Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Jeffrey Sewell an inspired, yet ignorant, bigot?

We've cautioned Mr. Sewell on airing untoward comments on Twitter that belie his stature, but it appears that Mr. Sewell is desiring to continue his trek down the path of inappropriate, and now ignorant, comments.

Mr. Sewell recently tweeted:

SCHotline So the proposition that Muslims have special privileges in American society, to which others are not privy, is now enshrined in precedent.

The tweet happened three times which means either he's being emphatic or there's an issue with his computer/posting method.

His tweet bears an uncanny resemblance to a direct quote from Dhimmi Watch, meaning he probably lifted it from that site in regards to a recent settlement in a federal court case over religious liberty.

For background some Somali Muslims were fired from their jobs because they insisted on keeping the practice of their faith which requires that they pray three times a day.

And while Dhimmi Watch and Mr. Sewell take this as some sort of legal precedent... it's not, it's part of a settlement agreement, not a legal ruling from the bench as much as an assent to the current law.

The settlement is a good one, because no right has been carved out for Muslims, instead the company is being told to respect laws already in place that make religious folks (any religious folk) a protected class.

I'd assume, and though I don't like doing that, that Mr. Sewell is a low protestant. Some form of Evangelical. So while he's not familiar with ritualized/formalized prayer - I as a Catholic and Earl Capps as an Orthodox Christian - we are. In our tradition, it's urged - but not required, we are told to pray at least three times a day in a prayer called the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours. There used to be eight hours of prayer spread throughout the day. Some traditionalists still observe this practice, while the current discipline has four main hours (required of clergy and religious) three of which are popular amongst the lay.

But it doesn't take ritualized prayer aside only to be considered a protected class. Anecdotal evidence for you. I used to work at a factory. One man who was a fervent Christian kept a Bible at his desk. When he spoke you knew he was on fire for the Lord. He had a set pattern for prayer or time of reflection while he was at work. No one ever disturbed him during that time and he took it every day, at the same time, or there abouts if he was otherwise occupied with an important task at hand. The point is he took it, and management knew they couldn't tell him to take break with everyone else because this is what he did. Was it formal? No, most protestants don't have formalized prayer, but it was respected because he was a man of faith.

What's wrong with letting these people observe their faith when you're afforded the right to observe yours?

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4 comments:

Jeffrey said...

Matt, you're an asshole. I don't mean just an asshole, but an asshole of all assholes.

Except that you're actually too much of a limp dick to really be an asshole. I guess that's your saving grace.

Now kiss my ass.

Jeffrey Sewell

Mattheus Mei said...

Thanks for proving my post title, and further more proving me right - without refuting any of the info presented.

~ Matt

Jeffrey said...

Just thought you like to know. My name is Jeffrey Sewell. I did search on my name and found this site.

I am not the same Jeffrey Sewell of the article.

But you're still an asshole, prickhead.

Jeffrey Sewell

Anonymous said...

According to this there are probably 90 Jeffrey Sewells in the US.

Let's stay on topic.