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rmccool on April 22, 2021
please don't be upset about what happened long ago. i don't tell the story to upset you.. but it factors into how impossible tasks today at work leads to way more anxiety then maybe it should.
at 8:30AM, June 3, 2021
I hate when people twist scripture to their own purposes.
at 10:43AM, May 30, 2021
When someone Quotes "What would Jesus do?" at me when I am angry, I want to ask in return "Kick over the tables in a fit of anger?"
at 9:23AM, May 22, 2021
The Jews were no stranger to impossible tasks, either. The pharaoh, in rage and cruelty, set them to work as slaves, making bricks out of straw and clay-- and then refusing to give them straw, out of spite. Another king demanded that the prophets of his kingdom interpret a dream even he could not remember, on pain of death. Jesus does not forget his children when they are besieged by the cruel, Mccool.... and he does not forget those who raise their hands against children either. Woe unto your stepfather indeed! He would have been better off tying a bag of those stones around his neck and flinging himself into the sea.
at 9:14AM, May 22, 2021
"render unto caesar?" The coin in question Jesus borrowed was a special minting ***celebrating Caesar's proclamation of his own godhood.*** in short, a blasphemous idol in miniature. For a Jew to even have one was scandalous. Jesus wasn't saying Caesar could have whatever he wanted-- he was accusing CAesar of blasphemy, and of laying claim to that which was not his to claim (divinity, for one thing)--- *and doing it right within earshot of the Roman guards.* In a way every Jew present would understand...
Jesus was less a pacifist than he was passive-aggressive.
at 9:10AM, May 22, 2021
in addition: Jesus was far more clever than the watered-down portrayals make him. "Turn the other cheek?" doing so forced the other person to either strike you with their LEFT hand--- a deeply ingrained taboo in the mideast even then-- or with the other side of the right hand, which could be construed as challenging you to a duel and recognizing you as their equal. "If they compel you to go a mile, walk with them twain?" Roman soldiers could make anyone carry their luggage up to a mile-- but not one step further. Going one step further, much less an extra mile, put them in hot water... and you had them over a barrel...
at 10:46AM, May 30, 2021
Also remember that your Buttock also has Cheeks.
at 9:05AM, May 22, 2021
one: speaking as a Christian, your stepbeast should have been horsewhipped.
Allow me to add some perspective to that oft used and abused passage of the bible: that passage did not "give parents permission to kill their kids." *****they already had that.*** recall that, in that day and age, it was perfectly acceptable in Egypt and elsewhere to sacrifice your child to the gods... or abandon them as infants to die of exposure... or chuck them off a cliff if you didn't like how sickly they looked. children were property of the parents, to be disposed of at a whim. To the contrary, this Law was the first time in recorded history that parents had to go before others with their children. The parents had to 1)both be in agreement that the child was a monster 2)had to come before the Elders and the community as a whole 3)get THE ELDERS to agree with their verdict.
It is unsurprising that they do not have a single instance of this law being carried out in their entire 4,000+ year history.
at 8:40AM, May 12, 2021
Horrible human being that guy. Good you did use your wits.
at 7:08PM, April 22, 2021
I was sorry to see Brer Rabbit get tossed into the dumpster with the rest of Song of the South. Depicting happy slaves was extremely cringey, but I loved the animated segments when I was a kid, and I thought Uncle Remus was a powerful role model. Myths and folk tales were also among my favorites as a kid, you'd usually learn a lesson but it was wrapped in an exciting story that made it easier to swallow. Mean parents, I just don't get it, if there's one natural law in the universe it's that parents should be kind to their children.
at 1:59PM, April 24, 2021
One of the biggest myths there was that Song of the South was about "happy slaves". Uncle Remus was a *sharecropper*, not a slave and so of course he was "happy" living where he was by choice. The biggest thing was that the little boy and the other kids didn't care what color he was and loved him like he was one of their own family. In fact, the little boy is nearly killed by a bull at the end when he goes to try and stop Remus from leaving.James Haskett, who played Remus won an academy award. The first African-American male actor to do so
at 12:45PM, April 22, 2021
These kinds of stories were not only the only kind of entertainment back before there was an Internet or even widely available books to read, but they also served as a practical way to pass on vital life lessons in a way that people could understand.
It's what the parables of the Bible are and it is what stories in old myths, like the Greco-Roman traditions are, telling us the dangers of hubris, how to treat others, and how to do certain practical things in life that will help us when things aren't the best.
at 8:44AM, April 22, 2021
People seem to forget wasn't too long past humanity didn't have time for stories that were pure entertainment. Stories that have endured did so for very good reasons.
at 9:43AM, April 22, 2021
We some how reached the conclusion that stories about fighting back aginst things bigger and stronger then you.. and challenging status quo when it is unfair and unjust are dangerous for children and society to hear.. you get in trouble for teaching anything but nonfiction where I work..