He sent me an email this morning that shows how often Iraq is mentioned in the Bible (called Mesopotamia, The Cradle of Life, etc.) and it's all wrapped up neatly with how the symbol of the US is an Eagle, and how Saddam Hussein doesn't even KNOW the Koran because why would he wage war with us (I'll give you a minute to find the fallacy in those previous five words) when it CLEARLY states in the Koran:
Koran (9:11 ) - For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a fearsome Eagle. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair still more rejoiced; for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah; and there was peace.
(Note the verse number! note from my uncle)
OoooOOooh, 9/11!! Clearly we should be at war with the people that attacked us. I mean, the people that hid/raised/grew the people that attacked us. I mean, the people that have all the oil. Except, here's the fun part. THAT IS NOT THE VERSE IN THE KORAN. I'm assuming the "creator" of this email didn't think people would bother to LOOK IT UP. Because what good red-blooded American would own a copy of the Koran? Or... have access to a downloadable version?
The actual 9:11 verse: [9.11] But if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, they are your brethren in faith; and We make the communications clear for a people who know.
Yeah. That lacks... zazz. Oh, and for those that are religious/spiritual/Christian, please do not forget that YOUR LEADER (aka Jesus Christ, Son of Man, Son of God, the Omega to God's Alpha, Jehovah, Messiah, Savior of All Mankind) said the following:
* Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. [Matt 5:7]
* Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. [Matt 5:9]
* For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees (me: others), ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. [Matt 5:20]
* But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. [Matt 5: 44]
* Freely ye have received, freely give. [Matt 10:8]
* This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouths, and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. [Matt 15: 8]
(Further thoughts on BLINDNESS in religion: Matt. 23, the whole thing. Woe unto ye, blind guides, ye hypocrites! Oh, and there's the second commandment Jesus gave: love thy neighbor as thyself. (But that just means next-door, right?)
But no, let's all ignore the words of [y]our leader. Let's bend and twist those VERY LOVELY IDEAS so we can justify our wanting to conquer and say "god" wanted us to. Yep, Jesus was all about the wars huh? *eyeroll* Know your own religion, people. (Mostly directed at people who blindly follow without ASKING QUESTIONS.)
Spring Break is OVER and I have my house back to myself and I have ideas and paper and a NEW ROCKING CHAIR outside to enjoy the nice cool/sunny weather. I also have a few chapters left in the AMAZING book I'm reading, "Never Let Me Go," by Kazuo Ishiguro, and boy, were you all right. I am HOOKED on it. Fabulous fabulous, subtle, wonderfully written, delightfully creepy/sinister, and I cannot wait for the end. Because then I can read it all over again. I'm also really REALLY enjoying the new Finger Eleven album (thanks, Andrea!! *kiss kiss kiss*) and a CD my lil' sister made me. Music = happiness.
There will be a second post today of all the recipe clippings I've been collecting, but I'm kind and will cut for your scrolling pleasure. :)
Also, LAST NIGHT'S ROME, OMG. Put "spoiler" in the comment heading if you're going to talk about it, as there are a few on my flist who haven't seen it yet, and I want to talk about it! HOLY CRAP. I love that show. AHHHHH!!! HAPPY MONDAY!
[ETA] AHahahahahaha, Chris Rock! And don't forget tonight is The Riches on FX at 9pm CST! Eddie Izzard as a con man, yay!