Posts tagged ‘Christianity’

December 29, 2011

Shame on Paula White & Her Croonies

by MullOverThis

Check this out:  Paula White and her former husband, Randy, divorced.  Randy pastored their mega church.  After the mega was going minor, clearly Paula came back and assumed the role as Senior Pastor.  She is the one with the world-wide ministry and “name”.

Zachary and Riva Tims divorce.  They were at some point in time, allegedly a son and daughter of Paula White when they were still married and co-pastored the NDCC.  Upon the divorce, Riva Tims was not permitted to come to the NDCC.  Go figure, because she helped to plant and water that ministry.  Nonetheless, the drug-addicted world-galavanting pastor passed away, with the public awaiting a toxicology report.  For what? To see if “Zach” laid down as opposed to “Pastor Zachery”, according to the illustrious split-personalities Bishop TD Jakes introduced at Tims’ funeral to try to Biblically justify the NDCC pastor’s heinous lifestyle?  Normally viral cheating husbands who spend boat-loads of money on trips with women and drugs aren’t our ideal men.  Only when one hosts TBN, has a bunch of high-profile ministry friends and a big church does this “type” become a poor hero.

Anyway, NDCC church board members don’t even meet with the other church founder, Pastor Riva Tims, in appointing a successor.  They continue in the spirit of their former pastor who banned his ex-wife from her pastoral role at NDCC.

Clear-cut message folks:  Riva was banned from NDCC because of personal issues.  Do I need to type the obvious conclusion, here?  They put her out of the way, and now who is out of the way?  NDCC needs a new leader and Paula White comes to save the day.  What makes Paula White think someone who had that church in her vision, labored and spent years of her life to build for the Lord shouldn’t even be afforded a meeting?  The same Paula White that went back to Without Walls and salvaged her works that she put her life into?  Oh, yeah.  I’m sure it’s the same Paula White.

Although church leadership and successorship isn’t based upon natural lineage because Christ’s lineage as the High Priest to the Body of Christ after the order of Melchizedic undoes this concept (there is no traceable biological lineage), clearly, when God has called, equipped, prepared, ordained and released one to serve as a leader in planting and shepherding, His will isn’t a board room decision.

Paula White needs to go somewhere and have a seat.  I suggest it not be NDCC.  For months, the church parishioners have stated they want their “Mother” back.  Paula needs to step out of the way and the Board of Directors at NDCC need to let Riva Tims be restored to a ministry that she has had the LIFE to lead.  This matter shouldn’t have ever arrived at the point where Riva has to sue to be reinstated as NDCC leader.

MullOverThis.

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May 24, 2011

Harold Camping: A Different Kind of Doomsday

by MullOverThis

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, Doomsday is here. There have been earthquakes and all kinds of quandary going on. Where, you say? In the hearts of the faithful followers of Harold Camping, and probably in the hearts of many other believers, who now have probable cause to question many things they’ve believed.

When I first learned about the end of the world coming based on Camping’s May 21, 5:59 PM prediction, what immediately came to mind was to pray for the people who emptied their bank accounts and quit their jobs because of it. His followers took to the streets to convince people to subvert the explicit message in the Bible-that no man knows the hour or the time that Jesus will return and that when he comes he will come like a thief in the night-with the implicit message coded in mathematical secrets carefully hidden in the scriptures that supposedly gives us the actual date. The last time I checked, the only thief who announces himself is one who has enough hubris to think he won’t get caught. And where there’s pride, there’s deception. And no offense to Brother Camping. I am sure he was sincere, but the consequences may be too great to bear.

The dilemma in all of this is where does a person go from here? What happens when everything you believed comes crashing to the ground? What happens when you sacrificed your life for something that has become a punchline? If such a massive prediction was wrong, then what else is wrong in the state of Denmark? And this leads me to my next thought, whatever you believe, make sure it is what YOU believe, not someone else’s conviction. One thing we love to do in this country is elevate people and make them infallible. We regard titles over integrity, gifts over character, large congregations of onlookers over small congregations of sincere people, and that leads us into a downward spiral of deception. Why? We may find that we are not gazing upon what is real, but rather fallacies designed to keep us in a state of ineffectiveness and spiritual lethargy. We are so busy looking at the sparkle that we don’t realize we are being blinded by the shine.

