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Category: Religion / Sprituality


Monday, February 04, 2008

The House of Representatives Must Act

Sudanese President Bashir is brashly defying the international community - again. We need the help of China - Sudan’s biggest ally - to put an end to the outrage.

Tell your representative to ask China for help.

What did Sudanese President Bashir do with a world-infamous war criminal? He gave him a promotion.

Bashir has appointed the militia leader who helped orchestrate genocide in Darfur as a senior adviser on ethnic affairs.

This brash and consistent defiance of the U.N. won’t stop - not as long as Bashir has China to protect him.

We must tell China that enough is enough, and our representatives can help. Leaders in Congress are gathering support for an official letter to President Hu of China letting him know that his indifference toward Darfur is unacceptable.

As you know, China is Sudan’s largest trade partner and foreign investor. It is Sudan’s biggest defender in the international community, and it is the regime’s largest arms supplier. But China played a crucial role in getting Sudan to agree to a hybrid peacekeeping force last summer.

Simply put, China has the power to put an end to the games Bashir is playing.

Our representatives must pressure the Chinese government to lead the world community and end the violence in Darfur. 

Save Darfur Coalition

Posted by SPN on 02/04 at 12:58 PM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityInternationalNewsRacism / Prejudice
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Monday, January 21, 2008

Obama takes on question of his Christianity

This is just sickening to me.  The last thing I care about is the religious preference of a person because what comes out of their mouth is less important than how they carry themselves.  I know many people that consider themselves members of religions that act as if GOD doesn’t exist.  They belittle others and act like heathens.

Who cares if Obama is a Muslim, Christian or whatever?  No religion has a patent on good behavior.  It is really sad that people choose to stoop to these sort of tactics.  Regardless if he is Muslim, Christian, or Atheist, if he pledges to support the Constitution then he should be trusted to do that.  Hell, we trusted Christian George W. Bush to do it and look where we are now.  Do you actually think that Bush’s version of Christian vows are supportive to the cause of Christianity.  Is Bush a good ambassador for converting people to Christianity?  I don’t think so.  Let’s keep religion out of politics.  Or, better yet, let’s all be good Americans and let people choose their own religion without proselytizing or berating a person if they choose something different than you do. 

OK?

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer Mon Jan 21, 7:22 AM ET

Barack Obama is stepping up his effort to correct the misconception that he’s a Muslim now that the presidential campaign has hit the Bible Belt.

At a rally to kick off a weeklong campaign for the South Carolina primary, Obama tried to set the record straight from an attack circulating widely on the Internet that is designed to play into prejudices against Muslims and fears of terrorism.

“I’ve been to the same church — the same Christian church — for almost 20 years,” Obama said, stressing the word Christian and drawing cheers from the faithful in reply. “I was sworn in with my hand on the family Bible. Whenever I’m in the United States Senate, I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. So if you get some silly e-mail ... send it back to whoever sent it and tell them this is all crazy. Educate.”

Obama is referring to a debunked chain e-mail circulating widely on the Internet that suggests he is hiding his Islamic roots and may be a terrorist in disguise. It says he was sworn into the Senate on the Quran and turns his back on the flag during the pledge.

There are some truths in the e-mail’s details. Obama’s middle name is Hussein. His father and stepfather were Muslim. And he spent part of his childhood in Indonesia, a largely Muslim country. But he attended secular and Catholic schools, not a radical madrassa.

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Posted by SPN on 01/21 at 11:26 AM in BloggingReligion / SpritualityPoliticsNewsRacism / Prejudice
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Thursday, January 10, 2008

African Union command officially took control the peacekeeping mission in Darfur.

On December 31, a hybrid United Nations-African Union command officially took control of the peacekeeping mission for Darfur.

But the mission is already in danger of failing. Few new peacekeepers have actually been deployed because of obstructions by the Sudanese regime, and world leaders aren’t providing critical equipment essential to the peacekeepers’ success.

Right now, this peacekeeping mission does not have ANY of the 24 helicopters it needs to protect the people of Darfur.

President Bush must do everything in his power to secure commitments from world leaders.

In a region as vast as Darfur, helicopters are essential for the peacekeeping effort. This effort cannot succeed without helicopters for transport, reconnaissance, and security.

Countries in NATO collectively have 18,000 helicopters, and many other nations have the capacity to contribute as well. But no one has yet contributed any to the U.N.-A.U. peacekeeping mission. World leaders are failing to match their words with actions and are turning away from genocide. Again.

President Bush must further his commitment to Darfur and press other nations to step up to the plate and follow through on their commitments. 

Posted by SPN on 01/10 at 11:00 AM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityPoliticsInternationalNews
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Monday, December 31, 2007

Bush’s last day

Posted by SPN on 12/31 at 03:28 PM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityPoliticsCelebrityInternationalNewsPersonal
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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Stop Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s Defiance

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is at it again. He is
backtracking on his government’s agreements and attempting to
block peacekeepers for Darfur.

