Ruffled Feathers

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Ignorance is real: Hate is real. I’m not mentioning Quacker by name to give him more air time, he’s had enough – nor will I show his picture, it’s been seen enough as well. By now we should know who Quacker is – if you don’t – you’re fortunate. I barely do and what I do know is enough. I don’t watch TV. I haven’t turned mine on in over a year and frankly I don’t miss it.

Just for the sake of argument, maybe Quacker doesn’t understand the hurtful nature of his words. Maybe he was blind to the reality of life for African Americans. – Maybe- Maybe he is unconscious of the suffering of GLBT – who knows. But being oblivious to the suffering of others is the very root of bigotry and bias. When you hear news articles of Quacker do you see a role model for a child, a hero that you want follow? Does he represent freedom, liberty, equality, justice, hope, faith? Unfortunately he’s on the verge of becoming a rightwing idol.

Do you believe he’s being unfairly, unethically, dishonestly, deceitfully, fraudulently, illegally, unlawfully, falsely, underhandedly, crookedly, discriminatorily, unreasonably, incorrectly being victimized by being suspended from his reality show?

In an article I read Quacker mentions he is a ‘lover not a hater.’ Perhaps this is true but I found a picture of him standing side by side Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church with their infamous “God Hates Fags” – who appears to hate everything so I question that he loves LGBT. I listened carefully but Quacker never quavered when he spoke of ‘sexual sin, homosexuality and adultery: We’re all sinners.’ Have you noticed like I have that people who say they are lovers not haters seldom speak of love instead the conversation tends to flow in the direction of sin and sinning?

Quacker fact: Quacker is not a pauper; good on him, there’s nothing wrong with a man having a happy dollar or two in his pocket since I recall something he said about his childhood and being ‘poor white trash -’ so he’s made a happy dollar in his life; nothing wrong with that. A search on the internet revealed his current net worth of $15 million.

America the bigoted beautiful: So, where are the national strong leadership voices? The one we have is ignored, yet more and more unknown individuals like the individuals noted later will rise out of the muck – coming out to become other little tin gods; dictators and tyrants who terrorize the faithful with their myths and lies. Hate is different than abhorring, which means to disapprove of or not like but in America hatred towards GLBT is intensifying and this is dangerous
Today, apparently making homophobic and racist on national TV is all that is required to become a Religious Right hero and this is a sad commentary on the state of our country. Why is there so much hostility towards GLBT, we’re losing mores and values to the likes of the tin gods who seem to be calling the shots. They know they are losing in America. No, now they spread their often bewildering and ridiculous, mostly offensive, stupid -innuendos, myths and lies in other countries via their own radio stations. They produce and package slick DVD’s, and maintain an up to date internet website and abuse the privilege of YouTube.

From Right-Wing-Watch: Submitted by Brian Tashman on Friday, 12/20/2013 noted the following:
1. The National Organization for Marriage’s petition claims Robertson was suspended merely for stating “his belief in the truth of the Bible,” insisting that “nothing that Phil Robertson said is hateful” and that A&E “succumbed to the demands of bullies like the HRC and GLAAD, which is disgraceful for an entity whose very existence depends on the free exchange of ideas.”
2. The American Family Association has its own petition thanking Robertson for “ declaring the truth of God’s word” and charging that the network undermined the reality star’s “rights to religious freedom and freedom of speech”…because apparently the First Amendment says that no one can ever be disciplined in their job over things they say.
3. The group Faith Driven Consumers accuses A&E of holding “discriminatory,” “intolerant” and “un-American” views, claiming in its petition that the network “effectively censors a legitimate viewpoint held by the majority of Americans.”
4. Ralph Reed’s Faith & Freedom Coalition is urging men to grow beards in “support for Phil and Christian Values,” while asking women to “lovingly tolerate the facial scruff” of men who grow their Phil-beards.
5. Even the ex-gay organization Voice of the Voiceless has its own petition, warning that America will soon “turn into a fascist society” if gay rights groups aren’t stopped.
6. Americans for Truth about Homosexuality head Peter LaBarbera complains that Robertson is a victim of “homo-fascism” while “Christians and moral-minded Americans must rally behind Phil Robertson.”
7. Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel salutes Robertson as “a breath of fresh air in this Miley Cyrus culture” who is bravely restoring America’s Christian heritage.
8. The Family Research Council also launched a petition and blasted “the totalitarian tactics of the Left.”

