Saturday, April 12, 2008

Patriots and Pinheads...More from me (thank you for inspiration, Bill O)

Patriots

  • John McCain
  • Bill O'Reilly
  • Bill Maher
  • Mitt Romney
  • Rudy Giuliani
  • Barack Obama
  • Ron Paul
  • Fred Thompson
  • Alan Colmes
  • Laura Ingraham
  • Michelle Malkin
  • Glenn Beck
  • John Shelby Spong
  • Walid Shoebat
  • David Patreus
  • Anderson Cooper

Pinheads

  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Rosie O'Donnell
  • Michelle Obama
  • Keith Olberman
  • John Edwards
  • Al Gore
  • Charlie Sheen
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Tyra Banks
  • Ariana Huffington

Friday, April 11, 2008

Pinheads and Patriots...The Canadian way

Patriots

  • Tommy Douglas
  • Terry Fox
  • Nellie McClung
  • Romeo Dallaire
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Mario Lemieux
  • Mats Sundin
  • Pierre Elliot Trudeau
  • Lester B. Pearson
  • Ron McClean
  • Brendan Shanahan
  • Stephen Lewis
  • Margaret Trudeau
  • Mila Mulroney
  • Ellen Page

Pinheads

  • David Miller
  • Paul Martin
  • Brian Mulroney
  • Gilles Ducepe
  • Don Cherry (i'm sorry, the man is an arrogant blowhard whose #6 place on the Greatest Canadian just goes to show that the Americans are not the only people on this continent with mixed up priorities)
  • Jack Layton
  • Sean Avery
  • Dalton McGuinty

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Bill O exposes again

When Black Nazism make Michael Moore look docile


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYPBEsdQjno

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

This is EXACTLY what I'm talking about...

This scared the sh*t out of even me (and that's hard)...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP-s3AV9Kzs

"The fetus on the One...with Reagan!"

Okay, so as some of you more avid Bill Maher fans may know, the title of this entry is a tribute to a self-realization of mine. If any of you haven't watched or listened to Maher's 2004 stand-up show "I'm Swiss"you need to find it ASAP. 

Anyway, I don't know if I sound as right-wing as I really am from some of my posts on religion, because I'm an evangelist for Christians alienated by the so-called Christian Right. For a long time I was in a state of semi-denial about political crowd I run with, but then I heard Bill talking about the Republican fantasy of having Ronald Reagan and the unborn fetus on the One dollar bill, and I found myself all excited about it, thinking "OMG, that'd be the greatest currency EVER!!!"

So...yeah, then I was like okay, my mom's right, I am one of those scary right-wing people that 90% of Toronto hates. You can tell a lot about a person's political and mental frame of mind by who they love and hate, so in no particular order...


I dearly love...
  • Bill O'Reilly
  • Bill Maher
  • Mitt Romney
  • John McCain
  • Ron Paul
  • Bishop John Shelby Spong
  • Christopher Hitchens
  • Fred Thompson
  • JFK
  • RFK
  • Trey Parker & Matt Stone
  • Pierre Elliot Trudeau (the late Canadian Prime Minister who told the government to stay out of the bedrooms of his nation)
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Glenn Beck

I love, but only because Jesus said I have to...

  • Al Gore
  • Nancy Pelosi
  • Jack Layton (leader of Canada's New Democratic Party, the home of our far-left loons)
  • Jerry Falwell (he's dead, but he continues to piss off Christ-followers)
  • Rosie O'Donnell
  • Ted Kennedy
  • Fred Phelps
  • Ted Haggard
  • Pat Robertson
  • Keith Olberman

I equally often want to exalt or slap the shit out of...

  • Mike Huckabee
  • Rudy Guiliani
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Barack Obama
  • Bill Clinton
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Stephen Harper (my Prime Minister)
  • Stephane Dion (our Leader of Opposition)
  • Ann Coulter
  • Sean Hannity
  • Condoleeza Rice

Monday, April 7, 2008

Mental spawn of Spong

·         It’s obvious that God can penetrate the physical world, and manifest Himself in a human body: that's what He did with Jesus Christ.

·         But apparently, He only breaks the “Great Wall”, as I like to call it, when we have sunk beyond the levels of depravity and He needs to bring us back to Him

·         I guess it’s possible that Mary might not have been a virgin in the literal sense of the word, in terms of sexual activity

·         But because she was obviously so pure in spirit and so good, and probably closer to God than any other woman on earth, God put Himself into the child in Her womb, and through her He came to us in the physical world; Mary and Joseph were obviously amazing parents and people, otherwise they would not have been chosen to be Christ’s family

·         I don’t care what anyone says, I do believe Christ performed the miracles we read about in the New Testament, but I have a hard time believing He literally ascended into Heaven by having his body rise up and disappear into the clouds; I’m sure He lay down and allowed His worldly body to die before reuniting with His Father

·         But His spirit still walks with us, and keeps us closer to God, who I believe is a little further away from us, and He is our Saviour because He brought the world back into contact with God

