people look up to you for food, and socialization then they are humble and should be prayed for and helped.

While I know we all can’t be lifesavers everyday of our life, obviously budgets. weekly pay, and supporting our own families is usually all one can afford.  But also remember that some of these homeless people have been veterans who were willing to die for our country and people they don’t even know or have seen their faces.

So lets make Thanksgiving not just a day for our families; but a day we pray for the homeless, a day we can help them, but let this only be a starting point for what we could volunteer for, donate for, or just spend some time with someone and LISTEN.  We are all so caught up with ourselves that we don’t even realize there are OTHER people and sometimes it’s your own family you forget.  CELL PHONES, VIDEO GAMES these have stolen our children from us….yet the families play a role in this as well.  Tomorrow take a moment to put your cell phones away, help mom or day with cooking or other things, forget video games and reunite with your family.   And WHO KNOWS you might actually enjoy spending time with them.

Just my thoughts on a day WORTH GIVING THANKS FOR!

Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless,

Lori Foroozandeh

Memorial Day, today, tomorrow, EVERYDAY!

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Memorial Day

Although this day is a nationally recognized holiday to honor those that have died while in service defending our freedoms.  BUTTT we need to have a Memorial Day today, tomorrow and EVERYDAY!

There are soooo many soldiers that are giving up their lives, their families and are dealing with a loss of a mom or dad.  This is so horrific for these people, and there is no way we can personally celebrate every soldier or family, but we can:

  • salute a soldier if you see him in uniform,
  • you could also tell him/her how proud it is to have this service willing to give up their freedom, their family and their life.
  • Or you could just say a simple THANK YOU.
  • Don’t just let this day be the day make it EVERYDAY!  Thanks peeps, now I will get on with the history, those who hate history can fall asleep at any time 🙂

This day was originally called Decoration Day, it is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.

Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).

It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363). This helped ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays, though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

Check out the ways you can honor a HERO!

https://www.usaa.com/inet/wc/ent_all_memorialday_landing_mkt_ways_to_honor

Mother’s Day: 5 Surprising Facts You May Not Know About The Holiday’s Dark Origins!

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Long before florists and card companies took center stage on Mother’s Day, the holiday wasn’t about gift giving or really even about moms. In fact, according to the history of Mother’s Day, the holiday’s founder actively fought to have it stricken from the U.S. calendar forever after consumerism took over.

While its roots can be found in ancient Greek and Roman times, the origins of Mother’s Day as it’s known today in the U.S. date back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries and stemmed from some pretty dark times, according to History. Here are five surprising truths that you may not know about the holiday.

And despite it’s Dark Beginnings it’s now a time to honor our Mothers and those that have filled in as Mothers when ours were absent or chose to be absent.  My dedication goes out to all my friends and family: Specifically:

Crystal,Luci,Melanie,Vida,Sheila, Gina,Vivian,Patricia,Monique, and Many many others.  

And remember you don’t have to biologically mother a child to be a great Mother.  Adoptive  Mothers are held in the highest regard as well.  and…….

All those people with FURBABIES you are honored and appreciated for your great LOVE,PATIENCE,and care that you give animals.  I truly admire those who do rescue work, that is the most heart wrenching job, but you do it and the animals that survive turn out to be the most loving, trusting animals, despite the paradox that might seem.  

My two guys and one girl who I’m a MOTHER too are: DOUGLAS BREGG II who I adore and am soooo proud of while he might be 33 (or will be), He will always be like my young son only in better hands now (LYNN) 🙂   My other two are Ringo and Ms. Kitty the two that keep me the busiest , you know with spoiling them, letting them manipulate you, feeling guilt all out of the premise of LOVE 🙂 🙂 

10418344_10203897346487178_3516991423355149869_nThis is my son Doug, below is my beloved guy Bandit RIP.  And on the right Ringo (13) and  “a lil CHUNKY” and Ms. Kitty (9 months old).
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ON WITH THE ARTICLE

 HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!

