Daily Archives: June 10, 2015

Into The Suck

The fight against ISIS looks more like Vietnam every month.

“3-5 years”.

“Advisers”.

“Carpet bombing”.

“Boots on the ground”.

“Covert war”.

We haven’t learned shit, have we?

Once again, H/T to Antiwar.com, who is monitoring the hell out this mess.

Book Learning

Here’s a novel, but unsurprising way to deny anthropogenic climate change:

Catholic League president, Bill Donohue, has a bone to pick with Pope Francis. The latter has shown himself to be cognizant of modern problems and is trying to address some from his position of authority.  One of those issues is climate change, which Pope Francis is expected to release an encyclical about later this month. The Pontiff will also speak on the subject when he addresses Congress in September.

But Donohue doesn’t believe that the Pope should be talking about climate change or some of the other things Francis has addressed since he assumed leadership of the Catholic church. Why? Because Donohue thinks the Pope’s authority lies with faith and morals only.

“When it comes to things which are nonnegotiable – let me give you two quick ones: abortion and euthanasia. It’s not my opinion, it’s in the Catechism. It says these are intrinsically evil. No one has ever said that air pollution is intrinsically evil.”

So what we’re saying here is that pollution is OK because God and his minions on earth didn’t say anything about it. Did they know about cars, coal plants and manufacturing on a mass scale when that shit was written? Hmm?

I keep coming back to this theme, because it’s so insidious and dangerous-the idea that the Bible is the only tome one needs to decode reality. What I know is this; no book has everything right. I understand the need for clarity and certainty in a world gone seemingly mad. But you gotta do the best you can, and retreating from cold hard truth using religion is not doing anyone any good. In fact, this story is prima facie evidence that it is apt to do harm.

Alternative Realities

Yesterday we talked about people inventing their own realities because they can’t reconcile actual reality with their cockamamie religious beliefs.

It appears that we have to go a little further down the rabbit hole, friends. I’ll try and back us out soon. But I can’t pass this up:

Australian Nick Jensen says that if same-sex marriage is introduced, he and his wife will divorce.

Writing in the Canberra City News, Mr Jensen says he will continue to live with his wife, Sarah, and their children – and they will still consider themselves married. But they will no longer be legally married.

“If our federal parliament votes to change the timeless and organic definition of marriage later on this year, it will have moved against the fundamental and foundational building block of Australian society and, indeed, human culture everywhere.

“Indeed, it raises a red flag when a government decides it is not content only having sovereignty over land, taxes and the military — but ‘words’ themselves.

“This is why we are willing to divorce. By changing the definition of marriage, ‘marriage’ will, in years to come, have an altogether different sense and purpose.”

This type of behavior has a name. It’s right here…tip of my tongue, ah yes:

nose

By all means though, go ahead and hobble your own marriage to protest someone else’s. The Lord loves the righteous, but does he love the self-righteous as well?

The reason, however, is that, as Christians, we believe marriage is not a human invention.

Our view is that marriage is a fundamental order of creation. Part of God’s intimate story for human history. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman before a community in the sight of God. And the marriage of any couple is important to God regardless of whether that couple recognises God’s involvement or authority in it.

Nope, sorry, it is totally a human invention, one that popped up in multiple places predating or in concurrence with Judaism. But for these dolts, the Bible is their history book. If it didn’t happen to the goddamned Jews, it apparently didn’t happen at all.

Gay marriage is on track to be the most significant culture bomb since integration. There are a host of people ready to die on this battlefield. Get ready. The time is nigh, and when the detonation occurs (which I believe it will) I suspect there will be much gnashing of teeth and garment-rending similar to this.

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