I wonder if urban gospel singer Tye Tribbett is reconsidering that “It’s Good In The Hood” song after reading this …
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Posted by Job on July 9, 2008
Posted by Job on March 25, 2008
See link to story. Granted, it was their first offense and did not involve a weapon. But regarding the cases of Heather Lyn Johnston and Ashley Nicole Miller, two strippers turned bank robbers from suburban Atlanta, Georgia getting such light sentences (one received probation because she turned state’s evidence, the other tried to beat the charge and only received 2 years) would their sentences have been so lenient had they been inner city black males as opposed to suburban blonde white females? I would like to hear from some of the conservative law and order tough on crime types that claim “there is no such thing as institutional racism” answer this!
Even better: the “pastor” of the criminal that received no jail time, Danny Rager of Woodland Hills Assembly of God Church in Lawrenceville, testified on her behalf. Suburban charismatic theologians help me out here: where does the Bible say that a person ought to be able to steal $11,000 and get off with no jail time, especially when you know full well that had it been a black male member of one of your inner city Church of God In Christ brethren, he would have gotten five years?
We have to blame the prosecution and the judge in this instance. The prosecutors, including Bonnie Derrer, only asked that they receive three years. As for the judge Mary Staley, wow. And even the originator of the plot Benny Allen III only received five years despite having a prior drug conviction! People, things like this puts cases like the black fellow in California that received a life sentence for stealing a slice of pizza because “it was his third strike” into context. And please realize that suburban Atlanta is supposed to be a much more conservative “tough on crime” area than is California. More and more, it looks like “tough on crime” is actually “tough on certain criminals.”
Yes, I am aware of the statistics that state that black males commit a heavily disproportionate percentage of crimes, especially as compared to white females. But judges are still supposed to judge FAIRLY, not only because the Bible says to do so, but so that the population at large will be able to support and trust law enforcement and criminal justice. The population must respect law enforcement and criminal justice in order for us to have the orderly, civil society that God commands. We have seen what has happened to large portions of our nation – again including the core urban areas and many of our public schools – where people have lost respect for the civil authorities. The result: crimes go unpunished, criminals become emboldened, and the innocent suffer, especially women and children. Cases like these are precisely the ones that the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons can point to in their “No justice no peace!” rallies designed to get people to stop cooperating with the police. They are not the only ones: popular music, movies, and radical university professors do the same. Well Bonnie Derrer and Mary Staley, you just provided more fodder for the next person that wants to get out on the streets with their “unequal justice!” protest signs.
So when you have people before you with absolutely no economic need whatsoever making a planned premeditated attempt to steal such a large amount of money, you have to get the same sentence as would one that “based on statistics fits the profile of a menace to society.”
Now I could be way off base. Maybe inner city black males that make off with $11,000 DO routinely get probation in conservative law and order jurisdictions. If I am wrong, someone let me know. But somehow, I doubt it.
Posted in bigotry, Christianity, racism | Tagged: Acworth, Bonnie Derrer, criminal justice, Danny Rager, Gwinnett County, Mary Staley, sentencing disparities, Woodland Hills Assembly of God Church Lawrenceville | 4 Comments »
Posted by Job on March 23, 2008
Posted in abomination, abortion, apostasy, Barack Hussein Obama, Barack Obama, bigotry, blasphemy, Christianity, gay rights, heresy, homosexuality, liberation theology, racism, religion | Tagged: James Cone, Jeremiah Wright, video | 10 Comments »
Posted by Job on March 15, 2008
ARUSHA, Tanzania – A Rwandan priest has been jailed for life after a U.N. tribunal extended his sentence for ordering militiamen to burn and bulldoze a church with 1,500 people inside. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda’s ruling came after Roman
Catholic priest Athanase Seromba appealed his 2006 conviction, a statement posted on the body’s Web site late Wednesday said. He was originally sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The tribunal is trying the alleged masterminds of the 1994 Rwandan genocide in which more than 500,000 minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed by Hutu extremists over a 100-day period. The tribunal said it convicted Seromba for “his role in the destruction of the church in Nyange Parish, and the consequent death of approximately 1,500 Tutsi refugees sheltering inside.”
