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Everybody Has A Story And Everybody Has Accomplishments

Here are excerpts from an obituary that recently appeared in The Cincinnati Enquirer for Frank Williams Sr.

“At the funeral service this afternoon for Frank Williams Sr., (Above) the eulogy will take mourners back to the 1940s and ’50s, when Mr. Williams was a Cincinnati boxer. “The minister’s going to say he fought the good fight,” said Williams’ daughter, Donna Wells of Bond Hill. “God had made my daddy a fighter and he fought it ’til the end.” He was one of heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles’ first professional opponents, in 1940, according to the book “Cincinnati Boxing.” He was also a longtime sparring partner of Charles. His last fight was against Alzheimer’s disease, one he ultimately didn’t win. Mr. Williams died June 11 at Indian Spring Health Center, Oakley. He was 81. Mr. Williams worked in construction for 36 years, first for Turner Construction, then Messer Construction….”

Here are facts about former world heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles.

The place where Mr. Williams died–the Indian Spring Center in Cincinnati–is where my father died in March. The obituary says that Mr. Williams died of Alzheimer’s disease. I have no idea how long Mr. Williams was at Indian Springs, but there were patients at the facility who did have Alzheimers. I can still visualize some of these folks.

None of these people remained able to fight a boxing match.

Here is a link to facts about Alzheimer’s disease. 

It is good to see the story of someone who may have been one of the people I saw each day in the 3 1/2 weeks I spent visiting Indian Spring earlier this year.

Everybody has a story. Everybody has accomplishments. We’ve got to remember this fact even when people are at the end of life and are tired and not what they once were.

June 20, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up—The Work Of Freedom Is Up To Each Of Us

Here is the weekly round-up of the Texas Progressive Alliance. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas. TPA members are citizen-bloggers who are working hard for a better Texas.

Every Texan has the ability has the ability to attend a public meeting, attend or organize a protest, write or call an elected official, talk to friends and family, start a blog, donate money, write a letter to the editor, volunteer for candidates and causes, and even run for public office. The work of freedom is up to each of us.

Here’s the round-up—

At McBlogger, Cap’n Kroc discussed the ridiculous plan for Formula 1 racing in Austin and the possibility that it could help us extract better redistricting terms from the Lege. He also points out that that Rick Perry needs to come out of the closet and be himself. It’s a blockbuster post that you have to read to believe.

Congressional redistricting moved its way through the Senate and into the House last week, and Off the Kuff took a look at the numbers for the proposed new districts.

Libby Shaw provides the update on Governor Rooster Perry’s run for POTUS. Come check out what the national audience has in store for a Perry campaign at TexasKaos. Continue reading

June 19, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Houston Red Light Camera Ban Rejected In Federal Court—Let’s Accept The Voter’s Will With Both The Red Light Cameras And The Storm Water Fee

A federal judge has ruled that the  successful ballot issue that prohibited the City of Houston’s use of red light cameras is invalid.

(Above–A red light in Houston.) 

From the Houston Chronicle—

“U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes ruled the city can not reverse an ordinance except by a referendum of voters held within 30 days of the passage of the ordinance. Opponents to the red light camera ordinance, which passed in 2004, mounted the last year challenge as an amendment to the city charter but Hughes said it was essentially the same thing. “Presented with this mislabeling, the council supinely ignored — over voices of some of its members — their responsibility and put the proposition to the voters,’’ Hughes ruled.”

This type of mob rule outside the process of the law reminds me of the classic book and movie about a lynch mob called The Ox Bow Incident. 

Though in this case the lynch mob took six years to form since the red light cameras were installed in Houston.

I suppose that is as clever as you can expect a lynch mob to be.

It is clear enough that the public rejected red light cameras. These cameras were on the ballot in November of 2010. The people of Houston voted by a margin of 53%-47% to get rid of the cameras.

While the ruling of the court must be respected, the City of Houston should defer to the decision at the ballot box. Mayor Annise Parker says she is considering many options about what the city should do after this ruling.

I say this as someone who very much supported the red light cameras. I believe they save lives.

(Below–Grim Reaper. Drawing by MesserWoland. )


At the same time, if we are going to go by the decision of the public about red light cameras, let us also respect the decision of the public at the ballot box about the new storm water fee.

The storm water fee was passed the same day the red light camera ban passed.

