Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Lets talk about the draft

I read a good story by Lawrence O'Donnell today...

Rangel [a Korean war vet] announced on Sunday that he wants to reinstate the draft. He said the same thing a few years ago but quickly let on that he wasn't serious. He's playing it straight this time and has already introduced a bill. Local New York TV news has given Rangel saturation coverage. You can see his anger and frustration building each time he answers another reporter's question about the draft. The point he keeps repeating is: "There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way."

[...]

Well over 95% of Americans, including Congress and White House staff, have no personal connection to this war--no relative or friend serving in Iraq. Over 99% of us have made no sacrifice for this war--we have not paid one more penny of taxes nor shed a drop of family blood. One of my military relatives thinks of it this way: "The American military is at war, but America is not at war."

And that's it: if a significant portion of our leaders and legislators had a family member in harms way the debate would be markedly different. It it truly telling that the leadership class in America not only hordes the spoils of commerce, but is also able to evade the call to duty.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

End of the ex-gay movement – NOT

I am so sick of these nut-cases and the terrible influence they have on our society.

Religion is a mental disorder… usually cured by a small dose of critical thought.

Apparently, many American’s refuse to take their medicine… (and they have the vote).

I just read some of the (ex) Rev. Haggard’s “apology”. Amongst the tear stained words he admitted something amazing – for a Christian.

There’s a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I’ve been warring against it all of my adult life.

but

nothing proved effective

No shit Sherlock…

Of course, the fact that a man of god admits that his homosexual desire has been with him most of his life – that all of his praying, faith and study did nothing to change it – none of this will change Christians’ concept of homosexuality as sin; a “choice” and something to be cured.

Great - lets continue to give people a reason to be depressed, suicidal and otherwise unhappy with their lives - ALL OVER NOTHING.

Besides, if Jesus was gonna help anyone become an “ex-gay”, wouldn’t it be the leader of one of his mega-churches and a proponent for the movement?

And who was really hurt by Haggard’s “dark secret” and why?

His wife, family and himself were the ones hurt most. All unnecessarily of course. If he was honest with himself – with his desires – he could have spared himself and those around him this grief… for NO downside (unless you consider living a life where you are honest with yourself and your desires “evil”).

Instead, we have the leader of the evangelicals – someone who’s bashed gays from the pulpit and undoubtedly done serious harm to the (similar, self-loathing) homosexuals who go to his church for “help” – mis-leading by example. And Christians will feel sorry for him… and continue to preach ‘redemption through Jesus’ for this terrible (non) sin.

This sick religion – in the name of helping people – is simply destroying people’s lives… for no good reason at all. Instead of trying to help people, they focus on the most personal yet trivial (to society) issue: sexuality.

I honestly believe if Jesus were to return, find a boyfriend, do some preaching on the subject and leave… these same people would be praying to his Dad to deliver him from evil…

Idiots all.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Nothing can shake the faith

The Christian God -- and his followers -- are truly amazing people.

… in a fundamentally delusional way.

The same group of people that get together each Sunday to denounce the evils of openly gay people now has this to say about a pastor and evangelical leader who's been leading a double-life for several years:

    “We all feel worse today than we did a week ago,” Mr. Parsley said, “but we were worse off a week ago. Pastor Ted is living in a greater measure of repentance and forgiveness today than he has been living in for years.” -- Ross Parsley, the new minister of Haggard's church.

Apparently, living a life where you are open and honest about your feelings is evil -- but denouncing such a life while secretly leading one is a path to communion with the lord and forgiveness.

Just listen to some of the church members' comments:

    Others said the service left them with a new understanding of why many of Mr. Haggard’s sermons had been so powerful: his talk of temptation, sin and guilt were not just idle words.

    “He struggled with the same issues he preached about,” said Basil Marotta, who said he ran his own Christian ministry in the Colorado Springs area with his wife.

The power of religion to delude the self simply amazes me.

If pedophilia, hate-mongering, adultery (gay adultery at that) and drug use cannot convince the majority of parishioners that church leaders are simply fleecing them I don't know what will.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

More noise

Let's add to the noise that passes for political discourse…

John Kerry makes a statement during a speech bashing Bush that could be construed as insulting our troops.

The republicans immediately jump on it and call for an apology on behalf of the troops.

Kerry immediately defends his comments and lets everyone know that they were directed at the boob-in-charge, who got us into this mess, as opposed to America's fighting men and women.

End of story?

Of course not…

The republicans, once again, want you to believe that John Kerry, a decorated combat veteran, is really unpatriotic, while George W. Bush and his clan of draft-dodgers are the true patriots.

Remember: John Kerry volunteered, became a Naval officer, went overseas, saw combat, earned a bronze star and 3 purple hearts. The men that served with him all agree that he displayed outstanding leadership in the face of enemy fire, landing his boat and personally pursuing the enemy ashore and engaging them at close quarters.

Also remember that GW Bush "somehow" landed a spot in the National Guard during a period when young Americans who didn't want to serve overseas clamored for the few coveted spots in a safe, state-side assignment. Colin Powell even bemoaned this practice where "so many of the sons of the powerful and well-placed . . . managed to wangle slots in reserve and National Guard units" while others – who were less well connected -- were sent into combat.

Somehow rhetoric is of more value than actions… The fact that Bush says he respects the military is more important that the reality of his policy (that put far too few troops into a situation that has obviously become untenable).

Has the media gotten so inane that such a story can last for more than a day? Of course.