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Rosie, Rosie, Rosie…

Like many others I was initially upset, though not shocked, by Rosie O’Donnell’s opinion, expressed on the View, that radical Christianity is more dangerous then radical Islam.

After giving it some thought however, I think the matter rests on how we define the word radical. If a radical of either faith is one who is willing to kill others, for perceived insults, to gain glory or power, to gain territory, or compel conversion, then they are equally dangerous.

I would make the point, that a person who would do such a thing is not exhibiting Christ like qualities, and would not fit most definitions of a Christian. I can not speak on whether something similar would be true of a Muslim, as I am not well versed enough in Islamic beliefs to know.

If, however, a radical Christian is one who is trying to follow the teachings of Christ in all aspects of their life, I would not see them as a danger at all.

Christianity is, at it’s core, about love, forgiveness, redemption and salvation.

With this in mind I have revisited my original plan of writing a post critical of Ms. O’Donnall’s opinion. It is her’s and while my gut reaction to it was negative, I do not have enough information to understand what she was trying to say.

So I will simply close with an admonition given by Christ, which, when I was straying, has often put me back on the correct path, Matt. 5:44-45.

“44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”

If that is radical, so, joyfully, am I.

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Cars at the Drive-in

I have a lot of memories tied up in old drive-in movie theaters. There once were 5 or 6 of them located here in town or a short drive away. Loml and I had our first date at a drive-in. The first time I saw the northen lights they were framing the screen, like a set of stage curtains. One drive-in was near the local fair grounds, where on Friday nights they held stock car races. The movie was interrupted periodically by the roaring of race cars as they rounded the turn at the east end of the track.

…and then over night, they were all gone. No drive-ins anywhere. Wiped out by strip malls, parking lots, and other things were deemed to be of more value, by whoever it is that decides these things.

…gone but one. One drive-in, so lowly, so remote, that it escaped the notice of those who wanted to destroy all evidence of our once unsophisticated entertainment history. Forgotten it sat just off the interstate, surrounded by fields of corn and beans, and continued to show moves, on hot summer nights, fireflies blinking in the night sky and an occasional passing truck sounding the air horn, in salute.

We watched the new Disney movie “Cars” there last night and I was struck with the idea that I was watching the this movie in the best possible place. It was made to be shown in a drive-in, and in this drive-in, with the interstate traffic passing behind the screen, the atmosphere was perfect.

The right film, in the right place, at the right time.