Not being Jewish I cannot identify with much of this, but I certainly can identify with the part of this rant regarding activists. There’s an activist group for almost any subject under the sun. I just read than the SPCA saved 26 spitting roaches from certain death on a ranch in Texas. Roaches! Good grief! I wish I could remember where I read that so I could leave you the link. Perhaps spitting roaches are rare, but to me a roach is a roach is a roach, and Texas has billions of them!
It’s a pretty crazy world we inhabit, Eric. Enough dingbats to go around.
Hey i just saw your post on another iowa forum, the hawkeye rebuplican asking for a link exchange…. well im in the same boat, looking for quality exchanges as well.
I run a forum for members of Iowa’s statewide community. We discuss Sports, Politics, News and even other random internet goodies. Anyway I was wondering if you were interested in possibly exchanging a link with my message board:
or I could go ahead and do so myself if you don’t want to deal with registration.
If you were to post it though, you could go ahead and see what sort of feedback the users of my site give you and give a description of the blog in your own words. If not, just let me know and I’ll list it for you.
Right now, I am working to market my forum to as many Iowa residents to as much as possible and obviously quality back links help with page rank. Since we share the same targeted audience I think this could be mutually beneficial to both of us.
Even if you reject my offer of an exchange you are free to post your link anyway.
My mom convinced our little Southern Baptist church in Mississippi to let us have a Valentines Day youth gathering. We couldn’t dance of course, but I was looking forward to some interaction with female types. However, it went off much as your little function. We had dinner, people gave speeches about real love and then we went home. All I can remember was the fried chicken patties giving me gas. I guess it was best I not talk to any girls after all.
Your struggle to find love is very compelling. If I meet any single Jewish girls, I’ll capture them and give you a call.
The level of intermarriage and low birth rate has long been a concern among Jews. It’s understandable as a concern, but these issues are not unique to them. History shows that the more advanced a society becomes, the lower the birth rates, and the larger a society is, the more the intermarraige. This isn’t even new. These issues were at the fore of Jewish leadership concerns back when the Jews were in Babylon!
In a large, advanced, multicultural society like America, declining birth rates and intermarraige are the norm. For most of us, this doesn’t really matter. I don’t consider myself anything other than American. Sure, I’m Italian, Irish, and Portuguese, by heritage, but that’s all behind me. I suppose I should be a Catholic, by their standards, but I’m not. Sure these backgrounds may inform my person through familial osmosis, but these are not matters of concern to me. Jewish people are defined by two things: Judaeism and being a Jew. It is a culture, a race and a religion. It is an identification that is of the utmost ongoing significance. And the culture and the race are more important than the religion, which is why Jewish racial and cultural identity remains today, while the racial and cultural identities of groups contemporaneous to the first Jews have long sinced passed into history.
Jews are the one people I know of that can be both atheistic and yet part of a religious community. For example, Sam Harris was welcome to speak in synagogue about his scathing assessment of religion (even “liberal” Judaeism), “The End of Faith.” It was a civil and informative affair. I wonder how many Christan churches would welcome Richard Dawkins, or how many Mosques would welcome Dan Dennet. Doubtfully any.
It’s not that Jews (liberal or conservative, it doesn’t seem to matter) are marrying less, intramarrying less, or are any more or less religious today – it’s that all of the West is marrying less, intramarrying less, and is any more or less religious today. It is simply a symptom of the success of the modern Western World. In most of the West, religion has been is such decline as to be an endangered belief system (thank God). America is unique, both by today’s and history’s standards, in that it is very religious. But when you look at our religious beliefs, you’ll note that they are highly individualized, personalized, self-serving and lacking in theological understanding. We say were are very religious, but really we’re not. We’re just superstitious.
Jews do have an advantage here. They have the theological background, the liberal and dynamic variety of interpretations, and a tolerance of such and others. In a way, that’s why the Jews remain a culture today where few others of that age have endured. We could all learn a lesson from that.
