Probably the original God, Religion and Scripture. . .
Impressive quote from Maryland Senator Jamie Raskin:
“People place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution; they don’t put their hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.”
(one question might be: swear to whom? hopefully swear to the People you serve!)
My story of the terrible killing of Farkhunda in Kabul had over 1300 views.
As one whose “spiritual ancestors” (Heretics) were burned for their beliefs or non-beliefs. . .I will never stand by and watch a person put down or raised up to disrespect, harass, injure or murder in the Name of a Religion or the Name of a God.
If your “holy book” is more sacred, holy, revered and respected than a Human Life, than Reason, than Freedom. . .you are dangerous and you will be met by the force of Truth and True Justice.
I don’t condone the burning of holy books (though we shred them for free on this site). But if the choice is to burn pages or people. . .a freethinking person will leave their books and Live the Words.
Think about it: Did any of the so-called Great Spiritual Teachers (Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, Confucius. . .) carry a holy book around? Did they ever say Scriptures were more Sacred than a Human Being? Of course not. They were writing the holy books with their lives.
Maybe burning her was the real desecration of a living holy book.
Splashing on me and the camera.
Waterfalls have never been something to simply see or hear. . .but to touch. . .to participate in.
Almost “spiritual”. . .like a “baptism”. . .like “heaven”. . .but why call it anything?
After some hard rains, I’m looking out over the pasturelands and the Bay beyond. Last week the arches of color, the rainbows, appeared. There’s now a small stream flowing through one pasture and quite a lake in another. I observe the birds. Flocks of fowl. Many of them are residents of these hilly lands and open plains. In a few minutes of observation I notice the diversity. I see gulls and geese, crows and ducks, turkey vultures, egrets and a great blue (heron). Hummingbirds rise and fall above small trees where their nests are deeply hidden. Hawks circle high over the land (the other night on our walk we saw a white owl swooping between eucalyptus and pines. Later we heard great horned owls hooting in the dark oak hills).
All live and move in this field and the field of view. All rising to swoop and spy and play, I guess; all descending to eat while they chirp, squawk and chatter. . .or make music, as I hear it. When they aren’t standing silent and still.
This is a wonderful scene with the watery green backdrop of late autumn.
And it leaves me wondering what we could learn from this Life in the Pastureland. We are another species–earthbound without wings. So we share the same pastureland, the greening earth, going about our days seeking food and safety and rest and other things we cannot name. With birds as our teachers, our guides, how can we become their students? Would we be better at being human?
I have no doubt of that.
Scotland. . .
Home of My Ancestors.
Forever the Land of Freethinkers.
This MAY concern you. . .maybe it OUGHT to!
A member of the House of Representatives, presumably “representing” constituents including people of all faiths and no faith, has sent a Bible to every member of Congress.
Here it is, on official Congressional letterhead:
How does it feel knowing a member of the United States Congress is spending time and money on this?
How does it feel knowing that an elected representative, sitting on powerful committees in Congress, feels that the Bible (“God’s Word”) is the “best advice” for governmental decision-making?
Makes me feel. . .
Makes me think. . .
We have a serious educational gap in this country.
And, yes, this kind of Faith-Proofing in Public makes me angry. . .and worried for the future of Good Decisions!