In The $ We Trust: The Bastardization Of Easter And Other Chirstian Holidays

Tomorrow morning children and adults alike, all over the country, will be engaging in numerous activities celebrating the Easter holiday. At this very moment retail stores everywhere are filled with customers doing their last minute shopping for colorful eggs, candy, accessories, decorations, bunny rabbit masks and costumes. But wait, shouldn’t these people be shopping for crosses, bibles, and other Christian decorations and accessories. Unless I am mistaken, Easter is supposed to be the day of celebration for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In essence Easter is a very serious day, for the entire Christian faith stands upon the resurrection of Jesus. As stated in 1 Corinthians 15:14And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain”.  With this said, I fail to see what a bunny rabbit carrying a basket full of multicolored eggs and candy have anything to do with the resurrection of Jesus. Apparently when it comes to the Great All Mighty, dollar that is, nothing is sacred. While the Easter bunny may be carrying a basket full of eggs on Sunday, Monday he will be walking away with a basket full of money. About $16.8 billion to be exact, that is the estimated projection of sales according to the National Retail Federation (NFR).

“Though the price of gas is on everyone’s mind, Easter is one of the few holidays some consumers are willing to stretch their budgets, especially because many children look forward to treats and new outfits on Easter morning,”….. “Retailers will make sure to offer plenty of promotions on candy, apparel, food and decorations in the coming weeks for eager holiday shoppers.”        – NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay

It is quite sad to see that what was once a holly day to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus has been reduced to a pointless holiday which has no base in value other than to fatten the pockets of retail stores.

Easter isn’t the only Christian holiday to have been bastardized for the sake of the all mighty dollar. When it comes to this, Christmas takes the cake as the biggest cash cow. Christmas combined with Thanksgiving took home $471.5 billion in 2011 (for those who don’t know Thanksgiving is a Christian holiday, do you homework). But the most disrespectful bastardization of a Christian holiday without a doubt has to be St. Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britain where he would be captured by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. After six years St. Patrick escaped from his masters and returned to Roman Britain where he would then join the Roman Catholic Church. After becoming an ordained Bishop, St. Patrick returned to the land of his masters where he would preach the gospel becoming a patron saint of Ireland. March 17, 493 a.d. marks the date of death for St. Patrick and it is on this day that St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated. If one takes the time to look more deeply into St. Patrick you will find that he is a man worth celebrating, especially if you are Christian. He is the ultimate example, next to Jesus, of forgiving and loving your enemy. How then is such an man so honorable as he celebrated around the world? By getting as drunk as you possibly can. St. Patrick’s Day is one of the best days for alcohol sales pulling in $4.55 billion this year.

(1 Timothy 6:10) “For the love of money is the root of all evil”, how true.

Stand Your Ground Law: What It Is And Why It Must Go

In the wake of Trayvon Martin’s murder many questions have arised. Of them all, the number one question has been, why has George Zimmerman not been arrested for the murder of Trayvon. Answer, the “stand your ground law”. It is at this moment that the second most asked question is posed, what’s the “stand your ground law”!? The “stand your ground” law permits the use of deadly force without duty to retreat, when there is reasonable belief of a threat. The law also provides immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action. One of the major flaws with the “stand your ground” law is the absence of duty to retreat. In criminal law, duty to retreat is an integral part in the defense of self-defense because the burden of proof is on the defendant to show that he or she were acting reasonably. For example, in states that do not have the “stand your ground” law, if you kill an individual and now stand trial, to claim justifiable homicide on the grounds of self-defense you must show that you made an attempt to avoid the conflict and secondly made a reasonable attempt to retreat before using force. If you can not prove this, than your claim of justifiable homicide may be dismissed. Therein lies the problem with the “stand your ground” law because duty to retreat does not apply hence the name “stand your ground”. Just over a year ago in Florida, Trevor Dooley, a 71-year-old retired bus driver and 41-year-old David James got into an argument at the local park over a kid skateboarding on the basketball court. David James allegedly lunges at Trevor Dooley and Dooley shoots David in the heart, killing him in front of David’s 8-year-old daughter. Trevor Dooley never stood trial for what was otherwise the murder of David James. It must be reiterated, had Trevor Dooley stood trial he would have had to prove that he made an attempt to avoid the conflict and a reasonable attempt to retreat. Why was Trevor at the park with a gun to begin with? Was Trevor the aggressor? Guess we’ll never know because he’s protected by the “stand your ground” law. Above all the most crippling aspect of the stand your ground law, as stated earlier, is that once granted it provides immunity from prosecution and civil action.

CHAPTER 776
JUSTIFIABLE USE OF FORCE
776.032 Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.—

(1) A person who uses force as permitted in s. 776.012, s. 776.013, or s. 776.031 is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force.
This is the dilemma currently present in the murder of Trayvon Martin. Despite all the facts against George Zimmerman, he has already been granted immunity from prosecution and conviction of any type due to the “stand your ground” law. Without the pressure of mass protest on our elected officials there is essentially nothing that can be done to Zimmerman under this law and that is precisely why the law must be abolished. Since the “stand your ground” law has been enacted, in the latter year of 2005, claims of justifiable homicide in Florida have skyrocketed over %200.
Here’s a breakdown by calendar year and whether the person acting in self-defense was a civilian or a law enforcement officer:

Calendar Year Justifiable homicide by civilian Justifiable homicide by police Total
2000 12 20 32
2001 12 21 33
2002 12 23 35
2003 16 16 32
2004 8 23 31
2005 18 25 43
2006 12 21 33
2007 42 60 102
2008 41 52 93
2009 45 60 105
2010 40 56 96
First half of 2011 16 33 49

Miami’s police chief made a prediction shortly before the law took effect:

“Whether it’s trick-or-treaters or kids playing in the yard of someone who doesn’t want them there or some drunk guy stumbling into the wrong house,” Chief John Timoney told the New York Times, “you’re encouraging people to possibly use deadly physical force where it shouldn’t be used.”                                                                                             -Tampa Bay Times

These predictions, unfortunately, turned out to be true. How many more Trayvon Martin and David James will it take until it becomes obvious that the stand your ground law must go!!