User Profile: Alessandre

Alessandre

Member Since: September 01, 2010

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  • April 11, 2014 at 12:49pm

    I’d do my best to get the “worker” fired. Hire an attorney, no. Go to the press, yes. This isn’t discrimination. This action came from a thoughtless “child” who ought not be working with the public.

  • April 9, 2014 at 3:21pm

    Rand, AvengerK is right.

    I’ve been working on a book about my experience as a child. When my parents were killed, a man & his family “took me in.” I was brutalized & raped for years & finally escaped. Recently, my spiritual director asked if I might have been sold to him. It’s possible. Certainly he & his wife engaged in many actions over the years which point to an attempt to hide my antecedents; when I challenged him, he once told me, “You’re mine! Even if you’re not mine, you’re still mine!”

    Child predators are masters at hiding. It’s better they think they’re safe & be surprised than that they go deeper underground.

    BTW: thanks be to God for my survival, escape & for the healing He has brought me. I never imagined it was possible but there is no hell too deep for God.

  • January 25, 2014 at 1:25pm

    Abraham predates the authoring of Genesis, as do Isaac, Jacob, his 12 sons, etc. 1 of the things the 1st 5 books of the OT does is reveal the truth as opposed to all the beliefs that existed at the time, as if God tells Moses, ‘I know what the nations believe. This is what really happened.’ God teaches Israel not to be like the nations surrounding them precisely because they neither know nor follow the truth.

  • January 24, 2014 at 3:28pm

    The real story here is about love. I’m sorry you can’t see that & grateful that this family can. I was orphaned at about 5 & left “foster care” (no fostering, no care) at 15. Being smart, I won a scholarship to university. But the family I lived w/ for 2 years taught me far more than I learned in any school. Because of them, I began learning how to be human & how to live w/ others. Ultimately, though, I didn’t find family (or healing) until I found authentic Christian community. Not every Christian community walks the walk, but those who do heal others.

    @ JRook, before passing judgement, you might want to encounter more people who have no one and have been brought into Christian families. Can non-Christians do the same? I can’t answer that question. I can only say what was done for me &, I know, there are many more like me.

  • January 24, 2014 at 3:10pm

    What has this to do with religion?

  • January 23, 2014 at 6:04pm

    “the alternatives being put forth by the majority of the pro-life side are not very tangible alternatives”

    @zapparules: You haven’t researched the alternatives. I am one of many who support homes for pregnant women who have no resources. Women enter the homes, while pregnant (often bringing other children), & stay until their babies are 2 – 3 yrs old. During that time, mothers receive free rent, free medical care & everything else they require. They learn to be responsible, take parenting classes, prepare to find & keep a job, complete educations, enter the job market & finally, become self-sustaining. After they leave, the homes provide support for as long as necessary. Those who work for & volunteer at the homes become support, friends & family. People of all religions &, occasionally, none run such homes & offer such support. If they decide to put their child up for adoption, open adoption is always an option. There are many alternatives. We’ve put our money & time where our beliefs are. No pregnant or single mother, anywhere in this country, need be w/o help.

  • December 2, 2013 at 2:51pm

    actually, TB still exists in America among those w/ compromised immune systems because of AIDS, drug addiction, chemotherapy, critical illness, advanced age, etc. I was tested for TB before having chemo & after 5 rounds of chemo could easily catch it. I hope no one else w/ a compromised immunity was on that plane.

  • November 21, 2013 at 4:47pm

    h20boy & rfp313, how will Fr. Pontifex not recording an album help clean “up [the Catholic Church's] internal mess”? He is not listed on the list of priests who have been accused of molesting children. Neither has he been given any responsibilities to clean up any scandals in the Church. Are you suggesting all Catholic clergy ought to remain hidden away until all scandals are resolved?

    If that is so, then all pedophiles: clergy, teachers, parents, et al. & all who belong to any group that use their position over children to molest, brutalize & abuse them ought do nothing except address the criminals in their group(s) who harm children. Whatever happened to having some address such scandals while the larger group continues its work? What is the sense/purpose of your comment?

    I was repeatedly brutalized, raped & abused as a child. Some of the culprits were a Baptist minister, his family & household. The entire Baptist church is not responsible & cannot address the misdoings of the minister who harmed me neither can they spend all their time searching out possible pedophiles. They can, as the Catholic Church has done & is doing, do their best to prevent pedophiles from harming children in the future. They can also listen to & act on complaints & pay attention to changes in behaviour, of children in particular, that signal something is seriously wrong. But the rest of the time, they might want to write a sermon, hold services, help someone, make a rap album…

  • August 23, 2013 at 5:00pm

    @RabidPatriot: how do you not see this is a violation of religious beliefs? To do business, they must take photos of an act that Scripture describes as an abomination. The “marriage” itself is the evil act & true Christians may not participate. Martyrs have died because they refused to participate in such evil acts.