Some are now upset that the fee will be more than was claimed during the campaign. Though, since folks who backed the storm water fee want to do the right thing—if only for politcal purposes—the assessment has now been lowered.

Instead of the ceaseless harping about a fee that will help Houston deal with the serious flooding problem, let us just accept what the people decided on Election Day 2010 and move on to the next fight.

( Top Texas blogger Charles Kuffner has also written about this ruling.)  

June 18, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 5 Comments

De Gaulle’s Famous Speech Of June 18, 1940

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June 18, 1940 is the day that General Charles De Gaulle made the speech on the BBC from London that began French resistance to Nazi occupation. It is a great speech that is still recalled in France and in all places where the great events of World War II are remembered.

(Above–De Gaulle speaking on the BBC during World War II.)

De Gaulle left France in 1940 as an exile and came back four years later to lead France.

France and De Gaulle appeared to have been defeated in 1940. But they were not defeated.

A great two-volume of De Gaulle was written by Jean Lacouture. The first volume is called De Gaulle–The Rebel, 1890-1944Here is a review of that book. The second volume is De Gaulle–The Ruler, 1945-1970.

A good one-volume biography is The Last Great Frenchman–A Life of Charles De Gaulle by Charles Williams.

De Gaulle’s war memoirs are justly well-regarded.

(Below–The great speech in French. Photo by Semnoz.)

Here is some biographical information about Charles De Gaulle.

Here is a BBC biography of De Gaulle.

De Gaulle was neither a figure of the political left or right. His loyalty was to France and, sometimes, to the idea of putting on a grand performance on the world stage.  He was often serious and absurd at the same time

What could have been more absurd than the notion of one lone general banished to London after the Nazi overrun of France coming back within a few years as the political master of France?

Charles De Gaulle is a subject that merits your further study. In studying the life of De Gaulle you will learn about French history, World War II, European and Cold War politics of the 1950’s and 60’s, and the bloody battle for Algerian Independence.

You’ll also learn about fighting and winning a fight that seemed at first to be hopeless.

Here is the great speech I referenced above. It is also called the Appeal of June 18—

The leaders who, for many years, were at the head of French armies, have formed a government. This government, alleging our armies to be undone, agreed with the enemy to stop fighting. Of course, we were subdued by the mechanical, ground and air forces of the enemy. Infinitely more than their number, it was the tanks, the airplanes, the tactics of the Germans which made us retreat. It was the tanks, the airplanes, the tactics of the Germans that surprised our leaders to the point to bring them there where they are today.

But has the last word been said? Must hope disappear? Is defeat final? No!

Believe me, I speak to you with full knowledge of the facts and tell you that nothing is lost for France. The same means that overcame us can bring us to a day of victory. For France is not alone! She is not alone! She is not alone! She has a vast Empire behind her. She can align with the British Empire that holds the sea and continues the fight. She can, like England, use without limit the immense industry of United States.

This war is not limited to the unfortunate territory of our country. This war is not finished by the battle of France. This war is a world-wide war. All the faults, all the delays, all the suffering, do not prevent there to be, in the world, all the necessary means to one day crush our enemies. Vanquished today by mechanical force, we will be able to overcome in the future by a superior mechanical force.

The destiny of the world is here. I, General of Gaulle, currently in London, invite the officers and the French soldiers who are located in British territory or who would come there, with their weapons or without their weapons, I invite the engineers and the special workers of armament industries who are located in British territory or who would come there, to put themselves in contact with me.

Whatever happens, the flame of the French resistance not must not be extinguished and will not be extinguished. Tomorrow, as today, I will speak on Radio London.

June 17, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Seven Principles For Creativity And Communication

Here are what I see as seven possible guiding principles of creativity and communication for an individual looking to make an impact in the world with his or her views,talents, and effort.

1. The things we need to effectively and creatively express ourselves are all around us and are accessible if we make the effort.

2. The average person is able to understand more than they realize—Though they may not care enough to try to understand more.

3. No type of individual or group of people is by definition anything at all. You best communicate with many people at once by viewing everyone as an individual.

4. Have the confidence to make judgments about people, places, and events. Of course you have a viewpoint about what you see in the world.

5. The metaphoric meaning or value of a word or deed is as significant as the intended purpose of a statement or action.

6. Everything is connected.

7. While circumstance and luck plays a big part in life, you’ve got to work hard on your own to be creative and to successfully communicate.

