“Clever Hans” was an amazing horse. He could count, and do simple arithmetic, and apparently parse sentence structure so he could answer questions such as, If the eighth day of the month comes on a Tuesday, what is the date of the following Friday?
Or was he?
Andrew Breivik has an interesting definition of Christianity.
As this is a cultural war, our definition of being a Christian does not necessarily constitute that you are required to have a personal relationship with God or Jesus. Being a Christian can mean many things; That you believe in and want to protect Europe’s Christian cultural heritage. The European cultural heritage, our norms (moral codes and social structures included), our traditions and our modern political systems are based on Christianity – Protestantism, Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity and the legacy of the European enlightenment (reason is the primary source and legitimacy for authority). It is not required that you have a personal relationship with God or Jesus in order to fight for our Christian cultural heritage and the European way.
So, is he, or is he not, a Christian? It depends on the definition you use. It’s certainly Christianism.
I am racist, as are we all. The first link is to a post of mine. I’m far more educated now in how oppression works than I was then, but I think my earlier self was not entirely wrong in what he wrote.
It is sometimes asserted that a short life is meaningless. How short is short?
One of the young people badly injured in the shooting attack in Norway was a 19-year-old Afghan man, Hussein Kazemi, who had this to say of his adoptive country,
I have experienced much good in Norway, so much good.
Life is like that… In a dangerous place, you always have a chance to live, and in a safe place you always have a chance of being killed. It’s destiny and you cannot avoid it.
The irony of the situation at the moment, with markets opening tomorrow morning, is that the biggest threat to the world financial system comes from a few right-wing nutters in the American Congress.
Read about the USA’s self-inflicted debt crisis, caused mainly be the Republican’s childishness. The Republican Party, it would appear, are interested entirely in demonising the Democrats, and are not remotely linterested in running the country. This is not a good way to operate a political party.