Sunday, March 13, 2005

Those who do not learn from history doom us to repeat it


Moses saved the original tablets with the commandments written by G-d - the one's he destroyed in anger. The broken tablets were place in the Ark, along with the ones Moses carved himself, at the dedication of Solomon's Temple. We need to remember the regrets from the bad as much as we need the fond memories of the good.

When we are rash or punitive (purely for the sake of retribution), we don't always consider the innocent bystanders; hell, let's be honest, we never consider the ripple effect. The current administration seems much the same, only they don't cause ripples with their action (or inaction) they cause tidal waves. The occupation of Iraq continues, the military personnel who get to come home often can't get benefits due them even when they (all to frequently) come home injured and are in most need of their benefits. The occupation has just increased radical fundamentalist terrorism and unleashed new violence against women in Iraq. Yes, W is pushing for Freedom & Democracy in the Middle East, provided he approves of the religious ideals of those he frees and is diametrically opposed to those he fights. ..well, *sorta* Bush, the evangelist, is (as many of us are) all bunched up about Islamic religious fundamentalism in the Middle East. At home, radical fundamentalism is just A-OK (provided is Christian Fundamentalism imposing its view of religion on everyone else, except the rich religious/government leaders who pull the "do as I say, not as I do" routine). Ironically many of the behaviors/actions of the Muslim Fundamentalists are eerily similar to the actions of Bush supported Christian Fundamentalists. Members of the NAE, who just last month complained about being misunderstood, have now decided the US should
have a bible-based manifesto and that it's the duty of all evangelical Christians to advocate for government policies that support their religious beliefs.

Sorry to step up the pressure, but the progressive Christians who don't want their religion sullied have no choice but to speak up loudly (now would be a really good time).
Until you do, those of us in real danger of having someone else's religion imposed on us are going to keep thinking "if it walks like a duck, it is a duck", were positions switched you would do and feel the same.


Business Ethics 101 (Moishe-style)

Ismar Schorsch explains what is meant by good business ethics in
Good Governance. Read it yourself, pass it along to the CEOs and elected officials you know.


She speaks out of her ass too:

Britney Spears addressing the charges against Michael Jackson in this month's Allure Magazine [emphasis added]:

"If he did do those things, I feel sorry for him. I feel like he probably feels alone, and he needs some help," she told the magazine. "He needs someone to be like, 'OK, let's buck you up, let's give you a moustache, let's rough you up, let's go to a bar, let's get drunk and be a man.' And if he didn't do those things, I feel sorry for him. Either way, he needs to get in a fight."
'nuff said


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1 comment:

Public Theologian said...

And I thought Britney had exhausted her role as a public commentator in her cameo in Fahrenheit 911!