Benedict XVI & Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb in a mock-up embrace for the Benetton UNHATE campaign (photo withdrawn after Vatican complaints). To my surprise, they look good together. Fondly brought to mind the Paul Simon song, "Bookends". I guess I am, after all, a romantic. Shame about the realities.
If humans have free will they are Responsible for their choices Responsible for their actions and If God has free will He is Responsible for His choices Responsible for His actions Do you see? Responsibility Or do God and you prefer Double standards Sly hypocrisy?
Of his own free will God Could have chosen to create nothing at all Or to create a human race that loved And cared each for each other Would never harm one another
Yet of His own free will and knowing how The dice would fall God chose To create this human race that smothers peace And nurtures murder, hate, abuse, war, Exploitation, indifference to the suffering of others
So, if humans are judged by the weight of God’s law For their choices and their actions justly God must be judged by God’s law For His choices and His actions Do you see? Responsibility Or do God and you prefer Double standards Sly hypocrisy? ___
“We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goals one’s own ego and one’s own desires.” ... Pope Benedict XVI
It is precisely because we live in a relativistic universe that politics* rules. In effect, might is right. One hopes it is the might of kindness over cruelty, care over indifference, nurture over brutality and courage in all of the former over courage in all of the latter - because the callous and the cruel, also, can be courageous.
The relativistic universe is not an abyss to be feared. It is a responsibility to wear or to run away from. In the lethal cold of an indifferent universe, I prefer to be clothed.
Pope Benedict’s disingenuous and misleading definition of relativism continues his refusal to take responsibility for his behaviour in matters ethical and “moral”. Ethics and morality are not carved in stone by a supernatural being. It is our responsibility (the responsibility of human beings) to ensure that kindness conquers cruelty and that all are equal before the laws of humanity.
The difference between a relativistic universe and a theistic universe is a matter of personal responsibility. In a theistic** universe, no chief rabbi, ayatollah, pope, priest or imam is responsible for their assessment as to what is good and what is bad, what is good and what is evil. They hive that responsibility off onto a supernatural being whose existence is unprovable.
In a universe of relativism, a relativistic universe, that responsibility is the responsibility of each and all of us. It is a pity that our religious leaders continue to avoid that personal responsibility of deciding what is good and what is bad, what is good and what is evil and, in addition, lack the courage to justify their selections - in their own names.
*politics: the wielding of power, authority, control, persuasion, influence.
**theism: belief in the existence of a god or gods, esp. belief in one god as creator of the universe, intervening in it and sustaining a personal relation to his creatures. ___
Sexism, heterosexism (homophobia to those in denial), racism and the general encouragement of base rather than noble human instincts are firmly placed Establishment traditions. In what way has Rupert Murdoch opposed these?
If indeed he is a scourge of the Establishment (perhaps alongside other radicals such as the Prince of Wales or any Pope) then humanity is struggling to keep its head above an even deeper ocean of its own excrement than has hitherto been acknowledged.
Beenie Man & Buju Banton, Sizzla, Tok and Elephant man Vybz Kartel and Bounty Killer, Capleton why You all degrade and weaken the black nation ‘Stead of trying to save 'em From hatred and discrimination?
Cutting edge, brave and bold you claim, but in reality You lame Your salvation be to teach black children hatred And discrimination of the other; that's no way to raise Black sisters and brothers
Hatred and discrimination They the tools the white man used to make us slaves Clever of you to learn the slaver’s ways It make you lot o money of course It always does (no shock) You learned that lesson well (From Rupert Murdoch?)
Black brothers no, methinks not. You just another jancro flock Of slack White Slavers In Dreadlocks.
