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Friday, March 22, 2013

LOVE RIHANNA STYLE

The twisted journey of love is hard enough. Constantly questioning does he or she love me back or in the same way, will it last, and why does love hurt with all it's insecurities and yet feel blissfully beautiful at the same time?

Now think of having all of these same feelings for some one who family, friends, and the world at large deems the WRONG person for legitimate reasons: he's married with children, he's abusive, he's a jailbird, etc., etc., etc.

Listening to the words of Rihanna's song "Stay" has to resonate with everyone in a 'shameful' 'guilt-ridden' full on love of the heart, spirit, and soul secret dying love affair with the WRONG person. There is no doubt the brain is in a state of utter confusion and despair.

                                                All along it was a fever
                                        A cold sweat hot-headed believer
                           I threw my hands in the air and said, "Show me something,"
                                     He said, "If you dare come a little closer."

                                 Round and around and around and around we go
                                Oh now tell me now tell me now tell me now you know

                                              Not really sure how to feel about it.
                                                  Something in the way you move
                                           Makes me feel like I can't live without you.
                                                     It takes me all the way.
                                                     I want you to stay

                                              It's not much of a life you're living
                                             It's not just something you take – it's given
                                        Round and around and around and around we go
                                    Oh now tell me now tell me now tell me now you know

                                              Not really sure how to feel about it.
                                                 Something in the way you move
                                         Makes me feel like I can't live without you.
                                                     It takes me all the way.
                                                        I want you to stay.

                                                     Ooh the reason I hold on
                                                 Ooh cause I need this hole gone
                        Funny you're the broken one but I'm the only one who needed saving
            Cause when you never see the light it's hard to know which one of us is caving

                                                Not really sure how to feel about it.
                                                 Something in the way you move
                                            Makes me feel like I can't live without you.

                                                    It takes me all the way.
                                                    I want you to stay, stay.
                                                     I want you to stay, oh.

Is there a person out there who cannot relate to the words of this song? If there is, consider yourself blessed.

When people tell you there are high points and low points in a marriage you can use the lyrics to this song because even in marriage there are times when YOU believe the person you love and took vows with is not now 'this' person filled with flaws and has let you down in ways that sometimes seem cruel and almost criminal. Now the ADVICE is to STAY at all costs - to make the marriage work. And yes, while there are good reasons to leave, memories of love tug at you; a relationship filled with hurt, with all it's insecurities and let downs; yet you feel blissfully loved at the high points, you now have to remember, at the same time?

Yes, all along love is a fever that makes you believe he or she is the one and it's love. You decide to take the chance and love them and then all the unexpected ugly rears it's head. Round and around you know what you cannot accept in the relationship: the cheating, he's married, he doesn't know how to communicate, and he just doesn't know how to love you the way you need him to.

The whispers in your own head becomes a pounding as everyone around you add to trying to tell your heart, spirit, and hormones you don't feel euphoria when you are in his presence and you just want HIM to stay until you can truly figure this thing out to the end even if it means hurting yourself and others.

You are not a fool, you know self inflicted wounds are about to occur along with hurting others around you you love and innocent people. But there is just something in the way he moves. That one simple thing that sends you to that place only you go - solo by yourself. That dark lonely place that makes you believe you cannot live without him.

What does a person do in this kind of bad love affair? Thankfully we have Rihanna to put this painful dilemma into words in a song for us. Even though my daughters hate me using YOLO (you only live once) I have to say it here.

Some people only get the chance to love once and become so battered and bruised from that first time burning love they build walls around their heart so they will never feel the pain of loving and losing again. The pain was too great without any reward. But to have loved and to have lost is a great reward. The adrenaline from insecurity and the butterflies and racing heart from just hearing their voice is a life experience worth experiencing at least once in your lifetime.

There is going to be that wrong man or woman in your life at one point or another unless you are that lucky one who gets it right the first time. And yes, abuse is the red line in the sand. But, there still can be that something about that WRONG person that makes you want to stay. For people on the outside looking in, you should know, being in that place of wanting to stay hurts like hell. But to have lived and loved someone Rihanna style with passion, pain, and confusion is an intoxicating, addicting poison filled with a blissfulness that rips a heart apart.

Bleeding Heart Flower

I am torn because I have loved someone Rihanna Style without the abuse, but so WRONG for me and made me feel the world was RIGHT when I was with him. I want to tell my daughters love can sometimes hurt without them ever having to actually experience that type of love. But I know they will somehow be robbed of something that in the long run will make them a stronger person who experienced an all consuming love that confused them and made them float on clouds at the same time.
The heart wants what it want. What a magnificent organ; so vital for life.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

2012 Political Conventions filled with LIES and the people who love the lies

A lying tongue is not only something God hates, it is also something that is an abomination to Him.
But, it seems we have decided homosexuality is more of an abomination to God than a lie is. Man has taken it upon themselves to determine a hierarchy of what is an abomination to God and this is turning off a lot of people looking at the actions of Christians and Christianity as a whole


The RNC kicked off it's convention with TS Isaac dampening the turnout but not the spirit of the "Yes I Did Build It Theme."
Just over a month ago I called into AFR (American Family Radio Station) and I made a general comment that a Politician or Lawyer should not be in either professions because they have to lie. The host was quick to ask me "So, you are saying all politicians and lawyers are liars?"

Of course I had to retract and say most of them are liars and have to pander to their audience for votes or lie to get a known criminal off because they are bound by law to provide them with a good defense leaving it to a jury to make the final decision.

