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NATION SUPPORTS Immigration Reform

There is broad NATIONAL CONSENSUS FOR Immigration Reform…across dcrallyAmerica. Let’s take a look at some NUMBERS…

Does everybody support it? no! But the MAJORITY does…and we go by the majority, unless of course you are House Speaker John Boehner – then you go by a “majority of a majority!” Which means that Republicans won the election and Romney is President…

The only people loudly yelling to deport the “illegal Mexican criminals” are from the Tea Party arm of the Republican Party and other racists groups on the extremist fringe…

Loony Iowa Representative Steve King held a STOP AMNESTY “in your face” rally in House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s backyard. 60 people turned up…yes, 60. More people show up at little league games…

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King has made statements (about immigrants) like:

“For everyone who’s a valedictorian…there’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” 

And — “If you bring people from a violent civilization into a less-violent civilization, you’re going to have more violence right? It’s like pouring hot water into cold water, does it raise the temperature or not?”

King was apparently trying to show Cantor (who criticized King for his insensitive comments) that HE, King, is “da man” with mega support for his racist opinions! Yep! 60 kilotons of people power!

Immigrtation Evangelists

THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS FAVOR IMMIGRATION REFORM.

Here’s a list of SOME of those who have come forward to support Immigration Reform:

The National Association of Evangelicals… Represents more than 45,000 local churches from 40 different denominations and serves a constituency of millions. Ranges from the American Jewish Committee, to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Southern Baptist Convention, United Sikhs, Presbyterians, Mennonites and Mormons.

Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform

Our national immigration laws have created a moral, economic and political crisis in America. Initiatives to remedy this crisis have led to polarization and name calling in which opponents have misrepresented each other’s positions as open borders and amnesty versus deportations of millions. This false choice has led to an unacceptable political stalemate at the federal level at a tragic human cost.

Reform Immigration Now!

As evangelical Christian leaders, we call for a bipartisan solution on immigration that:

  • Respects the God-given dignity of every person
  • Protects the unity of the immediate family
  • Respects the rule of law
  • Guarantees secure national borders
  • Ensures fairness to taxpayers
  • Establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship                      for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents
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If Jesus came as undocumented – would we welcome him today?

Statement on Citizenship (March 18, 2013)  May 2nd Open-Letter to Congress: 

Signatories: Heads of the Evangelical Immigration Table 

  1. Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals
  2. Stephan Bauman, President and CEO, World Relief
  3. David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World
  4. Noel Castellanos, CEO, Christian Community Development Association
  5. Luis Cortés, President, Esperanza
  6. Richard Land, President, Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
  7. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
  8. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition
  9. Mathew Staver, Chairman and Founder, Liberty Counsel
  10. Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners
  11. Heads of Evangelical Denominations
  12. Randall A. Bach, President, Open Bible Churchesevang1
  1. Gary M. Benedict, President, The Christian and Missionary Alliance, United States
  2. Joel Boot, Executive Director, Christian Reformed Church of North America
  3. Ed Boschman, Executive Director, U.S. Mennonite Brethren
  4. Eugénio Duarte, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
  5. Robert Duncan, Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church in North America
  6. Jim Eschenbrenner, General Council Secretary, Christian Union
  7. David Graves, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
  8. William J. Hamel, President, Evangelical Free Church of America
  9. Bruce Hill, Bishop, Evangelical Congregational Church
  10. Bill Hossler, President, The Missionary Church
  11. Ken Hunn, Executive Director, The Brethren Church
  12. JoAnne Lyon, General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church
  13. Rob McCleland, Executive Director, North American Baptist Conference
  14. Jesse Middendorf, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
  15. Jerry D. Porter, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
  16. Joseph Tkach, President and Pastor General, Grace Communion International
  17. Stan Toler, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
  18. Berten Waggoner, National Director, Vineyard USA
  19. Gary Walter, President, The Evangelical Covenant Church
  20. J. K. Warrick, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
  21. Phil Whipple, Bishop, United Brethren in Christ
  22. George Wood, General Superintendent, General Council of the Assemblies of God
  23. Bryant Wright, President, Southern Baptist Convention 

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Leaders of Evangelical Organizations

  1. Scott Arbeiter, Board Chair, World Relief
  2. Leroy Barber, President, Mission Year
  3. Edward O. Blews, Jr., President, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
  4. Paul Cedar, Chair and CEO, Mission America Coalition
  5. Jim Daly, President and CEO, Focus on the Family
  6. Kit Danley, President, Neighborhood Ministries
  7. Mark DeYmaz, Executive Director, Mosaix Global Network
  8. Daniel F. Flores, President, Sociedad Wesleyana
  9. Jose L. Gonzalez, Founder and President, Semilla, Inc.
  10. Wayne Gordon, Chairman and President, Christian Community Development Association
  11. Alec Hill, President and CEO, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA
  12. Benjamin Homan, President, John Stott Ministries/Langham Partnership
  13. Gregory C.V. Johnson, President and Founder, Standing Together
  14. Jim Liske, CEO, Prison Fellowship Ministries
  15. Alejandro Mandes, Director of Hispanic Ministries, Evangelical Free Church
  16. Jim Mellado, President, Willow Creek Association
  17. Jesse Miranda, Chief Executive Director, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
  18. Steve Moore, President, Missio Nexus
  19. Doug Nuenke, President, Navigators
  20. Kevin Palau, President, Luis Palau Association
  21. Luis Palau, Founder and CEO, Luis Palau Association
  22. Josue del Risco, National Coordinator, Church Mobilization Group, North American Mission Board
  23. Mike Rolfes, Executive Director, Renew Chicago
  24. Rick Ryan, Convoy of Hope
  25. Doug Seebeck, Executive Director, Partners Worldwide
  26. Ronald J. Sider, President, Evangelicals for Social Action
  27. Richard Stearns, President, World Vision U.S.
  28. Ed Stetzer, President, Lifeway Research
  29. T.V. Thomas, Chair, Ethnic America Network
  30. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Co-Chair, National African American Clergy Network
  31. Ken Wytsma, Founder, The Justice Conference 
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Dr. Russell Moore

Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission – wrote to every senator, reaffirming the Southern Baptist Convention’s commitment to passing compassionate and commonsense immigration reform:

June 20, 2013

Dear Senator:

As the newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, I write to share a faith-based perspective on immigration reform.

As you are aware, the Southern Baptist Convention is the nation’s largest non-Catholic denomination, with nearly 16 million members worshiping in more than 46,000 autonomous local congregations. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the official Southern Baptist entity charged by the Southern Baptist Convention to speak to  our nation’s moral, cultural, and religious liberty issues.