As for drum circles and boring speeches – believe me, Eric, that is certainly not unique to Reformed Judaeism (if may I assume that was the branch of synagogue you attended). Boring, shlocky, corny gatherings can be found from Neo-Pagans to Catholics to everyone in between or whatever. It’s a human condition – it’s called being a Cornball.
You’re part Portuguese ? he he
In Hawaii the Portuguese are what the Pollocks are to the mainlanders.
(How many Portuguese does it take to screw in a light bulb?)
But its all in good fun. My wife is Portuguese, Hawaiian, Scottish.
I think its great that interacial marriages and relationships are taking place more and more often. Soon we’re all just gonna be mutts. There will be no “pure race”.
And hopefully racism will finally not be a issue to be brought up with any discrimination or generalizations attached.
I know, its sounds really “John Lennon”. But I think thats going to be the only thing that will get people to stop acting like what we see today.
Hah! Our genitals and libidos will solve the problem of racism before our brains do !
Well of course I forgot to mention that the blend into racial obscurity will take a whole lot of generations to accomplish that none of us will be able to see.
But I figure in about 500 years very few people are going to able to put any definition on their race any more other than “cosmo”
Portugese represent a huge population in Hawaii.
From the different posts, one could infer that not only is separation of church and state a good idea, but separation of faith and religion should be included as well… the “religion” part is man-made, which often screws up what faith is all about.
People who are more educated and make more money generally have fewer kids than those who are lesser educated and poorer… I fell into the same materialistic trap by stopping at two – should have had at least a basketball team… we may be able to outfight and outwit the ignorant masses, but we can’t outbirth them…which may be part of the original plan…
” but we can’t outbirth them…which may be part of the original plan…”
I’ve had the same thought before Al. Boys of Brazil ?
And yeah, a lot of people are not able to discern the difference between faith and religion. In 30 years I’ve only been inside a church to donate food and give a testimonial speech for my mother in law on mothers day.
Well, if you’re going to separate faith and religion, then you should also further seperate spiriualism and mysticism. All this is well and fine, but it says little about the tenets of one’s beliefs. You can call yourself what ever you want, but if you believe in a singular God who is the creator of the universe, who is beyond physical boundaries and laws, who lays out systemic beliefs and moral codes, then you are religious, whether you say you are or not.
Theres a diiffernce between being taught and having a doctrine dictated to you and believing that we all didnt just popcorn fart our way into existance.
I dont buy the virgin birth, the resurection, and all the other miracles in the bible. I believe that is all were this butchering of faith began. people had to start sensationalizing things to add spectacle and awe for those who didnt believe
I have faith that man has purpose, and we are not just some fluke of nature or cauldron of crap that got lucky. And I think Jesus pretty much nailed what the standard for our behavior should be.
Faith aint worth a crap if you have to convince someone they should have it or need it.
It comes about simply by believing that there is a much more granduer plan than what we see or could ever even concieve with the 5% of our brains that we use.
“…if you believe in a singular God who is the creator of the universe, who is beyond physical boundaries and laws, who lays out systemic beliefs and moral codes, then you are religious, whether you say you are or not.” Jersey has spoken…Amen and Amen. A very basic definition of religion is having an organized system of beliefs and rituals…and adhering to that system. A person who misses football already falls into this religious category… wearing red on game day, eating chips, drinking beer, cheering on the home team… so one can be extremely religious and have not one iota of faith…especially if one’s team is the Detroit Lions…
Jersey, Nice try… Rather than saying, “when you believe in something that you don’t understand…”, say instead, “When you believe in something I don’t understand…” . Then we have an accurate representation of the issue. I genuinely hope you WILL understand one day. AL
Jersey, Good point. I respect your position, which is why I didn’t offer a public prayer for the Holy Spirit to move you. ;>) I don’t think we underestimate each other…
You mentioned being a history buff… and I am curious about the phrase, “It came out of left field”… as in no rhyme or reason… did this phrase pre-date conservative “right” and liberal “left”? Ha Ha