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Monday, April 13, 2015

Police Brutality Or BLACK Genocide? (Video)





WALTER SCOTT,
TAMIR RICE,
MICHAEL BROWN,
ERIC GARNER,
JOHNATHAN FERRELL,
TRAYVON MARTIN,
OSCAR BRYANT,
SEAN BELL

In this latest video I discussed increasing statistics involving Police Brutality and the Intentional Murders of BLACK Males in the United States.

These Murders by local Police are not Random. Instead they appear to be acts of GENOCIDE ordered by the Federal Gov't.

What are the SOLUTIONS?


Sources: Youtube, Charlotte Observer

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Pres Obama Formally Addresses Congress For Middle East WAR Support Authorization (3-Year Limit)






#‎Obama‬

PRES OBAMA FORMALLY ADDRESSES CONGRESS TO SEND U.S. MILITARY TROOPS TO SUPPORT MIDDLE EAST IN DEFEATING ISIL:

HE SAID IT WILL ONLY BE A THREE-YEAR AUTHORIZATION.

**Sources: NY Times; White House; Youtube

~ For Immediate Release February 11, 2015

~ Letter from the President -- Authorization for the Use of United States Armed Forces in connection with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

~ TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:

The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses a threat to the people and stability of Iraq, Syria, and the broader Middle East, and to U.S. national security.

It threatens American personnel and facilities located in the region and is responsible for the deaths of U.S. citizens James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig, and Kayla Mueller. If left unchecked, ISIL will pose a threat beyond the Middle East, including to the United States homeland.

I have directed a comprehensive and sustained strategy to degrade and defeat ISIL. As part of this strategy, U.S. military forces are conducting a systematic campaign of airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

Although existing statutes provide me with the authority I need to take these actions, I have repeatedly expressed my commitment to working with the Congress to pass a bipartisan authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against ISIL.

Consistent with this commitment, I am submitting a draft AUMF that would authorize the continued use of military force to degrade and defeat ISIL.
My Administration's draft AUMF would not authorize long‑term, large-scale ground combat operations like those our Nation conducted in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Local forces, rather than U.S. military forces, should be deployed to conduct such operations.

The authorization I propose would provide the flexibility to conduct ground combat operations in other, more limited circumstances, such as rescue operations involving U.S. or coalition personnel or the use of special operations forces to take military action against ISIL leadership.

It would also authorize the use of U.S. forces in situations where ground combat operations are not expected or intended, such as intelligence collection and sharing, missions to enable kinetic strikes, or the provision of operational planning and other forms of advice and assistance to partner forces.

Although my proposed AUMF does not address the 2001 AUMF, I remain committed to working with the Congress and the American people to refine, and ultimately repeal, the 2001 AUMF.

Enacting an AUMF that is specific to the threat posed by ISIL could serve as a model for how we can work together to tailor the authorities granted by the 2001 AUMF.

I can think of no better way for the Congress to join me in supporting our Nation's security than by enacting this legislation, which would show the world we are united in our resolve to counter the threat posed by ISIL.

BARACK OBAMA

THE WHITE HOUSE,

February 11, 2015.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu & John Boehner vs Pres OBAMA: Disrespecting An Elected United States President








#‎Netanyahu‬

BENJAMIN NETANYAH vs PRES OBAMA: *BOEHNER'S INVITE*

ISRAELI PM NETANYAHU WAS WRONG TO ACCEPT JOHN BOEHNER'S POLITICAL INVITE TO ADDRESS CONGRESS.


ISRAELI PM Benjamin Netanyahu was Wrong to accept U.S. House Speaker Johh Boehner's recent Political invite to address Congress regarding imposing more Sanctions on IRAN.

GOP leaders would Never have done this Politically Spiteful thing to ROMNEY or BUSH or MCCAIN if they were in the White House.

I too Support ISRAEL but Netanyahu was Wrong!

Just think of the Media Optics if Pres OBAMA were to address ISRAELI leaders without Netanyahu's Blessing?

So does Pres OBAMA hate JEWS?

No of course Not!

But Pres OBAMA already has an Active NUKE Deal with IRAN in place.

What does PM Netanyahu hope to accomplish by addressing Congress next Month?

Does Benjamin Netanyahu want Pres OBAMA to Breach this Active NUKE Deal with IRAN for the sake of Politics?
(2016 U.S. Presidential Election)

By the way.........

What about Professional Courtesy for LEADERSHIP and RESPECT for a sitting Elected U.S. President?


~ ARTICLE: "Netanyahu Considering Changes To Congress Speech After Criticism"

Israeli officials are considering amending the format of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned address to the U.S. Congress next month to try to calm some of the partisan furore the Iran-focused speech has provoked.

Netanyahu is due to address a joint session of Congress about Iran's nuclear programme on March 3, just two weeks before Israeli elections, following an invitation from John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the house.

Boehner's invitation has caused consternation in both Israel and the United States, largely because it is seen as Netanyahu, a hawk on Iran, working with the Republicans to thumb their noses at President Barack Obama's policy on Iran.

It is also seen as putting Netanyahu's political links to the Republicans ahead of Israel's nation-to-nation ties with the United States, its strongest and most important ally, while serving as a pre-election campaign booster.

As a result, Israeli officials are considering whether Netanyahu should speak to a closed-door session of Congress, rather than in a prime-time TV address, so as to drain some of the intensity from the event, a source said.

Another option is for the prime minister to make his speech at the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington the same week, rather than in Congress.

"The issue has been under discussion for a week," said a source close to the prime minister's office. "(Netanyahu) is discussing it with Likud people. Some say he should give up on the speech, others that he should go through with it."

But Netanyahu told voters from the Russian speaking community on Monday evening that he was determined to discuss Israel's objections in Washington to an emerging deal with Iran but he did not say if that meant a public speech in Congress.

"I am ... determined to go to Washington to present Israel's position to the members of Congress and the American people," Netanyahu said, repeating that nuclear weapons in Iran's hands would constitute an existential threat to Israel.

An opinion poll by Israel's Army Radio on Monday said 47 percent of people think Netanyahu should cancel the address, while 34 percent say he should go ahead with it.

Since the issue arose, there are signs it is having an impact on his poll ratings ahead of the March 17 election.

Obama said his decision not to meet with Netanyahu followed basic protocol of not meeting with world leaders before an election.

