Archive for June, 2011

ANYBODY WANT TO BUY A TRUCK?

Thursday, June 30th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 37 Comments

The reason why posting’s been a bit light is that my last two days have been truck days.  My plates were due to literally run out, well, today and there was a whole lot wrong with my 2001 Ford Ranger.

And since I subscribe to the “put off until tomorrow what you can do today” philosophy(and since I’ve been taking the week off), I put off until tomorrow what I could have done today. 

I needed two front tires and the “Check Engine” light’s been on for a while so yesterday, I took it to a place that’s not too far from where I live, told them what I needed, walked home and waited.  And waited.

And waited.  And waited.  And waited.  And waited. And waited.

I finally called them about 4:30 or so to see what was what.  I’m not a mechanic or anything, far from it, but from what little I understood, the reason that it took so long was that their analysis doohickey was telling them one thing and everything they checked was telling them something entirely different.

So the guy tells me that he’ll reset the thing but I should bring it back if it comes on again.  About 6:00, I walked back over to pick the Ranger up.  $400 or so, all told.  Ah well, I thought, being out of debt was nice while it lasted.

State inspections were this morning so I took the Ranger over to a dealership I always take it to.  Got there about 10:45, somewhere in there.  I figured I’d sit there for an hour or two, ace both inspections and be well on my way in plenty of time.

Silly Chris.

The guy calls me over and gives me the news.  Not only is there a whole bunch else wrong with it, another $430 worth, but it’s going to take a good chunk of the afternoon to bring everything up to speed.

Good Stoic that I am, I figured that there was no point in bitching about it.  Anyway, I had a book with me, Volume 1 of Allan Nevins’ Ordeal of the Union(the 4-volume set is out of print but highly recommended if you can find it used).  And for a couple of hours, there was this mom whose 10-month-old kept giggling at me. 

It really didn’t seem all that long but about 3:45, they called me over and I put another $430 on the VISA.  I leave by the front of the dealership, look around and try to figure out where they’d parked the thing. 

There it is, I noticed.  Unfortunately, whilst noticing it, I thought the front step was wider than it turned out to be, took a short step into thin air and…well…”Down goes Johnson!!  Down goes Johnson!!  Down goes Johnson!!“ 

A salesperson saw my face plant, ran outside and asked if I was okay.  I told her I was fine.  Aside from a small cut on my left pinky and a boo-boo on my right knee, I was way more embarrassed than hurt.

Long story short, I get into the truck, head down Manchester Road toward Big Bend Boulevard and made it to the DMV with about an hour to spare.  Fifteen, twenty minutes in line and I’m legal for the next two years.

So how did your days go?

HEBREWS 13:8

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 32 Comments

According to the Bible, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  But the Rev. Dan Webster thinks that’s one more thing Scripture writers screwed up:

The Great Commission more recently has been used by some conservative and breakaway groups as a litmus test to determine in their mind just how Christian one really is.

What is often overlooked are Jesus’ words in verse 20 about teaching those new disciples “everything that I have commanded you.” Everything would include the Great Commandment: to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself.

But what is also overlooked is how Jesus got to that final instruction to his disciples because he didn’t start out that way.

So why did God Incarnate change His mind anyway?  Well there was this Syro-Phoenician woman, see, and…

So what happened to Jesus? Well, there was that uppity Canaanite woman a few chapters later (Matthew 15:21-28) who came shouting that her daughter was ill and would the “Son of David” please heal her. We see a different kind of Jesus, I suspect, that most of us would not like. He ignores her, which would have been acceptable in that culture given the norms of men not speaking to women in public. His disciples urge him to send her away. But she pleads with him. His response: “I’ve been sent only to the lost sheep, the people of Israel.”

The Son of the Living God was nasty to her and everything.

She kneels before him and begs. His response borders on rude and condescending: “It is not good to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

But she taught God In-Freakin’-Carnate a thing or two.

Here we see a side of Jesus we’d rather not. He has just called her a dog as well as the indigenous people of Canaan. Was she insulted? If so we don’t know. But she does challenge Jesus saying, “Yes, Lord. But even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”

So Our Lord learned something from her that He didn’t know.

That is a turning point in Jesus’ whole ministry. From then on this gospel we have been given became available to everyone. That encounter with an uppity Gentile woman changed Jesus forever.

Or…or…or…He directed her faith to where it was supposed to go.  You might say that this was a teachable moment, Dan.

