¨If John McCain loses the election, he'll have Sarah Palin to thank. . . . But her recent acid-tongued attack on Barack Obama in which she accused him of "palling around with terrorists" is not only a turn-off, but dangerous.
. . . Together, McCain and Palin have managed to bring out the worst behavior that I've witnessed in a presidential campaign.
For instance, at a Monday rally in Fort Myers, Fla., Palin told her fans that Obama "launched his political career in the living room of a domestic terrorist." She was referring to '60s radical Bill Ayers, a man who, like a lot of people who came of age in the tumultuous Vietnam era, is now part of the establishment. He teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago, lives in the trendy Hyde Park neighborhood and sits on several civic boards.
. . . As preposterous as her accusation was, it played to the fears of white voters who believe that Obama is too different from them to win the White House, but don't want to admit that they are prejudiced against him because he is black.
. . . A Washington Post reporter who was on the campaign trail also noted that Palin's attacks on the media have sparked some ugliness. Dana Milbank reported that the press was taunted by the crowd after Palin blamed the mainstream media for her abysmal performances in interviews. "At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African-American sound man . . . and told him, "Sit down, boy." At another point during her rant, Palin cited a New York Times article that described Ayers as "part of a group that quote 'launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol,' " she rattled off as if she was talking about 9/11.
That brought a loud "Kill him!" from an unidentified man in the audience.
. . . What I find ironic is it is often members of the Republican Party who accuse black people of whining and blaming their shortcomings on others. Yet it is all right for Palin, who is clearly in over her head, to blame the media because she is not prepared to deal with the tough questions on just about every issue.
. . . By now, McCain and Palin must have heard about the racial slurs and inappropriate comments. Had this ugly incident occurred at an Obama rally, the McCain camp would be asking him to apologize to voters and to denounce the hateful behavior.
So why are these candidates being allowed to act like nothing out of the ordinary happened?
That doesn't make them look like a team of mavericks.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin went beyond her running mate's recent attack on Sen. Barack Obama -- inaccurately claiming that Obama called the lack of "redistributive change" during the civil rights movement a "tragedy" -- and used Obama's 2001 interview to insinuate that he wants to re-write the U.S. Constitution and appoint radical Supreme Court justices and judges who would confiscate the property of American citizens.
At two rallies in Western Pennsylvania last night, Palin referenced at the top of her remarks a 2001 public radio interview with Obama that surfaced this week, in which Obama discussed the role of the courts in the civil rights movement.
"There he was talking about the need for quote 'redistributive change,'" Palin said on the campus of Shippensburg University Tuesday night. “Sen. Obama said that he regretted that the Supreme Court hadn't been more radical. And he described the Court's refusal to take up the issues of redistribution of wealth as a tragedy. And he said he also regretted that the Supreme Court didn't break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers there in the Constitution”
Obama had in fact argued the opposite in the 2001 interview, saying that the civil rights movement had become too focused on making change through the judicial system, rather than from the ground up through community organizations.
But Palin used Obama's words to follow an argument Sen. John McCain has made this week that Obama has long-advocated for "spreading the wealth." "Obama says that he wants to spread the wealth," Palin said to boos from the crowd. "In other words he thinks that it's your job to earn the wealth and it's his job to spread it."
But Palin then went beyond any argument McCain has made, using the 2001 interview to insinuate that Obama wants to re-write the U.S. Constitution and appoint radical Supreme Court justices, while also suggesting that under Obama, judges would confiscate the property of American citizens.
Referencing the interview, Palin said, "So you have to ask, is this a suggestion that's he’d want to re-write the founding document of our great nation to accomplish his goals. And what does that say about his ideas on future Supreme Court justices?"
"Let me remind Barack Obama of something else. When judges don’t confiscate your property and your hard-earned -- all of your hard-earned money and then re-distribute that, he may call that a tragedy. But I call it fairness and adherence to our U.S. Constitution," Palin added later in her remarks.
In the interview, Obama described one of the "tragedies of the civil rights movement" was that "the civil rights movement became so court-focused".
"I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change, and in some ways, we still suffer from that," Obama said in the interview.
When a caller asked whether economic redistribution should come through the courts or the legislative process, Obama replied, "I'm not optimistic about bringing about major redistributive change through the courts. The institution just isn't structured that way."
Obama's 2001 interview made no mention of judges confiscating property. The Palin campaign did not provide clarification on what Palin was referring to with the remark.
Palin said the 2001 interview revealed Obama's "real ideology" and that his goal to "spread your wealth around" would only spread "scarcity and poverty and bureaucracy" and would stifle the country's entrepreneurial spirit. She asked those in the crowd to support the Republican ticket to preserve the "uniquely American system that our founding fathers created."
"Sometimes in politics it's those candid little moments that give us the whole picture," Palin said at a second rally on the Penn State campus in State College, PA last night. "But our opponent's ideological commitment to spread your wealth around has been tried in other societies, and the only thing it ever spreads is scarcity and poverty and bureaucracy, and it stifles the entrepreneurial spirit that made this country the greatest country on Earth."
The comments were similar to remarks Palin made at rallies this weekend in Iowa, where the Republican vice presidential nominee seemed to move from accusing Obama’s economic plans of having elements of socialism to also allude to the problems faced by communist systems.¨ ABC NEWS REPORTS, read it all, click here:
¨Just for the record, I asked an intern to go back and double fact-check the twelve documented lies that Sarah Palin has told on the public record. These are not hyperbolic claims or rhetorical excess. They are assertions of fact that are demonstrably untrue and remain uncorrected. Every single one of the lies I documented holds up after several news cycles have had a chance to vet them even further.
I know the MSM demands that we move on from the fact that someone who could be president next January has a list of public lies so extensive and indisputable that the McCain campaign has still not been able to rebut or even address any one of them, while fencing her off from the press and refusing to hold a press conference to clear the air on so many murky questions of fact that get to the core of whether this person is fit to be vice-president or president.
So for the record, let it be known that the candidate for vice-president for the GOP is a compulsive, repetitive, demonstrable liar. If you follow the links, here is the proof. I repeat: proof:
- She has lied about the Bridge To Nowhere. She ran for office favoring it, wore a sweatshirt defending it, and only gave it up when the federal congress, Senator McCain in particular, went ballistic. She kept the money anyway and favors funding Don Young's Way, at twice the cost of the original bridge.
- She has lied about her firing of the town librarian and police chief of Wasilla, Alaska.
- She has lied about pressure on Alaska's public safety commissioner to fire her ex-brother-in-law.
- She has lied about her previous statements on climate change.
- She has lied about Alaska's contribution to America's oil and gas production.
- She has lied about when she asked her daughters for their permission for her to run for vice-president.
- She has lied about the actual progress in constructing a natural gas pipeline from Alaska.
- She has lied about Obama's position on habeas corpus.
- She has lied about her alleged tolerance of homosexuality.
- She has lied about the use or non-use of a TelePrompter at the St Paul convention.
- She has lied about her alleged pay-cut as mayor of Wasilla.
- She has lied about what Alaska's state scientists concluded about the health of the polar bear population in Alaska.
¨Compulsive lying is quite common, and some compulsive liars become successful businessmen or politicians!
Medically speaking, compulsive liars can have serious personality disorders. A few are psychopathic, but others are suffering from some form of neurosis which is often linked to stress and childhood trauma.¨
¨The Republican Party continues to use fear mongering as one of it’s prime tactics in this election cycle, and their affiliate, the Religious Right, remains a primary source.
