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Pope Francis’s Big Vision is Exactly What the Catholic Church Needs

September 20th, 2013 by Michael Tabor

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I was raised a catholic and taught to believe that the church’s #1 priority was to serve the poor and oppressed. Pope Francis is trying in an earnest and dauntless – perhaps defiant manner to arouse the world to not forget “I tell you the truth that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven … it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Just yesterday, the pope went further to declare that the church is obsessed with gays, abortion, and contraception and that his papacy is more interested in helping the poor and needy. The New York Times reported that this sent shock waves throughout the Roman Catholic Church. It is truly astounding that there were reverberations of discontent in July within the church when Pope Francis merely stated “Who am I to judge” about homosexuality when you consider how many appalling scandals have come out for not just homosexuality but pedophilia within the clergy.  The staggering hypocrisy!!!

I applaud Pope Francis for stating that the clergy is wrong for putting dogmatic orthodoxy before love and serving the poor and marginalized and enough with the fire and brimstone. There are so many friends and acquaintances of mine who have either 1. Walked away from any form of organized religion completely and have turned to other more tolerant worldviews i.e. eastern thought. 2. Still are Christian but have changed denominations or 3. Have embraced secularism and view science as the only real outlet for explaining and understanding who we are/why we are here/is there a purpose?, etc.

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? It’s interesting to note that Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis’s predecessor was anything but liberal and open – minded to how the world has changed.

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Mankind’s Nemesis – Religion!!!

May 6th, 2013 by Michael Tabor

It’s 2013, the Human Genome Project was completed a decade ago in 2003 – the entire genetic make – up of a human being (which incidentally was initially estimated would take a century or so to sequence. It took 13 years. We neglected to factor in that science and technology moves exponentially not linearly), the internet as we know it is 20 + years old, and via stem cell research and cutting – edge biotechnology we ARE going to be able to manufacture vital organs, cure cancer, and have answers and solutions for a plethora of other dreadful diseases. Someday we may even understand what consciousness is or the very thing that makes you – you. Just imagine the possibilities!!! Immortality (I personally wouldn’t want to live forever but I don’t think I’d mind a couple of hundred more years or so).

Well if there’s any hope in living longer and enjoying better lives, one thing must go – The inane yet insidious fairy tale – religion. Okay my mother believes in Jesus/Christianity, etc and many other people I love cling to the myths – fine…. But the fanaticism must go, and one religion must go completely and that is Islam.
This killer kid, Dzhoklar Tsarnnaev, who incidentally I’m sick to death of reading and hearing about, could have had it all, but he threw it all away for make – believe stories that happen to be vicious violent nonsensical rubbish taken literally from the outlandishly, spectacularly, achingly and almost hilariously tome, the koran. Daniel Dennett, one of the greatest scientific minds of today calls religion cravenness. I love this word. The OED defines it as cowardly, contemptibly timid, and pusillanimous. That’s it – the fear of the fact that everything, and I mean everything including the great universe itself lives and will someday die. Why does that upset people???
So WhaDaYaThink ??? What do you think ? How do we become progressive and ultimately eradicate ignorance? I’m not overly concerned about folks who like Proverbs and the teachings of Jesus as long as it’s held in check. I mean DO NOT interfere with stem cell research, accept that evolution is a fact, and lets work together to make better lives for ourselves and our children.

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Do You Want to Join The Church of Scientology?

