Monday, August 14, 2006

T minus 4 hours

...until the ceasefire begins. They sure do seem to be going on until the last possible moment, though.

In light of this, I hope it holds, and I hope that somehow, someway, Israel/Palestine/Lebanon can work out their issues. I'm not naive though, it may be a feckless hope, but it is hope nonetheless.

Ultimately, the problems between the East and West (or perhaps more specifically, the Muslim world and the western world) need to be fine tuned and hashed out for the better of both sides. We can't let the hatred continue. I've read in a couple of places that some people are saying Islam should be banned in America. Well, it is pretty hard to address a suggestion that is so unbelieveably ridiculous I can't believe it was ever uttered. Sure, lets have a country that was created by people escaping religious persecution ban a religion. That doesn't compromise any ideals.

The biggest problems are a lack of understanding and religious fundamentalism. That last one will get you every time. Personally, I think the world should go back to polytheistic religions. It is hard to be a fundamentalist with so many gods competing for your attention. Not to mention I think people would be better off with a pantheon of gods interfering with every move they make. We haven't done very well with free will, it seems.


RealtorGeorge said...

Mel - I LOVE your blog! I am Greek-American in Tarpon Springs, FL.

I agree with your observation of the absurdity in the idea of banning Islam in America. No, the country founded on religious freedom hasn't banned a religion - yet. But we continue to marginalize sectors of our society little by little each day and everyone tacitly approves. It scares me to see the levels of basic rights we are giving up to Emporer Bush.

Just yesterday in our local newspaper, a woman wrote a letter to the editor stating that an article the paper had published on "Gay-Friendly" cities was, and I quote her, "disgusting". Disgusting? What year is this? It was not in the too distant past when women were not allowed to vote and the idea of such was ridiculous. It was not in the too distant past when people of other color had to use seperate drinking fountains. Is it so far fetched to think that we look at those historical moments with regret (or most of us do) and even humor, but overlook the fact that millions of Americans are being invalidated because of their religion or sexual orientation?

We are visiting Greece beginning September 12 (Kalymnos) and will consider staying.

Thanks for the posts!

Ergotelina said...
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Ergotelina said...

Mel nice to meet you!i looked over your links and i think i should recommend to you one.He is Brad(Reporting from Greece)Greek-American podcaster-blogger,living in Thessaloniki.
Have a nice evening.kales yortes!Kisses@@@@@!!!

melusina said...

Thanks RealtorGeorge! Kalymnos seems like a nice place to visit, although I haven't been there yet. America is getting frighteningly out of hand in so many ways. Greece may have its problems, but I'm not sorry I'm living here now.

Ergo te lina, thanks for the link! I wish I could read your blog, but I'm still struggling with my Greek. I'm a slow learner, unfortunately.

Anonymous said...

Brad is Emily's friend from Thessaloniki blog fame friend.

Anonymous said...

Realtor george, don't forget though that God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.

RealtorGeorge said...

anonymous - that is the most OVERUSED line I have ever heard and it means absolutely nothing. I would really like to hear from someone some valid, thoughtful and factual reasons why homosexuality or "gay marriage" (my partner and I have been married for 3 years - went to Provincetown, MA) will or does directly affect the life you lead in your own four walls. Will it cause you to endure countless sleepless nights, wringing your hands in abject anxiety thinking "Oh my God, the Gays are allowed to marry! That destroys marriage!" Tell me how! Because people will have to explain to their children about same-sex couples? I have a master's degree in psychology and believe me, children are the most unbiased and accepting creatures on earth. Their biases are created early on - apart from those they establish once their brains are old enough to think abstractly. I am an Orthodox Christian as well and feel totally comfortable and welcomed when I attend church with my husband. God may have created Adam and Eve, but he also created me and he knows my heart. I am God's own and he provides me spiritual peace in being myself. I will not be marginalized by society. I pay my taxes (unlike many), own a home (unlike many) and contribute constructively to society. I am just like many Americans and in fact, do not want special laws or special treatment from the government. What concerns me is the enactment of laws to EXCLUDE me from society. I wonder why so many European countries have open-minded ideals regarding not only Homosexuality but many other "controversial" issues that this country shuns and rebukes. We have allowed our civil rights to be chipped away little by little by this administration and we sit idly by saying "thank you sir, may I have another?". We want to amend the constitution to discount certain citizens, but forget the line "...that ALL men are created equal and are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable, liberty and THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS".