After each night of the RNC broadcast, pundits quickly pointed out the lies that were told and the audience's indifference to the lie. After both conventions are finished, the American public will be be bombarded by lies while each candidate touts their Christian beliefs. This lead me to question what does the Bible have to say about lying.

Prov 6:16-19


16 There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, 19 A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.

So, if a lying tongue is something that is an abomination to our LORD, then would it not behoove us to understand what constitutes a lie?

Let us first give a definition as to what a lie is according to Webster’s dictionary: To make a statement that one knows is false, especially with the intent to deceive. To give a false impression or action or false statement, especially with the intent to deceive. To make a false statement in order to evade the truth. The invention of a false story or excuse in order to deceive.

Even with clear cut definitions of what lying is; people still choose to LIE. When are you “lying”? When you make, or purposely convey, a statement that you believe to be false, a statement intended to deceive someone to gain, or not lose, some advantage, and which must in fact be false. You can also lie by naming (“the job creators,” “death panels”) or by purposely evoking a false framing of a situation.


If accused of lying, you have excuses available: an understandable mistake, a white lie (harmless, technically false, intended to help), an uncharitable interpretation (not what I meant), a disagreement about word meaning (what is a “lobbyist”?), a misstatement (an innocent mistake in word choice), a social lie (What a pleasure to be here in Iowa in midwinter!), a technically true statement that indirectly entails a lie, a false statement you believed to be true at the time, a rhetorical statement (an innocent exaggeration, understatements, metaphor, etc.), an alternative framing, and so on. These can be either honest, or lying to get out of a lie.
In politics, politicians are willing to throw the lie out there and then retract it the next day. But the lie has been eaten up and beginning to be spread to others hungry for the lie.   Politicians lie to protect or advance what they see as a moral endeavor, like invading Iraq or cutting off 'welfare queens.'All politics is moral. Politicians advocate positions that they claim are right, not wrong or morally neutral. Like anyone else, a politician may lie to protect his or her own skin. But more often politicians lie to protect or advance what they see as a moral endeavor (e.g., the invasion of Iraq, Reagan’s war on nonexistent “welfare queens,” Johnson on the Tonkin Gulf). In the conservative moral system, the highest value is protecting and extending the moral system itself. When conservative icons or ideas themselves are threatened, it is not uncommon for conservative politicians to lie in their defense (Reagan never raised taxes; there’s no evidence for global warming; “government takeover”).
Voters tolerate lies they see as serving a moral purpose, or as having a reasonable excuse. They give more latitude to politicians they identify with.

One thing I found interesting is that the liar has to be 'All In' in their decision to lie:
Make peace with your decision to lie. Good lying means you've already crossed any moral or ethical hurdles, and justified to yourself that the lie in question is now a necessity. A poor liar often trips up through continuing to struggle with the morality or faith issues behind the decision to lie. Regardless of the reasons, if you want to lie successfully, you need to reach a place of internal equilibrium where the lie is adequately justified in your own mind. http://www.wikihow.com/Lie
lie (li) noun A false statement deliberately presented as being true; a falsehood. Something meant to deceive or give a wrong impression.

Verb lied, ly•ing (li ing), lies

verb, intransitive To present false information with the intention of deceiving. To convey a false image or impression: Appearances often lie.

verb, transitive To cause to be in a specific condition or affect in a specific way by telling falsehoods: You have lied yourself into trouble.(1) de•ceive de•ceive (di-sev) verb de•ceived, de•ceiv•ing, de•ceives

verb, transitive To cause to believe what is not true; mislead. Archaic. To catch by guile; ensnare.

verb, intransitive To practice deceit.

So now you are prepared to receive what the Bible has to say about lying and liars and I hope you take this to heart as you choose your candidate for President in 2012. People have said the position on abortion and homosexuality are the two issues to consider for a Christian. But, I also pay attention to the LIES the candidate tells and what is behind the reason he is lying.

Col 3:9-10

9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him

Lev 19:12
12'And you shall not swear falsely by My name, so as to profane the name of your God; I am the LORD.

Prov 25:18
18 Like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow Is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor.

Zech 8:17
17'Also let none of you devise evil in your heart against another, and do not love perjury; for all these are what I hate,' declares the LORD. "

Prov 14:5
5 A faithful witness will not lie, But a false witness speaks lies.

1 Kings 22:16
16 Then the king said to him, "How many times must I adjure you to speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?"

Prov 19:5
5 A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will not escape.

Deut 19:17-19
17 then both the men who have the dispute shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges who will be in office in those days. 18 And the judges shall investigate thoroughly; and if the witness is a false witness and he has accused his brother falsely, 19 then you shall do to him just as he had intended to do to his brother. Thus you shall purge the evil from among you.

Rev 21:8
8 "But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."

Prov 19:9
9 A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will perish.

Prov 24:28
28 Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, And do not deceive with your lips.

Ps 58:3
3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth.

James 3:14
14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.

Ex 23:1
1 "You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.

Prov 12:19
19 Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a moment.

Prov 6:16-19
16 There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, 19 A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.

"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour" (Exodus 20:16, the eighth Commandment).

"…true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:23-24).

Leviticus 6:1-4, "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour…or hath deceived his neighbour…and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein: Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty,"

Leviticus 19:11, "Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another."

Job 11:3,5, "Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed? But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee;"

Job 13:4, "But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value."

Job 24:25, "...who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?"

