2005-09-17 [Rondel]: Other reasons on his list is the decriminalizat
2005-09-17 [Rondel]: The Rev. Bryan Owen (Church of the Incarnation, West Point, MS) said: "In my mind, Falwell's statement flies in the face of what we're called to be as Christians. I can understand the anger, but to me it's morally reprehensible to say something like that. I have a hard time believing in a God who would try to wake up American by having thousands of innocent people killed. That is not the kind of God we find revealed in Jesus Christ. If the murder of thousands of men, women, and children happened with either God's active will or God's tacit consent, then the God of Jerry Falwell is a terrorist. The majority of Anglicans regard such a view of God as anathema to the gospel of Jesus Christ."
2005-09-17 [Rondel]: 2001-SEP-17: At about 13 minutes and 40 seconds into his Focus on the Family daily radio program, Dr. James Dobson said: "I also pray that the Lord will bring a national revival that will sweep through our nation and pull us back from the wickedness and the Paganism that's engulfed us in recent years." It is not clear whether Dobson is attacking the 750,000 Neopagans in the U.S. or is using the term "Paganism" in some other way. As noted elsewhere, it is a term that has multiple meanings. On 2001-SEP-18, we faxed Focus, requesting a clarification of Dr. Dobson's statement. Almost four years later, as of 2005-SEP-04, they have not yet replied. We have given up hoping for a response. (ibid)
2005-09-17 [Rondel]: Yet, as Jerry Falwell has said, no one from the Evangelical Christian community pressured him to apologize. We have searched the Internet, TV news programs, and the local, national, and international media in vain for some criticism of their statements by other leaders of the Christian community. A few have criticized Falwell during interviews initiated by reporters. But, to our knowledge, none have made independent statements. Some of the public will interpret this silence by fellow Christian leaders as demonstrating their agreement with Falwell and Robertson's statements of hatred against religions and secular movements.
2005-09-17 [Rondel]: As long as Bush is catering to the Evangelical Christian right as his primary base of political support, statements such as these are going to remain relevant to any American who does not wish to become disenfranchise
2005-09-18 [DNAra Broken Goddess]: THAT IS F***IN' BS!!!! Bush is relying on RELIGION for support?!!?!?!
2005-09-19 [Rondel]: Erm... how have you not noticed? That's the primary area in which he acted as a consultant for his FATHER, even! That's how Bush Sr. got the Evangelical vote! But unlike his son, Bush Sr. wasn't a "True Believer". Bush Jr. really does believe that every answer HE needs in life, and that ANYBODY needs in life, can be found in the Bible. It's the addiction he changed to when he gave up his alcoholism.
2005-09-20 [DNAra Broken Goddess]: I HAVE noticed, but i didn't think they had gone this far with it yet... I think I would have prefered the alcohol, the only book in the bible is 1 Corithians 6(forgive me if I mispelt the book, i'm not good w/ the christian bible) and that is because that is because it is all about love... above all things I believe in love. That chapter is the only reason I keep a bible.
2005-09-20 [Rondel]: Reminds me of when my step-father graduated from the School of Theology (before he left his job to enroll in seminary, to study for the priesthood). I congratulated him, then asked him to define "God" in three words or less. My mother got it right away: "God is Love". I have no use for Christians who believe anything else, to be honest. It's not my religion anymore, though I still know a lot about it from my time teaching Sunday School, etc. - but to me, the only worthwhile forms of Christianity (or any religion) are those in which the point is to be motivated by LOVE, not HATE, not CONDEMNATION - & CERTAINLY not DISCRIMINATION
2005-09-20 [DNAra Broken Goddess]: yes they should...
2005-09-21 [Rondel]: I had to deal with a school once, which, after assuring me that they did not teach religion as a part of their curriculum, turned out to include an invocation to the sun god as a part of every meal. Now, I'm a practising pagan, & some would think that I'd respond to this positively, but I was just as horrified by that as I was to discover that every 8th grader was required to paint a "Madonna". I don't care whose religion it is, mine or anyone else's -- it doesn't belong in the schools, and it doesn't belong in the government. (BTW, those same schools are increasingly part of the public school system in the US, which supposedly guarantees freedom from religious bias in the public schools.)
2005-09-21 [DNAra Broken Goddess]: i think that's wrong to include religion in public schools, in private schools where you PAy to go, alright, that's fine with me, but in public school, there should b no religion.
2005-09-22 [Rondel]: It shouldn't be in private schools, either, IMHO, if they have to lie to the parents to convince them to enroll their kids... ...nor if those private schools accept public funding.
2006-06-15 [Evil Intentions]: why dose every one hate the president? seriously no matter who thay pick half of america hates them its hard enuff to be president but then you have every one bitching about how you do your job, so if your not going to try and help in sum way stop bitching about it!
2006-06-16 [chasingpeace]: not all presidents have been hated...clinto
2006-06-25 [kduncan]: It's a sad fact that the vast majority of politicians in the US (and most other places) are subsidised by corporations.. and that's where the problem lies. You simply can't have corporations dictating public policy because what's good for the corporate bottom line is generally not what's good for you and me. For example: Do you like the idea of Walmart lobbying Congress on minimum wages in the US? Where do you think Walmart's interests lie?
