Transgender

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She said hello ma’am.
He’s said how are you today sir.
As I opened the bathroom door I did not get a stare.
I don’t question which way to go. My steps confirm the direction I am moving in.
You look confused.
I am confident.
The body I was created in tells you who I am.
I am her, and I am him.
There is only one life in me to live.
My acceptance is gained because it is created by honor.
I cannot judge or I would discriminate what I have within.
So when I walk by, don’t stare say high.
Appreciate the human I am.
I am the omnipotent Love that you deny within.
Tears are not my morning dew.
My sunset is always beautiful in its view.
You can try one more time to decide.
But I’ll tell you only once, I am
a humans body.

Is Heaven Designed for Bishop Eddie Long?

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Americans all over the United States have turned their televisions to BET’s (Black Entertainment Television) cable station and seen Bishop Eddie Long of Atlanta’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, preaching or doing a commercial, at one point in time. Leading a mega church with over 25,000 members the prominent Bishop Long is hard to miss. In 2004, one month after voters approved an amendment in the state of Georgia’s constitution that banned gay marriage; Bishop Long led his congregation in a march of over 25,000 people against gay rights. Long is one of the most vocal activists against gay rights, and gay marriage in the Black Church.
For attempting to set such a strong example of heterosexual role modeling for Black Christians in Church today Bishop Long failed. In September of 2010 multiple allegations of four young men in their twenties, accused Long of sexual misconduct. The young men had evidence of how Long abused his spiritual guidance for youth. The evidence Bishop Long faced was in the cell phone messages, texts, and portraits, he exchanged with the four young men. Maurice Robinson, Jamal Parris, Anthony Flagg, Spencer LeGrande, and one anonymous young man, accused Long of seducing them as teenagers, and using church funds to do it. Long gave the four teenagers cash, cars, trips across the world, and gifts in exchange for sexual favors. It all began when Bishop Long befriended the teenagers between the ages 14-16 years old.
When Bishop Long spoke to his congregation of New Birth, for the first time after these allegations, Bishop Long vowed to fight the charges, and his day in court would come. While outside the church Long’s spokesperson refused any comment, and his legal team began instantly negotiating with plaintiffs.
In May of 2011 Bishop Long settled out on this same case he claimed he would fight. It was reported that Long settled the payout with an amount between 15-25 million dollars. Importantly the settlement was with a gag order.
This case is one of many that happen regularly in Black Churches across the U.S.A. Even though this case could have opened a much needed dialogue in the Black Church and Community on such topics as AIDS, homosexuality, and molestation, it could not because of the gag order. Yes the victims were compensated, but the Black Church was not. By silencing problems of importance, the stigmas in the Black Church have gotten worst. In late September, in Atlanta when Long was accused, 20 ministers gathered to pray especially for Bishop Long, and not one of them prayed for the four young men. These men were turned away by the Black Church, when they should have been loved. Bishop Long was even crowned like a king by Jewish leaders, while one of the young men attempted to committed suicide.
Religious leaders are treated as “gods” in more cases than one. But even “gods” make mistakes. But how they are even crowned gods when they prey, molest, and rape, young children. Where is the justice for our children? By leaving Bishop Long in the pulpit it says religious leaders can do whatever they want even if it’s wrong, and get away unscathed. However, humans are all equal. Religion is a choice for adults; however, it is forced on our children to believe. Yet, no one protects our children when they are violated, by the “gods”, preachers, priests, prophets, evangelists, bishops, apostles, and popes, we tell them to trust. Due to forgiveness, if violators, rapists, and murderers, or Bishop Long repents they can go to heaven. Where is the validation for the victims. So religion teaches as long as you apologize, you can do anything and still be rewarded. Victims are forced in a hell with the pain of seeing their rapist, molester,or murderer, rejoicing in heaven. It’s time for equality in our world today. The truth of religions lies needs to be recognized, in the Black Church, and Community, in order for them to move forward. It will come as evidence continues to wake humans from their willful ignorance, into learning truth.

Filibuster

                                

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Right now as we move forward into four more years with President Obama, there are some changes that need to be made. For years the filibuster has been used to delay legislation. A filibuster is a parliamentaary procedure used by an individual, allowing a member to delay or prevent a vote on any given proposal. It is characterized as a form of obstruction on legislature.
Senate rules allow a senator, or series of senators to speak as long as they wish on as many topics they choose. Unless three-fiths of the senators duly chosen and sworn, bring the debate to close by invoking cloture. Under current Senates rule, a rule can be filibustered with only two thirds of the senators present and voting, that all that’s needed to vote and end a debate. As opposed to the three-fifths of them sworn in.
Despite the rules of the Senate, it is possible that the filibuster can be changed.
In 1892 a rulling according to the Supreme Court, United States vs Ballin case made it so Senate rules could be achieved by majority. This filling has led us to where we are today. The human race is looking for equality. Gender, race, sexuality,and class no longer determine how people should be treated. The belief that majorities rule does not satisfy our culture anymore. Humans are now moving forward into new ways to respect every human equally. Senate has to find new ways to make sure when majority rules, no one is cheating.
                        

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President Obama’s Drones

                            

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Look up in the sky, it’s a bird…          It ‘s a a plane………no its a drone.  Today’s technology has made war, a fight humans don’t have to be present for.  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UVA)  better known as drones, are aircraft warriors used for war. The drones kill and fight controlled autonomously by computers inside of it, or under remote control of a navigator, or a pilot called a Combat Systems Officer, on the ground in another vehicle. 
                       

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Drones come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. This makes it hard for people to distinguish it from a typical recreational remote control plane.  Right now the USA is the only country with fully active drones. China has training drones until they have more experience to be fully operational. The USA is ahead in technology but we have not been using it responsibly. Since President Obama has been in office 300 of the 319 drone attacks in the past four years have killed 2,500 people. Some of the people killed by the drones were civilian insurgents, but many were also terrorists.
                           

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Before the 2012 election the Obama administration has been urgent to explain its rules and validate drone killing.  This made the public aware of the silent drone atacks, which sometimes killed American citizens as well as terrorists.  These attacks are so dangerous because they kill terrorists, by any means necessary. Even if it takes a innocent life. The ACLU is battling over this controversal target killing programme. The program and its kill list need to be adjusted to save the innocent. Especially when the people killed, and on the kill list have not been convicted or judged. 

So as the Obama Administration writess new agenda for the drone in 2013 maybe it will consort of more, scientific reaserch, transport, remote signaling,  or oil, and gas, and mineral exploration and production. We are looking for less innocent people being put to death worldwide.