Road crashes claim four more lives

first_imgAt least four people, including a woman and her daughter, were killed in separate road accidents in Feni and Lakshmipur districts on Sunday night, reports UNB.In Feni, a woman and her daughter were killed and three people injured as a speedy bus hit their auto-rickshaw at Tebaria village in Sadar upazila.The deceased were Johora Begum, 36, and her daughter Faria Akhter, 16, of the village.The bus hit the CNG-run auto-rickshaw on Dhaka-Chattogram highway around 8:00pm, leaving five people injured, said chairman Mosharraf Uddin of Lemua Union Parishad.Locals took them to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where the physicians declared Johora and Faria dead, he said.In Lakshmipur, two members of a family were killed in a head-on collision between a human hauler and a motorcycle at Gugibari in Ramganj upazila.The deceased were Md Sumon Hossain and his nephew Md Tamim Hossain, residents of the upazila.The human hauler collided with the motorcycle around 8:00pm, killing Tamim on the spot, said Md Anwar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Ramganj police station.Sumom was taken to upazila health complex where the physicians pronounced him dead, the OC added.Road crashes took away 66 lives across the country in just four days during the Eid-ul-Fitr vacation.last_img read more

24 arrested as Sri Lanka attack toll hits 290

first_imgA relative of a victim of the explosion at St. Anthony`s Shrine, Kochchikade church, reacts at the police mortuary in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 21 April 2019. Photo: ReutersThe death toll from bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka rose dramatically Monday to 290 — including dozens of foreigners — as police announced new arrests over the country’s worst attacks for more than a decade.More than 500 people were injured in the Easter Sunday assault that saw suicide bombers hit three high-end hotels popular with foreign tourists and three churches, unleashing carnage in Colombo and beyond.Two additional blasts were triggered as security forces carried out raids searching for suspects.There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but police said Monday 24 people had been arrested. The government is wary of stirring ethnic tensions, and the country remained on edge as a home-made bomb was defused at Colombo airport late Sunday and massive security deployed.A nationwide curfew imposed shortly after the blasts was lifted early Monday, but the government has ordered a two-day holiday and schools and the Colombo stock exchange were closed. Still, a steady stream of people and vehicles were seen on the streets of the capital and Negombo.The attacks were the worst ever carried out against Sri Lanka’s small Christian minority, who make up just seven per cent of the 21 million population.At least 37 foreigners were among the dead, the foreign ministry said.The government said three Indians, three Britons, two from Turkey and one Portuguese had died, as well as two people holding both British and US passports.”Additionally, while nine foreign nationals are reported missing, there are 25 unidentified bodies believed to be of foreigners,” the foreign ministry said.Japan’s foreign ministry said one of its nationals was among the dead.- ‘Bodies everywhere’ -The churches targeted included St Sebastian’s in Negombo, north of the capital, which was surrounded by security forces on Monday.Dozens of people were killed at the church, including friends of 16-year-old Primasha Fernando, who was at her home nearby when the suicide bomber struck.”When I got to the church there were people crying and screaming,” she told AFP.”I saw bodies everywhere,” she added in tears. “I saw parents carrying their dead babies. I saw dead people who had hair but didn’t have faces anymore.””Hands and legs were separate from bodies. There was blood everywhere too. The smell was so strong it made me feel sick.”The church’s roof was largely blown out and pews splintered. The floor was strewn with roof tiles and shards of glass.Outside, 24-year-old Denver Malewama and his mother Sunita handed out tea to security personnel.”We want to say thank you because they protect us,” he said.- Government warned -Some Sri Lankans asked how the attacks could have happened after it emerged that the government had been warned about possible blasts.Sri Lanka’s police chief Pujuth Jayasundara issued an intelligence alert to top officers on 11 April, warning that suicide bombers from a group called National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) planned to hit “prominent churches”.The NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that was linked last year to the vandalisation of Buddhist statues.Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said an investigation would look into “why adequate precautions were not taken”.The government said investigators would look into whether the attackers had “overseas links”.Ethnic and religious violence has plagued Sri Lanka for decades, with a 37-year conflict with Tamil rebels followed by an upswing in recent years in clashes between the Buddhist majority and Muslims.Dilip Fernando, who could not get into St Sebastian’s because the church was already packed when he arrived, said the Christian community would not be intimidated.”We are not afraid. We won’t let the terrorists win, no way,” the 66-year-old told AFP outside the devastated building.- Memories of civil war -For many, the blasts brought back painful memories of Sri Lanka’s civil war, when bomb attacks were a frequent occurrence.”The string of blasts brings back memories of the time when we were afraid to go in buses or trains because of parcel bombs,” said Malathi Wickrama, a street sweeper in Colombo.In total, three churches in Colombo, Negombo and the east-coast town of Batticaloa were attacked, along with three luxury hotels in the capital.A manager at the Cinnamon Grand, near the prime minister’s official residence in Colombo, said a suicide bomber blew himself up at a breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.”He came up to the top of the queue and set off the blast,” the manager said.Two further blasts happened as police staged raids looking for suspects. At least three police officers were killed in one raid.The attacks drew global condemnation, including from US President Donald Trump and the pope.Wickremesinghe urged people to “hold our unity as Sri Lankans” and pledged to “wipe out this menace once and for all”.The archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Ranjith, described the attackers as “animals” and called on authorities to “punish them mercilessly”.Embassies in Colombo warned foreign nationals to stay inside, while there were chaotic scenes at Colombo airport as travellers formed huge lines at the only taxi counter that was open.last_img

