THE GREAT GADDAFI SPEAKETH
The strange and flamboyant leader of Libya, Moammar Gaddafi (you can spell that name dozens of different ways), says Christianity is not a universal religion. Rather, he says, only Islam qualifies. The next time I believe something he says will be the first time.
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A U.N. group, apparently responding to the Prophet Muhammad cartoon scandal last year, has condemned defamation of religion. OK, class, your question is this: When does press freedom end and defamation of religion begin? In 100 words or fewer.
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LET THERE BE HOLY SILENCE
I'll be brief this weekend here because I know you're busy letting your yards get ahead of you and doing April Fool's jokes and preparing for the baseball season to open -- all those profoundly spiritual activities.
So help me out. How do you understand "the quiet of God," and how do you yourself enter it?
Or do you?
My contention is that 21st Century American culture proceeds at such a pace and at such a decibel level that most of us can't even imagine what true quiet is like, much less the quiet of God. (I get some help by going to such places as the Arboretum in south Johnson County, where I took this photo.)
But perhaps some of you have devised strategies to defeat the culture on this and to enter some kind of divine quiet space that refreshes and feeds you. If so, tell me about that. Tell all of us. I have a sense that almost everyone I know could use more quiet and tips about how to find it.
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P.S.: On a recent blog, I mentioned an upcoming PBS documentary about the Inquisition. But at the time I didn't have confirmation that it would be shown on the Kansas City PBS station, KCPT-TV, Channel 19. It will be. The first two parts will air at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, and the second two parts will air at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16.
A MUCH BETTER P.S.: My sixth (count 'em, 6) grandchild, the beautiful Zoe Margaret, showed up on the planet Friday afternoon. And my question for you is this: What makes us think God would NOT want the world to continue if God keeps giving us gorgeous babies like the little girl you see here?