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[Anecdotes] The Man from Uncle

Posted by Lex Fear on September 30, 2006

The other night I was called Uncle for the first time, on 2 different occasions. The first was my brother announcing I was to be an uncle whilst I was sitting on the toilet. The second time came later at night- I was watching Smallville on my laptop and my new Canadian niece and nephew sent me an msn message: “Hey, Uncle Alex!”

I have to say it feels kind of weird to become an automatic uncle, not just once but several times over. It’s like I’ve breached the adultsphere. I feel like I should grow a mullet and ‘tash like Earl Hickey, ‘cos that’s what every uncle looked like to me when I was growing up. They all had that cheeky smile and a wink, you always felt like they were in the know but they wouldn’t grass you up. Maybe it will be cool being an uncle.

I shouldn’t feel that old though. I remember becoming an uncle was one of the cool things when you were 13 at school. Kids used to announce it like a badge of honour, like they had now been promoted above us.

Kids still do that at school today, except it’s not “I’ve become an uncle”, instead it’s “I’ve become a dad”.

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[Created Image] Gods First Command

Posted by Lex Fear on September 27, 2006

“Where the heck was Adam when Eve was being seduced?”

A little while ago I watched a documentary on Channel 4 called Pram-Face. It was a documentary about young single mothers on benefits- a fly on the wall view of the unglamorous reality of bringing up children alone and on benefits.

Single mothers on benefits, or Pram-faces, get a bad press here in the UK. Generally looked upon with similar disdain reserved for asylum seekers. But something that one of the mothers said, and I’m only quoting from memory, made me stop and think about this particular underclass and their relation to society:

“Ever since I was young I just wanted to have children. I never wanted anything else, I never aspired to anything, just wanted children.”

That’s enough to make a Daily Mail readers’ blood boil. I also know many fellow Xians who would be quick to pick up their stones of righteousness.

In the UK, we live in a society that predominantly looks down upon people who rely on state benefit, particularly if they show no aspirations towards improving their life. We disapprove of young women who seem to have no higher goal than to get pregnant. We class them as a lower intelligence and a lower caste, however I have to question.

Have we as a British society got it the wrong way round?

I’m going to be taking my lead from the Bible, so if you’re not a believer this may not mean much to you, that’s fine. However, to those who connect themselves to faith, God, Jesus or the Word in anyway, it’s time for us to rethink our prejudices.

When I think about the words of the young lady above, I wonder where that desire comes from- where that “low” aspiration and “low” standard was conceived. Then, after some thought, I found the answer, it’s in Gods first command to us human beings:

“So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female he created them. God blessed them and told them, “Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters over the fish and birds and all the animals.” – Genesis 1:27-28 NLT

It occurs to me that young girls whose only aspiration on leaving school is to have babies are not aiming low, they’re actually following the highest command given to us. They are following the natural instinct placed in us by God. Does that mean that they should have a baby straight away and out of wedlock? Obviously not! But it we also should assess our values and our treatment of those who aspire to be mothers. It is women who pursue careers, or possessions, or passion without love or commitment who are unnatural- and I mean that only in a theological sense.

So a young women with a desire only for motherhood is not necessarily wrong, certainly not sinning or a moral failure. However it is clear there is something wrong with society and with young women bringing up children alone and on benefit. Unfortunately the media, the culture and the religious right have focused on the victims rather than the perpetrators. The question I have to ask is…

Where are the men?

Rarely do we see a man or young man condemned for the increases in young single mums on benefits. Yet it is young men impregnating young women and not taking up the responsibility of fatherhood. We are becoming a nation of orphans, a nation without fathers, and it is men who are responsible, not single mothers.

Men have abused their position. Whilst a young girl may get frowned at for getting herself pregnant, a young man will get a pat on the back from his mates for ‘nailing’ her, possibly even older men in his life also.

Why is it as a society we don’t hold fathers and sons to account?

We are allowing men to get away with not taking responsibility for their actions, re-enforcing the idea that sex is something they gain as a reward and not something they give to a life-partner. Going from female to female with no thought for the consequences of their actions, boasting of their conquests down the pub.