"Some of this just has to do with how we do business, and I think it's important for us to maintain these protocols because the U.S.-Israeli relationship is not about a particular party," Obama said at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington.

A poll by the Times of Israel on Monday said Netanyahu's Likud would win 23 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, four fewer than the centre-left opposition. Earlier polls showed Likud and the opposition alliance neck-and-neck on 24 seats.

Speaking on radio last week, Israel's deputy foreign minister suggested Netanyahu had been "misled" about the speech, believing it to be bipartisan when the Democrats were not entirely on board.

While that may have created some room for Netanyahu to get out of it if the pressure at home and from Washington becomes too great, it may be too late.

If he withdraws now it may make him look weak with core voters.

Furthermore, he needs an opportunity to play up his tough-on-Iran credentials before election, with national security an overriding issue for voters.


Sources: BBC; Reuters; USA Today; Charlottesville Police Dept; Youtube

Hannah Graham vs Jesse Matthews: Did He Really Murder Hannah? Or Is It Payback For Kayla Jean Mueller?






#HannahGraham

DID JESSE MATTHEWS REALLY MURDER HANNAH GRAHAM, OR IS HE BEING FORCED TO PAY FOR WHAT ISIL DID TO KAYLA JEAN MUELLER??

Tuesday JESSE MATTHEWS (a BLACK Man) was Charged with the MURDER of UVA Student HANNAH GRAHAM, whom law enforcement authorities claim JESSE abducted in 2014.

How ironic is it that at first VIRGINIA law enforcement officials claimed Not to have enough FORENSIC evidence to charge JESSE MATTHEWS with HANNAH's Murder.

However almost immediately after KAYLA JEAN MUELLER's Parents confirmed she was Murdered by ISIL members,
JESSE MATTHEWS was Charged with HANNAH GRAHAM's Murder!

Even if JESSE did Not do it, he will be Sentenced for the Crime as Payback for what ISIL did to KAYLA JEAN MUELLER.

So why do I continue to bring up RACE?

Do I hate WHITE People?

First of all I do NOT hate WHITE People.

There is WHITE Blood on my Mother's side of my Family.

I often speak about RACE because America's Political LEADERS continue to inject RACE into EVERYTHING.

And I do mean EVERYTHING!

From the 1700's to 2015, the Blood of BLACK Men has been Shed to Pay for WHITE Blood.

If people in the United States don't want to hear about RACISM, then please Stop Practicing RACISM!

Sadly enough, this RACISM and Unfairness may continue until JESUS CHRIST returns to planet Earth.



Sources: CNN; Daily Mail; Youtube

ENTWINE COUTURE & JANE CARTER SOLUTION NATURAL HAIR PRODUCTS (ONLINE BUSINESS CONSUMER ALERT)








‬CONSUMER ALERT: BEWARE OF BUYING NATURAL HAIR CARE PRODUCTS ONLINE

**ENTWINE COUTURE and JANE CARTER SOLUTIONS**

BOTH ARE BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES.

OFTEN TIMES SMALL NATURAL HAIR PRODUCT COMPANIES ARE NOT EQUIPPED TO PROCESS & SHIP LARGE ORDERS, BUT THEY PROCESS YOUR PAYMENT UP FRONT.


#‎EntwineCouture

~ Don't purchase ENTWINE COUTURE Hair Care Products from the Company's website.

They process your Payment immediately, then e-mail you a FAKE Tracking number.

The Company is based in CHICAGO.

Horrible Customer Service!

If you do receive your products, it may take weeks.

If you want to purchase ENTWINE COUTURE products, I strongly suggest you buy them in person from a Salon or another reputable retailer.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

#JaneCarterSolutions

~ Don't purchase JANE CARTER SOLUTIONS Hair Care Products from the Company's website.

They process your Payment immediately, however your Order won't be processed immediately.

If you want to purchase JANE CARTER products, I strongly suggest you buy them in person from a Salon or another reputable retailer.


Kayla Jean Mueller's Death By ISIL Confirmed By Family & Pres OBAMA (Cooler Heads Must Prevail To Prevent U.S. Military JIHAD)








‪#‎KaylaJeanMueller‬

KAYLA MUELLER'S FAMILY & PRES OBAMA CONFIRMS HER DEATH BY ISIL:

R.I.P.

Sources: ABC News; MSNBC; NBC News; NY Daily News; White House; Youtube

LAST WEEK ‪#‎ISIL‬ CLAIMED JORDAN KILLED U.S. HOSTAGE KAYLA JEAN MUELLER.

BUT I BELIEVE ISIL MURDERED KAYLA MONTHS AGO.

THE GOP IS SALIVATING AT THE START OF WORLD WAR 3 VIA COMBAT TROOPS BUT COOLER HEADS MUST PREVAIL BECAUSE ISIL LEADERS ARE VERY INTELLIGENT.

SO WILL THOUSANDS OF ENLISTED TROOPS WILL BE SACRIFICED TO ISIL BY CONGRESS FOR OIL MONEY & WAR PROFITEERING CONTRACTS IN THE NAME OF "NATIONAL SECURITY"??

Tuesday morning the Family of KAYLA JEAN MUELLER of Prescott, Arizona and Pres OBAMA confirmed her Death.

26-year-old KAYLA was taken captive by ISIL members in August of 2013, while employed as a U.S. Aid Worker in SYRIA to help Syrian Refugees.

Last week ISIL leaders claimed KAYLA was recently Killed during Airstrikes fired by the Jordanian Military.

However I along with many other American citizens believe ISIL's version of Kayla's Death is just more Terrorist PROPAGANDA and that Kayla was most likely Murdered Months ago by ISIL members.

Considering the fact she was a Young, WHITE Woman, ISIL leaders probably Raped her and passed her around.

I know this sounds terrible but one can only imagine the Physical, Emotional & Mental Atrocities Kayla Suffered before being Murdered.

The public needs to know just how BRUTAL the members of ISIL really are.
Even to WOMEN!

I realize a letter that a former French Captor released to the Media supposedly written by KAYLA, claims She was NOT Harmed while in captivity but I don't believe it.

ISIL has a confirmed reputation for Beheading & Burning Men, WOMEN and CHILDREN!
So why would KAYLA be treated Differently??

If KAYLA were Not harmed by ISIL members she would still be ALIVE!

