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  • Illiana Christian To Become “Our Lady of White Flight,” Indiana

    white flightLet’s not mince words at what’s going on here.

    Too many people from Illiana Christian have made comments “on the side” bewailing the “changing demographics” at their current location in Lansing.

    Let us pull no punches.

    Illiana Christian is currently in the throes of a very expensive expression of white flight, running away to Indiana, close to St. John, Indiana, where the grass is apparently greener, but the faces are much whiter.

    From the Chicago Tribune when the move was announced:

    A Christian high school hopes to keep its doors open by moving to northwest Indiana, a decision that has upset some parents and alumni who want the school to stay in the south suburbs.

    Illiana Christian High School voted last month to leave Lansing and head about 12 miles southeast near St. John, Ind., an area that has seen the most enrollment growth in recent years, Principal Peter Boonstra said.

    So, according to Principal Boonstra, the school is moving, building new, in “an area that has seen the most enrollment growth in recent years.”

    Let’s take a closer look at the two areas.

    Lansing, Illinois, according to the Census Bureau in December 2015, shows a population of 28,486. 57.2% of the people in Lansing are white. 34.6% of the people in Lansing are African American.

    St. John, Indiana, according to data released from the Census Bureau in December 2015, has a population of 15,456.

    And here’s the rub…

    90% of the people in St. John, Indiana are white.

    Ninety percent.

    1.2% are Asian.

    Everyone else falls into the “Other Race” category. And those figures are small.

    So, good for them.

    Good for them.

    As for me and my family, we will choose the Lord, continue to live in the South Suburbs of Chicago, that place that is wonderfully, wonderfully diverse. That place where people of many races, ethnicities, and faiths, get along every day, living side by side, building bridges.

    Good luck, Illiana Christian, Our Lady of White Flight, Indiana, where The New Campus page shows three, smiling white children.

    We know what you’re up to.

    You’re running away, teaching your children to do the same.

    Are you really that certain that this is what Jesus would do, that Jesus was white?

    Because he wasn’t.


  • NAACP: A Man Was Lynched Yesterday, And The Day Before That, Too

    a man was lynched yesterday
    “A man was lynched yesterday.” (Photo: NAACP)

    Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
    only light can do that.
    Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Darkness.

    Light.

    Justice.

    Peace.

    Love.

    Five officers killed in Dallas.

    Five.

    One sniper. Acting alone. While many, many #BlackLivesMatter activists marched peacefully.

    Before that, however, the many lives lost in the African American community at the hands of law enforcement, which gave rise, finally, to #BlackLivesMatter.

    We do not condone violence against African Americans.

    We do not condone violence against police.

    The overwhelming majority of African Americans want peace.

    The overwhelming majority of police want peace.

    The overwhelming majority of people want peace.

    What sense can we make of the State of the Union? What is happening to us? Is this 1968 again?

    Activists stormed the Democratic National Convention in 1968 and were met with brutality by police. Why did they not storm the GOP convention that year?

    Because they knew the GOP would not listen anyhow.

    A mere 12 years later, Ronald Reagan bowed down to “states rights” in Philadelphia, Mississippi, where, in 1964, civil rights workers had been murdered.

    Ronald Reagan was calculating, the “great communicator,” remember?

    He knew what he was doing. He knew to whom he was speaking. The Southern Strategy was alive and strong with this one.

    The GOP has been stoking the fires of the Southern Strategy for decades. And the chickens have come home to roost. Talk about buyer’s remorse. Watch, as GOP leaders try, so desperately try, to distance themselves from Donald Trump. But many of these same leaders vowed, when President Barack Obama was elected, that they would not work with him at all.

    And they spent the better part of eight years fighting each and every thing President Obama proposed, said, didn’t say.

    Whatever.

    From the moment that then-Senator Barack Obama declared his intention to run for POTUS, the number of hate groups in the United States began to grow. In 2011, for the first time ever, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported that the number of hate groups in this country topped 1,000.

    Their number continues to grow.

    And, now, with membership in the KKK growing, America’s oldest, most infamous hate group, we watch in horror.

    For your consideration, from the NAACP:

    Activists created the NAACP more than a century ago to fight racialized violence.

    Then, we called it “lynching.” Today, we call it “police brutality,” but the effect is still the same — our lives are in danger. Endangered by some of the very people who are called to protect and serve us. We are all tense, angry, devastated, and grieving.

    We grieve for Alton Sterling. We grieve for Philando Castile. And we grieve with the rest of the country over the senseless loss of lives in Dallas, too — because the execution of police officers does not end the execution of black Americans, and it will not put us on the path to change.

