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“Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation’s armed forces.”
Those words were recently written by Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), in a column he wrote for the Huffington Post. Weinstein will be a consultant to the Pentagon to develop new policies on religious tolerance, including a policy for court-martialing military chaplains who share the Christian Gospel during spiritual counseling of American troops.
Weinstein decries what he calls the “virulent religious oppression” perpetrated by conservative Christians, whom he refers to as “monstrosities” and “pitiable unconstitutional carpetbaggers,” comparing them to “bigots” in the Deep South during the civil rights era.
He cites Dr. James Dobson—the famous Christian founder of Focus on the Family—as “illustrating the extremist, militant nature of these virulently homophobic organizations’ rhetorically-charged propaganda.” Regarding those who teach orthodox Christian beliefs from the Bible, Weinstein concludes, “Let’s call these ignoble actions what they are: the senseless and cowardly squallings of human monsters.”
Weinstein then endorses the ultra-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), who publishes a list of “hate groups.” Alongside truly deplorable organizations like the KKK, the SPLC’s list includes a host of traditional Christian organizations (for their support of traditional marriage) and Tea Party organizations (for supporting limited government). Weinstein says SPLC correctly labels them all as “hate groups.”
Floyd Lee Corkins—the first person ever convicted of domestic terrorism in federal court under the laws of Washington, D.C.—told the FBI that he chose his intended shooting spree targets from the SPLC website's map. Corkins was arrested at the offices of the Family Research Council (FRC) after shooting a security guard in August 2012. His court documents state that Corkins intended to kill as many people as possible.
Weinstein also supports Lt. Col. Jack Rich, the Army officer who wrote to subordinate officers that soldiers who hold traditional Christian beliefs agreeing with organizations on SPLC’s “hate group” list are incompatible with “Army values" and should be carefully watched and excluded from military service.
According to Weinstein, “We should as a nation effusively applaud Lt. Col. Rich.” He adds that the nation should “venture further” than Rich’s recommendations, saying, “We MUST vigorously support the continuing efforts to expose pathologically anti-gay, Islamaphobic, and rabidly intolerant agitators for what they are: die-hard enemies of the United States Constitution. Monsters, one and all. To do anything less would be to roll out a red carpet to those who would usher in a blood-drenched, draconian era of persecutions, nationalistic militarism, and superstitious theocracy.”
Many media outlets are silent on this disturbing new alliance between fanatical secularists and leaders in the Pentagon appointed by President Barack Obama and Secretary Chuck Hagel, under which the U.S. military would officially consult with someone with such foaming-at-the-mouth passionate hostility toward traditional Christians, including Evangelicals and devout Catholics. The military—America’s most heroic and noble institution—includes countless people of faith, and this represents a radical departure from the U.S. military’s warm embrace of people of faith in its ranks.
Yet the little coverage this story is getting is positive, such as this Washington Post column that somehow manages not to carry any of these frightening quotes from Weinstein and instead actually endorses the Pentagon’s meeting with him. Sally Quinn’s Post column also approvingly quotes MRFF Advisory Board member Larry Wilkerson as saying, “Sexual assault and proselytizing, according to Wilkerson, ‘are absolutely destructive of the bonds that keep soldiers together.’”
Did you get that? They say having someone share the Christian gospel with you is akin to being raped. Weinstein makes sure there are no doubts, being quoted by the Post as adding, “This is a national security threat. What is happening [aside from sexual assault] is spiritual rape. And what the Pentagon needs is to understand is that it is sedition and treason. It should be punished.”
Another MRFF Advisory Board member, Ambassador Joe Wilson (the far-left husband of CIA employee Valerie Plame from the Iraq War’s yellow-cake uranium scandal a decade ago), said a military chaplain “is to minister to spiritual needs. You don’t proselytize. It’s a workplace violation.”
