Leaping Backwards Yet Again: HB1523 Takes Effect Today in Mississippi

So this happens today – the most sweeping pro-discrimination, anti-LGBT law in the nation takes effect in my home state of Mississippi. I’ve never been more ashamed to live, work, and raise my family in Mississippi.

You can now legally discriminate against anyone whose private life doesn’t align with whatever you proclaim your “sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions” to be, specifically related to the three areas enumerated in Section 2 of the law.

“(a)  Marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman;

 (b)  Sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage; and

 (c)  Male (man) or female (woman) refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics at time of birth.”

Read the grossly misleadingly titled law – its impact will be wide spread in Mississippi. For the sake of convenience I have pasted the entire text of the law below, with my own select commentary added in red.

 

Link to the law text online.

 


BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:

     SECTION 1.  This act shall be known and may be cited as the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act.”
No, this law does not protect “freedom of conscience,” rather it allows people to discriminate and refuse services to others based how they judge the lifestyle of the other.
     SECTION 2.  The sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions protected by this act are the belief or conviction that:

          (a)  Marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman;
Almost too obvious here, but you can discriminate against basically anyone in the LGBT community with this one. Less obvious, you could also discriminate against anyone who has been divorced, depending on how you interpret your religious text and the word “one.”
          (b)  Sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage; and
Anyone having any kind of sexual relationship outside of a heterosexual first marriage gets hit with this one. So you can be refused all sorts of services because you are having sex. This is not protecting moral convictions, it’s another intrusion into the bedroom by the government.
          (c)  Male (man) or female (woman) refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics at time of birth.
Blatant attack on the transgender community that could also have additional repercussions down the road.
     SECTION 3.  (1)  The state government shall not take any discriminatory I have to interject here – note how the state is trying to co-opt the word discriminate? As if being prosecuted for discriminatory actions would be discrimination against those who discriminate? action against a religious organization wholly or partially on the basis that such organization:

          (a)  Solemnizes or declines to solemnize any marriage, or provides or declines to provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods or privileges for a purpose related to the solemnization, formation, celebration or recognition of any marriage, based upon or in a manner consistent with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction described in Section 2 of this act;

          (b)  Makes any employment-related decision including, but not limited to, the decision whether or not to hire, terminate or discipline an individual whose conduct or religious beliefs are inconsistent with those of the religious organization, based upon or in a manner consistent with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction described in Section 2 of this act; or

          (c)  Makes any decision concerning the sale, rental, occupancy of, or terms and conditions of occupying a dwelling or other housing under its control, based upon or in a manner consistent with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction described in Section 2 of this act.
Religious organizations are already protected by law – a church does not have to perform any specific marriage, can hire and fire as they please, etc.
     (2)  The state government shall not take any discriminatory action against a religious organization that advertises, provides or facilitates adoption or foster care, wholly or partially on the basis that such organization has provided or declined to provide any adoption or foster care service, or related service, based upon or in a manner consistent with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction described in Section 2 of this act.
So if your lifestyle happens to run afoul of how Section 2 is interpreted, you might not be able to adopt children…I suppose we’ve decided they are better off in the foster system than living with a loving couple we happen to not like. Watch out parents, perhaps your lifestyle means the laws will be coming for your biological children next.
     (3)  The state government shall not take any discriminatory action against a person who the state grants custody of a foster or adoptive child, or who seeks from the state custody of a foster or adoptive child, wholly or partially on the basis that the person guides, instructs or raises a child, or intends to guide, instruct, or raise a child based upon or in a manner consistent with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction described in Section 2 of this act.
It doesn’t matter how crazy your ideas are, the state can’t use your craziness against you if you can somehow manage to claim your ideas are protected by Section 2 above – you could still get custody of a child and guide them by your baseless craziness. Nice to know…
     (4)  The state government shall not take any discriminatory action against a person wholly or partially on the basis that the person declines to participate in the provision of treatments, counseling, or surgeries related to sex reassignment or gender identity transitioning or declines to participate in the provision of psychological, counseling, or fertility services based upon a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction described in Section 2 of this act.  This subsection (4) shall not be construed to allow any person to deny visitation, recognition of a designated representative for health care decision-making, or emergency medical treatment necessary to cure an illness or injury as required by law.
So anyone suffering with gender dysphoria can be denied treatment and counseling, and then generally you can be denied psychological/counseling/fertility services if the physician doesn’t like your choices. At least it is clarified that visitation and decision-making and emergency services cannot be denied…
     (5)  The state government shall not take any discriminatory action against a person wholly or partially on the basis that the person has provided or declined to provide the following services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges for a purpose related to the solemnization, formation, celebration, or recognition of any marriage, based upon or in a manner consistent with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction described in Section 2 of this act:
Simple again – if you don’t like the marriage because of your “moral convictions,” you don’t have to provide any services to the couple joining their lives together in love. [Services specified below.] Wonder how the Supreme Court’s future ruling on the notorious cake case might influence this section.
          (a)  Photography, poetry, videography, disc-jockey services, wedding planning, printing, publishing or similar marriage-related goods or services; or

