Thursday, August 30, 2007

Irony, Oh Irony

Kenya is exporting religious leadership to the United States. Considering the complex history of European colonialism on the Continent and slavery and racism in our country, it's ironic and indicative how far folks will go to defeat the scary homosexual agenda:

William Atwood and William Murdoch are among a growing number of conservative U.S. clerics pledging allegiance to African bishops who take a tough line against homosexuality.

"As a bishop ... you are to maintain the Church's discipline, guard her faith and promote her mission in the world," Nzimbi told them during a service at Nairobi's All Saints Cathedral attended by hundreds of worshippers.

Atwood and Murdoch will be in charge of 30 congregations in the United States who have asked for leadership from Kenya.

At the service, they vowed to "serve the international interests of the Anglican Church of Kenya, to serve clergy and congregations in North America under the Kenyan jurisdiction."

The 77 million-strong Anglican Communion has been divided since the Episcopal Church, its 2.4 million member U.S. branch, consecrated Gene Robinson as Anglicanism's first openly gay bishop four years ago.

My how far we have come. How enlightened we are! 140 years ago it was still legal to buy and sell a black man in this country. 50 years ago, a black man still couldn't vote in many some will take guidance and leadership from an African Bishop rather than evolve and grow into acceptance that God loves all of His children. Even the gay ones.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Monday, July 23, 2007

The Best Defense is A Good Offense

During tonight's Democratic Debate, Hillary Clinton was asked, if elected to two terms as president, how she would feel about a Clinton or Bush serving 28 straight years in the White House, Sen. Clinton replied, “I think it is a problem that Bush was elected in 2000. I actually thought somebody else was elected in that election,” in an obvious reference to Al Gore who won the popular vote in 2000, but lost in the electoral college to George W. Bush. The answer was interrupted by a flurry of applause from the audience.

She then added, “I am running on my own merits, but I am very proud of my husband’s record as president of the United States,” which was also a good applause line.

The only way to turn a defensive position into offense is to keep advancing.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Is There No End to The Wickedness of This Administration

From the NYTimes:

Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional panel Tuesday that top Bush administration officials repeatedly tried to weaken or suppress important public health reports because of political considerations

Sounds more like communist USSR, doesn't it?
Lies, deceit, equivocation, incompetence, denial of basic human rights? And they believe themselves to be Christian? They might want to read the prophet Amos....

An Abomination....Absolutely

Three people were arrested for interrupting the guest chaplain's prayer to open the Senate. They found it to be an abomination that a Hindu Chaplain offered the beginning invocation.

The only abomination is that these fundamentalists were allowed to ruin Rajan Zed's day. Can anyone say American Taliban? (watch the debacle here).

Honestly, how many times do we have to explain to these zealots that we are a nation founded not on "christian" principles but on the premise that we have freedom from a state Church; we have freedom to worship the God of our choosing; and that choice of which God to worship is between no one but us and our God? Chaplain Zed's prayer is exactly the kind of tolerance our Founding Fathers had in mind.

Oh and while I'm at it, I really think Jesus is embarrassed by you jerkballs. Have a bit of common courtesy--for Christ's sake.

Monday, June 25, 2007

SCOTUS Sums Up This Entire Administration

SCOTUS struck another blow to the separation of Church and State, finding, in the case of Hein vs. Freedom From Religion Foundation, that taxpayers lack standing to challenge expenditures and activities of President Bush's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. The court ruled 5-4 (Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas) with the Majority Opinion being written by Justice Alito.

It's not surprising, but it's certainly disappointing. In the dissenting opinion, Justice Souter wrote (I assume) without irony
I see no basis for this distinction in either logic or precedent....
Ironically, this can be said for 99.75% of all decisions made by this mad administration.

More reaction and analysis:

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Quote of the Day

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
---Steven Weinberg

I don't agree. Evil people use religion to try to convince others that the evil things that they are doing are good things.
Afterall, they are doing these things because God has spoken to them. How could that be evil?

Thursday, June 14, 2007

I'm In; I'm Out; I'm In; I'm Out

Two weeks ago, the Christian Civic League announced that they were turning their attentions to something other than sex:
The League's Board of Director's decided recently to make defeating this gambling expansion referendum its top priority until November. This is the first time since 1994 that this Christian ministry has allowed her deep concerns over sexual morality to drop from its top priority ranking.
Seemed like a reasonable redirection of focus--gambling's something most folks can agree to hate, especially in Maine. Neon lights and the ding-ping of the slots just doesn't reinforce the state motto. And besides, most folks in Maine are getting tired of the CCL's constant bleating about the "homosexual agenda"and its non-existent threat to "family values" so they stopped listening to the daily bleat. Like the neighbors say, "Live Free or Die".

How quickly good intentions are abandoned. Less than two weeks later, Mike Heath and his League are back on the sex band wagon. Today's press release about a state other than Maine (the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) declares
And the truth is that homosexuality is perverse, deviant and disgusting sexual behavior that isn't a topic of discussion in polite and civil societies. If people want to do it in the privacy of their home then shame on them, but I'm not interested in stopping their boorish bedroom antics anymore than I'm interested in hearing about it."

Idunnomike. It sounds like you really are interested in stopping their boorish bedroom antics, even though you said you were going to stop obsessing about "their boorish bedroom antics" . Either that or you're just hateful.

Pam is blogging this, as is Good As You.

Update: I'd be totally remiss not to link to Peter LaBarbera's thoughts on the matter
It's scary that MassResistance, Mike Heath (in his podcast today) and Americans For Truth all place the blame for this loss--their view, not mine--on compromise.
What's that quote?
"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead."
----Thomas Paine