In other words, it should be the official policy of the United States to decree what a human being’s spiritual needs are, and punish for violations a military officer who is an ordained clergyman who attempts to share his own personal faith with another service member when discussing religious matters. You cannot imagine such a thing ever happening under any previous president.
Weinstein goes on:
If these fundamentalist Christian monsters of human degradation … and tyranny cannot broker or barter your acceptance of their putrid theology, then they crave for your universal silence in the face of their rapacious reign of theocratic terror. Indeed, they ceaselessly lust, ache, and pine for you to do absolutely nothing to thwart their oppression. Comply, my friends, and you become as monstrously savage as are they. I beg you, do not feed these hideous monsters with your stoic lethargy, callousness and neutrality. Do not lubricate the path of their racism, bigotry, and prejudice. Doing so directly threatens the national security of our beautiful nation.
God help us now when someone with such visceral hatred of conservative Christians—literally tens of millions of Americans—who says sharing this gospel is “spiritual rape” is helping develop policies for how to deal with Christians in the military.
Weinstein says those guilty of this “treason” must be “punished.” Under federal law, the penalty for treason is death. And the Obama administration is sitting down to talk with this man to craft new policies for “religious tolerance” in our military.
Breitbart News legal columnist Ken Klukowski is senior fellow for religious liberty at the Family Research Council and on faculty at Liberty University School of Law.
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/04/28/Pentagon-Consults-Extremist-Who-Calls-Christians-Monsters-and-Enemies-of-the-Constitution-to-Develop-Religious-Tolerance-Policy“Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian... more
Faith communities see a moral obligation to support a constitutional amendment requiring Michigan utilities to buy more renewable energy.
An initiative on Michigan's ballot is finding support in an unlikely place – churches.
"As a pastor, I look at the call in the first book of Genesis, to care for the Earth, and to the gospels' call to love thy neighbor," said the Rev. Terry Gallagher, a pastor at Sacred Conversation in Trenton, Mich. "If we don't change energy paths, we're dooming the future of the Earth."
The Renewable Energy Amendment would mandate that Michigan get 25 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2025. The proposal was filed by Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs, a coalition of state businesses, labor organizations and health care advocates.
The amendment has drawn national attention because it would make Michigan the first state to have a renewable energy standard in its constitution. Now some churches in the state have lent their support.
Gallagher, who leads a congregation of about 60 worshipers, considers social justice an important part of his ministry. But supporting a ballot measure is new territory for the church, he said.
"We're always cautious about crossing the boundary between faith and politics. But once we got past whether or not it's acceptable, the reaction (from the congregation) is that we do need to do this," he said.
Faith leaders statewide
Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs has 33 faith leaders from across the state supporting the measure, said Julie Lyons Bricker, who is leading religious outreach for the group. Denominations include Roman Catholic, Evangelical Christian, Judaism, Quakers, Protestant and others, she said, and leaders have committed to educating their congregants on the proposal.
Last week the Michigan conference of the United Church of Christ, an umbrella organization representing more that 120 congregations, voted to endorse the proposal.
'We have a duty to be good stewards of creation, and using more renewable energy is an important step toward fulfilling this duty"
- Rev. Charles Morris,
St. Christopher Parish
Other supporters of the amendment, known as Proposal 3, include state environmental and labor groups, which cite a Michigan State University study [pdf] that said it would create 94,000 jobs. The study was partially paid for by the Michigan Environmental Council, which supports the amendment.
For faith leaders, it's a moral issue.
"We have a duty to be good stewards of creation, and using more renewable energy is an important step toward fulfilling this duty," said the Rev. Charles Morris of Detroit's St. Christopher Catholic Church in a statement. "By passing Proposal 3, we can put people back to work while protecting our land and air for future generations."
Rising energy costs
Opponents – including utility companies, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder – say the amendment will hit consumers in their pockets. The amendment stipulates that electric utility rate increases cannot go up more than 1 percent per year, and the 25 percent by 2025 deadline would be extended if it looks like rates might exceed that.
