I Had a Jewish Grandfather Named Kelly

Even in my forties, I still learned things by talking with my mother. On her sixty-fourth birthday, I asked her, “About your father.  What did he feel, believe, do?” “He came to Mass, stood in back, helped to collect the money, and especially he liked Mary.” “But did he think he was Jewish?” “Why, yes, [Read More…]

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Taking Responsibility for Feelings

I see that an all-male court in Iowa has ruled that an employer can fire a woman merely because he finds her attractive. The dentist who fired her argued that he was defending family values because she was a threat to his marriage. It is almost depressing to see here the same problem that Rabbi Joshua of Nazareth preached against 2000 years ago. [Read more…]

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Jesus, No, but Joshua’s a Different Story

A Pagan Almanac for August 1 & 2, 2012 Lunar Cycle: August 1 — Fourth day of the full Moon August 2 – Fifth day of the full Moon (astronomical full Moon) Rome: August 1, Kalends, sacred to Juno Athens: Hekatombaion 14 Hekatombaion 15, sacred to Selene Martyred on August 1 in 1595: Volkart Dirxsen [Read More…]

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Aphrodiphobia, Part IV: The Logical Consequences of the First Commandment

The “First Commandment” under discussion here is not that in the Decalogue, but the one in Genesis 1:28: God blessed them by saying, “Be fertile and increase in numbers. Fill the earth and subdue it. . . . “ In the King James translation, “blessed them and said,” the blessing appears to be different from [Read More…]

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