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This is a continuation from the posting 15 June 2005.

Amnesty International ( AI ) published its first report concerning torture in 1973. Here is what they discovered. ” Torture thrives on secrecy and impunity. Torture rears its head when legal barriers against it are barred. Torture feeds on discrimination and fear. Torture gains ground when official condemnation is less than absolute. The pictures of detainees in US custody in Abu Ghraib, Iraq show that was true 30 years ago remains true today.”

The world was outraged as a result of pictures coming out of Abu Ghraib depicting the torture of detainees. AI reports that there is reason to believe that the same practices are occurring to other prisoners held by the United States.

A gulag occurs when the evidence shows the torture of detainees who are helpless to defend themselves. It thrives and grows when international standards for the treatment of detainees is ignored. As is the case, with this current horrible administration in Washington. And when the American congress does not call for a complete investigation.

We have an administration in Washington according to AI that is attempting to redefine torture. By ignoring the application of the Geneva Convention, and arguing that coercive interrogation does not violate the Geneva Convention.

This administration holds detainees as ” Ghosts ” meaning people are held incommunicado. Detainees, AI reports are turned over to third countries known to practice torture. A government now exists in Washington that holds detainees arbitrarily and for indefinite detention. This they do in violation of international law, according to AI. The employment of military commissions by the US has made a mockery out of justice and due process, they charge.

The United States is the unrivalled political, military, and economic hyper – power, according to AI. As such the US sets the standards for the way other governments behave around the globe. AI, states that when the US, the most powerful country in the world thumbs its nose at the rule of law and human rights. It provides a licence to the world community to commit wrongs with ” impunity ” and ” audacity. ”

Therefore, concludes AI, the US has create the “gulag of our times.”

Do not think that torture is new to the United States.

Mob lynchings by white people of African Americans with government sanction occurred. Because the US congress failed to legislate federal law making a lynching a federal crime. The use of the filibuster in the senate. To prohibit federal law making lynchings a federal crime is plain and simple and abomination unto God. The senate used the excuse for the filibuster as an infringement upon STATES RIGHTS. That represents a sin against humanity that never can be forgiven. Such lynchings represented for this country the worst conceivable torture. Because the government brags that it sees itself as Gods beacon upon a hill for the rest of the world to see and emulate. God forbid!

AI, most likely are students of history. And as historians they must see this current administration emulating darkness rather than light. A darkness more dark than its already twisted history in this country and around the world. Perhaps they coined the phrase ” gulag of our times ” in order to awaken the people of the this country and the world that a new darkness is here. Time to act!

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Understanding Amnesty International tag of ” gulag of our times. ”

It seems logical to assume that a persons life experiences shapes that persons reaction to current events. At least, that seems to be the case for this writer.

Because this writer is so critical of this current American government, both from the domestic perspective as well as the international. It has been decided that readers should get a glimpse of the writers life shaping experiences. It is from those life experiences that cause this writer to conclude that Amnesty International ( AI ) is correct is asserting that this current administration represents the gulag of our time.

As a child growing up, this writer saw the hate directed at his mother from his fathers side of the family because she had married an Native American. To further exacerbate the experience my grandfather converted to Roman Catholicism. His daughter was raised Roman Catholic. My grandfather, Red Cloud attempted to shed his Indian heritage and culture through a name change. He became Harry Phillip. Consequently, this writer could write a book on those life shaping events. Suffice to say those experiences caused me to see a sacredness in a persons heritage and culture. It drew me to the priesthood. The focus of my life has been to alleviate human suffering and to promote the person hood of all people. Thus, the ministry of Church for Sanctuary.

As a young ordained clergyman, this writer saw people of color denied admission to public facilities based on the color of their skin. That first experience is so engraved in my consciousness it’s like it happened yesterday. It became my introduction into, and my active participation in the civil rights movement.

This writer clergyman was at Kent State University the day Ohio National Guard shot and killed students at the university. This writer was there recruiting students to participate in a march against the war in Vietnam. It’s a terrible experience to see people beaten and gassed for expressing a grievance to the American government. Another, life shaping experience.

The war ended and this clergyman moved on to fight for equal and fair housing and prison reform. This writer saw people beaten by the police for demanding fair and equal housing, and prison reform. As a personal witness, this writer saw inmates slammed against chain linked fences and put in a inhumane ” Black Box ” without windows, and naked, out doors to suffer the cruelty of hot summers or cold winters. Some injustices one is powerless to end. This writer clergyman was in a position, and did end the use of a chain linked fences and black boxes as a tool for punishment.

While, the surface has only been scratched concerning experiences that shape a life. One hopes readers can appreciate. Why it makes it easy for this writer. To understand and appreciate the AI tag of the gulag of our times for this current administration.

You see, a gulag, for this writer does not have to represent mass detainment of people under cruel and inhumane conditions as under Stalin. A gulag can represent the inhumane treatment of just one person. This writers experiences represent a gulag for all the people harmed.

To be continued.

This writer clergyman is available to provide religious services. Topics of your choice. Get answers for your interest. Sacraments provided for the celebration of your life experiences. Church for Sanctuary is blind to color and creed. It is with out walls. Study the Gnostic’s Bible and learn the truth about Christ, Mary, and the Church. It is nothing like what most people think. There must be a reason why the church omitted some of the Bible.

The ” gulag of our times “

The ” gulag of our times ” stated in the preamble of Amnesty Internationals annual report by Irene Khan, Secretary General. Set of a whirlwind of criticism from the current administration in Washington and many newspapers through out the country.

” Gulag ” is a reference to forced labor camps during the regime of Stalin. It has been said that tens of millions of people were placed in such camps. Many thousands of people died in those camps under very harsh and inhumane conditions.