The bottom line is if you choose to follow this faith called Christianity, follow IT, not people. We often follow people because we never go back and check to make sure what we are learning really lines up with the Bible, as well as buy into cult of personality. I’m sure when we all examine some catchphrases we use, some doctrines we adhere to, so-called deep happenings, and things we send people to hell for, we may find that they do not hold water. Why? Because someone we highly respect told it to us and we felt too small to fact check. This is not the days of the Orthodox church of old where only one person could read the Bible while the rest were left to have it interpreted for them. And this is not pre-emancipation days where we get in trouble if Massa’ catches us readin’. And I certainly am not encouraging anyone to usurp authority and run rogue. But what I am saying is that we need to learn how to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling and not leave our lives in the hands of someone who cannot answer for us when the end finally does come. The purpose of sound leadership is to mature us in the faith so that we don’t have to wake him or her up in the middle of the night to pray for our bum pinky toe.

Sorry for the sass, grit, and mother wit, but I’m mad. I’m mad because there are people right now who probably want to commit suicide because they cannot bear the embarrassment, the weight of the disillusionment, and the fact that they will not be clocking in to work tomorrow because they quit their dream job over some arithmetic. The father who emptied his bank account may now have to explain to his children that they will no longer pray before they eat because there is no food and no God (so he thinks). Worse yet, what about the ones who think maybe they have been left behind? Yikes! It kills me to know that there is something inside of us that could allow other people to be responsible for what we believe to the point of putting us out of God’s house and into the nut house and the po’ house. Something doesn’t add up.

Work out your own salvation and leave the calculatin’ to God. Peace……………

Submitted by guest blogger-Nik

February 9, 2011

Re-post: me Me ME MEEEEEEEEE!

by MullOverThis

Nope, I’m not warming up for a vocal audition. I’m warming up for this blog entry. So okay people, here we go……………

While reading Matthew 13 today, I stumbled across a passage I’ve read a million times. The familiar passage was about a farmer sowing grain and what happens to the seed when it falls on different types of ground. What struck me most was the following in verse 22:

The thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the Good News, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares of this life and the lure of wealth, so no crop is produced.

Today it had new meaning as God used the aforementioned passage to answer a burning question I had on my heart, which was why, despite such displays of power and promises of prosperity, a certain brand of Christianity didn’t seem to truly reflect Biblical Christianity. To be extremely honest, I have a major concern with the sector of the faith that primarily focuses on prosperity, miracles, and blessings…all the time. While I am a firm believer in all of those and believe in the power of the Holy Spirit, I could not understand why despite all of the supposed displays of God’s power, the scales seemed to tip heavily on the side of gifts and light on the side of fruit. This is as opposed to churches which preach more on Christ and the kingdom and in turn seem to be more progressive in character. So where is Waldo in this? The disparity could be due to the fact that a Christ-centered gospel has been replaced with a Me-centered gospel.

What was made clear to me was that when we begin to look to God primarily to fix all of our problems and give us all that we want, we begin to crowd out, as Matthew 13:22 says, the Good News. This constant need to have the perfect life and be happy (not to be confused with joy which is not circumstantial), this constant need to have every single prayer answered with a yes, this continual need to give an offering in church to get something monetary in return versus understanding it is our obligation to support the work of Christ, causes us to crowd out the Good News and thus no crop is produced. Don’t mistake the expected crop for new cars and houses, wives and husbands, lions, tigers and bears (oh my!). That crop is the fruit we must bear to demonstrate the power of a transforming gospel. That crop is a renewed mind and the power to walk in that newness to show people the way of Christ.

When we serve God to meet our needs instead of meeting His needs, we have it backwards, and that is why we can sit under what we call the anointing, have an emotional experience, always talk about miracles and blessings, then go home and nothing inside of us has changed.  Some of us live day-to-day in disappointment because nothing spectacular has happened or no one has given us a self-aggrandizing prophecy when that is not the daily reality we are called to. According to Matthew 23:37-40, God wants us to live this way:

… “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

All the other commandments hinge on those two? Wow, they must be important! The key word is love, which the Bible says is the mark of a true Christian, not your bank account, not having everything the way you want it, and not being puffed up in pride because you have access to the pastor (who has a life outside of the congregation by the way!). None of those things are impressive and none of those things guarantee spending eternity with the Father. And when we put first things first, half of the things we call problems wouldn’t be problems because we would either own our wrongdoing and change the way we do things, or we would have a different perspective and handle our situations better on the front end. If we put first things first, we wouldn’t always need a miracle to do things people who don’t believe in Christ do as second nature. We would learn that everything is not up in the sky and that the purpose of learning heavenly principles is to be an effective earthly example.

