Yep. Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week. While I should write a post dedicated to that, I’m not. Maybe in Holy Week? We’ll see.
As you may have noticed, I haven’t been around much. My job keeps me pretty busy (and pretty so that all I do when I get home is sleep). But there have been a few issues that have come up that I want to mention.
The first: veiling. I actually have a whole article written (first draft, needs typed and edited) about the subject and how women are using it as a means to bash and oppress, yes, oppress other women. Especially Catholics and non-Catholic Christians. I need to post the article. It will make more sense. But I hate how some women are using something that is a personal preference (there is no mandatory rule though there is a suggestion by St.Paul who was dealing with a specific issue of the day and said that there was no custom) to force other women to do what they want and if they don’t, they resort to name calling, finger pointing, and even ostrisizing women who don’t follow their demands. It can even resort in outright abuse. By women. But the article covers it more in depth. It’s fine if it is personal choice but it cannot be imposed except by a competent and respected authority. The Catholic Church does not require women to veil but allows women to veil as personal, private devotion.
The second: reading materials. I’ve been able, with no working TV or DVD player, to read many books. Several have been especially helpful in understanding how and why people act and think the way they do. A couple of recommends:
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman
Blues for Cannibals: The Notes from Underground by Charles Bowden
Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse by Greg Jants, Ph.D. and Ann McMurray
Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror by Jeffrey Goldberg
Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs trapped by the Nazis’ final gamble by Roger Cohen
Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring Voices Against Oppression by Ida Lichter
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Middle East by Neil MacFaquhar
The third: politics, well stupid politics. “our” government in its infinite stupidity decided to pass a health care bill that hurts Americans and funds abortions while forcing people who probably can’t afford health insurance to buy it while the politicians who passed it exempted themselves from it. Yeah, government of the people my ass. Politicians don’t care because if they had they would of listened to us and not passed the bill. This wasn’t a surprise to me. We have such a pro-death anti-American government in power headed by the most pro-death anti-American pro-Arab terrorist president in history. See why we’re in such a bad state. But this isn’t the end of the US, not if we don’t want it to be.
The fourth: the sex abuse scandals that have hit in Ireland, Italy, Germany, and Austria. The thing is, sex abuse By ANYONE is bad. However, the Lame Stream Media is specifically targeting the Catholic Church where the abuse, for the most part, happened 20, 20, 50 years ago. At the time, psychologists and the those that listened to them including Bishops in the Church thought homosexuality and pedophilia were mental illnesses that could be treated. So, yes, they covered up but that was the conventional wisdom at the time. Plus, 50 years ago child abuse and spousal abuse and sex abuse and rape weren’t really considered crimes. They weren’t talked about. Now we know better and they are prosecuted. However, by targeting one specific group denies the validity and the reality of the problem (sex abuse knows no boundaries and doesn’t discriminate by age, sex, gender, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, etc.; it’s a sick pervasion that needs to be stopped and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law) and ignores other victims who were abused but weren’t abused by Catholic clergy and religious. Or tells these other victims that they really weren’t victims because their abusers didn’t fit a specific stereotype that the Lame Stream Media wants to hype. Basically, if you aren’t abused by Catholic priests, you weren’t really a victim. So go away because you won’t sell.
If there’s a fifth thing, I don’t remember it.
Have a blessed Holy Week.