Category: Religion

August 26, 2015

Everything Old is New Again

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There was a time in human history when communities were rounded up, imprisoned, dissected, murdered, starved and harvested, and the surrounding population turned a blind eye.  This complicity was national and the debasement of a whole sect of people was rationalized because they were considered sub-human.  A nation bought into this abuse because it was in their own best interest with gains in market share, land, property, esteem, power and wealth.

While 1940’s Germany’s treatment of the Jews may come to mind, this has happened in America, China, North Korea, Japan, the Middle East and Russia.  This depraved treatment of our fellow man has been justified on racial, religious and ethnic grounds.

Today we have the very same mental processes at work with abortion and the unborn.  Those advocating for abortion and support of Planned Parenthood have chosen to believe that human babies aren’t worth consideration.  They are considered sub-human and word-play is used to title them as such. We are being sold a bill of goods, that abortion is for the good of mankind.

As a population we are slowly starting to wake up.  Abortion is an act of personal selfishness which demeans human life.  To devalue one diminishes all.  To profit from this debasement is the new depravity.  Everything old is new again.

March 27, 2013

Weather vane mentality

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Religion, Social networking, Wising upComments Off on Weather vane mentality

Something I read this morning sparked a thought.  We know me.  That’s always dangerous and often amusing in a “can you believe it” way.  This morning’s fireworks sparkler can be attributed to an article by IowaHawk on Breitbart on same sex marriage.  First, it’s the kind of writing I love, expressing obvious common sense with humor and wit.  That’s always a plus.  I love connect-the-dots writing, even if it’s dots I had connected only peripherally or subconsciously.  You know what I mean.  Somebody will say something and you have that momentary recognition of the truth or validity of what was said.

So this morning, in IowaHawk’s article he said “If there’s anything that gives me pause about SSM, it’s the thuggish tactics of some of its most vocal proponents. It’s hard to take a “human rights activist” seriously while he’s beating someone over the head with a “NOH8″ placard for holding the same position Barack Obama held until 5 minutes ago.”  And just that quickly and easily he summarized what had been bothering me about the same sex marriage argument AND pointed out the weather vane mentality of any movement’s sycophantic followers.

Read the article.  Tell me what you think.  Did IowaHawk nail it?  I think so.

October 2, 2011

On Libertarianism and Jillette’s God No!

by Nori — Categories: Government, Politics, Religion, Wising up1 Comment

After becoming immersed in studying the government over the last couple years I’ve developed a different view of our country’s political parties. Wadly and I are ex-Republican non-religious social conservatives.  I think we’ve been pushed out of the Republican party and into Libertarianism by a level of governmental overreach we think is killing our country, our liberty and our freedom.  Not everything requires a legislative answer, despite what the Republicans think.  What they’ve been practicing for the last 20 years has created intrusive laws and governmental interference in the personal choices of its citizenry.  At this point, this interference doesn’t effect us a lot (social conservatives) but we see it drastically effecting others.  No thank you.  If it’s not good for all of us, it’s good for none of us.

Here’s my current take on this country’s political parties, subject to change as I learn and grow.

The Republican party is the socially conservative party.  Generally Republicans believe in God, mandated morality and advocate personal responsibility.  They used to believe in smaller government but as demonstrated by the current level of legislation in effect, results speak louder than voiced ideals.

The Democratic party is the socially liberal party.  Generally, Democrats believe government is the answer to everything and responsibility should be mandated.  If you are more fortunate or (more usually) harder working, Democrats think you should take care of anyone less fortunate or less inclined to self-actualization.  This is a bad thing on many fronts, but it’s only one of the less appealing aspects of the democratic ideology.

