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SBNR Daily 10-20-10: Wire We Here?

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Homer Simpson Is Catholic, O’Donnell’s 1st Amendment Fumble, Mormons Rejected As Scout Leaders…

SBNR Daily 10-20-10: Wire We Here?

SPIRITUAL BOOK EXCERPT:

“What?” you ask. “I thought you had to discipline yourself to meditate. I thought you had to detach from pleasure, override desire, empty the mind.” Our response, from more than fifty years of experience between us, is a resounding no.

From: Meditation Secrets for Women:
Discovering Your Passion, Pleasure, and Inner Peace

By Camile Maurine & Lorin Roche

SPIRITUALITY POSTS:

1. S. Brent Plate: Vatican Paper: Simpsons Are Catholic
“The blogosphere is filling up quickly with word that the official Vatican newspaper, Osservatore Romano, reported that Homer and Bart Simpson are indeed Catholic.”

2. Stephen Prothero: My Take: O’Donnell’s And America’s First Amendment Ignorance
“In a debate on Tuesday with Democrat Chris Coons, Republican Senate candidate from Delaware Christine O’Donnell seemed to be learning, in real time and reluctantly, that the First Amendment prohibits the establishment of religion.”

3. Edward J. Larson: Dining With Dawkins In The Humanist Bosom
“‘.. the Council for Secular Humanism held its 30th anniversary annual meeting last week in Los Angeles…Friday night’s banquet speaker, Richard Dawkins, attracted the most attention among the nearly 400 humanists at the event.”

SPIRITUALITY NEWS:

1. USA Today: Pope Names 24 New Cardinals, Including 2 Americans
” Pope Benedict XVI named 24 new cardinals Wednesday, putting his mark on the body that will elect his successor and giving a boost to Italian hopes to regain the papacy.”

2. NPR/AP: Mormon Parents Rejected For Scout Leadership Post
“A Presbyterian church was happy to have Jeremy and Jodi Stokes as Cub Scout leaders, at least until officials there found out they are Mormons and told them they would have to step down because the church does not consider them real Christians.”

3. The New York Times:
A Question Of Appearances: Obama Will Bypass Sikh Temple On Visit To India

“Temple officials said that American advance teams had gone to Amritsar, the holy city that is the site of [The Golden Temple], to discuss a possible visit. But the plan appears to have foundered on the thorny question of how Mr. Obama would cover his head, as Sikh tradition requires, while visiting the temple.”

MEDITATION ON WONDER:

“We can be negative and cynical or we can be charged and hot wired to find a way through it, over it, around it under it.”
~ Dr. Laura Schlessinger

“Learning Curve” was created as an animation for the invitational exhibition “Wire we Here?” which asked artists to find new ways to use wire as an artistic material:

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