The Southern Baptist Convention asks our governing authorities to implement just and compassionate comprehensive immigration reform. We oppose the two extremes of deportation and amnesty, seeking an approach that improves enforcement of our immigration laws balanced with compassion for those here without legal status. This position echoes previous resolutions passed by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2006 and 2011 in favor of a balanced approach to comprehensive immigration reform. Full text

Leaders of Evangelical Universities and Seminaries

  1. Danny Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  2. Mark Bailey, President, Dallas Theological Seminary
  3. Jay Barnes, President, Bethel University
  4. David Black, President, Eastern University
  5. Bill Brown, President, Cedarville University
  6. Carlos Campo, President, Regent University
  7. Joseph Castleberry, President, Northwest University
  8. Andrea Cook, President, Warner Pacific College
  9. Timothy George, Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
  10. Robin Hadaway, Interim President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  11. Dennis Hollinger, President, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
  12. Gordon MacDonald, Chancellor, Denver Seminary
  13. Corlis McGee, President, Eastern Nazarene College
  14. Russell Moore, Dean of the School of Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  15. Richard J. Mouw, President, Fuller Theological Seminary
  16. Philip Ryken, President, Wheaton College
  17. Shirley Mullen, President, Houghton College
  18. Joseph Stowell, President, Cornerstone University
  19. Timothy Tennent, President, Asbury Seminary
  20. Craig Williford, President, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Evangelical Journalists, Authors, Artists, Business and Thought Leaders

  1. Cheryl Broetje, Vista Hermosa Foundation
  2. Dr. Don Buckley, Physician, Pensacola, FL
  3. Victor G. Carrillo, President and Chief Operating Officer, Zion Oil and Gas
  4. Shane Claiborne, Author and Activist
  5. Andy Crouch, Author and Editor-at-Large, Christianity Today
  6. Margaret Feinberg, Author and Speaker
  7. John Fuder, Author
  8. Art Gay, Minister-at-Large, Evangelical Initiatives International
  9. Troy and Sara Groves, Musicians
  10. Gary Kinnaman, Grace Unlimited
  11. Jonathan Merritt, Faith & Culture Writer
  12. David Neff, Editor-in-Chief, Christianity Today
  13. John Perkins, Founder, Christian Community Development Association
  14. Malcolm Yarnell, Editor of the Southwestern Journal of Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 

Other Denominational and Network Leaders

  1. Paul Borthwick, Senior Consultant, Development Associates International
  2. Walter Contreras, La Red de Pastores del Sur de California
  3. Kimberly Dirmann, Supervisor, Foursquare Southwest District
  4. Jose Garcia, State Overseer &emdash; California, Church of God of Prophecy
  5. Lydia Gonzalez D’Ross, Oklahoma Director, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
  6. Jorge Fuentes, President & Founder, La Red de Oracion USA
  7. Frank Lyons, Assistant Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh, Anglican Church in North America
  8. Robert Mills, Executive Director, Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists
  9. René Molina, Pastor Principal, Iglesias de Restauración/ELIM, Southern California
  10. Carl Nelson, President, Transform Minnesota
  11. Rogelio Ovalle, Superintendent, Council of Assemblies of God Northern Pacific Latin American District
  12. Suzii Paynter, Director, Christian Life Commission, Baptist General Convention of Texas
  13. Jesse Rincones, President, Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas
  14. Dennis J. Rivera, District Superintendent, Council of Assemblies of God Central District
  15. Wendy Tarr, Director, CLUE Orange County
  16. David Warren, State Representative, Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches
  17. Jim Wideman, Executive Director, Baptist Convention of New England
  18. Pastor Adan Aguirre, Senior Pastor, Impacto de Fe (Arvada, CO)
  1. Kenton Beshore, Senior Pastor, Mariners Church (Irvine, CA)
  2. Stuart and Jill Briscoe, Ministers at Large, Elmbrook Church (Brookfield, WI)
  3. Rob Bugh, Senior Pastor, Wheaton Bible Church (West Chicago, IL)
  4. Tim Celek, Lead Pastor, The Crossing (Costa Mesa, CA)
  5. Jackson Crum, Lead Pastor, Park Community Church (Chicago, IL)
  6. Dharius Daniels, Founder and Senior Pastor, Kingdom Church (Ewing, NJ)
  7. Alberto Delgado, Founder and Senior Pastor, Alpha & Omega Church (Miami, FL)
  8. Jerry Dirmann, Founder and Senior Pastor, The Rock (Anaheim, CA)
  9. Joe Duke, Founder and Senior Pastor, LifePoint Church (Baltimore, MD)
  10. Dave Ferguson, Lead Pastor, Community Christian Church (Naperville, IL)
  11. David Fleming, Pastor, Champion Forest Baptist Church (Houston, TX)
  12. David Galvan, Pastor, Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida (Dallas, TX)
  13. Jose Gonzalez, Pastor, Harvest Bible Church (Phoenix, AZ)
  14. Dave Gibbons, Senior Pastor and Founder, Newsong Church and Xealots
  15. J.D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church (Durham, NC)
  16. Philip Griffin, Senior Pastor, Elmbrook Church (Brookfield, WI)
  17. Juan Guillén, Pastor, Willow Creek Casa de Luz, Willow Creek Community Church, (South Barrington, IL)
  18. Cynthia Hale, Senior Pastor, Ray of Hope Christian Church (Decatur, GA)
  19. Steve Harling, Lead Pastor, Foothills Community Church (Arvada, CO)
  20. Spike Hogan, Senior Pastor, Chet’s Creek Church (Jacksonville, FL)
  21. Joel Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland, A Church Distributed (Longwood, FL)
  22. Bill and Lynne Hybels, Founders, Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL)
  23. John Jenkins, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Glenarden (MD)
  24. Wilfredo de Jesus, Senior Pastor, New Life Covenant Church (Chicago, IL)
  25. Tyler Johnson, Lead Pastor, Redemption Church (Phoenix, AZ)
  26. Lee de Leon, Executive Pastor, Templo Calvario (Los Angeles, CA)
  27. Nick Lilo, Lead Pastor, Waterstone Community Church (Littleton, CO)
  28. Crawford Loritts, Senior Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church (Roswell, GA)
  29. Max Lucado, Minister of Preaching, Oak Hills Church (San Antonio, TX)
  30. Troy Jackson, Senior Pastor, University Christian Church (Cincinnati, OH)
  31. Mark Jobe, Lead Pastor, New Life Community Church (Chicago, IL)
  32. Dave McDowell, Senior Pastor, Community Fellowship Church (West Chicago, IL)
  33. Tom Melton, Senior Pastor, Greenwood Community Church (Greenwood, CO)
  34. James Merritt, Lead Pastor, Cross Pointe Church (Duluth, GA)
  35. Rich Nathan, Senior Pastor, Vineyard Columbus (OH)
  36. Carlos Ortiz, Founder and Senior Pastor, Cristo Vive Churches (Miami, FL)
  37. Daniel Prieto, Pastor, Foursquare Church (San Antonio, TX)
  38. Bob Roberts, Senior Pastor, NorthWood Church (Keller, TX)
  39. Alan Robinson, Senior Pastor, Carlisle Brethren in Christ Church (PA)
  40. Hanibal Rodriguez, Lead Pastor, Iglesia del Pueblo (West Chicago, IL)
  41. Mike Romberger, Senior Pastor, Mission Hills Church (Littleton, CO)
  42. Randall Ross, Senior Pastor, Calvary Church (Naperville, IL)
  43. Chris Schutte, Senior Pastor, Christ Church Anglican (Phoenix, AZ)
  44. Jim Tolle, Senior Pastor, La Iglesia En El Camino (Los Angeles, CA)
  45. David Uth, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church (Orlando, FL)
  46. Jim Walters, Senior Pastor, Bear Valley Church (Lakewood, CO)
  47. Greg Waybright, Senior Pastor, Lake Avenue Church (Pasadena, CA)
  48. Chris Williamson, Senior Pastor and Founder, Strong Tower Bible Church (Franklin, TN)
  49. Sandy Willson, Senior Minister, Second Presbyterian Church (Memphis, TN)
  50. Dave Workman, Senior Pastor, Vineyard Cincinnati Church (OH)
  51. Paul Zink, Pastor, New Life Christian Fellowship (Jacksonville, FL)
  1. Lamar Cooper, Senior Professor of Old Testament and Archaeology, Criswell College
  2. William Dembski, Research Professor of Philosophy, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  3. Michael Emerson, Professor of Sociology, Rice University
  4. David Gushee, Director, Center for Theology and Public Life, Mercer University
  5. Dan Heimbach, Senior Professor of Christian Ethics, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  6. Steve Lemke, Provost, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  7. Juan Francisco Martínez, Associate Provost, Fuller Theological Seminary
  8. Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary
  9. C. Ben Mitchell, Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University
  10. Tom Parker, Director, Fuller Seminary Southwest
  11. Phil Roberts, Former President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  12. Daniel Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Pepperdine University
  13. Daniel Sanchez, Professor of Missions, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  14. Will Stoller-Lee, Director, Fuller Theological Seminary in Colorado
  15. Walker Tzeng, Chief Operating Officer, Olivet University 