His obstruction must be stopped. And it is up to our world
leaders to stop it.

President Bush must make it clear that Bashir’s defiance of the
international community will not be tolerated. Click below to
send President Bush a message asking him to stand up to Sudanese
President Bashir now.
http://action.savedarfur.org/campaign/stop_bashir/ixxiisk41i5t3n8?

President Bashir is rejecting key provisions of the U.N.
peacekeeping resolution - the same resolution his government
“unconditionally accepted” earlier this year. Bashir is now
adding conditions to the peacekeeping mission that would ensure
it will not be effective enough to actually protect civilians.

If we don’t respond forcefully now, the Sudanese government will
continue to try to finish what they’ve started in Darfur. Click
below to urge President Bush to engage his fellow world leaders
and pressure President Bashir to put the peacekeeping mission
back on track.
http://action.savedarfur.org/campaign/stop_bashir/ixxiisk41i5t3n8?

More than 2.5 million lives are hanging in the balance. The
people of Darfur need President Bush and other world leaders to
stand up to the Sudanese government and put a stop to their
deceitful attempts to continue waging violence against their own
people.

Please take a few minutes to spread the word to your friends,
family and co-workers. Click below to spread the word and ask
them to contact President Bush today.
http://action.savedarfur.org/campaign/stop_bashir/forward/ixxiisk41i5t3n8?

The way the world reacts to Sudan’s latest round of game-playing
will determine if and when peace and security will return to the
people of Darfur.

Your dedication to the people of Darfur has never been more
important.

Thank you again for your help.

Best regards,

Colleen Connors
Save Darfur Coalition

PS. Make your year-end gift today! Help us fight the genocide in
Darfur in 2008. Make your tax-deductible, year-end gift before
midnight on December 31. Click below to donate now.
https://donate.savedarfur.org/08/actnow_bashir/nX7Mjcwp1BOs3?

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Monday, December 10, 2007

World Changers Controversy?

I’m going to climb on my soapbox for this one…

I’m skeptical of most mega church ministers and think Creflo is more questionable than average, but I agree with Creflo on this one. 

It’s not appropriate for congressmen to randomly summon people (that have not been convicted of any crimes) to provide information outside of what the law requires.  If there are concerns about church finances, then the IRS is the proper entity with authority to investigate.  And if the laws are insufficient for the IRS to investigate or they are overburdened as Grassley stated in an interview, then congress should write new legislation or unburden the IRS by simplifying the tax code!  Otherwise, we’ll have congressmen going on witch hunts every election cycle to get some free press and distract voters from their lack of progress on any issues of substance.  We have a process for a reason.  Remember McCarthy?

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Posted by cassie on 12/10 at 02:34 PM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityPolitics
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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Los Angeles police plan to map Muslims in their homes.

Fri Nov 9, 10:54 AM ET

LOS ANGELES - Civil rights advocates criticized plans by the Los Angeles Police Department to map the city’s Muslim communities, calling it racial profiling.

The LAPD’s counterterrorism bureau plans to identify Muslim enclaves in order to determine which might be likely to become isolated and susceptible to “violent, ideologically based extremism,” said Deputy Chief Michael P. Downing on Thursday.

“We want to know where the Pakistanis, Iranians and Chechens are so we can reach out to those communities,” said Downing, who heads the counterterrorism bureau.

Downing said the plan is still in its early stages, but the LAPD wants to work with a Muslim partner and intends to have the data assembled by the University of Southern California’s Center for Risk and Economic Analysis.

Downing testified about the plan before a U.S. Senate committee on Oct. 30.

In his testimony, Downing said his bureau wanted to “take a deeper look at the history, demographics, language, culture, ethnic breakdown, socioeconomic status and social interactions” of the city’s Muslim communities.

There are an estimated 500,000 Muslims in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties.

On Thursday, several Muslim groups and the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California sent Downing a letter expressing “grave concerns” about the program.

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Posted by SPN on 11/11 at 09:21 AM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityNewsRacism / Prejudice
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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Divest for Darfur National Grassroots Action

There is an important divestment rally coming up in New York City. Join the NYC Coalition to Save Darfur and Brooklyn Parents for Peace and demand that JPMorgan Chase divest from companies that help fund the genocide in Darfur.

The rally, to be held at noon on Monday, October 15, outside JPMorgan Chase headquarters, is part of a National Day of Action. You will join thousands of activists around the country urging the top offending investment firms - including JPMorgan Chase - to divest for Darfur.

What: Divest for Darfur National Grassroots Action
Where: JPMorgan Chase Headquarters, 270 Park Avenue
When: Monday, October 15, noon - 2:00 p.m.

