More bad religion



The CBC nightly radio program As It Happens on April  11 featured an interview with an Israeli woman who was arrested at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. She was one of five carted off by Israeli police  for wearing prayer shawls that Orthodox tradition states should only be worn by men.The women were all members of the Women of the Wall group that opposes police-enforced segregation of worshippers according to sex at the Jerusalem holy site.The arrests occurred during a monthly prayer session organised by the group.

Another case of bad religion.It’s not unlike Catholics worshipping the Church- or the pope and forgetting  the kingdom proclaimed by Jesus.

600 years before, Jesus the Jew appeared on the scene the prophet Jeremiah knocked it out of the park when he told his fellow Jerusalemites, “remove the foreskin of your hearts.”(Jer.4:4) .In other words circumcision is hardly central to the Jewish life.God is not impressed with ritual without justice. S/he wants your compassionate heart. The tip of your penis does not account for much. Here’s a real tip for you: Your identity is compassion

Jesus, another Jew ratified this prophetic message “What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”(Matt 15:11)

Real kosher  is justice for the oppressed.

The group’s monthly gatherings at the Western Wall often end with arrests of women who don prayer shawls or read publicly from the holy scriptures, a rite also reserved under Orthodox ritual for men.

Jewish modernisers have long called on senior rabbis to relax laws in Israel preventing men and women worshipping together at the Wall.

These  women at the wall are praying at the wrong wall. If they had truly internalized Torah, they would be praying and acting to dismantle the apartheid wall which is stealing Palestinian land. They are making a big deal about a peripheral matter, women wearing the tallit, the head scarf. The God of Israel is always the deliverer of the oppressed.The Holy One demands distributive justice God’s holiness is seen in God’s people.This is true Torah. The rest is distraction.



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    wmgrace Says:

    “God is not a Christian. God is not a Jew or a Muslim or a Hindu or a Buddhist. I honor my tradition, I walk through my tradition. But I don’t believe my tradition defines God. It only points me to God.” – Bishop John Shelby Spong

    Read this guy a number of years ago, thanks to CNTimes. Clearly, Spong greatly supports the idea that true religion is much bigger than our traditional beliefs. By implication, living exclusively within a traditional faith group may be self-serving and even counter-productive to the real purpose of religion.

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    Clearly, Spong greatly supports the idea that true religion is much bigger than our traditional beliefs

    It’s called Restricted Indifferentism. It’s actually a heresy.

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