(Titles and institutions are provided for identification purposes only and do not constitute endorsements by those institutions)

–> Also SUPPORTING Immigration Reform: chamber

  • THE US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: which represents more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions.

The undersigned organizations urge the United States Congress to enact legislation that would bring meaningful reforms to critical components of our nation’s immigration system. Reform of an outdated, broken immigration system is essential if we are to achieve a fully revitalized economy that provides rewarding and lasting jobs and opportunities for all Americans.

Thought leaders from across the ideological spectrum agree that enacting immigration reform now will accelerate U.S. economic growth at a critical time when it has struggled to recover, and will help to enable sustained growth for decades to come.

Failure to act is not an option. We can’t afford to be content and watch a generation-old immigration system work more and more against our overall national interest. Instead, we urge Congress to remain mindful of the clear benefits to our economy if we succeed, and work together and with us to achieve real, pro-growth immigration reform.

Sincerely,

  1. Adams Insurance Service, Inc.
  2. Adobe
  3. Advanced Decisions, Inc.
  4. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
  5. AGCO Corporation
  6. Albany-Colonie (NY) Regional Chamber
  7. Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
  8. Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers
  9. 2 of 11
  10. ALOM
  11. American Action Forum
  12. American Action Network
  13. American Association of UniversityWomen
  14. (AAUW)
  15. American Beekeeping Federation
  16. American Coatings Association
  17. American Council of Engineering Companies
  18. American Council on International Personnel
  19. American Farm Bureau Federation
  20. American Feed Industry Association
  21. American Honey Producers Association
  22. American Hotel & Lodging Association
  23. American Immigration Lawyers Association
  24. American Institute of Certified Public
  25. Accountants
  26. American Jewish Committee (NJ)
  27. American Meat Institute
  28. American Nursery & Landscape Association
  29. American Project Consultants, LLC
  30. American Sheep Industry Association
  31. American Standard Development Company
  32. Anaheim (CA) Chamber of Commerce
  33. Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce
  34. Applied Materials
  35. Appvance Inc.
  36. Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  37. Arizona Farm Bureau Federation
  38. Arizona Nursery Association
  39. Arizona Technology Council
  40. Arkansas State Chamber of
  41. Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas
  42. Arlington Chamber of Commerce (TX)
  43. Arsenal Venture Partners
  44. Aspen Square Hotel
  45. Associated Industries of Massachusetts
  46. Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado
  47. Association for Competitive Technology
  48. AT&T
  49. Austin Ventures
  50. Autodesk, Inc.
  51. Avid Park Capital, LLC
  52. Axcelis Technologies
  53. Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber
  54. Baton Rouge Area (LA) Chamber
  55. Belton Area Chamber of Commerce
  56. Bennington Area (VT) Chamber of Commerce
  57. Blount Partnership
  58. Brokaw Nursery, Inc.
  59. 3 of 11
  60. BSA | The Software Alliance
  61. Buckeye Valley (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
  62. Business Council of Alabama
  63. Business Council of New York State, Inc
  64. Cabarrus (NC) Regional Chamber of Commerce
  65. Cadence Design Systems
  66. California Chamber of Commerce
  67. California Cotton Ginners Association
  68. California Cotton Growers Association
  69. California Farm Bureau Federation
  70. California Grape and Tree Fruit League
  71. California Strawberry Commission
  72. CALinnovates
  73. Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd.
  74. Capital Factory
  75. Cargill
  76. Carpet Empire Plus
  77. Caterpillar Inc.
  78. Cervilenz Inc.
  79. Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County
  80. (IN)
  81. Chamber of Commerce Southwest LA
  82. Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura &
  83. Santa Barbara Counties (CA)
  84. Chamber West (UT)
  85. Chandler (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
  86. Cherry Lane Farms
  87. Chicago Southland (IL) Chamber of Commerce
  88. Chicagoland (IL) Chamber of Commerce
  89. Cisco Systems, Inc.
  90. Collaborative Communications
  91. Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry
  92. Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association
  93. Committee of 100 for Economic Development,
  94. Inc. (LA)
  95. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  96. Compete America
  97. CompTIA
  98. Computer & Communications Industry
  99. Association
  100. Concord Servicing Corporation
  101. Concord Software Leasing Corporation
  102. Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association
  103. Consumer Electronics Association
  104. Cordele-Crisp (GA) Chamber of Commerce
  105. Corning Incorporated
  106. Cottonwood Technology Fund – NVCA Member
  107. Cummins, Inc.
  108. Dairy Producers of New Mexico
  109. 4 of 11
  110. Dakota County (MN) Regional Chamber of
  111. Commerce
  112. Dallas Regional Chamber
  113. Danna & Danna, Inc.
  114. Danna Farms, Inc.
  115. Danna Investment Co.
  116. Danna Land Co.
  117. Danna Properties, LP
  118. Daytona (FL) Regional Chamber of Commerce
  119. Dell
  120. Deloitte LLP
  121. Delta Planning, Inc.
  122. Denton Glass Company
  123. Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
  124. Diversified Thermal Insulation
  125. Dow Chemical Company
  126. East Bay (RI) Chamber of Commerce
  127. East Valley (UT) Chamber
  128. eBay Inc.
  129. EcoFactor Inc.
  130. Edison Ventures
  131. Einstein’s Alley NJ
  132. Elance, Inc.
  133. EMC
  134. EnerNOC, Inc.
  135. Engine
  136. Erie (PA) Regional Chamber & Growth
  137. Partnership
  138. ETM-Electromatic Inc.
  139. Everett Partners, Ltd.
  140. F5 Networks
  141. Facebook
  142. Fall River Area (MA) Chamber of Commerce
  143. and Industry
  144. Farmers Investment Co.
  145. Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce
  146. Finelite Inc.
  147. FirstFruits of Washington
  148. Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
  149. Flagstaff (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
  150. Florida Chamber of Commerce
