Judgement

10 May

Judgement (or judgment[1]) is the evaluation of evidence in the making of a decision.[2][3][4] The term has three distinct uses:

Here in Where-i-Live, some people believe – fervently – that the Day of Judgement is coming.  On May 21, to be exact.  They proclaim this, warning us unsuspecting semi-heathens, on billboards.   In case you haven’t seen them, here are some samples:

i don’t know – maybe they’re all over the country, but i imagine them being more prominent in the “Bible belt.”   Fascinating, isn’t it?  Their certainty amazes me.
For sure, i don’t know that they’re not right.  i am 99.5% sure that i’m not going up in The Rapture, so if it does happen, i’ll be left here looking foolish.

But it is that same kind of “judgement” that drives people to promote laws that reflect their own religious beliefs.  They are actually trying to force science teachers to teach creationism.   Trying to force doctors to give patients information that research doesn’t support.  

It is, i think, the same kind of “judgement” that drives an anonymous commenter to make judgements about a blogger, based on the commenter’s own opinions and beliefs.  
And not expressed as an opinion, expressed as “the truth.”  
Sigh.

It’s easy to laugh about it.   But ~~

~~ i believe it’s the same attitude that the Puritans had ~ the same attitude that ended up burning witches. 
It frightens me.  

There were a group of people last weekend with signs, saying women’s place is in the home, doing laundry and cleaning.  That we should dress modestly, be quiet in church, and so on.  

If you believe those things,  that’s fine, i guess.  But the people holding the signs were chasing young women at a public event, telling them they were immoral for the way they were dressed.  

i’m pretty sure that the lifestyle isn’t acceptable to these folks – although they’d like the submissive part, the kink wouldn’t be ok.  

And i don’t have a good ending for this post.  It’s just a heads up.  You know, like they used to say on Hill Street Blues – 

“Be careful out there…”

27 Responses to “Judgement”

  1. Mick May 10, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    I guess it makes no sense to pay my bills or go to work at this point. I mean, who’s gonna catch up with me by 5/21?

    Mick

    • aisha May 10, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

      I hear you, Mick – and I have to agree! Go for it. aisha

  2. ahiddenslave May 10, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    Best cancel the paper for 22/5 then. i was reading something the other day, about near where i am in “far away”, about how women should be quiet and respectful and….grateful……………………………. dangerous words.
    I am a firm believed in “each to their own”….but i hate it when they think that because they believe something they have the right to preach it to me, and to use religious beliefs to justify ‘immoral’ behaviour.
    Rant for the day over,,,,fingers crossed for 22.5
    HSxx

    • aisha May 10, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

      @HS – Yes, the paper can go, and a bunch of other stuff, right?

      But – “grateful?” Yikes…

      I agree – I’m not wanting to tell anyone else how to live but I dont’ want them telling me either. I found this quote for my fb quote today:

      The tendency to turn human judgments into divine commands makes religion one of the most dangerous forces in the world.”
      ~~Georgia Harknes

      and thought it was soooo appropriate.

      Glad your fingers are crossed – mine too! {laughing}

      aisha

  3. Donna May 10, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    I am just hoping to be able to pick up a few items left by those who disappear. Maybe an i pad?

    • aisha May 10, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

      @Donna – O! Good point! Hadn’t even thought about that… evil, clever woman! aisha

  4. ewoman88 May 10, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    We have those signs up here in Canada in the Outouais Region as well, I laughed so hard when I saw one driving with J. And those people who think a woman’s place is at home in the kitchen? That’s my parents >.<

    And hey may 20 is my baby's 2-month! he can't live for only 2 months ya jerks!

    • aisha May 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

      In Canada too???? That is a surprise! But obviously, it can happen anywhere…

      No, your baby’s gonna live a really long time. Absolutely. {2 months almost already? Man, time flies!}

      hugs,

      aisha

  5. poured out May 10, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    I think those signs are every where. I saw them in San Diego last week. We have them here in Texas as well.

    My thought is how are these people going to keep their credibility come May 22? As if they are concerned about credibility.

    • aisha May 10, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

      Good Grief, Poured Out. I figured Texas, but San Diego? Well, sure, why not…

      And credibility – I don’t know… I’ve read about times like this, when some group named a specific date and it didn’t pan out. I think that most of them slink back away. I hope.

      O, thanks so much for reading -and for commenting!

      hugs,

      aisha

  6. Mick May 10, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    And there’s a song that goes with this.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Im-kDpw1LE

  7. Mick May 10, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    • aisha May 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

      Dear Mick,

      Have I mentioned lately that I am absolutely wild about you??? You rock.

      hugs,

      aisha

  8. Ally May 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    I’ve not seen any of those signs but things like that really frustrate me. I think they give Christians a bad name…

  9. Ally May 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    I guess I should also say I don’t agree with them or their methods… in case that was unclear.

