3 Killed in Russia Church Terrorist Attack



 


Two officers and a worshiper were reportedly killed as armed militants attempted to storm an Orthodox church in Russia’s Chechnya. The attack was thwarted by law enforcers, who shot dead four militants. To all those believing Russia is some sort of green safe heaven away from Muslims. Think again… Only a few are green, learn which ones.

The Church of Michael the Archangel in Grozny, the capital of Russia’s Republic of Chechnya, was attacked on Saturday by a group of gunmen, who attempted to take parishioners hostage.

A female worshiper told RIA-Novosti that the shooting outside the church began during the evening service, which was attended by around 15 people.

“One of the men rushed to block the door with a chair… we were holding the door,” the woman said, adding that shots from what she thought were pistols and machine guns were fired.

She also said that the priest’s children were playing outside when the attack began, and his wife had to rush from the church to lead them to safety.

Russia’s Investigative Committee said that two officers were killed at the church, while one worshiper also lost his life. Knives and a sawn-off shotgun were recovered from the militants after they were eliminated.

“The professionalism of the police officers guarding the church prevented more serious consequences of the attack and avoided a large number of casualties,” the Investigative Committee said on its website.

The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, also confirmed the elimination of the militants as a result of a “swift security operation.” Three of the killed militants were residents of Chechnya, while the leader of the gang was from “one of the neighboring regions,” he added.

Kadyrov also said that “there is intelligence data that the militants received the order [to carry out the attack] from one of the Western countries.”

Mufti Ismail Berdiyev, chairman of the Coordination Center of North Caucasus Muslims, has condemned the attack, which he said was aimed at destabilizing the situation in Chechnya.

“It was deliberately done during the holy month in order to destabilize the situation. It’s the month of Ramadan now. It’s the time when not only wars are forbidden, but even foul language is outlawed,” Berdiyev told TASS.

The attack was “yet another attempt by pseudo-Islamic extremists to pit Orthodox Christians and Muslims against each other,” said Vladimir Legoyda, head of the Synodal Information Department of the Russian Orthodox Church.

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This Church Spent Over $10 Million Abolishing Medical Debt For Local Families



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The vast majority of churches spend a large chunk of their donations on advertising in an attempt to lure more people in and to spread the message far and wide. Recently, the Covenant Church of Carrollton, Texas decided to spend a whopping $10 million to pay off medical debt for a number of it’s local residents.

When you think about it, this church did something to give back to it’s residents, to actually help those in need and in turn, the investment brought them advertising, through news coverage and shares on social media, although this wasn’t their original intention. Funny how things seem to come full circle when you do the right thing, isn’t it?

On this past Easter Sunday, pastor, Stephen Hayes announced the great news to the church attendees saying, “Covenant, we committed $100,000, and this week 4,229 families in out area will get a letter saying your debt is completely paid.”

According to Hayes, the church made a transaction through RIP Medical Debt, a Non-profit that buys up then eradicates existing medical debt for those in need. GoodNewsNetowrk reported that medical debt can be bought by collection agencies for a fraction of what it’s actually worth, this is why $100,000 actually equals around $10 million, the amount that has been completely abolished for a number of struggling Texan families.

What The Congregation Members Think

“I think that is amazing. Definitely something I support 100 percent,” commented one attended.

“I have grandparents who are veterans, too,” another congregation member said. “So just thinking about the hardship that would cause for someone. It wasn’t their choice. They didn’t go into debt because they ran up the credit card. It’s because something that happened to them. So I just love that we were able to help people where it wasn’t their choice. But we got to choose to help them. I just love that.”

What Inspired This Incredible Act Of Generosity?

Pastor Stephen Hayes knows how devastating medical expenses can be for struggling families. At 17-years-old, he was hit by a car and had to stay for 12 days in the ICU. Afterwards his parents had an overwhelming amount of debt in medical bills. Their church and congregation got together and helped his family to pay off the debt, this is what inspired the idea for Hayes to give back and to help other families who are currently struggling with these types of expenses.

229 Texan families and veterans will receive letters in the mail notifying them of the donations that have been made to clear their medical expenses and debt. “If you can imagine what those people this week will be feeling when they receive the letter that you sent them saying their debt is paid,” Hayes said on Easter Sunday. “I pray 100-fold that [is how] you would feel in reading the letter He wrote to you in the book of John 19:30. ‘Hey, your debt of sin is paid. You are covered.’”

Advertising Of The Future?

