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YOUR View: Intellect vs. Faith? Science vs. Religion? – a “Hot Topic”

27 Jun

Earlier this week on The View, the women discussed the concept of Faith vs. Intellect, and Science vs. Religion.

The debate was sparked over comments that comeddiene Janeane Garofalo made regarding President Obama’s encouragement of the nation to “pray” about the BP oil spill in the Gulf. She said that for him to tell us to pray is both “Bush-like” and anti-intellectual, also calling him a “conservative” and, in earlier interviews, calling the Bible a work of fiction and a Bill O’Rielly autobiography (which, totally makes no sense, but, whatever Janeane.)

So, what do you think? Is prayer separate from logic? What about faith? Are they counter-intellectual? I don’t think so. Do you?

Personally, I don’t believe that Faith and Intellect have to be separate entities, nor do I believe that Science and Religion must be segregated, either.

I posted this “conversation-starter” on my Facebook page on Tuesday, the day that this “Hot Topic” first appeared on The View, because, well, I like a good intellectual debate, and I love talking philosophy, religion, and theology. I had a few good comments replying to this post.

One reader said, “But, the basis of religion (world was created in 7 days) is in complete disagreement with science.”

I never want to argue or belittle anyone’s point, as I see where she is coming from with this ‘argument’ (for lack of a better term.)  For the sake of playing “Devil’s Advocate” (there might be a pun there, haha) … my reply is this:  while I am Christian, as much as one can be without being 100% convinced in the validity of “organized religion” but in preferring a personal relationship with God and a more “spiritual path”,  remember that not all religions DO believe in the 7-day creation theory.

Another poster said, “I truly believe that God gave us all of this including the Science and our intellectual abilities as well. I don’t think they are separate at all. Our creator gifted us with EVERYTHING, it doesn’t matter what name you call him by, he/she is truly AMAZING!”  With this person, I tend to agree.

I don’t know what religion is “correct” or which theory of creation or “how we got here” is right, but I do believe in “a” God/higher power that got us here and blessed us with the intellect and sciences to figure all of this “stuff” out. (Science, medicine, technology, and so forth.) Additionally, the power of meditation  and prayer do actually have some quantifiable and provable effects scientifically speaking, which I think is amazing and powerful, just showing us that spirituality, faith, and religion do indeed have us a place in this oh-so-skeptical and science-based world!  (Check into the noetic science division of quantum physics and you’ll be amazed!)

Yet another person had this to say: “I think if one has faith, then of course prayer is logical because that person believes in it.”

This might have been one of the most logical replies that I read. If a person truly believes in something, then isn’t it logical for THEM, in their own personal life, and within the confines of their own personal set of circumstances? Who are we to judge if someone wants to believe something? This might sound totally contrived, but wasn’t this country built on freedom of religion?

Moreover, yes, Ms. Garofolo, was saying that prayer is anti-intellectual and illogical, which, I totally do not agree with. I think that a smart person can also be religious, or, at the very least, spiritual or have faith in their lives. It has nothing to do with intelligence, in my mind.

However, I understood in the context WHY she said that particular part (regarding the oil spill and how it isn’t a “solution” to the problem per se.)

 But why would prayer and faith be a problem, or, dumb? I think that the human condition is that we need it in times of crisis or tragedy. Sure, some people choose not to believe. To each their own! That’s fine, but why belittle those that want to believe that there is a an explanation for suffering?  People who want to look for a reason to hope? Light at the end of the tunnel? A guidance to help us through the tough times?

Regardless of your beliefs, it doesn’t mean a person is any less intelligent or logical because they are a spiritual and/or religious person. That is just small-minded and ignorant to assume, I think, and makes YOU look less intelligent, if you ask me.

(I’d take a less-intelligent, more open-minded , loving, and accepting person, over a stuffy, close-minded wannabe intellectual any day, Garafolo!)

Finally, to those that want to judge people who “believe” and those who criticized Barack Obama for encouraging a nation to pray … I ask, “what could it hurt???”   

It might not be an answer to our problems, or a solution to the oil spill, and, sure, it might not do any good, but it would certainly not cause any harm, either.

What do you think?

 

 

Link: Watch “The View” Discussion on this “Hot Topic”here:   The View: Obama Asks for Prayer

Whoopi is my Twitter BFF (kind of.)

20 Apr

Ok, so I wouldn’t go as far as to say we are “BFF’s” … Ok, well…not by any means…..

BUT… I *am* pretty excited to say that, since Saturday, I’ve gotten a tweet or two – even 3 or 4 – per day, from the one, the only, Ms. Whoopi Goldberg!

Formerly very anti-Twitter, the Whoopster herself has been very sweet and chatty with me on my personal Twitter account, even calling me her trademark pet names, “gurl”, “chica”, and “baby.”

A woman I’ve always admired as being strong and inspiring, Whoopi is known for her intelligent, level-headed – and pretty darn funny – opinions on “The View” (along with her perfect lead-ins and outtros, I must say!) and, of course, her stellar and acclaimed acting and standup comedy career. (Today, she may have been known for calling Kate Gosselin an “angry bitch” but, that’s neither here nor there, and made me giggle, regardless.)

She’s also a published author, including the recently published children’s book “Perfectly Prima” which is the third in a series called Sugar Plum Ballerinas. (Very cute!)

