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Quick News Highlights 03/20/2014

Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps Dead at 84

Yes, you heard it right, Fred Phelps has passed away.  Is it cause to celebrate?  The answer to that question is a little complicated and depending on your view of an afterlife, that in and of itself is another ball of wax [1].  In short, the quick answer would be no, it’s not cause to celebrate.  This man was obviously hugely conflicted by a war within that simply spilled out onto the landscape of human rights.  Unfortunately, a lot of that spillage came to represent a very heated idea that labeled both gay and straight people as the antichrist with little regard for the value of human life as unique and precious.

His role has come to characterize a lot of those who’ve come to see themselves as the saviors of humanity.  Instead of offering an olive branch of understanding, which Jesus often did for sinners according to the bible, they took their limited knowledge to instill a rage that is anything but the Christian value of loving thy neighbor.  Until this last weekend, I knew very little about the founder of the WBC movement.  All I really ever recognized was a group of sadly misdirected people who set themselves up as the judge, jury and executioners of humanity.  As the founder of Chick-Fil-A has come to see, Christians are in dire conflict to Christian ideals when they arrogantly set themselves up to know better than a God that created us all.

As Mahatma Gandhi said so well, anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.  I would further add that, “to allow yourself to become angered in return for anger is to become the very thing you detest.” Furthermore I would ask, “If I celebrate my enemies’ demise without enlightenment, have I become like my enemy full of bitterness and betrayal without regard?” I for one celebrate Fred Phelps passing, not as a victory for any cause, but more so that he’s finally found peace from a terrible war that raged within.  Yes, the war wages on through the many he inspired by his internal struggle, each one a new manifestation of the same battle.

Man has waged wars through the centuries for one reason or another, but none quite as tragic as the war we wage on ourselves.  I’m in no way excusing their actions as humane, rather I’m suggesting that the real cause and the real harm is the product of all man’s greatest fear, the fear of the unknown – the dark alleys of our mind common to all of us without regard.  As Pope Francis said recently in rather colorful terms,
Sometimes negative news does come out, but it is often exaggerated and manipulated to spread scandal. Journalists sometimes risk becoming ill from coprophilia [2] and thus fomenting coprophagia: which is a sin that taints all men and women, that is, the tendency to focus on the negative rather than the positive aspects.
That said, maybe we should all take a lesson from this, the lesson that we’re all subject to – the lesson of being all too human.

Obama expands sanctions against Russia

In an effort to put pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Barrack Obama has issued further sanctions against Russian in an effort to achieve a more diplomatic outcome with regards to Crimea’s Russian takeover.

The U.S. list announced Thursday cut into a wider group of people, including those thought to have a hand on the Russian president’s own finances, and the “crony bank” where many of the inner circle, according to the administration, does business. read more…

Harlem preacher warns ‘white homos’ will steal black men

World Mission Church Sign

New detail puts year-old killings in new light

Rachel Maddow tells the story of a pair of bizarre killings, including that of the Colorado prisons chief, by a released prison gang member, and the discovery of a hit list that has raised questions about whether the killings were part of a bigger plan. more info

A very sad story indeed with a wonderful father and husband killed for no apparent reason and a Colorado Prison Chief found dead a short time afterwards.  The details connecting the two has finally emerged as a police officer was shot and wounded while trying to pull over a car and the subsequent shooting and death of the car’s occupant.

References:

[1]:  A term created by philosopher René Descartes  in order to analyze what properties are essential for bodies, show how uncertain our knowledge of the world is compared to our knowledge of our minds, and argue for rationalism.

[2]: coprophilia – An abnormal, often obsessive interest in excrement, especially the use of feces for sexual excitement. American Heritage Dictionary

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