The Splainer What happened at the United Methodist General Conference

first_img It answered your comment. Did you bother to read the scripture and get a basic understanding of your errors? Nada Wheezy1952 says: Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,The ’Splainer (as in, “You’ve got some ’splaining to do”) is an occasional feature in which Religion News Service gives you everything you need to know about current events to help you hold your own at the water cooler.(RNS) — A recent meeting of United Methodists in St. Louis caught the attention of everyone from Westboro Baptist Church, which picketed outside the meeting, to the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, who recognized “these costly struggles are familiar from our own recent history.”The special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference met Feb. 23-26 at the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis to consider several plans to move the denomination forward despite deep divisions over the inclusion of its LGBTQ members.In the end, the General Conference approved the “Traditional Plan,” which continues the denomination’s ban on the ordination and marriage of LGBTQ United Methodists.RELATED: United Methodists pass Traditional Plan, keep ban on LGBTQ clergy, same-sex marriageStill, not even everyone at the meeting is clear on what happened at the special session and what it means for the future of the denomination.Let us ’Splain …Why were United Methodists holding a General Conference this year?A screen displays the results of a vote on the Traditional Plan during a legislative session of the special session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, held in St. Louis on Feb. 25, 2019. Photo by Paul Jeffrey for United Methodist News ServiceThe meeting was a special session of the global denomination’s decision-making body, which usually meets every four years. But at its last meeting, in 2016, delegates became locked in the same stalemate they have had for decades over the full inclusion of LGBTQ members in the church. They decided to refer all discussion about sexuality to a specially appointed commission.That group — known as the Commission on a Way Forward —  presented three plans to delegates last week in St. Louis: the One Church Plan, the Traditional Plan and the Connectional Conference Plan. Ultimately, 53 percent of delegates voted for the Traditional Plan.The General Conference also approved several petitions related to clergy and churches that might leave the denomination based on the decisions it made.But I thought the bishops had recommended a different plan?That’s because they did. The Council of Bishops recommended the One Church Plan, which would have allowed individual churches and regional annual conferences to decide whether to ordain and marry LGBTQ membersBut the plan was voted down by the Legislative Committee, made up of the same 864 delegates who would vote the next day in the plenary session of the General Conference.And a last-ditch effort to substitute the One Church Plan for the Traditional Plan was voted down again despite an impassioned plea from the Rev. Tom Berlin, the Virginia pastor and Commission on a Way Forward member who originally had submitted the One Church Plan legislation to the General Conference.Berlin predicted that church members, congregations and even entire regional annual conferences in the United States would leave the United Methodist Church if the Traditional Plan passed.Well, what does the Traditional Plan do?In short, the Traditional Plan strengthens enforcement of language in the denomination’s rulebook regarding the ordination and marriage of LGBTQ members.The Book of Discipline currently states that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching” and that “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” cannot be ordained as ministers, appointed to serve or be married in the church.RELATED: How denominations split: Lessons for Methodists from Baptist battles of the ’80sThe Traditional Plan, which originally included 17 petitions, adds language defining a “self-avowed practicing homosexual” as a person who is “living in a same-sex marriage, domestic partnership or civil union or is a person who publicly states she or he is a practicing homosexual.” The plan also bars bishops from consecrating, ordaining or commissioning “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” even if they have been elected or approved by the appropriate church body.And it strengthens current complaint procedures and penalties in the Book of Discipline, including a minimum penalty for a clergy member who performs a same-sex wedding: a one-year suspension without pay for the first offense and a loss of credentials for the second.Before the meeting in St. Louis, the Judicial Council, the United Methodist Church’s highest court, found seven of the 17 petitions that made up the Traditional Plan unconstitutional. The court also found portions of two other petitions unconstitutional.Bishops confer over the issue of whether the Legislative Committee can refer items to the denomination’s Judicial Council for review during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 25, 2019. Photo by Mike DuBose/UMNSThat court again found all or parts of a number of petitions unconstitutional before the final vote at the General Conference. Delegates were unable to amend all the petitions before the plan passed.The Traditional Plan will now go back to the Judicial Council in April.John Lomperis — a delegate and director of UM Action, a program of the conservative Institute on Religion and Democracy — said he expects council members to “affirm what they have already said is constitutional and to invalidate what they have already said is unconstitutional.”“The petitions that did pass that are constitutional are very significant, and have real teeth,” said Lomperis, who supported the Traditional Plan.A key provision of the Traditional Plan that would have required bishops to sign a statement certifying “I will uphold United Methodist standards on marriage and sexuality in their entirety” was jettisoned before the vote.Other petitions already found unconstitutional allow the Council of Bishops to recommend a bishop for an involuntary leave of absence or retirement and create a committee to hear those requests in order to establish a “process by which the Council of Bishops may hold one another accountable.” As part of the process to determine whether to ordain a candidate, another petition found unconstitutional allows the Board of Ministry “shall conduct an examination to ascertain whether an individual is a practicing homosexual, including information on social media.”The Rev. Mark Holland — a delegate and executive director of Mainstream UMC, which advocated for the One Church Plan — called the Traditional Plan’s win merely a “symbolic victory” in a post on the Mainstream UMC website.“In reality, we passed no legislation at General Conference. … We are essentially at status quo,” he said.So does this settle things once and for all?Probably not. Many United Methodists are waiting to see what the Judicial Council will decide. Any parts of the Traditional Plan that are found unconstitutional won’t be added to the Book of Discipline, according to the Daily Christian Advocate.And some opponents of the Traditional Plan already have indicated they don’t plan to follow the new rules.The General Conference meets again next year in Minneapolis.The United Methodist Church is going to schism over this, right?Alexander Dungan, of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary near Chicago, sits near an exit of the America’s Center after a vote to adopt the Traditional Plan at the UMC General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 26, 2019. RNS photo by Kit DoyleSome kind of split in the church seems inevitable.Going into the special session, the Rev. Keith Boyette, the president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association and a supporter of the Traditional Plan, made clear if the General Conference passed another plan that allowed for the ordination and marriage of LGBTQ United Methodists, he would recommend the conservative group — which formed after the last General Conference and includes 1,500 congregations in the U.S. alone — leave and form its own denomination.WCA leadership met afterward in St. Louis and released a statement saying “the debate cannot continue forever.”The WCA is committed to restoring “good order and missional effectiveness” to the denomination and will work toward that at the next General Conference, according to the statement. But, it said, some United Methodists, pastors and churches are so frustrated with the denomination, they are prepared to exit. Some already have left.While the Traditional Plan it had supported passed, it said, “We remain prepared to launch a new Methodist movement.”The Rev. Adam Hamilton, a delegate who supported the One Church Plan, is pastor of the largest church in the denomination, Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan. Hamilton has said that since the vote he also has heard from many United Methodists in the pews and pulpits saying they’re ready to leave.At a congregational meeting over the weekend, Hamilton said he wouldn’t want the congregation to become a nondenominational church. If anything, he said, it would join “lots and lots of other people forming the next United Methodism.”“We are United Methodist, and I’m proud of that — not embarrassed and ashamed of it — but if we’re going to walk down this path and nothing changes, then I think we were pushed out of the church. We didn’t want to leave,” he said.The pastor also discussed the possibilities of withholding part of the money the church regularly pays to the denomination or reconsidering the Connectional Conference Plan.RELATED: ‘In this to the end’: LGBT United Methodists express hurt, hope after voteThe Rev. Alex da Silva Souto, a delegate and co-convener of the United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus, said that some LGBTQ United Methodists will leave the denomination because “there’s just so much abuse human spirits can take — human bodies — until they have to find healthier places.”Others, he said, will be even more motivated to stay and speak out.Several groups advocating for the full inclusion of LGBTQ United Methodists in the church that had opposed the Traditional Plan have expressed a commitment to staying in the denomination.Among them, the Reconciling Ministries Network released a statement urging its members to “stand your holy ground.”