Kayla should of course be Admired for Courageously wanting to help the Syrian Refugees but when U.S. Aid Workers travel to a WAR Zone in the Middle East, being Captured & Murdered by AL QAEDA Terrorists such as ISIL, is a Risk which must be previously Considered.

This includes U.S. Aid Workers who are WOMEN.

Due to ISIL's reign of Terror, GOD only knows how Brutally Kayla may have been Murdered.

My Heart sincerely goes out to Kayla's Mother and I offer my deepest Condolences to Kayla's Family.

So does news of Kayla's Cold-Blooded Murder mean Congress or Pres OBAMA should RUSH into starting WORLD WAR THREE?

No it does NOT!

When dealing with such Cold-Blooded TERRORISTS as ISIL, Cooler Heads must Prevail amongst the ranks of American Leadership.

I Pray Pres OBAMA does not succumb to pressure from Congressional WAR hawks, who look for any excuse to send U.S. Troops to WAR in the Middle East. Especially if it means fattening their pockets via WAR Profiteering Contracts!

ISIL Leaders know the Middle East's Blueprint like the back of their hands and they are very Intelligent people, who have diligently Studied how the U.S. Military operates in a Combat situation.

To assume the U.S. Military can Defeat ISIL in a Combat situation in the Vast Middle East would be a Foolish Presumption, and an Act of GENOCIDE against U.S. Military Armed Forces.

ISIL wants to leads the U.S. Military into one Large, Deadly Booby-Trap.

Killing thousands & thousands of U.S. Military Troops is a JIHAD Dream for ISIL members!

ISIL has created a Different type of WAR in the Middle East which now requires the use of more U.S. Military INTELLIGENCE, versus just the use of more Boots-on-the-Ground.

Given these Facts, it is unfortunate that many GOP members of Congress don't care about sending more U.S. Military Troops into another Endless Middle East WAR which can Not be won in a Combat theater.

So why don't most GOP members of Congress care about sending more U.S. Military Troops into another Endless Middle East WAR which can Not be achieved in a Combat theater?

***Two Reasons:

#1) OIL Money & Huge WAR Profiteering Contracts.

I would hope GOP members of CONGRESS would Not be so Greedy as to Intentionally Sacrifice U.S. Military Troops to ISIL in the name of "NATIONAL SECURITY", for more OIL Money & WAR Profiteering Contracts.

CONGRESS has enough MILLIONAIRES who became Super Wealthy via Middle East WAR Profiteering Contracts!

#2) Many of the Enlisted U.S. Military Troops who will be Sacrificed to ISIL will be BLACK & LATINO Enlisted Soldiers and BLACK & LATINO Commissioned Officers.

I doubt seriously if any Enlisted U.S. Military Troops Killed by ISIL will come from the branches of the NAVY or AIR FORCE.

Why??

Because the Majority of all NAVY & AIR FORCE members are WHITE.

I did NOT say there are NO BLACK & LATINO members serving in the NAVY or AIR FORCE.

I stated the Majority of all NAVY & AIR FORCE members serving in those branches are indeed WHITE.

While the Majority of all ARMY & MARINE members are BLACK and LATINO.

Thus we all know who will be Sacrificed FIRST to ISIL or any in Military Conflict.

I am very Proud of our Men & Women who bravely Defend our Nation via service in the U.S. Military.

But it is important to know that unfortunately the ugly head of RACISM has also spread within the U.S. Military ranks, just as it has entered every other American Institution.

It is time to PRAY intensely for the entire U.S. Military.

It is time to PRAY intensely for the United States of America.

It is time to PRAY intensely for MUSLIM citizens world wide who will be Blamed for ISIL's actions and many of whom will be Falsely labeled as JIHADISTS.

It is time to PRAY intensely for PEACE in all of the Middle East, including ISRAEL.

It is time to PRAY intensely for Pres OBAMA, Pentagon Leaders and each member of CONGRESS that GOD will grant them all WISDOM.

I repeat......

When dealing with such Cold-Blooded TERRORISTS as ISIL, Cooler Heads must Prevail amongst the ranks of American Leadership.

I Pray Pres OBAMA does not succumb to pressure from Congressional WAR hawks, who look for any excuse to send U.S. Troops to WAR in the Middle East. Especially if it means fattening their pockets via WAR Profiteering Contracts!

ISIL Leaders know the Middle East's Blueprint like the back of their hands and they are very Intelligent people, who have diligently Studied how the U.S. Military operates in a Combat situation.

To assume the U.S. Military can Defeat ISIL in a Combat situation in the Vast Middle East would be a Foolish Presumption, and an Act of GENOCIDE against U.S. Military Armed Forces.

ISIL wants to leads the U.S. Military into one Large, Deadly Booby-Trap.

Killing thousands & thousands of U.S. Military Troops is a JIHAD Dream for ISIL members.

ISIL has created a Different type of WAR in the Middle East which now requires the use of more U.S. Military INTELLIGENCE, versus just the use of more Boots-on-the-Ground.


Greg Hardy's FAKE Domestic Violence Case Dismissed; His Accuser Accepts Large CHECK (Racist "Witch Hunt")














‪#‎GregHardy‬

#JanayRice

PANTHER PLAYER GREG HARDY'S FAKE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE DISMISSED:

CHARLOTTE'S KLAN-CONTROLLED CITY LOOKS STUPID.

HARDY IS A BLACK MAN WITH GOOD LEGAL REPRESENTATION.

HARDY'S ACCUSER ACCEPTED A LARGE FINANCIAL SETTLEMENT FROM HARDY.

WHITE WOMAN vs WEALTHY BLACK MAN WITCH HUNT.

HARDY'S CASE UNRAVELED PRIOR TO HIS COURT DATE DUE TO INCONSISTENCIES & NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE.

Monday in a CHARLOTTE-Mecklenburg County courtoom (North Carolina), Carolina Panther NFL Player GREG HARDY's Fake DOMESTIC VIOLENCE case was Dismissed

This case was nothing more than a Scorned WHITE Woman vs Wealthy BLACK Man case anyway.

HARDY is a very Wealthy BLACK Man.

His ex-girlfriend (the Accuser) is a WHITE Woman who is most likely Angry because HARDY hasn't Married her yet.

In fact HARDY's ex-girlfriend (the Accuser) did NOT even show up in Court Monday!

And.........

She has accepted a Large FINANCIAL SETTLEMENT from HARDY.

