Saturday, August 23, 2003

From blog correspondent Lee Penn
US government in new effort to develop paperless health care system
Lee Penn: In one sense, this is a good idea; anyone in health care knows that the
system is drowning in paper, and that slow access to patient care data, or
illegible data (including illegible prescriptions) costs lives.

However, this initiative is brought to you by the same efficient,
peace-loving, liberty-protecting entity that gave us the IRS and the Patriot
Act.

How long will it take before everyone's medical records (including purchase
information information that may be associated with high-risk behaviors) are
online and available for review by the Bureaucracy? [End.]

More weird science:

Artificial wombs being developed
Lee Penn: Aldous Huxley, call your office ...

Chinese doctor arrested for selling patients as wives
Lee Penn: Money quote:
"China has 70 million bachelors unable to find wives. Men outnumber women as
a result of a one-child policy which led to many fetuses of girls, traditionally discriminated against, being aborted."

1. More of the fruits of Communism. And of the Western population
controllers who support these policies.
2. What will be the social effects on that country of having lots of young
men who can never hope to marry?

Moonies demand Christians stop using cross
It's 'divisive', critics say. Hello? The New Testament says it is: a stumbling-block to the Jews and folly to the Greeks. Our Lord predicted all this: divisions among men for His sake.

Lee Penn: Several notes:
1. The Moonies spawn new front groups and new affiliates as readily as the Communist Party once did. [A cult for neocons?]
2. Stallings, one of the principal speakers against the cross at the Moonie-led symposium, used to be a Catholic priest. [A self-promoting showboater in the Marcus Garvey mold.] He left ...in late 1989, and formed his own [miniscule] black breakaway church, the Imani Temple. [And after that was allegedly consecrated a bishop by some vagante joker, thus joining that little fraternity.] In 2001, he participated in a Moonie wedding, tying the knot in an arranged marriage to a Japanese woman. ([The probably mad] Archbishop Milingo got married at the same service, but later abandoned the union and returned to the Church after a direct appeal from the Pope.) [Bracketed comments by me.]

The second story ran in The Christian Challenge, a traditionalist Anglican
magazine, in January 2003. It describes the ongoing cooperation between the
United Religions Initiative and Moonie interfaith activists.

Episcopal bishop accepts ‘Moonie’ group’s award
By Lee Penn
The Christian Challenge (Washington, DC)
January 21, 2003

Conflict has arisen within the United Religions Initiative (URI) after its
founder, California Episcopal Bishop William Swing, accepted an award from an
organization started by the founder of the controversial Unification Church, the
Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

The group in question, the World Association of Non-Governmental
Organizations (WANGO), gave an "Interreligious Cooperation Award" to Swing and
the URI at
an October 2002 banquet in Washington. (Non-Governmental organizations, or
NGOs, are private charities and advocacy groups recognized by the UN.)

The Rev. Sanford Garner, a retired Episcopal priest and a founding member of
the URI in Washington D.C., accepted the award on behalf of Swing, offering an
acceptance speech written by the bishop.

Since 1992, WANGO's founder, Rev. Moon, has declared that he and his wife are
"the Messiah and True Parents of all humanity."

The award has sparked bitter controversy within the URI, despite the fact
that this trendy seven-year-old interfaith movement--which some critics believe
is aimed at producing a one-world religion--has opened its doors widely to all
types of belief systems, including even those of the neo-pagan or New Age
genre. Members of the Unification Church, and organizations aligned with it,
have
been active in the URI since 1997.

One URI activist expressed "horror and deep disappointment" over the "Moonie"
connection, describing the Unification Church as a cult that engages in
"threats, brainwashing techniques, marriages to pre-arranged strangers," and
lying
to outsiders.

URI Executive Director Charles Gibbs said: "I don't believe there as been as
much passion and opposition expressed since we were struggling to finalize the
Purpose statement in 1999."

But Gibbs reiterated the decision of the URI Standing Committee (which he
described as "the equivalent of a Board's Executive Committee") to have Garner
accept the WANGO award on Swing's behalf.

The award reflects a relationship between the URI and the Unification Church
which has grown increasingly friendly in recent years.

In India in 1997, the URI co-sponsored interfaith events with--among other
groups--the Inter-Religious Federation for World Peace (IRFWP), which was
founded by Rev. Moon.

In Mumbai, India, the next year, the URI co-sponsored a "Dialogue on
Conversion from Hindu and Christian Perspectives" with the World Conference on
Religion and Peace (WCRP), a mainstream interfaith organization--and, yet again
with
the IRFWP.

Gibbs also has said that he knows of URI Cooperation Circles (CCs) which
"have valued members who come from the Unification Church." (Cooperation Circles
are the equivalent of local or regional URI chapters; there are about 200 CCs
worldwide.)

Karen Smith, a Unificationist who now works with the Interreligious and
International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP) at the UN, stated that "some
individuals who are now significant in IIFWP did attend some of the early
meetings"
of the URI, and that some IIFWP members are also active in URI Cooperation
Circles.

The home page of the IIFWP offers links to "Other Peace
Organizations"--including the UN, the URI, the Action Coalition for Global
Change (a gathering of
"progressive" globalist organizations) and the UN-sponsored University for
Peace in Costa Rica. The home page of the Religious Youth Service, a youth
interfaith service group under the IIFWP, likewise links to the URI and the
North
American Interfaith Network (a mainstream interfaith organization).

WANGO actively supports adoption of the Earth Charter, a radical
environmental code now being considered at the UN. Thus, the Moonies' entry into
the URI
appears to be part of a broader-range effort on their part to shed the
conservative, anti-communist image that they have had in the past, and to appeal
to
the left as well as to the right.
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Sources available upon request

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