One study, paid for by opposition groups, found renewable energy costs are 67 percent higher than conventional sources, stoking fear that costs would rise and the 1 percent cap would be challenged in court.
The use of a constitutional amendment as a vehicle for change could doom the proposal.
Also working against the proposal: The use of a constitutional amendment as a vehicle for change. That, said Stephen Forrest, a vice president for research at the University of Michigan's Energy Institute, is an "oddity in the Michigan process" and could doom the effort.
"It muddies the water," Forrest said. "It might be voted down not because people don't agree with the standard, but because they don't want it in the constitution."
Thirty states – including Michigan – have a renewable energy standard on the books. Michigan's current standard is 10 percent of electricity must come from renewables by 2015. Forrest said the 25 percent renewables by 2025 is an aggressive push in a manufacturing state dependent upon cheap energy.
The religious community is taking a longer-term view, insisting that it is looking beyond politics. It's "about standing up for what's right," said Sister Lucille Janowiak of the Dominican Sisters in Grand Rapids.
"As people of faith we believe in taking care of our families, friends and neighbors and leaving our world better for generations to come," Janowiak said in a statement.
Added Gallagher: "If we take love of neighbor seriously, then we're called to modify our lives so we don't hurt others and damage them. "
"Our neighbors live downwind of these smokestacks."
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I think this is a fair question, don't you?
Have you ever read the Mormon’s Book of Abraham? There is an interesting tidbit there about God living on or very nearby to the planet Kolob. What is also very interesting is that astronomers have yet to ever identify where Kolob is…LOL!
Isn’t it bad enough voting for a person for President who believes that some guy (i.e., Joseph Smith) born in Sharon, Vermont, in 1805 was divine-like? I say divine-like since there are all of these references to his divinity throughout Mormon literature: we read that Smith had a divine manifestation, a divine revelation, a divine inspiration, a divine mission, a divine calling, even a divine origin?
But isn’t it sort of pushing the envelope then to ask folks to vote for a supposedly sane person for President, but who believes (if he is a practicing Mormon, and we know he gave lots of money to that Church, so at least he appears to be practicing with his wallet) that God lives on the planet Kolob?! I mean, isn’t it kind of like asking you to vote for Rod Serling for President? Do you think Rod might live on Kolob now?
Please realize that whoever gets to the Oval Office presumably has the power to push that button starting a nuclear war sending us all to Kolob with him. Didn’t you hear Romney rattle the saber on his recent trip to Israel? Pretty scary stuff. Yet another Middle East war, et tu, Brutus?
And is Mormonism really Christianity? Isn’t there this little, bitty difference about the divine-like nature of Joseph Smith, and the little bitty divergence from the Niocene doctrine of the Trinity with its belief that the Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost are three separate divinities, and not One God?
Isn’t the fundamental basis of both Judaism and Christianity is the belief in one god instead of a multiplicity of gods? Isn’t that what caused the big rift between the Jews and Christians from the Greeks and Romans? Did not the Jews and Christians denounce the pagans for their beliefs in all of their many, multiple gods: gods for every occasion?
What is hilarious to me is that Romney will get 99% of the Christian fundamentalist vote in spite of his Mormonism worship of Joseph Smith–who according to its scripture will be at the gate approving who gets into Kolob; obviously St. Peter has been replaced–and in spite of the Mormonism apparent belief in multiple gods, and not just one divinity.
They didn’t have LSD back in the early 1800s, did they? Hmmm…the “LDS” designation of the Church…I wonder, is there any connection there? LOL!Have you ever read the Mormon’s Book of Abraham? There is an interesting tidbit... more
On the Facebook page for the group Young Evangelicals for Climate Change, there’s a classic satirical “LOLchart,” except in this case the numbers are real.
A map of the United States is supposed to be colored blue wherever temperatures have been cooler than normal, and orange wherever they’ve been warmer than usual.
