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Church and State: The Role of Spirituality in Politics, Hammer Museum

Frank Schaeffer, author of the New York Times best selling memoir, Crazy For God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back, joins us to discuss his fiery evangelical past. The son of theologian Francis Schaeffer, Frank came of age with the Christian right, growing up in an evangelical/fundamentalist world with Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson at the kitchen table. He eventually broke ranks with the powerful political/religious movement that influences the Republican Party and will provide us with his unique insights as he searches for a meeting place for what he calls “the scattered refugees of The Church of Hopeful Uncertainty.” (Run Time: 1 hour, 43 min.)

Did Shirley Sherrod really overcome her racism?

Did anyone hear ALL of her speech? Has anyone heard her husband’s racist words?

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But what about the rest of Shirley Sherrod’s NAACP speech?

She made this observation about those who opposed ObamaCare: “I haven’t seen such mean-spirited people as I’ve seen lately over this issue of health care. Some of the racism we thought was buried. Didn’t it surface? (Audience responds approvingly.) Now, we endured eight years of the Bushes, and we didn’t do the stuff these Republicans are doing because you have a black president.”

So the self-proclaimed colorblind woman attributes legitimate opposition to the government takeover of health care … to racism.

And what motivated Breitbart to post the out-of-context excerpt? Was Breitbart erroneously, but in good faith, using it to hold the NAACP to the same standard the organization asks of the Tea Party? Not according to Sherrod. She told CNN: “I know I’ve gotten past black vs. white. He’s probably the person who’s never gotten past it and never attempted to get past it. … I think he would like to get us stuck back in the times of slavery. That’s where I think he’d like to see all black people end up again. … I think that’s why he’s so vicious against a black president, you know. He would go after me. I don’t think it was even the NAACP he was totally after. I think he was after a black president.”

This from someone who’s “gotten past black vs. white”?

Her husband, the Rev. Sherrod, spoke this year at the University of Virginia School of Law. In the half-hour excerpt posted on YouTube, he talks about the evolution of the black struggle for freedom and equality and about his personal experiences with prejudice and brutality. He said he found inspiration from the Rev. Martin Luther King’s vision of a society that judges people by the content of their character. But the Rev. Sherrod later said: “Finally, we must stop the white man and his Uncle Toms from stealing our elections. We must not be afraid to vote black, and we must not be afraid to turn a black out who votes against our interests.” He provided no example, explanation or elaboration.

Breitbart erred in not viewing the entire NAACP speech. But neither this nor the past racist experiences of Shirley and Charles Sherrod justify giving them a pass for their own racist comments.

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Tax Deductions On Charitable Contributions

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Church Payroll: Use A Church Payroll Software To Save Time and Money

Church Payroll: Use A Church Payroll Software To Save Time and Money

 Generally, churches and other religious organizations are required to withhold and report different types of payroll taxes. This includes (but not limited to) Income, Social Security and Medicare taxes. Using a church payroll software can make the process of doing clergy payroll easy, stress free and prevents common mistakes and penalties.

 Payroll Mate payroll software, from Real Business Solutions, offers all the features and functionality needed to do payroll for a ministry in a fraction of the time needed to do the same task by hand and in a fraction of the cost needed to use a payroll service.

 Due to the flexibility that Payroll Mate offers, by letting you decide which payroll items apply to each one of the employees, it becomes an easy job for you to add clergy employees, ministers of a church or members of religious order; add them all as employees in Payroll Mate and specify the incomes, taxes and deductions that apply to each one them according to their tax calculation needs. And as you might offer certain unique allowances to some of the members on your payroll, this payroll software makes it easy enough for you to do so by allowing you to define your own income type, set its calculation method, and select the taxes and deductions that apply to it.

 Some of the powerful features of Payroll Mate Include:

 1.   Highly customizable income, tax, and deduction categories.

2.   Automatically calculates Federal Income, Social Security, Medicare and State Taxes.

3.   Ability to setup a clergy member to be exempt from Social Security and/or Medicare Tax.

4.   Ability to define different types of allowances including the housing allowance.

5.   Prints payroll checks and pay stubs for the church employees.

6.   Ability to withhold federal and state income tax for the minister.

7.   Supports Hourly and Salaried Employees.

8.   Supports minister’s different types of compensation including health insurance and retirement benefits.

9.   Prepares and prints payroll forms 941, 940, 944, W2 and W3.

10.            Generates ACH direct deposit files.

11.            Creates detailed payroll reports including payroll journal summary, payroll journal detail and tax liability reports.

