The Anglican Church of Uganda said Monday it may consider breaking away from its mother church in England, the church leadership there puts Uganda under pressure over a tough new anti-homosexuality law.
“The issue here is respect for our views on homosexuality, same-sex marriage as a country and church. If they are not willing to listen to us, we shall consider being on our own,” said Uganda’s top Anglican, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali.
“Homosexual practice is incompatible with scripture, and no one in the leadership of the church can say legitimize same-sex unions or homosexuality,” he said, urging the “governing bodies of the Church of England to not take the path advocated by the West.”
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Visiting Abkhazia includes some quirks. As a largely unrecognized country, Abkhazia has consulates only in Russia and Venezuela, so for visitors from any other country, it issues visas by email. To enter Abkhazia, you first check in at a Georgian police post. This is not an official border post, because to Georgians, you are not crossing an international border but are entering a part of their country over which they have temporarily lost control. You then trundle the half-mile across the narrow Inguri River, either walking over the heavily potholed bridge or — for a little over 50 cents — climbing in the back of a horse-drawn cart and riding across.
About the size of Delaware, Abkhazia was once a beloved beach destination for the Moscow elite, part of the Soviet Union’s tiny subtropical zone, lush with palm trees and mandarin groves. Politically, it held autonomous status within the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic. As the Soviet Union fell apart, Abkhazians resisted becoming part of an independent Georgia, which was then being swept by a wave of nationalism. After a bloody two-year civil war, with horrible atrocities on both sides, Abkhazia gained a sort of independence. Today its population is officially just 240,000 (and in reality probably much less), and it is recognized by only Russia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Nauru and Tuvalu.
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The cause of racism is often fear of the unknown - lack of knowledge about other cultures. Travel, explore and learn - open your mind.
I will ALWAYS, ALWAYS, reblog this every time it comes up on my blog. This is the BEST statement, I’ve ever seen.
I really love this. So many are dead-set on the view that people cannot better themselves but that simply isn’t true. Everybody deserves a second chance and everybody has the ability to better themselves.
This man, James Verone, robbed a bank for one dollar. Why only one dollar? Because he knew that in prison he could get the medical care he could not afford with his part time salary as a convenience store clerk. He was approved for food stamps, but they did little to help his finances. Between his back problems, carpel tunnel, and arthritis, he simply couldn’t handle the pain any longer.
On June 9th, he sent a letter to his local paper, the Gaston Gazette, that stated: “When you receive this a bank robbery will have been committed by me. this robbery is being committed by me for one dollar. I am of sound mind but not so much sound body.”
He then took a cab to the RBC Bank, and handed the teller a note asking for one dollar and medical attention. He quietly took a seat in the lobby and waited for police to arrive.
Since Verone only stole one dollar, he was only charged with larceny. His bail, which he doesn’t plan to pay is set at $2,000, reduced from the normal $100,000. He’s scheduled to see a doctor this Friday, and hopes to get foot surgery, back surgery and to have a protrusion on his check treated.
To me, this is the perfect example of how disturbingly corrupt and unjust our health care system has become under HMO’s. For this man, or any person for that matter, feels that he needs to be imprisoned just to see a doctor, is ridiculous.
This is exactly what I hate about America. Why is it that you can buy an entire house with money you don’t have, but still can’t apply for health care if you don’t meet the requirements? That’s messed up.
Guzmán, named one of the world’s most powerful people by Forbes magazine, had been in a maximum security prison in Mexico, but ran away under suspicious circumstances in 2001.