November 15, 2018

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Positivity: There’s scripture backing up Trump’s idea to arm houses of worship

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From Mississippi and other parts of the U.S., in an article which somehow got published at CNN.com:

Updated 6:30 PM ET, Mon October 29, 2018

When Rabbi Hillel Norry walks though the valley of the shadow of death, he carries something more than a rod and a staff to comfort him.

He tucks a large-caliber handgun in his waistband and keeps a watchful eye on his synagogue.

A black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Norry says he armed himself years ago after a man who had left anti-Semitic messages on his phone appeared at a synagogue he once led and threatened to harm him.

A lanky man with a salt-and-pepper beard, Norry says he is a man of peace — he’s a vegetarian who believes in “ethical eating.” But he also says it’s ethical for clergy and parishioners to be armed. He cites the Bible’s description of religious leaders as “shepherds” as proof.

“If we’re the shepherds, the first job of the shepherd is to protect the flock from the wolf,” says Norry, a visiting rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in Gulfport, Mississippi. “Why does a shepherd carry a stick? So he can whack the wolf.”

… (The Rev. Brady) Boyd cites a saying from Jesus in Matthew 10:16 to justify why he now has armed security at his church: Jesus said his followers should be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”

… As opposition to him mounted, Jesus told his disciples in Luke: 22:36-38, “If you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” …

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November 14, 2018

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Positivity: Irish archbishop — The sacrifice of Protestants and Catholics in WWI should unite us

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From Belfast, Norther Ireland:

Nov 12, 2018 / 04:56 pm

Irish Protestants and Catholics should see the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day as an opportunity to build peace and reconciliation, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Ireland said at an interreligious memorial service on Sunday.

The service, held at St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast, was attended by Dean of Belfast the Very Reverend Stephen Forde of the Church of Ireland, and several other religious and political leaders. Other services were held simultaneously throughout the country to mark 100 years since the end of World War I.

“The brave people we are remembering are calling us to recognize their shared suffering by building a better future where difference is accepted and respected,” Martin said.

“…it is difficult for any of us to imagine the thoughts and feelings of the young men on the battlefields of the First World War who… in the darkness, prayed for home, for family, for peace.”

But one way to honor their memory is to remember their shared suffering and sacrifice as something that unites, rather than divides, Protestants and Catholics, he said.

“Sadly, because of the cruel twists and tensions of our history of conflict, the fact that Irish Catholics and Protestants fought and died, side by side, was neglected for too long – and perhaps conveniently – by all sides, both north and south of the border,” he said.

“People preferred to cling on to a history of difference and separation, rather than recognise and embrace our shared story of common suffering.”

Religious disputes have long been part of the history of the majority-Catholic Republic of Ireland, which gained its independence from Britain in 1916, and Northern Ireland, which is predominantly Protestant and a part of the United Kingdom.

In his address, Martin recalled a peace pledge he and other religious leaders had made earlier in the year at another World War I memorial in Belgium: “…as Protestants and Catholics, we apologise for the terrible deeds we have done to each other and ask forgiveness …we appeal to all people in Ireland to help build a peaceful and tolerant society …we affirm that a fitting tribute to the principles for which men and women from the Island of Ireland died in both World Wars would be permanent peace.” …

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November 13, 2018

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111318)

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Positivity: Sr Thea Bowman’s cause for canonization could open at US bishops’ meeting

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From Baltimore, Maryland:

Nov 11, 2018 / 04:01 pm

Sr. Thea Bowman was the first African American woman to address the U.S. bishops’ conference. Most likely, she was also the first person to get them to hold hands and sing and sway to a Negro Spiritual.

“We shall overcome,” she intoned at their 1988 spring meeting in her signature rich voice, before exhorting the bishops to join in with a hearty “Y’all get up!”

Sr. Thea, a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, a daughter of the Deep South and the granddaughter of a slave, was sick from battling cancer and confined to a wheelchair at the time.

But that didn’t stop the 51 year-old from doling out more instructions when the stiff group still wasn’t swaying to her satisfaction: “Cross your right hand over your left hand, you gotta move together to do that,” she said as the bishops crossed arms and held hands before continuing the song.

“See in the old days you had to tighten up so that when the bullets would come, so that when the tear gas would come, so that when the dogs would come, so that when the horses would come, so that when the tanks would come, brothers and sisters would not be separated from one another,” she told the bishops, referring to the days of the Civil Rights movement.

