A reader sent me a link to NCAN – Nutty Coalition of American Nuns. Well actually replace Nutty with National – but you get the idea. By their links ye shall know them.
* Call to Action
* Quixote Center
* The Vatican
* Women’s Ordination Conference
* Women-Church Convergence
How did the Vatican instead of the U.N. slip in there? Yes the typical dissenting I-want-to-be-a-priest nuns.
Now owing to the fact that progressives are always talking about dialogue you would expect to see a comment box on their typepad powered blog. Sorry no dialogue box to dialogue in. In their post on world violence I wanted to bring up the fact that the cheapening of life via abortion, ESCR, etc, and factors like broken families leads to a culture of violence. Especially since they listed such lame factors as separation of church and state contributing to world violence. As if the United States becoming more secular will stop world violence. Yes governments that banned religion like the old Soviet Union, North Korea, and China really contributed to world peace – which is a hard sell to the way over the hundred million that died at the hands of these regimes. They also listed not using the mediation powers of the U.N. – Rwanda anyone? U.N. Observers observing genocide and not doing anything about it is really helpful. Of course they also have the boilerplate "use of inflammatory language by religious leaders of all faiths" I remember the Amish declaring a Holy War, don’t you? Or Catholics demanding that people who slander the Pope be beheaded. And don’t forget Billy Graham and his crusades. Number one on their list is "The ready access to guns" So I guess the Swiss with such a high gun count per capita including some 420,000 assault rifles in private homes makes it the most violent country in the world?
But at least they have taken a firm stand on Bottled Water.
In their post Facts That Cannot Be Ignored
* A single Mother with two children working full-time at the minimum wage of $5.15 an hour makes $10,700 a year which is $6,000 below the poverty level.
* The federal minimum wage has been the same since 1997. In those years the salaries of Senators have been raised seven times. These salaries have gone up about $35,000 or three times the yearly income of a minimum wage worker.
* Raising the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour adds up to more than one year of groceries, over 9 months of rent, and full tuition for a community college degree.
Why only $7.25 an hour? This would come to $15,080 which would still be according to them 1,000 dollars below the poverty level. So they are advocating a minimum wage below the poverty level. I really wonder what state you can get 9 months of rent, over a year of groceries and community college tuition for only $4,380? Community colleges averages more that $2,000. So I guess they are talking about a place where rent is way below 200 dollars so that you still can get those grocery prices into that calculation. Facts that can’t be ignored? How about facts that can’t be take seriously. How about the fact that only 2.2 percent of working adults earn the minimum wage and of those 76 percent of those are not heads of households. Anybody who is still making a minimum wage more than likely has a problem other than the setting of the minimum wage.