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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas Somalia

I try to look at mainstream media as little as possible for a variety of reasons; mostly to reduce my stress level. With that said, today online I caught the title, "Somalia bans Christmas." I read the article, and it appears that the government has put a ban on celebrating Christmas because it is 'contrary to Islamic culture' and could theoretically 'damage the faith of the Muslim community.'

I was going to look at three points, but realized they each would need a separate post. Lets just look at one in summary, the point noted last that the celebration of Christmas could "damage the faith of the Muslim community."

How I ask, could someone else celebrating another Holliday be damaging to your faith? If it is possible to fall away from your faith because someone else is celebrating a separate holiday, I would question the validity of that faith. Could it possibly be a concern that someone is a free thinker and they want to control those thoughts? After all, there is nothing more dangerous to a totalitarian government than a free-thinking people.

 Did you know that Muslims celebrate Rabi'-ul-Awwal (AKA Mawlid al-Nabi), that is, the birth of Muhammad? I did. Guess what? We don't outlaw Mawlid in America because it might damage the faith of Christians! Could you imagine the uproar in the global community if we did?

That my friends is the difference between a free Republic, and an Oligarchy. It is also an example of a society under Sharia Law (Somalia 2009). We would do well to keep that in mind as we as a nation ignorantly try to embrace everything and everyone in an effort to have a happy society based on good feelings instead of history, reality and fact.

On another note, there is something to be said for the Kardashian's under Sharia...I mean, look at the possibilities in the picture below...

The average American likes to think they understand Islam and Sharia Law, but...do they really? I have found that talking to the average person on the street (present reader excluded of COURSE!) about Islam is much like sitting down to a traditional Asian dinner. They think to themselves, "I like Chinese food!" Until they are presented with a nice serving of Balut (second picture); suddenly, what you thought you understood takes on a whole new meaning, and its too late to send it back to where it came from...



Friday, December 11, 2015

PC and hypocracy

Oops, skipped a month; I have tried not to let that happen. Although, I often wonder if I continue to blog once per month for my sporadic readers, or for myself. I know the answer lies somewhere in-between because I can’t help but write, it’s in my blood so to speak and forcing me to write keeps me writing and paying attention.
Remember in English 101 when people say they don’t have anything to write about when in reality there is so much to write about they are overwhelmed trying to narrow it down? That is how I feel today; there is so much to choose from in the news along: Mass shootings in America, Putin and Russia, gun control, Obama, politicians and their web of lies, presidential candidates, Islam and radical ideology, the world my children will grow up in…how about Political Correctness? Yes!
Topic for today: Political Correctness and Chicago-type bullying tactics. Prepare for generalized statements to follow…
What I am seeing are liberal Marxist educators who tell individuals that they are unique, that they are special, and then systematically mold them into “normal” cookie cutter drones. The result is a majority of uneducated college graduates with the inability to think for themselves who strive to show the world how they are un-racist, universally acceptant of everyone and everything and don’t want to offend anyone or hurt their feelings and that everyone’s opinion is important and should be tolerated. Unless of course you are a free-thinker that goes against the status-quo, well then, we can’t have any of those bigoted-racist-intolerant-gun-toting-nut-jobs around…they don’t care about people’s feelings.
This has led to a generation of people that are so fearful about hurting someone’s feelings, angering a group and being seen as intolerant themselves that they will ostracize, oppress and target anyone who does not conform to their “unique” status.
 I also blame mainstream media for fanning the flames of PC into an inferno. Ultimately, this results in people being unwilling or too fearful to express their opinions for very real reasons: IRS audits, attacks on businesses, attacks on persons, law-suites, name-calling and retribution (Joe the Plummer anyone?). Here are some examples mixed with sarcasm.
Example 1: If you express an opinion that you believe based on specific facts and circumstantial evidence that our illustrious commander in chief here in America has Muslim roots…well, try it and see what happens, “You’re just a racist…you’re a right wing nut…anyone who believes that is crazy…” those are the nice things that are said.
 Example 2: Blacks are more likely to commit murder than whites….OH NO YOU DIDN’T!!!! You racist arrogant neo-Nazi bafoon!
Example 3: Whites are more likely to be serial killers than blacks…cricket, cricket…what, no hate and name calling?
Example 4: I think abortion is wrong. “You hate women, you don’t believe in women’s rights, you want them to have abortions in back-alleys…how dare you try to impose your values on others…you need some re-education training.”
Example 5: I am a private small business owner who has the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason and do not want to make a wedding cake for a gay couple because it violates my religious freedoms. “You can’t do that, not only will you be sued but the government can order you to do it.” However… if you refuse to make a cake with a swastika on it you are a hero. But inversely we in our Islamic lawyer firm deny the Holocaust happened thus voiding the swastika argument, but we still want to control what you do in your private business place…”
Rabbit trail…why is it that if the lawyer who is trying to sue you for not baking a cake, him/herself refuses to accept a client who wants to sue a gay couple for assaulting him/her…can do so without retribution?
Example 6: I want to get trained and have a permit to carry on college property, “No, someone might get hurt, now go have an abortion.”
I tell you what; political correctness has gotten so bad I even had a moment where I considered not publishing this post on the internet. Then again, I spent so many prime years of my life supporting and defending the constitution so others can express their opinions that I’ll be damned if mine are going to be stifled.
Merry CHRISTMAS!!!
 

