Claudia (clauclauclaudia) wrote,
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Various thoughts: serious

[I hate IE, where hitting "backspace" at the wrong moment caused me to lose a long update. *sigh* Reconstructing as best I can, and this time splitting in two:]

* H153: (click the second link) You know, I'm not a rabid atheist, really I'm not. And I have respect for religious faith. However.

However, I have a big problem with this bill. In particular, with this phrase: "Whereas all of the various faiths of the people of the United States have recognized, in our religious traditions, the need for fasting and humble supplication before Providence;"

Leaving aside whether this leaves atheists out in the cold--Bush Jr. is not the Bush who declared "I don't know that Atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God." That was his father. Nevertheless, it's a sentiment I see reflected in his actions--but leaving that aside, it is just not true that all faiths do that. The resolution reflects either a rejection of some spiritual beliefs, or an ignorant assumption that all faiths are basically like the ones the writer is familiar with, just repackaged.

Good way to express unity.

I think, if the weather and so forth allows, I shall organize a nice public picnic on whichever day this is declared for.

* I was too angry about the Adrien Brody's treatment of Halle Berry at the Oscars to post about it all this week. Luckily for me, an L.A. Times editorial said it for me. (If you don't want to register, bselig/bselig will get you into this and many websites.)

I really hope Berry didn't feel as bombarded during the Oscars as I did on her behalf. From where I was sitting, they didn't treat her like an accomplished actress, a colleague, and a member of the vaunted Academy, they treated her like a piece of ass. Especially Mr. Brody.

* IRAQ-O-METER

* The Boston Globe didn't print Boondocks today, presumably because of its anti-war message. http://www.livejournal.com/users/miss_chance/19628.html for details. ombud@globe.com to voice your opinion.
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