June 16, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

Three Piles Of Things—Common Things Have Great Value

Three piles of things at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.

Logs, bricks, and some big rocks.

I don’t know what is planned for the items in this pile.

I do know that good and useful things can be built with everyday things such as logs, bricks, and rocks.

All the things we need are found in everyday life. Common things have great value.

While circumstance and luck do play a large part in life, it is also up to each of us to use effort and imagination to make positive and hopeful use of what we find in our everyday lives.

(Photo copyright 2011 Neil Aquino)

June 16, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Texas Governor Rick Perry Refers To Himself As A Prophet

Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry has referred to himself as a prophet in an interview with Fox News.

(Above—The Prophet Elijah Receives Bread and Water from an Angel by Peter Paul Reubens (1577-1640). I suppose it is possible that Governor Perry lives on bread and water in the $10,000 a month Governor’s Mansion he lives in at taxpayer expense.) 

Here is what Governor Perry said—

CAVUTO: You have kind of like the Chris Christie phenomenon: very popular outside your state, still popular but not nearly as popular within your state. There are even Tea Party groups within your state who like you but don’t love you. […] What do you say?

PERRY: I say that a prophet is generally not loved in their hometown. That’s both Biblical and practical.

Here is a link to the full interview.

Governor Perry is considering running for President.

Governor Perry was referencing Luke 4:24 or, maybe, Matthew 13:57.

Does Governor Perry see himself as like Jesus?

Did Jesus afflict the poor and the sick as Governor Perry has done with the recently approved Texas budget?

Here is what it says in Matthew 7:15“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

Governor Perry likes to talk about religion, but he does not appear to enjoy giving his personal money to his church.

Governor Perry will be leading a day of prayer in Houston on August 6 that is being organized by a far-right wing group with a record of anti-gay  and other extreme views called the “American Family Association.”

From the Texas Tribune-

” Sparking the controversy are the group’s views on Christianity, its staunchly anti-gay platform and the inflammatory statements of one its executives, Bryan Fischer. In an interview with The Texas Tribune on Tuesday, AFA president Tim Wildmon said Jews, Muslims, atheists or any other non-Christian would “go to hell” unless they accepted Jesus Christ as their savior. Wildmon’s father, Don, who famously took on iconic television programs like Three’s Company for promoting what he saw as an immoral lifestyle, is listed as one of the event’s chief organizers….. Over the years, Fischer has blamed gays for the Holocaust and has called on Muslims to convert to Christianity or face the wrath of U.S. military power. He also once blogged that social welfare programs made black women want to “rut like rabbits.”….” 

I’m to the left in my politics. You may or may not agree with many of my views.

All I can say is that if Rick Perry is the Republican nominee for President, independents and people in the middle are going to have to decide if this is what they want.

June 15, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Man Wading In Houston Ship Channel—I Hope He Found Whatever He Was Seeking

A few days ago I was driving around the area of the Houston Ship Channel.

On my travels, I saw a  gentleman who was wading in the Ship Channel.

You can see the man in a white tee-shirt below the area of the auto demolition yard.

While I’ve seen people fishing in the Ship Channel, I have to admit I was surprised to see someone actually in the water.

All I can say is that if this man felt he needed to be in these waters that are well-known for being polluted, I sure hope he found whatever it was he was seeking.

(Photo Copyright 2011 Neil Aquino)

June 14, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment

Houston Mayor Annise Parker Provides Public With New City Budget Themed Video Game

Houston Mayor Annise Parker has created a new video game where you can make your own City of Houston 2012 budget.

(Above–Old-time video game called Pong.)

In the Mayor’s budget game, you can adjust the various funding amounts for each city function in the budget. You can also raise property taxes and decide to refuse or accept bullish projections for other sources of revenue.

In the end, you have to balance the budget.

The City of Houston is facing a $130 million budget deficit. The city budget must be balanced by law. The budget must be passed by June 30.

Here is a schedule of the four remaining budget hearings. 

Here is the link to the budget Mayor Parker has proposed.

The Mayor’s proposed budget involves layoffs for 750 city employees, the cutting of library hours, and the closing of some city pools and community centers.

Here is a list of the pools and community centers to be cut.