Psalms 24:4-5, "He…who hath not…sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD,"

Psalms 31:6, "I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD."

Psalms 31:18, "Let the lying lips be put to silence;"

Psalms 40:4, "Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies."

Psalms 52:2-4, "Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah. Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue."

Psalms 58:3, "The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies."

Psalms 59:12, "For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak."

Psalms 62:3-4, "… ye shall be slain all of you…they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly."

Psalms 63:11, "...the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped."

Psalms 101:7, "He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight."

Psalms 109:2, "For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue."

Psalms 119:29, "Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously."

Psalms 119:69, "The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart."

Psalms 119:163, "I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love."

Psalms 120:2, "Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue."

Proverbs 6:16-19, "These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren."

Proverbs 8:7, "For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips."


Proverbs 10:18, "He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool."

Proverbs 12:19, "The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment."

Proverbs 12:22, "Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight."

Proverbs 13:5, "A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame."

Proverbs 14:5, "A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies."

Proverbs 14:25, "A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies."

Proverbs 17:4, "A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue."

Proverbs 17:7, "Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince."

Proverbs 19:5, "A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape."

Proverbs 19:9, "A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish."

Proverbs 19:22, "The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar."

Proverbs 21:6, "The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death."

Proverbs 26:28, "A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin."

Proverbs 29:12, "If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked."

Proverbs 30:6, "Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar."

Proverbs 30:8, "Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:"

Isaiah 28:15,17, "Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement;…for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:…the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place."

Isaiah 30:9, "That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:"

Isaiah 32:7, "The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right."

Isaiah 44:24-25, "…I am the LORD…That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad;"

Isaiah 59:2-4, "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For…your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness...they trust in vanity, and speak lies; "

Isaiah 59:12-13, "For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them; In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood."

Isaiah 63:8, "For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour."

Jeremiah 7:4, "Trust ye not in lying words,"

Jeremiah 7:8-9, "Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. Will ye…swear falsely…and walk after other gods…?"

Jeremiah 9:3, "And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD."

Jeremiah 9:5, "And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity."

Jeremiah 14:14, "Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart."

Jeremiah 15:18, "Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed? wilt thou be altogether unto me as a liar, and as waters that fail?"

Jeremiah 16:19, "...Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit."

Jeremiah 23:14, "I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies:"

Jeremiah 23:26, "How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;"

Jeremiah 23:32, "Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD."

Jeremiah 27:10, "For they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far from your land; and that I should drive you out, and ye should perish."

Jeremiah 29:23, "Because they have committed villany in Israel, and have committed adultery with their neighbours' wives, and have spoken lying words in my name, which I have not commanded them; even I know, and am a witness, saith the LORD."

Ezekiel 13:8, "Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord GOD."


Ezekiel 13:19, "And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?"

Ezekiel 13:22-23, "Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life: Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the LORD."

Ezekiel 22:28, "And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken."

Ezekiel 24:12, "She hath wearied herself with lies, and her great scum went not forth out of her: her scum shall be in the fire."

Daniel 11:27, "…and they shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper:"

Hosea 4:2, "By swearing, and lying…they break out and blood toucheth blood."

Hosea 7:3, "They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies."

Hosea 10:13, "Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men."

Jonah 2:8, "They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy."

Micah 6:12-13, "…the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth. Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins."

Nahum 3:1, "Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies"

Zephaniah 3:13, "The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth:"

Zechariah 8:16, "These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour;"

Zechariah 13:3, "...Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: "

Malachi 2:6, "The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips:"

Matthew 15:19, "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts…false witness…These are the things which defile a man: "

John 8:44, "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."

Acts 5:3, "...why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, "

Acts 26:25, "But he [Paul] said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness."

Romans 1:24-25, "…through the lusts of their own hearts…Who changed the truth of God into a lie,"

Romans 9:1, "I say the truth in Christ, I lie not,"

2 Corinthians 11:31, "The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not."

Galatians 1:20, "Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not."

Ephesians 4:25, "Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another."

Colossians 3:9, "Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;"

1 Timothy 1:9-10, "…the law is not made for a righteous man, but…for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;"

1 Timothy 2:7, "Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not)"

1 Timothy 4:2, "Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;"

James 3:14, "But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth."

Titus 1:2, "...God…cannot lie, "

Hebrews 6:18, "...in which it was impossible for God to lie, "

1 John 1:6, "If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:"

1 John 2:4, "He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him."

1 John 2:21, "I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth."

1 John 2:22, "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son."

1 John 2:27, "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him."

1 John 4:20, "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?"

Revelation 2:2, "…thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:"

Revelation 3:9, "Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which…do lie;"

Revelation 21:8, "…and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:"

Revelation 21:27, "And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life."

Revelation 22:14-15, "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are…whosoever loveth and maketh a lie."

Judgment

In the New Testament books, there is an example of two people lying, Ananias and his wife Sapphira. Both of their lives were taken away by the Lord for lying. We should take to heart this example and understand how much God hates lying.
Acts 5:1-11, "But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things."

Lies and the Conservatives Who Love Them

George Lakoff, a professor of linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of, most recently, "The Political Mind: A Cognitive Scientist's Guide to Your Brain and Its Politics."

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/01/22/why-politicians-get-away-with-lying/why-conservatives-lie-about-iraq-and-global-warming

http://ecclesia.org/truth/lying.html



Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Todd Akin; What About The MAN Juice part in RAPE

MISSOURI WOMEN - WE'RE WATCHING YOUR VOTE. LOVE YOURSELF.