One painfully obvious example of this is a recent letter produced by Focus on the Family Action, quoted in this MSNBC report, titled “Letter from 2012 Obama’s America.” According to the report, it makes these outlandish claims of what the results of an Obama presidency would be:
• A 6-3 liberal majority Supreme Court that results in rulings like one making gay marriage the law of the land and another forcing the Boy Scouts to “hire homosexual scoutmasters and allow them to sleep in tents with young boys.” (In the imagined scenario, The Boy Scouts choose to disband rather than obey). • A series of domestic and international disasters based on Obama’s “reluctance to send troops overseas.” That includes terrorist attacks on U.S. soil that kill hundreds, Russia occupying the Baltic states and Eastern European countries including Poland and the Czech Republic, and al-Qaida overwhelming Iraq. • Nationalized health care with long lines for surgery and no access to hospitals for people over 80.
This will certainly terrify straight folks who just know that every gay man lays awake at night fantasizing about being in a tent with teenage boys. Of course, these are often the same people who believe the earth is only 6,000 years old despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary—never let facts interfere with narrow, stringent interpretation of the bible.
As a straight Christian myself, this approach saddens and angers me. I’m sad to see how my faith is slandered by people portraying themselves as righteous saviors of society (some of them sincerely believe that) but who come off as self-righteous judgmental nitwits!¨
¨First there was Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast of H.G. Wells' War of the World used to terrorize innocent Americans on Halloween, now in 2008, Pastor James Dobson and his friends at Focus on the Family offer a new tale of fright starring Barak Obama and "us," the SGL community.
Although Welles famous prank was supposed to be just that, a prank, Dobson however wants to use his fictitious story to induce fear in conservative christian voters. Desperate to get a Republican elected as U.S. President, Dobson believes that there are plenty of brainless Americans who will actually believe his Halloween tale.
In a hypothetical letter from a "Christian from 2012" after four years under President Obama:
- Homosexual marriage has been ruled a constitutional right that must be respected by all 50 states.
- The Boy Scouts have disbanded rather than obey a decision forcing them to allow homosexual scoutmasters. (The Scouts already had been kicked out of public facilities because of an expansion of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to cover people who engage in homosexual behavior.)
- Elementary schools have compulsory training in varieties of gender identity. Courts rule parents cannot opt out their children, because the training is deemed essential to psychological health.
- Evangelical and Catholic adoption agencies cease to exist after the Supreme Court rules they must agree to place children with homosexuals or lose their licenses.
- Church buildings are now considered a "public accommodation" by the United States Supreme Court, and churches have no freedom to refuse to allow their buildings to be used for wedding ceremonies for homosexual couples.
The writer also cites incidents of terrorists bombing four U.S. cities, al-Qaida operatives taking over Iraq after American troops are pulled out, explicit portrayals of sexual acts on television, no barriers to abortion, etc, etc, etc, and etc. Dobson and his cronies might as well had said "Boo!!"
This fear tactic will probably work on some but, despite Dobson's belief, the majority of Americans just aren't that gullible or that stupid. (I hope)¨
Republican Religious Right Fear and Hate Mongers instigate crimes of HATE!
Anti-Gay Harrassment Still Strong in High Schools
New America Media, News Report, Carolyn Goossen, Posted: Oct 27, 2008
Editor's Note: On Nov. 4, Californians will vote on Proposition 8, a state measure that would eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. But even though same-sex marriage has been legal in the state since June, LGBT youth continue to experience harassment, and to fight back against it. Carolyn Ji Jong Goossen writes for New America Media.
Last year, students at her high school threw a bottle at Nina Almero, poured soda into her purse, called her names and spread rumors about her. Their bullying and harassment, Almero says, was a result of her high visibility as president of the school's Gay and Lesbian Student Alliance, and because she is out as bisexual in her Valencia, Calif. school.
Despite the harassment, Almero, 16, remains a passionate advocate for the gay student alliance in her school and in her life. "Having the GSA is really important," she says. "Even though some kids are scared to be there because if you go to GSA you are labeled LGBT, it's always nice to know there is a safe space for you."
While gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have achieved major gains over the last decade -- California and Massachusetts both allow same-sex marriage -- in many fundamental levels of daily life, prejudice persists and violence continues to threaten students like Almero.
That is the basic finding of a survey released last week by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a New York-based policy and advocacy nonprofit. The network's National School Climate Survey, which is the only national survey that regularly tracks LGBT young people's experiences in school, indicates that schools are resistant to changing attitudes.
The survey of 6,209 middle and high school students found that nearly nine out of 10 LGBT students (86.2 percent) had experienced harassment at school in the past year.
The survey also found that three-fifths (60.8 percent) felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, and about one third (32.7 percent) skipped a day of school in the past month because they felt unsafe.
Kevin Jennings, director and founder of GLSEN, says that high levels of harassment and feelings of fear among LGBT students nationally have remained largely unchanged since 1999, when the survey was first conducted.
Yet the world looks different today than it did in 1999. It was less than six months ago that the fight for same-sex marriage was won in California. And today, as the debate rages around Proposition 8 -- a ballot measure to prohibit same sex marriage -- large numbers of high-profile people and organizations across California are openly voicing their support for equal rights for the gay community.
Jennings says that in spite of positive change in the broader society, schools aren't experiencing comparable progress. "Still, not enough places are doing the right thing to move the national needle," he says. "Only 11 states have comprehensive anti-bullying laws that include specific mention of sexual harassment and gender identity. And only 20 percent of students said they had any curriculum that dealt with LGBT concerns." Moreover, he says, any change is accompanied by resistance. "As we've seen throughout history, more visibility brings more attacks."
"Even though a lot of kids at my school aren't even old enough to vote, they still voice their opinions a lot," says Almero. "A lot of kids say, 'I would vote yes on Prop. 8 because [gay marriage] is just wrong.' I hear verbal harassment toward LGBT students everyday."
Almero asserts that her school environment is hostile to LGBT students, a reflection of what she sees as the anti-gay sentiment common in the larger community.
Almero lives in a predominantly Mormon, "pro-Proposition 8" community, not far from Oxnard, Calif., which made headlines eight months ago when Lawrence King, an openly gay 15-year old, was shot and killed by a classmate at E.O. Green Junior High School after suffering months of bullying and harassment.
"I haven't seen as much physical harassment in our school," she says, "but it is still something I worry about because we are so close to Oxnard."
The GSLEN survey also identifies factors that have helped to create a more positive and safe school climate. "The survey shows that interventions like Gay Straight Student Alliances and teacher education do work," says Jennings. "It also reinforces the basic issue that these kids don't feel safe at school, and kids who don't feel safe can't learn. I think this message is so compelling that it will cause schools to do the right thing."
Jennings founded the first Gay Straight Alliance 20 years ago as a high school teacher who had just come out. A student told him she wanted to start a group. He was surprised at first, because he often saw her making out with a boy in the hallway. "But then she told me, 'My mother's a lesbian, and I'm tired of families like mine being put down at this school.'"
Today, there are 4,200 Gay Straight Alliances across the country -- 20 percent more than last year -- registered with GLSEN. As members of the network, these student-led groups can access resources and information to help them cope with the hostility they face in school.
