Tag Archives: Human Rights

Inconvenienced

Inconvenience.

That was the word that plodded through my mind when planning the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition’s BisMan Metro Solidarity with Charlottesville rally for Monday. Being the firecracker and loose cannon that I am, Continue reading Inconvenienced

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Where has the solid witness of Christ gone?

Letter: Where has the solid witness of Christ gone?
By Kevin Tengesdal on Jul 27, 2017 at 5:34 p.m.

Original Letter Sent:

This week, newsfeeds blast reports of politicians from a “Christian” nation determined to revoke healthcare from the vulnerable. A North Dakota Christian spews vile death threats at immigrants. The commander-in-chief tweets his loathing against military personnel who are transgender; as well as regaling his questionable life-capers with a crowd of teenage boys.

Attacks and disrespect against the vulnerable and marginalized continually pour in from many levels of the Presidential Administration. Far-right Anglo Christians have seemingly increased pressure and opposition against any deemed different. Ostensibly, fear and anger also energized many North Dakota Legislators this past Spring.

Where is the voice of ethical and moral reasoning standing a witness against manifestations of anger and fear?

Good Christians, show proof of our Jesus elated with any of these actions from this administration and its worshippers. Show proof of our Jesus asking us to hurl the less-than to the wayside. Show proof of our Jesus thrilled with North Dakota officials kowtowing to out-of-state oil corporations at the sake of Native Americans who strive to protect our environment. Show proof of our Jesus encouraging us to scream racial epithets and hatred against immigrants fleeing war-torn countries for a safer sanctuary. Show proof of our Jesus commending a war against abortion and against homosexuals is far greater than loving your neighbor who is different from you.

Where has America gone? Where has a solid witness of Christ gone? Together, whether non-religious or not, it is past time for us to reclaim our America — America the land of the free, and the home of the brave. Together we can fight against fear, hatred, anger, and all that which destroys the compassionate human spirit.

As posted at http://www.inforum.com/opinion/letters/4303854-letter-where-has-solid-witness-christ-gone in the Fargo Forum:

Where is the voice of ethical and moral reasoning standing a witness against manifestations of anger and fear?

Good Christians, show proof of our Jesus elated with any of these actions from this administration and its worshippers.

Show proof of our Jesus asking us to hurl the less-than to the wayside. Show proof of our Jesus thrilled with North Dakota officials kowtowing to out-of-state oil corporations at the sake of Native Americans who strive to protect our environment.

Show proof of our Jesus encouraging us to scream racial epithets and hatred against immigrants fleeing war-torn countries for a safer sanctuary. Show proof of our Jesus commending a war against abortion and against homosexuals is far greater than loving your neighbor who is different from you.

Where has America gone? Where has a solid witness of Christ gone?

Together, whether non-religious or not, it is past time for us to reclaim our America—America the land of the free, and the home of the brave. Together we can fight against fear, hatred, anger, and all that which destroys the compassionate human spirit.

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Liberty includes respect for others

Is there a slow death of religious liberty?

In America, protected classes include race, color, national origin, choice of religion, disability, and familial status. What reason must ones chosen religion, which is a protected class, need additional Religious Freedom laws? Continue reading Liberty includes respect for others

Negatives in trading deal

Negatives in trading deal

KEVIN TENGESDAL Bismarck Dec 19, 2015

The Obama administration wants to fast-track the largest free trade agreement in history, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, covering more than 40 percent of world GDP and about a third of world trade. This would establish trade relations with countries where workers face systemic abuse with either the complicity or direct involvement of their government, among them: Mexico, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei. Continue reading Negatives in trading deal