  151. Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape
  152. Association
  153. Fox Cities (WI) Chamber of Commerce &
  154. Industry
  155. FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc.
  156. FWD.US
  157. Gatlinburg (TN) Chamber of Commerce
  158. Gazzang Inc.
  159. General Electric
  160. 5 of 11
  161. Georgia Chamber of Commerce
  162. Georgia Green Industry Association
  163. Gilbert (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
  164. Global Immigration Benchmarking Council
  165. GLOBALFOUNDRIES
  166. Goleta Valley (CA) Chamber of Commerce
  167. Google Inc.
  168. Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition
  169. Greater Boca Raton (FL) Chamber of Commerce
  170. Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
  171. Greater Des Moines (IA) Partnership
  172. Greater Durham (NC) Chamber of Commerce
  173. Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce
  174. Greater Houston Partnership
  175. Greater Indianapolis (IN) Chamber of Commerce
  176. Greater Irving-Las Colinas (TX) Chamber of
  177. Commerce
  178. Greater Memphis (TN) Chamber
  179. Greater Omaha Chamber (NE)
  180. Greater Pittsburgh (PA) Chamber of Commerce
  181. Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
  182. Greater Richmond (VA) Chamber
  183. Greater San Antonio (TX) Chamber of
  184. Commerce
  185. Greater San Fernando Valley (CA) Chamber of
  186. Commerce
  187. Greater Topeka (KS) Chamber of Commerce
  188. Green Bay Area (WI) Chamber of Commerce
  189. Grok Inc.
  190. Grower-Shipper Association of Central
  191. California
  192. Gulf Citrus Growers Association
  193. Henderson County (NC) Chamber of Commerce
  194. Hilton Head Island-Bluffton (SC) Chamber of
  195. Commerce
  196. Hilton Worldwide
  197. Hispanic Leadership Network
  198. HR Policy Association
  199. Hudson County (NJ) Chamber of Commerce
  200. Huffman & Hawbaker Farms
  201. IBC Bank
  202. IBM Corporation
  203. Idaho Dairymen’s Association
  204. Idaho Farm Bureau Federation
  205. Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association
  206. Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee
  207. Rights
  208. Illinois Farm Bureau
  209. Illinois Green Industry Association
  210. Illinois Technology Association
  211. 6 of 11
  212. Indiana Chamber of Commerce
  213. Indiana Farm Bureau
  214. Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association
  215. Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association
  216. Infinera
  217. Information Technology Industry Council
  218. Ingersoll Rand
  219. inSPIRE STEM USA
  220. Intel Corporation
  221. International Dairy Foods Association
  222. Intersouth Partners
  223. Intuit
  224. IRONCO Enterprises LLC
  225. Irrigation Association
  226. Jan Medical, Inc.
  227. Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
  228. Johnson City TN Chamber of Commerce
  229. JumpStart Inc.
  230. Juniper Networks
  231. K & W Mfg. Co., Inc.
  232. Kansas Chamber of Commerce
  233. Kansas Farm Bureau
  234. Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
  235. Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers
  236. KnowledgeTree Inc.
  237. Kovio, Inc.
  238. Laredo (TX) Chamber of Commerce
  239. Las Vegas (NV) Metro Chamber of Commerce
  240. Lassen Canyon Nursery, Inc.
  241. Lee & Hayes, PLLC
  242. Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce
  243. LiveOps, Inc.
  244. Lone Star Boat, RV & Self Storage
  245. Long Beach (CA) Chamber of Commerce
  246. Longview (TX) Chamber of Commerce
  247. Los Angeles County Economic Development
  248. Corporation (LAEDC)
  249. Loudoun County (VA) Chamber of Commerce
  250. Louisiana Irrigation Association
  251. Lubbock (TX) Chamber of Commerce
  252. Madrona Venture Group
  253. Manhattan (NY) Chamber of Commerce
  254. Marriott International, Inc.
  255. Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.
  256. Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association
  257. Massachusetts Innovation & Technology
  258. Exchange (MITX)
  259. Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension
  260. Partnership
  261. 7 of 11
  262. Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council
  263. MC Marketing Group LLC
  264. Meadowlands (NJ) Regional Chamber
  265. Melaleuca, Inc.
  266. MetricStream
  267. Metro South Chamber of Commerce (MA)
  268. Michigan Apple Association
  269. Michigan Chamber of Commerce
  270. Michigan Farm Bureau
  271. Michigan Milk Producers Association
  272. Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association
  273. Microsoft Corp.
  274. Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  275. MIND Research Institute
  276. Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
  277. Minnesota Farm Bureau
  278. Minnesota High Tech Association
  279. Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association
  280. Mitsubishi International Corporation
  281. Monterey County Farm Bureau
  282. Morgenthaler
  283. Morris County (NJ) Chamber of Commerce
  284. Morris County (NJ) Hispanic-American
  285. Chamber of Commerce
  286. Motive Power Systems Inc.
  287. Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
  288. Motorola Solutions, Inc.
  289. Myrtle Beach Area (SC) Chamber of Commerce
  290. Naperville Area (IL) Chamber of Commerce
  291. NASDAQ OMX
  292. Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
  293. National Association of Manufacturers
  294. National Christmas Tree Association
  295. National Council of Agricultural Employers
  296. National Council of Chain Restaurants
  297. National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
  298. National Foreign Trade Council
  299. National Grape Cooperative Association Inc.
  300. National Immigration Forum
  301. National Onion Association
  302. National Potato Council
  303. National Retail Federation
  304. National Roofing Contractors Association
  305. National Venture Capital Association
  306. New England Apple Council
  307. New Jersey Main Street Alliance
  308. New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association
  309. 8 of 11
  310. New Mexico Association of Commerce &
  311. Industry
  312. New York Farm Bureau
  313. New York Technology Council
  314. NewComLink
  315. Nisei Farmers League
  316. Nitero, Inc.
  317. NM Association of Commerce & Industry
  318. North American Blueberry Council
  319. North Carolina Farm Bureau
  320. North Carolina Nursery & Landscape
  321. Association
  322. North Carolina Technology Association
  323. North East Ohio International Business Network