My dear friends, I hope you are not too offended by what I’ve written. I don’t want any of us to become like the Corinthians, flowing in gifts of every sort but bearing no fruit. I want you to live your best life and stop going in circles trying to have all of your problems magically solved. Take things one day at a time, let God transform you, seek His kingdom first, and when you take care of His business, He will take care of yours. And guess what people? THAT is prosperity!

Adios y Dios te bendiga!

*Disclaimer-I do not believe in taking a vow of poverty but  I also do not believe in taking a vow of greed. Over and out!

 

Authored by my homegirl, and you know she’s got it going on.

June 29, 2008

Nader Accuses Obama of “Talking White”

by MullOverThis

Here we go again.   Every now and again, I cannot contain my ability to allow Whiteys to brief themselves and simply mind my business. 

Although they may be polar opposites, Pat Buchanan’s fellow Blackman Detective Ralph Nader, accused Democratic Presidential Nominee, Senator Bararck Obama of “talking white”.  It is important to comprehend the context of this remark to fully appreciate what Nader is communicating.

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/jun/25/nader-critical-of-obama-for-trying-to-talk-white/

Apparently, Nader is miffed by Obama’s political agenda because it does not include–or at least has not widely pushed–the issues that plague the abject poor.  Although I wholeheartedly and cannot emphasize enough how much I agree, I cannot side with Detective Nader this time.  Predatory lending, payday loans and the like should be addressed by the Obama campaign along with a number of other issues that plague, transcend and certainly is not limited to  the Black community.  However, Obama is not the candidate of the Black Community and never has been.  This is what distinguishes him from the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons of the political world.  This is what may even get Obama into the White House.  He is not alienating white people because he is not a crusader for Black people.  White people don’t have to feel threatened by Obama.  Obama is not “talking White”.  He is talking what he so-called believes in.  If what he believes in is “white”, then remember, Nader said it first.   We just may have to accept that White talk is non-Black community, non-poor or working class talk, according to white political detectives.  By the way, who gave Nader his detective badge and authority? Whoever credentialed him in this regard is a target for citizens arrest.

Obama is the people’s candidate.  Folks, Obama wants to see everybody happy and fusion in the melting pot of America.  Can’t we all just get along?  In Obama’s world one day we will all–the teenage mothers who kill unborn babies without parental consent, along with the conservative Christian right, human beings with male genitalia and female breast implants who are a man on Monday and a woman on Thursday, Black militant leaders (at least until they become too vocal and threaten his popularity), with young KKK prospects, skinheads, aryans, Farrahkhanites, and Oprah along with her occult spiritual advisors, the Bible toting believers and all, rich and poor, gun control advocates and right to bear arm purists–live and be free, free at last, from and bounds of human decency and morality all with an occasional Obamian attempt to abuse the Bible to justify this unity. 

Let’s be excited about our Country and the opportunity for Obama, a Black man, to finally be President.  But let’s not forget to be excited about the ideals of faith in the God of the Bible as a Christian nation.  And let’s certainly not forget that Obama is a man who happens to be Black and is free to be who he is.  He should not be held to represent a community that he does not, simply because he is Black.  White talk is not serious Presidential talk.  Obama is talking competent candidate talk.  Obama is simply being a man who reflects his earnest convictions, much of which I adamantly disagree with. 

So Nader has done as Whitey always does.  “Missed it” because he is clueless.  Once White men learn that they are not Black, and can never speak for a Black man or the Black community, they will stop trying to tell Black people how Black they are, and are not and what their speech is, and is not.  The Naders of this world will realize that–after they just may have to be treated for shock–the Black community is not homogeneous, and every successful Black person does and may not relate to what a white man thinks should be important to our community.