It is not hard to figure that in this economy, many of these fired city employees will go years without finding a secure job with benefits.

Here is what it says on the web page for Mayor Parker’s reelection

“In Annise’s first year as mayor, her economic development initiatives helped spur private investment that will create thousands of new jobs in Houston.”

If we had money to parcel out to private concerns for jobs that might well have been created anyway, than why don’t we have money to retain the jobs of loyal city employees?

My general impression about the proposed budget is that many of the sharpest cuts are going to parks, libraries, health, and other services that are of the greatest value to Houstonians least able to take the hit.

It is frustrating that the city dog pound–The BARC shelter–is not taking any cut all. There is nothing at all these folks can do to save money?  Not even a 5% cut? It seems that the 100% funding for the dog pound is the result of the Mayor’s relentless pursuit of the dog owner vote in Houston, and not a number based on the full needs of our city.

Police and fire forces are getting no layoffs at all. And they are taking a lower percentage of cuts than many other city departments. Public safety gets 67% of our city budget.

Don’t you imagine police and fire could find a few more million to cut out of a combined budget of more than $1.1 billion?

The good thing with the budget game is that Mayor Parker is showing folks that choices have to be made.

The Mayor should have had an entry in the budget game that shows how much extra revenue we would have if we had voted to keep the red light cameras.

I bet there are people upset about pool closings who last November voted to kill the red light cameras.

Mayor Parker gives people an option to raise property taxes in the budget game. The Mayor is not raising property taxes in her budget.

Houston was a 61% Obama city in the 2008 general election. We have a Democratic mayor and a Democratic majority city council. If all we do over the years is cut—and cut the most from people least able to sustain the cuts—than just what is it we believe as Democrats, progressives, and liberals? Economic and social justice are connected.

Of course, it is not all about Mayor Parker.

For example, it would helpful if  Houston Councilman C.O.Bradford stood more strongly for the values of the Democratic party. Mr. Bradford was happy to take Democratic votes when he was the losing 2008 Democratic nominee for Harris County District Attorney in 2008.  Now Mr. Bradford appears with far-right Republican Paul Bettencourt criticizing Mayor Parker.

Mayor Parker should continue with these video games.

For one thing, they would give kids locked out of closed pools and community centers something to do over the summer.

Also, they could be used to illustrate how your home will flood if we don’t do something about chronic flooding in Houston. While folks are right to be frustrated that estimates were wrong for how much they will have to pay for the new storm water tax, the problem is real.

How about a game that shows which Houston homes will flood based on how much rain falls in our city? The flooding could then be alleviated based on the amount of funding taxpayers are willing to provide for flood relief.

As the Mayor’s budget game shows—stuff costs money. You’ve got to decide what you value and how much you are willing to pay.

(Below—Annise Parker. Photo by David Ortez)

June 13, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Houston Area Juneteenth Events For 2011—Facts About Juneteenth

Juneteenth is Sunday, June 19 for 2011.

Junetenth marks the day in 1865 that slaves in Galveston, Texas were told that the Civil War had been won and that they were free. It marked the first time that the Emancipation Proclamation was read in Galveston.

There are Juneteenth events in Houston area in the days ahead.

The Miller Outdoor Theater at Hermann Park will have a Juneteenth concert on Sunday, June 19 from 7-9:30 PM. This is a free event with (free) tickets required for the covered seating.  Click the link for details.

Here is a list of events taking place in Houston and Missouri City between now and June 19th.

There will be a Juneteenth concert and celebration in La Porte on Suturday the 18th at 3:30 PM at Five Points Plaza.

There is a Juneteenth Parade on Saturday, June 18th at 10 AM that will start just outside Minute Maid Park. Here is the parade route and some more information.

There will be a Houston Juneteenth Parade at 10 AM on Saturday, June 25. This parade will begin at Independence Heights Park at 603 E. 35th Street. There will also be a battle of the bands at this event.

If there is an event that I am missing, please leave a comment. I’ll update this post with any additional information.

The bottom line of Juneteenth has to be that people know their history and that folks grasp the fact that the freedom of all people is connected.

Juneteenth is about the freedom of all Americans.

Below is a post I made a few days ago about the history of Junteenth and related subjects. Continue reading

June 12, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up—Citizen-Bloggers Working For A Better Texas

Here is the weekly posting of the Texas Progressive Alliance weekly round-up. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas. TPA members are citizen bloggers who are working for a better Texas.

