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Saturday, September 27, 2003

 
Organized Religion Foolishness

Readers of this blog are probably aware that I myself believe in God. Unfortunately, many who read this statement may then attempt to piegon hole my faith into the confines of one or another organized religions' dogmas and dismiss what I have to say. Be that as it may, I direct you to a locally published article entitled "Split ends Thanksgiving ecumenical service." The article informs us of an interfaith Thanksgiving worship service, sponsored by the Grand Rapids Area Center for Ecumenism (GRACE), which last year was attended by Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Atheists, has been compromised.

This year, some of the members of GRACE, which, based on the attitudes displayed within the article, should actually be labeled the Grand Rapids Area Center for Exclusion, have determined that they cannot participate in such a worship service because, as so callously stated by one Reverend Stanely Mast,

"It had to do with how on earth you could worship side by side with folks who worshipping a different God or wroshipped no God at all."

Now there's a "christian" attitude with all the "right" answers. If you don't believe our dogma, you must be going to "hell."

There was a time when I was growing up, when unfortunately I would have fallen into the same fallacious attitude displayed by Rev. Mast. Now, I am thoroughly embarrassed for anyone who professes a faith in God whether they call God God, Todd, Earl, Allah, Creator, Great Spirit or whatever. As if the one terminology used automatically negates the validity of any other terminology used to represent or state the name of God. How belittling.

With this foolishness in mind, I provide you with two quotes from Thomas Paine.

"With respect to what are called denominations of religion, if every one is left to judge of its own religion, there is no such thing as a religion that is wrong; but if they are to judge of each others religion, there is no such thing as a religion that is right; and therefore, all the world is right, or all the world is wrong"

This second quote from Paine is probably more apt,

"I do not believe that any two men, on what are called doctrinal points, think alike who think at all. It is only those who have not thought that appear to agree."

Think about that while I continue working the board out of my eye.

John Venlet - 11:45:00 AM | Permalink

Friday, September 26, 2003

 
Quote of the Day

"One would have to have lived very little in the world not to know that political life is suffused with pleasant-sounding nonsense parading as grave argumentation."

From the introduction to The Founders' Constituion. Link courtesy of Fred Lapides at GoodShit.

John Venlet - 1:26:00 PM | Permalink

Thursday, September 25, 2003

 
Quote

"If there really existed in the world two or more distinct and separate elements of human power, we should then see the several origins to which those terms descriptively apply: but as there is but one species of man, there can be but one element of human power; and that element is man himself. Monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy, are but creatures of imagination; and a thousand such may be contrived, as well as three."

Thomas Paine
Rights of Man (1791)

John Venlet - 9:17:00 AM | Permalink

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

 
"An Illusion of Democracy"

"As I read about the recent forcible removal of the Ten Commandments in Alabama, I find myself thinking: How managed the United States has become! How well and subtly it has been done! I am filled with astonished admiration. In the heart of Bible country, swoop, Washington speaks, and Alabama obeys."

Fred Reed, in his September 1st column. Read the whole thing.

John Venlet - 5:28:00 PM | Permalink

 
An Oath Worth Swearing

"I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

Thomas Jefferson
From a letter to Benjamin Rush in 1800

Feel free to substitute whatever you may choose for God when swearing.

Additional quotes from Jefferson.

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