There is a seriously paranoid subculture within Christianity that rejects science and embraces conspiracy theories in order to support a naive literal reading of the book of Genesis wherein the Earth is only 6000 years old, Noah’s Flood was a global deluge, and man walked with dinosaurs. No wonder Colin Craig is confused about climate […]
When somebody tells you they are misunderstood and having a hard time, do you show them a little kindness, sit down with a cup of tea and listen to them? Or do you list all their faults, insult their family and friends, yell and tell them to shut up? When Christians say they are misunderstood […]
From the cathedrals of christian reconstructionism, who gave us a new genre of pulp fiction called “Left Behind”, comes another silly piece of theocracy.. On the artist’s site, you can scroll over people and objects, and read his summary of the “symbolism”, such as “U.S. Constitution: Inspired of God and created by God-fearing, patriotic Americans.” […]
Summary of the report: (from Wikipedia — more here)
About 700 male members of the church swore a “covenant oath” of loyalty and obedience to Mr Tamaki and were given a “covenant ring” to wear on their right hands. A document entitled “Protocols and Requirements Between Spiritual Father & His Spiritual Sons” contains the oath:
“ Above all, we stand here today in the presence of God to enter into this sacred covenant with our man of God, Bishop Brian Tamaki”
“To you Bishop we pledge our allegiance, our faithfulness and loyalty. We pledge to serve the cause that is in your heart and to finish that work. Success to you and success to those who help you – for God is with you. ”
The document asserts Tamaki’s authority as “Bishop” and “spiritual father” of the church he founded. Another section, “Conduct Towards Bishop”, states that “Bishop is the tangible expression of God”, instructs the “sons” to follow numerous protocols, to defer to Tamaki with unquestioning loyalty and obedience, to follow his dress code, and to never tolerate criticism.
Garth also wrote a brief apologetic comparing Tamaki with the Pope, but I think a comparison with the teachings of Christ would have been more effective. Tamaki is a malevolent whacko preying on the poor. An oath of loyalty to a fallible human being is essentially replacing Christ as the Shepherd of the church, and treating this bloke like God’s mouthpiece is a sad indictment on the value of Bible study in this shameful outfit. Deferring all Bible interpretation to an obviously unschooled guy who relies on charisma and emotional tactics is an abrogation of the responsibility each believer has to learn the basics of their faith.
The Bible says “Test everything, hold fast to the good”, “Do not believe every spirit”, “Watch out for false teachers”. The Bereans were commended by Paul for testing the teachings of Apollos against the Hebrew scriptures. The doubts of Thomas were not disdained, but treated seriously and patiently. Peter was corrected about holding to Jewish rituals, and admitted he was wrong. Even in the Old Testament God routinely humbled arrogant kings. God responded graciously to many idiotic prayers (Gideon’s fleece, Elisha’s axe, reluctant Moses) because he doesn’t run a giant hierarchy based on fear, but a community of people freely choosing to follow him.
Church history is filled with schisms and dissensions over theology, but I think religions should propound values that enhance human existence, and freedom of thought/speech/opinion is an important, fundamental value.
Continue reading “Ostentatious B and the Clique of Destiny”
Extract from Variety: Michael Moore’s “Capitalism”: Stirring Outrage from the Left , emphasis added. “Capitalism” is like a sequel to “Roger & Me” in that Moore’s message is that what happened in Flint, Michigan, twenty years ago is now happening across the country: Companies shutting down plants, scaling back wages and laying off workers, all […]
Kids should not live in fear of the people who they love and trust most in the world. Smacking is a violation of that trust and can lead to all sorts of insecurity and possible psychological damage. Surely there’s a better way of parenting. I believe the NO vote (pro-smacking) is just a reaction to […]
Rick Santelli vented a forceful and furious rant against Obama’s multi-trillion stimulus package — many people suspect it will only cause further distortions in a deeply troubled economy, and the only realistic solution is to let people suffer the consequences of vast overspending. Anything else is just an attempt to defy the law of gravity. Personally I don’t know — I hope America can reinvent itself, but there’s a real sense of panic emerging from the States right now.
Even if it was some kind of staged PR exercise, what Santelli actually said is entirely correct. I’ve been saving doggedly all these years, watching everyone jump on board the property gravy train, and there’s NO WAY that I would willingly subsidize them. As Peter Schiff said, the President should be defending the dollar, not embarking on mad inflationary schemes. Obama’s plan is fundamentally unjust.
The only people affected by plummeting real estate prices are the ones who bought a house that cost more than they could afford, hoping for a spike in value so they could sell at a profit or take out a new loan based on an increased value. Their home wasn’t just a place to live; it was an investment they thought they could liquefy at will. If we’re saving these poor souls from the 26.7% drop in their investment, we should give twice as much aid to everyone who has lost approximately 50% in the stock market since its peak.
Transcript over the jump.. Continue reading “USA is going crazy.”