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Mercy Ships - A Worthy Cause !!!

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  1. oldie

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  2. angelize56

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    That is a worthwhile cause Oldie! (y) Are you joining up? You could do the Caribbean ship. I see they even accept volunteers for only a two week stint. Take care! angel :)
     
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    Unfortunately, I'm always "thinking" of it. Two years ago I did some Tutoring in an English as a Second Language Program and last Christmas, I wrapped presents for Project Literacy, so I am overdue.... :(

    Does ushering at church count?

    Thanks for the nudge, Oldie :)
     
  4. oldie

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    tempting Marlene, tempting ;) you must admit that the cause is a worthy one (y) volunteers from 50 nations :eek: I do know from one (?) that the biggest headache are the logistics involved :eek: I also note from (?) that many well known stars, such as your Brads etc do regular stints ;) ;) ;)

    Regards - Oldie
     
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    At the risk of breaking any copyright regs - as Nike would say - Just do it (y)

    Regards - Oldie
     
  6. valley

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    Hi Oldie :) A worthy cause indeed. And just so you know, I'd work alongside anyone...an atheist, wiccan, new-ager...anyone, to ease the suffering of others if I could. (y)

    My "pet" cause is the Bethesda Outreach in Africa. Our church missionaries have been in Africa for close to 20 years now, striving to build up communities, and care for the orphans who have seen more death than you or I ever will in our lifetimes. They are dying for want of simple things, Bill. Sanitary living conditions, malnutrition, medicine. Our church regularly sends clothing, toys, shampoo, soap, tylenol, bandaids, gauze...etc..to help. It doesnt go far..the need is just so great and the laborers are just too few :(
     
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    Val - I know lass - I know (y) one can only do so little, but taken as a whole it is much :) :) :)

    oldie (y)
     
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    Only because wiccan came up in my search for relevant posts :D :D







    THAT VOODOO YOU DO NOT WELL
    by Randy Cassingham

    It might seem a bit strange that the SciFi cable TV channel might air
    a "reality" show -- after all, the "Fi" stands for "Fiction", but who
    ever said "reality TV" was an accurate depiction of life?

    Be that as it may, SciFi's "Mad, Mad House" ran on the channel, which
    is owned by Universal Studios. Judging by its ratings, you've probably
    never heard of the show, so here's the scoop from the SciFi web site:

    Five practitioners of "alternative lifestyles" -- a Wiccan, a
    Naturist, a Modern Primitive, a Voodoo Priestess and a real-life
    Vampire (known collectively as the Alts) -- rule the roost.
    Meanwhile, 10 ordinary folks move into the House as the Alts'
    Guests -- and compete against one another for the $100,000 jackpot.
    Our Guests will live out a Survivor meets The Real World meets The
    Osbournes lifestyle -- and try to get along living under one roof
    together. The eclectic and unpredictable Alts will challenge them,
    judge them and eliminate them one by one -- ultimately deciding
    which Guest is most fit for life in the Mad Mad House.

    Even though this wasn't the Fox Network, the winning "Guest" was a
    stripper. Sorry, but it was against the rules to do the obvious: vote any
    of the weirdos ...er, "Alts"... out of the house.

    Of the five "Alts", which would you think might be the most
    controversial? Perhaps the Naturist? (If you don't know the term, you
    probably know the more common "nudist".) But nope, that was just a silly
    yawn, thanks to strategically placed house plants and such.

    OK, how about the "Modern Primitive"? That would be Art, who practices
    "ritual suspension" (he likes to hang around) and "other traditions" that
    are "based on Native American rites of passage". Rather than live on a
    Reservation in the middle of a southwestern desert, Art is "a
    professional piercing artist and body-modifier. His goal is to cover his
    own body with Polynesian and Marquesan art." In publicity photos, he
    doesn't seem to wear much more than "Avocado", the name that the naturist
    Alt, David Wolfe, prefers to go by. Rather, Art mainly sports geometric
    tattoos, even on his face. Nah -- nothing out of the ordinary there.

    Then there's Ta'Shia, the "Voodoo Priestess". OK, OK, this one was
    pre-shadowed by the case title. Yep: she's the controversial one. SciFi
    says Iya Ta'Shia Asanti was raised Christian, but "later became
    disenchanted with it." So she "embraced the tenets of Voodoo and has
    spent more than a decade studying and training in the field of African
    spirituality. She is a co-founder of the Ifa Conference on African
    Spiritual Tradition, a priestess of Yemoja in the Ifa tradition, a
    civil-rights activist, a teacher of African traditions and culture, and
    an award-winning poet." The point of her being on the show was to educate
    people that voodoo is "a sacred religion unlike the misrepresentations
    popularized in entertainment."

    Sounds like a reasonable goal. But not to the National African
    Religion Congress Inc., which likes to be called NARC. Based not in
    Africa but in Philadelphia, Penn., NARC says depicting Ta'Shia as a
    voodoo priestess "demeans and misrepresents the voodoo religion."

    "People already have negative feelings about this religion without a
    program like this exacerbating things," said NARC president George Ware
    before the program even aired.

    Since the NARCs hadn't seen the show yet, they had to go by its
    advertising and publicity to criticize it. They say Ta'Shia does not wear
    the correct clothing for a voodoo priestess, and that the promotional
    clips for the show depict her doing things that aren't part of the
    religion. God (or whoever) forbid!

    The African group has thus embraced the American way: it filed a
    lawsuit in federal court against Universal Studios, USA Cable
    Entertainment, and show producer House of Eleven Productions demanding
    that the court order the show to change their advertising and
    programming. The suit says Ta'Shia isn't a voodoo priestess, but rather
    merely a priestess of "Yemoja in the Ifa tradition". Thus, the SciFi
    channel must be forced to stop calling Ta'Shia a voodoo priestess, and be
    restrained from "airing any episode... that falsely portrays any practice
    of African-based religions."

    Perhaps unwittingly, the lawsuit revealed a possible ulterior motive
    for the suit: it says the show's producers signed Ta'Shia for the show
    only after failing to sign Gro Mambo Angela Novanyon, "a recognized
    Haitian voodoo high priestess in Philadelphia," who just happens to be
    the founder of NARC.

    But two months after filing the suit, NARC dropped it. In its
    newsletter, NARC notes the suit was settled when SciFi agreed to put a
    disclaimer on the "Mad Mad House" web site. "The relief NARC sought in
    its suit," the newsletter noted, "i.e., an injunction blocking broadcast
    of the show, was not possible because of First Amendment protections
    given to free speech." Darn those pesky American freedoms! And, um,
    didn't they know about that basic right before they filed suit? (Of
    course they did, that's not the point. Publicity and pressure was.)
    Although they admit they have no legal leg to stand on, NARC still
    ominously hints that "other relief may be sought in the future" now that
    the lawsuit has fallen on its face.

    Meanwhile, the show's web site still bills Ta'Shia as a "Voodoo
    Priestess". What a shock! Let's hope the suits in SciFi's executive suite
    didn't injure themselves when they rolled their eyes -- that could be an
    actionable injury.

    Ironically, in the same issue of their newsletter NARC editorializes
    against "Holier Than Thou Disease", lamenting that "The National African
    Religion Congress constantly encounters dissension from one spiritual
    house to another and from one African-based religion to another." In the
    editorial, Gro Mambo Angela Novanyon herself lectures that "It takes a
    small mind and a lack of spiritual education to think that your religion
    is the purest, most powerful and the only religion recognized by God."

    Voodoo practitioners: heal yourselves!


    SOURCES:
    1) "Suit: TV Show Demeans Voodoo", Philadelphia Inquirer, 24 February
    2004
     
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