Seromba was convicted of leading a militia that attacked the people and poured fuel through the roof of the church, while police threw grenades inside. After failing to kill everybody inside the church, Seromba ordered it to be demolished, the tribunal found.
Thousands of Rwandans have turned away from Catholicism, angered and saddened by the complicity of church officials in the genocide. Priests, nuns and followers were implicated in the killings and some churches were sites of notorious massacres.
The Rwanda war crimes tribunal has delivered 32 judgments, including five acquittals, since the U.N. Security Council established it in November 1994. There are 27 trials under way.
More Prosecutorial Misconduct Discovered But Since The Wrongly Convicted Are Black And Poor And Not Duke Lacrosse Players No One Cares!
Posted by Job on March 10, 2008
Where is Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the National Review, the Weekly Standard, the outraged bloggers, etc. over THIS CASE? (Update: See ABC News link here.)Ann Coulter, Pat Buchanan, Cal Thomas, where are you? Woe to the people that prefer the rich and powerful over the poor and powerless …
When Levon Brooks goes to court later this month, it will bring an end to a treacherous chapter in his life fueled by a rush to judgment, shoddy investigative work and the state of Mississippi’s over-reliance on a shaky “expert” witness. Convicted in 1992 of raping and murdering a 3-year-old girl, Brooks, was sentenced to life in prison, mainly on the strength of testimony by Dr. Michael West, a dental expert who swore that bite marks all over the girl’s body were caused by caused by the defendant. Three years later, West testified that another Black man, Kennedy Brewer, was responsible for inflicting the same bizarre wounds on another slain 3-year-old Mississippi girl, sending Brewer to prison for life. Ten years later, both men have been released from prison after a third man confessed to both killings; DNA evidence connected the confessor to the crimes. Turns out that West isn’t much of an expert after all, and literally hundreds of his analyses used to convict defendants are being called into question. Forensic experts now say that the wounds on the victim in the Brewer case “were not human bites at all but were likely were caused by crawfish and insects nibbling on the corpse, decomposition, and rough handling when the body was pulled from the pond where it was found,” The Associated Press reports. West also muffed up the Brooks case, identifying scrapes as bites, Brooks’ lawyers say.
Some are even saying that West’s missteps were no accident. “You have people who engaged in misconduct and manufactured evidence and we’ve proved it,” Peter Neufeld, co-director of the Innocence Project, told the AP. His project has led to the exoneration of more than 200 inmates nationwide and assembled the expert panel that examined the Brewer case. “These two cases are going to be an eye-opener for the people of Mississippi about some of the problems they have in criminal justice and how easy it will be to make it right,” Neufeld added. Brewer, 36, was released on bail last year, a few years after DNA tests excluded him as the rapist; he was exonerated by a judge on Feb. 15, AP reported.
Prosecutors are expected to drop the case against Brooks, 48, today. He now lives with his 83-year-old mother. West, a 55-year-old in private practice, did not return numerous calls from AP’s reporters to his Hattiesburg office. “I ain’t worried about the past. I’m thinking about the future,” Brewer said. But he offered some advice to prosecutors: “They need to get the truth before they lock up the wrong somebody. It doesn’t feel good to be called a rapist and murderer.” In recent weeks, Justin Albert Johnson, 51, was arrested and charged in one of the murders. He later confessed to both killings after detectives told him that his semen tied him to the Brewer case.
Now the prosecutor who went after the Duke lacrosse players found himself charged with crimes, and lots of folks demanded that the guy spend years in jail. But is anyone demanding that these prosecutors go to jail? That Dr. Michael West go to jail? Or that there even be an investigation? Or that reforms and procedural changes be put in place? Nope! The outrage over the Duke lacrosse players was 100% because they were rich, and also because it gave every racist crank a chance to spew their venom. None of these people could care less about the injustice that goes on in our criminal injustice system routinely. Why? Because only born – again believers in Jesus Christ actually care about ALL injustice NO MATTER WHO IT HAPPENS TO!