So when we are challenged by a changing culture, changing neighborhoods and changing attitudes, why do our congregations not change? Are we afraid? Might we fail? Might we do something wrong? All understandable responses. But Jesus promises in Matthew to be with us always.

How about because letting the culture determine our theology means that we’ll eventually turn out as weak, useless and ineffective as the Episcopalians currently are?

Jesus changed.

Wrong.

What’s stopping us?

See above.

THE DUST OF YOUR FEET

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 17 Comments

Some Canadian Anglicans do it right:

It was a historic moment in Ottawa as a subdued crowd of about 300 filed out of St. Alban’s Anglican Church on King Edward Avenue on Sunday, leaving behind a place where some have roots going back to Confederation.

Founded in 1865, the church where Sir John A. Macdonald worshipped has been in the spotlight ever since a showdown over same-sex marriage and other issues led the congregation of St. Alban’s to leave the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, and, after a bitter battle, the building they have called home for 146 years.

“This is kind of historic. We’re in a new era,” said Sheila Lang, 79, as her grandchildren — the seventh generation of her family to attend the church — played in the reception hall of the Ottawa Little Theatre, where the congregation, now called the Church of the Messiah, will meet until it finds a permanent home. Meanwhile, the diocese will establish a new congregation at St. Alban’s, with a relaunch planned for Friday.

The move is historic in a broader sense, Ms. Lang added: “This is a societal shift,” in which traditional Christian values are “eroding and we see the church trying to accommodate the eroding values.

“But we are not deviating…. We stand on the Bible and the Word of God.”

“Legally, canonically and morally we believe that we own St. Alban’s,” Rev. Sinclair said, but faced with a time-consuming and expensive legal ordeal, he and the rector of St. George’s opted for mediation, under which his church got cash in return for vacating the building. (St. George’s kept their building, but it is now called St. Peter and St. Paul’s Anglican Church.)

Dead solid perfect, as sportswriter Dan Jenkins once put it.  That’s the way it should be done.  When you finally come to the realization of just how spiritually corrupt official North American Anglicanism has become, don’t waste time fighting for buildings and grounds.  Just walk away to whatever God has in store for you.  After all, there’s a precedent for it.

Now the LORD said  to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

SOCIAL MEDIA(A PERSONAL ONE)

Sunday, June 26th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 15 Comments

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love(1 Corinthians 13:13).

I was entirely prepared to hate yesterday evening in a major way.  My sister was getting remarried in the city of St. Louis, a place I detest and completely avoid unless the St. Louis Rams are playing.

The wedding wasn’t going to happen in a church but on the roof of some really expensive lofts(nice ones too; if it wasn’t in the City, I”d move in tomorrow if I could).  And I couldn’t find the place and didn’t much care for the idea of paying lots of money just to park my truck so I was growling at everything and everybody I saw.

I had to circle the block three times before I figured out where I was supposed to go.  But as it turned out, I didn’t have to pay any money at all to park the truck and I wasn’t late; my sister had, deliberately or otherwise, planned on people like me.

To put it bluntly, I blew a perfectly good bad mood. Yesterday evening was as much fun as I’ve ever had doing anything.

What happened?  Well, for one thing, the weather was perfect.  My immediate family was there so my oldest sister, my brother and my brother’s wife briefly got caught up.

My sister, who’s a year older than me, looked incredible and off-the-charts happy.  But what really brought everything home was the backstory.

I didn’t remember this but it seems that my sister and her new husband dated for a couple of years back when both attended what was then called Southwest Missouri State University(now just called Missouri State University) in Springfield.

He’d even been to the house.  I don’t remember meeting him(thanks to my seizure, I don’t remember much of anything from the 1970′s) but he knew my dad’s name, was scared crapless of him and loved my mother to death which convinced all of us brothers and sisters.  We’d been there and we’d done that.

He and my sister drifted apart, started their own families and both of them saw their marriages break up. A year or so ago, this guy decided to figure out whatever happened to this person he’d dated back in college.

Long story short, those two reconnected on Facebook.  Nice job, Zuckerberg.  Your little toy made two people very, very happy.

I-WON-EE

Friday, June 24th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 60 Comments

There’s this Christian bishop who has a bit of a sexual abuse scandal on her hands.  Here’s a hint: she’s not Roman Catholic:

After serving about two years as the music director at All Saints[Episcopal Church, Las Vegas, Nevada], Parry noticed “they needed clergy, and I felt called. I talked to the bishop, and she accepted me. And I told her at the time that there was an incident of sexual misconduct at Conception Abbey in ’87. The Episcopal Church doesn’t have a ‘one strike and you’re out’ policy, so it didn’t seem like I was any particular threat. She said she’d have to check the canons, and she did.”

