I CAN’T BELIEVE I didn’t think of this sooner.
A bunch of years ago, I saw a fun little docu called “The God that Wasn’t There.” It basically sets out to debunk that Jesus was a real person and it does a pretty good job. Memories of that movie always come back to me whenever I see people refer to Jesus as a person who really existed. I just saw someone quoting a witness to the recent execution of Troy Davis as saying ”Jesus was killed on the cross not because he was guilty, but because we all were.”
My first thought was: “He was a fictional character. He was only fictionally killed on the cross. There’s no proof he ever really lived, no birth certificate… HEEEEYYYY!!!”
It’s a weird day.
coalspeaker has stumbled upon Herman Cain’s upside-down devil’s work:
I’m very surprised that no one from the Christian right has yet tied in the Herman Cain ‘999’ plan with ‘666’..
Maybe, as of now, no one has been upside down while reading his plan..
ARG! I can’t believe I didn’t notice this!! Good call, Coalspeaker! Damn.
I think it’s also odd that no one has tied Cain to the Bible story with his name in it—Cain and Abel. I can’t recall the exact details but didn’t one kill the other only to have God put the mark on him, thus cursing his entire lineage-to-come? For some reason, I feel like this was the explanation the Bible has for black people.
I haven’t picked up a Bible in so long, though. I suppose I should since it’s important to “know the enemy”. ;)
An article in the Apr 12, 2010 issue of Newsweek argues the killing of radical Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki would do more harm than good, as his links to attacks on American targets are speculative (at the time, administration officials today would likely disagree) and it’s not even known for certain if he is a member of al Qaeda.
As the lawyers and judge who will try Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab move this week to outline the contours of his hearing, the Obama administration is trying to prevent a repeat attack. The White House announced last week that the CIA will try to assassinate Anwar al-Awlaki, the Qaeda-linked American citizen living in Yemen who tutored Abdulmutallab. Awlaki will be hard to find—he is currently hiding in southern Yemen, protected by his powerful tribe—but if a drone operator has a shot, he will take it.
Today, a drone operator took that shot. Awlaki was killed. In the coming days, the Obama administration will have to defend its decision in taking out an American citizen by a drone-fired missile.
The rationale here seems self-evident. First, Awlaki has already been linked to two recent attacks in the U.S.: Abdulmutallab’s attempted bombing and also the Fort Hood rampage, where Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan went on a shooting spree at his home base, killing 13 people and wounding 30 others. (Hasan was advised over the Internet by Awlaki.) Second, Awlaki’s ability to speak English and recruit Westernized Muslims poses a continuing threat: just last month, he called on Muslims living in the United States to carry out similar strikes in the coming months. Eliminating him now, the White House claims, will do much to prevent a third attack. And third, the optics are great: Obama is a president who has promised to bring the fight to Al Qaeda.
Unfortunately, the administration’s argument is based more on frustration and assumption than real strategy. Killing Awlaki will do little to disrupt Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Inside that organization, he is a nobody—at best, a midlevel functionary in a local branch. There are dozens of men who could do more harm to the United States, and killing Awlaki would only embolden them and aid in recruitment. For an organization as resilient and adaptive as AQAP, his death would be a minor irritant, not a debilitating blow. The futility of such a strike should give Obama pause before he greenlights the assassination of a fellow citizen.
Read the rest of the piece. Do you think his killing is justified?
Unless that guy had a gun to someone’s head and refused to drop it, killing him was absolutely unjustified. This is disturbing to no end. The American Founding Fucking Documents explain that all humans are created equal and that we all get certain rights—like the right to a trial. Awlaki, to the best of my knowledge, never had a trial. To the best of my knowledge, he never killed anyone either.
You know, Timothy McVeigh once said that the reason he used violence to send a message to the USG was because he felt that violence is the only language the USG understands. I don’t know if that’s true, but violence is certainly the language the USG likes to speak in.
Robert Frost (via cheesegasm)
Um, no it doesn’t. Not for all of us.
