The Problem with Organized Religions

is that they define themselves primarily by their opposition to “the other” which leads to their history of hatred, violence and genocide.

Does your church define itself by “the other” in any way?  I.e. our religion is the one true way to believe?

Do you define yourself by “the other” in any way?  I.e. I am a Democrat; not a Republican.

Is the problem solvable?  And, if it is solvable; what is the first step in that solution?

And He Rolled the Stone Back

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Exactly three hours after the end of Easter Sunday I received the following email from a Christian acquaintance to her Christian friends:

Bud Lite…

A Mexican (an undocumented Democrat), a Black (a documented Democrat), a Muslim and a Redneck were walking together on a beach when the Black stumbled over a bottle in the sand. He picked up the bottle, rubbed the sand off it, and a Genie appeared.
“I can only grant four wishes,” the Genie said. “Since there are four of you, you may have a wish apiece.” Pointing at the Black, he said, “Since you found the bottle, you may have the first wish.” The Black thought for a moment then said, “I wish for a fleet of ships so that I can gather all my people and take them back to our homeland, Africa .” Poof! It was done! Thousands of ships appeared on the skyline.

The Mexican said, “I weesh for enough Cheby peekups to take all my peoples back to our homeland, May-he-co!” Poof! It was done! Row after row of Chevrolet pickups appeared on the beach.
The Muslim said, “I wish for a hundred thousand camels to take all of my people away from this horrible country loaded with infidels so we can live in peace in Muslim countries and serve Allah.” Poof! It was done! A hundred thousand camels suddenly appeared on the beach.

Turning to the Redneck, the Genie asked, “And what is your wish?” The Redneck watched as the loaded pickups began moving toward the border, then looked out to sea and watched the loaded ships sailing out into the sunset, then he looked at all of the Muslims getting on top of the camels and riding off.
The Redneck said, “Just give me a Bud Lite. It don’t get no better than this!”

And Jesus looked around, hung his head in shame at what he saw, went back into the cave and rolled the stone back across the entrance.

I can’t wait to hear what was on the Easter Sunday talk shows!

Happy Amateur Imbibing Alcohol Day, aka Saint Patricks Day.

Saint Patrick is described as the patron saint of the Irish because he drove the snakes out of Ireland.  He also used the shamrock to teach the Catholic church doctrine regarding the Holy Trinity.

Jump a couple of hundred years into the future, and the celebration has morphed into a bibulous consumption of green beer, wearing of green, kissing, and pinching.

Now I, myself, am not past having a couple of cold ones green or otherwise.

I do not, however, drink on St. Pat’s Day.  Why?  IT’S AMATEUR HOUR FOR DRINKERS!!!  I also try to stay off the highways.  Hopefully, you do the same.

Erin Go Braugh!.

Why I Feel Sorry for Christians

Over the last two decades i have been listening to politicians, particularly Republicans, tout they and their party as the party of family values.  This has won them the unquestioning support of the religious right.  And that “unquestioning” is the problem.

Over the last two decades the right has opposed every teaching of Jesus Christ in their political actions.  They consistently oppose helping those who are in need.  And, yet, the Christian right, whether Republican or Democrat, has continued to support them.

So,  what do Christians say when they are asked “What would Jesus do?”,  they say nothing.  For, if they have not opposed those politicians who do not follow Christian beliefs in their actions; they are as guilty of hypocrisy as the politicians.  If they continue to support financially and vote for politicians who hypocritically call themselves Christians, are they not themselves opposing the teaching of Christ?

I feel sorry for Christians because they can no longer have it both ways.  They can no longer support the politicians of the religious right and still claim to promote the teaching of Jesus Christ.

I really am sorry for them.  No person should be so grieviously taken advantage of because of their religious beliefs.

 

Of Sincere Pumpkins and HOBBYLOBBY

SCOTUS has ruled that to be able to deny coverage under the ACA, the privately owned company must hold a “sincere” belief.

If a closely held company, such as HobbyLobby, sells products which are produced in countries that allow, if not support,abortion; can HobbyLobby keep its sincere status?

If a closely held company, such as HobbyLobby, uses providers of any kind who provide insurance which covers birth control are they sincere in their held beliefs?

If a closely held company, such as HobbyLobby, sells its products to businesses who provide insurance to their employees which covers birth control, are they really sincere in their religious beliefs?

If a closely held company, such as HobbyLobby, sells to individuals who have insurance that covers birth control, or uses contraceptives, are they really sincere in their religious beliefs?

If they are selective about whom they discriminate against because of their religious beliefs, are they “sincere” enough to be exempted from the Affordable Care Act.

We know that HobbyLobby, at the least, puchases a lot of their merchandise from China.  The government of China supports birth control and abortion.  Could any company who sincerely is against any form of abortion, in good faith, engage in commerce with China or any other company which allows abortion or contraception?

CHECK OUT THE INVENTORY THE NEXT TIME YOU ARE IN A HOBBYLOBBY.  SEE IF THERE IS ANY MERCHANDISE FROM A COUNTRY WHICH ADVOCATE ABORTION OR CONTRACEPTION.

Are they only “sincere” in their religious beliefs if they inprove their bottom line?  If that is the case, are they hypocrites?