May of 2018 was a momentous year for both Israel and the United States. It was the 70th Anniversary of the founding of Israel and the fulfillment of a long ago made promise to Israel to move the United States Embassy to Jerusalem.
Jerusalem has historically been a matter of concern which divided the Jews and Arabs. The United Nations wanted the City of Jerusalem made an international city but Israel declared statehood in 1948. The result of the war in 1967 was Israel winning control of East Jerusalem thus unifying the city and considering it the capital. Because of the controversy, The United States and many other countries kept their embassies in Tel Aviv and refused to recognize Jerusalem as the capital.
Dealing with the situation became an unfulfilled campaign promise during presidential elections. Both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush vowed to move the United State Embassy to Jerusalem but didn’t follow through. However, in 1995, the US Congress passed a law declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and said the US Embassy would be moved there by 1999. BUT, politicians always provide loopholes to explain away their final decisions and this Congressional law gave subsequent presidents six months into office to determine whether our embassy move to Jerusalem was in our best interest. Clinton, Bush and Obama all signed waivers declining the move fearing violence from the Arab world if such a move was implemented.
Regardless of what people may think about President Trump, he keeps campaign promises so we all witnessed an extraordinary event in world history this month.
An interesting aspect to the whole embassy move again showed President Trump’s care for our country. Initially, the cost for building a new embassy would have been expensive to say the least. It came to his attention that the US already owns property in Jerusalem that would adapt perfectly for the new embassy and save the American taxpayers millions and millions of dollars. The first phase of getting the US Embassy in working order was $400,000.
Anyone interested in reading about how Israel came about, EXODUS by Leon Uris is a great read. The characters are fictional but the events are correct and really opens one’s eyes to what went on in the Jewish world from the onset of World War II, Hitler’s horrendous campaign to the Jews, and the beginning of Israel. It is a long read but seems short as you keep wanting to know ‘what comes next’!
I came across this information this morning and cannot believe that a person’s freedom of choice can be against the law if the choice doesn’t come under what the State wants rather than the individual.
People should have choices and even if one doesn’t always approve of another person’s choices, it should be their choice, right? Not according to a new bill being considered seriously in the State of California. The bill will make it unlawful for a person who is gay to decide to seek counseling because they might want to change their sexual identity. The law would also take away the right to separation of church and state as even a priest, rabbi, or minister would not be allowed to do counseling to that effect.
I’ve been coming across this information for the last week or so and am wondering if NOW, our priests and bishops will stand up and speak against this bill as it does affect the way they can deal with parishioners in conflict legally.
In California, we tend to avoid musing over ‘what next’ as the future ‘what next’ is always worse than the last one. Don’t we have enough serious problems in California to keep our government busy that they seem to feel they have to meddle in everyone’s personal life? It’s truly not constitutional but that hasn’t really stopped many politicians up to now.
And the rest of the country shouldn’t get too complacent because the liberal factions are constantly trying to make the changes they want not the the changes that truly benefit the citizens.
To all the teens that walked out of school in favor of taking down the Second Amendment and taking away everyone’ guns. . . These are the shoes of Jews that were forced to give up their firearms to Hitler. They were marched into gas chambers, murdered and buried in mass graves . Today’s world is based on learned lessons but if you don’t study even the basics of history, you will repeat history and things won’t turn out the way you view your idea of a perfect world. Pick up a history book and you’ll realize what happens when you give up freedoms and why we have them.
I AM AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN. I HATE THE INSTITUTION OF SLAVERY AS MUCH AS BISHOP DUKES DOES. BUT I HAVE NOTICED SOMETHING HE SEEMS TO HAVE MISSED. I AM NOT A SLAVE! AND NEITHER IS HE.
SLAVERY WAS AN AWFUL HISTORICAL INJUSTICE, AND IT HELPED SET IN MOTION MANY OF THE PROBLEMS THE BLACK COMMUNITY FACES TODAY. BUT IT IS NOT THE PROBLEM WE NEED TO SOLVE TODAY. THOSE PROBLEMS ARE POVERTY, ILLITERACY, DRUGS, CRIME AND VIOLENCE.
TEARING DOWN STATUES DOESN’T SOLVE ANY OF THOSE PROBLEMS, AND SOLVING THOSE PROBLEMS IS WHAT WE NEED TO BE FOCUSED ON.
IT MIGHT CREATE A PROBLEM, THOUGH. TEARING DOWN STATUES THAT REPRESENT HISTORY IS LIKE PRETENDING HISTORY DIDN’T HAPPEN. IT DID. AND NOT EVERYTHING THAT RESULTS FROM HISTORY IS SOMETHING YOU WILL LIKE. WE NEED TO REMEMBER ALL OF IT, EVEN (AND PERHAPS ESPECIALLY) THE PARTS THAT BOTHER US BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT WE LEARN FROM.
TELL YOU WHAT: WHY DON’T YOU ERASE FROM HISTORY EVERY REFERENCE TO A PERSON WHO HAD A SERIOUS CHARACTER FLAW?
OR WE COULD JUST TELL THE WHOLE STORY. YES, THESE MEN HAD AN AMAZING VISION AND USED IT TO CREATE THE GREATEST NATION THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN. YES, THEY GAVE US A POLITICAL SYSTEM THAT HAS PROTECTED FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY LIKE NOTHING WE’VE EVER SEEN.
ALSO, THEY WERE PARTICIPANTS IN AN INSTITUTION THAT WAS EVIL, IF VERY COMMON FOR WEALTHY MEN OF THEIR DAY. THEY MIGHT HAVE BEEN BETTER MEN IF THEY HAD RID THE WORLD OF THAT INSTITUTION, AND THEY DID NOT DO THAT. BUT THEY DID CREATE THE POLITICAL SYSTEM THROUGH WHICH IT WOULD BE ELIMINATED LESS THAN A CENTURY LATER. THAT IS NOT NOTHING.
FLAWED MEN AND WOMEN HAVE GIVEN US QUITE A WORLD, AND WE SHOULD KNOW AS MUCH ABOUT IT AS WE CAN. MAYBE THE LESSONS THEY TEACH CAN EVEN HELP US SOLVE THE PROBLEMS WE FACE TODAY.
OR WE CAN WASTE OUR TIME TEARING DOWN STATUES, WHICH SOLVES NOTHING, NOR DOES IT MAKE HISTORY GO AWAY. IT JUST MAKES US IGNORANT OF IT.”