    What will put us on the path to justice is the passage of the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act (LETIA) and the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA). Radical reform of policing practices, policies, and laws at all levels must be made — immediately — because the current system is taking too many lives.

    We can take small solace in the fact that the outrage over this 21st century form of lynching is not isolated to the black community. Americans of all races and ethnicities are fighting to put an end to the epidemic of violence — gun violence in particular — in this country. Now is the time to come together as one in grief, in protest, and in pursuit of real, measurable change.

    As an organization, we are doing everything we can to ensure justice is served, but we can’t do it alone. Stand in solidarity with your fellow activists, hand in hand with your community. Contact your elected officials to demand life-saving reforms to a broken system.

    We can — and must — put an end to this together.

    Cornell William Brooks
    President and CEO

    And, we remind ourselves again:

    Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
    only light can do that.
    Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


  • The Three False Premises of the Ryan Poverty Plan (TalkPoverty.org)

    Stephen Pimpare at TalkPoverty.org performs a critical analysis of Congressman Paul Ryan’s so-called “poverty plan.”

    You won’t want to miss it:

    So what’s so bad about Paul Ryan’s thinking about poverty?

    First, there’s nothing new in it. He offers block grants, cuts to programs, new work requirements, school vouchers, regulatory repeal, more money to faith-based initiatives, and privatizing social services, presenting us with little more than fresh marketing for tired ideas that — when tried in the past — made people’s lives worse, not better. Even the proposals that might seem promising are badly designed — like his way of expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit.  With the possible exception of his proposals to reduce some mandatory minimum sentences — which advocates of all stripes have been agitating for for decades — it’s old wine in old bottles.  Why should we treat it as newsworthy or innovative?

    There’s a deeper problem with Ryan’s approach beyond the details of his proposal.  The foundation itself is rotten: the project is built upon three fatal, false premises.

    Read the full analysis here at CommonDreams.org


  • Video: Vermont Approves Single-Payer Health Care: ‘Everybody in, nobody out’

    From our friends at Occupy Democrats regarding the state of Vermont adopting a single-payer health care system where all hospitals will operate as not-for-profits:

    The program will be fully operational by 2017, and will be funded through Medicare, Medicaid, federal money for the ACA given to Vermont, and a slight increase in taxes.  In exchange, there will be no more premiums, deductibles, copay’s, hospital bills or anything else aimed at making insurance companies a profit.  Further, all hospitals and healthcare providers will now be nonprofit.

    This system will provide an instant boost the state economy.  On the one side, you have workers that no longer have to worry about paying medical costs or a monthly premium and are able to use that money for other things.  On the other side, you have the burden of paying insurance taken off of the employers side, who will be able to use the saved money to provide a better wage and/or reinvest in their company through updated infrastructure and added jobs.  It is a win-win solution.

    Win-win indeed.

    This, by the way, is precisely the way Canada moved to a single-payer health care system: state by state.

    And now it’s our turn.

    Thank you, President Obama!


  • KKK Forms Neighborhood Watch in Fairview Township, PA

    Here’s something you don’t see every day.

    From Think Progress:

    After a string of local break ins, a Pennsylvania chapter of one of America’s largest hate groups is taking matters into its own hands. On Monday, the Ku Klux Klan established aneighborhood watch to monitor criminal activity in Fairview Township, Pennsylvania.

    According to the imperial wizard, Frank Ancona, the task force was developed to complement existing police efforts — and people in the town have purportedly called on the KKK to do what local authorities aren’t. In the past two months, there have been more than nine alleged vehicle break ins, including a few at a local FedEx. A burglar also attempted to steal from a home in the area.

    “It’s just like any neighborhood watch program. It’s not targeting any specific ethnicity. We would report anything we see to law enforcement,” Ancona told PennLive. “We don’t hate people. We are an organization who looks out for our race. We believe in racial separation. God created each species after its kind and saw that it was good.”

    The last line tells all. I’ll repeat that:

    “We don’t hate people. We are an organization who looks out for our race. We believe in racial separation. God created each species after its kind and saw that it was good.”

    So some of us are of a different species?

    Watch out if you’re of the wrong “species” in Fairview Township.

    And rest well:

    To draw attention to the KKK’s efforts, members have passed out fliers to promote the new endeavor. For instance, one flier assures Fairview Township residents that they can sleep soundly knowing that the KKK is wide awake.

    This is not a joke.


  • Palestine: A Land Forgotten; Isreal: The One Forgetting

    Peace in Palestine!

    Palestine.

    How much thought have you given Palestine recently?

    We live in a country (USA! USA!) where celebrity news trumps news of the suffering in the world. News of the starving in the world. News of those still facing genocide. Still facing abuse. Still lacking basic human rights.

