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Russian Separatists in Ukraine: Your Actions are Utterly and Thoroughly Despicable- And the Civilized World Condemns You For It

Posted in misery, Modern Culture, Total Depravity by Jim on April 17, 2014

THIS cannot be allowed.

Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media.

Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” reported Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website.

NO.  NO!  If we have to intervene militarily to stop this, then it is what must be done- for morality’s sake.  THIS cannot be tolerated.  The governments of the world are bound by the laws of decency to denounce this in no uncertain terms, and that includes the government of Russia.  Or this is a matter to go to war for.

A Town Council In Britain Rejected a Performance of ‘The Passion of Christ’, Because they Thought it was a Sex Show…

Posted in misery, mockery by Jim on April 16, 2014

I sometimes wonder….   how some people manage to survive- being so ignorant.

Through centuries and across countries, it has remained a staple of traditional Easter celebrations.
But that rich history, it seems, has been rather lost on one council bureaucrat – who forced a church to cancel its Passion play because he apparently thought it was a sex show.   The performance, telling the story of the crucifixion of Christ, had been planned for Good Friday by St Stephen’s House Theological College and Saints Mary and John Church in Oxford.  That was until an official at the local Labour council refused to rubber-stamp the event, forcing the church to scrap it at short notice.    The worker in question apparently did not know that a Passion play was a religious affair – and thought it was an obscene production.  Last night ministers, MPs and religious groups criticised the ‘unbelievable’ actions of Oxford City Council, saying it showed Christians were becoming increasingly marginalised in society.

Oxford…. come on.   Folk are supposed to be smart in Oxford.  This is the sort of thing you’d expect to happen in Scotland.

Oh Dear… Someone in the Teaparty Needs to Go Back to Second Grade…

Posted in misery, mockery, Modern Culture by Jim on April 15, 2014

Dear Tea People, your cause isn’t helped by ignorance.  It just isn’t.

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What Madness

Posted in misery by Jim on April 13, 2014

An Egyptian General thinks that St Catherine’s monastery should be demolished

catherinesA retired army general says he has filed a court case pushing for Egypt’s historic Saint Catherine’s Monastery to be demolished and its Greek monks deported on the grounds that they pose a threat to national security.

In May 2012, Ahmed Ragai Attiya obtained 71 administrative orders regarding the demolition of the monastery’s multiple churches, monk cells, gardens and other places of interest on the grounds, which he claims were all built in 2006 and thus not historic, according to Ihab Ramzy, the monastery’s lawyer.

However, in an interview with private channel ONTV on Thursday, Attiya said that he has now used the 71 orders to file an official demolition suit with Ismailiya’s Administrative Court against the monastery and 10 of the Egyptian authorities concerned, including the president, ministers of tourism and antiquities and the governor of South Sinai, where Saint Catherine’s is located.

In the same ONTV interview, Attiya levelled a host of accusations against the monastery’s monks, alleging that they have changed the names of landmarks in the surrounding area and tried to hide an underground water source known as Moses’ Well (Oyun Moussa).

What’s wrong with people?  A lot.

I Used To Like Mike Huckabee- But Now I Just Think He’s a Teaparty Lunatic

Posted in disdain, misery, Politics by Jim on April 13, 2014

It takes a special kind of stupidity and partisanship to remark that being subject to TSA protocol at the airport makes one less free than a citizen of a repressive country like North Korea.  A special kind of special stupidity.  And yet, Huckabee managed it.

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Bless your heart Mike.  Can’t take a little inconvenience for the sake of public safety huh?  So you call yourself a public servant?  And you doubtless don’t even notice the contradiction.

I won’t be voting for you for anything.  Ever.  You’re swiftly becoming the Pat Robertson of the Republican Teaparty.

Do Christian Zionists Support the Government of Israel When It Restricts Palestinian Christians from Worship?

Posted in misery, Modern Culture by Jim on April 8, 2014

Because if they do (and they do- remember, for Christian Zionists, Israel is always in the right), then shame on them.

 Israel occupation forces have denied Christians of the occupied East Jerusalem access to their churches as part of preparations for the mid-month marking of the Jewish Passover.  In retaliation, Christians, ahead of Easter celebrations, have decided to stop coordinating with Israeli forces.  Since 2005, at this time of the year, Israeli occupation forces, mainly the police, seal the old town of occupied Jerusalem and restrict the movement of worshipers.

Roadblocks are set up and hundreds of policemen are deployed ahead of Passover and the occupied East Jerusalem will be virtually under curfew.  In recent years, Israeli forces have prevented Christians from going to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre or the Church of Resurrection, the Way of Sorrows and other Christian sites in the holy city.  A meeting of Christian institutions and community leaders in the occupied East Jerusalem condemned and termed the Israeli measures as racist actions against both Christian and Muslim residents of the holy city.

