Thursday, December 27

Where is our Humanity?

I found this in some old computer files of mine today. I cannot tell you when I wrote it, or exactly what the point was of the article I wrote in response to. I do know that the responses to the plight of these poor African children working in gold mines made me very angry….

Post to MSNBC re: Children working in gold mines in Africa
I cannot understand (but then again maybe I can...) how a thread could begin as a discussion on the exploitation of children as young as 6 in Africa working in gold mines, getting paid with a bag of dirt, (if they get paid at all) then morph into discussions branching off into politics, contraception, and extraterrestrials. All of these Americans reading this article on their computers while they drink their morning coffee and eat their croissants, who cannot spare five minutes to care about the predicament of children as young as 6 being put into the position of feeling they have to work to help their families. To say you don't feel sorry for these children and you blame the parents who should stop having babies does not address the problem. Even if they stop having babies now, that doesn't do anything to help the children who are already here. And to proclaim that you don't care anything about these children because their parents should have stopped is just obscene. Perhaps they should have, but THEY DIDN'T, so now you're going to just throw their children on the garbage heap of insensitivity and ignorance? A child is a child, regardless of how many children his parents should or should not have had. (And who are you to judge anyway?) Each and every child is a young, innocent, human life, just as American children are here; the only difference is those children have had to grow up with the hardships of life thrust upon them, where American children for the most part do not. Here, the parents work and bring home enough to take care of the family; if they don't make enough there are plenty of organizations such as food pantries to help make ends meet. It's not like that in the poorer areas of Africa, or Asia. There is no soup kitchen down the street that they can hop on the bus and go to for a hot meal. There's no city rec center around the corner where the kids can go after school and wait for the parents to get off work. When was the last time your child saw you come home so tired you could barely walk, and offered to fix something for you to eat so you could rest, rather than whining "What's for dinner? I'm hungry!" American children, on average, DON'T. Those poor children in other countries see how hard their parents are working and feel bad for them, so they leave home to try to help in any way they can, and also so that will mean one less mouth for their parents to feed. How many American children can you name that would do that, at such young ages? And how many children there are in the family doesn't matter; I personally know a family in Nigeria which is only three children, and the eldest son has left home for that very reason. We here in America cannot comprehend someone feeding their family on the equivalent of $1.00 per day or less, but that is the situation most of these people are in. (The lucky ones manage to plant a little garden to help with the food situation, IF they can afford to buy seeds.) Please, these are only children, that is the topic today, not Obama, not Bush, not Newt Gingrich, not Republicans, not Democrats, and certainly not extraterrestrials. Just plain, ordinary, human, earth, children. Have a little concern for them today, please?

Is the Westboro Baptist Church a Hate Group????

   When the Westboro Baptist Church first started getting noticed it was partly because it was family-run. Fred Phelps, the patriarch of the Phelps KKKlan, had been made pastor of the small Westboro Baptist Church, then proceeded to cut all ties with all Baptist Church organizations. He began to preach his own brand of Christianity, which was also part of what got them noticed.( but it was the plain old ordinary kind of discrimination; the white vs. black, the straight vs. gay, the religious vs. the atheists, the Right-to-Lifers vs. the Pro-Choicers. There was a lot of vitriol spewed by both sides, but there really wasn't a lot of attention paid, it was just another small church that most people thought were just trying to get attention in order to raise funds for the church. They represented themselves as knowing what God did and didn't like about all that is going on in the world today, and as being the ones to bring forth His message to the people.
     Over time though, Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) began to shout their message of hate, rather than to just preach it, and it's begun to be a lot less palatable to those who earlier would just shrug their shoulders and say the church wasn't bothering anyone. WBC began to preach to anyone who would listen their message of hate toward other groups, but the group they ranted about more than any other was the LGBT community. They began saying things like America was losing its soldiers in punishment for being so accepting of same-sex marriage. WBC picketed military funerals, and the funerals of gays who'd been murdered because of their sexual orientation. They even picketed the funerals of women who died of AIDS, all in the name of God cleansing this country of sin.
     WBC, in my opinion, went beyond the limits of human decency a long LONG time ago, like when they picketed Matthew Shepard's funeral. (The young man who was savagely beaten and left for dead because he was gay. ) Now they have gone even farther IMO. They have entered the Twilight Zone! WBC is threatening to picket the funerals of the Sandy Hook victims, of which 20 were children of 6 or 7. I think they deserve to have the White House issue an executive order labeling them a 'hate group', and as such they should be stripped of all the rights of a church, including the right to call themselves that. (Just my opinion, please keep that in mind.)
    Below is an article about We The People, the White House website which allows anyone to draw up a petition and get signatures on it. If enough signatures are received, the White House will respond to the petition. Read on, and see just how many signatures this petition got!
From KEVIN ROBILLARD | 12/27/12 6:47 AM EST of the Politico

