Was 1970 another world? It might've been a lifetime ago. But its the same world. The great struggle between the social classes continues. I mean just look at that schmuck Mitt Romney. What better example of the Mister Numbnuts of the Masterclass. Truly an unbelievable oaf. If he hadn't been George's boy he'd be flipping burgers.
Okay. So I hate politics. Especially now during the silly season. The boring-me-to-tears season.
Its the personal that matters most to me now. The rest is so much crap. Mainstream American politics not the least.
Jesus is my brother. I don't believe in divinities but that's okay. ("If they're not against us they're for us.") I can believe whatever the hell I want. It helps to believe in stuff that has some semblance in hard empirical reality. Freedom of conscience is the thing. If I want to start my own religion or my own political party who's to say no you can't because there are already established little pigeonholes?
In point of fact I don't want to start my own religion. Anyway...Woman is my religion...
INTERNATIONAL Hey, Jesus hey it's me Now I've gone international And become very rational As you decree Hey, Jesus it's our day Now I can bring them home to you Though I may loose out on a few Who care to stray We'll make them see international We'll make them be international Like you and me Hey, Jesus it's OK Now we have common interests And we can help along the rest To be like we We'll make them see internationl We'll make them be international Like you and me Hey, Jesus you'll agree They're going downhill very fast And it don't look as though they'll last Till judgement day We'll make them see internationl We'll make them be international Like you and me.
--song written by Gallagher & Lyle
Here's an interesting little article:
The Word of God has a well-known liberal bias
The Bible is apparently too namby-pamby liberal for the folks at Conservapedia, so they're trying to get a crew together to retranslate it conservatively. Because if I understand anything about Christians' relationship to the Word of God, it's that it must be changed every generation to keep up with ideological shifts among its most, um, energetic believers.
I agree, generally, that if someone actually followed Jesus' calls to take care of others, not make a show about public religiosity, support those in need, respect the lives of others, and many of his other admonishments, they'd be considered a radical leftist unfit to lead any major congregation (well, maybe the smelly Episcopalians would accept this person). If anything, though, that should be a call for conservatives to either pay more attention to the Bible or just admit that they don't really care what it says. Changing it to fit their biases (and then teaching it in public schools, as the Conservapedians hope) won't solve anyone's problems.
Here's the list of problems they have with the Bible:
As of 2009, there is no fully conservative translation of the Bible which satisfies the following ten guidelines:
- Framework against Liberal Bias: providing a strong framework that enables a thought-for-thought translation without corruption by liberal bias
- Not Emasculated: avoiding unisex, "gender inclusive" language, and other modern emasculation of Christianity
- Not Dumbed Down: not dumbing down the reading level, or diluting the intellectual force and logic of Christianity; the NIV is written at only the 7th grade level
- Utilize Powerful Conservative Terms: using powerful new conservative terms as they develop; defective translations use the word "comrade" three times as often as "volunteer"; similarly, updating words which have a change in meaning, such as "word", "peace", and "miracle".
- Combat Harmful Addiction: combating addiction by using modern terms for it, such as "gamble" rather than "cast lots"; using modern political terms, such as "register" rather than "enroll" for the census
- Accept the Logic of Hell: applying logic with its full force and effect, as in not denying or downplaying the very real existence of Hell or the Devil.
- Express Free Market Parables; explaining the numerous economic parables with their full free-market meaning
- Exclude Later-Inserted Liberal Passages: excluding the later-inserted liberal passages that are not authentic, such as the adulteress story
- Credit Open-Mindedness of Disciples: crediting open-mindedness, often found in youngsters like the eyewitnesses Mark and John, the authors of two of the Gospels
- Prefer Conciseness over Liberal Wordiness: preferring conciseness to the liberal style of high word-to-substance ratio; avoid compound negatives and unnecessary ambiguities; prefer concise, consistent use of the word "Lord" rather than "Jehovah" or "Yahweh" or "Lord God."