One of the concepts I managed to grasp during my Glenn Beck and Reason TV watching is, Libertarians come in all social and religious flavors.  At the core, Libertarians believe in a strict interpretation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  You can read a variety of definitions here, but my favorite is David Boaz’s “Libertarianism is the view that each person has the right to live his life in any way he chooses so long as he respects the equal rights of others. Libertarians defend each person’s right to life, liberty, and property-rights that people have naturally, before governments are created. In the libertarian view, all human relationships should be voluntary; the only actions that should be forbidden by law are those that involve the initiation of force against those who have not themselves used force-actions like murder, rape, robbery, kidnapping, and fraud.

A Libertarian can be socially conservative and religiously devout like Glenn Beck or a socially liberal yet drug and alcohol free naked party throwing atheist and obscene language spouter like Penn Jillette.  Republican Governor Chris Christie shows Libertarian leanings in the way he governs New Jersey.  Presidential candidate Gary Johnson is a fiscally frugal social conservative who believes in a woman’s right to choose whether she will bear a child to term whereas Presidential candidate Representative Dr. Ron Paul is socially conservative and believes in right to life based on his training in obstetrics and gynecology.  Both are stated Libertarians because they believe in a government that stays within the confines of the constitution.

Libertarians believe in freedom and liberty completely separate from religious beliefs and social leanings.  Libertarians share a belief in the innate right and freedom to choose how each of us lives our life while simultaneously advocating and demonstrating personal responsibility and tolerance for others’ choices.  The thing I find most attractive about libertarianism is the “government within the confines of the constitution” base belief, that our freedoms and liberties are innate.  That philosophy works for me.

Jillette, half of the comedic Penn and Teller duo, is a Libertarian who practices his personal freedoms to the fullest.  I’ve been listening to his God No!.  This book isn’t a story, it’s a collection of essays written over a period of time collected into book form, a celebration of one person’s expression of their liberty.  I think I stopped listening near the end of Chapter 6, perhaps a quarter of the way through the book.  To me, the book isn’t very interesting.  From what I’ve seen of Jillette professionally, I expected something a little more sophisticated than the collection of obscene epithets and obscure references with which the writing was littered.

I respect Jillette’s right to live the life he has chosen.  How he lives his life is not hurting me and he’s happy.  That, in itself, makes me smile.  I may start listening to his book again at some point in the future, but for now <shakes head> yeah . . . not so much.  Beyond the obscure references, I can’t get past wincing at the inarticulateness of the obscene language.  At a guess, I’d say I’m not Jillette’s intended audience.

I think our founding fathers missed the mark on two aspects of their work.  The statement trade between the states must be regular as a stand-alone without the attached arguments as stated in the Federalist Papers is too vague and has allowed our government to misinterpret the clause to our general detriment.  The clause was intended to ensure all states were treated identically but has instead been interpreted to all interstate trade is regulated by the government.  Secondly, the “separation of church and state” should have included something about morality being a function of religion, education and social pressure, not something to be mandated by legislation.  JMPO.

May 2, 2011

Principle FIRST

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I’m having a bit of trouble with people advocating flexible principles based on circumstance.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Sean Hannity, but . . . <wince>  Come on, Sean.  It doesn’t matter what bin Ladin did before we managed to remove him from the equation, we must do the right thing according to our country’s principle.  We cannot decide to hang on to the body just because it would be convenient.  We are a country based on respect for the freedom of religion.  I may not admire the Muslim religion, but to not bury some mass murder according to the precept of his religion because he doesn’t deserve it based on his past actions or ideology is just wrong.  Not just wrong but really wrong.  Justice has been served, let’s move on.

If we don’t have principle, we don’t have anything.  We are a strong country because we try to do the right thing.  To do anything other than the right thing is to compromise the principles for which we stand.

By now you should know I am principled but not always appropriate.  This is where we move on to the entirely inappropriate portion of our program . . . pardon me while I celebrate the removal of a megalomaniacal mass murderer.  I understand the need for burial at sea, I really do.  No country wanted his body and having no place for followers to congregate was an additional issue.  The sea burial serves many purposes.  My only complaint . . . there’s nowhere we can go and dance on that creep’s grave.

