Monday, 13 September 2010

One More Word on Koran Burning

From Here...
...we wouldn’t be fretting like this if there weren’t something very special about Islam. You could announce plans to burn a stack of Bibles, or the Bhagavad-Gita, or the Dhammapada, or the Book of Mormon, or Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, or a truckload of copies of The Watchtower, or any other non-Muslim religious text without making the White House and Pentagon call emergency meetings and put embassies around the world on alert.

...in recent years Muslims around the world have burned countless American flags, not to mention the flags of pretty much every other Western democracy. Since 9/11, we’ve grown used to seeing the revered symbols of Western democratic values routinely desecrated in the Muslim world.

And we’ve also grown used to the fact this is most assuredly not a two-way street. American flags can be burned by the hundreds, by huge crowds, in the major squares of Muslim capitals, and that’s apparently hunky-dory with us. But when a guy in Gainesville whom nobody ever heard of decides to burn a few Korans, everybody from the president on down begs him to reconsider. Obama to the contrary, this isn’t about “our values as Americans”; it’s not about “freedom and religious tolerance.” It’s about fear. Nine years after jihadists murdered 2,977 people on American soil, the sight of American leaders quaking in their boots at the thought of some clown’s offending the Muslim world is nothing less than obscene.

The Imam intending to build the mosque near ground zero was on Larry King Live last night. He sounded quite reasonable and moderate. Among the comments at the site referenced above is one defending most Muslims as moderate people. Well I would like these moderates to stand up BOLDLY and condemn directly and without equivocation, all acts of violence and terrorism committed in the name of their god or their religion. Until they do, they cannot be taken seriously.

'Nuff said.

Take Care

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Arrogant Liberal Nonsense?

Not quite sure what to make of this
From Here...
A fly bothers me, I kill it: you kill what bothers you. If I had not killed the fly, it would have been out of pure liberalism: I am liberal in order not to be a killer.
Is whoever wrote this trying to say that conservatives kill what bothers them and liberals don't? If so, what an arrogant lie!

In addition to the reference in the article to euthanasia, I raise the even more obvious issue of abortion. What better example of killing what bothers you than that. Is a baby inconvenient? Get rid of it. That is the epitome of the liberal position.

It was the "liberals" a couple of generations ago who were behind the eugenics movement which, if not outright killing, was at least motivated by the attitude of, "getting rid of the less desirable."

It seems to me that liberals are the lest tolerant of all people. They are tolerant until someone disagrees with them. They can't seem to handle disagreement. Their arrogance is such that they see themselves as so right that they can't fathom how anyone could possibly challenge their thinking. Anyone who differs must be somehow less informed, less discerning, less intelligent -- even less human.

I'm sure that deep down, liberals would be quite happy to get rid of everyone who "bothers them." Wish that all who differ with them were just gone. Meaning all who do not share their agenda.

Take Care

Friday, 10 September 2010

Well... Whatever!

Is it just me...
A statement from the Primate on the threatened Koran burning
Dear friends in faith,
I join bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and other church leaders in calling on Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fl, to maintain a commitment to refrain from a public burning of the Koran on Sept 11th, the 9th anniversary of terrorist attacks on the United States of America. That day, it seems to me, should be marked by gatherings for prayer, and expressions of mutual respect for our various faith traditions and the texts we all regard as sacred. This appeal is grounded in our love for God and neighbour, and our deep desire for peace among all people.
In abiding hope, I am
Sincerely in Christ
+Fred
Archbishop and Primate

In addition to what seeems to me to be overly complicated grammar,
...to maintain a commitment to refrain from a public burning...
I can see why some might want to gather for prayer on this particular day. But frankly, I have no desire to set aside a day to express my mutual respect for various faith traditions, even though I in fact may respect other people of faith, as opposed to those of no faith. And I respect their right to hold whatever faith they hold, even if I think them wrong. But I also feel no great need to express my respect for the texts they hold sacred, even as I respect their right to hold them sacred.

And what did I think of the pastor's plan to burn Korans? Was I offended? No. And not being a politician I felt no need to feign outrage and take righteous offence. But I think it was just a completely dumb idea.

I'm glad he changed his mind.

Take Care

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Stupid? Sad? Ridiculous?

All of the above?
From Stand Firm

Hartford (Connecticut) City Council To Begin With Muslim Prayers
The Council announced Tuesday that it has invited local imams to perform Islamic invocations at the beginning of the Council meetings in September.
An e-mail from the Common Council called it "an act of solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters."
The email even referenced the ongoing issue in New York. "One of the goals of the Council is to give a voice to the many diverse peoples of the City, which is especially important given the recent anti-Islam events throughout the country."
"I feel it is very important that, as a Council, we project a culture of inclusiveness in the City of Hartford. Too often it is our differences that divide us. In my opinion, it is our combination of differences that makes us strong," Winch said.

A couple of points from the comments:
1. From a Christian perspective, Muslims are not our brothers or sisters. We may have Muslim friends or neighbours, but, aside of course from our secular families, only fellow members of the Body of Christ are our true brothers and sisters.
2. Hopefully the ACLU and all other secular, "separation of church and state" advocates will be all over this. They certainly would be if the council meetings began with Christian prayers.

Take Care

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Reincarnation = Bad Math

A story on the religion page of yeaterday's Edmonton Journal (to which I can't find a link) says that interest in reincarnation is growing. It seems many believers in such things remember being a peasant in 18th century France, or a Roman soldier, or some other such character. It's odd that no one remembers being a pig, or a caterpillar or some other ignominious being.

But I got to wondering this: according to Wikipedia, the population of the world in 1800 was around 1 billion people. Now it is approaching 7 billion. Well, if everybody alive now was someone else in the past, where did all the extra people come from? There just don't seem to be enough former slaves, or peasants, or countesses or Roman centurions to go around for everyone today.

Or am I missing something? Perhaps, even though no one seems to remember, we all weren't people in our former lives, but bugs or animals. Perhaps extinct animals! That might explain the present absence of mastadons, dodo birds and sabre-toothed tigers. They have all become people. So mourn not species today that seem to be endangered. Perhaps they will all return as people in some future, even more gullible, generation.

Take Care