The Religious Right is Right About the Family

From my observations at a kiddy park in Portland, OR
My wife, my son, & I took our grand children to a kiddy park. I met a young lady tending to two children, one about 8 years old, the other in diapers. The lady was friendly and I asked if the children belong to her. She stated in English with heavy Hispanic accent, she was a Nanny for the two. She also stated in very poor English she was a landed emigrant, been her two years. Also so stated she had a three year old in day care.

Now that is what I call a family unit. I bet the homosexuals did it.

Weirdharold says maybe greed

Author: harold

Hundreds of Iraqi civilians being held in “Appalling Conditions”

Check out this article at the Guardian (a British news site). Apparently, a large number of Iraqi civilians are being held in makeshift jails, many in very bad conditions. There are also reports of many children being among the prisoners. This is something that you probably won’t see in the mainstream American media. We can’t reveal anything bad about the occupation in Iraq.

There are a couple of good quotes in this article. My favorite is “The message is that things are getting better. But the occupation forces’ shocking handling of civilian prisoners will not be forgotten quickly by the victims. They are one more example of how badly those who planned the war on Iraq failed to plan the peace.”

Author: jonathan

Weirdharold Responds to Daily Journal Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor Daily Journal 8/10/2003
Respose belowI am reading the letters to the editor in the Daily Journal. I find one letter titled: Some Baptists are just Plain old Liberals.

The author of this piece thinks the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is a liberal group of Baptist spreading a false message across the land. The writer also faults the conservative Southern Baptist Convention for not speaking out against. I fault not the author upon his views, but he uses 1 Peter 5: 8 as to validate his point.

1 Peter 5: 8, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

My thinking is, “ looking for the devil from without, is as dangerous as looking for gods from without. Placing faith in men not God. Faith that is based on methodology not actions is doomed to fail.” The devil will destory from within, we need look not far.

Author: harold

Of All Tyrannies . . .

I was cleaning out some old files today and ran across this –thought it was very pertinent to what’s going on in the world today:

“A tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than omnipotent busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some time be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

— C.S. Lewis

Author: LadyDi

Intolerance of Homosexuality is Classed with Bigotry & Racism

The religious bigots that wish to fight Gay and Lesbians groups right to the same benefits all enjoy are joined at the hip with the racists that fought for 100 years to keep Blacks from the same benefitsThey do not read spiritual material pertinent to the issue nor do the interrupt what they read in the context that it was written.

Luke 15 11 And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. I do not think the Bible researcher need to go any further to find the answer to the hard fought dilemma. The passage of scripture was written in red and I do not think I have to say who said it.

To those that choose to deny the right and benefits are acting outside the Grace of God. Whether other are will fall upon God to decide. Other spiritual material says, “But with the *********, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment is infinitely grave. We found that it is fatal. For when harboring such feeling we shut ourselves off from the sunlight of the Spirit”

Spiritually cannot be of benefits when we fight. This issue much be sorted out in God’s way. I just wish the Pope and a whole bunch of religious leaders would just get it and stop playing these silly little political games.

Signed

Weirdharold, straight and intolerant of intolerant people
Author: harold

God Is Love

If my records and memory serve me well, 50 years ago today, I was Baptized and became a full fledged member of the the Three Forks Bacon Creek Baptist Church in Northern Hart County KY. The feat was accomplished in the North Fork of Bacon Creek just North of Grace Brooks home. She was living there with two of her three sons John & Jim. The Most Reverend Manley Towles was performing the sacrament. I notice some of my childhood friends some living some not, they are: Bud Jones, Jimmy Wagoner, Jessie Howard & Frank Talley, (Little) Henry Hodges, Randell Skaggs and some adults & children I do not remember.
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Read onThis memory takes me back a little further to the late forties when my mother was teaching the Beginners Class at the old church. Each sunday she would prepare me to recite a bible verse. The first two I remember was, “Jesus wept” and “God is Love”. Through 16 years of self run riot and 27 years of attempting to follow a path more in step with God’s will, I find the definition of God is Love to be the most appropriate for me to follow. The most important act of God’s Love is shown in obscure passages in the Bible and a sometimes thought as rebukes. Here are some of the passages that I find very interesting.

St. Luke Ch 15 Vs 12, and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.’ And he divided his living between them.

This is only implied act of love that a father has for his son. He gives the wealth that belonged to the son and let him go when he very well knew what was in store for the son. This type of act takes faith.

Luke 18:25 – For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

This verse and the ones before and after shows compassion for a person that could not adept his life to the spiritual principles that Jesus Christ laid out.

St. Luke 15 Vs 31

And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.

This is same story as first, please note the reassurance the father has given older son. Note the father does not let the older son bring into play the show of affection he has show for the younger son. These statement show clearly this man loved both sons the same. regardless of past behavior.

These are only three passages many many more exist.

