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Weekly Message To The Masses (May 23, 2004)         

         In the past few weeks I have truly realized how grateful I am to be a Science of Mind minister.  The religious and political leaders who have been bringing religion into the news have given me the opportunity to understand the chaos that develops when Intelligence is absent from religion.  Jesus understood this more than any other mystic or spiritual teacher, and that is why, I believe, Dr. Ernest Holmes, the Founder of Religious Science and author of "The Science of Mind" ... had so much love and respect for Jesus ... as do I.  Religious Science teaches that the way to a life of peace, love, joy and goodwill ... is through non-judgment ... "judge not lest ye be judged," declared the Master Mind Jesus, "for by the measure that ye judge, ye shall be judged."  This statement is an Intelligent understanding of the Law of Cause and Effect ... every action has a consequence ... our predominant thoughts, ideas and beliefs, create our experiences.  This is why Dr. Holmes and Jesus taught that our minds must be free from negativity ... in order for us to experience God. 

   But ... some of the Catholic hierarchy haven't got it yet ... they still persist in holding on to judgments and even going so far as to "threaten" their followers with their "opinions" about right and wrong:
  DENVER In stark and dramatic language, the Roman Catholic bishop of Colorado Springs, Colo., has declared that anyone voting for a politician who supports same-sex marriage, abortion rights, stem cell research or euthanasia will be denied communion in the church.

        Now ... if the politicians would make similar statements like the Bishop's above ... the religious would be screaming about "separation of church and state" ... and it might be said that this type of declaration would discourage people from voting at all ... after all ... one candidate may be "pro-choice" ... but the other candidate is definitely "pro-capital-punishment and pro-war" ... is it okay with the Catholic Bishop to kill people once they are born?  How does this Bishop feel about interracial marriage ... marriages between Catholics and non-Catholics ... I think if he would share his opinion on these issues we may find the "cause" of his intimidation and miss-use of his religious position.

      The same can be said of the governor of Massachusetts, Republican Governor Mitt Romney ... the governor, like the current U.S. president, wants to ban same-sex marriages ... based on religious reasons ... his attempts to do so failed so now he is using a 1913 law that was enacted to bar interracial marriages ... (legalized hate crime) ... the governor, like the current U.S. president does not believe that the courts should make important decisions like same-sex marriage (... just on who should be president ... I guess).  The governor might want to check with the history of his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormons .... viewed as a cult in its early beginnings the Mormons were driven out of many states and finally settled in Salt Lake ... there is much in their history that shows the horrendous effects of judgment and intolerance ... and the church gained its rights through ... take a guess? ... the courts.

      Emerson stated that if we keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result that is the definition of insanity ... I would probably not go so far as to say insanity ... but it is un-intelligent.
     In the Science of Mind we learn that our minds must be free ... and open to the Infinite impulse of Love, Joy, Peace, Harmony and Understanding ... judgments create conflicts ... conflicts create confusion ... and confusion creates chaos ... and is there not enough evidence to support this Truth?  If you don't think homosexuals should get married  ... then don't marry one ... if you think a presidential candidate should not be allowed to take communion ... then don't give him the cookie ... but remember ... judgment has a consequence ... and it is not theirs ... it resides in our very own consciousness waiting to be experienced.

 And So It Is! 

Maximum Love,
Rev. Hank Bates

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