Stack C:The Sacred and the Secular
a birthright Unitarian and a Universalist by conscience, I consider
myself a Christian as well as a Jew. The exemplary life of Jesus
beyond doctrine and creed. Fellow Unitarian, Thomas
Jefferson created a marvelous document which outrages
purists, but goes to the heart of Christian teachings. Are you brave
to check out the Grandaddy of all cut-&-pastes (literally!), the Jefferson
Bible? I have, and God hasn't struck me blind. Yet.
is Dead!" they cried, and many agreed. One of the most
arguments against the existence of God is the holocaust, how He could
permitted it. Some might have suggsted, and not without justification,
that somewhere around the invention of the A-bomb, God took a good,
look at what He hadth wrought, threw up His hands, took a header and
the sod o'er. R.I.P and good luck to the next deity who takes upon
the idiocy of again proposing such a dunderheaded experiment as
All this, assuming God existed in the first place. I'm proposing
radical. Not to say that God wasn't, isn't and ever shan't be – I
to the theory that we create our own reality, completete with (or
deity of one's choice, and afterlife. After all, we give power to that
in which we believe, & damned if I'm going to give it up to
Satan – but that one can chose to be a (wo)man, take responsibility for
one'self by going beyond God to a place where we behave as Jesus (or
would have us behave simply because it's right. I wrote this out at two
in the morning or somesuch, in one breath, so to speak, so take it as a
thoughtful rant, but think about it. Hey, it's your life.
first and perhaps greatest Communist
Manifesto predated Marx & co. by nearly 2000 years is
an original thought. The the intellectual failure of those who insist
communism is a political system, as is democracy, is beyond redemption.
The Bible certainly got it right, a fact that übercapitalist
Christians insist on ignoring. Those who believe in the Word of God yet
want to have their cake and eat it too, read
Chris-tian So - - ol-dier-rs ...." Pacifist Nation is
if not irreverent. It is, after all, authored by a Unitarian
secular humanist who is both a Jew, a Christian and an atheist, so
is fair game. Even the Holy Bible.
So pardon me if I chuckle over-long over this little gem of an
piece. And a tip-o'-the-hat to the inspiration of
Laura, and for causing one to contemplatively re-examine the
broader/deeper implications of the oft' used phrase, "Don't
take any wooden nickels.". Think about it.
your drums and guns and drums and guns, hurroo, hurroo...."
Well, I was going to write an essay on the horrors of war. But
bother to re-invent the wheel. Anyway, I'd be a bloomin' idiot to try
out-write Brother Mark, whose The War Prayer
should be required reading. Period. (Had he been a rail fanatic rather
than a devotee of the paddle-wheeler, might he have been nick-named,
Twain"? Just wondering.) Hey, just read the story, okay.
thuggery alive and well in the USofA? (or as my Yiddish
would shrug philosophically and say, "Elián,
U.S. oyvey!") I try to avoid currency, except where it
a universal issue. Arianna Huffington
is fast becoming one of my favorite gadflies. Her May 6, 2K take on the
Elián González case is refreshing, dealing as it does
the broader issue of hypocracy and the violence perpetrated with
by those pledged to "protect and serve". The cases cited are
granted. But we must apply the same outrage there that our media's
has applied to Reno's little adventure in south Florida. Elianito, séa
en paz. And, Arianna, You go, girl!
most imporant thing to understand about peace is that one cannot have
without justice. You dig?
declared that we were all endowed by our Creator ..., etc..., inalienable
rights, yada, yada, "... the
of happiness." Some may, with justification, argue that we
have the right to a job with safety & dignity & respect & a
living wage. On this Labor Day of 1999 we must again reflect on the
importance of the Labor movement to the vast majority of us who are not
Management, and even, by extention, those of you who are. Heed the
of my dear middle-management friend, Fr. Bill O'Donnell, pastor at St.
Joseph the Worker in Berkeley, Calif. (For the link, I'm
the United Farm Workers flag–a
example of a union would be hard to find.)
perceive gun-lust as a fetish may not be far off the mark–or
right on it. An insightful column by the L.A. Times's Shawn
Hubler suggests a unique take on the issue, that our passion
for guns is more like an addiction. The Times wanted seventy-five bucks
for permission to post it here. I ain't that wealthy, but click on here
& I'll give you a synopsis and a link to where you can download it
for a buck-&-a-half–money well spent. (Ready,
aim, ... shoot up!) [HypoGun by Y.T.]