Editorial: Here’s why Emmett Till matters today

This story has held my interest for many years. I did not read about it when it happened, I did read about it a few years later when the Civil Rights issues got hot in Mississippi. Emmett Till was born the same year as me. As you will note the Feds have reopened the case. Also the lady that accused Emmett of whistling at her is still living. The person that got the wheel rolling.Emmett Tills
Author: harold

Beheaded

I have been watching in horror the beheading of an American. This has followed the exposing to the public the abuse by our people to Iraqi prisoners. This act was necessary for al Quadia. After the exposer of the prison abuse, polls were down for those that want to continue the war in Iraq. al Quadia will do anything they can to help us destroy ourselves, like continuing a war in the Middle East that every Moslem opposes.

Ok rednecks go for the bait. I guess you will take us all with you. Five low level criminals created this crime. We are creating a war with 1.3 billion Moslems
Author: harold

LLOYD GRAY: Hamill not yet intoxicated with celebrity

This young man from Mississippi has some history similar to mine. He went to an Arabic country trying to avoid financial disaster as I did. His reason for leaving was more terrorizing than mine. He went in the middle of hostile action. Some hostile action was beginning in Egypt at the end of my stay but I did not know it when I left. Hamill’s employer was an American, while mine was an Egyptian. I like him came home angry but very humble, I pray that I continue to remain that way. Accepting money from my newly married 27 year old son has a way of keeping me humble. It appears Hamill wishes to remain humble also.Same
Author: harold

Old Thought

I wrote this in response to some article that I have forgotten, but it falls in line with one of my three issues. 1. no Prayer in high schools. 2 anti-war of drugs. 3. anti-Death penalty.

42 % of Americans agree on school prayer 10% of agree with me on antiwar on drugss. 30% agree on anti-Death penalty. Comment please

More belowI read with great interest the comments by resident religions leaders in your article on the death penalty. I have had a very special interest in this subject since my youth when I read an article in the Courier Journal in the early 50s which included a detailed account of the execution of Julius And Ethel Rosenberg. This was a blow by blow account of their execution at Sing Sing prison in New York State. I became anti-death penalty that day and have remained so through today, although many said I would change.

I do not think there is an issue of religion here. I put “Vengeance is mine sayth the Lord”, in my Bible search engine and it returned 6714 hits for verses of approximate phrase. I believe that a novice student of the Bible will understand the principle that revenge is not the answer to spiritual development. Anyone that is trying to live a life of forgiveness that Jesus Christ taught will come away saying, “This is not my call,” (death penalty).

Skillful politicians exploit and manipulate the sore feelings created within the loved ones of victims of violent acts, thus they secure their power base when they embrace the death penalty. This is easily transferred to people that are not victims. Although little was stated in the article about this part of the death penalty, I am sure none would support victims of violent acts being exploited and maneuvered by skillful politicians. Surely they think as I, the only hope for those victims is to embrace and enlarge their spiritual being to live an abundant life. Revenge should be left to the Maker of all things seen and unseen.

Proponents of the death penalty make two points:

1. The perpetrator deserves it.

2. The families of the victims need justice.

I believe the first is acting in God’s place. The second is plainly false. The victims would be better served by spiritual leadership instead of revenge.

I believe the death penalty is a determent in securing domestic Tranquility by perpetrating violence. We are saying violence is good and necessary at times, the same thought every violent offender thinks before he acts.
Author: harold

Religion as Baseball

Calvinists believe the game is fixed.

Lutherans believe they can’t win, but trust the Scorekeeper.

Quakers won’t swing.

Unitarians can catch anything.

MoreAmish walk a lot.

Pagans sacrifice.

Jehovah’s Witnesses are thrown out often.

Televangelists get caught stealing.

Episcopalians pass the plate.

Evangelicals make effective pitches.

Fundamentalists balk.

Adventists have a seventh-inning stretch.

Atheists refuse to have an Umpire.

Baptists want to play hardball.

Premillenialists expect the game to be called soon on account of darkness.

The Pope claims never to has committed an error.
Author: harold

Noah and his use of Alcohol

While most of you folks are getting ready for church, I will delivering a message on this topic at the Harbor House Treatment Center. I plan to transcribe my message and put on this site later next week.

Text below is repostedGenesis Chapter 9, Vs 18-29

[18] And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
[19] These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
[20] And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21] And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
[22] And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
[23] And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.
[24] And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
[25] And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
[26] And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
[27] God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
[28] And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
[29] And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.

Religion has not given this passage of scripture much attention except those folks a couple of hundred years ago said this was God’s plan for slavery, later Jim Crow laws, then segregation.. I would bet none out there have heard one minister lay one word upon this subject. However about one in ten times that I give a devotional at the treatment center I speak about his topic. I am going to ask a couple of question, then answer them in my way. Then maybe some of you can comment.

#1 Why was God’s Faithful and Chosen one drunk and naked in this tent?
Because his is a man not a god.
#2 Why did Ham laugh at his father?
Very natural reaction much easier that dealing within God’s Plan
#3 What about the actions of Shem & Japheth?
The description of their action say they did not even admit their father was drunk and naked in his tent because they were ashamed. Their action were what is called today plausible deniability.
Next they betrayed the confidence of their brother to get him expelled from the family.
#4 Why did Noah create the succession of sevirtude in Ham’s Family?
Just an old drunk pretending to be acting in the name of God covering up his owe misbehavior.

This is the oldest written liturature, I know, that illustrates the destructive nature of alcohol abuse in a family. Each of the four did not have the slightest idea how destructive nature of their actions.Review Weirdharold’s treatment for alcoholism then note the difference in the actions than those I recommend. Your comments are greatly appreciateed.
Author: harold