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Stuck In a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of

A few days ago U2 (or at least Bono and L’Edge) performed their song “Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” at their tour stop in Minneapolis, and dedicated it that night to a woman named Amy—a soulful and stylish singer who wasn’t around long enough to scratch the surface of what she might do.

I’m dedicating this particular posting of the tune to Hideki Irabu, a former major league pitcher in America (born in Japan), who died yesterday at the age of 42. When he was a New York Yankee, he didn’t perform at the level many expected, but as a fan I always liked him for the fact that he had wanted above all to be a Yankee.

U2 have written quite a few songs that are kind-of modern day spirituals in one way or another; it’s obviously a mark that they try to hit. I don’t think they’ve ever hit it more squarely than with “Stuck In a Moment.”

And if the night runs over
And if the day won’t last
And if your way should falter
Along the stony pass
It’s just a moment
This too shall pass

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Breivik: Neither Jesus nor Robert Spencer inspired his bloodlust

It is something which adds bitter insult to grievous injury, when a brutal killer is rewarded after the fact of his crimes by having his twisted personal manifesto widely publicized and analyzed, before the eulogies for the victims have even been heard. Often when it happens the killer himself is dead, but not so in the case of Anders Behring Breivik, who will apparently have the opportunity to enjoy his notoriety for many years to come, since Norway does not practice capital punishment (and in theory he may be released after 21 years in prison). Inevitably his 1518 pages of writing, titled “2083: A European Declaration of Independence,” will be pored over in an attempt to explain his demonic acts.

Since I already wrote something two days ago regarding the common description of Breivik in the media as a “fundamentalist Christian,” a follow-up on that point based on his writings seems called for, at least in my own mind. There’s no possibility of my reading his entire opus, but I thought a quick probe of his “Christianity” might be possible by simply doing a word search for the name Jesus. Unsurprisingly, the references I found this way betrayed no particular faith and even less any sensitivity to Christian teaching. He seems to stitch in cold references to Christianity merely as part of his process of documenting whatever it is he thinks he is documenting. On page 1307, he explicitly states that he has no “personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God” but instead believes in Christianity “as a cultural, social, identity and moral platform.” I speculate that he may find that this position leaves something to be desired when he meets his Maker. But I know of no kind of “fundamentalist Christian” (a term which in itself is poorly used far more than it is ever accurately used) who would say such a soulless thing. Continue reading Breivik: Neither Jesus nor Robert Spencer inspired his bloodlust

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Evil in Norway (and a Christian Killer?)

It’s impossible to humanly comprehend the carnage that was wrought in Norway yesterday. With a population of less than 5 million, the murder of more than 90 people on a single day is even worse for that society than it would be in the United States, and it would be horrific enough here, or anywhere. Continue reading Evil in Norway (and a Christian Killer?)