Why They Need us to be a Secular Nation…….Why Catholics must stand with Natalie Nichols

UPDATE:” I have been made aware that things may not be what they seem with the story of Natalie Nicholes. I will not be supporting Natalie until I find out more information about who she has hired to represent her and what exactly is happening.” – Alice Linahan

We are NOT a Secular nation we are a Judeo-Christian nation. A nation whose foundation is built on Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Freedom OF religion not Freedom FROM religion. Why then are many within our own country trying desperately to prove we are a Secular nation.

As a Catholic I can only speak to the infiltration into my own church but I know it is not only the Catholic Church that has been infiltrated.

For many years some in the Catholic Church have been teaching their flock to follow the dictates of their own conscience…

Read this blog “Democratic Dyslexic Disorder” a.k.a. “DDD” to see where I am coming from. Comment #16 says it all in my opinion.

Rick Santorum stated back in 2009 when Congressman Kennedy and  Bishop Tobin were is a public conflict: “Simply put, the church has membership requirements. Kennedy is free to reject them. What he is not free to do is redefine them for himself and condemn the church for not accepting his definition.”   Bishop Thomas Tobin who penned the impressive open letter to Congressman Kennedy

The key words below are “Well Formed Conscience”  See full article in Life Site News

Santorum on Catholic teaching and public policy:  “Finally, the church maintains that there is a natural law that forms the basic moral foundation of society and that can be known through the exercise of reason. Thus, a Catholic public official with a “well-formed conscience” can arrive at correct moral conclusions not by faith, but by reason.”

Where is it that one is suppose to receive their “Well Formed Conscience?” It is by their faith. Be it Catholic, Protestant or Jew.

That is what our religions give us, a well formed Conscience”. That my friends is exactly why they must take down religion in our Country to succeed.

We are seeing this play out all across our country and Americans are fighting back and taking a stand.

In the NE corner of Texas a court in the county of Bowie, has approved a motion to remove the Pledge of Allegiance and the opening Prayer from the records of the court.  The County Clerk has refused, spoke out against it, and now has been threatened with legal action.

As reported in the RED FLAME WIRE

On May 23, 2011, The Bowie County Commissioner’s Court met for a regular meeting to discuss and take action regarding county business.  Just like he has since taking office, the County Judge noted the time, and asked the members of the court and the audience to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance and to remain standing for the opening prayer.

It was business as usual.

But on June 13, 2011, the Commissioner Court, with the exception of Commissioner John Addington, decided that they no longer wanted the records to reflect that the Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation were said for fear it would give the perception that it is the courts official stance.

During the meeting, the minutes of the court were brought up before the court.   Precinct 4 Commissioner, Pat McCoy, made a suggestion that the court not approve the minutes.  McCoy claims that, although the Pledge and Invocation did take place, since the judge did not use words “call the meeting to order”, the records cannot reflect the Pledge of Allegiance or the Prayer.

There is no law in Texas that backs McCoy’s claim.

In Texas, meetings are governed by Title 5, Chapter 551 of the Government Code, otherwise known as the Texas Open Meetings Act.  In short, a meeting which is to be recorded (written or electronic) is defined when a quorum (majority) of a government body is present, who partakes in deliberation (defined by the act as a “verbal exchange”) and consist of an item under jurisdiction (public buiness or public policy) of the governmental body.

Many of the counties in Texas have the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance on their Agenda’s and Minutes because it does fall under their jursidiction.

Bowie County Judge, Sterling Lacy, states that he purposely does not place items such as the pledge and/or invocation on the Agenda and purposely performs them prior to calling the meeting to order, for fear of being “sued by an organization such as ACLU” and does not want to give the impression that it is the courts “official stance”

County Clerk, Natalie Nichols

County legal advisor Carol Dalby, who also serves as an assistant DA under Bowie County District Attorney Jerry Rochelle, stated that it is the “sole duty of the commissioner court to amend the minutes.”

Texas law delegates that athority to the Clerk alone.

After some discussion, Commissioner McCoy “made a motion” that would remove the Pledge of Allegiance and the prayer from the minutes.  The motion was seconded by Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Stone and approve by a 3 to 1 vote with Commissioners Pat McCoy and Jack Stone, along with County Judge Sterling Lacy, voting for the motion and Precinct 2 Commissioner John Addington voting against the motion.

The commissioner’s court may have had a temporary victory, but one person stood in their way.

Enter county clerk, Natalie Nichols.

Nichols, who was in Dallas for annual training at the time of the meeting, firmly contends that she “will not remove the Pledge of Allegiance or the Invocation” from the minutes, and she is” appalled” by the attempt to do so.

