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Got a spiritual question? Ask an Islamic scholar. Or ask a Trappist monk. Or ask a Catholic priest. Or a Lutheran pastor. Jewish? Ask a Rabbi. Jewish and like firearms? Ask a rabbi with a gun.
posted by escabeche (25 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Ask a rabbi with a gun.
Will this gun oil work for eight days?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:52 PM on March 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


From the Ask and Catholic Priest:

If a person is mentally handicapped to the extent that they do not have the capacity to confess their sins, then they most likely do not have the capacity to recognize something as being of serious nature or to chose freely to commit the act. The person is incapable of committing a mortal sin.

This is a very narrow interpretation of canon law. i doubt the pope would agree with him.
posted by parmanparman at 12:58 PM on March 14, 2007


Q. Can we use toothbrush when we are fasting?

A. It is Makrooh to brush one’s teeth using toothpaste. However, it is recommended to use Miswak instead and there are great blessings and benefits for it.


I need to find some of that Miswak!
posted by parmanparman at 1:01 PM on March 14, 2007


Miswak!
posted by parmanparman at 1:02 PM on March 14, 2007


Spiritual issues aside, those Oka Trappist monks make a good cheese.

IRFH: Will this gun oil work for eight days?

Perhaps the magazine is divinely extended.
posted by CKmtl at 1:12 PM on March 14, 2007


These are my tefillin, this is my gun!
These are my tefillin, this is my gun!
These are for praying, this is for fun!
These are for praying, this is for fun!
posted by eriko at 1:14 PM on March 14, 2007


You don't ask the rabbi with the gun anything, buster. He just breaks into your house, holds you at gunpoint, and details some of the finer points of Tractate Tohorot with you.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:22 PM on March 14, 2007


parmanparman: Try this one. There's also a great toothpaste that contains ground up Arak available at places like Whole Foods.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:32 PM on March 14, 2007


"It is permissible to take for a Miswaak all types of tree twigs provided these are not harmful or poisonous. It is forbidden to use a Miswaak from a poisonous tree."

Ah, and here I was going to brush my teeth with something toxic. Shucks.
posted by CKmtl at 1:36 PM on March 14, 2007


Got a spiritual question? Ask MetaFilter! We have dogged atheists, underemployed Religious Studies majors, autodidactic ascetics, Matrix philosophers, wily hippies, and people who have read Sartre-- all eager to get to the root of what's troubling us you!
posted by hermitosis at 2:26 PM on March 14, 2007 [2 favorites]


Is it permissible for a qibble slik to be inserted into a munaah a'wat 20 minutes before bhimpa time?
Also, is it gavoort kosher for haredi sezzadim to halcha a maninim during tivoli?
posted by Falconetti at 2:42 PM on March 14, 2007


Falconetti No, and asking that question just proves that you're some sort of devient who uses his quibble slik for purposes other than the One True Quibble Slik Use, so you'll be burning in hell.
posted by sotonohito at 2:59 PM on March 14, 2007


I can't speak to the theological side, but the ask a Rabbi with a gun guy is quite knowledgeable with regard to firearms.

[Taken from a random sampling of about 20 different questions. All of which, to my eyes, were totally correct.]
posted by quin at 3:21 PM on March 14, 2007


Truly a ministry of the highest caliber.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:25 PM on March 14, 2007


Ask a Zen Monk
posted by Sparx at 5:47 PM on March 14, 2007


Yay, i love that at a time when jews and israel have the most negative international perception of any country in the world, that the religion highlighted with the a representative with a gun was Judaism.

Awesome!
posted by Kololo at 5:54 PM on March 14, 2007


Hey, find me a page where you can get advice from a gun-totin' Zoroastrian and I'll FPP the danged thing.
posted by escabeche at 6:08 PM on March 14, 2007


questions within the parameters of Judaism, firearms, handloading or RKBA are off-limits.
posted by sgt.serenity at 7:14 PM on March 14, 2007


Anybody want to ask an Anarchist Atheist anything?
posted by davy at 7:18 PM on March 14, 2007


"If a person is mentally handicapped to the extent that they do not have the capacity to confess their sins, then they most likely do not have the capacity to recognize something as being of serious nature or to chose freely to commit the act. The person is incapable of committing a mortal sin."

While I don't think the Papist take on Confession (and Absolution) is scripturally sound, the Father IS correct: the whole point of sin, as shown by the Garden of Eden story, is the knowledge of Good and Evil and the capacity to choose between them. Or would you execute a 3 year old who doesn't understand the difference between a cap gun and real .38? (My father was not an atheist, by the way.) Likewise, someone with the body of a 40 year old but the brain of a 4 year old simply cannot be judged as one would judge a competent adult (or even languagehat).
posted by davy at 7:26 PM on March 14, 2007


If a person is mentally handicapped to the extent that they do not have the capacity to confess their sins, then they most likely do not have the capacity to recognize something as being of serious nature or to chose freely to commit the act. The person is incapable of committing a mortal sin.
This is a very narrow interpretation of canon law. i doubt the pope would agree with him.


I have to kind of agree with davy about the Father being correct. According to Catholic doctrine as handed down by St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the three requirements to commit mortal sin to know it is mortal sin. That is very much canonical. The person also must be in a presence of mind to commit said sin under their own volition (the third is the sin must actually be a mortal sin).
If a person is does not have the mental capacity to confess their sins, I also doubt they'd be culpable for committing mortal sins due to the three requirements I listed above. It comes down to if lack of facilities to confess --> facilities to know you're sinning- particularly committing a mortal sin.
posted by jmd82 at 8:24 PM on March 14, 2007


Also, Ask a philosopher. Or even, Ask philosophers.
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:56 AM on March 15, 2007


Where might I go to ask a pompous ass?
posted by davy at 8:13 PM on March 15, 2007


What do you want?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 8:30 PM on March 15, 2007


Ask a Scientist.

I've answered for Madsci.org, and I know they do a fantastic job.
posted by Mr. Gunn at 9:33 AM on March 16, 2007


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