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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Reflections

Escape from New Orleans But Not From Politics

The week's news has been hijacked by the traumatic events suffered on the American southeast coast left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the slow wake-up of President George W. Bush.

As easy as it is and as enjoyable as it would be to some to get swept up in a tide of criticism, I do not believe that all those let down and left to die in New Orleans and Mississippi should at the moment be used as a hammer to bash Bush.

Although the depravation and desperation has to be reported, the most important thing at the moment is to minimise the amount of deaths and to ask what we can do to help America. She has given aid in times of crisis, and we must rally to help her.

Ultimately, though Bush's political opponents must deviate from trying to politicize the plight of New Orleans - eventually some questions will be asked by Americans themselves.

And America itself too, will have to face the truth of certain myths...the myth of the racial divide being non-existent for all who wish to achieve the American Dream, and that America to Americans is the whole world.

Numerous times on news reports regarding the devastation left behind by Katrina when American citizens have spoken about their country, they have quite unconcsiously said "across the whole world" or "from states across the world". There is a powerful case now for Americans to realise that there is a world outside their boundaries, and if issues of the climate and global warming affect other continents, they will affect American citizens, too.

With the high temperature of the seas, meterology experts are warning of more hurricanes to come in the next two months.

But for now America is finally showing her resource and might...Once Bush did wake up to the devastation in the Gulf, the military evacuation process has been amazing with more than 10,000 people rescued in a day.

I can't help but wish if the mass exodus had been started earlier then possibly the rescue operations would have been more sucessful, and such events could have been averted.

But as most New Orleans citizens will now know, if wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.

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Someday A Rain Will Come

"New Orleans now is abortion free. New Orleans now is Mardi Gras free. New Orleans now is free of Southern Decadence and the sodomites, the witchcraft workers, false religion - it's free of all of those things now. God simply, I believe, in His mercy purged all of that stuff out of there - and now we're going to start over again."

This is a quote from Rev. Bill Shanks by way of Agape Press. Agape Press is owned by and acts as yet another mouthpiece for the American Family Organization, one of the largest and most well-funded Christian Right groups in the USA, which is getting bolder with a creepy rapidity. This is religion at its most debased, and had even the most obscure imam said something comparable to an English-speaking news outlet, the resulting furor would be enormous.

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We're Not Afraid

A website set up to give Londoners a voice after the July bomb attacks has been overwhelmed with messages from around the world.

The We're Not Afraid site, created by London web designer Alfie Dennan, records four million hits a day from as far afield as Italy and Africa.

For anyone in London, or visiting London, in September, they are holding an exhibition with Proud Galleries on the Strand. Go to the official website for more information.

I will go to give my support. Come join me.

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Animal Rights

A senior Church official has appealed for the return of a woman's remains stolen from her grave by animal rights activists.

Gladys Hammond, 82, was related to the owners of Darley Oaks Farm, who said last week they would stop breeding guinea pigs for medical research.

Mrs Hammond's body was taken from her grave in St Peter's churchyard in Yoxall on 6 or 7 October 2004, seven years after she was buried there.

A man who was originally arrested in connection with the theft of the remains, John Ablewhite, from Wolverhampton, who also goes by the name Holmes, is believed to be the leader of the Stop The Newchurch Guinea Pigs (SNGP).

The Hall family's decision on the farm's future to stop breeding guinea pigs for medical research was announced on 23 August after a six-year campaign of abuse.

They and others connected with the farm have received death threats, hate mail, malicious phone calls, hoax bombs and arson attacks.

They said they hoped the decision, which comes after 30 years of guinea pig breeding at the farm, would prompt the return of Mrs Hammond's body.

Now anyone who knows me personally will know that I have strong views on animal rights and the environment.

I love all animals, especially dogs and falcons, and feel that until we learn to protect and respect our environment, from the smallest plant to the largest tree and all the creatures within, we will never stop abusing the world entrusted to us by whichever great force you happen to believe in.

However, this type of news is a good example to show that extremism, in any shape or form, is wrong and only weakens support.

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Beslan

Along with animals and the environment, children also and maybe more so, derserve and command our protection.

The town of Beslan in southern Russia has held a final ceremony to mark the anniversary of a school siege in which 331 people, 186 of them children, died on Saturday.

Bells on the site of the school marked the moment of the first of the blasts that led to the end of the siege.

Many of the relatives were overwhelmed with grief as a minute's silence was held and white balloons, one for each of the victims, were released.

I kept the minute silence for the little ones that died and for the little ones so terrorized by the events of last year.

But I couldn't keep the tears.

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Words of Wisdom from Role Models

A boy's first and most important role model is his father.

I'm very lucky to have a great role model. My father is a wise, gentle and very intelligent man.

Throughout my life he has given me good advice on various subjects. I want to share three of these, in the hope that his wisdom will be as beneficial to another's life as it has been in mine.

1. When people try to do you harm or to spread lies about you, be like the truth. Be patient and steadfast and as the truth always does, eventually you will come out on top.

2. Respect every denomination and never insult anyone over religion, for if there is only one God, the emergence of different religions just means one thing: that all religions are right. They are simply different shaped containers for the faith in God.

3. The only thing a parent ever wants from their child is to be proud of them, and this is simple for the child to achieve. As long as they contribute and never take from their society, they can never go wrong.

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