'America's Rabbi' Squashes Intolerant Fundamentalist Idiots
Remember that for the world's 13.2 million Jews, Jesus has not yet come to earth in physical form. While they wait it out and celebrate Passover this week, Jews, and everyone else, might reflect on the words of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, author of 'Shalom in the Home', who spoke to Big Think last year about the two religious currents in America.
"There's two kinds of religions. One is religion is an all-or-nothing sum game. Either you're religious or not. 'If you're gay, to hell with you. If you'd had an abortion, to hell you you. You don't believe what I believe, to hell with you.' Well, that's pretty damn intolerant and that's an abomination before God.
The other kind of religion is where you say religion is a collection ideas and principles and practices to make us into godly people, and even if you don't keep all of them, well, keep some of them. So you may be doing things that I don't believe in because of my religion, but you're doing other things that I can really respect and applaud. That's not what we're hearing in American today. We're hearing because you are X, therefore I have to reject you in your entirety. If we can get away from that, the future of religion will not only be bright in America, but it will really illuminate so many peoples lives, even the lives of so many secular people"
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A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
- Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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