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Lady Liberty

Statue of Liberty

I received this letter from a friend who had received it from another friend. Letter’s like these have to be spread by word of mouth, so keep it going!

For some reason, people have difficulty structuring their arguments when arguing against
supporting the currently proposed immigration revisions. This lady made the argument pretty
simple. NOT printed in the Orange County Paper …
Newspapers simply won’t publish letters to the editor which they either deem politically incorrect
(read below) or which does not agree with the philosophy they’re pushing on the public. This woman
wrote a great letter to the editor that should have been published; but, with your help, it will get
published via cyberspace!

From: “David LaBonte”

My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC Register which, of course,
was not printed. So, I decided to “print” it myself by sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if
you feel so inclined. Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange County Register:

Dear Editor:
So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants.
Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren’t being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.

Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was
a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in
a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and
bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some
even changed their names to blend in with their new home.

They had waved good-bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No
free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought alongside men whose parents had come straight over from Germany, Italy, France and Japan. None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan. They were defending the United States of America as one people.

When we liberated France, no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German-American or the Irish-American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country’s flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.

And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a
guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I’m sorry, that’s not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900’s deserve better than
that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled
that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.

And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty, it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn’t start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.

(signed)
Rosemary LaBonte

KEEP THIS LETTER MOVING. FOR THE WRONG THINGS TO PREVAIL THE RIGHTFUL
MAJORITY NEEDS TO REMAIN COMPLACENT AND QUIET!! LET THIS NEVER HAPPEN!!

I sincerely hope this letter gets read by millions of people all across the nation!!

God bless America!

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Which is it? The Law or Faith?

Focal passages: John 3:1-5, 14-21 This passage accounts the meeting Jesus had with a Pharisee named Nicodemus. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary describes a Pharisee as: a member of the Jewish sect of the intertestamental period noted for strict observance of the rights and ceremonies of the written law (laid down by God through Moses) and for insistence on the validity of THEIR OWN (emphasis added) oral traditions concerning the law. Self-righteous. Jesus described them in Matthew 15:8 “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me,” and in Matt. 23, Jesus calls them, “Whitewashed tombs…full of dead people’s bones.” Outwardly righteous but inwardly, spiritually dead.

I describe the Pharisees to show that this is the sect that Nicodemus came from, and yet he wanted to know the Truth. He was brave enough to want to know Jesus thoughts on salvation rather than trusting in his own traditions. Twice, Jesus chastises Nicodemus for his unbelief, but He also offered him hope in versus 14-21. Verse 16-18 are mostly quoted as stand alone vss, but in context, it appears that Jesus is still speaking to Nicodemus. Though the passage doesn’t confirm that he was saved that day, Nicodemus later stands up and bravely speaks out in the midst of the Scribes and the Pharisees in defense of Jesus, and was told to leave, which is recorded in John 7:50-51. He also brings 75 lbs. of burial spices to prepare Jesus’ body for burial in John 19:39-40.

There is so much doubt, fear, and unbelief in the world today, that Nicodemus’ story gives me encouragement. We are trapped in a world where godlessness abounds and God is denied openly; arrogantly. Many people, including Christians, are plagued with doubt that God is even listening, and burdened with so much sickness of the body, mind and Spirit, that we are oppressed, even paralyzed. Some are convinced, like the Pharisees, that their must be something else to salvation, that they must do this and do that to earn their way into Heaven. But there is Hope, in simple faith–in Jesus who is the Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the world. He is our only, ONLY hope.

Father, God, please work Your will in our world and in our lives today. Draw us closer to You, and may we hear You. Have Your Holy Spirit touch our lives, and Your will be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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