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Stoning Homos is Still a Law?

World Mission Church Sign

Stoning is still the law?

Yes, this little sign with the not so little statement was placed on the ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church in Harlem placard by one Dr. James David Manning.  You might remember seeing this photo a few days ago without any accompanying statement.  Due to some unforeseen circumstances I was unable to complete that article until now.  At the time of posting the picture. I felt it was more important to make people aware of it and not just letting it go.  So, here it is…

After doing a bit of research on the web with readily available information resources on Wikipedia, the pastor’s own website, and other biblical websites.  It seems the pastor has quite a colorful, albeit criminal background, one which he is more than willing to boast of and share with others.  Tell me pastor, are you proud that you did those things or are you prouder that you’ve found people gullible enough to accept your notion that antisocial behavior as religiously sanctioned?

You see, not everyone who looks at that “doctorate” degree you awarded yourself may be aware that the very act of snubbing societal norms, that of receiving a real accredited degree, is still a form of anti-social behavior. Sure you can do it, just like so many websites out their boasts – give them some money and you can be practically anything you wish.  In thought, maybe, but as any actual legitimate form of sheepskin that so many legitimate PhD holders have worked so hard to get, no.

Yeah, I got to thinking about it and when I did, it occurred to me, you’ve just found a whole new way of legitimizing your all too antisocial background. Now, instead of breaking the law directly, Jesus is there to help you do it through some not so carefully chosen bible verses.  That you lay claim to condoning one of the most outlandish antisocial behaviors ever – killing another person, is utterly reprehensible.  You see, killing someone in America is severely frowned upon, no matter what religion you claim to belong to.

It kind of struck me odd that you included the one verse in the bible where Jesus actually stops a mob from stoning a woman for supposed adultery.  And yet, you persist in laying claim that he would do the very thing he prevented.  Never did Jesus ever take part in or condone such actions – EVER!  Even further, you underscore your antisocial claim by saying, “Stoning is still the law.’  Pastor, in America, the land where you live and breathe – it is NOT the law.

That you have chosen once again to snub societal norms in favor of the way you see it, is still antisocial no matter how you cut it. It’s still all-the-more antisocial and inexcusable to incite others to do that very thing by announcing it on your church’s placard.  Shame on you James David Manning for even thinking to perpetuate such an appalling act.  Then again, shame IS a social norm.  Homosexuality may not be a “Christian” value, but hate speech for causing harm to another is even more so not a “Christian” value1.

1: Matthew 5:38-40
You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, Do not resist the evil man [who injures you]; but if anyone strikes you on the right jaw or cheek, turn to him the other one too. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your undershirt (tunic), let him have your coat also.

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Is the New Healthcare Plan Working?

Obama-care A.K.A. the Affordable Care Act

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obama-care, seems to be doing rather well despite all the misinformation and hatemongering drummed up by Republican conservatives seeking to usurp any notion that President Obama’s healthcare law might actually be working.  With little more than 10 days left, as of this writing, until open enrollment ends it’s evermore so important that all Americans get involved and choose their healthcare insurance now.  However you may feel about the President or the ACA, stop and consider for a moment what exactly being covered means; for you and for all Americans alike.

Consider for a moment, the key benefits that the ACA is offering About the ACA benefits</a”>1 :

  • Improving quality and lowering healthcare costs
  • New consumer protections
  • Access to healthcare
  • For women – providing preventative services, again at a lower cost
  • Young adults – coverage options up to the age of 25
  • Strengthening of Medicare – especially important to seniors, free preventative care and annual wellness checkup provisions
  • Holding insurance companies accountable – premium increases greater than 10% will have to be submitted before hand with justification

Stop listening to the naysayers for a moment and listen to reason, it’s high-time that we as Americans take our healthcare more seriously in spite of the ever-increasing healthcare costs.  Research what people are saying, don’t just accept the issues on face value.  Do Republicans, for instance, have your well-being at heart when it comes to their constant barrage of anti Obama-care rhetoric?  No, they care about one thing – that they are right and the president is wrong.  As of March 5, 2014, house republicans have attempted unsuccessfully to overturn Obama-care (ACA) for the 50th time. [2]  My dog has better common sense than that when she sees that trying something she shouldn’t won’t work.

I could go on and on about this and that, the pros and cons, and the effectiveness and/or ineffectiveness of the ACA but it would just make for more gibberish than effective persuasion.  The bottom line IS that all of us, as Americans, need to step forward and make a responsible decision that our health is more important than any rhetoric to the contrary may say.  With enrollment nearing or surpassing 6.2 million, something has to be right somewhere.  As my grandmother would have said, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”  Which will you be, part of the solution or the problem?