The Three Step Salvation Plan
Posted in bigotry, Christianity, poverty, racism | Tagged: duke lacrosse, hypocrisy, Innocence Project, Justin Albert Johnson, Kennedy Brewer, Levon Brooks, Michael West, Mississippi, Peter Neufeld, poverty | 2 Comments »
Strong Tower Bible Church Pastor Condemns Noose And Racist Graffiti Incident At Franklin Tennessee Middle School
Posted by Job on March 3, 2008
The assembly, scheduled to be held by Franklin police at 9:30 this morning, comes nearly too late for Rev. Chris Williamson, whose son Dante attends the school. “It’s an injustice,” said Williamson, pastor of Strong Tower Bible Church in Franklin. “What needs to happen so this doesn’t happen again?” (My answer: preaching the gospel to sinners, including racists.)
The 400-student middle school teaches fifth through eighth grades and accepts students through an application process. Preference is given to siblings of current students and minority applicants, Snowden said. Snowden feared minority enrollment at the school, which is 13 percent black, could suffer as a result of the incident. “I hope that doesn’t happen, because we want a positive experience for all students in all schools,” Snowden said.
Williamson, who is black, plans to hold a meeting of his own on Tuesday evening at his church, with a prayer vigil to follow. “It’s very unfortunate in so many ways,” Williamson said. “We’re saddened and grieved that it happened.” (Grieved enough to preach the gospel? Did you have that same grief before? Seriously, we have to hold all Christians accountable.)
Although the incident will be considered a zero tolerance offense, the school district does not have a specific policy in addressing racially motivated crimes. District and school administrators will develop a specific procedure in the near future for reporting such crimes, Snowden said. Snowden said that if any students were identified as culprits in the Poplar Grove incident, they would be expelled. (Seems like they have a policy then. It would be interesting to know if the same policy is in effect for, say, assaulting a school official or another student, being caught with drugs, or continually disrupting class with your behavior. Do they hold assemblies in this instance? Do the media and clergy get involved in those cases too? Do not get me wrong, I am happy that this pastor is taking a strong stand against the sin of racism affecting this public school. I just want to know if he takes similar stands against other sins.)
Posted by Job on March 3, 2008
(Deuteronomy 13:5; Isaiah 9:15)
***SEE BILL KELLER’S APPEARANCE ON NEIL CAVUTO’S FOX NEWS CHANNEL PROGRAM FROM FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 29TH: liveprayer.com/fox022908.cfm
***MOST PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE SHELTER OF THE FOUR WALLS OF THEIR CHURCHES HAVE NO CLUE HOW BAD IT IS IN THE MARKETPLACE. SADLY, I HAVE FOUND TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE SO WRAPPED UP IN THEIR OWN LIVES THEY DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT THE MASSES GOING TO HELL EACH DAY. EVEN WORSE ARE MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD WHO SHOULD CARE, BUT OBVIOUSLY DON’T SINCE THEY SPEND THEIR TIME PREACHING TO THE CHOIR SO THEY CAN SELL THEIR BOOKS, FILL UP THEIR EVENTS, AND GENERATE
MORE MONEY. WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS, THERE WILL BE YOUR HEART. I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MUCH HEAT I HAVE TAKEN OVER THE YEARS FOR GOING IN THE NATIONAL MEDIA TO EXPOSE OPRAH FOR WHAT SHE IS , A GREEDY WOMAN MAKING MILLIONS SELLING PEOPLE THE “SPIRITUAL CRACK” OF THE DAY. READ A TYPICAL EMAIL I HAVE BEEN RECEIVING AND MAYBE YOU WILL UNDERSTAND MY PASSION!
“Dear Mr. Keller, I am responding to your recent comments on the Fox News Network
regarding your opinion that Oprah is the “most dangerous woman in the
world.” I am a “Course in Miracles” student for some time now, a student of
the “We are All One” philosophy. I was born and raised a Christian, but
have in the past several years found much strength and faith in the belief
that we are all from the same God. I am puzzled regarding your comments,
since I am of the belief that one need not be a Christian to get to heaven.
It appears that your strong public opinions create more divisiveness on this
troubled planet at a time when we need to become more united…that is all
humanity, everywhere, united in LOVE with the same God. I have found in my
exploration of spirituality that I have gained much more peace than I ever
found in my Christian based religion.”
Oprah is selling “spiritual crack” and leading millions of souls to hell!
