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OK...Here's One For All The Christians Here


      OK...so...I want to hear from you, if you are a Christian.

      Why on EARTH...should a person like myself...who has been let down by God, literally since the day of my birth...have any love for this God?

      WHY should I...when he forever falls down on his job...allows horrible things to be done to us by society...does NOTHING to alleviate our pain...

      WHY should I have any room for him in my heart when it is painfully obvious to me that he has no room in his heart for ME?

      If he REALLY WAS...all-knowing...all-seeing, all-loving, and all-powerful...as we are told....why does our suffering continue?

      Does he not KNOW that we are suffering?

      Does he not SEE that we are suffering?

      Does he not CARE that we are suffering??

      Does he not love us??

      Or is he just powerless to do a damn thing about it?

      One of the above HAS to be true, and therefore, God cannot be all-knowing, all-seeing, all-loving, or all-powerful.

      Sorry, but I am not Job. And speaking of J-O-B...why the EFF can't I ever find one?? Why must I suffer discrimination every time I try for one? Why must I be forced to reveal my previous name...which is triggering for me...on every job application?

      Why am I forever denied peace in this life...and then asked to believe in this so-called God?

      Please, no cop-out answers, Christians.

      Have at it!

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      Father Of Leukemia Patient Who Faced Deportation Granted Stay, Work Permit



          'The father of a 5-year-old boy battling cancer has been fighting to stay in this country. Jesus Berrones had taken refuge inside a Phoenix church to evade deportation by federal immigration authorities.

          'On Monday, cheering erupted from inside the house of worship as Berrones' attorney said Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had granted a stay and a one-year work permit.

          'Earlier in the day, we sat with him as the deadline to turn himself in for deportation approached. We asked how Berrones was feeling, and he said he was "nervous, scared."

          'He was brought into the country as a toddler from Mexico. But Berrones' wife and their five children are all U.S. citizens. His 5-year-old son Jayden has leukemia, and Berrones sees his battle with ICE as a battle to care for his son.

          '"Sometimes when I see him I think he suffers a lot," Berrones said.

          'Berrones was caught with a fake driver's license and has been deported twice, in 2006 and 2010, but he snuck back into the U.S.

          '"I've been here since I was a little kid, so I feel like I'm from here," Berrones said. "I really don't want to be deported because I don't have life over there."

          'Pastor Ken Heintzelman has been standing between Berrones and immigration agents by providing sanctuary in his church.

          '"Here's a man who crossed the desert," Heintzelman said. "It took great risks in order to be unified with his family. He shouldn't be prosecuted."

          'Berrones' family is thrilled with Monday's decision, and he now plans to return home.'


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          'I Feel No Hatred': The Radical Response To An Honour Killing That Shook India


              ‘I feel no hatred’

              'Instead of being revengeful and raging over the loss of his only child, the grieving father was dignified and restrained. Sensing that the case might be used by politicians to whip up anti-Muslim passions, he steered clear of the hate-mongering that has passed for debate in recent years.

              '“Please do not politicise his murder. Please do not communalise it. It is something one human being did to another. Religion is irrelevant,” Saxena has said repeatedly.

              'Saxena’s moral stature rose even higher when he declined to join a candlelight march for his son because he was unsure who had organised it and worried that it might be used to paint Muslims in a bad light. He also opposed attempts by some Hindus to scare away Muslim families in the neighbourhood.'


              'Ankit’s death was a so-called “honour killing”. The alleged attackers, now under arrest, were the same people who had visited Saxena’s house earlier. They were a Muslim couple and were upset that their daughter Shehzadi was being courted by Ankit, a Hindu. They had visited Saxena to demand he tell his son to end the relationship. After leaving the house, they were joined by their son and a male relative. They soon spotted Ankit and confronted him.

              'Such killings are becoming more common in India, increasing from 28 reported incidents in 2014 to 251 in 2015, according to latest data.

              'Also commonplace was the response of politicians and members of rightwing Hindu groups who trooped through the alley to Saxena’s house in the hope of making political capital from the murder of a young Hindu lad by a Muslim.

              'But what happened next changed the script and turned Saxena into something of a hero.

              'Instead of being revengeful and raging over the loss of his only child, the grieving father was dignified and restrained. Sensing that the case might be used by politicians to whip up anti-Muslim passions, he steered clear of the hate-mongering that has passed for debate in recent years.

              '“Please do not politicise his murder. Please do not communalise it. It is something one human being did to another. Religion is irrelevant,” Saxena has said repeatedly.'


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              How To Stop A Mosque: The New Playbook Of The Right



                  "Long after Chaudry retired from both AT&T and electoral politics, he continued to keep a busy schedule of volunteer activities, most focused on building religious tolerance. He ran a small nonprofit organisation called the Center for Understanding Islam, and taught classes at local universities. Chaudry is bantam-sized, with a silvery moustache and a starchy manner, and despite his age – now 75 – he possesses a bottomless reservoir of diligent energy. He would travel the state, speaking to audiences young and old, always dressing the part of a politician, with a little American flag badge in his lapel. If there was prejudice around him in his adopted hometown, Chaudry later said that “it was not obvious, or visible, or overt”.

                  "That changed in 2011, when he found a new cause: building a mosque in Basking Ridge. For years, Chaudry and other local Muslims had been using a community centre for a makeshift Friday service. But Chaudry decided that the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge needed a permanent place to pray, and he located what he believed to be a suitable site: a four-acre lot occupied by a rundown Dutch Colonial house. Soon after purchasing it, Chaudry held an open house to greet the neighbours. “There was not too much tension,” he said. “It was kind of jovial.” He put the letters “ISBR” on the mailbox in front of the house, to announce the Islamic Society’s arrival.

                  "Then someone smashed the mailbox. “I was, of course, very surprised,” Chaudry said. Under New Jersey’s planning laws, the Islamic Society had to secure the approval of the municipal government to build the mosque, and from his experience as a public official, Chaudry knew that the town, which prided itself on its quaint homes and a history dating back to colonial times, was resistant to new development of any kind. But this was a house of worship, and he was someone well-known to the community. “It’s not that I was expecting any favours,” Chaudry said. “I expected them to be fair.” What shocked him, though, was the hatred.

                  "That was seven long years ago, before some townspeople formed a group calling for “responsible development” in furious opposition to the mosque, before the 39 planning board hearings, before the mosque was rejected, before Chaudry filed a lawsuit alleging religious prejudice, before his lawyers uncovered racially charged emails among officials opposed to his plan, before the Obama administration accused the town of civil rights violations, before national rightwing activists took notice of the dispute and began smearing Chaudry as a terrorist sympathiser, and before Trump dragged anti-Muslim conspiracy theories from the disreputable fringes into the White House. Today, Chaudry knows his town – and America – better.

                  "Long before Trump came along to capitalise on it, though, Islamophobia was building in the US, bubbling up like swamp gas from the depths. Often, racial conflict would manifest itself in small, seemingly isolated local planning fights over proposals to build mosques. The US Department of Justice, which staunchly defended the rights of Muslims during the Obama administration, noted a sharp increase in such mosque disputes between 2010 and 2016. Many took place in conservative locales such as rural Murfreesboro, Tennessee. But they also broke out in unexpected places such as Basking Ridge: a wealthy and well-educated community in the outwardly tolerant north-eastern US."


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