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‘Somebody Called the Cops on Jesus’

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  • “It gives authenticity to our church,” says church rector Rev. David Buck. “This is a relatively affluent church, to be honest, and we need to be reminded ourselves that our faith expresses itself in active concern for the marginalized of society.”
  • Homeless Lose a Longtime Last Resort: Living in a Car

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Apr 13, 2014 | Residents of “an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes” in Davidson, N.C., now share the block with a bronze statue depicting Jesus Christ as a vagrant asleep on a park bench on the grounds of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, NPR reports.

The Son of God is “huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.”

 

Alexander Reed Kelly joined Truthdig in May 2011 as an assistant editor. In December, 2010, Alex was arrested outside the White House while protesting America’s wars. With him were Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, Pentagon whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg and 130 other activists, many of them veterans. 

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Homeless Lose a Longtime Last Resort: Living in a Car, Zusha Elinson, Wall Street Journal

  • Cities in Silicon Valley, Elsewhere Crack Down on Vehicle Dwellers Driven Out of Apartments by Rents
  • Examining DC's Homeless Crisis
  • Unspeakable: Washington Ignores Homeless Epidemic

 

5 Extremist Christian "Science" Teachings

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  • The Christian curriculum that says its students should not have any knowledge of anything contrary to the Bible.
  • This stuff is in schoolbooks.
  • 7 Most Absurd Things America's Kids Are Learning Thanks to the Conservative Gutting of Public Education
  • How these gibbering numbskulls came to dominate Washington

Jpnny Scaramanga, AlterNet 

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screen_shot_2014-01-16_at_11.04.23_am.png December 19, 2013 | Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) is a fundamentalist school curriculum used in a  claimed 6,000 schools and 145 countries. Despite the name, education is actually second to its  stated primary purpose, which is “to diligently teach our children to love the Lord in every sphere of their lives, with all their hearts, all their souls, and all their minds,” according to its website.

ACE explicitly says its intention is that students should not have any knowledge of anything contrary to the Bible. In practice, students are taught gross distortions and misrepresentations of mainstream science, like these 33 bizarre multiple choice questions from the ACE coursework. Here’s a look at the some of the blatant mistruths ACE teaches.

Jpnny Scaramanga is a PhD student at the Institute of Education, London. He grew up as a Christian fundamentalist and is currently writing a memoir of his daring escape. 

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7 Most Absurd Things America's Kids Are Learning Thanks to the Conservative Gutting of Public Education, Katie Halper, AlterNet

  • Kids learn that gun control is a gateway to tyranny and that science is unchristian.
  • Publicly Funded Schools That Are Allowed to Teach Creationism

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How these gibbering numbskulls came to dominate Washington, George Monbiot, Guardian

The degradation of intelligence and learning in American politics results from a series of interlocking tragedies.
 

Fr. John Dear, Dismissed from Jesuits

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  • "It Is So Strange to Be Hated by So Many Church Leaders"
  • Maryknoll: Vatican has dismissed Roy Bourgeois from order

Megan Sweas, Religion Dispatches

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March 5, 2014 | "This week, with a heavy heart, I am officially leaving the Jesuits after 32 years." This was how Fr. John Dear announced his dismissal from the Jesuit order in his National Catholic Reporter (NCR) column in January—a "divorce" (as Joshua McElwee put it that same week) that seemed to many to have been inevitable, if deeply regrettable. Dear, a widely respected peace activist, has been arrested over 75 times for civil disobedience, but it was his "obstinate disobedience" toward the directives of his Jesuit superiors that resulted in his dismissal.

He talks here with Religion Dispatches (RD)  about his commitment to radical nonviolence, the future of the Church—and closes by offering some strong words to the spiritual-but-not-religious cohort. 

Megan Sweas is a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles who writes about religious and social issues. 

