© copyright 2007 Betsy L. Angert
When you are a threat, even if a peaceful one, criticism follows you. Barack Obama is receiving a barrage of barbs. The Junior Senator from Illinois is too inexperienced, too fat, too thin, too handsome, too elite, and not eloquent enough. He is "clean," not as clean as he could be, and too conservative. Barack is not Black enough. Mister Obama declares that, for now, his race is perchance a novelty. However, he surmises, the uniqueness of his tone will wear off.
Among Christians, in countries far and wide, 'tis the season. People rejoice as they celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus.
In churches and among the devout, I hear conversations and characterizations. The religious speak of Jesus and his divine conception. It is said "the son of G-d" was born in a manger. His parents, Mary and Joseph realized there was no room at the Inn. Thus, they sought shelter from the cold. "Our Lord Jesus" was, perhaps born on a stormy day in winter. At least, that is the tale, the legend that is frequently told.
Nevertheless, this treatise is not meant to promote a discussion about the battles brewing in the Middle East. My choice is to look within, at wars in America.
Religion was once thought to be a reflective path. Theologians were said to be thoughtful souls; they immersed themselves in theory and philosophy. They garnered greater understanding, slowly. Many criticized those that invested little time or energy in understanding God. Those that professed devotion; yet, only attended services on the high holidays or the Sabbath were judged severely. In those days, life was a travel, not merely a tour.
Now, in this whirlwind-world, religion and faith are for sale. A buyer can grab the notes quickly. They can grasp all they need to know of the Bible and man’s beginnings in 100 minutes or less. A new version of the Holy Book will be available at your local bookstore before long. The title is the 100-Minute Bible.
The Reverend Dr. Michael Hinton and his 100-Minute Bible. Canterbury Cathedral. [Gerry Penny/EPA]
I believe in God, a higher force, and the powers that be, and yet those that believe “faithfully,” to the intensity of fanaticism, baffle me.
I relish religion, the traditions, values, and culture that faith creates; however, as I experience the “hate” and hurt that zealots dole out, I wonder, is this what God wants?
There are those that say God is not punitive, and those that believe he is the final judge. Some say God is benevolent; others believe they will be punished for their sins. Many state, “we are all sinners,” while maintaining that humans are created in “his” or “her” image. These ideas seem quite contrary, as is humankind.
There is the thought of free will, choice, desire, and determination. Man or woman, he, or she determines when they honor God; do as he commands, or how. We do this as we violate “his,” "her" commandments.
➢ Let me act as though I am the "Lord," my own God, better and brighter than all others. Those that defy me are deemed “evil.”
➢ Let me and my brethren bomb and blast for Allah, God, the Almighty, the omnipotent, and omniscient.
➢ Let us attack [unilaterally] in the name of peace, freedom, and justice, kill our mothers, fathers, their sons and daughters.
➢ Infidelity is a fertile finding; indulge freely. Infidels propagate.
➢ Let us adorn our homes, bodies, and communities, as we destroy the Lord’s. Ignore nature, the environment, and the essence of life.
➢ Steal as you will; all is there for your taking. Seize oil, gold, diamonds, and deliverance.
➢ Bare false witness, for you are the Architect, the creator, you can claim your birthright.
➢ Covet your neighbor’s house, oil fields, wife, and wisdom. For your own is not enough to gratify your insatiable appetite.
Go forth my child, in your unripe, egocentric state, and prosper.
Sunday, July 3, 2005
The President of the United Sates does not approve of gay marriage. He has repeatedly requested that the Constitution be amended to ensure that gay couples cannot legally unite. We know, that God speaks through Mr. Bush, for he has mentioned this often. Therefore, we can assume that God does not approve of gay unions. The current Pope, Benedict XVI is strongly opposed to the prospect; the past Pope, John Paul II was as well. The Vice President and his family are conflicted.
In November 2004, eleven states referendums rejecting recognition of gay marriages, passed decisively.
Public polls show that people throughout this country are more in favor then opposed.
This Sunday, after much dialogue, a committee of 50 United Church of Christ representatives gave their blessings. They believe the Church must sanction gay marriages. They rejected the notion that marriage be defined as “a union between one man and one woman.” They are asking the General Synod to do the same in their Monday meeting.
Call me a saint or a sinner, a sage or a scrooge,
be I a sweet person or a scoundrel, I am I!
I am a unique individual.
If you call me a black man, a white woman, a Jew, or a kike,
if you say that I am an Irishman or a Mick, then you do not see me for me.
If you consider my appearance and not my heart than you negate me, or attempt to.
You classify me, you intend to reduce my worth, and you do, in your own mind’s eye.
However, you cannot lessen my value.
I am a treasure.
I am not as you see me or as you state.
I am not part of this group or that.
I am myself; I am I.
During recent discussions of W. Mark Felt, the now admitted “deep throat,” many people ask us to ignore what President Nixon and Chief of Staff HR Halderman said of the man. While conversing in the oval office, the former President and his Chief of staff spoke of Mr. Felt. The exchange was aired last evening, May 31, 2005, on NBC Nightly News. It had been taped; it was among the infamous “Nixon Tapes.”
On this recording, Nixon is heard to ask, “Is he [FBI Deputy Chief Felt] a Catholic?” Mr. Halderman answers “No, he is a Jew.” Nixon replies, “Christ, put a Jew in there?” They each conclude ‘that is the problem!’ For Mr. Nixon, “Jews” are a problem. It matters not whether they are individuals or a group; they are not good! Nixon is exemplary of a frightening consensus. Many think, they all look alike, sound the same, and have a distinctive smell. They are identical in thought, word, and deed. President Nixon’s words clearly demonstrate a disdain for a group.
Yet, people ponder the inaccuracy of the statement. Numerous persons declare, Felt is of Irish descent. Nonetheless, for me, the significance of the original statement is the same.
Once you label me, you negate me.
Soren Kierkegaard [Danish Philosopher]
For the complete text of the tape please visit Deep Throat: The Game Is Afoot. Scroll to the bottom for the full folly.
The discussion that stimulated this writing is in the comment section of NIXON: "CHRIST, PUT A JEW IN THERE?"HALDEMAN: "WELL THAT COULD EXPLAIN IT." MaxSpeak.