Here is a little tidbit of information for you.
Over 50% of the founding father’s of this country were members of the Episcopalian/Anglican church (pre-war they were Church of England). Then comes (in descending order) Presbyterians, Lutherians, Dutch Reformed and Methodists.
However, the big ones – Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Frankline, considered the framers of the Constitution et al, although laying claim to the title of Christianity were all but violently opposed to organized religion. Several of the other main members of the group were considered to be “deists” which means they believed that yes, a supreme being created the world and that was more then proved by reason and observation of nature but no, that supreme being did not interact with humanity at all after that.
One notable exception to all of the above was Patrick Henry, who was a hardcore religious traditionalist although, that said, it was he who sponsored the religious assessment amendment.
That amendment was trying to deal with a huge problem in the newly minuted USA. The states supporting churches.
Most states (excluding Georgia and Virginia) financially supported their churches. The nickname for this was the “nursing father.” They supported the churches through a religious tax paid by every citizen. The Assessment amendment proposed that citizens be allowed to designate what church they wanted their taxes to go to.
Baptists vehemently opposed the adoption of this assessment as part of the new country.
Jefferson and Henry both proposed solutions to try and bring equality to the process but both were unsuccessful because of the vast differences in the beliefs of the religions represented.
So, the nursing father slowly became the tax exempt status.
The attempt was to create a system that allowed for the support of all faiths, as recognized and applied for by their congregations and not pre-defined.
There are over 33,000 different types of Christianity in the world. All believing different things originating from the same source. Their worship, priorities, morals and values vary.
There are over 70 different types of Islam in the world. All believing different things originating from the same source. Their worship, priorities, morals and values vary.
Its like…coffee…ask anyone (especially a coffee drinker) how many types of coffee there are and they will usually answer “2.”
However, which two things form their answer can very greatly: caf/decaf, good/bad, Arabica/Robusto, and so on. How you define the answer depends on where your focus lies.
They are still trying to ban the Mosque/Islamic center from being built near ground zero, on the basis that it is an insult to the people who perished.
1. How many people of different Islamic sects died in that building that day?
2. I don’t recall their being a ban on churches or christian community centers being built near the WTC after those Christian Terrorists bombed it.
yay..Proposition 8 got overturned.
boo…for the wrong reasons.
ergo…appeal, the process drags on, the real question at hand is not addressed.
They would have been better off looking at the example in DC in which the judge disallowed the amendment being put on a ballot because the question was not whether gays should be allowed to marry but the very notion of putting the rights of any group to a popular vote violated the very spirit of the Constitution by insulting the very core essence of the notion of human rights.
Enough of that…I have more percolating in my brain but…
I rode 62.8 miles yesterday YAY!!!!
I have taken a lot of ibuprofen this morning YAY!!!!
I did it in 5 hours (50 minutes of which were breaks)
It was 90 degrees.
I have only been attempting to seriously ride my bike now for three weeks.
DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.
The sample person who did this is a fruitcake who kept missing the meaning of the words “gradually build up your rides.”
I have some minor adjustments to make to my MacGyver parts.
But more importantly, in the middle of the ride (not the part where I started whining, after that, when I hit the zone) things started to tumble together in my head and I began to feel enthused about writing again. And videos.
It is hard because the turns that my themes have taken have gotten alittle (understatement) more complex. I could write them and do them but I have had this instinctual feeling that if I just went about business as usual, I would only scratch the surface.
Its like…hmmmm….I am getting ready to do another episode of Sunday Radio this week. This one will be the opening of the ‘Shaman’ series. The Shaman series is designed to focus on artists and writers who were also political or social activist. The caveat being that this activism must have had a presence in all of their work, absolutely infused it. In other words, the work was one of the vehicles for the expression of their activism and yet…the work has to also be sublime, it must transcend just bald statements of what is wrong and address the human condition in its universal state. The first writer is Leo Tolstoi.
In putting it together I have become more aware of the construction of….themes and ideas. The subtle woven patterns that are showcased within the metaphor of the vehicle. So I put the new pieces I have aside and have been riding my bicycle endlessly, not so much thinking but absorbing and letting it all tumble through me, connect to things and then come together.
And by god, slowly it is…
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