Going back to what was mentioned above, this is an excellent way to advertise, in a non-direct way. No doubt this amazing act of generosity and kindness is garnering the media attention it deserves. There is no doubt in my mind that other churches and congregations will see this and it will spark and inspire them to consider doing something similar, helping those in need and thus drawing people to their church who genuinely want to help others.

The old ways of doing things are slowly drifting away, a new wave of compassion, empathy and kindness is sweeping over the planet. Don’t forget,

“One small act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.” –Aesop

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Instead Of Spending Money On Advertising, Church Abolishes $10 Million In Medical Debt For Local Residents


By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

The Covenant Church of Carrollton, Texas, could have invested in advertising to attract more parishioners. But instead, it helped erase $10 million in medical debt for local residents.

On Easter Sunday, pastor Stephen Hayes announced the good news to church attendees. He said, “Covenant, we committed $100,000, and this week 4,229 families in our area will get a letter saying your debt is completely paid.”

Hayes explained that the church made a transaction through RIP Medical Debt, an American nonprofit that buys up then abolishes medical debt. As GoodNewsNetwork reports, medical debt can be bought by collection agencies for a fraction of what it’s worth. So, for instance, $100,000 translates to over $10 million — the exact amount that has been erased for struggling Texan families.

“I think that is amazing. Definitely something I support 100 percent,” commented one parishioner.

“I have grandparents who are veterans, too,” another congregation member said. “So just thinking about the hardship that would cause for someone. It wasn’t their choice. They didn’t go into debt because they ran up the credit card. It’s because something that happened to them. So I just love that we were able to help people where it wasn’t their choice. But we got to choose to help them. I just love that.”

Paster Stephen Hayes knows first-hand the struggle to pay off medical bills. When he was 17-years-old, he was struck by a car. For 12 days, he stayed in the ICU. Afterward, his parents were overwhelmed with medical bills. With the help of their own church congregation, they were eventually able to pay them off.

Later this week, 4,229 families and veterans will receive letters in the mail notifying them of the donation. “If you can imagine what those people this week will be feeling when they receive the letter that you sent them saying their debt is paid,” Hayes said on Easter Sunday. “I pray 100-fold that that [is how] you would feel in reading the letter He wrote to you in the book of John 19:30. ‘Hey, your debt of sin is paid. You are covered.’”

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The Pope Refuses To Apologize For What The Catholic Church Did To The First Nations of Canada



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First of all, blame is something the world could do without, and it infects our planet on multiple levels. Take for example, a convicted murderer, or any other person who has committed a crime leading to a life of incarceration. Right off the bat, they are sent to a place that seems to be the complete opposite of re-habilitation. Love, cooperation, and understanding is always given to the victim, as it should be, but the same type of energy is not always directed to the ‘wrong-doer.’ There is never an attempt to understand what events transpired in that persons life that led them to do what they did, and there is really no attempt at some serious personal development. There is only punishment and blame. That’s a micro-scale example, and at the end of the day, we are one big giant collective and we have to take responsibility for what happens on this planet, together.

With all that’s been exposed with regards to the global elite, many of them would most certainly be given the death penalty. Societies typical reaction and harsh punishment has perhaps provided no chance for anyone within this ‘Deep State‘ to come forward, which may be because of the way we would react.

Blaming is useless because at the end of the day, it doesn’t really offer a real solution, but rather creates more separation, arguments, negative energy and a lack of ability for both parties to come together to make things right.  I’m not sure what the solution is, but pointing the finger in the way we do doesn’t really seem to be the answer, it makes more sense to try and spark a shift in consciousness within the ‘wrong-doer’ instead. We do this on so many levels, and politicians are a great example. We are constantly giving our power over to another entity to make decisions and change the world, thus leaving us open to manipulation, instead of taking actions and doing things for ourselves.

As a result of us giving away so much of our power, ‘elite’ entities like the government and the Catholic Church, which seems to sit above government in my opinion, have lied and manipulated the global collective a number of times. It seems that those who present themselves in the public as bringers of ‘good,’ may actually be involved in some shady actions on the side, away from the public eye.


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One great example is what happened to the indigenous populations in Canada, now known as the First Nations of Canada. They were virtually wiped out, and children were taken into ‘residential schools,’ and forced to learn the ways and teachings of the Church, while at the same time brainwashed into believing their own beliefs were completely false and irrelevant.

