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Smart Woman puts correct spin on Benedict’s “War on Islam” September 16, 2006

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I would like to be the Anchoress when I grow up (sans any transgendering operations).  She is so pithy and sensible in -once again- summing up the Perfectly Stupid Storm surrounding Pope Benedict’s non-comments regarding Islam.

Rick Moran ain’t too bad in thinking it through, either.

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Final commentary on StreetProphets September 15, 2006

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Very interesting, very interesting indeed.

I posted one diary one this site, and it was to announce why I was not planning on coming back. Among other reasons:

Street Prophets is the online forum that mobilizes progressive people of faith to name, discuss and take action on critical political and religious issues. An offspring of Daily Kos, the largest political blog on the Internet, Street Prophets seeks to change the “moral values” conversation by fostering community; promoting informed opinion and moving its members to action.

This certainly sounds ambitious, but I have found and seen the notion of “informed opinion” as being more than sadly lacking: contrary opinion is repeatedly stifled, mocked, derided and in the end dismissed by the heavier hitters on the site, most notably Pastor Dan and the Werewolf Project.  This is rather ironic, in that the “progressive” movement prides itself on being “open-minded”.

Because make no mistake: we are people who live and vote our values. We are believers in “justice, freedom, compassion and love,” in the words of Rita Nakashima Brock. We are progressive, Democratic-leaning and vitally concerned with those whom Jesus called “the least of these.” We are the faithful for whom the religious right emphatically does not speak.  Again, this sounds very good. . .until one begins to seriously explore the meaning of the phrase, “the least of these”, followed by a tendentious slam at the “religious right.”  This does not denote informed debate.  This denotes partisanship.  And that partisanship  has been proven, over and over.

So come on in and make yourself at home. We believe that most, if not all topics touching on faith and politics are appropriate on Street Prophets. While this forum represents people of widely differing (and often directly conflicting) theologies, our goal here is to focus on forwarding the progressive political discussion that our shared values make possible.  I guess I’ve already spoken to this above.  “Make yourself at home, so long as you already agree with our political agenda.”

Now, i have been slammed for commentary on this place before. From “PastorDan” the godfather of SP:

At this point, I doubt very much that you’re interested in debating the merits of anything.

At the moment, you trying to get people sidetracked onto a different conversation, and crying “foul” because you didn’t get a friendly reception. As a rule, I have discovered that when people react to my not meeting some expectation of “being a model” for my flock, they invariably have another agenda.

From “the Werewolf Project”:

Bullshit. You’re confusing your right to freedom of expression with your self-centered presumption that we ought to leave your IDEAS go un-opposed. Some ideas have merit and value, others suck. Prove yours don’t suck, instead of demanding we bow to yours just because they are yours. Ideas are like assholes – everybody’s got one, but some are smellier than others.

Normally no problem, save for two things:

  1. This site claims to represent Progressive Christianity
  2. Both of the offenders listed as examples above pretty much RUN the site.

So I made my post and essentially said later days.

The post rather quickly gathered 25 comments, which is unusual given their typical, daily diary averages.

Now, i may have shot myself in the foot, as I was frankly expecting a whole bunch more vitriol.  Consequently, I stayed away for a week, as I feared what I might do in losing my temper while responding to mad screeds in a”Christian” site.

With some very few exceptions, I was DEAD wrong.  Sadly, those few exceptions are terminal.

First, the positive:

-I certainly offer my invitation to stay.

-Everyone should feel welcome. I’m sorry you felt like you haven’t been accepted here.

-Why not just lurk for a while and pay attention to  the personalities of everyone. These online places are microcosms of the larger world without the expression.

Give us a chance..

Blessings,

-I mean this in the least confrontational way possible…but, if you don’t like the way the dialogue goes- Change it!  I say that as an exhortation, not a challege- I would LOVE to hear what you have to say.


It takes a lot of patience.  I have been here a long time and I often can’t get on to post which is annoying, but it is worth stopping by for some peace and comfort even if very few people ever respond to my thoughts.

These are good people here. They share their lives and their stories.

I have to say that people here are awfully busy and can’t spend much time.

A lot of good people have gone missing, too, which I regret.  To keep the community alive it takes us all…whenever we can speak and whatever we can share.

Blessings on you as you get to know us better.

-While “drop bomb and leave” is certainly, as Wolfie points out, this guys style after the “hidden thread” – I have a choice to see this as two things: another bomb or reaching out for reconciliation. I (and others) will act like it is the latter

-A thoughtful diary.
– I would encourage you to reconsider your swan song.

Well, crow don’t taste so bad. It’s kind of like chicken.

Then there was some commentary on why I “drop bombs and leave.”  I did not see them as bombs, but after seeing them treated as such, I visited rarely, fearful again for my temper.

But then, PastorDan signed on with this:

He’s banned now. (none / 1)

Came back to find him accusing me of changing posts to make myself look better in a thread with him. He’s not interested in any real conversation, so he’s gone.

(Sighs).  Oh well.  There was some hope, but it went glimmering, because -near as I can tell- PastorDan has a serious childish streak and is VERY quick to condemn my ideas.

StreetProphets, ladies and gentlemen.  The Face of Progressive Christianity.  It might actually have gone somewhere. . .but it seems to be nowhere now as it appears to be run by an overgrown child.

Who to vote for? September 12, 2006

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Look: Let’s get one thing clear right now before we go any farther.

I hold no brief of unbridled support for the Bush Administration. A great illustration of its shortcomings might be found here (search for Meanwhile, in the Global War on Terror)

Another one can be found here from The Smart Man, Ross Douthat.

