REMINDER: The Definition of Jesus and other good folk

A few reminders about Love, Jesus, Buddha, and nice people.  We could use the reminder. But, if this offends Christians and other church goers, simply set it aside and forget it.

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Love never arms itself

Love never tortures

Love never pounds a pulpit

Love never limits people

Love never chooses for people

Love never punishes – but teaches

Love is always recognizable to those who know love

Love is confusing to those who do not know love

Love feeds the hungry

Love does not abandon

Love NEVER demands tithing

Love encourages honest service for others

Love illuminates

Love does not hold secrets

Love never seeks to control

Love is the definition of freedom

Love does not fix elections in the name of god

Love is always the truth at all cost

Love is confident that truth prevail – at all cost

Love is boundaryless

Love does not divide people

Love does not have it’s own news channel

Love is perfect allowance for all ideas

Love is trust that real loving ideas DO NO HARM

Love is not a white house or white horse

Love is community built on peace

Love is present in every second of every breath

Love is not hidden by a falsified veil

Nothing is hidden in truth

Baptists want law declaring WILL OF CHRIST supreme

NOTICE IT DOESN’T SAY JESUS CHRIST. IT SAYS CHRIST.

BIG DIFFERENCE IF YOU ARE AWARE OF WHAT IS GOING ON HERE.

YES, THERE IS A SECOND CHRIST. IT’S NOT REALLY THE SECOND COMNG,

IT’S THE SECOND CHRIST.  THE MEMBERSHIP ARE LIKELY NOT AWARE,

BUT THE BIG BOYS SURE ARE.

Southern Baptists Seek Laws Making

‘Will Of Christ’ Supreme

 

By , Church and State
Posted on October 13, 2007, Printed on October 13, 2007
http://www.alternet.org/story/64844/

 

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the nation’s largest Protestant denomination whose leadership is a bulwark of far-right fundamentalism, is ratcheting up its political operations.

The Christian Index, Georgia’s state Baptist newspaper, recently carried an interesting and unusually frank report on the SBC’s lobbying outpost in Washington, D.C., just four blocks from the Capitol.

“It is in this environment,” says the newspaper, “that Southern Baptists have a significant presence through the ministry of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). Richard Land, president of the ERLC, visits Washington often from his primary office in Nashville and is wielding an ever-increasing influence in his efforts to make the will of Christ supreme in public affairs.”

Apparently the “will of Christ” just happens to dovetail with the policy goals of the far right. According to the ERLC Web site, the unit takes stands on legislation and pushes for the confirmation of Bush court appointees. The issues tackled run the usual Religious Right gamut — opposing legal abortion, gay rights, hate-crimes laws and stem-cell research and supporting “court-stripping” legislation and other efforts to make it harder to pursue church-state separation claims in federal court.

ERLC’s goal, the story notes, is to turn the 16-million-member religious group into a disciplined political machine.

“The primary point I want to stress,” ERLC’s Barrett Duke told The Index, “is the need to build a grassroots base of support for these issues that are important to the foundation and fabric of our nation. There are 16,000,000 Southern Baptists and we should be able to shut down the congressional switchboard all by ourselves when there is a need to voice our convictions on a certain issue.”

ERLC’s Land, who has been one of the most faithful cheerleaders for the Bush administration and who is now pushing former senator Fred Thompson for president, is blunt about the group’s religious-political agenda.

In an essay on ERLC’s Web site, he insists, “We must convince Christians to run for elected offices at every level, then encourage them to act on their faith-based convictions while they are in office. We must walk, talk, and vote our values.” (Religious Right activists like Land use the word “Christian” in a narrow sense, referring to those who share their religious-political agenda.)

Land denies that Southern Baptists want a government that gets involved in religion, but his own words seem to belie that claim.

“When we preach that Gospel,” he writes, “and God has blessed it and people’s hearts and minds have been changed, then they have the right as citizens to come forth in the public arena and say, ‘This is wrong, and we want it stopped.'”

“For example,” he continued, “abortion is the murder of babies, and we want laws to change it. When we convince a majority of Americans that we are right, that’s not called a theocracy, that’s called the democratic process.”

Land then insists that all he seeks is “a level playing field.”

“Does that mean,” asks Land, “that false religions have the same rights to express their opinions and their beliefs as we do? Sure. Let them come. I never saw Elijah backing away from a confrontation with the prophets of Baal. He just showed them the power of the One True God!”

Joseph L. Conn, director of communications for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, notes that Land’s example might not be the best one.

“According to the scriptures, after Elijah won the contest over whose God was the true one, he had all the false priests of Baal slain. (I Kings 18:40),” wrote Conn. “Somehow, I’m not feeling the ecumenical love.”

Added Conn, “Southern Baptists, historically, were ardent supporters of church-state separation. Many still are. We will count on those dissenters to help us see that Land and company do not achieve their megalomaniacal goals.”

© 2007 Independent Media Institute. All rights reserved.
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Support The New York Times – NOW

Last thing for today.  People like me (and maybe you) have one last major newspaper that hasn’t been 100% bought and sold by the Evil Elite of this country, as far as I can tell. I STRONGLY advise you SUPPORT them. They are a loud voice and needed. If you don’t support FINANCIALLY, the ones doing the honest job, they will fade away. Believe it. No matter how hard it may be today to reach into your wallet, DO IT. There are young men and women paying with their lives and leaving their children to wonder what the.