  324. Northeast Dairy Producers Association
  325. Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  326. Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce
  327. Northumberland County (VA) Chamber of
  328. Commerce
  329. OCZ Technology Group, Inc.
  330. OFA – The Association of Horticulture
  331. Professionals
  332. Ohio Chamber of Commerce
  333. Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
  334. Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association
  335. Ohio Venture Association
  336. ON Semiconductor
  337. OnShift, Inc.
  338. Oracle
  339. Oregon Association of Nurseries
  340. Oregon Cherry Growers, Inc.
  341. Oregon Farm Bureau
  342. Outdoor Amusement Business Association, Inc.
  343. Overland Park Chamber of Commerce
  344. Overstock.com
  345. Oxnard (CA) Chamber of Commerce
  346. Packard Place
  347. Palm Desert Area (CA)Chamber of Commerce
  348. Paramount Citrus
  349. Paramount Farming Company
  350. Partnership for a New American Economy
  351. Paymetric Inc.
  352. Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
  353. Permac Industries
  354. Pokeware
  355. Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce
  356. Port Hueneme (CA) Chamber of Commerce
  357. Preemptive Solutions
  358. Prescott (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
  359. Prime Time International
  360. 9 of 11
  361. Produce Marketing Association
  362. Producers Chemical Co.
  363. Professional Landcare Network
  364. PTV Sciences
  365. Purple Leaf, LLC
  366. Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
  367. Qualcomm
  368. R&L Well Drilling LLC
  369. Rackspace Hosting, Inc.
  370. Rancho Cordova (CA) Chamber of Commerce
  371. Retail Industry Leaders Association
  372. Revolution
  373. River Cities Capital Funds
  374. Robert Mann Packaging, Inc.
  375. Rochester (MN) Area Chamber of Commerce
  376. Rogers-Lowell Area (AR) Chamber of
  377. Commerce
  378. Rollins, Inc.
  379. Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship
  380. S3 Ventures, LLC
  381. SailPoint Technologies, Inc.
  382. Salt Lake (UT) Chamber
  383. San Antonio (TX) Hispanic Chamber of
  384. Commerce
  385. San Diego County Farm Bureau
  386. San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
  387. San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
  388. Santa Clara (CA) Chamber of Commerce and
  389. Convention-Visitors Bureau
  390. Santa Clara University
  391. Schuylkill (PA) Chamber of Commerce
  392. Scottsdale (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
  393. Semiconductor Equipment and Materials
  394. International
  395. Semiconductor Industry Association
  396. Signature Landscape Inc.
  397. Silicon Valley Bank
  398. Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  399. Society for Human Resource Management
  400. Society of American Florists
  401. South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  402. South Carolina Farm Bureau
  403. South East Dairy Farmers Association
  404. South Metro Denver Chamber
  405. Sports Tutor, Inc.
  406. St. Louis (MO) Regional Chamber
  407. St. Paul Area Chamber (MN)
  408. State Agriculture and Rural Leaders
  409. Statewide Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce
  410. (NJ)
  411. 10 of 11
  412. Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NJ)
  413. StepLeader
  414. Sun-Maid Growers of California
  415. Sunshine Hope
  416. Surplus Service
  417. SV Angel
  418. Sweet Potato Council of California
  419. Sylvatex
  420. Symantec
  421. Synopsys, Inc.
  422. TechAmerica
  423. TechNet
  424. Technology Association of Oregon
  425. Technology CEO Council
  426. Telecommunications Industry Association
  427. Tempe (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
  428. Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  429. Tennessee Farm Bureau
  430. Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  431. Coalition
  432. Teradata
  433. Texas Association of Business
  434. Texas Farm Bureau
  435. Texas Instruments Incorporated
  436. Texas International Produce Association
  437. Texas Nursery & Landscape Association
  438. The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
  439. The Center for APA Women
  440. The Chamber of Reno, Sparks, and Northern
  441. Nevada
  442. The Internet Association
  443. The Latino Coalition
  444. The MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce
  445. The National Grange
  446. The New England Council
  447. The Partnership for a New American Economy
  448. The Shurtleff Group
  449. The Technology Association of Georgia
  450. Tompkins County (NY) Chamber of Commerce
  451. Torrance (CA) Area Chamber of Commerce
  452. TransPak, Inc.
  453. TransPremier LLC
  454. Trimble Navigation
  455. Tucson (AZ) Hispanic Chamber
  456. Tucson (AZ) Metro Chamber of Commerce
  457. Tulsa (OK) Regional Chamber
  458. U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  459. U.S. Travel Association
  460. 11 of 11
  461. Uesugi Farms, Inc.
  462. Ugaldes Restaurant
  463. United Dairymen of Arizona
  464. United Fresh Produce Association
  465. UnitedAg
  466. Valley Industry & Commerce Association
  467. Ventura (CA) Chamber of Commerce
  468. Ventura County Agricultural Association
  469. Venture Investors LLC
  470. Vessey & Company, Inc.
  471. Vida Capital Inc.
  472. Virgin America
  473. Virginia Chamber of Commerce
  474. Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association
  475. Virginia Farm Bureau
  476. Virginia Green Industry Council
  477. Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association
  478. Washington Farm Bureau
  479. Washington Growers League
  480. Washington Laboratories and American
  481. Certification Body
  482. Washington State Dairy Federation
  483. Washington Technology Industry Association
  484. Welch Foods Inc.
  485. West Coast Mennonite Central Committee
  486. Western Agricultural Processors Association
  487. Western Digital Corporation
  488. Western Growers
  489. Western United Dairymen
  490. White Pine (NV) Chamber of Commerce
  491. Willits & Newcomb, Inc.
  492. Wine Institute
  493. Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
  494. Woodrow Engineering Company
  495. Woolley Engineering Research Corp.
  496. XTn Group, LLC
  497. Yahoo!
  498. Yelp
  499. Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association
  500. Zacarias Actuarial Consultants, Inc
  501. Zachry Holdings, Inc.
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Zuckerberg: Supports Immigration Reform

