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Pope Benedict XVI attacks Christmas consumerism at Mass

Pope Benedict XVI has attacked the commercialisation of Christmas as he held the traditional Christmas Eve Mass at St Peter's Basilica in Rome.

In his homily, he urged worshippers to "see through the superficial glitter of this season and to discover behind it the child in the stable in Bethlehem".


And what does he wear at these masses? SPARKLY GOLD ROBES.

brb, lol'ing forever
 
elbales: (Shut up already.)
The embedding tool for this CNN news video doesn't work (oh yay, Turner Broadcasting, WHATEVER), but the upshot is that the minister of a Baptist church in Arizona says right on camera that he prays for Obama to get brain cancer and die.

Quality human, oh yeah.

Even better? The dude who showed up at the Obama town hall later that weekend in Phoenix, toting an assault rifle? Was in Crazy Minister's church during that service.

In Bush's day, you couldn't even wear a freakin' t-shirt that said BUSH SUCKS or IRAQ: GTFO or DEAR GOD, IF YOU WERE TO TAKE GEORGE W. BUSH, LIKE, TOMORROW I WOULD NOT EVEN CRY, SRSLY, or large goons would come and make your ass vanish in the dead of night and next thing anyone knows, you're calling collect from, like, Belgrade or some shit. But Obama's the evil one?

OH RIGHT HE'S BLACK, NEVER MIND.

Morons.


ETA: Forgot to say, ganked from [livejournal.com profile] wendymr.
 
elbales: (Hacked off!Nine)
Ganked straight out of [livejournal.com profile] kiri_l's LJ:


clipped directly from Someone else's LJ (who has requested to remain anonymous due to their employment)

While it hasn't been reported widely in the national news, an act of domestic terrorism was committed in the United States on Friday. A "chemical irritant" was sprayed through the window of a mosque in Dayton, Ohio, into the area where children and infants were being taken care of while their parents prayed. The story is here .

Right now, there are no suspects, so it is impossible to know the motivation for this vile and cowardly act. However, it may be significant that an organization called the Clarion Fund distributed an anti-muslim documentary throughout swing states in the past two weeks. Ohio was one of the states where the disc was inserted as an advertisement in many newspapers.

Many Americans who happen to be Muslims are feeling very much under attack at the moment. The near total silence of the national media on this incident is not helping. If you were an American Muslim, wouldn't you feel that this country doesn't care about terrorism if it is against your people?

I want to start a meme. If you support the right of everyone to peacefully worship as they believe, whether or not they believe as you do, please post this in your journal:




*<*div align="center"*>**<*a href="http://tinyurl.com/3gag6m"*>**<*img src="http://www.the-principle.net/images/freedom-of-religion.gif"*>**<*/a*>**<*/div*>*

Copy the code above and remove all the asterisks to link to the image.


FFS. What is wrong with people? They sprayed a chemical irritant on BABIES. That's terrorism, right there. The more I think about this, the angrier I get.


ETA: I just called the mosque and left them a voice mail expressing my support. There's not a lot else I can do besides tell my friends.
 
elbales: (Typewriter keys)
I'm not into that whole revealed truth thing, either. )

Yeah, I pretty much come down on the side of the idea that I'm not arrogant enough to believe that I possess any kind of Truth-with-a-capital-T. Faith's nice when used as a source of strength and solace, but as soon as it becomes an excuse for not thinking, I lose respect for it. And as far as egoism and all that goes, you know, you don't have to be mean, 'cause wherever you go, there you are.
 
elbales: (No man is an island - John Donne)
Such a pity she's not in the world any more. Her books meant so much to me when I was a kid. She transcended genres. She had a real gift for weaving her faith into her work in a way that felt integral to the story she was telling, but never preachy. She wrote the kind of books that change you.

One of [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda's readers, [livejournal.com profile] faeriemaiden, wrote a lovely and thoughtful tribute to her. I don't know her, but I wanted to share it anyway.

Of all her books, I think A Ring of Endless Light is my favorite. According to her website, new editions of the whole Time Quintet were just released this past May.

I think it's time to re-read.
 
elbales: (Don't you think he looks tired? #2)
I mean, I vaguely remember hearing something about it on KQED, but I guess I missed the actual headline saying RAPE AND INCEST VICTIMS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE ABORTIONS EVER UNLESS THEY'RE ABOUT TO DIE. I just heard the discussion afterward.

I appreciate that many people believe that abortion is wrong. My husband, in fact, is one of them. But at least he acknowledges that he does not have the right to dictate to any woman, including me, what she does with her body. I wish all of the right-wing TheyCallThemselvesChristians felt the same way. But no, I'm supposed to go back in the kitchen and cleave to my husband and bring forth babies (lots of them, we're not overpopulated enough yet) in pain and suffering &c.

Fuck that.

Well, shit, anyway. Just keep your goddamn laws off my body, US gummint. And all of your 50 buddies, too.
elbales: (You're fantastically stupid!Ten)
(Or should I say "bugger you"? It would be so deliciously ironic.)

So I guess I've heard vaguely about this waste of oxygen named Fred Phelps who actually runs a website calls God Hates Fags. But he's really gone round the twist, as our friends across the Pond might say. He and his goons are now protesting at military funerals because, you know, God is making a special point of sending IEDs to blow up soldiers in Iraq because they're fighting for a country that supports gays.

Fred Phelps, you suck ass.

Well, a group of motorcyclists has decided to do something about it: they're riding around the country counterprotesting and shielding the families as best they can. Rock. Sometimes I have hope for this country after all.
elbales: (BAAL SMASH)
Oh yes. Like, a quarter of it.

President Bush's $15 billion effort to fight AIDS has handed out nearly one-quarter of its grants to religious groups, and officials are aggressively pursuing new church partners that often emphasize disease prevention through abstinence and fidelity over condom use.


BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW HOW WELL THAT WORKS. OH YES.

BUTTMONKEYS.
elbales: (Bitch-please-saw-whet owl)
Dear President Bush,

You say you are a Christian. Please explain this, then:

Isaiah 10:1 Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; 2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless! --King James Bible

Um, yeah.

About them tax cuts. They helping the widows and orphans of millionaires? Or something? Because I'm not getting your reasoning here. Besides greed and the desire to make sure your rich cronies get richer. Asshole.


p.s. Liberal protesters target GOP budget
$500,000 ad buy combines with pray-in at Capitol

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