By Glenn Mollette
Religious entities benefit from being in America. In most cases they enjoy 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. This means Catholics, Protestants,Mormons, Muslims and all other churches, synagogues, temples and mosques do not pay taxes.
Religious entities are also privileged to promote their religion. This is a good thing for our country. Our forefathers and thousands of Americans have paid the price in effort and blood to guarantee our country this privilege.
The Muslim religion has grown dramatically in this country. From September 11, 2001 until 2010 Muslims grew from one million to 2.6 million followers according to the US Religion Census of 2010. The data was collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies and released by the Association of Religion Data Archives. The report is available on the ARDA website. During the same time frame, followers of the Christian faith diminished. The number of people in our country who do not align themselves with any religion was reported to be up to 158 million people. This was the fastest growing group during the same timespan.
I am not aware of any church or religion that teaches that our country or flag should be worshiped. However, every religious entity should stand up for this country, salute our flag and be united in protecting this nation.
When I was a child we often said the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag in Bible school. Part of our worship was respecting and paying tribute to our nation.
All religious groups including Muslims should cry out against ISIS and Sharia law. There is no room in this nation for the mistreatment of people. This includes all people.
Militant Islam, discrimination, Sharia law and hurting other people must be forbidden in this country. We could even go a little further with this. What about churches who forbid women to speak and will not allow the divorced to serve? Christian churches have been offenders of discrimination for centuries.
The practice of religion is the opportunity to promote a faith that helps mankind. We've had enough hurt in this country from discrimination to mistreating our own citizens. While we have come a long way in this nation we must continue to be vigilant to maintain a free and safe America.
If we don't all get on board and help each other protect this nation we could lose all of our religious freedoms. We could also lose any other freedom for which hundreds of thousands of Americans have died.
Dr. Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author. He is read in all 50 states. He is a graduate of Georgetown College, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lexington Theological Seminary and Newburgh Theological Seminary. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group, organization or this publication.
Ideas for a Better America;
By Glenn Mollette
America is experiencing some tough times but it's not something new.
One friend now deceased used to tell me about The Great Depression. "Those were lean times. Our family really struggled but we made it," he said. Americans today still can recount family members fighting in previous wars and rarely if ever receiving a letter. Today, email and social media make it possible to stay connected in many situations.
There's a lot of evil today. ISIS, Taliban, radical Muslims, crazy religious people and criminals in general permeate the world. We've had evil in the world for a long time. People have been killing, stealing and conniving since the beginning of time. The Middle East has been filled with violence since the days of the Old Testament writings.
America has always been a land of some turmoil. What we have experienced on the soil of this country in the past is hard to comprehend by most today.
How wonderful it would be if all of America could be like Mayberry and Andy Griffith. Most of America has never been like those classic feel good shows. They always seemed to have a happy and peaceful ending that relaxed us at the end of the day.
Few televisions programs are that relaxing today. Many are about something heinous or very edgy. The news is filled with graphic murders, kidnappings, war, rape, violence and national unrest on every level. It's all sadly real. Few people have anything good to say about anybody unless they are in the same political party and even those who belong to the same party and same church sometimes backstab each other.
These are tough times in the world. They've always been here. What can we do? At least three things: First, be a good manager of you. That's not easy. Managing our own lives and business can be overwhelming. However, nobody else can really do it but you. We spend a lifetime trying to manage us. Managing others and us is very difficult.
Second, try not to be stupid. It's easy to mess up. Don't drive 90 mph in your car. Lock your doors at night. Try to work a paying job as long as you can. Save a little money for a rainy day. Don't burn all your bridges. Don't ever let anyone in your house that you don't know.
Finally, be steady. If it's important stay with it and eventually you will get results.
These three rules are also vital to our country. We, as Americans must manage ourselves, avoid stupidity and stay steady. If we will do these three we can come back.
Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group, organization or this publication.
By Glenn Mollette
Is happiness possible? Problems plague the world. They always have.The world has never been void of troubles. War, hungerand unhappiness have dominated this life. There is plenty to go around.
The news gets us down. We hear about ISIS, Ebola and abusive NFL football players. We've watched communities torn apart such as Ferguson, Missouri. On top of this we cannot avoid non-stop political ads that pick opponents apart but never offer solutions on how to fix some of our troubles. While we have dramatic national and world troubles many Americans struggle with unhappiness. We battle depression, drugs, obesity, personal and family issues and a lack of job skills to survive.
Where is the happiness? We are only guaranteed the pursuit of this good feeling. We are only here briefly, so why not go for it? Today, go for some happiness, it's legal in America.
With any pursuit there are seasons. There is the season of pursuing or planting.And then comes the season of harvest or enjoying what you pursued. Farmers understand this concept. Whatever you pursue is a possibility. Some pursuits take time and may be extremely difficult. However, that day comes when it sometimes becomes reality. Often the reality is never quite as enjoyable as we imagined. Or, it may be more than we imagined. With every accomplishment there is a price. It depends on how much you want to sweat, study, work and toil.
Today, what do you want? What would make you happy? Often it begins with imagination. If we can imagine it we can begin to seek it. We simply have to know what we are seeking and why. Sometimes we don't know why. If we can determine what it is we want then with that clarity we can begin to knock on all the doors and utilize every possible roadmap to find what we think we want.
Be careful what you think about. Often a simple thought may begin a whole new life for you, good or maybe not. Thinking about a new career, a new direction, a new hobby or a different lifestyle is the beginning.
This is a good day to contemplate something good, lovely and positive. I realize a thought guarantees nothing. Many of us have been thinking about eating better but never do it. We think about giving up bad habits but constantly delay. We think about some new life choices that would make us feel better. Yet, we delay until tomorrow or just give up.
Today is a good day to write down two or three things you really want to do. Carry this piece of paper with you every day. Finally, go for it. Even if it doesn't work out,half of the fun is pursuing the happiness.
Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group, organization or this publication. Like his facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GlennMollette
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