RAPE is considered to be such an ugly subject until we allow it to live and thrive because we don't want to be exposed to ugly? RAPE is now part of the 2012 political race.

I wrote a poem that placed in a national poetry contest: "Every Three Minutes" which dealt with the subject of rape. Now, it seems we must be informed as women what the word RAPE means. Todd Akin has brought to our vocabulary the words 'Legitimate Rape' and 'False Rape' and a little known fact that a woman can 'shut down a pregnancy' resulting from rape. Even the rapist are laughing. But, the Christians are standing with Akins. I say "Someone needs to walk a mile in someone else's shoes." Evangelism is DEAD and was murdered by the GOP in 2012.

Will women be silent and stand by for the sake of Party loyalty and let a man tell her WHEN she is raped. I'm sorry to say this and I know it may be offensive; but a woman's vote for this man is an assault on women by women. SHAME!!

This is a subject women should take the lid off of and empower themselves and their daughters to guard against as they live and grow. Understanding the beast is the first step and that those targeted are not to blame. Know the truth, know the myth. Teach the truth and teach the myth.
Myths: Rape is sex, Women incite men to rape, There is a "right way" to respond to a rape situation, etc. Here is a site where you can separate fact from myth: http://www.d.umn.edu/cla/faculty/jhamlin/3925/myths.html

I encourage every woman, every friend of a woman, and mothers to down load this page to keep and refer to at least once a year to remind yourself that rape is real and still happens. To be informed is just another part of loving yourself.

To hear someone say that a woman's body makes some kind of JUICES to prevent pregnancy during a rape is the height of ignorance and a sick depraved mind. What JUICE power does a woman have and can activate while someone is entering her private parts against her will. If any juice can be activated it should be LYE to burn the hell out of the man's penis.

MUSCULAR CHRISTIANITY I hate this phrase everytime I hear it on the intro to a Christian broadcast. Why are all of these muscular men blaming women for everything. Don't the rapist have JUICES!!! Oh, this is one case where men will say women are stronger than them. Women JUICES can trump men Juices. How sickening!!!!

Has Obama made the men on the Right feel so impotent until they have to beat up on women to feel like men again? There is a WAR ON WOMEN. The emasculated man is kicking the dog when he gets home and yes, it is women. This would be domestic violence since definitions are so important.

As with all of the evils in the world, be wary of how this subject is approached so you will not instill anxiety and paranoia in our young girls. Awareness is a key weapon in the battle against rape.

Womens_eNews posted 25 Facts about Rape in America and I wanted to share them with you.

1.The FBI’s definition of “forcible rape” in their Uniform Crime Report (UCR): “The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.”

2.What that definition leaves out: anal, oral and statutory rape; incest; rape with an object, finger or fist; rape of men

3.Number of men raped in any year, according to the UCR: 0

4.Estimated number of men actually raped each year, according to the Dept. of Justice: 93,000

5.Number of women raped in 2007 under the UCR definition: 91,874

6.Number of sexual assaults in 2007–which includes rapes the FBI leaves out–according to the National Crime Victimization Survey: 248,300

7.Dept. of Justice estimate of how many women are actually raped each year: 300,000

8.Number of arrests for rape in 2007 (UCR): 23,307

9.Percentage of rapes that result in incarceration: 0.35 percent

10.Number of murders/manslaughters in 2007 (UCR): 17,157

11.Number of arrests for murder/manslaughter in 2007 (UCR): 13,480

12.Percentage of murders that result in incarceration: 20 percent or more

13.Average number of rapes to every murder committed annually: 5 to 1

14.Two of the top five cities in the U.S. with the most “unfounded” (i.e., false or baseless reports, according to police) rapes: New Orleans and Baltimore

15.Percentage of rape reports deemed “unfounded” by New Orleans police in 2008: 60 percent

16.Percentage of rape reports deemed “unfounded” by Baltimore police in 2009: 32 percent

17.Percentage of actual estimated false rape reports in any given year according to research studies: 2-8 percent

18.Percentage of rape reports deemed “unfounded” by the FBI in 2006: 5 percent

19.How Baltimore police once explained their “unfounded” rape rate: “One of the things we know is that victims do lie.”

20.Percentage of rape reports deemed “unfounded” (i.e. falsely reported) by Philadelphia police in 1983: 52 percent

21.The year Philadelphia was forced to clean up its rape reporting practices: 1999

22.Percentage of rape reports deemed unfounded in Philadelphia in 2007: 10 percent

23.What a Philadelphia police officer once called his city’s sex crimes unit: “The lying bitches unit.”

24.“Reasons” women lie about rape, according to Philadelphia’s police department in 1984: revenge; free abortion; covering up truancy, pregnancy, infidelity, lost money, sexual precocity.

25.Number of people who have signed a letter urging the FBI to change its definition of rape: 2,019 (and counting)

Mr. Akin, you have exposed you are willing to be led by the nose into the land of untruth and lies. You apologized for your choice of words. But, have you apologized to the right person? Don't lose your soul to win power.

Christianity Stabbed in the Back: The Ides of Politics

I am a Christian and I know my head is spinning around just like Linda Blair's head did in the movie the Exorcism as she spewed out green pea soup vomit. My head is only spinning, others are and have been spewing the pea soup. Let me make it perfectly clear. My head is spinning at the flip flop of the Church in its attempt to shape the outcome of the 2012 election covering their motives in Christianity, going against their own teachings and beliefs; thus losing their integrity and bringing suspicions on Christianity as a whole. My heart bleeds for the Christians who are left in a stupor of confusion.

