Driving along in Shorewood, I noticed a kid on his bike. He was alone, He looked sad. I was mentally transported to my own childhood. I was sad often. My childhood was lonely, desolate, isolating, and I lilterally fed and clothed myself from the age of eight. I shined shoes in taverns, I sang for coins, I did whatever I had to do to exist. That boy on a bike, a kid I knew nothing about, had got me in touch with my own childhood years.
A resident of Idaho was stopped and treated like a terrorist because he had a Moslem-sounding name. We invaded Iraq on trumped up claims because right-wing leaders needed to get that long-dreamed thing done. We tapped innocent citizens phones with no court permission. We tortured prisoners. We had Osama bin Laden trapped in Torah Borah and let him get away...personally I think that George W. Bush had something to do with this because his family made its fortune off of the Saudi family by illegally trading with Nazi Germany. The same with arresting American citizens after the 9/11 tragedy and yet allowing ONLY Saudi citizens in the U.S. to fly out of the country. Remember, bin Laden is a Saudi and made his wealth under the Saudi umbrella...and so did Prescott Bush!
Several school districts around the country will not be broadcasting President Obama's address to them. What are these parents and these school districts afraid of? Truth? Intelligence? Insight?
Through the years, and during the duration of this blog, I have been called an atheist, communist, socialist, Jew, Moslem, ad infinitum. So, it is fair to directly deal with it. What belief system do I adhere to? None, but I take from most of them. I am not out to save my own skin for eternity. I do not believe in man-made religions, which major religions are. The three major religions of the Western World all have much of their foundation in the patriarch, Abraham. I like him. In Genesis he confronts God about God's vengeance and over-reaction and brutality, and the God depicted in the Bible certainly needs that confrontation. But none of those 3 major religions follow the "good" parts of the Bible. They claim they do, but simply look at the actions of the people who wear their religion on their sleeve.
Far too many Americans think the group of early leaders in the founding of the United States of America were devout Christians. And the same Americans who believe this place all kinds of denominational or specific Christian interpretations on these guys. While they each held to the various flavors of religion, many were very bigoted and judgmental of others as they are today. It is impossible to make statements about their all being Christians and coming anything close to the truth. At best, regarding religion, many were Deists. Some were atheists. Some were Quakers. And just as today, the silly list of beliefs goes on. Here are some quotes from the early American leaders; judge for yourself...