“Reach out to your neighbors and community with love. Proclaim your welcome of God’s LGBTQ children with boldness. This Church does not belong to exclusionary forces, and we remain committed to reclaiming it for all God’s people,” it said.(This story has been updated.) March 13, 2019 at 3:42 pm Works won’t do you any good – salvation is not of works. March 13, 2019 at 9:36 am March 13, 2019 at 9:39 am Sandi in EL says: What exactly did Jesus say about it? Wheezy1952 says: Paul’s words, not Jesus’ words.How about the “greedy” and “slanderers” and “covetous” or the “greedy” (depending on the translation)? That would be a significant demographic, even among the most faithful? And “sexually immoral” has often been taken to mean sex only for procreation. How many Christians believe that?But at least you are apparently ok with female homosexuals. That’s progress. Share This! Sandi in EL says: March 14, 2019 at 10:09 am Christ taught against homosexuality from Genesis to the Book of Revelation. You do realize that He is God, no? Share This! They may seem like the finest, but they are rebelling against Christ’s wishes for them and hurting themselves and others.They need our help, not our endorsement.“Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” Romans 1:32 March 9, 2019 at 6:53 pm Wheezy1952 says: Shannon says: “Christ said to Moses”?!?!?!? Words fail.You have heard of the New Testament, have you not? It has this Jesus guy in it and he is quoted as saying stuff. Check it out sometime… Wheezy,An ingrown toenail or a tooth ache shuts my whole body down, especially if it gets infected.Then there was the Rich Young ruler who got it all right except his devotion to greed.It’s not a competition for moral goodness and self-effort, unless that’s what I intend for it to be.Sex just happens to have its own overriding capabilities and priority according to the bible.“Don’t be immoral in matters of sex. That is a sin against your own body in a way that no other sin is. You surely know that your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit lives. The Spirit is in you and is a gift from God. You are no longer your own. God paid a great price for you. So use your body to honor God.” (I Corinthians 6:18-20)A church can rightly be called “Christian” when Christ and the Word of God are honored as truth.And yes, when this happens there will be love. But not a kind of love that glosses over truth on the way to cultural conformity.“If you love me–keep my commandments” –JesusWhen this is an obsession in my life, I am willing for God and His Word to call me wrong.I am willing to agree with God, repent and ask for grace and forgiveness. Wheezy1952 says: Glenn Harrell says: Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 March 11, 2019 at 9:12 pm Sandi in EL says: JAKE says: March 12, 2019 at 12:27 pm Again, just show us the red words. Sandi in EL says: Wheezy1952 says: You obviously don’t know that Christ is God. Take some time to learn what you are trying to talk about For the Christian (certainly not the unbeliever) ALL SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED towards an end–that of right living.“Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13 But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” II Timothy 3:12-16FAR FROM JUST MATTERS OF SEX–YOU ARE CORRECT. This list is meant to be exemplary–not exhaustive.“9 Don’t you know that evil people won’t have a share in the blessings of God’s kingdom? Don’t fool yourselves! No one who is immoral or worships idols or is unfaithful in marriage or is a pervert or behaves like a homosexual 10 will share in God’s kingdom. Neither will any thief or greedy person or drunkard or anyone who curses and cheats others. 11 Some of you used to be like that. But now the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and the power of God’s Spirit have washed you and made you holy and acceptable to God.12 Some of you say, “We can do anything we want to.” But I tell you that not everything is good for us.” (I Corinthians 6:9-12)thanks for the response Wheezy I’ve told you what Christ taught and you chose to ignore it.Christ taught that we are supposed to judge – I’d say that is another scripture that you wilfully choose to misunderstand Mark Connelly says: The gay friends I have are committed to feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, and looking out for “the least of these”More “Christ-like” than many straight friend I know. March 8, 2019 at 12:07 pm Share This! March 8, 2019 at 11:13 am Glenn Harrell says: March 12, 2019 at 3:38 pm Wheezy1952 says: Exactly! For my part I was reminded of the verse right after the one you quoted from Chaucer:“And shame it is, if a preest take keep, A shitten shepherde and a clene sheep.” March 9, 2019 at 6:51 pm Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts jr says: “Judge not” is in reference to judging for the same things that you do.Christians are to judge. March 8, 2019 at 7:57 am March 12, 2019 at 3:47 pm Sandi in EL says: March 12, 2019 at 3:53 pm A convenient “out”. Sandi in EL says: March 12, 2019 at 1:01 pm Wheezy1952 says: Tim Davenport says: March 11, 2019 at 8:22 am I don’t think the binaries “Works-Based” and “Faith-based” are the only options, and I’m not really interested in “status”. I try to treat others as I would want to be treated, and help the “least of these”, not out of some belief that those “works” will get me into heaven, or even to please God, but because that’s how I was raised and I think it’s the right thing to do and, as a Christian I believe it is how Jesus wants us to live. And I’ve found that being part of an outward-focused Christian church community helps encourage those behaviors.To use a ridiculously extreme example – I don’t think a just and loving God has sent Ghandi to eternal hellfire because he never converted, or that (as some have speculated) Hitler asked forgiveness before he died and is now taking harp lessons in heaven. I would not want to worship such a simplistically rigid god.The Bible does not explicitly define heaven or hell, but my own vision of eternal life is how we live on in the people we have impacted during our lives. If I have had a lasting and positive impact on the people I’ve encountered in my life, that will be heaven for me.You mention “fanaticism” and “morality” used as weapons. To me, both of those extremes are examples of committing what I would consider the ultimate heresy – believing that they absolutely know the mind of God.Thanks for the thoughtful comments.,Ikea faces class-action lawsuit in Israel for male-only catalog Wheezy1952 says: Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaches on selflessness at Baptist church Sandi in EL says: March 14, 2019 at 10:56 am March 11, 2019 at 9:23 am Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Baizuo says: Understood. You are in the vast majority of people who identify with a religion. All religions (not Christianity) have a WORKS-BASED qualification for determining STATUS. I wish I could say this was a good thing but it is actually quite ugly. It promotes fanaticism (see how hard a Jihadist will work for Allah) and it instills Comparisons as well as self-righteous snobbery. Don’t you hate it when you blog with those who use MORALITY as a weapon?RELIGION is defined as “What I do in good deeds to reach God”. Christianity is “What God did and does to reach a sinful me.–apart from my goodness and works.” Paul called religion- SALVATION BY WORKS OF THE LAW. Here is what the bible says about those of us who hope to do it on our own as if God will be impressed, “I refuse to reject the grace of God. But if a person is put right with God through the Law, it means that Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:21)I am either a Saint or a Sinner. I am either saved by God’s grace alone or I am a do-gooder-religionist denying that Jesus’ death means anything to me. The bible doesn’t give an option for both. Either Grace or Law–Either Works or Gift.Read more here: watch: March 13, 2019 at 10:42 am March 14, 2019 at 1:02 pm March 11, 2019 at 6:46 pm “Immoral in matters of sex” could mean a lot of things, and who is qualified to judge?And same sex issues were not important enough to make it into the red letters. Sandi in EL says: March 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm March 13, 2019 at 11:50 am Wheezy1952 says: Sandi in EL says: March 12, 2019 at 3:04 pm Jesus words: Judge using righteous judgment – google it. March 12, 2019 at 12:56 pm March 14, 2019 at 9:20 am March 13, 2019 at 10:12 pm March 12, 2019 at 8:12 am That is a logical fallacy, using (one of the many) books words to “authenticate” others. But really, there’s nothing that I or anyone can say to move you an inch from superstitious belief. So just keep worshiping that golden calf… March 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm March 12, 2019 at 8:14 am No one is born homosexual. Christ has termed homosexuality to be “abnormal”, a “shameful act” an “error”. Romans 1 March 13, 2019 at 6:44 pm Wheezy1952 says: March 13, 2019 at 6:43 pm March 13, 2019 at 8:56 pm March 12, 2019 at 8:32 am You don’t know that Christ is God and I suggest then that you read Leviticus 18:1-5. I also suggest that you learn that Christ fulfilled the Law with the exception of the moral laws, which He brought into the New Testament. Sandi in EL says: March 12, 2019 at 3:47 pm Christ judged that they are not worthy of going to Heaven in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Wheezy1952 says: March 14, 2019 at 8:27 am Wheezy1952 says: Christ said to Moses:You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. Leviticus 18:22 If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.Leviticus 20:13Christ taught through Paul amongst other things:Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts.Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.Romans 1:24Two examples of many, March 10, 2019 at 6:15 pm Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Sandi in EL says: Share This! First-May I ask you if you consider yourself a born again Christian–A dedicated follower of Jesus Christ (in red)?My answers vary according to ones profession and belief system. Forgive me if you have stated this in earlier writings on this post and I missed it. March 12, 2019 at 1:02 pm It’s been late in my life, after being taught in my “Christian” youth, that I have met several people, through church, who happen to be gay.Some of the finest human beings I’ve ever known.That’s more important to me than anything any church committees decide. Sandi in EL says: Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email March 13, 2019 at 8:57 am March 12, 2019 at 1:12 pm March 9, 2019 at 6:16 pm March 13, 2019 at 10:55 pm Wheezy1952 says: Not Jesus words.The gay people I know did not choose that.Have you asked the gay people you know? I see you didn’t look up the scripture that I recommended. As you appear to be more content with the lies, I won’t trouble you any longer with the truth.Enjoy your deception. So Jesus was wrong?:Matthew7: Judge not, that ye be not judged.2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? March 13, 2019 at 11:58 am March 12, 2019 at 1:43 pm Wheezy1952 says: Share This! Not Jesus’ words.Jesus’ words: “judge not …” Sandi in EL says: March 12, 2019 at 3:07 pm Just one more – what makes you believe that you are qualified to judge? By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites March 10, 2019 at 6:42 am Thank you.I’m Christian, but never had the singular “born again” experience that seems to define the term. If I become “born again” by reciting the Sinners’ Prayer, for example, gaining n irrevocable ticket to heaven even though I may go on living the way I had lived before (or worse), I applaud the intent , don’t place much eternal credence in the “one and done” exercise. Attempting to live the life that Christ taught is more important to me.And I find it impossible to believe that a just and loving God would condemn the majority of His human creation to eternal hellfire if they are good people who happen to be Muslim or Hindu or atheist.I’m much more focused on attempting a “Christ-like” “love your neighbor” type of life here on earth than I am in an eternal afterlife that no human can really define. Back in the 1970’s, then President Jimmy Carter brought the phrase “Born Again” to prominence. As far as I know, he is the only US President to say the words, then claim them as true for himself. He was essentially unashamed of Jesus Christ and named Him as his personal Savior. (still does)REFER TO JOHN CHAPTER 3 for the following. It’s all there.To be “BORN AGAIN” is to have God’s Spirit change you into a child of God.All people are created and loved by God–But only the Born Again are His children with the promise of Eternal Life.To be born again is to Confess–Ask–Believe-on–Turn Away.To Confess Jesus is to Believe ON Him–not just IN HIm. It means unfeigned allegiance, not surface loyalty.To Ask is to hear and believe OR NOT.. Jesus said, “If you don’t believe when I talk to you about things on earth how can you possibly believe when I talk to you about things in heaven?” Go to an alone place and pray–asking God to be loved and forgiven.To turn away from your old life (repentance) is the dedication to give up your life in exchange for true life, love and forgiveness. To receive Christ then in this way is to be Born Again.Why do you think we resist giving up our pet sins, pride and greed? Because until we are born again, nothing Christ says or offers has any value. It is only “restrictive nonsense”.To Be Born Again is to see the light! Jesus said it this way.“The light has come into the world, and people who do evil things are judged guilty because they love the dark more than the light. People who do evil hate the light and won’t come to the light, because it clearly shows what they have done. But everyone who lives by the truth will come to the light, because they want others to know that God is really the one doing what they do.” (John 3:19-21)The most famous verse in this chapter is 16.“God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them!” Not everyone will place their life/faith in His care–many will perish– but it won’t be because God did not love and provide. Some do not believe they need to be saved from anything.Remember that the Devil believes in Jesus Christ. Many people believe that He existed and walked this earth. Such believe does not convert the soul–it mertely exercises the mind.Let go of gay-straight-red letter-black letter. These are but mere deflectors from a heart that longs to be loved and converted. Until Christ resides in your heart and mine (by our personal invitation–God has no grandchildren), we will dodge, fight, argue and self-justify.Being Born again is not about changing your perceived wrongs to rights–It is leaving all the changing up to Him. Don’t fear it and don’t fight it. With Christ in your heart, you will gladly obey His desires for you because they are the highest and most nobel. Most of all–they give life-not a deadening spirit within.” We believe what people tell us. But we can trust what God says even more, and God is the one who has spoken about his Son. 10 If we have faith in God’s Son, we have believed what God has said. But if we don’t believe what God has said about his Son, it is the same as calling God a liar. 11 God has also said that he gave us eternal life and that this life comes to us from his Son. 12 And so, if we have God’s Son, we have this life. But if we don’t have the Son, we don’t have this life.” (I John 5:9-12)Life begins when we die to ourselves–confess Christ–Turn from our old way of living–Invite Him to be the Lord of our lives–then grow as His child/disciple. This now becomes a two-way love because we love God in a way we never could. This is being Born Again.Religious people, agnostic and atheist alike–all have probably heard about Jesus Christ. But if the Son of God remains on the outside, merely as a belief ABOUT someone–they remain lost.It is not about how good or bad a person may be (by any standard). God loves you and me while in a sinful estate. We are not allowed to WORK our way to Him or become a goody-goody self-righteous snob. Jesus Christ is God’s GIFT to you and me. We can never earn this–not possible–not allowed.“Money paid to workers isn’t a gift. It is something they earn by working. But you cannot make God accept you because of something you do. God accepts sinners only because they have faith in him.” (Romans 4:4-5)Wheezy–please forgive the length. More and more complete explanation here. to you and yours. Rick Brant says: March 11, 2019 at 8:40 pm Sandi in EL says: March 12, 2019 at 12:28 pm Wheezy1952 says: Paul wrote 1st Corinthians.And Paul never heard Jesus speak. March 12, 2019 at 1:09 pm March 11, 2019 at 11:24 am March 13, 2019 at 8:47 am Wheezy1952 says: Sandi in EL says: Wheezy1952 says: Glenn Harrell says: March 13, 2019 at 8:50 am Wheezy1952 says: Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,67 Comments Click here to post a comment Sandi in EL says: Define “born again Christian” On line jobs increasingly becoming a trend all over the over world now. A current survey demonstrates higher than 72% of the people are being part of web-based work at their house without the difficulty. Everyone desires to spend some time daily with his/her good friends by going any specific lovely place in the world. So internet earning allows you to do the work at any time you want and enjoy your life. Still determing the best path furthermore setting up a proper aim is our milestone in the direction of success. Already lots of people are gaining such a nice profit of $45000 every week by using highly recommended as well as successful strategies of earning money online. You can begin to earn from the 1st day after you see our web-site. >>>>> With multiple (and non-identical) Bible translations, probably thousands of “Christian” denominations and churches, untold numbers of “Christian” books, “Christian” sermons, “Christian” study groups, … how are you certain that your interpretation is the absolute one?Are you fluent in Classical Hebrew and Aramaic? Wheezy1952 says: How about not every organization on the planet news agree with you? Christ said everything about homosexual “relationships” and condemned them March 8, 2019 at 10:52 am And, you don’t know that the Bible is the Word of God? I refer you to 2 Timothy 3:1 6-17 Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites That makes no sense. You are interpreting pretty liberally. TagsLGBT LGBTQ special session Traditional Plan UMCGC United Methodist Church United Methodist Church General Conference,You may also like What is righteous about hating people because of the way they were born? Wheezy1952 says: March 13, 2019 at 11:49 am Not Christ’s words of course, but if you are going to bring up Leviticus, I hope you aren’t wearing any clothes made up of mixed fabrics, and that none of the males in your family shave their sideburns. Glenn Harrell says: Tim Davenport says: Tim Davenport says: Sandi in EL says: The history is important. This is from an article written by Dr. Andrew Weaver at U Chicago Divinity School in 2006. A recent book, United Methodism @ Risk: A Wake Up Call by Leon Howell, a respected journalist, argues that mainline churches such as the United Methodist Church (UMC) can no longer afford to be naive about right-wing advocacy groups that are tightly organized, highly motivated and well-financed for a take-no-prisoners campaign against mainline Protestantism. He says that unless these denominations stand up and get in a “fighting mood” the political right-wing aims to take them over.The political right-wing, operating in the guise of a gaggle of so-called “renewal groups,” particularly one named the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD), has acquired the money