"When looking into police actions..." There are no reliable statistics on police shootings because there is no federal law requiring local police departments to keep such statistics.
"...2.5x more Whites are shot and killed by police than Blacks..." I am not sure what this is supposed to prove, but there 5.7 times as many Whites as Blacks in America, counting only those who identify as Black alone. There are 3.3 times as many Whites if you add mixed race to the Black side of the equation. Either way, it looks like police kill Blacks at a higher rate than Whites, as a percentage of their total population--that is, if we can place any trust in these numbers at all.
"...the majority of the Blacks that were shot and killed by police actually had a weapon..." In other words, in up to 49% of cases there was no weapon. Besides which, possession of a weapon is a Constitutionally guaranteed right. Mere possession of a weapon is not enough to justify a police shooting.
"...but the NAACP did not want to address that." The NAACP has bigger fish to fry. Personally, I did not want to address this either, but I did anyway.
"...when I mentioned that to some folks... out came the 'racist' epithets against me." Perhaps they mistook your gracious politeness for condescension and your constructive criticism for arrogance.
Dealt with Rosemary Lytle in the past. She did not make a positive impression.
As a human, an American, and a minority, I support MLK's vision. I don't necessarily support the way the NAACP goes about it, I don't support those who constantly "play the race card", and I sure as hell do not support the race baiting actions of people like Al Sharpton.
I remember a few years ago when a fellow minority was trying to explain to the local NAACP (and the author) that there is no federal holiday called Presidents' Day, that it is actually Washington's Birthday and that the state holiday is Washington - Lincoln Day. You know what he was told? That he was a racist. Yep, all he did was politely inform a few folks as to what the law actually said and people started throwing the race card at him.
When looking into police actions against Blacks, what I found out was that 2.5x more Whites are shot and killed by police than Blacks, but that the NAACP did not want to address that. And I found out that the NAACP also did not want to address the fact that the majority of the Blacks that were shot and killed by police actually had a weapon are were threatening and even attacking people. And when I mentioned that to some folks you know what happened? Yep, out came the "racist" epithets against me, just like happened to my friend.
So, as usual, I will observe MLK Day in other ways and continue to avoid the NAACP.
I am reminded of Niemoller's poem/statement, "First They Came..." We like to use the word "community", but what weight does that carry, what relevance in our lives if we do not sincerely act as a community? If we do not stand up and speak out for each other? And not just so that there is someone there to speak for us, for me, in the end should I need it, but for the enriching and often beautiful and inspiring experiences, stories and wisdom to be shared with each other. Yes, people: stand up. Let's stand together.
I am reminded of Niemoller's poem/statement "First They Came". We like to use the word "community", but what weight does that carry, or true relevance in our lives if we do not sincerely act as a community? If we do n
As a member of the NAACP, as a clergy person, as a father and husband, I will go to the MLK Breakfast. Why? Because I believe in the vision represented here. A vision of full equality. A vision where every human life might flourish. A vision of peace and harmony. We need a new version of the poor people's campaign, because far too many people on the margins are invisible, do not have a voice in our public square, do not have lobbyists on K Street that will represent them. I await the message that Rev. Benjamin Reynolds will give us, that we might be inspired to courageous action, in the direction of full equality, full participation, a beloved community where all are valued and all might flourish.
This was an excellent and informative read. Thank you, Independent. The government should honor the work of individuals whom our country relies upon.
I have been missing Sudoku "X" for several weeks.
please bring it back!
No, it does not make sense for you to make me live by your beliefs. As an American citizen, I have the same right as you to legally marry whom I want. Changing the marriage laws do not affect your marriage, they don't threaten your marriage, they don't change your marriage in any way. If you don't believe in Marriage Equality, then don't marry a same sex person period. It is as simple as that, but denying me the right to marry is WRONG! You are denying my right to follow my beliefs within the laws of our great nation. That is why to deny Marriage Equality is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. You may do as you wish in your church, but don't tell us what we can do in ours. Plain and Simple.
Guru...in my church we don't grade sin. The bottom line is we are all guilty, but receive forgiveness in the midst our our attempts to repent, or somehow make the best of what we have been given. And Christ has mercy on us for balance due. I think on this we can agree and move forward.