 

April 17, 2011

Too funny . . .

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This is the point when I admit to occasionally being totally unPC.  If you knew me, I mean really knew me, you’d know it happens occasionally.  Like the time I worked for the County and told the guy who came in asking for an application for his wife that we didn’t have anyone who wanted to be his wife.  What he meant, of course, was he wanted an application for an open position the country had so he could give it to his wife.  <wince>  I was supposed to assume to know what he really meant instead of producing a verbal gut reaction to what he actually said.  Yeah, not so PC.  You see why I don’t work out in the public?  Sometimes my mouth just gallops away without me.

So this morning I’m reading news headlines and run across an article titled Bill Maher: “If Muslim Men Could Get Laid More,” There Would Be No Suicide Bombers. Instant not-so-politically-correct gut reaction . . . OMG, he’s right!  I mean, beyond the instant totally unPC “that is SO totally funny,” Maher is right!  The miserable lot of suicide bombers everywhere can be directly tied to a lack of sex-produced endorphins!

“I’ve said it many times…if Muslim men could get laid more, we wouldn’t have this problem. There’s probably no suicide bomber [who] after he died, people said, ‘You know, that guy, he blew everybody up, but boy – he got laid a lot.’”

Okay, I’m done chuckling at the expensive of suicide bombers world wide.  I’m going back to trying to be politically correct.

November 21, 2010

Religion, Science and HuffPo

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I got an email railing about love, acceptance and interpretation of the bible.  Included in the email was a “Science Must Destroy Religion” editorial published on the Huffington Post in 2006.   The email evidently hit the right button for me to get wordy.  First of all, anyone who wastes time reading HuffPo seriously needs their head examined.

I am not a conversationalist. I don’t find history, the weather, whose having a baby, whose getting married, divorced or is filing for bankruptcy interesting for more than 30 seconds. Okay, I lied. I don’t find it interesting for longer than 10 seconds. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating . . . not that long either. It’s genetic. Most of my family is the same way. If somebody’s hurt or in need, I want to know, but even well intentioned gossip or idle conversation . . . yeah, so not me.

I can embrace a very short discussion on science and religion as long as we don’t have to talk it to death.  With that in mind, here’s my take on science and religion.

Religion is heart/soul (inside us) and science is the world we live in (our environment). Science has no power to invalidate religion. People who attempt to use science to attack religion are stupid or evil, usually both.  The spin employed in the attempt is enormous.

In working to minimize or destroying religion, detractors are trying to vacate moral constraint and personal responsibility. They don’t want to live within the parameters imposed by religion. They want whatever they choose to do to be morally okay and they scream and cry when it isn’t.  Some people even switch their religion in an effort to get a better fit for their personal moral compass.  Some people vacate portions of their religion’s standards to suit their personal need or viewpoint.   The not so Catholic “I’m Catholic but support abortion” Nancy Pelosi is a great example.  Others reinterpret the bible to suit their own view.  This is spin, pure and simple.

The Bible should be treated like our Bill of Right and our Constitution.  These writings should be interpreted from the viewpoint of the way things were at the time they were written.  They should not be reinterpreted based on how things are today.

The reason science can’t be used to disprove religion is because it’s not always so scientific. Science can look at one tiny thing at a time but when scientists step back in an attempt to establish a more comprehensive view, they make connections between facts based on speculation and extrapolation.  The resulting “understandings” are very often flawed in a fashion that may not show up for decades.  As a result, science’s perspective/reality/understanding is always changing.

In contrast, religion is a constant. The 10 commandments don’t change. Doing the right thing doesn’t change.  Time has shown us Ghandi had it right.  If you need a good example, be Ghandi.

That’s it. Enough about science and religion.

I want to leave you with this one final thought. If each of us is at peace in our heart, how other people view us is irrelevant. If you aren’t happy with who you are, how everyone else feels about you has the power to be a millstone on your heart.  You don’t have to love/like someone to treat them kindly.  Accept them for who they are and keep them in your prayers.

