Monthly Archives: August 2003

In lieu of flowers…

I didn’t know her…at all…but her kids knew how to write a great obituary…

Excerpted:

STOUGHTON – Sally Baron, age 71, of Stoughton, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2003, after struggling to recuperate from heart surgery…She learned to cope with life’s trials with laughter and smiles…Memorials in her honor can be made to any organization working for the removal of President Bush.

Article of explanation.

Why do some people…

Why do some people feel the need to erect monuments to their deities on public ground?

I believe in God. I love God. I go to services and pray. But when I visit a courthouse, capitol building, public school, I don’t expect to see monuments to God’s greatness. They don’t belong there. They belong in our homes and in our churches. (Unless you feel such monuments border on idolatry, and your religion states you aren’t supposed to construct idols, then perhaps they don’t belong in your homes or in your churches. But that’s for you to decide.)

Our forefathers were motivated by religion to come to this country. This fact SHOULD be taught to our students. History books should NOT be rewritten to downplay religion’s role in the formation of this country. This doesn’t violate any freedoms.

The stories in the Bible can be taught to our students — as literature. It is important for the literature student to be able to identify allusions to Judeo-Christian-Islamic, Greek, and Roman mythos. Without this knowledge, understanding of literature is crippled.

However, instructing our children as to the proper way to pray is a role that belongs to the parents, and the churches. Organizing school prayer forces one religion’s mode of prayer on those of different faiths. Letting students lead doesn’t solve this, as while each day a different student might lead, each day others will be led down a prayer they do not accept. (And if hypothetically 5% of the student body were one religion, and 95% another, than 95% of the time the minority would feel ostracized.) Setting aside a few minutes each day for silent prayer isn’t offensive, at least not to me. But I don’t see the point. Any child can pray silently at any time during the day they wish. They don’t need the time set aside for them to do it.

There is a time for everything…
There is a place for everything…
dairy shouldn’t be mixed with meat
government shouldn’t be mixed with religion

Why do some people…

Why do some people feel the need to erect monuments to their deities on public ground?

I believe in God. I love God. I go to services and pray. But when I visit a courthouse, capitol building, public school, I don’t expect to see monuments to God’s greatness. They don’t belong there. They belong in our homes and in our churches. (Unless you feel such monuments border on idolatry, and your religion states you aren’t supposed to construct idols, then perhaps they don’t belong in your homes or in your churches. But that’s for you to decide.)

Our forefathers were motivated by religion to come to this country. This fact SHOULD be taught to our students. History books should NOT be rewritten to downplay religion’s role in the formation of this country. This doesn’t violate any freedoms.

The stories in the Bible can be taught to our students — as literature. It is important for the literature student to be able to identify allusions to Judeo-Christian-Islamic, Greek, and Roman mythos. Without this knowledge, understanding of literature is crippled.

However, instructing our children as to the proper way to pray is a role that belongs to the parents, and the churches. Organizing school prayer forces one religion’s mode of prayer on those of different faiths. Letting students lead doesn’t solve this, as while each day a different student might lead, each day others will be led down a prayer they do not accept. (And if hypothetically 5% of the student body were one religion, and 95% another, than 95% of the time the minority would feel ostracized.) Setting aside a few minutes each day for silent prayer isn’t offensive, at least not to me. But I don’t see the point. Any child can pray silently at any time during the day they wish. They don’t need the time set aside for them to do it.

There is a time for everything…
There is a place for everything…
dairy shouldn’t be mixed with meat
government shouldn’t be mixed with religion

Irony in SD

From the NYTimes…SD Congressman Bill Janklow’s 1999 State of the State address:

“Bill Janklow speeds when he drives — shouldn’t but he does,” Janklow said. “When he gets the ticket, he pays for it, but if someone told me I was going to jail for two days for speeding, my driving habits would change.”

Congressman Janklow said this in support of mandatory sentencing for drug offenders.

He hit a motorcyclist while speeding last Saturday. (75 in a 55 zone). The motorcyclist is dead. Janklow could conceivably face ten years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

Drew…(sigh)

I remember getting extremely mad at Steven Spielberg when he rereleased ET last year replacing the guns the FBI agents were carrying with walkie-talkies. The revisionism bothered me. Now I find months later an old article at Salon.com explaining it wasn’t Spielberg’s idea at all…he was just doing what Drew asked him to do.

She’s consistent. The Angels in Charlies Angels don’t use guns either. That’s not to say there isn’t violence in Charlies Angels…there is…just not with guns. I don’t have a problem with her putting her political views into new films she produces. I acutally agree with her views somewhat. But I am against altering past movies to satisfy current beliefs.

That’s not to say if she showed up at my door today, and asked if she could spend the night, I’d turn her down. It’s purely a sexual thing between me and her, and I’m not above admitting it.