"Therefore let us stop passing judgement on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumb- ling block or obstacle in your brother's way." Romans 14:13

"Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak." 1 Corinthians 8:9

Why have I pulled these two passages from the Bible (and not go into the context of which they were spoke) to make a foundation for my post? Because these words speak so well to what is causing my head to spin and my concern for other Christians, those who are babes in Christ, and for the secular world who are watching Christians.

For years, rightly or wrongly, Christianity has taught congregations or warned them in depth about other religions in which they consider to be cults:
The Four Major Cults: Christian Science, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormonism and one is missing to this list isn't it? The reason it is missing is because I wanted to draw attention to the fact many Christians believe it is a cult.
"For decades evangelicals have diligently and faithfully attempted to identify, analyze and warn the church against cults. Included in the standard list are Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, Unity School of Christianity, Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church, etc. Yet the most seductive, dangerous and largest cult (many times larger than all of the rest combined) is not included in the list! Most cult experts refuse to identify this horrendous cult as such! Instead, they accept it as "Christian."… facts of which I myself was ignorant years ago when I, too, failed to identify the Roman Catholic Church as the cult it is… Were Luther, Calvin and the other Reformers alive today, they would denounce Roman Catholicism as the largest and most dangerous cult on earth!... Mormons must blindly obey Joseph Smith and his successors;" http://www.reachingcatholics.org/cult-cult.html  A Cult is a Cult,  Dave Hunt.
Did you catch the 4th denomination many Christians believe is a cult? Yep. Catholicism.
In the pews of many Sunday Schools or in the early evening of Bible Studies, and yes, in Seminars across the United States, it has been drummed into the Christian mind that there are cults and you should do everything to evangelize these lost people and bring them to Christ.
But, the political arena of 2012 has changed this teaching/preaching. For the first time in history, we will have a Republican ticket that does not have a Protestant running for the office of president. We have a Mormon and a Catholic. What is a Christian to do? There must be some kind of conflict occuring in their spirit? They must be deciding: "Have I been lied to for years or does my Christian faith have to go along with the teachings of my denomination?" Heads everywhere must be spinning or even exploding.
Evangelism of Jews has always been hampered by the fact Jews believe Christians seem not to be able to decide if they worship 3 Gods - God, Jesus, Holy Spirit and the vast number of denominations they have. Now throw into this mix the changing opinions about Catholics and Mormons in the name of politics, Christianity has stabbed their own selves in the back in their ability to be taken seriously about their belief in Jesus. INTEGRITY has been lost in the 2012 Election.
1. A great challenge confronting the church is denominationalism...

a. According to one account, there are more than 38,000 different denominations!

b. Different religious organizations, bearing many different religious names

c. Hindering the spread of the gospel ("Why, you Christians can’t even agree!") we should not be surprised when unbelievers are slow to accept the gospel coming from a divided church

2. Many point to the divided condition of those professing to follow Christ...

a. Atheists and agnostics use religious division as an excuse not to believe in God

b. Muslims, Jews, etc. often use denominationalism reasons not to believe in Christ

3. Denominationalism has also given support and encouragement to the cults

a. Mormonism started in reaction to the denominationalism of Joseph Smith’s day

b. Those who call themselves "Jehovah’s Witnesses" use religious division to encourage people to follow their own strictly-controlled organization.

This is what the faithful have been told for years. But no more. All of these beliefs are being turned on their head while the pea soup spewers are calling Democrats people who hate God and are evil, lost, and sinfulmpeople bound for hell. The president, who has been called a Muslim, receives no such 'blind eye' by the Christian Right. Or has he? As far as hypocrisy is accounted for.

"… Jerry Johnson and his role in formulating a document calling on Christian leaders who decide to back Mitt Romney to also make clear that Mormonism is a cult. As Johnson explained, he personally will not be voting for either President Obama or Mitt Romney because that is like having to choose between "voting for the Beast or the False Prophet."…. As we have noted several times before, Religious Right radio show host Steve Deace has made a habit of inviting openly anti-Mormon activists onto his program to make the case that Christians cannot vote for Mitt Romney purely because of his faith…. Bryan Fischer has a long history of criticizing Mormonism, saying that it is not protected by the First Amendment and warning that electing a "spiritually-compromised candidate" like Mitt Romney will weaken the nation and threatens its spiritual health…. Isn’t it interesting how right-wing personalities like Bryan Fischer and Janet Mefferd consistently say that no one on the Right attacks Mitt Romney over his Mormon faith…and then go on to claim that Mormons are under Satan’s deception and don’t care about public office because they are waiting to become gods, respectively. And Fischer and Mefferd are far from the only ones who are trying to make the Mormon religion into an election issue."


"On a Monday edition of Crosstalk, Vic Eliason of Voice of Christian Youth America advised listeners against supporting a Mormon candidate for president because they are praying to “the wrong God.” Eliason in 2008 hosted a presidential candidate debate with other Religious Right leaders that you will not be surprised to learn Romney did not attend."