It’s a useless distinction, because the entire map is orange — June capped the country’s warmest 12 months on record.
This, of course, doesn’t itself prove that humans have provoked profound global climate change, and in the political football that often erupts over the subject, the skeptics tend to discount such maps, while believers note them with alarm.
Some younger conservatives, however, have grown increasingly uneasy with the presumption that they hew to the skeptical line of the Republican Party, and some evangelicals in particular are looking for ways to embrace the science and steward the planet.
As far as political representation goes, they’re mostly on their own.
What happens, in Paul Greene’s observation, is that many of the loudest voices drawing a bead on climate change come off as world-is-crumbling alarmists, which is a turn-off to many conservatives.
What’s missing is the calmer, conservative voice of reason. Some Republicans have tried it, but without much success: Voters hear a leftist/screaming/Al Gore point of view, he says.
For Greene, an attorney, former intern for a Republican congressman and board member for TreesGreenville, the party’s sprint to the right is exasperating.
“That hasn’t made me vote Democratic yet, but that certainly isn’t pushing the electoral options into my worldview,” Greene said.
What bothers him about climate change skepticism is that, for Greene, it doesn’t seem to be very compatible with Christianity.
He’s not the only one thinking this, and a slice of the young conservative generation is looking for answers.
As a group, young evangelicals define pro-life views to include poverty, torture and the environment, and they’re substantially more willing to talk about climate change solutions, said Richard Cizik, a lobbyist, speaker and president of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, pointing to Pew polling.
Extreme weather, for all the differing interpretations, keeps pushing the conversation along.
“Even old-guard evangelicals and others are having to provide explanations,” Cizik said.
“They’re having to answer questions. And the problem for them is that the old answers don’t work any more.”
Science in question
As wildfires were eating away at Colorado and New Mexico last month, Katharine Hayhoe, a Christian geoscience professor at Texas Tech University, said in a column for Sojourners that “the answer is clear: God has given us the freedom and the ability to make choices. These choices have consequences.”
Hayhoe, who described friends praying fervently that their homes would be saved, recently co-authored a study published in Ecosphere that connected energy choices, such as coal-burning electricity, to climate change and ultimately an increased risk of wildfire in the western U.S.
“Is it not the very definition of conservative to advocate conserving the limited resources we have?” Hayhoe said in an email to GreenvilleOnline.com.
“And is it not the definition of a Christian to be one who loves God and loves their neighbor, not hogging and wasting the resources God has given us, but rather ensuring that all have ample food, water, and a safe environment in which to live?”
Still, Hayhoe and Cizik describe evangelicals as among the last holdouts on climate science.
More than half of Americans think global warming is primarily caused by human activity, a Gallup poll reported recently, though another poll by Public Religion Research Institute reported that just 31 percent of white evangelicals hold that view.
The reasoning goes like this, Cizik said: Scientists believe in evolution. Scientists say climate change is real. I don’t trust scientists. So I don’t buy climate change.
Still, the skepticism hasn’t been uniform.
In 2006, the Evangelical Climate Initiative, including pastors such as Rick Warren, issued a report that said man-made climate change is real, and that “Christian moral convictions demand our response.”
In 2008, Southern Baptist leaders including Frank Page, then pastor of Taylors First Baptist Church, called for a greater sense of urgency on the issue — a distinct shift in tone from a 2006 statement that denounced “some in our culture” who have “made environmentalism into a neo-pagan religion.”
Other groups, however, such as the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance, have questioned climate science and said human efforts to stop it are “largely futile.” Adherents included figures such as Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council.
The reasons for this split range from theology — does Genesis emphasize “dominion” over nature or “stewardship” of it? — to a political strategy that would prefer to focus on other issues, said John Copeland Nagle in the University of St. Thomas Law Journal.