          (b)  Floral arrangements, dress making, cake or pastry artistry, assembly-hall or other wedding-venue rentals, limousine or other car-service rentals, jewelry sales and services, or similar marriage-related services, accommodations, facilities or goods.

     (6)  The state government shall not take any discriminatory action against a person wholly or partially on the basis that the person establishes sex-specific standards or policies concerning employee or student dress or grooming, or concerning access to restrooms, spas, baths, showers, dressing rooms, locker rooms, or other intimate facilities or settings, based upon or in a manner consistent with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction described in Section 2 of this act.
Here’s a great one for you…so now, women, you CAN be forced to wear dresses in any work place, if that’s what your boss decides he wants the “sex-specific standard” to be! And to anyone in the trans or non-binary community, there’s no question in this state – you will be discriminated against in most places of business.
     (7)  The state government shall not take any discriminatory action against a state employee wholly or partially on the basis that such employee lawfully speaks or engages in expressive conduct based upon or in a manner consistent with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction described in Section 2 of this act, so long as:
YES, you read that right…state employees are about to be able to behave in this way, even on the job! As long as their actions/speech are generally allowed, they can discriminate at will and somehow be protected. [Specifics listed below.]
          (a)  If the employee’s speech or expressive conduct occurs in the workplace, that speech or expressive conduct is consistent with the time, place, manner and frequency of any other expression of a religious, political, or moral belief or conviction allowed; or

          (b)  If the employee’s speech or expressive conduct occurs outside the workplace, that speech or expressive conduct is in the employee’s personal capacity and outside the course of performing work duties.

     (8)  (a)  Any person employed or acting on behalf of the state government who has authority to authorize or license marriages, including, but not limited to, clerks, registers of deeds or their deputies, may seek recusal from authorizing or licensing lawful marriages based upon or in a manner consistent with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction described in Section 2 of this act.  Any person making such recusal shall provide prior written notice to the State Registrar of Vital Records who shall keep a record of such recusal, and the state government shall not take any discriminatory action against that person wholly or partially on the basis of such recusal.  The person who is recusing himself or herself shall take all necessary steps to ensure that the authorization and licensing of any legally valid marriage is not impeded or delayed as a result of any recusal.
So now you can work a state job, be paid by the taxpayers, and you can refuse to do your job! You can refuse to provide the taxpayers who pay your salary with the services they pay you to do.
          (b)  Any person employed or acting on behalf of the state government who has authority to perform or solemnize marriages, including, but not limited to, judges, magistrates, justices of the peace or their deputies, may seek recusal from performing or solemnizing lawful marriages based upon or in a manner consistent with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction described in Section 2 of this act.  Any person making such recusal shall provide prior written notice to the Administrative Office of Courts, and the state government shall not take any discriminatory action against that person wholly or partially on the basis of such recusal.  The Administrative Office of Courts shall take all necessary steps to ensure that the performance or solemnization of any legally valid marriage is not impeded or delayed as a result of any recusal.
See above comment…now, in Mississippi, I can take a job where I’m paid by the state, by the people, and refuse to do my job for a significant part of the populace. I have an idea – get a different job!
     SECTION 4.  (1)  As used in this act, discriminatory action includes any action taken by the state government to:
This section is just going to list the ways that the state government cannot punish people who choose to exercise their “moral objections” to the lives of others – this is how you cannot be punished by the state if you discriminate against all of the people you can now object to.
          (a)  Alter in any way the tax treatment of, or cause any tax, penalty, or payment to be assessed against, or deny, delay, revoke, or otherwise make unavailable an exemption from taxation of any person referred to in Section 3 of this act;

