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MORFORD: Does your religion dance?
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/9/7 | Mark Morford

Posted on 11/09/2007 7:53:59 AM PST by SmithL

Behold, the most dangerous issue facing modern faith: Its inability to evolve, nakedly -

It's a topic that jumped up like a stunned ferret from God's own hot plate three separate times recently — indicating, I think, that I'd better pay some sort of attention to it — the topic being the obvious but still desperately under-discussed idea that perhaps the most dangerous problem facing man in this modern age of radical technology and dazzling scientific conundrum and otherworldly raspberry vodka and ever-expanding notions of love and sex and human interconnection is the sad and treacherous fact that, well, religion and belief as we know them in America are, by and large, far too horribly stuck, limited, fixed in time and place and stiff karmic cement.

Put another way: We as a culture just might be suffering a slow, painful death by spiritual stagnation, by ideological stasis, by cosmic rigor mortis. It has become painfully, lethally obvious in the age of George W. Bush and authoritarian groupthink that our major religious systems and foundations don't know how to move. They don't learn, adjust, evolve, see things anew. They don't know how to dance. And what's more, this little problem might just be the death of us all.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Religion; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: morfordite
Morfordite Alert!

You've been warned

1 posted on 11/09/2007 7:54:00 AM PST by SmithL
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(1) The morfordite is self-medicating,

and

(2) It’s all Bush’s fault.


2 posted on 11/09/2007 7:55:14 AM PST by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: SmithL
It must really be horrible mentally, physically, and spiritually to be a homosexual.

5.56mm

3 posted on 11/09/2007 7:57:26 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: SmithL
I'm Messianic and we dance!! ; )

Messianic Dance on You Tube

4 posted on 11/09/2007 8:34:04 AM PST by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one BYJ movie at a time! (http://www.byj.co.kr))
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To: SmithL

Dancing in general is stupid. There is little more funny to me than going to a club and watching people “dance”. It’s worth the cover.

Karoke in motion, that’s dancing.


5 posted on 11/09/2007 8:40:10 AM PST by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: L98Fiero

Aw, man, what a disappointment! I thought this would be about those denominations that won’t have sex standing up - because they don’t want anybody to think they’re dancing.


6 posted on 11/09/2007 10:12:48 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Emmett McCarthy

I never met a guy who danced who wasn’t trying to get laid. Never have I heard a heterosexual male, not under the influence of drugs, utter the phrase, “I wanna dance!”. Women dance to put themselves on display and garner male attention. They notice which women get the attention and take note.

If people truly enjoyed the act of dancing, most homes in America would have discos like they have pools. Some did in the 70s but then the coke wore off. Ultimately, though, those were for little more than partying and getting laid.

Dancing is little more than a mating ritual. To watch people do it is to see to what lengths some will go to for sex. Generally, it’s quite funny.

None of this has anything to do with dance as an art form.


7 posted on 11/09/2007 10:46:15 AM PST by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: L98Fiero

Yeah, I never went the dance route myself. I always preferred just buying them enough drinks to get them to go home with me for the “horizontal mambo”.


8 posted on 11/09/2007 10:51:14 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Emmett McCarthy

Tried and true. No need to get fancy. ;)


9 posted on 11/09/2007 10:54:27 AM PST by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: SmithL

Mark: Get professional help. Now. Please. You are dangerously obsessed with George W. Bush. And it is getting worse. (Yes this is a professional opinion, not mine though.)


10 posted on 11/09/2007 12:01:06 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: SmithL

Miss Morford is a religious diletantte who flies screaming from its first demand on him - he is, after all, convinced that inasmuch as the “gods” are our creation it is we who should be making demands on religion and not the other way around. Even the Buddhists find that a little on the self-absorbed side. Heck, even the Satanists find that a little on the self-absorbed side.


11 posted on 11/09/2007 2:04:51 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: SmithL
It's a topic that jumped up like a stunned ferret from....

I really thought he was going somewhere else with this.

12 posted on 11/09/2007 2:08:43 PM PST by Cogadh na Sith (Peace Through Light)
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To: SmithL
"They don't learn, adjust, evolve, see things anew."

Ecc 1:9 The thing that hath been, it [is that] which shall be; and that which is done [is] that which shall be done: and [there is] no new [thing] under the sun.

You were saying ????????

13 posted on 11/09/2007 2:13:24 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Turning the general election into a second Democrat primary is not a winning strategy.)
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To: L98Fiero

How about in the dark, with your wife?


14 posted on 11/09/2007 2:15:44 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Turning the general election into a second Democrat primary is not a winning strategy.)
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To: Tamar1973

Why does Morford insist on writing about things has knows nothing about?


15 posted on 11/09/2007 2:17:56 PM PST by darkangel82 (And the band played on....)
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To: jiggyboy

I think Morford is in loooooove with Bush and he just “can’t learn, adjust, evolve, see things anew” to the truth of it all. :)


16 posted on 11/09/2007 2:34:53 PM PST by abigailsmybaby (I was born with nothing. So far I have most of it left.)
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To: darkangel82
Why does Morford insist on writing about things has knows nothing about?

Sounds stereotypically liberal to me.

17 posted on 11/09/2007 2:35:52 PM PST by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one BYJ movie at a time! (http://www.byj.co.kr))
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To: editor-surveyor

I think you miss the point.


18 posted on 11/09/2007 3:13:19 PM PST by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: L98Fiero

I must have.


19 posted on 11/09/2007 4:00:33 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Turning the general election into a second Democrat primary is not a winning strategy.)
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To: editor-surveyor

I have nothing against dancing on religious or spiritual grounds, I just think it’s goofy.

I’m not saying dancing is wrong or immoral. I’m saying it’s ridiculous and funny.


20 posted on 11/09/2007 4:11:26 PM PST by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: L98Fiero

Yes, it can be, depending on when, where, and why it’s being done.

I’ve never been big on dancing either, but I often played and sang in a dance band, and enjoyed it too.


21 posted on 11/09/2007 4:22:03 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Turning the general election into a second Democrat primary is not a winning strategy.)
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To: SmithL

I wish someone would explain to me the point of a self-invented “religion.”

If religion is to have any meaning, surely it is because it is something outside of and bigger than yourself around which you build your life.


22 posted on 11/09/2007 11:28:07 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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