"Channeling Mike Huckabee, Eliason said that “Mormons do believe that Jesus and Beelzebub, or the devil, are kid brothers.” He went on to say that Mormons “believe that someday God is going to put you on your own planet and you will be a God in charge of your own planet,” warning that “if those things happen, who knows, we might have a president who would suddenly evacuate the White House and go to another planet and become a God!”:  the above three paragraph can be found at http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/topics/mormonism

******* insert here: HEAD SPINS      HEAD SPINS      HEAD SPINS!   ***********

The Christian Right is seizing the day to take their country back and it does not matter what is sacrificed in this effort: INTEGRITY

Let's imagine for an instant Christianity is against the American government (made up of the three branches guided by the Constitution) crowning itself as the one and only true leader of the free world, America, instead of Christianity. What can we parallel to this self crowning (which the founding fathers actually established with every citizen of the United States voting their wishes as to who would have these powers)? Yes, I know. The Great Caesar.

A more well known occurrence on the Ides of March, in 44 B.C., Julius Caesar was assassinated, at the foot of a statue of Pompey where the Senate was meeting. Before Caesar went to the theater of Pompey to attend the Senate meeting, he had been given advice not to go, but he didn't listen. Biographers describe tension between Caesar and the Senate, and his possible claims to the title of king. These events were the principal motive for Caesar's assassination by his political opponents in the Senate.


Brutus began to conspire against Caesar with his friend and brother-in-law Gaius Cassius Longinus and other men, calling themselves the Liberatores ("Liberators"). Many plans were discussed by the group, as documented by Nicolaus of Damascus:

“ The conspirators never met exactly openly, but they assembled a few at a time in each other's homes. There were many discussions and proposals, as might be expected, while they investigated how and where to execute their design. Some suggested that they should make the attempt along the Sacred Way, which was one of his favorite walks. Another idea was to do it at the elections, during which he had to cross a bridge to appoint the magistrates in the Campus Martius. Someone proposed that they draw lots for some to push him from the bridge and others to run up and kill him. A third plan was to wait for a coming gladiatorial show. The advantage of that was, because of the show, no suspicion would be aroused if arms were seen. The majority opinion, however, favored killing him while he sat in the Senate. He would be there by himself, since only Senators were admitted, and the conspirators could hide their daggers beneath their togas. This plan won the day."

The result unforeseen by the assassins was that Caesar's death precipitated the end of the Roman Republic. The Roman lower classes, with whom Caesar was popular, became enraged that a small group of aristocrats had sacrificed Caesar.

People are calling for smaller government, but it actually seems like they want to kill government. It is the rich aristocrats of the 21st Century plotting the demise and the 99% who are enraged. Will this attitude have some unforseen consequences?

Christianity is stabbing itself in the back and have been doing so for years. It has culminated and shown it's true self; which is the lust for POWER and GREED. The flip flop on their teachings of cults and which denomination is the only TRUE Christian religion and who belongs in it, has been heading to this outcome: The Ides Of Politics; which we witnessed during the Republican debates.

So, I am looking for more serious wounds as we get closer and closer to the day when the vote is cast. Will our ability to be taken seriously as those living Holy lives and an example for others who would want to follow Jesus continue after 2012? Or will our venom and loss of integrity turn off the world to Christianity?

All I know is - my head is spinning from listening to the Christians as they engage in politics. I look for the love, grace, and mercy of Jesus as he changed history through his ministry and I can't see it.

I'll leave you with my main point from my book The Politics of Prayer: "Judas demanded revolt; Jesus commanded love."






Thursday, August 16, 2012

One Hell Of A Blog or the blog from HELL

I know, I know. Everyone believes their blog is great and that they say profound and enlightening things when more than likely it is a toddler rant or a patch work of the current news headline.

Well, truth is --- I may fall into that same category. But, the workings of my mind - I believe - adds a little spice, a twist, a jolt, and a lot of Food For Thought.

I don't even try to be a 'shock Jock' Limbaugh has that covered and I hate self righteous Saints spouting angel dust and Jesus coated posts. So where do I fit into this blog-a-verse?

That's just it. I don't even begin to try to fit in. I love my own blog and think it is one hell of a blog.

I had a man call me some kind of Jesus sex freak. I was like Wow someone took the time to call me a sex freak.

Of course I have had people say 'Oh, I love your take on that topic. Great piece." And I am like Wow someone said I was a great piece.

But the one thing I am most proud of is the fact that I do not sit in my underwear, in some Emo type room, using an ananonymous name, being crude, rude, and lude. I like the Emo look, I just used that generalized group borrowing their dark coolness which is nothing like the Goths of my day.

That brings up the thing I am least proud of - not knowing what words are considered to be cool? Hip? Banging? Ab Fab? Crunk? You get my drift.

One thing I keep in mind as I write on topics the timid would never touch is: "Wonder if this topic going to send me straight to hell?"

I wonder about this because I write about Christianity, Politics, Feminism, Racism and Uglyism. Yeah, I make up words as I see fit. I'm not as good as Snoop Dog, but I do alright.

So, if you want to live on the edge with me; take some time and become one of my followers, tell a friend, list me as one of your favorite blogs on your blog page because

THIS IS ONE HELL OF A BLOG OR THE BLOG FROM HELL.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Republican Red Red Whine


It's everywhere and it seems to be a very good year. The best grapes selected, every drop of juice squeezed, bottled, and aged to perfection. And it is a red, red, elephant whine.
Gone are the days when the GOP let fly fiery darts of racist dog whistles, sling shots filled with slurs, machine guns spewing accusations, and torpedoes laced with conspiracy theories; or so the whiners would have us believe.