After finding great success pushing the New Age agenda over the years on her
TV program, New Age witch Oprah Winfrey is now clearly committing her vast
resources to lead millions of unsuspecting souls to hell selling them the
“spiritual crack” of the day, New Age teachings. Just like crack, these
false teachings make people feel good for a moment but lead them on a path
Earlier this year, Oprah began teaching a year-long course on her XM
Satellite radio channel, “A Course in Miracles.” A Course in Miracles is
allegedly “new revelation” from “Jesus” to help humanity work through these troubled times. This “Jesus”-who bears no doctrinal resemblance to the Bible’s Jesus Christ-began delivering his channeled teachings in 1965 to a Columbia University Professor of Medical Psychology by the name of Helen Schucman. (My note: this is eerily similar to Frank Peretti’s character Juleen Langstrat of “This Present Darkness.)
Her latest venture in New Age teachings will be a 10 week seminar over the
Internet beginning tonight when Oprah and best selling New Age author
Eckhart Tolle will be teaching from his new book, “A New Earth, Awakening
Your Life’s Purpose.” Over 1 million people have already signed up for this
10 week web cast that will lead them away from Biblical Truth and faith in
Jesus Christ through Tolle’s perverted spiritual teachings. I have told you
for years this is the most dangerous woman on earth, and she is clearly now
being used as a tool of satan to lead millions of souls to hell with these
false teachings she is promoting, while making millions of dollars doing it!
For the nearly 9 years Liveprayer has been around, I have continually
exposed this New Age false-hope merchant and warned people of how dangerous
she is. If Oprah Winfrey was simply another Hollywood entertainer I could
care less about her. What makes her so dangerous is that while her program
normally deals with the same subject matter the raunchy Jerry Springer
program does, Oprah also deals with the very real day-to-day issues of life
and uses her nationally-syndicated television program to tell people how to
live. The authority she speaks from? Herself, OPRAH WINFREY!
We are living in a time where the better percentage of two full generations
don’t go to church. People still hit those difficult places in life and at
those moments they are looking for help and for hope. Sadly, the Christian
leaders of our day have abandoned the marketplace and secular television for
the safety and prosperity of the “Christian trough.” In so doing, they have
left the lost and hurting masses looking for a savior, someone to come along
and help them through the difficult moments of life, tell them how to live,
and give them hope. To fill this void in people’s spiritual lives, along
People defend her by saying she is not a theologian or a preacher, she is a
talk-show host and entertainer. I agree. However, that is not how she
portrays herself or positions herself. She has eagerly cashed in to the tune
of over $1 BILLION DOLLARS on being the spiritual guru to over 49 million
people a week! The authority she speaks from is what she has determined
truth to be, her views on right and wrong, her values and morals, as opposed
to the only Truth and authority there is…God’s Word!
Lest you think I have overstated my case and have been wrong all these
years, please take a moment to read some quotes from a recent article in the
USA Today on “the Divine Miss Winfrey.”
“Over the past year, Winfrey, 52, has emerged as a spiritual leader for the
new millennium, a moral voice of authority for the nation.”
“With her television pulpit and the sheer power of her persona, she has
encouraged and steered audiences (mostly women) in all matters, from
genocide in Rwanda to suburban spouse swapping to finding the absolute best
T-shirt and oatmeal cookie.”
” ‘She’s a really hip and materialistic Mother Teresa,’ says Kathryn Lofton,
a professor at Reed College in Portland, Ore., who has written two papers
analyzing the religious aspects of Winfrey. ‘Oprah has emerged as a symbolic
figurehead of spirituality.’ ”
” ‘She’s a moral monitor, using herself as the template against which she
measures the decency of a nation,’ Lofton says.”
“With 49 million viewers each week in the USA and more in the 122 other
countries to which the show is distributed, Winfrey reaches more people in a
TV day than most preachers can hope to reach in a lifetime of sermons.”
“In a November poll conducted at Beliefnet.com, a site that looks at how
religions and spirituality intersect with popular culture, 33% of 6,600
respondents said Winfrey has had “a more profound impact” on their spiritual
lives than their clergypersons.”
“Winfrey called her talk show her ‘ministry.’ ”
“Marcia Nelson says that it’s not going too far to call her a spiritual
leader. ‘I’ve said to a number of people – she’s today’s Billy Graham.’ ”
” ‘Our culture is changing,’ he says, ‘as churches are in decline and the
bulk of a new generation is growing up outside of religion.’ Instead,
they’re turning to the Church of Oprah.” (Note: an episode of the TV Show Futurama predicted that Oprahism would replace Christianity.)
