Who’s Afraid of Isis?

Isis-Aphrodite

Isis-Aphrodite (Met)

Isis-Aphrodite is a form of the great goddess Isis that emphasizes the fertility aspects associated with Aphrodite. She was concerned with marriage and childbirth and, following very ancient pharaonic prototypes, also with rebirth. Elaborate accessories, including an exaggerated calathos (the crown of Egyptian Greco-Roman divinities) emblazoned with a tiny disk and horns of Isis, heighten the effect of her nudity.

Figures depicting this goddess are found in both domestic and funerary contexts. Popular already in the 3rd to 2nd centuries B.C., they continued to be made in Roman times. Dating technology places this piece in the Roman period, probably about AD 150, and the long narrow face and rather dry expression do not contradict such a date.

And here’s a note from Wiki:

Isis was worshipped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the patroness of nature and magic. She was the friend of slaves, sinners, artisans and the downtrodden, but she also listened to the prayers of the wealthy, maidens, aristocrats and rulers.[2] Isis is often depicted as the mother of Horus, the falcon-headed deity associated with king and kingship (although in some traditions Horus’s mother was Hathor). Isis is also known as protector of the dead and goddess of children.

I wouldn’t want to be using the Name of this Protective Mother Goddess to murder people in God’s Name.

Thou Shalt NOT Read This (it’s about the Satanic Temple, again!)

According to some, the Ten Commandments are the “Foundation of Western Civilization.”  Even when I was a Protestant Minister I thought that was bizarre.  It’s nonsense to say that an ancient exclusive, tribal list of Shalts and Shalt Nots has anything much to do with our modern systems of law, culture, government, community or personal ethics. “Our God is the only God” and He demands you Believe and Be Nice!  I don’t find that convincing or impressive.

Why wouldn’t the Lord of the Universe simply Boom Out of the Sky:

“Be Good, Please!”

?

Well, then along comes the Bad Boy of Belief Systems, The Satanic Temple (of course it’s kinda made-up and meant to be scary. . .in a pleasant way).

Compare their “tenets” to the ancient “commands.”

Damn!  I have to vote for the ST yet again!

This reminds me why I’m a Happy Secular.

Satanic Temple tenets

Seven Fundamental Tenets

1. One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.
2. The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.
3. One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.
4. The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo your own.
5. Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.
6. People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused.
7. Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word

Note that note at the bottom about their “mission”:

“To encourage benevolence and empathy among all people. . .we embrace practical common sense and justice.”

Amen. . .uhhh. . .ummmm

{Today’s Brainsticker:  remember who “invented” the devil/satan/the adversary.  We should be careful what we invent. . .it may come back to bite us in the butt of our beliefs!}

 

We’re All Pilgrims: Protecting Faith and Freethinking

Pilgrim Refugees
Makes you think, doesn’t it?

Some hopeful news for all you pilgrims out there in this firey and fearful world. . .

Humanists Support Local Mosque in Washington State (Friendly Atheist)

If you feel threatened, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to accompany anyone who feels that their safety is at risk (e.g. grocery shopping, on a walk around town, or just for someone to talk to). If we can advocate for you in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us, and know that you have friends and allies amongst The Humanists of the Palouse.

(note the wonderfully gracious response from the mosque)

This reminded me of a recent story on this gesture of compassion. . .

Satanists Offer to Escort Muslims in Minnesota (Progressive Secular Humanist)

If there is anyone in the Minneapolis area who is Muslim and afraid to leave their home out of fear for some kind of backlash, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would be glad to escort you where you need to go without advertising our presence – just big dudes walking you where you need to be. We would also happily accompany you so you can get some groceries.

Several Muslims commented,

I don’t live in Minneapolis, but as an American Muslim, I’m glad to see you guys take up this effort and help out a marginalized group. Thank you for doing this and building bridges between communities.


I am Muslim and thank you for your kind offer. It’s really heartening and reflective of how humans should treat each other. You are a reflection of kindness.