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Maryknoll: Vatican has dismissed Roy Bourgeois from order, Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter

  • November 19, 2012 | In interviews Bourgeois focused on the rights of conscience of Catholics and "the importance of people of faith and members of Maryknoll to be able to speak openly and freely without fear ... of being dismissed or excommunicated."
  • SOA Watch Activist Arrested by Military Police
  • Churchgoers, save yourselves

 

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Pope Francis, Jesuits, and Anglican Face Prosecution

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  • LET IT BE KNOWN that, based on an application brought before it by the Office of the Citizen Prosecutor on February 10, 2014, the Court will in thirty days commence litigation proceedings against Jorge Bergoglio ("Pope Francis 1"), Adolfo Nicolas Pachon ("Superior General of the Jesuit Order"), Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury") and others involved in Crimes against Humanity.
  • Welcome to The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS.org) 

Kevin Annett, Hidden from History

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PUBLIC COMMUNIQUE AND LEGAL NOTICE 

FROM THE INTERNATIONAL COMMON LAW COURT OF JUSTICE 

Criminal Trial Division, Brussels

March 1, 2014

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Announcement of Case Docket No. 31032014-001: 

In the Matter of The People v. Jorge Bergoglio, Adolfo Nicolas Pachon, Justin Welby and others, and their Bodies Corporate

A Pre-Trial Hearing will commence on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 9:00 am GMT in Brussels

Issued by the Office of the Presiding Magistrates

E. Cantillon, Secretary

LET IT BE KNOWN that, based on an application brought before it by the Office of the Citizen Prosecutor on February 10, 2014, the Court will in thirty days commence litigation proceedings against Jorge Bergoglio ("Pope Francis 1"), Adolfo Nicolas Pachon ("Superior General of the Jesuit Order"), Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury") and others involved in Crimes against Humanity.

These defendants will be charged with organizing and abetting child rape, torture and trafficking, and criminally conspiring to commit and conceal these offences.

The Court will convene its pre-trial Examination Hearing on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 9:00 GMT in the city of Brussels.

The Court is therefore issuing today a Public Summons to the named Defendants to be present at this Hearing, either in person or through their legal representatives.

Failure by any of the Defendants to appear may be interpreted by the Court as constituting a plea of nolo contendere, or non-contested, and will be entered into the Court record as such.

A copy of the Summons will be issued immediately to the named Defendants by Sheriffs appointed by the Court.

Anyone with evidence related to this matter is invited to submit it to the Office of the Citizen Prosecutor of the Court in the form of a legally sworn deposition and affidavit. For details, please contact the Office at itccscentral@gmail.com .

Also:  

The The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS) and its affiliates are calling for a Public Day of Silence to End Church Violence against Children, on the day before the opening of the Trial: Sunday, March 30, 2014. You are asked to refrain from all normal activity that day and join in prayer, fasting and reflection.

The Tribunal asks all people of conscience to remember and act not only for the children who are presently suffering and dying at the hands of church-protected child rapists and traffickers, but for the countless children who have died at the hands of these churches - children like:

  • Albert Hance, age 9, starved to death at the Anglican St. George's school in Lytton, British Columbia;
  • Richard Thomas, age 15, beaten to death by Catholic priest Terrance MacNamara at the Kuper Island school, British Columbia;
  • Shirley Tatooche, age 10, raped to death by Catholic priests at the Fort Albany school in Ontario ...and at least 50,000 more children in Canada alone. (www.hiddennolonger.com)

Remember the Dead - Fight for the Living - Jail the Child Killers and all those who protect them!

Updates to follow.

Issued by The Public Information Office of the International Common Law Court of Justice, Criminal Trial Division and by ITCCS Central

March 1, 2014

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See the evidence of Genocide in Canada and other crimes at www.hiddennolonger.com and at the website of The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State at www.itccs.org, and at www.iclcj.com, the site for the Common Law court network.