April 10th, 2013 by Michael Tabor
When I was 20 years old, I was somewhat of a confused, neurotic lost soul looking for some meaning and direction in my life. I was still in college but didn’t see nor care a whole lot about my future; I’d just lost my faith in Christianity (the religion with which I was raised up), a former high school friend of mine was murdered and everything about my life just seemed like a fragmented and utterly  meaningless meandering mess. To add to my miserable confused state of mind, I was suffering from intense panic attacks – almost on a daily basis; btw, this was before Prozac and certainly precedes the internet days and the general understanding that millions of people suffer from panic and severe anxiety attacks. Today, panic attacks are discussed openly (which is great !) but at that time, I honestly thought that I and another close friend of mine were the only ones on the planet that suffered from this awful affliction. And, incidentally I discussed my panic disorder with absolutely nobody, except for my other perceived damaged friend with whom I could commiserate; it quite frankly was an embarrassment and I thought that these attacks made me weak and unmanly.
I still suffer from mostly anxiety (as opposed to panic – which is far more severe) attacks but I’ve found a way to live with it and is now really no big deal. What I really want to touch on is Dianetics and the Church of Scientology; yes I read the book ‘Dianetics’, learned all about “engrams” , getting clear and I had this hopeful yet fanciful notion that this scientology stuff was the answer to all my problems and would at last long give purpose and meaning to my life. Long story short, it took one 4 hour or so visit to one of their myriad worldwide locations (churches) to realize that this scientology is just a lot of bunk and at best is nothing more than new age pop psychology yet a sprawling prodigious cult. This visit of mine occurred about 30 years ago so my memory of all the details is a little sketchy but I do know that everyone I met appeared to me to be wildly neurotic if not outright nuts; there was also a whole lot of, chanting, holding hands, and “clay molding” (don’t ask me what this was all about). When I was finally permitted to leave that madhouse, I sighed and said oh well – so much for the L.Ron Hubbard Panacea.
Last night I saw an interesting movie, ‘The Master’, which is loosely based on scientology and which actually prompted me to write this blog today. The film, directed by one of today’s most talented and acclaimed directors, Paul Thomas Anderson, was though cinematically breathtakingly beautifully shot and wonderfully acted (would anyone expect anything less from Mr. Anderson and his 3 leads – Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams) was as weird, surreal, and just as bizarre as my experience was with the scientology folks.
What I don’t understand for the life of me is the incredible attraction and appeal to this wacky cult. They have a worldwide presence, millions of members including some of the most famous people in the world in all walks of life (but mostly actors interestingly enough) including: John Travolta, Tom Cruise (Tom was said to be outraged with Anderson and his film ‘The Master’ because it essentially depicted L.Ron Hubbard, played by Hoffman, as a charlatan and the whole movement to be a cult, which it is), Kirstie Alley, Chick Corea (famous Jazz pianist), Lisa Marie Presley, and here’s a weird member – Charles Manson.
So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? Incidentally The Church of Scientology is very powerful, has deep pockets, and there have been stories about the cult resorting to violence, blackmail, and extortion to 1. Allay any negative press or stop anyone or any group from undermining their legitimacy. 2. Maintain their membership.


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Pat Robertson Blames Ugly Women for Marital Problems

March 24th, 2013 by Michael Tabor
Pat Robertson, host of the 700 Club (Christian news and TV show)  a  staunch republican who unsuccessfully campaigned to run for president in 1988, and incidentally, the former good friend and spiritual advisor and consultant to the late Ronald Reagan recently stated that unattractive women are the cause for marital problems and the high rate of divorce in this country.  Here is a quote from Pat delivered on his show the other day:
A woman came to a preacher that I know, and she was awful looking. I mean, her hair was all torn up and she was overweight and looked terrible, clothes bad and everything. And she said, ‘Oh, Reverend, what can I do? My husband has started to drink.’ And the preacher looked at her and said, ‘Madam, if I was married to you I’d start to drink too.’ We need to cultivate romance, darling! … You always have to keep that spark of love alive. It just isn’t something to just lie there, ‘Well, I’m married to him so he’s got to take me slatternly looking.’ You’ve got to fix yourself up, look pretty

 

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Here is a laundry list of some other gems Robertson has spewed over the years:

1. The conservative Christian thinks that “nuking” the U.S. State Department is a good idea; these are Pat’s words ” If we could just manage to get a nuclear device into the “Foggy Bottom” (State Department) it would be good for the country.”
2. Mr. Robertson maintains that he literally communicates with the Christian God and even went on to say that  God whispered into his ear and stated to him in no uncertain terms that the U.S deserved to be attacked on 9/11 because the Lord is upset  with our handling of feminists, homosexuals, pagans, abortionists, and the ACLU .
3. Robertson believes that thirty to forty thousand left-wing professors in the United States are racists, murderers, sexual deviants, and supporters of Al-Qaeda.
4. The evangelist has described feminists as a socialist, anti – family movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and ultimately become lesbians.
5. Robertson has said many egregiously offensive things but stating that Haitians were to blame, (God told Robertson that Haiti made a pact with the devil …. During the 1791 slave rebellion) for the 2010 earthquake in which 220, 000 of its citizens were killed ranks right up there with his 9/11 remarks.
 


So WhaDaYaThhink, What do you think ? I’m not sure if anyone takes this madman seriously anymore but he still garners some attention – at least from the religious zealots; and nobody can deny the fact that he was a major player before and during the Reagan administration.