The National Divest for Darfur Day of Action was organized to encourage investment firms, especially JP Morgan, Franklin Templeton, Fidelity Investments, Capital Group (American Funds), and Vanguard, to withdraw investments from companies that help fund genocide in Darfur. Millions of Americans have their retirement funds invested through these firms and are inadvertently investing in genocide. The goal of divestment is to put economic pressure on the Sudanese government to end the violence.

For more information on divestment, check out http://www.divestfordarfur.org

Posted by SPN on 10/11 at 09:04 AM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityInternationalNewsRacism / Prejudice
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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Chandra Leigh Brown, brain injury survivor, is interviewed by Fran Briggs

Chandra, a contributor to this website was recently interviewed by Club Drug about her struggle with her physical limitations imposed on her by a drunk driver and the drug-pushers that masquerade as physicians.

Visit http://clubdrug.thedruginfo.com/ for the full uplifting interview.

Chandra Leigh Brown is a woman who lives a life of dedication and perseverance as she fights for the rights of the disabled, and differently-abled. Following a horrendous car accident where she was ejected through her car’s window, Brown suffered multiple fractures and a severe brain injury. Left on life support, she was not expected to live. But it was while she was still unconscious that Brown says that she was determined to “go back” because she still had things to do. Chandra eventually completed three years of physical and cognitive therapy (which included relearning the alphabet and how to tie her shoes). While it’s true that she has not fully recovered from the extent of her injuries,

She speaks with a clear, calm, and upbeat voice, and enjoys working out three days a week. Her personal nature includes a heightened sense of humor, and an infectious smile and laugh.

Passionate and determinedly inspirational, Chandra Brown is devoted to serving disadvantage youth and women. She is also an advocate for social change having adopted a resolve to help disabled individuals worldwide with their plight for living in a more equitable society.

I sat down with the Chandra Leigh Brown and interviewed her as part of the OnTheMove Interview series. We talked about her accident, her road to recovery, how she became the International Chairperson for Disabled Individuals for the Oprah Winfrey for Nobel Peace Prize Fan club, and

Fran Briggs: Good morning, Chandra. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us today.

Chandra Brown: You are welcome. And, thank you for inviting me.

FB: May 3, 2002. Would you briefly describe the events of that day just prior to your accident?

CB: I woke up with the idea of going to visit my mother. I was living in Jonesboro, Georgia and my mother lived in Mableton, Georgia; it’s about a 40 minute drive. I went to the gas station to fill up my car and proceeded out of the parking lot after I filled the tank. And, that’s all I remember.

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Posted by SPN on 08/25 at 03:02 PM in BloggingReligion / SpritualityPersonal
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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The people of Darfur cannot afford another delay.

Last August, when the UN Security Council authorized a
peacekeeping mission for Darfur, we thought the wait for
peacekeepers had finally come to an end.

A year later, stalled by Sudanese objections, that peacekeeping
force has still not been deployed. Never in the history of the
United Nations has it failed to deploy such a mission once
authorized.

Today the UN Security Council authorized another peacekeeping
force: a hybrid United Nations-African Union force mandated to
protect civilians and humanitarian operations in Darfur.

The people of Darfur cannot afford another delay. Click the link
below now to send a message to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
and urge him to press world leaders to contribute to peace in
Darfur, and to stand behind their commitments.
http://ga6.org/campaign/un_resolution/ixxiiskrqxe7km8?

Every nation in the world has something to offer this
peacekeeping mission. Some will need to contribute troops. Some
will need to give funds. Some will need to use diplomatic and
economic pressure to make the Sudanese regime fulfill its
promise to accept this force.

But all nations must work to ensure that this time, the UN
upholds its commitment to the people of Darfur.

Click the link below to sign the petition to Secretary-General
Ban and tell him that the people of Darfur have waited long
enough. It is time to act!
http://ga6.org/campaign/un_resolution/ixxiiskrqxe7km8?

Once you’ve signed the petition, please forward this message to
your friends and family and ask them to join you in taking
action.

As always, thank you for helping urge our world leaders into
action for the people of Darfur.

Colleen Connors
Save Darfur Coalition

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Donate to Help Save Darfur
Help build the political pressure needed to end the crisis in
Darfur by supporting the Save Darfur Coalition’s crucial
awareness and advocacy programs. Click the link below now to
make a secure, tax-deductible online donation.
https://secure.ga6.org/08/savedarfur/nypMjcwp1AFk3?

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The Save Darfur Coalition is an alliance of over 180
faith-based, advocacy and humanitarian organizations whose
mission is to raise public awareness about the ongoing genocide
in Darfur and to mobilize a unified response to the atrocities
that threaten the lives of more than two million people in the
Darfur region. To learn more, please visit
http://ga6.org/ct/D1Mjcwp1Sui6/

Posted by SPN on 08/01 at 10:16 AM in Justice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityInternationalRacism / Prejudice
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