Friday, August 15, 2008

14 ’Av 5768: National Relaxation Day/Assumption Day

Greetings.

Worthy causes of the day: “How to Stop the Smears Against Obama”, “Tell Walmart and Sam's Club: Post Mercury Warning Signs!”, and “Protect the women of Darfur”.

Relevant to Divine Misconceptions: “Some Olympians Dissatisfied With Religious Center” and “Beijing Curbs Religious Rights”. The Chinese government is doing a truly bad job covering up its interference with the free practice of religion, which is hypocritical since they are trying to portray China as religiously free. Furthermore, it is absurd for anyone other than a supreme deity to make themselves the ultimate arbiter of truth. As much as it would like to, the Chinese Communist Party does not have the power to change the past, the laws of physics, or any supernatural world that may exist. As religions are rooted in these, the correctness or incorrectness of any religion or doctrine is not legitimately under the purview of the Chinese Communist Party. Considering that a sizable fraction of the Chinese are worshipping against the rules of the government, trying to dictate to people what they believe clearly is not working.

Today’s news and commentary:Tomorrow, 15 ’Av, is a traditional day for matchmaking in Judaism, so I though it appropriate that today’s weird thing should be the somewhat relevant “After Oz”.

Enjoy, share the weirdness, and Shabbath shalom.

Aaron
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