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Archbishop Tutu Says No to Hate

“Hate has no place in the house of God,” writes Archbishop Desmond Tutu in today’s Washington Post.

“No one should be excluded from our love, our compassion or our concern because of race or gender, faith or ethnicity — or because of their sexual orientation.”

A rising hatred of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered Africans has led to increased violence in communities across Uganda, Kenya, and Senegal (to name only a few). Tutu, the legendary peacemaker from South Africa and recipient of the Nobel Prize, affirms the humanity of all people:

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people are part of so many families. They are part of the human family. They are part of God’s family. And of course they are part of the African family.

And what does Tutu say to those who live by dogma, who deny homosexuality because it goes against God’s will?

Show me where Christ said “Love thy fellow man, except for the gay ones.” Gay people, too, are made in my God’s image. I would never worship a homophobic God.

Such a loving and necessary statement from a man of great faith.

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The Govt vs The People: Two Views in Iran, Part II

Here’s the video of the Iranian student who called into CNN’s “American Morning” to provide a ground picture of the protests. Contrast with the official government TV picture of the climate.

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The Govt vs The People: Two Views on Iran

A study in contrasts: CNN provides two clips with very different views on Iran.

In the first clip, a student identified as Mohammed (to protect his identity) pleads for intervention from the President Obama and the international community. In the second clip, the government-run Press TV depicts calm streets in Tehran and shopowners open for business.

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Citizen Aid, Underground Railroads in Iran

As we know, the foreign media has been banned from covering post-election unrest in Iran and citizen journalism has filled the void. I thought this YouTube video provided a ground-level picture of aid to protesters. The accompanying information reads:

Tehran, Iran 7 Tir Sq on the 22nd of June. People helping a injured – When the hospitals are taken over by Basij and Police you find other ways to help injured – First Aid “Iranian style”. They are burning paper to then put the ashes on wounds to prevent infection.

Stay Strong, Brave Iranians

:: THE WORLD IS WATCHING ::

CNN broadcast an incredibly moving interview with Melody Moezzi, an Iranian-American author, who provides an overview of the brutal actions of the Basij, the abandonment of politics, and the development of safe havens/underground railroads. Despite political views, Moezzi says, “We’re all in the opposition at this point, because we’re opposed to murder.”

She emphasizes the fear and the hope of friends and relatives in Iran. About the murder of Neda on Saturday (Neda means “the voice” or “the call” in Farsi) , Moezzi asks: “How do you say to a woman who’s dying, ‘Do not be afraid’? Because she’s a martyr.”

Here’s the clip:



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Aung San Suu Kyi turns 64

aung-san-suu-kyiNobel Laureate and peace activist Aung San Suu Kyi turns 64 today as she awaits trial for violating the terms of her house arrest under Myanmar’s ongoing military regime. She has been under house arrest for more than a dozen years for her opposition to the brutal regime. She is one of the more than 2,100 political prisoners in Myanmar.

It’s important to continue putting international pressure on Myanmar’s leaders, who have put Suu Kyi on trial and are holding her in Yangon’s Insein prison. An online campaign, www.64forsuu.org, has been established. Amnesty International, of course, continues to provide a pipeline of information about Suu Kyi’s wrongful imprisonment.

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