Chain Mail I Received: New Pledge of Allegiance
I’m the idiot? You agreed with me. The first point you called me out on is – "When referring to "God" on our currency, it is not singling out any specific deity by definition. All religions referenced leader Christ, Buddha, and so forth are all considered their "God""My answer on this point was this -"what people don’t realize is that “God” on your money has been found legally to be an abstraction and doesn’t necessarily refer to a Christian Diety. "Now after that we differ a bit – if you want to argue the rights we have actually lost, some thanks the US PATRIOT act I’m all for it and rally behind it. Yes I’m offended that she thinks christian deserve a "special" right – after the founding fathers explicitly stated there would be a separation of church and state. Politically I’m a constitutionalist, but I also consider myself a christian – though to be honest as time goes by I’m becoming more agnostic. You think I am a simpleton (granted I have a policy of not reediting what I have written, but the misspellings of the word "the" that came up so often makes me shrink back a little myself), yet in you own statement you referred to Buddha as a consideration of God to Buddhists. First of all buddhism is closer to philisophy then religion, and he considered himself just a teacher and would be greatly offended by anyone considering him a god (I get this from my knowledge since I obviously don’t have a first hand account.)I don’t see her calling out for religious equality – where are her pleas for prayer rugs in school so Muslims can pray to mecca? Where is her railing against school uniforms that are becoming more and more common and are made without consideration of religious views. That point came up because of the town I used to live in was considering implementing school uniforms and someone pointed out what about the Amish. While there was none in the town I used to live in, there are where I live now, so this hit home. It’s not that far to the town where uniforms are being considered, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility they may one day pick up some Amish students. What about their rights?The right to openly pray? Really? That is your hot button topic? I don’t know of any schools that would disallow her to where a cross or rosary if others can wear necklaces. If you are going to fight the stance for prayer and schools and equality for religious practices in state run institutions – then fight for the prayer mats also. Until you are ready to do that, you can’t say you are fighting for equality on an equal playing field with the other religions – which is what this whole thing boils down to. You have to accept all of it or none of it. Separation of church and state is not really about disallowing religion in state run buildings, but it’s about not showing favoritism for one religion over the other. Once the rights and practices of all religions are respected and can accommodated in state run institutions I’ll be right behind you to allow this girl to pray. Until that state of acceptance and accommodations can be achieved, she just wants special privileges that the other students are already denied. She is complaining about her "right" to pray – but the things she is complaining about have nothing to do with that on an equal playing field – how they dress does not equal their religious practices. But you must have known and thought all about that, after all I’m the simpleton in this conversation.
Why I Unsubbed From Your Feed
I know – I need to do another series focusing on some personal stuff – part of the problem lately is I’m not running the website for my alumni band (http://vhsalumniband.org) and thinking in the mode tracking down stuff for that has taken me out of hard writing mode. For the latest pictures there is all the flickr set of him – http://www.flickr.com/photos/creeva/sets/72157614701117485/ – probably after the holidays it will be up to over 1.5k pictures – the thing with digital is that no matter how crappy the picture is it costs nothing to get it developed and keep it – so no matter how blurry we have it. (iphone’s don’t have the best lower light capablities). He is however been walking for just about the whole last months (started a few days shy of 9 months) and is quite vocal – so spending time with him also takes away from my time to write – but then again you know how that works out.
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You want to go sadder? I saw them in the early 90’s on “The MTV Music Tour” at Richfield Colosseum. Tickets were 5.00 dollars I think 4 or 5 of us went and it was my last concert at the colosseum.
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Had to look – the concert was in 91 and it was the “Club MTV Tour” – someone wrote a story about going to it in Columbus. http://stubstories.wordpress.com/2009/02/20/club-mtv-tour-july-7-1991-capital-music-center-columbus-ohio/also featured at that concertGerardo, Tony! Toni! Tone!, C&C Music Factory, Tara Kemp and Color Me Bad.C&C was the real reason I went.
I just applied a new theme to my blog. Some of my regular readers may notice that it slowly is vanishing away. It is still stylish but it seems that I am obsessed with a good looking minimalist style. For some reason I can’t get one that seems to really pop for me.