Saturday, July 18, 2009


I know this is a little late in coming, but it's been on my mind and heart.

I am disgusted to see that we live in a country that, despite the fact that there is/are:
• 27 million slaves in the world
o Over four times as many existed during the trans-Atlantic slave trade
o 2 children sold a minute
o Second largest (and fastest growing) illegal industry in the world.
• A hostage situation in Iran
• A North Korea that wants to blow up America (and isn’t that far from being able to do it).
• An economy that is falling farther despite attempts to fix it.

And yet I went five days without being able to turn on the news or look at Yahoo’s front page without seeing something about Michael Jackson’s death.
No disrespect to the man. He did a lot for the music industry and was a cultural icon, but please. There are more important things in the world.

We are a nation of people who are ready and willing to cry and mourn over the death of an emotional disturbed stranger for weeks, but turn the channel away from a starving child. We don’t feel comfortable learning about the millions of children who are forced into prostitution and sex slavery who need our help. We would rather think about Michael.

Wake. Up. There’s a world that needs wealthy American’s to put down the remote and save lives.

Take five minutes

Love 146

International Justice Mission

Trade as one

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