TheocracyPhobic- irrational fear of an imaginary theocracy

James Taranto says he’s neither a Christian nor a religious believer of any stripe, and he’s “put off by self-righteousness, closed-mindedness, and contempt for democracy and pluralism” and that’s why he’s rooting for the religious right.

He recognizes that those of us “who hold traditionalist views have been shut out of the democratic process by a series of court decisions that, based on constitutional reasoning ranging from plausible to ludicrous, declared the preferred policies of the secular left the law of the land.”

Furthermore, unlike the left, the religious right has generally “responded in good civic-minded fashion.”

“…Senate Democrats, taking their cue from liberal interest groups, have responded by subverting the democratic process, using the filibuster to impose an unprecedented supermajority requirement on the confirmation of judges.

That’s what prompted Christian conservatives to organize “Justice Sunday,” last month’s antifilibuster rally, at a church in Kentucky. After following long-established rules for at least a quarter-century, they can hardly be faulted for objecting when their opponents answer their success by effectively changing those rules.”

Taranto says that

“This procedural high-handedness is of a piece with the arrogant attitude the secular left takes toward the religious right. Last week a Boston Globe columnist wrote that what he called “right-wing crackpots–excuse me, ‘people of faith’ ” were promoting “knuckle-dragging judges.”

Taranto calls it like it is, and he calls that contempt. He calls the fearmongering about a budding theocracy hysterical and says the left is overestimating the religious right’s uniformity. He points out that we didn’t have a theocracy before 1963, when public prayer in public schools was outlawed by the Supreme Court.

Here are some of the religious figures who were featured in ‘Justice Sunday:’

A black minister stood next to a preacher with a six-degrees-of-separation connection to the Ku Klux Klan. A Catholic shared the stage with a Baptist theologian who had described Roman Catholicism as “a false church.”

Taranto says that

The thought that they could ever agree enough to impose a theocracy is laughable.

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Mine Eyes Dazzle

Why do they dazzle? She has not died young…. They dazzle because of joy. I am no longer seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, I am at the end of the tunnel — for a semester, anyway.

Did everyone see the news about the mummy yesterday? This mummy was newly discovered and is from the 30th Egyptian Dynasty. I’m eager to hear the results of their tests. Isn’t it fun to live in a planet where there are always new things to discover?

oh, look: they’ve found a missing link for the dinosaurs. To quote the article, this creature was:
“…a primitive plant-eater that had recently evolved from the carnivorous raptors, which also produced modern birds.
That’s an awful lot of assumptions made over a few bones. It will be interesting to see how this case develops.

(virtual gummy bears to those who recognise my subject line source. I’m well aware I’ve forced into a topic where it doesn’t belong, but that’s part of the joy of words 🙂

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Doggie tricks

Right now Zeus‘ new trick is kisses (click on Zeus’ name and scroll down to the bottom of that post to see his picture). He “kisses” my face or the Equuschick’s when we ask him to by touching his nose to ours. But for some reason I am getting the idea that he does not like it as much as shaking hands, crawling (he does a commando style crawl as one of his tricks), and jumping. I wonder why? He really is adorable when he does it, though. *waits for DHM or HeadGirl to either edit or comment that it is NOT adorable but disgusting* (consider it done, dear- DHM)
We are also attempting to teach him to jump through a hoop. He gets that he’s supposed to go through the hoop, but he doesn’t quite get the jumping through it (Indeed. He merely walks sedately through the hoop and then looks expectantly at his person, sure that a treat is in store for him. He is correct. The DHM).

*signing off*

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George Herbert, Part the Second

(Part One is just the next post down but one)

-Who was George Herbert?-

He was born April 3, 1593. He was the fifth son of his parents. When he was three his father died, leaving seven sons and three daughters with his wife. She took charge of their education (she seems to have been a remarkable lady and was a friend of John Donne).

At 17 George sent his mother two sonnets and a letter, in which he vowed that his ‘poor abilities in Poetry shall be all, and ever consecrated to God’s glory…”

He worked to keep that resolution. He wrote some of the most beautiful love poetry- all concerning his love for God or God’s love for man. All of his poems are ‘religious.’

He described a collection of his poems as “a picture of the many spiritual conflicts that have past betwixt God and my soul, before I could subject mine to the will of Jesus my master, whose service I have now found perfect freedom…”

“The Temple,” a collection of his poems, was published posthumously and was a success. It influenced other poets, such as Crashaw and Henry Vaughan (whose poetry quotes Herbert extensively and whose work follows Herbert’s subjects and titles).

John Wesley set some of his poems to music for hymns, as did others.

His poetry declined in favour during the 18th century and revived in the 19th, thanks primarily to Coleridge (another favourite of Miss Mason’s), who called Herbert’s poetry “pure, manly, and unaffected.” Our poor decadent culture doesn’t think of poetry as a manly activity, but this is the fault of our culture, not a defect of poetry.

Part III will be poetry sampling

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Morning Round-up

Roger Simon points out the manners that matter the most at the U.N.-

In other words, the UN Oil-for-Food program, which was meant for starving children, was financing both terrorism and a terror regime. Meanwhile, the likes of Barbara Boxer and Chris Dodd are concerned that an “ill-tempered” man has been nominated to clean this up. This is what “liberalism” has come to? How do these people look at themselves in the mirror?

Powerline quotes Ann Coulter explaining the rules of engagement- I think Ann is funny but brash and obnoxious in a way that is endearing only to those who agree with her. However, cursing and throwing food is not a substitute for debate.

Michelle Malkin has the information on another act of terrorism, very recent.

Short, but I’ve gotta run- check out the links in the sidebar for more.

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