The Lady Speaks

Marion Strikes Yet Again

Marion ‘Pat’ Robertson announced his usual ‘death and destruction comes this way’ prediction for 2007. A terrible terrorist tragedy to come! God said so!

From YahooNews:

In what has become an annual tradition of prognostications, religious broadcaster Pat Robertson said Tuesday God has told him that a terrorist attack on the United States would result in “mass killing” late in 2007.

“I’m not necessarily saying it’s going to be nuclear,” he said during his news-and-talk television show “The 700 Club” on the Christian Broadcasting Network. “The Lord didn’t say nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like that.”

Robertson said God told him during a recent prayer retreat that major cities and possibly millions of people will be affected by the attack, which should take place sometime after September. 

I don’t know if it’s his God or Dick Cheney buzzing in his ear, but would someone please  take the microphone away? Just lead him off the stage and into one of those little prisons for old people, because it’s fairly obvious to anyone – anyone with two working brain cells, that is – that this guy is wandering the deserts of the mind.

He also said that he was ‘partly right’ on his tsunami prediction last year. Really. That’s what all the rain and flooding in the Northeast was.  Honest. He said so:

In May, Robertson said God told him that storms and possibly a tsunami were to crash into America’s coastline in 2006. Even though the U.S. was not hit with a tsunami, Robertson on Tuesday cited last spring’s heavy rains and flooding in New England as partly fulfilling the prediction.

Rain….tsunami…rain….tsunami….riiiggghhhtt.

Other than both being composed of water, what exactly do they have in common?

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January 3, 2007 Posted by | America, Religion, War, Weather, Whacko Nut Cases | 2 Comments

Goodbye 2006 – Prayers for Peace

From Beliefnet:

Native American 

Let us know peace.
For as long as the moon shall rise,
For as long as the rivers shall flow,
For as long as the sun will shine,
For as long as the grass shall grow,
Let us know peace.

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O Great Spirit of our Ancestors, I raise my pipe to you, to your messengers the four winds, and to Mother Earth who provides for your children. Give us the wisdom to teach our children to love, to respect, and to be kind to each other so that they may grow with peace in mind. Let us learn to share all the good things that you provide for us on this Earth. 

December 31, 2006 Posted by | America, Children, Prayer, Religion, War, World Peace | Leave a comment

Jenn’s Sunday Sermon

Thou shalt not kill.

Everyone recognizes that, right? The fifth of the Ten Commandments that the extreme-right wing would like to post in every courthouse, every schoolhouse, every public, private, and government building.

I’ve known the 10 Commandments since childhood, and have read them in a variety of formats (KJV, NIV, etc.) but I’ve yet to see find the asterisk. It must be there, somewhere.

What asterisk, you ask? The one that points all those right-wingers to the ‘exceptions’:

Thou shalt not kill….unless

The United States is one of the few remaining countries with a death penalty, and it’s not keeping very good company.

From Amnesty International:

Afghanistan * Antigua and Barbuda * Bahamas * Bahrain * Bangladesh * Barbados * Belarus * Belize * Botswana * Burundi * Cameroon * Chad * China * Comoros * Congo (Democratic Republic) * Cuba * Dominica * Egypt * Equatorial Guinea * Eritrea * Ethiopia * Gabon * Ghana * Guatemala * Guinea * Guyana * India * Indonesia * Iran * Iraq * Jamaica * Japan * Jordan * Kazakhstan * North Korea * South Korea * Kuwait * Kyrgyzstan * Laos * Lebanon * Lesotho * Libya * Malawi * Malaysia * Mongolia * Nigeria * Oman * Pakistan * Palestinian Authority * Qatar * Rwanda * St. Kitts and Nevis * St. Lucia * St. Vincent and the Grenadines * Saudi Arabia * Sierra Leone * Singapore * Somalia * Sudan * Swaziland * Syria * Taiwan * Tajikistan * Tanzania * Thailand * Trinidad and Tobago * Uganda * United Arab Emirates * Uzbekistan * Vietnam * Yemen * Zambia * Zimbabwe

One bright area: In 2005, the Supreme Court of the United States outlawed the execution of offenders who were under age 18 at the commission of the crime for which they’ve been convicted.

If you believe in the Christian god, the one who told Moses to write down, “Thou shalt not kill” then you must – absolutely must – believe that all killing is wrong, whether it is done by an individual or by the state.