Students in schools with a Gay Straight Alliance say they hear fewer homophobic remarks, experience less harassment and assault because of their sexual orientation and gender expression, feel less unsafe at school, and are more likely to report incidents of harassment and assault to school staff.
Almero herself, with the support of other students in her alliance, has filed four complaints about her harrassment with the school administration. But nothing has happened. "I don't know what the administration has done with any of those complaints. I have heard nothing back from them," she said in a phone interview. The school's principal did not respond to calls for comment on Almero's complaints.
The lack of response from the administration echoes a common theme in the national survey. The study shows that the majority of young people don't tell anyone when harassment occurs, or that nothing happens when they do report it. Sixty percent of students don't even bother to tell anyone, and the majority of them say it's because nothing will happen anyway, or that when something does happen, it doesn't help much.
Jennings blames a lack of teacher education. "As someone who was a teacher for 10 years, I know that people don't go into teaching for money. They go into it because they care about young people," says Jennings. "Most people don't do anything because they don't have the training to deal with this [kind of harassment]. They are nice people but they don't have a clue."
Almero doesn't anticipate that much will change at her school this year. But she is not deterred. "This year won't be easier," she says, "but we'll be a lot more prepared for what is to come."
Advice FOR PARENTS:
What You Can Do If You Feel Your Child May Be Harassed At School
Tips provided by Kevin Jennings, director and founder of GLSEN (Gay and Lesbian Education Network).
1. Raise the issue with your kids
Students usually will not tell their parents that they are being harassed -- they are ashamed and embarrassed. So it's good for parents to raise the question directly, and do it in a way that doesn't put the young person on the spot. "Do you ever see kids being bullied at school? Where does it happen?" If asked, young people will talk about it, but they won't do it on their own. You can say, "I've heard of people being harassed because of their race, sexual orientation, their size…" and when you include sexual orientation in the laundry list, it may indicate to them that you are wiling to listen.
2. Make it clear to the school that you are not going to tolerate your child being harassed.
Go to the principal, and let him or her know that you are watching. "Principals live in fear of parents," says Jennings. "They generally don't have tenure positions like teachers, and parents can have a say over their future."
ALL OVER AMERICA WE REJECT the FEAR, HATE, GREED, EXPLOITATION and BIGOTRY promoted and pursued by Bush, Rove, Cheney, Rumsfeld, McCain and EXTREMIST RELIGIOUS ZEALOTS/Dominionists and common thieves against fellow AMERICANS!
YES WE WILL STOP IMMORAL POLITICAL, BUSINESS and RELIGIOUS OPPORTUNISTS FROM FURTHER HARMING HUMANITY!
ONE MORE WEEK! Vote for SANITY, HUMILITY, EQUALITY, JUSTICE and ECONOMIC STABILITY for ALL AMERICANS!
Two elderly men found brutally murdered in their Decatur Township home are believed to be the victims of a hate crime. Both men were gay. Friends of Milton Lintgren and Eric Hendricks tell WRTV that the couple had been recently targeted because they were gay. WRTV reports:
The friends of two elderly men found dead in their southwest-side home on Monday said they believe the men were killed because they were gay.
Milton Lindgren, 70, and Eric Hendricks, 73, were found dead Monday morning in their home at 9160 Middlebury Way. Police would not say how they were killed or how long their bodies had been inside the home, only that their deaths came by "violent means."
Patrick Beard, a friend of the victims, told 6News' Rick Hightower that he believed the men were targeted.
"I firmly believe it was definitely a hate crime. Milt was 70 and his partner was 73 and to go into someone's home and do something like that, it's just too coincidental," he said.
Police reports show that the men had their phone and cable lines cut twice in the past few months, and that anti-gay statements were posted on their front door.
Investigators said that while they do believe the vandalism was related to Lindgren and Hendricks being gay, that they didn't know if their killings were.
Beard's son, who also knew the victims, said he believes police will eventually reach the same conclusion he and his father have.
"I'm not a genius, but if someone's being harassed like that and fagot gets stamped on their door on a piece of paper, it's not that hard to connect the dots two months later that these two people are brutally killed in their home," Lee Beard said.
The friends said Hendricks was ill and confined to a wheelchair.
News of the mens' murders spread quickly through Indianapolis' GLBT community, which quickly identified the men as being gay in e-mail exchanges posted through a local list serve. "Many of us knew Milton, John Cannady wrote. "He was active in a number of GLBT organizations and a very nice man." Oddly, the Indianapolis Star has so far refused to report the obvious. While Vic Rychaert's story in today's Star acknowledges the men had been harassed recently and a note with a slur on it was left on their door, he makes no mention of the two men being gay or the fact that the slur used was "fagot."
Indiana remains one of only four states in the country without a hate crimes law. Efforts in recent years to enact one has been fiercely opposed by the religious right. The Indianapolis Star, too, has editorialized against such a law. When a Jackson County man, Aaron Hall, was beaten to death over a several-hour period by two young men last year after the man made a comment suggesting a gay sex act to one of the men, his case received little mention from the Star or other Indiana media. The so-called "gay panic defense" worked for the killers in this case. Both men were allowed to plead guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter instead of first degree murder charges and could be free in as few as 15 years.¨
¨Al-Qaida supporters suggested in a Web site message this week they would welcome a pre-election terror attack on the U.S. as a way to usher in a McCain presidency. The message, posted Monday on the password-protected al-Hesbah Web site, said if al-Qaida wants to exhaust the United States militarily and economically, "impetuous" Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain is the better choice because he is more likely to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"This requires presence of an impetuous American leader such as McCain, who pledged to continue the war till the last American soldier," the message said. "Then, al-Qaida will have to support McCain in the coming elections so that he continues the failing march of his predecessor, Bush."
¨OVERLY Tested¨ tired and very ¨TESTY¨ John McCain please note: ¨al-Qaida wants to exhaust the United States militarily and economically, "impetuous" Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain is the better choice because he is more likely to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.¨
GOT IT JOHN? INSTIGATING HATE while PONTIFICATING ABOUT YOUR BRAVERY IS A BITTER OLD MANS TACTIC THAT OFFERS NO INTELLIGENT SOLUTION!
Meanwhile: Presidential candidate Barack Obama, keeps a steady focus on ending the REAL TERROR THREAT...that would be different than churning up more fear, hate and death in the Bush/McCain endless military campaign in Iraq that OBAMA was wise enough not to vote for in the first place!
¨SITE Intelligence Group, based in Bethesda, Md., monitors the Web site and translated the message. "If al-Qaida carries out a big operation against American interests," the message said, "this act will be support of McCain because it will push the Americans deliberately to vote for McCain so that he takes revenge for them against al-Qaida. Al-Qaida then will succeed in exhausting America till its last year in it."Mark Salter, a senior McCain adviser, said he had heard about the Web site chatter but had no immediate comment.¨
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Archbishop Peter Akinola promotes exclusion/jailing and demonizing of LGBT Christians and their supportive families/friends at The Anglican Church of Nigeria and throughout Nigerian society!
Nigerian ambassador to EU pressured over treatment of gay Christians
By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk • October 21, 2008 - 14:01
MEPs are worried about gays in Nigeria
Members of the European Parliament have drawn attention to the harassment faced by people working for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Nigeria.
MEPs from the Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights have written to the Ambassador Usman A Baraya at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the EU.