Paul Ryan Gets an Earful

When talking to his constituency recently, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) got an earful when it came to introducing his Republican version of the ACA.  Most notable of the Republican plan is the exclusion of many safeguards afforded through the ACA.  Unfettered by what he heard, Mr. Ryan continued to defend his parties 51 unsuccessful attempts to strip the ACA from being implemented.  Apparently the only real work these people know is how most to serve their time ineffectively.  To read more, click here

Helpful Links:

Obama Care Facts – http://obamacarefacts.com/affordablecareact-summary.php

Healthcare.gov Marketplace – https://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/b/welcome/

Washington Post: 11 Facts about the ACA – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/06/24/11-facts-about-the-affordable-care-act/

It’s Working Despite Misinformation – http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/03/20/obamacares-four-year-checkup/the-affordable-care-act-is-working-despite-misinformation

[2]:  Correction, as of March 20, 2014 they have made 51 unsuccessful attempts.

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Climate Change: Fact or Fiction?

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Mean surface temperature change for 1999–2008 relative to the average temperatures from 1940 to 1980 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Depending on where you look, there seems to be a lot of varying opinions on climate change.  One thing rings loud and clear, whether you’re pro or con, the facts speak louder than words – there IS a palpable shift in the climate as we’ve known it.  Is that shift huge?  No and unfortunately it doesn’t take a whole lot to see major effects.

Just announced,

The White House has unveiled a new website-based app, the Climate Data Initiative, to help explain the science behind climate change and draw attention to the immediacy of the threat.

This comes at a critical time, say officials. They point to the fact that in 2012, extreme weather events in the U.S. caused more than $110 billion in damages and claimed more than 300 lives. [^1]

Data from NOAA, NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Department of Defense, and other Federal agencies will be featured on climate.data.gov, a new section within data.gov that opens for business today. The first batch of climate data being made available will focus on coastal flooding and sea level rise. NOAA and NASA will also be announcing an innovation challenge calling on researchers and developers to create data-driven simulations to help plan for the future and to educate the public about the vulnerability of their own communities to sea level rise and flood events. [^2]

Links of Interest on Climate Change

Environmental Protection Agency Climate Change Website

Climate Change on Wikipedia.com

NASA Global Climate Change – Vital Signs of the Planet

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The World Bank on Climate Change – yes, you read that right, it is The World Bank.  I haven’t carefully reviewed this site so if you see a problem or know of anything different, contact me.

References:

[^1]:  National Geographic article:  White House Launches Website App to Visualize Climate Change

[^2]:  Information provided by the WhiteHouse.gov website through an article titled – Climate Data Initiative Launches with Strong Public and Private Sector Commitments

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Quick News Highlights

Chick-Fil-A: Enlightenment or the Bottom Dollar?

Chick-fil-A Austin-TX

Chick-fil-A Austin-TX (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chick-fil-A CEO backs off of his rather stark view of marriage to encompass a more equitable approach of Christian tolerance.  Well, at least that was the jest of his statement although he never quite comes out and admits to any wrong except to say…

“I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.” -Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy

Personally, I would hope that it’s enlightenment but after reading his statement I’m more inclined to admit it leaves a little leeway from an interpretation standpoint.  Was it a mindful statement or something more in line with protecting the bottom dollar.  Only time will tell.  Also, while we’re at it, just think about all those high caloric saturated fats, carbohydrates, and sodium we may be missing out on. To find out some of the pros and cons to consider when making that trip to Chick-Fil-A, click on the following link provided by About.com calorie counter. The sodium content alone is an eye-popper.  Be Smart, Stay Sharp and Buy for the Heart!

PunditFact: PuditFact Madness Tournament

PunditFact, a division of PolitiFact.com, is hosting a new PunditFact Madness Tournament in a head to head run-off based on viewer votes on SurveyMonkey.com.  According to the site’s intro to the bracket-style runoff, “We’re pitting 16 Sunday show pundits against each other. Voting for the first round closes 10 a.m. March 26.”  If you’re interested in participating, run on over to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VQLP83N

#1 BTW: A Little Side Finding

Making the Ideal Vacation Home

Talk about a home make-over, this guy did it from the ground up and came up with one of the most beautiful homes I’ve ever seen.  Truly a marvel to look at and read about.  Follow the link to Higher Perspective’s website and take a look.  I’m sure you’ll be highly impressed.

#2 BTW: A Millionaire Worth Every Bit

Harris Rosen, millionaire philanthropist

Although this story goes back to April of 2013, this human interest story is well worth repeating.  Harris Rosen, a self-made millionaire who grew up in a rough New York City neighborhood, decided to invest in the hopes of a rough Orlando, Florida neighborhood of Tangelo Park.  Go over to the Today.com website and take a look at what this one man has done to make life a little more meaningful with a little bit of hope and the money to back it.  I only wish millionaires and billionaires ALL over would take this man’s example to heart and learn that people, not politics matter most when exercising real power and authority.  Koch brothers, I mean you too especially.  Link to the full article:  click here

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