Ignorance is real: Hate is real and being gay is still a crime in 76 countries—a crime that’s punishable by death in several, Needed are more LGBT workers, friends and allies – again we must gather ourselves around the flagpole … we must. But who – who is ready to fight against hate AND willing to work by reaching out to others? We simply must reach out to teach acceptance and tolerance – this is an imperative. We must help others – we must counter every myth and lie with facts. Why? Because ignorant people who make homophobic and racist remarks on national television is all that is required to become a Religious Right hero.

America The Beautiful: is it acceptable for any state government to embrace bigotry? Is it acceptable for any state government to finance racism? Is it acceptable for our national leaders to ignore gay bashing or take part in it? Once we were a one nation-indivisible America the beautiful. America the Beautiful; a song everyone proudly sang – as well as singing of liberty and justice for all. – But this is no longer the case, there is no single strong leadership voice in America who is standing up and speaking out: saying not just No, but Hell No! What state leader has called out the crisis created by the Uganda Parliament when it passed the ‘Kill the Gay Bill Legislation? I haven’t heard a single voice and this means we must continue to move forward on our own grassroots movement as we cannot depend on any politician much less any legislation and judicial rulings are discounted and fought over and judges are threatened to be impeached and unseated in the next elections because the ruling went the ‘wrong’ way.

America the Beautiful: I read an article about a friend of Quacker who is suing A & E – for his right to hate. Good on him! This is America – let him stand up for his warped right to hate. That’s democracy – but it’s our downfall too, but democracy must remain! Eons ago we came out of the darkness of the caves; we saw the sun, the moon, and the stars. We came out of the darkness to learn and grow and understand. We cannot go back into that darkness and hide and let these bullies win.

America the bigoted beautiful: You can’t camouflage bigotry. Equal protection means treating every individual in the same manner as others in similar conditions and circumstances. Creating laws simply to deny equal rights or protection to GLBT makes no sense besides being mean spirited and punishing. When did it become acceptable to unite America in hate? When did it become unfashionable to welcome all to our heart – hearth and fire? Why does MAN insist on placing so much value on hating others? Hate which is a corrosive – hate pollutes the mind and spirit.

It seems that so few in America are willing to protect or serve all others. Many are willing to protect and serve their own who sit in fellowship with them and others have creeds and dogmas that guide who they will fellowship with. So many are exclusive, and then we find the many tin gods doing their own thing – flouting rules, regulations, discarding the one thing America has always stood for. Hope.

Notable GLBT haters are visiting other countries telling myths and lies; and one particular GLBT hater is arrogantly flaunting it – admitting that gays are his enemies. This hater also calls himself a Christian. This must be the cycle – in the wheel of time when Man dictates – divides – dominates and it seems this one in particular is ‘hell bent’ to destroy all GLBT rights, freedoms and liberties.

We all start out in life on the same foot, but somewhere along the line when it comes to LGBT then GLBT are more than likely to be with Rosa Parks – standing in the back of the line, standing at a different water cooler, being seated at another part in a restaurant. And LGBT are still denied opportunities, subjected to arbitrary discrimination and job elimination in the workplace, having a less than an equal chance within the framework and structure of the established rules.

America The Beautiful: We cannot allow anyone to demean the dignity of GLBT for no rational reason. Sadly compassion love and kindness and even truth about LGBT cannot be legislated: We cannot go back- or backward into the darkness but we might at a point in time if continue to sit on Facebook with our friends and say fuck this and that and do nothing. We need willing workers! Everyone can do something, everyone, this includes the reader of this article. Equal protection means treating every individual in the same manner as others in similar conditions and circumstances. Creating laws simply to deny equal rights or protection to GLBT makes no sense besides being mean spirited and punishing.

Yes: Ignorance is real: Hate is real.

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~ A Story of Stones ~

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Greetings:

I am a pebble made smooth by the action of water and sand; my mineral kind and I are one, we are a primary part of the earth’s crust.

I am today as I was when the world was birthed.  I am a part of Man’s history as well as his future. I began as a grain of sand and my makeup is made up of layers of minerals. I have no name – call me what you will.

Since Time my mineral kin and others who are made of grains of sand have been used as tools. In my many forms I have been an awl, a scraper, a chopper, a scoop, a weapon, a building, a measure of weight and more.  In one of my forms as a rock I was part of a mountain.  My presence in a garden is considered practical and useful; in another form I am considered beautiful because I am a rare and precious jewel – valued and treasured; And in your moccasin I cause you pain because my form presses on nerves in the sole of your foot as you walk.