"We have to react to continued and life-threatening media harassment of human rights defenders taking place in Nigeria," said Michael Cashman, President of the Intergroup.
"Media outlets in the country have been inciting hatred against human rights activists of the NGO House of Rainbow in Lagos and many of them are scared for their lives and hiding or have left the country.
"That is unacceptable and the government must intervene."
Rev Jide Macaulay established the House of Rainbow in 2006. It is the only ministry in Nigeria that welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.
The "gay church" has received negative coverage in the Nigerian press.
"House of Rainbow Metropolitan Church, a yet-to-be-registered church, publicly declared its exclusivity for professed homosexuals, as it organised the first ever conference for the practitioners," Sun News reported on October 4th.
"Ironically, the gathering, which observers described as debauchery, took place at the United Bible University, the same hall where the faithful of the Christian Pentecostal Mission (CPM) conduct their services.
"On the heels of the gathering came a resounding condemnation from the public, following which security operatives reportedly launched a manhunt for the organisers."
It is estimated that 56 million Nigerians, 40% of the population are Christians. 50% are Muslims.
The Anglican Bishop of Uyo, Rt. Rev. Isaac Orama, last year condemned the activities of homosexuals and lesbians in language that typifies Nigerian Anglican leaders' hostility to gays.
"Homosexuality and lesbianism are inhuman," he said.
"Those who practice them are insane, Satanic and are not fit to live because they are rebels to God's purpose for man."
Nigerian law states that anyone who has "carnal knowledge of any person against order of nature or permits a male to have carnal knowledge of him" can be imprisoned for 14 years.
In 2007 the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill was debated in the Nigerian Parliament but did not proceed.
Gays are "recruiting" claims Ugandan paper By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk • October 21, 2008 - 15:28
The President of Uganda has spoken out against gays
The gay community in Uganda is recruiting new members, according to a leading newspaper in the East African nation.
"Recruitment is reportedly highest in secondary schools and in prisons," reports The Independent.
The paper claims: "The signs are there that homosexuality is growing in the Ugandan society.
"Between September 22 and 27, workshops were held at the Grand Imperial Hotel and at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel. Both workshops were organised by the gay community in Uganda.
"At least once a month, a workshop of this nature is held in a different town somewhere in the country. These workshops are well attended and well funded from within and internationally.
"Local funding comes from the homosexuals who, according to some reports, include rich businessmen and politicians.
"Normally, the agenda of these conferences is to encourage the gay community not to feel alone, to network, introduce new members, offer sex education and to raise money to support gays who are being persecuted because of their openness about their sexual orientation and also to recruit new members."
Gay and lesbian people in Uganda have been under repeated attack from politicians and religious leaders.
In August Dr Kihumuro Apuuli, the Ugandan AIDS Commission Chief, warned the education ministry that homosexuality is "rife" in schools.
At a recent press conference a government minister said there would be more police operations against the gay community.
"The state of moral health in our nation is challenging and we are concerned about the mushrooming of lesbianism and homosexuality," Ethics and Integrity Minister James Nsaba Buturo said.
"Ten years ago, this phenomena was not there, but the disease has penetrated everywhere.
"Who's going to occupy Uganda 20 years from now if we all become homosexuals? We know that homosexuals don't reproduce.
"There is now a globalisation of homosexuality and people in Uganda are attempting to take advantage of the globalisation.
"It is an attempt to end civilisation."
Last month two human rights advocates in Uganda were held for a week without charges after police accused them of "recruiting homosexuals."
New York-based Human Rights Watch said the illegal detention of George "Georgina" Oundo and "Brenda" Kiiza was part of "a pattern of police harassment of LGBT people in Uganda."
They were held seven days without being brought before a judge or having charges laid against them.
"According to their lawyer, the police accused the two defenders of "recruiting homosexuals" – not a crime defined in the Ugandan Penal Code – and took them into custody," HRW reports.
In 2005 Uganda became the first country in the world to introduce laws banning same-sex marriage.
Section 140 of Uganda's penal code carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment for homosexual conduct, while Section 141 punishes 'attempts' at carnal knowledge with a maximum of seven years of imprisonment.
Section 143 punishes acts of "gross indecency" with up to five years in prison, while a sodomy conviction carries a penalty of 14 years to life imprisonment.
President of Uganda Kaguta Yoweri Museveni and other officials have spoken out against homosexuals on numerous occasions.
¨Gays and Lesbians IMPORTED from OTHER CULTURES to destroy Anglican/Christian/others in Uganda.¨
Fear/hate-mongering Anglican Archbishop Henri Orombi of Uganda (who is currently poaching on Episcopal Church properties at The Episcopal Church Diocese of Los Angeles and has appealed a earlier court ruling against HIM and his attempt at theiving property from TEC Province at The Anglican Communion).
Congratulations to Ugandan lesbian Prossy Kakooza who has won her asylum case after 15 months. According to the report, the judge was influenced by the medical evidence and the expert’s report which highlighted the extreme difficulties of being LGBTI in Uganda.
The judge was heavily influenced by three factors: the Country Expert Report, the medical evidence, and Prossy’s campaign. The Country Expert Report highlighted the terrible plight that lesbian and gay people endure in Uganda, as well as the “extra-judicial” activities of the police.
Her asylum also shows us that campaigns can be successful even when there seems to be an endless trail of obstacles to surmount.
Ugandan police accused of torturing gay activist Ugandan President claims homosexuality is "foreign culture" Ugandan bishop attacks European attitude towards gays Amnesty condemns arrests of Uganda AIDS conference protesters
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Republican ex-secretary of state calls Democrat ‘transformational figure’
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for president on Sunday, criticizing his own Republican Party for what he called its narrow focus on irrelevant personal attacks over a serious approach to challenges he called unprecedented.
Powell. . . said McCain’s choices in the last few weeks — especially his selection of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his vice presidential running mate — had raised questions in his mind about McCain’s judgment.
“I don’t believe [Palin] is ready to be president of the United States,” Powell said flatly. By contrast, Obama’s running mate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, “is ready to be president on day one.”
Powell also said he was “troubled” by Republican personal attacks on Obama, especially false intimations that Obama was Muslim and Republicans’ recent focus on Obama’s alleged connections to William Ayers, the founder of the radical ’60 Weather Underground. Stressing that Obama was a lifelong Christian, Powell denounced Republican tactics that he said were insulting not only to to Obama but also to Muslims. “The really right answer is what if he is?” Powell said, praising the contributions of millions of Muslim citizens to American society.
“I look at these kind of approaches to the campaign, and they trouble me,” Powell said. “Over the last seven weeks, the approach of the Republican Party has become narrower and narrower.”
. . . Powell said a major part of his decision to turn his back on his own party was his conclusion that Obama was the better option to repair frayed U.S. relations with allies overseas. “This is the time for outreach,” Powell said, saying the next president would have to “reach out and show the world there is a new administration that is willing to reach out.” In particular, he said, he welcomed Obama’s president to “talk to people we haven’t talked to,” a reference to Obama’s controversial pledge to hold talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
“I think that [Obama] has a definite way of doing business that will serve us well,” Powell said. . . . Obama is “a transformational figure” who would be an “exceptional” leader.
“I truly believe that at this point in Amserica’s history we need a president who will not just continue ... basically the policies we have followed in recent years,” he said. “We need a president with transformational qualities.”