Goldberg also happens to be involved in a fabulous website (which I’ve also blogged for) entitled Women on the Web, or, wowOwow.com. According to the site, “wowOwow is an online community created, owned & run for women by women.”

She may have only spoken to me a handful of times, 140 characters or less, but that just goes to show that she’s a pretty stand-up lady. Sure, I’ve talked to Justin Timberlake, Sherri Shepherd, Dane Cook, and a handful of other celebrities online, but Whoopi has actually been kind enough to take the time to tell me to have a nice day, and to say she’ll check out my blogs.

Whoopi, if you’re reading this, a sincere THANK YOU goes out to you! Truly. I’ve been having some rough times lately, and just the simple fact that someone like you took the time to say hello to me, no matter how small that may seem, was pretty cool to me, and admittedly kinda made my day!   *blush*

– BuellaMarie (or, as the world “in-real-life” knows me, Ashley Boynes)

The Year of the Cheating Heart (Talking to you, Tiger, Jesse, Reggie…the list goes on…)

26 Mar

South Park did a spoof on it. It is a “Hot Topic” on The View almost daily. What, you ask?

Famous leading cheating men. (See their ‘sex addiction’ spoof here. Mature content. But funny.)

There’s been political scandal after political scandal – John Edwards, Mark Sanford, and Elliot Spitzer to name a few.

There’s been celebrity breakups all over the news, fueled by men cheating on their significant others — most recently, David Letterman, Tiger Woods, Jesse James, and, now, possibly Reggie Bush.

Sure, it’s also the year of the IDIOT man, too (Chris Brown, anyone? Kanye West? I’m sure I’m forgetting others, lol!) and the “alleged” idiot men (Ben Roethlisberger, anyone? Sorry. I’m a diehard Steelers fan, but guilty or innocent, he puts himself in one precarious and irresponsible situation after another. but the whole “wandering eye” thing in particular has been taken to a whole new level of disrespect, and, if you ask me, a whole new level of pathetic.

Is sex addiction real? Sure. Is it an excuse for every time a wealthy or famous person cheats? No.

Are some of these mistresses’ tales just paid-for tabloid fodder without a grain of truth? Sure. Are most of their claims true, though? My guess is that it’s very likely.

Unfortunately, in my humble opinion, many men are prone to stray, anyway. Add money, power, and fame into the mix and the whole situation just becomes the proverbial recipe for disaster. The always-growing egos and endless sense of entitlement that these people in the limelight face can’t make it easy to resist temptation. However, I do not think that fame and celebrity gives anyone a right to balk on their moral code of conduct. It is so disrespectful!

And these people aren’t having one slip-up. For many of them, it’s woman after woman. Sometimes, there’s even some babymaking involved. Always, there is a scandal involved. What happened to commitment, loyalty, trust, respect, and common courtesy? Can Cheetah Woods redeem himself? Can Jesse James really claim that he TRULY LOVES Sandra Bullock?

As much as I envy the lifestyles of the rich and famous, I do feel bad for some of these women. No one deserves the heart- wrenching shock that an affair can bring. It is like these guys have blinders on; blithely ignoring the feelings and emotions of their partner. To me, it is heartless, and, above all, inconsiderate. Humiliating. A disgrace to their loved ones, a tarnish to their image, and I believe that this type of behavior makes a mockery of solid and loving, committed, and healthy relationships.

After all, in this country we idolize celebrities. But just because the stars are screwing up doesn’t mean all men are so-called sex addicts with 10 mistresses and BlackBerries filled with naughty text messages. Additionally, I’m sure there are women out there, too, who are involved in these types of scandals. (There’s either not as many … or they simply are a little more crafty about not getting caught.)

Either way, to me, it boils down to this. For one, these men are jerks. I mean, cheating on America’s Sweetheart? With a risqué tattoo model? Really? (I mean, I have 3 tattoos, but to me, Sandra is just the epitome of sweetness, class, and grace.)  Sandra Bullock seemed SO genuinely in love with Jesse James….and in turn, everybody loves HER. And cheating on a Swedish Supermodel? Umm….golf club wielding or not, what hope does that give the rest of us normal girls? Now, I hear (as-of-now) unconfirmed reports that Reggie Bush may have been having an affair while dating Kim Kardashian, who, despite being famous for nothing, I adore. Are these rumors? Regardless, they HAVE indeed, split, or are at least taking a break. John Edwards has a baby to his mistress while cheating on his cancer-stricken wife. That’s classy. Sanford calls his “other woman” his “soulmate”….that had to make the woman he vowed his life to feel just fabulous! It’s all such a shame.

These women need to focus on loving themselves first, picking up the pieces and moving forward. I just hope that this type of behavior doesn’t become a trend. While infidelity exists in all walks of life, its one celebrity fad I don’t want to totally infiltrate the mainstream. If people are unhappy, why cheat? End the relationship, part and go your separate ways, and THEN – and only then – go do your own thing. It’s a lot less painful than “having your cake and eating it, too” … with 5, 6, 7, or 12 different women. (Tiger.)

What do you think – something in the water these past few years?

** Have you heard the Reggie Bush / Kim K. rumors? Do you think that it is true? What about Jesse James’ alleged 3 more mistresses coming forward? Happy that Tiger is returning to golf?  Which breakup/affair is the worst and/or most shocking to you? I’d love to hear your comments! **