As the Canadian Broadcast Corporation points out:

“A letter released Tuesday by the president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops says Pope Francis has not shied away from recognizing injustices faced by Indigenous peoples around the world, but he can’t personally apologize for residential schools.”

This doesn’t make sense, does this mean that the pope is denying the role of the Catholic Church in what happened?

Canadian Prime-Minister Justin Trudeau issued this statement:

“Reconciliation is not just between government and Indigenous peoples, it’s between non-Indigenous Canadians and Indigenous peoples as well. We will keep working with communities, keep working with individuals on the path to reconciliation because we know taking responsibility for past mistakes and asking forgiveness is something that is core to our values as Canadians.”

The crazy thing is, the corporate world is still destroying forests, and taking indigenous populations from their homes. It’s a world-wide phenomenon that’s been happening for more than 100 years now.

Scholars have estimated that, prior to the ‘discovery’ of the Americas by Europeans, the pre-contact era population could have been as high as 100 million people, and as low as 10 million.

Prior to the arrival of the Europeans, the Catholic Church had completely taken over Europe, wielding their power to control both people and ideas. There was no separation of church and state, as all citizens were required to abide by the rules and beliefs of the church. If not, they were deemed outlaws and heretics, and were even hunted and killed. This type of activity and “brainwashing,” so to speak, can be traced back all the way to ancient Rome, and all the way forward into our very recent history. Its influence can be seen in the mass brainwashing and manipulation of our minds today.


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In Canada, for example, “residential schools” were set up all over the country. These were government-sponsored religious schools established to assimilate aboriginal children into Euro-Canadian culture, a culture that was made by the ruling elite for everyone else to “fit” into. This system originated in France not long after the arrival of the Europeans into the Americas, and was originally conceived by Christian churches and the Canadian government to educate (brainwash) and convert aboriginal youth and to integrate them into Canadian society.

But was that the real purpose?

When I say Canadian government, I mean the Department of Mining and Natural Resources. In the 1930s, the headmasters of the residential schools were made the legal guardians of all native children, ripping them away from their parents under the oversight of the Department of Mines and Resources. All parents were forced to surrender legal custody of their children to a principal or a church employee, or face imprisonment. A few years later, “Indian Affairs” was taken over by the Federal Government’s Citizenship and Immigration Office. (source)(source)(source)

Children were killed, abused, and raped at these schools. They were also subjected to nutritional experiments by the federal government in the 1940s and the 1950s, and were used as medical test subjects as well. Many of these victims and their bodies have vanished without a trace.

Aboriginal people in Canada, in our very recent history, were deliberately killed, and this has been confirmed by eyewitness testimony, documents, government records, and statements of Indian agents and tribal elders. Some estimate the mortality rate in residential schools to be upwards of fifty percent. We are talking about more than 50,000 native children across Canada, possibly more. (source)

The massive genocidal campaign that started hundreds of years ago has continued until this very day. And the fact that this system operated under legal and structural conditions which encouraged, aided, and abetted murder is disturbing to say the least.

Keep in mind, these horrors were perpetrated in Canada; one can only imagine what went on in the United States and South America. So much of our history is hidden from us.

All of the information above, which is simply a tidbit, is why it’s so confusing that the pope would not really acknowledge the role of the Catholic Church in what happened.


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Church Allows Homeless To Sleep Overnight, Gives Them Blankets

Nearly 15 years ago, St. Boniface church in San Francisco began opening their doors for homeless people in need of shelter. The effort was started by Father Louis Vitale of the church, and community activist Shelly Roder, in 2004 and is known as The Gubbio Project.

Hundreds of people each day pass through the church, using the pews to sleep on, and getting blankets from the staff.

“No questions are asked when our guests walk into the churches; in an effort to remove all barriers to entry, there are no sign-in sheets or intake forms. No one is ever turned away; all are welcomed, respected and treated with dignity,” according to the Gubbio Project’s website.

The facility is still open for local churchgoers who want to visit throughout the day, but 2/3 of the church is reserved for the Gubbio project.

“This sends a powerful message to our unhoused neighbors – they are in essence part of the community, not to be kicked out when those with homes come in to worship. It also sends a message to those attending mass – the community includes the tired, the poor, those with mental health issues and those who are wet, cold and dirty,” a representative with Gubbio said.

One of the main complaints that people often have about homeless shelters is that they can feel like prisons, and be extremely dangerous as well, but the Gubbio project seems different. 95% of those surveyed said they always or usually feel safe at The Gubbio Project, and those who pass through are not treated like prisoners as they are in many shelters.