Religion is partly to blame for this, the sex-culture has taken over but historically religion has misinterpreted Gods intentions. If we read on in Genesis, Eve eventually sinned by eating of the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge. God then explains the consequences of their actions, the curse. Mens’ innate lack of responsibility is evident even here:

“Who told you that you were naked?” the LORD God asked. “Have you eaten the fruit I commanded you not to eat?”
“Yes,” Adam admitted, “but it was the woman you gave me who brought me the fruit, and I ate it.”
Then the LORD God asked the woman, “How could you do such a thing?”
“The serpent tricked me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”
So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you will be punished. You are singled out from all the domestic and wild animals of the whole earth to be cursed. You will grovel in the dust as long as you live, crawling along on your belly. From now on, you and the woman will be enemies, and your offspring and her offspring will be enemies. He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
Then he said to the woman, “You will bear children with intense pain and suffering. And though your desire will be for your husband, he will be your master.”
And to Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate the fruit I told you not to eat, I have placed a curse on the ground. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. All your life you will sweat to produce food, until your dying day. Then you will return to the ground from which you came. For you were made from dust, and to the dust you will return.” – Genesis 3: 11-19 NLT

The second line I have highlighted is a line that has been responsible for much suffering and injustice to women down the ages, ever since it was spoken. It has been used and is still used today by men in authority who do not want to take responsibility or show compassion: though your desire will be for your husband, he will be your master.

I believe mainstream religious authorities have gravely misinterpreted this bit of scripture. Why? Look at Gods original intent for Eve. An equal with Adam, a partner, a lover. What happened? Eve was seduced by the Serpent, and through that seduction she made a gross error. God now puts Eve under Adams authority. Therefore we must ask why God put Eve under Adams authority? Was Gods intention that Adam should lord over Eve, that he should now have some sort of advantage?

For a start, just look at Adams response to being confronted by God. He blames Eve, tries to absolve himself of the responsibility for his actions. Eve can then only blame the Snake (a possible allegory? …only kidding). But there is a
more pressing question that needs to be asked:

Where the heck was Adam when Eve was being seduced?

I reckon God put Adam in authority over Eve for responsibility. God was basically saying to Adam, look you can’t lay blame on someone else, I’m making you responsible for any mistakes in your marriage. God was ordering Adam to care for and look after Eve, to work hard for her, to protect her from the Snakes that are out there.

So as a society, how does God want us to respond to these single mums on benefits? Just as God made Adam responsible for caring, protecting, and working hard for Eve… Perhaps we as a society should be seeking to hold men accountable to the women and children they have abandoned, or are simply too selfish to bring up. Perhaps the Church should seek the opportunity here to lead the way in restoration towards women in general?

I reckon that old and young men who have neglected their father and husband responsibilities are going to have a lot to answer for when they finally meet God.

Thoughts?

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[Gods Politics] Issues that matter to Jesus?

Posted by Lex Fear on September 23, 2006

Jim Wallis, author of Gods’ Politics weighs in on CBS…

“With 30,000 children dying everyday needlessly from poverty and disease, I can’t imagine Jesus thinking: the top issue on our agenda ought to be gay marriage amendments in Ohio.” – Jim Wallis

For being in the middle, Tony Perkins likens Wallis to a “dead cat or skunk”.

Video features on the Gods’ Politics blog.

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[Interesting] Selected Blog Quotes

Posted by Lex Fear on September 22, 2006

“Just as many Germans woke up after World War Two claiming they simply didn’t know what came over them, many right wing Americans are going to have to one day explain their support for a regime that attempted to justify torture.” – Kel, The Osterley Times

“For my part, I wish reporters would stop saying that people are on the ground. Troops on the ground in Afghanistan… Our people on the ground in Iraq… Where else would they be? Larking around in trees?” – Harry Hutton, Chase Me Ladies… I’m In The Cavalry

“But who’s surprised with the pro-choice culture we live in? If a mother can kill her baby just two minutes before it’s born why should it acquire the dignity to live only two minutes after?” – Jessica Clark, Dead Yet Living

“A special message to all the new readers from Daily Kos: Get lost we don’t want your type round here.” – Guido Fawkes, Guido Fawkes’ Blog