2006-10-14 [Rondel]: I have to agree; that's one of the reasons why I think that the so-called "Business Councils" should NOT be made exclusively of representative
2006-10-24 [kduncan]: There's this consideration also:
With international corporations how can the corporate interest lie with any one particular nation? A corporation will follow th e money, they are legally bound to follow the money. If, by chance, the US went to war with China, where would Walmart's interests lie? With a market that has reached its economic summit? Or with a nation ripe with eager new consumers who are just starting to make enough disposable income to spend on things other than the basic necessities of life?
Corporations are doing more and more to get legislation that relieves them of social, political, and environmental responsibility in the US, and not enough American voters are bothering to ask the question "Why?" What happens after twenty or thirty years of corporations being responsible for the "self monitoring" they have been awarded by a paid for Congress? Does Monsato really have the best interests of the public in mind? How about Con-Agra? Do most people in the US even recognise the names of these corporations?
2006-10-25 [Rondel]: Short answer (I know, not something I'm known for): No, most people in the US *DON'T* recognize the names of those corporations, so how can they possibly assess their actions, and reasonably take action to ensure that they are appropriately regulated.
Some years ago, I learned that I have a health problem which is directly connected to the actions of some of those corporations in their "self-regulati
If you're curious as to just what that health problem I mentioned is, check out this article: http://www.ema
So yes, I'm well aware of Monsanto as a shaping force in the world I live in. If my illness created an obvious outward sign, like a cast on a broken limb, I'd be tempted to ask them to sign their handiwork. Of course, since instead it makes me mostly housebound, nobody'd ever get to see it... *sigh* ...which I think hinders our ability to engage in traditional activism to make change in this situation.
2006-10-25 [kduncan]: I believe that my mate is another such victim of the careless policies adopted by corporations such as Monsato and Con-Agra.
He has an abundance of allergies, includng many food allergies. The most interesting aspect of this is that he thought, all his life, that he has been lactose intolerant. His parents had him on soy products as a child. Whenever he would eat or drink milk products he would get severe abdominal cramping culminating in severe diarrhea. About six years ago I switched to using only organic dairy products at home. My reason for making this switch had nothing to do with my mates supposed lactose problem simnce I thought he wouldn't be able to drink milk, organic or not. I come from dairy country in upstate NY, most of the families in the town I grew up in were farming families. I have noticed a decline in the quality of milk, even whole milk is no longer creamy, and borders on a thin, weird sort of blue-ish colour. I tried organic milk at first just to see if I could get milk like that I'd had while growing up. I was pleased that I was able to, but what surprised me even more was that my mate no longer experienced problems with the lactose intolerance he'd thought he had. I didn't expect this, and he, being a member of the medical profession (phamacist), certainly didn't expect this. I've since come to the conclusion that something was very wrong with the milk we were drinking before.
We've wondered about a few other things as a result, most importantly is the increasing numbers of children with food (and other) allergies. Allergies are becoming epidemic in the US. He now wonders how many other illnesses that are becoming more prevalent in the US are a direct result of the poisoning of the US food supply by corporations. My mate is not a pharmcist who works at a community pharmacy, he is a consultant for resident facilities, which provide a fairly consistent control group. In his work, he has noticed a greater incidence of people with kidney stones in the past ten or so years. He thinks this greater incidence is due to problems with the water supply and with food additives.
I believe that some people are like the canaries miners used to use to determine if it was safe to go into the mine, my mate is one of thsoe "canaries", and it looks like you are too, Rondel. People like you and my mate are telling the rest of us that something is very, very wrong. We heed the warning.
2006-12-26 [Rondel]: Some heed the warning -- others shoot the messenger. I run a mailing list for just such "canaries" -- and the horror stories I could tell you about people having their lives made WORSE when people find out about their Environmental Illness would probably manage to distress even your limited faith in humanity, as I know they did mine. Not only is it common for people to deliberately expose "canaries" to the very toxins which make us sick, "in order to test to see if we really react if we don't know the substance is there" (yeah, right...), I've even known cases where people have gone so far as to spray the organic garden of a person who can't eat any food with pesticide residues (and can't afford to buy organic because they're disabled) with the very pesticides which are known to cause the reaction, thereby rendering not only every plant in the garden inedible, but the soil itself incapable of growing safe food for a period of YEARS. Why do people do this? Because they don't like the fact that THEIR lives are inconvenienced in the tiniest way by others' sensitivities -- and in some cases, that includes simply causing them to know about the toxins already in their lives, by having the bad grace to go into anaphylactic shock in their presence. So I'm always glad when I meet someone who reacts to the warning of the "canaries" by actually listening, and more so when they actually HEED it, as you do.
You might ask your mate if he's noticed any correlation between gall bladder problems and chemical exposure -- many of the "canaries" I've known (a disproportiona