Saturday, September 16, 2006

Where's My Generation

This Thursday, there was ongoing meeting to try to reverse allowing same-sex marriages in Canada. Leaders from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu were there to talk about it, but fewer than 100 showed up. And most of the people were over 55. Where are the 20 to 40 year olds? Where is my generation in this debate?

A man was interviewed said that he would have not existed if his parents were not married. An old way of thinking on what makes a family.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Insensitive Comments About 9/11

After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson made comments blaming various groups for the attack.

When asked why God would allow such an event to happen to America, Falwell said:

"And, I know that I'll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way—all of them who have tried to secularize America—I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen'."

Robertson then responded:

Well, I totally concur, and the problem is we have adopted that agenda at the highest levels of our government. And so we're responsible as a free society for what the top people do. And, the top people, of course, is the court system."

Robertson later claimed he was having problems with his earpiece at the time and had not heard Falwell's full remark before responding. Falwell later told CNN:

I would never blame any human being except the terrorists, and if I left that impression with gays or lesbians or anyone else, I apologize.

In an interview given on September 30 ,2002, for the October 6 edition of 60 Minutes, Falwell said:

"I think Muhammad was a terrorist. I read enough by both Muslims and non-Muslims, [to decide] that he was a violent man, a man of war."

The following Friday, Mohsen Mojtahed Shabestari, the spokesman of Iran's Ayatollah Alin Khameini, issued a fatwa for Falwell's death, saying that Falwell was a "mercenary and must be killed," and, "the death of that man is a religious duty, but his case should not be tied to the Christian community."

During ABC's This Week, on April 30, 2005, Robertson was speaking about judicial activism when he said, "Over 100 years, I think the gradual erosion of the consensus that’s held our country together is probably more serious than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings." This statement prompted outcry from several September 11th support and survivor groups.

It is no doubt, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, who continue to make insensitive and outrageous comments, are an embarrassment and shows what is wrong with the Christian right.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Poor Storytelling

I may have not read the Bible from cover to cover, I tried but it soon became boring and not interesting, but I find the Bible to be very poorly written.

It is well known that the Gospels do not speak of Jesus when he is in his twenties. Also, there is no reference to what the many characters in the first part of Genesis did. There are no stories about Seth, Enosh, Methuselah, Shem, etc. There is the Tower of Babel story which seems out of place since it does not deal with any of the characters in Genesis. Also, there are two versions of the Creation and of Noah's ark. There is at least two versions of the Ten Commandments.

The end of 2 Chronicles stops in mid-sentence and the last two verses are the same two verses at the beginning of Ezra. The rooster crows at a different number of times in the gospels.