 

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The Scientific Method And Philosophy

January 24th, 2013 by Michael Tabor
I did not major in science, although in retrospect, I wish I had. I am 49 years old and I’m at a point in my life in which I’m trying to gain a better understanding of the fundamental, profound and universal questions:  Who are we? Where did we come from ? Why are we here ? What is this thing called life? Does life have any meaning? Is life just an accident? Why do people suffer ? Is this all there is ? Is there life after death or to phrase the question a little more differently, is it possible to survive the death of your physical body ? Do I even matter in the grand scheme of things ?
I have always been an inquisitive person and I guess you can say always  a philosopher (the adage that kids are all philosophers is true; in fact to become a good writer, one must tap into your inner – child) When I was young, naïve, and knew practically nothing about the world and how it worked , religion seemed to be a band – aid for my yearning to understand. The truth of the matter is, although I was a professed, tried and true God – fearing Christian, for the first 17 years of my life, I was never entirely satisfied with the bible’s (especially the old testament) attempt to provide sound explanations for essentially “bad things” and the needless suffering most good people had to endure.
My real breakaway from Christianity came about after I had grown, had become educated and begun reading the entire bible in earnest, from Genesis all the way through and unto the new testament and the gospels. Wow – what a mess of a tome ! The Old testament, though some of psalms and proverbs convey some eternal wisdom, was just on whole simply evil and twisted. Here is what Richard Dawkins has to say about the old testament which perfectly encapsulates it:   “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

These are incredibly exciting times and there are ground – breaking discoveries being made almost on a daily basis by molecular biologists, geneticists, physicists and basically anyone who works under the rubric of science and the medical profession. What makes matters frustrating is that everyone is “super” specialized and it’s no small task for a particle physicist to communicate with an oncologist and vice versa (another blog) but what makes science so great and what this blog is about is the most fantastic way of seeking truth via the rigors of the scientific method. Just imagine, unlike theologians, scientists take their well – established theories and incessantly try to disprove their most brilliant ideas wrong.

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think? There are so many great science books out there for the laypersons who loves science and philosophy. One such book, which is very accessible is Richard Dawkin’s new book, ‘The Magic of Reality’ – no there are no burning bushes and other such superstitious beliefs, this is just beautiful science – truth. Truth is beauty, and beauty is truth. Watch this discussion with Richard Dawkins and Rickey Gervais, just awe – inspiring
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The Question to Which Nobody Has the Answer

September 26th, 2012 by Michael Tabor

If you are a religious believer, you know what question I am going to pose: If you claim that “God” created the world then it stands to reason to ask– Who created God and  who was the intelligent designer who created the God who created God, ad infinitum – an infinite regress. Conversely, what was going on before the big bang? What banged and why? A plethora of scientists can explain what happened 1/1000 of a second before the bang but they’re all clueless in terms of what was going on before – perhaps, nothing? Can anyone wrap his or her brain around absolutely nothing existing for a long period of time?
There is a Russian physicist, Andrei Linde, who claims that we humans, will sometime in the near future, be able to create our own universe in a lab if we like. He has a theory called chaotic inflation, which in a nutshell states that we need 100 thousandth of a gram of matter and some negative energy and BAM – we’ll have created billions and billions of galaxies – no supernatural abilities necessary. However, is this something we would want to do? And, wouldn’t making another universe crowd in on the one in which we live now? Actually, Linde stated that the universe would just simply expand into itself, so there would be no danger of the aforementioned. How about this: would you want to have some sort of control over your creation – Creator and Creation just like the religions (myths) we have now. Just think (this is out there, but…) our world maybe some higher power’s physics project,  after all our world is VERY weird and it’s certainly far from perfect. “Your grade for the creation of the Milky Way Galaxy – C-.”
The real question is – Why is there something rather than nothing? To think about this too long can literally drive you crazy. Sir Bernard Lovell claimed that “pondering it could tear the individual’s mind asunder” and William James said that this is the “darkest question in all of philosophy.’ Some physicists are now asserting that there is something to nothing – it’s actually something you can measure, something akin to dark matter.
So does anyone out there have a clue about creation? Since the beginning of mankind, all civilizations have had creation myths i.e. Christian- Judea has Adam and Eve, etc. This is quite interesting – there is  a tribe in Africa called the African Bantus who claim “The entire contents of the universe e.g. sun, stars, land, sea, animals, fish, man, woman were literally vomited out of the mouth of a nauseated god called Bumba. ” Sounds crazy, right ? But is it any crazier than the whole Adam and Eve rib story? What do you think ? WhaDaYaThink ?

