(…but don’t worry…they’ve got enough hate left for you infidels, too!)
Here’s a bunch of folks in Kabul celebrating Ashura by whipping themselves. This fagelatory nonsense still exists in some sects of Christianity, as well, but the Shi’a have raised blood sport to a high art.
Fun for all ages!
For those of you in the West who look at Islam through cultural relativistic eyes: do you really think you can negotiate with this kind of faith…because most of you don’t believe anywhere near this hard in anything.
In 2010, Abu al-Dema al-Qasab — a “cleric” — has proposed that taking it up the poop chute is okay, so long as you are only “widening the anus” so that it will be ready for a bomb. (How long before the rectal searches from the TSA…days, is my guess.) So don’t worry about that going to hell thing for sodomy, murderers; the sheik says it’s A-OK.
I’m sure he wouldn’t mind assisting in the operation, himself.
ABC informs us that Obama thinks “the American people are on our side” on the subject of homosexual marriage. Maybe that’s the case, maybe it’s not — both sides will find polls and anecdotes to support their claims, but in the polls that count, elections, same-sex marriage has lost overwhelmingly.
Which suggests that those supporters might, just might, not have their finger on the pulse of America.
For my part, if my homosexual friends — and I have several — want to draw up a marriage contract, I think they should be able to. And, like the rest of us, they can lose half their stuff when they divorce. Government should be out of the business of approving who gets to be married or not; it’s simply a means to control the population’s most basic function of reproduction…but with the collapse of societal pressures against unmarried cohabitation, homosexuality, bastardy (I mean this in a non-perjorative way, but that’s the word that means “kids out of wedlock”) there’s no real need for state-recognized marriage, anymore. For those religious folks, and there are many worldwide, the church should only have to officiate over those marriage that fit their moral code.
That respects everyone, allows people to maintain their religious proscriptions for their religious groups, and would mean I wouldn’t have to hear about this side issue every four years. We’ve got more important problems.
So I’ll post it…
It doesn’t matter if I agree with it or not, nor if the readers do: they have the right to put their message out (but not the right to have people read it. Ignore this if you like…) It’s time people stop apologizing for their opinions, it’s time angry, ignorant pukes stopped threatening people over differences of opinion.
Just a tip, Mr. President…referring to pregnancy as a “disease” that needs prevention isn’t going to win over anyone to your position.
I’ve got to say, the Catholic Church (or at least their Viriginia dioceses) are showing the American people the way to handle the spate of intrusive, unconstitutional legislation and regulation coming at them from Congress. In response to the federal mandates of Obamacare, two bishops have openly retorted with, “We cannot — we will not — comply with this unjust law…”
Increasingly, I’ve been thinking the only way to stop the federal government’s power grab is for the people and the States to simply stop obeying. Rule of law is the one thing that makes the United States as successful as it is, but since the administration is attacking contract law, corporate law, industries big and small, and acting the gangster, it might be time for a little passive resistance: maybe a countrywide tax boycott would be in order, to start?
Slate (rarely a bastion of excellence) has a piece on atheists marrying “believers”…can these two species live together with murder?
Here’s the first tip: if you respect the other person’s beliefs, even if you don’t share in them, it’s not an issue. The author makes a big deal out of being irritated by his wife’s supernatural beliefs. Why? Her beliefs sustain her; your beliefs you. There’s no reason to be annoyed. My wife is a Christian and a fairly devout one. I don’t agree with the Christian cosmology, but she argues her point well and her belief is hardly superstitious nor is it foolish. I simply don’t agree. I’ll gladly argue some point of contention for the fun of hearing her arguments — you learn things that way — but at no point do I find her faith stupid or insulting.
What the authors misses is that regardless of religious homogeneity, marriage or friendships, or any good relationship starts with respect for the other person. Lose that and you’re done. As for his prattling on about atheism, I’ve never understood the fervor of espousing a non-belief as a religion. Atheism is the absence of faith. It’s intrinsically irreligious. I consider myself an agnostic — what Penn Gillette would consider a cowardly atheist — precisely because I am not arrogant enough to think that I have the answers needed to discount or prove a universal creator. In the face of a paucity of evidence, I choose to wait for more. If anything, I am envious of people with faith. I think it would be comforting. And if I’m wrong…well, things get interesting at that point.
Atheists tend to be defensive. Bering certainly is in his article, with his decrying the rarity of atheist on atheist marriage. They’re a minority, of sorts, he implies…at least that often what I think they want to be. It’s a shorthand to complain about how no one agrees with your position, and how unfair it is you have to be reminded of your status by religious holidays and the like. You’re not a minority. You’re not oppressed, as evidenced by the amount of noise they make in the public sphere of opinion. Frankly, you tend to make the people who soldier on without a divine safety net look bad.
I’ve seen “atheists” get bent out of shape because someone offered to pray for them. That sort of smug, dismissive crap makes the atheist look like a jerk, as all the person is doing is trying to show support, or — in their way — help you. I recently let a motorcycle club of priests bless my Triumph Street Triple. Do I think it’ll do anything for me? Nope — but it was a kindness these people were offering, trying to shelter me from the idiots on the road by asking for the Almighty to keep an eye on me. If they’re right, and God exists and is looking out for me, that’s not a bad chit to have in your existential pocket. If not — no harm done. They feel better about themselves.
Amazingly, this trick works in marriages of different faiths, as well. Respect and a willingness to bend a bit for harmony’s sake gets you far. In the case of children, and raising them to a moral code — that’s tricky. For an atheist, it’s a simple thing. Let your child choose. If they get exposed to the spouses faith, fine. Maybe they’ll have faith, maybe they won’t. It’s trickier between people of differing faiths; there’s always the desire to have the child choose the “right path.” Once again, exposing them to both sets of ideas as they get older is a good thing. Let them choose their path.
But that’s just my opinion, and as always, I could be completely full of shit.