” ‘People who have no religion relate to her,’ Nelson says.”
It is clearly established that Oprah Wiinfrey views herself as some sort of
spiritual leader, and based on the 49 million viewers of her TV program, you
can laugh at that notion but can’t ignore the fact she has an incredible
amount of influence over tens of millions of lives. Let me be clear. The
danger of Oprah Winfrey is that like any cult leader, her version of the
truth and her final authority are not from God but from herself! It has been
clearly documented from transcripts that Oprah Winfrey may use the name of
“God,” and very rarely “Jesus,” and use many “Christian” expressions, but so
does the Mormon cult! While she was raised in the Baptist church, she has
been a long-time member (though rarely attends) of a very liberal church in
Chicago that mixes Christian faith with New Age spirituality, that also
happens to be the church of B. Hussein Obama.
Because she has never been married, choosing instead of live for decades
outside the bonds of God’s Holy Institution with a man who is not her
husband, Oprah has a jaundiced view on this most sacred bond between a man
and woman. (In truth, Oprah Winfrey is a radical feminist that views marriage as oppressive to women, and hints at such from time to time on her show, especially during a particularly grotesque episode where she distorted the words of her mother by claiming that she wanted her daughter to get married and go through a lifestyle of sexual submissiveness to her husband, which incidentally was not what the woman was actually saying it and Oprah knew it; Oprah just chose to humiliate this woman on national TV merely because the woman wanted her promiscuous daughter to get married and restrict her sexual behavior to marriage. So Winfrey is actually worse than Keller is depicting here. I still remember the episode where Winfrey attempted to similarly humiliate Kirk Franklin and his wife – who never should have went on her show in the first place – but Franklin was smart enough not to give her an opening.) Oprah embraces the New Age philosophy that there are “many roads that lead to God,” a lie from the pits of hell itself. On her program she promotes and endorses cults like Scientology, Kaballah, those who speak to the dead, psychics, and people of ANY “spirituality.” There is only ONE GOD, the God of the Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to promote the false gods of this world makes Oprah an enemy of God!
As for the social issues, Oprah condones and supports those who choose to
engage in the sin of homosexuality. Oprah is on the record supporting a
“woman’s right to choose,” code for slaughtering innocent babies. While she
gives lip service to being pro-family, Oprah’s definition of the family is
whatever men want it to be, not what God says it is! Again, the truth Oprah
espouses comes from her own imagination, not from the only authority and
source of Truth there is, the Bible. By going against God’s Word on the key
social issues of our day makes Oprah an enemy of God.
I could go on, but there is no reason to. Simply denying the Bible as the
only Truth there is, God as the one and only God there is, and faith in
Jesus Chris as the one and ONLY WAY to be saved, makes this woman dangerous
and a false prophet in every sense of the word. What makes a person a false
prophet is that they lead you AWAY from God, Biblical Truth and Jesus
Christ. Sadly, those who follow this false prophet, this merchant of false
hope, put their eternal souls in peril. That is why I have warned people for
years about her and will continue to.
I love you and care about you so much. I know all the Oprah disciples who
spend hundreds of dollars to go hear her preach the “gospel of Oprah” at her
seminars, buy her books and magazine, watch her faithfully every day, hang
on her every word, will run to her defense by pointing out all the good she
does. I don’t doubt for a second that Oprah uses some of her billions to
help others. That is not the issue. The Mormon cult feeds the hungry,
clothes the naked, and visits the prisoners, yet they are still lost and
going to hell for rejecting Jesus Christ. The Mafia gives millions to
worthwhile causes that help those in need, but that doesn’t make them good
people. God’s Word teaches you can’t buy your way into heaven!
So what is the answer to Rev. Oprah? She is locked in. One of the most
powerful women in the entertainment business. She is not going away and now
that she is at least being honest about her “spiritual guru” status, will
become even bolder in trying to position herself as the spiritual leader of
the nation. By the way, this is EXACTLY how the anti-Christ will rise to
power and the one-world religion will come to be. A charismatic figure who
can control the masses and fill their spiritual needs by feeding them a
perverse theology that makes them feel good for the moment.