Sunday, December 23

I'm Baaa-aaack; and I'm Posting This Again

Paul Harvey & Prayer

Ever been going through files on your computer, and find something that you know you saved, but you can't for the life of you remember where it came from? Well, that's what happened with this, but it's so on point I just had to post it.
You'll notice that it's rather old, 
but it's tragic that it's just as necessary now as it was
back then. 
12-23-12  It's 2012, and we have a black president who just won his second term, but things like this are just as necessary today as it was in 2005 when Paul Harvey wrote it.

Subject: FW: Good ole Paul Harvey

Paul Harvey & Prayer

Paul Harvey says,
"I don't believe in Santa Claus, but I'm not going to sue somebody for
singing a Ho-Ho-Ho song in December.
I don't agree with Darwin, but I didn't go out and hire a lawyer when my
high school teacher taught his theory of evolution.

Life, liberty or your pursuit of happiness will not be endangered because
someone says a 30-second prayer before a football game.

So what's the big deal? It's not like somebody is up there reading the
entire book of Acts. They're just talking to a God they believe in and
asking him to grant safety to the players on the field and the fans going
home from the game.

"But it's a Christian prayer," some will argue. Yes, and this is the United
States of America, a country founded on Christian principles. According to
our very own phone book, Christian churches outnumber all others better than
200-to-1. So what would you expect-somebody chanting Hare Krishna? If I went
to a football game in Jerusalem, I would expect to hear a Jewish prayer.

If I went to a soccer game in Baghdad, I would expect to hear a Muslim
prayer. If I went to a ping-pong match in China, I would expect to hear
someone pray to Buddha. And I wouldn't be offended. It wouldn't bother me
one bit. When in Rome...

“ But what about the atheists?" is another argument. What about them? Nobody
is asking them to be baptized... We're not going to pass the collection
plate. Just humor us for 30 seconds... If that's asking too much, bring a
Walkman or a pair of earplugs. Go to the bathroom. Visit the concession
stand. Call your lawyer! Unfortunately, one or two will make that call. One
or two will tell thousands what they can and cannot do. I don't think a
short prayer at a football game is going to shake the world's foundations.

Christians are just sick and tired of turning the other cheek while our
courts strip us of all our rights. Our parents and grandparents taught us to
pray before eating, to pray before we go to sleep.

Our Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. Now a handful of people and
their lawyers are telling us to cease praying. God, help us. And if that
last sentence offends you, well..........just sue me.

The silent majority has been silent too long. It’s time we let that one or
two who scream loud enough to be heard, that the vast majority don't care
what they want... it is time the majority rules! It's time we tell them, you
don't have to pray... you don't have to say the pledge of allegiance; you
don't have to believe in God or attend services that honor Him. That is your
right, and we will honor your right... but, you are no longer going to take
our rights away, we are fighting back... and we WILL WIN!

God bless us one and all, especially those who denounce Him... God bless
America, despite all her faults, she is still the greatest nation of

God bless our service men that are fighting to protect our right to pray and
worship God...

May 2005 be the year the silent majority is heard and we put God back as the
foundation of our families and institutions.
Keep looking up... In God WE Trust.