“Whilst at the DIY superstore, I carefully considered the assorted power tools before me and then proceed to pick the one I felt most comfortable performing the ‘quick-draw’ with.” – Mr Angry, I Am Livid

“Chavez is addressing Bush at a level that Bush likes to engage the world.” – Memiors of a Samurai Barber

“My quibble here is minor, but one that I think presents an important note to the conversation. Clinginess, emotional instability, a propensity toward manipulation, and an inclination toward jealousy are not actually stereotypes of women, —but are certainly stereotypes of Evil Ex-Girlfriendstm.” – The Dane, Nowhersville

“The pope has all those crazy muslim extremists with their panties in a bunch, which in turn has led to them living up to the adjective I just assigned them, which in turn has led to tons of people doing google searches involving the phrase “crazy muslims”.” – Patriot Xeno, Right Hand of God

“In the end, we have reacted out of fear, willing to do anything for a false sense of security, which is exactly what the terrorists want you to do. Acting out of fear creates chaos. What most people don’t realize is that you have always had a higher probability of dying by suicide than by a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. That includes 2001.” – Alabama Moderate (comments), The Gun Toting Liberal

“YES I know some may find it hard to believe I do believe in the BIBLE” – Mark De Hoog, Blog This

“Right I’m off to buy shoes…

Gosh that last line was camp.” – Yellow, Dark Side of the Moon Chaplaincy

“Please do not fret, for I have wondrous and magical plans for this little corner of the internet” – Reed, The Plural of Ajax

“There seems to be a trend in uniform departments to move good people constantly. Crap officers get to stay in post forever. HR deliver the usual nonsense to justify this – the infamous ‘development opportunity’. Just as you get to know the players, you are moved. This is why we stare blankly at members of the public when they try and tell us about local problems.” – Inspector Gadget, Police Inspector Blog

“The bottom line is the Pope meant absolutely no offense by his remarks and he owes no one an apology. Anyone who carefully reads his lecture can clearly see that this debate has been blown way out of proportion.” – Jimbo, The Pope Blog

If you have linked to me, quoted me or left comments on any of my blogs, I will be returning the courtesy soon, keep watching for my link page.

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[Fruitless Endevours] I Needlessly Stayed At Work for 3 Hours

Posted by Lex Fear on September 21, 2006

I got home to discover that my TalkTalk broadband has been activated… After all the trouble I went to as well, sweet-talking my friend in the hardware department for the WEP key!

So I don’t know what that call agent was going on about with the 2nd October prediction. My broadband connection is supposed to be 8mb but it’s just that teensie bit faster than the old one (Tiscali)- it’s free, that’s the main thing as we need to save.

Meanwhile, expect normal blogging to proceed shortly. Here’s a little taste of what I’m working on:

Links – My blogging links are starting to grow and I’m having difficulty deciding which blog to add them to. So I’m working on a separate page to house them all and link to that from all my projects.
AAF Forum – As long as I can determine a desire for one. I am working on a no-holds barred forum where for all where politics, social justice, theology and ideas can be discussed with all people believers and non-believers.
T-Shirts, Books and anything else I can market – I know there is currently not much selection going at the moment, but I intend to expand the designs and book recommendations in the not so distant future, I may also be stepping away from the Christian theme.
Abandon All Fear website – Still developing this.
Money-making scams – Just kidding, however, I really do want to make some money on the side as you can tell by all the ads and merchandise. I have yet to find a niche. I think about it constantly though and will let you know when I find one. Just don’t be too judgmental if I try an idea out and it doesn’t work.

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[Asinine] A Suggestion for the Venue of the next UN Summit

Posted by Lex Fear on September 21, 2006

Editors Note: The original video got lost in blog transfer!

Finally there is hope world leaders will be able to find some common ground. This video is all that is needed for world peace.

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[Me Against The World] Events Conspire

Posted by Lex Fear on September 21, 2006

Only just got over the Blogger Beta disaster… and I have now lost my broadband connection at home! This is due to the fact I ordered TalkTalk free broadband 2 months ago and they have only just got round to connecting.

They’ve booked me in to go live on October the 2nd, but my current provider pulled the plug yesterday. It’s not even worth my while subscribing to a hotspot- it would cancel out the benefit of the free broadband. So I am now consigned to using a mixture of the wireless network at work (which means staying at my desk late) or using a dial-up connection at home.

It wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for the fact I’m only going to enjoy the new wireless connection for a week and a half till I leave for Hawaii. Then I have to start all over again with another broadband provider in November.

I will try to blog, but it won’t be as regular now, and I don’t think I will be able to resume a more regular blogging pattern till mid November at the earliest.

Storm clouds are gathering… I am hoping to find a way out of this £45 parking fine I have been fighting for the last 5 months (where I will get £45 now I don’t know so I am only able to continue dialogue now with the courts), I’m hoping it gets to 6 months so it will time out- providing the courts see it that way (the issue has already been brought to them once and sent back to the police). Part of the difficulty is that in less than a months time I will be away for a month- if they send a letter for court appearance during this time I won’t get it. This could get ugly.

I still have my outstanding tax bill, I have yet to be able to contact Inland Revenue and ask them to spread out the payment- if they will let me. Sure when I start the job I’ll be able to cover all this stuff but it seems like events conspire to head me off at the pass- try and bury me before I get to solid ground.

At least things are going in the right direction… marraige, new job, more money… eventually. What we are counting on right now is enough money to carry us through for the month I don’t get paid between jobs, finding accomodation in London and the last part of the wedding plans coming together.

I’ve been blessed, God has raised me out of some incredibly difficult situations, he will continue to do so. My resolve is only strengthened against earthly authorities and critics, since I answer to a higher power.

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[Cover-Ups] Test Case For Legalised Murder Under Terror Laws

Posted by Lex Fear on September 19, 2006

It turns out the execution shooting of Jean Charles De Menezes was a test case for the Met.

“It is not about diminishing the tragedy of Charles de Menezes’ death. We see it as a test case, not only for policing in London but for the police service nationally.” – Commander Moir Stewart

Gosh! Really? So did De Menezes know he was just being volunteered for a test case? What determines if the ‘test’ is successful?

The way I see it for The Met, if this ‘test case’ is successful, they have a license to shoot anyone they like in the head, so long as it is in the name of terror. If unsuccessful, the public at least has the assurity that if they do get murdered killed they can make a Health & Safety claim.

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[Popewatch] Burn This Blog!

Posted by Lex Fear on September 18, 2006

“By the extremist’s actions and moderate’s silence, the words of Emperor Paleologus are fully justified.”

It would have been easy for me to satirise the irony of the recent ‘protests’ in the Muslim world regarding the Popes speech last Tuesday, where he quoted a 14th Century Byzantine Emperor commenting on Islam:

“Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” – Manuel II Paleologus

Regardless of the fact this is a historical quote which has been drawn out of it’s original intent and context, I find myself knocked down by the irony.

The Pope now finds himself demonised the world over (not so much by Westernised Muslims) for painting Islam as a religion of violence. And how do these loud self-appointed representatives of the peaceful religion of Islam respond to these allegations? With death threats and violence.

What Westernised Muslims should now be doing is condemning not the Pope, nor the words of an ancient Emperor, but their misguided brothers and sisters worldwide.

By the extremist’s actions and moderate’s silence, the words of Emperor Paleologus are fully justified.

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[Unbelievable] I Got Offered A London Job

Posted by Lex Fear on September 15, 2006

That’s right, I applied a month ago and went for 2 interviews. Finally they contacted me and offered me the position!

D (the future Mrs. Fear) has been visiting for a week and we have been looking all week for accommodation that would serve as a halfway point between her job in London and my current job in Birmingham. This weekend we would have signed a 6 month rental agreement!

All I can say is once again, God’s timing once again takes us to the edge to see what we’re made of.

So if you, or someone you know, has some accommodation available for a married couple in London to start 11th November 2006. We would ideally be looking for either:

  • A studio apartment or 1-2 bedroom flat located in or around West London for 6 months minimum, or,
  • Temporary room for a maximum 4 weeks while we search for something more permanent and get settled into our new jobs.
  • Any area in West, North West or Central London including outside the M25 e.g. Slough. Ideally, Chiswick as this is where my job is.

Any leads or contacts would be much appreciated. Please contact through my blog id email alex@abandonallfear.co.uk.

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