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    The Rules (Second Choice)  echo $newRAM;
    added Sun July 30 2006 at 12:24 PM
    I knew that I would have to work late Friday night, but didn't know exactly how late. I intentionally didn't plan anything because I didn't want to be too short on my hours. Friday afternoon when I figured out exactly what time I could leave, I sent a text message to a friend to see if she had plans. Now, my choice of using text message has nothing to do with my personal preference of communication - I hate text messaging. However, I know from personal experience and from my roommate's experience that this particular girl does not answer her phone, but does answer text messages. It so happens that she had a date already.

    Today on the way home from church, she gave me a light scolding about using text messages to ask a girl out on short notice. I'm not sure which was the worse crime, but the conversation turned to the short notice. In my defense, I wasn't asking her out as a suitor, but as a friend checking if she had plans. Nonetheless, the other girl that was walking home with us decided to harp on the last minute asking. Her stance was basically that it was always inexcusable and that she would never say yes to a date at the last minute.

    As you may know, there have been various circumstances where I was forced to ask girls at the last minute. I mentioned one of my favorites, where the girl agreed to go on a date, but then called me back the morning of to cancel because she decided she had to work on homework instead (nothing had changed, she just decided after accepting that she had too much to do). Unfortunately, in this instance I had to find a date because my brother was coming into town and I was organizing a double date for us. There was absolutely nothing I could have done to avoid calling girls at the last moment.

    And of course, she countered with one of my favorite lines that doing this makes the girl feel like second choice. And this is what I really want to talk about today.

    There's more to read. Read the extended entry.

    Amend This  echo $newRAM;
    added Sun July 30 2006 at 4:29 PM
    Let me precede this by stating directly and clearly that I firmly believe that homosexuality is a sin. Now that I've offended everybody who doesn't read my website, let me add that as a moral conservative, I also believe that adultery is a sin, fornication is a sin, pornography is sinful, gambling is a sin, eating or drinking anything in excess is a sin, lying is a sin. I think you get the point that there are many ways a person can sin. Part of living in a fallen world is that we will encounter sin every day of our lives, and will, to varying degrees, commit sin. Naming other sins does not mitigate the sinfulness of homosexuality, because it certainly is an awful sin to commit, and flies in the face of God's plan for his children.

    The last several years have brought much debate about whether homosexual couples should be allowed to get married. Both sides have had huge successes at various times in legislature, in courts, and in public opinion. In a desperate attack against the prospect of homosexual marriage, some propose a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. This idea worries me.

    The constitution was never intended to define every law, and that is the strength of the constitution. Instead of deciding every thing that should and should not be legal, the framers of the constitution instead created a document defining the structure of the government and giving explicit limitations to the power of the federal government. The only crime defined by the constitution is treason, and that is explicitly defined to limit the ability for the government to declare a person guilty of treason. The purpose of the constitution is not to state what the people cannot do, but rather what the government cannot do.

    There's more to read. Read the extended entry.