If you believe in Allah, or Buddha, or Vishnu, or any other god who says killing is wrong, then you are required to believe that it is always wrong. You cannot claim to follow any religion and then violate its most basic precepts.

My personal belief is this: no death is avenged by more death.

We’re seeing the simple truth of that in Iraq. Has any Sunni been avenged by the hundreds of Shi’a killed? Has any Shi’a been avenged by the hundreds of Sunnis killed? Has any Sunni or Shi’a been avenged by the deaths of 3000 Americans?

What have these deaths brought to anyone, except a never-ending spiral of death and more death?

Where does it end?

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No man is an island, entire of itself
every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main
if a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were,
as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were
any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind
and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls
it tolls for thee.

— John Donne

 

December 31, 2006 Posted by | America, Children, Government, Middle East, Religion, Terrorism, US Military, War, World Peace | Leave a comment

Pray for Peace

African prayer:

Almighty God,
the Great Thumb we cannot evade to tie any knot;
the Roaring Thunder that splits mighty trees:
the all-seeing Lord up on high who sees
even the footprints of an antelope on a rock mass here on Earth.
You are the one who does not hesitate to respond to our call.
You are the cornerstone of peace.

This prayer comes from Prayers for Peace.

December 30, 2006 Posted by | America, Children, Prayer, Religion, War, World Peace | 2 Comments

Prayer for Peace

From the Sikh belief:

God adjudges us according to our deeds,
not the coat that we wear:
that truth is above everything,
but higher still is truthful living.
Know that we attaineth God when we loveth,
and only that victory
endures in consequences of which no one is defeated.

This prayer comes from Prayers for Peace.

December 29, 2006 Posted by | America, Children, Prayer, Religion, War, World Peace | Leave a comment

Pray for Peace

From the Shinto belief:

Although the people living
across the ocean
surrounding us, I believe,
are all our brothers and sisters,
why are there constant troubles in
this world?

Why do winds and waves rise in the
ocean surrounding us?

I only earnestly wish that the wind will
soon puff away all the clouds which are
hanging over the tops of the mountains.

This prayer comes from Prayers for Peace.

December 28, 2006 Posted by | America, Children, Prayer, Religion, War, World Peace | Leave a comment

Pray for Peace

May the Power of the One Life
pour through the group of all true servers.
May the Love of the One Soul characterize
the lives of all who seek to aid the Great Ones.
May we fulfill our part in the One Work through
self-forgetfulness, harmlessness, and right speech.

World Servers Mantram

This prayer comes from Prayers for Peace.

December 27, 2006 Posted by | America, Children, Prayer, Religion, War, World Peace | Leave a comment

Another Prayer for Peace

From the Jain belief:

Peace and Universal Love is the essence
of the Gospel preached by all the
Enlightened Ones.
The Lord has preached that equanimity
is the Dharma.

Forgive do I creatures all,
and let all creatures forgive me.
Unto all have I amity, and unto none enmity.
Know that violence is the root cause of
all miseries in the world.
Violence, in fact, is the knot of bondage.
“Do not injure any living being.”
This is the eternal, perennial, and unalterable
way of spiritual life.
A weapon howsoever powerful it may be,
can always be superseded by a superior one;
but no weapon can, however,
be superior to non-violence and love.

 

 

December 26, 2006 Posted by | America, Children, Prayer, Religion, War, World Peace | Leave a comment

Christmas – Pray for Peace

“What is Christmas? It is the fervent wish that every path may lead to peace.”– Agnes T. Pharo


Photo from: signonsandiego.com

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From a peace liturgy at Wellsprings on the Web:

Bruised and black clouds shed heavy tears on the fields of Flanders,
fields become graveyards
in which were buried the flower of a generation

AND GOD WEPT
FOR THESE WERE HIS CHILDREN

Bruised and black clouds
shed heavy tears on the cities of Europe
of Japan, cities shrouded in the dust of desolation
camps wreathed in the smoke of human cremations
people in confusion whispering – “Please God, never again”

AND GOD WEPT
FOR THESE WERE HIS CHILDREN

Bruised and black clouds shroud cities
shopping streets
business centres
refugee camps
and people gaze on devastation
wrought by evil on innocence

AND GOD WEEPS
FOR THESE ARE HIS CHILDREN

Bruised and black clouds
shed tears over a whole world
bowed – bloodied by battle
cowed and weary of war
her roads clogged by refugees –
with nowhere but earth to call home

AND GOD WEEPS
FOR THESE ARE HIS CHILDREN

Photo from: Colorado Campaign for Middle East Peace

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A prayer for peace, from the Christian belief:

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred,
Let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that
I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in forgiving that we
Are forgiven, and it is in dying

That we are born to eternal life.

