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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Beyond Religion with Rabbi Rami: I Have Failed, Part One

Beyond Religion with Rabbi Rami: I Have Failed, Part One: "It seems that there is no horror God can command or commit that will shake the faith of true believers. This may not be shocking, but it should be sobering: as long as we excuse and commend God’s evil we will most likely collude in the commission of that evil...

After months of analyzing the Bible, placing it in its historical context, and wrestling with its often-contradictory teachings, to have the vast majority of students blithely excuse the shadow side of God and defend the evil that comes from it, I cannot escape the notion that I have failed my students, and failed them miserably. And I despair of the world they will create, a world filled with evil done in the name of the God they call Love."

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  1. Check out parts 2-4 of Rami's "rant" - he sounds fed up with "Interfaith" and ready for the revolution. Is he ready to cross over to the "Bright" side?

    "What we need is an explosion of holy rascals like Thomas Jefferson who dare to separate the “diamonds” of wisdom from the “dunghill” of ignorance, arrogance, violence, greed, hatred, xenophobia, misogyny, homophobia, racism, Anti-Semitism, etc. that surrounds and obscures the truths found in all sacred scriptures.

    What we need is rebellion against insanity and absurdity, and a revolution for justice and compassion..." http://rabbirami.blogspot.com/

  2. What a wonderful post from Rabbi Rami. I too am fed up with the "interfaith" dialogue, which is basically a few moments to dial down the hate within and direct it towards non-believers.

    Just as we saw in A&P, no amount of reason is applicable to ideas and beliefs about a transcendent being, i.e., beyond space, time, understanding, etc. Ridicule is the only defense against ridiculous claims. Again, Thomas Jefferson--the shining diamond of wisdom:

    “Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.”

  3. God (he said only somewhat ironically), it just seems to be that kind of week really. I had to unfriend someone on Facebook earlier today and leave a group, because... in response to being shown an article about woman-led and gay-friendly mosques popping up in the world, the leader of the Facebook group (someone I have met several times in RL) said something to the effect of "These mosques should be burned to the ground. I'm not advising vigilante justice or for anyone to take matters into their own hands, but that's what should be in our hearts. We should feel angry that such places exist and take joy when they're destroyed."