The critics of Amnesty International ( hereafter AI ) report that it is unfair to associate what the current administration is doing with its detainees as a ” gulag.” The Russian government of that era had imprisoned more than fifteen million people. It is estimated that the imprisonment of people by the current American administration as it wages war on terrorism according to AI is around 70,000. While a match in numbers are not comparable, it does not mean that the world does not have another ” gulag. ” For incidence, Stalin’s ” gulag ” of harsh and inhumane conditions did not occur overnight. The American ” gulag ” is only in its infancy. Only time will determine if the numbers between the two gulags are comparable in harshness and being inhumane.

Stalin, made no claims of being a global champion of human rights, as does George W. Bush (hereafter W. ) ” W’s ” war on terror continues to violate and make mockery of human rights abroad and at home. Case in point torture of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison. At home former USAF professor, Sami Al-Arian. W refuses to apply the Geneva Conventions for those captured during armed conflict in Afghanistan and transferred to Guantanamo, Cuba and detained. The International Committee of the Red Cross chided the administration for their ambivalence for human rights. Justice Stephen Bryer said, ” it seems rather contrary to an idea of a Constitution with three branches that the executive would be free to do whatever they want, whatever without a check. The government of W is seen abroad and at home as being a danger to human dignity.

It must be remembered that an assault on liberty and human rights in the name of the Patriot Act is being waged here in the United States. Do we have an American gulag in the making? AI seems to have arrived at that opinion, at least on the international scene.

It would not be the first time we had a ” gulag ” Consider the systematic extermination of Native Americans, or the forced enslavement of African Americans and associated lynchings.

A historic day is upon this nation.The Senate is set to offer an apology to African Americans for not outlawing lynchings. The preamble to the Constitution reads, “WE hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. “The apology will come in the form of a resolution.

Just think this land of liberty refused to pass laws to prosecute white men for killing black men. Attempts were made to pass laws making it a crime to lynch people. The first such resolution was proposed ONE HUNDRED AND FIVE YEARS ago. Three times congress attempted to pass laws making it a crime to lynch people. Each attempt failed in the Senate because Southern Democrats used the filibuster to prohibit a vote.

It was argued that such federal laws would violate ‘ State Rights. ‘

The sad thing about this resolution is that the congress is not acting on its own initiative. The congress has been successfully lobbied according to Mark Planning, counsel for the Committee for a Formal Apology. Better late than never!!! (Source St. Petersburg Times, Sunday, June 12, 2005, p.3A., The Nation, Washington Post.)

Bob Dylan with his critique of war from his CD ” With God On Our Side ” sings you do not count the dead when God is on your side. This nation has always believed that God was on its side. The nation felt it was okay to slaughter Native Americans, enslave African Americans, condone lynchings because they falsely believe that God was on their side.

Perhaps AI is right on the mark when it reported. ” The detention facility at Guantanamo Bay has become the gulag of our times, entrenching the practice of arbitrary and indefinite detention in violation of international law.” ” Trials by military commissions have made a mockery out of justice and due process.”

This writer has concluded that American fondness for atrocities against Native Americans, African Americans, including unlawful lynching in the name of ‘ state rights ‘ could well have been a gulag. Perhaps the tag to this government as the ” gulag of our times ” is justified. WE shall see because this writer will be posting more on the AI 2005 report.

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Faulting Bush always seems to be a way like the election of 2000, or Amenesty Intenatonal 2005 report

Theme from the Kennebunkport Hillbilly (sung to the tune of the Beverly Hillbillies Theme song.)

Come and listen to my story ’bout a boy named Bush.
His IQ was zero and his head was up his tush.
He drank like a fish while he drove all about.
But that did not matter ‘cuz his daddy bailed him out.

DUI, that is. Criminal record cover-up.

Well, the first thing you know little Georgie goes to Yale.
He can’t spell his name but they never let him fail.
He spends his time hangin’ out with student folk.
And that’s when he learns how to snort a line of coke.

Blow, that is. White Gold. Nose candy.

Twenty years later George gets a little bored.
He trades in his booze, says that Jesus is his Lord.
He said, ” Now the White House is the place I wanna be.”
So, he called his daddy’s friends and, they called the GOP.

Gun owners, that is, Falwell, Jessie Helms.

Come November 7, the election ran late.
Kin folks said “Jeb give the boy your state!”
“Don’t let those colored folks get into the polls.”
So they put up barricades so they could not punch their holes.

Chads, that is. Duval County. Miami – Dade.

Before the votes were counted five Supremes step in.
Told all the voters! “Hey we want George to win.”
“Stop counting votes!” was the solemn invocation.
And that is how George finally got his connection.

Rigged, that is illegitimate. No moral authority.

Y’ all come vote now. Ya hear?

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The above was emailed to me by Spirit Quest a yahoo group that this writer has an association with. The author is unknown to this writer.

Some of the stuff put to a tune can be found in a book, “Fortunate Son,” written by the late J.H. Hatfield. From this writers perspective, the book should be required reading. It is supported by footnotes.

In that Amnesty International is taking a beating by the administration in Washington and the American press. This writer will post the facts concerning their report titled, “Guantanamo and beyond. The continuing pursuit of unchecked executive power.”

This writer is available to speak on Amnesty International and their recent annual report.

This writer would be pleased also to discuss The Patriot Act which due to expire, but ‘w’ wants to extend it, and give it more teeth.

This writer has a degree in Political Science.

One key to being a effective speaker is talk about current affairs with a good sense of humor. A speciality of this writer.

Secret British Document

It has been reported that the Army will officially report a major short fall in fiscal year 2005 recruiting efforts for the first time in this young century. The goal was 80,000 recruits for the year. Some sources in the government report that the Army will be fortunate if it reaches fifty percent of its goal. That is good news. After all, who wants to enlists and go to Iraq and die. Die for a immoral and criminal war does not seem like a good life choice.

A new document has emerged and printed in The London Sunday Times that unveils how Great Britain and the United States conspired to find a way to go to war with Iraq. The evidence is in a memo titled,”The Secret Downing Street Memo.” In which the British Foreign Secretary said ‘ w ‘ had decided to go to war. But going to war was problematic because Iraq was not threatening its neighbors. Iraqi WMD was less of a threat than the weapons of Libya, Iran, or North Korea. According to the memo, “the intelligence and facts were being fixed around policy.”

