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A loving god

30 Oct

(I would advise any religious/devout readers to skip this one)

Today, as I was driving home from work, letting the mind wander while waiting for the traffic light to change, I noticed something about the car tags in this here hellhole that I hadn’t noticed before. You have the state in smallish letters, the the tag number in LARGE letters, then you have…”IN GOD WE TRUST” in smaller capital letters.

And I realized why I don’t.

Trust in god, that is.

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That thing I have about non-apologies..?

13 Aug

Yesterday I apologized to Sunita for my poorly worded response to a comment in her blog.

I didn’t mean to offend, but my words did cause offense, and so I apologized. Was the apology necessary, once I explained myself a bit better?

Yes, it was.

Because we shouldn’t only apologize for what we mean to say or do.

We should apologize for the harm we cause when we are thoughtless and rash.

And we should never, never, do the asshole “well, it’s not my fault you took offense” thing.

Like, say, Bethany House, publisher of For Such A Time (background through this post)

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This is what an exclusionary society looks like.

8 Aug

(This post has been edited to add more links

for further reading as I become aware of them;

there is a second edit to address my inaccurate reporting

of the ending of a book I have not read)

This rant, which has been percolating in my brain and heart since the morning after the Ritas were handed down,¹ is brought to you by the inclusion of the book For Such a Time, by Kate Breslin, into the list of finalists for RWA’s Rita Awards.

Why would that be a problem? you may ask. Well, a couple of reasons, which have been thoroughly discussed in several places, but let us start with a quick summary, shall we?

The novel, set during WWII, is about a blue-eyed, blonde Jewish young woman–described as Jewess in the actual blurb, I kid you not–who is ‘rescued’ from Dachau’s concentration camp by the SS officer in charge of Theresienstadt concentration camp, and how they fall in love. The book ends with the Jewish protagonist’s faith being healed by the Bible (New Testament included), and with the SS officer having been redeemed by the power of (Christian) love.

Chew on that for a second, if you would.

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Why the fuck do people do this?

16 Apr

Part of my current job involves processing literally hundreds of pieces of mail every week–anywhere from three to four hundred, occasionally more.

This activity can be quite funny–some of the name/address combinations are laughing out loud worthy, for example. Some of the things enclosed are mind blogging and baffling and hilarious to the nth degree.

And some of them make me wonder which universe the sender lives in.

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Enough to despair of humanity.

16 Dec

Today we learn of more people who can justify killing children through religious beliefs.

We also learn that, in the so-called land of the brave and the free, the majority of the voting public believe that torture is justified.

Fuck that noise.

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Islam is peace

8 Aug

Reading this post at the Smart Bitches, I have been struck again by the fact that the few loud extremists drown the many silent moderates.

First, of course, allow me to admit to—and apologize for—an instance of kneejerk reaction in direct and violent opposition to what I said here just the other day.**

The fact is that no religion is a monolithic mass of humanity, but that is a very very difficult fact to remember when being faced, again and again, with the fact that the only voices we hear are those of the intolerant fanatics. Moderate individuals of every group need to step up and speak out—loudly, repeatedly—because quiet, moderate voices can’t be heard under the roaring noise of fanaticism.

Just as the squeaky wheel gets the grease, those few loud voices get the lion’s share of media attention—it is the nature of the beast, after all. So the rest of us, those who believe in living our lives on our terms and letting everyone else live their lives on their terms, we need to make noise too.

Because by keeping quiet, by allowing the fanatics (of all stripes—Fred Phelps’ so called church, Warren Jeffs’ fundamentalist LDS splinter cult, etc) to be the only ones who are seen and heard, we are tacitly endorsing their image as the image of any given religious group.

If it’s not us – who? If it’s not now – when?
Daca nu noi, cine? Daca nu, acum, cind?
Si c’est pas nous – qui? Si c’est pas maintenant – quand?


May our hands be unlocked.. someday bringing Peace to all.
Your GOD bless each and everyone of you…
Your GOD bless all our nations…
Your GOD bless the HUMAN RACE…

(AnaB*, flickr Speak up for Peace)

**the ‘hypocrisy’ tag is for my own hypocrisy, in case anyone was wondering.

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Addendum from the comments at Karen’s blog at the time of posting:

Let me put it this way, and hope it makes some sense.

I identify myself as Catholic.

I’m sure plenty of extremist Catholics can come out and quote Bible verses condemning homosexualy, calling for the burning of witches, the stoning of adulterers, what have you.

Me, I don’t really give a shit. I believe that the spirit of Catholicism (and of most religions, ignorant opinionated twit that I am) is this:

Care for your fellow human beings as you would care for yourself.And I further believe that most human beings around the world, regardless of how they identify themselves (Jews, Mormons, Muslim, yellow, transgendered, short, muscular–fill in the blank) feel the same way I do.

Those are the people I’m asking to speak up. Those are the people whose voices must raise over the hatred and intolerance of the few.

Second addendum:

I obviously can’t express myself clearly, but I’m nothing if not bullheaded… stubborn… persistent, so here goes again:

The post is not about the book discussion, but about my uncalled for reaction. I consider myself to be pretty tolerant (for an ignorant Catholic *nodding to Dorothy*), yet my very first comment in the original thread at the SBTBs was intolerant and insulting to the many many millions of Muslims who may consider the books contents offensive but would not call for it not to be published or written.

In other words, that first comment I made proved that my gut reaction was to paint all Muslims as reactionaries, which would be the same as painting all Christians as followers of Fred Phelps brand of religion.

Hence my apology, and hence my plea to those moderate human beings of all religious affiliations to go against the grain and speak up.

No, I don’t think that my post will mobilize millions, but one has to start somewhere.