For that reason, he said, “I will be voting for Barack Obama.¨
The Muslim Mother of the slain American soldier who Colin Powell mentioned...¨The right answer is that WE are all Americans.¨
UPDATE from Cany: Watch the spewing and promoting of racial prejudice by Pat Buchannon!
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This morning when reading Padre Mickey´s account of the life of St. Luke I was attracted to this message:
¨A tradition that Luke was a painter seems to have no basis in fact. Several images of Mary appeared in later centuries claiming him as a painter but these claims were proved false. Because of this tradition, however, he is considered a patron of painters of pictures and is often portrayed as painting pictures of Mary. One of the Eastern Orthodox websites I visited claimed that St. Luke was the first to paint an icon, that of the Blessed Virigin Mary.¨
¨What would Christmas be like without Luke’s story of the shepherds and the angelic choir? His story of the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost has always been an inspiration. And what would Evening Prayer be like without the beauty of the Magnificat? Luke was instrumental in helping spread the word, helping spread the Good News, that forgiveness of sins and the coming of the Reign of God is available to all, and that is why we remember St. Luke today.¨
Both Saint Luke and Padre Mickey painted a very vivid living picture directly into my sometimes overly imaginative and creative life today...Thank you, I loved it...as Fred S. would say, ¨Wowzer!¨
I feel as hopeful as when I was a teenager and John Kennedy was running for President.
Please God. One more time. One more opportunity to revisit Camelot and embrace diversity! One more time to say YES WE CAN! One more time to feel good about everyones American dream.
UPDATE: 61 Newspaper ENDORSEMENTS for Barack Obama 16 Newspaper ENDORSEMENTS for John McCain
It´s time for CHANGE and for LEADERSHIP we can believe in...it´s also time for CHANGE to save America from Dominionist extremists/others, to restore our OUR WORLDWIDE INTEGRITY and address our NATIONAL UNITY/HUMAN DIGITY. It´s time to pray for HUMILITY, COLLECTIVE EMOTIONAL STABILITY and SOLID ECONOMIC SECURITY...it´s time to remember that AUTHENTIC PATRIOTISM is much more enriching than the last eight years of immoral Yale Cheerleading DECAY. It´s time to kick the FEAR/HATE-MONGERING GREEDY BUMS out of office and take responsiblity for repairing the harm they have done to our Nation and to each one of us individually.
It´s time to say NO to foreign disruptive/thieving religious bigots who instigate hate crimes and sometimes export their ignorant messages of secondrate selective Scriptural HATE to the United States.
It´s time to face the discriminating against fellow citizens and address the out-of-control bigotry promoted by religions who inspire FEAR as they attempt to take over the State...it´s time to learn how to be part of REALITY, get RIGHTSIZED, not righteous, and strive to be of service to one another and to embrace...it´s time to make peace with ALL of mankind! It´s time to make Peace (again) and NOT WAR.
It´s time to learn how to ¨Love thy neighbor¨ all of them.
America, the land of the free must be restored to her authentic INTEGRITY!
Lord hear my prayer
BREAKING NEWS SUNDAY MORNING: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama for PRESIDENT on Meet the Press this morning.
Yesterday I read a story about a very prominent Republican man in New York who was arrested for soliciting two young girls/children/sisters for sex. I was stunned. I was sickened. I needed to think about him, his circumstances, his prejudices, his politics and what he had done to others as he was ¨free¨ to abuse everyday children and people with a convulted sense and use of public trust.
The man, as it turns out, is a statewide, well known, former re-elected Republican New York State Representative turned Parole Board Commissioner...a very important, BOLDLY anti-LGBT legislator/commissioner and all-around ¨family values¨ family man who is married with two sons...this is a disaster for a very sick man and a tragedy for his family...this is beyond hypocricy and shame, this is a REAL LIFE horror story about a heterosexual man who is spiritually/emotionally SICK who deceived ¨loved ones¨ while indulging in his wildly demented sexual fantasies:
Roske/AP ¨ALBANY, New York, A tough-on-crime state parole board commissioner faces up to life in prison after trying to set up a sexual liaison with two young sisters, authorities said Tuesday.
Chris Ortloff, 61, was arrested in an Albany-area hotel late Monday by federal officials who found condoms, lubricant, vibrators and a camera in his room.¨
I am SO GLAD to see the revealing/caputuring of the man living in such hypocricy, but, yet, it´s very SAD to think about how many victims will be violated by sexually sick people who will never get caught...and how much emotional HARM and how much outright PAIN has this man already done/caused?
Taking the mask off the troubled head of a Republican White man who makes life miserable by working against emotionally and spiritually HEALTHY LGBT people/others made me feel glad in a sad way. I want the LIES to stop and I want the perpertrators of abuse arrested.
I also want EVERYONE to understand the difference between LGBT people who may love one another and a heterosexual man seducing small female children. I want him to get help. I want him to go to jail and face his destiny for attempting to destroy the lives of so many innocent others (of all ages) with his magic chest full of deceptive tricks.
It seems there are many everyday fearmongering grandstanders who direct their sickly PREACHING and POLITICING against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered fellow people over these past years. When will they START BEING RESPONSIBLE and ACCOUNTABLE for their own character/sin and underlying integrity? Must they be arrested before they look deep inside? Must religious, political or otherwise, bigots continue to attempt to distract humanity and REAL ¨believers¨ by outcasting and demoralizing some of their fellow human beings and simultaneously harming the general puplic with IMMORAL, phony, winning grins? Winning smiles that hide behind-the-scenes perverted and abusive/illegal acts of passion?
We´ve noted several of these men as they have been exposed recently for the harm that they do to themselves and the lies they speak and teach as they sneak.
Some ¨conservative¨POLITICOS, PREACHERS and PRIESTS are the instigators of slander and HATE CRIMES too!
It seems since Bush/Rove initiated a open season, free-for-all, for loud aggressive bigots, and their buddies from the ¨religious right¨, to demean fellow citizens that everyday life has been filled with deceit and LOUD testimonies of VIRTUE are delivered by phonies. Encouraging feardriven, spiritually unstable, and greedy/jealous ¨religious zealots¨to express their freedom to be outspoken has resulted in vuglar acts that promote HATE amongst us in our everyday lives. Self-righteous inspired HATE that has filtered down into our national being (unlike the trickle down economy they also promoted) in the U.S.A....even into The Episcopal/other Churchs and The Anglican Communion/other international religious groups...someone, somewhere, over the past decade, encouraged the underlying homophobic fears of unenlightened/irrational adults to become a international epidemic of vileness...a ¨morally authorized¨ immoral popular cruscade attempting to discriminate against and persecute LGBT citizens everywhere. A crusade that turns each of us, one-against the other; Democrats vs Republicans, fellow Church members/Christians vs. others, family members vs. family, friends vs. any/or ANY ¨different¨ human beings of any nationality. This ¨bringing out the worst¨ character assassinating of ones ¨neighbor¨ for political or RELIGIOUS gain was initiated before 9/11. Fear/hate-mongering became part of the swarmy, lie telling, vote thieving campaign of George W. Bush and other strident exploiters and opportunists many years ago.
