Tuesday, January 7, 2014

the culturally accessible Church

Church of England Responds to Criticism That It Is Dumbing Down Baptism Service Wording


Stoyan Zaimov
The Christian Post
7 January 2014

"Among the phrases they found problematic were asking parents and godparents if they "reject the devil and all rebellion against God" and if they "repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbor," according to The Daily Mail. The proposed alternative is to "reject evil, and all its many forms, and all its empty promises.""

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COMMENTARY
Subsequent to my only grandchild being baptised, I re-read the baptismal rites from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and was dismayed to find how pallid the rite used from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer (which was used for her baptism) seemed.

To consider alternatives more "culturally appropriate and accessible" than have already been engineered is a grievous matter.

To my reading, so much has already been removed from the rite that it is almost as if they are not made of the same hope.

Both the 1928 and 1979 prayerbooks are on-line. Readers are encouraged to review the rites at their own convenience. Sometimes it is not so much about words, or language, or even culture, but substance.

going for the full measure

Obama Bullying Nuns (Part 1)


Chuck Norris
Townhall
7 January 2014

"If Obamacare is to encompass the full measure of abortions, Obama knows that he and his cronies must first remove all the stops that prohibit federal funding for the termination of life in the womb. Legislatively, the Dornan amendment was their start. And they will continue to chip away at the Hyde amendment, which prohibits the same through the Labor and Health and Human Services departments -- for example, with Medicaid."

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ADDITIONAL LINKS
from Life News
earlier link herein

happy birthday from all of US indeed!

Happy birthday Michelle from all of US! Taxpayers foot the bill for First Lady's extended Hawaiian vacation... 


David Martosko
Daily Mail
7 January 2014

"When President Barack Obama suggested that his wife should spend extra time in paradise as an early birthday present, he was committing U.S. citizens to pay for the gift, whose costs will likely spiral into the hundreds of thousands of dollars."

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COMMENTARY
As we all know, this is sort of a repeat story…

All over again.

ADDITIONAL LINKS
The most recent (and continuing) in Hawaii
The $100 million Africa trip
A tally for 2011 (vacations included)
Another view, up to 2011
Michelle & friends to Spain
The daughters to the Bahamas
Spring break to Mexico

Well. We all know the drill. Just hope that at least some of it is paid back under those 'personal expenses' mentioned here and there.

that living wage that wishes to live amongst us

Victory Song For The Heroic Man


Charles Payne
Townhall Finance
7 January 2014

"Instead, these days we are told, the rich have mitigated even what we might deem successful lives, and there is only one way to get even. The current system is designed to push people, to push themselves, to reach desired positions in life. Heretofore, those that did this were known as heroic."

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NOTE
Breath of fresh air, the way literature wafts through this sweet piece.

and o privacy, did I really know thee so well?

Technology Impact on Privacy


Sartre
BATR
6 January 2014

"Living in cyber space is existence on life support at best. Until now, people had idiosyncratic relations, with intimate experiences and personal memories. Thoughts were internal and private conduct was confidential."

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as my dad used to say…

The Good, Bad, and Ugly for Religious Liberty and LGBT Rights in Defense Bill (June 2013)


Ian S. Thompson
ACLU
20 June 2013

"A provision in the House-passed version, authored by Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), could become a dangerous license to discriminate against lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members; women; and religious minorities because it would require the military to accommodate the religious beliefs, actions, and speech of members of the Armed Forces (except in cases of "military necessity"). "

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COMMENTARY
My dad used to emphasize (for nothing but emphasis could describe), your freedom ends at my nose.

I can still see him, against my late elementary school confusion over exactly what he might mean, jumping up from his chair, and jabbing—huge in memory, loud, theatrically set into my conscious thought forever.

As it should be. That essential it would take years for a small girl to understand: in a free society, it will never quite even up, if the one insists his right trumps another's, and will not yield.

While I am one to easily grasp how a superior should remember the playing field is not level, and that a subordinate who 'has to' do anything is under a certain compulsion, I remain at a loss regarding why an individual's right to exercise his own religious freedom should be impeded by another's option to not listen.

Whether that individual is in a subordinate position in the hearing or not.

Actions, a different matter.

But the larger question remains. What to say, really, in regard to a world wherein the thrust against religion (against, as it were, God) should trump the free exercise of religion.

Although I do get that many there are who fall prey to the confusion, as lawlessness becomes the law of the land, and in this falling, believe whatever they are fed…

ADDITIONAL LINKS ON THE NDAA
Earlier post herein with background links
from the Tenth Amendment site
Michigan nullifies Section 1021
New Hampshire hoping to nullify Section 1021

wherein one might not want to take his laptop to the beach

Constitution 'exemption' zone spans 100 miles inland of US border– judge


Starr
RT
31 December 2013

"A US federal judge has reaffirmed an Obama administration policy granting officials the authority to search Americans' laptops, citing a controversial premise that makes citizens within 100 miles of the border eligible for a police check."

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COMMENTARY
Note that is 'reaffirms' and "Obama administration policy."

Hat tip: Freedom Outpost

what was new in 1996…

The Artificial Womb Is Born And The World of the Matrix Begins (1996) 


Perri Klass
The New York Times
29 September 1996

"And then, inevitably, there is genetics. All these technologies are essentially new, and with them come ethical questions so potent that the very inventors of these miracles seem half-afraid of where we may be heading."

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ADDITIONAL LINKS
Personhood, from First Things
Wearable Tech, from Entrepreneur
Posthuman future? from OpEdNews
Computerized people?
"But it's real, and it's already happening"
Catching up with robotics
The Motorola Big Brother surprise
How about tech in your false eyelashes?

Hat tips: include Countdown to Zero Time and Steve Quayle