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Well, think about it;  Many people believe this and they’re not all atheists!  People have been persecuted for their religious beliefs  dating back to way, way back and how far back might depend somewhat on your own beliefs.  What I mean by that is if you’ve been raised as a Catholic (and probably all Christian religions) then you’ve heard or read some or all of the following stories:  Moses led his people out of Egypt where they had been enslaved – this one is part of the Jewish religion too.  We’ve heard that Christians were thrown to the lions, that they were forced to become gladiators and were laborers for the Romans.

Popes organized the Crusades;  Catholic Europe went to war against the Muslims.  Sound familiar?  Christians call it a Crusade and Muslims call it Jihad.  The pilgrims fled to America to escape the Anglican church and Hitler tried to eliminate the entire European Jewish population.  Jim Jones convinced hundreds of people to kill themselves, all in the name of religion.  The Taliban imposes harsh laws and restrictive behavior, again in the name of their religion.  In theory, Turkey recognizes the civil, cultural and political rights of non-Muslim minorities.  In practice, the government only recognizes Greek, Armenian and Jewish minorities and does not grant them all the civil liberties allowed in the Treaty of Lausanne.

And that brings us to PRISONERS , a movie I saw the other night.  Two hours and twenty minutes long  and pretty intense!  It was a tale of twisted religious beliefs as well as a story about kidnapped kids.  From the opening scene, I was struck by the religious overtones.  I mean who really recites The Our Father before they shoot (to kill) a deer.  As scenes unfolded, I saw crosses on the walls and one hanging around Hugh Jackman‘s neck.  I heard religious talk shows on the car radio, and watched the lead character kneel and pray as he tortured his victim.  In one of the final scenes you see a large poster of angels.

It didn’t stop there;  On the hunt for registered sex-offenders in the town, you just knew one of them was going to be a priest.  You were not wrong!  And there’s more;  this priest is not just a sex-offender, he is a drunk and a killer!  And who did he take out?  Why a twisted, distorted religious crazy who actually kidnapped and killed kids because….are you ready for this philosophy? Because he “was waging a war against God and losing their children makes parents crazy”  – this may be a bit paraphrased because I couldn’t quite remember it and all my research did not turn up this very poignant-twice-stated reason.  Apparently he and his wife lost their child to cancer and were very angry at God.  So once again we have heinous crimes being committed, heavy with religious overtones.

Hugh Jackman is a very angry, vengeful soul and this is the man who prays before he shoots.  Jake Gyllenhaal seems unmoved and uninterested in anything other than finding Anna and Joy.  He is darkly intense, his hooded eyes seek out everything because as he says, “Everything matters”.

It’s a suspense thriller with maybe too much foreshadowing; you could predict a lot of what was going to happen  even without the blatant and obvious telltale signs.  That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go see it, this commentary really isn’t that much of a spoiler.

Photo from Amazon.com

Photo from Amazon.com

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Conspiracy Theory - Osama was really an American Airlines Pilot

Conspiracy Theory Wednesday

Great timing, that’s what I say… at least for me!  It couldn’t have been better timing; Thank you President O’Bama! I do worry that a Conspiracy Wednesday will come and go and no new conspiracy theory will crop up.  AND then I discovered the Tea Party theories which seem to spring forth like the fountain of youth.  AND NOW!!! It couldn’t have been more than a New York minute after the announcement that U.S. forces had conducted a ground attack on a house where Osama Bin Laden was residing/hiding, that the conspiracy theories burst forth.

Where was the body?  Why did they drop the body in the ocean?  Why doesn’t President O’Bama  release the photos?  How can we be sure that the DNA is really Bin Laden’s? OMG, it just goes on and on.  I’ve saved the best for last;  The raid was arranged so as to insure O’Bama’s re-election.  Wow, you gotta have a LONG memory from now to the next election day.

So which one should we explore? I don’t know that it makes any difference because those that believe it to be true cannot be confused by the facts.  Here are the facts as presented by those that should know and do know as opposed to those who don’t know anything for sure but have no compunction about casting aspersions and veiled falsehoods  taking skepticism to art form.

The body of Osama Bin Laden was washed according to Muslim tradition, wrapped in a white sheet, prayers were said, and as Muslims strive to bury the body as quickly as possible after death to avoid embalming, the body was disposed of at sea.

Sounds reasonable to me.  I am one of those people who kind of wish we could have seen the body- NOT because I’m into gore, BUT because I knew they would never believe anything that could possibly put our President in a good light.  Some of them are claiming the glory of the kill should go to George Bush.  And why I might ask?  He said he didn’t give OBL much thought and he wasn’t that important after all!!! Oh but then that must mean that Osama was killed after all.  Well really you can’t have it both ways.

I hate to give SP any air time at all, so suffice to say she tweeted some disdainful remarks  on Twitter.  Well what can you expect from  such a twit?

Let me end this blog with what I consider to be the quote of the day.  It’s from Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for George W. Bush;

“If you doubt he’s dead, no photo will satisfy. For the rest of us, Navy SEALs don’t miss,” Fleischer wrote on Twitter.

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