Well, for a little over two weeks, I've been focused on cleaning up the site and increasing traffic (it's gone up 75% in 3 months). There have been many, many changes. Most of the changes you might say have happened behind the scenes. It's sort of akin to a manufacturer focusing on improving the existing model rather than rolling out new models with bugs. I'm far from satisfied, but I'm only a one-horse operation so far. I don't have endless time to work in one area until I get it just right. I have to do a juggling act, as many of the other blog owners know only too well, especially those who are on paid hosting or run their own server(s).
Let the News Fly By
I've let the news fly by. It isn't necessary for me to comment on every twist and turn of presidential and vice presidential electioneering. The only reason to comment at all is to point out just how wrong the whole system is, how irreparable it is. There just is no fixing it. It's the old wineskin that cannot hold the new spirit that is required to save the world from the evil that human beings have fallen to.
I'm going to focus on playing a bit of catch up for the rest of the night and then focus tomorrow on earning money for the cause: The Christian Commons Project™.
Monetize This Blog
I've been thinking about that more and more over the last several days. Everywhere I've gone on the Internet in working on tech issues and traffic issues, etc., has pointed to the fact that people are preoccupied with earning money for self. Well, I'm going to earn money for the other(s). I've decided to monetize the effort while having all the proceeds go to the cause. Therefore, there are going to be more and more earning avenues opening up on this site as time goes by. If you have any expertise in monetizing a blog and want to have a hand in this worthy cause, don't hesitate to chime in.
There was a time when I was being rather self-conscious about coming off as that from which I want to see the world moving away. I mean I was concerned about people picking on earning money for the Church and the Commons, as if that is somehow indefensible. The issue though is whether or not the Church is a capitalist enterprise. Can the Church earn money that it pours into the Commons without being hypocritical? Can I handle false charges? The answers are that the Church can earn that money and convert it to the cause and I can handle the charges and will, if and when they arise. I'm not going to worry that many people just won't take the time or make the effort to comprehend how funding the Commons out of money that comes out from capitalism is capitalism's demise. To me, it's obvious.
We can't use coercion to end capitalism and expect to end up in a peaceful society. We can though approach funding efforts with an eye to unselfishness no matter how self-centered the current system in which we are literally forced to be surrounded, until the Commons outgrows that current system, which it will, eventually.
Why am I writing this, since people don't openly respond? I'm writing it to memorialize it. It's part of the evolutionary process of bringing forth the Commons.
If others want to talk and talk about how great it would be if people were less selfish and if they want to continue to pipe away that human nature is frozen, that's their choice. It's the wrong choice, but they are free to be enslaved to wrong-headedness. I know the Christian Commons is the right thing. It is infinitely better than all the best laid plans of those who are transferring the general wealth to the ultra-rich.
The following should appear at the end of every post:
According to the IRS, "Know the law: Avoid political campaign intervention":
Tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) organizations like churches, universities, and hospitals must follow the law regarding political campaigns. Unfortunately, some don't know the law.
Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from participating in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. The prohibition applies to campaigns at the federal, state and local level.
Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes. Section 501(c)(3) private foundations are subject to additional restrictions.
Political Campaign Intervention
Political campaign intervention includes any activities that favor or oppose one or more candidates for public office. The prohibition extends beyond candidate endorsements.
Contributions to political campaign funds, public statements of support or opposition (verbal or written) made by or on behalf of an organization, and the distribution of materials prepared by others that support or oppose any candidate for public office all violate the prohibition on political campaign intervention.
Factors in determining whether a communication results in political campaign intervention include the following:
- Whether the statement identifies one or more candidates for a given public office
- Whether the statement expresses approval or disapproval of one or more candidates' positions and/or actions
- Whether the statement is delivered close in time to the election
- Whether the statement makes reference to voting or an election
- Whether the issue addressed distinguishes candidates for a given office
Many religious organizations believe, as we do, that the above constitutes a violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
Congress shall make no law respecting an 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 peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
That said, we make the following absolutely clear here:
- The Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project not only do not endorse any candidate for any secular office, we say that Christianity forbids voting in such elections.
- Furthermore, when we discuss any public-office holder's position, policy, action or inaction, we definitely are not encouraging anyone to vote for that office holder's position.
- We are not trying to influence secular elections but rather want people to come out from that entire fallen system.
- When we analyze or discuss what is termed "public policy," we do it entirely from a theological standpoint with an eye to educating professing Christians and those to whom we are openly always proselytizing to convert to authentic Christianity.
- It is impossible for us to fully evangelize and proselytize without directly discussing the pros and cons of public policy and the positions of secular-office holders, hence the unconstitutionality of the IRS code on the matter.
- We are not rich and wouldn't be looking for a fight regardless. What we cannot do is compromise our faith (which seeks to harm nobody, quite the contrary).
- We render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. We render unto God what is God's.
- When Caesar says to us that unless we shut up about the unrighteousness of Caesar's policies and practices, we will lose the ability of people who donate to us to declare their donations as deductions on their federal and state income-tax returns, we say to Caesar that we cannot shut up while exercising our religion in a very reasonable way.
- We consider the IRS code on this matter as deliberate economic duress (a form of coercion) and a direct attempt by the federal government to censor dissenting, free political and religious speech.
- It's not freedom of religion if they tax it.
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)