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The Manner in Which Sexual Abuse Cases are Handled by MCUSA


From: xxxxxxx xxxxxxx
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2016 1:29 PM
Subject: The manner in which sexual abuse cases are handled


I’m sure you’re aware of this:

I know past emails have been ignored. I know that a call to action from me means little to nothing for you.

I know evil when I see it, however.

Evil is in the suspension of credentials of an Executive Board member for performing a same sex wedding.

Evil is in the protection of sexual abusers.

Evil is in the refusal for a 3rd party transparent investigation without meddling or conflict of interests.

Evil is allowing a pastor with a “misconduct” past to become a pastor of a church without telling the church he has a past. You can’t use “forgiveness” and “forbearance”, because you quickly withdraw those concepts when it comes to your homophobia.

I hope you have trouble sleeping at night. I hope nightmares wake you up at night.

I hope your soul is troubled. Troubled from the harm you’ve caused. Troubled in the attempts to erase the harm you’ve caused so that people won’t see you as the monster you are inside.

I hope you sweat often in anxiety and fear.

I don’t normally wish for these psychological troubles onto people. But evil is deserving to be troubled and crushed.

Evil is in the leadership of MCUSA and VMC.


Fuck your religion. Fuck your God.



A Short History of White Racism in the Two-Party System

Some Electoral education

The Weekly Sift

If you’ve seen the Lincoln movie, maybe you’re still walking around with this bit of cognitive dissonance: In 1864, the Democrats are the party of slavery and the Republicans the party of emancipation and racial justice. What’s up with that? How did we get from there to here?

The story is doubly worth telling because Republicans like Ann Coulter and Jonah Goldberg have been misrepresenting it so grossly.

A good place to start is the presidential election of 1860, which brings Lincoln to power and convinces Southern whites (the only people who can vote in the South in 1860) that secession is their best chance to maintain slavery*.

Lincoln gets only 40% of the vote, but in a four-way race (the Democratic Convention split over whether the platform should endorse the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision) that’s enough to win. In terms of the popular vote, his…

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The shortest post ever on how to have a great relationship

This blog describes my husband and I. ❤


My partner and I have a great relationship. I am going to go ahead and take 46% of the credit for that. I’d say she gets about 48% and the rest is luck and timing. Not infrequently people comment on how good we are together, how much fun we seem to have, how much in love we appear to be, etc. So obviously I am totally an expert on how to have a great relationship and ought to share the secret to our success with the entire Internet.

Here’s my advice:

1) You have to really LIKE each other. Liking each other is different from loving each other. Love is loyalty, commitment, being there even if you don’t really feel like it. Love is verb, it’s action, it’s something you do because it needs to be done. It’s important but it’s secondary to liking each other. Liking each other means…

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Alternate Survey for MC USA Delegates

She KNEW people like me were getting bored of reading these survey questions, so the appropriate insertion of hokey pokey verses is nothing short of AWESOME. MCUSA is going to die. I just know it.

Spacious Faith

With all due respect to the probably good-hearted and most certainly earnest people who have created the various and sundry surveys that have gone out into various portions of the Mennonite Church USA world–ahhhrrrgggghhh! Yet another survey is out today–this one for those who will serve as delegates in Kansas City this summer. It is so carefully worded you can hardly tell what it’s asking. And, as always, people who are not necessarily straight and cisgendered are put forth as an issue to be discussed and resolved–rather than as an important and life-giving part of the church to be embraced.

I do not want to belittle what are, I believe, faithful efforts to discern the future of the church. But I’m going to anyway. Because, frankly, I’ve reached that point where if I don’t laugh I’m going to start crying. So I present to you a revised version of the…

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40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World


If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that.

Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head.

If you enjoy this collection of maps, the Sifter highly recommends the r/MapPorn sub reddit. You should also check out There were also fantastic posts on Business Insider and Bored Panda earlier this year that are worth checking out. Enjoy!

1. Where Google Street View is Available


Map by Google

2. Countries That Do Not Use the Metric System


3. The Only 22…

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The Root: It’s Time to #ReclaimMLK From Those Who Seek to Sanitize His Legacy


One of my pet peeves has been the recent push to turn Martin Luther King, Jr. Day into a generic national “Day of Service.” It annoys me not because I hate volunteerism (volunteering is great!) but because we all know damn well Martin Luther King didn’t live his life under threat of death constantly to eventually die from an assassin’s bullet because he wanted to paint poor people’s houses on weekends. No, he died for the long-denied rights of black people. We need to #ReclaimMLK, and I wasn’t alone in these thoughts.

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Leigh Anne Tuohy Update: One Of The Teens Responds

The Belle Jar

One of the two teens involved in Leigh Anne Tuohy’s recent social media stunt has spoken out on Instagram (his name has been blurred out for privacy):


Person One aka Teen Leigh Anne Tuohy approached at KFC:

Yeah people don’t know what really happened because I actually had money I have a job and have had one for over a year I was gonna pay for my brother the other guy in the picture but he was insisting on waiting on his uncle but his phone was dying so we were charging it which is the reason we were in KFC in the first place.and the game was only a 3 min walk up the street I don’t see why she said bus fare that kinda ticked me off a little but the way she worded it is making us sound less fortunate and that isn’t the case at…

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Leigh Anne Tuohy, Racism, and the White Saviour Complex


The Belle Jar

Leigh Anne “That Nice Woman Sandra Bullock Played In The Blind Side” Tuohy recently posted the following picture and caption on her Facebook and Instagram accounts:


We see what we want! It’s the gospel truth! These two were literally huddled over in a corner table nose to nose and the person with me said “I bet they are up to no good” well you know me… I walked over, told them to scoot over. After 10 seconds of dead silence I said so whats happening at this table? I get nothing.. I then explained it was my store and they should spill it… They showed me their phones and they were texting friends trying to scrape up $3.00 each for the high school basketball game! Well they left with smiles, money for popcorn and bus fare. We have to STOP judging people and assuming and pigeon holing people!…

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A Poor White Woman’s Perspective on Michael Brown and Ferguson, MO

I am here to tell you that cops are people. They read and watch the same news the rest of us read and watch. They hear and read the same media slams on poor people. We’re lazy. We all sell or do drugs. If we would have made better life choices, we wouldn’t be where we are. We’re unintelligent. Food Stamps are supposed to be a supplement to our income. If McDonald’s is the only job we could get, we shouldn’t expect to get living wages for a low skilled job.

