know this sounds a little tautological, but I had a little epiphany
a few days ago. It wasn't the biggest epiphany I suppose, but it did carve itself into the folds of my cerebral processes pretty deeply.
It started when I heard this story
from the Pope. In the spirit of human love and understanding during these so called Holy Days, he decided to say this:
Pope attacks blurring of gender
December 23, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI has said that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behaviour is just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction.
He explained that defending God's creation was not limited to saving the environment, but also about protecting man from self-destruction. (clip)
Speaking on Monday, Pope Benedict XVI warned that gender theory blurred the distinction between male and female and could thus lead to the "self-destruction" of the human race. clip
"Rainforests deserve, yes, our protection, but the human being ... does not deserve it less," the pontiff said.
It is not "out-of-date metaphysics" to "speak of human nature as 'man' or woman'", he told scores of prelates gathered in the Vatican's sumptuous Clementine Hall.
"We need something like human ecology, meant in the right way."
The Catholic Church opposes gay marriage. It teaches that while homosexuality is not sinful, homosexual acts are.
Rev Sharon Ferguson, chief executive of Britain's Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, described the Pope's remarks as "totally irresponsible and unacceptable".
"When you have religious leaders like that making that sort of statement then followers feel they are justified in behaving in an aggressive and violent way," she said."
From my perspective, the Pope got a twofer here. He put down and marginalized the danger that his flock has put the rest of humankind in with its aggressive fire burning ways, and he managed to continue to provide some group for them to hate so they don't feel too guilty about it. (You can't have a billion Catholics confessing all at once I suppose).
Plus, I guess this kind of stuff gets him some distance from all those Priests who have sullied themselves and the Institution they represent with their penchant for alter boys. (a completely different condition called pedophilia
And that's when it hit me.
There are two types of folks out there. Those who would bring us together, and those who would divide us. And often those who say they are unifiers, are just the opposite.
If any religious leader speaks in such a way that his folks get to heaven, and those other guys don't, then we need to investigate that. Sure, I understand branding and differentiation as well as most folks, and I'm well aware of the importance of such when it comes to selling something.
But can't we take a break during the Holidays?
So what is the tautological epiphany I'm talking about?
It's the recognition that "Unifiers bring us together".
And "dividers divide us".
So, no matter what they say they are doing
or who they say they are,
Are they bringing us together,
or are they dividing us from ourselves?
Now, it does not escape me
that I have found myself
in my own logic pretzel here.
Division may be an illusion,
And hate may generally just be fear.
But when religious leaders stir them both up,
I just hate it.
And it's hard to be One.
At least it's
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