After being chastised by nearly every authority on the planet from the Vatican to the President of the United States , “Burn the Koran” cult leader Terry Jones finally submitted to his moral and intellectual superiors (which includes all humans with any compassion over age 3) and has canceled his plan to violently assault the hearts of every Muslim on the planet.
Just when we thought we could breath a collective sigh of relief, another religious madman jumped into the limelight, seeing his opportunity to gain fame by offending God and his children. Here is the report:
If Pastor Jones Won’t Burn Korans, Phelps Will
In a statement released earlier this week, Westboro church claims: “WBC burned the Koran once – and if you sissy brats of Doomed america bully Terry Jones and the Dove World Outreach Center until they change their plans to burn that blasphemous tripe called the Koran, then WBC will burn it (again), to clearly show you some things.” (America is repeatedly written without a capital letter, probably on purpose to emphasize their written opinion that “God hates America”.)
It seems that Terry Jones is an egomaniac. He claimed that he agreed to cancel the Koran burning after making a “deal” with the Imam who agreed to “move the mosque” away from Ground Zero. The developer of the community center denies any deal.
I have always enjoyed the Matrix trilogy (definitely an all time fave), but I never have been satisfied with the premise that the machines had to use humans as “batteries” after the humans interrupted their solar power by “torching the sky.” There are three big problems with this premise. First, it is just plain silly to think that there could be a net gain of energy harvested from humans after we consider how much machinery it required to grow them. Second, the machines had HUGE amounts of energy available to fly all over the place chasing the humans, and even drilling through miles of solid rock to get to Zion. It’s hard to imagine all that energy came from human “batteries.” And third, Trinity and Neo had no trouble flying above the clouds in the third movie for a glimpse of the sun, so it seems pretty silly that the machines could not do the same to get their energy.
And as if the failed “battery” thesis were not bad enough, the Matrix also gives us a really lame premise for the need of the Matrix itself. The idea was that the “batteries” would die if their minds were not properly stimulated. That’s silly, we all know that brain-dead bodies can live for years.
So how shall I save my favorite movie trilogy? Easy! The machines were machines. They were limited by logic. They had no creativity at all. They required humans to come up with new ideas and insights that went beyond the limits of logic. That’s why they had to create an entire illusory universe in which the human minds could function and generate new ideas for the machines. They harvested ideas, not material energy.
Now that’s a premise that could go somewhere …
The Odes of Solomon are dated roughly between 100 – 200 AD. Though scholars dispute their meaning and origin (since that is what scholars do), it seems pretty obvious that they are best described as an “early Christian hymn book.”
The 23rd Ode is extremely intriguing, because it speaks of God’s “thought” being sent forth like a “letter” that was received by an invincible “wheel” that had the “sign” (recall Aleph Tav = sign) and a “seal” that they could not loosen. Furthermore, it is written in 22 stanzas, corresponding to the 22 Hebrew letters and the 22 Spokes of the Wheel.
- Joy is for the holy ones. And who shall put it on but they alone?
- Grace is for the elect ones. And who shall receive it but they who trusted in it from the beginning?
- Love is for the elect ones. And who shall put it on but they who possessed it from the beginning?
- Walk in the knowledge of the Lord, and you will know the grace of the Lord generously; both for His exultation and for the perfection of His knowledge.
- And His thought was like a letter, and His will descended from on high.
- And it was sent like an arrow which from a bow has been forcibly shot.
- And many hands rushed to the letter, in order to catch it, then take and read it.
- But it escaped from their fingers; and they were afraid of it and of the seal which was upon it.
- Because they were not allowed to loosen its seal; for the power which was over the seal was greater than they.
- But those who saw the letter went after it; that they might learn where it would land, and who should read it, and who should hear it.
- But a wheel received it, and it came over it.
- And a sign was with it, of the kingdom and of providence.
- And everything which was disturbing the wheel, it mowed and cut down.
- And it restrained a multitude of adversaries; and bridged rivers.
- And it crossed over and uprooted many forests, and made an open way.
- The head went down to the feet, because unto the feet ran the wheel, and whatever had come upon it.
- The letter was one of command, and hence all regions were gathered together.
- And there was seen at its head, the head which was revealed, even the Son of Truth from the Most High Father.
- And He inherited and possessed everything, and then the scheming of the many ceased.
- Then all the seducers became headstrong and fled, and the persecutors became extinct and were blotted out.
- And the letter became a large volume, which was entirely written by the finger of God.
- And the name of the Father was upon it; and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, to rule for ever and ever. Hallelujah.
This ancient prophecy is being discussed on the Bible Wheel forum here.