    Have you never read Matthew 7:6? “Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under foot and turn to attack you.” We don’t share the Gospel to those who are not willing to listen. Refusing to photograph the wedding because it is opposed to Christianity was sharing the Gospel that marriage is between a man & a woman. The couple’s response, a lawsuit, was also their way of refusing to hear the Gospel.

  • August 23, 2013 at 4:42pm

    “The Protestant off shoot cultic Churches, 32,000 of them and counting have yet again made the worlds true Christians look intolerant.

    “It’s not being Gay that is the sin, it’s the act itself because it could forbid Gods will in the act of procreation.

    “But never does it say to turn your back on your fellow man. That is unHoly.”

    @Zapster: All Catholics are to assist at Mass each Sunday but those engaged in grave sin may not receive Communion. Homosexual relationships & working to advance that agenda are grave sins & not just because homosexuals can’t have children. The acts themselves are evil. Any faithful priest would refuse communion to the daughter as well as a mother who supports such acts. Both would be counseled to change their ways. Faithful Catholics would pray that they undergo conversion of heart, repent, seek forgiveness & return to full communion but we don’t support sinners in their sin: we can’t stop anyone walking the path to perdition but we don’t walk w/ them.

    Catholic parishes have become so large, it’s hard for priests to know all their parishioners so some get away w/ receiving Communion when they ought to stay away. And there are heretical priests who don’t care. Both those who receive unworthily & such priests scandalize the faithful. It’s also scandalous to pretend that “true Christians” would do “accept” rather than encourage repentance. The Catholic Church teaches Scripture is inerrant. Scripture teaches that homosexua

  • August 21, 2013 at 2:03pm

    It is the tip of the iceberg. Public schools are the #1 place, outside the home, where children are sexually assaulted & raped. The scandal in the Catholic church is tiny compared to the huge scandal of child rape in the public schools. That is why CA has been working to pass a law that prevents suits against public school teachers & public schools themselves for sexual assault & rape. I’d take a closer look at the 8 teachers who supported Erickson. I’d take a closer look at the Rose City school system. This isn’t a matter of free speech but of trying to provide cover for criminal actions throughout the school system. Moving kids to another school isn’t the answer either. Pedophiles don’t wear a sign & can be found in good schools & bad.

    30+ years ago, my 6th year teacher came on to me when I was 10 years-old. I attended an excellent school. Soon after, my teacher was convicted of taking photos of his daughter & her boyfriend while they were having sex (both were minors) & giving them drugs. That teacher “only” made improper suggestions to me. Much worse has happened & continues to happen. There are many great teachers who would never harm a child. But there are also many pedophiles who use teaching as a means to gain access to children. Instead of fleeing public schools, we ought to be exposing the crimes that are being committed against the children who attend them & prosecuting the criminals.

  • August 19, 2013 at 3:00pm

    @VoteBushin12: Before giving us your examples, do a bit of research. An occasional glass of wine will not cause a miscarriage. Alcohol & tobacco cause low birth rate & alcohol also results in fetal alcohol syndrome but rarely miscarriage. Some pregnant women do run marathons w/ their doctor’s approval, depending on their physical condition & that of the baby & the trimester. (Running a marathon during the 3rd trimester would be tricky for most women.)

    Your image of pregnant women & developing babies is simply absurd. Babies take what they need from their mothers’ bodies to survive, grow & develop. That’s the way God designed them. They are not easily miscarried unless there is illness, defect, extreme negligence or malice. The 1st two are under God’s control. The latter two are prosecutable & pregnant women have been prosecuted & jailed for both. In our mad world, a pregnant woman has the right to abort the child in her womb but not endanger him.

    Unborn babies are afforded the rights of those that have been born w/ the exception that mothers may kill their unborn babies. I wonder if a lawsuit might be brought using as precedent cases where women have been prosecuted for endangering their unborn children. If a mother can be prosecuted for endangering an unborn child, killing him is depriving him of life w/o due process. If every woman who wants to abort must prove to a jury her baby deserves death, abortion would cease to exist overnight.

  • August 19, 2013 at 2:31pm

    “And if we’re to conclude that life at the point of inception [sic] is endowed with all the rights as it is at birth, then that brings into many more questions relating to endangerment cases. IE: If a mother didn’t know she was pregnant and miscarries is she responsible for manslaughter? How about if she knew she was pregnant, but wanted to go for a run and in the course of her run she fell and miscarried? Is that a homicide?”

