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What the Bible Says About Rape and Rape Babies

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In the lead-up to the 2012 election, Christians of many stripes scrambled to distance themselves, their religion, or their God from offensive Republican comments about rape.  The comments swelled to fill a four column  “Rape Advisory Chart.” Some of the most damning were explicitly driven by religious belief. Consider Indiana candidate Richard Mourdock, who said, “I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” Mourdock echoed Rick Santorum: “the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you.”  Then there were thinly veiled attempts by Christian conservatives to rationalize their religiously-driven opposition to abortion.   In this category we have Todd Akin’s statement that a woman’s body can…

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African Cultures By Young Africans: Namwanga Tribe

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A few months back while having a Whatsapp conversation with a Ugandan friend on the language she thought I spoke at home. That conversation led to me deciding to run a blog series on African Cultures told by young Africans. So I talked to a few people and they loved the idea and so I am hoping that the series will grow bigger as we cover more and more cultures.

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NAMWANGA TRIBE written by Mukandi Siame

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Only one person in the world still speaks Yagan, isn’t that amazing and sad all at once. If I was the last Namwanga alive I don’t know if I would be the right guardian of the language.  So I don’t know what to say about my tribe, I don’t know if this will be a just representation but I hope it gives a glimpse. I am writing this because Namwanga…

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Forgivenss: The key to freedom

Hi everyone, I thought I’d share with you a dream I had a few weeks ago that seems to be on my mind almost every day now. I cannot seem to shake it out of my mind as every time I am out somewhere I am shown “glimpses“ of how Gods act of forgiveness is so powerful. And because of this I realize that forgiveness and Jesus’ act of defeating death at the cross go hand in hand. That’s why I came up with this phrase: forgive so that you may not fear death. Let’s face it, a lot of us fear death because we fear that we may have done something that we did not ask forgiveness for (am I right?)

That is why Easter is the ultimate forgiveness story. Because of Christ dying at the cross we have forgiveness. But I also learned something else in my dream, that you can tell someone by how that handle power…or a position of power. How is this significant you ask? Well, let me just tell you my dream (I hope I can tell it right and not mess it up).

So in my dream I am a very successful business person, always on top of everything I am doing. One this particular day I am walking into my office building, like any regular-ordinary employee (coz that how I role). I step on the elevator, and in there are a few guys talking about the opportunity they have of meeting the boss (me) about a project that they were selling. In the conversation I gather that the project was a go, and all they had to do was sign a few papers and they will get a big fat check (yeyi)! I didn’t pay too much attention to them but I made a note of it.

Now I was carry something in my hands that was fragile, and as we got to my floor these guys pushed me aside as we got off the elevator and this made me drop my package. To make it worse, they were shouted obscenities at me and they trampled all over my package and walked off laughing. I was angry.

Later, I am in my office on the phone telling my wife (Viv) about what a bad day I was having. At that moment I got notice from my secretary that my next appointment was ready. So I asked for her to show them through.

As I hang up the phone from specking with my wife, I was shocked at who had just walked into my office. My smile left my face and anger started to build up in me again at the sight of these guys who had been so rude earlier. They took one long look at me and you could see on their faces that they are in shock, and scared. Then one of the guys (the leader I think) came close to me and got on his knees. With tears in his eyes he begged me for forgiveness. At this point two things (or three, not sure…anyway) happened? You I knew why that were her and I had that big fat Cheque they wanted, and now I had the power. I was going to make them pay. I was going to crush their dreams. Then, everything froze. Time stood still. And that’s when the two or three things happened.

One, in my mind I threw them out and told them they will never have the money promised, because they were so rude to me. Two, I saw how they would feel and how I felt serving them justice (yeah in your face fellers). And three, (for those keeping count) I was shown how God sees us when we sin. How, He wants to throw us in hell to burn and suffer. I was shown how we come before Him begging for him to forgive us.

I think I got just a glimpse of how Christ saw us when he came to earth. It got me to understand that I was in a unique position. A unique and great learning opportunity.emotional-freedome-forgiveness-dr-diva-verdun

A everything stood still, begun to realized that I was also in a powerful position that could affect others’ lives and outcomes. I had the ability to destroy and crush these guys. Then I was shown that, as someone in that powerful position I had the ultimate choice of forgiving. I had the opportunity to be the bigger person and forgive. But, then I thought, what a minute, what if I forgive these guys and they do this again? They would get the money and tell people that even after they insulted me and damaged my package (still cannot remember what it was..arrrg) they would tell their friend that I was a pushover. Then I realized that, even I go to Christ for forgiveness and He knows that I will mess up again. But still He forgives.

So I let the guys know that I had no ill will toward them and we had our meeting. The lesson here for me was that, Jesus had the power to destroy those who hurt Him, lied to Him, tried to stone Him, crucified Him; He had the power to end them all. But He showed me how we should act even when we are able to punish those who offend us. Forgiveness. It’s a big deal. And His death is the biggest example of forgiveness if they ever was one.

