I believe that the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.
I believe all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of kinship, love and tolerance.
I don't believe in distinction of any kind, such as
- race, colour, ethnicity, nationality
- sex, gender identity
- sexual orientation
- language, culture
- religion, spirituality
- political opinion
- any opinion
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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Xian logic

Pope Benedict XVI formerly known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
and Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez of Chile

A week ago the Pope compared homosexuals and transsexuals (and transgendered people) to global warming and pollution - something human beings have to be saved from...

About three weeks ago, a Chilean cardinal said Madonna (the pop artist) offends God - thank God for people like Augusto Pinochet.

"this woman is visiting and with incredibly shameful behavior provokes a wild and lustful enthusiasm. Thoughts of lust, impure thoughts, impure acts, are an offense to God and a dirty stain on our heart"
-- Cardinal Jorge Medina

Well... Jorge, if that is what you think when you look at her, you shouldn't, perhaps, be looking at her. You might need to dig out your own eye.

Lust is only one of the seven deadly sins. I find it interesting how some Xians tend to forget this.

One of the others is greed, or "Avarice".
"Avarice is a more of a blanket term that can describe many other examples of greedy behavior. These include disloyalty, deliberate betrayal, or treason, especially for personal gain, for example through bribery. Scavenging and hoarding of materials or objects, theft and robbery, especially by means of violence, trickery, or manipulation of authority are all actions that may be inspired by greed."

Another one is wrath
"Wrath (or anger or "Rage") can manifest as vehement denial of the truth, both to others and in the form of self-denial, impatience with the procedure of law, and the desire to seek revenge outside of the workings of the justice system and generally wishing to do evil or harm to others. The transgressions borne of vengeance are among the most serious, including murder, assault, and in extreme cases, genocide."

In my mind Pinochet &Co's show of both avarice and wrath - and envy and pride as well - is more a stain than Madonna's show. Madonna, her lyrics or behavior has not inspired me to impure thoughts or acts. Pinochet's crimes against humanity, his cowardly avoidance of legal consequences to his hideous acts, the "hero worship" of "his" people, a cardinal praising a greedy and hateful villain, that inspires me to "impure thoughts" - I get angry every time I think of the... Yuk. There just aren't words ugly enough to describe the...
Yeah... talk about impure thoughts.

Salvador Allende had something Pinochet wanted...

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