God Is Angry With Liberia…

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Men of God Conclude at Meeting of Bishops, Pastors, Prophets, Evangelists

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More than 100 Bishops, Pastors, General Overseers, Prophets, Evangelists and other Ministers of the Gospel, under the auspices of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC), converged Wednesday at the edifice of the St. Stephen Episcopal Church on 10th Street in Sinkor, Monrovia, to deliberate on the Church’s role in and response to the Ebola epidemic. The men of God, mainstream Episcopalians and non-denominational evangelicals alike, unanimously endorsed the following resolution:

That God is angry with Liberia, and that Ebola is a plague. Liberians have to pray and seek God’s forgiveness over the corruption and immoral acts (such as homosexualism, etc.) that continue to penetrate our society. As Christians, we must repent and seek God’s forgiveness.

That a three-day indoor fast and prayer across the nation be observed, commencing next Wednesday, August 6th, and concluding Friday, August 8th.

 

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Holy Freeloading! 10 Ways Religious Groups Suck on the Public Purse

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Religion is big business, especially with the help of your tax dollars.

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Have you ever thought about starting a new religion or perhaps a hometown franchise of an old one? Perhaps you’re just looking for a career ladder in a religious enterprise that already exists. No? Maybe you should.

Religion is big business. There are lots of options ( over 30,000 variants of Christianity alone), and if the scale is right  it can pay really, really well. Creflo Dollar, founder of World Changers Church, has an estimated net worth of $27 million. Benny Hinn comes in at $42 million. Squeaky clean tent revival pioneer Billy Graham bankrolled around $25 million. Even  Eddie Long who has been plagued by accusations of sex with underage male members of his congregation can count his bankbook in the millions.

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Christie wins endorsement of black ministers, who call for school vouchers

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Gov. Chris Christie’s strong support of school vouchers today earned him the endorsement of Bishop Reginald Jackson, one of New Jersey’s most influential black ministers.

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Jackson, the executive director of the New Jersey Black Ministers Council and a Newark community leader, described himself as a Democrat and noted that he endorsed Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine in 2009 when Christie first ran.

But Jackson today said state Democratic lawmakers have disappointed him by refusing to pass the Opportunity Scholarship Act, a bill that would give children in low-performing urban schools a publicly funded scholarship to attend a private school or another public school instead.

State Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex), the Democratic candidate for governor this year, opposes the bill. Jackson called Buono a “wonderful, warm and genuine person,” then launched a scathing critique on her party.

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Black Ministers v. GOP: 17 Arrests as NAACP Protests Extreme Right-wing Agenda in North Carolina

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A festival of GOP gerrymandering, coupled with the uninspiring performance of Democrats in recent years, has left my home state of North Carolina in the hands of retrograde Republicans who are urged on in their mission of misery by discount store mogul Art Pope, now considered the de facto governor. They’re making the most of this opportunity to turn the Tarheel state a into Mid-Atlantic Mississippi.

Anger is rising. Yesterday, an NC-NAACP group, eight of whom are ministers, held a vigil to protest the GOP-backed legislative program of decimating unemployment benefits, gutting public education, shoveling money towards the rich in the form of tax giveaways, refusing federal Medicaid expansion, and a bill requiring voters to present photo ID, an old tactic for suppressing the black vote.

According to Raleigh’s WRAL, the ministers, along with other activists, surrendered to North Carolina General Assembly police officers outside the Senate chambers “after an hour of prayer and song directed at what protestors called a regressive Republican agenda.” They may be charged with breaking building rules, second-degree trespassing, disorderly conduct and failure to disperse.

The song choices of the protesters included the civil rights standard, “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round,” a message which underscores the regressive nature of Republican policy-makers who wish to turn back the clock. In a statement, Rev. William Barber, president of the NC-NAACP, said “the decision to engage in civil disobedience is not one we take lightly.” He noted, however, that “extremists are acting like the George Wallaces of the 21st century. They are pursuing a cruel, unusual and unconstitutional agenda reminiscent of the Old South. What happens in North Carolina does not stay in North Carolina. It has national implications. North Carolina is ground zero in a national struggle to defend democracy for all.”

