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Saturday, May 21, 2005

Lutheran Minister Is An Atheist

Sometimes you can read an article, then read it again, and still not understand. This is one of those times.
'Atheist' back in pulpit

Copenhagen - A Danish Lutheran minister who was suspended after he publicly denied the existence of God renewed his clerical vows on Friday so that he can return to the pulpit.

Reverend Thorkild Grosboell promised he would be faithful to the "apostolic belief", but did not retract comments he made in a 2003 interview in which he said "there is no heavenly God".

Denmark's Lutheran Church suspended him because of the comments and asked the government to put him before a disciplinary labour court.

In Denmark, Lutheran ministers are employed by the state and only the government can fire or send them to the court, with a recommendation from their presiding bishop.

On May 11, Jan Lindhardt, the bishop of the Roskilde diocese, west of Copenhagen, said he would consider reinstating Grosboell if he was willing to renew his vows.

Grosboell did so on Friday by signing a document in front of Lindhardt, saying he would "act faithfully to the apostolic belief before the face of God". (
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The fact that the Danish church is run by the government may explain this screwy set of circumstances.

But for the life of me, I don't understand why a church would countenance one of their ministers being an atheist. What possible good does he serve? Or is the position of Lutheran minister in Denmark viewed no differently than that of garbage collector or street sweeper?

What good is the church?

What Goes Up ...

This brings back bad memories.
Man Seeks Bottlerockets, Fires Gun Instead

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) -- A man who wanted to fire off bottlerockets but grabbed his gun instead and fired into the sky was arrested Thursday after stray bullets hit two homes.


Nathan Rock, 27, was faces misdemeanor charges of unlawful use of a weapon and reckless endangerment, the Summit County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Rock told police he had some cocktails earlier in the evening and was looking for bottlerockets. Coming up empty, Rock said he shot several rounds from his handgun into the air from his porch and driveway. (link)
Back when Paula and I lived in Bullitt County, Kentucky, we had a crazy neighbor who (I hope isn't reading this and), every New Year's Eve would, at the stroke of midnight, run outside with a (completely illegal) fully automatic high-powered rifle, scream in righteous fury, and empty his (20, 30 round?) clip into the sky. Our dodging the fallout - and potential ricochets - kind of dampened our enthusiasm for the holiday. Especially since Paula wouldn't let me return fire.

What ever happened to simply getting plastered and banging pots and pans?

Jeesh.

Don't Jump The Gun

Not too fast, old-timer. You'll get your turn soon enough.
Man, 90, Crashes Car at Funeral Procession

BIRDSBORO, Pa. (AP) -- A car in a funeral procession entering a cemetery in Exeter Township, Berks County, careened out of control and struck a minivan in the procession, and nine people were injured in the crash, police said.


Howard L. Luckenbill, 90, the driver of the car; his wife, Laura Luckenbill, 91; and six people who were in the van were taken to Reading Hospital with unspecified injuries, police said. A 13-year-old boy in the van was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital with head injuries, officials said.

Lisa O'Hara, 37, a family service counselor in a nearby office, said she saw Luckenbill's car collide with the van and ran to help. "He (Luckenbill) said, 'I bought new shoes for the funeral and I thought I was hitting the brake, but I was hitting the gas,' " O'Hara said. (link)
Everyone wants to be the center of attention.

Hang The Bastard

You thought the Abu Ghraib prison guards were in big trouble for putting panties on the heads of prisoners. That's nothing compared to what's going to happen to this guy.
Man Accused of Tossing Kittens From Car

HURON, Ohio (AP) -- A part-time police officer has been accused of throwing two kittens out of a car while driving at 70 mph.


Derik Wilhelm, 26, is charged with two counts of animal cruelty and two counts of abandoning animals. The charges are misdemeanors that carry up to 90 days in jail.

Wilhelm is an officer in the village of Castalia, about 50 miles east of Toledo, and a ranger for Erie MetroParks. (link)
If the average person convicted of child molestation spends six years in prison, this guy should get broken bones. Decapitation. Scalding in boiling water. Drawing and Quartering.

Kittens for God's sake!

