Sunday, November 19, 2006
One simply has to begin with the alleged "Quote of the Day" -
"I searched through rebellion, drugs, diets, mysticism, religions, intellectualism and much more, only to begin to find that truth is basically simple - and feels good, clean and right." - Chick Corea
"Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake. We are making use of only a small part of our physical and mental resources. Stating the thing broadly, the human individual thus lives far within his limits. He possesses powers of various sorts which he habitually fails to use." - Professor William James, of Harvard.
"Education is the ability to meet life's situations." - Dr. John G. Hibben, former president of Princeton University.
"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials." - Chinese Proverb
"Whatever you may be sure of, be sure of this, that you are dreadfully like other people." - James Russell Lowell
Personally, I am sure of little but of the most important of all things, I most definitely am 100% sure...
Which leads me to the true topic today (you didn't truly think that this was going to be an "all quotes post" -again- did you? Been there - been down, really - done that! No more!) - and the true topic today is... "The Truth".
What a shocking development, eh? ;)
Back in August of this year, I was too somber and destitute to pay much attention - being mired in my first summer of mourning - ever. I took note but did not react as I would normally have to a number of things, including the following news item... (I was numb, see? Sooner or later though, the "Luminousinator" is back on track AND on the prowl though...) ;)
It is an unquotable now that I will quote: for, back in August of this year, a civil liberties group that hides behind its organisational entity status stated that "a planned New Orleans-area Hurricane Katrina memorial showing Jesus' face and a cross is religious and (therefore?) unconstitutional". Months prior to that, I recall posting exactly what I thought about a similar case, the man who spent an unreasonable amount of time battling in court to have a cross removed from the top of a mountain in his municipality...
This time out, the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana is the culprit, as the Times-Picayune reports it, as this union is the one that blasts a 13-foot memorial to 129 Katrina victims in St. Bernard Parish -a PARISH- for being too Christian for their taste and, they say, it "should be religiously neutral" because it will be located at a public waterway and was partially funded by the government too, allegedly...
See now, the thing about the above "handpicked quotes", is that they are acceptable everywhere because they are not religious, denominational or direct quotes from the greatest Man to have ever walked the Earth - Jesus, The Christ!
That sad fact goes at least double for the Chinese proverb! People love their ancient wisdom! Oh yes, they do - make it Asian ancient wisdom, Mesopotamian if need be - or Assyrian, if it can be found! Let's go all the way back to the Babylonian pagan age, why don't we! JUST NO QUOTING CHRIST NOW - PLEASE! Lest it gets... what, boring? Most priests are poor entertainers, granted (hence the phenomenal success of televangelists who know the value of good showmanship) - but surely now, we can readily tell who is more genuine and who is not - hmm? Oh, right - priests are not to be trusted either... Do I want to quote them? No. I'd rather quote from The Source - from The Bible - from The Christ! Will this brand of "handpicked quotes" be as well-received though as those cited above?
No one really remembers Hibben or Lowell or James, but they were "somebodies" - right? And they had no crosses on their lawns or something...
Well, here's another handpicked quote for you now - from another "somebody" too... The newspaper that reported the story about the Hurricane Katrina cross controversy says parish President Henry "Junior" Rodriguez had a simple reply to the assertion made by the American Civil Liberties Union: "They can kiss my ass." he reportedly said...
How's that now, eh? Quote it freely and quote it often - these are the words of a somebody, nothing religious or too "pro-Christ" for your sensitive tastes (although it has been uttered in a state of exasperation with those who do not want Christ to be even seen, let alone mentioned or referenced through symbolism - and it was also uttered in defense of that SACROSANCT RIGHT THAT WE HAVE TO SPEAK FREELY ABOUT THE SON OF GOD! But that must be another story *or* another instance where I am digressing again...)
Rodriguez further stated, though, that "the memorial will be erected on private land near the shoreline of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet at Shell Beach, Louisiana, and is being financed with donations, so it's legal."
How telling all of this is - to be able to speak of THE ONE TRUE GOD, one has to make sure it is LEGAL and to do so on PRIVATE LAND, without public funding (because, of course, "public = secularism-prone laymen" - WE ALL KNOW THAT NOW!)
This is beyond pathetic, people from the Land of the Free!
QUOTE ME ON THAT TOO!
SHELL BEACH, La., Aug. 6 2006 (UPI) --
A planned New Orleans-area Hurricane Katrina memorial showing Jesus' face and a cross is religious and unconstitutional, a civil liberties group says.
The 13-foot memorial to 129 Katrina victims in St. Bernard Parish has government support and is set to be located at a public waterway, the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana says, the Times-Picayune reports, and should therefore be religiously neutral.
The newspaper says parish President Henry "Junior" Rodriguez had a simple reply to the assertion: "They can kiss my ass."
Rodriguez said the memorial will be erected on private land near the shoreline of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet at Shell Beach, La., and is being financed with donations, so it's legal.
ACLU Louisiana Executive Director Joe Cook said the Parish Council approved the monument and was therefore sanctioning a religious symbol.
Of Rodriguez's quip, Cook said he'd prefer if Rodriguez "would kiss the Constitution."
The parish plans to dedicate the memorial on Aug. 29, the one-year anniversary of the devastating hurricane.
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