The people commended all the men who volunteered to live in Jerusalem. - Nehemiah 11:2
Another short day. And another day that's pretty much just a list (is it time for Job yet?).
The section starts out by saying they are making an agreement, and it lists all the people that will be putting their seal on it. In this agreement they promise not to do several "sinful" things, including intermarrying, buying things on the sabbath, give offerings, etc.
In chapter 11, the Israelites have to draw lots on who will go back to Jerusalem. The "exiles" of Jerusalem had become so accustom to their new homes outside of the city that they didn't want to go back. So much for the wonderful promised land.
Oh boy, we have a special day today. I'm going to hate on some atheists.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is starting a letter writing campaign, and a boycott of the US postal service for their use of Mother Teresa on stamps. Now, contrary to popular belief, Mother Teresa may not have been the wonderful person we're led to believe she was.
The FFRF is arguing that Mother Teresa is primarily remembered for being a Catholic nun, and not for being a humanitarian. This would violate the USPS' regulation against honoring "individuals whose principal achievements are associated with religious undertakings". To defend their position, the FFRF is saying stupid things like this:
You can't really separate her being a nun and being a Roman Catholic from everything she didIs the FFRF saying you can't be a humanitarian without being a Roman Catholic? I suppose atheist organizations are capable of doing mental gymnastics to support their less intelligent arguments as well. They're not done digging their grave yet:
There's this knee jerk response that everything she did was humanitarianThat "knee jerk" response would be a general public consensus. Therefore you can't really argue that she isn't remembered for being a humanitarian if you, yourself admit that most people immediately think of her as a humanitarian. Dear FFRF: You are being stupid.
You are leaving the door wide open for people to say stupid shit like this:
Mother Teresa was a woman universally beloved across the globe for her humanitarian efforts in India and around the world. Her work with the poor and the dying, the disabled and disadvantaged, with refugees, and so on earned her the Nobel Peace Prize (an honor that was actually earned, imagine that) in 1979. So when the United States Postal Service decided to honor her life with a commemorative stamp, most people were happy. But of course, since a Christian is being honored, a group of atheists are outrageously outraged and want the Post Office to cancel the stamp.And, you know, as stupid as what that person just said is, you are being no less stupid. As an organization that's supposed to be representing a movement for intelligence, maybe you should start being a little more intelligent.
This is the final straw for me, the FFRF is totally ok with a stamp for REVEREND Martin Luther King Junior. Are you kidding me? There's a little thing called picking your battles. The FFRF has picked the wrong one.
I'm going to stop before I lose my atheist card.
(via Fox News)