Randi Rhodes keeps harping on the idea that there’s a warped misogynistic, sado-masochistic, repressed-homosexuality theme running through a lot of what’s going on today in the Republican party and in our military fiasco in Iraq — phone sex with congressional pages, torture at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and black prisons, and of course, the wild popularity of shows like “24.”
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 11:49 AM
Subject: Re: Secular Islam
The brief declaration of these secular “Islamists” is reasonable, but … [more]
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Yesterday, Monroe asked me:
Aren’t there people in the USA who call themselves Christians who truly want a Theocracy here – somewhat like the Taliban described below?
Absolutely. The scariest of the bunch (in my opinion) are the ones who follow and expand upon the teachings of Rousas John Rushdoony (1916 – 2001). He was educated in your backyard (Berkeley) and wrote the highly influential “Institutes of Biblical Law” which argues that Old Testament law should be applied to … [more]
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Interesting history. Thank you very much. I’m curious, because it wasn’t mentioned in the article and perhaps wasn’t germane, but how much Baptist work in Israel/Palestine is with Jewish (secular and confessing) persons and how much is with non-Jewish (i.e., Arab Christians and Muslims and non-Arab visiting pilgrims/tourists) persons? What are the ratios? Maybe I’ve been misinformed, but I thought evangelical outreach to Jews was verboten in Israel.
Actually, I was a bit surprised that the Jerusalem Post even published … [more]
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Posted by Mike West, NewStatesman.com, 07 March 2007 11:01
When Pontius Pilate asked Jesus, ‘What is truth?’, he put his finger on a big issue. Many of us have been brought up with the belief that a thing can only be true if it can be proved scientifically. Even though post-modern philosophers have questioned assertions of this kind and even scientists struggle with what we mean by scientific truth, it has remained doggedly part of the way that we … [more]
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Over the years, I’ve run into lots of people who passed through the artillery school at Ft. Sill. One of the most memorable was Jim Byrnes, at a small blues bar in Vancouver, BC.
By the way, I made a grevious mistake in an earlier post. The official creed of the Church of Harmonic Convergence was “So, what’s your point?” rather than “What’s it to you?” Upon retrospect, the two fit together quite well (another miracle of convergence) and … [more]
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Several of you have have acquiesced to Thom Moore’s recent request for more details re. their academic credentials. I balked, because my first impression was that Thom’s initial angst (self-horror at the possibility of his own sense of elitism) reflected a basic reality: that there is, unfortunately, a certain degree of gravitas (that’s a nice way of saying elitism) associated with where and how one received his/her foot in the proverbial door of advanced opportunities in the game of life. … [more]
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To my pastor:
Here’s one more observation that I meant to include the other day, but it slipped away before I could write it down. This is an example of eschatology in action. Not mine, but I thought of you when I heard this…
A few days before the election, an angry American preacher was interviewed on one of the cable news channels. Judging from his accent, the man was originally Pakistani or Indian. He switched his political affiliation to … [more]
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