Every Texan has the ability has the ability to attend a public meeting, attend or organize a protest, write or call an elected official, talk to friends and family, start a blog, donate money, write a letter to the editor, volunteer for candidates and causes, and even run for public office.

Here’s the roundup—

Dr. PDiddie is now in session at Brains and Eggs, and state senator Steve Ogden is on the couch. (He ought to be in the public stocks.)

The Seliger-Solomons Congressional redistricting plan is finally out, and though it’s been modified from its original form, Off the Kuff still thinks it’s a joke.

Last week extremist GOP state Sen. Dan Patrick referred to public education as an entitlement. WCNews at Eye On Williamson points out it is actually part of the Texas Constitution: Education is a right in Texas, preserving the liberties of the people. Continue reading

June 12, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Says Funding On The Way For Houston City Pools Planned For Closing As Hot Summer Nears

Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is saying that she may be able to find funding to keep City of Houston swimming pools and community centers open this summer.

(Above–Houston is very hot in the summer and people need relief. Photo copyright 2011 Neil Aquino.)

Some pools and community centers are due to be cut in the city budget being proposed by Democratic Mayor Annise Parker and the Democratic Majority Houston City Council.

Congresswoman Jackson Lee says in an interview with a Houston TV station that she is likely to be announcing some private funding to keep these facilities open this summer.

As of June 11, we’ve already had two 105 degree days in Houston.

I’m glad that these pools and community centers may be kept open for the summer.

Though they never should have been cut. Will private funding also be available next year if needed?

If our elected Democrats in Houston balance the city budget on the backs of those least able to lose city services, than just why is it that we vote for and trust these people?

Budgets are moral documents that reflect who we are as a city. We can do better.

If some of the cuts and layoffs we are seeing in Houston had come from a Republican mayor and council, there would be many more objections from Democrats and liberals.

The people impacted by these cuts are equally out of luck regardless of what party is in control of the process when the cuts are made.

June 11, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 3 Comments

Companies Invest More In Machines Than In People—We’ve Got To Fight For Ourselves As Working People

The New York Times reports that companies are spending more on new computers and other machines than they are spending on hiring new people.

From the Times

“…Workers are getting more expensive while equipment is getting cheaper, and the combination is encouraging companies to spend on machines rather than people. “I want to have as few people touching our products as possible,” said Dan Mishek, managing director of Vista Technologies in Vadnais Heights, Minn. “Everything should be as automated as it can be. We just can’t afford to compete with countries like China on labor costs, especially when workers are getting even more expensive.” Vista, which makes plastic products for equipment manufacturers, spent $450,000 on new technology last year. During the same period, it hired just two new workers, whose combined annual salary and benefits are $160,000.”….with the rising costs of hiring, companies like Vista are finding ways to use capital to replace workers whose jobs are relatively routine. “If you’re doing something that can be written down in a programmatic, algorithmic manner, you’re going to be substituted for quickly,” said Claudia Goldin, an economist at Harvard. To add insult to injury, much of the equipment used to replace American workers is made by workers abroad, meaning that capital spending is going overseas. Of the four pieces of equipment Vista bought last year, one was made domestically…”

Could somebody please tell me where people are going to work and how they are going to get by as we move forward in this country?

Here is where we seem to be in our nation today—

* We’re cutting spending on education that would prepare young people for the job market.

* We won’t ask the most wealthy to pay more taxes.

* Employers won’t hire even at a time of record profits.

* Government is laying off thousands of workers.

* Many people who are working are unable to get a steady 40 hours a week.

* There is vehement opposition from the right to the extension of health insurance to all Americans.

* Unions are under assault. 

* Pensions are a thing of the past and people’s retirement—if they even have a 401K—is at the whims of the stock market.

* Social Security and Medicare are under constant attack.

* Poverty is rarely mentioned by leaders of either major political party.

* The unemployed don’t seem to be on the agenda at all as states cut back on unemployment benefits and the talk in Washington is about debt reduction.

It seems that the average person is being abandoned in America.

Given the direction we are headed, how are even the most hard-working people going to find steady work and good benefits?

The good news is that average people have the ability to fight back and to demand a fair return for the work they are willing to do. People are not helpless.