You preach hatred and discrimination against me A gay black man who wrote “Something Inside So Strong” A song of defiance and self-affirmation Written for black people, red people, gay people Old people, women, children, the disabled Every people suffering injustice
Righteous you quote your holy book Like standard 'ypocrites & fascists No surprise look see as usual you list selectively Only those parts you need to sell your cowardice & bigotry (We shouldn’t expect courage from you fellas Who clearly lack the balls to follow Nelson Mandela)
No matter how high you fly you renk Who raise yourselves by treading on others
Black brothers no, methinks not. You just another jancro flock Of slack White Slavers In Dreadlocks. ___
In the middle east for years there’s been From israel and the USA no “Peace Process” Instead there’s been a "Palestinians Must capitulate Process" Sharon and Bush being never allied To peace but tied to nullification Through the emasculation Of the stateless Palestinian Nation By means of “the occupation” - by increasing West Bank Illegal settlement building operations - by an internationally Condemned illegal "Berlin Wall" - by installing Palestinian Bantustans - by ignoring UN resolution 242 - by keeping Palestinians short of water and Cash The intention is to render Palestinian parents Sons and daughters impotent of action Barren of hope, irrelevant Helpless - bound with Israeli rope Consider Against fighter planes and missiles fired at market stalls And civilians old and young- against tanks and bull Dozers demolishing palestinian homes - against An occupation by a nation that rejects “the Roadmap” and insists they have the right to Violence - and to incite violence - but Insists Palestinians do not have Those rights * Against all this perhaps The Palestinians have At least the right To fight
* "As in the other mutual frameworks, the Roadmap will not state that Israel must cease violence and incitement against the Palestinians". . . para 1 of the Israeli Cabinet Statement on the Road Map - (may 25th '03) . . . from "Back To The Roadmap" (posted May 13th 2004)
Brothers in Islam, Khomeini et Saddam Led you laughing to the promised land (Two revered conductors Of “The-Blinded-Amputee-Baby Band”)
A top forty hit your war with Iraq A glorious victory on both sides All who died were glorified martyrs (Religious interpretation being conveniently wide)
And is it true when they say Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Has a diamond eye and a sapphire ring And passes perfumed wind?
Get real, the holocaust happened Your denial paints you cowards and fools; Six million, babies women men all Jews Murdered by race hate that shackles Your people their people my people all people To the same stupid tit for tat rules
Move Israel to Austria or Germany? (Or Poland?) let them do the time ‘cause They did the crime? a rewrite of Nero and Rome Ahmadinejad does standup - while on The West Bank They have rubble for their home
Do you really want your kids and theirs And theirs to be forever taking turns In the history café as kebabs From Clifford’s Tower in 1190's York To 1943 at Sobibor - nine hundred years No wonder Israel vowed, “no more!”
But that’s no excuse for Israeli crimes in Palestine The theft of land, the theft of lives; the theft of truth Though is hard to criticize when Ahmadinejad blatantly Lies ‘Stead of calling again and again for Arab oil to be used As the weapon Again and again for resolution 242 reminding the world That a thief is required to return all not just part Of his or her ill gotten haul; and the children cry “Save us all” - “Save us all” - “Save us all”
No need to write a letter to The Guardian in opposition to the piece written by Henry Grunwald QC, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
His "We all deserve an apology" article (Wed March 2) aimed at Ken Livingstone, mayor of London, while purporting to be an attack on anti-Semitism was in fact an ill-advised exercise in the competition of the oppressed; that foolish game that says, "our suffering, torture and horrible death was worse than your suffering, torture and horrible death".
I believe the dead of the Holocaust, the dead of Pol Pot's Cambodian killing fields and the dead of the Rwanda and Australian genocides would stand shoulder to shoulder in their opposition to racism, ethnic cleansing and social engineering through state endorsed mass murder. They would not be vying for gold on the top step of the winners podium. I believe Jo Slovo, a Jew and chief of staff of the African National Congress's armed wing, shoulder to shoulder with Nelson Mandela in the struggle against apartheid, would have understood this in a way that Henry Grunwald appears incapable of doing.
As for the origins of the furore, Ken Livingstone’s likening a Jewish reporter from the London Evening Standard to a Nazi Concentration Camp Guard - and appropriately not apologising: Any member of an ethnic minority knowingly working for Associated Newspapers (or for Rupert Murdoch’s News International) should realise they are working for organisations with a long history of promoting, feeding and nurturing racism. Such people should consider carefully before accusing anyone of being racist. Those attempting to make this an issue of anti-Semitism have a dishonest agenda of their own.
In addition, apologising to people merely because they feel offended is absurd. I am offended, for example, by the Pope's lying, murderous policy on condoms & HIV / AIDS, Tony Blair's lethal lies about the reasons for the war in Iraq and by the current meaningless, craven philosophy of "closure" / putting it behind you / and moving on. I am not holding my breath waiting for apologies from the culprits. Incidentally, Arabs also are Semitic.