Ethical ammunition and Discrimination…

Ethical ammunition and Discrimination…
 A statement that we can grow individually and by nation

ALL FAITHS…

 

There has been a lot of debate this month within the country and at our meetings over education and religion. We have been closely following Georgia’s split over their proposed ‘religious liberty bill’. The opposition says it will encourage discrimination and that the laws currently in place are effective enough. America has in its First Amendment freedom of worship and this alongside the Federal Religous freedom and Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) is sufficient. They both provide for freedom of worship  for — “not just Baptists, not just Christians, but people of all faiths, and even people of no faith.” Pennington-Russell ( lead pastor of First Baptist Church of Decatur). Concern is the new  bill competes against civil rights in trying to establish religious freedom claims; law scholars  also disputed the bill as it stands. James Lamkin (pastor of Northside Drive Baptist Church in Atlanta, sums it up, “Additional pages of legislation may be offered out of good intentions, but I believe unintended consequences will ensue and make the issue more confusing and complicated and litigious,” A concern we all have, here in Virginia our thoughts are, that in pursuing  issues dogmatically we can lose site of the wider implications. Have you been following this debate? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

All students have the right to an unbiased education but also to attend Faith based colleges

 

Another debate held at the beginning of the month involved leaders of the Jewish, Baptist and Catholic  Universities, discussing faith based higher education and its value to society by encouraging students to grow in wisdom and learn the value of values. The consensus was that a mixture of faith based and secular education is essential to the growth of the country,  students need not only  to gain an education but to do so  in an environment which focuses their purpose —” not just to have ideas but to know what to do with them.” Richard Joel ( president of Yeshiva University in New York).  Joel is also concerned about where students will find the “ethical ammunition” to develop into responsible citizens. The concern by these Universities is being driven by recent regulation changes  and guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ and the proposed Department of Education’s rating system for colleges and Universities. This has created a lively debate within our team as well, with some who share the concern and others who feel their faith lends itself to the moral education of our children from the home and the church, mosque or synagogue. Let us know what you think as this is something we consider that we could be offering a input on.

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New Economy for Virginia what can we do?

New Economy for Virginia what can we do?

State of the Commonwealth speech = http://www.dailypress.com/news/politics/dp-nws-commonwealth-address-text-story.html#page=1

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We have all suffered these past few years with the stagnant economy. Federal cutbacks and reduced military contracts are continuing to influence our community. Jobs are threatened, it is estimated that at least 4% of the state’s workforce is affected. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s State of the Commonwealth speech at the General Assembly 2015, asked for the Virginian lawmakers to work with him on improving the State’s economy and strengthening ethics laws pertaining to public officials. McAuliffe talked about creating a ‘new Virginia economy’ less dependent of government monies to focus energies on a new economic infrastructure. It was suggested this could be achieved by diversifying, he urged the legislature to get behind bipartisan initiatives that would increase state funding for establishing workforce programs and increasing apprenticeship & training opportunities. McAuliffe’s speech also highlighted what had been achieved so far in his first year as Governor; 267 reported deals bringing in a capital investment of $5.6 billion. His proactiveness in promoting Virginian product around the globe to attract further investments was highlighted. Asking the lawmakers to get on board with his goals for the year such as helping veterans to find jobs & to create safer campuses, also asking for widespread support for the Governors Opportunity Fund, the monies here earmarked for future projects. The Governor also wants to review the state’s ethics laws following Bob McDonnell’s conviction of public corruption charges, adding that he sees this as a way to increase confidence in the state officials for business enterprises and new projects. In conclusion he also called for a review on the Tobacco commission and tightening gun control laws.

We welcome sign of improvements to our economy and our safety, what do you think? Are there to many diverse projects and not enough focus on one? What is your main concern? Do you want to see tighter gun control (I admit I do) let us hear your voice, let us know what you want. Some interesting perceptions of the way things could go can be found here.

