198 results for 'religion'
...is turning towards the Dark Side! Details of the 2011 census, published today, reveal that the number of people who identify themselves as ‘Jedi Knights’ has fallen by more than half since the census of 2001. The Force, sad to say, is weakening, with a mere 176, 632 classifying their religion as Jedi compared to over 330,000 light sabre wielders ten years ago. Master Yoda, noting the trend, said “Concerning, this is. Look for the Sith Lord, we must.”
Yes, indeed, the trend is alarming, though it is encouraging to note that Jedi still tops the “alternative faith”... (more)
... missiles over Israeli towns too but the reason for less or no causalities from the Israeli side is because of its counter missile systems. The Israelis are protecting their citizens while the Hamas are failing in that aspect. More than a dispute for territories, it’s a conflict between two religions and that alone gives both countries this much attention in the international level. If the religious aspect in this matter is the only criterion for a third nation to take a side, then India should side neither, first of all we already have few matter of conflict of our own to worry about and ... (more)
With violent disturbances breaking out here and there across the Islamic world over The Innocence of Muslims, the YouTube video satirising Mohammed, I was sent a link to a report from Beirut concerning a protest rally, apparently the biggest to date. “Don’t insult our Prophet!”, the story was headed.
Yes, that’s all well and good; these people have a right to protest and a right to feel wounded by a perceived slight to the central figure of their faith. They have a right to feel angry at the film makers, just as some Christians, I feel sure, felt angry over Monty Python’s film The... (more)
In Libya, Egypt and Yemen too
It's love, and a bad movie, that sends on a rampage
The silent majority –
who claim to object the fanatic minority –
To ask for blood and the heads
Who do not understand
What love and tolerance mean.
A man of love, we can call him Jilel
Who adored promised virgins of hell
Not a bomb on his person
Not a saw to chop heads
Bad director must die, he would yell.
Movie go to hell
Then we'll be in peace again –... (more)
Chicken sandwich wrappers headed to the landfill in record numbers. Digestive juices didtheir duty. Thousands upon thousands of waffle fries worked their way into the calorie count.
And now we're hungry again.
Thousands of men and women who struggle with sexual identity, poised between the pain of the pull, paused to watch the lines grow and the commentators commentate and the pundits pundit and beneath the wash of explanations and declarations, they pondered the rationales and motivations and tried to uncover what it all means for the gnawing inside them of a pain that feels... (more)
It was in a summer in the '60s in the steamy hot apartment-laden suburb of Houston that I first became aware that change was actually sometimes in you and of you, and not just something others did to you. Up to that point, change had been dependent upon a parent's whim or job, or the ebb and flow of family income. We might live in a house with a nice big yard and a barking dog . . . or an apartment that opened on a cigarette-butt-laden parking lot with a stray cat peering from the stairs.Change was constant, but it was something to which I adapted, redrawing personal boundaries, accepting gains... (more)
...out all over our national press. I’ve made an exception because the rift is over Cruise’s scientology fad.
People are strange but one would really have to be strange indeed to embrace this bizarre mishmash, to embrace a cult that is allowed to masquerade in the States as a religion. In writing about this previously I said that I found out an awful lot about the movement from;
...watching South Park…an episode called Trapped in the Closet, which featured Tom Cruise, an aficionado of the cult. The actual beliefs of scientologists were touched on, accompanied by... (more)
Long back Robert E. Lane and David O. Sears Professors of Political Psychology said that “a man who believes and behaves rationally is open to new information, no matter whether it confronts or pains him. This means that he must actively seek information which is pertinent to the issues of the day, and it means that he must not seek only that which is compatible with his own prejudices. The Rationale person then attempts to formulate an opinion on the basis of the best information available subjective primarily on the basis of reliabililty and relevance. A rational man can perceive without... (more)
If we had it to do all over again
We'd make so much better decisions.
Only opening doors we should enter in
Building lives without all the pretensions.
With character above reproaching,
And no reason to second-guess,
With this sin no longer encroaching
Doing nothing we need to confess.
And, if they had the chance to redo it,
Might forgiveness be not so held back?
And peace found by those who pursue it?
Would grace not be calling us back?
The "we's" and the "they's" can begin again
When both set aside... (more)
Well, now that North Carolina has outlawed queer love, the floodgates of hell have opened. Let me be clear - I am not talking about a sudden increase in the number of gays entering the Flaming Gates, (though I am sure many flaming gates could do with a decent re-do, if you know what I mean,) but about the real faces of so-called Christians finally coming to light. Caught this little gem today from a wire story:
"Before the state's vote, Pastor Sean Harris of the Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville instructed parents to use force if their kids start acting gay:
"So your little... (more)