The Sunday Message

All religions must be tolerated… for every man must get to heaven in his own way. – Epictetus

That quote probably bothers a lot of people. I’ve heard people talk for hours about why their religion is the only true one, and to get to heaven, we must follow the one that they follow or face going to hell when we die.

I’m not one of those people who think that my religion is the correct one and that another person’s religion is wrong. Although there are some beliefs in different religions that I find hard to believe, you won’t hear me putting them down. I am curious about what people believe and what goes on in different churches. I like to ask questions.

Recently a Pew Research Center survey found:

On the heels of a contentious election year in which partisan politics increasingly divided Americans, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that when it comes to religion, Americans generally express more positive feelings toward various religious groups today than they did just a few years ago. Asked to rate a variety of groups on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100, U.S. adults give nearly all groups warmer ratings than they did in a June 2014 Pew Research Center survey.

Some of the results included Jews coming in at 67, Catholics at 66, Mainline Protestants 65, Evangelicals 61, Mormons 54, and Muslims at 48.

There’s a lot more information in the survey that you can read HERE.

Since the scale they were rated on was 0-100, it looks like all religions have some work to do.

One’s own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one’s Maker and no one else’s. – Mahatma Gandhi

 

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Caught My Eye…

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary on today include Trump’s Press Conference, Tester & Facebook Live, Daines’ Telephone Town Hall, Montana GOP Valentine’s Day Cards, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. – Ann Landers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Powerball, unemployment, recycling pays, Airbnb in Montana, mental illness & guns, Facebook Live & Tester, NFL scouting combine, Havre airport & Northwestern Energy, Kate Upton, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Flynn, Zinke, & Guns

What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. – The Captain (Cool Hand Luke)

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Trump & Flynn
  • Zinke’s Confirmation Vote
  • Montana Legislature

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Terrific News Tuesday

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. – Charles M. Schulz

Welcome to Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • On the Road
  • Bynum Montana
  • Cascade Montana
  • Oh Christmas Tree
  • Consecutive Wins

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Many are called but few get up. – Oliver Herford

Today I take a look at Montana’s gas tax, immigration raids, Stephen Miller, the Grammy Awards, and Saturday Night Live.

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The Sunday Message

Stand up for what you know is right, and judge all people fairly. Protect the rights of the poor and those who need help.Proverbs 31:9 (ERV)

I like a good peaceful protest. That’s one of the great things about living in the United States – we have the right to protest things in which we don’t agree.

On Saturday I did a quick check of Google News to see what I could find about protests.

  • There were protests for and against Planned Parenthood.
  • There were protests in several locations about immigration enforcement raids.
  • There were anti-Trump protests in several places
  • There were protests at U.S. Senator Steve Daines’ (R-Mont.) offices last week.

I have been on both ends of protests – from attending rallies against or for an issue to working in a local senate field office where protesters showed up. Just as you would imagine there were people at both events who wanted to scream, swear, threaten, and show their anger. That’s not the way to go about it, in my opinion. There were also people who peacefully protested and gave their opinion about the issue.

If you are passionate about an issue – attend a protest and let your elected officials know about it – just be peaceful.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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