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I do not move of my own volition; I travel by the forces of nature and the will and whim of Man. In my present form as you see me now I was plucked from a stream bed where I was nested with others of my mineral makeup. A hand plucked me from the waters where I had been for a space of time. Why I was chosen and not the form beside me? I do not know, but I found myself flying through the air; this is one way that I travel from place to place.

This has always been my history – this is my future as well. Many times as a tiny grain of sand I have been picked up by birds as they’ve pecked the ground for seed and spent time in their gullet, traveling through their digestive system to exit their system as a dropping. I’ve been urinated on, and covered in excrement. I’ve been rained on and buried under snow and borne the cold and darkness of the barren earth.

I’ve hurled through space in hurricanes and tornadoes, and children pick me up and place me in their pockets. I’ve been kept in a pocket as a worry stone by men and used as a weapon against man and beast, and words and pictures have been carved on the surface of my mineral kin since Time.

I’m imaged as a mental road block by Man and a Man’s heart is often referred to as a heart of stone: the plague of Man – his unyielding mindset: Man has forgotten that everything within the circle of life happens in cycles and seasons as I am here today – but Man and I will both evolve and we will both disappear unnoticed. Once the purpose here is complete I will travel again by other means to another place.

There is no ending there is only a new beginning. Man and I will always BE.  Both Man and I have Been since the crust of the earth rose from the roiling water and the shorelines and directions were established. From Time Man wearies, worries and wars but I never weary or feel. I simply am what I am. Since time I am here by the whim of Man and the force of both Man and nature yet I am shaped and moved as a part of the wildlife, the landscape and all the forces of nature.

Night, day, weekdays, weekends, holidays or holy days have no meaning since my Being is not guided by kings or king’s ransom or pope nor president, priest or prophet or lover. I am simply who I am. As a grain of sand I was a boulder to an ant. As a boulder I have blocked entrances to tombs, blocked the flow of water in rivers; stopped the flow of traffic on a highway. I am a barrier, yet I am who I am in all forms of mineral composition.

I withstand the motions of the tides; a dying forest, a new forest, a barren desert, a dark cave, icy waters, hot winds; no matter- I am at home. Home beneath the grass and trees as the seasons change: as the planets orbit overhead I am who I am and I am always home. I am home with others of my makeup as part of man’s placement in a medicine wheel. I am home in the great circle where the equinoxes and solstices are noted by Man.  I am home on an island as one of the idols where it appears that man has placed me. Man continually searches for home: mine is wherever the traveler places me; I remain there until the force of nature or man moves me again.

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I am still connected with all things everywhere at all times whether on a bookshelf, desk, secured in a curio cabinet or locked in a bank vault. Home is wherever the traveler leaves me: under a tree or rosebush; a cactus, a hot bed of sand, a grassy meadow or fast running stream – this is always my home no matter. I am not holy: I have nothing to give and expect nothing. The imperturbability of nature soothes and heals man, but I have no sensations, no sentimentalities – I am who I am.

In ancient judicial systems a white stone was used to cast or pronounce judgment. A black stone signified a guilty verdict and a white stone meant freedom from all charges. A white stone was used as an admission ticket to public festivals in ancient days.

The commonality with Man lies in our beginning, a time when both of us remembered our omnipresent connection with all life.  The mass of Man is made cells and water – of minerals his organic makeup is complex. Man has the powers of will and reason and was endowed with the power to self-govern, given the capability of thinking, planning and doing so was given dominion over the beasts and the earth. Man was born to dream; born to have visions: to reach out and up. My mineral kin and I do not dream we have no visions we have no capability to reach; but why should we? We are what we are and know who we are.

There is no ending: All life is a journey of beginning again. Time is in Man’s head. Life is in Mans’ hands: Man is fluid and adaptable his atoms and molecules spin much faster than mine and my mineral kin whose atoms spin slower. Man too must yield to the extremes of nature and pressure and will enter another season and cycle of Time. This is a common destiny we share: “Earth to earth… dust to dust.” Man like me will be reduced again to a grain of sand, to powder.

Man must take off his shoes to recall the ancient memories: Man forgot the feeling of grass, sand and the powdery earth on his feet: He forgot that love is in Mans’ heart, has also forgotten his chemical – mineral makeup, forgotten his omnipresent connection with nature. Man believes in division; he’s forgotten that earth is a living circle; a seed surrounded by light. In this cycle Man dictates – divides – dominates – destroys all that he was given dominion over.

