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Dec
17
Posted by brianrants at 5:19 pm

While we were gone, our friend Betsy stayed in our house to keep the
puppies company. Micah, my good friend is her boyfriend, and is also a
renowned squirrel warrior. That is a good thing, as this pictures show.

One of my friends and I have had some good-natured sparring over Democrat vs Republican.
He and I enjoy the back and forth, so please take this in the satirical manner it was intended. We don’t actually think the other party believes this, and it’s total hyperbole. But it is funny, and shows the extremes of each party. Enjoy.
The list I received

I’m way  too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are
all I need  to protect me from murderers and thieves.

I’m voting Democrat because I love the fact that I can now marry whatever I
want. I’ve decided to marry my horse.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe oil companies’ profits of 4% on a
gallon  of gas are obscene but the government taxing the same gallon of
gas at 15%  isn’t.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe the government will do a better
job of  spending the money I earn than I would.

I’m voting Democrat because freedom of speech is fine as long as nobody
is  offended by it.

I’m voting Democrat because when we pull out of Iraq I trust  that the
bad guys will stop what they’re doing because they now think we’re  good people.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe that people who can’t tell us
if it will rain on  Friday CAN tell us that the polar ice caps  will melt
away in ten years if I don’t start driving a  Prius.

I’m  voting Democrat because I’m not concerned about the slaughter of
millions of  abortion babies so long as we keep all death row inmates  alive.

I’m  voting Democrat because I believe that business should not be
allowed to make  profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest
away to the  government for redistribution as THEY see fit.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the
Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would NEVER get
their agendas past the voters.

I’m voting Democrat because my head is so firmly planted up my ass it’s
unlikely that I’ll ever have another point of  view.

The list I composed

  • I’m voting Republican because the sky is falling, Obama is the Antichrist, and there is a terrorist under every rock
  • I’m voting Republican because we are a party of diversity: if by diverse you mean having 3.5 black people and 8 hispanics
  • I’m voting Republican because if I keep telling myself “Iraq had a connection to the people who attacked us on 9/11″ it will make it true
  • I’m voting Republican because prosperity trickles down to poor people…it does right? I mean I don’t actually know any poor people.
  • I’m voting Republican because I want government to stay out of the way…except for legislating the cultural and moral principles I hold…and guns…but stay out of the way on other stuff
  • I’m voting Republican because I believe you can plant a democracy at the end of a gun with civilian leaders who don’t even know the difference between Sunni and Shiite.
  • I’m voting Republican because I believe we simply need to waive our irresistible democracy fairy dust over the middle east, and it will bloom like a spring garden. We don’t ACTUALLY need to waste our time understanding their culture, religion, and values.
  • I’m voting Republican because schools don’t need more money, the facilities are amazing…in the suburbs where I live
  • I’m voting Republican because I trust international corporations more than I trust government…they can’t both be corrupt can they?
  • I’m voting Republican because I forget there are a lot of pro-life people on both sides, who know that we should be just as focused on preventing unplanned pregnancy as the legal status of abortion, that the lowest abortion rates in the world are in countries where it is legal but there is good health services (http://prolifeproobama.com/), the highest in countries where it is illegal and there are not adequate services), and that being pro-life doesn’t end at birth (http://matthew25.org)

:)

A powerful take on a more holistic approach to a culture of life.


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From: “Sojourners” <SojoMail@sojo.net>
Date: October 13, 2008 9:10:35 AM MDT

Dear Brian,

Tell the Candidates:
Commit to common-ground solutions on abortion reduction. 

What is the meaning of “life”?
 
For too long abortion was seen as the only “life” issue in our culture and politics, but there is a growing conviction among Christians that poverty, disease, war, the health-care crisis, human trafficking, the death penalty, nuclear weapons, and the worldwide deaths of 30,000 children every day from preventable causes are also key life issues.
 
In these last few weeks before Election Day, will you join me in raising a new call for “life” to our presidential candidates? 

Sojourners and I have advocated for a holistic and “consistent ethic of life” approach for years, and it is good to see the broader life issues receiving more attention. However, I also believe our nation is ready for a new kind of politics and leadership on the issue of abortion.

The abortion debate has too often been used to score political points, rather than to identify what kinds of church practices and public policies could actually prevent and reduce abortions. But with a tragic 1.2 million abortions a year in the United States,* Christians must work together to stop the politics of blame and work toward common solutions.

