By Ryne Colt Radigan | Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 10:00 am AKST - Posted in Politics, Presidential Campaign '08, Rant, Religion

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In this corner, wearing Black trunks, and hailing from the city of Chicago.  Just coming off a Presidential Nominee win, with a lead in the popular vote.  Ladies and gentlemen Barack Obama.
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And in this corner, with the “pure” white trunks, hailing from Colorado Springs, Colorado.  With a fan base from Focus on the family of over  200 million.  Dr. James Dobson.
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Now ladies and gentlemen all across America the decision made here could determine the fate of the free world as we know it.  So with that in mind, LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE!
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Ok so that might have been a little melodramatic but there may be a bit of a battle brewing between these two men in the coming months.  Obama has referenced biblical passages in some of his speeches before, and now Dr. James Dobson is citing those quotes as “made up“.  Saying that he is iterpereting them to meet his own world view.  NEWSFLASH the bible is nothing if not open to interpretation.  Yes if you have ever sat through a sermon you know that the speaker tries to explain it the way that they see it.  However if you read and or listen to the bible you are pretty much forced to come up with your own interpretattion.  Plus if you read the bible you quickly notice that it contridicts it’s self, depending on what part you are refrencing.  So maybe these religious leaders should realize that any thinking idividual is going to form there own opinions in reference to the bible, and that they should try to nuture the individuals opinion, and perhaps provide some wisdom to help influence the new opinion.  Not give the person their opinion and expect them to adopt it without question.

By Ryne Colt Radigan | Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 10:00 am AKST - Posted in Politics, Religion

NPR did a story about the current state of religious affairs in the United States (Read the story). My summary of the text is this: people are switching from the faiths they were brought up in, or they are breaking away from the “church” entirely. This study really does not surprise me. I think people are tried of the church’s in this country and more specifically the elitist nature of the church. Only if you do this will you get into heaven, homosexuals are evil, etc. (NOTE: the previous comments span multiple religions, but not all. I am not pointing to a single religion with the previous comment) Just so we are clear here are my beliefs concerning religious matters “I believe in god, not religion!” I did attend church on a regular basis when I was young, but I was not forced to. As I mentioned above I believe the most church’s are just a form of people feeling elite to others because they are part of that particular religious “click” nothing more.