 

And that is my story

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Trees are shelters…

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As I researched this article I discovered many things:  Perhaps the worship of trees by the ancients [which was prevalent throughout the ancient world] that trees were proxies of the Divine.  It is possible since temples were often built in the heart of sacred groves and nocturnal ceremonials apparently were conducted under the wide-spread branches of great trees that were fantastically decorated and festooned in honor of their patron deities.  In many instances the actual tree was believed to possess the attributes of divine power and intelligence and therefore supplications were often addressed to them.

“Long before the advent of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people in the winter. Just as people today decorate their homes during the festive season with pine, spruce, and fir trees, ancient peoples hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows. In many countries it was believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness.

In the Northern hemisphere, the shortest day and longest night of the year falls on December 21 or December 22 and is called the winter solstice. Many ancient people believed that the sun was a god and that winter came every year because the sun god had become sick and weak. They celebrated the solstice because it meant that at last the sun god would begin to get well. Evergreen boughs reminded them of all the green plants that would grow again when the sun god was strong and summer would return.

The ancient Egyptians worshipped a god called Ra, who had the head of a hawk and wore the sun as a blazing disk in his crown. At the solstice, when Ra began to recover from the illness, the Egyptians filled their homes with green palm rushes which symbolized for them the triumph of life over death.

Early Romans marked the solstice with a feast called the Saturnalia in honor of Saturn, the god of agriculture. The Romans knew that the solstice meant that soon farms and orchards would be green and fruitful. To mark the occasion, they decorated their homes and temples with evergreen boughs. In Northern Europe the mysterious Druids, the priests of the ancient Celts, also decorated their temples with evergreen boughs as a symbol of everlasting life. The fierce Vikings in Scandinavia thought that evergreens were the special plant of the sun god, Balder.

Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and a candle if wood was scarce. It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, composing a sermon, he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens. To recapture the scene for his family, he erected a tree in the main room and wired its branches with lighted candles.

Most 19th-century Americans found Christmas trees an oddity. The first record of one being on display was in the 1830s by the German settlers of Pennsylvania, although trees had been a tradition in many German homes much earlier. The Pennsylvania German settlements had community trees as early as 1747. But, as late as the 1840s Christmas trees were seen as pagan symbols and not accepted by most Americans.

It is not surprising that, like many other festive Christmas customs, the tree was adopted so late in America. To the New England Puritans, Christmas was sacred. The pilgrims’ second governor, William Bradford, wrote that he tried hard to stamp out “pagan mockery” of the observance, penalizing any frivolity. The influential Oliver Cromwell preached against “the heathen traditions” of Christmas carols, decorated trees, and any joyful expression that desecrated “that sacred event.” In 1659, the General Court of Massachusetts enacted a law making any observance of December 25 (other than a church service) a penal offense; people were fined for hanging decorations. That stern solemnity continued until the 19th century, when the influx of German and Irish immigrants undermined the Puritan legacy.” – Source cited: History of Christmas Trees.

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Trees with their beauty, dignity, massiveness, and strength might have led to their adoption as symbols of power, integrity, permanence, virility, as well as divine protection. More realistically however trees play a vital role in nature just as the rocks and rivers do. Trees attract and retain moisture, shade water sources and the soil – they help prevent the barren wastelands.  They provide shade as mentioned earlier, they bear fruit, provide medicine and now they are over-used for fuel and for building houses. The wood is also used in furniture; really … in every aspect of our daily lives: the rocks, rivers and trees connect all things to- and- with the earth, no wonder we honor, decorate, dance and write songs and poems about them.

Even in the present form the root of the unknown tree below

presents a unique natural sculpture. 

The pictures below are my private photographs taken by a friend – 2009.

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The Rocky Road to Human Rights

The Rocky Road to Human Rights

Equal Rights: … Who speaks for humankind? Who is qualified to dole out rights to others? Who, among Man shall declare – You on this hand shall have this but You on this hand will not? After much debate it was declared that Man exists, that Man exists with rights. 

Then of course man came with his interest in politics and the intrigues began; men began to dicker and deal and then distribute and some with acrimony and parsimony as well: Here, You get this and You get that and that’s the way politics remains. Politicians always have a political agenda and Allies and Human Rights should activists should be aware of this; none are impartial people. However we should all agree that all people should have the right to due process and equal protection enshrined in the 14th Amendment.

Fact: Gay and lesbian people are human beings with hopes, dreams and have the same need for love as I do. We should all celebrate the fact they are people like you and I … made in the image of God. They should all have access to the same fulfillment enjoyed by heterosexual people.