As for Pilgrims, on this day of gratefulness, when we Give Thanks to Good in Life, I appreciated these reflections by Harold Meyerson:

Thanksgiving:  our Refugee Holiday (Washington Post)

Thanksgiving is our holiday of refugee commemoration. We have no holiday to commemorate the first successful English settlement, Jamestown, which was a commercial and political venture, or the first French and Spanish settlements, which were also commercial and political. We celebrate only the arrival and survival of a band of Pilgrims seeking not only opportunity but also refuge. Of the many and varied American creation epics, this is the one we have chosen to celebrate.

Whether you’re a Person of Faith or a Humanist, Satanist or Freethinker, walk in safety and freedom and have a Peaceful Pilgrim Day! (aka, “Save the Turkeys and Just Be Grateful” Day!)

Prayer or Silence?

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I wonder if most religious folks really understand what they’re doing when they pray.  When I was praying, I’m not sure I really knew why.

Here’s my comment on this Saturday Evening Post article, The Power of Prayer.

This article starts and ends in silence, and that’s good. Silence is, of course, not “prayer.” As a former Protestant Minister who did a huge amount of praying both in public and private, I now can appreciate any call to silence and calm, reasonable contemplation of Life. Since, after all, humans want to feel they are connected to Life and living. Putting a “God” or even “Presence” label on Life doesn’t really help, in my opinion. In fact, often it gets in the way of. . .actual living.

 

True Believers

Statue-of-Liberty-Stop

“Give me your tired, your poor, your homeless. . .AFTER they’ve been screened and vetted by Homeland Security, THEN they can come in to be hounded, harassed and treated with suspicion (and we really prefer Christians).”

-words on the Statue of Liberty (as read by Re-Publicans)

Repub Jesus

Many Muslims are speaking up to condemn terrorist attacks in the name of Islam (#notinmyname; #notallmuslims; etc).  A good first step, and this voice needs to grow much louder.

Now, maybe, more Christians will speak out to condemn the fear-mongering (verbal terrorism) of our Preacher Politicians who LOVE to talk about their faith when it serves them.

But ‘Publican JC is BIG right now, isn’t he?

(He may even be taller than Lady Liberty!)

Walt Whitman Died for You

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Well, of course, he didn’t, but maybe he left his own “saving gospel.”

“Good in all,

In the satisfaction and aplomb of animals,

In the annual return of the seasons,

In the hilarity of youth,

In the strength and flush of manhood [personhood],

In the grandeur and exquisiteness of old age,

In the superb vistas of death.

Wonderful to depart!

Wonderful to be here!. . . .

To be this incredible God I am!

To have gone forth among other Gods, these men and women I love.”

Song at Sunset

Not to Worry: Congress is Praying for You

Comforting, isn't it?
Comforting, isn’t it?

Well, this has to be the latest disappointment from the “sacred halls” of national government.

Congressional Prayer Caucus

Isn’t it comforting (even for you non-US folks) to know that nearly 100 members of Congress meet regularly to pray?

And they send letters of support to “persecuted Christians” like Kim Davis and the praying high school coach in Washington.  How nice.

It’s sure good to know that our elected leaders have so much time to practice, protect and promote their Christian faith all over this Secular nation.

And, sure enough, the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation has a holy mission,

“to promote prayer, protect religious freedom and restore, upgrade and popularize America’s founding spirit and the principles related to faith and morality that shaped this Great Republic.”

Why? Because, as we all know (don’t we?):

“There is a concerted effort to remove God from our culture, and negate the influence that the Christian faith had on establishing the principles upon which our liberties are secured”

At least we have these folks to remind us of the “criminalizing of Christianity” in America and the “executive fiat and judicial tyranny” that threatens Christian Religious Freedom!

Please, if you’re NOT living in America, pray to Zeus for us, will you?  America needs some guidance from above (the shoulders)!


Oh, and don’t miss one Senator’s complaints about Separation of Church and State

Orrin Hatch Preaches to the Senate

(Religion is being Attacked!  No Prayer in Schools!  No God in Government!  No Bibles in Class!  These folks sure know how to both Whine and Lie in the same breath)