The answer is to take on Oprah just like Elijah took on the prophets of
Baal, head-on! In the end, the TRUTH will always win out over the lie. False
hope will always give way to true hope. The false prophet will always be
exposed when confronted by a true prophet of God. I have told you many times
that what we are dealing with is a battle for the souls of men. This is why
I am so passionate about the Liveprayer television program being on
worldwide. It will be a beacon of light in the darkness of this world for
Biblical Truth and lead people to the only answer there is..Jesus Christ!
The reality is, for nearly 5 years now, night after night I have done on the
Liveprayer television program what Oprah does on her program. Deal with the
pressing issues of the day, reach out to people who are hurting, and give
them answers for their life. The difference? I let them know that I can’t
help them and I am not their answer, Jesus is! I deal with the issues of the
day not from a worldly perspective but a Biblical one! The answers for the
hurting I share are not from my imagination but from God’s Word! The truth I
share is not my truth, it is God’s Truth! The hope I give people is not a
false hope, but the ONLY hope there is…JESUS CHRIST!
(Sadly, many high profile Christians will go on Oprah’s program and rather
than confront her and challenge the false theology she espouses, say nothing
so they can sell whatever book they are pushing. David had no fear in taking
on Goliath on his own turf. David was a shepherd, not a great man of war
like Goliath. I have no fear in taking on Oprah on her own turf. I am an
evangelist, not a great television and entertainment celebrity like Oprah.
David didn’t need the fancy armor of Saul, only a few pebbles. I don’t need
fancy buildings and studios, only a few pebbles and that is why I am asking
you at this time to help me. Supply me with the pebbles I need and our God
will do the rest!)
The world has always had false prophets, merchants of false hope. Oprah, her
creation “Dr. Phil,” Montel, and B. HUssein Obama, are simply some of the
more notable ones of our day. I expose them for who they are, talk about
them, because they are leading people AWAY from the only Truth there is and
AWAY from the only hope there is. Pray for Oprah today. The fact is, Oprah
could become a powerful woman of God if she would humble herself before the
Almighty, get on her knees and confess Jesus Christ as Lord, and stop
preaching the gospel of Oprah but the Gospel of Jesus Christ, stop selling
people “spiritual crack,” but give them the Truth of God’s Word!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller email@example.com
***ARE YOU 100% CERTAIN WHERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY? The fact is you will
die one day. At that moment, you will either spend eternity with the Lord or
be cast into everlasting darkness forever separated from God your creator.
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Posted by Job on February 29, 2008
Church leaders and the human rights group Black Mental Health UK have expressed their support for a debate on the discriminatory impact of the national DNA database on black and ethnic minority people that will come before Parliament on Friday.
The UK has the largest national DNA database in the world, with 4.5 million profiles expected to be held by the Government by 2010. Government figures suggest that 77 per cent of young black men will soon have their details held on the database.
The debate on the DNA database was called for by Liberal Democrat MP for Brent East Sarah Teather, who said, “The over-representation of black people on the Labour Government’s database should horrify anyone who cares about justice and fair play.”
Black Mental Health said there was a real danger that the DNA database “just reinforces the myth that black people are more likely to commit crime, and that is a very dangerous untruth”.
Ms Teather said: “The truth is, if you are black, you are no more likely to commit crime and more likely to be a victim of crime.”
Matilda MacAttram, director of Black Mental Health, said that black people tended to enter into mental health care through the police or criminal justice system.
“This means that countless people with healthcare needs are being criminalised in the process of seeking help. It is disturbing to know that those needing health care are on a criminal database,“ she said. “Wherever this is the case it is imperative that their details are removed as quickly as possible. This begs the question, what kind of a society criminalises those who need help?”
There are currently 500,000 people on the database with no current conviction, caution, formal warning or reprimand. Rev Paul Grey of the New Testament Church of God remains concerned over security issues after the Government admitted last November that the information of 25 million child benefit claimants and their parents had gone missing in the post.
The “injustices of bad science” could lead to the DNA information of being abused in the future, he said.
”The public have no way of knowing how secure this information is that they are taking. If someone steals your DNA what the implications?” he said. ”Loosing child benefit details is one thing, but a person‘s DNA is part of who they are. This is another hostile move against the freedom and civil liberty that should be protected.”