Here is a series of articles from The American Prospect Magazine about the problems facing middle class American and about some possible solutions.

The work of a better and more fair nation and society is up to each of us.  Every individual has the ability to attend a public meeting, attend or organize a protest, write or call an elected official, talk to friends and family, start a blog, donate money, write a letter to the editor, volunteer for candidates and causes, and even run for public office.

If you don’t take control of your future, somebody else will.

June 10, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 7 Comments

Flag Day Facts—The Flag Waves For All Americans

June 14 is Flag Day in the United States.

The U.S. Flag is a symbol for all Americans.

I’m old enough to recall when Republican George H.W. Bush claimed that his opponent in the 1988 presidential race, Mike Dukakis, did not want to pledge allegiance to the flag.

The suggestion that the flag was more the symbol of one specific political party or political viewpoint was repulsive.

(Above–Betsy Ross knits a flag while a colonial creep leers at her.)

Yet for all the calls for patriotism we’ve heard from conservatives over the years, it was far-right Texas Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry who suggested that Texas might have reason to leave the federal union.

Here is information on Flag Day from USFlag.org.

From that link—

“The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as ‘Flag Birthday’. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as ‘Flag Birthday’, or ‘Flag Day’.”

Here is a link to the Betsy Ross House.

Betsy Ross was a successful woman in many respects. Please click here to read about her life.

Is Betsy Ross the mother of the U.S. Flag? Please click here and see what you think.

I can write this blog post, but it is up to you learn the things you would like to know.

If you allow others to define your past, they will most likely use that power to screw-up your future.

Many nations have a flag day. Please click here to see what nations have a flag day and on what day it is observed.

Please click here for a post I wrote on a contest to create a one-world flag.

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June 9, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

Rick Perry Calls For Prayer As He Afflicts The Poor And The Sick—With Each Plague Of Drought And Wildfire In Texas His Heart Only Hardens

Texas Governor Rick Perry will be taking part in a big prayer rally in Houston on August 6.

(Above–Plague of wildfires afflicting Texas this year as seen from above.)  

From the Governor

” Gov. Rick Perry has proclaimed Saturday, Aug. 6th, as a Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation to seek God’s guidance and wisdom in addressing the challenges that face our communities, states and nation.”

You notice that the Governor has declared this day for the entire nation. We hear a lot from Mr. Perry about the federal government imposing upon the states. I guess though it is okay for Governor Perry to impose both a proclamation and his religion on the rest of the nation.

Also from the Governor—

“Given the trials that beset our nation and world, from the global economic downturn to natural disasters, the lingering danger of terrorism and continued debasement of our culture, I believe it is time to convene the leaders from each of our United States in a day of prayer and fasting….”

If people want to pray, that is just fine.

However, if prayer is a possible solution to our problems as Governor Perry asserts, than maybe the natural disasters afflicting Texas in recent weeks are divine judgment for how Texas is treating the poor and the sick.

It has to be a two-way street.

Governor Perry and the Texas legislature have passed a budget that strongly impacts those in Texas least able to take the hit.

At the same time, Texas has been afflicted with wildfires and drought.

With each plague visited upon Texas, Governor Perry’s heart only hardens—Just like Pharaoh’s heart in the Biblical account of Moses.

It should also be noted that a group strongly involved with the August 6 rally—the so-called American Family Association—has some extreme viewpoints.

From the Texas Tribune-

” Sparking the controversy are the group’s views on Christianity, its staunchly anti-gay platform and the inflammatory statements of one its executives, Bryan Fischer. In an interview with The Texas Tribune on Tuesday, AFA president Tim Wildmon said Jews, Muslims, atheists or any other non-Christian would “go to hell” unless they accepted Jesus Christ as their savior. Wildmon’s father, Don, who famously took on iconic television programs like Three’s Company for promoting what he saw as an immoral lifestyle, is listed as one of the event’s chief organizers….. Over the years, Fischer has blamed gays for the Holocaust and has called on Muslims to convert to Christianity or face the wrath of U.S. military power. He also once blogged that social welfare programs made black women want to “rut like rabbits.”….” 

Governor Perry appears to be risking more judgement for Texas as he consorts with these persons.

A great book to read if you want to learn about religion as a force for good is The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann. We can’t allow folks like Rick Perry and the so-called American Family Association to define faith for the rest of us.

June 8, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments