Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Two tidbits from the news

The first one I read on the way to work and I had to bite my finger to keep from laughing hysterically and getting thrown off the bus.

In Spain, Human Rights for Apes

Now, there is obviously more to the story but that doesn't alter the impact of the headline. I'm pretty sure it's firmly connected to the whole evolution debate, and it will eventually just be ignored but the headline certainly catches the eye.

And then there's this one, that totally pissed me off.

Obama's Private Prayer 'Leaked'

One of the basic concepts behind leaving a prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem is that it's between you and the deity. It's similar to the concept of the Tibetan prayer flags. As the medium disintegrates, the prayer becomes part of the Cosmos. There's a considerable crossing of paths between orthodox Jewish mysticism and Buddhism. But that's neither here nor there. WTF is up with some "orthodox seminary student" grabbing it out of the Wall? Nothing in the rules says the prayers of non-Jews are unwelcome. And I hope this brat's teachers do something to make his life holy (and I do mean holy) hell for this. Now, that said, I did (of course) read the prayer and am deeply touched by it. Even were I cynic enough (and, btw, I am) to say that he left it hoping for it to be found and publicized, it remains a lovely sentiment.

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