Archive for the ‘religion’ Category

Jesus loves Osama

May 25, 2007

A sign saying “Jesus Loves Osama” outside some churches in Australia drew criticism from the prime minister and religious leaders on Thursday, though they conceded it was probably true according to Christian beliefs.

http://www.canada.com/topics/news/oddities/story.html?id=a2cb3793-f87a-4fdc-a3e3-e0bf932588b7&k=59324

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national Republicans too busy to attend Jerry Falwell’s funeral?

May 23, 2007

Falwell, often called the father of the Christian conservative movement, died suddenly last week at age 73.

Thousands flocked to the Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Va., which Falwell founded 50 years ago, for the funeral service.

No national Republicans attended Tuesday’s funeral, including none of the GOP presidential candidates. All said they were too busy.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=3201543&page=1

snitching

March 27, 2007

To be certain, the issue of snitching is neither restricted to nor rooted in hip-hop culture. Within most American communities, reporting other people’s bad acts is a practice that is strongly discouraged. Judaic, Islamic, and Christian laws all speak negatively about backbiting and gossip.

Prominent white Americans like New York Times writer Judith Miller, who recently came under attack from her neo-conservative comrades for failing to expose Lewis “Scooter” Libby, have paid dearly (multi-million dollar book deals notwithstanding) for their commitments to secrecy. Even the police, who are among the strongest opponents of the “Stop Snitching” movement, have a ‘blue code’ of silence that protects them from internal snitches. Nevertheless, the hip-hop community has absorbed the brunt of the public attack on snitching, with little effort given to examining the unique significance of snitching within urban communities.

While critics dismiss the “Stop Snitching” campaign as a rejection of civic responsibility that further verifies dominant public beliefs about the moral incompetence of the hip-hop generation, a closer analysis reveals a much more complicated set of issues that have gone unaddressed. In its a priori dismissal of the “Stop Snitching” campaign, the general public has failed to acknowledge the moral complexity and legitimacy of an anti-snitching position. In all fairness, this is partially the fault of the hip-hop industry itself, which has marketed “Stop Snitching” in ways that undermine any claims to moral authority by not placing any conditions or caveats on its pleas for silence. While it is certainly problematic to condemn all acts of communication with authorities, it is equally shortsighted and irresponsible to advocate an absolute pro-snitching position.

The act of snitching necessarily creates a social and ethical quagmire in which an individual must sacrifice one set of loyalties for another. More specifically, the potential snitch is forced to choose between competing ethical codes and social commitments when making their decision. Often, this process entails deciding between locally defined rules and larger, more official ones. For example, Lil’ Kim’s refusal to identify her crew members as assailants during a shootout at the Hot 97 radio station was an anti-snitching gesture that privileged her friendship bonds and street ethics over the established laws of the land regarding obstruction of justice. While it is tempting to condemn all such acts on moral or ethical grounds — in this case, arguing that Kim should have protected the interests of the assaulted and not those of the assailants — it is necessary to consider the validity and value of the particular rules and issues at stake on a case-by-case basis. It is also important to understand the various ways that snitching is considered and discussed within the context of hip-hop culture.

Dry snitching is one of the most common practices within contemporary hip-hop culture. The term emerged from prison culture to describe an inmate who, in an effort to avoid a confrontation, would talk loudly or otherwise draw attention to himself in order to attract a nearby correctional officer. This is done as a way of “snitching without snitching”. Dry snitching also refers to the act of implicating someone else, intentionally or unintentionally, while speaking to an authority figure. Dry snitches are typically considered to be weak, naive, passive aggressive, or self-centered, all of which present ethical and practical dilemmas that must be weighed when discussing the practice of snitching.

http://www.popmatters.com/columns/hill/060224-1.shtml

“Christian” music

February 11, 2007

When at a “Christian” concert, what type of dress and behavior would you expect to see in the audience?

I do not like the style or music of Jars of Clay.
I think that the current rotating photography on michaelwsmith.com looks like some metrosexual dating site or clothes commercial.

[I have edited this blog post, so the comments below do not match exactly anymore]

‘Little Mosque on the Prairie’ versus Rush Limbaugh and libertarians

January 6, 2007

go to
http://www.littlemosque.ca/
click on Meet the Townsfolk and use the arrows to get to Fred Tupper. Here is the text:

Fred Tupper, a local in his forties, is the town of Mercy’s own Rush Limbaugh. Fred uses his daily radio talk show, ‘Wake-up People’, to fuel people’s suspicions about the growing Muslim community. If accused of intolerance, Fred would claim he only says things people don’t like to hear. No one would disagree with that! Fred describes himself a textbook libertarian: like most bigots. In person, Fred’s polite, and has a rough charm. Fatima (who Fred has a crush on) finds him extremely resistible.

problems:
*Rush Limbaugh is not in his forties, he does not have a daily show, and he is not a libertarian

*Fred Tupper looks different than Rush Limbaugh does

*most bigots are not textbook libertarians, and most textbook libertarians are not bigots

The show does look like it is worth watching, though. Maybe Canadian television is better than American television.

Najaf, Iraq

December 22, 2006

Najaf is a generally peaceful area under tight control by police and Shiite guards. It is home to the Imam Ali shrine, where Shiite Muslims believe the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad is buried.

Millions make pilgrimages to the city annually, and Shiites from across Iraq come to bury their dead in Najaf’s huge cemetery.

The city of Najaf saw heavy fighting in 2004 between the U.S. Army and militiamen loyal to radical anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Parts of the city still lay in ruins.

But Najaf’s violence now is aimed at Shiite pilgrims, adding to sectarian tensions that escalated over the last year.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6293597,00.html