I am always fascinated by those of any form of official religious orientation since they are confident of their connectedness to the Old Man up in the sky. They frequently confuse me. On one hand, the organization religious person is convinced of the necessity that all people should be a member of his/her church or synagogue or mosque or whatever. A young pastor in Sweden heard about a vacancy in a parish and she submitted her name for the position. Initially, the vicar was impressed by her qualifications and she felt confident the parish would prefer a pastor in her thirties to a retired pastor who was holding down the job until a replacement could be found. After several attempts to communicate further with the vicar, all connections ended. The woman contacted someone she knew who worked in the vicar’s office and was told he found out that she was a lesbian and he did not want “one of those” creatures tending to his flock.
A minor incident in the world of religion. The world will not end because this lesbian minister can not find a job working with people. It only exemplifies the hypocrisy of those who run most organized religions. If God indeed created this world, where is it written God was against lesbians?
The government of Israel was accused of utilizing excessive force in responding to a flotilla of ships from Turkey that were bringing supplies to the people of Gaza. Obviously, if a there is an internal issues a nation ordinarily puts together an impartial group of men and women to investigate the issue–like the Kennedy assassination. The flotilla incident involved two nations which would ordinarily result in some form of combined group that has people from both societies or an international commission. But, this is modern Israel which believes the world is against it and thus one can not trust anyone but those from within our society to deal with an international event. The Turkel Commission found no evidence of violation of international law and concluded Israeli soldiers only fired when attacked. As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concluded: “IDF soldiers defended themselves and their country.” He pointed out they boarded “the Mamara with courage and restraint.”
But, the prime minister did not discuss who was on board the Mamara. Were they Hamas militants waiting with assault weapons? Did passengers have grenades, rocket launchers or anything resembling powerful weapons? No, is the answer. Most passengers were middle aged men and women, hardly a threat to any tough IDF soldiers. Of course, some of the men could have wielded their canes as weapons and caused undue harm to the Israel military.
Throughout most of the twentieth century, Israel was confronted by Arab nations that wanted to end its existence. That world no longer exists. Egypt and Jordan have recognized Israel. Turkey, for decades had a warm, close relationship with Israel, until the Gaza invasion. The bottom line is an international incident requires an international commission or no one will believe the Israel commission.
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