a brief thought on Christians and torture

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:44-48

I honestly don't see how you can be a Christian and also support the use of torture in any form for any reason. The sanctity of life doesn't end at the doors of your enemies.

Here is some more reading on the subject:


announcing “robot voice/in silence”

It’s been a long time since I’ve released music apart from arrangements of hymns for the Church but it’s time again.

It will be available from Bandcamp on Friday the 27 of January. iTunes and streaming services to come soon.

a kind of media burnout

We have too much social media. Too much being revealed by the “crooked mainstream media”. America’s president-elect is the embodiment of too much.

What I’m burnt out on, however, is the blame being placed directly on mainstream media. This is the year 120171. If you are complaining on the internet about how the media is spinning things, you have already lost your argument.

You’re already on the internet. The problem is that by outsourcing your news and information to links that are shared by the outrage machine that is Facebook, you’ve surrendered your right to complain about it.

The media has been spinning everything since it began. Spin is present on both sides of the dividing line. Before, that was a big problem because we the people had no other way to find things out. Now, we can look at original source material. We can see video footage of events. We can broadcast our own take on everything.

At best, blaming the mainstream media for doing what it does is to declare the obvious. At worst, it’s basically just laziness.

  1. I have a feeling someone will be angry or concerned because of that link. And I know I may have just made a writing project for myself for another day.