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Some Things Said…(Apr 06)

Mass. High Court Upholds Limits on Gay Marriage

Massachusetts’ highest court on Thursday (March 30) upheld a 1913 law that bans same-sex couples from other states from marrying here, but left open the possibility that gay couples from Rhode Island and New York could wed in this state. –from a Reuters posting by Dan Ring found at the WPBT Religion & Ethics website-visit the site here

The case against adultery

Not being religious, I dont feel comfortable discussing other peoples sins. Even where the Ten Commandments are concerned, Im probably only batting about .650. However, one of the thou-shalt-nots I seem to take more seriously than a lot of other people, including those in the church-going crowd, is number seven on the hit parade, the one dealing with adultery.

Having been divorced twice, I recognize that all marriages are not made in heaven. Some, in fact, seem to have been cobbled together in Dr. Frankensteins basement. Speaking from experience, there are perfectly good reasons for certain unions to be dissolved. But, for the life of me, I cannot come up with a single decent excuse for adultery. Frankly, I regard adulterers as lying, contemptible sleazebags. I cant begin to imagine how they live with themselves, let alone their mates. Even the terminology is distasteful, unless, unlike most of us, you dont mind being a cheater.

I recall hearing that Chicagos mayor, the late Richard Daley, who was one of the last of the big city bosses, when once asked why, with all the women available to him, he remained faithful to his wife, replied, “If I cant keep my word to my wife, why should anybody else trust me?” –from an article at Townhall.com by Burt Prelutsky, 04.01.06, read the entire article here

Educating Citizens

Democracy requires more of its citizens than any other form of government. It depends on the capacity of the citizens to govern themselves. But the habits and dispositions of self-government are difficult to acquire and to sustain. They are rooted in moral and political principles in which each new generation must be educated. It is no accident that history provides so few examples of successful and enduring democracies. In the American democracy today, we have largely lost sight of those moral and political principles which provide the common ground of American political community and inform the civic character required of American citizens. There is widespread recognition of the necessity to restore that private morality which is the source of the public good and to strengthen the common bonds of civility among the diverse citizens of America. Educating citizens in the principles, rights, duties, and capacities of citizenship is the primary purpose of public education in America, and our institutions of higher learning play a critical part in making our public schools capable or incapable of fulfilling their purpose. That America is failing miserably in accomplishing this purpose is apparent to all who have eyes to see and ears to hear… –an excerpt from an essay by Christopher Flannery from The Claremont Institute website, 03.30.06, read the entire article here

“Im thinking Moe, but nothings happening…”

What of your bible knowledge? Do you know some of the fundamentals, or can you say that you have read Gods word through (the New Testament is about the size of a modern novel, and the Old is about a third again as large)? Or do you believe that when Moses delivered the Sermon on the Mount that Jezebel tried to stop him, and so Samson slew her with the jawbone of an ass and Jesus and the apostles gathered her up and there were 12 baskets full?

Would-Be Priests Choose ‘God or the Girl’ on TV, Sort Of

It sounds like “Temptation Island” for the Catholic Church. But the controversy surrounding the new reality show (link) may wind up being only over its title.

Premiering Easter Sunday (April 16) on A&E the five-part series about four young men trying to decide whether to enter the Catholic priesthood has, not surprisingly, raised eyebrows because of what it appears to be on the surface: an exploitative program that tries to lead aspiring priests astray by tempting them with attractive women…–excerpted from an article at FoxNews.com by Catherine Donaldson-Evans, 03.30.06, read the entire article here

Duty and results

Duty is ours, results are God’s. –John Quincy Adams

Catholic sex-abuse payouts still rising

Sex-abuse accusations against the nation’s priests were down last year, but the flood of millions of dollars in payouts more than tripled and shows no signs of stopping, the United States’ Roman Catholic bishops said yesterday.

“It is disheartening to us bishops, as it must be to all Catholics, to find that there are still some allegations of abuse by clerics against today’s children and young people,” Bishop William S. Skylstad, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said during the release of the conference’s annual report on sex-abuse statistics.

The report, commissioned in 2002 by the USCCB’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, tracks what the country’s 195 Catholic dioceses are doing to end a sex-abuse crisis that has involved 12,537 youths — mostly boys and young men — and 4,827 priests. –excerpted from an article by Julia Duin in The Washington Times 03.31.06

Mass demonstration

Over a million Muslims are to take to the streets of London 04.01.06 in a demonstration against Islam. They are to march from the notorious Finsbury Park mosque in North London to the not-quite-so notorious Brixton mosque carrying placards bearing the following slogans:

They’re only cartoons.

Israel isn’t that bad.

“The Satanic Verses” – it’s only a book.

Mohammed wasn’t a very nice man, and we ought to be honest about this.

The Koran isn’t a very nice book, and we ought to be honest about this.

Jihad isn’t a very nice thing, and we ought to be honest about this.

The protesters had better get their skates on. Over here it is 11.15 am, and they need to get there before noon. –seized from The New English Review website found here and found (oddly enough) on 04.01.06

Seeing things

I believe in God like I believe in the sun, not because I can see it, but because of it all things are seen. –C. S. Lewis

Article contributed by Richard Vandagriff and Mark Zaveson