Pastor Desmond Hall, chair of Christians Together in Brent, added, ”The database most unwelcome and is bringing division rather than healing within our communities, as it is our young people being stopped by the police, often for no justifiable reason.
”We have no confidence in the Government controlling this, in light of the recent data losses we have seen, and this information in the wrong hands could be catastrophic.”
Posted by Job on February 27, 2008
PROVO — While attending Black History Month events at Brigham Young University this month, many black students have spoken out about their feelings on being a minority at the university — and issues that arise from being black and Mormon. Of the 30,426 students enrolled at BYU, 158 are black, according to BYU statistics.
Black students speaking to the Deseret Morning News at a recent Black History Month presentation emphasized they have been treated very well at BYU — by faculty and students alike. But being a minority anywhere is difficult, they said. Niiboi Amertev, 25, a junior from Ghana, said sometimes he feels white people in Utah don’t feel comfortable around him, and he can tell by their body language. “Actions speak louder than words,” Amertev said.
Barima Kwarteng, 20, a sophomore from Ghana, said most people at BYU simply don’t have a lot of exposure to blacks, and they don’t really understand black people. “I get the impression they think I’m here to play sports,” said Kwarteng, who is majoring in computer engineering. Catherine Spruill, 27, of Steilacoom, Wash., a senior, said, “People make ignorant remarks. They’re not worth remembering. We’ve been commanded to forgive. The easiest way to forgive something is to forget about it.”
Some black students said they wish the school would recruit more blacks so they wouldn’t be such a minority. “There should be more outreach,” said Noah Morris, 29, BYU’s Black Student Union president and a junior born in Nigeria. BYU does have a national multicultural student recruitment program called SOAR. It starts in eighth grade and steers students toward college preparation. It includes a weeklong summer session on campus, with classes including preparation for the SAT exam, said BYU spokeswoman Carri P. Jenkins.
During the past few weeks, BYU’s Black Student Union hosted myriad events for Black History Month.
Ahmad Corbitt, a black member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who serves as director of the church’s New York Office of Public and International Affairs, spoke to about 100 students on the struggle some members have with the priesthood limitation once practiced by the church. His talk referred to the church’s decision in 1978 that black male members could hold the priesthood. A dozen students and a few guests stayed almost an hour after the presentation to pepper Corbitt with questions and concerns regarding race and their religion.
The students didn’t mention any specific problems at BYU but did say they don’t appreciate the folklore that they said is sometimes spread by seminary teachers or church leaders regarding blacks in the church. One example, the students said, is when people say blacks “sat on the fence,” or weren’t fully committed to Christ in the pre-mortal life, and therefore are punished by the color of their skin on earth. “Speculation about inferiority in the pre-earth life” is not part of the church’s doctrine nor part of the curriculum, Corbitt said. He advised the students, when they hear people repeating these stories, to take the matter to a bishop and/or a stake president and make them aware of what is being said. Such folklore is definitely not supposed to be taught in the seminary program, said Thomas R. Valletta, director of the Church Education System curriculum. “That (folklore) is certainly not true, and it’s not in the curriculum,” Valletta said.
Several students at Corbitt’s presentation said they wished church leaders would speak directly to racial problems during a general conference session. Entire talks have been devoted to issues such as pornography, the students pointed out. Corbitt said racial issues have been addressed during general conference talks.
LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley spoke on racial intolerance in a priesthood session during the April 2006 general conference: “Racial strife still raises its ugly head, even among church members. There are reports of racial slurs and denigrating remarks among us. This is unacceptable. I remind you that no man who makes disparaging remarks concerning those of another race can consider himself a true disciple of Christ.” During the discussion with Corbitt, one black woman said she believes, just from her own personal experience, that 30 percent of the people she encounters in Utah make racially offensive remarks.
Black BYU student Hunter Stott, 28, a junior from Salt Lake City, said he believes the group that intends to be offensive is much smaller than those who just make offhand remarks. “A lot of them are just ignorant,” Stott said. “Most people don’t try to be hurtful.”Corbitt says some people have said to him, “You’re a nice colored fellow.” “All I say to that is ‘Thank you very much. And I think you’re nice too.’ Period.”
