Month: July 2010

Thoughts on Faith and Country


“Faith means not wanting to know what is true.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Faith does not give you the answers, it just stops you asking the questions.” — Frater Ravus

“Have you ever noticed that if a rapper or a rocker writes a song that mentions a girl’s hot ass they’re destroying America’s youth but if a cowboy in an American flag shirt and a ten gallon hat writes a song about a honky tonk badonkadonk it’s all good clean family fun?” — Steve Quinney

“An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard only one side of the case; God has written all the books.”— Samuel Butler (1835-1902)

‎”We have a President… who doesn’t appear to believe that America is the greatest earthly force for good the world has ever known. Obama [said], ‘I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that
the Brits believe in British exceptionalism…’ Amazing. I think this statement speaks volumes about his world …view.” — Sarah Palin [NOTE: Yes, Sarah. He is intelligent. You are an idiot.]

“I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of
our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” — Thomas Jefferson

“The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.” Benjamin Franklin

“I’m not afraid of God, I’m afraid of the people who made him.” — Unknown

‎”Faith is a set of training wheels which attach to the bicycle that is life. I can’t really blame people for needing those training wheels; when they start to want to modify MY vehicle, however, I get real testy.”—Sandy
Diersing

‎”The trouble ain’t that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain’t distributed right.” – Mark Twain

“There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths. Almost inevitably some part of him is aware that they are myths, but he dare not face this thought. Moreover, since he is aware, however dimly, that
…his opinions are not rational, he becomes furious when they are disputed.” – Bertrand Russell

‎”..Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,The blood dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned; The Best lack all conviction, while the Worst are full of passionate intensity…” – Yeats,excerpt from “The Second Coming”

“…now… in our … day, we hear a Pope saying slave trading is wrong, and see him sending an expedition to Africa to stop it. The texts remain; it is the practice that has changed. Why? Because the world has corrected the Bible. The Church never corrects it; and also never fails to drop in at the tail of the process…ion—and take the credit of the correction. As she will presently do in this instance.”

“[Christians] pray for the return of their savior so that he may deliver them from this horrible, dangerous place and rapture them up into the safety of his loving embrace. What chance do we have of saving this world, when the largest segment of our society just can’t wait to leave
the world behind?” — Keith John…son, “Psychopaths United for Israel”

“Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you’d have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.” — Steven Weinberg

‎”God doesn’t exist. To claim that he does is extremely offensive to those of us who passionately believe otherwise. It’s a grave insult to our most deeply cherished beliefs, an assault on the very core of our being, no less, and a violation therefore of our human rights.” -Pat Condell [borrowed from Howard Replogle]

“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.”
— Douglas Adams, from Last Chance To See

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Church Office Failed to Act on Abuse Scandal


I wonder if the Pope travels to certain contries that outlaw racketeering and cover-ups (i.e. The UK and of course, US!!!) would he be charged and arrested? Shouldn’t he be? Also – is it me but did he not he looked even creepier when younger?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/02/world/europe/02pope.html?_r=2