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  • ivanildotrindade 8:29 pm on September 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , democratic platform, in god we trust, Richard Dawkins, 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

    • 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.

      • 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 10:10 pm on March 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Atheism, Berlinski, David Berlinski, Existence of God, , Richard Dawkins, Richard Lewontin, Sam Harris, science debunks religion, the devil's delusion   

    A secular Jew takes Richard Dawkins to school 

    Give credit to whom deserves credit. An atheist friend of mine recommended me a book. Do you have atheist friends? I do! It’s The Devil’s Delusion by David Berlinski. The subtitle should say all: “Atheism and its scientific pretensions.” Dr. Berlinski has the academic credentials and he also has no pretensions of being a believer. He calls himself a “secular Jew,” but proceeds to build a very convincing case against the idea that somehow “science” has debunked religion or that scientific discoveries have made it impossible to believe in the possibility of God.

    This book is a must read whether you agree with the premises or not. Basically, he is reacting to popular writers, such as Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and others, who are among the most militant atheists and who have no use for God or religion. On the contrary, they see believers as a danger to the progress of society, a group that must be closely scrutinized, and if possible, silenced. And they believe science is on their side, and have made millions writing about it.

    It is against the idea of science delivering the fatal blow to religion that this books comes out swinging. Already in the first chapter, Dr. Berlinski sharpens his intellectual saber. He says, “Confident assertions by scientists that in the privacy of their chambers they have demonstrated that God does not exist have nothing to do with science and even less to do with God’s existence.”

    He highlights the two ideas that are at play here: “The first is that there is something answering to the name of science. The second is that something answering to the name of science offers sophisticated men and women a coherent vision of the universe. The second claim is false if the first claim is. And the first claim is false. Nothing answers to the name of science…” And he uses the next 225 pages to demonstrate how inconsistent and plagued by interpretation the “scientific” scheme is. And how this scheme cannot utter one iota of information that is for certain about the existence of God.

    The book in meteoric is its assertions and thus has received criticism from the militant camp. It’s been called “incendiary” and “polemical writing,” but it is a fascinating and sometimes even funny book, if you like dry humor and quaint words. I am loving it so far. Just to give you one example of Dr. Berlinski’s indictment against the premises of the new high priests of scientific revelation, he quotes the geneticist Richard Lewontin: “We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs…in spite of its failures to fulfill any of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories.” And why do we do that, he asks. Well, Mr. Lewontin responds, “we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.” And it only gets better from here.

    And who would have thunk that we would have to turn to a secular Jew to offer us a spirited defense of the “religious thought and sentiment”? Nothing surprises me anymore!

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

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