Without a machine or a wormhole, we travel through time every day of our lives. We don't do it instantly, but every photo we take is a picture of us in the past. Recent past, long ago past. All our memories are from the past and with each breath, we move one lungful at a … Continue reading TIME TRAVELING SLOWLY – Marilyn Armstrong
Fandango’s Provocative Question #33 It's hard to talk about this stuff without sounding pious or self-righteous. Personally, I always wonder if I have a price too and it's merely that no one has offered to pay it that I have managed to stay true to my fundamental beliefs. When you've never been tempted or at least … Continue reading FANDANGO’S PROVOCATIVE QUESTION #33
So, THE WAY THEY TELL IT, God wanted to get rid of all those who had experienced slavery. To accomplish this task, he made the twelve tribes walk around the Sinai wilderness for forty years. Forty years? Seriously? That area isn't all that big. To keep walking for that many years, they had to have … Continue reading MOSES FOR WHOM THE GPS WAS INVENTED – Marilyn Armstrong
When my first husband and I were getting married, he was something vaguely Protestant, though no one in his family knew what. They never attended church and while they were wild about Christmas, it was a very non-Christian version of it. I'm not even sure they were Christian, but they weren't anything else, either. I … Continue reading PEDIATRIC RELIGION – Marilyn Armstrong
FOWC - Beware of Man! Harking back to yesterday's long discussion of ARE YOUR VALUES WORTH A SONG AND A MOVIE? – Marilyn Armstrong which was based on Fandango’s Provocative Question #18: Man (as opposed to a woman) should not lead a nation. Men are unsuited to the task. A man can be seduced by … Continue reading BEWARE OF MAN! – Marilyn Armstrong
As a Jewish woman married to a Brown man, this really hits home. This whole week has been a bit of a nightmare for me. This is personal. It’s impossible to NOT see this as the start of a new period of nationalism and murder. Remember, folks, the actual name of Nazi was the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. Nazi is only how it came to be known, but Nationalist was always front and center. Guess who says he’s a “nationalist?” You got it on the first try!
Anti-Semitism isn’t just the stuff of white nationalist Neanderthals. Some of your best friends have anti-Semitic reflexes.
Oh, your friends would never admit to this. They’re too intelligent, too socially conscious. They wouldn’t be caught dead showing bigoted or anti-Semitic attitudes and they’d take great offense to the suggestion that they are unconsciously anti-Semitic. But some things a person can’t control and one of them is the reflex of anti-Semitism learned when they were children.
Who killed Jesus?
It starts there. Every kid in Sunday School learns that ‘the Jews killed Jesus.’ Later, when they grow up, they sometimes sort out who did what with Jesus; grown-up minds can deal with complexity if so inclined. If not so inclined, the original notion that the Jews were to blame for the agony of Christ’s suffering on the cross gets embedded in people’s psyches. Hence, the reflex business. And the Inquisition.
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BROUGHT UP GUILTY To be brought up Jewish is to be brought up guilty. I think Catholics have a similar problem. We are guilty of different things, however. Catholics have the whole "sin" thing to deal with. Jews get to be guilty about all of Our People who were slaughtered in various parts of the … Continue reading GUILTY – BUT WAS I CHARGED? Marilyn Armstrong