I’m sure Nader has good common sense but this was just a glitch in his pompous brain.  An inverse analysis would suggest that golfing, badminton, the prime rate, Haliburton, and private banking is appropriate talk for white politicians.  Or better yet, Nader “talks Black” by his own standards. 

Moderator’s Note:  I do not believe that Nader is a racist, or a white man oblivious to what concerns many in the Black community.  He is simply engaging in Whitey behavior by suggesting that Obama’s decided calling card during his campaign should emphasize the poor.  

March 27, 2008

A MAN WITH A BUN IN THE OVEN?

by MullOverThis

If you don’t know by now, this is not the politically correct blog. 

Thomas Beatie, allegedly a  transgender he-she, is a legal man after having had a sex change (kept her reproductive organs).   Mr./Mrs. is now married to a woman and pregnant.  Another human being who felt trapped as a woman, had to convert her being to be identified as a man.  This feeling is completely distinct from a woman just staying female and living as a lesbian with another woman.  Transgenders have to have the proper sexual identity, which is completely different from the sexual acts or preferences.  So now the former female who now lives as a man has a swelling belly and is reportedly a man having a baby. 

Newsworthiness:  a woman thinks that adding and taking away organs and flooding her body with hormones can change her sex.  The rest of the world needs to maintain enough sense to know that male human beings-men-cannot have babies.  So while this he-she is giving birth from a female womb that she was born with, whether her thought processes allow her to acknowledge the fact that she is still a woman or not, when they cut open the womb and deliver the baby, I hope the proof cries real loud. 

Meanwhile, I’ll be praying that those who choose to believe the Word of God do not fall prey to this  and other influences where everyone loves the “anything goes” lifestyles.  We live in a world where as long as no one is hurting anyone, everyone can live any way they choose to live, even when it defies how God made them.  Those who believe and are awaiting the return of the Lord Jesus Christ must be watchful, because there are not too many more lines that can be crossed or blurred with legitimizing all of the demonic strongholds that mankind has embraced with a picture and a smile.   Jesus loves all of His creation.  Everything God created He loves.  Christians draw by love, but we also have a responsibility to lead others to knowing the fulness of Christ.  That includes what Christ hates and does not accept according to the Word of God.  Sin will cause God to separate Himself from what He loves.

Transgenders are a protected class according to the law.  But when it is all said and done, there is a higher law.  Mulloverthis.

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=4526582&page=1

http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7010447133

March 22, 2008

Jeremiah Wright’s Parishoner Speaks

by MullOverThis

THIS IS A RE-POST, ALLEGEDLY FROM A MEMBER OF THE TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST. I DECIDED TO POST THIS TO PROVIDE ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE AND POSSIBLY SOME BALANCE TO WHAT THOSE ON THE “INSIDE” MAY FEEL ABOUT THEIR PASTOR. THE PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF JEREMIAH WRIGHT, IN LIGHT OF INFLAMMATORY REMARKS, OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT INCLUDE THE TOTAL GOOD THOSE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED HIS WORK MAY BELIEVE IN.

In Defense of Rev. Jeremiah Wright by A Parishoner
Body: By Patricia Novick, Posted: Mar 23, 2008

CHICAGO — In recent weeks, as a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, I have experienced pain over the characterization of Pastor Jeremiah Wright as a “radical crazy.”

I am a white, middle-class, middle-aged woman. I chose to attend Trinity because of Rev. Wright – because of the breadth and depth of his biblical knowledge and wisdom, because of the love and caring he extended to his congregants, and because of his message of the possibility of a polity connected in love and compassion.

I have attended Trinity for over ten years. With other healthcare professionals, I am a member of the health ministry, which provides important services to the community. I have participated in nine courses at the church, covering biblical history and scripture. In both of those endeavors, I have been respected for my own opinions, questions, concerns and interests.

I am involved in creating health ministries in a range of congregations in cities in the United States. In the course of my work, I proudly announce that I am a member of Trinity UCC. Invariably, someone will come up to me and tell me of their experience hearing pastor Wright speak at their college, university, or seminary, and how inspirational and moving it had been. I have always felt pride at having pastor Wright as my minister, and it always has been enhanced by what I have heard throughout the country. I have glowed in the acknowledgment of the contributions of my pastor.

