Episode 6: Passover, Burqa Bans and Birth Certificates

Overheard on Episode 6:

“I’m not totally clear on what happened on Good Friday, but I’m pretty sure that it’s not ‘happy’…”

“So, no Speedos?  I LIKE this religion.”

“I should totally run for president, but I only have a short term birth certificate, so I guess that’s not gonna work… and a funny sounding name.”

“I don’t know… we had a president named Grover… twice.”

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  1. MycletteMay 4, 2011

    Another great and informative podcast! I find it interesting how a lot of Christians make such a big deal over burqas and hijabs. All three of the major religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam emphasize how women should be modest and covered. I live close to a synagogue and an orthodox Jewish school. The women have to wear skirts at a certain length and they too wear head coverings. In the Christian religion — hello! Have you ever seen a nun’s habit? it’s pretty similar to a burqa if you ask me. Then there are several passages in the Old Testament and the New Testament that talk about how women should dress and behave: http://christiansdressingmodestly.com/
    Basically, all three of the major religions originated in the Middle East which is why they have similar views about women. People are just so caught up on the differences that they fail to see the similarities.

    In regards to Good Friday – it was the day Jesus actually died.
    John 19:28-30 (New International Version, ©2011)

    The Death of Jesus

    28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

    So, it’s called Good Friday because Jesus fulfilled his destiny and became the ultimate sacrifice (before then animals were sacrificed to G-d) and died for our sins:

    Romans 4:25-5:2

    He was delivered over to death for our sins and then was raised to life to put us right with God. By faith in this, then, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.

    So to make a long story short it wasn’t that great of a day for him suffering wise, but it was a good day for us.

  2. Jack @ TheJackBMay 5, 2011

    People are just so caught up on the differences that they fail to see the similarities.

    No problem. As long as everyone understands that we have the one truth that is truer than all of the other truths.

  3. MeganMay 6, 2011

    It always bothers me when I see an orthodox Jewish family out and about in Florida, when it’s 90+ degrees, and mom has a long (usually denim) skirt on, long sleeves and some type of head covering (usually a baseball cap) while her husband and sons are all wearing shorts and short-sleeved t-shirts. The males are usually wearing kippahs and the boys sometimes tzitis (sp?) as well, but otherwise they dress just like everyone else around here. I always feel horrible for the woman, but wonder why everyone else can walk around in shorts. Just sayin’.

    Also… I cannot figure out why covering your head with a wig is OK (instead of a hat or scarf or something – not for the women who shave their heads). I mean, technically, the hair is covered, but they look exactly the same as they do without it, which I believe defeats the purpose, no?

    This is just stuff I wonder about.

    I found the whole discussion of the hijabs and burqas fascinating. Interesting how culture gets so wound up with religion.

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