Breaking News: 60 Illegals Arrested

We've nabbed 60 illegal aliens.
60 Illegal Immigrants Arrested in 6 States

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) -- Sixty illegal immigrants employed as contract workers at industrial plants - including refineries, power plants and an air cargo facility - were arrested as possible threats to homeland security, officials announced Friday. (
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That leaves just 11,999,940 to go and we have the illegal alien problem solved.

I always try to look on the bright side of things.

Roanoke Times Demands That Newsweek Be Punished

As a result of Newsweek's having inflamed the entire Muslim world with its bogus Koran-in-the-toidy story, resulting in the deaths of seventeen people in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Roanoke Times, in an editorial today, is demanding an investigation and punishment for those responsible.
Demand accountability

The latest horrific revelations of abuse of detainees must lead to a full investigation, and punishment of all those responsible.
The Roanoke Times

While it seems unfortunately clear that accountability for prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib will not extend much above the ranks of enlisted soldiers poorly trained for their role as jailors, the latest account of deadly prisoner abuse in Friday's and today's New York Times should prompt outrage sufficient to demand accountability at the highest levels.

One detainee, known only as Dilawar, for instance, cried out, "Allah! Allah!" whenever he was kneed in the thigh. The guards found this so amusing that it became a running joke that MPs from the platoon would come to see.

According to one of the guards, "It went on over a 24-hour period, and I would think that it was over 100 strikes." (link)
Oh. Sorry. I misread the article.

I thought the Times editors were outraged by Newsweek's having murdered seventeen people. But no. They're indignant about a story that was made public two years ago in which a guard allegedly "kneed" a terrorist in Afghanistan sometime in the distant past.

This must be what's known as "selective outrage."

The Depths To Which They've Lapsed

The left in this country is unhinged. Irrational. Mean and nasty. Since the election in 2000 when George W Bush was "selected not elected" by the Supreme Court, they have become downright intolerable. And, as their influence continues to decline, it will only get worse.

In the meantime, we will have to endure such insults as this:
Calvin College faculty, grads, students protest Bush visit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- A full-page advertisement as an open letter to President Bush signed by 823 people affiliated with Calvin College was published in Friday's editions of The Grand Rapids Press, protesting his planned appearance as the school's commencement speaker.

The signees - self-described alumni, students, faculty and "friends" of the Christian liberal arts college - said they are "deeply troubled" that Bush will be the speaker at Saturday's ceremony.

"In our view, the policies and actions of your administration, both domestically and internationally over the past four years, violate many deeply held principles of Calvin College," their ad said. (link)
If I were to take a poll, I'd probably find out that most every college and university in America would die to have the president give the commencement address at their graduation ceremony. But these Ward Churchills are so blinded by their resentment that they've shed all semblance of reasonableness and comity. They are simply driven by hate.

Only they will suffer for it.

Get Out Of The United Nations

I am first and foremost an historian (on the side, I work for food). Which means, I should know more about an organization that came and went back in the 1950's called the John Birch Society. I recall only a few things about it. The "John Birchers" were virulently anti-Communist, were despised by the left, and put up a lot of billboards along the nation's highways demanding that the U.S. get out of the U.N.

If I were to do the necessary research, I'd probably find that I wouldn't want my good name associated with the "John Birchers" but their one lingering idea - that we should abandon the United Nations - is becoming ever more popular.

And here's why:

More Money, Smaller U.S. Role Is Sought
BY BENNY AVNI, Staff Reporter of the New York Sun


UNITED NATIONS - Stating that the United Nations needs "nothing less than a transformation," the organization's chief of staff, Mark Malloch Brown, told Congress yesterday that reform could be achieved only by increasing funding and reducing American interference at Turtle Bay.

Mr. Malloch Brown told the House International Relations Committee that Secretary-General Annan is intent on making changes, and that he has introduced more U.N. reforms than "any of his predecessors." He said that in order for Mr. Annan to realize future reform, he must be "given back the power to manage" the world body and member states, including top contributor America, must fund the organization "properly." (link)

How about that for chutzpah? The United Nations is the most corrupt, feckless, wasteful, and inept organization on earth and its chief of staff tells the USA that, in order to reform itself, it requires more of our tax dollars and less of our complaining.

Well, I have a better idea. I demand that we abandon the United Nations completely. At that point, its chief of staff of the United Nations will get no more complaints from me.

The John Birch Society had it right all along.