Friday, March 29, 2013

Jimmy Carter: Losing My Religion for Equality

Former U.S. President (1977-81), Jimmy Carter

by Jimmy Carter

Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God.

I HAVE been a practicing Christian all my life and a deacon and Bible teacher for many years. My faith is a source of strength and comfort to me, as religious beliefs are to hundreds of millions of people around the world. So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. It was, however, an unavoidable decision when the convention’s leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be “subservient” to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service.

This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women’s equal rights across the world for centuries.

At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities.
The impact of these religious beliefs touches every aspect of our lives. They help explain why in many countries boys are educated before girls; why girls are told when and whom they must marry; and why many face enormous and unacceptable risks in pregnancy and childbirth because their basic health needs are not met.

In some Islamic nations, women are restricted in their movements, punished for permitting the exposure of an arm or ankle, deprived of education, prohibited from driving a car or competing with men for a job. If a woman is raped, she is often most severely punished as the guilty party in the crime.

The same discriminatory thinking lies behind the continuing gender gap in pay and why there are still so few women in office in the West. The root of this prejudice lies deep in our histories, but its impact is felt every day. It is not women and girls alone who suffer. It damages all of us. The evidence shows that investing in women and girls delivers major benefits for society. An educated woman has healthier children. She is more likely to send them to school. She earns more and invests what she earns in her family.

It is simply self-defeating for any community to discriminate against half its population. We need to challenge these self-serving and outdated attitudes and practices - as we are seeing in Iran where women are at the forefront of the battle for democracy and freedom.

I understand, however, why many political leaders can be reluctant about stepping into this minefield. Religion, and tradition, are powerful and sensitive areas to challenge. But my fellow Elders and I, who come from many faiths and backgrounds, no longer need to worry about winning votes or avoiding controversy - and we are deeply committed to challenging injustice wherever we see it.

The Elders are an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by former South African president Nelson Mandela, who offer their influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity. We have decided to draw particular attention to the responsibility of religious and traditional leaders in ensuring equality and human rights and have recently published a statement that declares: “The justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a Higher Authority, is unacceptable.”

We are calling on all leaders to challenge and change the harmful teachings and practices, no matter how ingrained, which justify discrimination against women. We ask, in particular, that leaders of all religions have the courage to acknowledge and emphasise the positive messages of dignity and equality that all the world’s major faiths share.

The carefully selected verses found in the Holy Scriptures to justify the superiority of men owe more to time and place - and the determination of male leaders to hold onto their influence - than eternal truths. Similar biblical excerpts could be found to support the approval of slavery and the timid acquiescence to oppressive rulers.

I am also familiar with vivid descriptions in the same Scriptures in which women are revered as pre-eminent leaders. During the years of the early Christian church women served as deacons, priests, bishops, apostles, teachers and prophets. It wasn’t until the fourth century that dominant Christian leaders, all men, twisted and distorted Holy Scriptures to perpetuate their ascendant positions within the religious hierarchy.

The truth is that male religious leaders have had - and still have - an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world. This is in clear violation not just of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but also the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, Moses and the prophets, Muhammad, and founders of other great religions - all of whom have called for proper and equitable treatment of all the children of God. It is time we had the courage to challenge these views.


Jimmy Carter was president of the United States from 1977 to 1981.

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Losing My Religion for Equality, by Jimmy Carter @Rose's blog (Commentary) 
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

American Televangelist Pat Robertson Says U.S. Government Is Preparing For Battle 'Against Us'

Preparation for a real or potential "something" has been occurring for ten or more years.  During Bill Clinton's presidency for instance, he signed Presidential Decision Directive 71.  How many people know about this, and about what it really means? I read about it as it was happening, and Madeleine Albright's briefings to U.S. Congress.

PDD 71 began the gradual federalization-international militarization and synchronization of all levels of U.S. law enforcement, to put it all under the authority of the U.N. Security Council. I am not anti-world order, but I thought it was odd that this was going on with no general knowledge about it with the American people. Some things I read were quite shocking.

While I resonate with very little Pat Robertson has ever said, the fact that even he is now publicly stating this information isn't insignificant.  I have my own hunches about why the federal government and other operations buried inside of layers of secrecy above top secrecy are carrying out unusual activities, but I am not worried about it.  The religious right could become a threat, and Robertson and those like him, through their own actions, fueled by power lust, bigotry and sheer delusion, may be in the process of boarding their own Titanic.

~Madison Reed

Robertson: Government Is Preparing For Battle 'Against Us'

Submitted to Rightwing Watch by Brian Tashman on Thursday, 3/28/2013 12:30 pm

Televangelist Pat Robertson is joining the ranks of right-wing commentators who claim that the Department of Homeland Security is stockpiling vehicles and ammunition to use against Americans.

“Long trains full of armored vehicles, personnel carriers with armor, what are they for, the army going into battle against the enemy? They're used by Homeland Security against us,” Robertson ominously warned. “Imagine what Homeland Security is doing is just awful and we’re going to talk about how much ammunition they’re stockpiling: who are they going to shoot, us?”

The conspiracy about secretive ammo stockpiling is completely unfounded.

According to the Associated Press, the ammunition is used in trainings for “tens of thousands of federal law enforcement officers” and for the use of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

As Media Matters pointed out, DHS does own light armored vehicles for emergencies and raids on drug cartels, and the recent purchases of such vehicles were actually for the U.S. Marine Corps.

In fact, the conspiracy theory is so baseless that even the NRA has debunked it.



