Constructing walls of intolerance can be fatal

towEvery person is unique, thank goodness, and by being individual, each person has the potential of offering something wonderful to their family, friends, community, country and the human race. This week, I have been writing about how a local pastor has been promoting messages that divide and categorize people. (Today is the second part of Pastor Mark Smith’s sermon “Justice Mocked by the Jews.”) And as I further contemplate how his actions, his choices, lay the groundwork for anti-Semitism and hate in my community, I realize how much I feel sorry for him and the people to whom he preaches.

Yesterday, I wrote about how he separates people into those who are saved by Jesus, and those who are not. The latter group, he insists, ultimately will be damned if they do not believe what he does; what his church believes. If that is one’s belief, then one has the right to adhere to that belief…as long as one does not force that belief onto someone else, or intentionally hurt others in the name of said belief.

So why do I feel sorry for them? Continue reading

Do Not Attempt!

IMG_2034xIs it really necessary for a car company to post the “Do not attempt” warning on its TV commercial that shows a few rock climbers slam an abundance of over-sized blocks of plastique on the face of a cliff before an explosion neatly shapes cars in stone? Other than an expectation of Johnny Knoxville accepting that challenge based on its superfluous advisement, are there people stupid enough to attempt this?

Can’t you just hear the advertising guys standing in front of a bunch of Honda suits displaying their sketched version of Mt. Rushmore and pitching this idea that further deteriorates the remaining respect for Presidents’ Day?

All images courtesy of Honda and CNN