          (b)  Disallow, deny or otherwise make unavailable a deduction for state tax purposes of any charitable contribution made to or by such person;

          (c)  Withhold, reduce, exclude, terminate, materially alter the terms or conditions of, or otherwise make unavailable or deny any state grant, contract, subcontract, cooperative agreement, guarantee, loan, scholarship, or other similar benefit from or to such person;

          (d)  Withhold, reduce, exclude, terminate, materially alter the terms or conditions of, or otherwise make unavailable or deny any entitlement or benefit under a state benefit program from or to such person;

          (e)  Impose, levy or assess a monetary fine, fee, penalty or injunction;

          (f)  Withhold, reduce, exclude, terminate, materially alter the terms or conditions of, or otherwise make unavailable or deny any license, certification, accreditation, custody award or agreement, diploma, grade, recognition, or other similar benefit, position, or status from or to any person; or

          (g)  Refuse to hire or promote, force to resign, fire, demote, sanction, discipline, materially alter the terms or conditions of employment, or retaliate or take other adverse employment action against a person employed or commissioned by the state government.

     (2)  The state government shall consider accredited, licensed or certified any person that would otherwise be accredited, licensed or certified, respectively, for any purposes under state law but for a determination against such person wholly or partially on the basis that the person believes, speaks or acts in accordance with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction described in Section 2 of this act.
Sections 5-7 of the law can be seen below, but I’ll make no comment. My specific interests lie in making sure we all see and know and understand just how evil this new law is, and what it allows, as seen above and in Section 8. The following 3 Sections of the law detail specifics about pursuing “relief” through the court and legal system of the state.
     SECTION 5.  (1)  A person may assert a violation of this act as a claim against the state government in any judicial or administrative proceeding or as defense in any judicial or administrative proceeding without regard to whether the proceeding is brought by or in the name of the state government, any private person or any other party.

     (2)  An action under this act may be commenced, and relief may be granted, in a court of the state without regard to whether the person commencing the action has sought or exhausted available administrative remedies.

     (3)  Violations of this act which are properly governed by Chapter 46, Title 11, Mississippi Code of 1972, shall be brought in accordance with that chapter.

     SECTION 6.  An aggrieved person must first seek injunctive relief to prevent or remedy a violation of this act or the effects of a violation of this act.  If injunctive relief is granted by the court and the injunction is thereafter violated, then and only then may the aggrieved party, subject to the limitations of liability set forth in Section 11-46-15, seek the following:

          (a)  Compensatory damages for pecuniary and nonpecuniary losses;

          (b)  Reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs; and

          (c)  Any other appropriate relief, except that only declaratory relief and injunctive relief shall be available against a private person not acting under color of state law upon a successful assertion of a claim or defense under this act.

     SECTION 7.  A person must bring an action to assert a claim under this act not later than two (2) years after the date that the person knew or should have known that a discriminatory action was taken against that person.

     SECTION 8.  (1)  This act shall be construed in favor of a broad protection of free exercise of religious beliefs and moral convictions, to the maximum extent permitted by the state and federal constitutions.
The law will be interpreted broadly, so feel free to discriminate at will.
     (2)  The protection of free exercise of religious beliefs and moral convictions afforded by this act are in addition to the protections provided under federal law, state law, and the state and federal constitutions.  Nothing in this act shall be construed to preempt or repeal any state or local law that is equally or more protective of free exercise of religious beliefs or moral convictions.  Nothing in this act shall be construed to narrow the meaning or application of any state or local law protecting free exercise of religious beliefs or moral convictions.  Nothing in this act shall be construed to prevent the state government from providing, either directly or through an individual or entity not seeking protection under this act, any benefit or service authorized under state law.
If existing laws are broader, great! Because in no way will this particular monstrosity be interpreted narrowly – see next paragraph.
     (3)  This act applies to, and in cases of conflict supersedes, each statute of the state that impinges upon the free exercise of religious beliefs and moral convictions protected by this act, unless a conflicting statute is expressly made exempt from the application of this act.  This act also applies to, and in cases of conflict supersedes, any ordinance, rule, regulation, order, opinion, decision, practice or other exercise of the state government’s authority that impinges upon the free exercise of religious beliefs or moral convictions protected by this act.
If another law is narrower or conflicts with this one, it is out! Discriminators, start your engines – you are protected by this law!
     SECTION 9.  As used in Sections 1 through 9 of this act, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings ascribed in this section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
Section 9 is definitions…but read them. “Persons” are protected throughout this law, meaning individuals or religious organizations or businesses! Business policy can now be expressly discriminatory in hiring, firing, serving, etc., because a business is a person who can have a strong “moral conviction” according to this law. Think on that for a few minutes.
     (1)  “State benefit program” means any program administered or funded by the state, or by any agent on behalf of the state, providing cash, payments, grants, contracts, loans or in-kind assistance.