In other words, She accepted a CHECK from HARDY and Cashed it too!

If GREG HARDY's Accuser were a BLACK Woman, I doubt if the local Media and National Media would have showed much interest in this FAKE Domestic Violence situation.

With the exception of TMZ, no Mainstream Media organization really cared about JANAY RICE getting her behind Whipped until TMZ released the incriminating Tapes!

But because HARDY's Accuser was a WHITE Woman, CHARLOTTE's Racist local Media and the National Media wanted to immediately sentence HARDY to Prison and throw away the Key without getting all the FACTS!

If HARDY's Accuser (WHITE ex-girlfriend) were a real Victim of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, She would NOT have accepted a Large CHECK from him and stayed away from the Courtroom.

She would have showed up in Court and Defended herself.

The local RACIST Media in CHARLOTTE just knew HARDY would be Sentenced to Jail, or have his name Ruined for good!

However MONEY allows BLACK People in America to afford proper LEGAL Representation.

Without MONEY, BLACK People in America are often Sentenced to JAIL or PRISON due to having Poor LEGAL Representation in the Courtroom.

So am I mocking the issue of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

NO!

Do I condone DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

Of Course Not!

But I also Don't condone BLACK Men being thrown into JAIL or having their lives Ruined due to a Scorned WOMAN's Lies, and a RACIST Criminal Justice system.

GREG HARDY's case was nothing more than another WHITE Woman vs Wealthy BLACK Man WITCH HUNT.

It wasn't the first, and it won't be the last.

Why?

Because the United States of America remains a very RACIST, very Divided Nation, even in the 21st Century.

Especially in the Deep "BIBLE Belt" SOUTH!

I'm just saying.


Sources: Charlotte Observer; Black & Blue Review; ESPN; TMZ Sports; USA Today; Youtube

Monday, February 9, 2015

2015 Grammys Addresses DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (Pres OBAMA's PSA Video) #itsonus










‪#‎2015Grammys‬

PRES OBAMA ADDRESSES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AT 2015 GRAMMYS:

Sunday evening Pres OBAMA addressed the issue of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Awareness at the 2015 Grammy awards ceremony via a PSA video.

He said "It's on ALL of us to make a difference!"

‪#‎itsonus‬



Sources: CBS; USA Today; White House; Wall Street Journal; Youtube

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Dean Smith Is Dead At 83; He Challenged JIM CROW On The NC College Basketball Court (R.I.P.)








‪#‎DeanSmith‬

R.I.P. Coach DEAN SMITH; February 28, 1931 - February 7, 2015

A Man who Challenged North Carolina's JIM CROW culture on the College Basketball court.

He sincerely cared about his Players on and off the court.

I offer my condolences to Coach Smith's family.



ARTICLE: An Appreciation Of Dean Smith’s Life

Words will come pouring forth in the next few days from those who played for Dean Smith, those who coached for and against him and from the President of the United States, who awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom a little more than a year ago.

The news of the legendary North Carolina basketball coach’s death at age 83 is hardly shocking. He has been seriously ill with dementia for several years now. Knowing him and knowing the condition he has been in for a long time now, I think I can say with confidence that for those who loved him most, this is a blessing. Dean Smith was a very spiritual man and there is no doubt if he had any say in the matter, this escape would have come long ago.

As a coach, he had many great rivals, none more intense than the one he had for 17 seasons with Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski. On Sunday morning, Krzyzewski was getting gas when a text popped onto his phone telling him that Smith had died.

“I looked at it and said, ‘OH NO!’” Krzyzewski said. “Obviously, I knew he’d been sick, I knew he was in tough shape, but for some reason I never thought about him dying.” He paused. “Maybe that’s because he’s one of those people who you think is going to live forever.” He paused again and there was a catch in his voice when he continued. “Of course he will live forever. Not because of what he did but because of what he taught.”

That’s exactly it. Above all, Dean Smith was the ultimate teacher. Sure, he taught on the basketball court, all the extraordinary numbers that he produced are testament to that. But his teaching went way beyond that. He taught loyalty — by being loyal, often to a fault. He taught passion — not just about winning games, but about doing the right things in life. He was outspoken on issues that often didn’t make him very popular in the state where he lived, including the death penalty, a nuclear freeze and the Vietnam war.

The story about his involvement in desegregating restaurants in Chapel Hill in 1958 — when he was still an assistant coach — has now been told often, but for many years no one knew it had taken place. Not surprisingly, the first person to tell the story publicly wasn’t Smith, but the Rev. Robert Seymour, the minister at the Binkley Baptist Church, where Smith worshipped from 1958 until his death.

When I asked Smith to fill in details on that night, he said, “Who told you that story?” I told him it had been Seymour. He shook his head and said, “I wish he hadn’t done that.”

Surprised, I said, “Dean, you should be proud of doing something like that.”

He looked me in the eye and said, “John, you should never be proud of doing the right thing. You should just do the right thing.”

Talk about a teaching moment.

His competitiveness, even in a world filled with fanatic competitors, was legendary. He couldn’t stand losing a basketball game or a golf match or an argument. He didn’t lose many arguments because, inevitably, he was the smartest guy in the room.

He was one of the great innovators basketball has ever seen. His use of the four corners delay offense made opponents crazy, but it led to college basketball putting in a shot clock in 1985 — which was exactly what Smith wanted. As successful as he had been at slowing the game down, he knew that playing the game faster would be to his advantage because he almost always had the best players. The more possessions there were in a game, the more time there was for that talent to take control.

He wasn’t just innovative on the court. He was the first coach to insist that his seniors be recognized prior to their last home game. He started them all-- from stars to walk-ons — and if he had six seniors, they all started and North Carolina began the game with the other team shooting a technical foul free throw. No one thought to do that before Dean Smith.

Everyone who spent time with him has multiple stories about him: stories about his generosity, his dry humor, his legendary sarcasm. Smith NEVER cursed — not in practice, not in a game — never. But he could cut people down in an instant without ever raising his voice.

“In practice, he’d say, ‘Buzz, do you really think that was a good shot you just took?’” said Buzz Peterson, who was Michael Jordan’s roommate at UNC. “Before I could say anything, he’d say, ‘let’s ask your teammates what they thought. Or do you just want to tell me if you think that was the best shot we could have gotten right there.’ There was no hole deep enough to crawl into at that moment.”

