I believe I may have been guilty of misreporting a couple of days ago when I said that one of Obama’s 23 executive orders called for background checks not only on gun purchasers, but also on gun shop owners. Although I think it might not be a bad idea, I haven’t seen it repeated anywhere else, so I think I may have been guilty of reading too fast. A pretty good summary (although not a total list) is here.
We just got back from the bus station, seeing off Sam’s friend for his trip back home, to Innsbruck. It started snowing while we were standing in line, waiting for him to board his bus. Lightly at first, and then faster and faster. I started to write ‘softly’ at first, but even in a blizzard, snow falls softly. It may be huge, fat flakes falling swiftly, but it is still soft. That is the nature of snow. If it had been rain, it would have been quite unpleasant. As it was, it was beautiful.
re the story of the professor who got fired for saying that Allah and God are the same. It strikes me that all versions of God, at least in monotheistic religions, are automatically the same, as they’re imaginary. Even taking a somewhat less atheistic, confrontational tone, what people are believing in is an ultimate superpower, an entity which created the universe, which is all seeing and all knowing. The name doesn’t matter much. There are differences between Athena and Thor, Pan and Anubis, because they are not so all powerful, but each has a specific jurisdiction, a different characterization, and different abilities. Between God and Allah, there’s no difference like that.