February 19, 2010
RE KILLING animals for religious purposes: Jesus put a stop to animal sacrifice. Voodoo and Satan worshippers who abuse animals should be prosecuted. Religion is a poor excuse for getting joy out of killing poor defenseless animals. I hope they rot in jail. Our real God doesn't approve of this. Robert F. Schaffer, Philadelphia
July 18, 2003
'REMEMBER Pearl Harbor. " "Remember 9/11. " "Remember Sodom and Gomorrah. " These are famous sayings for events that will be remembered for eternity - at least the first two. But what about Sodom and Gomorrah? Someone did say to remember it! God said it in the book of Genesis. Yes, America did forget that, even after the forefathers of this country said that America was founded on the principles of the Bible. Well according to a ruling made on June 30 by the Supreme Court, America has forgotten those principles.
October 11, 2005 |
ON YOM Kippur, the Day of Atonement that begins tomorrow at sunset, Jews recite several times a confession of failings called al Cheit - "For the sin (we committed). " This year, an organization called Rabbis for Human Rights-North America offers an al Cheit prayer confessing "the sin of torture by Americans" composed by Rabbi Simkha Weintraub: ". . . For (the sin of) sensory deprivation . . . detention in damp, frigid cells . . . denying sleep . . . forced nudity and sexual exploitation . . . " and so on, in horrifying, and documented, detail.
February 8, 1992 |
When it comes to depictions of sin and redemption, I usually favor the latter because, in dance concerts at least, sin is often paired with gratuitous violence. But given the pretentious, adolescent-minded way in which Karl Schappell portrays redemption in Dance Big Dog, which was performed last night at the Terry Beck Studio, the sinful section wins out, although, the reader should be warned, by default. Dance Big Dog begins with a narrator telling us that he has recently lost three close friends.
September 28, 1988
We have an uncomplicated thought to add in the matter of Ben Johnson, the fallen hero of the Seoul Olympics. He was caught using performance-enhancing steroids and, for that, was stripped of the 100-meter gold medal. We'll skip the pop-psych lectures on pressure and stress and the drive to be the world's best. We'll even leave aside the topic of the perversion of sport by big money - the running-shoe endorsement fees and such that make winning a gold medal the key to an entire career.
September 21, 1993 |
What's the story with sin? After years in exile it's being wined and dined by many of those responsible for its exile in the first place. The New York Times just concluded a series about sin and it has recently been featured on the editorial pages of the Philadelphia Inquirer for God's . . . for gosh sakes. MTV News (MTV News?) just aired a special report titled the "Seven Deadly Sins. " No, it wasn't a how-to guide but a serious discussion about the reality of sin and how it affects our relationship to God and with those around us. It's hard to say exactly when sin was relegated to the cheap seats, but there was no scarcity of ushers.
July 6, 1986 |
The goals are different but the tactics are similiar. Using slick-produced newsletters, battalions of scientific experts and ample doses of rhetoric, the Pennsauken Solid Waste Management Authority and the people from Stop the Incinerator Now are competing for the hearts and minds of township residents. As the controversy has grown in the past few months over plans to build a $68 million incinerator in the Delair section, so has the tug-of-war for influence on the issue. When SIN challenged the SWMA to a debate Monday, the authority sent announcements that it was "sponsoring" the event.
October 13, 2005
IN RESPONSE to "Losing Trust," it is hard to trust the archdiocese after the cover-ups, but we as Christians have to remember that we are followers of Jesus. Jesus did not commit the crime, man did. We cannot lose faith in our religion due to the sins of mankind, otherwise there wouldn't be any religion. God gave us free will to do as we wish, and it is our choice and responsibility as human beings to do the right thing. Also, remember that there were other denominations in question for alleged sexual abuse against minors, not just Catholic priests.
February 28, 1988 |
According to those who inhabit the seedy strip of no-tell motels along Airline Highway, where the neon lights flash adult movies, water beds and rooms by the hour, he pursued a secret life. At times, he wore hats, or sunglasses, or headbands, combing his blond hair down in front, "as if he were hiding," says a woman who has been registered for some time at Tony's Motel as Peggy Carrier. When checking in, he always "used the girls' names to register," never his own, according to "Mr. Mike," the owner of four cut-rate motels along the strip.
September 10, 2011 |
SEPTEMBER is a sensitive month. Summer enters decline, children return to school and (for some) ragweed provokes allergic responses. What evolved into World War II began catastrophically and insidiously in September 1939, when the Nazis stormed Poland. W.H. Auden wrote: "I sit in one of the dives On Fifty-Second Street Uncertain and afraid as the clever hopes expire Of a low dishonest decade: Waves of anger and fear circulate over the bright and darkened lands of the earth, obsessing our private lives; The unmentionable odour of death offends the September night.