Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Evangelical Silliness

Pokemon is being used by Satan's minions to work their evil on otherwise innocent children? Wow, that's something I never realized, that badly animated cartoons and cheap cardboard circles about fictional fantasy characters can cause demon possession.

Did you also know that Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street can cause kids to turn gay? It's true, because pastors like this god-fearing man to the right have noted that if children watch Sesame Street they can grow up thinking it's OK for two male puppets to live together.

Lest we forget that one kid back in the '70's who killed himself because of what his doctor called "clinical depression." What do doctors know? He played D&D and as we all know it encourages people to play with evil and to think about worshiping pagan gods, so it must have been D&D that drove him to kill himself. No other explanation makes any sense.

In Praise of Doubt, by Richard S. Gilbert

It is not that we are not believers.
It is that our belief
Has to be passed through the fires of skepticism
And boiled in the crucible of doubt.

You have heard it said,
"Ours is not to reason why,
Ours is but to do and die."
But I say unto you,
Ours is not to doubt and die
Ours is to seek the reason why.

When in doubt, we affirm the importance of reason
And our confidence in ourselves as centers of religious authority.
When we doubt, we affirm the seriousness of the religious quest.
When we doubt, we recognize that truth was not engraved in stone 2,000 years ago
When we doubt, we acknowledge that our understanding of truth is imperfect.
When we doubt, we strengthen our faith.

For the faith of doubt we give thanks;
For the doubt of faith we make glad thanksgiving.
For the courage of adventure
That welcomes questions
As much as answers;
For the beloved community of seekers,
We sing our alleluias into the silent darkness.

Monday, November 09, 2009

If I Hear the Word "Yankees" Again I Think I'll Scream

My problem is that I was traumatized by a sports jock in the family when I was a small child. Because of him I can no longer see any redeeming value in anything that involves any kind of competition surrounding small round objects.

But seriously, I was never cut out to participate in such activities. My dad insisted that I had to play baseball and football, never mind that I had no interest. I hated practices, I was way out of shape (well, I was a shape, ... a spherical shape, but I digress), and I wasn't any good at either of them.

I lasted two seasons in T-ball and one season of football, the latter of which I spent much of my time warming the bench. When I was allowed to play, the opposing team had no problem running right over me. At which point the coach would pull me right out again. It was pathetic.

As it turns out I was never cut out to watch sports either and I find it humorous that people get so emotionally attached to what is ostensibly a corporate entity that has little or no loyalty to its fan base. If you think that last assertion is without merit, then what about the many so-called "clubs" that have picked up and left one city or another for better offer$ somewhere else? My dad is still grieving over the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Anniversary Poem

It was a beautiful day
all those years ago
as I stood outside
awaiting your arrival

All the worry about the storm
ruining our day were gone
And I was filled with a
contentment that I couldn't explain

The sun was bright
and rain soaked lawn sparkled
The air was cool
and there wasn't a hint of humidity
I stood outside and
breathed deep that fine air

As I sit here remembering
all those feelings I had then,
I can feel them welling up
inside me now when I think
of you,
on that day

If I had it to do all over again
I would gladly take your hand in mine
And say the vows all over again
For you are the only one for me
My darling love.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Orly Taitz is a Loony.

I know, I know, Obama isn't eligible to be president because he's not a citizen of the U.S. yeah, yeah, yeah, and The Bush administration blew up the World Trade Center, the Clintons murdered Vince Foster, The U.K.'s MI6 branch assassinated Princess Diana, Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by an exact double, fluoride is a plot to control our minds, the moon landings were faked, the government is conspiring with the U.N. to usurp the sovereignty of the U.S. to advance the "New World Order", the FBI and ATF are nothing more than jack-booted thugs who want to take our guns away, the Air Force is suppressing evidence of outer space aliens because they're helping us in Area 51, the CIA & the Mafia conspired to assassinate JFK, the Kennedy's murdered Marilyn Monroe, FDR knew the Japanese were going to bomb Pearl Harbor, homosexuals have a secret agenda to turn us all gay, and the Masons (in league with the Elders of Zion, the Illuminati, and Opus Dei) control the world, which by the way is flat.