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  • ivanildotrindade 8:29 pm on September 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Christopher Hitchens, democratic platform, in god we trust, , taking god out   

    The Democratic Convention — putting God back where He doesn’t belong! 

    God has been rejected, mocked, laughed at, discarded, even killed. This week He was removed. Now, if they removed God from the dollar bills it would there would be an uproar. If they removed Him from the Bible, it would start a religious war. If they removed Him from their lives, it would be a matter of choice. People do that every day. But removing Him from a Political Party Platform, you would think nobody would care, but you would be wrong.

    It took an act of God to put God back in the Democratic Party political platform. L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa, the poor guy presiding the vote, had to ask it three times. He looked befuddled. He wanted to call his mama and might have possibly done some liquid (or worse) damage to his pants. In the end, the opinion of the chair had to coincide with the opinion of the man sitting in the Oval Office. I can only imagine the frantic phone call that originated from the White House the day before: “I don’t care what it takes — put God back where He doesn’t belong!”

    God has a way of scoffing at His critics. In the 60’s they declared him dead. It turns out the rumors of his demise were a little premature.  Richard Dawkins took 300 pages to call God a “delusion.” If he is correct, then all the Democrats are delusional for squabbling over a delusional thought. Christopher Hitchens said God was not great but if he was right there should be no offense leaving him out of a great political party platform. Non-greatness does not belong with greatness, so why mess with a good thing?

    Whether you like this or not, somebody tried to remove the word “God” from the document that would guide the Democratic Party for the next four years. Just so you know, I can care less whether God is in or out of a political party document. It is meaningless because those documents have no teeth, no real relevance, no force of law.

    But if there is a lesson to learn it is that you don’t mess with God. “The one who sits in heaven laughs,” the Psalmist said. And so the comedians in heaven had a field day. “God is out, God is in. Wait, almost in, yes in; but no one knows for sure.”

    So the next time anyone tries to remove God from a meaningless political document, think again. Mess with the 10 commandments, take prayer out of the public schools, take the Christ out of Christmas but by God, don’t ever ever try to remove Him from the Democratic Platform. God is watching and He is keeping score!

    God 1. Fringe Democrats 0.

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

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    • stanchaz 9:08 pm on September 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      The Democrats do not need to “restore” God.
      For unlike Republican hypocrites, they LIVE their values. Honestly.
      The Republicans real god is MONEY, and THEIR saints are those
      who have LOTS of it….and want it ALL.
      Those Republicans who would destroy Social Security & voucher Medicare to death,
      who would cut Pell grants, and who readily admit they “don’t care about the very poor”
      should stop, remember, and take to heart the ancient words so relevant for today:
      “Whatsoever you do for the least of these – you do for me”.
      There is God in each of us. And that is why we are bound to each other.
      If we do not believe that, and act upon that – then we are lost.
      As the Catholic Bishops agreed : The politics of Romney/Ryan masquerades as values
      …while harming those who are most at risk.
      Their proposed agenda does not praise God – it mocks God, it defiles God. And man…

      • ivanildotrindade 10:10 pm on September 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        u r entitled to your opinion,my friend, and i am entitled to let u voice it here. what this country needs is not partisanship, it is cooperation around common themes, especially the theme of helping the “least of these.” and on this score, both parties are failing.

      • Bob & Linda 6:13 pm on September 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        God is surely watching, and probably laughing especially at how we go off the deep end with some of our political opinions. And you weren’t even trying to voice one. 🙂

        • ivanildotrindade 11:50 pm on September 13, 2012 Permalink

          thanks for the comment, bob. yes, my blog is NOT political even if i muse about politics here.

    • Ted Beaver 9:40 pm on September 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      They also removed their support of Israel, but failed to put that back in, which I find troubling, but not surprising for this administration.

      • ivanildotrindade 10:01 pm on September 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        thanks, ted, for your comment. we will see if this will have any effect on the election in november.

    • Harold Stoltzfus 10:27 pm on September 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      The kingdom of darkness (this world) never understands and never gets it right.
      Thanks for this good reflection.
      Harold

      • ivanildotrindade 10:56 pm on September 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        thanks, harold, for commenting. we are living in interesting times for sure. take care.

  • ivanildotrindade 4:36 pm on December 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: atheist, Buena Vista Social Club, Cape Verde, Christopher Hitchens, coladera, , God Is Not Great, Ibrahim Ferrer, morna, Omara Portuondo, polemicist, silencio   

    If I could "order" my own death… 

    Every end of the year a little cold travels up and down my spine as I anticipate the list of people who will die in the waning hours of the previous 365-day cycle. I know this is not backed by science, but it appears that the end of the year is propitious for the angel of death to come calling. I’ve said before: I don’t want to die at the end of the year or during a major Holiday. As long as I have to die, I would rather go quietly in the middle of the night, after eating Brazilian barbecue the night before.

    Yesterday, I heard the news that the journalist and polemicist, Christopher Hitchens, died after a battle with esophageal cancer. Mr. Hitchens was a famous atheist who wrote the book “God is not Great.” Though I vehemently reject his views of the world, I read the book carefully and learned from it a whole lot about the atheistic viewpoint, and more specificaly about a more militant form of atheism that wants to pass as “objective” science. I never wished him ill will and do lament that he is no longer around us because people like him make people like me want to stay fresh and not lose the edge.

    Today I heard that a living legend in the Portuguese music world, Cesaria Evora, the so-called “Barefoot Diva,” also passed away. She sang “coladeras” (dancing music) and was especially known for “morna” (the blues from Cape Verde), a melancholic type of music that celebrates lost love and deep longing. Because I am melancholic, I have all her music. She sings with such depth of sorrow and feeling that I have, at times, wept as I listened to her — for no reason other than empathy for the characters whose lives she sometimes sings about.

    Speaking of sentimentality, since I was feeling sad, I looked for the music of The Buena Vista Social Club. I first heard them on a long flight to Brazil, as I watched the documentary that made them famous in the U.S. I almost never watch movies on plane trips, but the music these guys performed was purely intoxicating. I couldn’t stop watching. I knew then that I was watching some of the best musicians anywhere. They were seasoned and knew how to have fun.

    If you know Spanish, you can appreciate the depth of meaning in this song, “Silencio,” by Rafael Hernandez, one of the most beautiful duets by a man and a woman I ever heard. Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo sing with so much sentiment about life’s sorrows that I dare say this recording should come with a warning: listen at your own risk. What a beautiful experience listening to it several times today. You will not regret if you listen to it here, even if you don’t know Spanish.

    The translation is English goes this way:

    “The gladiolas and the roses, the white lilies are asleep in my garden/ and my soul is so very sad and heavy/ from the flowers I wish to hide the bitter pain/ I wouldn’t want the flowers to know/ About the torments that life gives me/ For if they should know what I am suffering so/ They would cry for my sorrows too/ Silence [I ask], for they are sleeping/ The gladiolas and the lilies/ I wouldn’t want them to know my sorrows/ For if they would see me crying, they would die.”

    Sentimentality apart, though, what difference does it make to die in December or to die in July? In the end, we all have an appointment with destiny so we better be ready to meet our maker. I wonder: Did Christopher Hitchens ever think of that? Maybe yes, maybe no. From what I heard, he insisted on his atheistic outlook to the bitter end. But even though Mr. Hitchens would not hesitate to call me delusional, I still can’t wish him ill.

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

     
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