No, not disregard for Christians !! Disregard for STUPID Christians (there's a difference)
I'm not religious, but I have nothing against good Muslims and Christians. I do have trouble, though, respecting them when they are STUPID.
They aren't difficult to recognize; they're the ones who kill people over tire-treads and the soles of sandles that look like they might spell Mohammed in Arabic. They're the ones who believe they have the inside track to heaven and hate other Muslims who claim they have the inside track. They're the ones who justify oppression of women and infidels on the basis of holy writ and then pay no attention to the Book when it comes to their own sexual escapades.
The same holds for Christians. I have nothing against good Christians, but STUPID Christians are a pain. They aren't satisfied to do unto others as they would have done unto them. They want everybody else (including different Christian sects) to do as they say. Anything less is decried as persecution.
Taking Jesus off the State House lawn is persecution to these folks. Leaving him on is okay. A menora might be alright, but none of that pagan blasphemy need apply - but that's not persecution - in their book. STUPID !!! They are the holy persecuters; everyone else is the persecutee; and it flows in only one direction!!
Below is a recent column discussing how these nutcases have disregarded their brains and helped Bush degrade our country. Included are three attack letters from good examples of mentally-challenged "Christians." I've used one to introduce the column.
- Uke Man
Blumner shows little regard for Christians
Sunday, December 16, 2007
I had to stop several times while reading the Tuesday Forum column "Get religion out of science education" by Robyn Blumner to pull my jaw up off the table. I sat shaking my head at the vitriol in her words. She seems to elevate her beliefs, and therefore herself, as wiser than God himself.
Blumner needs to know the truth, so with this I close: "For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength" (1 Corinthians 1:25).
Get religion out of science education
Tuesday, December 11, 2007 2:51 AM
By Robyn Blumner
Christine Comer was forced to resign as director of science at the Texas Education Agency because she forwarded an e-mail about a lecture on the fallacy of intelligent design and creationism as a scientifically grounded alternative to evolution. Comer, who spent 27 years as a science teacher and had been in her post at the agency for nine years, was told that the agency must remain "neutral" on the subject.
Are they kidding? On one hand you have a theory that has been successfully tested using the scientific method for more than 100 years and whose accuracy repeatedly has been affirmed by the vast fields of biology and genetics. On the other hand you have a hypothesis that relies on supernatural intervention for which there has been no legitimate scientific testing or objective proof.
Florida is also in a dust-up because the teaching of evolution has been included in its proposed science standards. Donna Callaway, a member of the state Board of Education -- appointed by former Gov. Jeb Bush -- said she'll oppose the new standards because of it.
Really, folks, when scientific innovation is the key to our nation's future, we don't have the time to be mucking around in this tired debate. You don't produce doctors and scientists by teaching science from the Bible.
Not surprisingly, a former adviser to George W. Bush when he was Texas governor, who also worked in his federal Department of Education, provoked the Comer witch hunt. Lizzette Reynolds, deputy commissioner for statewide policy and programs, complained about Comer's e-mail and called for her termination.
These are the kinds of dim-witted people who have been elevated to key posts in the Bush administration, marking it as one promoting loopy religiosity over fact and evidence.
Think about some of the administration's policies that have emanated from President Bush's radical religious views:
• The suspension of most federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research. (Bush to Parkinson's patients: Drop dead!)
• The spending of hundreds of millions of dollars on demonstrably useless abstinence-only sex education. (Why Johnny has herpes.)
• The effort to prevent emergency contraception from being sold over the counter. (How to guarantee increased abortions.)
• The retraction of appropriated international family planning money. (Ditto.)
In every case where the administration ignored objective fact or science in favor of religion, Bush took this country down the wrong path, harming people's lives and endangering health.
The "salvation" for those of us in the reality-based community is that the Bush administration is nearing its last year in office, and maybe, finally, the war on science is also coming to an end.
But maybe not.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is gaining as a GOP presidential contender. He may be a friendly face, but the ordained Baptist minister is no friend to reason. In the Republican primary debate last May, he was one of three in the field to raise his hand to proclaim that he does not believe in evolution.
In a later debate, Huckabee rejected for himself the belief that we are "descendants of a primate," magnanimously suggesting that it was OK if others chose to believe it. Gee, thanks.
Pretty much all the presidential candidates, Democrats and Republicans, are freely spouting off about the centrality of faith in their lives, with Mitt Romney promising that his is not too weird. But it is only Huckabee who is the dogma-driven real deal -- a man who as president would follow in Bush's anti-science, anti-intellectual footsteps, a man who would feel "chosen" for the job and licensed by a power higher than the will of the voters.
The mission-zeal with which Bush has arrogated power and his maniacal unwillingness to compromise is packaged righteousness, pure and simple. Remember that Bush said he appealed to a "higher father" for strength when journalist Bob Woodward asked him if he'd consulted his father before invading Iraq.
Who needs information grounded in experience when you have prayer and prophesy?
And Huckabee would be Bush redux.
Here is something scary-ignorant. Last week, the Web site ChristiaNet-.com, which bills itself as "the world's largest Christian portal," cheered the results of a survey it took finding that half of its 1,400 Christian respondents said that dinosaurs and man roamed Earth at the same time.
Putting aside that the schoolteachers of these people should be slapped silly, these are Huckabee's peeps. We can't afford to put this kind of backward thinking and scientific illiteracy in the driver's seat again.
Robyn Blumner writes for Tribune Media Services.
How did Christians draw short stick?
Sunday, December 16, 2007 3:18 AM
I work for the largest health-care company in central Ohio. We are all expected to treat all patients, their families and our co-workers with respect and to accept cultural diversity. There have been times when I have had to find quiet areas for people of certain religions to pray to their god because they have to pray at certain times of the day.
We feel that we have been discriminated against because a minority complained, and our management removed the Christmas tree and all holiday decorations from our health centers, even though the main hospitals have decorated for the holidays.
Christmas has been celebrated in America since the birth of this country. Americans and Christians are expected to be accommodating to people of all cultures and faiths, but they are not expected to accommodate us. We will never understand how America has become prejudiced against Christians.
Dislike Christmas? Work on the holiday!
Sunday, December 16, 2007 3:17 AM
In the spirit of the season, I offer a suggestion that might help to ease the pain of all of those in America who are offended by the name of Jesus Christ, the word Christmas, Christian symbols, etc. The initial step would be to notify their employers immediately that they are petitioning for the right to work on Dec. 25 when it falls on a normal workday because they are offended by having to take the day off to celebrate the birthday of someone in whom they don't believe.
Those who are employed by any agency of government at any level should likewise petition in a similar manner because of the often misinterpreted and misconstrued rule of separation of church and state. They should not feel obligated any longer to have to exchange gifts with anyone, to have to feast sumptuously or to have to engage in any festive celebrations, etc., on that day.
I hope these simple actions would increase the country's production and take the enormous pressure off of retailers and other businesses who are similarly loathe to have to say Merry Christmas to anyone or show any decorations or displays that mention that word. They would no longer have to open early, close late, hire as many seasonal workers or carry such large inventories, etc.
Then, perhaps without the constant whimpering, those of us who are born again could celebrate the occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ, the king of kings and lord of lords and the savior of all mankind, in peace and quiet contemplation as we await his return in the Rapture, when the church and the Holy Spirit will be taken out of the world, and everyone else will be perfectly free to enjoy the events that ensue without being offended ever again by anyone wishing them a Merry Christmas.