An International, multi-lingual ITCCS site can be found at: http://kevinannettinternational.blogspot.fr/

The complete Common Law Court proceedings of Genocide in Canada are found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvhfXAd08TE - Common Law Court Proceedings - Genocide in Canada  (Part One) - 1 hr. 46 mins.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPKFk_L7y9g - Common Law Court Proceedings - Genocide in Canada  (Part Two) - 1 hr. 47 mins.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ormOIlOi4Vc - Final Court Verdict and Sentencing - 8 mins. 30 secs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IylfBxm3sMg - Authorizations and Endorsements of ITCCS/Kevin Annett by indigenous eyewitnesses - 10 mins.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CReISnQDbBE - Irene Favel, Eyewitness to the incineration of a newborn baby by a priest at Muscowegan Catholic Indian school, Saskatchewan, 1944

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBUd3UXt6fI - Other key testimonies from our Court case against genocide in Canada

Kevin Annett is a Nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize (2013). Messages for him can be left at 250-591-4573 (Canada) or 386-323-5774 (USA). His personal website is www.KevinAnnett.com .

"I gave Kevin Annett his Indian name, Eagle Strong Voice, in 2004 when I adopted him into our Anishinabe Nation. He carries that name proudly because he is doing the job he was sent to do, to tell his people of their wrongs. He speaks strongly and with truth. He speaks for our stolen and murdered children. I ask everyone to listen to him and welcome him."

Chief Louis Daniels - Whispers Wind

Elder, Crane Clan, Anishinabe Nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Welcome to ITCCS.ORG and The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State

Our Mandate: (1) To bring to trial those persons and institutions responsible for the exploitation, torture and murder of children, past and present, and (2) To stop these and other criminal actions by church and state.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer for the 21st Century

Some Christian pacifists say Bonhoeffer was wrong to resist evil with violence, but for millions of other Christians, Bonhoffer became an inspiring symbol of what it can mean, in times of crisis and every day, to practice what you preach.

Bob Abernethy, Religion & Ethics, PBS

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Dietrich_BonhoefferFebruary 3, 2006 | This weekend will be the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian put to death by the Nazis, whose writings and life made him a modern martyr. In the U.S. and Europe there will be observances in his honor, among them a documentary on Bonhoeffer to run on most PBS stations February 6. We have some images from that program.

Bonhoeffer was raised in a distinguished but not particularly religious family said to have been surprised by his decision to study theology. He was brilliant, getting his doctorate at age 21. Then he spent a year at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He studied ethics under Reinhold Niebuhr and also discovered the fervor and social consciousness of Harlem’s Abysssian Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school.

Bob Abernethy is a former NBC News correspondent. Since 1997, Abernethy has served as the executive editor and host of Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, which airs on PBS.

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Roy Bourgeois | An Open Letter to Pope Francis

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  • Any movement rooted in love, justice, and equality is of the Divine and cannot be stopped. And so one day our Catholic Church will have women priests and marriage equality.  I do hope, Pope Francis, that you will implement these changes as soon as possible.
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Roy Bourgeois, Religion Dispatches 

January 21, 2014 | Dear Pope Francis,

I have been inspired by your humility, love, and compassion. I was especially moved when you said, “I see the Church as a field hospital after a battle.”  You said the Church must “heal the wounds, heal the wounds.”

220px-PinkSmokeOvertheVatican.jpgAnd so I ask that you reach out to the women and gay people in our Church who have been wounded by Church teachings that demean and discriminate against them. I ask this as someone who was expelled from the priesthood after 40 years because of my public support for the ordination of women in the Catholic Church (this happened just four months before you became pope).

Roy Bourgeois had been a Roman Catholic priest for 40 years when he was expelled at the end of 2012 for refusing to recant his support for Roman Catholic women priests. He is the author of My Journey from Silence to Solidarity (available at www.roybourgeoisjourney.org).

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Pink Smoke Over the Vatican, directed by Jules Hart, IMDb 

Pink Smoke Over the Vatican is a documentary film about the controversial movement of women seeking ordination in the Roman Catholic Church. More and more women are answering a spiritual calling to take on the vestments of priesthood and seek equality in the religion they love. These daring women have risked banishment, loss of livelihood, and even excommunication to take part in what the Church calls illicit ordinations. The Vatican has vowed to end this threat to the male hierarchy, even forbidding the mere discussion of female priests. The papacy has reached a time of crisis and the controversy over women's role, and their place in the Church, must be addressed if the Vatican is to have any relevance in the 21st century.

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