Last year the city of Seattle was planning to set up razor-wire fencing to keep homeless populations from camping. Then, not long after we reported that San Francisco was using Robots scare homeless people away from encampments and report them to police. Also in San Francisco, we recently reported that the city spent $8,700 installing large boulders under overpasses to prevent homeless people from setting up camps. There were numerous homeless encampments in the area until they were recently forced out of the area, and now the City’s government is doing everything they can to keep the camps out of the area.

At least a dozen activists were arrested last month for feeding the homeless in Wells Park in El Cajon, California. Even a 14-year-old child was arrested. Authorities say that the law is aimed to prevent the spread of disease, but activists say that they are criminalizing the homeless.

“It means they are criminalizing homelessness. They’ve created 4 laws against the homeless. No camping, no sleeping in cars, no panhandling and no feeding the homeless,” Mark Lane told RT.

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San Francisco Church Lets Homeless People Sleep Overnight


By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

For nearly 15 years, St. Boniface church in San Francisco has become a sanctuary for the homeless. Each weekday starting at 6am the church opens its doors to an average of 225 unhoused neighbours.

In 2004, Father Louis Vitale and community activist Shelly Roder co-founded The Gubbio Project. They saw an urgent need to provide shelter for the increasing number of homeless men and women seeking refuge from the streets. Since its conception, the project has welcomed everyone into the church. “No questions are asked when our guests walk into the churches; in an effort to remove all barriers to entry, there are no sign-in sheets or intake forms. No one is ever turned away; all are welcomed, respected and treated with dignity,” according to the project’s website.

⅔ of the church is reserved for the Gubbio project, with the remaining ⅓ still open for local churchgoers who want to visit for mass in the day. They explain that “this sends a powerful message to our unhoused neighbors – they are in essence part of the community, not to be kicked out when those with homes come in to worship. It also sends a message to those attending mass – the community includes the tired, the poor, those with mental health issues and those who are wet, cold and dirty.”

The Three Goals of Gubbio

  • to provide a clean, beautiful, quiet, and safe space for people to rest during the day.
  • to cultivate a sense of community among the homeless and a sense of understanding and shared responsibility in the broader community.
  • to attend to the physical, social, psychological and spiritual well-being of homeless guests who share the Gubbio space at St. Boniface and St. John.

Some homeless shelters can feel like prisons and can be incredibly dangerous. However, according to a survey, this project is different in this regard. “95% of those surveyed said they always or usually feel safe at The Gubbio Project: for this population who live on the streets, fearful of being beaten up or having their things stolen, this statistic is the most telling as to the success that we are having,” they said.

If you want to find out more about the Gubbio project and their amazing story, watch the video below:

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Victorian church readapted as vibrant coworking space & future home

With the rise of the freelance economy, more and more people are working for themselves — either at home, from a backyard office shed, or from a collaborative coworking space, where there are more perks and opportunities to network. These new professional spaces are popping up not only in conventional places, but also in less conventional ones like restaurants, buses, and even churches, as this project by Surman Weston (previous) has done — converting a Victorian-era Methodist church into a co-working space for the architects, an animator, two illustrators and a print designer.

Seen over at Dezeen, architects Tom Surman and Percy Weston transformed the old church by removing old paint off the walls, and adding new furniture, a wall of adjustable-height shelving, vibrant stained glass walls and a floating staircase. They say:

The diamond motif used here echoes the geometry of the existing timber trusses, while the stained glass panes reference the building’s past as a place of worship. The aesthetic of the project was derived from the existing timber trusses. Sandblasting to remove the many layers of paint applied over the last 130 years revealed the remarkable texture of the original timbers.

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The idea was to create a “canvas of textures,” all painted white, which would contrast with the brilliant stained glass surfaces to produce an airy, open space with depth and visual interest.

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Besides serving as a temporary coworking space, the design can also transform into a residence in the future. That’s accomplished with the insertion of two mezzanines at either end of the space, which now function as a model-making studio and meeting space, but which can later become a bedroom and a study, say the architects:

The concept embraced the dual purpose required in the brief. Rather than designing a studio that could subsequently be transformed into a home, it combines the warmth of materiality that you might find in a home, with the size and flexibility that is required in a studio or office.

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In addition to the central open space that acts as a multipurpose place for work, meetings and meals, a kitchen and bathroom have been added under one of these mezzanines, to facilitate its future conversion into a home.