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Different Standards

I may border on being accused of being a pessimist or cynical. However, in my own defense, I have 29 awesome and positive days per month, I just choose to expel my negativity here once per month in order to have quality days for the rest of the time. As I've been quoted in the Star Tribune as saying, "I'm bleeding the valve, letting the pressure out." Now, with my disclaimer firmly in place, onward!

Spencer Stone, the hero that prevented the attempted terrorist attack by tackling the would be Muslim terrorist, has been stabbed four times in the chest stateside. Sad.

I wanted to take a moment to point out some different standards. The victim was white. The attackers were Asian. Don't care, doesn't matter. However, why isn't the president preaching about racial motivations in this attack? Also, why isn't Hillary Clinton or the wide variety of others in the cool club calling out for the registration of knives? Why aren't we having involved discussions about "common sense knife ownership? I know I've asked these questions in the past. The answer is simple, because the object is incapable of doing anything. It is people, and people will always find a way to harm others. There is no utopia on this earth that a law on paper will create.

That's it, just wanted to get that off my chest.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Our Very Own Holocaust

Today, a 91 year old German women, a former SS Nazi in the infamous Auschwitz concentration death camp, was charged with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder by German high courts.

I read that in the news and thought about how that women was acting under the law of the land, it was allowed at the time and deemed "right." In fact, the regime felt that the Jews were "less than human" or "inferior" and could be murdered.

During the Nuremburg trials, when SS Nazi's were facing their death they tried to argue, "It was legal, we were following the law." The response before the rope? "You had an obligation to a higher law..."

SO, I ask you the reader to ponder that statement and the meaning behind it as we see arguments about whether an unborn baby is human or less than human  or inferior or not. When pro-choice advocates tell us how murder is "legal" and they are just following the law...will future courts begin charging doctors and nurses with thousands of counts of murder and accessory to murder? When they are on trial will they try to say that they didn't know what they were doing was wrong? That they were following the law? I don't think that day will come on this earth, though I hope it does...no, I think we are going to relive history for a while with our own Holocaust.

Just because something is legal does not make it right. Slavery was once legal...does that make it right? no, NO, NO NO!!!

As we act like zombies that wander in a daze...as we ask ourselves if black lives matter, if police lives matter, can we just ask ourselves and tell ourselves that ALL lives matter?

I would encourage each of us to, at a minimum, look at some pictures online, look at some videos, and allow ourselves to be horrified for what we are allowing to happen simply because the screams are silent. What our country is doing should give us nightmares for the rest of our lives. Maybe we'll be so disgusted by our inaction that it will motivate us to DO something.

As I look at the pictures below, numbers of bodies aside, do you know what the difference between the pictures are? Not a damn thing.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Fall Approaches


I just finished reading a fiction book called, “The Harbinger.” A harbinger is a warning. The book takes a look at biblical prophecy and makes correlations to modern day America. Biblical or not, this book is a mind freak of a read. In a nutshell, disaster is predicted for America, and one of the last warnings to turn from our moral decline will come September of 2015. There is simply no way to summarize it in a web-post, so I won’t bother to try. I also skimmed through a book called, “Four Blood Moons,” which goes back through history to catalog major world events that transpire every time there is a series of four blood moons in a row. If memory serves, the last set of blood moons marked the times of the holocaust, Israel being established, the 6 days war…and I forget the other. In any case, this book also says something is supposed to happen. The final blood moon will be September 28th. There is simply too much information on the World Wide Web to make a cohesive summary. Suffice to day, a lot of the coincidences are interesting, and I’ll be watching world events next month to see what happens.

