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“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in an American flag, and carrying a Cross.” — Unknown

Apparently Glenn Beck, champion of such gems as:

“This president [Obama] I think has exposed himself over and over again as a guy who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture….I’m not saying he doesn’t like white people, I’m saying he has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist.”

and

“I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can.”

and

“Good for you, you have a heart, you can be a liberal. Now, couple your heart with your brain, and you can be a conservative.”

… decided to throw a rally at the same spot as Martin Luther King Jr.  Apparently a few hundred thousand people showed up.  I wonder who sponsored it?

Apparently it was “non-political,” even though it was headlined by a bunch of Republicans.  Instead of being political,  it was instead a tribute to the Christian faith and the military.

Now there is lots to say about Glenn Beck and Fox News, but I am going to restrict myself to this one point.

Christian faith … and … the military.

I wonder if any of these people have actually read the words of Jesus Christ?

I’ve never met the man, but I’m pretty sure “The Prince of Peace” is not so big on trillions of dollars spent on war instead of love.  I could be wrong though.

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.”

I’m continually impressed by how effective this crew of greedy, power hungry, egotistical bastards are at accusing the other side of the very things they are guilty of.  I take comfort in the fact that, if they are in fact correct about Jesus Christ being the son of God, he is going to be so terribly upset with them for spreading anger and hatred in his name.

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“God has no religion.” — Gandhi

September 11, 2010

The ninth anniversary of the so-called terrorist attacks against the United States.

Also, the first annual “International Burn The Koran Day.”

This seems like a pretty good idea to me.  It reminds me of why I like religion so much.

I like how my good friend in the video implores all Christians to be Christ-like.  That was actually one of my favourite quotes by Jesus: “Anyone who disagrees with me is evil, so you must destroy what is sacred to them.”

It ranks right up there with “judge not, lest ye be judged” and “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

It seems the ultimate rationale for this whole celebrate-good-times-come-on is that Islam, and the Qur’an are just fundamentally violent and evil.

“put to death everyone in the cities, men, women, and dependents”

“kill every male dependent, and kill every woman who has had intercourse with a man, but spare for yourselves every woman among them who has not had intercourse.”

“All who are found will be stabbed, all who are taken will fall by the sword; their infants will be dashed to the ground before their eyes. . . .”

“kill without pity; spare no one. Kill and destroy them all, old men and young, girls, little children and women. . . .”

etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.

I guess my friends at the dove church are right, the Holy Bible is a terribly violent book, and must be burned.  Because Jesus is God, right?  And God spends most of The Book killing people, or having them kill and maim and burn and torture each other.  And we are supposed to be God-like in thought and action … right?

And really, how can any religion that has started so many wars be called anything but ‘evil’?  It seems that pretty much every major conflict over the past four thousand years (and how many minor conflicts?) has cited the God of the Old and New Testaments as its motivation.  Then there was also slavery, colonialism, the atomic bomb, genocide, imperialism, ………………..

Please, my friends, the time has come for action!  Join us at the Dove World Outreach Centre in Gainsville, Florida on September 11, 2010, for International Burn The Holy Bible day.  It is our duty to impose our higher morality on those who would inflict their evil ways and laws upon us all.  I tell you truly, this is the ultimate path to world peace.

Wait a minute.  Ummmmmm.  Yeah, never mind.  Just send me a donation or burn in hell forever you filthy sinner!

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“What’s so funny ’bout peace, love and understanding?” — Elvis Costello

I’ve been informed that my last post was offensive.  I’m not sorry.

Why is it that everything is fair game for criticism EXCEPT for religion?

Why are questions of faith, God, etc. necessarily outside the bounds of debate?

I have been told that the answer lies in the common reaction to such a conversation – that is, heated argument, passion, emotion, etc.  To me, this seems all the more reason to have the debate, provided that people can behave like adults who respect each others’ points of view.  I am happy to talk for hours and hours about religion.  Truly, I know very little, and am always grateful to learn from the experience and insight of others.  I am certain also, that at the end of such a conversation, I would still respect the other person, and acknowledge their right to their own beliefs.  If anything, it will strengthen our friendship.

So why do we run away from debate about God?  Perhaps because there is no possible conclusion to the conversation.  At the end of the day, it boils down to what I think/feel vs. what you think/feel.  Thus, essentially, there can be no ‘victory,’ except perhaps a deeper understanding and appreciation for one another.  But isn’t this the greatest victory of all?

The truth is, I don’t know the truth, and neither do you.

Anybody who tells you they do know the truth is lying to you.  They might know THEIR truth (though I doubt it), but what that has to do with me, I don’t know.  No matter what you believe, at least 50% of the human population disagrees with you.  Probably closer to 99.999%, when you really dig into it.

What gives anyone the right to tell everybody else that they are wrong?  What gives anyone the monopoly on truth?

And anybody who threatens another person with eternal damnation if they fail to agree with one specific, subjective opinion of God is … well … kind of evil.  Don’t you think?

My religion is encapsulated entirely within two words: peace and love.  According to most people, I am going to burn in hell for all eternity.  Sucks to be me, I guess.

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