No One is Born to Hate

Tell me, Nelson, what is the biggest issue today? 

If and when I get to heaven…that is question I would ask.

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

Nelson Mandela

 

A Night at the Garden

Trump and the Ryan White Program

Enough is enough #45!  There is little decency in this world.  Due to avoidance of facts and promotion of fiction.  This presidency has sparked a match in the hearts of haters.  We are now a country known for: stealing little children from their parents,  the mixing of church and state (with the mythical bible in the lead), womanizing,  misogyny, promotion of white supremacy…the list goes on and on.

Trump is stealing money from HIV programs to pay for migrant kids snatched from parents

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JUNE 14, 2018: A sign reads, “Caging children is not humane” at the protest to Keep Families Together in Detroit.Shutterstock

A hallmark of the Trump administration is that after manufacturing a self-inflicted crisis, it will do everything in its power to make it worse. Now the administration is stealing money from HIV programs so that it can pay for its loathsome policy of separating immigrants parents from their children.

Slate has obtained documents showing that the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is already diverting funds from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to cover a budget shortfall caused by the separation policy.

ORR is projecting that it will need as many as 25,400 beds for minor children by the end of the current year. That would result in a $585 million deficit by the end of September, when the government’s fiscal year ends, and a nearly $2 billion shortfall by the end of next year.

The reason why ORR can grab money from the Ryan White Program is that the agency is part of Health and Human Services. ORR is also looking to take money from refugee settlement programs, including medical assistance and help for torture victims. ORR is headed by Scott Lloyd, an anti-abortion activist who also has a track record of homophobia. 

The ORR projections apparently mean one of two things, neither of them good, or a combination of the two. It could signal that the Trump administration is going to rev up its zero tolerance policy and start separating chidren again after a 20-day waiting period has passed.

Trump’s executive order halting the separations is unclear on this point, although the outcry that forced Trump to change course would return with a vengeance if zero tolerance returned.

The other possibility is that ORR is expecting to be holding on to children for a lot longer than people think. Although a judge has ordered the administration to reunite children and parents as quickly as possible, the administration has been pleading for more time. An estimated 1,700 children are currently in government custody after being separated from their families at the border.

ORR’s move is entirely in character with the Trump administration’s disrespect for HIV issues. Last December, the administration fired its entire HIV/AIDS Presidential Council. Trump’s attack on Obamacare have also paved the way for insurers once again to charge more for people with pre-existing conditions, like HIV.

Still, it takes a certain kind of evil genius to combine cuts to HIV programs and tearing children away from their parents. Unfortunately for us, the Trump administration has a special talent for it.

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the Pope and Fashionable Gays!

What a silly notion?  As far as I recall, the beating of bats on pavement in a vacant parking lot…the chatter and laughter behind cupped hands…and, the look of judgment and ridicule; Are not fashionable decisions!

Coming Out as, gay, bi, tri, trans, etc., is the most possibly destructive spiritual… decision one can make!

Pope Francis is “concerned” about what he described as the “serious issue” of homosexuality, saying in an interview published Saturday that being gay was a “fashion” to which the clergy is susceptible.

“The issue of homosexuality is a very serious issue that must be adequately discerned from the beginning with the candidates,” the pontiff said with regards to would-be priests.

“In our societies it even seems that homosexuality is fashionable and that mentality, in some way, also influences the life of the church,” he says in the book ‘The Strength of a Vocation’, released in Italy on Saturday.

“This is something I am concerned about, because perhaps at one time it did not receive much attention,” he said in the book, a transcript of an interview which will be released in ten languages.

The Roman Catholic Church’s position is that homosexual acts are sinful and the pontiff’s stance on homosexuality in the clergy is not new.

A decree on training for Roman Catholic priests in 2016 stressed the obligation of sexual abstinence, as well as barring gay men and those who support “gay culture” from holy orders.

The barring of people who present homosexual tendencies was first stipulated by the Catholic Church in 2005.

“It can happen that at the time perhaps they didn’t exhibit [that tendency], but later on it comes out,” Francis said.

“In consecrated and priestly life, there’s no room for that kind of affection. Therefore, the Church recommends that people with that kind of ingrained tendency should not be accepted into the ministry or consecrated life.

“The ministry or the consecrated life is not his place,” the Argentine added.

Gay clergy were urged to be “impeccably responsible” in a warning over bad behaviour that was notable for its silence on heterosexual clergy who break their vow of celibacy.

We “have to urge homosexual priests, and men and women religious, to live celibacy with integrity, and above all, that they be impeccably responsible, trying to never scandalise either their communities or the faithful holy people of God.

“It’s better for them to leave the ministry or the consecrated life rather than to live a double life,” Francis said.

In 2013, just months after assuming the papacy, Francis said: “If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him?”, signifying a softer tone on homosexuality.

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In the Cold Winter’s Night

Autumn spurns ice cream.

Had the tire tracks been just a dream.

Scratching with  four paws at the door.

They say, bad things happen to good people.

But I say, wicked is wicked.

Like candy from a candy store…there will always be more.

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The signs are still all around in this beat up town.

Rugged is the night, well soiled beaten boots, lonely and homeless…

ten speed bikers abound.

I had not known you but your death lingers in traces of waterfalls and fractured mills.

With innocence of voice could your youth ever be found?

I too get lost from time to time.

Woods shadow my heart…disfigure my mind.

Muddied snowfall calls from a vagrant timber.

Beneath a land of lost souls…I am not always sound.