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News Roundup – War on Christmas edition

There is no war on Christmas.

Seriously, did Bill O’Reilly say that Christianity was not a religion? Did Bill O’Reilly really say that Christianity was a philosophy and not a religion? That may be the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard from Fox News and Bill O’Reilly. According to the all-knowing Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, Christianity is the religion derived from Jesus Christ, based on the Bible as sacred scripture, and professed by Eastern, Roman Catholic, and Protestant bodies.

I’ll have more on the stupidity later.

By |2012-12-04T22:11:24-04:00December 4th, 2012|Media, Religion, The Daily Show|Comments Off on News Roundup – War on Christmas edition

Thursday Afternoon News Roundup

  • I’ll be on Local Edge Radio at 4 PM Eastern Standard Time today. If you have an opportunity, please tune in.
  • For years, I’ve been saying that Mitt Romney has a significant problem. Evangelicals make up a huge amount of the Republican base. They are a significant reason why George W. Bush won the 2000 election (the other significant reason being the Supreme Court). Many evangelicals do not believe that Mormonism is a “real” religion. They don’t see it as an offshoot of Christianity. Hence the problem. By the way, he’s in London trying to raise money and meeting with the Prime Minister.
  • Do you remember Jamie Leigh Jones? Several years ago she claimed that she was drugged and gang raped by her fellow contractors at KBR a subsidiary of Halliburton. Her trial is complex. It appears that in her contract she signed a mandatory arbitration clause which blocks employees from suing KBR. In spite of all the media hype it appears that significant holes have appeared in her story. This is extremely sad. The federal judge has thrown out large portions of her case.
  • I was actually waiting on news from this big powwow at the White House that President Obama called. Democratic and Republican leaders are at the White House trying to hammer out some sort of agreement so that the debt ceiling can be raised. Nate Silver points out the problem that Republicans have with compromise. Basically the Republican Party is completely and totally made up of conservatives. There are almost no moderates and no liberals. It is my opinion that Republican representatives here mostly for those ultraconservatives, which push the party even further to the right.

  • Rupert Murdoch‘s huge empire is embroiled in quite the scandal in England. You have to read the allegations in order to believe them. They’re still somewhat unbelievable. Basically they tried to manipulate events in order to increase circulation, as far as I can tell. The British Parliament has called for an official investigation. Today Murdoch has announced that he’s closing the paper. I don’t think that this is going to quell critics.
  • The Washington Post has five myths about the debt ceiling. This is clearly worth reading.
  • Could it be that the economy created many more jobs in June than we thought? This could be the first good news and several months.
  • Consumer bankruptcy filings decreased by eight percent. This is also good news.

By |2011-07-07T14:07:47-04:00July 7th, 2011|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on Thursday Afternoon News Roundup

Mark Williams equals hate

My mother, a woman who grew up in the Baltimore projects, told me over and over again, “if you don’t have something nice to say, maybe you should keep it to yourself.” I think that this applies to Mark Williams. Religion is always a difficult subject to talk about. People have irrational responses to reasonable questions. Therefore, it is important to tread lightly.

Sometimes, when you open your mouth, you reveal more about yourself than you do about those that you are condemning. Mark Williams revealed his ignorance when he called Muslims “the animals of Allah” and he referred to the God of Islam as a “monkey God.” I will assume, for the moment, the Mark Williams is a Christian (I don’t know this but I’m assuming). Therefore, in studying Christianity he should understand that Islam is a spinoff of Christianity. The God of Islam is the God of Christ and the God of Moses. So, in condemning the God of Muslims he is condemning his own God, my own God.

Mr. Williams has revealed that he has learned nothing by reading the Bible. The Bible isn’t about hating your fellow man. The Bible isn’t about spewing as much hate filled rhetoric as you possibly can. The Bible is about loving your fellow man and loving God. Mark Williams appears to be doing neither. My job is not to judge Mark Williams. He will be judged when the time comes. This gentleman supposed to be some type of conservative talkshow host. If he is spewing this kind of venom on the air, he should be removed. Talking in front of a microphone, broadcasting, is a privilege. He does not deserve this privilege. If he has ┬ájust written this rhetoric on his blog than his blog should be boycotted by all.

Finally, I’m sorry I don’t get why building a Mosque near ground-zero is so upsetting. It wasn’t the Muslim faith that attacked us on 9/11. It was 19 men who were practicing some twisted form of that religion. I would think that there would no clearer sign that we, Americans don’t hate Islam and embrace all who come here (legally) than a Mosque near ground-zero.

By |2010-05-18T20:39:27-04:00May 18th, 2010|9-11, Party Politics, Religion|Comments Off on Mark Williams equals hate
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