Slow down and enjoy life.  Do what makes your heart happy.

October 23, 2010

In pain? Out of breath?

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There’s been a lot of comment about Obama’s deliberate omission of “by our creator” when quoting from the Declaration of Independence.  He’s done it twice in the last two months.

It seems the volume of hue and cry has had an impact.  Obama is finally showing proper respect to our Declaration of Independence.  To me it seems to be a painful acceptance.  Watch the video and tell me what you think.   In the first two speeches he seems to exude his normal energy.  In the last, when giving the complete quote, he seems out of breath and exhausted.  I’m probably reading in things that aren’t there, but the difference to me is pretty glaring.

UPDATE: On Beck’s radio show this morning (10/25) Glenn noted the change in Obama’s presentation.  It was pretty funny.

August 30, 2010

The Ulitmate Beckness

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Did you watch the Restoring Honor rally in our nation’s capital?  I did.  It was a little bit too much black religious revival for me, but I truly appreciate the message, enjoyed the stories and music.  Bless the Boy Scout who lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

I enjoyed it because its goal was to rally people around the core set of ideals our country was founded on; honesty, integrity, personal responsibility.  In our world I see way too many people who think the end justifies the means.  It doesn’t.  I think now days people don’t put enough emphasis on these valued personal characteristics.

Webster defines honor as “that which rightfully attracts esteem, respect, or consideration; self-respect; dignity; courage; fidelity; especially, excellence of character; high moral worth;”.  That definition works for me.

I avoid people who don’t share my values and ideals.  I hate turning around to find a knife protruding from my back.  Call me a radical, but it isn’t good for me personally and it’s definitely not good for our country.

You’ll notice I didn’t mention or pull religion into the discussion, though the rally was completely infused with the “return to God” message.  Religion is important as it is the definitive guide of right and wrong, but it just isn’t my favored measure of a person’s worth.  Case in point, I’ve met pedophiles who believed in God, prayed regularly and preached the gospel.  Anyone who’s watched the news knows it’s a depravity that spans the realm of religious ideology.  I don’t think anyone can argue pedophiles are detrimental to society.  And we all know at least one “highly religious” person who is unable to “see” people in need and we all know people who tithe or help others in the belief they are guaranteeing their place in the next life, not because they feel the calling.  I stand by my statement that belief and externally apparent religiosity isn’t a guarantee of honor, integrity or personal responsibility.

I also know atheists with an exceptionally strong sense of honor who display an advanced willingness to instantly extend their resources when help is needed.

I don’t care what religion a person is.  I don’t care how religious a person is.  Religiosity and a belief in God is not a measure of personal integrity, honor or level of personal responsibility.

So, back to Beck.  The rally was great.  The oppositional rhetoric was amusing.  For me, it’s the little things I find so amusing.  This article’s the best I’ve found.  NBC’s “thanks but no thanks” was particularly amusing.

July 15, 2010

Race, the Tea Party, NAACP

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Have you been watching the latest blathering from the NAACP about the Tea Party movement?  Is it any wonder conservative blacks no longer feel the NAACP is an organization with a message and purpose they can support?  There is a lot of truth in the statement that the NAACP is now irrelevant.  I’m hearing it from blacks and white alike.  The NAACP no longer serves a laudable goal.  Don’t believe me?  Read this.  The NAACP is willing to deliberately try to make something racist which isn’t.  Yup, the NAACP is now irrelevant.  It’s a joke.

The vast majority of what we hear about racism now isn’t about color, it’s about power; whose got it, who wants it, who wants to exploit largely imagined racism to get it.  The NAACP is no longer interested in equality for all.  There is no integrity or pure intent inherent in their actions.  There is no striving to better their fellow man.  Their sole  interested appears to be in manipulating a racial divided to gain power.

