NASA, Russia & the Muslim Community

A few weeks ago one of our astronauts lifted off on a Russian Soyuz rocket in Kazakhstan, along with two other “astronauts” (actually, the term “astronaut” was coined to identify space-persons from the United States – Russians are called “Cosmonauts”. I don’t know what the Egyptians are called – possibly Pharaoh-nauts). They went for an extended stay of months aboard the International Space Station.

The launch took place in Russia instead of Florida  because of the eminent termination of the United States Space Shuttle program (there are only two more planned Shuttle launches, tentatively scheduled for February 3rd and April 1st).

Victory in Congress!

WAY back in April I wrote about the need for the Federal government to be restored to an original multi-party legislature – with a balance of  power between different parties and philosophies (you can review that posting HERE). Obviously that was months before the November election; even before most state’s primaries. The result of those elections did in fact set up a drive for the return to a more balanced government.

Passivity in Christianity – ?

In the recent past, there has been an attitude that Christians should be the silent minority (even though there are more people in the United States professing to be Christian than not) and that we should be neither seen nor heard. This not only encompasses our daily lives but public and political as well.

That attitude is as far from the ethics established by Jesus, and the foundation of the “Church”, as is possible!  True, the moral principle of “turning the other cheek” is well known and, quite frankly, has been used against the Church when retaliation would be the call of the hour. We are expected to stand and let physical or verbal “blows” bounce off us, without comment or action.

“I Believe” – By a 6 Year Old !

Six year old Connie Talbot, heartthrob from “Britian’s Got Talent“, sings “I Believe“.

A message appropriate for all of us at any age!

(See the video)