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Fri, Jun. 19th, 2009, 03:09 pm
somanesa: Just incase someone else stumbles upon our corner of Livejournal

It can be disheartening to be looking confirmation that Christiandom isn't full of rightwing nutjobs and find this community, looking sparse and abandoned.

But there is a community of leftward leaning Christians larger than our group. christianleft is far more active than we are, at present. Also, there is jesusradicals if you lean even further left. However, jesusradicals seems to be inactive at the moment, but its full of interesting links and posts.

By no means does this mean I am abandoning this community :P I will still post news articles about Christians doing what Christians do, especially when it flies in the face of the Christian=Righty assumption.

Kind of an inspirational slant to my posts, then.

But then again, I don't search these articles out. This kind of news is unremarkable, as it should be. After all, it's about Christians just doing what Jesus commanded. It's just that sometimes, it looks like something a leftist would do. Haha! I'll post what comes my way, as usual.

Mon, Apr. 20th, 2009, 11:24 am
somanesa: DemocrayNow! Pope congradulates Governor, Legislators, Activists on Death Penalty repeal; more

Just remembered that this lovely (if a bit lonely) community exists.

Anyhow, two stories from www.DemocracyNow.org

Gov. Richardson, Activists Honored in Rome After New Mexico Repeals Death Penalty Watch online

New Mexico became the second state in the country to repeal the death penalty last month. After years of struggle by campaigners, the repeal was approved by the New Mexico Senate in February and the House in March. Governor Richardson and the state’s leading campaigners were honored at a ceremony at the Colosseum in Rome last week and met with the Pope. We speak with two anti-death penalty campaigners just back from Italy. [includes rush transcript]

Longtime Anti-Nuclear Activist John Dear Arrested 75+ Times Protesting War and Nuclear Weapons Watch online

We speak with longtime anti-nuclear activist and Jesuit priest, Father John Dear, who coordinates the annual Hiroshima Day peace vigil at Los Alamos on August 1st. Dear has been arrested more than seventy-five times for acts of civil disobedience against war and nuclear weapons, including last week while protesting the US drone warplanes at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada. He has written over twenty-five books, and his most recent book is his autobiography, A Persistent Peace. Last year, Archbishop Desmond Tutu nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize. [includes rush transcript]

Mon, Dec. 5th, 2005, 09:27 pm
somanesa: Death of a Catholic ethicist

I found this sad story in catholics. They claim to be conservative on their userinfo page, but thankfully, they are more Catholic than they are conservative. Originally posted by vonjunzt.

Last week, the following article ran in the Los Angeles Times. It's about Col. Ted Westhusing, a Catholic military ethicist who supposedly committed suicide in Iraq because he felt sullied by what's been going on over there. Leaving aside the question of whether it was really a suicide, I find it troubling for a couple of reasons.

First, it is sad that a man who made his living knowing what is right and wrong -- and by all accounts was a good Catholic before he went over there -- could find himself so deeply involved in something that tainted his honor to such a degree that he felt he had to kill himself. But then, war can do terrible things to a person's psyche.

What is even more troubling is the fact that the psychologist who reviewed the case suggested that it was a personality flaw that he could not give up his ideals in order to accept that military contractors mercenarily work for money. Is it really a personality flaw if Catholics cannot accept that war should be run in a way that generates profit? This, and the Halliburton scandal, and my own Representative, Cunningham's, crimes really have me frightened about the future of America in these days of private armies.

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Tue, Apr. 26th, 2005, 04:28 pm
somanesa: Starting up this community

To get this thing going, I got something extremely relevant from Democracy Now!

Reverend Jim Wallis, author of God's Politics: Why the Right Gets it Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get it talks about Senator Frist's recent speech at the "Justice Sunday: Stopping the Filibuster Against People of Faith" event. [Partial transcript and audio]

Also, a [link] to Sojourners.