France gives Spielberg highest honor

Written by Mike Nalbone

Noted director now required to urinate in public, spit on Americans.

PARIS, France (Mike's Newswire) -- President Jacques Chirac bestowed his Country’s most prestigious title upon U.S. film director Steven Spielberg, making him a knight inrepparttar French Legion of Honor on Sunday, hailing him as one ofrepparttar 118126 "blancs d'élite" who is “committed to hatred and intolerance”.

Chirac cited Spielberg's talent to "reinforce precious, ancient stereotypes”, and said that Spielberg's blockbuster films, includingrepparttar 118127 classic "We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story", ensured thatrepparttar 118128 world did not forget that rich, white people arerepparttar 118129 ones who "got us where we are today".

"In this difficult time when intolerance, racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and fanaticism are onrepparttar 118130 decline again, it is essential that cinema, which touches each one of us deep inside, can propagate our elitist mentality" Chirac said at a ceremony inrepparttar 118131 presidential Elysee Palace.

"It is essential that this form of eminently popular expression and creativity reminds everyone ofrepparttar 118132 desirous effects of hatred, andrepparttar 118133 rejection of Americans."

Accepting France's top award, Spielberg complimentedrepparttar 118134 French government for their efforts to fight anti-French sentiments. The country, known for its disdain of everything American, has witnessed a wave of tolerance in recent months. Duringrepparttar 118135 official ceremony, Chirac commented that some "fat, illiterate Americans" have been allowed to speak English while inrepparttar 118136 Louvre, and that some Muslims were seen wearing their traditional headwear in public. "We must not accept this apathy", he said.


Written by Rev. James L. Snyder

The door to my office exploded as hundreds, at least it seemed like that many to me, of children surrounded my desk. My defenses were down andrepparttar merry mob held me captive. Wisely, I decided to surrender and throw myself onrepparttar 118125 mercy ofrepparttar 118126 gang.

Simultaneously, and in hi-fi stereophonic sound,repparttar 118127 children assaulted me with questions.

"Pastor, what's ya doin'?"

"Pastor, is that your computer?"

"Who's that inrepparttar 118128 picture?"

"Pastor, are you working?"

"Pastor, why? ... why? ... why?"

As soon as I dealt with one question, three more emerged and it seemed as thoughrepparttar 118129 supply was endless. Shouldrepparttar 118130 little crowd run out of questions, they could always begin all over again. Moreover, I believe they did — several times.

Admittedly, to hear, let alone answer each question, would have required a Moses-proportion miracle of partingrepparttar 118131 Red Sea. I chuckled to myself when I realized they didn't need me, or even want me to answer all their questions, as strange as it seemed.

The little pack really wanted to know if I had an ear for them. And I did — two, as a matter of fact.

We seerepparttar 118132 tragedy of life inrepparttar 118133 fact that as people grow older they seem to lose their sense of inquiry. Answers replace questions.

I remember what my good friend and spiritual mentor used to say: "Beware ofrepparttar 118134 person who has more answers than questions. Life must truly be a bore to them. I know they're a bore to me."

I think good old Frank knew what he was talking about. No person is poorer thanrepparttar 118135 man who has ceased approaching life with a question. Or, better yet,repparttar 118136 man who has an answer for everything.

The man who has allrepparttar 118137 answers hasn't heard allrepparttar 118138 questions, yet.

Throughoutrepparttar 118139 years, I have been plagued with many questions. All theologians have an overwhelming desire to explain everything and put everything into a nice, neat little package.

The less they know, it seems,repparttar 118140 more dogmatic they are on what they know.

Questions are an essential ingredient of life. During my short career as a human being, and it's been a full-time job, I have pondered many questions.

Questions such as:

n Can God make a rock so big He can't lift it?

n How many angels can dance onrepparttar 118141 head of a pin?

n Did God really create politicians?

n Why?

I realize some questions seem to be silly and don't deserve an answer. A question, as I see it, requires an answer, and answers lead inevitably to choosing.

I don't know about other people, but choosing is a little difficult with me. When I choose something, it means I must forfeitrepparttar 118142 other.

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