The Rev. Pat Robertson is America's most notorious religious bigot. Now, Robertson, an avowed man of God and devout Christian of his own definition, has publicly recommended that the U.S. government assassinate President Chavez of Venezuela. Never mind that Chavez was democratically elected by the Venezuelans. Robertson tries to label Chavez as a communist and terrorist in order to demonize him. Robertson's twisted brain is a malignancy among decent people. And to think that thousands of Minnesotans send him money regularly so he can perpetuate his campaign of hate.
This is not Minnesota nice!
'Intelligent design' deserves hearing
Apparently the presidents' offhand remark about "intelligent design" struck a nerve. In the past weeks it was featured in Time magazine, on "Larry King Live," and "The O'Reilly Factor," It also spawned a host of editorial comments and letters to the editor. Actually a debate has been brewing in scientific circles for the last 10 years.
First of all, realize that "intelligent design" is not a battle over whether creationism will be taught in the schools. Intelligent design also is not an attempt to foist someone's concept of God on other people. It also is not a ploy to pit one particular political group against another. These are all diversions from the real issue.
It's important not to get distracted. While intelligent design could be used by various groups for all of the aforementioned agendas, the basic premise of "intelligent design," regardless of who the critics or supporters are -- it's still deserving of a real hearing.
The basic issue remains and that is, does the ever-growing landslide of the recent findings like DNA, genomics, and self-organization systems which are driven by science (not religious dogma) repudiate the theory of neo-Darwinian evolution. A theory which in effect says that "all of organic life -- that means you, me, fruit flies, rats, bacteria, worms, as well as every other life form -- all have a common ancestor. And the only difference is modifications that are the result of natural selection acting on random chance genetic mutations.
With all the recent findings of precision design from everything like protein folding to blood clotting to biological optimized diversity this theory with all the holes being poked into it, might just be bad science and the "intelligent design" debate simply wants it examined.
Thomas tries to defend the president
The August 16 column by Cal Thomas bashing Cindy Sheehan is just another right-wing attempt to defend the indefensible, Bush's illegal and immoral invasion of a sovereign nation. That Saddam is a murderous tyrant is indisputable (a new rationale since no WMDs were found), but over a thousand American soldiers have died since he was deposed. In his screed he implies Iraq attacked us on 9/11, a bold-faced lie, but then the whole bloody mess was based on a pack of lies. He says the case for creating peace and stability in Iraq is a good one. Laughable if it weren't so grim. Our own state department officials are saying the administration's expectations will not be realized and an Islamic Republic will likely result; so much for establishing "democracy" at the barrel of a gun. The CIA reports that as a result of the invasion, Iraq has now become a hotbed of terrorism where none existed before.
Of course anyone pimping for the Bush administration would not dare to state the real reasons for the invasion: oil, power and establishing U.S. hegemony in the Middle East. To ascribe "left-wing politics" to Cindy Sheehan and the millions, both Iraqi and American, who want us out of Iraq, is both disingenuous and contemptible.
The United Nations and genocide
When I was driving to work I heard this startling peace of news. Our ambassador to the United Nations has sent a proposal that instead of discussing helping the poor at the upcoming meeting on poverty, they should instead concentrate on changes to the United Nations, starting with lifting the necessity of stopping genocide where it is an internal matter. I thought that was one of the original ideas of the United Nations, not allowing things like Hitler's extermination of the Jews, gypsies and other racial or religious groups that were in his way. (Remember the holocaust.) Now we are going to be pro-genocide. How that squares with being pro-life and Christian I don't understand. I'm Christian and it doesn't agree with my understanding of Christ's teachings. In fact he encouraged helping the poor the sick and the downtrodden.
I also seem to remember thou shall not kill being in the Ten Commandments. Apparently our ambassador failed to read them. In fact the denomination that I belong to has a whole section of its book of discipline devoted to social justice. Another couple of them are thou shall not steal and thou shall not covet. Some people would say I was trying to legislate if I interpreted that to include my neighbor's oil. If the fact that Saudi Arabia's oil fields have peaked and Iraq's are the only major oil fields that haven't, is that a reason for a war? This makes us so materialistic we deserve what ever we reap from this. Even $15-a-gallon gasoline. May the Lord have mercy on us because we couldn't stand justice
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