Jewish date: 26 Tammuz 5770 (Parashath Maṭṭoth-Mas‘e).
Today’s holidays: The Three Weeks (Judaism), Isra Al Mi’Raj (Ascent of the Prophet Muhammad) (Islam), Lailat al Miraj (Islam), Thursday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time (Roman Catholicism), Feast Day of St. Zorak/National Camel Toad Hunting Day (secular) (Church of the SubGenius).
Worthy causes of the day: “End Childhood Hunger in America! - The Petition Site”, “ONE | Path to 2015”, “Protect Against New Drilling - The Petition Site”, and “BPMakesMeSick.com”.
Topic 1: Jesus (1979), otherwise known as The Jesus Film. I have already written about this movie in a previous post. Not much has really changed based on watching it again. The most original thing about this film is that Satan is played by a snake, probably a reference back to the Garden of ‘Edhen. There is also an invitation at the end for the viewer to let Jesus into his/her life which seems unbelievably annoying. I give this movie a rating of “r̼̊”.
Topic 2: Anti-Semitism update: The Dry Bones cartoon “Crime Conference (1975)”.
Topic 3: On a more positive note: “'Energy Star' label graces churches for efficiency”. Now the Environmental Protection Agency is certifying houses of worship as being energy efficient. This may seem strange, but there is a logic to it. Houses of worship exist to enable and promote the practice of religion, including caring for other people, which is ultimately behind environmentalism. (People suffer from environmental problems.) Having a house of worship certified, with a plaque as proof, furthers this goal. By setting a good example, showing that this matter is important, certified houses of worship encourage their members to follow the example, thus making this world a little better.
Topic 4: For today’s religious humor: “Saints and Thinkers”, the first cartoon of which asks an interesting question which might in itself be a valid Zen kōan.