Bader G. Qarmout

Bader G. Qarmout suggests a way to keep gay marriage outside the church: members only. Bader G. Qarmout suggests a way to keep gay marriage outside the church: members only.

Gay marriage and the church

As New Jersey became the 14th state in the Union to license gay marriage, I am left wondering why and what is next. Will this judicial activism have any impact on churches? Some may think I am overreacting. But I fear the church is 15-25 years away from being forced to perform same sex or “gay marriage” or risk losing tax exemption for discrimination. A Pastor threatening to close his church doors before doing so, is no threat at all.

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Azaz, Syria, after rebels took it over after a bloody fight. Is Obama still messing in the Syria war? And does the Second Horseman of the Apocalypse mean only scenes like these, or any form of violence? Azaz, Syria, after rebels took it over after a bloody fight. Is Obama still messing in the Syria war? And does the Second Horseman of the Apocalypse mean only scenes like these, or any form of violence?

Syria: yesterday, today, and tomorrow

As the world contemplates what to do with Syria, I had the opportunity to speak to Shadi (last name withheld) and his mother and I asked them about what life was like in Syria before the Arab Spring, as well as other things. Shadi and his mother now live in a small town in northern New Jersey. Both Shadi and his mother were living in the US and went to visit Syria before the outbreak of the uprising in that country. They wanted to return to the US but could not and thus were stuck in the land of their birth in the midst of a revolution for 2½ years. Finally Shadi and his mother were able to escape from Syria and come back to New Jersey in June of this year to live with relatives. I sat down with Shadi and his mother for over four hours to discuss Syria in detail.

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Bader G. Qarmout. He has a plan for immigration reform without amnesty. Bader G. Qarmout. He has a plan for immigration reform without amnesty.

Amnesty for some but not all?

Amnesty, as defined by Webster’s is: the act of an authority (as a government) by which pardon is granted to a large group of individuals. The synonyms for amnesty are: absolution, pardon, forgiveness, remission, and remittal. The antonyms are: penalty, punishment, retribution.

According to Webster’s definition, the actions of President Obama qualify as amnesty. In effect, he pardoned a large group of individuals who disobeyed our laws regardless of their unfortunate circumstances. Why did he do this now? And what role did Republicans play in this debacle?

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