All his players remember those moments, but they also remember the late night phone calls after they graduated, checking up on them or offering help when someone might be out of a job or when a marriage had gone south or a relative had been lost. It has often been said — accurately — that there was nothing Smith wouldn’t do for a member of the North Carolina basketball family.

That said, it often went beyond that. Smith recruited Bobby Hurley when he was in high school but Hurley went to Duke, where he helped the Blue Devils win two national championships. After Hurley had played his last college game, he received a letter from Smith, telling him how proud he should be of what he had accomplished in college.

No one better defines the cliché about the measure of a man’s life being the number of lives he touched than Dean Smith. I thought about that on Sunday morning when I first heard the news that he had passed away. It occurred to me that if Dean ever sat down and started listing all the people who meant something to him during his life, I wouldn’t crack the top 1,000. And yet, outside of family and close friends, very few people were more important to me than Dean — because of what he taught me about how to treat people and how to live your life.

I first met him when I was a college junior, when I introduced myself to him after Carolina had pounded Duke in a game in Chapel Hill. I had written a column a few weeks earlier in the Duke student newspaper urging Bill Foster, who was then Duke’s coach, to look at the model Smith had built 10 miles down the road as he tried to rebuild at Duke.

“Oh yes, I read the column you wrote about Bill and how to rebuild at Duke,” Smith said — almost causing me to faint. “I thought you were very fair to us — especially for someone from Duke.”

Years later, I was sitting in his office, working in the nascent stages of the biography I had wanted to write about him for years. This was 2009 and he had finally agreed to let me write the book. Sadly, his extraordinary memory was already failing him then and it was becoming apparent to me that I had blown it — I had gotten him to agree to the project too late.

As we sat there on a summer afternoon, my cell phone buzzed and I could see that it was Lefty Driesell calling. Thinking Dean might get a kick out of talking to his old rival, I answered, told Dean who it was and handed him the phone.

“You really gonna let a Duke guy do a book on you?” Lefty — a Duke graduate — said to Dean. “You gonna trust a Duke guy like that?”

Dean looked at me and smiled. “I trust him,” he said, “because I don’t think of him as a Duke guy but as a GOOD guy.”

I never got to finish the book. But I treasure that moment. Krzyzewski had it right. Dean Smith will live forever.


Sources: ESPN; UNC; USA Today; Washington Post; Youtube

Hillary Clinton vs Jeb Bush: Personal Wealth In 2016 And How BLACK Nepotism Contributes To BLACK Poverty











#‎Hillary2016‬

HILLARY CLINTON vs JEB BUSH: PERSONAL WEALTH IN 2016

HOW BLACK GREEK NEPOTISM CONTRIBUTES TO BLACK POVERTY.

WEALTHY MALE CANDIDATES vs WEALTHY FEMALE CANDIDATES.

The GOP wants to depict HILLARY CLINTON as this super Elite, uber Wealthy member of Society whom no regular everyday Voter can relate to.

Coming from a Political Party loaded with BILLIONAIRE Supporters, this Political Gimmick Rhetoric is such HYPOCRISY!

What about JEB BUSH??

Isn't JEB BUSH Wealthy too??

Isn't GH BUSH super Wealthy?

Isn't GW BUSH also super Wealthy?

Isn't MITT ROMNEY super Wealthy?

Isn't JOHN MCCAIN super Wealthy?

Wasn't RONALD REAGAN super Wealthy?

Wasn't JOHN F KENNEDY super Wealthy?

Isn't RUPERT MURDOCH super Wealthy?

Aren't the KOCH Brothers super Wealthy?

Isn't ART POPE super Wealthy??

The only Successful U.S. Presidential Candidates who weren't super Wealthy were ABRAHAM LINCOLN.......JIMMY CARTER..........BILL CLINTON..........and BARACK OBAMA JR.

GOP leaders, GOP Strategist and FOX NEWS need to Stop being HYPOCRITES on the issue of a Candidate's Personal WEALTH.

So it's acceptable for MEN to be super Wealthy but Not WOMEN?

Does GOD want only MEN to be Wealthy and Not WOMEN??

Please show me where such Foolish Theology is written in the BIBLE.

I've read the entire BIBLE and have Never come across any Scriptures referencing such Foolishness!

HILLARY CLINTON did Not grow up as a Wealthy Child.

Thus She should not run from her Personal Wealth for which She has Worked hard to acquire as an Adult.

Nor should HILLARY be Ashamed of any Opportunities She has been Blessed with as a WOMAN who resides in the United States.

Instead HILLARY should be Thankful to GOD for Blessing Her with Opportunities to achieve Greatness and Wealth, just as the LORD GOD Blessed OPRAH.

HILLARY should also Embrace Her Personal Wealth by using Her Wealth & Good Fortune to help LIFT the 47% who want to come out of POVERTY.

The United States remains a Melting Pot and a Land Flowing with Milk & Honey!

Acquiring Wealth is a Conduit for helping LIFT People out of the pit of POVERTY, and to then encourage those People to do likewise.

Everyone in the United States can SUCCEED if provided with OPPORTUNITIES versus Discriminatory BARRIERS.

Helping LIFT People out of POVERTY via removing Discriminatory BARRIERS and providing them with OPPORTUNITIES to acquire WEALTH is the Foundation of AMERICA's Legacy!

When GOD Blesses a Human Being with Great Wealth there is no need to Apologize!

Instead use that Wealth to reach back and help show other People how to acquire Wealth.

Reaching back to help LIFT up other People out of POVERTY via Equal OPPORTUNITIES, is where the BLACK American Community has FAILED BLACK Voters.

In most instances the BLACK American Community only helps other BLACK People if they are in the same FRATERNITY or the same SORORITY.

Most BLACK People who are Hired as Human Resource MANAGERS choose to Hire their FRAT Brothers and SOROR Sisters, even if they are Not QUALIFIED for the JOB.

This includes BLACK Human Resource MANAGERS who are Employed within State Agencies, County Agencies, City Agencies and PUBLIC SCHOOL Districts.

Of course these unmistakable demonstrations of NEPOTISM and ELITE BLACK Selfishness, have created a Permanent UNDER CLASS within the 21st century BLACK American Community.

At least that is how it is for BLACK People in NORTH CAROLINA.

I'm Not Lying.

