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Protesters interrupted the first-ever Hindu prayer in the US Senate. Officers removed the three and charged them.

India Times Reports

Freep Reports

*sighs* The stupidity of the holier-than-thou club.

And Christians wonder why they get such a bad rap.

Do you know....there was this group I used to meet with. We'd hang out at a book store and discuss various new books, religious opinions, have small debates and such...and it was really cool. We learned about each other's positions, opened our minds to view other's way of thinking (even if we disagreed, personally), and otherwise got glimpses into places we'd never have seen otherwise. We'd even get the rare *gasp* Christian who would join us. Most of the people there were Hindu, Wiccan, Hermetic, Tantric, etc (you know "fringe" groups I guess is how the religious right would like to think of them)...

Well, it was not unusual for this group of "Christians" to come, circle around us, pray loudly so that we could not hear ourselves in our discussion, and then spend the rest of the time telling us how we were all going to hell. Only once have I ever been spit upon - and that flat out made me a non-happy person...Irony wouldn't you say?

The people who supposedly follow a man who would break bread with the sinners, who got more angry at those claiming to follow G-d and yet making a profit off of the religious requirements* (boy did he throw a fit over that one) than off of the sinners he broke bread with who knew no better. The man who would chastise his followers telling them "those of you without sin cast the first stone"**....Deep, deep irony.

Not saying all Christians are this way...unfortunately, the ones you see most predominantly are. The true Christians live their life the way the person they follow lived his. They remember the Parable of the Weeds***...they get it. Those Christians...those I have respect for. I just wish they were the majority.

* (Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-18; John 2:13-16)
** (John 8:7)
*** (Matthew 13:24-29)


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Jul. 13th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
That's deeply upsetting. And to think I had that little spark of hope with that last post. I wonder if they'll sue this incident as an excuse not to allow it again.
Jul. 13th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
I have wondered the same thing :-(
Jul. 14th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
Complete wank.
Fundamentalism is a very disturbing thing. Especially when people seem to miss the point of the book they seem to take oh so literally. Shows how much attention they pay to selectively use parts and ignore others.

Plus you think as Americans, and I'm assuming they would have been on the pro war bandwagon for these reasons too, having the liberty and freedom to choose and express religion without persecution would mean something. Of course it would give them the freedom to make complete asses out of themselves and their religion too. But thats generally something they should think of beforehand.

Jul. 16th, 2007 01:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Complete wank.
You'd think - unfortunately, very few people engage the grey matter before beginning any action, now days.

And people wonder why I get so fed up. Maybe it's because I spent most of my life out of the country...I dunno.

Between this and the behavior of the judge in Nebraska...on top of that jackass in the big, white house on the hill....yeah....my friends are starting to realize I'm serious as a freakin coronary when I'm saying I want to get out of this place.

Gimme a boat with an occassional port of call and a "fuck you" flag to fly high. Damn, what I wouldn't do to get away from the stupidity that seems to be running things around here, right now....and I don't, unfortunately, see it getting any better any time soon.
Jul. 16th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
sad to say...most people only want to hear what they want to hear...and they'll find any excuse to justify what they want to hear.

if they can use religion to justify what they want...all the better. they can blame god and then no one can say anything and so they can get away with it and appear to be right.

that's why there are many christians who would quote only what they want to hear from the bible, and not phrases like romans 14:4.

sometimes the most religious people are actually the most selfish...and shall i say, satanic? :) satanists themselves are a farce for i'd like to see if they moan satan's name in delight when they're in throes of passions.

i'm a firm believer that the people who love god the most are those who aren't scared of god, not those who are, and force others too.

many people treat religion like just another product they can market, sell, benefit from, or use as a shield to protect themselves, when religion is more of an anchor to keep you rooted, not to swing about whacking people.

the most respected christian friend i have and know is a gay guy - yet many christians might probably balk at that in horror. it's funny that for most straight christians friends that i know of, i have almost no respect for them whatsoever at all - simply because they think they are doing the right thing therefore they are better. it's a funny world when a gay guy can be a better christian than straight guys.

one of the fundamental problems with christianity is the great commission which instructs christians to convert everyone into christianity - but how can you convert more than 4 billion people into something they don't believe in but you do? can you force everyone to think like you do? like it or not, religion is tied to culture and changing a culture's religion destroys that culture as well. if you were to convert the whole of china and india for example, you will also destroy the mythologies of india and the ancient taosim teachings of china because under christianity, all these are a violation of its religion. it would be a sad world when we can't travel around to experience other cultures because everyone's a christian and everyone's dumped their religion in favour of christianity and with that goes their culture as well. Where would thailand be without the buddha statues? Heck how many people realise that the buddha in china is different from the original guy from india? Do we wipe out all traces of buddhism in favour of christianity?

like it or not, most people don't realise that christianity is a packaged religion of its faith - and if one were to follow the religion blindly with no understanding of its faith, one would be merely following people - and not the faith itself. it doesn't make it any better when islam claim it's right and so we have two loggerheads against each other.

sometimes i think these people just have nothing better to do in their lives or are bored and so all this drama gives them reasons to live. it's always easy to point to god.

it's no wonder then mahatma gandhi said "i like your christ, i do not like you christians - you are nothing like your christ."

maybe if christians paid attention to christ himself instead of the religion, they'd do a better job of christianity than they're doing.

after all, that's the whole point isn't it?
Feb. 28th, 2008 09:19 am (UTC)
Feb. 28th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
Hey you!

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