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BlingBling You seem to concentrate a great deal on who is not, and who is Muslim.

 

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I read your statements human. You are what you write. You believe the President Obama is a Muslim.

Tell me I am wrong.

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Guest BlingBling

I concentrate on people that I see that promote or endorse bigotry. I welcome people of all faiths to my table.

 

I am proud of the fact that Barack Obama is President of our country. He does our community proud. So, I when I see people that spread lies about President Obama I will strike them down with no mercy.

 

How long will prejudice blind your vision of a good Christian man?

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Guest human

Anyone who disagrees with Barack Obamas Foreign as well as Domestic policy is automatically labeled as discriminatory by you as well as the democrats.

 

You support Muslims yet at the same time you distance yourself from them. Your group targets tea partiers because they do not think as you do.

 

I have not spread any lies about Barack Obama yet you assume because I am Republican that I am a greater part of some Delusional Conspiracy Fantasy of yours.

 

Anyone with eyes can see how small your table is.

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I concentrate on people that I see that promote or endorse bigotry. I welcome people of all faiths to my table.

 

I am proud of the fact that Barack Obama is President of our country. He does our community proud. So, I when I see people that spread lies about President Obama I will strike them down with no mercy.

 

How long will prejudice blind your vision of a good Christian man?

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Guest LAW

The President gave a wonderful speech about this issue.

 

Remarks by the President at the Pentagon Memorial

 

The Pentagon

Arlington, Virginia

 

9:34 A.M. EDT

 

THE PRESIDENT: Secretary Gates. Admiral Mullen and members of the Armed Forces. My fellow Americans. Most of all, to you -- survivors who still carry the scars of tragedy and destruction; to the families who carry in your hearts the memory of the loved ones you lost here.

 

For our nation, this is a day of remembrance, a day of reflection, and -- with God’s grace -- a day of unity and renewal.

 

We gather to remember, at this sacred hour, on hallowed ground -- at places where we feel such grief and where our healing goes on. We gather here, at the Pentagon, where the names of the lost are forever etched in stone. We gather in a gentle Pennsylvania field, where a plane went down and a “tower of voices” will rise and echo through the ages. And we gather where the Twin Towers fell, a site where the work goes on so that next year, on the 10th anniversary, the waters will flow in steady tribute to the nearly 3,000 innocent lives.

 

On this day, it’s perhaps natural to focus on the images of that awful morning -- images that are seared into our souls. It’s tempting to dwell on the final moments of the loved ones whose lives were taken so cruelly. Yet these memorials, and your presence today, remind us to remember the fullness of their time on Earth.

 

They were fathers and mothers, raising their families; brothers and sisters, pursuing their dreams; sons and daughters, their whole lives before them. They were civilians and service members. Some never saw the danger coming; others saw the peril and rushed to save others -- up those stairwells, into the flames, into the cockpit.

 

They were white and black and brown -- men and women and some children made up of all races, many faiths. They were Americans and people from far corners of the world. And they were snatched from us senselessly and much too soon -- but they lived well, and they live on in you.

 

Nine years have now passed. In that time, you have shed more tears than we will ever know. And though it must seem some days as though the world has moved on to other things, I say to you today that your loved ones endure in the heart of our nation, now and forever.

 

Our remembrance today also requires a certain reflection. As a nation, and as individuals, we must ask ourselves how best to honor them -- those who died, those who sacrificed. How do we preserve their legacy -- not just on this day, but every day?

 

We need not look far for our answer. The perpetrators of this evil act didn’t simply attack America; they attacked the very idea of America itself -- all that we stand for and represent in the world. And so the highest honor we can pay those we lost, indeed our greatest weapon in this ongoing war, is to do what our adversaries fear the most -- to stay true to who we are, as Americans; to renew our sense of common purpose; to say that we define the character of our country, and we will not let the acts of some small band of murderers who slaughter the innocent and cower in caves distort who we are.

They doubted our will, but as Americans we persevere. Today, in Afghanistan and beyond, we have gone on the offensive and struck major blows against al Qaeda and its allies. We will do what is necessary to protect our country, and we honor all those who serve to keep us safe.

 

They may seek to strike fear in us, but they are no match for our resilience. We do not succumb to fear, nor will we squander the optimism that has always defined us as a people. On a day when others sought to destroy, we have chosen to build, with a National Day of Service and Remembrance that summons the inherent goodness of the American people.

 

They may seek to exploit our freedoms, but we will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust. They may wish to drive us apart, but we will not give in to their hatred and prejudice. For Scripture teaches us to “get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”

 

They may seek to spark conflict between different faiths, but as Americans we are not -- and never will be -- at war with Islam. It was not a religion that attacked us that September day -- it was al Qaeda, a sorry band of men which perverts religion. And just as we condemn intolerance and extremism abroad, so will we stay true to our traditions here at home as a diverse and tolerant nation. We champion the rights of every American, including the right to worship as one chooses -- as service members and civilians from many faiths do just steps from here, at the very spot where the terrorists struck this building.

 

Those who attacked us sought to demoralize us, divide us, to deprive us of the very unity, the very ideals, that make America America -- those qualities that have made us a beacon of freedom and hope to billions around the world. Today we declare once more we will never hand them that victory. As Americans, we will keep alive the virtues and values that make us who we are and who we must always be.

For our cause is just. Our spirit is strong. Our resolve is unwavering. Like generations before us, let us come together today and all days to affirm certain inalienable rights, to affirm life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. On this day and the days to come, we choose to stay true to our best selves -- as one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

 

This is how we choose to honor the fallen -- your families, your friends, your fellow service members. This is how we will keep alive the legacy of these proud and patriotic Americans. This is how we will prevail in this great test of our time. This is how we will preserve and protect the country that we love and pass it -- safer and stronger -- to future generations.