Please don't make me Expose what I know about the CHARLOTTE-Mecklenburg Public School System, Guildford County Public Schools and Durham County Public School System HUMAN RESOURCE Departments.

Especially CHARLOTTE-Mecklenburg Public Schools!

Such clear demonstrations of NEPOTISM and ELITE BLACK Selfishness are also being practiced in some SOUTH CAROLINA Public School districts.

To discuss BLACK Greek NEPOTISM within the City of ATLANTA would require me writing a separate post on this subject.

Does BLACK NEPOTISM contribute to the National BLACK Unemployment rate?

Yes!

For the record, I am not Opposed to the BLACK Greek Lifestyle.

However I am Opposed to the BLACK Greek Lifestyle contributing to POVERTY within 21st Century BLACK America.

So why am I exposing this NEPOTISM and ELITE BLACK Selfishness within the BLACK American Community?

Because DISCRIMINATION on any level is WRONG and NEPOTISM is a form of DISCRIMINATION!

As members of the Human Race, we all need one another.

If HILLARY CLINTON is to launch a Successful bid for U.S. President in 2016, it will require UNITY.......DIVERSITY......TOLERANCE.......and COOPERATION.

There is No room for DIVISION and NEPOTISM if HILLARY is expected to Win in 2016!

The World needs more Wealthy WOMEN regardless of Ethnicity, Race, Religion, Age, Demographics, etc., to help create JOBS and Opportunities for both Women & Men to Rise up and experience Abundant Living on planet Earth.

All INTELLIGENT registered Voters expect U.S. Presidential Candidates to be well-qualified and WEALTHY.

It takes a lot of MONEY to be Elected into CONGRESS and even more MONEY to be Elected as President of the United States.

HILLARY does Not have to be POOR for ME to relate to Her.

I can relate to Her because She is a Human Being whom GOD created and a WOMAN.

Let the CHURCH say AMEN!

I'M READY FOR HILLARY IN 2016


Sources: Bloomberg Business; CBS News; CNN; NY Times; Talking Points Memo; Youtube

Ben Carson Explains Why Mitt Romney's 47% Comments Were Wrong ("47% Don't All Have The Same Mentality")



‪#‎47Percent‬

BEN CARSON EXPLAINS WHY ROMNEY'S 47% COMMENT WAS WRONG:

"ROMNEY assumed all the People in that 47% had the SAME Mentality."

"They Don't! Many of them are looking for a way out; For a Path to move Up."

Remarks by Dr BEN CARSON; February 8, 2015; Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace

Sources: Fox News Sunday; Bloomberg News; The Hill


ARTICLE: The Major Mistake in Romney's 47% Comments, According to Ben Carson

Likely presidential candidate Ben Carson on Sunday offered a critique of 2012 nominee Mitt Romney's “47 percent” comments, saying his fellow Republican made a key error in his characterization of Americans who don't pay federal income tax.

“He made one major mistake,” Carson said on Fox News Sunday, according to a transcript from the program. “He assumed that they all had the same mentality. They don't. A lot of people in that 47 percent are very anxious to experience the American dream. What they are looking for is the right mechanism, the pathway out.

This is what we have to provide for them, and that's going to include fixing the economy, which is not going to be that difficult to do, quite frankly—you know, some tax reform, some real tax reform, regulatory reform, you know, utilizing our natural resources the right way.”

Asked whether the debate over President Barack Obama's community college expansion plan is contributing to voters' perception that Republicans aren't looking out for the little guy, Carson said, “There are Pell grants available for poor people to go to community college already. They have existed for years and they are very effective. For those who are not poor, there is a four letter work that works extremely well. It's called W-O-R-K, work. And appreciate the education that you are getting. You know, we don't have to give away everything.”

"He assumed that they all had the same mentality. They don't."

Dr Ben Carson; 02-08-15


The retired Neurosurgeon and popular speaker said he is coming closer to announcing a White House bid.

A Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa poll in January showed him as the first choice of 9 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers, behind Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Romney (who has said he won't run again), and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

A Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm New Hampshire poll found Carson was the first choice of 6 percent of Republican primary voters, behind former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Paul, Walker, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Hillary Clinton Will Attract Many Women Voters In 2016 Simply Because She Is A Woman



"If America is going to LEAD, we need to stand by the WOMEN in AFGHANISTAN after our Combat Troops come home."

"There is No limit to how Big little girls can Dream. Let's keep fighting for FREEDOM & EQUALITY."


Hillary Clinton, 2013









"A Man is Not a Financial Plan."

Quote by Ginita Wall & Candace Bahr, Co-Founders of WIFE.org;
a Non-Profit Financial Counseling Program for Women



‪#‎HillaryClinton2016‬

MANY VOTERS CAN RELATE TO HILLARY & OBAMA:

HILLARY IS A WOMAN, OBAMA IS A BLACK MAN.

I can relate to HILLARY CLINTON even though she is Super Wealthy, simply because she is a natural born WOMAN.

No MAN can top that regardless of how Empathetic he tries to be.

In 2008 many BLACK & LATINO Voters were able to relate to BARACK OBAMA JR because he was BLACK.

No WHITE Citizen in the United States of America can ever relate to what BLACK & LATINO people have experienced and are still experiencing in this country.

Just as NO Man can ever relate to what WOMEN have experienced and are still experiencing in this country.

Thus the idea of HILLARY (highly qualified Woman) campaigning for the office of U.S. President in 2016 excites me!

I know the GOP is trying to put CARLY FIORINA on their ticket in 2016, but CARLY although well-qualified, does Not have HILLARY's appeal.

Yes WOMEN can LEAD and I'm ready for HILLARY CLINTON in 2016!

Sources: CNN; Daily Beast; Youtube; WIFE.org

Brian Williams Takes Leave Of Absence, CNN & Fox News Celebrates (Haters!)



‪#‎BrianWilliams‬

Why do journalists & network hosts at CNN and FOX NEWS appear to be Celebrating BRIAN WILLIAMS' fall from grace??

Haters!

I'm Praying for you Brian.



"A Personal Note From Brian Williams"

In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions.

As Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days, and Lester Holt has kindly agreed to sit in for me to allow us to adequately deal with this issue. Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us.