Facts from the Human Rights Campaign:

  • 33 states still flat out reject marriage equality – and the hundreds of other protections and civil rights it grants couples and families.
  • In 29 states, there are no state laws protecting lesbian, gay and bisexual people from employment discrimination. The number of states increases to 33 for transgender people.
  • 35 states still don’t protect transgender citizens with hate crimes laws that explicitly include gender identity.

Do you agree with the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution… where it forbids states from denying any person their life, liberty or property without a due process of law? This was intended to protect the civil rights of ALL Americans regardless of their race or gender.

Let’s move forward together: The country is going in the wrong direction if it continues to live in the past; if we continue to live without understanding. If we continue to live without compassion then all we will ever know is heartache and frustration. We are one people. Let’s be one country.

We can and we absolutely must work together to make our country into the place where ALL PEOPLE are treated with respect and dignity. Like you and me, LGBT people are made in the image of God.  

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Love is a shelter

 

Typically Pro-life means support for bringing the human fetus to full term.  I’m expanding this meaning – to  support LIFE in all stages of the human experience.

 

In America we still live in a democratic society, an open society though this is changing and everyone  appears to be calling for censorship and restrictions much like those of the Puritanical Era and some people are still locked in history, they will not or perhaps they cannot look forward. These are the ones who want to deny gay rights and these are the designers and planners who would like to recreate a GLBT variation of that obscene practice of apartheid that existed in South Africa from 1948 to the early 1990’s.

 

Equal rights are equal rights and no democratic government should ever parcel out privileges to a few of its citizens while denying them to others. Why not celebrate equal rights?  Fear is one answer. People fear what they do not understand and then we have those who fan the flames of hell fire and brimstone who cause chaos and mayhem when it would be so easy to be a maker of peace, not a peace maker that’s not the same thing, nor a peace keeper.  

 

How do you make peace? It starts with the understanding of our own heart. Love is a shelter for everyone. Love means listening to our own heart. Love means practicing kindness, love means we are to unconditionally support all members of the global community – all people from all backgrounds. This is pro-life in totality because LOVE itself supports LIFE in all stages of our human experience.  

 

Rachel

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What do you want to see in 2014?

What do you want to see in 2014?

Perhaps a better question would be… what are you capable of and willing to do in 2014 to bring about the needs that you see that are most important to you? For myself I feel that we need to work harder towards bringing peace, harmony and love for all people.

We cannot ignore history – Most importantly we cannot continue wasting energy or time giving ignorant people publicity. We must not work in splinter groups, each doing our own thing. We must find the energy to move forward and to do this we need to continue to organize as we did for the million people march. We need to look forward not backward, we need to look up, not down. Look at our friends and our allies who are consistently there. We need to forge new friendships and make new allies.   

Humanity cries out for comfort, forgiveness, healing, love, patience, joy, guidance, friendship. We need kindness. We need all these in our lives more than we need to be told we are damned and sinners.  We need healers and makers of peace not critics and censors. We need humanitarians. We need kindness; otherwise we are going to continue to move from this darkness into a darker darkness.  No matter what we see and hear from the news media this is the Age of Aquarius. This is the age of increased spirituality and harmony.   This is destined to be the age of ‘holiness and agreement. ‘

We need more break more bread with each other. We need a lot more truly holy men far more than we need little tin gods.  We need light bearers making peace – not just envisioning peace. We need makers of peace to ensure harmony throughout the world. We need ‘lovers’ who call to say “I can help bake bread.”

We need helpful people in our lives to be there to lift us up when we are down. We don’t need tin gods trying to tear us away from our basic security, our family. Children are the future and we must work together to make a clear pathway for them: all children worldwide.

 Human rights are human rights and we must stand up for them. What they need now is help through laws and legislation that will not violate their constitutions.  All children need allies and friends and leaders and policymakers who will protect, listen and represent their needs issues and not promote stigmatization and prejudice.  Lawmakers, policymakers’ movers and shakers, one and all need to act with both reason and evidence and recognize equality and human rights and work to outlaw discrimination, period. Everyone should want laws that will protect every citizen, not harm them. Everyone should work together to make a secure place in the future for the children: Children are the future and we must work together to make a clear pathway for them, all of them and this must, absolutely must include GLBTQIA. 

Archbishop Desmond Tutu said “Let us come together and be one; let us be people of peace; let us be people of harmony.” His words should be a reminder to all of us that our personal world is ours to shape, that as individuals we should gather together to work for peace; even as a private individual we are ambassadors to the global community and we have a responsibility to be a person of peace. 