and political will to target three mainline American denominations: The United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church USA, and the Episcopal Church. The IRD was created and is sustained by money from right-wing foundations and has spent millions of dollars over 20 years attacking mainline denominations. The IRD’s conservative social-policy goals include increasing military spending and foreign interventions, opposing environmental protection efforts, and eliminating social welfare programs.In a document entitled “Reforming America’s Churches Project 2001-2004,” the IRD states that its aim is to change the “permanent governing structure” of mainline churches “so they can help renew the wider culture of our nation.” In other words, its goal extends beyond the spiritual and includes a political takeover financed by the likes of Richard Mellon Scaife, Adolph Coors, the John M. Olin Foundation, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee.For example, the Scaife Family Foundation and the Sarah Scaife Foundation (promoters and benefactors of the “Ken Starr Courts”) made disbursements to the IRD totaling $1.6 million between 1985 and 2001 according to information found at According to the Scaife websites, the IRD received $225,000 from the Sarah Scaife Foundation in 2002.The Lynde and Harry Bradley foundation, a family foundation with ties to the John Birch Society, gave $1.3 million between 1985 and 2001 to IRD efforts. The overall objective of the Bradley Foundation is to return the U.S. to the days before government regulation of business, before corporations were forced to make concessions to an organized labor force. In other words, capitalism with the gloves off. Why are these secular right-wing foundations interested in gaining influence in the United Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal and other mainstream Protestant denominations?The answer is that, although the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church USA, and the Episcopal Church total only about 14 million in membership, they have been and remain a powerful and influential voice for moderate and progressive social values in American society. Almost 30 percent of the members of the U.S. Congress belong to one of these three denominations as well as disproportionate numbers of well-educated and progressive leaders who advocate for the poor, civil and human rights, environmental protection, and a responsible foreign policy. The activities and leadership of mainline Protestant churches are linked to the social conscience of the nation and contribute to civil discourse.The political right seeks to gain top leadership positions in the church by spreading misleading information and incendiary allegations against organizations and individuals. These groups employ the propaganda method of “wedge issues” like abortion and homosexuality to cause confusion, dissension, and division. Irving Kristol, father of William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and one of the “godfathers” of the political right, summed up this strategy in the Wall Street Journal: “Attack the integrity, not the words, of those with whom you disagree.” More recently, Grover Norquist, a conservative activist and long-time friend of top presidential aide Karl Rove, was even more blunt when he told the Denver Post that civility is out and nastiness is in among conservative activists. According to Mr. Norquist, “bipartisanship is another name for date rape.” March 12, 2019 at 1:22 pm They sure got the White Left all worked up into a tizzy. March 10, 2019 at 9:32 am It was officially out in the open before the Conference.You can’t talk about “love” and at the same time look the other way at sin unless you’re completely clueless about what love means. I do – the Bible. It is God’s revelation of Himself.How did you interpret the scripture differently? What makes sense is that you are not. Sandi in EL says: Sandi in EL says: March 13, 2019 at 11:57 am Glenn Harrell says: I’m allowed to judge – another scripture you seem to misunderstand’ it is not loving to send the person you have sex with to Hell March 13, 2019 at 11:50 am Wheezy1952 says: March 13, 2019 at 3:34 pm Christ said zero about same sex relationships, so you’ll have to find another source.We can all learn, no matter how old we are. Isn’t it interesting that, out of all the qualities that define a human being (including the qualities that Jesus emphasized) – love, compassion, honesty, generosity, caring for the least of these, … an obsession with the small part of our lives that involve sex overrides all of these in some “Christian” churches? Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Glenn Harrell says: Wheezy1952 says: First-May I ask you if you consider yourself a born again Christian–A dedicated follower of Jesus Christ (in red)?My answers vary according to ones profession and belief system. Forgive me if you have stated this in earlier writings on this post and I missed it. The Bible supports itself. Scripture interprets scripture. You still haven’t told me what Jesus said about gay human beings.How many of us are always “moral”, or never “worship idols” (money, new car, status, …). Does “unfaithful in marriage” include our thoughts? How many of us never experience “greed”?And didn’t someone important say “judge not, lest ye be judged”? March 13, 2019 at 9:43 am March 12, 2019 at 12:57 pm I was raised a Methodist. Glad that I’m long gone, this is another sad failure in a long series… Five thousand year old superstitions and the wacko doctrine of biblical literalism remain a powerful force in the world, quite obviously. What did Jesus actually say? No. I believe Christ March 13, 2019 at 11:56 am Michelle K says: You didn’t reinterpret the scripture for me Matthew 12:25 states that a house divided cannot stand. The Methodist Church has had a divided house for years. Many of those in leadership, bishops and pastors, chose to ignore their own governing book, which was based on scripture. Will there be consequences, a schism or the same ole ignoring of what was decided in St. Louis? Only time will tell. News I’ve read scripture, and I have a different interpretation.Do either of us have absolute knowledge of the mind of God?(I’ll answer – I don’t) Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 I don’t need to show you “red words” I showed you scripture Wheezy1952 says: Glenn Harrell says: March 12, 2019 at 1:19 pm March 14, 2019 at 11:44 am Wheezy1952 says: What happened at the conference is that the issue is now officially out-in-the-open and ‘in the record book’. Prior to the conference it was a differencethat was talked about, tolerated, and lived with. The conference has made it necessary for each congregation and each individual to openly choose a side. Any splits are going to be corporate in nature; about money and property — far removed from theology, comity, and the two great commandments. That seems to be what happens when there is too much concern about the sex, and not enough appreciation of the love. March 8, 2019 at 11:18 am Glenn Harrell says: News March 13, 2019 at 3:41 pm News Sandi in EL says: By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Methodist’ Church Merges With Weight Watchers For The New “Go Away Plan”If the Bishops could just get the African Methodists to go away, they could easily topple the Bible. Traditionalist who believe it, and all its proponents within Methodism USA. Many, if not most, Christians in this country are cultural conformists who insist on denying God and His word at every turn. The Pulpits are corrupted where women serve as Elder/Bishop/Presbytery and even the men join the Bishops to see a “ONE PLAN” as anything more than LGBTQ collusion.Chaucer reminds us:“If gold rust, what then will iron do?/ For if a priest (Bishop–Pastor) be foul in whom we trust–No wonder that a common man should rust.”Leviticus 10:10-11 “You must learn the difference between what is holy and what isn’t holy and between the clean and the unclean.You must also teach the people of Israel everything that I commanded Moses to say to them.Gay and Homosexuality are Adverbs, Not Nouns. Just like adultery, They are behaviors and both are condemned–not celebrated within the church. Just ask Pastor Pat. She will tell you what is ahead for the dying Methodist Church: Twanna says: Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 I can relate Tim. I was raised to be a Baptist–baptized twice in fact. (first one didn’t take) Then one day while I was minding my own business I was confronted with Jesus Christ–not Baptist–not doctrine (didn’t know what that was). Not morality or religions “Earn-Or-Burn” proposal. It was similar to Jesus encounter with the Rich Young Ruler. All the superstitions and wack-o-doctrines of religion meant nothing and still mean nothing to me. I was “Born Again” (something admittedly strange to anyone not knowing what this is and personally experiencing it.) (John chapter 3)Now then, I see Denominations like Baptist and Methodist with great appreciation. I see them just as I see my State flag and my Nations flag. One belongs under the other. Denominations, without good leadership, will drift into building personal and Corporate Empires instead of Gods Kingdom. This is true historically and often what we still see today. Interestingly, Non-Christians everywhere can see it even when those so engrossed cannot.Whether or not you ever took to the Methodist way is of little consequence. And when you left (whenever that was) millions have done the same. My prayer is that you know Jesus and love Him.“Jesus Christ remains the same, yesterday, today and forever.” His love for you and me will never fail.When I kneel before Him I will not be asked if I was a Baptist or Methodist. That will not matter in the slightest.Her is one of my favorite verses,“You have never seen Jesus, and you don’t see him now. But still you love him and have faith in him, and no words can tell how glad and happy you are to be saved. That’s why you have faith.” (I Peter 1:8-9) Sandi in EL says: Sandi in EL says: March 11, 2019 at 8:41 am Wheezy1952 says: Sandi in EL says: last_img read more