Amen

From: ‘Christmas at War’ by Ava Lowery

 

Since I can’t figure out how to do the You-Tube thing, please go to Peace Takes Courage or FireDogLake to see Ava Lowery’s latest production, “Christmas at War” with Sarah McLachlan singing ‘Silent Night.’

And, if you haven’t seen it, watch “End This War” with music by Johnny Cash.

December 25, 2006 Posted by | America, Children, Christianity, Christmas, Family, Middle East, Prayer, Protest, Religion, US Military, War, White House, World Peace | 1 Comment

Jenn’s Sunday Sermon – Pray for Peace

Today is Christmas Eve. For those of the Christian persuasion, tomorrow is one of the most holy days of the year. As always at this time of year, I think of how little things have changed with regard to the less-fortunate of society.

A poor carpenter and his pregnant (virgin) wife arrived in a city and found no one willing to take them in. No family, no friends. The trip has been hard on them both, but worse for Mary.

Imagine Mary. About to give birth. She can’t see her feet. Her back hasn’t stopped aching for the last three months, she’s ridden across Israel on the back of a donkey – probably in labor the last few hours of the journey – and now she can’t even find a warm place to lay down and give birth.

At each door they knocked upon, they were told there was no room. Wandering around the city, searching for shelter, finding none as the day wore on.

Finally, one innkeeper gives what he can (without putting himself out). A stall in the barn. Mary likely looked at Joseph and said, “I don’t care. Just get me off this donkey.”

I don’t pretend to be like Mary, but I know the ‘joy’ of travelling cross-country at eight and a half months pregnant. In a Subaru Brat. Two seats. I couldn’t get comfortable for anything. The only clothes I fit into were sweats that made me look like a hippo. The most comfortable position was with my head on the passenger window and my feet in my then-husband’s lap.

We spent the trip fighting over the temperature controls and the radio station. He wanted it warm, I wanted it cold. He wanted country music. I wanted rock. By the time we reached Wichita Falls, all I wanted was a bed and painkillers and to not be pregnant anymore.

The TLF at Sheppard AFB was the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen (which I think is the point of Temporary Lodging Facilities. They don’t want you to like it enough to stay.) but I have never been so grateful for a bed. And, as bad as all that was, it sure beat a donkey ride and a cow barn.

The poor, Christ said, we will have with us always. And so we do.

Even in this time of giving and ‘goodwill toward men,’ the poor are blamed for their own situations. People with plenty to spare have all kinds of ‘reasons’ why some people, some group isn’t worth helping. We’ve heard a lot of them over the past year.

Katrina victims in NOLA and the Gulf Coast – “They should have found a way out.” and “They shouldn’t have lived there.” and “They’re all criminals and trash.”

Single parents working one or more jobs, earning minimum wage, barely making ends meet – they should have gotten and/or stayed married. Married parents working one or more jobs, earning minimum wage, barely making ends meet – “they need to pull themselves up and stop whining.”

Poor women who work are ‘selfish’ and should stay home with their children. Poor stay-at-home mothers are ‘lazy.’

Those forced into bankruptcy are “lazy” and “need to be more responsible” even though the leading reason for filing is catastrophic medical expenses.

Illegal Hispanic immigrants sitting in ‘detention facilities’, their American-citizen children left behind or imprisoned with them – “They broke the law.” (Never mind that illegal entry to the US is a misdemeanor offense.)

Is this is what the Republicans meant by “compassionate conservatism?” Is this what Christians call “goodwill toward men?”

Should Christ return tomorrow, he’s going to be mighty surprised by the lack of compassion for the poor, the imprisoned, the afflicted, that is shown by his supposed ‘followers.’ Perhaps instead of worrying about a ficticious ‘War on Christmas,’ they might take some time to actually listen and follow the teachings of their founder.

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Today’s prayer is from the Zoroastrian belief:

We pray to God to eradicate all the misery in the world:
that understanding triumph over ignorance,
that generosity triumph over indifference,
that trust triumph over contempt, and
that truth triumph over falsehood.

This prayer comes from Prayers for Peace.

December 24, 2006 Posted by | America, Children, Christianity, Christmas, Government, Prayer, Protest, Religion, War, World Peace | 2 Comments