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So, according to /., Opus is not being carried by their home newspaper (the Washington Post) and a number of other newspapers around the country for a few sundays. (This Sunday and next)

I presume they are afraid of significant backlash.

Here's today's Opus.

I don't find it particularly offensive. It's not exactly an uneven attack. It's more of a comparitive piece. Both western culture and radical islam are lampooned in roughly even fashion.

Of course, I'm slightly bothered that as far as I know, radical islamists seem to treat their women the most poorly.

What do you think?
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What would Jesus Download?

Wonder no more!

There's GodTube and even a Christian version of Linux. The Bible Study Tools are rather interesting.

There's a spoof of a Sir Mixalot Video on the GodTube section. It is rather amusing.
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You so Crazy!

Thanks to Jesus' General, this was brought to my attention. I rather like the good General's proposal.

I'd like for Chuck to explain how Christian it is to send thousands of our soldiers to risk death to liberate a people who do not seem to want us there.
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I'm not too thrilled about leaving town for another week, but I gotta grow up and get over it.

I do have some links to share, however:

1. A wrap up of the Republican Debates from Daily KOS. This is a keeper if only for the following line: After all, calling everyone in Hollywood a loon, then fawning over any third-rate actor who will give them the time of day, is a Republican tradition.

2. Y'all remember the joke "The Aristocrats"? Well, a new one has entered the compendium.

3. A History of Disbelief. Jonathan Miller was interviewed on Moyer's show that aired recently. I'm not sure if this will show up in America, or if it has shown up in American television. (and the videos are no longer working for me, at least, so I'll have to find another source, dammit)
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[livejournal.com profile] scarcrest shared this from the blog of Jesus' General.

It brought up the following issues:

  • Halliburton's move to Dubai may have the opportunity to facilitate their transferring exports to individuals that support terrorism or the other side in the war on terror.

  • A review of the history of American Corporations supporting "evil" nations. At least nations we perceive to be evil.
  • The Bush's wealth can be traced to Nazi Germany.
  • Ford motor company sold about 120,000 vehicles to Nazi Germany. Some poking around on the web shows that GM profited as well.
  • IBM provided the technology necessary to keep data on where Jews lived and also tracked their whereabouts and destiny in the concentration camps. (I guess this was old news, but somehow I missed this info when it first came out.)

And so I must ramble )
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I was reading a synopsis on the classical Biblical notion of "Original Sin". Legend has it that Adam and Eve were kickin' it in the Garden of Eden. In this garden was the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam was forbidden to eat from the tree of knowledge.

But he did. So he then he had knowledge of good and evil. Sadly, we just have knowledge of it, not necessarily the ability to tell the difference between the two. Not having been raised with a lot of exposure to religion, I was kind of depressed by this concept. First, I think Adam and Eve should have nabbed more fruit off the knowledge tree, because we sure as heck didn't depart Eden with enough knowledge. On the other hand, I think Adam and Eve should have avoided the tree of knowledge because they could have inadvertently done all sorts of bad things, but would have had no idea what they were doing was evil. They could have had an eternal excuse of , "wow! I'm sorry! I had no idea that was evil."
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For those who don't listen to NPR's Fresh Air on a regular basis, and are interested in religion, check out this interview of Rev. William Sloane Coffin from 1985. He died on Wednesday, which, now that I've heard him interviewed, saddens me greatly. But, he made it for 81 years, which is a good run.

I love the distinction between the faithful who are fueled by God's power rather than God's love. That's so key.
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So, an Italian Minister wears a t-shirt with the caricatures of Mohammed, and then resigns. However, it apparently triggers more protests.

This continues to be horrific to me. Such a complete and total abandonment of the loving nature Mohammed was supposed to have. Although, in reading one version of his life history, he was a political and military leader as well as a prophet. So I can see why Muslims feel justified in taking up arms.

When I read of the stories of religious persecution in history class as a child, I was so frustrated by the notion that people killed each other for their faiths on behalf of the leaders who had strategic and not spiritual reasons for those conflicts.