Groups/Indivuals like:     

  1. John McCain (R-Ariz.) – Gang of 8 senators
  2.  Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) – Gang of 8
  3. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)  – Gang of 8
  4. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)  – Gang of 8
  5.  Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)  – Gang of 8
  6. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.)  – Gang of 8
  7. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)  – Gang of 8
  8. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)  – Gang of 8
  9. Microsoft
  10. Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook founder
  11. American Farm Bureau – voice of agriculture at the national level.
  12. The Small Business Majority
  13. AFL-CIO: American Federation Of Labor (57 unions representing more than 12 million workers)
  14. AFSCME – American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (1.6 million working and retired members)
  15. SEIU – The Service Employees International UnionUAW – United Auto Workers
  16. UFCW – United Food and Commercial Workers
  17. NEA – National Education Association
  18. American Federation of Teachers (1.5 million members, more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide).
  19. MIRA – Massachusetts Advocacy and Refugee Coalition
  20. National Council Of La Raza (Largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. 300 affiliated community-based organizations, reachess millions of Hispanics in 41 states)
  21. AILA – American Immigration Lawyers Association
  22. Border Angels
  23. National Immigration Reform
  24. CHIRLA – Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
  25. Voto Latino
  26. Promise Arizona
  27. Republicans for Immigration Reform – yes, indeed!
  28. ICIRR – Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  29. LULAC – League of United Latin American Citizens
  30. Alliance For Citizenship
  31. President Obama/White House
  32. Majority of Democrats
  33. Law Enforcement groups

And these are just a FRACTION of the support for Immigration Reform..because EVERY state has scores of groups/agencies that are supporting and pushing for

John Boehner:

Speaker Boehner

Immigration Reform.

So when 60 people turn out to oppose something – what? Do we, like House Speaker John Boehner, INSIST on a majority of those paltry 60 before we act?

Americans SUPPORT Immigration Reform…in poll after poll. But Republicans are not listening – because voters sent them to do the WILL of their puppet master – the extremist, fringe, racist TEA PARTY – instead of the will of the American MAJORITY!

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Desiderata: Desired Things

According to Wiki…the Reverend Frederick Kates, rector of Saint Paul’s Church in Baltimore, Maryland included Desiderata in a compilation of devotional materials for his congregation some time around the year 1959, .

Kates

When Adlai Stevenson died in 1965, a guest in his home found the Desiderata near his bedside and discovered that Stevenson had planned to use it in his Christmas cards.

Subsequently, the poem became widely known as having been found at Saint Paul’s Church of Baltimore – but confusing the date of the church’s foundation as the date of the text’s authorship.

In this age of political shouting…I think we can all do with the wisdom of the Desiderata.

♥♥♥  ♥♥♥

Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Avoid “loud and aggressive persons” a.k.a. Republicans!!!

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

OBAMA’S Calculated Flop!

So he brings Gays back home.  Will Joe Biden now make some revelation about Immigration? HISPANICS how, now?

Ah president Obama! My president. You love him passionately or hate him with equal fervor! It’s hard to BE indifferent when it’s comes to our 44th President. Obama who? Ah, I don’t care. Huh-huh!

So he’s brought his feelings out of the closet…and he supports gay marriage. Well that puts Mitt Romney on the spot! The Republican Presidential challenger can’t even breathe if the Tea Party does NOT allow it. Romney, poor guy, he tried…he hired a gay consultant. But PRESSURE from the right forced him to cave in. NOPE, he can’t have a gay anything or even appear to favor anything gay – which is why he looks so morose. If he’s funny and gay – oops I used gay. Nope, Romney can’t

Makes you wonder how he would govern — with Rick Santorum and the Tea Party ALREADY breathing down his neck…during the primaries!

So Joe Biden announces he supports gay marriage and of course somebody just HAD to ask the President too – and he naturally just HAD to tell you. That’s a scoop, but I don’t know whose scoop!

Did the reporter get Obama or did Obama get the reporter?

I feel about President Obama the way I feel about my son: frustrated! I love my child but by God sometimes I want to thump him – and I’m planning all kinds of punishments in my mind – and then I try to reason with him – and he charms me – and I forget what the hell I was upset about – and I end up giving him money to go buy some game I absolutely detest!

By gosh if I was married to President Obama I’d already have pulled out ALL my hair! Can you imagine trying to argue with this guy – especially if like me you THRIVE on argument? You’re deliberately smashing the plates Rham Emanuel gave you as a house warming present – he’s just sitting there – watching you… ARRGH!

Here is a brilliant guy who swept into office on a tsunamic surge of approval and within 2 years he’d squandered his political Capital on Health Care Reform that’s no reform? Four years later, we’re still fighting over “Obamacare.” Why? Because it was badly done! Why? Because President Obama wants to please everybody – and whenever you do that, you end up pleasing NOBODY and EVERYBODY ends up NOT liking you!

He tried sooo hard (well he appeared to try) to please Republicans. He dined them and breakfasted them and played golf with them and begged them…and they said: NO. We intend to make you a ONE-TERM president.

Me, I’d have told Republicans to…er, get lost…long ago, but not Obama. He’s the Little Engine That Thinks He Can…The Energizer Bunny of Politics. He keeps going and going. He’s losing Democrats in his zeal to win Republicans. They ain’t never gonna like you, no matter if you give them a kidney! Both kidneys! Forget them!!!

If President Obama had spent all that time he wasted trying to woo Republicans on pleasing Democrats and Independents, he’d be riding high today.

Finally, this black opposition to Gays NEEDS  to change.

Let’s hope black pastors in the U.S. follow Obama’s lead and understand the DIFFERENCE between Legal Rights and Religious Beliefs. Without the courts Blacks and Whites would NOT be able to marry today, either. In fact without court rulings, blacks in America would be treated like gays – or worse!.

The black church’s views on homosexuality do not MAKE black gays go away. It makes them go UNDERGROUND – on the “Down-Low” and that deception is destroying black lives.

Here are the Facts from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

  • African Americans are the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV.
  • In 2009, African Americans comprised 14% of the US population but accounted for 44% of all new HIV infections.
  • Young African American gay and bisexual men are especially at risk of HIV infection.
In 2009, black men accounted for 70% of the estimated new HIV infections among all blacks. The estimated rate of new HIV infection for black men was more than six and a half times as high as that of white men, and two and a half times as high as that of Latino men or black women.
 
In 2009, black women accounted for 30% of the estimated new HIV infections among all blacks. Most (85%) black women with HIV acquired HIV through heterosexual sex. The estimated rate of new HIV infections for black women was more than 15 times as high as the rate for white women, and more than three times as high as that of Latina women.

2011. The Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus: http://chiblackgaycaucus.org

BLACK pastors! Help BREAK the stigma. Stop gay black men from having sex with females to COVER their gay inclinations. This leads to negative/deadly results for these women. Few black males DARE to be openly gay. They’re too ashamed to come out due to the rigid and intolerant anti-gay attitudes of black people…fostered by PASTORS who are often unschooled in theology and teach the opposite of love and tolerance. Thanks…! You’re really helping.

Wake up, pastors. Don’t wait until your black congregation is dead…or dying!

Workplace Shootings Double Standards

Here’s a quick quiz for you:

There were 5, 071 workplace fatalities in the U.S. last year. 517 of them were workplace homicides.

I am going to give you a list of Work Place Shooters and I’d like you to tell me what their Religion was:

 March 20, 2000: Fired employee Robert Harris, 28, fatally shoots five people at a Dallas, Texas area car wash.
HIS RELIGION..?

