Saturday, January 16, 2010

Beneath the Rubble

The L.A. Times has published an inspirational article about a Compassion International employee and a hotel worker that were buried under rubble for 65 hours in Haiti.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

World Vision Help for Haiti

Even though we no longer homeschool I still receive homeschool related e-mails.

For Immediate Release1/14/10

Homeschoolers around the world band together to support the Haitian community during their time of crisis.Through World Vision and CurrClick.com, homeschool families can now come together to support Haitian earthquake victims and their families. Small donations of $5 and $10 are being accepted at http://www.currclick.com/ CurrClick.com will be matching donations. A counter is being kept on the CurrClick.com homepage that will keep track of the donation amount as it grows.

"Homeschoolers are generous, giving people and CurrClick is excited about being able to match that generosity with a donation to World Vision. World Vision is a great organization and we look forward to donating a significant amount to their efforts in Haiti," said Staley Krause of CurrClick.

Leah Nieman, also from CurrClick asks that homeschoolers help spread the word about this opportunity by posting the following text on Twitter and Facebook: Homechoolers Help Haiti! Join with other homeschoolers & donate now: http://www.currclick.com/product_info.php?products_id=33677&it=1 "Social media is on of the best and fastest ways to spread the word," says Nieman.All donations will go directly toward distributing life-saving relief supplies – including food, clean water, blankets, and tents -- to children and families devastated by the earthquake and aftershocks in Haiti.

To make a donation, visit: http://www.currclick.com/index.php--
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309-678-9576

Friday, January 8, 2010

Churches Fire Bombed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald out of Australia:

Firebomb attacks on Malaysian churches
ROMEN BOSE
January 9, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: Four Malaysian churches have been firebombed, with one left badly damaged, in an escalating dispute over the use of the word Allah by non-Muslims.

As Muslim groups held protests yesterday, police increased security around churches after one in Kuala Lumpur was set ablaze in a midnight attack that left its ground floor gutted. Three other churches were attacked hours later, with one sustaining minor damage, while the others were not damaged. No arrests have been made.

The Home Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, appealed for calm amid the conflict over the use of Allah as a translation for God by Christians, and assured minorities in Malay-dominated Malaysia that ''they are safe''.

''I take the events that happened last night very seriously,'' he told a press conference. ''We want to assure the public that this was not a co-ordinated and well-planned action.

''Let's hope for the best in a few hours' time,'' he said before the protests that took place at two main mosques in the capital after yesterday's prayers.

Police said officers had been deployed to protect churches around the country and to monitor the protests, following the attacks and also phone threats against churches.

In Kuala Lumpur, young worshippers carried banners and vowed to defend Islam.
''We will not allow the word Allah to be inscribed in your churches,'' a speaker shouted into a loudspeaker at the Kampung Bahru mosque. About 50 people carried posters reading ''Heresy arises from words wrongly used'' and ''Allah is only for us''.

The High Court this month ruled in favour of a Catholic newspaper which used Allah as a translation for God. The Government has said the word should be used only by Muslims. The ruling was suspended on Wednesday pending an appeal.

''Islam is above all. Every citizen must respect that,'' said Ahmad Johari, who attended prayers at the National Mosque. ''I hope the court will understand the feeling of the majority Muslims of Malaysia. We can fight to the death over this issue.''

The rallies were held inside the mosque compounds after police banned protests on the streets. Participants dispersed peacefully afterwards.

Pribumi Perkasa, one of the groups organising the demonstrations, condemned the fire-bombings but warned that Malays were deeply concerned.

Agence France-Presse, Associated Press


You may be wondering why I'm reprinting that here. My father-in-law lives in Kuala Lumpur. We received an e-mail from him this morning:

We are having some big problems out here. They burned down four churches last night and are now going after cars with anything that looks Christian. This is a result of a court case where the judge ruled that it was OK to use Allah in print but the local Muslims did not agree and now are ripping the town apart.

Will give you update later when more is known.

If necessary I will evacuate to Penang or Singapore.

Dad


My father-in-law is not a Christian. He's been living in KL for around 12 years. He is also not an alarmist in any shape or form so the fact that he's mentioned evacuating has me concerned. I would appreciate any prayers on his behalf.

In addition to that, the reason for this situation itself is alarming.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Interesting...

The recent announcements by several Democrats (Dodd, Dorgan and Ritter) that they will be retiring or not seeking re-election are... interesting. It certainly puts the pressure on Obama to get those things he wants to passed as soon as possible.

At the same time, there is something going on here in the city of Colorado Springs. There is a lot of talk about the city selling the Memorial Health System. Memorial consists of three hospitals on two campuses and does not receive taxpayer money. It is a self-supporting city enterprise that pays operating expenses through revenue and cash reserves. People have said that it is about to become a liability for the city, so it's a good time to get rid of it... they did lose money through a devaluation of their investment portfolio to the tune of $28 million last year. However, on the other side of things they have remained profitable.

I just can't help but wonder... and that may be from my lack of knowledge on how all this works... but, could this push be in response to the health care stuff going on in Washington?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I've Been Thinking...

Thinking about what I want to do with this blog. It has been ignored for months. I even thought about deleting it because I seemed to have lost interest. In the end, I decided to keep it and to start posting again.

I don't know what to do about the current political scene. There is much I don't understand. In many ways I feel helpless. One of the things that has bothered me for a long time has been the perceptions that people have of one another... in the political arena as well as just in every day life. We tend to box everyone into a category... even ourselves.

I am a Christian. I am politically conservative. I believe in limited government and a free market system. I am a registered Republican.

I am not surrounded only by those that believe the same as I do. I have the ability to disagree with people while still appreciating their right to believe as they choose. The truth is I am most interested in people and what makes them tick.

The characterization of Republicans being rich and not caring about the poor really bothers me. Where does that come from?

For the time being, I am going to take this blog in a bit of a different direction. I want to understand the people behind the labels. I want to take a look at different relief agencies, learn their histories, see the impact they've had, and look at who is supporting those agencies. I'd like to look at current government programs here in the United States as well as relief agencies supported by donations... secular and religious. I also want to take a look at the same in terms of our involvement in other countries.

I have talked to some people about interviewing them for this purpose. The more I've thought about this project, the more I've realized it could become an overwhelming task. I am just an Uneducated Housewife and I've got responsibilities that come with that. I haven't got this all figured out but I am just going to start and while it may not be well planned, I hope that it will be interesting.

I am going to begin with Compassion International. Stay tuned.