VIDEO: Day of Silence (4/18) vs. Day of Truth

April 16, 2007, 1:45 am | Posted by

The Day of Silence is an annual event held to bring attention to anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools. Students and teachers nationwide will observe the day in silence to echo the silence that LGBT and ally students face everyday. In it’s 11th year, the Day of Silence is one of the largest student-led actions in the country.

Interestingly, a conservative group has proclaimed a “Day of Truth” on April 19 in which students are encouraged to respond to the homosexual agenda “boldly, but with love.” According to Pat Robertson’s CBN, “The Day of Truth, sponsored by the Alliance Defense Fund, gives students a platform on which to stand against the promotion of homosexuality.”

Blogger, I am a Christian Too writes:

“Heaven help us. The Day of Silence is a protest against harassment and bias against gays. Regardless of the stated intent, the effect of the Day of Truth will be to justify and excuse continued harassment and bias against gays in our schools.”

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What’s new in the neighborhood?

April 12, 2007, 1:10 pm | Posted by

Apparently Catholic Defense League head Bill Donohue has a double standard, notes Catholics United for the Common Good. Tomorrow is the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast and several blogs note that Donohue prefers attacking “liberal” sweet Jesus instead of actual anti-Catholic GOP-friendly pastors.

Let’s be honest, this event would be more accurately labeled the ‘Republican Catholic Strategy Breakfast’. Its organizers have a clear track-record of putting partisanship above Church teaching,” said Chris Korzen, Executive Director of Catholics United for the Common Good. “We hope that Archbishop Wuerl will take this opportunity to distance the Church from partisan politics, decry the moral shortcomings of both parties, and remind Prayer Breakfast organizers that by calling themselves ‘Catholic’ they are bound to avoid partisanship and to represent the fullness of Church teaching.”

Over at Talk2Action, Bruce Wilson optimistically writes:

Now, one might think that William Donohue would have warned Americans Catholic leaders away from participation in the National Prayer Breakfast ; not just because of the alleged politically partisan nature of the institution but also because the organization known as “The Fellowship“,

Speaking of abortion (oh, wait maybe Christians have a range of issues of interest), here’s the Rev. Chuck Currie speech delivered yesterday in support of Planned Parenthood.

Bring it on! Rabbi Jill Jacobs of JSpot takes umbrage at Newsweek‘s list of the 50 most powerful rabbi’s in America. In fact, pointing out the biases of Newsweek, Rabbi Jacobs solicited widely around American and compiles a rectifying list.

God’s Politics interviews South African economist Francis Ng’ambi on how the IMF is reversing the gains of jubilee.

Mainstream Baptist notes the New Baptist Covenant with a video link to Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton helping kick it off. Also, both Bruce and Jesus Liberal note the Christianity Today article on the Bush administration and freedom fighting.

Philocrites has a helpful roundup of UU blogs entitled, Personal Jesus.

Johnny’s Cache notes that that Global Days for Darfur is coming up April 28.

Even the Devils Believe shares some thoughts on preventive vs. preemptive war.

The Rev Deb Haffner finally breaks down and takes on Don Imus, saying NO to all hate speech.

Chaplain Danny Fisher just watched PBS’ Frontline documentary, Faith and Doubt at Groundzero and offers some commentary.

And City of Brash posts on “‘kosher’ Islamic banking.”

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VIDEO: CNN Easter Special ‘What Would Jesus Really Do’

April 11, 2007, 1:01 pm | Posted by

Last week, CNN contributor Ronald Martin caught our eye with a provocative web-piece entitled, ‘What Would Jesus REALLY Do.’ Martin started by asking, “When did it come to the point that being a Christian meant only caring about two issues,­ abortion and homosexuality,” and took it away from there.

Last Friday evening, while Christians observed Good Friday and waited for Easter, Martin hosted an hour-long CNN special of the same name. His interviews included T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House, Jerry Falwell, Paula White of Without Walls International Church, Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and author of the best-selling book “The Purpose Driven Life,” Rabbi Shmuley Boteach of Shalom in the Home, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and Freddie Haynes of Friendship West Baptist Church.

Each of the clips is worth a look, but be sure not to miss Martin’s commentary that opens and closes the show.

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Case Study: Easter weekend “Blogswarm against Theocracy”

April 10, 2007, 10:31 am | Posted by

This last Easter weekend over 220 bloggers participated in a project to Blog Against Theocracy.

Created by Blue Gal, Les Enrag̩s, Mock, Paper, Scissors, Neural Gourmet, and Talk to Action, it is in support of Рbut not sponsored Рthe First Freedom First folks who make great videos on the First Amendment. It was a pretty simple idea, that each blog participating would write at least one post during the Easter weekend discussing how separation of church and state protects all Americans, religious and not.

The project is an interesting example of coordinated activity in the blogosphere. Blogging is becoming more widely accepted as a source of news and analysis, but the use of blogging for coordinated political advocacy is less well charted territory. Hopefully this campaign, which united bloggers of various belief systems and faiths, is only the beginning of coordinated action on a range of issues. It would be extremely encouraging if this or a similar group could move to playing defense against religious oppression to other pro-active campaigns.

Throughout the weekend, the BAT folks recorded several hundred posts in support of the separation of church and state. The Neoskeptic writes about Jefferson’s role in shaping religion and American politics (appropriate that he’s a UVA alum). Over at Street Prophets, wiscmass writes about the fruits of theocracy. Here’s all Street Prophet diaries tagged “Blog Against Theocracy.”

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Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice speaks out against torture

April 9, 2007, 5:07 pm | Posted by

In the midst of Passover and Holy Week, interfaith leaders in Connecticut gathered to make a powerful statement against torture and in favor of restoring rights to detainees held as part of anti-terrorism operations. As Rabbi Dr. Herbert Brockman said, ‘The abolition of torture, like that of slavery, is the measure of a free and ethical society.’

These leaders from Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice held a highly successful press conference last week in which they voiced support for legislation sponsored by Sen. Chris Dodd (also of Connecticut) that would restore rights of habeaus corpus to detainees. Their work against torture, in conjunction with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, has raised a unique faith perspective on this troubling moral issue. Speakers also expressed disappointment that Sen. Joe Lieberman, the other member of their Senate delegation, had not joined in Dodd’s reform work. Check out the news story below for a number of shots from the press conference!

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