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Thank you, Ted St.Godard

Editorial cartoonist, Ted St. Godard got fired for this cartoon. He was fired for doing what editorial cartoonists are paid to do. This is yet one more direct attack on the freedom of the press.

I applaud Ted St. Godard for keeping a bright light shining on the immorality and racist policies of the Trump administration. More of us need to do the same.

Today we celebrate Father’s Day. And thousands of parents, both mothers and fathers, are having their children ripped from them. Trump’s America is no longer a place of safety for those fleeing persecution or violence. We are now a place where unspeakable cruelty is perpetrated through immoral, racist (and I would add, illegal) policies designed to deter those seeking protection.

If ripping families apart and child concentration camps are necessary to make America great again, maybe we need to redefine greatness. I grow ever more ashamed of my elected leaders for their complicity in supporting this corrupt administration

“- it’s a beautiful church.”

This is our Christian President…really? It’s a beautiful church with no name. But, actually Easter is a time for families, get-together and golfing…the perfect Christian description of the holiest and most sacred day of the liturgical year.

Now I understand why the white Evangelicals adore this man. He is the perfect embodiment of their values. He knows almost as much about discipleship as he does about governing.

sound familiar?

Here we go again. Will we even learn from history?

We now have a country where the wealthy are in control. They have and use the power to feather their own nests at the cost of the poor and middle classes. The recent tax scam is only the latest demonstration.

We now live in a nation where 95% of us provide labor and benefits for the power elite. Welcome to a class society where your position is to serve the wealthy, Unless we decide to change it, this is fast becoming our world.

take action now

The following article is from GLOBAL CITIZEN. It is a call to action, asking for the signing of a letter to the President to reverse his executive order for extreme vetting. This is a simple way to take immediate action that reflects the moral values we hold as people of faith.

Reverse President Trump’s Executive Order to Ban Refugees

The United States has just slammed its doors on the world’s most vulnerable.

On January 27th, President Donald Trump signed an executive order, implementing extreme vetting of refugees who enter the country.

It suspends the entire US refugee program for 120 days as new “extreme vetting” rules are developed, even though America already has the toughest vetting program for refugees in the world.

It halves America’s refugee intake to a maximum of 50,000 annually, with a complete ban on admitting refugees from war-torn Syria.

It stops seven predominantly Muslim nationalities – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen – from even visiting America. This includes dual-nationals, green card holders, and most visa-holders.

As Global Citizens, we know that opposing viewpoints are a vital part of any robust political discussion. We work with all sides of politics to ensure that governments continue play a leading role in ending extreme poverty.

However, there are basic values that weave the fabric of the American Democracy – like not discriminating on the basis of religion and nationality.

This policy crosses that line.

Refugees are the most vulnerable fellow citizens on our planet, fleeing unimaginable horrors of conflict, persecution and disaster.

These are fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters.

We, as global citizens, stand proudly as supporters of refugee communities and vulnerable populations, regardless of religion or national origin.

We must call President Trump out on his actions and ensure that refugees can have place to call home.

true safety nets

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Great strides have been made in the fight to end malaria. Campaigns to increase the availability and proper use of mosquito nets have been exceptionally successful in protecting entire families from this deadly disease.

A $10 mosquito net can make the difference between a life of chronic debilitating illness and even death  or a  healthy childhood of smiles and growth. That seems like a “no-brainer” to me.

in reality

I have spent over 35 years working with, and walking along side, the poor and hungry. I have seen some poor here in our country who expect help and who have been taught by our welfare system that they deserve whatever they can get. But these are a  minority.

I have seen far more who struggle to climb out of poverty. This is especially true in other countries. Nothing is more heartbreaking than to watch a mother holding on to an infant dying of hunger. There is a pain in her eyes that time cannot erase.

The tragedy is compounded by knowing she has done everything in her power to keep that child alive. The poor are not lazy, not in my experience. In reality, they will do anything possible to escape the deadly trap of poverty, and that includes working far harder and longer than most of us do.