Deborah K Jamil

Reconciling Different Concepts of God

  •   "The public school is the closest thing we have in America to a national established church, Getting-An-Education the closest thing to God and it should be possible to treat it and deal with it as the church has been treated and dealt with." (Herndon, James. p. 112, How To Survive In Your Native Land.) The most dangerous things in our lives are those we cannot question. Their sacrosanct status prevents us from the examination of our 'norms' which would help us determine what

    Posted on January 9, 2017 9:45 pm
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    When someone does something we disapprove of, like shoot-up a school, we immediately focus all of our attention on that person and try to figure out what is wrong with them and how to punish them and see that justice is done. It is always about "them," never "us." We are doing our bit by holding down a job and paying our taxes. As long as we have a job and pay our taxes, we are absolved of all responsibility

    Posted on January 5, 2017 11:08 pm
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  • The meme was found on the Facebook page "The Other 98%" from August 21, 2015. This appeals to our heart's wishes; we want to solve these problems, but over-simplification won't work. Here we have extremely simplistic thinking that keeps us in this mire. It's pervasive and it's the main obstacle to solving these problems and many like them. Introspection must be a priority. My book, After the Clear Signs and this blog provide a narrative for the necessary introspection and deep examination of

    Posted on January 4, 2017 8:17 pm
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      To infer that the prophets' warnings against the worshipping of false idols refer to the worship of statues is to trivialize them and their message. The problem has never been pieces of wood or stone; it has been wooden, inflexible humans with hearts of stone. These inhumane humans are the most dangerous idols, the ones most strongly warned against by people who see the whole picture. The false idols in human form prominently display false concern for others' welfare, as

    Posted on January 2, 2017 5:40 am
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      A body that the spirit has left can be made to appear as if still alive by a skilled embalmer and make-up artist. The same can be done for a religious or government body by skilled clerics, politicians, social workers, justices, educators, etc. These professionals are paid to create the appearance of morality, caring, fairness, justice, where none exists. The numerous places for locking up unwanted, unattractive, undesirable people--our prisons, nursing homes, mental hospitals, schools--demonstrate our value for keeping

    Posted on December 28, 2016 7:58 pm
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