The unanswered questions from the memo. How premeditated was this war? To what extent did ‘ w ‘ go manipulate the necessity for his war?

Congress needs to conduct hearings and decide if ‘ w ‘ committed High Crimes and Misdemeanors the standard for impeachment.

Perhaps with Army enlistments down the American public is signalling the administration to get out of Iraq. And with, The Downing Street Memo, Secret and strictly personal – UK EYES ONLY. Just might spark congress to conduct hearings. It’s a long shot but hope is eternal.

Thanks to ACORN and the Voters

You heard it said,” if it ain’t broke, do not fix it.” It is broken, and it is beyond being fixed. You ask, what is broken beyond being fixed? Our government! All levels of governments across this nation. The what and why could be put this this way. What is good for the goose ( local governments ) is good for the gander ( federal government.) The why because what is sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander. They go hand in hand one corrupts the other leaving ” we the people” without a representative government.

As this writer understands our system of government, ” We the People ” send representatives to act in our behalf to all levels of government. They are suppose to legislate on our behalf. Laws should be flowing out of legislatures across the country representing the intent of ” we the people.” What is the intent of ” we the people ” you ask? This writer will answer that question by exposing some sham legislation by the Florida legislature that does not serve the interest of ” We the People ” in Florida. For example, here is a ‘ biggie ‘ college students, your tuition will go up five percent. In that the legislature cut the tax burden for some ( any educated guesses for whom ) by $ 225 million dollars. Your tuition should have been reduced! And, the state has a surplus of a couple billion dollars. Therefore, no logical reason exists for not reducing tuition. This writer will take the argument a step further. A college education should be free. College is big business. Look at the money lending institutions would fail to earn because you would not have to borrow their money. At the very hint of such legislation; lobbyists would flood the capital promising all kinds of perks for legislators to oppose such a bill. That is not what I call representative government. This writer calls it government by and for self serving special interest groups. And government by and for self serving legislators.

It does not end there because if you as a student enjoy learning it could cost you money. A penalty will be accessed to you after you have exceeded eight courses beyond your degree requirements. The Florida’s university system can not accommodate all the students seeking admissions to the university. That is the reason for the academic fine! It’s estimated that approximately 8-10 thousand students will seek admission to our university system for the school year 2005 – 2006. Maybe half will be turned away because there is no room for them. The university system budged for more than $ 78 million and received from the legislature a little less than $ 43 million.

This is the same legislature that cut tax’s by $ 2 1/4 million dollars and has a 2 billion surplus. It’s the same legislature that ranks last 0n the amount of money they spend per student. The university system has been taking a beating from the legislature for a decade or two. If you want a well funded university system you as a citizen must act and react. You can not expect help from the state or federal government.

The federal government is to busy making needless war around the world. Along with fat tax cuts for the wealthy and corporate America.

Do not worry though because the small wage earner will make up the difference.

Can not go to college because of lack of class room space. Hey! you can join ” W ” war and really do something non productive.

After all, a college education could be dangerous for the nation. You might become congress person and legislate for the people.

Here are a couple of bills that ” We the People ” accomplished at the absolute horror of the Governor and the State House. they had to appropriate money to reduce class size. Want students to learn spend money on reduced class size, and increase teachers salaries. And, do away with school vouchers. Another reason to do away with school vouchers is that the state of Florida does not require teachers in private schools to be certified. Teachers can not teach in public schools without being certified. So what is sauce for the goose should sauce for the gander. Reduced class size occurred as a result of a “CITIZEN INITIATIVE. ” The Governor and the State House is determined not to allow to such initiatives to succeed in the future. WE the People must be more determined not allow them to succeed.

Because of a ” CITIZEN INITIATIVE, ” the minimum wage has been raised to to walloping $6.15 in Florida. The Business community spent millions of dollars attempting to defeat this “CITIZEN INITIATIVE “and failed! So folks we can be proud of ourselves for legislation that serves ” WE the People” despite government and special interest groups. A special thanks goes to the good folks who put the initiative together and collected the necessary signatures. The Association of Community Organizations For Reform Now better known as ACORN. And of course, the voters who overwhelmingly voted for both initiatives.

Proves two things, first ” We the People ” can work to make legislation work for our best interest. The ballot box is is where the power rest. No need to waste energy by staging protests or acts of public disturbances. Take advantage of the rule of law.

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In part three this writer discussed the Religious Right scriptural authority which authenticates their drive to Christianize America.

Part Four discussed their use of politicians of both major parties to allow the practice of religion in the work place. Paving the way for the rest of America to be subservient to a belief system they do not accept as valid.

When the State joins hands with religion, it opens the gates to a state sponsored religion. Which in turn creates the possibility of unforeseen consequences. Like the directed consequences of Deuteronomy 13:6-10, “If thy brother… thy daughter, or thy wife… or thy friend who is as thine own soul… let us go and serve other gods…. thou shalt not consent… But thou shalt surely kill him….because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the Lord thy God….”

The Religious Right has been upset because Democrats have not allowed judicial nominees for the federal bench proceed to the senate floor for a vote. This prompted a nation wide telecast by the Religious Right. One church viewing the telecast packed their Baptist church with 3,000 people. The Senate Majority leader made a video tape appearance. In which he threatened to changes senate rules. So Democrats could not block judicial nominees, if Democrats continue to block the nomination process. The Religious Right states that Democrats are blocking the nominations because they do want judges making decisions based on their Christian views. Supporters of the Democrats have said that a “DECLARATION OF RELIGIOUS WAR” is under way. The Religious Right is attempting to “HIGH JACK RELIGION ” is how the process has been explained. Some accuse the Republicans as “RADICAL” because they are using the Religious Right to advance their combined agenda.