Some students argued with Corbitt and said they feel it’s their responsibility to correct and educate those who make racially ignorant remarks. Corbitt said correcting the person would sometimes lead to offense. He may, however, give a person advice on word choices if they are going to be dealing with more black people in future occasions and to help the person “deal more effectively in society.”He advised them not to “worry so much about people who are committing a faux pas just because they live in an area where there is 1 percent blacks.”
Corbitt said he rarely gets offended because being offended is a choice. “I refuse to allow it to hurt me,” he said. “That is my choice.” In another Black History Month event, students watched snippets of a film called “Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons,” by Margaret Young and Darius Gray. The film is scheduled to be shown in the Foursite Film Festival, March 8 at Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden. When asked if there are racial issues at BYU, Gray said, “It doesn’t matter where you are. There are racial issues. Race is a reality.”
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Posted by Job on February 22, 2008
Now I bash America as much as the next guy, but the truth is that America by far has less racism, tribalism, and classism than any country on the planet. (As far as sexism goes, I have not investigated the matter, but any country that claims to be less sexist than America I say prove it.) A lot of the people that leave America on account of its alleged racism and go to places like Britain, France, and Africa … well those people are high income leftist elites, usually artists and intellectuals. Most of them will NEVER admit that rank and file blacks have much less opportunity in those countries than in America. They pretend otherwise because those countries are controlled by the left politically (and in America they would be the far left, the Green Party, the conservative parties in most countries would be Hillary Clinton Democrats in this one). The only reason why the U.N. keeps charging the U.S. with internal racism is because it serves the interests of international socialism. It has nothing to do with the actual plight of black people, because if they really cared about black people they would talk about how if you are black in France, Germany, England, etc. you mostly just sit on welfare because you can’t get a job. These folks are basically just using racism as an excuse to attack America for not being a secular socialist nation.
By Stephanie Nebehay Reuters GENEVA
The United States, in the dock at a U.N. forum accused of racial discrimination, said on Thursday it was combating hate crimes such as displays of hangman’s nooses as well as police brutality against minorities. A U.S. delegation defended Washington’s record at the start of a two-day debate at the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The committee’s 18 independent experts grilled U.S. officials on issues including racial profiling in the wake of the September 11 attacks, police brutality against minorities, and the high proportion of African-Americans on death row. “We note that sadly, racial discrimination exists all over the world, including the United States,” Grace Chung Becker, acting assistant attorney-general at the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil rights division, told the meeting.
“The United States is committed to continuing its hard work to combat racial discrimination,” she declared. Substantial progress had been made over the years in addressing disparities in housing, education, employment and health care, according to a U.S. report submitted to the body. Last year, the United States launched a “racial threats initiative” to facilitate investigations of nooses and other racially-motivated threats around the country, Becker said.
It was prosecuting a case involving nooses hung from the back of a truck which circled around a group of peaceful civil rights demonstrators waiting at a bus stop, she added. U.S. President George W. Bush last week condemned as “deeply offensive” a spate of incidents involving hangman’s nooses, a potent symbol of racist lynchings and hatred of blacks.
Some 47 states have laws against hate crimes, which they actively enforce, according to the U.S. delegation on Thursday. U.S. officials had investigated more than 800 racially-motivated incidents against people perceived to be Arab, Muslim, Sikh or South Asian since the September 11 attacks.
Despite a drop in the number and seriousness of such crimes, identifying and prosecuting them remained a priority. The Bush administration had been “the first to issue racial profiling guidelines for federal law enforcement officers and remains committed to the elimination of unlawful racial profiling by law enforcement agencies,” Becker said.
Linos-Alexander Sicilianos, the U.N. committee’s rapporteur on the United States, replied that instead of ending the practice, the government appeared to be giving guidance to police to show them how to carry out racial profiling. He also cited “overwhelming evidence” of police brutality against racial and ethnic minorities, including African- Americans, Latinos, Arabs and Muslims.
Experts also raised questions on the rights of Native Americans, the disproportionate number of people of color in prison, juveniles serving life sentences without parole, and the estimated 5.3 million felons who have lost their voting rights. The American Civil Liberties Union, in its own shadow report issued earlier this week, blasted what it called “the persistent structural racism and inequality” in the country.
The U.N. committee upholds compliance with a 1965 treaty ratified by 173 countries including the United States. It is to issue its findings on seven countries on March 7.
(Editing by Andrew Roche)
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