“And do you remember what they did with the bishops and the clergy in those old days? Where’d they put them? Right up in front. To lead the people in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Church,” she said.

That keynote showcased Sr. Thea in her element – sharing her faith and love of God, urging racial awareness and reconciliation within the Catholic Church, joyfully belting out Gospel hymns and convincing everyone around her to join in.

Now, nearly 30 years after her death, Sr. Thea will once again feature at the U.S bishops’ conference – but this time, they will be voting to approve the opening of her cause for canonization. …

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November 12, 2018

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111218)

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Positivity: A Memorable Sendoff For Bobby Lewis

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It was an honor and a privilege to participate in Bobby Lewis’s final Greater Cincinnati musical appearance with Wild Rice Musical Revue at Jim & Jack’s before he and his wife Myra move to Sumter, South Carolina (photo is from an October event; Mr. Lewis is second from the left):

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Bobby Lewis’s storied career includes performing as member of The Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose, whose hits included “Too Late to Turn Back Now,” the smash hit 1972 single, and “I’m Never Gonna Be Alone,” which also charted.  Since joining Wild Rice in August, I’ve been privileged to play these and many other songs with a gentleman who exemplifites class and dignity.

On Friday, the Wild Rice family had a final group dinner with Bobby and Myra.

I wish them all the best, and will always cherish the opportunity I had to make music with a genuine star:

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November 11, 2018

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Positivity: History of Veterans Day

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Thanks to all who have served our country in the Armed Forces.

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History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

… Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

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November 10, 2018

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111018)

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Positivity: New group formed to oppose abortion in Mexico

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From Mexico City:

Nov 9, 2018 / 12:42 am

The new umbrella group Suma de Actores Sociales (United Social Actors) is calling citizens to stand up against efforts by president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador to legalize abortion, euthanasia and marijuana.

SUMAS was launched November 6 in Mexico City and unites 700 organizations from throughout the country.

Speaking with ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language sister agency, Juan Dabdoub Giacoman, president of the Mexican Council for the Family and a founding member of SUMAS, said the new group seeks “to join together the greatest number of associations possible who are willing to fight to defend life, the family and the freedom of Mexicans.”

Dabdoub Giacoman denounced an “ideological onslaught” by the López Obrador’s transition team and their members in Congress.

Lopez Obrador won the Mexican presidential elections July 1 with 53 percent of the valid votes and will take office December 1.

The Morena party, of which the president is a member, gained the majority in both houses of the federal Congress. The new lawmakers took office September 1. Party members have introduced initiatives to legalize abortion throughout the country. Currently, abortion is illegal on the federal level except in case of rape.

Olga Sánchez Cordero, a Morena senator whom the president has appointed as the next Secretary of the Interior, assured that in the coming months she would promote the legalization of abortion, marijuana, and euthanasia measures.

Dabdoub Giacoman said SUMAS is urging López Obrador “to make his position clear because until now all these statements have been made by his collaborators or by Morena party members in the legislature, but he has remained silent.”

Members of SUMAS come from all religious backgrounds, he said. “Everyone is welcome as long as they have the same convictions regarding life, the family and the defense of freedom.” …

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November 9, 2018

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (110918)

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November 8, 2018

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (110818)

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Police: Son saves woman from burglar, possible sexual assault

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From Robinson, Texas (HT The Blaze):

Oct 19, 2018

A Robinson man was arrested late Thursday night after he attempted to sexually assault a mother and kill her children, but was restrained by one of the children, according to Robinson Police Chief Phillip Prasifka.

John Wayne Morris, 37, was arrested after police were called to the 100 block of North McLendon Drive at about 11:30 p.m. A man allegedly entered a home unlawfully, Prasifka said, adding that police saw two teenage siblings outside who looked visibly upset.

The teens told police their 15-year-old brother was inside the home, holding a man who entered their mother’s room, Prasika said. Police learned the man, identified as Morris, entered the home through an unlocked door and jumped onto the woman.

“She said that Morris threatened her by telling her that he had someone watching her children and that they would kill them,” Prasifka said. “(The woman) stated that she was afraid to fight back because she was afraid that her children would be harmed.”

The woman’s 15-year-old son came into the room and pulled Morris off his mother. Prasifka said the 15-year-old restrained Morris while his siblings called police.

The woman said she was scared Morris was going to sexually assault her and harm her children, Prasifka said. Officer determined Morris had entered the house through the unlocked door and went into the woman’s bedroom. …

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