100,000!!

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According to one news report, an estimated 100,000 Catholics have “descended on St Peter’s Square in the Vatican for the funeral of the former pope Benedict XVI.”

Does anyone else agree that this is an insane number of people? And all because some old guy who wore funny clothes and frequently spoke in Latin finally gave in to advanced age and ill health?

Religion does funny things to people.

Standards For Living

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There was a letter on today’s Opinion page of the local newspaper entitled:

Sanctity of marriage destroyed by congress

The lead sentence was as follows: The Congress of the United States just destroyed the respect marriage once held by passing the recent law.

Then, in another section of the paper was an article with this headline:

“Polygamous leader had 20 wives, many of them minors.”

As I was reading both of these submittals, I couldn’t help but wonder which marriage was the most disturbing — a marriage between two individuals of the same sex, an interracial marriage, or a marriage that included CHILDREN as wives.

For me, the answer was easy, but I guess for others … not so much.

Naturally, advocates for each position can scour the BIBLE and find support, but as we look at the situation from a modern perspective, which do YOU think is the most harmful … the most disturbing … the most immoral?

I often wonder if society will ever get past the idea that the BIBLE should serve as the standard for how individuals live their lives.

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This Made My Day!

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Just finished reading an article in Business Insider and this first line jumped out at me:

  • A Christian organization has started a petition protesting Trump’s 2024 campaign.

OH YES!!

At press time, 14,904 people had signed the petition — just shy of the organization’s goal of 15,000 signatures!

In the petition, Christians are asked to “speak out” and “make it clear that Donald Trump does not share our values and will never have our votes” … and “another Trump presidency would be a disaster for our country.”

The executive director of Faithful America, who is behind the petition, said this: “Neither the country nor the church can afford another four years of this charlatan’s fascism, racism, misinformation, or ego.”

FINALLY! A group of believers that have seen through the Great Façade! 👏👏

Become an Atheist

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Just saw this as a comment on another blog. I think most of my readers will enjoy the thought behind it. The contributor indicated it’s a story from Hasidic literature.

A student asked the Rabbi, “Why did God create atheists?”

The great Rabbi replied. “God created atheists to teach us the most important lesson of them all; the lesson of true compassion. You see, when an atheist performs an act of charity, visits someone who is sick, helps someone in need, and cares for the world, he is not doing so because of some religious teaching.

He does not believe that God commanded him to perform this act. In fact, he does not believe in God at all, so his actions are based on his sense of morality. Look at the kindness he bestows on others simply because he feels it to be right. When someone reaches out to you for help, you should never say “I’ll pray that God will help you.” Instead, for that moment, you should become an atheist – imagine there is no God who could help, and say “I will help you.”

Sure beats “thoughts and prayers,” doesn’t it?

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In the Name of Religion

Videos are not my thing. I know many on the internet watch them daily, but as one who is hard-of-hearing and must rely on closed caption, videos are simply not my favorite way to get my news.

However, having said that, I do occasionally come across a suggested YouTube video that grabs my attention. Such was the case recently when I followed a link on Scottie’s blog. The topic was Herschel Walker as viewed by a VERY animated church pastor. But I’ll let you see for yourself …

After the pastor’s rant, Brian Taylor Cohen expands on how the Republican Party uses Christianity to further their cause … and epically fails.