    And we thrive to news of celebrity arrests, as if they matter one damn.

    At all.

    Had lunch with a now old friend, my friend is very young (comparable to my scalp line), but very, very wise.

    And very empathetic.

    My friend just returned from a half-month trip to Israel and Palestine (notice I’m naming them separately, as the two separate states the are, should be, shall be, Insha’Allah.

    God willing, that is.

    I will share with you in this space some of the amazing, alarming, and jaw-dropping things I learned from my friend today.

    Israel, the state (not all Israelis, not all Jews), but Israel is persecuting the Palestinians.

    And this must be stopped.

    Did you know, for example, that Israel controls all water and electricity into Palestinian regions?

    And, did you know, that Israel frequentlly cuts off all water and electricity if one Palestinian “misbehaves?”

    Did you know that it is illegal for an Israeli to enter Palestine? Did you know that, on average, Israel demolishes four Palestinian home a day?

    Did you know that Israel will not do trash pick-up in any region inhabited by Muslims, whether in the Old City, or Palestine?

    Did you know that the Israeli government then uses that reality to refer to the Palestinians as filthy, dirty animals?

    In short, did you know that Israel, to put it mildly, discriminates against the Palestinians, that the officials of the Israeli state refer to all Palestinians as “terrorists.”

    Did you know that, at the Dome of the Rock, Israeli soldiers guard the entrance, allowing only a certain number of Muslims to enter each day to pray?

    And did you know that Palestinians just want to live?

    To own property?

    To build homes (which is illegal now)?

    To be human?

    Thank you to my friend.

    More to follow.

    Insha’Allah.


  • Is the United States in Good Company on the Death Penalty?

    Is the United States in good company?

    These are the countries that permit the death penalty:

    Death Penalty Permitted

    • Afghanistan
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Bahamas
    • Bahrain
    • Bangladesh
    • Barbados
    • Belarus
    • Belize
    • Botswana
    • Chad
    • China (People’s Republic)
    • Comoros
    • Congo (Democratic Republic)
    • Cuba
    • Dominica
    • Egypt
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Ethiopia
    • Guatemala
    • Guinea
    • Guyana
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Iran
    • Iraq
    • Jamaica
    • Japan
    • Jordan
    • Kuwait
    • Lebanon
    • Lesotho
    • Libya
    • Malaysia
    • Mongolia
    • Nigeria
    • North Korea
    • Oman
    • Pakistan
    • Palestinian Authority
    • Qatar
    • St. Kitts and Nevis
    • St. Lucia
    • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Singapore
    • Somalia
    • South Sudan
    • Sudan
    • Syria
    • Taiwan
    • Thailand
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Uganda
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United States
    • Vietnam
    • Yemen
    • Zimbabwe

    Read more: The Death Penalty Worldwide | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0777460.html#ixzz2dJ2nEMbb


  • Catholic Leaders Challenge Gingrich and Santorum on Divisive Rhetoric Around Race and Poverty

    From Faith in Public Life:

    More than 40 national Catholic leaders and prominent theologians at universities across the country released a strongly worded open letter today urging “our fellow Catholics Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes on the campaign trail.”

    In the lead up to Saturday’s primary in South Carolina, Newt Gingrich has frequently blasted President Obama as a “food stamp president” and implied that some African Americans are more content to collect welfare benefits than work. Rick Santorum attracted scrutiny for telling Iowa voters he doesn’t want “to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.”

    The open letter reminds the two presidential candidates, vying for Christian conservative voters, that U.S. Catholic bishops have called racism an “intrinsic evil” and consistently defend vital government programs such as food stamps and unemployment benefits that help struggling Americans.

    The full text of the statement and signatories follow.

    An Open Letter to Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum:

    As Catholic leaders who recognize that the moral scandals of racism and poverty remain a blemish on the American soul, we challenge our fellow Catholics Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes on the campaign trail. Mr. Gingrich has frequently attacked President Obama as a “food stamp president” and claimed that African Americans are content to collect welfare benefits rather than pursue employment. Campaigning in Iowa, Mr. Santorum remarked: “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.” Labeling our nation’s first African-American president with a title that evokes the past myth of “welfare queens” and inflaming other racist caricatures is irresponsible, immoral and unworthy of political leaders.

    Some presidential candidates now courting “values voters” seem to have forgotten that defending human life and dignity does not stop with protecting the unborn. We remind Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Santorum that Catholic bishops describe racism as an “intrinsic evil” and consistently defend vital government programs such as food stamps and unemployment benefits that help struggling Americans. At a time when nearly 1 in 6 Americans live in poverty, charities and the free market alone can’t address the urgent needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. And while jobseekers outnumber job openings 4-to-1, suggesting that the unemployed would rather collect benefits than work is misleading and insulting.

