Good letter, but the worst of it is the massive loss of Iraqi life, the mass exodus of Iraq’s best-educated and experienced citizens, the unending lack of basic civil infrastructure throughout Iraq, and (worst of all for us Americans who don’t really care about anyone but lily-white Anglo-Christians) the establishment of a “terrorism incubator” that will hatch horrific acts of violence for the next century or two.
The loss of our “best and brightest” is an abiding shame, but it … [more]
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The point I tried to make was this: I think the death-spiral of humans towards exclusivity is as innate as taking the next breath. Many religions take advantage of that human characteristic, but not just religions. Political parties, advertisers, specialists of all kinds (scientific, academic, skill-based, etc.), frat-brats and sorority chicks — more often than not, they tend to stick together with others like them and exclude others that are different. The rarity is the occasional religion or philosophy or … [more]
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Arthur C. Clarke came to mind when reading your post. Whether or not this has anything to do with your thesis is probably open to debate, but I think you will find Clarke’s comments entertaining if not enlightening…
The quote that made me think of Sir Clarke: “Sometimes I think we’re alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we’re not. In either case the idea is quite staggering.”
Of UFOs: “They tell us absolutely nothing about intelligence elsewhere in … [more]
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We’re about to finish out our 5th March in Iraq and according to http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/iraq_casualties.htm, this is the deadliest one yet for our boys and girls in the military. Thank goodness our wise commander-in-chief has outsourced the “ugliest” operations to Blackwater mercenaries (http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Blackwater_USA)…
It hardly matters really, since they aren’t good Christian Americans (isn’t that a triple tautology?), but who knows how many Iraqis have been snuffed out by this foolishness; who knows what horrors are waiting for … [more]
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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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