    • aisha May 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

      Hi, Ally –

      I really agree – I have some friends who are atheist and they often point out things like this and look at me like, really? You’re one of them? And I think they know better, but yes, you’re right. They’re just not very “Christian.”

      And I figured you didn’t agree with them – but it’s good to know for sure!!!

      Thank you for reading, and for commenting!!! Come back soon!

      hugs,

      aisha

  10. Naida May 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    Hahaha yeah, I agree with Donna… Maybe a BB Playbook for me though 😉

    Not so worried about these guys and their dates but I was thinking about what you said, “They are actually trying to force science teachers to teach creationism.”
    1. Who are “they” and how do we stop them
    B. Seriously? I couldn’t imagine a teacher accepting an answer like, “because my mom said so” from one of my children so why should my children have to accept, “because the bible says so” from a teacher.

    Of course that is something that is “trying” to be done but I sure hope enough people are smart enough not to let something like that happen. We learn on Fact, beliefs are left to each individual but mass learning/teaching needs to be solely on fact.

    • aisha May 10, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

      Hi, Naida,

      “Who” is people who believe in “creationsim” – which shouldn’t even be a word. There are a number of bills that have been introduced in different states – see the link below.

      http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2011/03/9-bills-creationism-classroom

      If you google “creationsism schools law 2011” you’ll find more articles, but that one’s an overview.

      Yes. Facts should be taught, not religious beliefs. Lets hope enough people who agree with that let their senators and reps know that’s how they feel.

      Thanks for you comment, I so totally agree with you. When I would come home from school quoting some fact that seemed unlikely to my mother, she would’t accept “because my teacher said so,” she always wanted to know where the teacher got it from. So I grew up wanting cited references, not opinions.

      hugs,

      aisha

      • Naida May 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

        HEHE I was just reading on Wiki about 2011 end times predictions and saw this,
        “In Camping’s(the family radio prediction guy)1992 self-published book 1994? he proclaimed that the End Times would come on September 4, 1994. When the Rapture failed to occur on the appointed day, Camping said he had made a mathematical error.”
        I’m pretty sure he’ll be claiming mathematical error until the day he dies.

  11. nilla May 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    Just when you think we’ve come so far…scientifically, morally, as a human race…you bump nose-first into someone who doesn’t embrace knowledge, openness, acceptance.

    it’s easy to believe that everyone is open and accepting when all you get is support, hugs etc.

    The hard truth is…the world isn’t like that.

    Some people embrace truth and others denounce it as lies.
    Some people accept “us” (that could be any “us”) and others shun or attempt to harm.

    The truth is…everyone lives with his, her vision of truth.

    And sometimes, that’s a scary place.

    Hug,

    nilla

    • aisha May 10, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

      Dear ‘Nilla,

      You are so right. And i’ve created some very safe space for myself, here, and IRL, with people who agree with my basic values and are supportive.

      So it’s sometimes a shock to remember that most of the world is not like that.

      Sigh.

      So I keep trying to create that for other people too, and hope they “get it.”

      Thank you for being part of my support!

      aisha

  12. K May 10, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    Ah you live in the belt too.

    There is so much I could say, but it would be redundant:)

    Hugs,

    K

    • aisha May 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

      {laughing} Yeah, I’m in the belt. Interesting place…

      hugs,

      aisha

  13. greengirl May 10, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    so what goes through one’s mind when rapture comes and your still here? What is there to think? Also – there’s a museum to creationism along the Ohio River. interesting concept – a museum about creationism.

    • aisha May 10, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

      @Gg, That’s funny – I was thinking about that today. Wondering what the definition of a “museum” is, and just kind of amused at the whole thing. Well, amused in a sort of “watching a train wreck” kind of way…..

      laughing…

      aisha

  14. angel May 10, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    Well, well. What do we have here? Its is *another benefit* to being blind. Woo Hoo.

    i do not miss reading the random “You will rot in hell for sex, drugs, and rock n roll” (yes, literally) signs in the Bible Belt.

    So, lemme see how this would work.
    The “good” “Christians” would disappear to Good-Christain-in-the-cloud-place and we would be free to create a new world.
    Wow.

    i’d so want to high-five if this really happened.
    Buh Bye kool-aid drinkers.

    Hello world of Friends 🙂

    And i was thinking the tune of “its the end of the world as we know it”….

    • aisha May 11, 2011 at 4:39 am #

      Dear Angel,

      Funny – yeah, I guess not being able to see the stupid billboards is a perk of sorts…

      You know, I’m not really up on what’s supposed to happen after the rapture, although I’m pretty sure it’s not supposed to be fun for those of us left here. Isn’t there a book or a movie or something called Left Behind that’s about that? Yeah, I didn’t read it. Or watch it. So I don’t know.

      But you’re right – and really, the more I think about it – I love that perspective! With the self-righteous and smug gone, the world would be a better place, I think.

      I didn’t know the song you referenced, but of course I found it:

      Awesome!

      Thanks,

      aisha

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