Someone showed me an article by someone yesterday (ah, the punctilious academic approach to referencing) where the writer compared the media's treatment of anti-Pope demonstrators as "human rights activists" to its depiction of those opposing a mosque at Ground Zero as "stump-toothed Appalachian loons" - the latter phrase appealed to me very much.
Hi, i am from Australia.Yes getting religion right IS very important. But does this highly propagandized and hyped Barnum and Bailey spectacle/circus have anything to do with True Religion.Jesus was a Spiritual Master who taught and demonstrated a radical spirit-breathing Spiritual Way of Life while he was alive -- full stop! He was also an outsider, as indeed were ALL of the truly prophetic figures of the Great Tradition of humankind. He was also a Jew as were his direct disciples--they would not have called themselves Christians.He road into town on a donkey unrecognized and unannounced by the then ecclesiastical establishment, who/which later conspired to have him executed. He associated with the common people and threw the money-lenders out of the temple.Compare the contents of the above two paragraphs to what the Pope and the Papal circus represents!
Z: Certainly a characterful description and an ornament to the language. But it doesn't seem to suit the glossy Palin very well. Or that new woman who doesn't approve of self-abuse.Anonymous: Being brought up vaguely Protestant my instinctive sympathies are with you. Personally, though I'd draw the line a very long way before calling the Pope 'the embodiment of evil' (though I'm not not at all implying you subscribe to this view).
Gaw - you mustn't be fooled by Photoshop, you know: you have to see these people in the flesh.
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