U.S. Air Force Vietnam Veteran Charles Hall Discusses His Extensive Interaction with Three Non-Human Alien Species While Enlisted

Australian news morning show, Sunrise, interviewed a man who claims that he had worked with extraterrestrials on a US base in the 60s. The ex-military man, Charles Hall, calls these beings “Tall Whites,” because of their appearance, and says the military had let them take up temporary residence near Nellis Air Force base in Nevada. He has written about his experiences in five volumes of a series he calls, Millennial Hospitality.

Hall has been asked to do several talks and book signings throughout Australia in the month of April.

"Tall Whites" Credit: C. Hall
Hall is a Vietnam veteran, and later served as a weather observer for the Air Force. It was in this position while stationed at Nellis Air Force base that he alleges to have met the aliens. He often had to spend a lot of time alone, and was able to wander the secretive air base. He says he found the alien base at one end of the Indian Springs valley, and was allowed to interact with them.

Hall says he eventually also came into contact with the grey aliens that crashed at Roswell, and some human looking aliens with 24 teeth, he calls the Nordics. According to Hall, these interactions spanned the two year period he was stationed at the base.

For more on Hall, visit his website at:



Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Call to Put to Death Queers, N*ggers, Kikes and Wops, Rears its Primitive Head in "Wild, Wonderful West Virginia"

by Madison Reed
Lotus Opening News

The hatred of Gays, Blacks, Jews, and other groups, along with hearing hateful epithets spit out from the mouths of the followers of Jesus Christ, is an old and persistent element of West Virginia's fundamentalist Christian culture.  I grew up in West Virginia, and have spent most of my life here.  I'm very familiar with this problem.

Here, it's not even what's openly stated that's most outrageous; such as the hateful trash published recently in Hamlin, West Virginia's Lincoln Journal after the Lincoln County Board of Education terminated lesbian teacher Kelli Burns when people complained that she was teaching children to be gay, but the always-has-been and ongoing, clever, tactical silence of Christian believers-at-large and the churches.
“We need to clear them people out and have good, white, God fearing Christians and everybody else needs to be put to death for their abominations.”
Watch this video from WCHS-TV, broadcast March 20, 2013:

While I was a student at Marshall University I spoke and wrote about the dangers of Christian fundamentalism and the damage it has done to the people of West Virginia.  At the time, I believe most people chose to ignore what I wrote.  Either they didn't believe it, or they conveniently chose to ignore an inconvenient truth.  With the destruction of the Defense of Marriage Act on the horizon in June, and full emancipation of gays and lesbians around the corner, we're seeing the old hatred raise its ugly voice.

Even though we are a modern society, West Virginia and the rest of the United States isn't much different than Pakistan or Afghanistan, in the sense that we too have a network of Taliban mentality religionists.  Ours are mostly white and Christian.  Except for the different name the invoke for God, that they speak English instead of Pashto, Persion or Urdu, and that they dress differently, they're nearly identical to primitive Muslim groups Why is it so? It's because the authority invoked by both groups, hails back to the ancient tribal cult god composite El-Yahweh-Jehovah - a human-like, violent deity, whose "divine" attributes got mixed into the personality of the Creator God and transmitted to Christianity and Islam.

West Virginia is a modern society of friendly people, small cities and beautiful towns, colleges and universities.  We're a place that anyone would enjoy visiting.  We don't just have churches.  We are NOT the Bible-belt anymore.  We have synagogues, mosques in Charleston and Huntington, the beautiful Palace of Gold devoted to Lord Krishna in the town of New Vrindaban, a Tibetan Buddhist Lamasery in the Northeast, places to spend a weekend whitewater rafting, or you can hike the Appalachian Trail or go snow skiing.  But spread throughout "wild, wonderful West Virginia," we still have the remaining relics of a primitive Christian sub-culture that's happily fading out, forever.

Related news:

West Virginia paper’s anti-LGBT column wants death for ‘n*ggers, spics, kikes and wops’


Monday, March 18, 2013

Hillary Clinton Announces Full Support for Same-Sex Marriage

"Like so many others, my personal views have been shaped over time by people I have known and loved, by my experience representing our nation on the world stage, my devotion to law and human rights, and the guiding principles of my faith."  ~Hillary Clinton


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Generation of New Human Replacement Teeth Soon Possible Through Bioengineering

People missing teeth may soon be able to avoid dentures and instead regrow missing teeth.
Scientists have developed a new method of replacing missing teeth with a bioengineered material generated from a person's own gum cells. Current implant-based methods of whole tooth replacement fail to reproduce a natural root structure and as a consequence of the friction from eating and other jaw movement, loss of jaw bone can occur around the implant. The research is led by Professor Paul Sharpe, an expert in craniofacial development and stem cell biology at King's College London and published in the Journal of Dental Research.

Research towards achieving the aim of producing bioengineered teeth – bioteeth – has largely focused on the generation of immature teeth (teeth primordia) that mimic those in the embryo that can be transplanted as small cell 'pellets' into the adult jaw to develop into functional teeth. 

Remarkably, despite the very different environments, embryonic teeth primordia can develop normally in the adult mouth and thus if suitable cells can be identified that can be combined in such a way to produce an immature tooth, there is a realistic prospect bioteeth can become a clinical reality. Subsequent studies have largely focussed on the use of embryonic cells and although it is clear that embryonic tooth primordia cells can readily form immature teeth following dissociation into single cell populations and subsequent recombination, such cell sources are impractical to use in a general therapy.

Article continues here.


Saturday, March 2, 2013

U.S. Astronaut Edgar Mitchell Discusses the Origin and Reason for the Massive Extraterrestrial Visitor Coverup

"I fully believe that we're not alone."  ~Dr. Edgar Dean Mitchell

Dr. Edgar Dean Mitchell, pilot of Apollo 14 and the first man on the moon, talks about the origin and reasons for the U.S. government's deep coverup about humanity's contact with Extraterrestrial visitors.