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  • Cogito
    Dr. Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center has his fifteen minutes of fame this week. Perhaps that is why he is stubbornly sticking with his plan to ignite a fire on Saturday, September 11, 2010. He and his benighted followers intend to ignite a firestorm of hate, with copies of the Qur'an as kindling.

    According to the DWOC website, they are "... a New Testament Church – based on the Bible, the Word of God." But the lofty rhetoric notwithstanding, he seems to me to better represent the Prince of Lies. Since when is God's Word the voice of hatred, intolerance, and ignorance? He claims he is not killing anyone, he is only burning books, but surely he knows what he is attacking is the very faith of the people of Islam.

    I am no fan of any organized religion. Many of the world's worst atrocities have been committed in the name of religion. But the religion itself is not really at fault. It is those who twist those beliefs to justify mayhem and murder who are at fault - cowards like the 9-11 terrorists and the hooded assassins of the Klu Klux Klan. But the terrorists who hijacked airliners and used them as missiles against civilians no more represent Islam than the hooded lynch mobs of the KKK represent Christianity.

    As an American, I condemn the actions of Terry Jones. He does not represent America. He does not represent Christianity. He does not represent any moral high ground.

    He has more in common with Osama bin Laden, spurring hate through words, and inciting violence from a safe distance.

    Note: The above is my opinion, and does not represent any official position of the site or its owner.
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  • Cogito
    This is a short item I posted on my personal website in the wake of Election Day in the United States.

    Two days ago, America was patting itself proudly on the back for having overcome centuries of racism in electing its first African-American President.

    Never mind that not one news story before or after the election has failed to mention his race. His campaign may not have been run on a race ticket, although I have to wonder whether the frequency he insisted that race was not an issue made certain that no one could forget it. We have not advanced so far as a nation that race is no more significant than height or hair color.

    And while we were so proudly celebrating our enlightened state, Californians were taking a long stride backwards into intolerance. Proposition 8 ripped the right to marry from same-sex couples. What harm does same-sex marriage threaten to traditional marriage? Marriage under the law has little connection to marriage within any religion. Just as a religion may not recognize a second marriage as valid, that same religion need not recognize gay unions. So where is the threat to religion, unless that faith insists its practitioners control those outside their faith?

    I am not gay. I have no personal axe to grind. Nevertheless, I am deeply, profoundly ashamed.
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