 December 30, 1999: Authorities say housekeeper Silvio Izquierdo-Leyva, 36, fatally shoots five co-workers at Tampa’s Radisson Bay Harbor hotel in Florida.
HIS RELIGION..?

 November 2, 1999: Copier repairman Byran Uyesugi, 40, fatally shoots seven people at the Xerox Corporation in Honolulu, Hawaii.
HIS RELIGION…?

 August 5, 1999: Truck driver Alan E. Miller, 35, fatally shoots two co-workers at Pelham, Alabama. office, then kills former co-worker.
HIS RELIGION…?

 July 29, 1999: Former day trader Mark Barton, 44, kills nine people at two Atlanta brokerage offices and later commits suicide.
HIS RELIGION…?

 March 6, 1998: Former Connecticut Lottery accountant Matthew Beck, 35, fatally shoots four lottery executives, then himself.
HIS RELIGION…?

 December. 18, 1997: Fired employee Arturo R. Torres, 43, kills four former co-workers at maintenance yard in Orange, California and is shot to death by police.
HIS RELIGION…?

 September 15, 1997: Fired assembly line worker Arthur H. Wise, 43, allegedly opens fire at Aiken, South Carolina parts plant, killing four.
HIS RELIGION…?

 April 24, 1996: Firefighter Kenneth Tornes kills four superiors at a Jackson, Mississippi firehouse.
HIS RELIGION…?

 April 3, 1995: Former employee James Simpson, 28, fatally shoots five people at refinery inspection station in Corpus Christi, Texas, then kills himself.
HIS RELIGION…?

 July 19, 1995: City electrician Willie Woods fatally shoots four supervisors at the C. Erwin Piper Technical Center in Los Angeles, California.
HIS RELIGION…?

 February 2001: William D. Baker, 66, killed four people and himself at a Navistar International engine plant in Chicago area suburb, Melrose Park.
HIS RELIGION…?

 July 2003: New York City councilman Othniel Askew, 81, opened fire at City hall in killing one person – a fellow councilman and political rival.
HIS RELIGION…?

 August 2003: Salvador Tapia, 36, opened fire at a Chicago, Illinois auto supply warehouse where he used to work, killing six of its nine employees, including two of the company’s principals.
HIS RELIGION…?

 September 2009: Researcher Annie Le’s body is found strangled, stuffed in the wall of a research center at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Her fellow Lab technician, Raymond Clark, 24, is arrested for her murder.
HIS RELIGION…?

 November, 2009: Jason Rodriguez, 40, a former employee of the engineering firm killed one person dead and injured five.
HIS RELIGION…?

We don’t know, do we! WE SHALL ASSUME THEY WERE ALL ATHEISTS!

November, 2009: Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, opens fire at Fort Hood, Texas killing 13 and injuring about 30.
His RELIGION: Muslim.

We know that! It’s been repeated over and over and over. Why…?

Because he is a Muslim and that fits into our stereotype of Muslims as violent and terrorists? What else could make him snap except for his religion?

I’m not saying his religion is NOT a factor. I’m just saying until we know it’s a factor…we should leave it out.

We continuously try to distance ourselves from people in our stereotype who do unsocial things.

Nobody in the suburbs wants to be associated with the group of kids who spray Nazi symbols on a Synagogue…

I, as a black person, definitely do not want to be associated with gang bangers…

Yet we label ALL Muslims terrorists because a minority of Muslims subscribe to a terrorist ideology. Were Muslims behind the bombings in the UK/Northern Ireland conflict? Nope – just Protestants and Catholics fighting.

Is Pope Sylvester II a terrorist? At the end of the tenth century he “entreated the church universal to succor the church of Jerusalem, and to redeem a sepulcher which the prophet Isaiah had said should be a glorious one, and which the sons of the destroyer Satan were making inglorious.

The Turks were apparently pillaging the Holy Land…and this could not be allowed. So we got the Crusades, and of course these soldiers of religion went over to the Middle East and planted flowers…

The Muslims did not enslave thousands of blacks in the New World and try to Christianize the natives with whips and bondage! The people who were throwing shackled slaves overboard in the Atlantic to lighten their ships were NOT Muslims either!

Muslims did not rule South Africa under apartheid…

I believe all these atrocities were perpetrated by Christians…with a Bible in one hand!

Yet when these Bible loving souls open fire and kill people, we don’t say they are Baptists or Catholics, DO WE?

Fanatics occur in every religion…and Christianity has had and still has its fair share!

One British newspaper reports Hasan once gave a lecture to other doctors in which he said non-believers should be beheaded and have boiling oil poured down their throats. According to the paper Hasan also told colleagues at America’s top military hospital that non-Muslims were infidels condemned to hell who should be set on fire.

Thanks Britain. The Inca, the Maya, Native people in Australia, China and wherever you ventured during your “Conquests” think you were as bad, if not worse. I don’t think anyone will argue that you did not “terrorize” them…us. My Caribbean island was enslaved by you, too.

By the way, according to government figures, workplace killings are trending downwards. But apparently the current weak economy has boosted stress levels in many workplaces. Add to this the normal or abnormal levels of combat stress among the military, and we get incidents like the Fort Hood shooting.

It might be easier to blame Islam than taking a retrospective look at a military super-macho culture where admitting to stress is considered weak; a military that does not have enough avenues to deal with and recognize combat stress; an army that is overstretched/over-deployed…where commanders do not listen to soldiers who say they don’t want to return to combat situations, but will deploy you regardless.

(People try to kill themselves to get out of deployments or the military – but the military deploys them anyway. How many red, green, yellow, purple flags do you need?)

Easier to simply blame Islam (which may or may not be blameless)!

I suppose those soldiers who come home and kill their spouses/lovers were all Muslims, too?

I know nothing about ISLAM except what I too see/hear in the media. It is not a religion I want to follow. But it’s not the only one I don’t want to follow!

No Room At The Inn…for Gaddafi!

We are coming across as such an angry nation…populated with petulant, uncivil people.

We look at demonstrators in other places burning flags and chanting anti-American slogans, and we don’t even understand WHY. Perhaps we don’t need to, because NOW, we’re beginning to act just like them.

Democracy means you don’t need to agree with or like a person to ensure that that person’s rights are upheld. It’s hard. But that’s the strength of Democracy!

Two heads of state, who are here to attend the U.N. General Assembly meeting, are being denied a place to stay or hold their events.

These two leaders are our guests. This is where the U.N. building is. If you don’t want them to come here, throw the U.N. Headquarters out of America – or arrange to change those leaders!

Until then, whenever they come to the U.N. where they have a right to be by agreement, they need to be treated as guests. They are heads of state…even though you may NOT like their head…or their state!

How would we/you feel if our leaders go overseas and can’t find a place to stay – or hold an event? Come on America, I expect better from you.

