Wednesday, May 14, 2008

He ain't heavy, he's my [alien] brother

The news is coming fast and furious these days. Some of it I just cannot resist!! In an interview published Tuesday in Rome, it seems that if you are a Catholic it is OK to believe in aliens. Wow, this from the organization that tortured Galileo for saying the sun and not the earth is the center of the galaxy. Imagine trying to translate a bible into Romulan. Anyway, it reminded me of a fantastic visit to the Museum of the History of Science in Florence Italy. Galileo's telescope is there, among many other scientific wonders. It's encased in a glass box but if you squat down and put your eye near the glass you can see through it. I didn't see any aliens.

Being Baptist, bible believing and born again, when I "look up" it will not be to spot aliens, it will be because of Luke 21:

"25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."
News from the Vatican:

It's OK to believe in aliens

Vatican City (AP) - The Vatican's chief astronomer says that believing in aliens does not contradict faith in God.The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, says that the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.In an interview published Tuesday by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Funes says that such a notion "doesn't contradict our faith" because aliens would still be God's creatures. The interview was headlined "The extraterrestrial is my brother." Funes said that ruling out the existence of aliens would be like "putting limits" on God's creative freedom.


Note the hilarious headline on Drudge, "This is an Ex-candidate." I knew exactly what it meant and I laughed all the way over to get my second cup of coffee. Upon settling back at my comfy chair and reading the article, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank likens Hillary Clinton's candidacy to the shop owner in Monty Python who insists the parrot is not dead. This made my day! I love analogies, as you can tell. I urge you to watch the sketch, think of the shopkeeper as Clinton Campaign manager Terry McAuliffe and the customer as everyone else in the universe.


I just made a really really great breakfast hash. I microwaved a small potato, diced a quarter of an onion, a celery stalk, and a slice of bologna. Saute it all for a while till things get crispy. Throw in a bit of shredded cheddar and an egg, stir till egg is just this side of cooked. Yum yum.

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