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xposted everywhere I thought was relevant (sorry if you got hit a few times) [Nov. 23rd, 2005|12:21 am]
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Dear folks,

Now that the local elections are over, here are a couple of items to peruse.
These issues are also well covered on the Council of Canadians website.
(http://www.canadians.org/) Watch the paper. Ms. Fogal, I believe, will be
coming to Saltspring to speak on December 2, and has other stops around BC

Please pass along to your activist networks.

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xposted lots sorry if you get this a couple times. [Nov. 15th, 2005|01:25 am]
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Vice President Cheney is petitioning Republican leaders of the
House to block a provision that would eliminate all forms of
U.S.-sponsored torture, arguing more leeway is necessary to
fight terrorism.

I disagree with the vice president. I think torture perpetuates
terrorism; it doesn't stop it.

Join me in doing something about it! I just e-mailed Speaker
Hastert (R-Ill.) and my representative to ask them to join a
broad bipartisan group of senators who oppose all forms of
torture. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.), was
passed in the Senate with an overwhelming majority of 90-9
(including 46 Republicans), but now faces the threat of a White
House veto. If the Senate vote was any indication, there could
be enough support in the House and the Senate to pass the
amendment and override a White House veto.

As people of faith, it is crucial that we stand up against the
evil practice of torture. Make sure your voice is heard! Click
here to take action:
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(no subject) [Nov. 11th, 2005|05:05 am]
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A Web site with photos of funerals of American soldiers, not covered by the regular press:

it's funny how back almost a hundred years ago our great grandparents fought through mustard gas, trenches, mud that would swallow whole horses and carts of ammunition. Suffer from rats and starvation and trench foot and scurvy and shell shock and amputations and batttles like the Somme and Paschendale and they called it "The war to end all wars" and now look at us. We are supposed to take today and remember that, we are told about Dieppe and Vimmy and the Phillipines and camps where people were showered with gas and turned into lampshades and coat buttons. We are asked to remember this but forget all about the coffins coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq, we are asked to remember Iow Jima and Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the firebombing of Tokyo and Dresden. But Agent Orange, and Japanese internment camps in Canada and America and so much more is glossed over with "patroitism" or omitted entirely.

War has become something we watch as a passtime or forget about all together. It's so easy to forget that there's still a war happening. 2000 American soldiers died but how many Iraqis? they never bothered to count. The soccer fields full of children killed by cluster bombs, the playgrounds turned into Martyrs Cemeteries. There are children in Guantanamo who are denied due process or even the minimum standards we would expect from a penal system for juvenile offenders.

for all of these reasons I find Rememberance Day offensive, we put some change in a jar and dawn a plastic poppy for a couple of weeks and we can go and see the last old men who could tell you about D-Day or Korea place fake wreaths around a pillar that asks us "Is It Nothing To You?" and in our own disgraceful way we have answered that it is, we all answer that question almost daily by our inactions and by our neglect and our mtv attention spans. As long as rememberance is the cost of a plastic poppy then we'll still recall that the 11th of November means something more than an extra day off work. The moment it costs us our apathy, the second that our rememberance demands us to stand up and be held to account, the instant that we are called to do something noble in response to our rememberance will any of us be able to stand up?

When are we going to wake up?
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I xposted this in the catholicworker comunity [Oct. 1st, 2005|05:27 am]
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It's things like this that hurt me so much.
I had to cut this because it's long

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(no subject) [Sep. 7th, 2005|03:41 am]
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yah I'm writing a zine called "The Christian Radical" and I need content... as in I NEED CONTENT! I am looking for short written pieces of progressive Christian thought or opinion. I will consider poetry as well and it doesn't have to be religious.

If you have anything to say on Liberation Theology, the Emerging Church movement, Christianity and Anarchy, Non-Violent Direct Action, Nuclear Abolition, Homosexuality and the Church, the works of mercy, War and/or Peace, really anything along these lines, or if you are a photographer and have artfull black and white photos I'll accept those too.

for exerpts of the upcoming first issue go here:


please no short stories at this time.

please send submissions to

the . christian . radical . zine (at) gmail . com
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I hope this isn't off topic [Sep. 4th, 2005|03:56 am]
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This is xposted from another lj comunity I belong to, I know it's not really a debate topic or anything like that but thought that some on here might want to know of other ways to help the people in New Orleans and the surrounding area.

Please help Food Not Bombs provide help for the victims of Katrina. We
plan to send another busload of food to the effected area. We URGENTLY
need your support! If you can help cook and serve food, have money you
can donate or have the time to call groceries and warehouses for food
please contact us at http://www.foodnotbombs.net.

