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The (hopefully) final Stand Up

I promised a follow-up to my first post regarding standing up and was wondering what more there was to say. I think I was comprehensive in explaining this, however as a social commentator, there always seems to be fodder for more.

Just a few loose ends; I did not want to tie those previous posts with Nelson Mandela Day and preferred to leave them as allusions. However, this month made me think about that again.

No preachy message, just that it shouldn’t take a day or a month for you to stand up and be noticed and speak up against the wrongs of our society.

Intense, right? They don’t call me Ian the Intense for nothing.

Women’s Day/Month brought this point home for me. Does this not highlight our hypocrisy that on Nelson Mandela Day there is a surge of patriotic giving, only to recede soon after? Women’s Month had the same outpouring, only with regards to our mothers, daughters, wives, compatriots and Queens. Give me a break!

I’m not entirely cynical though. Although they don’t call my Cyndi the Cynical for nothing; but surely this is a little ridiculous for something so realistic to implement.

My initial conversation with a friend after I posted the first “Stand Up” post was that often it is easier said than done. She reminded me that I am not always the same person in different settings. That is, if I were in some gang-infested violent cesspool and I witnessed someone making remarks about someone that offended me, how realistic would it be for me to go up and say “Watch your tongue, buddy” ? Not at all.

This is the dilemma, but also the reason why I stressed the need for the little things, regularly. If we save our feminist sentiments for one day or month a year and our charitable giving of time to 67minutes a year, how will we ever get anywhere?

A little PS: on Women’s Day, Helen Moffet posted a brilliant piece that tied in so well with what i was trying to articulate. Read it here:

http://helenmoffett.bookslive.co.za/blog/2012/08/08/take-your-women%E2%80%99s-day-and-shove-it/

<p>Author <a href=”https://plus.google.com/102128103971030481396” target=”blank” rel=”author”>Jerome Cornelius</a></p>

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STFU, I’m reading my Bible!

So as many of my Floor Jawers may have heard, Lady Gaga is coming to South Africa. As I posted a blog entry about her a mere few days before, I would like to personally claim responsibility for this.

However, the mock is never too far behind. I got a chain message from some nutter who urges Muslims and Christians to band together and protest this heathen from entering our fair nation.

Can I say that never has a word been more ironic than FUNdamentalist!

I am a religious man. So I am more than qualified to speak about this subject. Unfortunately I am preaching to the converted, as the people I know (and I hope the people who read this blog) are enlightened and smart. But come on now…

What’s with this using the Bible as a crutch? As a former student of Translation Theory, I have learned about the intricacies associated with this. There is always something that’s gets lost or gained when translating and back translating a text. This is why I do not understand how a people can rely on a text which was, I believe, written in Aramaic and been translated so often that it could be something completely new from where it started.  I don’t think that this is unfair, especially when people use sections of this text, out of context, to justify their point. Anyone who has played a game of Broken Telephone knows that you always lose your message when it gets passed on many times. This game of Broken [insert religious text] has been going on for a long time and I would personally feel very foolish if I had stuck to something that must have been changed at some point over the centuries.

Lady Gaga is a part of a free society; just like your right to expression is a part of society. I do not complain when the local marching band from the church down the road comes blaring through the street when it suits them. So what’s to stop me from going into the church on a Sunday morning and doing my own sermon?

Respect. That’s what it is.

I respect your right to believe, so why do you not respect my right to live as I want? Seems like such a simple question. To me, that is. I am perfectly content with people preaching all kinds of craziness, but why does it have to be at the expense of others? Typical case of the majority taking advantage of the rest of the populous.

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Wow, taking a second and reading back what I have just written and it is so hard to not rant and be frustrated regarding this issue.

One of my favourite phrases is “top it or stop it.” Do or don’t, now or never, go big or go home, nothing in-between. So why do these people not (forgive me for this) practise what they preach? Because then it would expose how shitty it is to be religious in this world. You don’t want to do it, so why top it when you know you want to stop it.

In my studies I learned a word called “anachronistic.” This is when a detail does not fit in with the historical context. Think of calling Jane Austen a feminist writer… wrong, because this idea was only thought up many years later. Or The Flinstones, humans and dinosaurs living side by side is historically inaccurate.   This is a word and argument that I often use against religious people who use their words against others.

Applying the way we live today to ancient texts is not staying true to your argument, nor to your own religious views and beliefs.

Closing your ears and going “lalalalalala I can’t hear yooooou” is tantamount to what these people do when these arguments are raised against their judgmental stances.

Maybe the Muslim brothers and sisters of Sunny SA should go over to Saudi Arabia, or build a homeland in Somalia. I hear those two are real fun places if that is your thing.

Hey Christians (you didn’t think I would forget about you, now did you?) there’s an extra from the cast of “Ben Hur” who is currently unemployed, his name is Jesus Christ. Good public speaker and he will even build a chair when your derriere gets tired from riding your high horses.

He also has some good things to say. Well, that’s if you really listen.

<p>Author <a href=”https://plus.google.com/102128103971030481396” target=”blank” rel=”author”>Jerome Cornelius</a></p>

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