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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

And Justice For ALL

Lots of ideas running in my head this afternoon. Wanted post about the Darfur situation as well as the upcoming G8 Summit on July 6th. If you don't know what the G8 Summit is for, it is 8 of the world's wealthiest and most powerful countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and the USA) teaming together in Scotland to hopefully alleviate poverty, hunger, and economic debt that is affecting over ONE billion people, half of whom live in Sub-Saharan Africa. I would advise checking out their site and signing the letter to President Bush to show the need for such relief and aid in poverty-stricken regions around the world.

Along the lines of Darfur, our government is taking its sweet time to bring justice upon that land. Kristof writes another opinion piece about Bush's current cabinet and policies that are ignoring the genocide happening in Darfur. His closing comments say it all: "Mr. Bush values a frozen embryo. But he hasn't mustered much compassion for an entire population of terrorized widows and orphans. And he is cementing in place the very hopelessness he dreads, by continuing to avert his eyes from the first genocide of the 21st century."

In regards to these injustices happening in our world, I think we need to speak out against such hate and disregard for human life, especially the church. For those who are going to be in the Washington DC area this summer, check out Worship in the Spirit of Justice. Every Sunday throughout June 12 to July 10, Cedar Ridge Community Church will have a worship service dedicated to peace and justice in Africa in order to be prophets to those in power. If you want more info, check out their site.