Now, that does not mean we should call what is sin not sin, or develop liturgies to bless what we might call our best efforts, but bless only what God has directed. Does that make sense?
SIN IS SIN, TT. SO IS MY SIN GREATER THAN YOUR SIN? IS YOUR SALVATION GREATER THAN MY SALVATION? ALL ARE FORGIVEN IN CHRIST.
We are not to take the Bible out of context of to whom and when it was written: "Much of the idol worship in the Old Testament was associated with sexual immorality...." Todays LGBTIQ doesn't go to church to have sex with sex slaves for sexual worship to other gods. And this is why gays want marriage equality, so we can also be within a commitment to love and honor one another. Is that not why you got married?
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SIN IS SIN, TT. SO IS MY SIN GREATER THAN YOUR SIN? IS YOUR SALVATION GREATER THAN MY SALVATION? ALL ARE FORGIVEN IN CHRIST.
We are not to take the Bible out of context of to whom and when it was written: "Much of the idol worship in the Old Testament was associated with sexual immorality...." Todays LGBTIQ doesn't go to church to have sex with sex slaves for sexual worship to other gods. And this is why gays want marriage equality, so we can also be within a commitment to love and honor one. Is that not why you got married?
Sunday Evening Sermon: Romans 1:18-25 The Description of Mankind’s Need for Salvation, Part One
24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,
Now we get our first therefore. This is a stronger word than “for,” which is kind of a connecting word. Therefore is a strong break a big connection giving the result of the idolatry of the hearts of the people. Notice that God gave them up. He didn’t cause them to sin but He did deliver them over to their sin. It gives the impression that God took His hand of common grace off of their lives to some extent. He let them go their own way. Whenever Paul says God gave them up he is pointing to the results of idolatry, the refusal to make God the center. Practically, the creature is exalted over the Creator. So there is a way in which you can say that all sin ultimately comes from a failure to prize and praise God as the giver of every good thing. So as we give ourselves over to sin, it is clear that God also gives us over to that sin.
It is very interesting to see where this turning away from God immediately goes . . . To sex. This is not surprising. Much of the idol worship in the Old Testament was associated with sexual immorality and clearly when we give up the worship of God we will seek to go to the place where we think we can find the next greatest and highest life, within sexuality. This is why pornography and affairs and romance novels and all the titillating TV shows and movies are so popular. They are promising something great. They are promising something worthy of worship.
Our sexualized culture holds out to us the promise of wonder and mystery and beauty and blessing but it is a hollow promise because it is divorced from the giver of beauty and blessing and sexuality, the Lord. So people are hurt, lives are ruined, relationships are broken and the whole thing sits before us as a shambles, as a memorial to our God-hating idolatry. There is something about sex that is supposed to be honoring. When we step outside of God’s design through lust or through acting on some sexual temptation, we dishonor our bodies and we are further down the road of darkness. And this is the great example of idolatry Paul gives, as we see in verse 25 . . .
25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
The context of this verse is sexuality, both from verse 24 and the verses that follow. So Paul will is pointing to this self-worship through sex as the great lie. We turn for life to one another physically and sexually rather than turning our spirits to God and in so doing we serve the creature rather than the Creator. What could be such a wonderful gift in the right context has become incredibly corrupted through our idolatry. I just don’t see how biology alone could explain the massive sexual dysfunction in our world. Only the kind of description we see in Romans 1 is truly accurate.
So, is there any hope for us? The hope lies in verses 16-17. “The gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith.” In other words, because we are unrighteous, and in our unrighteousness suppress the truth, our only hope is that the righteousness God demands from us would be freely given to us, namely, God’s own righteousness, to be received by faith.
Ancient Roman custom saw nothing wrong with sodomy, or pederasty for that matter, and, so far as I know, this was a feature of Roman civilization from its very birth. Blaming the decline and fall of the Roman Empire on its sexual mores (or lack thereof) makes just as much sense as attributing the rise of Rome to those same values.
