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Reclaiming Our Voices
Saturday, December 18, 2004
Peace on earth, good will to all!
Mood:  lyrical
Now Playing: "I heard the bells on Christmas Day"
Topic: A Season of Light
Holiday Editorial

In recent times, two major networks refused to air an inclusive message from the United Church of Christ. But, hasn't this season often held a message of compassion and inclusion?

First, people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered are members of families, so what about family values?

Second, they are contributors to society, in many trades, professions, as volunteers, and as veterans. They are of many faiths and varied politics.

All they and their families would want, is to be able to share in society's blessings. Sanctioning their long term commitments, including the rights and benefits that go with them, is not too much to ask.

Christ did not participate in stonings. Instead, he taught us to think of our own misgivings. "Judge not, lest ye be judged?" Or, as Bob Dylan said, "don't criticize what you can't understand".

This holiday season, lets open our hearts and our minds.


Not One Damn Dime Day in America.

Since some of our religious leaders will not speak out against the war in Iraq, since our political leaders don't have the moral courage to oppose it, Inauguration Day, Thursday, January 20th, 2005 is Not One Damn Dime Day in America.

On Not One Damn Dime Day those who oppose what is happening in our name in Iraq can speak up with a 24-hour national boycott of all forms of consumer spending.

During Not One Damn Dime Day please don't spend money. Not one damn dime for gasoline. Not one damn dime for necessities or for impulse purchases. Nor toll/cab/bus or train ride money exchanges. Not one damn dime for anything for 24 hours. On Not One Damn Dime Day, please boycott Walmart, KMart and Target. Please don't go to the mall or the local convenience store. Please don't buy any fast food (or any groceries at all for that matter).

For 24 hours, please do what you can to shut the retail economy down. The object is simple. Remind the people in power that the war in Iraq is immoral and illegal; that they are responsible for starting it and that it is their responsibility to stop it. Not One Damn Dime Day is to remind them, too, that they work for the people of the United States of America, not for the international corporations and K Street lobbyists who represent the corporations and funnel cash into American politics. Not One Damn Dime Day is about supporting the troops. The politicians put the troops in harm's way.

Now 1,200 brave young Americans and (some estimate) 100,000 Iraqis have died. The politicians owe our troops a plan -- a way to come home. There's no rally to attend. No marching to do. No left or right wing agenda to rant about. On Not One Damn Dime Day you take action by doing nothing. You open your mouth by keeping your wallet closed. For 24 hours, nothing gets spent, not one damn dime, to remind our religious leaders and our politicians of their moral responsibility to end the war in Iraq and give America back to the people.

Please share this message with as many people as possible.

Posted by pencandle at 7:03 PM EST

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