IT MAKES SENSE TO ME
By Larry Peterson
Welcoming the New Year of 2016
by Larry Peterson
I am over it. I am fed up with these whiny cry-baby atheists who for some bizarre reason have decided that God and Christianity are “offensive”. I also think the agencies, administrators, judges etc., who uphold their ridiculous argument that even so much as mentioning the name of GOD violates our Constitution are also pathetic. Those folks are using their positions of responsibility to undermine the very foundation that this great nation was built upon. That bedrock, like it or not, is known as the Judeo-Christian principle. Anything else promoted as the bedrock is an impostor and is simply secular hogwash. Here is a quote from our second president, John Adams; “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Imagine President Adams saying that today. Imagine any president or politician saying that.
The Pilgrims and Puritans and Quakers and Catholics and Mennonites and so many others came here for religious freedom. The existence of God was never in question. His existence was an absolute. The question was, how do we acquire the freedom to worship God in our own way? It took the colonialists about 180 years, from the forming of the Jamestown Settlement in Virginia in 1607 until, as newborn Americans, they ratified the Constitution on September 17, 1787. It was not until 1791 that the first ten amendments to the Constitution were ratified. They became known as the Bill of Rights and the very first one states that “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Easter season is once again upon us. It is the Christian celebration of new life and redemption. Yet there are so many in positions of authority that step on the Constitution trying to obliterate the words in it. We Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. We believe that “Christ has died, Christ has risen, and that Christ will come again.” Isn’t that our right as Americans? Jesus seems to be hated by many, including the vitriolic atheists who want His very existence “stricken from the record” by trying to claim it is illegal. Yes siree, I, for one, am over it and tired of it. Jesus Christ preached LOVE and KINDNESS and FORGIVENESS. Is that a problem? Why would that “offend” anyone? Plus, He was beaten, tortured and killed because He promoted those virtues. Does that make any sense? Yes it does because, as history has proven over and over, often times pride and greed and ego squash love and kindness and forgiveness into smithereens. It is very sad that so many people can be filled with so much hate. So much so that they willingly kill and destroy and do everything they can to eradicate all that is GOOD. And they do it claiming it is virtuous. What a joke. How “FAR” You have NOT come.
If you do not want to believe in God I do not care. Knock yourself out. Sit under a tree and feed a squirrel. That is the beauty of America. It is okay to do that. But this business about mocking Christianity and trying to have it taken from the public square is utter nonsense. More than anything else though, it is spitting into the faces of all those two billion plus people around the world who follow Christ and His teachings. It is mocking the millions of Jewish people exterminated in the Holocaust. It demonizes a 75 year old priest, Father Frans Van der Lugt, who was beaten and murdered in Syria last week for being kind and loving to the poor and needy for more than fifty years. It defiles the memory of the 80 Christians who were executed in North Korea last November because they each owned a Bible.
You people who want God out of the American equation are fools. The reason you have this right to complain is because our country is built on the Judeo-Christian principle. If you lived in North Korea or Iran, or China or Afghanistan, or Pakistan or Somalia and tried this you would be tortured and killed and never heard from again. But you live in the United States of America that allows you to spit into the faces of so many without retribution. You are blessed more than you can know.
To all you God haters and deniers, I’m am tired of your rants. You know, back in 1938 Kate Smith introduced the Irving Berlin song, “God Bless America”. I would venture to say that almost every American, young and old alike, knows this song. Every time we sing it, no matter what the venue, we, as Americans are asking GOD to bless us. It is our national prayer as Americans. It is a beautiful thing. If you choose to be “offended” by that simple prayer because it uses the name of GOD, can’t you just keep it to yourself and keep your mouth shut? You are the ones being offensive. How “FAR” You have NOT come.”
by Larry Peterson
Twelve years ago on this very day, Sept 10, America was doing its thing and being American. It was a Monday and a new week had begun and people were scurrying about going to work and getting the kids ready for the new school year. The NFL season had begun, the baseball season was winding down and the summer was almost over. We were Americans, living in the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”.
So Monday came and went, just another Monday. Then along came Tuesday. As an unsuspecting and somewhat naive populace headed into the second day of the work week, Satan watched and salivated. He knew that his hate-filled messengers were about to do his bidding and within a few scant moments would change “One Nation Under God” forever.
As the planes were hijacked he started to laugh, a deep disgusting guttural laugh that can only be imagined. Then Tower #1 was hit and the sound of the explosion did not just come from the disintegrating, fuel filled jetliner. No, mixed into the sound of exploding fuel and metal and rubber and glass and vaporized people was also the sound of Satan’s gleeful version of a High C blasting from the bell of a Selmer trumpet. Satan rejoiced and screamed with devilish glee. “One Nation Under God” was now under attack. When the attack was over almost 3000 innocent men, women and children were dead and millions of lives had been changed forever.
We can never go back to Monday, September 10, 2001. We can never go back to not having a Department of Homeland Security or needing one. We cannot turn back to a day when we are not violated by scanners and “pat downs” by strangers at airports and at stadiums and theaters and varied other places. We can never go back to being as free as we were on September 10, 2001. Under the guise of safety and protection we have willingly submitted to allowing our freedoms to be diminished.
The War on Terror has captured us and in many cases we are now its prisoners. The next time you have to remove your shoes at the airport think back to September 10, 2001. Listen and hear the roar of Satan’s shrill laughter mixed among the crumbling steel and concrete of the majestic Twin Towers as it falls into history. Then ask yourself, “what price freedom”? Maybe the time has come to keep our shoes on.