On the other hand, beginning with Constantine the Great, Rome underwent a significant transformation, from paganism to Christianity, which must have introduced the Biblical restrictions against sodomy and pederasty to Roman society. A sophist could make the argument that Rome fell as a direct result of rejecting these ancient customs.
My translation of Ezekiel reads, "This was the sin of Sodom, your sister: pride, surfeit of bread, and undisturbed peace were hers and her daughter's *but* the hand of the poor and the needy did she not support. And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me, so I removed them when I perceived it."
I emphasized the word "but" because it changes the meaning of the passage dramatically. Furthermore, no Hebrew-English dictionary defines "toh-ai-vah" as "taboo." The Hebrew for "taboo" is "ah-soor." I do not know on what authority Michaelson adopts his definition.
The scholar and activist Jay Michaelson proposes a reading of the story of Sodom that emphasizes the violation of hospitality as well as the violence of the Sodomites.
"Homosexual rape is the way in which they violate hospitality—not the essence of their transgression. Reading the story of Sodom as being about homosexuality is like reading the story of an ax murderer as being about an ax."
Michaelson places the story of Sodom in context with other Genesis stories regarding Abraham's hospitality to strangers, and argues that when other texts in the Hebrew Bible mention Sodom, they do so without commentary on homosexuality. The verses cited by Michaelson include Jeremiah 23:14,[Jeremiah 23:14] where the sins of Jerusalem are compared to Sodom and are listed as adultery, lying, and strengthening the hands of evildoers; Amos 4:1-11 (oppressing the poor and crushing the needy);[Amos 4:1-11] and Ezekiel 16:49-50,[Ezekiel 16:49-50] which defines the sins of Sodom as "pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and did toevah before me, and I took them away as I saw fit."
Michaelson uses toevah in place of abomination to emphasize the original Hebrew, which he explains as being more correctly translated as "taboo".
Do you not bother to read anything else but the hate your church leaders promote?
Again, you are not interpreting the context and truth of Sodom & G- it is actually a very important lesson in "Hospitality" that was not only a part of the culture to welcome a stranger and give them sanctuary, but with Jewish law that Lot had to offer his daughters since he accepted into his home he had to protect them. And the townsmen (who were pagans) wanted the Angels not because they were homosexuals, but because they believe the Angels were ENEMIES of their town and wanted to shame and conquer them thru RAPE which is used in WAR against an enemy.
In light of the passage, the most common response to the question "What was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah?" is that it was homosexuality. That is how the term "sodomy" came to be used to refer to anal sex between two men, whether consensual or forced. Clearly, homosexuality was part of why God destroyed the two cities. The men of Sodom and Gomorrah wanted to perform homosexual gang rape on the two angels (who were disguised as men). At the same time, it is not biblical to say that homosexuality was the exclusive reason why God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were definitely not exclusive in terms of the sins in which they indulged.
Abraham’s compassion for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah reveals the heart of a man who cared greatly for others, including those who did not follow God. In fact, the angelic visitors who visited Lot were threatened by men of Sodom who desired to have sex with them. Though Sodom’s citizens were wicked, Abraham did not wish to see their destruction.
And it is also a basis for most religions- "Do unto others" and the Greatest Commandment that Christ gave to his followers- "To love your neighbor as yourself!" Why? Because man needs his fellow man in order to survive in ancient times.
Like Abraham, we are called to have great compassion for others, including those whose lives do not follow God’s ways. Also, we must ultimately accept God’s judgments, even when His decisions are not our desired choices.
Abraham’s request for these cities to be spared was denied. God sometimes says “no” to our requests, too, even when we pray with good intentions. The Lord may have other plans that we do not understand, yet which are part of His perfect will.
Finally, consider how God did answer Abraham’s request by rescuing Lot and his daughters. Although Abraham’s mediatory work did not result in the sparing of the cities, it did bring about the salvation of Abraham’s nephew. Abraham’s prayers on behalf of others were important, just as our prayers are today.
Sodom and Gomorrah, the downfall of Rome were about your perversions, not anyone else's. Be on the right side of history Guru and give up justifying your insecurities by sleeping with women, and live as God intended.
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