Monday, May 4, 2009

Bush, the Hypocrite-in-Chief

On June 26, 2003, then President Bush issued a proclamation to mark the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. In it Bush said that the United States is "committed to the worldwide elimination of torture and we are leading this fight by example" and vowed to prosecute torture and to prevent "other cruel and unusual punishment."

Not surprisingly, the statement upset members of the CIA, who Bush had authorized to use brutal tactics on members of Al Qaeda.

Read The New York Times, Interrogation Debate Sharply Divided Bush White House.

Can you say hypocrite.

Is Christianity a Religion Anymore?

UPDATE II: Secular Christianity? "A recent Supreme Court decision reveals the strange reasoning that "saves" religion by emptying it of its content." Read The New York Times, When Is a Cross a Cross?, which notes:

"It is one of the ironies of the sequence of cases dealing with religious symbols on public land that those who argue for their lawful presence must first deny them the significance that provokes the desire to put them there in the first place.

It has become a formula: if you want to secure a role for religious symbols in the public sphere, you must de-religionize them, either by claiming for them a non-religious meaning as Kennedy does here, or, in the case of multiple symbols in a park or in front of a courthouse, by declaring that the fact of many of them means that no one of them is to be taken seriously; they don’t stand for anything sectarian; they stand for diversity. So you save the symbols by leeching the life out of them. The operation is successful, but the patient is dead."

UPDATE: In Italy, the cross is "a national symbol of culture, history, identity, tolerance and secularism." Read The New York Times, European Court: No Crucifixes in Italian Schools.

BTW, secularism means "indifference to or rejection or exclusion of religion and religious considerations." So as I understand it, the cross is a symbol of indifference to or rejection of religion.

Can anybody explain that to me?

Christmas is just a big shopping holiday, the Ten Commandments is just another historical document, and prayer is just an old habit. So is the cross just some kind of nonsecular universal symbol of death?

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