Review Redux: Slippery Willies Stupid, Ugly Shoes
I had the opportunity to review a children’s book, Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson. It is an easy read for school-aged children where they can relate to the message. Peterson depicts an excellent message that is it okay to be different than everyone else and sometimes your own fear is the biggest hurdle. Many children face bullying in school by their peers and this story gives children courage to be themselves.
I wanted to read this to my daughter but it is a little too mature for her age right now but I would love to purchase the book for her to have when she is older to read and understand the message of accepting differences. Everyone is not the same and you should not put a person down or make fun of them because they are not like you.
Scroll down on right to a Story Cub presentation of Slippery Willie and to view the book trailer
by Larry Peterson
As Jack ran down the road as fast as he could he rounded a bend and ran smack into the devil. The devil smiled at Jack and told him it was time for him to die and that he was there to take his soul. Jack quickly convinced the devil that if he would let him go and promise to never take his soul he would give him all the souls of the folks who were chasing him. “And how do you plan to do that, Jack?” the devil asked.
“Well now, all ye have ta do is turn ye-self into a pot of gold coins. Then I will give the coins to the people and you will be in all of their pockets. They will be yours.”
Since many souls were better than only one, the devil readily agreed and turned himself into a pot of gold coins. Jack gave the coins to all the people and they went away smiling never realizing that they had given themselves to the devil in return for money.
So Jack lived on, grew old and, like all mortal men, finally died. His life had been so sinful on earth that he could not get into heaven and since the devil could not take his soul, he could not get into hell. He had nowhere to go. He asked the devil how he was supposed to see because he was in complete darkness. The devil laughed and tossed Jack a burning ember from the fires of hell, an ember that would never burn out.
Jack, using the ember to guide his way, found a pumpkin patch (some say it was turnips) and carved out a pumpkin. He put the ember inside and began carrying it around so he could see where he was going. To this day he wanders the earth seeking a resting place. And that is why he is known as “Jack-O’-Lantern” or “Jack of the Lantern”.
“HAPPY HALLOWEEN” posted in 2011 and 2012
November 30, 2011
Title: Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes
Author: Larry Peterson
Publisher: TB Press
Image is often everything to a kid. Jacob was concerned about what others thought of him when he was only about 4 years old, and it just gets harder as he gets older. I try to tell him that it doesn’t matter what others think of him, that he should just be himself, but I don’t really remember that whole logic working on me when I was his age. Willie, the main character in Larry Peterson’s Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes has a big problem. Well, two, actually. First, his feet are so slippery that he can’t keep any shoes on them. Poor Willie couldn’t climb trees or play with his friends without sliding all over the place. Fortunately, there is a solution. Unfortunately, that solution is the other problem. Since Willie’s feet are so slippery, he needs a very special pair of shoes, and they’re not exactly normal-looking sneakers.
Willie absolutely does not want to wear the shoes. He thinks everyone will make fun of him. In fact, he gets so worked up about it that he dreams everyone in town is laughing at him. They laugh so hard that catastrophe strikes- cars crash, planes fall out of the sky, and mayhem ensues. All because of his stupid, ugly shoes. Of course, in reality, his shoes are not nearly as bad as he thinks they are, and all of this friends end up thinking they’re super cool. Willie has a great day at school, and at the end of the day he takes off his shoes and lets himself slip around, because even though the shoes help him have a “normal” day, he still needs to be himself sometimes, slippery feet and all.
Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes is a funny and entertaining book for kids of all ages. The lessons are obvious, but presented in a way to which children can relate. The story teaches children that everyone is different, but those differences do not define who they are. It also teaches them that sometimes we make a bigger deal about things in our heads than they are in real life. I do this all the time. I always think of the worst case scenario and get all worked up about something, when in reality, it turns out to not be a big deal. It’s kind of too late for me (although I am working on my issues), but since Jake is just like me, I’m really trying to head off the problem before it gets out of control with him. Since he is a big reader, books like Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes really help.
Mom Does Reviews
November 25, 2011
Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes review
by Pamela Maynard
Willie Wiggles had a big problem: his feet were so slippery he slipped walking, climbing or just sitting at his desk at school. His mom ordered him special shoes that would stop him from spinning and sliding all over. The morning he was supposed to wear his big, new, ugly shoes, he has the worst day ever. Kids, teachers, dogs, cats, birds and taxi drivers all laughed at his ridiculous shoes so hard the world seemed as if it was going crazy. People were so mean to Willie I almost didn’t want to read any more. Peterson did such a good job conveying empathy, I was actually upset that he had written this funny story. It wasn’t until Willie’s mom woke him up that I understood that the author accomplished his goal. It brought back not-so-fond memories of kids making fun of my braces when I was in sixth grade. I was right there with Willie in the story.
Willie did go to school with his new, somewhat ugly shoes, but no one laughed at him. In fact, kids wanted to know where they could get some just like his. It turns out that Willie learned that being different isn’t so bad after all. No one is the same and we all need to learn to accept each others differences. Peterson did a great job teaching an important lesson for kids of all ages. Slippery Willie is a great book for ages 4 to 10.
My favorite part of the book is when Willie’s mom chased him around the house with a butterfly net so she could catch him to put the ugly shoes on him. What a sight that would have been in my house!
The illustrations were simple but they showed the action of the story very well.
The end of the book has an interactive guide with suggested activities and discussions to reinforce what was learned in the book. This is a great feature for homeschooling parents.
Overall, I give Slippery Willie’s Stupid Ugly Shoes 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Please feel free to share your thoughts about accepting differences at Slippery Willie’s Blog.
About the author:
Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years.
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