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The Fable of “Creationism” is Destroying Our Once Great Nation

August 28th, 2012 by Michael Tabor
Before anyone jumps down my throat, I am talking about the notion of creationism in its truest sense, which is the doctrine that matter and all things were created, as they now exist, by an omnipotent Creator and not gradually evolved or developed. That’s how creationism is defined by OED, Webster’s, and every other reputable dictionary. None of the life sciences would make any sense at all if one doesn’t figure evolution into the equation. This is just a fact of life! Now if you want to redefine creationism with intelligent design, then I have no problem with this; though certainly there isn’t a single human being who knows whether or not there is a “God”, we do however know evolution is true.
So read the Bible, the Torah, or Koran but don’t discard science, especially evolution which is really the backbone from which all knowledge about the physical world flows.
Fortunately, for the world, roughly only .01 % (still too much in my humble opinion) people don’t believe in evolution but in this country, the most technologically advanced country in the world, almost half – 46% don’t. Why ? The evidence for our species to have evolved is as sound as the Theory of Gravitation (theory in science is different from the word in layman’s terms; theory in the science world is factual, and what too many people don’t know is that when they hear the word theory, they are referring to an hypothesis – another blog)  and it’s no more outrageous to say that if I drop my coffee it will fall to the ground than it’s to say that we and other animals have evolved.
Didn’t we resolve this problem with the Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925; what is this inane resurgence of creationism? Yes, I know we live in a predominantly Christian society but that’s no reason to turn your back on the truth. One can still be a full-fledged Christian and believe in evolution. I mean seriously – the Bible is mostly allegory, does anyone actually literally believe in Noah’s Ark?
I will end this essay with a little video clip I found on YouTube which I urge you to watch (it’s only 2 ½ minutes and skip the ad)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHbYJfwFgOU
This is a clip By Bill Nye, American science educator, and Disney’s ‘Science Guy” for children. So whaDaYaThink ? Personally, I am not a Christian but I believe in a higher power (I’m a Deist), besides whether or not you’re a Christian, evolution has nothing to do with your faith. I like what Mr. Nye said that if you refuse to believe in evolution and you’re over 50, then fine – but don’t deny your children the truth. We can’t afford it! When Obamacare kicks in full throttle, we won’t have enough doctors to handle the overload. STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math is what creates jobs, builds infrastructure and keeps us all healthy.
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You are Your Brain – or Are You?

March 11th, 2012 by Michael Tabor
Are “you” just a mere physical object of your biology or more specifically – your brain or are you essentially an immaterial “soul.” When I say you, I am talking about the you that really matters like your conscious life or the part of you that smiles, thinks, plans, reasons, feels, writes poetry, has memories, falls in love, laughs, cries; has the ability to build the Hubble Telescope, to be creative and have all sorts of dreams and aspirations. This is the you who is confronted with mini moral dilemmas every single day and who acts on these situations and makes choices that are good or bad, moral or immoral, self – centered or selfless. This is the you that has freewill (or do we? another blog) and who deliberates and is involved in all decision making of how we ought to behave and the very you who can ponder the very question of whether or not “I am nothing more than a product of that 3 lb. grey mass contained within my cranium with its 100s of billions of connections and all of the electrochemical activity that takes place there; or I am certainly more than just some thing or physical object, I have private subjective experience and I am capable of falling in love and in fact love to such a profound degree that I can love another person (i.e. your child) more than myself. ”
I probably know about as much as most lay people about the brain e.g. the medulla is responsible for heart rate and respiration, the cerebellum plays a part in body balance and muscular coordination and the hypothalamus plays a role in hunger, thirst, feeding and sleep – in other words the unconscious things we need in order to survive; but the real action or the thing we call “I” takes place in the cortex and the 4 parts or lobes of the cortex. I think the brain injury to Phineas Gage is probably the ideal case history to ponder and study when thinking in terms of the brain/mind versus the immaterial soul. For those of you who are not familiar with the unfortunate accident that took place in 1848, here it is in a nutshell: Phineas Gage was an American railroad construction foreman who, long story short, was a victim of a horrible accident in which a large iron rod was driven through his cheek bone all the way through and out of his brain and skull and who still miraculously survived. The problem was there was severe damage to Mr. Gage’s left frontal lobe. Yes Phineas Gage survived all right but he certainly was not the same solid citizen he once was.
Before the accident Phineas was respectful, honest, hardworking, responsible and just an all-around good man. After the accident his behavior became very erratic- he started cursing, drinking and womanizing; he began mistreating his wife and children, became a braggart, couldn’t hold a job, started lying, brawling and stealing – he had sadly lost his moral compass and his ability to know right from wrong or if he did he didn’t care. In short, the people who knew Phineas said he was no longer the same man – his personality had changed for good.
Whether or not all the shenanigans Phineas Gage was said to have taken part in may or not be apocryphal the fact certainly remains that the brain is a remarkably complex biological system. In fact a neuroscientist can tell you that there are more neural connections, pieces, and parts in just an inch of brain matter than there are stars in the Milky Way Galaxy (Wow). So if I snip off a piece of that wet, disgusting grey matter inside your head, will you still be the person with the same hopes, dreams, and aspirations? Surely not but the question still is out there – is there such a thing as an immaterial soul or are we just a brain?  So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ?
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Mindfulness: The Art of Living Well