So I challenge you, is there anyone you have not forgiven for something they did to you? I think that when Jesus forgives His executors and dies for them on the cross, you should be able to forgive grandma, Tom, Sarah for whatever they did.

And if they do not care, well then as it say somewhere in the Proverbs 25: 21-22;

21If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; 22For you will heap burning coals on his head, And the LORD will reward you.

So I would like to end with the words spoken to a certain web swinging mutant man: “…with great power there must also come — great responsibility!”.quote-anger-makes-you-smaller-while-forgiveness-forces-you-to-grow-beyond-what-you-are

Black Author wins Copyright Case for Matrix movie

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Black Author wins The Matrix Copyright Infringement Case

This little known story has met a just conclusion, as Sophia Stewart, African American author of The Matrix will finally receive her just due from the copyright infringement of her original work!!!

A six-year dispute has ended involving Sophia Stewart, the Wachowski Brothers, Joel Silver and Warner Brothers. Stewart’s allegations, involving copyright infringement and racketeering, were received and acknowledged by the Central District of California, Judge Margaret Morrow presiding.

Stewart, a New Yorker who has resided in Salt Lake City for the past five years, will recover damages from the films, The Matrix I, II and III, as well as The Terminator and its sequels. She will soon receive one of the biggest payoffs in the history of Hollywood , as the gross receipts of both films and their sequels total over 2.5 billion dollars.

Stewart filed her case in 1999, after…

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REPUBLIC vs. DEMOCRACY

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

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SUMMARY
In the Pledge of Allegiance we all pledge allegiance to our Republic, not to a democracy. “Republic” is the proper description of our government, not “democracy.” I invite you to join me in raising public awareness regarding that distinction.

A republic and a democracy are identical in every aspect except one. In a republic the sovereignty is in each individual person. In a democracy the sovereignty is in the group.

Republic. That form of government in which the powers of sovereignty are vested in the people and are exercised by the people, either directly, or through representatives chosen by the people, to whome those powers are specially delegated. [NOTE: The word “people” may be either plural or singular. In a republic the group only has advisory powers; the sovereign individual is free to reject the majority group-think. USA/exception: if 100% of a jury convicts, then the individual loses sovereignty and is subject to group-think as in a democracy.]

Democracy. That form of government in which the sovereign power resides in and is exercised by the whole body of free citizens directly or indirectly through a system of representation, as distinguished from a monarchy, aristocracy, or oligarchy. [NOTE: In a pure democracy, 51% beats 49%. In other words, the minority has no rights. The minority only has those privileges granted by the dictatorship of the majority.


The distinction between our Republic and a democracy is not an idle one. It has great legal significance.

The Constitution guarantees to every state a Republican form of government (Art. 4, Sec. 4). No state may join the United States unless it is a Republic. Our Republic is one dedicated to “liberty and justice for all.” Minority individual rights are the priority. The people have natural rights instead of civil rights. The people are protected by the Bill of Rights from the majority. One vote in a jury can stop all of the majority from depriving any one of the people of his rights; this would not be so if the United States were a democracy. (see People’s rights vs Citizens’ rights)

In a pure democracy 51 beats 49[%]. In a democracy there is no such thing as a significant minority: there are no minority rights except civil rights (privileges) granted by a condescending majority. Only five of the U.S. Constitution’s first ten amendments apply to Citizens of the United States. Simply stated, a democracy is a dictatorship of the majority. Socrates was executed by a democracy: though he harmed no one, the majority found him intolerable.

 

SOME DICTIONARY DEFINITIONS

Government. ….the government is but an agency of the state, distinguished as it must be in accurate thought from its scheme and machinery of government. ….In a colloquial sense, the United States or its representatives, considered as the prosecutor in a criminal action; as in the phrase, “the government objects to the witness.” [Black’s Law Dictionary, Fifth Edition, p. 625]

Government; Republican government. One in which the powers of sovereignty are vested in the people and are exercised by the people, either directly, or through representatives chosen by the people, to whome those powers are specially delegated. In re Duncan, 139 U.S. 449, 11 S.Ct. 573, 35 L.Ed. 219; Minor v. Happersett, 88 U.S. (21 Wall.) 162, 22 L.Ed. 627. [Black’s Law Dictionary, Fifth Edition, p. 626]

Democracy. That form of government in which the sovereign power resides in and is exercised by the whole body of free citizens directly or indirectly through a system of representation, as distinguished from a monarchy, aristocracy, or oligarchy. Black’s Law Dictionary, Fifth Edition, pp. 388-389.

Note: Black’s Law Dictionary, Fifth Edition, can be found in any law library and most law offices.

 

EXAMPLE

Democratic Form of Government: An environmental organization proposes a bill for the ballot that every individual should reduce his water household usage by 25%. To assure that this goal is met, the government, or private sector, will monitor every individual’s household water consumption rate. If an individual does not meet the goal, his first offense is $500 fine. Second offense is $750 fine and 30 days community service. Third offense is $1,500 fine and 30 days imprisonment. Fourth offense is $1,750 fine and 90 days imprisonment. Fifth offense is a felony (1-year imprisonment) and $2,000 fine.