What is going on through out America, is the high jacking of religion, so that one set religious values serves the entire nation. The religious values which would control America would be those religious values acceptable to the Religious Right. Which would create a nation governed by a theocracy. Exactly what the founding fathers fled from. They devised a system of separation of church and state.

contrary to what Religious Right thinks. Judges should not make decisions based on religious convictions. This is a secular state that allows for the practice of religion. The nation will never be safe until the congress is populated with people of cultural and religious diversity.This certainly should be so for the executive branch and the judiciary.

Can you imagine the up roar if Muslims demanded that the work place be governed by their religious beliefs. That judges make decisions based on the Koran.

It will not be long when the mostly white protestant men who populate the three branches of our federal government will be a minority in this country. Why then should the new majority ( Maybe Muslim ) treat this new minority any different then they have been treated?

People of good will must oppose the Religious Right, the Republican Party, and Corporate America. Not to do so may result in a theocracy in America. Only WE the PEOPLE can bring about the change that is needed! Embrace our Muslim neighbors and other people of religious and cultural diversity for a better America.



Our government is in the hands of Corporate America, the Religious Right. Because legislators of both parties have failed working people, and all of America.

The information written here is for people who work hard to etch a living from unfair low wages. Workers of America you need to organize LABOR UNIONS. Compare the wages and benefits of UNIONIZED WORKERS with NON UNION WORKERS. Life is better for the UNION WORKER. It is for people who are forced to pay tax on wages up to 35 percent. One could argue that that fulfills an edict issued by GOD in Genesis 3:19, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.” But then is it fair that working people are taxed more on each dollar than those monies generated from investments? Investors seem to have found away to have escaped GOD’S edict. The sin of unburdening the rich has been a progressive occurrence over the last couple of decades. But to the delight of Corporate America, and people with mega bucks to invest their tax burden under ‘ W ‘ has plundered beyond all expectations.

This writer remembers the campaign of the nations first catholic presidential candidate. Who issued a statement because many thought if elected Rome would dictate domestic and foreign policy. He said he did not represent or speak for his church on matters concerning the public. And conversely he said, that the church would not speak for him on matters concerning the public. Today’s politicians need a good dose of that civic lesson. Our Constitution states, ” Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” We can be grateful for that clause because the government can not prohibit the establishment of a religion that takes issue with the religious right. People can freely exercise their opposition through their religion. Because that same Article allows for free expression, and assembly. Why that Article even says WE the PEOPLE can petition the Government for redress of grievances. Unless your government declares you to be an enemy combatant. Then your government may snatch you up. Hide you in some undisclosed place. Deny you an attorney and even subject you to torture. Gosh! does security exist from those once hallowed writings of the UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION?

The Religious Right and it latest attempts Christianize the work place with the help of ELEPHANTS and DONKEYS in the nations capital. The third highest ranking republican, Rick Santorum a extremely conservative elephant who is also catholic, and most likely a supporter of the Fascistic Opus Dei group. He has a proposed a bill in the Senate known as, ” The Workplace Religious Act.” Cosponsoring the bill are Donkeys John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. In a nut shell the bill is about denying a women the right to have a legally written prescription for birth control pill filled. This is what it means. If a women comes into have such a prescription filled, a pharmacist could refuse to fill the prescription if it violated his or hers religious beliefs. If passed it will represent a real coup for the Religious Right. We are supposed to have separation between church and state. This writer argues it is unconstitutional for the state to legislate law that allows the practice of religion in the work place. As far as I know religion is supposed to be neutral in the work place. It is contrary to Article one of the Bill of Rights. Just think what would happen to an employee who tells his or her employer that he or she could not service certain customers because the product violates his or hers religion. Like the delivery of birth control pills to a pharmacy or beer or wine to a restaurant. If the Santorum bill passes maybe nothing. From this writers perspective, if the work environment violates your religious values seek work elsewhere. Employees serving the public should not be permitted by law to practice their religion in the work place. The Constitution does not grant Congress the power to write laws for the establishment of religious practice in the work place. Article One of the Bill of Rights makes it very clear. Congress shall make no law for the practice of religion. It must drive those Elephants and Donkeys crazy in Washington to be hand cuffed by the Nations highest legal authority. Oops not this bunch because they seem to make it a constant practice to tramp upon our Constitution. Time for WE the People to take action, and establish a representative government to serve the PEOPLE.

What is really scary is that most likely Kerry or Clinton will be the nations Democratic presidential candidate in 2208. Seems they have found another way to alienate another significant constituency. Politicians like power, and power Kerry and Clinton will have because the Republicans might allow them to retain their Senate Seats if they continue to cosponsor such legislation. No way could either one of them win a national election. They know it and so do the voters. It is well known and appreciated by both the Religious Right and the Republican Party. After all those Elephants need a few Donkeys to amuse them, why not Kerry And Clinton?



They are one and the same. That is the Religious Right and the American conscience. You really do not think that the Religious Right put the current crop of Republicans in office alone; do you? If you do, you are wrong! From time memorial the moral values perpetuated by the Religious Right, and captured by the Republican party have been drilled into the American conscience from youth. It has occurred in Sunday school all across America, and still continues. And will continue, until the end time as taught in the scriptures. Furthermore, acceptance of these moral values are encouraged in our public schools. Across the country, and I suspect in every state, colleges and universities exist that teach what the Religious Right holds as key doctrinal issues that consist of the nations moral values or CONSCIENCE.

To compound matters these moral values are accepted by millions of people outside the influence the Religious Right through public evangelism by protestants. One can not leave out the influence of the Roman Catholic Church or the influence printed media. All this along with radio, and television, and now the internet allows for the recruitment of a huge Christian Army. All under the banner of a hymn titled, ” Onward Christian Soldiers Marching as to war.” Make no mistake, it is war.