I didn’t really have much interesting to post this month, but I wanted something up on the last day of August. Back to school full time while still in my career job. No plans of job changing at this point just thought the time was right. My summer was WAY busier than I wanted it to be, I only got out fishing twice. Oh well, grouse hunting is almost here. Fall approaches.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Focus

I have done a good job cutting myself off from mainstream media. I found I was anxious, angry and stressed when I spent too much time in the news. So it was with great sadness and deep mourning that I heard of the four Marines murdered by Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez in Tennessee.

I was further grieved that CNN's opening and ending paragraph were about the type and detail of the firearm used. In an essay, this is how you drive your main point home; opening and concluding point.

The 'innocent' and loaded question of '"Who was the gunman and why did he open fire?"' is just another example of liberal media pandering to the PC gods.

Why are we so afraid to conclude that a Muslim Terrorist is exactly and simply that...a Muslim Terrorist? We certainly have no problem throwing around "Christian hate mongering" or "White conservative" as soon as the label seems to fit, but they can't seem to bring themselves to ask the question, "Why do Muslim Terrorists hate the west so much that they will murder, torture and destroy with impunity?" That is the issue that needs to be addressed, not the side-stepping "Islam is a religion of peace" pandering nonsense that is so popular right now.

Obama did a decent job of a press release, but he used words like "killed" instead of "murdered" and "attacked" instead of hate-crime. The transposition of which was used when describing recent race-filled incidents in our country.

Why do our leaders and policies reflect an apologetic attitude to the rest of the world and a PC campaign of 'just trying to be nice' in hopes that nations will like us, when we should be taking an iron stance on those that attack, use, rape and assault our country?

Some bullies don't want to be paid off, they don't want to play nice, and they don't want to be friends. They just want to take something nice and destroy it.

We as a country and we as individuals need to be far less concerned with what others think, and far less concerned with being well-liked and start practical application for defending our citizens. I realize that no matter what we do good people will die, but we can at least try to stem the tide.
No matter how much PC guru's would preach that Islam is a religion of peace, I can testify that statement is a lie. I know there are millions of peaceful Muslims, but the large strain of violence that permeates every Islamic country was seen when Muslims around the world abruptly cheered when the Twin Towers were attacked.

I found this quote from a website that is pretty spot-on for my worldview:
"We have seen the roots of Islamic violence in the life and teachings of Mohammed. We have seen that world events have conspired to place Islam and Christianity in a conflict of civilizations that has stretched from the sixth to the twenty-first century.
What the future holds is unknown. What is known is that Islamic civilization has a strong tendency to violence that stretches back to the days of Mohammed and that has begun to flare up in resurgent terrorist and revolutionary movements." http://www.catholic.com/documents/endless-jihad-the-truth-about-islam-and-violence

 One of my old sergeants used to say you never present a problem without also presenting a possible solution. I still agree with that.

So I tried to actually come up with a partial solution that is viable for my readers. Something that my readers have within their ability to do. I tell you what, it was not easy! But I did come up with a two-part strategy I believe everyone can participate in. #1 Pray for our country, since I do believe there is hope. #2. Stop watching and reading CNN, since they insist on reporting opinion instead of facts. NBC goes so far as to edit and produce outright lies. I personally do not watch either anymore.

There, I am empty on higher thinking for today. Sad, because this didn't feel very high ;)

After all of that, my opening and ending are the same. It is with deep sadness that I salute the servicemen that were murdered by a Muslim Terrorist.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

We're from the government and we're here to help...


It's perfectly fine, this is a medical procedure, it's for your own good. Now sit still Jonny and let it happen or we'll fine your parents, maybe charge THEM with a crime. Now, take your lobotomy.



Now, on to the topic: Mandated vaccines

More and more of our freedoms begin to erode, soon they will be all gone, because big brother knows what’s best for you, whether you like it or not.