     (2)  “State government” means:

          (a)  The State of Mississippi or a political subdivision of the state;

          (b)  Any agency of the state or of a political subdivision of the state, including a department, bureau, board, commission, council, court or public institution of higher education;

          (c)  Any person acting under color of state law; and

          (d)  Any private party or third party suing under or enforcing a law, ordinance, rule or regulation of the state or political subdivision of the state.

     (3)  “Person” means:

          (a)  A natural person, in his or her individual capacity, regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof, or in his or her capacity as a member, officer, owner, volunteer, employee, manager, religious leader, clergy or minister of any entity described in this section;

          (b)  A religious organization;

          (c)  A sole proprietorship, or closely held company, partnership, association, organization, firm, corporation, cooperative, trust, society or other closely held entity operating with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction described in this act; or

          (d)  Cooperatives, ventures or enterprises comprised of two (2) or more individuals or entities described in this subsection.

     (4)  “Religious organization” means:

          (a)  A house of worship, including, but not limited to, churches, synagogues, shrines, mosques and temples;

          (b)  A religious group, corporation, association, school or educational institution, ministry, order, society or similar entity, regardless of whether it is integrated or affiliated with a church or other house of worship; and

          (c)  An officer, owner, employee, manager, religious leader, clergy or minister of an entity or organization described in this subsection (4).

     (5)  “Adoption or foster care” or “adoption or foster care service” means social services provided to or on behalf of children, including:

          (a)  Assisting abused or neglected children;

          (b)  Teaching children and parents occupational, homemaking and other domestic skills;

          (c)  Promoting foster parenting;

          (d)  Providing foster homes, residential care, group homes or temporary group shelters for children;

          (e)  Recruiting foster parents;

          (f)  Placing children in foster homes;

          (g)  Licensing foster homes;

          (h)  Promoting adoption or recruiting adoptive parents;

          (i)  Assisting adoptions or supporting adoptive families;

          (j)  Performing or assisting home studies;

          (k)  Assisting kinship guardianships or kinship caregivers;

          (l)  Providing family preservation services;

          (m)  Providing family support services; and

          (n)  Providing temporary family reunification services.

     SECTION 10.  The provisions of Sections 1 through 9 of this act shall be excluded from the application of Section 11-61-1.

     SECTION 11.  This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.
This abomination becomes law in Mississippi today.
 

the holy and the hindered (A Dialogue in Quotes: 5)

An Exchange of Quotes between St. Silouan the Athonite and Donald Trump


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We suffer because we have no humility and we do not love our brother. From love of our brother comes the love of God. People do not learn humility, and because of their pride cannot receive the grace of the Holy Spirit, and therefore the whole world suffers.

I don’t like losers.

The soul that has come to know God fully no longer desires anything else, nor does it attach itself to anything on the earth; and if you put before it a kingdom, it would not desire it, for the love of God gives such sweetness and joy to the soul that even the life of a king can no longer give it any sweetness.

Sometimes you need conflict in order to come up with a solution. Through weakness, oftentimes, you can’t make the right sort of settlement, so I’m aggressive, but I also get things done, and in the end, everybody likes me.

What joy is ours that the Lord not only forgives our sins ,but allows the soul to know Him, so soon as she humbles herself. The poorest wretch can humble himself and know God in the Holy Spirit. There is no need of money or possessions in order to know God, only humility. The Lord gives Himself freely, for His mercy’s sake alone. I did not know this before but now every day and every hour every minute, I see clearly the mercy of God. The Lord gives peace even in sleep, but without God there is no peace in the soul.

I have the right temperament. I have the right leadership. I’ve built an incredible company. I went to a great school. I came out…I wrote the number one selling business book of all time…

If the Lord has left us ignorant of the ordering of many things in this world, then it means it is not necessary for us to know: we cannot compass all creation with our minds. But the Creator Himself of heaven and earth and every created thing gives us to know Him in the Holy Spirit.

