Photographing God

Oh, come on, you know I’m kidding, right?

But, I’m not. . .sorta, ok, maybe. . .not.

Each of my books contains a selection of my Nature photographs.

I used to think Nature was “God’s Creation.”

Then, I believed in a “Spirit of Nature.”

Then, I thought that “Nature is God or God is Nature.”

Then, I wondered that “Nature is Full of Beauty and Beauty is God.”

Now, I think:  Nature is Nature

That’s enough for me.  How about you?

Here are some of my favorite Black & Whites:

Theo-Cons

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We’ve heard of Neo-cons for a long time.  Then we hear all this talk about “putting God back in the country” and preaching hope for Theocracy in America and beyond.  Now, another word to describe the religious right conservatives whose ultimate intent is to make America in their own image:  the Theo-cons.  These not-so-camouflaged warriors of faith know just what is Right and Good for all the rest of us.  How do they “know” this?  A smidgeon of Theo and a whole pickup truck full of Con.  

Lost in Space

One Hot Topic

One Hot Topic

Well, I wouldn’t call this “Good News” but it seems to be evidence of the Gospel of America:

Americans think the sun goes around the earth (NPR)

Highlights (sic):

A quarter of Americans surveyed could not correctly answer that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around, according to a report out Friday from the National Science Foundation.

The survey of 2,200 people in the United States was conducted by the NSF in 2012 and released on Friday at an annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago.

To the question “Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth,” 26 percent of those surveyed answered incorrectly.

In the same survey, just 39 percent answered correctly (true) that “The universe began with a huge explosion” and only 48 percent said “Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals.”

Just over half understood that antibiotics are not effective against viruses.

Are these the same people who say America (and Their Faith) is “exceptional”?

Are these the same ones who say Humans can’t be the cause of a Warming Earth (we’re too exceptional)?

Does everything revolve around US?

Maybe we need a little Light on the subject! (could someone turn off that bright light in the sky. . .and the one in my mind!)

Religious Exceptionalism

Some people sure think their faith makes them exceptional.

Little Sisters. . .Looks like a rough bunch, Mr. President

Little Sisters. . .Looks like a rough bunch, Mr. President

“The Obama administration responded on Friday to a plea before the Supreme Court from a Catholic-affiliated nursing home that got a temporary exemption from a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. The Little Sisters of the Poor sought to avoid filling out a form saying the group objects to birth control.

The Justice Department pointed out that due to a loophole, no birth control will actually result from the signing of the form, and even if it did, that isn’t a substantial burden on religious freedom. The Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged’s “concern that they are ‘authorizing others’ to provide coverage lacks any foundation in the facts or the law,” the Department of Justice wrote in its response, filed by Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.

The nursing home is one of many religiously affiliated nonprofit organizations that have sued over the administration’s self-described accommodation of their objections. It allows them to opt out of covering birth control on employee health plans if they sign a form saying they object.”  More (NBC)

God says we can’t sign a form!  You can’t make us!  We’re. . .we’re. . .special! (God says so on THIS FORM!)

Now, as the Church Lady would say, isn’t that Special Exceptional!