The bishop at the time was Katharine Jefferts Schori, now presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States. Parry said, however, that he did not tell her about the incidents before 1987 at Conception Abbey.

A spokeswoman at the Episcopal Church’s national office said Thursday that “we do not comment on lawsuits or allegations” and referred questions to the diocese in Nevada.

METHODISTS?

Friday, June 24th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 29 Comments

You’re lucky.  You have more than enough time to begin to arrange amicable divorce terms.  Because mark my words: a split is coming:

A jury of United Methodist Church ministers voted 9-4 Thursday to suspend Reverend Amy DeLong for 20 days, effective July 1st.

What does DeLong have to do during her three weeks off?

The 20-day suspension comes with some conditions. During that time she’s supposed to spend time reflecting spiritually, as well as writing.

Part of her punishment is to write and present a paper outlining new ways to better resolve issues that harm the clergy covenant.

I already know how that paper’s going to read.  The Methodists should stop being so mean to homosexuals.

“This feels very good. Somebody whispered in my ear, ‘condemned to writing,’ which is something I feel comfortable with. It feels like an opportunity to bring reconciliation to the whole United Methodist Church and to continue to be a voice for gay and lesbian people,” Rev. DeLong said.

What if she marries some more homosexuals after her suspension’s up?

But church counselor Reverend Tom Lambrecht warned DeLong that if she were to break Church rules again and marry another same-sex couple, she could face even stiffer penalties.

“I think if she uses this process as an opportunity to promote the acceptance of homosexuality and to override the beliefs of the majority of United Methodists in the pew, I think it will not be well-received by that group,” Rev. Lambrecht said.

In other words, the Methodists weel townt DeLong eh saycone tahm.  Well all I can say is, get your townts ready.

While the church wasn’t asking for a removal of DeLong’s credentials as minister, it was seeking a suspension with the condition of signing a piece of paper vowing to not perform another same-sex ceremony.

Reverend DeLong said she would not sign such a paper. She testified Wednesday she knew performing the ceremony was against church doctrine, but even after her conviction she said she would do it again.

The over/under on a Methodist split is five years.  Right now, I’m leaning to the under.

Mad props to Mark.

FIRST(LAST AND ONLY) BLAME THE JEWS

Friday, June 24th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 11 Comments

David Virtue directs the Editorial attention to the reason why I don’t consider the exodus of Christians from the Holy Land to be the emergency that other people consider it to be.  Seems that more than a few Middle Eastern Christians are, well, anti-Semitic twats, to be perfectly honest with you:

Your inaccurate and erroneous remarks cite Muslim extremism as the greatest threat facing Christians in Palestine, and the primary reason for our emigration. Your statements about Bethlehem are particularly faulty and offensive especially when you say that the movement of Muslims into the Bethlehem area, where space is limited, is forcing Christians to leave.

Equally shocking is how Your Grace managed, diplomatically – instead of being prophetic, as one would expect you to be, not to mention the Israeli occupation, the separation wall, Israel  confiscation of Palestinian land, its policies that violate freedom of movement and worship (Palestinians in Bethlehem cannot, for instance, go to Jerusalem), or its brutal crackdowns on nonviolent protests as one of the major reasons that push not only Christians to emigrate, but also many other Palestinians.

We were hoping that Your Grace would have a different voice than the one in mass media and other right wing political parties, which exploit our sufferings to fuel some islamophobic tendencies and negative images about Islam. Indeed, this is what the Israeli occupation persistently tries to do. It demonizes Islam in a way that deflects blame from the repression levied by the state itself. We are concerned that your comments are serving the same purpose.

