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Spiritual Surf: Lady Gaga, Charlie Sheen, Pope Benedict, Ashoura, North Korea

End of 2009 bash fest affects “pretentious prancer” Lady Gaga, rock ‘em sock ‘em Charlie, the Pope and even Kim Jon II

pokerfaceFred Phelps not gaga over Gaga

According to Reverend Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, Lady Gaga has a “whore’s forehead” and is destined for Hell.  Are we to believe the “Reverend” whose congregation is known for protesting at the funerals of American soliders who have died in battle, insinuating that the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is what is killing them and not conventional weapons?  Apparently Lady Gaga’s huge gay following and support of the gay community is making Phelps nervous, if not overflowing with hatred.


Charlie Sheen’s Christmas rumble

charliemugWhile holidaying with their twin sons in Colorado, Charlie Sheen and his wife Brooke Mueller had a violent marital fight early Christmas morning.  Sheen reportedly choked Mueller and threatened her with a weapon, and both are reported being intoxicated and argumentative during a party earlier in the evening.  Sheen was arrested and released on bail, and he and Mueller have made statements of their planning to work on their marriage. Holiday celebrations can invoke a great amount of stress and anxiety, sometimes resulting in a weakening of internal guards , as appears to be the case of Sheen and Mueller’s indulging in alcohol and violence.


How the terrorist almost stole Christmas

Christmas attacks were also airbourne with an attempted bombing of an international flight to Detroit.  The arrested suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was subdued by a passenger and crew members after attempted to ignite a small explosive strapped to his leg.  Reports are filtering in that Abdulmuttallab has links to Al-Qaida and was a “devout” Muslim, furthering a continuing conversation about the links between Islam and violence. Ironically Abdulmuttallab was nicknamed by classmates “the Pope” because of his amiable personality and giving money to an orphanage.


Benedict and the Christmas rush

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Susanna Maiolo

Speaking of Popes, of a different kind. . .it’s deja vu for Benedict. During the Christmas Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Susanna Maiolo jumped a barrier and rushed the Pope.  Last year she was quickly tackled by Vatican security, the Swiss Guard, who are sworn to protect the Pope even at the cost of their own lives.  However, this year one of the guards, in plain clothes, was not fast enough to prevent the same woman from grabbing Benedict’s vestments and pulling him to the floor.

The pontiff was not injured in the fall and many are speculating as to the motive for the attack, but evidence suggests that Maiolo is psychological unstable.


Ashoura celebrations and attacks

This week Shiite Muslims celebrate the holiday of Ashoura, the commemoration of the death of the grandson of Muhammad, Husayn ibn Ali, who was killed October 10, 680.  Believing Muhammad’s descendants to be the true successors of authority for all Muslims, Shiite Muslim view Husayn ibn Ali as the last successor to Muhammad, or Imam, until a future Imam will reveal himself as a true descendent of Muhammad.  The commemoration of Husayan’s death is observed through mourning and processions, often accompanied with flagellation.


U.S. missionary to North Korea goes missing on Christmas

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Kim Jon II

Robert Park, a 28 year old American missionary, slipped across the North Korea border on Christmas night with a special message for Kim Jon II: step down from power and free all political prisoners.  Park, who is now likely a prisoner himself, has not been heard from or seen by any associates of the activist group he belongs to, Pax Koreana.

Park’s message had a stunningly Biblical flavor, as if he were declaring to King Herod that his kingship is no more, captives are to be set free, all on the day of a new king’s birth, Jesus.


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4 Comments on “Spiritual Surf: Lady Gaga, Charlie Sheen, Pope Benedict, Ashoura, North Korea”

  1. Thanks for this round-up of cool articles. It's unreal that such a person as Rev. Phelps and his followers are allowed to spew such hatred. It makes one feel that we have a lot to do in this world before we are truly loving and enlightened beings. Those that don't believe as Phelps does need to stand up and be counted.

  2. Thanks for the update! It's important that we don't lose our respect for others in the search for spirituality. The Rev. Phelps appears to adhere to a rather primitive creed, and as Vicky says, it's important not to let people of that stripe go unchallenged.

  3. Charlie Sheen is sure making the news cycle right now.

    He is acting out the 'bad santa':

    http://beta.soulscode.com/addiction-9-causes-and-cures-2/

  4. Charlie needs to start reading Soul's Code and hire Dr. David Rickey to be his personal advisor! No joke!

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