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We talk often about how adapting and reusing existing buildings is a better and more sustainable option than demolishing and building from scratch; not only is there less waste, but it also lends a certain unique appeal that only comes from rehabilitating the old into something into new and unexpected. For more, visit Surman Weston.

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Never Forget, The US Gov’t Slaughtered Dozens in a Church Over an Illegal Gun Part

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This week, President Donald Trump betrayed his base and Americans in general as he advocated for confiscating guns with no due process. 

“I like taking the guns early like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida … to go to court would have taken a long time,” Trump said at a meeting with lawmakers on school safety and gun violence.

“Take the guns first, go through due process second,” Trump said.

This blatant attack on the very thing that makes America great, due process, has been in the making since before the Florida shooting, but Trump appears to be striking while the iron is hot.

Earlier this week, president Trump told a group of lawmakers that they must do something to keep guns away from mentally ill individuals – even if that means raising the minimum age for rifle ownership to 21 and making all 18-20 year-olds who have guns, criminals overnight. He is also going after gun parts as well—the bump stock.

When the alleged “conservative” president hops on the gun control train so easily, it is definitely cause for concern. Here’s why.

The US government carried out the deadliest church massacre in history which led to the deaths of 82 men, women, and children. It all came to a violent end 25 years ago in Texas and it all began with allegations of illegal gun parts.

Our source material comes from the FBI’s own vault, which contains two files on the case against Vernon Howell, also known as David Koresh. Koresh was the leader of the “Branch Davidians Seventh Day Adventists.” According to the FBI case file, Koresh was believed to have been holding people against their will at his compound in Waco, Texas, potentially guilty of “involuntary servitude and slavery” charges.

In 1992, Child Protective Services (CPS) was called in to investigate the accusations. After a thorough investigation, CPS concluded no one was being held at the compound against their will, nor any child abuse, and the federal prosecutor, who reviewed the report, saw no reason to prosecute Koresh. On October 16th, 1992, the FBI closed the case against Koresh and the allegations he was abusing children and holding his followers against their will.

Still, however, the FBI proceeded with investigating other allegations the Branch Davidians had used banned gun parts and converted semi-automatic AR-15 (assault) rifles into fully automatic ones, a violation of federal law. Most of the weapons in the compound were all legal. However, during the subsequent trial, it was reported that 48 of them had been modified to be fully automatic.

Also alleged was that the group was planning a mass suicide. The FBI concluded, “no information has been developed to verify the accuracy of the allegations.” Still, the FBI put local law enforcement on notice.

Despite having no concrete evidence Koresh, who some have said was delusional, had violated anyone’s civil rights, or abused any children, the investigation into the weapons violations continued. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives pursued the allegations the group was stockpiling weapons and explosives. According to the ATF,  the bureau found:

136 FIREARMS, INCLUDING ASSAULT RIFLES AND HANDGUNS

700+ MAGAZINES FOR THOSE FIREARMS

200,000+ ROUNDS OF VARIOUS AMMUNITION

110 UPPER AND LOWER RECEIVERS FOR AR15/M16 RIFLES

GRENADE-LAUNCHER ATTACHMENTS FOR AR15/M16 RIFLES

400+ EMPTY M31 RIFLE GRENADES, ALONG WITH BLACK POWDER AND OTHER

EXPLOSIVE CHEMICALS

Wishing to further investigate the compound’s armory, the ATF secured a search warrant and attempted to raid the compound on February 28th, 1993. The Davidians, possibly feeling they must protect their home, property, and persons from the intruders, opened fire on the federal agents, an action which led to the deaths of several ATF agents and compound members.

FOUR ATF AGENTS (SA TODD MCKEEHAN, SA CONWAY LEBLEU, SA ROBERT WILLIAMS AND SA STEVEN WILLIS) WERE KILLED; 20 ATF AGENTS WOUNDED FROM GUNSHOTS OR SHRAPNEL AND 8 SUFFERED OTHER INJURIES. SIX DAVIDIANS WERE ALSO REPORTEDLY KILLED AND FOUR WOUNDED FROM GUNSHOTS, ALTHOUGH THIS COULD NOT BE FORENSICALLY PROVEN BECAUSE OF THE LATER DESTRUCTION (BY FIRE) OF THE COMPOUND.

The raid initiated a 51-day standoff with the ATF as well as the FBI. Koresh released 24 members from the compound, who were mostly children, and continued the stand-off with authorities which was broadcast daily across the country until day 51 arrived. On that day, the government brought in heavy equipment and penetrated the compound with a tank-like machine which pumped the compound full of CS Gas. What happened next, in the minds of many who saw it, can only be likened to a horror film.