Offended by Joe Biden's use of the word 'chains' while addressing an audience with what is called 'having a number of blacks in it' is considered by the Right as the most low ball thing a singular person could do. The news is filled with the Right saying SHAME ON YOU and HOW UNACCEPTABLE.  Where have they been living the past three years? 

But, American ears and even the ears of the world do not have short term memory. It will take a lot to top the years of incivility the people have been exposed to by the mouths of the Republican Cult; no I'm not going to become one of those people. I apologize - Republican Party is what I meant.

I know I heard what I have heard: "Communist, Czar, Chicago gangster, food stamp president, not a  true/real 'black' man, leader of DEATH PANELS, Socialist, not American, anointed one, baby killer, warrior against Christianity, destroyer of the family, a liar, and the list goes on and on."  Romney said vote for Obama if you want more free stuff. The Birther lie has been going on for over three years. Alan West, Herman Cain, and Michelle Bachman reminded us of enslavement and plantations, but not in the way history has recorded it. 

Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal publicly cited a Bible verse calling for President Obama to be killed, his wife to be widowed, and his children to be orphaned. He’s the very same guy who forwarded an email to state house Republicans referring to the First Lady as “Mrs. YoMamma.”

And Marilyn Davenport, an elected member of the Orange County (California) Republican Central Committee, forwarded her own email in April of last year that included a doctored photo of the President and his parents as monkeys.


Four months later, Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn candidly said during a radio interview that he didn’t “even want to have to be associated with … (President Obama). It’s like touching a tar baby …”
Speaker John Boehner on August 31, 2011 became the first speaker in history to tell a sitting president that he would not be permitted to deliver an address to a joint session of Congress on the date specifically requested by the White House.
We have come to the REAL time when the GOP has come 'uncorked' and the whine is flowing. Now it is President Obama and Joe Biden who are the grapes of wrath - saying things that degrade both of their offices. Now is the time the GOP has decided to chastise ugly language and behavior. REALLY?
Mitt Romney has asked the president for an apology while he continues to attack. We remember how ruthless his attacks were on Newt; so, we know he will unleash an arsenal of ugliness on the president the closer November 2012 gets.

There has to be a special place in Dante's Inferno reserved for this switcheroo group who denies racism exists and they actually fuel it with every word they utter.
 When does what the eyes see and the ears hear become truth? When will the perpetrators of hate say enough is enough? I know I have had enough. How about you?




Prayer heals
Those who want to be healed

Monday, August 6, 2012

Harriet Tubman's Letter to The Republican Party of 2012

I was born around 1820 or 21 in Dorchester County Maryland. Keeping track of my exact date of birth would be too much knowledge for my liitle ole head to be concerned with. My life, in my owner's eyes, was I only needed to be exposed to things he found relevant and important to my well being and abilities to get my work load of the day done. If I had to show my papers when stopped and asked about my origin or age would be a futile effort for a person considered as not a person or someone who did not belong to the land where I lived and worked.

For years I felt proud I had someone watching out for me making the hard decisions of my life. Or that is how my master thought I felt. In his own mind, this allowed me to get to the business of working. And man did I know how to work.

People these days are obsessed with their good looks. they get Botox or nose jobs and face lifts to make sure they look young and good. But if the truth be told, they look more like the wild animals I came across in the dark of night while leading other slaves to freedom.

No- beauty was never a luxury I had time to sit around and contemplate. I had scars on my face, neck, and body that God did not give me, but scars man decided I deserved.

One Mistress I was rented to worked me all day long and I had to rock her baby all night long and if that baby cried disturbing the Mistress, I would receive the whip across my neck. My scars were my beauty, if there were ever such a thing. They were my beauty because they made me long to be like those without the scars of slavery.

The scars were not just a cosmetic concern. The avoidance of receiving them made me a hard worker; bailing hay like any other man, trying to avoid the flogging.. Strong men marveled at me at my feats of physical stregnth. Little did I know or little did they know that along with my physicsl strenghth came internal strengnth and determination; piling up as high as the hay I chopped and stacked.

Now this young generation would balk at all of the suffering I went through, but they don't realize it is the suffering that made me stronger;  able to withstand the next blow of oppression offered by my Christian
tormentors.

Even though I watched my Christian owners live lives they said were in accordance with Jesus' teachings, I prayed right along with them for mercy. I prayed for my master much like the Christians of today pray for President Obama: "Oh dear Lord change dat man's heart and make him a Christian.'' It was good for the soul to pray. But when I learned I was to be sent to a chain gang in the far South my prayer quickly changed to " Lord if you aint't never going to change dat man's heart, kill him, Lord and take him out of de way so he won't do no more mischeif."

Boy oh boy was I surprised when the Master died as wickedly as he lived. It was then I realized the power of prayer and that my soul had to be clean in order for me to pray clean prayers for the Lord to hear.

Nineteen times I traveled back to the arms of danger to free my fellow man. Praying and trusting in God. How surprised, outright mistfied I was when I heard Allen West say he was the new me:

Always a fan of skewed historical references, Rep. Allen West went on Fox News yesterday to proclaim he's the "modern-day Harriet Tubman," and says he's the one that will get the nation's African-Americans off the "21st century plantation."

The "plantation" isn't a new reference for West, but being Harriet Tubman and taking black people on his "underground railroad" is a new one.

And who are the overseers of said "plantation?" Why, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Maxine Waters, and Barbara Lee, of course. But that's some sort of conspiracy theory orchestrated by "white liberals," West explains.

