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Today / Re: Today
« Last post by daisyxo on Yesterday at 07:05 AM »
Sunny south Florida was 50 degrees this morning.  In the last couple  of weeks we've been down into the low 40's.  Usually a few days at a time, but the temperature was sliding back up to the 80's around midday.   Today it's only supposed to reach 70.  A perfect day, weather wise.  We always hope for cool weather on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, but we'll be back to sweating again before then.  Have a wonderful day everybody.  Time online is scarce lately ... so, if I don't make it back in, have a Merry Christmas.... be safe, love you all.
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on December 08, 2018, 02:48 PM »
Quote was the Dutch and the British who set the pattern for racism in North America, South Africa, and Australia. In each of these places, racism gradually gave way to one of its cousins—segregation. At about the same time, racism as a "scientific" theory began to take hold in Europe, particularly in Germany.

It was the white control of the worship [on slave-holding plantations], the inability to accept blacks as equals, and the negation of black personhood that led to the separation of the black church from the white church and to the emergence of a black religious community."

Independent black churches—most of them Baptist or Methodist—"were not separating themselves from whites because they held a different doctrinal view of Christianity," notes James H. Cone of Union Theological Seminary. "Without exception, blacks used the same articles of faith and polity for their churches as the white denominations from which they separated. Separation, for blacks, meant that . . . they were rejecting racism that was based on the assumption that God created blacks inferior to whites."

Looking back on this nation's racist history, former member of Congress and Jesuit Father Robert F. Drinan observes, "It is incredible that in a nation with profoundly Christian roots such a thing could have happened."

These are excerpts from a most interesting article on religion and racism. Most African Americans my age have a very clear memory and understanding of how religion was used against us right through the 60s. Even to this day we have the Pat Robinson, Falwell crazed view and the wink and nods from those that still skew their theology to make it alright to pray for President Obama's death and such like things.

Of course there are several blanks to be filled in on this subject. Do just that here:

A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on November 28, 2018, 08:04 AM »
And hello to you.
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by Halo on November 27, 2018, 10:55 PM »

Inspiring, beautiful woman!  :rose
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on November 27, 2018, 06:30 PM »
I keep surprising myself with what I don’t know about our history
Today / Re: Today
« Last post by Halo on November 27, 2018, 03:46 PM »

It's a beautiful, sunny morning here in Melbourne.  Perfect for working with a bunch of 10 year olds. :sunny
Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: Stuff'n Thanks
« Last post by Wordweaver on November 24, 2018, 12:13 PM »
Ok Girls so yes this year I was guilty of what I wrote about but not to extremes.
I hope you two had a wonderful Thanksgiving, one that was fitting to your
awesome warmth and caring demeanors. 
Today / Re: Today
« Last post by Halo on November 23, 2018, 07:31 PM »

Happy Thanksgiving daisy, to you and yours. How lovely to have sweet memories of your mom and have her recipes to
carry on the traditions. Love B

Happy Thanksgiving to all!  :rose
Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: Stuff'n Thanks
« Last post by Halo on November 23, 2018, 07:30 PM »

In this crazy tech age some things remain the same, little boys eating too much turkey followed by too much stuffing.
It's not an Aussie custom, but I have had much exposure to Thanksgiving through American friends.
Hope Thanksgiving blesses you, Weave!

xx B
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