3RD YOUTH ARRESTED IN UK BOY'S KILLING

By ROB HARRIS, Associated Press Writer

LIVERPOOL, England - Police arrested a third teenager Friday in the shooting of an 11-year-old boy whose death has confronted a shocked Britain with the problem of youth violence and gang culture.

The victim, Rhys Jones, was kicking a soccer ball around with friends Wednesday night when he was hit in the back of the neck by a bullet — reportedly fired by one of two youths riding by on a BMX bicycle. Police said they believed a long-barreled, black pistol was used.

Two youths, ages 14 and 18, were detained by police Thursday on suspicion of murder, and released on bail within hours. Assistant Chief Constable Patricia Gallan said a 16-year-old was arrested Friday.

Pictures of the dead boy and of his agonized mother, Melanie, appeared on the front pages of most national newspapers Friday. "Just what has gone wrong with our country?" the Daily Express asked in a headline.

[Real Liberal Christian Church comment: Your country has had neocons leading it in the wrong (violent, warmongering, greedy, selfish, depraved) direction. That's why you are suffering more internal violence. It will only worsen until you turn and repent.]

In television interviews, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith choked back tears in declaring that the government was seeking answers to the problem of youth crime.

"One of the things I am talking about with the prime minister Gordon Brown is where are people getting guns from? How are they getting here?" Smith said.

Britain outlawed the possession of handguns in 1997 in response to the massacre of 16 children, and the country has one of the lowest gun homicide rates in the world — 0.04 slayings per 100,000 people, according to the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey for 2004. The rate is roughly 100 times higher in the U.S.: 3.42 gun murders per 100,000 people.

Nonetheless, illicit guns are being smuggled into the country. And they continue to kill, with a recent peak of 97 gunshot deaths in 2001-02. There were 50 such deaths in 2005-06, according to the most recent government data.

[Real Liberal Christian Church comment: Changing hearts is the right path. End your militarism. Get out of the Empire business. Set the right example for your children. Right now, they are simply reflecting the evil (hardhearted) spirit of so-called adults.]

Police said there was no indication why Rhys was targeted, because he was not known to belong to any gang. He might have been a victim of mistaken identity or was accidentally shot by a teen trying to show off, a police official said, agreeing to discuss the case only if not quoted by name.

Gang violence in Britain is most often centered in bleak, gang-ridden neighborhoods with high unemployment, unlike Liverpool's working class Croxteth area where the boy was slain.

[Real Liberal Christian Church comment: Why are people left behind? The people of Croxteth are oppressed by the selfish and greedy (Capitalist) oligarchs of the world. Why isn't England a completely giving and sharing nation? Why doesn't it have the Commons anymore to feed the nation as it once did when it was considered free before the Norman Invasion by the spirit of selfishness (fiefdom builders)?

You need to reappraise your entire direction — the spirit you are following. Selfishness is degrading all the nations and the whole planet. It is disturbing the entire cosmos actually.]

Even before Rhys was shot down, killings of young people already were drawing increased attention. In London alone this year, seven youths have been fatally shot and 11 stabbed to death.

On Friday, neighbors, children and parents in the middle class community where Rhys lived streamed to the pub parking lot where he died. Many cards bore the simple question: Why?

"Good night and God bless son, till we meet again. All our love and kisses from mum, dad and Owen," read one message.

"When I look up to the sky and any tears that I cry, I will think of you," said another note from one of the victim's friends. A bouquet of blue and white flowers, the colors of his favorite soccer team, Everton, lay nearby.

The anguished parents shared their grief with the country in a televised news conference Thursday night.

"I then go to his room where he should be — he should be asleep — open his wardrobe. His school uniform that we have bought for senior school, his pens and pencils are there unopened," said his father, Stephen Jones, a 44-year-old store manager. "His calculator is there unopened, his shoes are still in the box. ... It's just horrific, your worst nightmare."

The Everton soccer team will wear black armbands during its home game Saturday against Blackburn and will join an expected crowd of 40,000 fans in a moment of silence to honor Rhys.

"We all here at the club have families of our own, and we cannot comprehend what you are going through," the team's captain, Phil Neville, said in a message to the boy's family.

Source

Donate


The following should appear at the end of every post:

According to the IRS, "Know the law: Avoid political campaign intervention":

Tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) organizations like churches, universities, and hospitals must follow the law regarding political campaigns. Unfortunately, some don't know the law.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from participating in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. The prohibition applies to campaigns at the federal, state and local level.

Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes. Section 501(c)(3) private foundations are subject to additional restrictions.

Political Campaign Intervention

Political campaign intervention includes any activities that favor or oppose one or more candidates for public office. The prohibition extends beyond candidate endorsements.

Contributions to political campaign funds, public statements of support or opposition (verbal or written) made by or on behalf of an organization, and the distribution of materials prepared by others that support or oppose any candidate for public office all violate the prohibition on political campaign intervention.

Factors in determining whether a communication results in political campaign intervention include the following:

  • Whether the statement identifies one or more candidates for a given public office
  • Whether the statement expresses approval or disapproval of one or more candidates' positions and/or actions
  • Whether the statement is delivered close in time to the election
  • Whether the statement makes reference to voting or an election
  • Whether the issue addressed distinguishes candidates for a given office

Many religious organizations believe, as we do, that the above constitutes a violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

That said, we make the following absolutely clear here:

  • The Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project not only do not endorse any candidate for any secular office, we say that Christianity forbids voting in such elections.
  • Furthermore, when we discuss any public-office holder's position, policy, action or inaction, we definitely are not encouraging anyone to vote for that office holder's position.
  • We are not trying to influence secular elections but rather want people to come out from that entire fallen system.
  • When we analyze or discuss what is termed "public policy," we do it entirely from a theological standpoint with an eye to educating professing Christians and those to whom we are openly always proselytizing to convert to authentic Christianity.
  • It is impossible for us to fully evangelize and proselytize without directly discussing the pros and cons of public policy and the positions of secular-office holders, hence the unconstitutionality of the IRS code on the matter.
  • We are not rich and wouldn't be looking for a fight regardless. What we cannot do is compromise our faith (which seeks to harm nobody, quite the contrary).
  • We render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. We render unto God what is God's.
  • When Caesar says to us that unless we shut up about the unrighteousness of Caesar's policies and practices, we will lose the ability of people who donate to us to declare their donations as deductions on their federal and state income-tax returns, we say to Caesar that we cannot shut up while exercising our religion in a very reasonable way.
  • We consider the IRS code on this matter as deliberate economic duress (a form of coercion) and a direct attempt by the federal government to censor dissenting, free political and religious speech.
  • It's not freedom of religion if they tax it.

And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)

  • Subscribe


  • Tom Usher

    About Tom Usher

    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
    This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.
    • Your country has had neocons leading it in the wrong (violent, warmongering, greedy, selfish, depraved) direction. That's why you are suffering more internal violence. It will only worsen until you turn and repent.

      Changing hearts is the right path. End your militarism. Get out of the Empire business. Set the right example for your children. Right now, they are simply reflecting the evil (hardhearted) spirit of so-called adults.

      Why are people left behind? The people of Croxteth are oppressed by the selfish and greedy (Capitalist) oligarchs of the world. Why isn't England a completely giving and sharing nation? Why doesn't it have the Commons anymore to feed the nation as it once did when it was considered free before the Norman Invasion by the spirit of selfishness (fiefdom builders)?You need to reappraise your entire direction -- the spirit you are following. Selfishness is degrading all the nations and the whole planet. It is disturbing the entire cosmos actually.