Thursday, November 13, 2008

weirdo religion bugging utah town

So some strange religious sect that practices in Utah has ended up with a case before the Supreme Court. No, I don't mean the Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints - hey, they run Utah!

Nope, the town of Pleasant Grove, near Salt Lake City, is trying to fend off the attempts of a little-known religion known as Summum (founded 1973) to donate and have displayed the Seven Aphorisms of Summum. But the trouble is, Pleasant Grove has already accepted a gift of the Ten Commandments from the Mormon Church, and displays it in a public park.

So the case is before the Supreme Court. Who knows how it'll turn out.

Not that the content of the Aphorisms will necessarily weigh on the Supreme Court, but I thought as a public service I'd copy the Aphorisms here. So we all know what's at stake.

Summum is mind, thought; the universe is a mental creation.

2. As above, so below; as below, so above.

3. Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.

4. Everything is dual; everything has an opposing point; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes bond; all truths are but partial truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.

5. Everything flows out and in; everything has its season; all things rise and fall; the pendulum swing expresses itself in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.

6. Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is just a name for Law not recognized; there are many fields of causation, but nothing escapes the Law of Destiny.

7. Gender is in everything; everything has its masculine and feminine principles; Gender manifests on all levels.

Umm, yeah, that's a little odd. Especially the stuff about a pendulum. And gender (is this a grammar point?) I'm surprised the 8th Aphorism isn't "To everything turn turn turn, there is a season turn turn turn." Or would that be "vibrate vibrate vibrate"?

But that's the problem when you take gifts from religions for public display. You have to worry that OTHER religions will come in with gifts.

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