I really dislike glib sayings like this. They’re meant to make us feel better but really you’re just treating the symptoms with this sort of pithy crap. The reality is that for some people life does *not* go on and ignoring that fact gives Mr. and Mrs. Hallmark a hard-on because they know they can sell more cards with useless drivel to people like YOU who can’t think for themselves.
I say this as someone who’s come close to death more than once, had friends who have died, other friends who almost died and hey, I know someone who *is* dying, someone very close to me, actually. So, do me a favor Glibby Von Piths-a-lot and go take a long walk off a short pier—I bet that death will be contrived and cliche enough for your tastes.
Carl Sagan (via ageofreason)
It’s also common in the media, schools, social situations, and more! In fact, humans don’t like uncomfortable ideas, period.
Huh, I guess that’s why it’s called “UNcomfortable”.
Or how today’s young protesters are less knowledgeable, a true shadow of social activists from decades past.
Actually, them using Apple computers *is* smart. Faulting them for it isn’t. I mean, what’s the alternative? Using virus-ridden, craptops with a 10+ year-old version of Windows on them? Seriously, it’s this kind of cynicism that really pisses me off.
“Ohhh, look how hypocritical they are! They hate corporations but they’re drinking Starbucks.”
Right because I’ve got a thousand things going on AND I’m trying to help the world be a better place by going to a protest and YOU’RE pissed because I didn’t have the time to find a non-corporate coffee house when there’s a fracking Starbucks on every goddamn corner of NYC.
“Oh, look at those idiots—they’re protesting oil drilling yet, how did they get here? By their car, right? HA! HYPOCRITES.”
Right, because it was clearly the choice of every car owner that the overwhelming majority of cars have internal combustion engines in them. Why, the last time I bought a car (well over ten years ago) I walked RIGHT into the car dealer and let my demands be known: “I WANT A CAR AND I ONLY WANT ONE WITH AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE IN IT! NO OTHER KIND OF ENGINE WILL DO, DAMMIT!! YOU HEAR ME!?!?! NO OTHER KIND!”
I remember years ago, when I went to see “The Corporation” at the Nuart theater in Los Angeles, I went to pay for tickets and the guy in the booth was like “Ohhh, you’re using a credit card to buy tickets to see ‘The Corporation’? Shame on you.”
I furrowed my brow and said simply: “Um, what?”
He shrugged and just handed me my tickets and my credit card back. Of course, I didn’t tell him what I was thinking which was this: “Using cash is no different, sir. The Federal Reserve is pretty much the same thing as a corporation and along those lines, I would ask you this: what would you have me pay for my tickets with, shells like on the Flintstones? Should I transfer my cash into another debt-based currency like the Euro or something? Or should I trade you some fucking cattle?”
The next time you’re about to say something glib that would end in the phrase “oh, the irony,” STOP. JUST… stop. Then, think for a moment and realize what you’re doing:
1) you’re being stupid and judgmental.
2) you’re looking for a reason to write the person off and not trying to understand who they are, what they want or where they’re coming from (only then can you legitimately write them off).
3) being a douchebag. I’m sure I wouldn’t approve of all of the choices you made today, either, but you don’t see me going around saying “OH, LOOK AT THAT GUY, HE’S BEING CRITICAL OF SOMEONE ON THE INTERNET. WHAT A LOSER! I’M SO MUCH BETTER THAN HIM BECAUSE… um… because… I’m BEING IRONIC ABOUT IT. HA! SEE? I’M STILL BETTER THAN HIM!”
OH, THE IRONY.
If you agree with the petition to remove tax exemption from churches and allow them to apply like a non-profit organization, please re-blog it.
This is something I am very passionate about and even if it can’t get passed, I’d love it to come to the public eye more so than it is presently.
I also have a thread on reddit about it, it you’re a redditor, please give it an upvote.
Thanks in advance for your time!
Just did this also. This is more important than “Under God”. Churches need not have a free ride any longer.
Seems only fair that religious orgs pay their fair share. I mean, I have to pay my taxes and I spend most of my day drawing life lessons from fiction. Captain Kirk is my version Jesus.