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Monday, April 4, 2011

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Army Atheists Seek ‘Faith’ Privileges, Humor at Funerals, Self-Deprecating Narcissism Among Christian Leaders…

Aloha! ~The SBNR Team


Today’s Meditation:

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The mantra Om Mani Padme Hum (literally: “Aum, to the Jewel in the Lotus, hum) is recited by Tibetan Buddhists to invoke Chenrezi, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Repeating this mantra accumulates merit and eases negative karma; meditating upon it is believed to purify the mind and body.


Spirituality News & Posts:

1. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield: Is Religion Really Dying?
“None of our faiths has been here forever, and according to most of them, each is an improvement over what preceded them, so it’s likely that if these traditions should actually die out, they too will be replaced by potentially superior alternatives.”

2. USA Today: Army Atheists Seek ‘Faith’ Privileges
“The cliche notwithstanding, there are atheists in foxholes. In fact, atheists, agnostics, humanists and other assorted skeptics from the Army’s Fort Bragg have formed an organization in a pioneering effort to win recognition and ensure fair treatment for nonbelievers in the overwhelmingly Christian U.S. military.”

3. Katherine Rosman: The Last Laugh
“Some funerals can get unwieldy and long with the rush of family to the podium. Also, the etiquette in some houses of worship makes it inappropriate for the secular or non-ordained to speak from the lecturn so they may address the gathering from elsewhere… For some mourners, the solemnity of a traditional funeral doesn’t soothe.”

4. Jack Watts: Self-Deprecating Narcissism Among Christian Leaders
“The concept of “self-deprecating narcissism” may seem like an oxymoron, but I can assure you, it is not. It does, however, require defining… Like others who have a narcissistic personality disorder, the lords of the electric church are self-centered but, unlike their secular counterparts, the leaders of the electric church are never outwardly boastful.”

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