Dracil’s BlogJournal

May 1, 2009

WWJD about waterboarding?

Depressing really.


May 5, 2008

Racist American double standards

The All-White Elephant in the Room

Finally, someone in the media gets it!  Notice how much time the media has spent on Wright?  If we want to play the guilty-by-association game, McCain is associating not just with one, but THREE loony pastors.  The three are Falwell, Hagee, and Parsley.  In particular, Hagee is extremely anti-Catholic, so I am bewildered by ANY Catholic supporting McCain.  Especially given that McCain sought out Hagee’s endorsement.  Let’s take a look at what Hagee has to say about Catholics.

It gets even better.  He denies Jesus was the Messiah.

And both Falwell and Hagee have “coming home to roost” moment as well with Katrina, blaming Americans removing Jews from the Gaza Strip to standard scapegoats like homosexuality, abortions, pagans, the ACLU, etc..

Not mentioned in the article is McCain’s 3rd spiritual guide, Rod Parsley, who had interesting statements like:

I cannot tell you how important it is that we understand the true nature of Islam, that we see it for what it really is. In fact, I will tell you this: I do not believe our country can truly fulfill its divine purpose until we understand our historical conflict with Islam. I know that this statement sounds extreme, but I do not shrink from its implications. The fact is that America was founded, in part, with the intention of seeing this false religion destroyed, and I believe September 11, 2001, was a generational call to arms that we can no longer ignore.

There are some, of course, who will say that the violence I cite is the exception and not the rule. I beg to differ. I will counter, respectfully, that what some call “extremists” are instead mainstream believers who are drawing from the well at the very heart of Islam.

Just what we need, a modern Crusade.

There’s even more, but as the article points out, “A sonorous white preacher spouting venom just doesn’t have the telegenic zing of a theatrical black man.”

Wright was wrong.  God did not damn America.  Americans damned America.

April 25, 2008

Sing of the Lord’s Goodness

A couple weeks ago, around the time the Olympic torch was in SF, I noticed this street musician playing a familiar tune on his saxophone. After a while I realized that it was the same melody as Sing of the Lord’s Goodness which I hear at church relatively often.

I didn’t think about it again till today. Then I remembered that I’d looked up this song in the past. The reason the guy was playing this song was not because he was some random Christian (maybe he was), but more likely, it was because this song was originally a jazz song by Dave Brubeck called Take Five. This is probably why the tune’s catchier than usual.

Compare the two versions below:

I sorta ODed on Christian worship music during my religious phase in college so I don’t really listen to them anymore, though every time I go to a new church I always look through their song book. I’ve been trying to find a specific version of Gloria in Excelsis Deo that I first and last heard at Newman Hall. I believe the words were all (or at least partially) in Latin. So for example, the second line had “et in terra pax.” So far, no luck. Maybe one of these days if I’m in that area area I should just go in and ask them for the music.

Speaking of music, I didn’t bother checking this at all, but I think one difference between Catholic music other Christian music is that the Catholic music don’t seem to focus as much on Jesus, just God in general, while the other Christian music focuses on Jesus a lot. So much that I sometimes wonder if I’m listening to a love song. I think it’s one of the fundamental differences between Catholics and other Christians. Catholics don’t seem to be as much about the personal relation with Jesus and emotional stuff. I think this may also be true about the early Protestant churches as well (the ones that split right off, like Lutheran, Anglican, etc). I plan on writing more about this in another entry, so I’ll leave this for now.

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