Recently in the news, California is on the cusp of passing a vaccination mandate for children, not giving parents the right to opt out of vaccines. If you have read my previous post on vaccines, then you know how I feel about them, and how there are neurotoxins in them; Formaldehyde, aluminum and mercury to name a couple.

Big brother does NOT know best. For YEARS big brother (FDA) has told us that an aspirin a day is good for you, and encouraged you to take one every day regardless if you need it or not. This has been common thought and practice for years. Now it appears that aspirin is bad for you, and can cause bleeding to the brain and stomach. But if you had challenged the status quo prior to this, you would have been labeled as a nut, a fringe-thinker, even a conspiracy theorist.

As I discussed in my last post…do we really have freedom… if it begins to be more and more regulated? How long before we are told what opinions we are allowed to have? Will we be “allowed” to grow our own food? How about having a say in how we raise our children? Where does the madness end?

It ends when the average citizen gets pissed off enough to stand up, draw a line in the sand and say, “That’s enough.”

I have already drawn my line.  I’ve seen what happens in other countries when the elected people that are supposed to represent, get too big for their britches, and it isn’t pretty. You can murder an unborn child, but heaven forbid you have a say in what is injected into the one you chose to keep alive. Little by little, we are losing before the fight has even begun.  Pray, think, act.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Silent Thunder



Are you free to say whatever you want as long as you follow a lengthy set of rules and stay away from taboo topics? Or is this subjective freedom? Is it freedom at all?

A recent online debate recently caught my eye. Now my disclaimer, as a blogger I often wonder if you can engage in true debate in an online forum. I know there is a distinct advantage in some cases, as I can often research my response before I make them. Emotional retorts are often times just that, emotional instead of factual, and I am just as guilty as anyone. I believe you can debate, it is just hard to hold anyone accountable for what they say. End of disclaimer.

The debate in question was a discourse on freedom of speech. One opponent was arguing that Canada does in fact have freedom of speech, while the other postulated that limited freedom is not freedom at all. The debate turned into a tantrum with overreaching statements that if we try to stop terrorism then we are quenching freedom of speech. I am not going to stoop to that level. However, it did bring up an interesting question for most of our freedoms for me personally. Does a country truly have freedom of the press if the government can regulate what is published? Does a country have freedom of speech if government can arrest you for an opinion they have not sanctioned? Does a country have freedom to keep and bear arms if those rights are systematically stripped? Does a country have freedom of peaceable assembly if the government limits that right to specific groups? Does a country have freedom of religion if the government sanctions what can and what cannot be said in church? These are questions to ponder, and they are not philosophical. They are coming to a state near you.

For the sake of space and attention span, let’s stick with freedom of speech for this post. Recently, near the town I live, a person was found hauling their garbage to the dump. He was holding his garbage in his trailer with an American flag. This is such a personal issue to me, because of how much that flag means to me, because of the friends I have who fought and died for what that flag means, and were then buried beneath those stars and stripes. To see someone so callously use and abuse Old Glory sets my blood to boiling, to say nothing of those that burn or urinate upon it. HOWEVER, that is the true sign of a free country, the right to protest or act peaceable in whatever manner inspires you. I could do an entire post on the stars and stripes, but I will not. Suffice to say, there are many countries where you could be arrested and even executed for disrespecting the nation’s flag or say, even a book. What would happen if Lil Wayne walked on the Islamic Flag? I suppose it would depend on what country he was in when he did it...

So, if flag burning is one of the signs of a free country, what are the beginning signs of a repressed country? The original question was, “Does Canada have true freedom of speech if that freedom is limited by the government?” Point of fact, in Canada, you can and will be put in jail if you preach from the pulpit that the bible says homosexuality is a sin. There are good pastors with good hearts and no ill will or intent in jail in Canada right now simply for reading the bible out loud on this topic, as Canada has labeled it hate speech. I would conclude this is not freedom of speech, this is not freedom of religion, and this is not freedom. What a precedent. Regardless what anyone’s opinion on homosexuality is, if people are not free to discuss it or talk about it, where does the encroachment of government end? If we do nothing are we just zombies in a game? What about the extreme bias in America towards Christianity that we should wake up and take a look at. Hillary Clinton's retaliatory statements when questioned about the security clearance of certain high level security staffers that have family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood should at least raise an eyebrow.