Religious, Political, Business and/or Cultural/Family leadership dominated by liars, fascists, hypocrits and thiefs must end...it´s time we all look inside...inside and get the help that we may need if we are indulging in thoughts of hate. It´s not OK to HATE/EXPLOIT/STEAL and RAPE THY NEIGHBOR...we must LOVE THY NEIGHBOR as we have been loved and be of service to ALL of humanity. We must say NO MORE to those who would, lie, harm, outcast and attempt to destroy others for political or extremist religious gain. We must respect others and their religious beliefs...but EVERYONE MUST BE ACCOUNTABLE for their own actions and STOP slandering/tormenting fellow citizens! We must STOP and/or REMOVE FROM OFFICE or JAIL those with their grandiose plans for personal notoriety, religious dominance, sexual exploitation/abuse and/or illegal financial gain who exploit/deceive or intimidate others to get what they think they MUST HAVE...you know the ones, the self-proclaimed ¨Godly¨ and conservative/orthodox liars in RELIGION, POLITICS and BUSINESS who insist and demand they are God´s chosen and they are more ENTITLED above other citizens/human beings!
Remember: REPUBLICANS ARE POISONOUS TO THE ECONOMY
¨Remember, it was the Republican Party that was always flappin' their lips about "the Free Market" and "Let the Market police itself" and Iraq has WMDs "Regulation kills initiative." They got their way for eight years and destroyed the economy. This started with the Reagan administration. Republicans and Republican economic policies are bad for the economy. Let me repeat: REPUBLICANS AND REPUBLICAN ECONOMIC POLICIES ARE BAD FOR THE ECONOMY. And amazingly enough, McCain wants to give the most wealthy people ANOTHER EFFIN' TAX CUT!!!! Clinton built up a surplus by TAXING THOSE BASTIDS and that will work.¨
¨The Primate, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Archbishop Peter Akinola, has cautioned Christians against some "worrisome trend of events gradually catching over the world".
+AKINOLA HAS INSTIGATED A ´WORRISOME TREND´ WHILE ATTEMPTING TO EITHER DESTROY OR TAKE OVER THE WORLDWIDE ANGLICAN COMMUNION...AKINOLA ORGANIZED AND PRESIDED OVER A CLAPTRAP/EXTREMIST GAFCON TAKEOVER EVENT THAT FORTUNATELY ISN´T CATCHING ON AMONGST THINKING ANGLICANS/others. AKINOLA WAS FORBIDDEN ENTRY INTO THE KINGDOM OF JORDAN DURING THE PLANNING FOR GAFCON EVENT. PERSONA NON GRATA IS NOT A VERY ILLUSTRIOUS TITLE, ALBEIT A WELL EARNED ONE, AS AKINOLA IS BUSY STRIVING FOR PURITANICAL FAME BY OUTCASTING OTHERS AT CHURCH/BEYOND!
¨Akinola said it had gradually become fashionable for some faceless people to remove the historic emblems of Christianity such as the cross and the name of Christ from the public domain.¨
IS AKINOLA SPEAKING ABOUT FASHIONABLE MORMONS? MORMONS DON´T FEATURE THE CROSS AS A RELGIOUS ICON ON TOP OF THEIR CHURCHES, ON THE ALTER OR AT THEIR MEETING HALLS...OR MAYBE HE IS WARNING ABOUT FACELESS JEWISH PEOPLE WHO ADMIRE THE STAR OF DAVID and MUSLIMS, THE CRESCENT...ARE PUBLIC DOMAINS/BUILDINGS TO BE RELIGIOUSLY REDECORATED TO COMPLY WITH AKINOLAN ZEALOT CHRISTIAN GRANDIOSE DREAMS/DEMANDS?
¨In a statement yesterday in Abuja, the cleric said some agents of anti-Christ were working against the religion.¨
WHAT AGENTS OF ANTI-CHRIST? IF AGENT AKINOLA WISHES TO CONTINUE TO BEAT WAR DRUMS/INSPIRE FEAR and HATRED, I SUGGEST HE IDENTIFY THE ENEMY MORE SPECIFICALLY AS HE DID IN THE CASE OF THE MUSLIMS AT THE YELWA MASSACRE...OBVIOUSLY INTOLERANCE AND EXCLUDING FELLOW ANGLICAN/CHRISTIANS AT CHURCH WHILE DEMEANING MUSLIMS ISN´T REALLY SUCH A GOOD OR Christlike IDEA/IDEAL.
+AKINOLA PROMOTES LAWS IN NIGERIA FOR THE ARRESTING AND PERSECUTING OF MILLIONS/HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF LGBT RELIGIOUS ANGLICANS, THEIR FAMILIES, THEIR FRIENDS WHO ARE FORCED SPIRITUALLY/SOCIALLY UNDERGROUND and INTO THE CLOSET OF FEAR=DECEIT.
BECAUSE OF AKINOLAS FEAR/HATE CAMPAIGN/WITCH HUNT, FELLOW CHRISTIANS ARE PERSECUTED WHEN THEY WISH TO ASSEMBLE IN PUBLIC OR FORM THEIR OWN CHURCH. PETER AKINOLA IS PLAIN WORRISOME, OUTRIGHT DANGEROUS, PROMOTES ILL CONCEIVED IDEAS (often not his own) and INSPIRES HATE CRIMES and THE OUTCASTING OF CHRISTIANS AT CHURCH/BEYOND.
¨He said one of their subtle methods was to ensure that the symbol was removed from public places.¨
RELIGIOUS OBJECTS FROM ANY RELIGION ARE UNWELCOME IN GOVERNMENT ¨PLACES¨ IN THE FREE WORLD. FREEDOM of RELIGIOUS CHOICE IS CONSIDERED HONORABLE, NON-DESPOTIC LIVING IN A DEMOCRACY. PERHAPS AKINOLA MEANS HE WOULD LIKE TO INSTALL A FEW MORE CROSSES IN PUBLIC MUSLIM PLACES IN NORTHERN NIGERIA?
¨He observed with dismay, the activities of civil liberties groups in the U.S., whom he said were championing the cause of anti-Christ activities.¨
MANY WOULD SAY THAT AKINOLA SHOWS SIGNS OF BEING VERY UNCHRISTLIKE AS HE CONFUSES ¨PERSECUTING ONES NEIGHBOR¨ WITH ¨LOVING ONES NEIGHBOR¨ AT THE BODY OF CHRIST.
"The founding fathers of the U.S. inserted 'In God we Trust' in their coins; modern anti-Christ agents in the name of civil liberties are hell bent to erase God not only from the American currency, but also from the entire public domain, including schools," he said.
AKINOLA, AND HIS ENGLISH BORN BISHOP TRANSPLANT TO THE U.S., DON´T KNOW THE ACTUAL HISTORY OF ´IN GOD WE TRUST´ ENGRAVED ON U.S. COINS...POT SHOTS FROM IGNORANT CRACK POTS CONTINUE TO DELIVER MEANINGLESS MESSAGES SEEDED WITH HATE-MONGERING BILE.