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Freedom to worship as we choose

Freedom to worship as we choose

Luc Besson = http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/13/luc-besson-writes-open-letter-to-young-muslims-after-charlie-hebdo-killings

Thomas Jefferson  = http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/jefferson/jeffrep.html

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Freedom of worship or religous tolerence has been incorporated into our governence system Pilot for a long time. Going back as far as 1682 when William Penn wrote his Frame for Government combined before becoming Govenor of the Pennsylvanian Colony.This was writtian to formulate a governence that could be free from political mischief and to prevent a person from gaining absolute power, the concept behind this was the balancing of forces, a concept that the Framers of the US Constitution later used. Penn believed in religious tolerance on both pragmatic and moral grounds, he thought a society unimpeded by cheap mlb jerseys intolerance would be a prosperous society. Within his Frame of Government freedom to worship was absolute, although this was written within the boundaries of Christianity. The ammendmeets to the Constitution where influenced when Virginian state law included a bill for religious freedom cheap nba jerseys Thomas Jefferson and James Madison can be credited with this becoming state law in January 1786. The Act for Establishing Religious Freedon. The Law stated .”… no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever…nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.” Make no mistake this was not straighforward or uncontested; at that time government office- holders had to swear to their beliefs with either the New or the OldTtestamen, most states collected taxes to support Christian churches so not everyone was happy at the changes. The First Ammendment passed in 1791 opens with the declaration that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This was not the end of discussions, debates and clear challenges to the Ammendment but it did go ahead.  As a group we firmly believe ??? in respecting each others religious beliefs and whilst fostering this cheap nba jerseys approach also want to show together we can make positive changes for the betterment of all.

Whilst writing this post the world has been shocked and dismayed by the dreadful acts of terrorism and barbarism. The shooting in the offices Policy of Chrlie Habdo in Paris and the dreadful masacre of Nigerians begs us to ask what are we doing for this to be happening? Terrroism in the name of religion is a criminal act being hidden by a false moral code. Terrorists are criminlas who want to force their opinion on us. As Americans we have wholesale mlb jerseys had Og?oszenia this tried before and it did not work then and will not work now. Luc Besson, a French film director wrote a letter to young Muslims in France in the aftermath of the shootings, in it he says Terrorism will not win, “We cannot build our happiness on Flight the misfortune of others. It is neither Christian, nor Jewish, nor Muslim. It is just selfish and it leads our society and our planet straight into a wall. This is the work we have to do beginning today to honour our dead.Terrorism will never win…” Americans have suffered terribly at the hands of Terrorists but now is the time for all to work together to not allow the Terrorists the upper hand.  Insulting each other’s religion and beliefs is not the way forward.

Let us know you views and concerns, let us work together to create a better future for our children where their freedom to choose how to live, believe and worship is their right.

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Why a combined approach?

Why a combined approach?

‘good thing at all’ = http://tonymorganlive.com/2009/01/16/consensus-sucks/

‘concensus‘ = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:What_is_consensus%3F

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Religion to one Patricia side for the moment, to achieve any positive result today you need to Platinum-Sports! make a team effort and present as itprofessional strong a front as possible.  Our Street group is a team of mixed individuls irrespective of our cheap jerseys religious beliefs and as such we need to learn to work with each other.  This team building video reflects something of the model we are working towards. Our goal is to communicate to the policy makers how we feel on certain subjects and offer constructive input. To achieve that goal, at its simplist, to ensure religious beliefs are considered when policies are being decided, we are stronger for speaking in one voice.  That is not to say that the group agree on all things. We do agree to listen to one another with respect but the views of one might not be views of all. That is where the group will have to grow and develop. For the moment we are looking to establish ourselves as a group, identify topics in which we feel we need to add our voice to and for this we cheap jerseys China need you, the people of Virginia to let us know what you want to say.

The group is aware that we will have to reach concensus  on some subjects and that is difficult in itself. Some argue if it is a good thing at all, knowing we start with different backgrounds we are looking for areas in which we can be a positive influence for our communities and cheap jerseys our promise is we will listen to all.   We are not a panacea for all the misunderstanding of religions  but hope to show by example that we can work together and make positive changes wholesale jerseys China to make lives better for all our communities. In doing so we can explore the misconceptions of each other and look for ways of changing. We are a micro system of the community as a whole and as such carry a degree of responsibility to ensure the group functions as a working productive team. This blog is just one of the ways we want to identify what is important to the community and where we can be most effective, but we need you to communicate to us. Use the comment section below to have you say about what is important to you.

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