1.  Mother’s Day probably started as a way for mourning women to honor fallen soldiers.“Mother’s Friendship Day” was organized in 1868 to allow mothers of Union and Confederate soldiers to get together.

2. The earliest iterations of Mother’s Day in the U.S. were organized for several reasons, but celebrating mothers wasn’t among them. U.S. women’s groups in the late 1800s came together in West Virginia to tackle everything from infant mortality to disease and milk contamination. In 1870, a composer by the name of Julia Ward Howe issued a “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” urging women to become politically active and to promote peace following the U.S. Civil War, according to National Geographic.

3. The official holiday’s founder Anna Jarvis boycotted the holiday. Jarvis, a native of West Virginia, organized the first Mother’s Day celebration at a church in Grafton, West Virginia, in 1908 in memory of her own mother, who died three years earlier. She successfully campaigned to have the day adopted nationally, but by the time of her death in 1948, Jarvis had spent most of her personal wealth fighting the holiday she helped conceive. She apparently found the commercialization of Mother’s Day deplorable and sued groups that used the name “Mother’s Day” name to promote consumerism. She even lobbied the government to remove it from the U.S.’ official calendar.

4. Jarvis never married and was childless. In many ways, Jarvis’ unwavering devotion to preserving what she thought was the true origin of the holiday was more about her ego than anything else. “Everything she signed was Anna Jarvis, Founder of Mother’s Day. It was who she was,” historian Katharine Antolini, author of “Memorializing Motherhood: Anna Jarvis and the Struggle for Control of Mother’s Day,” told National Geographic.

5. The carnation was the original Mother’s Day flower. Some groups sold carnations every year to fundraise for their causes, something Jarvis vehemently opposed.

EASTER & MUSLIMS

 

What is EASTER & do Muslims celebrate it?

The word ‘Easter’ is not biblical, but Jesus being resurrected from the dead three days after His crucifixion is. That is what Christians have celebrated from the first century. That is why Sunday became a day of worship for the new Church – Sunday being the day Jesus arose from the tomb. However, once a year the Church really makes a big thing of this event, upon which the existence of the Church depends. After all, if Jesus died but was never resurrected, He would just have been one more good man, a prophet, who was put to death. The Christian Church blossomed only after some 500 people witnessed Jesus alive after His death, and saw Him ascend bodily up into the sky till a cloud his Him from their sight. At that point, angels appeared to them saying that Jesus would return in the manner He departed, and that the Christians were to get busy proclaiming the good news about Christ to the world.

Why is Jesus’ resurrection good news to the world? The apostle Paul explained in his opening verses of his letter to Roman Christians; he spoke of the good news (gospel) promised by God “beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead; Jesus Christ our Lord.”

As Muslims are offended at the very idea of there being a Son of God, they refuse to believe Jesus was the Son of God. As the resurrection of Christ is proof of His being the Son of God, they reject the resurrection. They do this by teaching that Jesus never died. They say it wasn’t Him who died on the cross; that God took Jesus to heaven without Jesus having to die. The rationale behind this is that if Jesus never died, He could never have been resurrected.

Easter is therefore something Muslims actually hate. They don’t mind Christmas because they believe Jesus the man was born to the virgin Mary, but they would never celebrate Easter. All that stuff about colouring eggs and rolling them down hills has got nothing to do with the biblical account, however. It’s all about the sinless Christ triumphing over sin, death and the grave by rising from the grave. Death could not hold Him, because He is the Son of God!

WAIT IT GETS BETTER ……

School fliers announcing church Easter egg hunt have Muslims up in arms

A Muslim parent is upset over fliers his two elementary school-aged children received advertising an Easter egg hunt in Michigan.

The papers were passed out to students at three Dearborn, Mich., elementary schools, according to the Detroit Free Press. Headlined, “Eggstravaganza!” the fliers announced an April 12 egg hunt, relay race and egg toss at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church.

“It really bothered my two kids,” parent Majed Moughni said of his children, aged 7 and 9. “My son was like, ‘Dad, I really don’t feel comfortable getting these flyers, telling me to go to church. I thought churches are not supposed to mix with schools.’ ”

A 9-year-old understands the concept of church-state separation?

