Tuesday, November 16, 2004

the sudan divestment campaign

Rev. Walter Fauntroy is on the mic, talking about stopping the genocide in Sudan. He's asking people to pull their money from investments that contribute to the genocidal killing. Amen to that.

I think, when you really think about it, that's it's kind of petty for people to worry about gay people marrying each other when there are things like genocide and slavery still going on in the world. Can't we all agree to take care of mass murder before we go out of our way to make sure that a woman can't marry a woman?

"Every one of us has the power to make a difference." - fauntroy

Khartoum is the name of the regime doing the killing over there.

Now he's talking about how we did the same thing with apartheid in south africa, divesting our money.

That's an interesting concept, the idea that divesting our money and energy from morally wrong activities is as important as investing in morally righteous activities.

New Jersey will be one of the first states to bring up legislation to divest from companies that support the Khartoum regime - yeah baby! Awesome. Jersey rocks.

"It's about the money. Cash rules in all matters." Fauntroy

Fauntroy was a congressional rep for DC for 20 years, from 71 to 91.

Joseph Madison is talking now, he's the president of the Sudan Campaign.

Now Rep. Donald Payne from Jersey is talking now.

Wow, the place where they are speaking is empty. That is so sad. One of the New Kids on the Block could probably hold a solo concert across the street and get more people to come. How sad that things like genocide in other countries just don't grab the american public like the dumbest pieces of pop culture do.

Now Payne is talking about which senators have helped: Frist, Lugar, Leahy, Hoeffel, - at least it's gotten some bipartisan support.

I've gone 1.42 miles.

The guy who just asked a question was from American Clergy Magazine, which it looks like is put out by the American Clergy Leadership Conference.

Wow, I just went on a huge web surfing tangent, because that clergy organization is somehow related to Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his "unification church." So then I googled him, and ended up at this page on one of his web sites, which gives instructions for how a man and a woman are first supposed to do the deed when they get married, or something to that effect. To make a long story short, it involves wiping their love organs with the "holy handkerchief" afterwards and... well, here is a direct quote: "After the act of love, both spouses should wipe their sexual areas with the Holy Handkerchief. Hang the handkerchief to dry naturally and keep them eternally. They must be kept individually labeled and should never be laundered or mixed up." Can't you imagine having some friends over for dinner and they're like "What are those framed napkins? And why are they labeled with your and your wife's names?" "Oh those old things? Those are the holy handkerchiefs from our first act of love. Give 'em a whiff after dinner."

... but back to Sudan and Rev. Fauntroy...

"Cash rules in all matters, and the cash is in the hands of millions of Americans." I love that kind of straight dope talk. The fact of the matter is that pompous politicians usually won't say things that bluntly. They'll say things like, "capital can play a huge role in how situations like this play out."

So that's the end of that program. Big lessons? Cash rules in all matters, and if you ever meet someone from Rev. Moon's unification church and you have a runny nose and they offer you their kerchief, you should probably decline the offer.

2.53 miles...

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