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Michael Johnson faces life in prison for infecting another with HIV

Michael Johnson, a 23-year-old former Lindenwood University wrestler, made national headlines last year after being arrested in Missouri and charged on several counts of infecting and exposing partners with HIV. Johnson was found guilty of all charges Thursday, according to BuzzFeed, and now faces up to life imprisonment. The jury will decide his sentence Friday. 

Why this is a race and LGBTQ issue as well.

You will not experience the real presence of Jesus until you have within you a growing hatred for sin—a piercing conviction for your failures and a deepening sense of your exceeding sinfulness. Those without Christ’s presence become less and less convicted by sin. The further they withdraw from His presence, the bolder, more arrogant and more comfortable in compromise they grow.
—  David Wilkerson

Please don’t be ashamed for speaking up about what you believe, your passion, your conviction.  When you get blasted for it, please don’t back-pedal and soften up and defend yourself too long. I don’t mean that you avoid challenges or self-examination. Of course we gut-check our fragile egos. I mean that if you really care, there are so very few of you in the world. We’re so afraid of dissension and being disliked. Maintain your center. Stick to your voice, even if you’re the only one. Stay a fire, with humility. Keep a hand to your heart.

– J.S.

anonymous asked:

Hey there! So my boyfriend and I have been dating a few months, and we both love the Lord, but we disagree oftentimes when it comes to physicality. I was wondering what has been helpful to you when you're not on the same page/boundaries that you've set that you have found to work. Thank you so very much!

honestly, we’ve always been on the same page.

two people can show up in a relationship with different backgrounds, opinions, convictions, and expectations, but when you choose to invest in another person, you seek to uphold the other by accommodating them and serving them for the benefit of your relationship. For Charles and I, it has been the case that if one of us feels more convicted, the other one submits to that conviction. If you’re comfortable with R-rated movies, but he has a personal conviction to not watch anything rated beyond PG-13, you adhere to that for the sake of his conscience and for the well-being of your relationship because it matters that we honor one another and not pressure each other to compromise. The one with the looser boundaries (in any area of life) should humble themselves and yield to the other’s conviction. If he isn’t doing this with you in terms of physical intimacy, he’s gotta go. Tell that boy buh-bye. It is so crucial that we honor each other, and strive for a relational atmosphere of safety, respect, and love. And love doesn’t try to convince the other to “chill-out” or “grow up” or “get over it and just please do ____.” That is a selfish partner. However, I will say that you need to openly communicate this with him so he has the opportunity to understand and have the freedom to choose whether he agrees, and if he does, forgive him and move on and continue on y’all’s journey of learning how to honor the other in day-to-day life, because that is what builds true intimacy.

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There Is A Man In Texas Who Has Been Imprisoned 34 Years Without A Conviction

By Ian Millhiser via http://thinkprogress.org

In 1977, a Texas man named Jerry Hartfield was convicted of murder. Hisconviction was tossed out three years later because the process used to select his jury was unconstitutional. Yet Hartfield was neither freed from prison nor given a new trial. Last April, a Texas trial judge held that he must remain in prison, despite the fact that the sole legal basis for his detention was overturned nearly 34 years ago, because Hartfield did not actively seek a new trial.

Hartfield is intellectually disabled. His IQ is estimated to be only 51.

On Thursday, Hartfield’s case grew even more similar to a Franz Kafka novelwith a Texas Court of Appeals decision refusing to grant him relief.

The holding of the appeals court’s decision is that Hartfield erred by filing what is known as a “pretrial habeas” petition, when the appropriate remedy “for an alleged violation of one’s constitutional right to a speedy trial” is “a pretrial motion to set aside the charging instrument on speedy-trial grounds.” The reason why this highly legalistic distinction matters is that, while a denial of a pretrial habeas petition can sometimes be appealed immediately, “the denial of a speedy-trial pretrial motion to quash an indictment may be appealed only after conviction and sentencing.”

So, in case all of that is not clear. Hartfield asked a court to order him freed because his speedy trial rights were violated by the fact that Texas imprisoned him for more than three decades without trial. Yet a Texas appeals court just told him that it is powerless to help him until after his criminal trial for an offense Texas refused to try him on for over 30 years.

Texas, for what it is worth, finally began to set the process in motion to retry Hartfield earlier this year, though it is unclear how they plan to put a case together against Hartfield nearly four decades after his alleged crime. According to the New York Daily News, “the murder weapon, a pick-axe, has been lost and witnesses have died.”

Hartfield, for his part, claims that he is innocent and that he was originally convicted based on a false confession.

Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are the ones obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are the ones who lose themselves in the service of others. By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.
—  Gordan B. Hinckley