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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Fear Makes the World Go ’Round (continued) – 26 February 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

And where are all the “religious” leaders in this fear-motivated world? Let’s see: some are raking in the money as “televangelists” (many of whom also use fear tactics), others continue to enjoy the prestige and “perks” that come from being lackeys to world leaders, and many career pastors find security for themselves and their families by people-pleasing.

It was almost amusing to read one “successful” pastor’s remarks against capital punishment and the value that God places on life, the sanctity of life, etcetera, and to see how he qualified each use of the word “life” by putting the word “human” before it – “human life.” He gave me the impression that “human life” is the only life created by God, has any value, and should be of any concern to anyone.

Well, what do you expect from pastors who feel that they mustn’t say or do anything to offend congregants who flaunt their fur and leather clothing, hunt and fish, and help with and attend fundraising events featuring the body parts of other animals – pig roasts, roast “beast” dinners, ad nauseam?

If those who are hard-hearted toward other animals who cannot speak for themselves are shown love and acceptance, but those who display sensitivity to God’s creatures are insulted in what are supposed to be “houses of worship,” what does this say about the state of religion?

Why should those who are compassionate toward the so-called “lesser animals” hide their God-given kindness out of fear of being ridiculed by the insensitive who dominate in most religious circles?

Go on to: Fear Makes the World Go ’Round (continued) – 27 February 2007
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