This morning I was reading a debate on Facebook as to whether you have to go to “church” to worship God on Sunday. One person said you absolutely have to, while another thought you can worship God everywhere. It made me think, “Why are people so convinced of their personal religious beliefs?”.
This blog will surely piss off a bunch of people. Or people who should just won’t read it. Fine. Though I’ll do my best to keep it factual most people will still want to argue and debate. I will not debate the bible; I believe it to be fictional and here is why.
1. The bible, as many know it today, wasn’t even written until the first century A.D.
2. According to this bible, Adam and Eve are the first humankind and they were “driven from paradise” around 4000 B.C.
- Yet the earliest human remains, that have been found on earth, date back over hundreds of thousands if not millions of years. See examples below.¹ So how can Adam and Eve be the first humans ever created?
- How is it possible that we know Adam and Eve existed 2000 years before?
I am sure I can list more but for those who believe there is no point. I don’t care if people are religious. Some people need religion and I am totally okay with that. Keep in mind that, according to ReligiousTolerence.org, there are over 19 major world religions. Within Christianity alone there are over 34,000 separate teachings. The difference? Interpretation.
So go ahead and believe what you will. Just stop trying to use your beliefs as a shield to attack other peoples beliefs. If it causes no harm; let people live how they see best fit for them. Stop picking and choosing what you want to believe based on what benefits only your lifestyle.And stop condemning those who don’t believe the same version of religion as you.
Dan Savage is right, many Christians pick and choose passages that work for them. There is hypocrisy within many organized religions. The truth is no one really knows the truth.
As reported by NPR.org some 200 millionaires do. There is actually a group of rich people out there who believe since they have more, in this tough economy, those that can pay more should.
Andy Shallal, a D.C.-area restaurateur puts it like this (as taken from the article on NPR.org). He’d like to see more progressive tax laws in place to bridge the gap between the haves and have-nots “so that we don’t have this potential for this possible class warfare that’s always bubbling beneath the surface in this country.”
It’s nice to know that not all rich people are complete douche bags.
You may remember my post back in October about the billion dollar Koch (pronounced Coke) brother’s being the money behind the Tea Party. If not I highly recommend you read it, The Tea Party is NOT a Grassroots Organization. At least check out the cool, easy to read chart.
Well the Koch Brothers at back at it again, in full force. As read today on MSNBC.com, Conservative high-rollers gather to plot strategy, the Koch brothers sponsored a two day event to try to figure out how to put the GOP in the white house in 2012. So much for the voice of the “people”.
Even the British can see though the “Tea Party”. As written in The Independent World, “Most organisations which benefit from the Kochs’ largesse have one thing in common: they help advance an unflinching brand of libertarian conservatism. Some lobby against environmental regulation, or seek to undermine public perception of the threat of climate change, others battle taxes, trade unions and Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms.
Many play a crucial role in organising the Tea Party, the headline-prone right-wing movement which likes to tout its “grass-roots” credentials.”
Once again, thanks to the conservative led Supreme Court ruling known as Citizens United, the rich will have an opportunity to over shout the middle class and poor. Are you prepared to let billionaires shape our political landscape? I sure as hell am not.
Let’s not forget to use sound judgment people. Listen to your gut, it speaks the truth.
I heard a quote on Best Of The Left last week that really caught my attention. It was from the Tombstone of Leonard Matlovich. It reads:
“When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.”
This quote puts Don’t Ask Don’t Tell into its true context.
was the first to volunteer to fight the military’s ban on gays,
a universal soldier in the fight against AIDS & for full LGBT equality in every arena. He was also a loving son, brother, uncle, friend, & “father” of untold numbers of
lives lived out & proud.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was not just a man who stood up for injustice and equality. He is a symbol for what we should all inspire to be.
Dr. King was a leader who believed in peaceful protest. His leadership and visibility ultimately led to his early departure from this world. It was his leadership, and willingness to stand up for what was right that resulted in his accomplishing more greatness than most people will ever even strive for.
Dr. King was killed 43 years ago this April. He was in Memphis, TN leading peaceful protests in support of the sanitation workers. When the mayor at the time would not recognize or meet with the union on their requests, seeing the injustice, Dr. King took it upon himself to step in. It wasn’t until after Dr. King was murdered that the city would finally meet with union officials. 12 days after his death the union and the city finally came to a compromise.
Have we not learned anything from Dr. King’s life or his death? Why must we always wait until something horrible happens before we open our eyes and find compassion?
Why can’t we live with peace in our hearts and in our lives everyday? I believe most all of us want what is best for our country and our world. We can have peace, and we can have equality. In order to reach this place, we all have to not only stand up for it, but also we have to live it. Not only on MLK day, but everyday.
I am so sad and angry to hear of the shootings today in Arizona aimed at Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. As reported by NPR.org, 5 people were killed, “The dead included U.S. District Judge John Roll and a 9-year-old girl…Giffords, who was shot in the head, was among at least 13 people injured”.
My heart goes out to all those who were injured today and to their loved ones. Every American should feel sorrow today, and every American should also be angry. During these past 2 years, there has been major division among the parties in office. Some representatives have suggested that hatred and violence is needed when disagreements arise. Let’s not forget Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann’s call for the residents of Minnesota to be “armed and dangerous” as a defense to global warming legislation.
The most disgusting act of suggested violence was delivered by former half term Governor Sarah Palin. Last March, her “crosshairs chart”, as seen below, specifically targeted 20 house democrats as a rebuttal to Health Care reform. Congresswoman Giffords was one of them. In fact, according to NPR.org, “Giffords’ Tucson office was one of three damaged last March by vandals who targeted Democrats in advance of the U.S. House vote on the controversial health care legislation.”
Peoples’ actions have immediate consequences. People like Sarah Palin and Rep. Bachmann should own up to the ramifications of their actions. They should be held responsible. Suggested violence has no place in U.S. politics, because horrific events like today’s- is what will be the ultimate outcome. Today is a lesson in what results from spreading hatred.
Let us all hope that all who were injured today will recover 100%. May peace find you all.
Yes, in so many ways. There’s much to talk about, and this is going to be a busy year. I am going to make a strong effort to write at least one blog a week, more when I have the time.
This blog will remain mainly a political blog, since that is what mainly drives me, but I thought this year we should start with a good song.
So here is Rill Rill, by Sleigh Bells. Very catchy little tune. Happy New Year!!