We were deeply saddened by your declarations because we know that Your Grace is well informed about the situation in the Holy Land, and you know very well that in the Bethlehem area alone there are 19 illegal Israeli settlements (such as nearby Har Homa built on Jabal Abu Ghneim) and the wall that have devoured Christian lands and put Bethlehem in a chokehold. You know well that only 13% of Bethlehem area is available for Palestinian use and the wall isolates 25% or the Bethlehem area’s agricultural land. Not to mention the situation of Christians in Jerusalem, which you know very well, since you should have received reports from the Anglican Bishop in the City whose residency permit was denied by the occupying power. We can go on and on, but it is no longer important…

UNFRIENDLY SKIES

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 | Uncategorized | 18 Comments

I don’t fly anywhere very often.  But if I have to fly somewhere sometime soon, I know which airline I won’t be taking:

Delta Air Lines is currently working on adding Saudi Arabian Airlines to its SkyTeam of partnering companies, which already includes (amongst others) such foreign airlines as Aeroflot, AeroMexico, AirEuropa, Air France, Alitalia, China Southern, Kenya Airways, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines. As a routine matter – and an obviously necessary one at that, any airline is required to comply with all applicable laws in every country in which it does business, and indeed to enforce those laws in granting passage to its customers on travel to those countries. Should a passenger arrive at his foreign destination without the proper documentation (such as a valid passport and visa), that passenger may not merely be denied entry but Delta itself may be fined or even, ultimately, forbidden from doing business there. Thus Delta (like other airlines) takes upon itself the responsibility of ensuring that every boarding passenger is in full compliance with the laws of the country of destination.

All that is well and good, except for one thing in this case: the Saudi Arabian government prohibits entry into the country for those who hold Israeli passports, those whose passports have an Israeli arrival or departure stamp, or those who were born in Israel. Delta’s partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines will thus put it in the unenviable position of respecting and enforcing these restrictions, and thus discriminating against anyone brazen enough to have traveled to or from Israel, whatever the occasion.

But if this isn’t problematic enough for you, consider a few other implications. Saudi Arabia is, as is well-known, a country in which Islamic law is rigidly enforced, and there are a number of aspects of these laws which will now fall into Delta’s purview to respect and enforce. Although you are permitted to practice your own religion privately there, the public practice of any religion other than Islam is illegal; this means you can bring a Bible into the country but you better not bring more than one, or any quantity of religious literature, lest you be thought to be proselytizing. Homosexual behavior and adultery are illegal and can carry the death penalty. And in general, women, think twice about traveling there: women visitors are required to be met by an appropriate male sponsor, if you are married to a Saudi man (even if you are an American citizen) you will require his explicit permission to leave the country, if you are unmarried you will require the permission of your father or male guardian, and if you have a child you will not be able to leave the country with him or her without the father’s written agreement.

UPDATE: More here.

ONLINE EDITOR WANTED

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 | Uncategorized | 53 Comments

Apply Associated Press:

“We all must continue to fight for our right to petition our government for redressive grievances. We all have a right to collective bargaining,” said a woman impersonating Abigail Adams, the wife of the second president.

STUCK ON STUPID

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 | Uncategorized | 10 Comments

What’s that definition of insanity again?

Democratic leaders called on Wednesday for new spending and tax cuts to boost the sluggish U.S. economy, setting up a fresh hurdle for bipartisan efforts to head off a government debt default this summer.

Senate Democrats want the deal to include a payroll tax cut, more money for highway construction and clean-energy subsidies to bring down the 9.1 percent unemployment rate.

“Get the recovery right before you get in this deficit-cutting mode,” Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Dick Durbin told reporters. “Get people back to work.”

The deal would then have to win approval from the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-controlled Senate — a tough task for party leaders. Many Republicans have said they won’t back a deal unless it includes immediate spending cuts and advances a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution, which would be unacceptable to Democrats.

Here’s something for the Congress to spend more money on.

Taxpayers should be on the hook for abortions done on women and unborn children at military base hospitals, according to new legislation several Senate Democrats filed in order to advance an agenda item they’ve pushed in the past.

Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey joined with fellow Democrats Kirstin Gillibrand of New York, Barbara Boxer of California, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, and Patty Murray of Washington that would pay for the abortions of women in the military.

“Women who bravely choose to serve our country in the military shouldn’t have to forfeit their rights,” Lautenberg said. “When military hospitals fail to provide reproductive health services, women serving in foreign countries are left without access to safe and legal health care. This is unjust treatment for our servicewomen that must be brought to an end.”

HOLDOUTS

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 | Uncategorized | 11 Comments

The Methodists buck the trend:

Methodist pastors who have increasingly defied a church ban on marrying gays were dealt a setback Wednesday when a colleague was found guilty in a church trial of marrying a lesbian couple in 2009.

A 13-person jury of clergy peers unanimously convicted The Rev. Amy DeLong of Osceola. The jury found the 44-year-old not guilty of a second charge of being a “self-avowed practicing homosexual.” That vote was 12-1.