If you believe that all human life is sacred, tell the candidates to commit to common-ground solutions on abortion reduction during this week’s debate and for the remainder of their campaigns.

While many Christians disagree on the legal questions surrounding abortion, together we can and must pursue practical steps that actually reduce abortion rates. Three-fourths of women who have an abortion say a primary reason is that they cannot afford to raise a child,* so reducing poverty and supporting low-income women is a good place for our candidates to start.

Recent research affirms that social and economic support for women and vulnerable families are effective solutions to lowering the abortion rate, including greater access to health care, poverty reduction, adoption reform, and pre- and postnatal care.**

Republicans and Democrats must learn to work together on this issue – tell the presidential candidates to lead the way, beginning at this Wednesday’s debate.  We must look forward to the day when both poverty reduction and abortion reduction are nonpartisan issues and bipartisan causes.
 
Both Senators McCain and Obama have offered themselves as agents of change, anxious to transform the culture in Washington. They could start at Wednesday night’s debate by offering a comprehensive “life” agenda and committing to work with both sides of the political aisle to dramatically reduce abortions in the United States.
 
Despite their differences over issues of choice, both the Democratic and Republican platforms open up the prospects for serious abortion reduction. And Christians could and should hold both political parties accountable for protecting human dignity and life from “womb to tomb.”
 
With the final debate Wednesday night, there is still time to ask the candidates to cross old divisions and support life and human dignity.
 
Sojourners will continue working with both Republicans and Democrats in the next Congress to push for common-ground efforts to reduce the number of abortions in the United States.
 
Will you join us? Click here to take action today.
 
In faith,
 
Jim Wallis
President, Sojourners
 
P.S. Supporting a consistent life agenda could be led by the church! We strongly urge you to send this message to your friends and family after you e-mail the candidates, especially those who might have different opinions. See if you can agree on expanding the consistency of all the “life” issues, with a real commitment to reducing the number of abortions through common-ground solutions.

*See “Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States” published by the Guttmacher Institute.

**See, for example, “Reducing Abortion in America: The Effect of Economic and Social Supports,” a new study put forward by Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. 



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Yesterday, a group of simple church leaders met to discuss what God is
doing in Denver.

At the end we had a time of prayer about Denver. We weren’t really
focusing on any one person, just for God’s healing and transformation
for Denver.

A friend who I had not spoken with for a month was moved to pray
specifically for me, and named 2 emotions I’ve been deeply struggling
with, and prayed for God’s healing for me. He also spoke several words
directly to my heart about what my family is going through.

Thank you Lord that out of 6 billion people you had a word just for
me. I needed to hear that.


Brian Rants
brianrants@gmail.com

Oct
01
Posted by brianrants at 3:19 pm

The people of Myanmar/Burma have suffered long enough under  a military regime. If you have a couple minutes to sign a petition, check out the link below.

Brian

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Dear friends,

 The worst is happening - over the last few days,
Burma 's generals have unleashed terror on the peaceful monks and
 protesters shooting and beating many to death, and taking others away 
 to torture chambers where at this moment they must be enduring the
  unbearable.
We can stop this horror. Burma's powerful 
  sponsor China can halt the killing, if it believes that its
 international reputation and the  2008 Olympics
in Beijing depend on
 it. To convince the Chinese government, Avaaz is launching a major global  
 and Asian ad campaign on Tuesday that will deliver our message and the
   number of signers. Our petition has exploded to over 200,000 signers
 in just 72 hours, but we
need 1 million voices to be the global roar
 that will get China's attention. If every one of us forwards 
 this email to just 20 friends, we'll reach our target in the next 72
   hours. Please sign the petition at the link below -if you
 haven't already- and forward this email to everyone you care 
 about:
   http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_burma/q.php?cl=21180845">  http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_burma/q.php
The petition will also be delivered to the UN 
 Secretary-General, and we will broadcast the news of our effort over radio to Burma's
 people, telling them not to lose hope, that the world is with
  them. The Burmese people are showing incredible courage in the
 face of horror. The fate of many brave and good people is in our hands, 
 we must help them – and we have hours, not days, to do
  it. Please sign the petition and forward this email to at least 20
  friends right now.
 With hope and determination,
Ricken, Paul, Pascal, Graziela, Galit, Ben, Milena and the
  whole Avaaz Team 
PS – if you would like to join in the massive wave of 
 demonstrations happening around the world at Burmese and Chinese embassies,
  scroll down our petition page for details of times and events.

 


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