Any and all opposition will be CRUSHED. And do not be surprised if some of the CRUSHING is retroactive. By that I mean women who have had abortions along with their doctors. Do not feel save if you are a man. If you were the father or someone who encouraged the abortion you will also be CRUSHED. Take it to bank and earn some interest on your deposit BECAUSE IT WILL OCCUR. Even under current law murder has no statute of limitations.

Which leads me to discuss the foundation of the moral values SCARED to the Religious Right. In part two this writer discussed one SACRED moral value of the Christian Right. The absolute prohibition against homosexuality and gay marriages. In this installment this writer will expand on the topic so we will see why the ELEPHANT can stomp on the Donkey and send Democrats to pasture at will, part one. Understanding how Corporate America, the Republican Party and the Religious Right have all been able to advance their agenda through mutual tolerance and cooperation; part two. While the introduction to part three is long, those statements had to be made in order to set the stage for what is to follow. It provided clarity as to WHY THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT IS SUCH A FORMIDABLE FOE. But understanding the ‘ WHY ‘ is not enough if one is to understand the influence of the Religious Right upon the American conscience.

The Religious Right gets its marching orders from the Bible. It is what provides their moral authority to make demands of the executive branch the congress, and the courts, and the American public. It is what allows a convicted terrorist of the Religious Right, Eric Rudolph to proclaim the following after receiving a life sentence. He said some expect to see a man ‘ languish broken and unloved in the bowels of some super max.” But by the Grace of God I am still here__ a little bloodied, but emphatically unbowed.” ( source Associated Press, St. Peterburg Times, Sunday April 17 2005, Nation and the World. p 21A.) The moral authority that leaves the consequences of behavior ‘ UNBOWED BY THE GRACE OF GOD ‘ comes from scriptural authority.

The Religious Right believes that the Bible is the INFALLIBLE Word of GOD because HE breathed HIS very Breath in the human authors of the Bible making them incapable of human error, 2 Timothy 3:16. Thus the man of God (Rudolph) maybe perfect, thoroughly finished unto all good works, verse 17. To such people ( Religious Right) GODS’ law supersedes all other law. Therefore, some think they can hunt you down and kill you (abortion clinic bombings) someday they will be able to prosecute violators of GOD and HIS law through the Courts. They will not have to shoot doctors or bomb clinics. Any behavior by humans that in any way ends a life in a way that is not natural is murder, ” if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall be put to death,” Numbers 35:16 From this one is able to understand the roar of the Religious Right over the removable of the feeding tube from Terri Schiavo that reached to the White House, Congress, State and Federal Courts. The hollow halls of the Florida State Capital where rarely a good thing occurs for We the People. Of course, the same can be said about for those folks in the U.S. Capital. That I will discuss in part four. From this perspective, it easy to understand the fury of the Religious Right against federal and state judges and politicians who refused to intervene. Dark days are ahead with Religious Right acknowledgement that the Nations highest Court is to liberal. Folks, we could be on our way to a theocracy in a America! ( that I’ll discuss in part five)

With the scriptural admonition from the book of Numbers it is easy to understand the nations love affair with the DEATH PENALTY. And of course, the opposition to EUTHANASIA. All of this and much more is woven into the American conscience by religious and secular institutions. The Religious Right and the Republican Party have captured this as though it is magic. From this magic, they rule the nation and jeopardize the nations democracy. It must be magic or why does the Democratic Party remain in a state of deep sleep?

This writer has only barely touched on the subject of what makes the Christian Right so determined, successful, and powerful. A book could be written by this writer on the subject. Subjects like, the JEWISH QUESTION, or the ENVIRONMENT, or the GREAT TRIBULATION, or the RAPTURE, OR the SECOND COMING OF CHRIST. Those topics are significantly integrated into the psyche of the Christian Right. They must be understood if one wants to understand the danger posed by the Christian Right. If sufficient interest is generated from what has been written, this writer would be happy to write a great deal more. Apart from writing two more parts to this series.

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When you think about it, what Corporate America, the Republican party, and the Religious Right has been able to accomplish represents genius. Think of it this way the three need each other to survive and excel. They are able to put aside vast ideological differences as long as each gets what they want.

Corporate America puts politicians into office who write legislation that favors the business community. The Republican party in order to come to power needed a dependable constituency. Much like the Democrats and it’s dependable constituency with labor unions and the minority vote. So, they hooked up with the Religious Right. The Religious Right delivered the vote that put the Republicans in power.

They were able to siphon votes from the Democratic constituency who identified with their moral values. When it comes to moral values Democrats are all over the map. For example, democrats as voters are not united on moral values like the Religious Right who are mostly republican voters. The moral values under discussion here are not some johnny come lately ideology meaning a whim of someones imagination that seems like a moral value worth embracing. We are talking about moral values with centuries of history. Like the prohibition against homosexuality, and gay marriages found in the book of Leviticus 20:13, which reads,” If a man also lie with mankind; as he lieth with a women, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” This was written 1400 years B.C., and is just as important today as it was when it was written to the Religious Right, and many moderate Christians, and voters of other religious faiths. Because of the impact of spin doctors, both religious and secular, many voters regardless of party affiliation or religious faith will and have voted for a party that takes a stand against homosexuality and gay marriages. It’s an abomination embedded in the American conscientiousness. It’s an issue that hurts Democrats. Many Democrats accept homosexuality and gay marriages as an acceptable lifestyle. It hurts them because the Religious Right is relentless on this issue especially when it is time to vote.

WE know what Corporate America gets for their dollar. What did the Religious Right get for delivery of their vote? An administration in Washington championing their causes. This is done through appointments to key government positions of candidates favored by the Religious Right. Appointment of judges to the federal bench who are likely to embrace the social agenda of the Religious Right. Along with the power of the ‘ bully pulpit. ‘ And a justice department to make life tough for people to the left, or in opposition to the agenda of the Christian Right. I might write on that subject because what is going on is rather scary.

Here is what the Republican party gets in return for capitulating to Corporate America and the Religious Right? They get to reek havoc on the nation and the world. Another subject I might write on.