12.            Ability to print MICR Checks.

 Payroll Mate is a very easy to use and affordable payroll system that fits the needs of any size church or ministry. Payroll Mate makes doing clergy payroll easy, smooth, predictable, and of course affordable. A thirty-day free evaluation for Payroll Mate can be installed from the Payroll Software Download page located on the product’s website.

Lisa Heather, small business owner, provides insightful tips into payroll software. You may also visit Payroll Blog for more payroll information.
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Who Killed The Constitution (2 of 5) Tom Woods

Dr Thomas Woods Jr gives a talk at Mises University on August 21, 2008 on how the Constitution has been subverted and increasingly ignored.

Why not Religion?

It is a fact that the world today is very religious. One needs only to examine how many religions there are as opposed to the single direction of “Atheism” to see this. Many feel that the tendency towards some sort of faith is proof for the existence of God. Many claim to derive great power from their religious practices. Many believe that their specific belief system is the only truth and that the whole world should be converted to their views. So why not you? There are about as many good arguments against religion as there are for it.

The religious drive was developed in very primitive societies. Human beings could not understand what they saw and experienced. Lightning was a scary mystery and crop growth was subject to scarcity and abundance at apparent random. People needed religion to explain the world to themselves. Religion was their weapon against the fear of life and the fear of death.

Despite the fact that people have meanwhile discovered science to explain the world to themselves, ancient religion survives well, as does the fear. One reason for this could be a type of “sheep” or “follow the leader” mentality. People are unwilling to trouble themselves with too much critical thinking, and therefore accept whatever they learn from their parents. This is the conformist paradigm.

Another reason is, as mentioned above, fear. There are all sorts of fear attached to religion: eternal damnation takes up a significant part of the religious energy. Christians for example believe that all non-Christians are damned to eternal hell. In more immediate terms, some are afraid that that life itself would be meaningless without religion, not to mention what such a lack of belief would mean for death.

This fear is responsible for many a religious atrocity. Religious leaders use it to their own advantage and the disadvantage of many. In ancient societies, human beings may have been simple enough to listen to their leaders without thinking about what they heard. But we live in the information society.

We have the freedom and the right to choose what to believe and what to discard. We are intelligent enough to decide what makes sense and what does not. We have the knowledge to determine who is self-serving and fraudulent and who is genuinely interested in serving the human evolutionary process.

We no longer have to kill or maim to bring our point across, and yet this still happens. We are no longer obliged to believe any specific thing, and yet we still do. Not learning from history seems to be our only consistent trait.

If more people grounded their views in the human rather than the religious viewpoint, perhaps we might have less starvation and murder in the world. We may have fewer power-hungry leaders who kill in the name of God, more who serve life rather than death, and peace rather than fear. A loving heart can change everything.

Cathi Bee has been a reader throughout her life and a writer for almost as long. Professionally, most of her reading and writing work has been done for the Internet and for academic clients. Cathi enjoys writing articles and doing research on a wide variety of topics. She also writes self-help and spiritual ebooks, balancing this with her duties as ESL teacher and proofreader. Cathi works and lives with her family in South Africa.

Cathi is currently working on her “Discover” e-book series, the first of which is Discover Your Inner God, available from Ebook-Library.

Questions for Obama: “Civilian National Security Force” “Big as the Military” Who is the Enemy?

Is it for border security? Is it to protect us from Islamic extremists? Or is it to protect us from; the Tea Party people, militia members, people with don’t tread on me flags, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, ex military members, people who question authority, or just anyone who disagrees with Obama’s fundamental transforming of our country? We definitely need this question answered. Why would Obama say something like that? I’m not sure if most of you know it, but that thing about the Civilian National Security Force was not in his written speech; the one handed out to the press. (www.americanthinker.com So we have to presume that this is something very near his heart; something that he really wants. When you watch the video you can see when he’s no longer reading from the prompter, when he starts to speak from his within. I guess all we can do is to be aware of this, and to be on the lookout for signs of it taking hold, which I guess it already is in the form of AmeriCorps, and other groups like that. But nothing is done until it is done. And until it is done, it can still be stopped, therefore now is the time to stop it, before it is too late. So call your congressman, call your Senator, blah blah bluh, you know the routine. Or you could do something different. Write Obama and ask him what he meant. Tell him that you want to join it. Maybe this is how we can get an answer. jbranstetter04