A statement said that the Israeli measures constitute a basic violation of freedom of worship.  “Israel tries to create new realities in the city and these completely contradict what has been implemented and adhered to in terms of customs and traditions for centuries in the holy city,” it said.  “Palestinian Christians have been denied the right to perform their rituals and religious duties or to even gather with families and friends to mark Easter. Those Israeli measures do not have anything to do security or the safety of worshipers but has basically to do with racism,” said the statement.

Don’t worry, though, Israel, American Christians are too busy debating the actions of corporations to bother to raise a fuss about your mistreatment of our brothers and sisters in Christ who only happen to be Palestinian.  You’re safe.  Your actions won’t be mentioned on any of the news networks and Christian theologians and biblical scholars too for the most part can’t be bothered with such insignificant misdeeds.  Your lap dogs in Washington too long ago abrogated any interest in speaking truth to power.

Nonetheless- if no one else bothers to say anything, I shall.  I believe in God.  Accordingly, I believe in justice, equity, and fairness.

Farewell Firefox

Posted in misery, Modern Culture, scorn, Total Depravity by Jim on April 4, 2014

The CEO of Mozilla was forced out because he donated $1000 to the Prop 8 campaign out in California.  Oh. The. Horror. of such an act…

MOZILLA, the outfit behind the Firefox web browser and other software, has just lost its chief executive, Brendan Eich (pictured), who resigned on April 3rd after spending little more than a week in the job. His departure raises thorny questions about where lines should be drawn between leaders’ personal beliefs and their corporate roles.

Mr Eich quit after a controversy blew up about his views on gay marriage. In 2008 he gave $1,000 to a campaign that supported Proposition 8, a California ballot measure banning same-sex marriage in the state. The measure passed but was subject to legal challenges. Prop 8′s supporters went all the way to the federal Supreme Court, which last year dismissed their appeal, thus allowing gay marriage in California to go ahead. When Mr Eich’s support for the proposition became public a couple of years ago, it provoked an outcry in the Twittersphere, but this eventually died down. Mr Eich argued that Mozilla should stay focused on its mission and not allow differences of personal opinion to cloud its operations.

This should strike everyone as an appalling thing.  Why?  Because it is nothing less than an attempt to punish dissent AND because it intends to send a signal to other CEO’s- if you don’t support the views of the vocal minority and act contrary to its wishes, then you too may well lose your job.

Why was it wrong?  Because it is the absolute pinnacle of hypocrisy and I can prove it quite easily:  had Mr Eich been forced out for holding the views of the vocal minority, the outcry from that segment of society and its supporters would have been thunderous.  Any honest person would admit that.

Had Mr Eich said ‘I support Gay marriage and I gave $1000 to defeat Prop 8′ and been forced out for it, the outpouring of contempt from the vocal minority would have stunned Vladimir Putin himself.

The vocal minority is selective in its application of the notion of free speech.  Free speech, to it, means ‘you are free to speak and act and support whatsoever cause you wish, as long as you agree with us.  But if you cross us, we will make your life a living hell’.

Free speech, to me, on the other hand, means that Mr Eich is just as free to support with his money any cause he wishes just as much as Elton John or Oprah Winfrey or Joel Watts or anyone else.

The hypocrisy of the extremists is not only appalling, it is disgusting, contemptible, and reprehensible.  It is also cowardly and oppressive and regurgitation-inducing.

I’m done with Firefox.  Farewell.  You see, I am free to reject your products, Mozilla, as you are free to express your views and as free as Mr Eich is to express his.   Go ahead, force me out of my job.  I. Dare. You.

Get Thee to Sunday School!

Posted in media, misery by Jim on April 3, 2014

If you don’t already know all of this…  (and note, I LOVE the little tiny disclaimer at the bottom- because evidently people are so daft that they don’t know the difference between the Bible and a Hollywood production…)

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Yes, thank you Captain Obvious…

The Former Staff of Mars Hill Are Publicly Repenting…

Posted in misery, Modern Culture by Jim on March 29, 2014

Warren Throckmorton writes

A new website devoted to repentance among former Mars Hill leaders has opened up at Repentantpastor.com. Repentant Pastor is about:

We built this site to provide a safe place in which we can confess our sin and share the stories and experiences we had while serving and attending Mars Hill Church. Our hope is to bring about repentance for ourselves and reconciliation with people whom we have hurt. If you are one of those people please connect with us personally through email. You can also comment on the posts. Each one of the people who has written in the confessions section has an email address at this url. The email addresses are firstname.lastname@repentantpastor.com Thank you for reading our confessions, letters, stories, and apologies.

And more.  It’s pretty amazing.  Amazing indeed.  How Mark Driscoll can possibly remain Pastor of that Church is today’s greatest mystery.

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The Onion Gets Noah, the Movie

Posted in media, misery, mockery by Jim on March 27, 2014

Watch the review here.

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