Thursday, December 24, 2009

Goodbye deep V's

The creation is not in any sense independent of the Creator, the result of a primal creative act long over and done with, but is the continuous, constant participation of all creatures in the being of God.
- Wendell Berry

Away with your noisy hymns of praise! I will not listen to the music of your harps. Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living.
- Amos 5:23-24

The godly care about the rights of the poor; the wicked don’t care at all.

- Proverbs 5:7

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
- James 1:27

Have you heard of the Sweatshop Hall of Shame? As a person who loves Jesus and also shops, we need to put our money where our heart is. This document helps. For instance, Uzbekistan recently passed a law requiring children as young as 7 to work in cotton harvests in late summer, when they would normally be starting school. Many companies now boycott Uzbek cotton until they change their law, but some - Gymboree, Hanes, and LL Bean - have refused.

Dear Hanes (and other Bad Guys),
I really love your men's V-neck undershirts. They're my go-to shirt. I was planning to buy lots more before I go overseas. Except.... you support child labor - 7 year olds in Uzbek cotton fields. Sorry. No more V-necks for me.

Here's a special reason why I care: a brand new report says 225,000 children in Haiti are slaves. TWO HUNDRED TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND children. Out of a nation of only 10 million. Known as "restaveks", these kids' families poverty is so severe that the families send their kids to other, less-poor families. Did you hear that? Poverty in Haiti is so bad, slavery is a better option that living with their parents. The study found that 30% of Haitian families had restaveks, 66% of whom are female (and all of whom are vulnerable to rape and abuse).

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