The Grand Ellipses

I listen patiently when I am waiting for reality to respond. I act impulsively when I have no idea what's going on . . .

"The Grand Ellipses … “? I love that moment when i’m thinking about something, or listening to something and i have that … moment. It’s that pause before you have your realization of clarity. So, i thought that would be a good name for this, to refer to that grand moment when we let our mind settle, let the questions and turbulence stir a bit and allow free thought to reign.

The bible and cheerleaders . . .

They have a very special perception of the 1st Amendment down in Texas. Read this article

In his ruling, State District Judge Steve Thomas said that no law "prohibits cheerleaders from using religious-themed banners at school sporting events.

Lets follow this logic. When you are a cheerleader at a public school, you are part of a school sponsored team that is cheering for another school sponsored team at the same school. When you are putting up displays for the players to run through before a game, you are doing so at a school sponsored event. By this, you are breaking the 1st Amendment when you post religious scripture because the school, in turn, is advocating a specific religion . . . publicly. 

Aside from this being a blatant disregard of the 1st Amendment, some of the verses they choose to use a really fucking offensive. Romans 8:31 for example: 

If God be for us, who can be against us?

Read the entire chapter to relate the context. However, when you take what they were quoting out of the context (though the context itself I have a lot of issues with) it is very offensive in relation to their purpose for having quoted it. If god be fore them, who can possibly be against them?! Clearly not the other team, for:

I can do all things through Christ which strengthens!

(this painting cracks me up)

So, with a scriptural combination, these teenagers are saying that the other team (their opponent) cannot possibly be righteous, for god has strengthened them and singled them out as victors. People may argue that these versus are merely inspirational, but I argue that they have a very clear intention to them. These things are being quoted and publicized very deliberately. It is not uncommon for sporting rivals to feel that they are superior to the other. In using scripture, it is a direct proclamation of spiritual authority.

Imagine if the cheerleaders used this quote instead:

"Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture - [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled."
Qur'an 9:29

This is pretty close to what is being said above. If this were the verse quoted publicly in one of our schools . . . there would be OUTRAGE! The christian parents would have no problem saying that this has no place in the public atmosphere at school. There would be no argument.

"Fight those who do not believe allah"? What do you think a phrase like the following translates in to: "If God be for us, who can be against us?

Anyways, these cheerleaders need to stop this and the judge needs to know the difference. It is a slap in the face to anyone who is not of the christian faith in that school and area in general.