Sources: CNN; NBC News; Youtube

Domestic Violence Within The Christian Church Community Must Be Exposed; Counseling Must Not Be Scorned










#‎DomesticViolence‬

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH COMMUNITY NEEDS TO BE EXPOSED:

ALL CHURCHES SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO HIRE FULL-TIME ABUSE PREVENTION ADVOCATES TO MAINTAIN LEGAL NON-PROFIT STATUS.

CHRISTIANS OFTEN COVER UP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TO APPEAR PIOUS.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS IS AN IMPORTANT 2016 ELECTION ISSUE, ESPECIALLY IN SOUTHERN STATES.

THERE ARE MANY WOMEN, MEN & CHILDREN WHO ARE HURTING FROM THE EFFECTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE……..CHILD ABUSE…….AND SEXUAL ABUSE.

U.S. MILITARY VETERANS NEED COUNSELING NOT PILLS.

TOGETHER WE CAN SAVE & REBUILD LIVES.

As we approach the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election I would like to discuss the extremely important issue of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE in American Society.

Especially the issue of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE in American Churches.

It is long overdue to publicly address the issues of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE………..CHILD ABUSE……….and SEXUAL ABUSE in the CHRISTIAN Church Community.

I firmly believe that in order for each Church in America to continue claiming its Non-Profit Status, CHURCH Officials must Hire at least one real ABUSE Prevention Advocate on a Full-time basis to deal with these Destructive issues.

Having real ABUSE Prevention Advocates on Staff would greatly REDUCE the rate of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE………..CHILD ABUSE……….and SEXUAL ABUSE in the CHRISTIAN Church Community.

Preventing DOMESTIC VIOLENCE………..CHILD ABUSE……….and SEXUAL ABUSE in the CHRISTIAN Church Community is not an issue for DEMOCRATS or REPUBLICANS to address.

It is an issue for HUMAN BEINGS to address!

It is time for the SECRECY of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE within the CHRISTIAN Church Community to be Exposed so Hurting People can be Helped, not Hidden away.

The issue of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE in American Churches is often more prevalent in the SOUTH due to the SOUTH long being considered the BIBLE Beltway.

CHRISTIAN Churches in the SOUTH are notorious for SEGREGATION........DISCRIMINATION........RACISM.......DIVORCE........CHILD ABUSE.......POVERTY and DOMESTIC VIOLENCE all in the name of CHRIST.

I am a CHRISTIAN and I am not ashamed of professing this truth.

However what I am ashamed of is how the CHRISTIAN Church Community in America has covered up & hidden DOMESTIC VIOLENCE for Centuries.

More so among CHRISTIAN Church Congregations in the SOUTH.

The BIBLE teaches that both the Husband & Wife are to be Submissive to one another.

Unfortunately in the American CHRISTIAN Church Community many Pastors Falsely teach that only Wives are to be Submissive.

Such False Teaching has encouraged many CHRISTIAN Men to think they are Authorized by GOD to Abuse and Disrespect their Wives & Children into Submission.

Many CHRISTIAN Men also have a False sense of Spiritual Security, because these same Men believe they can Beat and Disrespect their Wives, continue working in the CHURCH and yet still arrive in HEAVEN one day.

In many cases PASTORS (especially SOUTHERN Pastors) who are well aware of such DOMESTIC VIOLENCE occurring within their Congregations, turn a Blind eye and a Deaf ear by allowing CHRISTIAN Men who Abuse & Disrespect their Wives and Children to continue Serving in the CHURCH.

This includes positions of CHURCH Leadership!

There are hundreds of thousands of WOMEN within the 21st century CHURCH Community walking around with a SMILE on their faces, yet Hurting deeply inside due to False or Inaccurate Teaching about SUBMISSION.

I have personally read the BIBLE from Genesis to Revelation, but I have NEVER read in the BIBLE where GOD Authorizes or Encourages Men to Abuse or Disrespect their WIVES and Children into Submission.

I have personally read in the BIBLE where GOD tells Human Beings, including CHRISTIANS to "LOVE ONE ANOTHER", but I have NEVER read in the BIBLE where GOD Authorizes or Encourages Men to Abuse or Disrespect their WIVES and Children into Submission.

So how can CHRISTIAN Pastors teach such False information to their Members?

There have even been situations in the CHRISTIAN Community where in a particular Church just because a certain Woman is Disliked by other Women (due to Envy, Jealousy, Strife, etc.,)
the other Church members will CRUCIFY that Woman with SLANDER, Libel or by turning a Blind eye to that Woman being Abused & Disrespected by her Husband.

In fact in many instances those other Church members will encourage the Husband to continue Abusing that Woman, by Approving and Accepting the Husband, while Rejecting his Wife, whom they Dislike.

Of course this Pattern of Behavior often leads to DIVORCE or largely contributes to DIVORCE, which is another HUGE Problem within the CHRISTIAN Church Community.

Especially CHRISTIAN Churches in the BIBLE Belt SOUTH!

Many CHRISTIAN Men who Abuse their Wives are Hurting Men, who most likely experienced CHILD ABUSE or SEXUAL ABUSE during their Childhood.

But does the CHRISTIAN Church Community address or Counsel Men who are CHILD ABUSE and SEXUAL ABUSE Survivors?

NO!

Thus Hurting People Continue To Hurt Other People!

Just telling Hurting CHRISTIAN Men to FORGIVE and PRAY is Not enough.

It is True for Men who were Victims of CHILD ABUSE and SEXUAL ABUSE to Forgive their Abusers.

But after FORGIVENESS then what??

Human Beings were created by GOD to experience EMOTIONS.

If Men in the CHRISTIAN Church Community are Not taught how to properly HEAL and COPE with the after effects of CHILD ABUSE or SEXUAL ABUSE, they will grow into Adults and continue those same Patterns of ABUSE.

Are these examples of GOD'S LOVE?

How can the CHRISTIAN Church Community Criticize and Condemn MUSLIMS when they are Emotionally and Socially Killing their Own Members?

Many CHRISTIAN Men are also U.S. Military Veterans who are still Suffering from PTSD.

When those CHRISTIAN Men who are also U.S. Military Veterans visit their local V.A. Hospitals, the V.A. Hospital Doctors often prescribe a bunch of PILLS for them to ingest daily.

Those CHRISTIAN Men who are also U.S. Military Veterans are NEVER required to seek or be Counseled.

They are just prescribed a bunch of PILLS which they ingest like Candy, while receiving NO Mental Health Relief.

