We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have listed below several articles reviewing the heinous article by Newsweek which led to riots and death in the Middle East. Is there no end to the Main stream Media's bias? There are plenty of papers and blogs and radio stations queuing up to defend the fiasco as a journalistic faux pas.
Oh, That Liberal Media :Why did L.A. Times editors hide information about the satellite recording from their readers -- while repeating the Koran-in-the-toilet story without any caveats about the shaky sourcing of the report? It's certainly true that, once the riots occurred, the Newsweek reports were news whether they were true or not. But if L.A. Times editors were truly suspicious of stories based on anonymous government sources, surely they would have warned readers that the Newsweek report was based upon unnamed sources, and lacked corroboration.
Paul Marshall on Newsweek & Koran on National Review Online :It would be charitable to think that if Newsweek had known how explosive the story was it may have held off until it had more confirmation. If this is true, it is an indication that the media’s widespread failure to pay careful attention to the complexities of religion not only misleads us about domestic and international affairs but also gets people killed.
Like the Muslims who are up in arms over the desecration of the Koran, the Christians in this country are having their say too. The Left Lane of America has started a crusade and it is time to offer some direction, some understanding that the Christians here in America are not seeking for ways to destroy the American Way of Life or the politicians in Washington.
Faith is a living, bold trust in God's grace, so certain of God's favor that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it. Such confidence and knowledge of God's grace makes you happy, joyful and bold in your relationship to God and all creatures. The Holy Spirit makes this happen through faith. Because of it, you freely, willingly and joyfully do good to everyone, serve everyone, suffer all kinds of things, love and praise the God who has shown you such grace. Thus, it is just as impossible to separate faith and works as it is to separate heat and light from fire! Therefore, watch out for your own false ideas and guard against good-for-nothing gossips, who think they're smart enough to define faith and works, but really are the greatest of fools. Ask God to work faith in you, or you will remain forever without faith, no matter what you wish, say or can do.
Theology can be human and harmonious with seeking God. The distance between faith and culture should narrow in order for mankind to resist the temptation that the physicist is the high priest of civilization. The significance of the Tillich message lies in a reminder to heartfelt seekers of a lost spiritual element. The emptiness of a tech world cannot be fulfilled without an admission that we need the essentiality of a spiritual nature. Faith reinforces that the order found in scientific discoveries is not an accident. Tillich inspires, where the non-believer fosters desperation. The existential model endures the test of scrutiny and unites the lacking component. His popular attraction is the result of a public urgency. HOPE exists, if you know where to find it . . .Paul Tillich: the 'Apostle to the Intellectuals'
When theists are gone,
then there is no need for atheists
Click here: Religious Meaning as the Art of the Existential Experience: Atheists and agnostics alike, pride themselves on intelligence; their reason. Church goers study their Bible verses, Torah pronouncements and Koran passages. The skeptic often rebuffs these teachings since doctrine is perceived to be the work of men, and not confirmed to be from THE Supreme Being. The post modern world would have you accept that it doesn’t matter what you believe, life is now and will be over shortly. Popular culture regards deep reflection as fruitless, since it is futile to explain the universe. Live for today, in the way you want. That’s the message that dominates the media perception of the world.