After the verdicts were announced Wednesday afternoon, church officials began hearing a second round of testimony to help jurors recommend a penalty that could range from suspension to defrocking. At least five DeLong supporters were scheduled to testify.

If they opt for suspension, it’s pretty clear that DeLong will do it again.

[The Rev. Bruce] Robbins, of the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, is one of several Methodist leaders across the country encouraging his colleagues to disobey the church ban on marrying gays. The efforts have gained momentum, as hundreds of pastors from areas including Illinois, Minnesota, New York and New England signed statements in recent weeks asserting their willingness to defy the rule.

And if DeLong does do it again and is eventually defrocked, one supposes that her “church,” probably a pretty liberal one since it employs a self-avowed lesbian, will defy Methodist authorities and keep her around.  Whereupon something like a slow-motion Methodist split will begin.

I don’t know what, if any, real estate implications there are with Methodist Church polity but it should be interesting to watch.

LAPDOGS

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 | Uncategorized | 12 Comments

Why my “professional association” is a sick joke:

It must be what’s known in the military as “mission creep.” Why else would an organization of professional librarians come out in support of the soldier alleged to be responsible for the largest security breach in U.S. military history?

When it meets for its annual conference in New Orleans June 23, the American Library Association will vote on a resolution calling on the Secretary of the Army and the Army Chief of Staff to “release Pfc. Bradley Manning from pre-trial confinement and drop the charges against him.” (Documents are available here.)

Manning is the soldier accused of leaking thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, the anti-American website dedicated to exposing government and military wrongdoing. (ALA will also consider a resolution in support of WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, who is accused of rape in Sweden.) Manning’s alleged actions may have jeopardized U.S. troops and Iraqis and Afghans who cooperate with them, as well as possibly revealing numerous confidential U.S. documents impacting national security.

Since his arrest in June 2010, Manning’s imprisonment at the Marine base at Quantico, Va., has become a rallying cause for the far left, who regard him as a heroic whistle-blower and charge the military with torturing him.

Basically, ALA is as hard-left an organization as there is in the country.

Back in 2001, when a Florida librarian realized she had seen one of the 9/11 terrorists in her library just days before the attacks, Judith Krug of the ALA’s office of intellectual freedom told the New York Times “she wished the librarian had followed library patron confidentiality laws and not reported the incident.

ALA is a leftist front group and that’s all it’s been for a very long time.  Fortunately, more and more of us in the profession are realizing it and withdrawing the financial support that we or our libraries used to give to that ridiculous organization.

IN WHICH I PLAY ART CRITIC

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

The US medal commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001 is now available to order.  And do you remember how I mentioned before that I was leaning toward liking this design?  Well now I’m leaning away from liking it.

Before I address why, let me emphasize the difficulty if not the impossibility of creating a work of art to commemorate an event like this one.  Anything anyone comes up with will find more than a few detractors, people who will loudly declare that the design doesn’t come close to commemorating the importance of the event.

That said, I think this design falls short for three reasons:

(1) There is simply too much going on here.  American coin, medal and seal design tends to cram in as much symbolism as it possibly can in hopes that something beautiful results.  More often than not, it ends up looking like a busy mess.

(2) When a country issues a commemorative medal, it would be nice to know exactly what is supposed to be commemorated thereon.  “Always remember” the decade between 2001 and 2011?  Why? 

Lots of events happened during that period.  George W. Bush was reelected president.  Barack Obama was elected president.  And most important of all, the St. Louis Cardinals won the 2006 World Series.  Exactly what are we supposed to remember here?

(3) The art on this medal is more than a little…awkward.  That eagle is supposed to be flying toward cascading water.  But if I hadn’t been told that, it would look for all the world like that eagle was about to fly into a chain-link fence.

All that said, am I still going to buy one or two copies of this?  Of course.

NOTHING MORE THAN FEELINGS

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 | Uncategorized | 26 Comments

Aside from the obvious fact that far too many of you are dumber than a box of 1979 Prayer Books as well as hardened bigots besides, why haven’t liberal Christian arguments ever gained any traction in the wider culture?  According to Peter Laarman, the reason liberal arguments consistently fail is that liberals keep making them:

When something moves us or provokes us, what do we do? We write a manifesto or a platform statement or a treatise.

We issue declarations. We ask people to sign our statement; join our remonstrance. 

