Former President Jimmy Carter is urging the U.S. to not veto the U.N. Security Council vote for Palestinian statehood anticipated to take place next week.
“If I were president, I’d be very glad to see the Palestinians have a nation recognized by the United Nations,” Carter tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered. “There’s no downside to it.”
Almost no downside, anyway. Carter admits that for President Obama, failure to veto “would have some adverse effects, perhaps, on his political future.”
But it’s a price worth paying, he says. President Truman backed the creation of Israel for moral reasons, Carter points out, against the advice of his inner circle. Today, Palestinian statehood is “a basic moral commitment” for the U.S.
A basic moral commitment. That nails it perfectly. Support for a Palestinian state is the ONLY moral course. Thank you Mr Carter for speaking truth.
Step by step:
1- Lie to people and tell them you’re a Christian.
2- Convince gullible old women to mortgage their homes and donate the money to your ‘ministry’.
3- Surround yourself with ‘christians’ who know less about the bible, church history, and theology than you do.
4- Adopt shady and manipulative strategies to ‘grow’ your ‘church’.
5- Do something extremely bizarre to garner public attention, like have live animals in the service or cancel worship for the Super Bowl or Christmas or have a ‘rasslin’ match on the altar. Anything at all that has absolutely nothing to do with Christianity will work here.
6- Toss out the Bible and start talking about the Spirit’s speaking to you directly and without the medium of Scripture.
7- Insist on your congregation’s unswerving and unquestioning allegiance.
If you follow those 7 steps, you will have a mega ‘church’. There are no mega-churches outside of these 7 steps.
I love Britain but I sure don’t understand their coddling of convicts.
Prisoners could soon have telephones fitted inside their cells, the Ministry of Justice has said. It said it was considering a trial, at one jail, which would allow calls to be made in cells rather than on communal phones on landings. Officials are concerned about growing numbers of mobile phones being smuggled into prisons. Harry Fletcher, of the National Association of Probation Officers, said the scheme would need tight controls.
That’s just crazy. They don’t want phones smuggled in so they want to put phones in cells… where cons can arrange drug deals, have enemies murdered, and carry on their business at taxpayer expense. Lunacy.
Putting phones in cells to stop smuggling of phones is like giving free crack to crack whores and asking them to stop using crack.
One person died Sunday when a gunman in Polk County, Florida, shot one person at a residence and then shot two others at a church, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said. It was not immediately clear which of the victims had died.
No further details are presently available. And still many have not yet had enough gun violence.
But of course it’s an Anglican, Stephen. It had to be that or a Unitarian.
via Fr Stephen’s Blog
First, Job loses everything because the satan and God have a debate (Job 1-2). Then, Job curses the day of his birth and wishes he had died then (Job 3). Next, Job’s friends tell him it’s clearly all his fault and Job says nuh-uh (Job 4-37). Afterwords, God shows up and tells Job that he (Job) and his friends don’t know what they’re talking about (Job 38-41). And finally, Job tells God that he (God) is right (Job 42).
They pay (some) academics there a LOT of money! And I thought Ireland was suffering financial woes. Pish-Posh, they’re rolling in it.
Some 191 Irish academics in third-level colleges are on fat-cat salaries in excess of €150,000, with three earning over €250,000, the Sunday Independent can reveal. For the first time, the full extent of the hefty salaries across all third-level colleges has emerged.
According to official figures released by the Department of Education and obtained by this newspaper, in total 91 professors and lecturers are currently being paid between €150,000 and €200,000; a further 97 are being paid between €200,000 and €250,000 and three are being paid over €250,000.
Over 75 per cent of the €8.59bn education budget is absorbed by pay and pensions. This means that all other education services must be funded from the €2.14bn non-pay element of the budget.
With thanks to M.B. on the facebook for sharing the good news.