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A few items from this morning's Post

First: Eartha Kitt is 78 years old? WTF?!?! I mean look at her!

Secondly: Since we can safely eliminate the possibility that a Justice of the SCOTUS is a clinical moron, we must assume that when Kennedy says that if an atheist happens to walk by a display of the Ten Commandments in a public place he should just "avert his eyes," he is deliberately missing the point. I could harp on the blatant disregard of the rights of the non-religious, but even that isn't the applicable point here.

The point is that artifacts of religious doctrine do not belong on official display in public places. Anyone who truly cares about their church's autonomy ought to be fighting tooth and nail to keep it separate from government if they have any idea what's good for it. Even if the current crowd in power seems to support your views, how can you be sure they will always do so? How do you know some whim of the ruling powers won't smell like heresy to you if the winds start to blow the wrong way?

Aw, hell. You see, this is why I haven't been posting about politics much since the election. I feel so helpless and frustrated, I just start rambling. Preaching to the choir. I think I should make a resolution that I only get to prattle on about this stuff after I have taken some kind of concrete action to change the thing I feel like griping about.

So. In happier news, my wonderful Dad is coming to visit us tomorrow. Yay! He's here on business, which means my Step-Mom won't be here (bummer). But I get to see the paternal person, and that rocks. Then on Saturday, Morrigan! Hurray!

What do you say we officially start the weekend about a day and a half early?

Comments

chadu
Mar. 3rd, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
There are no other gods for you in my presence!

Here's something: what if monotheism is a local phenomena? That is, "in the presence" of Yahweh or his agents/assigns, he's the sole deity of the universe, but outside of that presence -- like a mile away or something -- the world is full of small gods and kami and nymphs and elves and such?

CU
fenriss
Mar. 3rd, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
Hee! I got Chad and Jack talkin' dogma. I win!
boadiccea
Mar. 3rd, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC)
I think you got them talking about it last week too, didn't you? :)
chadu
Mar. 3rd, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, like that's hard. :)

CU
_blackjack_
Mar. 3rd, 2005 10:15 pm (UTC)
That was pretty much the original intent. Yahweh was the only god that was acceptable for the Israelites, but in a "my god can beat up your god" sense. Yahweh didn't come to be considered a universal creator god until the Babylonian Captivity. You'll notice he said "who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slaves", not "who created the heavens and the earth." The phrase I translated as "in my presence" is literally "in front of my face". Or more losely, "up in my biddness, yo".

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