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Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. — Matthew 10:16
Terry Jones, the sick and twisted pastor of the singularly misnamed Dove World Outreach Center is using his clout as a doomsday cult leader to reach out and drag the world ever closer to the violent Armageddon he believes is immanent. His strategy? To make a grand and deliberately antagonistic public desecration of the Scriptures held sacred by over a billion of his fellow human beings. He has scheduled 9/11/2010 as a day to publicly BURN THE QURAN!!!
Given that Mr. Jones fancies himself a Christian following the “apostolic tradition” we must assume that he feigns adherence to the Golden Rule. Unfortunately, this leads to the absurd conclusion that he is treating Muslims the way he wants to be treated by them, which implies that he desires Muslims to burn the Scriptures he holds sacred, the Holy Bible! Madness is never far from fundamentalism, is it?
Pastor Terry Jones has disqualified himself from any form of Christian leadership. He appears to be nothing but a self-inflated attention seeking godless freak on the order of Fred Phelps of the “God Hates Fags” fame. His actions are neither wise nor harmless. There is little doubt that his call for a violent attack against the hearts of Muslims has already endangered the lives of Christians ministering in Islamic countries, and it will be a miracle if Christian blood is not shed as a direct result of his arrogant anti-Christian recklessness.
We must do everything in our power to stop this pseudo-Christian madman before he does more damage.
Evangelical Body: Cancel ‘Burn a Quran’ Day
Plans for a Koran-Burning Show a Gainesville Church’s Bigotry
Pastor Hosting ‘International Burn A Quran Day’: ‘We Have Nothing Against Muslims’
NAE Urges Church to Cancel “International Burn a Quran Day” (with video of CNN interview and transcript)
This was one of the “non-random” parts of my road trip. I planned the trip so I could spend a day at the Oregon Country Fair on July 9th before attending a surprise birthday party for my brother-in-law in Lacey, Wa on July 10th. I can say this because I am writing this post after the fact. Actually, about two weeks after the fact! This post should have been published on July 9th but I lost my “posting rhythm” after getting a kink in my neck (and consequent pain in my right arm) from too much driving. It made typing at my computer painful. It was almost all gone a couple days ago, but came back after driving 300 miles to Seattle and back to pick up another brother-in-law (Professor Robin Collins) and his wife for their summer visit.
Anyway … getting back to the fair: IT WAS GREAT!!! Colors and life and infinite variety and creativity and music and music and music and dancing! Pure joy! Here are a few pics of the event. There was a giant Stalla Octangula marking the entrance:
And here’s the banner greeting you at the entrance: Read More
I awoke early this morning and had my coffee and wi-fi at the Beachcombers Organic Coffee House in Trinidad. Then I hit the road, since I need to make about 3oo miles today. I stopped near Orick and hiked five miles along the Skunk Cabbage section of the Coastal Trail. Here is the sign at the trailhead:
The hike is through magical plants – large ferns and massive skunk cabbages and slugs and fungus and everything moist and and green: Read More
Slept in my van on a side street in Eureka, CA. Drove up Highway 101 to the next town for breakfast in Arcata. Then spent the day exploring Trinidad. They have a little organic coffee house that also serves up free wi-fi so I helped myself to both.
There is a beautiful path up to the top of the hill on the right that gives an excellent view of the town: Read More
I left San Francisco and headed north on Highway 101 and then traveled the parallel “Avenue of the Giants” which has many places to stop and wander through the groves of Redwoods. Unfortunately, pictures just can’t capture their grandeur. Here is the Founders Tree (12 foot diameter):
And here is a shot looking straight up: Read More
I toured San Francisco on my bike today. I began in the Tenderloin District where Rich lives. He likes this area because it is “edgy” and “real.” This description from the Wikipedia seems pretty accurate from what I have seen:
There are a number of stories about how the Tenderloin got its name. One is that it is a reference to an older neighborhood in New York with the same name and similar characteristics. Another is a reference to the neighborhood as the “soft underbelly” (analogous to the cut of meat) of the city, with allusions to vice and corruption, especially graft. There are also some legends about the name, probably folklore, including that the neighborhood earned its name from the words of a New York City police captain, Alexander S. Williams, who was overheard saying that when he was assigned to another part of the city, he could only afford to eat chuck steak on the salary he was earning, but after he was transferred to this neighborhood he was making so much money on the side soliciting bribes that now he could eat tenderloin instead. Another version of that story says that the officers that worked in the Tenderloin received a “hazard pay” bonus for working in such a violent area, and that is how they were able to afford the good cut of meat. Yet another story, also likely apocryphal, is that the name is a reference to the sexual parts of prostitutes (i.e., “loins”).
I then road down past the City Hall:
And across the street I found this sculpture which must be the incarnation of the San Francisco definition of a “straight line” – Read More