As a person of peace we have the responsibility to listen to each other; to learn from each other; to share our knowledge with openness, honesty and kindness. Being an ambassador of peace is a great responsibility but it must be done; we need more bakers of bread than arms sellers. We live together on this planet. Let us be one community; let’s assist and support each other in peace and love every dImageay and let our kindness ripple out to bless others.

Rachel

 

I am a person – not chattel- I am not a slave

Pope Francis was brave … somewhat, but he and his archbishops and bishops are still too far out of step with ordinary Catholics and world citizens on a wide range of social issues – most notably women’s issues – rights, contraception and homosexuality.

Women are not wards of the Church or slaves; it’s not vitally necessary to have a baby in the womb at all times or have one tugging at the breast; this really isn’t healthy – mentally, physically or even spiritually. As a free woman I have the right to prevent pregnancy by using artificial means such as condoms and birth control pills as well as avoiding sex during ‘fertile’ periods.

Today it’s no big secret that state legislatures have been busy the last three years passing a barrage of restrictions that prevent women from being able to make their own health care decisions. This is horrifying and offensive. But what is more offensive is that many of these laws are passed under the guise of “protecting women” — as if these obstacles have been put in place for our own good. Thank you very much but we do know how to take care of ourselves – given the chance, and priests and other men who have taken the vows of celibacy should not be making decisions regarding women period. Celibate men know nothing, absolutely nothing about women or their needs.

And Pope Francis what about the silence in Uganda where the Death to Gays bill has been reintroduced again as another ‘Christmas Gift.’ I ask why – why is there no outcry from the Rightly Religious regarding this? Is murder, persecution and torture silently supported? There is no relief from the Vatican regarding the plight of the GLBT at the Winter Games either – so, so curios… so so curious.

You speak of the poor and I’m guessing your mindset is set on the poor catholic families or are you speaking generally of the deprived, the destitute, the indigent? I’m thinking of destitute homeless youth and young adults who are living on the street because they’ve been kicked out of their homes by their family for being gay. LGBT Youth have trouble finding people who will accept them and you are offering them no real help. Your words were selected, carefully chosen; you offer qualified support only if one does a certain thing; Pope Francis, you are not seeing the beauty of the whole. You are only seeing a fraction of a person.

This is a precious world … a precarious world we live in and your work should be about protecting the dignity of everyone around the world but the Vatican with its shames and secrets has so much work to make up for and your words are few and shallow – and your personal work with GLBT is nil to none and the stink of past scandals’ rises and new scandals come to the fore this week. Perhaps humanity will see something better in the next thousand years?

LGBT YOUTH HOMELESS FACTS:
1. 20% of homeless youth are LGBT. In comparison, the general youth population is only 10% LGBT.
2. While homeless youth typically experience severe family conflict as the primary reason for their homelessness, LGBT youth are twice as likely to experience sexual abuse before the age of 12.
3. LGBT youth, once homeless, are at higher risk for victimization, mental health problems, and unsafe sexual practices. 58.7% of LGBT homeless youth have been sexually victimized compared to 33.4% of heterosexual homeless youth
4. LGBT youth are roughly 7.4 times more likely to experience acts of sexual violence than heterosexual homeless youth
5. LGBT homeless youth commit suicide at higher rates (62%) than heterosexual homeless youth (29%)
Source: LGBT HOMELESS YOUTH

Genesis Revisited

Abba when was I? When were you not?
Man was formed from the beginning
When the earth began_ in the image
And Likeness as Wisdom anointed
Man

Man’s image was created from the movement
Of the waters and the great nothingness; A
Filament in space – Man is quester and
Answer from the waters of life, his
Path of life initiated at his birth, a
Route chosen and traveled at
Will, in leisure or in haste

The life path belongs to Man who
Was brought forth under the
Fiat of the Great Creative

On the tablet of the heart are
Written the Laws of Life

Man is not a puppet on
A string- he was given
Freewill and no man
Or man’s laws shall
Put asunder what
Is written there

The generative organs have
A sacred purpose but each
Man understands what’s
Inscribed on his own
Inward parts

I came from movement with a life
Path of my own: Who Am I?
Abba, I am who I say I am

It may take a lifetime to
Express the real me
But in my inward
Parts – I’ve
Always
Known_
Who
I am
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Abba When Was I ©
Genesis Revisited: Reviewed – Revised
Dedicated: GLBTQIA- /2/7/13*6/1/2013
Rachel Wolff