 

May God bless you and your families, and may God continue to bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

 

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9:43 A.M. EDT

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Guest Luke

Heartsong Church in Cordova chose to extend a warm welcome to their new Muslim neighbors.

 

http://www.heartsongchurch.net/

 

Pastor Steve Stone words and actions have set the example.

 

Wow! The last three weeks have been so full I haven't had time to get back to this page. A whole lot of my time has been spent sharing faith-sharing experience strength and hope regarding Heartsong's decision to welcome our neighbors, the Memphis Islamic Center folk to use God's facilities over which we have stewardship as Heartsong. I say it that way because it is clear to the Heartsong tribe that we (and the bank) are not the owners of these facilities that bear our name. God owns them-and everything else on this earth-and all of us as well.

 

It is really overwhelming to me how this simple act of neighborly love has become so controversial and polarizing. I've answered scores of emails and letters and voice mails from people who run the gamut from praising us for what we are doing for Christ's sake to asking deep and probing questions to try and understand this act of love, to outright mindless and heartless attacks. So far, I've been on (or am scheduled to be) three local tv stations, one local radio show, one national website, one national radio program and a producer from CNN called to say they are trying to decide whether or not to fly in from New York to do a story on this unusual deep and wide story of love.

 

The majority of the response both locally, nationally and internationally has been positive and affirming. And honestly, that has been both surprising and heartening to me. My guess would be that 90+% have responded that way. Those who are asking serious questions have been engaged by me at every turn as to the why of our actions. The scripture says that we are to be always ready to give an account of the hope that lies within us. And I have been enabled and inspired by the Lord to do just that with a clarity and confidence that is beyond my ability (thank you, Lord!). And speaking of scripture, to a person, everyone who has tried to justify their fear and ignorance and sometimes hatefulness with scripture has misinterpreted, misused and twisted every iota of scripture they have quoted.

 

My hope and prayer is that every single person who gives this time and thought will grow deeper and wider into the Lord. That doesn't mean that everyone will be grown by him to the place that they agree with me. It does mean that everyone will no longer rely on what they have heard, or on just how some people quote scripture, but will search the scripture themselves and do whatever research they need to do themselves, and most importantly let the one who came to save us be our navigator into and out of all that. I have certainly grown from the experience, and am deeply grateful to Jesus for the opportunity to do so. I've revisited and researched every passage of scripture cited by anyone regarding their feelings and fears about what we have done. I have stayed extra close to the Lord in prayer during this time. He has met me where I was and led me to where I need to grow. He will do the same for us all, and if we let him, we will know a joy and peace that will surprise us-especially if we already thought we had all of that joy and peace we were going to get in this life. Hallelujah, what a Savior!

 

http://stevestonesr.wordpress.com/

 

We are wasting so much time accusing people. Let God do that job.

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Guest August

Here is George Washington's view on Racism

 

http://gwpapers.virginia.edu/documents/hebrew/reply.html

 

The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.

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Guest NAACP

According to NPR and other sources, former Senator Rick Santorum singled out African Americans as recipients of federal assistance yesterday during a speech in Sioux City, IA. The NAACP does not endorse or oppose candidates for public office, but has always opposed discrimination by standing up to misleading, ignorant or inflammatory comments.

 

“Senator Santorum’s targeting of African Americans is inaccurate and outrageous, and lifts up old race-based stereotypes about public assistance,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “He conflates welfare recipients with African Americans, though federal benefits are in fact determined by income level. In Iowa for example, only nine percent of food stamp recipients are black, while eighty-four percent of recipients are white.”

 

“This kind of statement is harmful because it places blame on struggling Americans due to race rather than the institutional, economic and political forces that cause high unemployment and poverty,” stated Hilary Shelton, NAACP Washington Bureau Director and Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy. “It is misleading for Senator Santorum to imply that Iowans or Americans of any race would prefer to live on government subsidies, which average only $133.79 a month, or about $4.50 dollars a day. The NAACP has always opposed discriminatory comments of any kind.”

According to several news sources, Senator Santorum made the following comments yesterday while discussing Medicaid and other federal benefits programs. He reportedly said:

 

‘I was in Indianola a few months ago and I was talking to someone who works in the department of public welfare here, and she told me that the state of Iowa is going to get fined if they don't sign up more people under the Medicaid program. They're just pushing harder and harder to get more and more of you dependent upon them so they can get your vote. That's what the bottom line is. I don't want to make black people's lives better by giving them somebody else's money; I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money. And provide for themselves and their families. The best way to do that is to get the manufacturing sector of the economy rolling again.’

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Guest I'm Bored

I shouldn’t make fun of the blacks, President Obama is a personal friend of mine. He was over to the house yesterday, but the mop broke. - Don Rickles joke at tribute to actress Shirley MacLaine.

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Guest Babycakes

Regardless of how people feel about Pres Obama’s job performance he is the POTUS and that deserves a level of respect the joke about the mop/janitor reference was stupid and tasteless it is like no matter how far he has come and his achievements and that of other AA’s we still hav that perception by some oter races as only good for subserviant/ menail jobs.

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Guest Vernon

Jason Thomson wants voters to vote for his father, Tommy, and send Barack Obama back to Kenya. Hello Biggot!!!

 

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Guest Lauren Reeves

Dear Obama, I will give $6 mill to a charity of your choice if you have secret service kick Donald Trump in the nuts repeatedly.

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Rev. Wright comments are not the first of its kind in the country and actually a reflection of his life experience, coupled with the very callous, cold hearted and insensitive way the people of color were treated during the darkest era in the history of the cnsuperpower.com, is a souvenir of the perpetration of crime against mankind by some faction of the population against fujihd.net.

I agree with your thought.Thank you for your sharing.

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