What Its Like To Vote If You Dont Have An Address

first_img Share MIGUEL GUTIERREZ JR. / KUT NEWSZion Jeffamoff holding one of his anti-Trump signs near the intersection of Sixth Street and I-35 on October 5, 2016.It’s going to be easier for some populations to vote this year because of recent court-ordered changes to the voter ID law.  One group is the state’s homeless population, which typically faces many hurdles casting a ballot.Zion Jeffamoff is homeless right now and he’s planning on voting during this election. Right now, he’s pretty easy to spot in downtown Austin. Typically, he holds anti-Donald Trump signs by the I-35 overpass at Sixth Street – some feature obscenities, while others question Trump’s business acumen. Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016“I really didn’t even care about any of this, and then I was looking at the election and I got so irritated by what this guy said,” he said, referring to the GOP presidential nominee.This election has gotten Jeffamoff so riled up that he says he’s making the extra effort to vote. For most people, registering to vote is not a big deal, but if you are homeless it’s a little more complicated. Because, in order to vote, you need an address.MIGUEL GUTIERREZ JR. / KUTJeffamoff at his usual spot under the I-35 overpass.That’s where the Trinity Center downtown and Diane Holloway come into play.Just a few hundred feet away from where Jeffamoff typically holds his signs is where Holloway and others keep some filing cabinets for people without a mailing address.“We are a legal address for people to receive mail here and also as a legal residence in Travis County for voter registration,” Holloway explains.The Trinity Center keeps about 500 folders – each folder holds mail for an individual person living on the street or nearby shelters. Holloway says, when they register to vote this is their legal address. It’s also where they will get their voter ID card and all their other mail.Holloway says sometimes homeless people like to register to vote because a voter registration card can often be really useful in helping them replace an ID.“It helps them get back on the grid if they are looking to replace an ID or birth certificate,” Holloway says.Regardless of why they are registering, though, Holloway says every year she encourages people to vote. However, she says some people are always more interested than others.“As you might imagine some of our homeless population feels a good bit disenfranchised, and I guess, like other people, think their votes won’t count and their voices won’t be heard,” she says.Holloway is hopeful more people will be encouraged to vote now that the voter ID law has changed.Following a court order, people who face obstacles getting an ID can cast a regular ballot if they sign a form. People who opposed the voter ID law in, predicted it would keep low-income people from voting. But now, things should be easier.And, as far as Jeffamoff is concerned, he says he recently registered and is planning to vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in November.Copyright 2016 KUT-FM. To see more, visit KUT-FM.last_img read more