In an open letter to Governor McCrory and state legislators, NC-NAACP members call for an end to hurtful policies which are “similar to those by repressive regimes in other countries, who see their own citizens as part of the problem, rather than part of the solution.” The letter ends with a quotation from Micah 6:8: “What does God require of us but to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God.”

The GOP has apparently forgotten that a populist religious streak in the state has pushed back against monied elites ever since 1770, when Protestants of various “New Light” sects rebelled against the royal government’s unfair taxation in the War of Regulation – what many consider a dress rehearsal for the American Revolution.

Evangelicals in the South have ancient roots in movements for justice and economic fairness that surprise many who associate them with conservative politics.

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WTF!

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When it comes to the NAACP I’m wondering their importance. People cry about the relevance of this historic organization, yet when a person of color gets in trouble, who do they call? Every since the announcement the President made about same-sex marriage, this group has been split and why the split, I’m lost, because both Ben Jealous and Julian Bond want to support the President. You don’t have to agree with his position of marriage equality. This sorta reminds me of the keeping Social Security in a lock box issue made famous between Gore and Bush. The President simply made an observation, a personal thought, he didn’t mention changing any laws as of yet. The new argument is if laws change about marriage, then gays could sue the church for not complying with the law. Wait, the church is protected by the law; they don’t have to acknowledge same-sex marriages. If this is a real concern then why aren’t churches being sued now. I felt this way when it came to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) too but after rethinking the issue, chaplains are protected to preach what the book says about sin and about certain sins. This issue should not even be an issue. It has no bearing on the reason why you support a person. You don’t have to agree with every single issue, like I’m sure they overwhelmingly supported the National Defense Authorization Act.

Birthers, Birtherism, has got to be the dumbest made-up group I’ve heard about in some time. I try to be fair and give people the benefit of the doubt but in good conscience I can’t do it anymore. People hate this guy so much so they illegitimately claim he’s not American. This is the biggest disrespect to a person I’ve ever seen; to claim him to not be what he is. A lot of this is simply jealousy, he’s been able to do what they couldn’t do: win and have people genuinely like you. I’ve been screaming this and I want to see it. Show me Romney’s credentials, show me his birth certificate and his college transcripts. Also show where he is a job creator as a private equity guy.What’s good for the goose is good for the miander-to roam without direction.

Since pastors are coming out against everyone that differs from them. Why were the twin cities destroyed? Before you answer, it wasn’t homosexuality.

I know I’ve been hard on the church and I should be. They are supposed to be the light and the salt of the earth. What bothers me is how they wilt at pressure. I was listening to a liberal talk show and a caller asked the host would they vote for a Mormon. Her reply was sure, she doesn’t care about his religion. I understand, yet as a Christian as she claimed she was, she is supposed to represent the gospel, she’s supposed to speak out against aberrant doctrines. If it doesn’t matter then why aren’t people knocking on doors everyday to spread their truth. I can’t remember the last time a Christian knocked on my door. Who are Christians wrestling against, they have become complacent in thought and deed. They come out against Muslims who openly calls the U.S. the Great Satan, so much so that Muslims claim to have found a new text that will cripple and cause Christianity to collapse .

The NON-Conformist

WTF!

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Newt is such a prideful man, when I think of him, a Scripture comes to mind: Pride goeth before a fall. Newt has said he is cancelling his campaign on Tuesday. Why is he announcing that he’ll suspend his campaign? Think about it… suspend the damn thing already! He preaches this small government crap, yet he’s wasting $40,000 a day of tax-payer monies on Secret Service protection while he pedals his books. He rails against gov. waste and spending, yet he’s doing the thing he preaches against, what a  fucking hypocrite. At least Ron Paul is a man of conviction, he refused gov. protection.

