Mennonites part of faith leaders’ appeal regarding crisis in Syria

MENNONITES PART OF FAITH LEADERS’ APPEAL REGARDING CRISIS IN SYRIA

We urge you to refrain from the provision of military assistance to forces involved in the conflict in Syria. Military involvement will only further escalate an already brutal war and will, in fact, undermine the prospect of negotiations to ensure a just and sustainable future for all Syrians. Rather, the U.S. should call for all parties to cease all military activities in Syria and work urgently to de-escalate the crisis, together with other actors in the region and beyond.
We harbor no illusions as to the difficulties such a process will entail. But we believe it is the path the United States, along with the international community, must pursue if we seek the welfare of all Syrians. We pray for wisdom for you and for all of us as we seek to respond to this difficult and heartbreaking crisis.

Read the whole letter here. There’s a link to the full PDF at the bottom of the letter.

Rape for Profit [Movie Alert]

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I just become aware of this upcoming film, which will be released through iTunes on August 6 (next Tuesday).

Here’s the description from the website:

Typically known for coffeehouses and cloud cover, Seattle has also gained another title: 3rd most prostituted children in the nation. Experts estimate that there are up to 300,000 underage girls sexually trafficked nationally every year. These girls (many as young as 12 and 13 years old) are bought and sold for the pleasure of men all over the country. This isn’t just happening in 3rd world countries, it’s happening right here in our own backyards. It has been said that prostitution and rape are two sides of the same coin. None of these little girls want to be out in the freezing cold night after night to get into cars with strange men; they are trapped inside a system of coercion and fear that gives them no hope for a normal childhood – much less a healthy future.

You can watch the trailer here or visit the website here.

Tragedy: Plant explodes, nursing home collapses

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Tragedy: Plant explodes, nursing home collapses

There’s no shortage of things to pray about this week. Please pray for all those affected by this disaster.

An explosion ripped through a fertilizer plant Wednesday night in the town of West, Texas, sending a massive fireball into the sky and causing dozens of injuries, officials said.

Another paper said a nursing home may have collapsed.

[Update] It appears the nursing home did not collapse, but has been heavily damaged and is being at least partially evacuated.

The Horrors of Dr. Gosnell

[DISCLAIMER: All claims to criminal acts in this article are still to be proven in court and Dr. Gosnell is innocent until proven guilty by a judge or jury and therefore all charges are alleged.]

I struggle when deciding whether to post certain material to my site, especially if it is political in nature. This however boils my blood like very few topics do. A Doctor (in title only), who ran an abortion clinic was arraigned by a grand jury on murder charges for murdering and keeping trophies of post-birth babies. He made millions. That’s only the first outrage. The second is that the mass media is not covering the trial (they seemed to have provided ample coverage when the charges were laid in 2011, but not the trial). This seems outrages and we should be ANGRY! O.J. Simpson trial – let’s camp out. Doctor of horrors – oh hum. I would think this would make for great sensationalism, but I guess the underlying issues are just too much for the media machine to manage.

The grand jury report in the case of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is among the most horrifying I’ve read. “This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors,” it states. “The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths.” (The Atlantic) 

Here’s a link to a short 20-minute documentary on the case.

And here are some articles from the slim pickings around the net that are covering the case.

Bloomberg

The Telegraph

The Atlantic

Tom Ascol

Slate

Salon (refuting a coverup)

Regardless of your view on what the media is or is not doing, take some time to pray for all those involved and affected by this case and what led up to it.

None of this should really surprise anyone. This is the natural outcome of abortion policy and the mindset that allows it. The baby is unwanted, so be done with it, as expeditiously (or not) as possible. Aldous Huxley was right – Brave New World indeed.

Alcoholism isn’t funny

In a recent news story it was disclosed that the Mayor of Toronto may have a problem with Alcoholism. I say may because so far he is denying it. I have no opinion on the matter, but I wanted to make a note about alcoholism.

There’s nothing funny about alcoholism. It’s a serious issue. It is not something to be sensationalized or used to slander another person as many seem to be doing with the mayor. Alcoholism, like any addiction, can destroy families, careers, entire lives. It can drive some to contemplate suicide. So, while it is important to hold public officials to account if they have addictions, we must respond with grace and charity. We must understand what it means to have an addiction and the inner turmoil it can create.

On the other side, the addict must seek help. There are effective ways of learning to live with an addiction, but they must seek it. Typically, they will only seek it when they have hit their bottom.

Pray for addicts, no matter who they are or what they might do a living.

Roots of Justice Bible Study

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International Justice Mission has created a five-week group study exploring the biblical foundation of God’s call to a justice lifestyle. IJM does amazing work in rescuing people out of modern day slavery. I’m excited about this series and look forward to reviewing it. I hope to start a Roots of Justice study group soon if I like what I read.

Check it out here. There are 6 downloadable videos and a PDF discussion guide.