And judging by the videos I’ve been watching lately of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr, I get the feeling the calculated and purposeful put downs of poor people has been going on for at least decades or maybe even longer.

I have been a victim of being bullied by a cop. TWICE. In both incidents, I committed no crime. For fucks sakes, the only trouble I’ve ever been in was a detention in 11th grade for tardiness, a citation in an accident, and a speeding ticket. I am not anyone who is trying to hide illegal activity. But you better believe when the State Highway Patrol asked me where I was going, I told him it was none of his business. If I was black and said that, I know I would have been arrested, my car probably searched and a simple speeding ticket would have been blown up out of proportion because I gave the cop an “attitude”. The cops came and tested a shot spotter system at 10:30-11:00pm on a school night in our neighborhood last year by shooting bullets into a truck of sand and threatened residents with arrest for messing with official police business. I surveyed all residents in the area a few nights before I went to City Council and complained and only a handful on one particular street that is the one bright spot of middle classism were told they were about to conduct the test. The rest of us perceived by our housing to be poor weren’t told jack shit. So yes, as a person who has been poor for about 6 years now, I have directly observed how cops have a disdain for poor people in general.

However, if you think being poor and white is bad, it is NOTHING compared to being poor and black.

One night I called the cops because this black dude was yelling drunk in the street about “Just shoot me! Just shoot me! Fuck you, n****!” I had no idea what was going on, but obviously somebody ELSE had a gun. I knew it was out because somebody else was talking about not pointing the pistol at him. Even though he’s drunk, I’m fearing for his life. I don’t want somebody dying on the streets of my neighborhood. The cops come immediately since I mentioned a gun. The person who supposedly had a gun is white. Instead of the cops finding out who had a gun, they arrest the black guy. He was released within hours because he committed no crime. Even drunk, he knew exactly how to react to the cops to not get killed that night. When you live in inner city Canton, OH, you learn that shit.

When you are an intelligent poor person who is simply surviving a rough economy, you learn to observe everything. You see the world in a different light. No longer does everyone look at you with a respectful eye as a fellow upstanding citizen. And its even worse if you’re black. I’ve seen it in grocery stores, in my street, the way cops handle situations in this poor section of the city. And for all the opinions white people seem to have about Ferguson, MO and Michael Brown, all I know is that I see a place better than Canton, OH since they have a lower crime rate than us, and yet because they are 70% black with a poverty rate of over 20% now, those people face the discrimination of being black and poor every…..fucking….day…..of…..their…..lives.

Yes. Cops are people too. Its too bad their training does not include diffusing situations and psychology. Its too bad they don’t learn to treat all people as equals. Its too bad some of them get a hard on when they abuse their authority.

I understand this isn’t everyone’s experience or observation. I understand cops have a tough job. They are under high stress, the adrenal glands are always on high output… and quite frankly that’s not a healthy way to live.

But that does not excuse a teenager being shot 6 fucking times for jaywalking. Attitude or not – the cop escalated the situation. He is a person. An arm of authority. The way I see it, he didn’t like the attitude he was given. No, Darren Wilson did not start work that day intending to murder somebody. But he did. And all the messages he’s been given his whole life about poor people and black people played into his interaction with Michael Brown that day. Black people have known it their entire lives and for generations. Some poor white people are awake to what that means, but still not on the same level.

The protests are against a system that has been discriminating and bullying the people of color in that community for a very long time. Michael Brown was simply the straw that broke the camel’s back.

You may have heard that respect is a two way street. You have to give it to get it. Cops have been demanding respect from all citizens while they get to treat us however the fuck they please.

I think its about time that changes.

In communities that require cops to have cameras, police complaints have gone down by 88%.

It’s time for all cops to have cameras and its time for people to shut off their TVs and stop believing what the media says about black people and poor people. And if you can’t figure out what’s wrong with the media portrayal of the poor and minorities, then this blog will be lost on you. The propaganda machine is in full swing to keep us fighting amongst ourselves. Are you going to continue to defend the system? Or are you going to wake up and be a part of change?

If you think “standing with Israel” means never criticizing them, you’re going to have to get a new Bible

An excellent read and right on point!

Ben Irwin

. Tariq Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian-American teenager from Tampa who was beaten by Israeli border police. Tariq was visiting for the funeral of his cousin, who was burned to death by Israeli extremists in retaliation for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers. Tariq’s beating was captured on video. (Photo source)

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that from a biblical perspective the modern state of Israel and the Old Testament nation are one and the same. Let’s say the old covenant is still in force, that the founding of modern-day Israel in 1948 fulfilled biblical prophecy.

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that Paul’s assertion that “all Israel will be saved” was a political statement rather than an expression of his belief that Jesus would rescue his own people from sin and death, along with Gentiles.

Many evangelicals take some or all of these assumptions to be indisputable fact (though evangelical support for Israel…

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