I don’t mean for this to be a plug for the New York Times, but it is.

https://www.nytimesathome.com/offer.php?id=7&MediaCode=W37AA

This is the link for HOME DELIVERY, It’s one of the ways they make money.

Or run an ad for gawds sake. But contribute in some way that is meaningful.

They don’t need any more applause.  They need your cash. They are not immune to what is going on the world. Wake up and financially support the few people left with a mega phone, or lose it.

click the link.

NY Times on Blackwater

New Evidence That Blackwater Guards Took No Fire

WWW.NYTIMES.COM

This article was reported by James Glanz, Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Michael Kamber and written by Mr. Glanz.

BAGHDAD, Oct. 12 — Fresh accounts of the Blackwater shooting last month, given by three rooftop witnesses and by American soldiers who arrived shortly after the gunfire ended, cast new doubt Friday on statements by Blackwater guards that they were responding to armed insurgents when Iraqi investigators say 17 Iraqis were killed at a Baghdad intersection.

Ex Commander says Iraq a nightmare

October 13, 2007

Ex-Commander Says Iraq Effort Is ‘a

 Nightmare’

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 — In a sweeping indictment of the four-year effort in Iraq, the former top commander of American forces there called the Bush administration’s handling of the war “incompetent” and said the result was “a nightmare with no end in sight.”

click to read full story.

Bloggers: We do ourselves no favors

Everyone is talking, and no one is listening. Look at the other postings, respond. Act like you are engaged instead of just pissed. If I am the eye in the sky, I look at all the posts that have no responses and think to myself: THEY ARE MUCH TO SELF ABSORBED TO JOIN TOGETHER FOR CHANGE. Read other people’s blogs and pick at least one or two A DAY, to respond to for god’s sakes. Before you light my ass on fire, I DO THIS ALREADY.  There are many wise voices here- and it only takes a few moments to engage. At least pretend you are capable of joining with others for a cause. I don’t think we do ourselves any favors if the Blog-O-Sphere looks like only a place for the frustrated writers.

my two cents.

My God, how I love how they hate Gore.

STUNNING. FOX NEWS JUST CAN’T STAND THAT GORE WINS THE PRIZE. THEIR PANTIES ARE IN SUCH A TWIST. IT MUST BE VERY PAINFUL. I AM NOT A HUGE GORE FAN. I AM NOT SO SURE GLOBAL WARMING ISN’T CREATED IN WAYS YOU DON’T EVEN WANT TO KNOW ABOUT, BUT GREAT GOD BOBBIE, I AM READY TO VOTE FOR ANYONE SO HATED BY THE RIGHT, AND

ESPECIALLY FOX NEWS. SOMEONE GET ME A WRITE IN BALLOT AND SOME BUBBLY.

IF NOT GORE – THERE IS ONLY ONE CLEAR CHOICE –  OBAMA  !!!!

trust me

Fox News Immediately Begins Smear Campaign Against Al Gore, Nobel Prize

 

By Faiz Shakir
Posted on October 12, 2007, Printed on October 13, 2007
http://www.alternet.org/bloggers//65111/

This post, written by Amanda Terkel, orignally appeared on Think Progress

On Fox and Friends this morning, co-host Steve Doocy wasted no time in attacking the announcement that Al Gore has been named a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. “Here’s something extraordinary,” Doocy sarcastically said. “What do Al Gore, Yasser Arafat, and that crazy Jimmy Carter have in common?” Co-host Gretchen Carlson responded, “They all won the Nobel Peace Prize?”

Fox then displayed a chyron of the last few winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, causing another co-host Brian Kilmeade, to complain: “There’s the last five winners — see Mohamed El Baradei. What do they have in common? I don’t know about the 2006 winner, but I will say 2005 and 2007 both anti-Bush.”

The Fox panel then turned its attack on An Inconvenient Truth, noting a recent court ruling by a British judge that Gore’s film should be accompanied by “guidance notes” when shown in schools. That ruling is now being challenged by schools and teachers. After reporting on the British controversy over Gore’s film, Doocy said:

You know, I’m not a scientist. I don’t know if any of that stuff is true. I don’t think any of it’s true. I just know that my daughter watched the movie last week. … [She said Gore] took three shots at George Bush. And my daughter, who’s just 18, was turned off by how it was political. So there you go.

Right-wing bloggers are echoing the same themes in their attack on Gore:

“Look on the bright side: after Arafat, Carter, and Iranian marionette Mohammed ElBaradei, the award couldn’t possibly be more degraded.” – Hot Air’s Allahpundit

“Keeping to the trend of politicized awards, the Nobel Peace Prize has been given jointly to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.” – National Review’sJay Richards

“The Nobel Prize committee has basically surrendered to hysterics, mass exaggerators, and liars, most of who are not even climatologists or even any type of scientist.” – William Teach at Pirate’s Cove

“I wasn’t even aware that they had a Nobel Prize for deceptive rhetoric.”Confederate Yankee

“This continues the trend of the Peace Prize being awarded, not for achievements in spreading peace, but to highlight the Committee’s political agenda.” – James Joyner at Outside The Beltway.

If the right-wing is truly concerned about the “political” nature of the global warming debate, they should blame President Bush for that. He has taken very little action to fight climate change and even refuses to admit that it is manmade. He broke his promise to cap carbon emissions and insists that global warming can be fought through individual “voluntary” programs.

The reason why Gore has won so many accolades is because he is revealing the far right’s vast disinformation campaign against global warming science. And he is succeeding.

Faiz Shakir is the Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Editor of ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report.

© 2007 Independent Media Institute. All rights reserved.
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