God is Love as mother taught

1 John Ch 4 vs 7-8

Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God; for God is love.
Author: harold

NAADAC responds to ABC special on Addiction

The ABC trlevision network aired a primetime special on 4/21/03 that largely attacked the scientific basis that defines addiction treatment today. “Help me I can’t help myself” was hosted by veteran ABC correspondent John Stossel and the majority of experts utilized in the report believe that addiction is more likely a choice than a brain disease. They reject the latest science produced by the National Institutes of Health, which says addiction is characterized by chemical and biological changes in the brain that inhibit an individual’s ability to NOT use alcohol or other drugs.
The show also featured an individual with a substance use disorder who had a poor personal experience in clinical treatment and eventually stopped using drugs on his own. No individuals who successfully completed treatment or found clinical treatment to be an important part of their recovery process were included in the report.
Several national organizations, including the National Association of Addiction Treatment Professionals and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, issued press releases criticizing the report for its inaccuracies and lack of balance.
Numerous NAADAC members also expressed their concern about the program to the national office and in response the below letter was sent to Stossel on 5/1/03. The overwhelming response by NAADAC members to the letter has been positive, although a small minority of counselors say they agree with the program. As always, NAADAC respects the diversity of opinions that exist among its 13,000 members. The chief aim of the letter was to encourage Stossel and ABC to “deliver accurate and complete information” to its audience.
You can read a transcript of the program by visiting this page on the ABC News website: http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/Living/stossel_addiction030421.html. 5/1/03
John Stossel
ABC News
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Dear Mr. Stossel,
On behalf of NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals, I am writing in response to the ABC television special “Help Me, I Can’t Help Myself”, which you hosted on Monday 4/21/03.
NAADAC is the largest national membership organization for addiction focused health care professionals with over 13,000 members. Founded in 1972, NAADAC is dedicated to enhancing the professional growth and development of individuals who treat and help prevent addiction. We are also ardent advocates for our patients and clients.
Your report causes our association concern for several reasons.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ABUSE AND ADDICTION
The show’s recurrent theme that “addicts” can simply quit if they so choose is based on a failure to accurately distinguish substance use or substance abuse from addiction. Alcoholism and drunkenness are not the same thing. The brain scans mentioned by Dr. Stephen Dewey in your report reveal chemical and biological differences between those who are addicted and those who use or abuse substances. Science has demonstrated that the brains and bodies of some individuals react differently to substance use and, as a result, their ability to quit is inhibited. Addiction is a real and complex disease.
Rather than challenging the disease model of addiction by pointing to individuals who have, on their own, successfully quit using alcohol or other drugs, you should focus instead on the scientific mystery of why some individuals become dependent on alcohol or other drugs and some do not.
The need for additional scientific knowledge about the biological basis of addiction is tremendous, as is the need for increased treatment spending. The annual social cost of alcohol and other drug disorders to America is over $300 billion. That includes lost productivity, health care expenditures, and criminal justice costs. Given our nation’s fiscal debt and the comparitively small $100 billion that America expects to spend on the war with Iraq, more attention should be given to alcohol and drug disorders. Their collective social cost deserves greater attention in public and policy discussions.

ON STIGMA AND ADDICTION
The most negative and ill-informed comments in your report came from Dr. Sally Satel, who believes that the stigmatization of addiction is a good thing. Nothing could be further from the truth. Stigma prevents many individuals from seeking the help they need. Stigma yields unequal and inadequate insurance benefits for the assessment and treatment of addiction. Stigma also gives rise to public policy that prevents individuals in recovery from obtaining social services-including housing, education and welfare assisstance- that are neccessary for many to return to a fully functioning life.
( Dr. Satel’s nonsensical statement that divorces brain functioning from human behavior further erodes her credibility as an addiction expert. “You can look at brains all day,” she said. “They can be lit up like christmas trees. But unless a person behaves in a certain way, we wouldn’t call them an addict.” This statement belies scientific understanding. I hope you will utilize better-qualified experts in future reports.)

ON INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY AND ADDICTION
Your use of the words “excuse” and “helpless” in the segment on “Uncontrollable Impulses?” implies that individuals skirt responsibility for their behavior by casting blame on the disease of addiction. While some individuals will inevitably point fingers at others or circumstances beyond their control, recognition of personal responsibility and behavioral change are major components of any credible treatment program.
In closing, I want to thank you for taking the time to explore addiction issues in a primetime special on broadcast television. As you know, alcohol and drug use are major medical and social problems in America. More media coverage is needed on the scope of the problemand its potential solutions. My aim is to bring to your attention a number of facts that are paramount to addiction professionals.
Representing the nation’s frontline addiction counselors, NAADAC is here to assist you in any way possible to deliver accurate and complete information to the viewing public. I encourage you to call on us as the need arises in your future work.
Sincerely,
Roger A. Curtis, NCAC II, LAC
President
Author: TimHardy

Why aren’t we angry?

I remember awhile back, the president of our country at the time lied about a relationship. The relationship had nothing to do with his job, and the whole issue really was between himself, his wife, and the person he had an affair with. However, I lot of people were up in arms, crying for impeachment and what not. Fast forward to today. We’ve all been hearing about the allegations that Bush wasn’t exactly correct in his State of the Union Address. Here is an link removed on TomPaine talking about some of the errors and possible lies that were given to us by the Administration. Here is another link removed on the Indepentent talking about how the CIA told the British Government not to include the Niger/Iraq claim in its report on the War in Iraq. I like at the end of the article how it talks about our government trying to pass the buck and blame the Brits on the Niger claim. Classic Stuff.

Now, I don’t know about anyone else, but I think that lying about why we are invading a sovereign nation, putting our own soldiers at risk, and killing countless innocent people is a lot worse that lying about a relationship. Yet, it doesn’t seem like the American Public really cares. A lot of people died. People are still dying. One of the main reasons we were told we were in Iraq is based on lies and fabricated information. Why aren’t we angry? Why aren’t we outraged?
Author: jonathan

My Favorite Definition of God

I came across this in the July-August 2003 issue of “The Quest.” It was written by Albert Einstein in his book “Ideas and Opinions.”

“There is the cosmic religious feeling of rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law, which reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms — this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong in the ranks of devoutly religious men.”

Author: LadyDi