·         We need to be in touch with the Heavenly father to be forgiven of our sins, and without Christ and His sacrifices humanity may well have drifted far from God

·         There was a rift, a gap, between God and humanity, and Christ bridge that gap to save us

·         He is our Saviour, brother and best friend

·         Now I truly believe that all humans are endowed with a soul and the Holy Spirit, even if they don’t realize or see it as the Holy Spirit in the traditional Christian sense

·         But despite God’s dominion over our souls and His unique ability to speak to us through our conscience, He takes less control over the physical fate of our bodies

·         On 9/11 He didn’t reach out and literally stop the planes flying into the WTC and carry each passenger down to safety; He doesn’t rip the AIDS virus out of people’s bodies, or cancer or parasites

·         He doesn’t reach between two cars about to collide to save the people, does not rip the gun from the hand of a murderer before he fires

·         Many people I know who don’t believe in God say that if there was a God there wouldn’t be so much horror in the world; the Rwandan genocide, the Holocaust,  the World Wars, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, the AIDS pandemic, nuclear weapons, the genocide in Darfur, and so on and so on

·         But that doesn’t mean there’s no God, it just means He isn’t the puppet master the Christian church has been telling people He is for 2000 years

·         Once He released us humans, His most complex creations, onto the earth, the physical well-being of our physical bodies became dependent on the physical earth around us, and we are largely responsible for them; if you spend your entire life shovelling shit into your mouth, not exercising and abusing substances, you’ll get cancer, heart disease, strokes etc.

·         God won’t stop that, although He can save your soul from the Devil or useless wanderings once you kill yourself from of overindulgence

·         But that’s why we’re encouraged in the Bible to not put too much into worldly pleasures; sex with too many people, you’ll get diseases; too much rich food or alcohol, you’ll destroy your cardiovascular and digestive systems; too many extreme risks taken, you can get permanent injuries or die, and so on

·         God strengthens our souls, not our physical bodies

·         He speaks to us through our consciences, not physical actions, any church or preacher

·         When we are in desperate need and we pray for assistance, what we are given is a stronger soul, resilience and deeper faith that the more we make out of this life, whatever comes our way, the more we will be rewarded in the afterlife

·         God does not stop physical death, He stops a deeper kind of death

·         I believe God endows us with a soul from the moment we are conceived, which is why I find abortion abhorrent and evil, but we control how many children are conceived; if God did in fact preordain all our children, there wouldn’t be this many, because we have more people in the world right now than the earth can handle; God would not deliberately give us more than we could handle

·         We must not be angry with God if we have children who are ill or deformed, or short-lived; these things are terrible tragedies caused by defective genes; our bodies are brilliantly designed machines conceived long before Adam and Eve even emerged, but the world is imperfect, and therefore not every human body will be perfect

·          But nothing in the physical world can damage our souls; so when we pray for loved ones, it’s more important to pray for the strengthening and preservation of their souls than their bodies

·         I believe in both Creationism and evolution, as odd as that may sound, but it actually makes perfect sense. I think that yes, perhaps the core of the earth was created by an explosion, then God modeled it into something that life could thrive on

·         I think that life did start out as single celled organisms and did change, expand and evolve, and that once we had reached a certain stage in development, God endowed us souls and our conscience, and that’s how we had dominion over the earth, because there is more to us than just our physical being, and we are of greater intelligence and creativity than the rest of the earth’s creatures

·         The first six days were not days in the literal 24 hours sense we know now, and God allowed the earth to grow and thrive and organisms changed, some went extinct, others emerged from evolution of other organisms. Perhaps the seventh day was the time He rested while human beings grew out of the earth over time

·   The stories and knowledge of the Lord and our origins were passed down orally through their generations, until around the 9th century BC when people finally started writing things down, hence the beginning of the Old Testament.  But since oral stories change somewhat with the broken telephone effect, we must take the Old Testament with a grain of salt, and always remember who God truly is – a loving father – because there’s quite a lot in the Old Testament that would tell us otherwise if were to take it word for word

·         The Bible is incredibly precious, because it is our oldest history, and no human work is closer to God than the Bible, particularly the New Testament

·         The New Testament is extremely special, because it was written about a time in the world when many strange and special things were happening, that had never happened before and may not happen again for thousands of years

·         God was with us on the earth, people were seeing Him for the first time and being given a very special chance to make amends with the Creator

·         I believed Christ was resurrected just long enough to get in His last words and tell us that He would be back some day

·         But when the Bible says that Christ is coming “soon”, it could mean 10000 years for all we know, because 10000 is a tiny amount of time compared to how long the earth has been in existence

 

Please Jesus, protect them from your followers

Dear President Bush:

 

                                                I am writing to you as a proud United States ally, a supporter of the Republican Party, and a fellow born-again Christian. I admire you faith and I admire the changes you have made over the course of your lifetime with the help of our beloved Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. But more importantly, Mr. Bush, I am writing to you as a concerned citizen of humanity. I do not need to remind that all human beings are created by the Lord our God, but perhaps I do need to emphasize to you, Mr. President, that all human beings are created equal. In Christ there is no male or female; black, white, Asian or Hispanic; young or old; rich or poor; conservative or liberal; and yes, dare I saw it, Mr. Bush, in Christ there is no difference between the straight, gay, bisexual or transgendered person.