For Greene, interest in the environment started in college, when his life included a lot of hiking, climbing and biking. Today, he and his kids spend lots of time outdoors. This leads him into what he describes as a “pragmatic, realistic view of the world around me.”
Jason Greer, a 36-year-old IT consultant who used to work for the Republican Party, said the older generation is skeptical of environmental causes because their earliest exposure involved Earth Day and the radical establishment fighting of the 1960s and 1970s.
Greer wants to see more respect for the earth and, to illustrate the point, he refers to his high school years. He went to a Christian school on Woodruff Road and when he started, it was surrounded by farmland. By the time he graduated, it was all strip malls. He doesn’t know of anyone who appreciates this.
More at link
http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20120718/NEWS/307180020/Young-conservatives-seek-fixes-climate-change?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CPolitics%7Cp&gcheck=1&nclick_check=1On the Facebook page for the group Young Evangelicals for Climate Change,... more
I think that Caiden Cowger may signify the conservative civic-minded youth uprising predicted by Howe and Strauss.
Howe and Strauss are the illustrious authors of two famous books on American future studies which appeared in the 1990s: "The Fourth Turning" and "Millennials Rising".
They predicted that out of the Millennial generation of Americans - those born circa 1980 and beyond - would come a crop of youth: Conservative, backlashing against the excesses of the America of their childhood; "Heros"; given to cultural cleansing, civic minded, and above all: With the capacity to enact the greatest evil or the greatest good. Indeed, it is too frightening to think that in the last fourth turning, (these are always global in nature) it was the Hitler Youth which all recall as signifying this appearance of youth on the scene of disaster.
The signs of a fourth turnig always include these features:
Global economic peril.
Decadent culture which has long been unravelling
The shifting of the generations: i.e., Boomers enter midlife and retirement; Generation X enters late adulthood; Millennials enter active youth.
Criticism of the government, and calls for change
Resentment of minority groups
In the once-a -century crisis deemed the "fourth turning", which is a historical necessity and which would serve as a catalyst for rapid, momentous, calamatous change in the United States, the shifting of the generational cohorts would cause a sudden cultural explosion, releasing these young lions on the scene. Is Cowger one of them?
Here is a press release excerpt on Cowger; Howe and Strauss are sited within:
Cowger has been tied to the Tim Todd ministries Truth for Youth program which makes the claim that:
" The Truth for Youth consists of the entire New Testament in the God's Word Translation along with 100 pages of powerful, full color comic stories that present the "absolute truth" about issues that young people are confronted with. . . ".
The list includes what liberals would term LGBTQ rights - among a host of others - but would be deemed as invasive to Christian ideologues.
The conservative youth movement was anticipated by authors Howe and Strauss, who in their late 1990s epic books, "The Fourth Turning" and "Millennials Rising", predicted a youth-driven conservative agenda - consisting of what they called "young hero archetypes " combining civic discourse and backlash against liberalism which the authors claimed would be a major part of change in the United States.http://www.prlog.org/11896098-caiden-cowger-back-on-air-conservative-youth-pundit-is-compliant-but-not-silenced.html
http://musingsinobamasamerica.blogspot.com/2012/06/cowger-millennial-conservative-rising.htmlI think that Caiden Cowger may signify the conservative civic-minded youth uprising... more
So, right-wingers, you want a society where families are stable, where everybody looks like you and shares your Christian faith, and where the government pretty much stays out of your business? There is such a place, and it's not in some Randian fantasy, but right here in the USA, in...So, right-wingers, you want a society where families are stable, where everybody looks... more
"No wonder people like Walker have trouble accepting that people like Obama are Christians in any real sense of the term, since they think it's all laid out so clearly in the selected portions of the Bible that happen to reinforce (or so they are *certain*) their economic and cultural conservatism.""No wonder people like Walker have trouble accepting that people like Obama are... more
A new book authored by a prominent Christian scholar now puts that belief into question, claiming that Jesus Christ was, in fact, Christian.
http://theskunk.org/2011/10/new-book-claims-jesus-not-a-jew/A new book authored by a prominent Christian scholar now puts that belief into... more
Thousands of US atheists turn out for 'Reason Rally'
By Robert MacPherson | AFP – 1 hr 14 mins ago
Thousands of atheists, agnostics and other non-believers turned out in the US capital on Saturday to celebrate their rejection of the idea of God and to claim a bigger place in public life.
