lkeithlu said...Jesus was most likely born in the spring (April) not in December, based on details from scripture. The early church deliberately overlapped the existing midwinter festivals.
This is truly shocking, lkeithlu!! Thanks for disabusing the world of this horrendous fraud. (And with such glee!)
G.K. Chesterton sniffed out such tired pedantry a century ago:
“THERE is one very vile habit that the pedants have, and that is explaining to a man why he does a thing when the man himself can explain quite well — and quite differently. If I go down on all-fours to find sixpence, it annoys me to be told by a passing biologist that I am really doing it because my remote ancestors were quadrupeds. I concede that he knows all about biology, or even a great deal about my ancestors; but I know he is wrong, because he does not know about the sixpence. If I climb a tree after a stray cat, I am unconvinced when a stray anthropologist tells me that I am doing it because I am essentially arboreal and barbaric. I happen to know why I am doing it; and I know it is because I am amiable and somewhat over-civilised. Scientists will talk to a man on general guess-work about things that they know no more about than about his pocket-money or his pet cat. Religion is one of them, and all the festivals and formalities that are rooted in religion. Thus a man will tell me that in keeping Christmas I am not keeping a Christmas feast, but a pagan feast. This is exactly as if he told me that I was not feeling furiously angry, but only a little sad. I know how I am feeling all right; and why I am feeling it. I know this in the case of cats, sixpences, anger, and Christmas Day. When a learned man tells me that on the 25th of December I am really astronomically worshipping the sun, I answer that I am not. I am practicing a particular personal religion, the pleasures of which (right or wrong) are not in the least astronomical. If he says that the cult of Christianity and the cult of Apollo are the same, I answer that they are utterly different; and I ought to know for I have held both of them. I believed in Apollo when I was quite little; and I believe in Christmas now that I am very, very big.”
Winter solstice - the reason for the season?
Not anymore. (Thank God.)
Thankful for the thoughtful responses to cartoons like this. They’re great for democracy, civility, and making the world a better place.
I am thankful that Clay is so committed to avoiding distractions from the important issues at hand.
Clay Bennett, Pulitzer Prize-winning contortion artist. Obama’s pants are on fire, and it’s a REPUBLICAN distraction? Republicans do not have what it takes to pull off something this good. No, the crows have simply begun coming home to roost. After this, no one will trust the Intern’s single-payer prescription, save the few sycophants left standing. Let the feats of contortion continue.
Over-supply of people? No. Imminent revolution? No. Such is the miniscule pervue of self-consumed, cynical ideologues.
There is an under-supply of capital-development opportunities and an over-supply of pass-the-buck “compassion” (as seen in the stinginess of liberals with their own resources and the burdening of future generations with the price tag for their safety nets).
Safety nets “built” by the state become hammocks. Wishful thinking and attempts at guilt-inducement will not alter human nature.
None was more eloquent on the topic of religious hypocrisy than Jesus. No proof-texting can protect such a person from these signs of impending woe:
“Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees … preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others … The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves …
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”
If only hypocrisy were confined to religious believers! Unfortunately, the posts of God-deniers on this (and every other) online forum are no less sanctimonious and bigoted than those of religious believers. Sin and its resultant phobias, though often carefully masked, are endemic among fallen humanity. All of us are what is wrong with the world. It is the most empirically verifiable doctrine to be found in an incomparably wise and verifiable book: the Bible. The good news is that sinners, including CINOs, who repent and believe the teachings of Christ and His apostles, will become part of the most inclusive, diverse, and shalom-producing institution in the history of the planet.
Obama did not lie. He was wrong.
He should admit that he was wrong, not that he lied.