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I didn't think so.
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"They have worked new muscles preparing for the Los Angeles sitdown of the national tour of The Producers, and on April 21 Tony Award winners Martin Short and Jason Alexander get to flex them in front of San Francisco audiences."
"The United Methodist Church are calling on Methodist George W. Bush to repent for overthrowing Saddam Hussain's regime in Iraq...and links to the following story: Liberal Methodist Leaders Call Bush to Repentance: Those Whose Stance Falls Outside Traditional Methodism Take President to Task
"Several officials of the United Methodist Church (UMC) are calling one of their fellow Methodists to repentance. While that, in and of itself, may not be unusual, it is noteworthy that the call appeared in a full-page magazine ad -- and the person called to repentance is President George W. Bush.Several things Samizdata forgot to mention or actually quote from this article:
Among those signing the ad are UM Bishops Joseph Sprague and Melvin Talbert, and Board of Church and Society general secretary Jim Winkler."
"[Mark Tooley, head of the United Methodist committee of the Institute on Religion and Democracy] says that first of all, the signers of the ad 'are hardly symbols of strong, mainstream' United Methodist beliefs. He points out that Bishop Sprague denies that Jesus Christ is eternally divine, Bishop Talbert has endorsed same-sex 'marriage,' and Winkler is a pacifist.Tooley does, however, go on to say:
According to Tooley, the UMC affirms Christ's full deity, opposes same-sex unions, and is not pacifist. "Yet these church officials claim it is President Bush who is violating his own church's teachings," he says.
"Bush is supposedly a bad Christian and a bad Methodist because, like most Methodists, he does not agree with these church officials in their equation of compassion with a large federal welfare state and in their opposition to a strong military defense for America."...and he devolves into typical conservative anti-liberal rhetoric, but the crux of the matter is these ministers who placed the ad were not typical and not representative (nor did they officially represent) the United Methodist Church. Painting a denomination or religion with a broad brush based on the actions of a few of their members can be damaging in the long run.
"After the family told their story, they fielded questions from more than a dozen audience members who wanted to discuss the line between church and state.And some who aren't even Christian understand the meaning better than those who say they are:
One of them, 15-year-old Sean Golden of Knoxville, said the behavior of India's classmates and the school system appeared contrary to Christian teachings.
"They preach this Christian behavior, and then they don't practice it themselves," he said.
"Sarajane Tracy replied that her family didn't want to trigger a religious confrontation.But there's a little more...
'We don't want India to treat Christianity the way it has treated us," she said. "I think these people are caught up in ignorance or intolerance.'"
"According to one of the family's attorneys, Margaret Held, the Tracys describe their religion as paganism, while Union County is overwhelmingly Christian."Ok, I can see where there might be a misunderstanding but I think the more accurate statement would have been "...while the people of Union County are overwhelmingly affiliated with Christian churches."
"BERN, Switzerland - Switzerland said Wednesday it would freeze all Iraqi government and corporate assets in Swiss banks until the U.N. Security Council determines the rightful owners.Gee, thanks guys. Thanks for really stepping up to the plate when we needed ya...good thing you didn't do this a couple days after the war started, or Saddam wouldn't have had any time at all to pull everything out of the accounts.
The decision was the government's "answer" to last month's U.S. demand that other countries confiscate frozen Iraqi assets so the money could be used by a postwar Iraqi government, a Foreign Ministry statement said."
"I thought the Iraqis were responsible. Americans would never do that - or so I believed. The crew member who fired the shot should be court-martialled. He's a war criminal."Should the press who were holed up in the Palestine Hotel have been afforded the same priveliges of restraint that US troops have been giving Iraqi citizens?
Matt (Charlie Sheen) - What's the difference between us and them?You chose to be there, fellas, and accepted the risk. The civilians did not. The reporters were warned by the Pentagon several times that the US forces could not guarantee their safety, and they should leave as soon as possible. The reporters did not, or waited until it was too late. There was enemy fire coming from the hotel, where Iraqi fighters believed they would be safe from attack, and the US responded. And some of the reporters paid the price.
Jed (Patrick Swayze) - We live here!
-- Red Dawn
"The US Army's 3rd infantry division, 2-7 Mechanized Infantry Brigade, is involved in a fierce battle with Palestinian and Jordanian gunmen in the industrial area of southern Baghdad. The people shooting at US forces are using coordinated attacks using RPG's, suicide trucks, artillery, and sniper fire..."In related news, sales of Dungeons and Dragons manuals and die-cast figurines are reportedly going through the roof at the Baghdad Hobby Hut. Owners say the new 3rd Edition Monstrous Compendium is an especially good seller, weighing in at a hefty 45 pounds and containing new stats for Fedayeen Sadaam soldiers, Special Republican Guards, and New Iraqi Gibbering Mouthers.
"Ray, people will come, Ray. They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won't mind if you look around, you'll say. It's only $20 per person. They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it's money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered they're heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. And the memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come."People will come.
-- Terence Mann (James Earl Jones): Field of Dreams