Depends on who you ask.
Personally, I’m hoping She grades on a curve.
Mike the Heathen sends this, a story about the mega-sales-website banning the sale of advice, spells, curses…well, let’s go to the 2012 Fall Seller Update:
The following items are also being added to the prohibited items list: advice; spells; curses; hexing; conjuring; magic; prayers; blessing services; magic potions; healing sessions; work from home businesses & information; wholesale lists, and drop shop lists.
You can read more here.
Imam Khalid Latif reflects on Ramadan, which continues until Aug. 19. He writes:
Just because I am a Muslim, does not mean I am a threat. Just because I am Muslim, doesn’t justify me being treated differently from anyone else. People every day are facing this reality because of their skin color, country of origin, culture, ethnicity, religious affiliation and many other variables. The emotional anxiety that is felt is not really describable. I’ve seen women who are pregnant in the detaining rooms and grandmothers in the glass box as their grandchildren watch them go through these experiences. To anyone who has gone through something similar, I’m sorry that you have been treated like that. It’s not OK for you to be singled out or for anyone to justify a racist profiling of you and people like you. Be strong and true to who you are. The solution is not to hide yourself, but empower yourself, share your story and ensure that you are doing what you can so that those who come after you won’t have to go through something similar.
People who check “none” for religious affiliation now account for 19 percent of the population — the highest percentage recorded, according to some Pew Research Center for the People and the Press numbers.
This news was from the great work by USA Today’s Cathy Grossman.
And, as a side note, read about the new knowers/not believers, the religious naturalists.
And thanks, Mike the Heathen, for the link.
I post entirely too many things about Christians showing their ugly side, so here’s something from Jac about believers doing something, well, nice. It’s not that newsworthy that Christians do nice things, but I’d hate for a reader of this blog to think I think that all Christians subscribe to the faith of this guy.
saying mean things. They’re out there doing mean things. They’re basically making asses of themselves and making the group, as a whole, look bad.
In a Facebook exchange with Rabia Chaudry yesterday, it struck me that we need some quality control. There are too many self-proclaimed Christians who don’t pass the sniff test. They’re out there
Enter the Christian Quality Control Board. Someone professes to be a Christian and then consistently does/says something that runs counter to the faith, and the CQCB steps in, makes a judgment, and rules whether said person is a Christian, or a “Christian.” The board’s decision will be final. There will be no appeal process.
Because it was my idea, I have appointed myself charter member. Please submit your qualifications to be on the board below. Lack of membership in the Christian faith should not be considered a deal-breaker. Sometimes, people who don’t profess to believe know more about The Book than people who profess to believe.
So consider whether you have the time to commit to such an august body, and whether you’re comfortable sitting in the Judgment Seat. Just from early discussions of would-be board members, we’re thinking uniforms with epaulets. I’m open to suggestions but the name stays as I’ve already ordered the business cards.
Writer Anne Lamott posed the question, and all hell broke loose. If you’re not on Facebook, here’s what she said:
I have been over at Twitter, causing problems again by saying that no matter how much we all hate this, God loves Jerry Sandusky as much as He or She loves our grandchildren. That’s the mystery of Grace, that you just can’t get God to stop loving you or anyone else. It’s crazy love, way way beyond my comfort zone. That was the message of the stunning movie, Gods and Men, which is maybe the most profound movie about Christ’s Love I’ve ever seen.
God just Loves, period. Go figure.
As my Episcopal priest friend said today, “Yes, God loving Sandusky as much as S/He loves a child is what’s so boring about the Divine Love. More interesting, dazzling even, is the bravery of the young men.” Amen.
It’s such a horrible tragic mess that I cannot imagine personal or collective healing without God stepping directly into it. I believe there will be enormous change and healing as a result of the tragedy, and the courage shown and the forgiveness that will surely ensue. I don’t put anything past God. When all is said and done, His love and intelligence are sovereign over this earth.
People will cheer when he is killed in prison, which he almost inevitably will be. Forgiveness takes what it takes. The courage to forgive is definitely not my strong suit. I think Shirley Jackson’s ” The Lottery” captures my darkest, most revengeful side more than anything else I’ve read. So I am praying for a miracle.
Jerry Sandusky is the Penn State defensive coordinator football coach who was recently convicted of 45 of 48 charges of sexual abuse of young boys. His fellow inmates at Centre County Correctional Facility have taunted him with a Pink Floyd lyric.
And thanks, Jac, for the link.
Posted in Forgiveness, Spiritual practice
Tagged Centre County Correctional Facility, Facebook, God, Jerry Sandusky, Love, Penn State, Sexual abuse, Shirley Jackson, The Lottery, Twitter, Young boys
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