"I'm gonna be brutally honest," West said to Laura Ingraham, who was sitting in for Papa Bear Bill O'Reilly on the O'Reilly Factor yesterday. "White liberals have turned over to certain leaders -- perceived leaders -- in the black community like a Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, a Maxine Waters or Barbara Lee, and said, 'pacify and keep the black community firmly behind us regardless of the failures of our social welfare policies.'"

My memory and health sometimes failed me due to being raised under harsh conditions, and subjected to whippings even as a small child. At the age of 12 I was seriously injured by a blow to the head, inflicted by a white overseer for refusing to assist in tying up a man who had attempted escape. But I can recognize a pig stye filled with pig mess and Mr. West obviously knows nothing about plantation life or the heart of a slave master. Lawd, I need to pray a prayer of wisdom for dis man who has never felt the sting of a whip ripping his black flesh from his bare back.

Mr. West needs to know what caused me to want to leave a plantation instead of staying and waiting on the wonderful handouts I was privy to. This is what Mr.West fails to understand about me and my fellow slaves when he insists we love plantation life.
1. Clothing: Every year, slaves usually received two linen shirts, two pairs of trousers , one jacket, one pair of socks, one pair of shoes, an overcoat, and a wool hat. Because it was free means it was great Mr. West?
2. Food: Slaves usually received cornmeal salt herrings, and eight pounds of pork or fish each month for food.
3. Housing: Slaves houses were usually wooden shacks with dirt floors, but sometimes houses were made of boards nailed up with cracks stuffed with rags. The beds were collected pieces of straw or grass, and old rags, and only one blanket for a covering. A single room could have up to a dozen people-men, women, and children.
4. Childhood: When a slave was only 12 months old his/her mother could be sold far away. When a slave was four, they sometimes worked as a babysitter. When a slave was around the age of five, they would run errands and carry water to the field slaves. Around the age of eight, children would be expected to work on the plantation. I have heard of a woman named Michelle Bauchmann who is very proud of the children and foster children she had the fortune to raise to adulthood. How many tears would she have cried if just one of her babies were ripped from her arms. There is a common mother thread running through the core of every mother I believe. God gives parents the precious gift of children, a life anti-abortionists stand in the rain to protest against. I wonder sometimes how can any person make a statement on the horrors of broken families while sticking their chest out like a peacock pleased at raising double digits of children. This quote chills my old bones to the core: Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA's first African-American President. To hear a mother's scream from being forced to give up her baby is a cry no one who has heard it can get over easily. It's a ghost that haunts an empty space in the heart.
5.Families: Over 32% of marriages were canceled by masters as a result of slaves being sold away from the family home. A slave husband could be parted from his wife, and children from their mothers.

6. Punishments: Slaves could be killed for murder, burglary, arson, and assault upon a white person. Plantation owners believed that this severe discipline would make the slaves too scared to rebel.

In South Carolina one slave owner would put nails in a barrel sticking out on the inside of the barrel, then put the slave in and roll him/her down a very long and steep hill. Another punishment slave owners used was to whip their slaves. Other slave owners in Virginia smoked their slaves. This involved whipping them and putting them in a tobacco smokehouse. Some other punishments were getting beaten with a chair, broom, tongs, shovel, shears, knife handles, the heavy end of a woman’s shoe, and an oak club.

Now I don't know Jessie Jackson peronally or this Al Sharpton, but I know this type of living is not being perpetrated by black people on black people. Lawd I worked so hard for my people to have a better life where they were free-free to make choices like the rest of the American people.

7. Religion: One of the main reasons masters didn’t want their slaves to become Christians involved the Bible. This was one reason why most plantation owners did what they could to stop their slaves from learning to read. In the South, black people were not usually allowed to attend church services. Black people in the North were more likely to attend church services. Drums, which were used in traditional religious ceremonies, where banned because overseers worried that they would be used to send messages.

I led slaves from the South to the North where they could live free from the threat of beatings and hangings. Where is Mr. West leading people living in horrid conditions not fit for animals? A plantation is a place of torment for money. Money in which the laborer never has access to. Only the master prospers. Hand outs did not factor into the life of a plantation. Free labor, working a human day and night while treating them like chattel was plantation life.

The new Moses seems to be telling free people they are slaves and slaves like handouts. No slave worked from sunup to sundown for free stuff. And believe me, the scars of slavery are so deep, no black person would ever need someone to follow them to freedom, their soul would ache to be free and they would find a way in the cold still blackness of night.

Well, yall I did all I could do while I could do it. The Underground Railroad served it's purpose. Freedom is a choice that has to be siezed daily. The 21st Century looks so different and yet, the need for money will always enslave those least likely to go to extremes to accumulate it to excess. I see people who don't have any money and recieve Medicare and no Health Insurance standing shoulder to shoulder with those against the government giving out hand outs. My mind goes blank from a severe blow I received. Wonder what has hit them in their heads?

"I grew up a neglected weed - ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it. I was not happy or contented; everytime I saw a white man I was afraid of being carried away. I had two sisters carried away in a chain gang - one of them left two children. We were always uneasy. Now I've been free. I know what slavery is. I have seen hundreds of escaped slaves but I never saw one who was willing to go back and be a slave. I have no opportunity to see my friends in my native land [the South]. We would rather stay in our native land if we could be as free there as we are here. I think slavery is the next thing to hell. If a person would send another into bondage he would, it appears to me, be bad enough to send him to hell if he could" --- Harriet Tubman


 

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