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August 16, 2012

Drunk priest caught chasing boy down the street after taking a photo of the boy's junk

Joe. My. God.: OREGON: Catholic Priest In His Underwear Chases Boy Down Street After Abuse
Wearing only his underwear, last week Rev. Angel Armando Perez chased a 12 year-old Oregon boy down the street after pulling the sleeping child's pants down to take a cell phone photo. It was close to midnight Sunday when Woodburn resident James Curths saw the 12-year-old boy running down the street toward him. Curths said the child, panting and out of breath, begged for help, telling him a man was chasing him. Moments later, a man rounded the corner wearing only underwear. He stood a short distance away, trying to wave the boy over as Curths and his sister-in-law prepared to drive the boy to relatives. "He was staring at us," said Heather Rodriguez, 28, Curths' sister-in-law, who was also outside. "Then he stood there with his hands on his hips like, 'You're really not going to give him to me?'" Rodriguez and Curths, 35, told the man they were calling the police. Only then, they said, did the man jog away.

August 12, 2012

This is a really interesting post on how Platonic Ideals infected Christianity through CS Lewis and Augustine

This is the third post in this series, but she links to all of them. If you're curious about notions of our world as some sort of tarnished copy or inferior place to live in Christian theology, check this out. Mistakes in the Shadowlands | Dianna E. Anderson: Faith and Feminism
It’s a mistake to think CS Lewis’ words and metaphors concerning the Platonic forms and images in Narnia are useful for us as Christians today, at least not without some major qualifications. Using Plato – especially Lewis’ Christianized form of Plato – as a means toward understanding God can lead us into problematic thinking fairly quickly. Here’s how: In assuming that our world is somehow an imperfect copy of an ideal, we make an assumption that what we have now matters only insofar as it comes close to that ideal. So, as Mary Kassian said on Wednesday, sex and marriage are merely poorly reflected copies of that ideal; therefore we must practice sex and marriage so that it conforms better to that ideal. They have basically no good within themselves except insofar as they conform to the ideal. She uses the Shadowlands concept to make this point: God created manhood, womanhood, marriage and sex because He wanted us to have symbols, images and language powerful enough to convey the idea of who He is and what a relationship with Him is all about. These symbols point to profound truths about the Godhead and to Christ’s relationship with the church. Without them, we would have a tough time understanding concepts such as desire, love, commitment, fidelity, infidelity, loyalty, jealousy, unity, intimacy, marriage, oneness, covenant and family. We would have a tough time understanding the Gospel. The Lord gave us these images so that we would have human thoughts, feelings, experiences and language adequate and powerful enough to understand and express deep spiritual truths. The visible symbols display and testify about what is unseen. They’re temporary symbols that point to eternal spiritual realities. C.S. Lewis called it living in the “shadowlands.” We bring God glory when the shadows we cast here on earth match up with their heavenly counterparts. Sex in the shadowlands is supposed to tell the story of God.

August 10, 2012

In Israel, new modesty glasses for Orthodox Jewish men blur women out of their line of sight

In Israel, new modesty glasses for Orthodox Jewish men blur women out of their line of sight - NY Daily News
JERUSALEM — It’s the latest prescription for extreme ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who shun contact with the opposite sex: Glasses that blur their vision, so they don’t have to see women they consider to be immodestly dressed. In an effort to maintain their strictly devout lifestyle, the ultra-Orthodox have separated the sexes on buses, sidewalks and other public spaces in their neighborhoods. Their interpretation of Jewish law forbids contact between men and women who are not married. Walls in their neighborhoods feature signs exhorting women to wear closed-necked, long-sleeved blouses and long skirts. Extremists have accosted women they consider to have flouted the code. Now they’re trying to keep them out of clear sight altogether.