Please read John’s letter that he sent to the sitting president of the United States of America. My blog usually doesn’t cover this kind of content, but I am enthusiastically behind this. May God have mercy on us all, Bobbie
Saturday, February 06, 2010
President B. H. Obama
United States of America White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Obama,
We see that you have appointed another member to the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. I would like to enthusiastically support this initiative HOWEVER; I ask that you immediately remove Harry Knox, from your council. In light of Mr. Knox’s recent comments regarding the Catholic Church, the Pope and, Mr. Knox’s unwillingness to moderate his hateful attitude and speech regarding both; we believe Mr. Knox demonstrates a clear preconceived prejudice against any kind of possible Faith-Based partnership whatsoever!
Mr. Knox’s position regarding condom use in Africa flies in the face of clear scientific evidence against his position. Why would we possibly want someone like Mr. Knox to advise you, our president, while Mr. Knox himself refuses wise counsel?
We are told that the success of Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships and multi-sectarian cooperation by foreign nationals with our military service members in far away places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan are critical to USA future national security. But, we at home endure bigotry and extreme prior bias in the attitudes and words of this specific appointee. Mr. Knox is supposed to foster Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships. How can this happen? Mr. Knox’s criticism of the Pope; (“harming people in the name of Jesus”) shows a pre-established bias against the Catholic Church. Let me add, we are Protestants (not Catholics) and we find Mr. Knox’s intolerance of our Christian brethren unconscionable! Mr. Knox brings division and prior prejudice to what might otherwise have been one of the more useful councils in your administration.
Mr. President, in order to keep your promises to the American People; to heal our divisions, to promote openness and transparency, and to work to reduce the highly polarized positions that prevail in our land, you MUST remove and replace this inappropriate representative with someone less biased and without prior prejudiced.
May I remind you that the Catholic Church represents about 40% of Christian America? Mr. Knox’s prejudices establish him as an enemy to these 40%. You should consider this in your decision.
I trust you will take definitive action to remove Mr. Knox as soon as possible.
John M. Pearson
A USA citizen
Regarding the controversy about condom use in Africa, Here’s a link to a site that reports on the Africa condom research. It’s short and refers the reader to opinions by Edward Green, a senior research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, who in turn cites data in some peer-reviewed journals such as the Lancet, and Science, etc. that have confirmed that condoms have NOT worked as a primary intervention in the population-wide epidemics of Africa.
We struggled with wanting to attend this year and the price to go but were sure glad we did! This retreat was our best yet and John and I had a great time. Here are some photos of our 3 day retreat in Yerbena, Spain… close to Toledo.
These are our photos of the weekend retreat we attended with the others from our church family. You can click on each photo to see a larger view. It was so exciting to see these 7 baptisms. We all saved and sacrificed to attend, not just John and me, but also the other church members. It’s been encouraging to see this level of commitment to each other.
This is where we are working in the village. Our house is in the background. Click on the photos to for larger views.
This is an example of the Nossa Fala New Testament we are working on.
The village is peaceful and it’s fun to watch the sheep graze.
Here is a processional that passed in front of our house.
It all started when Felix, our next door neighbor came over to ask John for help. You see, they have a swimming pool and were in the process of draining the old water to prepare it for summer, only to discover that the foundation in his garage was wet. John, wise as usual, realized that since Felix’s garage floor was wet, and we lived right next door, our foundation was also in jeopardy. John took over our cement cutting tool and opened up the concrete to discover that those “special construction workers” who built the pool, didn’t hook up the pipe to drain the water properly (to say the least). So, for the last 4 years, his pool water had emptied under our foundations! Yikes! John cut the cement, repaired the drain, and poured new cement. Love does cover a multitude of sins!