Friday, February 09, 2007

A Platoon of Lesbians

I love this. I'm taking it from FrontLines blog, run by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

I'll just quote them:
Yesterday, during hearings on the State Department's 2008 budget request, [Congressman Gary] Ackerman noted that Secretary Rice repeatedly emphasized the importance of recruiting qualified language experts to work in the agency. Remembering that the armed forces have fired more than 300 language experts (including at least 55 fluent in Arabic), Ackerman wondered, "Can we marry up those two — or maybe that's the wrong word — can we have some kind of union of those two issues?"

"I'm not aware of the availability of people, but I certainly will look [at] what we are doing right now," Rice responded.

"But maybe you might find some of those competent people among those who are recently unemployed," Ackerman replied.

But it was the Congressman's clear disguist for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the military ban that led to those dismissals, that has everyone in Washington buzzing:

"Well, it seems that the military has gone around and fired a whole bunch of people who speak foreign languages — Farsi and Arabic, etc.," Ackerman said. "For some reason, the military seems more afraid of gay people than they are against terrorists, but they're very brave with the terrorists. ... If the terrorists ever got a hold of this information, they'd get a platoon of lesbians to chase us out of Baghdad."

I can just see that, can't you?


Anonymous Anonymous said...


I posted a response to your Romans 1 and 2 discussion on the "Spitzer Video" thread.

Didn't know how long you keep up with these things.

February 09, 2007 1:29 PM  
Blogger digger said...

Dear Anonymous,

The "therefore" in Romans 2:1 is the greek word "gar", which simply indicates that what comes after depends on what came before (isn't that what "therefore" means in English?).

It's a good question about Romans 1:32 (or all of Romans 1:18 ff.). Why is Paul telling the Roman Christians what the Roman pagans are doing wrong? I tell you what I think: I think he's setting them up. Perhaps he received some concerns the Christians in Rome shared about the licentiousness and sinfulness of the pagan community which surrounded them. How else would Paul know what was going on among the pagans in Rome?

But we come back to the question, why is Paul talking about the pagans' sins to the Christians. you might think that he will go on to tell them not to follow that example.

But he doesn't. He says "What is your excuse, oh man" and proceeds to list the sins of the Roman Christians. He brands them as hypocrites and says that he who judges now will be judged in the end (it correlates with "Judge not that ye be not judged" and "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone;" a consistent, repeated message).

Paul says the Roman pagans have no excuse, because they deliberately reject Christ's message (I disagree with Paul here: do the pagans really have access to the gospels?); he points out that this may be the cause of their sinfulness.

But I think his point in this whole passage is to indicate to the Christians in Rome that they are as sinful as the people they accuse. Such accusation is not the right path. Rather, the right action is to live proper lives, and to be patient, kind and tolerant.

Paul is certainly not rousing up the masses for a crusade against sinfulness in the pagan community; rather, the opposite.

Do you see how unbiblical the actions of FOF, FRC, CRC, CWA, CCA, et al.against the lgbt community are, even if they believe we are sinful heathens?

Snow forcast for Tuesday!!


February 09, 2007 2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice design of blog.

August 13, 2007 3:25 PM  

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