¨He called for religious tolerance, while urging Nigerians to ignore the practices.¨
PETER AKINOLA, THE AUTHOR OF ´GAYS PRODUCE HOOLIGAN CHILDREN´ AND ´HOMOSEXUALS ARE LOWER THAN ANIMALS´AND THE EXCLUDER OF OPEN LGBT CHRISTIANS AT ALL LEVELS OF CHURCHLIFE KNOWS LITTLE ABOUT ¨TOLERANCE¨ or especially ´RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE´ but MUCH REGARDING RELIGIOUS IGNORANCE...MEANWHILE HE AVOIDS ADDRESSING THE ON-THE-GROUND RAMPANT CORRUPTION, THIEVING, OUT OF CONTROL CRIME AND MURDEROUS/THUGGISH EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES IN NIGERIA and AT THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF NIGERIA...+PETES OVERBLOWN ARROGANCE TARNISHES HIS VERSION and VISION FOR CHRISTIAN PURITY THAT HE WOULD HOPE TO CONVEY TO ANYONE IN THE NEW WORLD WHO BELIEVES IN DISCRIMINATION and PREACHS FEAR/HATE AGAINST LGBT PEOPLE OF ALL RELIGIONS. I PRAY THAT Peter Akinola, ONE DAY, IS ABLE TO CLEAN UP HIS OWN SPIRITUALLY CHALLENGED/FEARDRIVEN MESS OF A MINISTRY in NIGERIA...PERHAPS IT´S NOT TOO LATE FOR BIG PETE TO SAVE HIMSELF FIRST!
¨The Primate urged Christians to be watchful and prayerful, saying "We are really in perilous times and all Christians must be watchful, to ensure that they are not deceived into compromising their faith.¨
REPEAT: "We are really in perilous times and all Christians must be watchful, to ensure that they are not deceived into compromising their faith.¨
ABSOLUTELY CORRECT, THE PERILOUS AND CORRUPT, FEAR/HATEDRIVEN/DEMONIZING TIMES, THAT PETER AKINOLA INITIATED AT THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION and BEYOND!
Thanks to Preludium/Canon Mark Harris Thanks to The New York Times Thanks to The Admiral of Morality Thanks to The Episcopalcafe/The Lead Thanks to Flickr Photo Sharing Thanks to Vanguard/All Africa.com Thanks to Wikipedia
¨Will A Wealthy Social Conservative Have His Way With California Voters Again?
Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr., has put $900,000 of his own money into passing California's gay marriage ban, but it's not the first time the flush ascetic has injected his religious views into politics. From stemming affirmative action to stoking unrest within the Episcopal Church, Ahmanson has been one of the most influential political donors in the country.¨
By Kerry Eleveld
An Advocate.com exclusive posted October 13, 2008
¨Will the same man who bankrolled a Republican takeover of the California Assembly in 1994, underwrote an amendment that gutted the state’s affirmative action law in 1996, and fostered the birth of the schism within the Episcopal Church over its gay-inclusive leanings now succeed in taking away the marriage rights of tens of thousands of gays and lesbians in California on November 4?
Weighing in with $900,000 of his own money, Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr., a conservative philanthropist and highly influential political donor, is one of the single biggest benefactors of the campaign to pass California’s gay marriage ban, Proposition 8.
Though Ahmanson is notorious in California circles and has been the subject of several comprehensive pieces in Salon , the Orange County Register , and the Episcopal Diocese of Washington among others, the reclusive philanthropist -- who almost never speaks to the press -- isn’t on the radar of many Americans even as his impact is being felt across the nation.
Cruising Ahmanson on the Internet reveals the tale of a socially conservative ideologue who has put his money where his mouth is, assiduously flexing the muscle of his multimillion-dollar fortune to bend the country’s political system to the will of his worldview. According to multiple reports, he and his friends poured more than $4 million into winning enough Republican seats in the early ‘90s to briefly wrest control of the California Assembly from Democrats; he put $350,000 into dramatically weakening the state’s affirmative action laws (Proposition 209) and $210,000 – 35% of total funds according to Salon – into banning recognition of gay marriages from other states (Prop. 22) in 1999; and perhaps his most cataclysmic legacy to date began when he funneled $1 million to the American Anglican Council, which helped fuel the rift over gays that has besieged the Episcopal Church. (The Advocate reported more about the upshot of conservative Anglicans’ anti-gay crusade here).
Ahmanson’s moral certitude has its underpinnings in a variant of Calvinism known as the Christian Reconstructionist movement founded by far right theologian Rev. Rousas John Rushdoony, who promoted philosophies that might well be considered draconian by modern standards. In his 1973 tome “The Institutes of Biblical Law,” Rushdoony concluded that the Bible instructs society to execute people for 18 sins, including: murder, rape of a betrothed virgin, adultery, promiscuity by unwed women, homosexuality, sodomy, striking or cursing a parent, habitual criminality, blasphemy and bearing false witness. During an interview with Bill Moyers in the late ‘80s, Rushdoony said of the death penalty, “This is what God requires.”
Ahmanson considered Rushdoony a close spiritual guide – close enough to be at his bedside when Rushdoony left this world in 2001 – and in line with his teacher’s thinking, in 1985 Ahmanson told the Orange County Register, “My goal is the total integration of biblical law into our lives.” But his later interviews, few as they are, indicate some awareness of the disconnect between Rushdoony’s prescription for social order and that embraced by most of the developed world. In 2004, he told the Register, “I think what upsets people is that Rushdoony seemed to think – and I’m not sure about this – that a godly society would stone people for the same thing that people in ancient Israel were stoned. I no longer consider that essential … It would still be a little hard to say that if one stumbled on a country that was doing that, that it is inherently immoral, to stone people for these things. But I don’t think it’s at all a necessity.” the story continues...
Trust continues to grow in my garden today. photo: Leonardo Ricardo
As the days turn into short weeks before the election of the next President and Vice President of The United States of America I become more in awe of the miracles of pro-humanity that are growing/blossoming like my innergarden (pictured above). After a very RAINY SEASON flowers of HOPE are revealing themselves each day before us as each of us become more aware of ACTUAL REALITY and the fact that both God and Nature are taking their course.
The past eight+ years have been a time when many encouraged the playing of PRETEND and the destruction of much of the great natural beauty that surrounds us. Did you notice the abusive outspokeness, the demanding, the insisting and the not-so-attractive fear, anger and prejudice/persecuting and killing? All exposed in FULL VIEW this past decade. Have you recently glimpsed/heard the last fading cries of self-righteousness/greed and the visciously driven FEAR campaign that *things* OUGHT be different than they REALLY are? Do you think that living in the REAL may cause heartattacks, dementia, additional wars, civil unrest, rioting, thieving, betrayal and more insane acting out after everyone gains on clarity after November 4th? Maybe not, maybe everyone will start snapping out of the bewilderment of *it* and maybe each person will start taking responsibility for their own character/actions/sins and destructive habits that harm the planet and OUR NEIGHBOR.
Just a whirlwind of years ago people sometimes acknowledged, their innermost disgust for Non-Protestants, Non-Christians/others, Non-Whites but rarely mentioned their LGBT Christian neighbors, family and/or friends (sort of like ignoring the drunk/insane old maiden aunt in the attic who was drinking herself to death)...however, NOW, many ¨family values¨ extremists include excluding/banishing and demonizing ¨family¨members who were previously simply ignored, giggled about or sneared at before. Meanwhile, the not-so-secret, longing for riches, fame, second home/mansions, insured and/or eternally guaranteed financial security, Ponce de Leon syndrom/healthcare and/or insured bliss in the beyond (it´s hard to figure out which is most important to the clammouring seekers of imagined greatness and wealth/righteousness as the PURE zealots think of themselves as ¨patriotic¨ Americans in all they attack, exploit and slander). Simultaneously the ABOMINATING of others took on semi-popular dimensions amongst bigots who in reality have become further terrorfied, weakened, exposed and which has added some religious MADNESS to their general loathing of Gods REAL Creation! Many fanatics aren´t happy with blowing up their own defective egos...they wish to blow EVERYONE up with bombs to prove their rightness desperation is the REAL thing! Some Biblebanging/Selective Scriptural windbags instigate CRIMES OF HATE while preaching and pontificating about a God who needs NO DEFENSE! A God that Commands us to LOVE THY NEIGHBOR!
