A DoZen problems for Episcopalians. Losing strategies. Democrats without power. Plus more.
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Re: Mark Tooley’s The Zen Episcopalian:
I am an attorney working in Rochester, New York. Raised Episcopalian, I became Buddhist in 1971. I studied and practiced for 16 years in Zen Buddhism and since 1986 with Tibetan lamas. Currently I am a director at the White Lotus Society, Rochester’s Tibetan Buddhist Center.
The Dalai Lama once responded to a questioner who asked whether one could be both Buddhist and Christian by saying that from the Buddhist standpoint one could be both at a shallow level. At a deeper level the teachings on Shunyata (Emptiness) would pose a problem concerning the nature of a creator God.
There are paths leading up the mountain. One needs to decide and
commit to one. Human beings cannot travel on two paths
simultaneously. It seems to me that the Episcopalians are
jettisoning truths that have sustained them — truths that have
transformed hearts, minds and cultures over centuries for a
pottage of profane beliefs. They have lost faith in their
own teachings and tradition and are searching for other
— Frank J. Howard
Rochester, New York
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and
love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the
other.” Matthew 6:24. Zen meditation is not incompatible
with Christian or Jewish thought, as long as it is divorced from
Buddhist philosophy/theology; this bifurcation seems to be absent
from Forrester’s belief system. Yet Forrester’s denial of many
fundamental beliefs are even more problematic. While not all
Christian faith systems are dogmatic, each one has necessary and
sufficient causes for being a member in good standing in the
faith grouping. Forrester, who calls himself a Christian, does
not believe that Jesus died for man’s sin and he is the only way
to God. This has the logical equivalent of calling myself a
communist but not believing in materialism or my belonging to the
KKK and holding the belief that all men are created equal.
Emerson wrote, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little
minds,” but equally true is that two beliefs are irreconcilable
held within one mind will lead inevitably to insanity.
While owning more than one car may be beneficial, driving
both at once is impossible. At some point, a person has to make a
— Ira M. Kessel
Rochester, New York
Re: Joseph Shattan’s Honor Thy Country :
This must be the first time I have ever taken issue with a
derogatory reference to Jimmy Carter — I hope this is not the
beginning of a horrible trend. But I think it is pretty clear by
now that compared to Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter looks like a
marauding Hun. I sure hope the next four years pass very quickly
because at this rate, they look like they are going to be an
unmitigated disaster for America and for the world. The guy who
wrote that the path to hell is paved with good intentions must
have had Barack Obama in mind.
— Christopher Holland
The American people need to realize one thing and realize very quickly. The Democrat Party has adopted the doctrine of “Defeatism.” This doctrine is not new to the Party. The doctrine of “Defeatism” was first developed by the antiwar movement during the Vietnam War and subsequently adopted by the Carter and Clinton administrations as a major cornerstone of their foreign policy.
The Carter Administration failed miserably in dealing with Iran, and now many years later that failure is giving the world a nuclear weapon capable terrorist state and sponsor of worldwide terrorism.
The Clinton Administration was no different than the Carter Administration in it’s ineptitude in dealing with this Nation’s enemies by refusing to admit, that the doctrine of “Defeatism” resulted in the deaths of Americans and it’s allies by not taking action against the states that sponsor terrorists.
Now President Obama is setting the stage for our and our allies’
defeat in Afghanistan. But President Obama cannot be held
singularly responsible but rather the entire Democrat leadership.
Senate Majority Leader once said “this war is lost.” No Mr. Reid,
this war was lost a long, long time ago in the jungles of
Southeast Asia in a country called South Vietnam.
— Melvin Leppla
Jacksonville, North Carolina
INDUSTRY OF LUNATICS
Re: Matthew Vadum’s Hugo’s Hollywood:
Hollywood is truly the land of fantasy. Only here can a person
make $20 million for a film project and still speak proudly and
loudly against capitalism. The entire film process is the
ultimate in capitalist project: individual talent is paid for its
originality and scarcity; rewards and punishments are directly
tied to the pay offs of the projects and monetary
responsibilities cannot be refused. Yet Hollywood denizens
worship at the altar of socialism. They place great esteem on The
Prophet Obama and American enemy President Chavez. No, this is
not fantasy; it is lunacy.
— Ira M. Kessel
SWIMMING AGAINST THE CURRENCY
Re: R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.’s The Prophet’s Wanderlust:
I want to comment only on the “Cuba” portion of this essay. I constantly read that Cuba pose a huge economic opportunity for American business.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?