No one will tell me that God doesn't love me and isn't pleased that I am happy. No one will tell me that I am less than equal to my neighbor because of my sexual orientation (I do not say preference here because no one prefers to be hated by a majority of the population AND, it is not merely a preference). Wake up America - we are sliding backwards on the slippery slope and before long we'll look around and say "What the hell happened?".

Anonymous said...

Realtor George, I am sure you a nice, law abiding citizen. My comment on Adam and Eve wasn't an attack on Gay folk or you. Just an observation. It's not my job or responsibility to judge you or your lifestyle. Only God can judge you. If you are fine with yourself, then that's great. I believe a sin is a sin. Whether you are a homosexual, liar, murderer etc, all sins are the same in the eyes of the lord.

So, in this case, I'm no better than you because I drink alcohol to excess at times.

Will we both be judged for our sins (your homosexuality and my alcoholism)? YES!! But, hopefully, I will have stopped drinking by the time I die.

Again, it's your life, but don't be caught unprepared on judgment day, because it does say in the bible that Homosexuality is a sin.

I'll pray for you if you'll pray for me.

melusina said...

Well, I don't know that there is any evidence in the New Testament that homosexuality is a "sin" in God's eyes. Sure, there are passages in the Old Testament that are vitriolic, but Christians are taught, per the NT, that all can be forgiven.

I don't see how or why homosexuality or same sex marriage bothers people. It doesn't effect anyone else one damn bit. Love is love. I figure it only affects people who are so jealous of love since they can't find love themselves.

Who people decide to love and what they do sexually shouldn't be anyone else's concern, period. And if you love someone, you should have equal rights within the law.

Anonymous said...

The New Testament is quite clear on Homosexuality. In fact, Romans 1:26-27; 1st Corinthians 6:9-10; and 1st Timothy 1:9-10 discuss the sin of homosexuality.

Further, the Devil plants these falsehoods for the masses to engulf. The Devil wants nothing more than for good (unknowing) people to normalize homosexuality so that many will perish. I know you mean well but don't be misled down the path of unrighteousness.

Repent while it's not too late!

melusina said...

I don't plan on repenting. I think religion is a bunch of bullshit anyway.

Anonymous said...

Your attack of religion leads me to believe you must have been forced into religion and now you are in denial.

Let God help you! Only through Jesus Christ can you be saved and see the Kingdom of Heaven.

Let us pray. Put your hands on your monitor and feel the warmth of my sincerity.

melusina said...

Lol. I feel your warmth alright.

Anonymous said...

The blog host does have a sense of humor I see...

PeaceMan said...

Someone else post this. I save it but forget save site.

Anonymous said...
Here is a quick quiz on Islam.

Question: What did the Prophet Mohammed (founder of the "religion of peace") do to the poets and artists listed below on the approximate dates written by each of the names?

1. March, 624: Al-Nadr bin al-Harith
2. March, 624: Uqba bin Abu Muayt
3. March, 624: Asma bint Marwan
4. April, 624: Abu Afak
5. September, 624: Kab bin al-Ashraf
6. September(?), 624: Ibn Sunayna
7. July or August, 625: A One-eyed Bedouin
8. January 630: One of Abdullah bin Katal’s two singing-girls

Answer: He had them killed for writing poems or singing songs that displeased him.

Now please tell me how any sane or reasonable person can have one iota of respect for this "Messenger of God" and the hideous death-cult he has inflicted upon humanity?

PeaceMan said...


A short fim by Theo Van Gogh. He was brutally murdered for making it by a Muslim. Van Gogh was shot several times and his throat was slashed.

As well as being stabbed twice, a knife was used to pin Death Threats to Other Non-Dhimmis to his chest.

All This...For making a Movie.


(some comments from youtube)
-- 3sailingdogs: islamofascism is the problem, the whole world over. they kill hindus in india, blow up buddhist statues in afghanistan, kill jews in israel, kill christians in spain. the problems are getting worse, and until your religion cleans itself up, lots more innocent muslims are going to die i'm afraid.
-- Cattttt: Notice how the most seriously hateful posts on vids like this are Muslim on Muslim? Sunni versus Shi'ite? Imagine if, say Baptists posted "you're not Christian" posts on a vid of a Methodist preacher. I am Christian, and I can post a positive comment on this. The Muslim comments are "anyone who is not the exact kind of Muslim I am, is not a Muslim."

The outcome, of course, is to kill the "non-Muslims," which include other Muslims.

Finally, a muslim with common sense