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Fun Friday the 13th: A Break from Serious Fears

With all the panic lately about gay marriages resuming in California and mosques proposed near Ground Zero and elsewhere, plus Muslims scared that this year’s timing of the end of Ramadan will be interpreted as some kind of Sept. 11 celebration, it’s refreshing today to turn to a simpler kind of fear: Paraskevidekatriaphobia, or for those of you who don’t speak Greek, fear of Friday the 13th. 


I don’t share this superstition, given that I love Fridays and both my parents are born on the 13th — doesn’t get much luckier than that! But, the phobia does some religious roots (mainly Christian), so I thought I’d share some relevant links here today:

What do you think? Feeling unlucky? Share your thoughts, and any other interesting links you find, in the Comments section below.


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Thom Hunter

posted August 13, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I enjoy any of the days that add a little levity to the times we’re in. I’ve been a Christian for a good long time and I can remember the days of being really up-tight about even joking about superstitions . . . how silly. How silly both the superstitions and the great concerns about them.
Now, as for gay marriage, since you mentioned it, I personally believe and think the Bible is clear that there is no such thing, at least not in God’s eyes. But then, we don’t always see things through God’s eyes. As a Christian who has struggled with same-sex attraction and had to very purposefully search out what the Word says . . . it’s pretty clear. Not an easy temptation to live with and stand against, but that’s what we’re called to do.

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Grumpy Old Person

posted August 16, 2010 at 3:54 pm

I’m sure this will come as a surprise to you, but what the Bible says is irrelevant to the Constitution. As are other ‘Holy’ books, from the Book of Mormon, the Book of Kells, the Book of Tao, even Dianetics. Your religion is a personal matter and shall not govern people who are not members of it.
Meanwhile, the Constitution is there to protect minorities from the tyranny of the majority.
Sorry to hear you struggle with your God-given sexuality. I, too, am a Christian and gay (and legally married, btw – within my own faith, too), but I long ago gave that ‘sruggle’ back to God. God replied, “I don’t make mistakes.” I hope you someday experience the peace and joy this brings.

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posted August 18, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Well said Grumpy Old Man!

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