    @VoteBush12: 1st, it’s “conception” not “inception.” 2nd, come back to reality. A spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) is not a crime. It’s an act of God using nature & God has the right to determine if a baby lives or dies. A woman who falls & miscarries (& pregnant women usually do fall w/o miscarrying) has had an accident, not committed a crime. A crime requires intent or a high level of negligence. As long as a pregnant woman provides reasonable care for herself & her unborn baby, she is not endangering her child. Pregnant women are not delicate orchids that must sit quietly until baby is born. In fact, exercise & living a normal life (ie: caring for other children & the home, working, etc) are good for both the developing baby and the mother.

  • August 17, 2013 at 2:59pm

    @Ridemodels: “We got a nation of “Christian” women who turn a blind eye to the fact that young girls have to sell their bodies to pay for SCHOOL LOANS”

    No one forces young women to sell their bodies to pay for school loans. Graduates who have relied heavily on loans (very foolish) should live modestly as they pay their debt. But students can go to college w/o creating a lot of debt. Online colleges allow students to earn a degree while working. There are even free college courses online that offer students the opportunity to take CLEP exams for credit & save $1000s. Studying at a 2-year community college & then transferring to a 4-year school, studying part-time while working full time, or working hard in high school & seeking out scholarships & other grants are just a few of the creative ways students can obtain a degree & limit debt. Most BA/BS students will have to use a combination of ideas but engaging in immoral & self-destructive work is not necessary.

    Also, students should decide whether they really need a 4 year degree to reach their goals. Some careers require a BA/BS. But many careers/jobs only require a 2 year (or less) program. We push college on everyone but many will not benefit & would be better served taking a vocational course, going to work &, if interested, studying part time. What is needed is proper guidance & prudence. But Christians aren’t to blame because some girls decide to prostitute themselves to pay off their loans.

  • August 5, 2013 at 11:47am

    This meme must be corrected. Benghazi was not a consulate. It was a CIA facility. The “diplomatic mission” consisted of Ambassador Stevens & any aides he had w/ him in Benghazi. But the compound & annex were both CIA. Continuing the “consulate” meme distracts from what actually happened & from the truth. Why was our ambassador using a CIA facility?

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  • July 29, 2013 at 2:01pm

    there are times when I am amazed that most children survive childhood (& that I survived some of the silly things I did as a child). children reach first & forget their rare times of repentance as soon as they’re over.

  • July 29, 2013 at 1:44pm

    I have Crohn’s & have had occasions when I couldn’t make it to the toilet. It once happened at work & the results were terrible particularly when I was trapped for an hour in the ladies’ room with no clothing on my lower body. I was surprised at the amount of that came out & that it wouldn’t stop coming. As I waited, I cleaned as well as I could but there was an awful mess; my attempts to clean probably made the situation worse. I was so embarrassed, I forgot to tell maintenance for some time. Such an experience is horrific especially for an adult. I understand that the judges felt disgusted but please read the dissenting opinion which is rooted in fact rather than disgust. Judges ought to be above feelings but in our day, they’re not.

  • July 29, 2013 at 1:13pm

    he’s a member of the Anglican Communion which is horribly divided between support for sin & rejection of sin. that’s one reason many are fleeing the Episcopal & Anglican churches & other parishes are asking faithful bishops to take them into their bishoprics. I’m so sorry Archbishop Tutu would choose hell over heaven. rejecting homosexual activity is not homophobic & he knows it. all I know to do is pray for him & those who are trying to forward an agenda that only leads to death. same sex attraction is a horrible cross to bear and those carrying it need our support & help to bear it. but desire must not be the fundamental basis of our actions. we must be more than what we want or what makes us feel good: that’s what it means to grow up.

  • July 27, 2013 at 4:44pm

    @wordofwisdom, actually, Hispanics are white except when it suits others to consider them something else. Hispanics are white Europeans just like all other white Europeans. even tribes from the mid-East are white. Race, on the other hand, is a fairly modern construct. Throughout the world, from at least Moses time if not earlier, men & women from different “races” intermarried for reasons of protection, financial gain & even love. (Moses wife was African.) All this race garbage is distraction from the truth.

  • July 26, 2013 at 7:13pm

    Google may not like the NSA but Google does mine emails & engage in other breaches of privacy. If Google can make money breaching privacy, Google is happy. I switched to a paid service a year ago. Email w/o ads is worth the price.

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