Note that tomorrow is election day in the US. If you are registered to vote, please vote for the best (or, more accurately, least bad) candidate. Remember: if we don’t vote, politicians do nothing to make sure we vote for them—a sure way to make sure someone who does not have the public’s best interests at heart gets into office.
Also: In an attack on the mistaken notion that only the prayers of religious people are important and that those of the nonreligious are worthless, I, a (relatively) holy man (given I live in the religious backwater of Charleston, SC), do hereby request that nonreligious people pray on my behalf and bestow their blessing on me for a job, a wife, and children. In the Kol Nidhre prayer, it is declared that it is permissible to worship along with transgressors; as such, no one should feel that they have no business approaching YHWH. With all humans created in the Divine image, we are all equally entitled to have a relationship with YHWH. Since everyone has access, everyone’s prayer, even that of the nonreligious, ought to be worthwhile.
Today’s news and commentary:
- “France: The Al-Dura Defamation Case and the End of Free Speech”
- “When friends let their friends smuggle arms”
- “Deja vu all over again in Gaza”
- “Is marching as a gay the greatest of sins?” (R. Boteach is right. The parade is in very bad taste, but those who will participate in the parade are for the most part a nuisance, not a threat. I am not aware of anyone ever being physically harmed by a gay pride parade, just offended and inconvenienced. If people can be so up in arms over such a parade, how much more so should they get riled up over things that hurt and kill people, such as terrorism.)
- “INDIA REMINISCENT OF ISRAEL” (I’m getting the urge to demand that Muslims return all lands taken by force and deception before even talking of peace.)