... was excommunicated 350 yrs ago for advocating reason over faith, and for a government completely free of the latter. In light of the current crisis in the middle-east, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein in a NY Times article tells a story most don't know about the birth of ideas that would inevitably form this country.
"Reason must stand guard against the self-serving false entailments that creep into our thinking, inducing us to believe that we are more cosmically important than we truly are, that we have had bestowed upon us — whether Jew or Christian or Muslim — a privileged position in the narrative of the world’s unfolding."
This is a great piece and should be required reading for everyone on the planet.
I mean, under the right circumstances with just the right guy, most of us would do it too. Don't lie. Just think about it. I know for a fact if I stumbled upon this guy and he wanted to share a few private moments behind a tree ... I'd be hard pressed to turn him down. I've been where George is now. I've felt that uncontrollable urge. So I have to ask once again ...
Fans of Janet Jackson are in a fury over the alleged lack of support MTV is showing their first Icon.
Many posts on Janet's official message board are complaining that MTV has yet to premiere or even announce a date of a debut for the singer's latest video "Call On Me," which was first played on BET last Wednesday. Fans have flooded the MTV.com message boards with tons of Janet support, but, according to these fans, many posts were deleted by a moderator for "obscene, vulgar, abusive or harassing comments."
There is much speculation over why Janet has been "blacklisted" from MTV airplay, but most fingers point to her 2004 Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction," which was co-produced by MTV, who was fined by the FCC for the mishap. Which is stranger still because Justin Timberlake's new video is in heavy rotation!!
Calls to MTV were not immediately returned. ~~
Who woulda thought a forty-year old tittie could cause so much drama. I've always felt like this baby on that subject.