And, just as massive rocks along the shore repel the pounding waves and reduce them to mere mist, our adversaries—especially our religious adversaries—pay not the slightest attention to our remonstrance or declaration, no matter how rock-solid our reasoning.

Of course the left is never going to stop arguing with the right, says Laarman, which is a bit of a shame since a far more effective expedient is at hand.

Every poll and every wise observer points out that gay-affirming folks have not been winning on account of superior arguments, whether arguments from the Bible or theology or science. They aren’t winning on account of their superior debating skills. They’re winning by being present and visible in faith communities: by coming out in ways that clergy and congregations can’t ignore. Gay people are winning because straight people who love and respect them are coming out right along with them.  

The classic instance is the faithful older church woman—a devoted and beloved member of the community—who, at just the right moment in a congregational meeting, stands up and says, “Well, friends, I guess we can argue about all of this until the cows come home. All I know is that ________, my ________, is as dear a child of God as I will ever hope to be.” She then goes on to tell the story of she found out about ________, how they stayed close, and how her heart was changed. Bingo. Are we ready for the vote? 

You’re an Episcopalian of a traditionalist bent and your parish, St. Gigantica’s, has had a great couple of years.  You see new faces there all the time, people that you’ve never had a chance to meet, let alone talk to.

One Sunday, you finally get a chance to shake hands with the new seminarian.  He’s just finishing up at Episcopal Divinity School and he’ll be coming on board as an assistant rector in the fall.

He’s warm, he’s friendly, he’s outgoing, he’s everything you think a Christian minister ought to be.  You know he’s deeply interested in your life and you think that he’ll be an outstanding addition to the staff.

But you’re curious about something.  “Going to seminary must cost a lot of money.”

“It sure does,” he replies, smiling that engaging smile of his.

“You went full-time, didn’t you?”

“Yup.”

“How in the world did you support yourself?”

“I produced sex tapes.  Still do, actually.  Fetish stuff, mostly.  Bondage, spanking, that kind of thing.  Some of my stuff has won awards and I sell them through my web site.  I make a ton of money and I tithe it too; I think that’s very important.”

Are you going to attend that guy’s ordination?

Next week, you run into a very good friend of yours who you haven’t seen in a while.  As you’re catching up, your friend tells you that he’s decided to put his name forward for St. Gigantica’s vestry. 

He’d be a great pick, you think.  Lord knows, he puts in enough time in the Food Pantry.  He single-handedly organizes the Habitat for Humanity trips.  His business is booming so you know he’s got the financial and organizational chops. 

“You remember Susan,” he tells you as his new and REALLY hot lawyer wife walks over, smiles sweetly and shakes your hand. 

He made a point of inviting you to the wedding, something almost no one at St. Gigantica’s ever does.  “Oh, yes, great to see you again,” you tell her.

Then two very attractive girls walk over who can’t be more than seventeen.  “And these two,” he tells you, “are my concubines, Susan and Dalia.”

Is that guy getting your vote?

Apples and oranges, Chris.  It’s who they are.

According to them.  I’ve never seen anything in the way of empirical evidence proving that and it’s irrelevant anyway.  The point is that if it’s okay with you that an unrepentant sinner remains in his or her sin simply because you think they’re nice people or you claim to “love” them, then in a way, they’re not the ones with the problem.

You are.  Because your religion is a nothing more than an emotion-driven sham.

QUICK QUESTION, ATHEISTS

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 | Uncategorized | 21 Comments

Who’s doing your PR these days?  Bozo the Clown?

A group of New York City atheists is demanding that the city remove a street sign honoring seven firefighters killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks because they said the sign violates the separation of church and state.

The street, “Seven in Heaven Way,” was officially dedicated last weekend in Brooklyn outside the firehouse where the firefighters once served. The ceremony was attended by dozens of firefighters, city leaders and widows of the fallen men.

These blithering idiots This group also intends to push for a New York City ordinance which would make it illegal to say, “God bless you” whenever someone sneezes. 

“There should be no signage or displays of religious nature in the public domain,” said Ken Bronstein, president of New York City Atheists. “It’s really insulting to us.”

Two words, d-bag.  Nut up.  Offense, real or, in your case, imagined, pretty much goes with modern life these days so grow a pair and deal with it.  Ever seen the sort of anti-Christian crap art my tax dollars pay for?  But do you know what’s really offensive?  The hundred million corpses atheism racked up last century.  Stick a sock in it, Kenny.

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