More signs that the world is going mad:
Item #1: Cardinal Francis Arinze spoke about Catholic doctrine on the family during his commencement address at allegedly Catholic Georgetown University. A professor of theology at the university rudely walked off the stage, some students followed her example, and 70 faculty members signed a letter of protest.
Cardinal Arinze said, “In many parts of the world, the family is under siege. It is opposed by an anti-life mentality as is seen in contraception, abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. It is scorned and banalized by pornography, desecrated by fornication and adultery, mocked by homosexuality, sabotaged by irregular unions and cut in two by divorce.”
Now, I’m no theologian but I do read the Bible. Seems to me the cardinal was simply stating what has been official Church doctrine for about 2,000 years. Funny that would offend students and professors at a “Catholic” university.
Item #2: Researchers at Wayne State University have concluded that chimpanzees are so closely related to humans that they should be included in the human branch of the family tree. Their work led to a conclusion that humans and chimps share 99.4% of their DNA.
Chimps are currently in the genus Pan, while humans are alone in the genus Homo. One wonders about the legal ramifications of a reclassification. If chimps are classed as first cousins, are they entitled to the same protections we enjoy under the law?
And imagine the theological implications. Do chimps have souls? If not, do we? Are we nothing more than a slightly more evolved group of scratching, spitting, poop-throwing apes?
Which is, I think, the point. Convince enough people that we’re thisclose to being bush meat, then we can rule out the existence of God, and by extension, rationalize behavior that isn’t restrained by a fear for one’s immortal soul.
Item #3, from WorldNetDaily: “Although Robert Harlan was convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering a 25-year-old woman and shooting another woman passer-by who tried to help, leaving her paralyzed, a Colorado judge yesterday overturned his death sentence because some jurors had read the Bible during their deliberations. …
“Ironically, said the (Reuters) report, Adams County District Judge John J. Vigil admitted Harlan’s crimes ”were among the most grievous, heinous and reprehensible” he had ever seen, writing in his ruling: ‘If any case merits the death penalty, there cannot be serious debate about this case being that case.'”
“Nevertheless, wrote the judge, the death penalty ‘must be imposed in a constitutional manner.'”
I have questions:
(1) Do witnesses swear to tell the truth in Judge Vigil’s courtroom while placing their right hands on a Bible?
(2) Has Judge Vigil ever read the Constitution?
So that you may judge the judge, I submit Amendment I to the Constitution of the United States of America:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Now where exactly does Judge Vigil find in that sentence, “Jury can’t read Bibles while sequestered”?