I think Mark Williams, a spokesman for the Tea Party Express, said it best when he said it was unfortunate that the NAACP has chosen to “profiteer off race-baiting and fear mongering” when it could be doing so much to help the black community. He went on to say “The slave traders of the 16th century should have been as good at exploiting Africans as these people are, because it’s just disgusting.”  Yeah, that’s the way I see it too.  The NAACP is the Jeremiah Wright of the black population.  I don’t see that as a compliment or a recommendation.

The misuse and misrepresentation of racial minority relations for political purposes is at an all time high. Obama wants the borders left alone because he feels it will benefit him politically, helping him garner the Hispanic vote.  He’s totally ignoring the 61% of Hispanics here legally who want the border closed and illegal immigration stopped.  I wonder when Obama’s going to realize the illegals he’s burdening this county with can’t vote for him but can influence voters to cast a vote for someone more dedicated to dealing with this problem.  His mismanagement of the border fosters continued disruption of communities and increases the burden to law enforcement.  Hello?  Big picture here . . . what part of “defend” in the oath of office was not clear?

I roll my eyes when I hear Dr. Mark Lamont Hill and other purported “leaders” of the black community spin on our “racially divided” country, on how terribly mistreated blacks are and what a wonder Obama is as a President.  I shake my head at Obama’s acceptance of Reverend Jim Wallis’s perverted collective redemption ideology, the concept that deems that white people in power must give everything they have to the “downtrodden”.  Jesus didn’t say “give to the government so they can decide who should get help.”  He said support your fellow man and he means for us to do it directly.  There is no such thing as collective redemption.  It’s separationist rhetoric about which Pope Benedict XVI said  “Wherever politics tries to be redemptive, it is promising too much.  Where it wishes to do the work of God, it becomes not divine, but demonic.”

I am seeing more and more that racial slights are most often in the eyes and ears of those who choose to be offended, not in the hearts and minds of those purportedly doing the offending.  The blacks who whine about being mistreated are the progressive nanny state minded who want to be cared for and coddled instead of manning (or womaning) up and building a life for themselves.  Their race isn’t the handicap.  Their mental weakness and lack of character certainly seems to be.  Look to successful blacks who got on with their lives and became productive and successful, not those that diminish the whole by victimizing the unfortunate.   Each of us must become empower individuals to be the best we can be.

June 16, 2010

God Bless America!

by Nori — Categories: Economics, Government, Politics, ReligionComments Off on God Bless America!

Did you watch Obama’s “oil crisis” speech last night?  If I’d heard the speech 50 days ago I might have been impressed on how swiftly he leaped to action.  This far into a totally bungled crisis the speech smacks of damage control and justification for Cap and Tax.

Did you catch the  “God bless America” bit at the end?  In light of his consistent dissing of the US, the European apology tour, the tacit support of illegal immigration (no fence and “Arizona got it wrong”), with the explosion of our unfunded mandates under his administration and the hack job his cabinet is doing on capitalism, after  the protracted dragging of feet in getting a handle on the oil spill (he turned down other nation’s swift and heartfelt offers of experienced assistance and hasn’t utilized the available resources here in the US), now he wants us to think he’s got America in his prayers?  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  I don’t know about you, but for me, Obama’s “God bless America” is definitely one bridge too far.

And while we’re on God and country, I have to comment on Pelosi’s latest little “God is good” speech.  Now that the Democrats are beginning to realize the majority of the nation’s citizenry are God fearing Christians unhappy with the current state of Government, now we’re getting scripture from Pelosi.  Ick.  And telling the ministers to pass on political agenda messages is just SO wrong.  What happened to separation of church and state?  It must only apply to the “other guys.”  I don’t know how much more two faced this administration can get.  It’s like watching a clan of Sybils in Washington.  Somebody, please, break out the Thorazine.

I don’t know about you, but I’m taking showers more often.  I have to do something to wash off the comprehensive ick I’m getting from contact with the Government.  Yuck.

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