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Bible

Published May 23, 2011 by Michael C Leeson

It is not the word of God that concerns me but its interpretation by humyns, in prosecuting their creed of hate. I freely acknowledge the Bible is both a tool for good and hate it enshrines core humanistic values and beliefs, while Haters draw on phrases often quoted out of context to justify their ignorance. This bastardisation of the message frames a campaign to persecute and discriminate against people who do not conform to their narrow vision of humanity including those who identify as LGBTIQ. The most infuriating of all Haters are those who quote the Bible chapter and verse or draw on a loose thematic analysis to qualify their position.

It seems futile to enter into a conversation where the topic is about a belief system mired in the superstitious  thinking of an Iron Age Middle Eastern tribal culture. However, do not be dissuaded from initiating such a conversation but be warned, our strength is to ask questions, to challenge the narrow worldview of the ignorant and naive. Our weakness is the deep wound of rejection we all feel as an individual and collectively as marginalised people, this emotion often appears as anger and may impair our ability to express ourselves in any conversation. It is about managing our weakness, in drawing on our strengths to promote learning in seeking understanding and combating ignorance.

Motivation

Religion and Sex QuizNicholas D. Kristof

Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: Nick Kristof Proof Texts The Bible – Ricochet  Benzinga Contributor

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May Day

Published May 2, 2011 by Michael C Leeson

Labour Day Celebration

to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. Labour Day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest

Beatification of Pope John Paul II

On the 1ST May, Benedict XVI celebrated the Beatification of Pope John Paul II in Rome this recognition propels his predecessor one-step closer to canonisation.

Beatification and canonisation of Pope John Paul II

Some argue that John Paul II beatification is premature in light of the role he played in the cover-up of abuse by priests . This raises the question whether he was an enabler of abusers or potential saint, which seems strange when the Catholic Church endeavours to take such a high moral ground on LGBT issues.

Sinner or Saint

Osama bin Laden Dead

The supposed al Qaeda mastermind of 9/11 killed in firefight with Navy Seals unit in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Osama bin Laden dead, report U.S. officials

What does bin Laden’s death mean for his victims, war on terror and the Afghan adventure. It is certain that some of bin Laden’s victims may see his death as justice for the crimes perpetrated against them by him & his ilk. While politicians generally don’t see this event as an end to the threat posed by al-Qaeda & its minions to world security so the war goes on. Does this mean Afghanistan is still unavoidable to reduce the threat of Islamism?

Why are Australian Churches Losing their Religious?

Published August 20, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Bishop blames ‘weak’ churches for losing their religious – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The article reports on the views of Professor Tom Frame, concerning why he sees ‘The Church’ failing Christianity in Australia. Professor Frame is the Director of St Mark’s National Theological Centre and head of the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University. He identifies three rather clear reasons for a ‘weak’ church losing their followers.

  • “To some degree some churches are caught in a time warp, they’ve got the social and cultural forms of the 1950s and 1960s and have been unable to embrace the 1990s and the new millennium, so they do seem to be locked in time and their message with it,” he told ABC Online.
  • “Many of the churches are totally overcome by internal bickering about minor points of doctrine about which the world could not care less, because they don’t bear upon everyday life.
  • ” the churches themselves have conducted some of the internal debates in public and given the impression that not even the churches are sure about what they believe.

Professor Frame reflects on the

  • Significant changes in religious observation during the last 100 years.
  • Consequences for social welfare services
  • moral and ethical void

He makes one key observation

“And if they can’t articulate a clear message then why should anyone bother listening?”

What can be made of these reflections?

Strangely, I believe the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth are even more relevant today than ever in history. Much has changed over the last 100 years in that change it seems the Church has lost sight of Christ’s simple message of unconditional love, respect and acceptance.

However, those who identify themselves as his representative are as barren and corrupt as the priests in the temple that Christ himself condemned. The Church overwhelmed by the bigotry and ignorance of hate, preaches a doctrine irrelevant to the masses that seeks to hold on to the last vestiges of heteronormative privilege. Christ walked the people of the margin, He did not walk with Kings dressed in the silk robes and gold ornaments of social respectability. In one example He stood before the crowd ready to stone a woman accused of adultery and challenged the man without sin to cast the first stone.

What is the message of the Christian church today, how consistent is it with the teachings of Christ?