May I suggest a VERY good book written by a friend of mine? It just came out, specifically covering freedom of speech. Ironically it is endorsed by liberal and conservative alike, Christian and atheist, straight and homosexual. It is called, “Shhhh! Quiet Christian.” By Gus Booth. A provocative, educational interesting read to say the least. It will make you think if nothing else.
It can be found easily, but here is a link to Amazon if that is easier still.

http://www.amazon.com/Shhhh-Quiet-Christian-Gus-Booth/dp/1629527386/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434317994&sr=8-1&keywords=shhhh%21+quiet+christian

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Contribution vs Entitlement


I don’t think I’ve ever gone two calendar months in-between posts before! Well, there is a first time for everything.

I was thinking today that America should consider doing what so many other countries have done; implement a service plan in order to become full citizens.

I suppose I could do a google search, but how about not? Off the top of my head, England, Germany Israel and maybe Argentina…Mexico? All of these require every citizen to put in a certain amount of military service.

I think American’s have gotten used to entitlement…like something is owed to them for the very act of drawing breath. What we consider poor, 80% of the world consider rich.

I propose a hybrid system in which you must give two years of your life to your country. Don’t like the military? Red Cross, Third World Country Disaster Relief, anything that would help with the perspective of how great a country to live in America really is.

This plan could be implemented immediately after high-school. Drop-outs are immediately sent to Africa to dig wells. What a great education incentive.

It may not be the answer, but it's a start. I've seen far too many career stay-at-home children of late.
 
 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

My body, my choice

Ever heard the expression, "My body, my choice"? It is usually associated with a women who is pro-choice. I have already done a post on abortion in the past and do not feel the need to do another at the moment. However, I do want to focus on a choice.

I have been briefly, very briefly, following the story of Cassandra Callender, a 17 year old who has refused cancer treatments after two rounds of chemo.

The last thing I read today was a judge ruling that Cassandra lacked the ability to make the decision, and will be forced to undergo chemo against her will. I found this hopelessly ironic since judges and courts have ruled that if a young teen wants to have an abortion to kill a child, they can do so without parental knowledge or consent (exceptions to this all over of course, but making a general statement).

I further wonder at the logic of forced medical treatment that is admittedly only 80% successful, and even the success can lead to a myriad of other health problems from injecting poison into the body. Plus the possibility of the cancer coming back out of remission.

Imagine if someone was forced to do blood-letting because a judge and medical doctor of the time insisted it was 80% successful. This sounds as effective as the 1940's lobotomies to cure mental illness.... or how about a toxic dose of mercury? (well, they do say it's okay NOW if it's injected into you in a vaccine, so it must be okay...right? It's only a neurotoxin after all).

Or how about heroin? That used to be prescribed by doctors who knew best as well.

I can't really rationalize forced chemo treatment at all. I just sit here and shake my head.

"...professing themselves to be wise, they became fools..."

Friday, January 02, 2015

Is Christian-American-Moderation a triple-oxymoron?



Happy New Year everyone! Lets get started

Let me preface this entire post with a frustration of mine. Generally speaking, there seems to be a predominant personality type that I have been coming into contact with lately. This personality is quite simply, ignorance. This word is not an insult (well it could be), but merely the perfect word to describe lacking awareness or knowledge, uneducated on a subject. It used to be that I would only come across these types of people in the form of college freshmen, or college dropouts that took a class once and consider themselves very educated (keeping in mind that most Americans can get a good education with a library card). This personality type is usually followed up with the belief that yelling louder makes you “righter.” However, I have been running into more and more of these types of late with a wide variety of background and age. I blame it on the technology age and the ability to cheat the research system by using an online search engine.

Don't get me wrong, I am using the internet right now to spew my own opinions, and am a frequent search-engine user. With that being said, I understand that everyone has a different worldview, a filter or life-lens through which everything is weighed, translated and perceived. Yet, when your life-lens is merely the regurgitation of rhetoric you have heard from friends, the internet or a “reliable source” without any real evidence, research or conviction...I have a problem accepting your opinion as valid.

Now that I have prefaced this post, let us address the topic that was posed as a question. Quite frankly, it is a tough question to answer. Firstly because I do not know if there is such thing as a triple-oxymoron, but for arguments sake lets pretend there is such a thing. Secondly, because it is quite complicated. Lets try to iron it out together.

