Wednesday, September 26, 2007

14 Tishri 5768: ‘Erev Sukkoth/National Pancake Day/European Day of Languages

Greetings.

Note: Tonight starts Sukkoth. No new posts until Sunday, at which point I hope to post from inside my sukkah. (Isn’t Wi-Fi wonderful?)

Divine misconception of the day: “Pasadena church wants apology from IRS”. It is well-known that various religions have views on war and politics, ranging from the pacifism of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) to the unending jihad of Islam. As such, given that religious groups routinely preach their beliefs, it is to be expected that religious groups will have sermons on politics and war and encourage their members to accept particular positions. Today’s divine misconception is that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should expect otherwise. The article is correct in noting that the IRS is promoting hypocrisy by insisting that religious organizations keep quiet about politics—a clear violation of the Constitutional right of freedom of religion. Considering that governments are rarely, if ever, run according to the high moral standards that religions frequently espouse, many more religious organizations ought to be expressing disapproval of the government.

Today’s news and commentary:Today’s weird thing is “The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Characters” simply because I felt like it. I am still trying to figure out why the Wonder Twins are listed as being "Latter-day Saints"; apparently Mormon missionaries in the DC Universe have reached other planets. Enjoy, share the weirdness, and hagh sameah.

Aaron
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