Trinity United Church of Christ

I haven’t written about politics on this blog for some time now. I’ve had deeply disturbing conversations lately that have prompted me to do this, though.

I’ve looked at many different sites and many different aspects of Rev. Wright’s comments about his church. To be honest, I don’t know what the problem is with everyone. Admittedly, when I went down the list of what that church stands for, it was a bit unnerving seeing “black” pasted all over it. That was, until I put the word Jewish in for the word black and Israel in for the word Africa. Suddenly, it reminded me of almost all congregational websites I’d ever been to. Every time I go to temple I do it for God, community and Israel. So why can’t they have this too? I started to get really pissed off, thinking, “Damn…these critics want to put them on the back of the bus again.” How dare they! Oh my God, I’m so pissed about this that I can’t stand it. I keep thinking back to people like Martin Luther King and Stephen Biko, both people who encouraged black empowerment. I’m not sure why whites believe they are doing this to swing the pendulum in the opposite direction. Let them have their identity. Let them have their culture. Let them have their safe space where they can foster each others growth and the growth of their community. That is beneficial to us all!!! Listen, I don’t want anyone telling me that my congregation is racist and that I can’t foster my Jewishness. That is what I am supposed to do. That is what I am called to do. Please allow the members of this congregation and the black community world wide their calling. They deserve it!

The one and only way this post is political, is that Obama attends this church. Bravo, I say!

Oh, and whereas others are confused about why Jews would support Obama, considering what they believe are separatist values, I urge you to read this. If you can tell me that any one of those things doesn’t have value, well, I wouldn’t want to know you. Honestly, this is what practicing Jews do every day. I don’t DARE throw stones!

Religion Aside

Seeing the photos and videos of Tammy Faye from the Larry King show, just days before her death, is horrifying.

I have to be honest with you. If I were in that condition, I would seriously think about moving to Oregon where they have legalized euthanasia. I wouldn’t want to live like that. If I had to, I’d want as many drugs on board as possible…even if it meant not recognizing anyone that I loved.

Also, seeing her made me realize that I’d never want to have eyeliner tattooed on me (not that I could anyway…Jewish).

I’m glad she’s finally at peace.

Bill Maher 05-18-07

I think this was one of the best shows he ever had. I found myself laughing a lot, but really resonating with the material. I absolutely adored Russell Simmons. My God, what an amazing man. I think I’m going to include him the next time someone sends me a meme with the question, “If you could pick anyone living or dead to have lunch with, who would it be?” Anyway, you have love YouTube. I found the entirety of the program on Friday in 6 parts. So, you can see it all here. (Click Read up above to see more.) Read more

Those Wacky Scientologists

I think it’s odd that this video shows up on CNN today of all days. I was just thinking this morning about what Tom Cruise would think about autism, since he doesn’t believe in mental illness and autism is classified as such, by some. I mean, you can’t really dispute the existence of autism. My thought is that he would classify it as something other than mental illness…possibly a physical illness?

Anyway, I watched the aforementioned video and just shook my head. Nothing screams CULT more than that. NOTHING! I mean, come on people. This is a faith based on science fiction. There is not much difference between how they feel about science and how Creationists feel about science. Somehow, their belief supersedes historical proof.

It boggles the mind.

UPDATE 12:35: That is actually the logo of the Church of Spiritual Technology. Here’s an interesting site about that church and its dealings with the US government. (this one is for all you conspiracy theorists)

UPDATE 19:00: Here’s another scary video. In it claims that the Holocaust was caused by the Psychiatric profession.

WWJD?

According to Eric Rudolf

Jesus would condone “militant action in defense of the innocent.”

There’s a lovely little piece on him on CNN today and how he is taunting victims from prison. He is apparently sending letters/essays to a friend who posts them on the Internet. It seems he doesn’t actually use their names, but those who know the details know exactly who he’s writing about. Here is an example of something he wrote about a nurse that he injured…

Rudolph recalls how Emily Lyons, in court, described the pain of her injuries and made an obscene gesture at Rudolph as she showed off a finger mangled by the blast. Rudolph writes:

“It was a great speech and one that the denizens of freedom should be proud to enshrine in a museum somewhere. Perhaps they could put it next to MLKs `I Have a Dream.’ They could call it `I Have a Middle Finger.”‘

I would say that this was a shocking display of mockery for someone who claims to be a Christian if it weren’t a current trend. Honestly, these people don’t surprise me anymore…such that I automatically expect every Christian to have a hidden agenda, or at the very least some level of hatred for those who don’t believe exactly as they do. I really can’t help it. It’s like crying wolf. You have a bunch of people who espouse the ideals of Jesus Christ yet couldn’t live in his path to save their own lives. Perhaps that’s why they give themselves up for others so often. The idea that those who can’t do, teach.

Anyway, the point I’m getting to is that this guy couldn’t get further away from the grace of God if he crucified a baby himself.

Family Slain For Father’s Internet Opinions?

Indy Media Watch and Crossing The Rubicon 2 have both weighed in on a disturbing story in the news this morning:

The New York Post reports that a New Jersey family of four was brutally slain in what may well be a retaliatory act for the father’s on-line arguments with Muslims. The father, Hossam Armanious, an Egyptian Coptic Christian, regularly discussed religion on the internet in a Middle Eastern chat room. The heated debates earned Armanious death threats on the website paltalk.com.

The married father of two had recently been threatened by Muslim members of the Web site, said a fellow Copt and store clerk who uses the chat room.

“You’d better stop this bull—- or we are going to track you down like a chicken and kill you,” was the threat, said the clerk, who was online at the time and saw the exchange.

Police are looking into the possibility that the threat is related to the quadruple homicide. They are looking at all angles, although the family has already ruled out robbery as the reason behind the killings. If, in fact, an on-line argument is the motive for this heinous crime, it will have a far-reaching effect on the blogosphere. In any event, it does give us all pause to reflect on the potential for crimes of passion related to on-line discussion, and while I do not feel that this incident should cause anyone to consider censorship in any fashion, it does underscore the need for responsibility that goes hand-in-hand with freedom of speech.

Ultrablog
, coincidentally, discusses a satellite issue this morning: Internet stalking.

Let’s be careful out there.