Watch the video here

During the next court meeting, Nichols said, “Over the years, many brave men and women have paid the ultimate sacrifice with their blood and their lives to protect this great nation, that includes our most sacred flag.  I will not dishonor their service or sacrifice.  We shouldn’t be fighting to hide our allegiance to the flag; we should be fighting to proclaim it!”

Nichols said, “America is the greatest country in the world, our flag and it’s colors represents America’s valor, purity, perseverance and justice among others, and the Pledge of Allegiance honors it.”

Giving credit where credit is due, Nichols made it a point to thank the lone member of the court who voted againts the action, saying ”we all need to say a huge thank you to Commissioner Addington for standing up for both God and country and voting against it.”

To add insult to injury, one member of the court tried to prevent a citizen from speaking out against their action.

http://blip.tv/play/AYLE6W0C

Sondra McMellon, wife of Lt. Colonial McCellon who is on his second tour serving overseas, asked to speak to the court regarding removing the Pledge and Prayer.  Comm. McCoy, who was not the presiding Judge or officer, tried to prevent her from speaking.  However, the presiding judge overruled McCoy and allowed Mrs. McMellon to speak.

McMellon chastised the court for their actions and called it a disgrace.  With a heavy heart and tears in her eyes, she asked the court honor the “military, my family and my husband” and keep the Pledge of Allegiance and Prayer recorded on the official record of the court.

When McMellon finished, McCoy stated that they could not record the Pledge and Prayer in the minutes because the meeting does not officially begin until the judge calls the meeting to order.  An audience member questioned McCoy, asking if that was what the law says.

McCoy chose not to respond.

Commissioner Jack Stone, who originally voted to remove the Pledge and Prayer, saidhe did not realize what Lacy and McCoy where trying to do.  Stone said, “I didn’t vote to remove either the prayer or the pledge, and if I did, it was a mistake.”

Judge Lacy, who was absent from the meeting, said Nichols does not understand the long term impact her stand and that she doesn’t understand the “unintended consequences.”

Was that a threat to Nichols or was he afraid that people would find out about his actions?  When they were sworn into office, I wonder if Lacy, McCoy and Stone each put their hand on a Bible and took an oath that ended with “So help me God”?  If so, isn’t that a public proclamation and official act?  I would bet that Nichols did, and probably isn’t hiding it!

The issue has set a fire and gained the attention of national talk show host, Rusty Humphry. Nichols was a special guest on the Rusty Humphries Show:

Listen to the show here

County legal advisor, Carol Dalby, said they were going to seek legal action against Nichols.

Nichols, who by sec. 81.003 of Texas law, has the authority to record, amend, attest and seal the minutes with the official county seal, says “they can sue me, remove me from office, but I will not remove the Pledge of Allegiance or the Prayer from the official recording of this court, when the action did in fact take place.”

Jeff Akin, of the Bowie County Patriots, praises Nichols and says that it is time for elected officials to “stand on principle” and not play politics.  Akin says, “when I recount the history of Texas and look at the brave Patriots that died at the Alamo, it inspires me to fight for what is right.”  Akin continued, “we will not set idly by and allow the principles that made this nation great be trampled on!”

Contributors Note:  Nichols, a Conservative Republican, took office January 1, 2011 after unseating a 12 year Democrat incumbent.  During her campaign, Nichols was endorsed by former White House advisor and Fox News contributor Dick Morris and is the Texas District 4 Coordinator for Smart Girl Politics.

It looks like the citizens of Bowie County have found their own “Momma Grizzly!”

 

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About Alice Linahan

Alice Linahan is a Conservative, politically-active Texas Mom who has worked hard in the trenches of the Tea Party movement. As an active Real Estate blogger turned online newspaper owner, Alice launched Resolute Media Group along with two partners. It quickly grew into playing an integral part in holding politicians and the progressive/liberal media accountable by getting real stories out to Americans across the country using social media integration and Resolute Media’s “North Texas Navigator”. Now Alice has launched Voices to Action Consulting. Alice is working hard to train boots on the ground activists using social media techniques to get accurate information out to the passive majority of Americans. In addition she is working on projects at both the state and national level to save our Country from attacks from within our own borders. In addition I am currently on the Advisory Board for a new series of e-books by Harper-Collins entitled "Voices of the Tea Party". I have been published in such publications as Focus on the Family's Citizen Magazine and am board member of Women on the Wall, an organization working on building a safe and prosperous Texas for our children and grandchildren to thrive.
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