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Love this provocative article titled: “What’s Up With Oprah and Homophobic Preachers?” by Michael Harriot of the Root.com, which discusses with humor, the issue of “homophobic preachers” being aired on Oprah’s OWN channel.

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Of course, I like Oprah, as do most of us, have been a fan since her 1986 TV premier. Weekly, I look forward to my favorite OWN shows. And dearly love the positive work that Oprah is doing toward world peace and happiness, which is poised to help a lot of people and likely does.

What I don’t like is the subject of above mentioned article about “Homophobic Preachers”.  Who, to me, gives religion a bad name along with Narrow-minded Fundamentalists (that makes you want to scream at your TV), Child Molesting Priests, Islamic Extremists, and other woefully misguided folks that misuse religion to validate their own confused beliefs.

That said, the larger question is, should we ban all misguided speakers from our public forums? Though some thoughts are so toxic that such must surely be guarded against; still, the larger answer has to be an emphatic “No”!

That is, if we want our society to remain free and open to progressive thoughts that would not be aired if left to our own flawed thinking, however right we think we are. Thanks to our free press and social media, we can continue to discuss religion openly. Of course, we can also turn off our televisions or choose another channel. The choice is ours.

Note: Oprah’s Talk Show ran for 25 seasons from September 8, 1986 to May 25, 2011.

© 2017 by Delores L Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post. All rights reserved.

 

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GOOD FRIDAY: A Day of Unconditional Forgiveness

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” ~Luke 23:34 (KJV)

Easter Lily and The Cross, A Symbol of Death and Rebirth

For me, Jesus’ greatest lesson was forgiveness, which he ultimately demonstrated on the cross. Sadly, while experiencing such horrendous pain, Jesus still was able to let go of the intense suffering, if only for an instant, and forgive his enemies. Which still remains a mystery, even for a devout truthseeker.

Today, we still don’t know exactly how forgiveness works but it does, which is why it remains a great mystery. The thing is, I’ve learned that first we have to be willing to forgive, do it, and then our inner situation inexplicably changes. We actually begin to see things differently!

Ultimately, I would learn that forgiveness is like crossing an unseen bridge: Once we forgive, which can include our own mistakes, we immediately cross that abyss within our own mind. Once on the other side, we understand the problem, experience inner peace, and finally real happiness.

Of course, another thing that Jesus teaches us about forgiveness, which really was his central message, as the return to peace and love is its reward, is to let go of the negative thoughts (which keeps us bound to the pain) and let love continue the healing process. Of course, this is the hard part that can take a lifetime of practice; but what else is there to do?

This, I believe, is what Jesus meant by his following advice to a woman whom he had just saved from being stoned to death, as was then the horrendous custom:

“When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, neither do I condemn thee: Go, and sin no more.” ~John: 8:10-11(KJV)

In short, we must take care to learn from our mistakes, so as not to make the same mistake again!

Blessed Peace be upon us, Happy Easter, Amen!

© 2017 by Delores L Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post. All rights reserved.

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Christmas 2016

Wishing all a Very Merry Christmas. And in the immortal words of Charles Dickens’ Tiny Tim: May “God bless us everyone”.

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© 2016 by Delores L Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post. All rights reserved.

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Norman Rockwell's Spirit of '76

Norman Rockwell’s Spirit of ’76

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  ~United States Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

Norman Rockwell (1894–1978), was one of America’s most prolific illustrators of the 20th Century. His calendar illustration of the Spirit of ’76 is his last commission for the Boy Scouts of America, completed when Rockwell was eighty-two years of age.

For me, the leading figures with fife and drum oft-depicted in most Spirit of ’76 images, best illustrate the three driving needs upon which our great country was found. These being: Life, Liberty and Happiness, great spiritual needs that drives us all.

Time to Think About Karma: Universal Law of Cause and Effect

Yet, in pursuit of our own basic needs, least we not forget the Universal law of Cause and Effect (Karma). In other words, what we create for others we’re certain to realize in our own lives eventually, unless we change drastically. Thus, it’s always best to treat others as we would like to be treated.

Sadly, many of our lawmakers have not only forgotten this basic spiritual law of Cause and Effect but seem to believe that they are above the law. That they can do as they please to further their own needs without giving thought to how their actions will affect others. Which, of course, is their sacred responsibility to first consider the needs of We-the-people.