You can make a financial
donation on line or mail checks to Food Not Bombs, P.O. Box 744,
AZ 85702. Please call (1-800-884-1136 ) or email
(katrina@foodnotbombs.net ) us if you can join us on the bus or help
with gas money. We intend to leave in the next few days. Our Food Not
Bombs chapters in New Orleans and Biloxi, Mississippi have been wiped
out. Our groups in Houston, Austin, San Antonio Jackson, Pensacola,
Memphis and other southern cities are feeding people fleeing the
disaster. Food Not Bombs is ready to help the tens of thousands of
people that have been made homeless by the storm.

Thanks, Keith McHenry - cofounder of Food Not Bombs.

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shameless advertisement [Aug. 20th, 2005|02:28 pm]
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[mood |busy]
[music |Eternal - Evanescence]

hey guys, just wanted to let anybody on here who has a xanga that I've created a similar community on there - I don't believe there was one before. anyways if you have a xanga handle just let me know and I'll send you an invite. my name on there is feralnostalgia
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Christians and war [Aug. 17th, 2005|02:32 pm]
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Article from the Air Force Chaplain who blessed the Hiroshima bombers:
"Ethical hairsplitting over the morality of various types of instruments and structures of mass slaughter is not what the world needs from the church, although it is what the world has come to expect from the followers of Christ. What the world needs is a grouping of Christians that will stand up and pay up with Jesus Christ. What the world needs is Christians who, in language that the simplest soul could understand, will proclaim: the follower of Christ cannot participate in mass slaughter. He or she must love as Christ loved, live as Christ lived and, if necessary, die as Christ died, loving ones enemies."

And at the same time, the exact opposite: the Fraternity of St. Sebastian, a group hoping to become a modern military order similar to the Knights Templar.

(second link via transientagent on religion_etc)
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Who Is Pro-Life? [Jul. 29th, 2005|10:28 am]
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Okay, I apologize for posting about abortion. If it's off-base, please delete. However, I have been reading a lot of discussions lately in the context of John Roberts' likely confirmation as the latest justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ever since last year's U.S. presidential election, there has been much debate in the Catholic Church over whether politicians who support abortion rights (call them "pro-abortion" or "pro-choice," depending on your own bias) should receive Communion.

Essentially, what this means is that there is a debate over whether Democratic politicians should receive Communion - last year, John Kerry was the focus of this controversy, but lately it's broadened to include Catholic Democrats in the Senate like Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Joseph Biden, and, of course, the dread scourge of the Right, Sen. Ted Kennedy. The argument is that if these senators vote against Roberts' confirmation, they are supporting abortion, and are thus unfit to receive Communion.

This is largely the result of a multi-million dollar Republican effort to wrest the Catholic vote away from the Democrats, an effort that was spearheaded by Baptist-turned-Catholic Deal Hudson (since disgraced by a sex scandal), and which finally succeeded in 2004, when a majority of Catholics voted for the Republican presidential nominee.

But the debate over Communion is a victim of the shrill and polarized nature of the abortion debate in America. In truth, in order to be faithful to the teachings of the Church, Catholics must see this issue as being outside party lines.

First, it's worth noting that there are powerful interests in the United States who are strongly invested in the current abortion narrative, which pits "pro-life" Republicans against "pro-choice" Democrats. Both parties reap considerable electoral benefits from this narrative; additionally, any number of pressure groups on both sides are dedicated to keeping their membership believing in the simple "Thesis/Antithesis" narrative. You can see this in the reflexive criticism of Roberts by pro-abortion rights groups, even though it's by no means clear that Roberts would ever vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision guaranteeing abortion as a Constitutional right.

But this narrative is seriously flawed.

In fact, it's designed to maintain the status quo; the goal of both parties and their allies is for abortion to be preserved forever, but for it to be preserved under a constant barrage of abuse. As George Orwell wrote, the war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be permanent.

In fact, neither major party in the United States can be rationally called "pro-life" on the abortion question. Ergo, I suggest that, if Communion is to be denied, it should be denied to all elected officials of the Democratic and Republican parties.

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unjust distribution of wealth [Jul. 4th, 2005|11:19 am]
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Yesterday, at mass, one of the intentions was for "an end to the unjust distribution of wealth". And I thought, "cool, I am for ending anything that is unjust ...but later I thought that I don't know exactly what that means. The "end of abortion"...I can easily grasp. The "end of starvation"... I know what that means.
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But, how does one fight to change the "unjust distribution of wealth" if we can not define it? Does the fight include the coercive seizing of property from the wealthy? Do we take (tax) the income of the wealthy against their will? And how do we define "wealthy"? Do we change the economic system, is this what the Gospel calls for? And do we force non-Catholics and non-Christians to participate in this redistribution? Or is the fight to simply be more charitable in our own giving and prayer?

I would appreciate any of your thoughts and any Church documents on the subject.
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