The people argue this environmental issue back and forth. They argue the pros and cons of the issue. This great debate is held at town hall meetings. Strong opinions are on both sides of the matter. One side preaches, “It is for the common good!” The other side rebuttals, “This is control and not freedom, and lost of choice!” Election day occurs. The people go to the ballot box to settle the problem. The majority won by a vote of 51% whereas the minority lost with a vote of 49%. The minority is ignored. The majority celebrates while the minority jeers in disappointment. Since the majority won, the bill goes in effect. As a result of the majority winning, every individual must reduce his household water usage by 25%. For the reason that the majority has mandatory powers in a democracy. Those who wish to go against the collective (whole body politic) will be punished accordingly. The minority has neither voice nor rights to refuse to accept the dictatorial majority. Everything is mandatory in a democracy. This brings dictatorship and lividity to the realm.

Republican Form of Government: An environmental organization proposes a bill for the ballot that every individual should reduce his water household usage by 25%. To assure that this goal is met, the government, or private sector, will monitor every individual’s household water consumption rate. If an individual does not meet the goal, his first offense is $500 fine. Second offense is $750 fine and 30 days community service. Third offense is $1,500 fine and 30 days imprisonment. Fourth offense is $1,750 fine and 90 days imprisonment. Fifth offense is a felony (1-year imprisonment) and $2,000 fine.

The people argue this environmental issue back and forth. They argue the pros and cons of the issue. This great debate is held at town hall meetings. Strong opinions are on both sides of the matter. One side preaches, “It is for the common good!” The other side rebuttals, “This is control and not freedom, and lost of choice!” Election day occurs. The people go to the ballot box to settle the problem. The majority won by a vote of 51% whereas the minority lost with a vote of 49%. The minority may have lost, but not all is gone. The majority celebrates while the minority jeers in disappointment. Since the majority won, the bill goes in effect. As a result of the majority winning, it is advisory that every individual reduce his household water usage by 25%. For the reason that the majority has advisory powers in a republic. Bearing in mind that each individual is equally sovereign in a republic, he is free to reject the majority. He may choose to follow the majority and subject himself to the rule, or he may choose not to follow the majority and not subject himself to the rule. The minority has a voice and rights to refuse to accept the majority. Everything is advisory in a republic. This brings liberty and peace to the realm.

COMMENTS

Notice that in a Democracy, the sovereignty is in the whole body of the free citizens. The sovereignty is not divided to smaller units such as individual citizens. To solve a problem, only the whole body politic is authorized to act. Also, being citizens, individuals have duties and obligations to the government. The government’s only obligations to the citizens are those legislatively pre-defined for it by the whole body politic.

In a Republic, the sovereignty resides in the people themselves, whether one or many. In a Republic, one may act on his own or through his representatives as he chooses to solve a problem. Further, the people have no obligation to the government; instead, the government being hired by the people, is obliged to its owner, the people.

The people own the government agencies. The government agencies own the citizens. In the United States we have a three-tiered cast system consisting of people —> government agencies —> and citizens.

The people did “ordain and establish this Constitution,” not for themselves, but “for the United States of America.” In delegating powers to the government agencies the people gave up none of their own. (See Preamble of U.S. Constitution). This adoption of this concept is why the U.S. has been called the “Great Experiment in self government.” The People govern themselves, while their agents (government agencies) perform tasks listed in the Preamble for the benefit of the People. The experiment is to answer the question, “Can self-governing people coexist and prevail over government agencies that have no authority over the People?”

The citizens of the United States are totally subject to the laws of the United States (See 14th Amendment of U.S. Constitution). NOTE: U.S. citizenship did not exist until July 28, 1868.

Actually, the United States is a mixture of the two systems of government (Republican under Common Law, and democratic under statutory law). The People enjoy their God-given natural rights in the Republic. In a democracy, the Citizens enjoy only government granted privileges (also known as civil rights).

There was a great political division between two major philosophers, Hobbes and Locke. Hobbes was on the side of government. He believed that sovereignty was vested in the state. Locke was on the side of the People. He believed that the fountain of sovereignty was the People of the state. Statists prefer Hobbes. Populists choose Locke. In California, the Government Code sides with Locke. Sections 11120 and 54950 both say, “The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them.” The preambles of the U.S. and California Constitutions also affirm the choice of Locke by the People.

It is my hope that the U.S. will always remain a Republic, because I value individual freedom.

Thomas Jefferson said that liberty and ignorance cannot coexist.* Will you help to preserve minority rights by fulfilling the promise in the Pledge of Allegiance to support the Republic? Will you help by raising public awareness of the difference between the Republic and a democracy?

 


* “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization,
it expects what never was and never will be.”
Thomas Jefferson, 1816. 

 

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