Meet The Man Believed To Be The First Black Millionaire In Texas

first_img Share CHRISTOPHER CONNELLY / KERAWilliam Madison McDonald, an influential banker and political kingmaker, is commemorated in a mural at Fort Worth’s Intermodal Transportation Center.William Madison McDonald is far from a household name these days, but he was a legend in his day. Born 150 years ago, McDonald is widely believed to have been the first black millionaire in Texas.The son of a former slave, McDonald became an influential banker and a political force who helped shape Fort Worth at the turn of the 20th century, using his wealth and connections to help lift up his city’s African-American community.Listen to the KERA News story.“When I was young growing up, Bill McDonald was a mythical character. But we knew he was real … we knew he was buried, for example. We knew he had lived and been buried. But he was larger than life,”  said Bob Ray Sanders, a retired Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist and former KERA newsman.When Sanders was growing up in the 1950s and early ‘60s, the east side of Fort Worth’s downtown was the place to be. The intersection of Jones Street and Ninth Street, Sanders said, was the heart of a thriving black business district in the still-segregated city that thronged with African-American-owned restaurants, hotels, night clubs, shops and even a hospital.“From the Convention Center almost to the Court House, these were black businesses,” Sanders recalled. “It was here, and it was vibrant.”Lifting the communityWilliam Madison McDonald became a major player in Texas Republican Party in the 1890s, representing the state as a delegate to national party conventions.A bank stood at the center of all that activity. Sanders said that so much of the city’s black business class was tied in one way or another to Fraternal Bank and Trust. Historians say it was the first black-owned bank in Texas. Its founder was William Madison McDonald.“From basically the beginning of the 20th century, Bill McDonald’s imprint was on Fort Worth,” Sanders said. “He made his mark, and he kept making his mark, until the day he died.”Before he came to Fort Worth, McDonald lived in Kaufman County. Born in 1866, his father was a freed slave, a man who had been owned by the Ku Klux Klan’s first grand wizard. At just 8 years old, McDonald went to work for a white lawyer, a man who eventually helped him to go to college.McDonald studied religion, ran a school and organized a state fair to show off the accomplishments of black farmers; all before he turned 21.“Anything that he took his hand to prospered. And he was showing others that you can do this too,” said Opal Lee, who helped launch Fort Worth’s black genealogical and historical society.Lee is 90 years old now, but she grew up seeing McDonald. It was at the end of his life, at the beginning of hers. Lee remembers walking past the millionaire’s massive mansion on Terrell Avenue on her way to the movie theater.“He’d be sitting out sunning: A little, old man. And I wanted so much to say something to him, but I was afraid. I never spoke to him,” she saidMcDonald left Kaufman County in 1906 for Fort Worth, and quickly became a revered leader in his adopted city. He bought a handful of businesses, built several buildings, and opened the Fraternal Bank and Trust. Opal Lee had an account there.McDonald’s bank was a simple place, Lee said. No fancy vault, just few desks and an ornate cage where the money was locked away.Still, it was a thriving financial institution. It not only survived the Great Depression, but was reported to have bailed out struggling white-owned banks. Originally the repository for the wealth of black Masons, Fraternal Bank and Trust served the city’s African-Americans when white banks weren’t open to them. Access to capital, Lee said, helped the community lift itself up.“He helped a lot of young black entrepreneurs get started in business,” he said.A political kingmakerBefore he became a banker, though, McDonald was active in politics. And at that, too, he excelled. He was a close ally of Col. Ned Green, a massively wealthy white railroad and banking magnate, and the two established themselves as a political power brokers.“Green and McDonald teamed up, and they ran the Republican Party in Texas,” he saidIn the decades that followed the end of slavery, a biracial coalition dominated the state Republican Party. McDonald became a shot caller in that so-called Black and Tan faction – and served as a delegate at state and national conventions. Reby Cary, a historian, educator and civil rights leader, said that African Americans at that time almost exclusively backed Republicans.“That party freed us. It was Abraham Lincoln,” Cary said. “We got freed because the Republicans freed us,” he saidCary, now in his 90s, grew up four blocks from McDonald. He said McDonald promoted a philosophy of black self-reliance, challenging African Americans to build their own institutions and businesses. A lifelong Republican, Cary said McDonald’s message shaped his own thinking, and is still relevant today.“In the first place, he used to tell us, he said, if blacks want your own business, you set it up. If you want your own newspaper, you set it up,” he said.A fading legacyMcDonald died in 1950. He left no heirs – his only son died while away at college. His grave in the Old Trinity Cemetery in Fort Worth is marked by a huge obelisk, and a historic marker recalling his influence.In the decades since his death, many of the buildings McDonald owned and built have disappeared. The bank was torn down. The Jim Hotel – where legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie stayed and played – is gone. Both his mansion and a sprawling masonic temple he built were demolished.At the train station in downtown Fort Worth, at the intersection where McDonald’s bank once stood, there’s a mural that celebrates the city’s black history. Sanders said the mural makes clear how much William McDonald’s story is woven throughout the history of Fort Worth’s African American community at the beginning of the last century.“Bill McDonald was a way maker, for a lot of people. Including me,” Sanders said. “He paved the way for a lot of people. He certainly wasn’t the only one, but he was a major figure in our history, and we shouldn’t forget that.”Sanders said that when he was a kid, you couldn’t grow up black in Fort Worth without hearing about William McDonald. Today, he said, young people don’t learn a lot of local black history. So while McDonald’s buildings are gone, Sanders said it’s on us to decide if his memory lives on.Copyright 2016 KERA-FM. To see more, visit KERA-FM.last_img read more

UPDATE US Withdraws From Historic Paris Climate Agreement Mayors Say They Will

first_img “This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries obtaining a financial advantage over the United States”, Trump said. The agreement, the president said, gives “countries an economic edge over the United States,” adding, “that’s not going to happen while I’m president.” He added that he is seeking to create a “level playing field” and establish the “highest standard of living, highest standard of environmental protection.”And, he stressed: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”National reactionsThe announcement fulfills one of Trump’s top campaign pledges. But it also undermines world efforts to combat global warming.The U.S. had agreed under former President Barack Obama to reduce emissions to 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels by 2025 — about 1.6 billion tons.Obama said right after the announcement that the Trump administration is joining “a small handful of nations that reject the future” by withdrawing from the Paris climate change pact. APPresident Donald Trump speaks about the U.S. role in the Paris climate change accord, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)The United States will no longer be part of the landmark 190-nation agreement to reduce earth-warming gases,  but will begin negotiations to re-enter the agreement, President Donald Trump announced Thursday at the White House.“We are getting out but we will start to negotiate and see if we can make a deal that’s fair”, Trump said, as he highlighted that although the U.S.  is pulling out from the agreement, the country will look to modify the accord to re-enter it. The president said that the nation would stop adhering to the emissions reductions standards immediately. The agreement was nonbinding. Trump painted the original deal as “unfair” to American workers and taxpayers, suggesting that other countries had more favorable agreements.Meanwhile, the U.S. Conference of Mayors said it strongly opposes Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris  accord and vowed that the nation’s mayors will continue efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming. Houston is one of the cities sticking to the climate accord, Mayor Sylvester Turner said.  Only few hours after the president’s announcement, Turner confirmed that Houston has joined over 60 so-called climate mayors from across the U.S. in vowing to honor the Paris Agreement’s goals to fight climate change. “Cities are front and center in the fight against climate change and we have to take action.  We must not let the President’s decision today slow our efforts.  As the energy capital of the world and the nation’s largest municipal purchaser of green power, Houston is leading by example and living proof that large, industrial cities can have a robust economy and also fight climate change”, Turner said in a statement. The mayors had previously released a statement immediately after the news stressing that the U.S. and other nations need to address climate change to become energy independent, self-reliant and resilient.New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the group’s vice president, called climate change a grave threat to coastal communities, the nation and the world. He said that if unchecked, sea-level rise caused by climate change could mean that New Orleans and other coastal cities “will cease to exist.”Landrieu said withdrawal from the Paris agreement “is shortsighted and will be devastating to Americans in the long run.” Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin, said his city won’t stop fighting climate change.The Paris agreement, considered the framework convention on climate change, requires that all parties report regularly on their emissions and on their implementation efforts. It entered into force on 4 November 2016, 30 days after the date on which at least 55 countries accounting in total for at least an estimated 55  per cent of the total global greenhouse gas emissions signed in. .@realDonaldTrump, you’re leaving a dark legacy just to satisfy your greediness. Today, you’ve surrendered the hopes and future of a nation.— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) June 1, 2017He accused Trump of “leaving a dark legacy just to satisfy your greediness” and surrendering the nation’s future.Fox concludes: “United States has stopped being the leader of the free world. @realDonaldTrump, single handed, took care of that.”The European Union’s top climate change official also reacted to say that Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris accord makes it “a sad day for the global community.”The EU’s climate action commissioner, Miguel Arias Cañete , said in a statement Thursday that the bloc “deeply regrets the unilateral decision by the Trump administration.”Canete says the 2015 accord is “ambitious yet not prescriptive.”The #ParisAgreement will endure. The world can continue to count on Europe for global leadership in the fight against climate change.— Miguel Arias Cañete (@MAC_europa) June 1, 2017He says the agreement will endure, and he pledged that “the world can continue to count on Europe for global leadership.”Canete also predicted that the EU would seek new alliances from the world’s largest economies to the most vulnerable island states, as well as U.S. businesses and individuals supportive of the accord.He added: “We are on the right side of history.” Share In a separate statement, mayors of the world’s megacities also committed to addressing climate change despite the U.S. move. The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, said climate change “poses a unique threat to the future of our planet, and puts in peril the health, prosperity, security and the very survival of our children and grandchildren.” Hidalgo said she’s urging the Trump administration to reconsider the decision.Former Vice President Al Gore, who has been extremely active on educating about climate change in the last decade, called the decision to exit the Paris agreement “a reckless and indefensible action.”Gore said the move “undermines America’s standing in the world.” He released the statement as President Donald Trump was speaking at the White House Rose Garden.My statement on Today’s Decision by the Trump Administration to Withdraw from the Paris Agreement:— Al Gore (@algore) June 1, 2017The former vice president has defined his postgovernment life as a climate champion. He urges mayors, governors and the business community to take up where Trump is leaving off, especially by focusing on clean energy.Gore says: “We are in the middle of a clean energy revolution that no single person or group can stop. President Trump’s decision is profoundly in conflict with what the majority of Americans want from our president.”International reactionsFormer Mexican President Vicente Fox  harshly criticized President Trump for withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate agreement.Fox has clashed with Trump since last year’s presidential campaign, and he let loose Thursday with a series of tweets saying the decision “condemns this generation and those to come.”Fox tweets of Trump: “He’s declaring war on the planet itself.”Withdrawal from #ParisAgreement, @realDonaldTrump condemns this generation and those to come. He’s declaring war on the planet itself.— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) June 1, 2017last_img read more

