Well, I updated my site and blog – I was getting tired of the darks and purples and decided to go for a serene combo of blues and teals with just a little glowy green in homage to the virus. Still have to make some banners and such, but I like the overall look – less clutter. I’m still trying to figure out a better way to handle navigation. I just have so many pages!
Still reeling from a pretty nasty comment on the blog – didn’t really expect it. We "liberals" are the new "commies", so I guess I shouldn’t be so disappointed. It seems a simple thing that God can’t be the property of a political party. I’m always terribly suspicious about people who claim God is on their side anyway. As a former Jehovah’s Witness I remember too well how very comforting it was to believe that everyone who made you uncomfortable wasn’t on the "good list" with God. On the other hand, I’m pretty grateful to be beyond that point in my spiritual growth.
I heard a theologian from South Africa on the radio the other day. I wish I had caught his name – he had been involved in the Truth and Reconciliation effort that granted amnesty for those who told the stories of what really happened during apartheid. One thing he said that seems so basic but that never fails to move me is the insight that truth is something that, religiously, one strives toward, not claims. He called it the lowest possible form of religion that creates divisions. Isn’t it interesting to see religion-based hatred springing forth again here, in the land of the free, at the beginning of the new century – a mirror of the other divisions in the world. These really are the new "Crusaders" (read some history of the Crusades for a sense of some of the things that were motivating them – or read about "Manifest Destiny" as a doctrine and a set of effects)- I really hope not in the sense that the extremist Muslims on the other side think. We’ve not yet sunk so low.