We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.

Induce your heart to love your enemies, and the Lord, seeing your good will, shall help you in all things, and will Himself show you experience. But whoever thinks evil of his enemies does not have love for God and has not known God.

I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.

I pray Thee, O Merciful Lord, for all the peoples of the world, that they may come to know Thee by the Holy Spirit.

The point is that you can’t be too greedy.

We must always remember that the Lord sees us wrestling with the Enemy, and so we must never be afraid. Even should all hell fall upon us, we must be brave.

I was a great student. I was good at everything.

Understand two thoughts, and fear them. One says, “You are a saint,” the other, “You won’t be saved.” Both of these thoughts are from the enemy, and there is no truth in them. But think this way: I am a great sinner, but the Lord is merciful. He loves people very much, and He will forgive my sins.

All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.

The Saints in Heaven through the Holy Spirit behold the glory of God and the beauty of the Lord’s Countenance. But in this same Holy Spirit they see our lives too, and our deeds. They know our sorrows and hear our burning prayers. When they were living on earth they learned of the love of God from the Holy Spirit; and he who knows love on earth takes it with him into eternal life in the kingdom of Heaven, where love grows and becomes perfect. And if love makes one unable to forget a brother here, how much more must the Saints remember and pray for us!

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”

I ask you to try something. If someone grieves you, or dishonors you, or takes something of yours, then pray like this: “Lord, we are all your creatures. Pity your servants, and turn them to repentance,” and then you will perceptibly bear grace in your soul.

I have an attention span that’s as long as it has to be.

It is impossible to keep spiritual peace if we do not take care of the mind, that is if we do not drive out thoughts that are displeasing to God and, on the contrary, keep thoughts which are pleasing to God. It is necessary to look into the heart with mind and see what is done there. Is it peaceful or not? If not, then find out in what you have sinned.

Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail.

You must teach yourself how to eat less, but with discernment, insofar as your work allows. The measure of temperance should be such that after lunch you want to pray.

I’m a bit of a P.T. Barnum. I make stars out of everyone.

Keep thy mind in hell and despair not.

You learn their honesty, you learn their competitiveness. You learn a lot about a person. It’s not that they have to sink the putt and there’s a great deal of talent involved – but you do learn about how competitive a person is on the golf course, and frankly, how honest.

44 and 45 (A Dialogue in Quotes: 4)

An Exchange of Quotes between Barack Obama and Donald Trump


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There is probably a perverse pride in my administration… that we were going to do the right thing, even if short-term it was unpopular. And I think anybody who’s occupied this office has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can’t be neglecting of marketing and P.R. and public opinion.

People love me. And you know what, I have been very successful. Everybody loves me.

We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don’t want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.

What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.

I just miss – I miss being anonymous.

Anyone who thinks my story is anywhere near over is sadly mistaken.

If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.

We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.

For the past 25 years, you’ve not only been my wife and the mother of my children, you’ve been my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for and you made it your own with grace, grit and style…the love of my life.

I’ve always said, “If you need Viagra, you’re probably with the wrong girl.”

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, no sympathy for leaders who fail their people.

This isn’t a matter of political correctness. It’s a matter of understanding what makes us strong. The world respects us not just for our arsenal; it respects us for our diversity and our openness and the way we respect every faith.

We need a president with tremendous intelligence, smarts, cunning, strength, and stamina.

The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.

I always want to think of myself as an underdog.

Let us remember we are all part of one American family. We are united in common values, and that includes belief in equality under the law, basic respect for public order, and the right of peaceful protest.

When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.

Clear-eyed, we can understand that there will be war, and still strive for peace.

We need a great president.

We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.

There’s always opposition when you do something big. I do many things that are controversial. When people see it, they love it!

The arts are central to who we are as a people and they are central to the success of our kids…it is necessary for young people to succeed that we promote the arts.

We have to talk to them, maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way. Someone will say, ‘Oh, freedom of speech, freedom of speech.’ These are foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people.

Now, as a nation, we don’t promise equal outcomes, but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make it. That’s an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up.

A certificate of live birth is not the same thing by any stretch of the imagination as a birth certificate.

the believer and the infidel (A Dialogue in Quotes: 3)

An Exchange of Quotes between The Qur’an and Donald Trump


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Those who behave arrogantly on the earth in defiance of right – them will I turn away from My signs: Even if they see all the signs, they will not believe in them; and if they see the way of right conduct, they will not adopt it as the way; but if they see the way of error, that is the way they will adopt. For they have rejected our signs, and failed to take warning from them.

