Yep…..my thoughts exactly….
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Everybody knows that all the crime in the world is caused by those without homes.
For instance, the 7 year old girl that was raped in the bathroom of a restaurant on Cantrell. The server who did that was clearly homeless.
And break-ins. Every single time somebody’s house is broken into, the goods are always found under bridges, in tents and even in shelters.
And kidnapping. What about all those kids that are kidnapped, only to be found days or weeks later in the basement of some homeless persons tent??
Yep, you can bet money that if a crime has been committed, it was done by one of those people who don’t have a home.
Every drunk driver? Homeless!
Every serial killer? Homeless!
Every bank robber? Homeless!
Every wife-beater? Homeless!
You see, last night I sat in a zoning committee meeting because one city director seems to think that having the OFFICES of a non-profit that serves our homeless neighbors in the same neighborhood as a school is a safety threat.
We’re not talking about a shelter, a mental health clinic, a detox unit, etc….
We’re talking about offices, and a small warehouse.
Is there any logic to this absurd mentality that homeless people are generally bad people who are preying on those who do have homes??
The same people who want to fight these services which are the work of Christ, had the audacity to brag about some local churches banding together to defeat services to the impoverished in our area.
Look around people! Christians!
How many “pastors” or “ministers” are in the news for child molestation and the like?
How many people without homes are in there for the same things?
How foolish to tout Christianity in fighting services to the homeless by generalizing all homeless as pedophiles, while there’s more of a problem with it in our Church leadership than there ever has been out on the streets.
Just yesterday a local “pastor” was sentenced to a year in prison for having sex with a 15 year old boy. Tally them all up. There’s more than you can count.
So, when you want to plant another church…..
You better not do it by a school!! Because all those pastors are going to be putting everybody’s kids at risk!!
And should one of those pastors become homeless? Oh shit!!
Wake up “Christianity”….
This crap is so far from the teachings of Christ.
What a sad, and embarrassing state of Christianity we have found ourselves in when our biggest battle is defending the work of the gospel against those who claim it so recklessly….
The following is an email that I received yesterday from the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. It’s worth a look if you give a rip about veterans, homelessness or politics.
What I want to know is how many of these House voters touted their “patriotism” in their campaigning, only to turn around and screw those who have given just about all they had….
House Set to Eliminate HUD-VASH Vouchers
10,000 homeless veterans could be left without housing
WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2011 – The U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering H.R. 1, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, which would eliminate $75 million for approximately 10,000 new permanent supportive housing vouchers for homeless veterans.
These HUD-VA Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers represent a collaboration between the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) to help chronically ill veterans who are not able to obtain and maintain housing without assistance. A vote on this bill is expected by the end of the day.
The vouchers in question were approved by both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees in the 111th Congress, and would bring the HUD-VASH program to the 40,000 voucher level. That would represent two-thirds of the number of vouchers most experts and federal officials agree are needed to end chronic veteran homelessness.
This morning at a House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing, Ranking Member Bob Filner (D-CA) expressed shock over the elimination of these vouchers, which would provide housing and services to approximately 10,000 veterans who are homeless today.
Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) said he was less concerned about the cuts because he has been told about 11,000 of the 30,000 vouchers authorized since 2008 are not yet being used.
The VASH program is one of the most critical elements of the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness among veterans by 2015. Last year, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan told Congress that a total of 60,000 vouchers would be needed to end veteran homelessness.
VA had included funding for program expansion in its FY 2011 budget, and the Senate Appropriations Committee inserted funding for 10,000 new vouchers in its HUD funding bill. Both actions spurred hope that the number of homeless veterans – estimated at 107,000 – would continue to decline.
The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) urges all homeless veteran service providers to contact their senators and representatives this afternoon to strongly object to any move that would eliminate approved HUD-VASH program funding for new vouchers.
To contact your representative, click here.
To contact your senator, click here.
You may also call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your representative or senator’s office.
Thanks to these two, I would like to announce that I am quitting Christianity, American-ity, Southern…whatever, and I will no longer divulge my gun ownership status.
Anne gave me the guts. Basil gave me the desire. Anne told me it was ok, when Basil made me cry.
I’ve wanted to return to Nashville, TN someday. However, if this dude goes any farther than a 3 inch rope, it just won’t happen……I don’t even know if I will call myself American ever again.
This is one of the many reasons that I can’t stand to hear the claim that undocumented immigrants are a “drain” on our society….
I’m working on a blog post that takes on immigration and Christianity. I’m sure it will piss off plenty of my friends, but I think there are some things that need to be discussed.
What better way to prepare for that, than to show you how NOT funny Ray Stevens is…(still)…
First, let me say this: This “oil spill” sucks. It’s sad. It’s horrible. People died. It sucks.
But, if you haven’t even laughed one time at a BP joke that you’ve heard or read, then you have no business on my trashy blog! :)
If you Twitter, surely you have noticed the last, greatest Twitter-er….. @BPGlobalPR
This has been one of the most amusing things I have ever seen. Some dude does satire very well, and has aimed all his energy at BP. It’s a freakin’ riot!!
Here’s one of his Tweets for example:
If you can’t laugh at that, you should never be allowed to laugh again!!
So yesterday the dude “behind” this Twitter account “came out” and revealed his partial identity. In one of the most well written and stated posts regarding BP thus far, please welcome…….
Oh….You have to click on his name….my bad. Or as we are now saying, “My BP”.
guess I should have had on a bowtie!!!
And your little bumper stickers that you’ve tagged onto them claiming “Pro-Life” and crap like that really aren’t going to get you my vote either. Instead of telling us where you “stand” on the issues that are basically your only platform, try telling us something about YOU and what makes you worthy of having your name on the side of the freakin’ road.
Where does all this crap go when it’s over??
There, I said it.
Two men. Both have a need. Both are searching for a way to meet that need.
One of the men has resources, but is looking to either increase or maintain those resources.
One of the men has nothing. He likely wouldn’t know where to start, if a “starting point” were even available, to begin to obtain his own resources. Maybe he’s crazy. Maybe he’s lazy. I don’t know. And neither do you.
Both men realize that the quickest and most beneficial method of obtaining said resources is to get help from others. Both men realize where to go to find the most “others”.
One man goes to each car with a rubber boot. That’s right, a rubber boot. People roll the windows down and fill that sucker up with cash! And they’re happy to do so. They smile big and hurry to get him some money before their light turns green. The world seems right. The man got what he wanted, and the people are happy that they got to be at that intersection to help. I mean, firefighters need more money don’t they? I mean, don’t all of their funds come from private donors and such? Oh….
The other man is lucky if he isn’t arrested. And when I say “lucky”, I mean he lives in paranoia and has to watch over his shoulder about once per second. No smiles for him. He doesn’t even have a rubber boot! Who does he think he is??
He doesn’t come to your window unless you tell him to. But most of the people at his intersection won’t even tell him to have a nice day. He is ignored. Made fun of. Dehumanized. And likely either arrested, or told by police to go away.
His need does not get met. And all those people leave that intersection never thinking twice about the fact that this man has nothing. Never mind the reasons why because only he and God know.
I’ve seen the police here in Little Rock run people off over and over and over. Even arrest them.
Because they panhandled. Because they asked for help. Because they’re homeless.
Nobody minds if a firefighter stands on the corners begging for change. They celebrate it!
But when it’s a homeless man, the standard is changed. Is that OK?
I’m not saying that I condone panhandling. That’s a post for another day. But I do have to ask why one can do it and be celebrated, and the other is treated like a piece of trash and forced to leave the area.
What are your thoughts? Even if I just pissed you off, leave me a comment and tell me what you think. You won’t hurt my feelings.