Empty Days

Friday, January 30, 2004

May the Bible fall on you

Ended up at this exuberant site - Aarons Bible [the actual www address is a goddam fake btw]. If this is what born-again movement is like, it's pretty scary. Once upon a time I saw something about Nostradamus that was not very far removed - both in tone and purpose. I suppose Hassidic sites (who is: Jewish orthodox) sport a similar pitch.

Jesus...

That's all I can say.

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Heard something on local news about the growing gap between Americans and Canadians. A question was put to the public on both sides of the border: do you need to be christian to be moral? In Canada 30% said yes as compared to 60% in the States. This of course means that the mood in America is staunchly traditionalist and conservative - we have some of that here too of course, but it is mostly located in the central farm-lands. Perhaps this gap simply means that Canada is more urban - and has less people tucked away in small-town communities. Or maybe not.

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The gov is determined to pass same-sex marriage legislation. But it decided to postpone, in order for the Supreme Court to decide whether this respects the religious groups' rights. That's very thoughtful of them. Actually it all comes down to words: "marriage" for church-goers, "union" for everybody else. As long as the gov doesn't force churches to perform same-sex ceremonies - and it can't do that, of course.

If man and woman marry in a city hall - does this make their marriage "a sacred union" in the eyes of whatever religion? I'd say not. The whole point of a church-marriage is that it transcends the merely contractual and/or social part of it. It makes a "union" sacred first and legal second.

Same-sex legislation is not (and should not be) concerned with that first part.

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What would happen if one day the USA became a really christian-fundamentalist state? Why - it's not entirely unthinkable. By that time Canada would have legalized drugs and allowed gay marriage.

We might find ourselves with an iron curtain running along the whole length of the border :-0





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