In part three the subject of this posting will be expanded to include other doctrines of the Religious Right that makes them a formidable foe to democracy and civil rights.



In the Senate the DEMOCRATS hold 44 borrowed seats. Meaning anytime the Republicans want to put a Democrat out to pasture and claim another seat; it’s a done deal.

The reason for this is simple. Corporate America owns the nations politicians. Corporate America does not care which party controls the Senate, House, or which party controls the White House. As long as those politicians produce legislation, that advances the corporate agenda. If that occurs corporate will pump millions into a candidates campaign. The Republicans are clear winners. Everybody knows Corporate America owns the nations politicians. One problem among several to be discussed is that Democrats are falling over themselves to be like Republicans. So they can capture, some of that corporate money. Bill Clinton perfected this art for the Democrats. With the consequences of a huge and loyal power base being lost. This as everybody knows was amplified in Florida during the Presidential elections of 2000. It is difficult to conceive how ‘ W ‘ captured the White House in 2004 because his policies are so bad for the nation and the world.

But ‘ w ‘ taped into power source in the Christian Right that will allow him, and the Republican party to do as they please with the nation and world. The Christian Right loves a converted sinner. It is all about Saints and Sinners. In ‘ W ‘ they have a sinner turned saint in the eyes of the Christian Right. Of course, ‘ W ‘ is not the first politician to tinker and toy with the Christian Right. The nations first Catholic president had a close relationship with The Dr. Rev. Billy Graham a right wing christian leader with huge influence. The difference between the two presidents is that ‘ W ‘ openly and publicly announces his conversion to the complete satisfaction of the Christian Right. Two primary issues validate the Christian movement. The first being the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The other being the conversion of sinners. Without the resurrection of Christ and conversion of sinners like ‘ W ‘ Christianity would be without purpose and meaning. Even far more moderate Christian church’s accept the resurrection of Christ as center to their theology. All major Christian church’s encourage the renunciation of sin. They are not as radical on some of the social issues like homosexuality and gay marriages as the Christian Right. If the nation is going to turn the tide, and silence the power of the Christian Right, and the Republican party an appeal must be made to this moderate arm of Christendom.

It is not just Corporate America and their ability to buy politicians that we must be concerned about. Nor is it just the enormous influence of the Christian Right in conjunction with the power of the Republican party that is not only alarming but frightening. The general public must be a forth area of concern. This is a large part of the nations population who are not partisan about religion or politics. Even though they vote and are members of some church.

They have deep rooted convictions about moral values developed by the spin doctors and grafted into the American conscientiousness. The Republican party has been able to exploit those values into a national agenda with spectacular results. The next installment will discuss this in more detail. It could be one facet for our deliverance from the current evil that we as a nation are encountering from the Religious Right and the Republican party.


The Florida Legislature will most likely be able to put before the people an amendment to the Constitution making it difficult if not impossible to pass the CITIZEN INITIATIVES that have so upset the legislature and the business community. Alarmed because they show so little respect for the right of the people to petition their government. But not worried because, I am confident that WE the PEOPLE can and will defeat the amendment they put before the people. What is more troublesome is the statutory changes that will criminalize some aspects of CITIZEN INITIATIVES because WE the PEOPLE will not be able to vote up or down on such laws. So even if, WE the PEOPLE defeat the legislative driven Constitutional amendment. WE are stuck with new statutory requirements.

You can draw your own conclusions (as I did) by going to or and read the bill for yourself.


The Florida Constitution, Art. X1, Sec. 3 Initiative…. the power to propose the revision or amendment of any portion or portions of this constitution by INITIATIVE is reserved to the PEOPLE…

Sounds good to me! Brace yourself because this could come as a shook. Law makers in Tallahassee do not like CITIZEN INITIATIVES They can cite a whole bunch of reasons. Special interest groups come in from outside of Florida and help pass such initiatives. But it is okay for special interest groups to come in from out of state, and maybe Japan, or any other foreign country, and lobby for government initiatives. Here is a biggie. CITIZEN INITIATIVES are costly and not very well thought out. While legislative initiatives are well thought out.The reason we have these CITIZEN INITIATIVES is because WE the PEOPLE have not been able to get the state legislature to act on issues important to WE the PEOPLE.

Here are some initiatives that the Legislature and the Executive of Florida do not like.

1. A CITIZEN INITIATIVE to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.15 per hour passed BY the PEOPLE by a 71 percent margin. It is tied to inflation so every January the minimum wage will be adjusted. Why would a government have a problem with that CITIZEN INITIATIVE? I know! The work force will shrink because the beneficiaries of this outrageous wage will be able to take extended vacations or take early retirement. Our Tampa Bay was very involved.

2. Somehow the legislature has got find away to reign in the change in the Constitution mandated by WE the PEOPLE to reduce class size. After all people, what would happen if smaller class size resulted in better student test scores? Why the legislature would have to stop beating up on teachers. Not a chance, they will find other ways to find fault. They are good at finding fault. It is a legislative art. So it has to be disturbing when WE the PEOPLE pass initiatives that benefit WE the PEOPLE. The Tampa Bay community scored big again.

3. Remember the successful CITIZEN INITIATIVE banning smoking in public places like restaurants. Recall all the noise from the the legislature and business community about lost jobs and closings. Never happened! Good for Tampa Bay because we helped.

4. We the people voted for a CITIZEN INITIATIVE right to know malpractice amendment concerning doctor and hospital GOOF UPS. The legislature wants to hand cuff that one. Seems we need to hand cuff the legislature. If necessary, Tampa Bay will help defeat any such bill.

5. Hey! I do not want you to think that the legislature is against all
Constitutional changes. Here is one they whole heartily support. You will see an amendment proposal November 2006. It will be a proposal to extend term limits from eight years to twelve years. Tampa Bay will say no!