This is the reason why I Support Pres OBAMA and JOHN MCCAIN'S efforts to offer U.S. Military Veterans the option to seek Medical Care from PRIVATE PHYSICIANS.

Pastors within the CHRISTIAN Church Community REFUSING to provide Counseling to Men who are Victims of CHILD ABUSE and SEXUAL ABUSE is a huge Mistake, which continues to Fracture the American Church Society and contributes to Broken Homes.

Perhaps this explains the high number of DIVORCES in CHRISTIAN Churches.

Broken Homes equals Broken CHILDREN.

Broken Homes equals Broken WOMEN who must Struggle to Financially Start their lives over without a Second Income, or in many instances NO Income at all!

Many BLACK Men within the CHRISTIAN Church Community have had Several DIVORCES because it was widely accepted to just find another Wife.

Many BLACK Men within the CHRISTIAN Church Community, including BLACK Church LEADERS, are encouraged and allowed to "Try On Women" in the same manner Women try on Shoes in a Shoe Boutique.

Unfortunately many Pastors (BLACK & WHITE) do Not want to take time to deal with the Destructive Epidemic of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE in the CHRISTIAN Church Community for Fear of their members leaving the Church and taking their MONEY with them.

Unfortunately many Pastors (BLACK & WHITE) also do Not want to take time to address ANY pertinent Socially Destructive Crisis in the CHRISTIAN Church Community such as SEGREGATION........DISCRIMINATION........RACISM.......DIVORCE........CHILD ABUSE........and POVERTY.

Why?

For Fear of their members leaving the Church and taking their MONEY with them!

I am Confused.

How can such Selfish, Mean-Spirited acts demonstrated towards other Human Beings be examples of GOD'S LOVE?

How can DOMESTIC VIOLENCE be an example of GOD'S LOVE?

How can SEGREGATION........DISCRIMINATION........RACISM.......DIVORCE........CHILD ABUSE........and POVERTY be examples of GOD'S LOVE?

Again I ask, how can the CHRISTIAN Church Community Criticize and Condemn MUSLIMS when they are Emotionally and Socially Killing their Own Members?

I could go on in this post but it's obvious I've written enough or maybe too much on the issue of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE within the CHRISTIAN Church Community.

I just want DOMESTIC VIOLENCE widely addressed on the National stage during the 2016 Elections.

I just want Women, Men & Children who need to HELP to have ACCESS to Counseling, Mentoring and Financial Assistance (JOBS & Affordable Housing) if necessary.

Look around.

There could be someone within your CHURCH who is a Victim of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.......CHILD ABUSE........or SEXUAL ABUSE.

It could be YOU.

It could be ME.

Please don't turn a Blind eye or a Deaf ear.

Let's Please STOP The Cycle Of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.......CHILD ABUSE........or SEXUAL ABUSE.

Especially within the CHRISTIAN Church Community in America.

Together We Can Save Lives!

Together We Can Build Or Rebuild Lives!

Talk Is Cheap!

Let's Put Forth Some ACTION!

It Is Cheaper To Help Someone Than To Bury Them.

It Is Cheaper To Help Someone Than To Incarcerate Them For Years & Years.

GOD IS LOVE.

Let The CHURCH Say "AMEN"

Sources & Statistics: Christian Post; Christianity Today; Youtube

ARTICLE: "The Church And Its Response To Domestic And Sexual Violence
Pastors Must Address Domestic And Sexual Violence"


Yesterday, I spoke at the Sojourners Summit at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. It's a diverse gathering focused on engaging the faith community in different aspects community engagement and service.

My role at the Summit was to present research we have recently completed, sponsored by IMA World Health and Sojourners around an important issue: how the church is responding to domestic and sexual violence.

Sojourners explained it this way:

Violence against women was named as a "significant public health issue" by the World Health Organization in 2013, which reported that 35 percent of women around the globe have experienced sexual or physical abuse by a partner or non-partner. And according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the chance of a man experiencing abuse at the hand of an intimate partner was one in four.

What makes this poll unique is that there is not much data on how pastors view and address the issues of domestic and sexual violence. According to Rick Santos, President and CEO of IMA World Health, "there is little information out there about what is actually happening in the U.S. faith community on this issue."

Despite the poll's major finding — that pastors underestimate the pervasiveness of sexual and domestic violence in their congregations — the report offers some hope. Of the pastors polled, 81 percent reported that they would "take appropriate action to reduce sexual and domestic violence if they had the training and resources to do so."

Sojourners recently published I Believe You: Sexual Violence and the Church , a study edited by its president and founder, Jim Wallis, and Catherine Woodiwiss, Associate Web Editor.

The study features three essays about women, sexual violence, and their experiences in dealing with their abuse in their churches.

It is a step forward in the effort to bring light to an issue that is often cloaked in darkness and to give voices to victims who often feel silenced by the church's failure to understand the prevalence of sexual and domestic violence.

"This is a conversation the church needs to be having but isn't," Wallis said. "We cannot remain silent when our sisters and brothers live under the threat of violence in their homes and communities."

Wallis was joined by Rev. Amy Gopp, Director of Member Relations and Pastoral Care at Church World Service who said "I hope this report will educate faith leaders about the importance of reaching out to domestic violence programs in their communities and creating strong partnerships so that survivors are served in the way they deserve."

The Christian Post shared details about the gap between occurrence and awareness:

Monica Taffinder, a Christian counselor who specializes in trauma recovery, depression, anxiety, and sexual abuse recovery, argues that many pastors tend to be somewhat naïve when it comes to the probability that both victims and perpetrators exist within their church.

"I really think people don't think that it happens in their congregation," Taffinder told The Christian Post. "I mean, [pastors] know these people. They see these people. They go to dinner with these people. They worship with these people. I know they're savvy enough to realize that there's just as much as they don't know people in their congregations as they do, but still."

The study also found that 65 percent of pastors had spoken one or fewer times about domestic and sexual violence, with 22 percent indicating they addressed it annually, while 33 percent mentioned it "rarely." Ten percent of pastors said they had never taught on it.

"Based on the number of times they speak to their congregations about sexual or domestic violence each year, the majority of pastors do not consider sexual or domestic violence central to larger religious themes such as strong families, a peaceful society, pursuing holiness, social justice, etc.," the report states.

You can find the full release from IMA World Health including a downloadable report.

It's an important issue and I encourage you to educate yourself and engage more fully on the subject.