Friday, July 31, 2015

Mixing Religion with Nationalism leads to Religious Terrorism

There are terrorists in every religion, mainly whenever a religion gets wrapped up in politics, such as being a "Muslim country", or mixing Judaism with modern day Israel, or mixing Christianity with the United States. None of these actions are the fault of the religion itself, and definitely not as a whole. However, it can be tied to bad theology, specifically that of the doctrine of Religious Nationalism, an extremely conservative view to fight for "God and Country".

This will only fuel the fights to continue on for more generations and does not glorify Christ, Elohim, nor Allah!

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Grand Bargain - Live and Let Live

Does anyone really think the blame always lies 100% elsewhere? The pizza place, ABC-57, the backlash with death threats, the backlash against the backlash on FOX News about which side is more intolerant... How will any of this bridge a divide? Yes 'the left' (I doubt all of them) wants everyone to accept their beliefs. But, is it possible that 'the right' (also not all of them) wants to see this entire country follow Christian morality? Because if it was established as a Christian nation, there is justification to make it follow all of the Christian moral code, or one's idea of what that code entails. If it was meant to have no established religion, then we were founded as a pluralistic nation. It is therefore unfair to say this is a problem only of 'the left'.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

What Can Taco Bell Teach Us About Diversity?

So with other political issues going on today...

War on Christmas
War on Religion
War on Drugs
War on Marriage
War on Terrorism
War on Women

...who knew a Taco Bell ad could encourage those of us who feel disenfranchised by our own "Routine Republic", not in changing up our breakfast habits, but our habits for how we treat others?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Should RFRA Opponents "Boycott Indiana"? - Part II

I wrote a post yesterday, "Do Christians Have the 'Right to Discriminate'", about why I think the RFRA is the theologically wrong direction to go and why I think Christians serving customers that they don't agree with is not a violation to the practicing of their faith.

Today, I wanted to point out a few reactions by the opponents to the RFRA that have responded in a way that I think will be just as harmful to Hoosiers as the RFRA will be to Hoosiers.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Do Christians Have the "Right to Discriminate"? - Part I

I came across this blog post recently, which responds to the RFRA ("right to discriminate") bill in Indiana. The point is correct (despite the unhelpful headline), but the examples are hard to take as valid examples because they mostly focus on the Old Testament. I get why the post would focus on books like Leviticus and Deuteronomy, as many Christians arguing against homosexuality seem to hover on these books, but Christians do not view things through a monolithic lens.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Better (More Reasonable) Solution Regarding the Hobby Lobby Case?

Here is an interesting solution presented by a Libertarian... make birth control over the counter. No prescription required. Then, it's up to each individual to make up their own mind and with that, employers, Hospitals, and most importantly, Government officials don't have to be involved at all. In the end, this would protect Women's freedom to choose, individual freedom, and religious freedom. Genius!

Libertarian Party Chair Nicholas Sarwark said, "Cutting the government requirement that birth control be purchased only with a prescription and making it over-the-counter would advance liberty by giving easier access to birth control for people who want it without putting their employer in the middle of their personal choices. Government doesn't make men get prescriptions for condoms, there's no reason it should make women get prescriptions for birth control pills."


Thursday, December 19, 2013

As Tempers Flair and Short Memories Linger, Duck Dynasty Comes Under Fire

So, yesterday I guess A&E decided to suspend Phil Robertson from the show, "Duck Dynasty" because of an answer he gave in a GQ interview. When asked what Phil thought constituted as sin, Phil said:

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Film Forum Review - Departures

Mikel Wisler and Kristina Stone Kaiser, hosts of the Film Forum Review, revisit the discussion of "Departures" at the April 2013 River Film Forum.

A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. Starring Masahiro Motoki (2008).

Monday, June 24, 2013

News Media and Government Slaves to Boolean Logic?

Granted, in response to the article referenced above: Doughty's comments on the application were listed as spiritual/religious in nature when she wanted exemption (as a conscientious objector) to ever carry a weapon if required by the government, BUT I commend her as many forms (government or otherwise) are so cookie-cutter that they don't allow for non-Boolean responses!!

The title of this article, therefore, is misleading because she wasn't required to join a church or be denied citizenship. She was told to join a "church"... "that forbids violence" (in other words, a specific type of religious organization, although NOT confined to a specific religion -- why?) because the current (again Boolean) definition of "conscientious objector" is that it has to be based on religious beliefs to be exempt from the bearing of arms in defense of the country. If she hadn't met the requirements for the exemption she was requesting, then she would have been denied citizenship.

Coming back to the other hand, however, "conscientious objector" should be re-defined to include those who hold to no religion. Just as religion and guns are not dependent clauses of one another, so church and state should not be dependent clauses of one another!

Finally, this was not an issue for Doughty to proselytize Atheism. She was simply acting on her convictions and many, from all walks of life, have shown their support. “Over the past two days not only good friends but people I don’t even know have sent notes of support,” she wrote. “They are people with a wide range of beliefs, beliefs that I respect -- Christians, Moslems, Jews, Atheists, Agnostics and others. I think that is part of what has always appealed to me about America – that people of all beliefs can live together accepting and respecting each other and working together for the common good.”

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Film Forum Review - Wall-E

Mikel Wisler and Kristina Kaiser, hosts of the Film Forum Review, revisit the discussion of "Wall-E" at the March 2013 River Film Forum.

After 700 years of doing what he was built for - he'll discover what he's meant for.