Those goons in Tallahassee must have forgotten that WE the PEOPLE passed a CITIZEN INITIATIVE to limit terms to 8 years in 1992 by a 77 percent plurality. Wow that was close. We the PEOPLE just BARELY passed that one. So it is understandable why the legislature would want to do things (A) limit the PEOPLES Constitutional right to exercise CITIZEN INITIATIVES (B) write laws to water down CITIZEN INITIATIVES that WE the PEOPLE passed. Another surprise! It is not a CITIZEN driven INITIATIVE. It must come as a shook to learn that it is a legislator driven initiative. They say they need the change because it takes eight to learn the job. Well folks I sure hope that WE the PEOPLE say NO one more time. With that bunch it seems like eight days is eight days to many. People we need to wake up a create a government for WE the PEOPLE. I will be writing more about that in the future.

Here are some alarming developments that the legislature is pondering.

1. T0 pass a CITIZEN INITIATIVE requires a simple majority. The legislature will ask voters to make it 60 percent for approval.

2. You will be asked to limit CITIZEN INITIATIVES TO things already in the Constitution.

3. They will also ask you to make it a crime to get paid for collecting signatures.

You can expect to see these things on the ballot. We must defeat these measures and retain our Constitutional right to exercise CITIZEN INITIATIVES because it is our only hope to have meaningful government FOR the PEOPLE and by the PEOPLE. Our legislature is owned by the special interest groups. They legislate on there behalf and not ours.

THROW THE BUMS OUT OF OFFICE. Time to take back our government and make it work for WE the PEOPLE. In the mean time it would not hurt to write your Representative and state senator. Plan and simple tell them you support CITIZEN INITIATIVES as provided in the CONSTITUTION. If it’s not broken? Why fix it as the saying goes.

One of these days I’ll do some religious stuff. Like maybe an expose’ on the book of Revelation or a topic of interest to you.

Minister Irish is available for lectures with a sense of humor mixed
with current topics. Lectures can be to a group, a small forum for discussion, or to a few individuals. The fee is what you can afford.

Funky Legislators in Florida

Did you know that it has been estimated that 10 emails flooded the governors office per second. That maybe 19 judges were involved with the Terri Schiavo case here in Florida. That our federal and state governments managed to make fools of themselves. Largely because they were governed by emotion and not logic. We can be grateful that our courts governed themselves by logical deduction based on science and not emotion based on religious hysteria. It appears that medical opinion declared Terri Schiavo to be in a permanent vegetative state ( PVS ) which means facial movements can occur, along with open eyes, and even a grunt. People in a PVS will never regain consciousness. They are permanently unaware of their situation according to doctors.

Now our funky legislators can gain some respect ( polls indicate that the politicians blew the Terri Schiavo incident big time ) by helping a
young women get some justice; her jury award. But that is a big order because funky Florida legislators say they need more than 8 years to learn their jobs.

Lets give it a shot! Read on, and ask your friends to join the effort.

“Look at the way people fought for Terri Schiavo’s life and she didn’t know what was going on. I want to ask all of them: Why are you punishing my daughter?” Flora Noel, mother (St. Petersburg Times, 13 April 05.)

“Every morning At 5:30, 17 year old Minouche Noel crawls down the down a narrow hall way to the bath room. Dragging her lifeless legs behind her, she struggles to lift herself into the tub. Her hands are scarred from pulling herself around. Minouche has been paralyzed from the waist done since she was six months old FROM A BOTCHED SURGERY.”Tamara Lush, Times Staff writer

Here are some facts: Source Tamara Lush Times Staff writer
1. A jury verdict made an award of $8.5 million for medical malpractice.
2. Minouche has not seen a dime. FIVE YEARS of pleading has not moved the legislature.
3. Your Florida Legislature has to consent to the jury award because Minouche treatment occurred in a state run facility administered by the Broward County public hospital system. Doctors are protected by sovereign immunity.
4. Such claims can not exceed $200,000 without legislative consent through a “CONSENT BILL.”
5. Minouche’s legs tremble and are not controllable. Her wheelchair is undersized. With paint peeling and a torn seat. An aid provided by the school empties her bladder twice every day reports the Times.
Without a wheelchair ramp she can not leave or return home wit out help. Sometimes having to wait outside because nobody is home to help according to the Times staff writer, Tamara Lush.

Despite her adversity this young women has not been defeated. She has noble goals. Wanting to attend college to become a nurse or lawyer. With charm and personality on her side maybe we the people can help. I suggest the people flood Speaker of the House, Allan Bense and Senate President, Tom Lee with emails and phone calls. Demand that a consent bill of $8.5 million be presented to the governor to sign. This young women has suffered most of her live and has been ignored for 5 years by the legislature. She is deserving of justice. Because we are talking about fairness and justice, and not religious hysteria it will be difficult to move such a useless body. They will pile on the excuses for denial of justice. Only public demand will earn justice for Minouche.

Speaker, Allan Bense
420 The Capital
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Fl. 32399

Senate President, Tom Lee
The Capital
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Suite 409
Tallahassee, Fl. 32399


Does God respond to prayer? From the Terri Schiavo incident the answer would be no. The rational is as follows. Christians with very diverse doctrinal views united and seemed to have spent considerable time praying that GOD would cause her feeding tube to be reinserted. How was this to be accomplished? Some may have prayed that GOD would miraculously insert her feeding tube. It seemed like others prayed that GOD would cause the federal or state government to write legislation to force doctors to reinsert her feeding tube. Maybe the logical prayer should have been to ask GOD to raise Terri Schiavo from the dead because she had been dead for more than a decade. That would have required Jesus revealing himself and commanding her to return to life. That kind of miracle had not been seen since the Crucifixion.