When I was a Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard, I had the opportunity to listen to many exceptional ministers and theologians speak on important issues. I was never as moved by any of them as I have been by Rev. Wright. I have brought people from many faiths and other countries as guests to church with me at Trinity. They always have been unequivocally amazed and exhilarated by the passion, commitment, and quality of the worship experience of my home church.

I am bringing a group of my friends with me to church in April because they have been inundated by scare emails about my church and what it represents. Since Rev. Wright is now retired, I regret that they will not have the opportunity to hear him and judge for themselves, but I know they will recognize the quality of the community that Rev. Wright built.

I have always felt welcome, at home, a contributor, and contributed-to in my home church. Jeremiah Wright has been one of the great teachers in my life and in the lives of so many people of so many colors. When he preaches in a fiery way from the prophetic tradition of biblical figures like Isaiah and Hosea, he reminds us how one can love one’s country and still deplore its shortcomings. Hosea, as much as he loved Israel and longed for its betterment, nonetheless compared his beloved land to a prostitute. Rev. Wright is not preaching as a political figure who must find accommodation and compromise while moving toward attainable goals – as I know Senator Obama will do if he is elected – he is talking about a different and more exacting standard, God’s expectations of us. All true Christians learn the difference between what is owed to Caesar and what is owed to God.

Senator Obama in his recent speech, “A More Perfect Union,”? at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has lifted the spirits and the sights of tens of millions of Americans in his own way and in his own sphere. His judgment of Rev. Wright as a man who did the same thing within his sphere was and is correct. May God bless all those whose eyes are open to see that, and all those who cannot yet but one day will.

February 3, 2008

MAD MONEY

by MullOverThis

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No doubt all of the people who might have normally elected to see Mad Money opted to take their children to see Hannah Montana last night.  I don’t need to wait until the weekend is over to know that Hannah Montana was the top grossing film.  The lobby of the movie theatre had a line full of cackling young ladies waiting to see their heroine, or at least cable TV friend,  Hannah Montana.  Britney, Raven, Lindsey, and Jamie Lynn move over cause Miley Cyrus is having her reign as the pre-teen/teen queen.   Mad Money?  That is what the daughter of country singer Billy Rae Cyrus is going to rake in from this movie.

Mad Money, starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, Ten Danson and Katie Holmes is just another Hollywood flick.  Since we haven’t seen Mrs. Tom Cruise in a while outside of austere & primped paparazzi posings, it was refreshing to see her acting again.  I don’t think there will be any Golden Globes or Oscars ascribed to this picture unless it is for “Best Dingbattish Performance from a Re-entry Actress”, in which case Tom will have to make some space in their awards room for Mrs. Cruise’s statute. 

Diane Keaton plays the desperate fru-fru upper middle class housewife (Bridget Cardigan) who falls upon hard times and has to be-little herself to toilet-bowl cleaning at the opportune Federal Reserve.  Necessity is the mother of invention.  In an inverse yet decrepit application of this maxim, a precipice is sure to follow.   Keaton’s character becomes the mastermind who  convinces her co-conspirators, played by Latifah and Katie (Nina Brewster and Jackie Truman, respectively), to embezzle old dirty money that technically doesn’t exist.  There isn’t any major harm in stealing money to help save the family home, provide a better life and education for a single mother, and acquire things normal working class people will never be able to afford–especially when the cash is money that is removed from the system.  Ted Danson (Don Cardigan) plays a displaced corporate executive who joins the subterfuge along with the others’ love interests, and micro-manages the entire debacle.  The everyday charlatans enjoy the benefits of their thievery to surpass their original goals in a film aura 10 notches shy of the pretentious intensity in Oceans 11-13, but 5 notches above a King’s Ransom type film.  The free cash is too good for the syndicate to stop stealing when their so-called needs are met.  They keep pilfering and gratuitously follow the paths that great crooks have set before them–get busted.  Of course, they are able to legally hoodwink their way out of the charges because of lack of evidence. Quandary moments of worry are soon placated for there is no eventual dismay.  The kingpin Bridget Cardigan had the wherewithal to hide a boatload of cash for the thieves to divide and live happily ever after. 