Moughni said he doesn’t agree with “using school teachers paid by public funds … to pass out these flyers that are being distributed by a church.”

“I think that’s a serious violation of separation of church and state,” he told the Free Press.

The pastor at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church didn’t understand what the hubbub was all about. The egg hunt isn’t a religious event, she said, and the flier – decorated with images of eggs and a bunny — was approved by the school district.

“There is not a religious component to this event,” Pastor Neeta Nichols told the newspaper. “Part of our ministry in Dearborn is to invite the community to let them know we’re here. We’re offering various kinds of programming, fun opportunities, so what we can be engaged with the community.”

Others aren’t so sure.

“It would be one thing if this were an Easter egg hunt in an otherwise secular setting,” said Greg Lipper, senior litigation counsel at Americans United for Separation of Church and State. “But this invitation was for an Easter egg hunt at a Christian church — and so the event has much clearer religious connotations. Context matters.”

How’s this for context? Ten Muslim students at a Maryland public school last year demanded — and received — time off from studies so they could perform their traditional prayers on school property, according to The Washington Post.

Closer to home, in April 2013, the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations lodged a complaint against the Dearborn School District, saying it didn’t accommodate Muslim students wishing to participate in prayer on school grounds.

The district caved, according to Arab-American News.

Muslims have even demanded — and received — rooms set aside for prayer in Catholic schools, Fox News reported.

If the separation of church and state has any validity, it has to apply to everyone. No one, no matter what his or her religion, can have it both ways.

 

And wait, yet another pathetic story of how Muslims are using their chosen barbaric ways to make a point regarding their religion and the fanaticism that they bring to it!!!

For Discussing Christian Customs; Young Christian Boy Lost His Life.

While talking about Easter holidays and fasting in Christian custom 22 years old Christian Sunny Hyder was shoot down by an extremist security guard. –

 Sunny Hyder was working as a sweeper in Bank Islami in Lahore. While talking about Easter holidays and fasting in Christian custom the security guard, Umar Farooq open fire at his head and shouted that Sunny attempted suicide. Noulakha Police station took notice of the incident, the security guard was arrested and Sunny’s corpse was recovered for further investigation.

This incident is based on religious debate and intolerance. According to Hyder Masih, father of the executed victim there was a dispute between his son and security guard, Umar Farooq from Khushab. Few days ago Sunny shared his problem with his father but his father didn’t took it seriously.

Sunny Hyder’s body was found on sofa in under construction building and the door was locked from inside. According to police it was a suicide. But the facts and evidences of struggle forced to file FIR against Umar Farooq, FIR no. is 255/14. Victim’s parents seek justices for their late son, who was executed on the name of religion. –

***In a synopsis from my point of view and hopefully not offensive to anyone.

In our society today it seems as though we have lost sight of our own traditions, culture and values.  We are so overwhelmed with not wanting to offend any group or person that we end up offending our own and cheat our children out of any CONSISTENT belief system.

The minority has the voice now in America and it’s all a matter of personal opinion on who exactly the minority is.  The sad thing that is taking place is that we are allowing so many trivial people who scream injustice at how we treat their culture that we end up  robbing our own children of theirs.  This country was not founded on Muslim or Islamic religion therefor it shouldn’t be or have to be a “GIVEN” that we accept it.  After all Muslims do NOT ACCEPT our religions in their country, they even execute people for practicing it or even discussing it in some instance: like we read above.

Lets take back our right to instill values and religion into our children which were started generations ago.  If Muslims or any other religion want to infiltrate and change our educational system or religious system then let them do it in their own schools and churches or mosques. Let them spend their own dollars in building these facilities and let us keep our money to put into our children and educating them about CHRIST!   Don’t force us to put your shit into our schools and into our childrens brains that it’s ok to kill, and take away timeless traditions (easter egg hunts) just for sating your bithching.   I think we’ve tolerated enough and it’s time to say ENOUGH is ENOUGH!  I’d like your feedback on this please.

 
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