Jewish date: 23 ’Iyyar 5772 (Parashath Behar).
Today’s holidays: Day 38 of the ‘Omer (Judaism), Feast Day of Isidore (Roman Catholicism), Feast Day of St. Jagger (Church of the SubGenius), Nakba Day (anti-Semitism).
I have completed reading my collection of LaVeyan Satanism books. Now I have to get around to working a review…
In the meantime, I would like to note a few items.
1) “Same-sex unions and intermarriage: Against as a Jew, for as a citizen”: Elli Fischer correctly recognizes that there is a difference between what is morally or theologically correct and political rights. Governments are not good institutions for determining the truth, and so as a matter of practical policy we aim to keep them religion-neutral, just as we aim to keep the government from interfering with people’s business in general when they are not doing anything to hurt other people. This is the difference between not approving what one’s neighbor is doing that does not hurt other people and having the government stop him/her from doing it. Fischer also notes that religion and politics being too closely intertwined can lead to politicization of religion. For comparison, see Rav Shmuley Boteach’s “Obsession Over Social Sexual Issues Is Destroying America” and “Why American Religion Isn't Refining American Values”, which complain about the politicization of religion objections to homosexual marriages and abortion in the United States; Rav Boteach claims a corresponding lack of emphasis on other moral issues.
2) “Nevermind the Apocalypse: Earliest Mayan Calendar Found”: And, just as everyone with enough sense has been saying all along, the Mayans did not claim that the World ends on December 21, 2012.
3) I know at times that I have noted religious humor, but the Turks have made an anti-Semitic claim which is probably unintentionally funny: “Turkey suspects bird of being Israeli spy”. I suppose it is possible (or will be possible) to cyborgize a bee-eater and use it as a spy drone, but no claims of having pulled any electronics out of the bird are mentioned, and it seems like an awful lot of trouble to go through, and a human spy is arguably more practical and useful. Also: if one is going to make a ridiculous claim, at least one should try to make it awesome. The Egyptians at least had the sense to make the claim that Israel was using sharks, which are 39 times cooler than bee-eaters.