The compound became ablaze with a roaring fire. The all-consuming inferno killed 76 people who were huddled inside. Later, it was determined many of those who’d perished were also shot by firearms. Researchers, who later investigated the incident, concluded federal agents were observed shooting from the compound’s grounds into the building already set ablaze by fire. While the official government narrative is those individuals committed suicide, the researchers were able to demonstrate they were likely killed by automatic weapons fired by federal agents, possibly killed as they were attempting to flee their burning compound.

To this day, the ATF maintains the fire was, “set by cult members, as law enforcement attempted to force them out by introducing tear gas into the building.” And for years, following the fiery destruction of the compound, the FBI maintained the same storyline.

However, in 1999, then-Attorney General Janet Reno made the following admission, “I am very, very troubled by the information I received this week suggesting that pyrotechnic devices may have been used in the early morning hours on April the 19th, 1993, at Waco. At this time, all available indications are that the devices were not directed at the main wooden compound, were discharged several hours before the fire started, and were not the cause of the fire. Nonetheless, it is absolutely critical that we do everything humanly possible to learn all the facts as accurately as possible and make them available to the public and Congress.”

Those facts, according to some of the survivors of the fire, who were inside at the time the fire broke out, are undeniable. They are convinced the government used incendiary devices to set ablaze the tear gas which had been pumped into the building. And they’re not alone.

According to CBS News, “Independent filmmaker Michael McNulty came upon some evidence that appeared damaging to the government. He found a shell casing from a certain type of tear gas round that could start a fire – a device the Justice Department had denied using for more than six years – publicly and to Congress.”

That shell casing led to Reno’s acknowledgment, but the government still has not taken full responsibility, as Reno denied the devices were used to penetrate the building. Questions still remain as to why they would be used at all.

Even though it was later determined Koresh had, indeed, molested children, and was by all intents and purposes a pedophile of the worst kind, the fact remains. The government used gas and allegedly fired on its own people which either directly or indirectly led to the deaths of 76 people — inside a church—over suspicion of illegal gun parts. 

None of the dead were ever given due process and Americans have learned very little from the handling of this situation. Sadly, there was no outcry and this incident serves as a brutal reminder of what can happen when the US government makes up its mind to take out those they disagree with.

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Church of England urges parishioners to give up plastic for Lent

“This Lent let’s give ocean creatures a better chance to renew themselves, free of our trash!” –Church of England’s Diocese of London

Each year, in the span of repentant days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, millions of Christians around the world fast or give up something they enjoy. Top on the list are things like chocolate, alcohol, and social media. But this year, the Church of England has taken a cue from Sir David Attenborough and has set its sights on a different kind of pleasure: The convenience of single-use plastics.

In a statement, the Diocese of London notes that “David Attenborough has recently brought to everyone’s attention the hideous damage being caused by our throwaway society to life in the oceans – where so much of our waste eventually ends up.”

And indeed, with 300 million tons of plastic created annually, and half of that for items that are used just once, it’s no wonder that so much of it (eight tons a minute, ugh) ends up in the ocean. Attenborough and BBC’s Blue Planet II series have done much to spread the word; how wonderful to see the Church amplifying it further.

Ruth Knight, the Church’s environmental policy officer, says, “The Lent challenge is about raising our awareness of how much we rely on single-use plastics and challenging ourselves to see where we can reduce that use.”

“It ties in closely with our calling as Christians to care for God’s creation,” she adds.

With its 25 million members worldwide, the Church has a tremendous platform; and along with the call to action, they are providing help that sounds downright TreeHugger-ish. The BBC reports that, “Worshippers have been offered tips to cut plastic use for each day up to Easter, such as choosing a fountain pen over a plastic ballpoint pen and buying music electronically rather than on CD.” Other tips include carrying non-plastic cutlery for eating on the go and using your own toiletries in hotels rather than using the small containers offered to guests.

Part of the Church’s broader program advocating stewardship for the environment, Shrinking the Footprint, the Lent plastic challenge is a fabulous way to raise awareness about one of the more pressing issues the planet is facing. And knowing what a profound effect being accountable for one’s personal plastic use can have, we’re guessing that there will be fewer plastic Easter eggs in England this year.

For more, go to the Lent Challenge page.

Via Vox and BBC

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