    As the South Carolina primary approaches, we urge Mr. Gingrich, Mr. Santorum and all presidential candidates to reject the politics of racial division, refrain from offensive rhetoric and unite behind an agenda that promotes racial and economic justice.

    Francis X. Doyle
    Associate General Secretary
    U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (retired)

    Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Institute Leadership Team:
    Sisters Patricia McDermott, RSM (President) Eileen Campbell, RSM Anne Curtis, RSM Mary Pat Gavin, RSM Deborah Troillett, RSM

    Sister Pat Farrell, OSF
    President
    Leadership Conference of Women Religious

    Rev. Bryan N. Massingale
    Associate Professor of Theology
    Marquette University

    Rev. Clete Kiley
    Director for Immigration Policy
    UNITE HERE

    Rev. Anthony J. Pogorelc,  M.Div., Ph.D.
    The Catholic University of America
    Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies

    Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J.
    University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice
    Boston College

    Sr. Patricia J. Chappell, SNDdeN
    Executive Director, Pax Christi USA

    Marie Dennis
    Co-President, Pax Christi International

    Rev. John F. Kavanaugh S.J.
    Professor of Philosophy
    St. Louis University

    Rev. Jim Keenan, S.J.
    Founders Professor in Theology
    Boston College

    Rev. Thomas J. Reese, S.J.
    Senior Fellow
    Woodstock Theological Center
    Georgetown University

    Sister Mary Ellen Howard
    Executive Director
    Cabrini Clinic, Detroit

    Rev. James E. Hug, S.J.
    President
    Center of Concern

    Sister Simone Campbell
    Executive Director
    NETWORK, A Catholic Social Justice Lobby

    Steven Schneck
    Director
    Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies
    The Catholic University of America

    Sister Karen M. Donahue, RSM
    Justice Team
    Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community

    Sister Mary Ann Hinsdale
    Assoc. Prof. of Theology
    Boston College

    Tom Allio
    Cleveland Diocesan Social Action Director (retired)

    M. Shawn Copeland
    Associate Professor of Theology
    Boston College

    Sister Maria Riley, OP
    Senior Advisor
    Center of Concern

    Todd Whitmore
    Associate Professor
    Department of Theology
    University of Notre Dame

    Terrence W. Tilley
    Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Professor of Catholic Theology
    Chair
    Theology Department
    Fordham University, Bronx, NY

    Michael E. Lee
    Associate Professor
    Theology Department
    Fordham University, Bronx, NY

    Paul Lakeland
    Aloysius P. Kelley S.J. Professor of Catholic Studies
    Director, Center for Catholic Studies Fairfield University

    Lisa Sowle Cahill
    Monan Professor of Theology
    Boston College

    Eric LeCompte
    Board Member
    Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good

    Tobias Winright
    Associate Professor of Theological Ethics
    Saint Louis University

    Christopher Pramuk
    Assistant Professor of Theology
    Xavier University, Cincinnati

    John Sniegocki
    Associate Professor of Christian Ethics
    Xavier University, Cincinnati

    Kathleen Maas Weigert
    Carolyn Farrell, BVM Professor of Women and Leadership
    Loyola University, Chicago

    Daniel K. Finn
    Professor of Theology and Economics
    St. John’s University, Minnesota

    Gerald J. Beyer
    Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics
    Department of Theology and Religious Studies
    Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia

    Jeannine Hill Fletcher
    Associate Professor of Theology
    Faculty Director
    Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice
    Fordham University, Bronx, NY

    Sister Mary Ann Hinsdale
    Assoc. Prof. of Theology
    Boston College

    John Inglis
    Professor and Chair
    Department of Philosophy
    University of Dayton

    Anthony B. Smith
    Associate Professor
    Department of Religious Studies
    University of Dayton

    David O’Brien
    University Professor of Faith and Culture
    University of Dayton

    William L. Portier
    Mary Ann Spearin Chair of Catholic Theology
    University of Dayton

    Alex Mikulich
    Research Fellow
    Jesuit Social Research Institute
    Loyola University, New Orleans

    Susan M. Weishar
    Migration Specialist
    Jesuit Social Research Institute
    Loyola University

    Kristin Heyer
    Associate Professor
    Religious Studies
    Santa Clara University

    James Salt
    Executive Director
    Catholics United

    Vincent Miller
    Professor of Religious Studies
    University of Dayton

    Nancy Dallavalle
    Associate Professor and Chair
    Department of Religious Studies
    Fairfield University

    Source: http://www.faithinpubliclife.org