I had a popular question come up recently, but it was made in the form of a statement. “Christians shouldn't drink alcohol.” I have heard this statement before, usually from ignorant people, sometimes from people who don't claim to be Christians at all. However, the person who recently presented this statement was taken aback that I did not support that statement. Furthermore, this person is educated, well-versed and thoughtful. So I asked him what his basis was.

He stated that anything that affects the brain should be avoided, because as Christians, we are supposed to be sober minded, and the bible says that drunkards will not enter the kingdom of heaven. I responded with the first thing that came to mind, as I have a small background in this subject matter. “When I exercise, endorphins are released, and affect the brain...should I not work out then because it might affect my brain?” I further acknowledged that drunkards and gluttons were considered the same from a biblical vantage, but that God gives grace to us over sin and death, AND that alcohol and food are not bad in and of themselves, but the abuse and overindulgence are, and that Americans are terrible at moderation of any kind. Too much exercise, too much sleep, too much food, too much sugar, too much work are all examples of a lack of moderation.

We got back on topic when he said that wine could have been non-alcoholic. I responded that Jesus turned the water into wine in Canaan, to which he responded Jesus would not have created anything that would lead to drunkenness. I stopped him there and asked if he was blaming an object causing sin or a lack of self control. It is not the Ford F-150 that causes major accidents, but the driver that is drunk. It is not the 5 gallon bucket that causes infant death, but the inattentive parent. It is not sex that causes adultery, but the lack of for-planning and self-control. I purported that God has always created good things that humans have abused, neglected or misused.

I further acknowledged that historically, wine is the English word used for both non-alcoholic juice, alcoholic wine, and low alcoholic content water diluted wine. As with any text, anything taken out of context can be warped and manipulated to make it say whatever you want. With that said, I do not want to tell anyone reading this that “Christians should drink alcohol.” I think you should have a thorough understanding of what you are reading, the time, the context, the translation, while reading everything in it's entirety instead of strip-mining the bible to make it say what you want. In conclusion, no, I don't think Christ turned water into grape juice. Otherwise the main guy at the wedding wouldn't have told exclaimed that he saved the best wine for last (historically good wine is served first, then the bad after the gusts have gotten tipsy and don't know the difference).

There is a verse that is often abused by Christians who do not believe in drinking and try to force their beliefs on others. (side note: I DO believe in absolute moral truth, while simultaneously believing that some truths are relative to the individual). Romans 14:13 paraphrased, “Stop passing judgment on others (we often leave out this part when quoting this verse), but make up your mind not to put a stumbling block in front of others. The footnote in the Life Application Study Bible NIV says this about the verse:

Some Christians use an invisible weaker brother to support their own opinions, prejudices, or standards. “You must live by these standards,” they say, “or you will be offending the weaker brother.” In truth, the person would often be offending no one but the speaker. While Paul urges us to be sensitive to those whose faith may be harmed by our actions, we should not sacrifice our liberty in Christ just to satisfy the selfish motives of those who are trying to force their opinions on us...believers should not project their standards on others.”

Now, I am not trying to make the bible say what I want it to say, but if you actually read it, most references are speaking of overindulgence. It talks about drunkards and gluttons, not drinkers and eaters. Jesus himself said, “The son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, here is a glutton and a drunkard...(Matthew 11:18). Do you think he was referring to non-alcoholic grape juice if judgmental pharisee's were accusing him of overindulgence? Doubtful.

I went online (darn the internet) and did some research into Hebrew culture, Greek wording etc, and did come up with the three different types of “wine” as I stated above. This argument could literally go on and on, but this post is long enough. Suffice to say that in my research there are MANY opinions out there about what Christians should and shouldn't do. Many of the arguments only use half verses, or conveniently leave out half of them. After everything I have looked at, I believe that every Christian should decide for themselves what they should do. Discussion is a good thing. I believe the following are some good rules to follow:

  1. Don't flaunt what you do, whatever your opinion
  2. Don't intentionally do something to cause someone else to stumble
  3. Understand that you will stand before the judgment seat of Christ for YOUR actions, not someone els's
  4. 1 Cor 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God, do not cause anyone to stumble...(read the whole thing in context)

Suffice to say this is a touchy subject in America. Can overindulgence of alcohol lead to bad things? You better believe it...just like the misuse and overindulgence in many other things Christians choose to conveniently ignore.