In the great state of North Carolina we are going through a vote to make gay marriage NOT legal. You ask, what’s wrong with that, IT’S ALREADY ILLEGAL. This bill is nothing but politicians using it as a wedge issue to obtain votes by using/take advantage of the religious community. This is not new, remember when Bush II ran; he did the same thing to create a stir to receive the religious vote, it worked out for him. The Bible can not be used in the NC argument, it’s not pertaining to a church but the Constitution of NC. Secondly, people argue the Bill of Rights, but is doesn’t support a religious test, it’s supposed to be neutral. This bill needs to fail and the minister’s(who support it) tax exempt status taken and the politicians(who support it) recalled. It’s time preachers start understanding what their Bible teaches and politicians what the Constitution teaches. We don’t have to agree on everything but civility and love should be the attribute of the world. Sometime we have to stand for things we may not totally agree with so the tide will change when the shoe is on the other foot. I’m voting NO, not because I agree with homosexuality but, because what is being done is uncivil and wrong. The law hurts everything from insurance to domestic protection, taxes and civil unions. This is not a moral issue, it’s a constitutional one.

Obama is starting to kill the Internet evermore. Have you heard of Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act(CISPA)? Those of us who live online truly knows what this means, it’s getting bad out there when it comes to our freedoms. I’m laughing a bit on the inside so I’ll leave you with this quote, “The American democracy has always been at the mercy of the dollar,” that sums it up nicely. Who knows, he may veto the Patriot Act of the web.

The NON-Conformist

North Carolina’s Senate Bill 514

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North Carolina’s Senate Bill 514, The Defense of Marriage Act, has caused quite a bit of a stir as of late. Both sides are arguing and marching to the detriment of what, this bill ,for lack of a better word, is confusing. The main argument is to strengthen the law so activist judges won’t overturn it and to make it so arduous that when/if liberals come into office, it can’t be tampered with. I do believe I hit the proverbial nail on the head.

I’ve looked at both sides of the aisle and I’m still confused. The word redundancy describing the bill has come up, as well as it should. When you look at both sides what is the most compelling argument? I have four.

  1. Religious groups are on the wrong side of the argument. If the bill passes, lawsuits will take it into the federal courts and eventually to the Supreme Court. It takes power from the voter/electorate.
  2.  It takes power from companies that cover same-sex couples.
  3. What will be the effects on same-sex couple who have adopted children?
  4. The bill has too many add-ons that aren’t glaringly clear.

For example, what is the meaning of private party in Section 6? It’s unclear language with too many question marks pertaining to it.

Ministers aren’t helping this issue at all especially the outspoken Raleigh Minister Patrick L. Wooden, the same person that involved himself with the Merry Xmas controversy. I’m still trying to wrap my head around what Christmas has to do with the Bible. He’s on the wrong side of two arguments and doesn’t know it yet. True, we are not the left coast but notice the vote is being taken out of the hands of the people. I don’t want the Supreme Court to have more over-reaching power to make a decision for me. With these people’s continued action that is what’s going to take place.

Government should be challenged. Abraham Lincoln said it best in his famous speech “a government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Government should be continually challenged by the people who politicians do essentially work for: the folk that elect them.

Allow me to say this. I’m not for gay marriage within the Ekklesia(Church), I do however look at history as well as miscegenation laws still being upheld in Tennessee. Intermarrying within the colonies was banned. Why don’t Minister’s argue bigamy or miscegenation laws that are current within states. Marriage is a contract entered into by two consenting adults.

All of this is nothing but a wedge issue for votes and to keep religion in line with the conservatives. Politics and religion should be kept separate but that’s for another day. For a better understanding read my book, God, the Bible and Politics.

We have to remember we are not a theocracy and also we have a document called the Bill of Rights that certain people want to reinterpret to fit their myopic personal view points.

This is but another non-issue, NC doesn’t recognize common law marriage and also already on the books: marriage is between a man and a woman. Is this potential amendment a way to punish people who may differ with you? So come May 8th vote, NO, in order to save what is already on the books, so the Supreme Court doesn’t have to get involved and to save the preacher from their own demise.

The NON-Conformist

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