Should these countries change their leaders just because WE don’t like them?

Yes, you can protest when they come to town. That’s your right. But come on!

What did you achieve? You vented and you felt good – now what? You just dissed and angered millions of people who support and love their leaders, whether you think they’re vile or not!

Wouldn’t it have been better to treat them with civility and show the world that Americans are different, forgiving, respectful, nice…?

Did we not marvel at the Amish after than horrific shooting in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County (2006)? That community lost five kids, but they embraced the family of the shooter.

That was big news – to us – because we would NOT have been so forgiving. Being the good Christians we are, we’d have been out there agitating to get the family thrown out of their home and probably lynched, too! The Amish lesson did not last long!

We embrace anger and vengence. We must always be reading testimonials in court about our grief and anger over the murder of a loved one. We must call the murderer a thug, an animal, a monster who should rot in jail or hell…

And we are supposed to be so religious, such a Jesus-loving nation! But we don’t act religious, unless we’re ranting against abortion or gays! That’s where our religion comes in!

Leaders who come here to the U.N. can at least get a place to stay and somewhere to meet up with their friends. That is courtesy, America. It’s not love.

Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi thought he could stay at The Pierre Hotel on Fifth Avenue, but it had a change of heart when other guests paying large amounts for their rooms apparently didn’t want him there.

Iranian President President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad found a hotel to stay.

But two New York events halls rejected the Iranian U.N. delegation’s reservations for a hall to hold a banquet for Ahmadinejad on Friday (Sept. 25, 2009). The Helmsley Hotel and Gotham Hall also turned down the Iranians, saying the venue refused to be a platform for propaganda.

Could they not come up with a better reason, at least? Propaganda? If they’re anti-propaganda, there’s a whole host of companies they should not deal with, including some that run unauthorized tests on poor children overseas!

However, the Iranians did find a venue to hold their banquet at Essex House Hotel. But the hotel came under intense pressure to cancel the reservation…and they did!

Former Ambassador Mark Wallace (coached Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin for interviews and debates) heads the organization United Against Nuclear Iran. He’s spearheading U.S. boycott efforts against Iran and wants Essex House to cancel the event.

Wallace wrote to the general manager of the Essex House, calling on them to: clarify and reconsider its decision to host the banquet and address and instead decline to provide such a venue for President Ahmadinejad

By doing business with the Iranian government the Essex House is accepting blood money from a regime that brutally suppresses its own people and that is a danger to global security”.

Really? Iran is a danger to global security. Unlike Say Russia or China, neither of which suppresses its people…or has an army…or nuclear weapons!? You really think Iran is more of a threat to the U.S. than Russia?

Will you be out there demanding that Putin or Russian President Dmitry Medvedev be thrown out of Camp David? Did you see him sitting next to President Obama…smiling…at us? We are such fools!

(By the way, who got together and decided that only some nations can have nuclear weapons, but others can’t?)

Shouldn’t we simply be making sure that our weapons work, so that if anybody was foolish enough to try something we’d annihilate them?

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if most countries just minded their own business?

We’ve been in bed with many thugs in Haiti, Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia. We’ve traded, colluded and raises our glasses with leaders who were dictators and murderers…because it suited us!

In our backyard, Rafael Trujillo, Dominican Republic. His tyranny is considered one of the bloodiest of the 20th century. He attacked the Haitian border and killed (an estimated 20-30 thousand) fleeing Haitians. But he was anti-communist and anti-Castro, so we looked the other way.

Haiti, not to be outdone, came up with François “Papa Doc” Duvalier – the one who made himself President for Life. Duvalier had his own private militia known as Tonton Macoutes.

it’s estimated that he, too, killed some 30-thousand Haitians. They braved the Atlantic in rickety boats to escape Tyranny. But Duvalier, too, was anti-communist and anti-Castro, so we looked the other way.

You get the picture – I don’t need to talk about Saddam Hussein or the Congo’s Mobutu Sésé Seko…and the many others!

I guess there was no reason to protest because these dictators were killing their people…and other groups they did not like – they were NOT killing Americans.

I’m NOT blaming America, though. Countries do what countries need to do. I just want us to understand that this also applies to other nations too!

This world will never have peace…long as us humans live in it! Or at least, long as we continue with our hypocrisy – on race, on trade, on politics, on sex, on everything!

Lessons from Rome

I have long been fascinated with history – and great empires like Rome, Greece, Egypt and Europe.

Why did these mighty empires fall and what lessons are there for us? And do those of us who live in empire today feel so invincible and arrogant with our technology, that we feel we can’t fail and won’t fall?

Do you think that during the reign of Augustus Caesar, when Roman art, weaponry and literature reigned supreme, that any Roman though Rome would one day be relegated to the sidelines of political, cultural and economic insignificance?

Do you think the Romans ever thought that Germany, peopled with what they considered to be barbaric tribes, would become more influential on the world stage?

Do you think that King James (first of England) ever thought that descendants of settlers from “Jamestown” would pass a resolution (against Britain’s Stamp Act) that would read like this?

Resolved, That His Majesty’s liege people, the inhabitants of this Colony, are not bound to yield obedience to any law or ordinance whatever, designed to impose any taxation whatsoever upon them, other than the laws or ordinances of the General Assembly aforesaid.

Or that America would ever become more important than Britannia?

Here in America, commonsense and our perception of reality seems to have flown out of the window. Truth and facts don’t matter. If we’re told it’s true, then it must be true!

How far can you go as a society when people hold this view…and leaders who know better encourage followers to buy this view?

How far can a country go when citizens refuse to believe in some basic principles of science? How can you compete in science and technology when the person who needs to come up with that new drug was taught that humans walked the world with Dinosaurs?

How far can a country go when people cannot sit down together and reason things out?

When you start shouting at each other and rigidly holding on to your opinion, even if you are right – or wrong? How far does that get you in your daily life: At work, in your relationships and interactions with your kids?

America, please! I see a new North/South divide…a replay of two groups of polarized thought – under a different guise.

Rome ruled for one or two millennia, depending whether you subscribe to the view that: (a) Rome fell in 1453 when the Ottoman Turks took Byzantium or Constantinople…or (b) in A.D. 476 – when Odoacer, (a German officer in the Roman army) deposed the last western Roman emperor, Romulus Augustulus.

Will America last two Millennia…or even one thousand years?

Rome was wracked by internal strife that started with Emperor Diocletian. His answer was to decide the Roman Empire into two to make it easier to rule – the Western Empire, with Spain, France, England, Italy…and the Eastern Empire which encompassed all territory east of those countries.

Some historians say religion led to Rome’s decline. Church leaders became influential and took away power from the emperor. Christian beliefs conflicted with the working of empire.

Other reasons for Rome’s decline range from internal decay, (including poorly trained troops in an army stretched too thin) to inflation and trade deficits.

We don’t have as much power and control as we think we have.

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