Thursday, March 27, 2014

Religion -- The Epitome Of Horror

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Sometimes I am wrenched away from my usual serenity by an image that defies belief. This happened to me recently while I was browsing the web in search of material for my blog. I found it, but I'm not sure I am happy about it. Wouldn't you know that it is particularly horrifying, and of course, it concerns religion.

In the above photo (taken in Saigon on June 11, 1963), Thich Quang Duc, age 67, is “protesting” by means of self-immolation. Duc was protesting against the Roman Catholic persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam’s Ngo Dinh Diem’s Roman Catholic administration. The Catholic and corrupt regime had cracked down on practicing Buddhists by banning the flying of the traditional Buddhist flag; prohibiting Buddhists from exercising the same religious freedoms as Catholics; and the detainment of Buddhist monks and nuns. Ironically, in a land that was 95 percent Buddhist, Diem was the leader the United States financially and militarily supported as President of South Vietnam (1954-63) – obviously one of the many mistakes the United States made during war, and clearly one of the big reasons why the National Liberation Front (aka Vietcong) was able to gain support.
--From Teach Not Preach

Now you'd think that I would want to maintain my hard won sense of serenity at all costs. To do that, I realize that I must avoid excessive tension and known stress related subjects. I guess I am just what they call a glutton for punishment since I often go out of my way to condemn the animalistic rage and the downright judgmental and horrific violence that radical religion engenders and condones.

Joke: Why can’t Jesus eat M & M’s? Answer: He has holes in his hands.

I read that in another entry in the same Teach Not Preach blog that I linked to above.

Is it funny?

I think so.

But the school's principal and its superintendent, during the meeting that the teacher who told the joke to his class was being reprimanded in, sternly told him that religion was entirely "off-limits."

So much for a sense of humor.


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Michael York
(born March 27, 1942)
Michael York is an English actor. Following his role on British TV as Jolyon (Jolly) in The Forsyte Saga (1967), York made his film debut as Lucentio in Zeffirelli's The Taming of the Shrew (1967), then was cast as Tybalt in Zeffirelli's 1968 film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. He also starred in the film, The Guru (1969). He played an amoral bisexual drifter in the film Something for Everyone (1970) opposite Angela Lansbury. He then went on to portray the bisexual Brian Roberts in Bob Fosse's film version of Cabaret (1972), opposite Liza Minnelli. In 1977, he reunited with Zeffirelli as John the Baptist in Jesus of Nazareth.

Elizabeth Mitchell
(born March 27, 1970)
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Life is short and truth works far and lives long: let us speak the truth.
--Arthur Schopenhauer




  1. Dear Gene, Talk about being wrenched away from a state of serenity. I was wrenched and then some this morning when I glanced at Elizabeth Mitchell's amazing hairstyles. I'd wager a bet that Elizabeth is more powerful than a locomotive pulling a trainload of Viagra. Those gorgeous hairstyles make my memories want to leap tall buildings.

    1. Anthony -- What can I say? You've said it all. I'll keep looking for even more wondrous hairstyles.

  2. The Buddhist monk in your blog was not a fanatic. We cringe at something such as that because we fear pain and death.

    Suicide is stigmatized and often could be avoided. There is plenty of beauty to be found in this life. But this man sacrificed himself to save others. That image brought the attention of the entire western civilization. He achieved his goal.

    Buddhists believe in a transient existance. Currently you a simply a pattern of atoms, and electrical impulses. When you die these thing transfer into other forms of existance. So they are not far off even in scientific terms.

    This man did not fear death or pain. He was peaceful and brave. His sacrifice was not in vain. If only more people understood...