Now some Christians are outraged! GOD was SILENT. So they attempted to pressure and persuade legislatures and courts to do what they could not get GOD to do. Maybe they should impeach GOD and install a GOD more receptive to their ideology. On reflection they most likely decided that was not a good plan. They know that God does not take well to being upstaged. After all look what GOD did to their buddy Lucifer. The plan now seems to be to punish the politicians at the voting booth. Judges are threatened with impeachment. Others threaten those who opposed the reinserting of her feeding tube with VIOLENCE. They must represent that christian sect espoused by that lunatic Eric Rudolph. Or maybe his pal, Randall Terry from Operation Rescue. As best as I can determine they harbor the same theology. The theology of hate and violence. Would not be surprised, if Rudolph and Terry did not some day become cell mates along with that politician from Texas, Tom Delay. Is the country in trouble with a trio like that running off at the mouth?

As a result of the Terri Schiavo incident, many Christian sects and many politicians were plain and simple an embarrassment. Little of what they did modeled what Jesus taught about praying. Nor can it be said that their behavior modeled that of Jesus.

This minister is AVAILABLE for public lecture or private classes on successful praying. Getting your prayers answered is an art that stems from action. Emphasis is on action! The lecture or class is based on the early and closing chapters of Matthew.

COMING SOON. news of what the Florida legislature is doing to adversely effect Floridians. What ever happened to government by the people and for the people? The legislature is upset about citizen participation in government. They do not like citizen initiatives. Government should be ruled by the people and not the converse.

Kill the Rooster

Some thieves traveling down the road discovered a rooster roaming in a farmers field which they carried away. They were about to kill it. The rooster begged to be spared. Saying it could provide a valuable service. What is this valuable service you offer? Spare my life, and I’ll wake you every morning at daybreak. You’ll never be late for the start of your work day! They replied that is why we got to kill you. By waking the people you stop us from misleading the public.

The moral of the story is the people who reveal truth are the governments worst enemy.

That is why Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is of to Europe in an attempt to silence the rooster concerning U.S. war crimes. Two Brits are charged with breaking the nations Official Secret Act. These men are charged with disclosing information damaging to the nations international relations. People who receive the information are also guilty of breaking the Official Secret Act. The memo was leaked to the press. The Blair government quickly suppressed the document from publication. The memo alleges the Bush intent to bomb Al Jazeera. Which the Bush administration admits occurred, but was an accident. Not once but twice! It seems that the Bush doctrine is to kill the rooster so the people do not learn the truth.

Then there is the serious war crime of the United States complicity in “ghost flights” by the C.I.A. of detainees to nations that allow for torture. The U.S. refers to such flights as “extraordinary renditions.” The practice amounts to the kidnapping of people suspected of being involved in acts of war against the United States. It has been reported that a German citizen was kidnapped and flown to a secret C.I.A. prison in Afghanistan. He was held for five months and tortured. Finally, the C.I.A. realized that they had the wrong man. The American government wants the matter hushed! More of the Bush doctrine;”kill the rooster.” It’s rumored that a major law suit is pending.

It appears more is about to follow. An independent reporter in Iraq alleges that American troops are raiding and disrupting the care of patients in local hospitals. If this account bears any truth it represents another war crime. One thing for certain the U.S. government will do everything in its power to kill the rooster.

Ministerial Outreach

Look around you, are you content with what you see and experience? If the answer is yes, than do not waste your time here. If the answer is no, then you have found what you are looking for with sometimes hard hitting and controversial postings.

CHURCH FOR SANCTUARY is a modern day approach to ancient Biblical edicts employing time tested revolutionary strategies for community change.

As a ordained clergyman, with decades of service this is some of what I have learned. God does not need me to accomplish his purpose. In whatever purpose I serve, it is an honorary position allowed by Jesus Christ. Whatever I do it works this way, “So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth; it shall not return unto me void, but will accomplish that which I please, and shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it,” Isaiah 55:11. It works in the following manner, “The wind blows where it will, and you hear the sound of it, but can not tell from where it came from, and where it will go; so is every one that is born of the spirit,” John 3:8. Because the Christ message of the New Testament is two fold. First, we all must be born of the spirit. Then following the Christ example, we change our self, and proceed to change our world. That and many other topics will be explored for the the encouragement for change. Like the mysterious art of subtle formlessness with its mystical drape of soundlessness. By which we learn to be the director of our opponent’s fate. An art that was practiced centuries before Christ and introduced by Sun-Tzu. Learned by this clergyman and made stronger by the teachings of Jesus Christ. Suggested donations for ministerial services. Contribute as you are able.


George Irish is the founder of the CHURCH FOR SANCTUARY. George is an ordained cleryman. His ministry has been mostly outside the traditional church. Minister Irish has been serving people where lives are lived with joy and at times in dispair. Journey with Minister Irish exploring your spiritual being along with your practical self. Honoring the example of a first century clergyman who wrote, ” things which you have learned, heard, seen…do!” ” And the God of peace shall be with you.” Philippians 4:9


CHURCH FOR SANCTUARY is a modern day answer to ancient biblical edicts. Meeting in your home or elsewhere. Serving you at your convenience and at times chosen by you.

Bible Study – you select the topic.

Learn your spiritual destiny through a study of your soul which is a vital part of you. But not well understood, by many people.

Aid in helping people resolve personal or family difficulties.

Community activism by exposing Islam for what it is. As a determined threat to erase what it means to be an American.

Organizing continued opposition to challenges to replace marriage with any notion other than a union between a man and a woman.

Christians need to protect their constitutional right for the free exercising of religion without government intrusions. Because the Obama administration has launched an attack upon our religious freedoms. By insisting that certain aspects of Obama care must be accepted by the church. Obama is promoting the notion that Americans are free to worship, as they please, but not to freely practice their religion, as they please.

Starting with the Bush administration and continued by the Obama administration government is becoming more dangerous to basic American freedoms. Through their various surveillance programs. Which made Edward Snowden an American patriot, contrary to government rhetoric. Signaling that Americans better engage themselves in the protection of their constitutional right to bear arms.

Baptism, Holy Communion, Marriage, Hospital visits and Funerals.

Updated, 05 July 2013.