People should be allowed to worship however they wish, as long as nobody gets hurt -- and I can only hope that the day will come when the more backward among some stop using animals as sacrificial elements.
Other problems arise when one's religion gives government a blanket party, using interpretations or distortions of ancient writings to conquer or vastly influence a legitimate government's laws.
I've been burning for a few days now about the pope. No, I'm not Catholic, though many members of my family were raised as Catholics, and I'm not focused upon that faith's components today as much as I'm concerned about the pope. If he remained in some atmosphere where he and his flock could pray to their hearts' content about anything they desired, bothering nobody, that would be fine. Unfortunately, and Catholics obviously aren't alone in this, the non-stop intent is to influence governments with decisions affecting everybody, even those who want no part of that religion. The Church excels at bringing in "refugees," border jumpers and just about any uneducated, untalented, crime-ridden or America-hating anybody who can fake or wrangle their way into the country -- and American taxpayers (suckers is the preferred term) are somehow assumed ready and willing to pay for these relocations, subsequent childbirth, welfare and all the usual amenities associated with piling people on top of people. Our immigration system was never intended to experience the abuse and national rape conducted in conjunction with the Church, attorneys who belong in prison and others imbued with the stench of self-interest.
As a side note -- the best first thing the new Congress could do is to outlaw "anchor babies," whose mothers strive to drop a kid within our borders and the kid becomes an instant citizen. This is criminal and should not be tolerated. But. . .we were talking about the pope. . .
The Guardian of December 27 and other media sources were abuzz with news that Pope Francis -- apparently President Obama's accommodating companion in strengthening relations between the U.S. and Cuba -- will become a mouthpiece to support global climate change legislation. Not alarming enough that both pope and Obama are seemingly on the same page and almost like twins regarding the cranked-out and questionable evidence of man-made climate alterations, this new "trinity" is polished off with the world's truly Great Satan, the United Nations, the sum total of its parts slithering and seeking out American and other national tax dollars like something from the head of Medusa.
News reports suggest that in 2015 the pope plans to set forth a detailed climate message for some 1.2 billion Catholics around the world, while also calling for a summit of major world religions. Particularly disturbing, he plans to address the UN general assembly on the subject of ambiguously dire climate change in fond hopes of influencing this year's United Nations climate conference in Paris.
What this all means after 20 years of stalled progress in negotiating an international commitment to Do Something is simple: Bring together enough Marxists and socialists and the world will come together to steal the money from richer nations and share the wealth with lesser countries. Climate change? Really? That's rather secondary, or thirdly or less -- the big deal is the money, a lot of American money, billions or trillions of dollars up for grabs by the biggest climate crooks on the globe. If we thought banks, both international and domestic, excelled at robbing the U.S. blind, the world ain't seen nothing yet. Which means our only hope is that the new Congress, with our input, takes a stand and protects the national purse from these frauds currently and calmly planning to empty our pockets with bad science and extraordinary lies. The pope? He should be ashamed of even thinking of a partnership in this morass of deceit -- or, at the very least, he must be advised that this subject lurks far away from The Church's breadbox. What happened to feeding the poor? Who's tending the garden of pedophilia? Aren't there an abundance of exorcisms to be performed? And yes, who will keep the world and its climate safe from vampires, if not the Church?
But that's not all, oh no, not all. A contradiction should arise: This pope, who represents the very foundations of the Catholic faith, has an obligation to encourage both marriage and, more important, fertility among the married. His duty is to encourage prolific childbirth like there's no tomorrow, if five are good 10 are better.
Now, I don't know about human-caused climate change, but I do know what I see on Earth's surface and, I must confess, it's a mess -- and yes, we'uns did it, and it shouldn't continue and it must be cleaned up to the best of our ability (are you listening China. . .India. . .and the list continues?).
So, Mr. pope, seems to me that your cheerleading for prolific human procreation merely multiples the tools -- us -- to invest in a never-ending stream of true human-made pollution, right here on Earth. I ask you, where dwell the sincerest forms of hell, sir? In nebulous climate science, or where hell on Earth is obvious -- on Earth?
A note to talk show host Michael Savage: Michael, I gladly promote your show and the education and experience you bring along every evening during the week, but if you don't find a way not to scream at callers who don't step up to the microphone fast enough to please you, your newly government-registered phrase, unprotected talk may disintegrate into undetected talk, and I'm pretty sure you won't wish to register that one while your popular radio show continues to fly high.
Extra! Extra! Parts non-surgically begin to fall off (metaphorically) in a transgendered paradise: Another teenager has taken his life, all messed up because he believed himself to be a girl, not the boy his family believed and insisted that he be. From news reports, one also gets the impression that misguided family members may have attempted over time to "cure" his gender difficulties with a hammering of religious principles -- sounds good on paper, I guess, but in practice such efforts solve little. At any rate, the family lost a beautiful teen to suicide, and we sympathize with their loss.
We bring this subject up because its tragic ending relates intimately to a November 11, 2014 article appearing in a publication called (I think) The Federalist entitled "Trouble in Transtopia: Murmurs of Sex Change Regret." You can find it online, and might be surprised at the subheading: "Transgender people who regret their sex changes typically get buried in venom rather than loved."
Most of us find the concept of genital reassignment surgery -- that's right, the serious biggie -- about as alien as one can get (well, aside from the thought of real aliens, but that's another story. . .). Of interest to me, however, was a statistic quoted in the article: "Our culture seems pretty much 'to each his own' when it comes to elective bodily mutilation and the regret thereof. And there's a lot of regret out there. According to a British poll, a whopping 65 percent of those who've had various cosmetic surgeries regret it."
Reporter Stella Morabito, tackling the transgender surgery issue in considerable depth, is particularly up front about the transgendered community's defenders, who, surprisingly, go all out to prevent controversy about the other side of the topic -- the apparently large population of surgically transgendered who regret their irreversible decisions to the point of despair. Or worse.
In essence, the transgender coin seems to have two glittering sides. One surface shines with the promise of surgically
mutilating cutting up changing yourself into either the male or
female you feel yourself to be. The
other side bears an overwhelming tarnish of having allowed masked people with
scalpels carve the biggest mistake of your life, and if you dare admit it within
your new "community," its members dedicated to hush-hush and flowery
descriptions of transgender surgical procedures will shoot you down by
condemning or ignoring you and withdrawing support (God help you if you talk to
the media -- that is, the non-complicit portions of media). Even plans for a documentary about the
downside of transgender surgery were put on hold because of abusive cackling
from members of the lucrative transgender surgery industry who prefer myth and
money over truth.
My suggestion, having had a brief opportunity in the military to work with physicians of many disciplines: I don't give a damn how friendly your local psychiatrist is -- when they start recommending transgender surgery, get a second, third and fourth opinion. And if you're still advised to go under the knife, tell those prominent members of the psychiatric circus in agreement with The Big Cut that you will if they will -- actually, after they do. They'll probably be a lot more concerned about keeping their own body parts intact than your professionally-considered and medically expendable genitals. Run for your life and live as man,woman, vegetable, animal or mineral -- but think long and hard about keeping your pieces intact.