Archive for the ‘religion’ Category

Scene 1

President George W. Bush, at podium surrounded by blond babies, vetoes legislation that would loosen restrictions on federal funding for stem cell research with the following words,

” . . . we all begin our lives as a small collection of cells. If this bill were to become law, American taxpayers would, for the first time in our history, be compelled to fund the deliberate destruction of human embryos, and I’m not going to allow it.”

Stage left – imaginary question from inconsequential midwest blogger:

“But, President Bush, what about the 3,531 casualties among the U.S. troops you have sent to Iraq under pretense, lies and faulty intelligence? Are American taxpayers compelled to fund the deliberate destruction of their lives simply because they existed outside a petri dish?”

Scene 2

Right to Life terrorists, George L. Wilson and Drew Heiss, announce the Paul Hill Days with these words:

“On July 29th, 1994, Paul Hill boldly defended 31 babies from unspeakable violence by killing a paid assassin and his bodyguard. He was arrested, given a sham trial, and executed as a martyr. On the 13th anniversary of Paul Hill’s act of love and mercy, memorial events will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to honor him as God’s man and our hero.”

Stage left, again the annoying voice of inconsequential midwest blogger:

“Mr. Wilson, can you explain how it is morally justifiable to murder large clumps of cells, but not small ones? Is there a magical moment when embryos outgrow their sacred selves and become legitimate targets of terrorist acts?”

Audience, stick around for the fascinating ‘talk-back’ session where we compare and contrast the moral fiber of our main characters.


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These are tough times for the Vatican. With the popularity of evangelical cults on the rise, the Vatican has a fine line to walk in order to maintain dominance among its most conservative followers.  Thus, the recent P.R. moves decisions to do away with limbo (guess some of those infallible popes got it wrong), and fast-track JP2 to sainthood (that’ll secure the entire country of Poland for generations.)

But now, Italy is considering legislation that would recognize unmarried unions between both heterosexuals and homosexuals. Ouch! That has to hurt.

I wonder . . . How would Mr. Deity lay down the law?

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Friday Religion Blogging

Time for another Mr. Deity episode:

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What have they done now?

They’ve gone and annoyed Michelle Malkin and others on the right with all their crazy talk about love, understanding and compassion for poor people.  You know, they’re going all Jesus over Mexican immigrants.

Roman Catholic leaders in Orange and Los Angeles counties marked Ash Wednesday — the start of a season of repentance and reflection — with a plea to Catholics and others to commit themselves to immigration reform.

In Orange County, the church asked people to fast — consuming liquids only — for one day between March 26 and 30 as an appeal for citizenship opportunities for undocumented immigrants and reductions in visa application backlogs for the families of immigrants.

The church also called for a temporary worker program.

Just when you think atheists are the biggest threat to the American way of life, a bunch of Catholics go and turn the world ass over teakettle.

Still, there are some Catholics out there who want you to know that they are not buyin’ it.

One Catholic, Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project, a border patrol group that fights illegal immigration, did not appreciate the Ash Wednesday message.

“It goes to show you that the Catholic Church has no scruples when it comes to separation of church and state. The church should stay out of government business unless it wants to lose its tax-exempt status,” Gilchrist said.

The irony leaves me speechless.

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Prepare, midwesterners, for a collective moaning and groaning and general atmospheric cursing (to say nothing of tedious “global warming” remarks from friends and acquaintances alike) as one mother lode of arctic air lays its heavy ass across the landscape.  If we’re lucky, the highs will nudge the mercury above 0 degrees this weekend.  Throw in some 25 mph wind gusts, and the temperatures become irrelevant.  In fact, we will measure the next several days by a) number of trips we make out of the house b) layers of clothing we are wearing while inside  c) layers of clothing we don to venture outside and d) the number of times we had to crank on the engine before our car starts.

It hardly gets better than this.  Unless you care to talk about the winter of 1976-77 when Lake Michigan froze solid and I was housebound with an infant.  My entertainment that winter was watching dead bodies get delivered to the funeral home next door while I nursed the baby.  Really.  You want to talk post-partum blues, talk to the queen mother of angst here.

So who needs a laugh?  Mr. Deity is back and he has a tough interview to negotiate.

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Friday Sass

Offended by divinely inspired humor?  Don’t watch this video.  Mr. Deity has some tough decisions to make as the ultimate “Decider.” 

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Weekend RoundUp

Reader Assignment:  Go here and cast your vote for BlueGal, ’cause she deserves a 2006 Web Blog Award.  Do it for me.  Do it for BlueGal.  Do it for the festival of Zappadan.  Please – just do it once a day through December 15th.


Speaking of doin’ it . . . a certain adjustment of my atheist soul took place yesterday compliments of two mimosas and the House of Blues gospel choir. 


Now, that’s the way I like my Jesus.


Take a virtual mini-tour of the rest of my weekend in Chicago.


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