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April 2006
Contents

Federal Judge Blocks Massey Mine Expansion
The Appalachian Coalfield Delegation to the United Nations
The Madagascar Periwinkle and Me
Community Shares - A New Way to Give That Can Make A Difference
Why We Go to the United Nations
Anne Breden: Goodbye to A Friend
Sympathy Extended to Families of Two OVEC Supporters
Leaked Massey Memo Is Blunt - Mine Coal, or Else!
Closer, But No Victory Dance for Clean Elections Yet
Arizona Official Says Campaign Finance Reform Working Great
Bill Moyers: This Is A Time for Heresy, Democracy is For Sale
Mountain State a Test Bed for Election-Funding Rules

1,200 Coal-Fired Plants Headed Our Way Within 10 Years

Victory: A Break In the Smog
Mountaintop Removal Mining Visible - From Space!
DEP Denies Massey Air Quality Permit Near Marsh Fork School
Appalachian Spring: Or, What it looks like NOW, as opposed to what it SHOULD look like
JOIN US FOR Healing Mountains
Mountain Justice Summer: MOP Up Mountaintop Removal!
MJS 2006: A Call to Action
Rape of the Mountains - A Personal Perspective

Coal Sludge and Groundwater Don't Mix

Wrap-Up of Legislative Efforts to Achieve Sludge Safety
Living with Bad Water: And This Is Happening in America?
Its Bad When Coal Waste Gets in the Water
Gods Creation: Coal Industry Does Not Practice Good Stewardship
The Character of Mountains
Residents Worry About Sludge Pond Hazards

Censored: Libraries Dont Like WV Childs Story About MTR

DEP Trying to Settle Hundreds of Massey Pollution Violations

Global Warming Already Here in the Mountain State

Massive Media Monitoring of Mountaintop Massacre
Hobet Ville
Thank You
Miscellany


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Winds of Change Newsletter, April 2006     See sidebar for table of contents

Bill Moyers: This Is A Time for Heresy, Democracy is For Sale

by Bill Moyers

The people out across the country on the front lines of this fight have brought the message down to earth, in plain language and clear metaphors. If a player sliding into home plate reached into his pocket and handed the umpire $1,000 before he made the call, what would we call that? A bribe. And if a lawyer handed a judge $1,000 before he issued a ruling, what do we call that? A bribe. But when a lobbyist or CEO sidles up to a member of Congress at a fundraiser or in a skybox and hands him a check for $1,000, what do we call that? A campaign contribution. Bill Moyers

(Excerpts from a speech given at Wake Forest University)

This is a time for heresy. American democracy is threatened by perversions of money, power, and religion. Money has bought our elections right out from under us. Power has turned government of, by, and for the people into the patron of privilege.

The corporate, political, and religious right converged in a movement that for a long time only they understood because they are its advocates, its architects, and its beneficiariesTheir political strategy was to neutralize the independent media, create their own propaganda machine with a partisan press, and flood their coffers with rivers of money from those who stand to benefit from the transfer of public resources to elite control.

Along the way they would burden the nation with structural deficits that will last until our childrens children are ready to retire, systematically stripping government of its capacity, over time, to do little more than wage war and reward privilege.

Their religious strategy was to fuse ideology and theology into a worldview freed of the impurities of compromise, claim for America the status of Gods favored among nations (and therefore beyond political critique or challenge), and demonize their opponents as ungodly and immoral.

At the intersection of these three strategies was money: Big Money.

holding preachers and politicians to a higher standard than they want to serve has marked the entire history of both religion and politics. It is the conflict between the religion of the priests ancient and modern and the religion of the prophets.

It is the vast difference between the religion about Jesus and the religion of Jesus.

Yes, the religion of Jesus. It was in the name of Jesus that the young priest John Ryan ten years before the New Deal crusaded for child labor laws, unemployment insurance, a minimum wage, and decent housing for the poor. And it was in the name of Jesus that Martin Luther King Jr. went to Memphis to march with sanitation workers who were asking only for a living wage.

This is the heresy of our time to wrestle with the gods who guard the boundaries of this great nations promise, and to confront the medicine men in the woods, twirling their bullroarers to keep us in fear and trembling.

For the greatest heretic of all is Jesus of Nazareth, who drove the money changers from the temple in Jerusalem as we must now drive the money changers from the temples of democracy.

Please check the Featured Stories section of www.ohvec.org for a link to the entire, powerful speech by Bill Moyers.

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