05/06/2005: "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." --Dr Hunter S. Thompson
Yesterday was not only the National Day Of Reason, as I noted (a couple times), it was also the "National Day of Prayer". And yesterday, apparently, something happened that I've been expecting for quite some time now, but I haven't bothered to mention because it was so weird that people would surely ridicule me and say, "Well, Len, now you've gone off the deep end...."
Yesterday, Pastor Chan Chandler of the East Waynesville Baptist Church, Waynesville, NC, declared that members of the church who were Democrats or who had voted for John Kerry were "against the church", and they were urged either to "repent" their sin or resign from the church. The stories I've been seeing suggest that 9 members were "excommunicated" and another 40 resigned from the church in protest.
Time for some Mencken, I think:
There is, in fact, nothing about religious opinions that entitles them to any more respect than other opinions get. On the contrary, they tend to be noticeably silly.And another of my favorites:
We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the same sense and to the same extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.Not having met Pastor Chandler's wife and children, I withhold comment. :-) I will, however, be keeping an eye on General J.C. Christian, patriot, who will, I'm sure, have one of his trenchant comments on the situation as soon as the news dispatches catch up with him.
Credit: Daily Kos via GWBblows Blog.
Len on 05.06.05 @ 08:50 AM CST