The Reason Rally, sponsored by 20 atheist, secular and humanist groups, was billed as the biggest-ever "coming-out" party for the fastest-growing religious group in the United States -- those with no religion.
"There are too many people in this country who have been cowed into fear of coming out as atheists, secularists or agnostics," said the event's star turn, Richard Dawkins, the British scientist and best-selling atheist author.
"We are far more numerous than anybody realizes," he said, prompting a loud cheer from the youthful crowd that defied grey skies and drizzle for an afternoon of speeches, music and satire on the National Mall.
Jesse Galef of the Secular Student Alliance, a spokesman for the rally, told AFP he conservatively estimated the turnout at 10,000. The National Park Service, which oversees the mall, had issued a permit for 15,000.
In the center of the good-humored crowd rose a crucifix with an affixed sign that declared: "Banish the Ten Commandments to the dustbin of history." Other posters read: "Good without a god" and "Hi Mom! I'm an atheist."
"This country was not built on religion and God," said another of the day's speaker, Michael Shermer, a self-defined "skeptic" and columnist for the respected Scientific American magazine. "It was built on reason."
"God fixation won't fix our nation, because nothing fails like prayer," added Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which is contesting Pennsylvania's declaration of 2012 as "the year of the Bible."
On the edges of the Mall, atheists engaged in vigorous debates with a handful of Christians who turned up with their own placards that read: "Study and obey the Bible" and "Jesus forgives sin."
"Jesus Christ is your only hope," exclaimed one soapbox preacher through a bullhorn. "Humble yourself today."
In no other Western country does religion figure so highly in society as in the United States, where "In God We Trust" appears on bank notes and "one nation under God" is part of the national Pledge of Allegiance.
Yet the most recent American Religious Identification Survey, published in 2009, found that Americans with no religious affiliations -- "the nones" in sociological jargon -- make up 15 percent of the total adult population.
"That is more than Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists combined and doubled," said David Silverman, president of American Atheists, which campaigns for the civil rights of non-believers.
David Roozen of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research in Connecticut said the number of Americans with no religious affiliation has "about doubled" in the last 20 years.
"It's probably the fastest-growing category of religion in the United States," the sociologist told AFP in a telephone interview earlier this week.
Silverman, who defines atheism simply as "the lack of belief in a god," said a deep-seated fear of prejudice and discrimination leads many Americans with no religious affiliation not to acknowledge themselves as atheists.
Such discrimination, atheists say, includes a virtual inability to serve in public office, the risk of being fired by a religiously devout employer, denial of reproductive health care and religiously biased school texts.
"These are battles that homosexuals have won, people of color have won, women have won," said journalist Jamila Bey, who recalled losing a job after her Christian boss learned she was an atheist. "We can't stay silent anymore."
.Yahoo!... . Thousands of US atheists turn out for 'Reason Rally'... more
Those mad monks are at it again and I couldn't make this up in a million years.
ThinkProgress reported last week that Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal (R) was forced to apologize to First Lady Michelle Obama after forwarding an email to fellow lawmakers that called her “Mrs. YoMama” and compared her to the Grinch.
Earlier that same week, the Lawrence Journal-World was sent another email that O’Neal had forwarded to House Republicans that referred to President Obama and a Bible verse that says “Let his days be few” and calls for his children to be without a father and his wife to be widowed.