What my father gave me more than anything else is great tutoring and a great brain…I mean, you know, I have very good genes.

What is the life of this world but play and amusement? But best is the home in the hereafter, for those who are righteous. Will ye not then understand?

Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.

Nor strain thine eyes in longing for the things We have given for enjoyment to parties of them, the splendour of the life of this world, through which We test them: but the provision of thy Lord is better and more enduring.

Owning a great golf course gives you great power.

Know ye (all), that the life of this world is but play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting and multiplying, (in rivalry) among yourselves, riches and children. Here is a similitude: How rain and the growth which it brings forth, delight (the hearts of) the tillers; soon it withers; thou wilt see it grow yellow; then it becomes dry and crumbles away. But in the Hereafter is a Penalty severe (for the devotees of wrong). And Forgiveness from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure (for the devotees of Allah.. And what is the life of this world, but goods and chattels of deception?

I judge people based on their capability, honesty, and merit.

By no means shall ye attain righteousness unless ye give (freely) of that which ye love; and whatever ye give, of a truth Allah knoweth it well.

First and foremost, I’m a real estate person. And that’s what I love most.

I have only created Jinns and men, that they may serve Me.

No dream is too big. No challenge too great. Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach.

To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight), because they are wronged;- and verily, Allah is most powerful for their aid; – (They are) those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance of right,- (for no cause) except that they say, “our Lord is Allah.”

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.

And for such as had entertained the fear of standing before their Lord’s (tribunal) and had restrained (their) soul from lower desires, their abode will be the Garden.

A lot of people don’t like to win. They actually don’t know how to win, and they don’t like to win because down deep inside they don’t want to win.

Know, therefore, that there is no god but Allah, and ask forgiveness for thy fault, and for the men and women who believe: for Allah knows how ye move about and how ye dwell in your homes.

We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we’ll eradicate completely from the face of the earth.

Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens. Thus (are ye commanded): but if it had been Allah’s Will, He could certainly have exacted retribution from them (Himself); but (He lets you fight) in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the Way of Allah,- He will never let their deeds be lost.

I saw a report yesterday. There’s so much oil all over the world…they want to reduce oil production. Do you think they’re our friends? They’re not our friends.

We have not instructed the (Prophet) in Poetry, nor is it meet for him: this is no less than a Message and a Qur’an making things clear: That it may give admonition to any (who are) alive, and that the charge may be proved against those who reject (Truth)…And the Poets,- It is those straying in Evil, who follow them: Seest thou not that they wander distracted in every valley?- And that they say what they practise not?

Without passion you don’t have energy, without energy you have nothing.

And spend of your substance in the cause of Allah, and make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction; but do good; for Allah loveth those who do good.

It’s tangible, it’s solid, it’s beautiful. It’s artistic, from my standpoint, and I just love real estate.

Say: I seek refuge with the Lord and Cherisher of Mankind, The King (or Ruler) of Mankind, The Allah (or judge) of Mankind,- From the mischief of the Whisperer (of Evil), who withdraws (after his whisper),- (The same) who whispers into the hearts of Mankind,- Among Jinns and among men.

It’s a great thing when you can show that you’ve been successful and that you’ve made a lot of money and that you’ve employed a lot of people.

the publican and the pharisee (A Dialogue in Quotes: 2)

An Exchange of Quotes between The Holy Bible and Donald Trump


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When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

My whole life is about winning. I don’t lose often. I almost never lose.

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

You have to think anyway, so why not think big?

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move on to something that’s more productive.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

I’m competitive, and I love to create challenges for myself. Maybe that’s not always a good thing. It can make life complicated.

Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.

Somebody made the statement that Donald Trump has built or owns the greatest collection of golf courses, ever, in the history of gold. And I believe that is 100 percent true.

Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong.

My plan will begin with safety at home – which means safe neighborhoods, secure borders, and protection from terrorism. There can be no prosperity without law and order.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

I’ve always won, and I’m going to continue to win. And that’s the way it is.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriot, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.

I think the big problem with this country is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people, and I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either.

He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

I actually don’t have a bad hairline.

Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work.

I’m the Ernest Hemingway of 140 characters.

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

A little more moderation would be good. Of course, my life hasn’t exactly been one of moderation.