                Which brings me to the purpose of this letter. As I write to you, I am watching The Matthew Shepard Story. Matthew was not much older than I am now when he was brutally murdered simply because he was sexually attracted to men as opposed to women. His family and countless supporters have fought a long and hard battle to get legislation passed to expand the definition of hate crimes to include protection for the LGBT community. And you, George Walker Bush, have had the nerve to stand up in the name of Jesus Christ and threaten to veto the Matthew Shepard Act.

                You are a disgrace to the Saviour, to our religion of Christianity, to the United States and all of her allies, to democracy and freedom, and to the basic rights afforded to all of humanity.

                I realize, Mr. Bush, that it may be somewhat difficult for you to understand how someone could be attracted to the same sex as opposed ( or in addition) to the opposite sex. I understand what it’s like to not understand. But while attraction to the female sex may not make sense to me personally, to certain women in the world – including a couple of good friends of mine – it does make sense. Our heterosexuality does not make you or I superior in any way to any member of the LBGT community.

                I am fully aware of what the Bible says about homosexuality. I am also aware of the human tendency to fear or be wary of what is different. But at the end of the day, Mr. Bush, all of this knowledge is irrelevant in light of Christ’s instructions in the New Testament to do unto others as we would have them do unto us, and love our neighbours as ourselves. When Jesus said that, he meant all of our neighbours, not just straight ones.

                Choosing not to protect people from hate crimes is not loving your neighbour. Dishonouring Matthew’s memory is not following the Golden Rule. I don’t know how you sleep at night with this intent in your mind.

                We both know that the causes of homosexual urges/behaviour have been debated over and over again for years. We don’t for sure know the reasons behind it, and I think there’s a good chance we never will. Whatever the roots, no one has the right to judge anyone on their sexual preference or anything else. Would Jesus persecute gays and allow people to do the same, or would he have embraced them as he embraced all, saints and sinners alike? I’m praying that you and much of your party comes around in time to do the right thing before you leave office.

All the best from a tolerant sister in Christ,

Rachel Cassar

 

Unfinished business with Tinky Winky's character assassin

02/19/2008

 

I think Jerry Falwell definitely enjoyed the money and fame he got from doing what he did, and I could see why Christopher Hitchens would call him a fraud. But I think that he genuinely did believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, the Rapture and the exclusivist bigotry of God that he preached for 50 years, and that’s what scares the shit out of me.

          The problem with people like Jerry Falwell is that they convince themselves that they and their stooges, who live a very narrow lifestyle, are God’s only chosen people and that God will send the rest of us to Hell in a hand basket. Bishop Spong put it quite well: the belief that you and your stooges are God’s chosen people is a slippery slope because once you believe that this rather small group of people is God’s elect, then you inevitably see the “others” as God’s unchosen, to paraphrase his explanation. If God doesn’t like the infidels who have rejected him, you don’t have to either. Falwell genuinely believed, in his twisted little mind, that all those who were not Fundamentalist Born-Again Christians like him were worthy of dislike and condemnation.

          What kind of Christian refers to gays as “vile and Satanic”? Puts down Martin Luther King, and supports racial segregation? 

Evangelicals shit themselves over DaVinci

Was Jesus in a relationship with Mary Magdalene?

I don’t know. Maybe, maybe not. But how much does this really matter? Even if he did have a child, that did not take away his divinity. I’ve believed my whole life that Jesus was both human and divine; he had a divine Father and a human mother, so would that not make sense to others as well? Why is the Catholic Church so obsessed with celibacy?

 

 

03/15/2008

 

Unlike so many fundamentalists who grasp at straws and so hysterically defend their precise narrative of what is and what is to come, I’m capable of being a strong believer even with some of my questions unanswered.

 

Is there going to be a Rapture where the saved are physically snatched up from the earth leaving the rest of the population in disarray? I’m inclined to think not, but I cannot know for sure.

 

Is there going to be a final showdown between Jesus and the Devil, good and evil? It’s a good question, one that’s answer I do not know.

 

Is the Devil actually a real spirit, or merely a symbolic manifestation of the sins of man and the negative energy our hate and sorrow produce? Does the Devil create our sins, or do our sins create the Devil? I’m inclined to think the former is true, but again, I cannot know for sure and I don’t presume to know something like that.

 

Was Jesus the literal son of God, spawned by the Holy Spirit? I believe so, but even though I can’t be positive I throw in with him anyway.

Anything to not do this essay

I am pulling out all the stops to not have to research the - get ready to want to hang yourself - Canadian fur trade for this damn essay I'm supposed to hand in tomorrow. Since I'm totally brain dead at 4:30 am not up for writing anything remotely insightful that's new, here's some old ramblings coming up...