Nick Sementelli at Faith in Public Life notes that Psalm 109, which is a prayer for the death of a leader, became a popular conservative meme after Obama’s election. The “tongue-in-cheek” prayer for the president was seen on bumper stickers. The relevant part of the psalm reads.
If anyone in the country sent a letter to the President with that message we would be arrested .ThinkProgress reported last week that Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal (R) was... more
Leadership is such a crucial element. The world is void of leadership. There is a bankruptcy of leadership in the homes, in business and in government. Leadership decides the direction of the homes. Leadership decides the direction of the business. Leadership decides the direction of a nation. It is sad that today's leaders will put so much emphasis on delivering results than leading by an example. More info visit: http://thewisdombookstore.comLeadership is such a crucial element. The world is void of leadership. There is a... more
The Religion of Peace Strikes Again! 'Persistent killings': Christians flee deadly attacks in NigeriaMAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Hundreds of Christians have begun fleeing northern Nigeria after dozens were killed in a series of attacks by Islamist militants who issued an ultimatum to Christians to leave the mainly Muslim region or be killed, witnesses said on Saturday. A Nigerian newspaper on Tuesday published a warning from Boko Haram, a movement styled on the Taliban, that Christians had three days to get out of northern Nigeria.
Since the expiry of that ultimatum, attacks in towns in four states in northeastern Nigeria have left at least 44 people dead and hundreds of Christians are fleeing to the south, according to residents and a Red Cross official.
Gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs have targeted church congregations and a group of mourners in a church hall.
Witnesses said some shops run by Christians from the Igbo ethnic group in towns hit by the violence, including Yola and Mubi, were closed on Saturday and residents started to pack their belongings onto buses heading to southern regions.
There are fears of reprisal attacks on Muslims. Christian groups have asked their followers to remain peaceful but they concede that there is a risk of further violence.
"We are very worried by the persistent killings. We have asked youths to remain calm. We stand for a united Nigeria but there is a limit to human tolerance," a spokesman for the Christian Association of Nigeria told Reuters.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45909621/ns/world_news-africa/MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Hundreds of Christians have begun fleeing northern Nigeria... more
Michigan Senator Responds To Pro-Bullying Legislation That Would ALLOW Bullying For ‘Moral Or Religious’ Reasons. Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer responds to Republicans gutting an anti-bullying bill by inserting language that specifically allows bullying to occur based on religious or moral reasons. THANK GOD we have people like her. She's a champion. I'd be proud to be in her district. Republicans and Christians, setting back humanity ONCE AGAIN.Michigan Senator Responds To Pro-Bullying Legislation That Would ALLOW Bullying For... more
When people like Rick Santorum, Ann Coulter, and Maggie Gallagher or groups like the National Organization for Marriage claim that being black and gay isn't the same or falsely claim that the gay community is trying to piggyback on the struggles of the black community, just remember the people in the following videos.
They are the people who Santorum, Coulter, and Gallagher don't want you to see.
These are 150 of the people who NOM doesn't want you to see. To the homophobic race-baiters seeking to divide and conquer both communities, they are most dangerous people in the world:
http://tinyurl.com/3otsvk8When people like Rick Santorum, Ann Coulter, and Maggie Gallagher or groups like the... more
Erstwhile First Lady, Anita Perry, stepped in to help her hubby by charging Gov. Goodhair is being "brutalized" because he's a Christian. On the surface it's a laughable claim.Erstwhile First Lady, Anita Perry, stepped in to help her hubby by charging Gov.... more
There are ancient Principles that embody the truth that there is a harmony, agreement, and correspondence between the several planes of Manifestation, Life and Being.
This truth is a truth because all that is included in the Universe emanates from the same source, and the same laws, principles, and characteristics apply to each unit, or combination of units, of activity, as each manifests its own phenomena upon its own plane.
http://rtruth.blog.com/2011/10/04/%e2%80%9cunderstanding-reality%e2%80%9d/There are ancient Principles that embody the truth that there is a harmony, agreement,... more