pope and jews
Why Jesus died matters more than who killed him
So the Pope has decided that the Jews are not responsible for Jesus' death. Interesting. Wonder which version of the Bible he used to arrive at this deduction?
In my Bible it says in Matthew 27:22 "They (the Jews) all said "let him be crucified" and in Mark 15:12 "Pilate said to them again (the Jews) what then do you want me to do with him whom you call the King of the Jews? So they cried out again, 'Crucify him!'" Seems pretty clear to me who wanted him dead!
Maybe it is true that blaming the Jews for Christ's death created the foundation of the anti-Semitic persecution. However, anti-Semitic individuals obviously are looking for an excuse to hate someone. Hateful people don't need an excuse to hate, they just hate!
As a Bible believing Christian, I believe the Jews killed Jesus, but I don't hate them. On the contrary. Christians are taught to love, not hate. Placing blame on who killed Jesus has far less value than why he died and what his death and ascension has done for all people who believe.
The world is falling apart as we speak. It is filled with hate, wars, famine, disaster, evil, etc. More than ever, young families are struggling financially just to keep a roof over their heads and food on their tables. These are the last days and the pope, whom I have a great deal of respect for, would be wise to spend his swiftly slipping away time here on earth addressing these critical issues which affect us all, rather than writing books offering opinions on events that happened over 2,000 years ago.
Race needs better plan for walkers
I competed in the Myrtle Beach Marathon last Saturday and would like to congratulate the executive committee for organizing a first-class event, probably the best I've entered in 30 years of racing. Hundreds of volunteers, police and medical staff were helpful and friendly.
Even a great event can be improved. One issue occurred before the start with individuals who had no business at the front. When the cannon fired, they walked and never ran. In doing so, they prevented the true competitors from making a fast start. In the future, someone with a bullhorn should warn these charlatans to move to the rear where they are free to walk as slowly as they want.
Seized cats in a better place
Thank you to Horry County officials, assistant solicitor Michael O'Sullivan, and Judge Bradley Mayers for taking action to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the hundreds of animals who had long been languishing without adequate care and in their own filth - most caged for years and some their entire lives -inside Elizabeth Owen's dark, unventilated and unsanitary storage unit. The animals "stored" in this warehouse were not only deprived of all that is natural and basic to them, including the ability to breathe decent air, stretch, walk about, and groom themselves without swallowing their own waste; they were allowed, and left, to suffer horribly and even die from entirely preventable and treatable conditions - despite offers from volunteers and visitors, myself included, to pay for veterinary care.
So-called animal "rescues" such as Owen's constitute one quarter of the approximately 6,000 hoarding cases reported annually in the United States. Professing to "save" or "love" animals does not translate into quality of life or what the law and moral decency require: proper food, water, space, and veterinary care to prevent and alleviate suffering. We urge the community to open their hearts and homes to the animals who may be placed for adoption when the time comes.
Getting these 300 animals emergency help was a critical first step. Let's hope that, if convicted of the charges she is facing, Owen is prohibited from owning or harboring animals.
The writer is vice president of cruelty investigations for PETA.