So what's behind this conflict? Why do non-muslims want to taunt Muslims into a frenzy and why do Muslims allow themselves to be manipulated in this fashion?

Of course, this isn't necessarily a reflection on all Muslims, but I would hope a number of Muslims are speaking out against these protests. Then again, I'm sure some are afraid that the cranky Muslims will turn around and protest them.

There's been a lot of bad press this year for Muslims. First the tragedies of the Hajj, and now this. It makes me think that Muslims just can't have peaceful processions, be it celebrating their own faith or trying to defend verbal or graphical aspersions.

I wish there could be an International Let It Go month and people would just drop their anger and violence and be kind to one another, regardless of beliefs. And if someone writes something or draws something offensive, you represent your discontent in written or graphical means, and take a pass on the violent protests.

St. Jacoba

Feb. 8th, 2006 12:26 am
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St. Jacoba would not make for an interesting Medieval painting. It sounds like she lived a good life as best buds with St. Francis. Aside from her kinship with the F-dog, she was known to make a confection featuring almonds that St. Francis adored and even requested on his death bed. She apparently outlived the people she loved. This leads me to believe that it wasn't almonds in that sweet treat...they just smelled like almonds.

But seriously. February 8th is without sensational saints. No blood and gore tales for St. Jacoba.
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Scarcrest posted a link to a HuffPo editorial by Cenk Uygur. The headline of this editorial is "If You're a Christian, Muslim or a Jew-- You are Wrong".

I definitely lean on the side of being an atheist, but this guy came off as a stunning simpleton. Making ad hominem attacks on various religions does not exactly put him on a higher ground than the very people he attempts to attack. In fact, he's sitting in a ditch.

I find it interesting that he seems to be saying a majority of the people are insane.
We live in a world full of insane people. Sanity is an island battered in an ocean of frothing delusion. The people who believe in science are the minority. The people who believe in bloody fairytales are the overwhelming majority.

You can consult your dictionary for definitions of insanity. I contend that if you think the majority of people are crazy, you are probably the crazy one. So, I would recommend to Mr. Uygur step away from that assessment if he wants to convert anyone to a less fundamental point of view.

I do not recall any of the great leaders of history using the "You're all fucking insane!" strategy to successfully unite people of diverse views. If anyone has evidence to the contrary, please share with me.

At the same time, I can understand where he's coming from. He's frustrated. He feels put upon to watch this world being led by ignorant leaders:
It is a chilling fact that most of the world's leaders believe in nonsensical fairytales about the nature of reality. They believe in Gods that do not exist, and religions that could not possibly be true. We are driven to war after war, violence on top of violence to appease madmen who believe in gory mythologies.

But I don't think our leaders are ignorant.

Here's what I think:
-Organized Religion is a business that can be used for both good and bad ends.
-Faith is a good thing. Just like other good things (ice cream, chocolate, a fine aged whisky), too much of a good thing can be rather hazardous.
-Religion is used by leaders to mobilize and motivate the masses towards a certain goal. If you want to stop the population from exploding, and you don't have some powerful birth control handy, you may want to encourage your masses to believe that it's a nasty, nasty sin to have sex. If you want to convince a nation that we must go to war, give them a common fear that transcends logic and reason, and then inspire them with messages of faith, and you can get them where you want them.

I don't think people who are atheists are people of science, per se. Just as you cannot prove there is a God, you cannot prove that there is No God. So, both sides of the camp should really quit bitching at each other and work together. Regardless of whether or not you believe in God, Muhammed, or the Spaghetti Monster, you want your family and friends to be safe from harm and free to express themselves, grow, and prosper. Since all faiths preach peace with a few exclusionary clauses that state when it's okay to deliver an ass-whoopin', I think it is vital that we accentuate the cooperative and eliminate the conflictive in our respective faiths.
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Bill Moyers delivers another astute speech. This was swiped from Salon.com

Hostages to fear
The bullies using Sept. 11 to threaten America's religious and moral freedom must be opposed with a stubbornness to match their own.
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