Thursday, December 31, 2009

Things That Make You Go... W. T. F?

OK, I thought that the Conservative Church of England was all upset with the American Episcopalians because they are getting away from fundamental doctrine. So what the hell do you call this?

Priest in England says its OKAY TO STEAL! As long as you only steal from the man "large national chain stores." Must be some of that "liberation theology." Of course the idiot Rev. Tim Jones was smacked down in short order.

OK, so you want to debate whether a starving man can steal a loaf of bread, first I want to find a starving man anywhere in the UK, and then I want to ask him why he isn't on assistance. (Don't they call it "the Dole" over there?)

Next we can debate how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

This is why I prefer Zen. (Not that I am a practitioner.) When you say "Thou Shall Not Kill," then you get to spend 3 or 4 thousand years arguing about the meaning of a just war, and is self-defense OK, etc. (Actually I guess it helps that after "Thou shall not kill," you get instructions to go to the neighboring country over and kill all the men.) In place of the 10 commandments, there are the 5 moral precepts (like so many things, it depends on who is counting, and in some traditions students get an extra 5 rules.) Depending on who is doing the translation, they usually phrase it, "Refrain from killing."

Even the Dali Llama has endorsed the idea of self-defense.

Instead of "Thou shall not steal," Zen has, "Refrain from taking that which is not given."

Didn't some senior cleric in the COE endorse the idea of Sharia law in parts of Britain a few years back? It must be something in the water over there - they are going insane.

So anyway, I wonder what wacky stuff the Church of England will come up with next.

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