I can still remember doing research for a project on population growth for my AP Biology class, around 1997 or so, and being astonished to discover that all the dire predictions of looming disaster that I’d heard throughout my childhood were just recyclings of Paul Ehrlich’s dated alarmism – and that the greater threat might be something else entirely.

(snip)

So it’s been depressing, in the Bush years, to watch various conservatives take on the role that liberals played in my childhood and adolescence, by swaddling themselves in delusions about how the world actually is – whether it’s the weird and persistent Bush-worship, the constant “good news from Iraq” drumbeat, the desperate “we found the WMDs” meme, or basically every word that comes out of Donald Rumsfeld’s mouth.

Look. I can’t say that Bush has been the Second Coming of Ronald Reagan. Yet it’s way to soon too brand him with the Grant/Harding brush. All that being said, I am not filled with enthusiasm for the man.

Yet, let’s take a good, jaundiced look at the alternative, as amply assaulted here, here, here, and here, just for starters.

This is when I begin to despair. The Democratic Party alternative is so much worse, (with the possible exception of Bob Casey of Pennsylvania) and that is also why I spend so much of my time here assaulting it. Lies, blindness, dogma masquerading as patriotism, suppression of free speech, doctrinaire horsefeathers parading as informed commentary. . .being guilty of all the sins they accuse Republicans of committing and then committing them in an even MORE flagrant fashion.

In 1984, disgusted with both Reagan and Mondale, I cast my first presidential vote -as a mindlessly callow 19 year old- for Bill and Opus.

24 years later. . .I’m giving serious thought to Calvin and Hobbes.

Kos doesn’t give any pig fertilizer about America: For him and his sycophants, it’s all about Bush Being Evil September 11, 2006

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Examples found on this anniversary of 9/11/01, where one might be interested in finding common ground on a grievous anniversary? No, for Kos, and his baying, DERANGED, sycophantic horde, it’s all about the Narrative, and the title of that narrative is It’s All Bush’s Fault.

Don’t EVER tell me that the NetNuts have America’s best interests at heart.

These people are utterly repulsive.

And YES, I’M IN A ROTTEN MOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ben Stein tells people off. . .again? September 8, 2006

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I’m not sure this is him, but what the heck, let’s take a look at it.

 

Think About This

If they know of him at all, many folks think Ben Stein is just a quirky actor/comedian who talks in a monotone.   He’s also a very intelligent attorney who knows how to put ideas and words together in such a way as to sway juries and make people think clearly.

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The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary:


Herewith at this happy time of year, a few confessions from my beating heart: I have no freaking clue who Nick and Jessica are.  I see them on the cover of People and Us constantly when I am buying my dog biscuits and kitty litter.  I often ask the checkers at the grocery stores.  They never know who Nick and Jessica are either.  Who are they? Will it change my life if I know who they are and why they have broken up? Why are they so important?

I don’t know who Lindsay Lohan is either, and I do not care at all about Tom Cruise’s wife.  Am I going to be called before a Senate committee and asked if I am a subversive? Maybe, but I just have no clue who Nick and Jessica are.

If this is what it means to be no longer young.  It’s not so bad.

Next confession:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.  And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees.  I don’t feel threatened.  I don’t feel discriminated against.  That’s what they are: Christmas t rees.

It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, “Merry Christmas” to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto.  In fact, I kind of like it.  It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year.  It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu.   If people want a creche, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians.  I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.  I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country.  I can’t find it in the Constitution, and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him?  I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too.

But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to. 

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.

 

Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her “How could God let something like this Happen?”  (regarding Katrina)

 

Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response.  She said, “I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives.

And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out.

How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?”

In light of recent events…terrorists attack, school shootings, etc.  I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.

Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school.  The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself.   And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self -esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide).  We said an expert should know what he’s talking about.   And we said OK.

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.

 

I think it has a great deal to do with “WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.”

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell.

Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.

Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.

 

Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Pass it on if you think it has merit.  If not then just discard it…..no one will know you did.   But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in


The Shrinking Snows of Kilimanjaro. . . September 8, 2006

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. . so often used as an example of anthropogenic global warming, appear actually to have been shrinking due to conditions that pre-date the Industrial Revolution.

Rapid retreat of slope glaciers at the beginning of the 20th century implies a strong departure from steady state conditions during this time. This strong imbalance can only be explained by a sudden shift in climate, which is not observed in the early 20th century. Results suggest glaciers on Kilimanjaro are merely remnants of a past climate rather than sensitive indicators of 20th century climate change.
In other words, old Mother Earth changed her thermostat before we started “mucking things up” and Kilimanjaro started drying out.

Regardless, the Narrative that states the basic Manichaen belief that all humanity (save for agitprop Dems and Radical Islamists) is EVIL will continue.

Jackbooted Democrats muzzling free speech September 8, 2006

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Will their arrogance know no bounds?  Rick Moran (as usual) has the whole issue nailed to the wall.

Still alive. . .but September 7, 2006

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Work and family are rawther busy just now.  Work all day, come home to upset family members (don’t ask), then off to an open house where five of my kids are going to school.

No time to breathe. . .and it will getr crazier this month before it gets better.

Fascinating idea of what today’s youth do not know September 5, 2006

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WARNING:  If under the age of 20, this post will be meaningless.

Since this day has not been one of the red letter types for me, I submit -from Mark Shea,- a list of college freshmen realities.  (could also serve for high school students).

Very entertaining and illuminating.

Ross Douthat is really smart. . . September 5, 2006

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and does a great job of pasting the problems the Democrats have with religion.
Read it, read it, read it.