We want to inform you, that the new Leak Prevention platform POPULEAKS has sent the following request to the Prime Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt a few minutes ago.
Note: As soon as this e-mail is sent, we have in addition, and in accordance with the new POPULEAKS concept, informed the media representatives listed in our international press mailing list (4,567 direct-contact journalists) about the inquiry addressed to you. Only 4 days ago we reached about 60 million people in Germany with a large customer protection scandal populeaks.org
To the Prime Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Dear Dr. Hisham Kandil,
POPULEAKS confronts governments, corporations and non-governmental organizations with the assertions made by our whistleblowers - and demands substantiated replies or information within a time window of ten days. POPULEAKS itself furthermore functions as an inquirer in respect of current affairs and public policy issues, events and decisions.
Question: Do you think the current anti-government protests in Egypt are only a temporary irritation or a longer process? Do you want the immediate introduction of sharia? We request your much appreciated answer by latest, 28.11.2012.
Nearly half of Republicans say there is “solid evidence” of global warming, a 37 percent jump from 2009, according to a new PEW Research Center poll.
According to the poll, conducted between October 4 and October 7, 67 percent of all Americans and 48 percent of Republicans say that the Earth is warming, a 4 percentage-point jump from last year and a 10 percentage-point jump from 2009; 42 percent of Americans and about a third of Republicans say that they believe the warming is caused by human activity.
Despite the uptick, the numbers are still far below numbers from the middle of last decade, when 77 percent of all Americans and nearly two thirds of Republicans believed the Earth was warming. According to experts, those numbers fell around the time when the economy collapsed in 2008 and people began worrying about other issues.
“Adults have a limited attention span for public policy issues and tend to grow tired of the same issues if they persist over a number of years … it may be applicable to a long-term issue such as climate change,” Jon Miller, a University of Michigan professor wrote in a July study about Generation X’s thoughts on climate change.
The real problem with Bishop Jenky’s proclamations from the pulpit isn’t the Godwinian comparison of President Obama to Hitler and Stalin, but rather his clear electioneering that violates Federal laws for tax exempt organizations.
In an April 14 sermon at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Bishop Daniel Jenky said, in part, “Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services, and health care. In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama - with his radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path.”
Jenky, the top official of the diocese, later said, “This fall, every practicing Catholic must vote, and must vote their Catholic consciences, or by the following fall our Catholic schools, our Catholic hospitals, our Catholic Newman Centers, all our public ministries — only excepting our church buildings - could easily be shut down.”
Tax-exempt organizations, including churches, are prohibited by federal tax law from engaging in partisan politics. Any rational person knows Jenky was telling his parishioners to vote against Obama. And the IRS treats such open intervention in a political campaign as a violation of the law. (Even the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops warns its clergy not to endorse or oppose candidates or “take any action that reasonably could be construed as endorsement or opposition.”)
But some people don’t seem to comprehend the situation. After AU reported the Peoria diocese, our critics wrote to tell us that we “don’t understand what church-state separation means.” One email correspondent even suggested that we look up that definition in Wikipedia.
Trust us. We know what it means. We’ve been defending religious liberty since 1947, which is quite a few years longer than Wikipedia has been around. We’ve got this stuff covered.
Others accused us of stifling free speech. Even if they didn’t agree with Jenky’s extreme hyperbole, they felt he had every right to address public issues. They’re partly right about that, of course. Religious leaders do have a constitutional right to discuss the moral implications of public policy issues, even in extreme language if they choose.
But Jenky didn’t stop there. The bishop, the top employee of a tax-exempt institution, used his official position to urge congregants to vote a certain way. He not only issued his election orders from the pulpit, he posted them on the church’s tax-exempt website.