In a twist of irony, a West Virginia woman is trying to collect money from a collection agency. Diana Mey, of Wheeling, W. Va., won the largest judgment ever against an abusive debt collection company -- more than $10 million.
"I'm a mom, and I'm a housewife, and I'm an accidental activist," Mey said.
From her small-town home base in Wheeling, Mey went after a debt collection empire that hounds people nationwide and won. But she still hasn't received any money: "I don't know that I'll ever collect a dime, but if I can get their operation shut down, that would make me very happy."
Two years ago, a debt collector with a company called Reliant Financial Associates, or RFA, left a message implying that her house was in jeopardy if she didn't pay a debt.
Debt buyers and fake debt collectors, this is a growing problem. My own mother was threatened with arrest over a fictitious debt.
Richard Land, a Southern Baptist leader who offended some blacks with his comments about the Trayvon Martin shooting case, now faces plagiarism allegations that will be the focus of an investigation launched by the church ethics panel that he leads.
Land, the president of the Southern Baptist Conventions Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, apologized for the remarks about the shooting in an April 16 letter to the conventions president, Bryant Wright.
Land, on a recent episode of his radio show, called some black religious leaders race hustlers for stirring up interest in the case, in which an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Land also accused President Barack Obama of pouring gasoline on the racialist fires when the president said that if he had a son, he would look like Martin.
Lands comments about the Martin case made waves nationally, in part because Southern Baptists, including Land, have been working diligently to reach out to minorities in recent years to broaden their appeal and make up for past sins. The group, the largest Protestant body in the nation, with 16 million members, has even considered taking Southern out of its name to distance itself from its former support of slavery and segregation.
By now, we have all heard this conservative argument made on everything ranging from healthcare reform to welfare.
So, how is that coming along? How are charities and the churches helping the poor?
Oh right... One of the groups that actually does help the poor, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, is being told by the Vatican that it needs to make abortion and fighting Teh Gay it's central priorities instead.
So next time a conservative says this, ask them if they support the LCWR.
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