December 5th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

I have been a student of eastern philosophy for more than three decades and I am delighted to see that the practice of Mindfulness is very much in vogue today. One doesn’t even have to concern oneself with the historicity of Mindfulness nor even be remotely interested in Buddhism out of which this very simple, though at the same time very difficult and yet prodigiously effective practice sprung. As a matter of fact many psychiatrists and psychologists have recommended Mindfulness to their patients as a way of reducing stress, anxiety, and dealing with depression.
Many people have stated that Mindfulness has dramatically changed his or her life for the better; whether it is practiced by someone who suffers from some anxiety and mild depression to very serious psychiatric afflictions such as paranoid schizophrenia. (Last week The New York Times profiled a man who was diagnosed with having schizophrenia but was able to cope and function as a productive solid citizen, he is currently employed full time as a computer programmer, with the aid of medication and the daily practice of mindfulness.)
So what is Mindfulness? Is this something for you? Can you incorporate this sort of practice into your life and busy schedule? The answer to all three of these questions is a resounding yes. Mindfulness in a sense is a form of mediation, one doesn’t have to set aside a half – hour or more and sit in the lotus position counting one’s breath. Mindfulness is actually a way of life and a new way of looking at the world. Ideally, a person ought to be mindful every waking moment. The best definition for mindfulness is simply (it’s actually very hard) bringing your attention to the present and paying careful attention purposely and in a particular way to the present moment; the particular way is to be nonjudgmental and to except what is true and real without any pre-conceived notions or delusions. This is the reason a Zen Buddhist very often refers to this “state of mind” as Beginner’s mind or experiencing life as if for the very first time. One can be an eighty-year-old man with a lifetime of experiences and memories and still live almost child-like in terms of being curious, open, and accepting what you perceive to be the absolute truth – life is exactly what it appears to be, nothing less and nothing more.
Although Buddhism has been around for 2500 years, the concept and idea of cherry – picking, so to speak , the utilitarian down-to-earth nuts and bolts aspects of how to live a good life without adhering to and embracing the philosophy and religion of Buddhism, was put forth by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn who founded the Minfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the University of Massachusetts to treat the chronically ill. This was a hugely successful and clearly effective way of maintaining good health physically, emotionally, psychologically, and even spiritually combining western medicine and the eternal truths from the East (from the East but they’re truths that are eternal and universal) about the human condition.
So tomorrow morning when you have your morning cup of coffee, experiment with mindfulness. Drinking coffee or tea is a good way of beginning your Mindfulness training. There are actually scores of books written about Zen and not only drinking tea but also the preparation involved which is sort of a ritual for many Easterners. (Now Westerners too, thanks to the proliferation of Zen and Mindfulness). Say to yourself, “This is the beginning of a new and wonderful day; this particular day has never happened before and never will happen again. Be mindful of this and be grateful. Smell the aroma of the coffee before taking your first sip, feel the porcelain touch your lips, take note of the weight of the cup, let all of your senses open up, and come to life. Nothing else matters at this particular moment and time but you and your cup of coffee. Be at peace and be totally present. If a thought, worry or concern crops up do not dismiss it, simply acknowledge it, accept it and gently bring yourself back to drinking your coffee or tea. Thoughts, feelings, awareness of your surroundings is all normal, the key is to be in the present and greet each feeling and sensation with curiosity, openness, total acceptance and feel the connection and relationship you have with your cup of coffee and ultimately with everything that exists and is in the universes. Yes, life is good and for these few minutes, there is nothing but this. You’re as close to the truth as the Dali Lama is as he meditates to greet the morning. “
So WhaDaYaThink ? What Do You Think ? This seems like a very simple exercise in Mindfulness but I can assure you, invariably a multitude of unwanted thoughts will permeate you being – just let them come and go, eventually you will be the master of your thoughts and you will be more peaceful, more at rest and yet more alive than ever. Peace on Earth.

