The Strib used to have what they called their Faith and Values section, a three to five page section every week that was exclusively religious news. Hammer gets tired of my saying it, but it still pisses me off that they managed to have that section yet years ago dropped their single weekly page of science news. I've also long claimed that it is ridiculous to call any paper liberal when it has a business section but not a labor section, but that's a post for another day. I haven't seen the Faith and Values section in quite a while so I assumed they no longer published it. But I have come to the conclusion lately that it is being condensed into the space occupied by Minesota's Worst Writer. First there was the story last week, "My summer vacation to the Pope" or some such crap. Now on Monday there's some rot about what a nice job God is doing spreading joy over in Iraq. Actually condensed is not really the right word, it's more like it is collapsing in on itself like some dying star, getting ever smaller and denser at the same time. Eventually the whole section becomes the minute but massive gravity well that is the inside of KK's head. A black hole so powerful that nothing can escape from it--not light, not readable prose, not a coherent thought, nothing.
Jambo, where does one begin? Your disgust with the theocrats and hypocrites of the religious right is well placed as far as I am concerned. And I fully agree that Intelligent Design - or any idea that attempts to explain the creation of the universe from a religious aspect - has no place in a science curriculum.
But your frustration begins to express itself as a condemnation of anyone who expresses faith.
KK is truly a bad writer, and someone should point out to her that Jesus died to take away our sins, not our brains. But why not have a vigorous and thought provoking section in the STrib devoted to Faity and Values is a good thing. I just wish it was vigorous and though provoking. It's beginning to look more and more like a sop.
Just so you know, as an American (as opposed to a Roman) Catholic, I believe that God created the universe. Most Christians, Jews, and Muslims believe the same. I don't worry about how God did it, because it was God's doing, not mine. If you also believe that God did it but in a way differently than how I might believe it, that's fine also. Just don't try and force feed your belief onto me, and don't try to teach it as science because it's not. Teach it in Sunday school if you want, or in a philosophy course, or in a comparative religion course. But respect the fact that I'm entitled to believe as I do, even though we might disagree. And, just so you know, those who believe the world was created in 6 days, literally, and that the Bible is THE inspired word of God, literally (I didn't know God spoke in English - as spoken during the reign of King James) need to read what I said above about KK.
So, continue to point out that theocracy is inconsistent with our Constitution, and that one cannot rightfully complain about an Islamic theocracy while supporting a Christian theocracy, and that Luddites and flat worlders are stupid, and also that Jesus was not a politician, that he eschewed secular government ("Give to Caesar. . ."), and that he would not have supported assassination. But use a rifle for your comments and not a shotgun.
p.s. Later on I will comment on your reference to Ayn Rand.
I love you, man.
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Thanks RR. KK really does bring out the worst in me. My objection to the Faith and Values section has never been its existence but that it was added about the same time they dropped the science page. I was always listening to right wingers prattle on about the "Red Star and Tribune" as if they were constantly endorsing the Socialist Worker's Party candidate for president yet here it was deciding religion was news worthy but science was not. And while I rarely read the section (is it still there?) I did occasionally skim thru it and it ran the faith gamut to include everything from MN Lutherans to Buddhists. And I of course have no problem with people doing good works, what every their motivation. The "sister church" program she wrote about yesterday I'm sure is making a positive difference for those involved. And all the kids off to see the Pope? More power to 'em. Knock yourselves out on the big trip, guys. Just be careful, if you know what I mean. Nudge nudge, wink wink.
Just like I don't hate cute little kids, only the use made of them in the dreadful Family Circus, I similarly don't hate "faith", I just can't stand the use made of it by dolts like KK and her ilk. (And I am also scared to death of the creeping theocracy in this country.)
"Amen," er, I mean "right on" about the creeping theocracy.
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