Perhaps this is what is meant by this famous quote from one of our nation’s founders: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  ~President John Adams, c. 1798

As our nation moves towards electing our next U.S. president in November, let us remember to prayerfully vote for the candidate who best reflects the righteous intent, sanity, and morality to uphold the quality of life for all of us, as best reflected in our founding documents.

Vote for Good not Evil

To vote for the right one, we may even have to go beyond the chosen nominees of our major political parties, if that is still the case. Now known as the “lesser of two evils” which is a dangerous game being played by the establishment, we are also free to write in the presidential candidate who has shown the moral courage and political will to do the right thing.

Fellow Americans, we are so much better than having to vote for the so-called “lesser of two evils” chosen by the establishment. Thus with a little faith and the necessary research to balance our thinking, we are destined to do so much better than that.

Happy 240th Birthday America, so glad you were born. We’ll get it right eventually.

Meanwhile fellow Americans, let’s recall our sacred duty to others as well as to our self. Keep the faith. Vote for Good not evil. And let the church say, Amen!

© 2016 by Delores L Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post. All rights reserved.

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Jane and Bernie Sanders

Jane and Bernie Sanders

“I run not to oppose any man or woman, but to propose new and far-reaching policies to deal with the crises of our times. And I run because I know we must change course now, or risk losing the future for so many to the interests of so few.”   ~Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT)

Wow! The above noble words from the Bern set my feet back on solid ground.

Being an avid Bernie Sander’s supporter, naturally I was disappointed with the New York Primary results and cried for a minute. So, I allowed myself to go with that feeling, grabbed a cup of tea, a light dinner, watched more of the depressing news coverage (silly me), watched a sit-com on TV and took to my bed exhausted.

The next morning, the phone rings and wakes me from my good nights’ sleep. Yet, at the edge of my thoughts lurked Depression, my old nemesis, trying to remind me not to be so happy; which would have worked back in the day.

Having realized the value of real happiness after years of hard work, thankfully my higher mind sharply reminds me that I know better. That the ancient teachings of Jesus the Christ and Paramahansa Yogananda[1] have raised me to think better than that, so don’t even go there!

Bernie’s Encouraging Email

Being the one who initially inspired me, I go to my computer and look for an email from my candidate. Great, I got just what I needed. Thanks Bernie.

The above great words are from Bernie’s initial email announcing his candidacy for President of the United States, which was cleverly included in his recent email reaffirming his beliefs. How cool was that!

For me, Sen. Sanders’ very first words were right on: “I run not to oppose any man or woman, but to propose new and far-reaching policies…”

I detest fighting. Having to be against something rather than for something can be very stressful; thus I was instantly relieved, looked around and Depression had left the building (so to speak)!

Jane Sanders CNN Interview

Nearly a week before the New York Primary Jane Sanders, Bernie’s wife, also from Brooklyn, is interviewed by CNN anchor, Brook Baldwin. According to CNN’s article titled, “Jane Sanders Hits Primary Process…” the New York state primary voters had to register at least 25 days before an election in order to participate. For those needing to switch party affiliation the deadline was October 9th.

Accordingly: “I thought we were trying to reinvigorate our democracy … We’re bringing a lot of new people into the party and it’s really too bad that they’re shutting the door on them,” said Mrs. Sanders.

As to the Democratic nominating process: “You have to admit, the way that they’re doing things in terms of superdelegates and in terms of how delegates are put out there doesn’t make a lot of sense to the average person… We understood those are the rules [so] we’re not complaining about it,” said Mrs. Sanders.

Sadly, indeed there would be significant voter irregularities on the following Tuesday that lights up social media. Wednesday, the Huffington Post reports: The New York Attorney General is Investigating Primary Voting Irregularities.  Like, what else is new these days?

Dreaming the Impossible Dream

According to Bernie Sanders, We still have a path to the nomination….and there are a lot of delegates up for grabs.” In other words, we are in it to win it. And so we will.

Some like to trivialize Bernie’s attainable proposals as an impossible dream. Yet, without our dreams, life ceases to evolve and we become depressed. Sadly today, way too many people have lost their faith. Yet it is our very faith that gives us both the capacity to dream the impossible dream and the courage to make it happen. For a better way of American life, go here to Bernie Sanders’ website.

Long ago, I realized that not only does God give us dreams; He gives us the wings to make them fly.

© Delores L. Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post 2016. All rights reserved.

[1] Founder of Self Realization Fellowship (SRF), Church of All Religions

 

 

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