Guess what? The negative, hatefilled, preaching is more waste filled junktalk laced with more self-deceiving/promoting that is driven by fear/hate, greed and ignorance...a fear/hate that won´t FIX or change fate!
Meanwhile back in my innermost garden of earthly delights, I´ve just finished having a lovely Saturday afternoon lunch that included Beef Tederloin filets, Herb/Spiceycheese seasoned potatos, Corn of the Cobb and Chocolate Sundae for desert. It´s a lovely day today and I once again feel assured and comfortable with the TRUTH that God will continue to do for me what I can not, or sometimes will not, do for myself...it´s the In God We Trust part/factor/test...trust God.
Thank you for noticing, we´ve been away (and thank you for the private notes too)...our cyberconnections have been OUT being rennovated but we´re all set to welcome you back to the foot of the volcano...it´s been raining like crazy and the countryside, albeit with a few troublesome landslides, is Emerald GREEN and super HEALTHY! Green is my favorite color and soon this land of vegetable abundance will be heading into Summertime (December)...already everything is lush, blooming and ripening...it´s gorgeous here and the open markets are filled with fresh produce. Unfortunately, gasoline is over $5.00 a gallon and so many of the small farmers who have no trucks are paying more to get the produce to the village and city markets...prices have gone up a bit in all the stores, but the banks-savings remain secure (Government assures), the Dollar drops in value, ¨Chicken Buses¨ are more expensive yet we still feel very fortunate to live here in our small village with overall small expenses and small material demands with no need for heat or air conditioning and lovely Coffee Fincas and Viveros surrounding our lives.
All is well and we send you our greetings and best wishes for peace, peace of mind and personal happiness from Central America on another rainy afternoon (hoping our friends and neighbors in Mexico are surviving the two Hurricanes that have come their way).
How I wish that finally we finished with the many issues/discussions and feardriven ugly behavior surrounding human sexuality at TEC/Anglican Communion. I believe Human Sexuality is amongst the most important and greatest breakthrough ministry opportunities for "loving OUR neighbors" of this age. Do you believe in Human Rights, justice and personal integrity?
When I think of the LGBT People who are the victims of everyday crimes of hate, both in the Western Hemisphere and worldwide, I cry-out inside...do you?
Please, NO MORE LIES! NO MORE FEAR/HATE-mongering, no more cowardly bigoted being. Never do I/we want to read or see again how LGBT people have been thrown out of their families, or imprisoned, or tortured/beaten, demoralized/demonized and trashed because of their sexuality...do we?
Yesterday, in London, yet more hate crimes were committed THIS WEEK because of fear/hate and bigotry...religious persecution and/or demented thugs wandering streets looking to brutalize/kill Fags...you don't approve of murdering Fags do you?
What kind of a Christian family does a LGBT child/young-person grow up in when he/she is compelled to kill themselves because of the shame and blame of being able to face Gods TRUTH of being Gay? Do you want LGBT Christian/other children to commit suicide?
What kind of tainted religious leadership/organization preaches on the subject of being "sexually infested" by white foreigners with Homosexuality? Spouting off about Homosexuality being "contagious and is imported" (although apparently "running rampant" at Ugandan National Schools amongst Ugandans with little/no outside contact with foreigners)...do you believe LIES about LGBT Christians preached at Church/beyond?
What kind of a African Anglican Bishop campaigns (open and secretly) for a five to sixteen year jail sentences for LGBT Christians/others, their families, their friends who GATHER IN PUBLIC or form their own Church? What kind of despotic and deadly Anglican Archbishop preaches/pontificates about LGBT people being lower than pigs and the children of LGBT people are HOOLIGANS? I'll tell you what kind...a abusive/ignorant old man with grandiose dreams of his own "righteous" holiness, that's who. A murderer who thinks he's a saint! Do you think this is saintly behavior?
What kind of religious/political JUNKTALK must we continue to listen to silently while reading handlettered signs that say FAGS BURN IN HELL, or GOD HATES FAGS?
No, the very idea that we "move beyond the human sexuality issue" is premature.
Personal "wellness" is a very fortunate choice of "mission." Especially when everyone is included in the spiritual healing quest...the demoralizing, abominating and marginalizing/demeaning and OUTCASTING of LGBT Christians/others throughout the world at CHURCH won't help us serve God by serving one another and promoting Gods spiritually sound Commandments at Church.
IF we keep facing HEAD ON the ugliness that surrounds us and keep sharing our personal and Godgiven everyday experiences and TRUTH we will heal. God will be glad (I believe)...we must continue to stop being "annoyed" because defending truth is sometimes difficult, messy or embarrassing. Sissyphobia and Butchyphobia must be addressed if one struggles with the "ick" factor (or worse hides in the closet because of it)...then there is HOMOPHOBIA. Are you homophobic? If so, you can find the help you NEED at The Episcopal Church...because, The Episcopal Church welcomes everyone. Everyone means everyone and HOMOPHOBES are welcome too.
Senator Barack Obama, Democratic Party Presidential Candidate
Senator Joe Biden, Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate
Dear Governor Palin,
Enthusiastic clammouring is not compelling nor is wishful/wistful, dodgy, inexperienced, assuming, presumptious and RECESSION avoiding chatterbox debating...Sarah, you didn't promote your quest to become the Vice President of The United States...sorry, you're in way over your head and deflecting difficult questions/answers to key subjects won't help you face discussing/forming the needed "solutions" when they must come...nice to meet you, good luck up in Alaska, but McCain needs more than he's "got" and more than you've got to "give" him...perhaps you can coordinate a worldwide Equal-Human Rights campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people, for your "close friends"...that may help keep your "tolerance" and "understanding of social issues" ideals/level much closer to REALITY as you grow up emotionally/spiritually...start with Nigeria and Uganda...they are two countries where you will find great training for facing BIGOTRY, discrimination and persecution in the face of DEADLY corruption living side-by-side with self-righteous religiosity...they might be "convinced" to see things differently with your winning smile, puritan heart and well intentioned desire to be "tolerant" of your fellow human beings.
Governor Palin and husband Todd of Alaska.
Obama/Biden continue to be the FRONTRUNNERS in the campaign for President and Vice President of The United States of America! VOTE November 4, 2008!
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REAL HERO/REAL LIFE: Bishop John Shelby Spong
“I was simply interpreting a rising consciousness,” he said. “Whether it was race or women or homosexual people, the issue was always the same: fighting against anything that dehumanizes a child of God on the basis of an external characteristic.” Bishop John Shelby Spong (click on his photo)
IT GETS BETTER--Archbishop Desmond Tutu supports LGBT full acceptance and inclusion too!
¨Churches say that the expression of love in a heterosexual monogamous relationship includes the physical, the touching, embracing, kissing, the genital act - the totality of our love makes each of us grow to become increasingly godlike and compassionate. If this is so for the heterosexual, what earthly reason have we to say that it is not the case with the homosexual?¨ Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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