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The “The Seven Dirty Words” by the Late and Great George Carlin Still Resonates

October 13th, 2011 by Michael Tabor
I cannot believe George Carlin has been dead for more than three years. I miss George and I don’t think a single day goes by in which I don’t smile or break into spontaneous laughter thinking about his bits, stand-up material, and just his silly, irrational human behavior laced commentary.
I ‘ve written about George Carlin in the past on this very site, and I’m now seriously thinking about setting up a niche blog devoted entirely to him; he was after all the best comedian who ever lived – bar none.
George has been the talk of the town on the upper west side of Manhattan, W. 121 St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave to be precise(the neighborhood in which he was raised and resided for more than 20 years) , and dead or alive Mr. Carlin is stirring up controversy once again inasmuch as at least 6500 people have signed a petition in an attempt to get the street renamed after the great, though fiercely caustic comic.
Most folks are amenable to the renaming of the street – but guess who is against the idea? Well one need not be a rocket scientist to figure this out – the CHURCH of course. And not just any old church, in fact it’s George Carlin’s very own Catholic alma mater. The Reverend Raymond Rafferty is leading the barrage of reasons by way of insults and ad hominem in an attempt to block the petition to rename the street after George Carlin.
Hey Reverend Raymond Rafferty – pipe down! The brilliant George Carlin was a comedian and a satirist and did nothing more than tell the truth and make people laugh – and nobody did it better. In my opinion no stand – up comedian came or comes remotely close to George. No not Seinfeld, not Richard Pryor (though I must admit, Pryor is a legend and an icon too), nor Rosanne Barr; Not Robin Williams, not Billy Crystal, nor Eddie Murphy. Nobody, none, zero – zip. Only one comic genius was, one can say, not close, but rather in Carlin’s league in terms of breaking ground and originality and that was Lenny Bruce. However, that is it -and Lenny Bruce was not as funny, witty, smart, and clever as Carlin. George’s observational humor and DELIVERY was much better than Bruce’s. Lenny Bruce was great, courageous, and broke ground and paved the way for comedians to follow; and he did much to preserve and strengthen the first amendment for free speech at a time when our society wouldn’t allow television to show Elvis Presley from the waist down only because he gyrated his hips –ABSURD ! (Sorry I digress, Lenny Bruce, the fifties, censorship and the first Amendment are other blogs and grist for  WhadaWeThink’s ever-grinding mill).
George Carlin was simply the best and that is that. Here is a little laundry list: 1) If you don’t or didn’t like George Carlin then don’t view, listen or buy his CDs, DVDs, etc. 2) Just because Reverend Raymond Rafferty and his congregation do not like Carlin’s material or are offended by it, doesn’t mean that everyone else doesn’t like it – sorry Reverend this is a democracy and most people love Carlin. 3) George Carlin was a comedian, satirist, and a superlative observer of the silly, crazy, stupid, and irrational things we human beings say and do day in and day out. 4) What are you afraid of Reverend Rafferty ? Aren’t you an adult? 5) This is neither Stalinist Russia nor Nazi Germany. This country, the U.S.A. is the freest country in the world thanks to the First amendment and freedom of speech. 6) Lastly, (this itemized list could be much longer but…) there is a place and time for everything. It would be inappropriate for me to start spewing profanity when I am in church, at a funeral, at work or talking to my mother.
So put that in your pipe and smoke it – Reverend Rafferty. Let’s please not let this ignorant reverend impede our right to speak our minds. 6500 people in the neighborhood want to pay homage to a man they loved and adored. George Carlin made millions of people think and laugh – this is a no-brainer, rename the street for George.
So WhadaweThink ? What do you think? I love George Carlin, do you?
Here is the “seven dirty words” This is only for intelligent adults with a sense of humor, so Reverend Rafferty this is clearly not for you. As for everybody else – click on and enjoy.
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