10 Reasons Terrorists are Angry

1. They are forced to live in a cave with a bunch of men for extended periods of time and they are probably sleeping on the ground. That just doesn’t sound like fun to me. Camping to me is staying at the Holiday Inn.

2. They have all these wives that they never see and thus never get the physical benefit from, but we have to assume they have email, telephones, and ways to talk with their relatives daily. So they get to hear all the bitching, complaining, moaning, and groaning and get none of the good things out of marriage like sex. Yea… I’d want to shoot something too.

3. They get called into the commander’s office and sat down to talk about a “really important mission” and they get all excited until they turn to page 73 which reads “and then you explode.” When patted on the back and told “don’t worry you’ll get X many wives after death” they are never given an explanation for why they can’t just get more wives now and not blow up. That is a raw deal.

4. Your weapons have stayed the same since your grandfather was fighting and everyone else gets new toys each year. It is like a country without Christmas.

5. They said grab your stuff we are going on a trip. That was ten years ago.

6. Your team name keeps changing each year. How can you not have a favorite team? I would be pissed off too.

7. Every time you go to the airport the guard just shakes his head, laughs, and tells you to turn around. How rude!

8. You keep getting added to a new list with a new color each year. You are starting to feel like a rainbow and you hate rainbows.

9. All you want is a Number 1 combo from McDonalds.

10. Almost everywhere you fight is a desert and the desert is hot as hell.

Why Can’t Christians Just Say “Hello”

Do you ever get the feeling that you can’t just say “hello, how are you” to a Christian without hearing the inevitable “by the way…” I normally either fake a heart attack when I hear those words, which only works once a year or so or people begin to catch on that you are faking a heart attack, or I pull out my cell and call someone. I have gotten very good at this actually, it is kind of like a Wild West draw sort of technique. I’d be willing to demonstrate for everyone if I did YouTube.com videos… but then I would have to register these hands of fury…

Ever get preached at? My family was part of a large group of “Southerners” that converted to the Eastern Antiochian Orthodox faith as a “movement.” There were literally hundreds of churches involved in this from Pentecostals, Presbyterians, and Methodists that were all seeking something different. My father was a Presbyterian Preacher before converting and becoming an Orthodox Priest. It was a huge deal, but the problem I observed was that we “as a whole” would never shake that “newly converted feeling.” Even to this day, some 30 years of being an Orthodox Christian, I still feel like a newcomer. It sucks and it also shows why many of us never felt the “push or need” to try and “convert the world.” I also UNDERSTAND why others do… I just don’t always see the necessity to verbally assault people like some Christians do.

It reminds me of preacher week at UT Knoxville. I don’t know if they still do this, but there was a “week” where preachers of all religions (mostly Southern based Christian churches though) were able to come and evangelize to the students. They basically sat there and told everyone they were going to hell, shouted it actually. It was something else, if you have never seen a “heated religious debate” this would have been eye candy. Students were having to be held back and police monitored while preachers and people alike yelled the vilest stuff in each other’s faces. The most amusing part was that everyone was probably “Christian.”

I would avoid these “gatherings of humanity” and it furthered my resolve that religious debate just doesn’t serve much purpose. It only creates enemies and even the most amicable of friends can come to furious blows over a difference in what happens when they die. I honestly don’t care what happens to most humans when they die, only my family and closest friends. Just as long as your spirit doesn’t collide with mine and send me spiraling in an alternate… direction… we are good.

-Opinionated Man

Why I am not a Christian

I am not a Christian. I am an Antiochian Orthodox Christian. I risk offending the majority of my readers with this post but so be it. It is now on my mind so I will write it. I can’t stand it when present day Protestants, at least many I have encountered in life, proclaim “I am Christian. Why do I need a label?” I wonder if people that say that have truly considered those words or if they are being conveniently obtuse in order to prove some holier than thou point of acceptance.

So you say it doesn’t matter what kind of Christian you are as long as you believe in Christ? Do you believe what some of the Jamaican and African mixtures of Catholicism believe then? They worship snakes and believe in some interesting aspects about the dead, but they also worship Jesus and according to you that makes them just as Christian as you are… right? Do you believe in the rigid stature of the Catholic faith or the accepting nature of the reformed Churches in America? Every one of them is different in so many ways, not even mentioning creed or religious order. So if Aliens landed tomorrow, which Scientist now say is possible (isn’t that amazing how we have progressed?) and demanded we send delegations of our religions before their council for acceptable explanation or face extermination for all, you would be ok with ANY Christian being sent? Regardless of Christian denomination, because we established you don’t believe in this? Interesting… I will say I don’t feel the same way.

I am not a Christian. I am an Antiochian Orthodox Christian that has a creed that holds our beliefs. If you don’t follow those beliefs then we aren’t of the same religion, it really is that simple. If you don’t believe in my godhead and the way we view its formation you don’t believe in my God. That is why an Orthodox practitioner cannot take communion, the bread and wine, in a Catholic church and vice versa. In the view of the Orthodox Church the Catholics do not believe in the same Godhead that we do anymore. We believe that the Catholics changed the Godhead when they split from The Church. Orthodox means “the straight path or true way” and that is what we consider our faith. We are taught that our church has kept the original Godhead and that is what makes our religion the correct path and that is how serious we take it. That is why we care when others wish to compare or even coincide themselves with Orthodoxy. It is not being snobbish, the simple truth is that we care about what we believe. Don’t you?