To the deeply indebted, easily influenced, tired of working, seem to never get ahead folks, and baby-step criminals, do not see this movie.  I kept laughing throughout the movie, not only because it was humorous, but more-so because of the reaction I witnessed.  A dear friend and fervent Christian admitted that the movie provoked her to think of ways to get money without having to pay any consequences.  She immediately recognized that this was only a thought pattern, but a thought pattern it was nonetheless.  Imagine the vulnerability and subtle credence a young person might feel after watching ANOTHER flick that highlights crime, corruption, greed, embezzlement, beating the system, getting ahead at any cost, ungodly self-fulfillment, and an unwillingness to suffer.  So from the perspective of a Christian, there was no universally good moral to this picture, other than re-affirming the principle that the love of money is the root of all evil.

December 18, 2007

THE FACE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PAGEANT UPSET: Is Juanita Bynum Qualified?

by MullOverThis

Dr. Juanita BynumAfter perusing so many of the online articles and blogs regarding the allegations that Bishop Thomas Weeks III beat up his televangelist wife, Juanita Bynum, while threatening to kill her, I decided to post a comment to address a recurring incredulous line of thought.  Too many people seem to think that their favorite domestic violence victim who was on Oprah, who was on their hometown newspaper front page, who is their own mama who was pistol whipped, or who are themselves, are the “real” domestic violence victims.  Is there some competition or qualifying factor for domestic abuse survivors to  be “real”?  So the adaptation of the commentary follows, if nothing else, to show how ridiculous this whole concept that outrages too many people–Juanita Bynum as the face of domestic violence–really is. 

“This discussion is like a candy store for psychologists, psychoanalysts, and psychiatrists. Who has earned the trophy for ‘face of domestic violence’ and can rightfully be the ‘voice of domestic violence’? Talk about promoting misery and self-gain, folks. So now we need a run-off for who can speak and further the cause.  Well let’s go get Ms. Bynum who was put in the trunk and the car dumped in the body of water. Oops, she won’t be able to make the MOST ABUSED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PAGEANT because she is DEAD. Google search this pastor’s wife who died in the black church at the hands of her husband, Melvin Bynum. http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/1123723/. What are credible categories for determining who is worthy to speak for domestic abuse? Goriest burn victims? Woman who outlived the most stab wounds? Woman who believed her husband would change but he gave her brain damage? Woman who raised the most kids in this mess? Woman with the most convincing cries? Woman who didn’t have enough money to leave but stayed blinged out? Woman who really didn’t deserve it because she never talked back, ever? Woman who hid the black eyes and bruises the best? Woman with the most hospital visits? Woman with the most non-effective restraining orders?  Woman with the most 911 calls?  Woman who bled the most? Woman whose husband stomped her, kicked her, and told her he was going to kill her? And the category garnering the most points and empathy: Poorest domestic violence victim, so her pain is really “real” because she has absolutely nothing. The Domestic Violence Hall of Fame inductees will be the ones who have grown up in it, married and repeated the pattern, and still live in it today. The ones who haven’t broken the cycle should be commemorated as they have been through the most to  warrant this position.  Please let your domestic violence agencies put out a campaign with your face, or your favorite candidate’s face on it because you are more deserving and will gain some attention and dollars to really address the issue. What have you done before this “blew up” in the press like this to speak for women like you? For women in the church? For women who are married to clergymen gone wild? When has there been a public debate about it in the black church in your lifetime? And you want to denigrate another sister who already has millions of people who support her for bringing attention to the issue. By all means then, go ahead. I’ll support your campaign but make sure you all have your medications first, because the emphasis should be about domestic violence and not opportunism, cattiness and craziness from all the outspoken non-spokepersons for ‘who is’ and ‘who is not’ what in domestic violence.”

The reality is there is no coveted exclusivity or ownership rights granted to “who can speak for domestic violence”.  Anyone who has passion, opportunity, strength and experience should be busy making something happen for all of the women, children and even men who face this demon in their families. Everyone with enough conviction to jockey for why Juanita should not be representative should re-direct their energies and  join organizations and voices that existed before Thomas allegedly met Juanita in the parking lot.  Better yet, the concerned are free to start their own crusades, forces of concrete influence, intervention and rehabilitation to stop domestic abuse.   Meanwhile prayer and faith in God is probably the most sure-fire essential for change.  Posted on December 17, 2007 at 11:38 pm