a message for tea party folks

for all you tea party folks out there, i thought this was funny:

transportation security administration to block certain websites from employee computers

Email from TSAthe transportation security administration sent out an email today notifying employees that access to certain websites at work would begin to be limited. the sites are deemed ‘inappropriate for government access’ and include the following:

  • Chat/Messaging
  • Controversial opinion
  • Criminal activity
  • Extreme violence (including cartoon violence) and gruesome content
  • Gaming

so is this an infringement on free speech (not that government workers surfing the web is speech in any way, shape, or form? or is it a government agency trying to get their employees to work?

a quick few observations:

  1. aren’t these work computers? what on earth are tsa employees doing gaming or chatting on work computers? and is this why my luggage always gets mis-routed in the philadelphia airport? on this one, i’m with the tsa. get to work and stop facebooking. facebook will drain all of your time and energy.
  2. sites with ‘controversial opinions’ are banned. who makes this determination? what is a ‘controversial opinion’? who makes that determination? are controversial opinions those from conservatives? liberals? those that are critical of the obama administration? i’m with the employees on this one.
  3. pornography isn’t on the list?? how is pornography not on this list? government employees can’t play bubble spinner but they can browse porn? to quote casablanca, ‘captain renault big sister is getting broad-minded.’

what do you think?

on ‘heresy’ and the critical study of the bible

Cap and Gownthought for the day:

it is never heretical to point out the inconsistencies of the biblical text to students. ever! if one’s faith can’t survive a few critical questions, it’s either deeply flawed or it is not worth maintaining. shielding students from textual problems does not help their faith, it only sets them up for a greater fall.

professors should challenge students to examine the biblical text as critically as they do any other piece of literature or legislation. if even half as much time that is spent attempting to disprove ‘other’ religions or unpopular pieces of legislation was spent critically examining the bible, the faith would not only be far better off, but people of faith would be far more educated, and might even know what their bibles say and how to interpret its message properly.

since when are scholars heretics because they ask tough questions of the bible? since when is pointing out inconsistencies within the text harmful to a student’s faith? (unless we want them to believe something that is simply not true or possible.) and since when is the dogma and inbred self-affirmation of systematic theology the final say on all things religious? any system of belief or government that cites itself as an authority is doomed to fail. all systems of government or faith must be constantly examined and critically prodded to ensure their integrity and viability. otherwise, they are not worth maintaining.

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