Below is our Nicean Creed in case you care to read it. Since the age of 3 I was brought up as an Orthodox Christian and my father is a Priest. We went to church 7 times a week and that wasn’t even during lent. I don’t go regularly anymore, but that is a story for a different post. I welcome any questions of a direct nature, but if you are interested in the faith feel free to Google for that. -OM

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible; And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-begotten, Begotten of the Father before all ages, Light of Light, True God of True God, Begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man; And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried; And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father; And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, Whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke by the Prophets; And I believe in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the Resurrection of the dead, And the Life of the age to come. Amen.

“I don’t blog for an Audience”

I get tired of hearing this sentence from bloggers. If you aren’t interested in gathering a following or having others read your work GOOD FOR YOU! Why is it you feel that it is necessary to parade that ideology on every post you can find that talks about “building a blog or an audience?” How many articles have you read on how to successfully build a blog and how many of those articles have you seen at least one commenter that feels the need to clarify that they “write for themselves?” Good for you… now how about you go write in that corner over there since you are so proud of the fact that you don’t care if anyone else sees your post!

Many of us here on WordPress are writers and we ARE seeking critiques of our work or eyes on our articles. There is nothing wrong with that at all. Don’t get discouraged or put off by people that loudly trumpet in your face that “they aren’t after the numbers or the views.” If you want to focus on that and then in turn feel proud of the fact that you have accomplished a “goal” then do so! Be as proud as you feel like! Simply ignore the “noise” around you that will try and tell you that your outlook is wrong. They are your goals, your outlooks, and it is your blog. Screw everyone else.


Doing For Others

No one has to explain to me how busy a person can be and how one can become so focused on their personal goals that the needs of others are ignored. I have the ultimate tunnel vision when it comes to chasing my dreams and I will run over happy bunny rabbits in pursuit of that dream. Still, we must remember that sometimes a small helping hand is all another person needs to make it through the day. While we are on cruise control another person is in the highest gear simply trying to make it up a small hill.

Doing for others just because it is the right thing to do is a lost art. A lost cause. If there isn’t something in it for the “doer” then there is no point to the “doing” these days. I find that to be a sad reality as I see bloggers actively hamstringing each other and refusing to offer even the slightest hint of support to others. It is all about me, my website, my blog, my audience, my goals, and my dreams. Everyone else can be damned!

I do not wake up wanting to be motivational to others. I don’t set out to be an inspiration. I honestly can’t stand people that feel they need to carry the largest fucking cross they can find just so everyone will ohhh and ahhh over their feat. Praise… praise is the fool’s gold of the masses. Have you ever met that one helpful person that is amazing when they want to be, but the minute the “praise stops” they suddenly have better things to do? I have had people make snide remarks that I help other bloggers only for the praise and recognition. Those jabs underline what I am saying in this post, that people are cynical bastards that have killed the simple act of “doing for others” for no other reason than because it is the right thing to do.

That to me is worth lamenting, that to me is worth reflection, and that to me is why I care.

We need not be opponents in this game of life. Everyone has an extra hand.


Well that wasn’t popular…

I get asked a lot about overcoming inhibitions when it comes to openly sharing our thoughts. I believe there are many paths towards the freedom one needs to publish without fear of criticism. These traits or aspects of character can be learned, but they are generally already present in that person’s personality. It takes a different type of person to take criticism and brush it off. Many people say they can, but often you can see tightness around their eyes or a stressed tone in their voice that lets you know a sensitive spot does exist.

There are many of my posts and thoughts that are unpopular. I believe that it is mainly due to the fact that society tells us today that “if you disagree, keep silent.” Suddenly defending your right to an opinion is the same as aggressively attacking someone else’s view. It isn’t right and the killing of personal opinion creates a robotic society that no one should want. Where will we all be without our own identities? Why must we conform about this and show less conviction about that simply to not upset the placid balance of humanity?

I am constantly amused when the overly vocal minority is able to bully the majority simply by making the people of society believe that the minority is being oppressed. I mean seriously is that all it takes to make something important these days? Do you care about the iguanas in Hawaii? No??? Why not?!? They are being oppressed!!! And that is how a movement is made…

I don’t buy into what the news, the media, or even what friends and family tell me I should care about. I have a brain, a heart (debatable), morals (again… debatable), and a blog to vent about what I do and don’t care about in this world. Since when did we need to start validating our concerns and thoughts before expressing them? I don’t do that and neither should other bloggers. Turn your nose up to fear of retribution or retaliation against your views, if it is going to come your way it will come no matter what. Instead take courage and know that by sharing your views you might just be empowering another person to do the same.

And that to me is never a bad thing.