UPDATE Trump Announces US Withdrawal From Iran Deal

first_img Share 2:25 p.m.President Donald Trump says the United States is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, which he is calling “defective at its core.”Trump on Tuesday signed a presidential memorandum withdrawing from the 2015 agreement and he is planning to reinstall sanctions on the Iranian regime. He says in an address to the nation that he will be reinstituting the highest level of sanctions and warning any country not to help the Iranian government.Trump says America “will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail” and will not allow “a regime that chants ‘Death to America’” to get access to nuclear weapons.The president says he made the decision after consulting with U.S. allies.______ 2:20 p.m.President Donald Trump is railing against the Iran nuclear agreement as “a horrible, one-sided deal” based on a lie.Trump’s comments Tuesday come as he announces plans to follow through on his campaign threat to pull out of the landmark nuclear accord with Iran during a televised address at the White House.Trump says that if he allowed the deal to stand, there would soon be a nuclear arms race.He also says a constructive deal could easily have been struck at the time, but it wasn’t.Trump is calling Iran a “regime of great terror.”And he says that “no action taken by the regime has been more dangerous than its pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means of delivering them.”______President Donald Trump is following through on his campaign threat and withdrawing the U.S. from the landmark nuclear accord with Iran.That’s according to two people familiar with the decision, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record. They did not have any details on how the withdrawal would unfold.Trump is expected to make the announcement Tuesday afternoon.It wasn’t immediately clear which sanctions lifted under the deal that Trump plans to immediately re-impose. He has several options. A more limited move could leave Trump more room to potentially stay in the deal if other members agree to toughen it.The president has long criticized the 2015 agreement, which lifted most U.S. and international sanctions against the country. In return, Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear program making it impossible to produce a bomb, along with rigorous inspections.The decision deals a profound blow to some of America’s closest allies — including Britain, France and Germany, who joined the U.S. only three years ago to sign the deal.center_img AP Photo/Manuel Balce CenetaIn this May 5, 2018 photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion on tax reform at Cleveland Public Auditorium and Conference Center in Cleveland, Ohio.last_img read more

National Poetry Month Killdeer By Nick Flynn

first_imgKilldeerYou know how it pretendsto have a broken wing tolure predators away from itsnest, how it staggers just out ofreach? If, at this moment,you’re feeling metaphorical,nest can be the whateverinside us that we think needsprotection, the whatever that issmall & hasn’t yet found itsway. Like us, it has lived so longon scraps, on what others haveleft behind, it thinks it could liveon air, on words, forever almost,it thinks it would be better to letthe predator kill it than to turnits back on that child again,forgetting that one lives insidethe other. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: In this sound portrait, we meet poet Nick Flynn. He talks about his relationship to poetry, how poems can activate deep emotional states and writing as a child. He reads his poem, “Killdeer.”Nick Flynn has worked as a ship’s captain, an electrician and a caseworker with homeless adults. He is the author of 11 books, and his work has been translated into 15 languages. His honors include two PEN prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship and finalist for France’s Prix Femina. He served as executive producer and artistic collaborator on the 2012 Focus Features film, Being Flynn, based on his memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. Dividing his time between Houston and Brooklyn, he is a professor in the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, where he is in residence each spring. His forthcoming book, I Will Destroy You, will be published this fall by Graywolf Press. Xcenter_img This poem is reprinted with permission of the author.Music used: Seven League Boots (excerpt), Zinc (excerpt) and Hello Night (excerpt) by Zoë Keating from Into the TreesTo learn more about this series, go here. Geordie WoodNick Flynn Listen 00:00 /06:39last_img read more

Houston LGBTQ Community Mourns African American Transgender Woman

first_img Share Photo via FacebookPolice have identified the victim as 22-year-old Tracy Single.Houstonians are mourning the death of an African American transgender woman. Tracy Single was found dead in a parking lot in the Memorial area on July 30, according to the Houston Police Department. An autopsy revealed the incident was a homicide.“We are devastated by the loss of Tracy,” HPD sergeant Alexa Magnan, who works closely with members of the LGBT community, said. “We’re here and we are pursuing every lead in this case to try to bring justice for Tracy.” The 16th trans murder this year has happened here in Houston. Rest In Peace Tracy Single. We have lit City Hall and the Bridges over Hwy 59 in trans colors in her honor tonight/tomorrow. As we #sayhername we remain committed to creating a City where #translivesmatter 💙💕— RustinBrother (@HarrisonGuy) August 15, 2019At least 22 transgender people were killed in the U.S. last year and 82% of them were women of color, according to the national advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.“Transgender people are disproportionately affected by violence. Every year it’s consistent,” Magnan said. “Transgender women of color all across the country are victimized at much higher rates.” All HPD officers are receiving mandatory training with Equality Texas this year to educate them on working with transgender Houstonians, Magnan said. And she’s encouraging members of the transgender community to report any information that could be related to the incident. Houston City Hall and several highway bridges were lit in the trans pride flag colors — blue, pink and white — this week in Single’s memory, according to Harrison Guy, the chair of the mayor’s LGBTQ task force. “I was hoping to let the trans community specifically know that we see you, that this is your city as well, that you have a place here, that we’re working to make this a city that is safe for you, a place where you can thrive,” Guy said.In Dallas, police have been investigating the murders of two black transgender women, Muhlaysia Booker and Chynal Lindsey, earlier this summer.last_img read more

Luncheon at Forest Park

first_imgForest Park Senior Center’s 34th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon will be held noon to 4 p.m., Aug. 23, at the Delta Community Center, 2501 Springhill Ave., Baltimore. The afternoon’s activities include raffles and a silent auction, vendors, dancing, gifts and card playing. All proceeds to benefit the Center.Forest Park is also sponsoring a trip to New York to see Motown: The Musical, Nov. 6. Seats are on sale for $200 until Aug. 20.For more information, call the Center at 410-466-2124.last_img