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I owe someone an apology.... [Mar. 10th, 2010|08:50 am]
terribleturnip
Several years ago, I came out of the metro station to where I'd parked my car -- at the time, a different Saturn Station Wagon, because like shorts, shoes and bras, once I find something that fits me and is in my price range and otherwise suits my lifestyle, I will just buy the same thing over and over and over again, maybe just switching up the color from time to time.

You don't even want to be around for the temper tantrum I throw next time I have to buy a car and actually have to put effort and thought into the decision. Which at 170K on this one, means that trauma will be happening sooner rather than later, augh!



Anyway...there's a handwritten note tucked underneath my windshield wiper. Someone has taken great offense at the Darwin Fish attached to the back of the car. How dare I make fun of their religion and be so disrespectful, and surely I would go to hell for mocking their faith.

The note included several references to the Bible, but although I went to Lutheran school and had to memorize sections of the Bible, and studied it in both high school and college and have read it several times and written papers on it, like everything I've ever learned, I basically only remember the gist of it. No photographic memory here.

And although, thanks to Lutheran school, while I don't have the state capitols or United States presidents memorized, I DO have the books of the Bible memorized, in order. Which has got to be the most unuseful pieces of information taking up room on my hard drive, but it's hard to erase the really old stuff. (Genesis, exodus, leviticus, numbers, deuteronomy, joshua...)

But, of course, that doesn't tell me what John 13:2 meant in this note. But since I care about as much as "The Mill on the Floss, page 76, paragraph 7!" in terms of edification or threat, I didn't spend any time looking it up.

Yes, I HAVE a Bible. It even has my name on it in gold leaf. A graduation present from the Church I had to attend. (We got graded in Lutheran School, on our Sunday Church attendance. I never got a gold star, only silver or bronze.) Of course, they spelled my last name wrong...was that the first chink in religion for me?

Anyway, here I am, mentally ridiculing this person for not having a sense of humor, not respecting my right to free speech, actually taking the time to write this note, as opposed to just rolling their eyes and getting on with their day. I would occasionally get accosted in person, over the fish and would defend it by saying -- hey, it's my belief system, that Christianity and Evolution can co-exist, that Evolution IS God's plan. Which usually shut them down, as I'd removed the offense, the JOKE.

But now, I come home to walk the dog every day and there's a van parked in front of my house. I'm pretty sure it's someone who's taking care of someone else's kids, because it's always gone by the time I come home.

But they have a bumper sticker on the back of their car that says "Let's keep the CHRIST in CHRISTmas!" And I find myself wanting to rush in and grab a piece of paper and scribble "Get your CHRIST out of my Yuletide. I've got news for you, lady, the tree, the light, the greenery, the gift-giving, the feast, the celebration, centered around late December...all pre-dated the birth of Christ. So, by all means, if you want to focus on Christ's birthday, I'm fine with that, but please respect the rest of us, who honor a tradition that predates his birth."

Which makes me want to find that person who wrote the note on my car and apologize a bit, because now I know how they feel.

Except for the whole "you're going to hell" part, of course. So, I guess that makes me a little less crazy. Oh, and although I had the impulse, I'm too EVOLVED to actually act on it.

Although I wish to hell she'd park someplace else, because I really don't want people driving by and thinking that's MY car.
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[User Picture]From: sestree
2010-03-10 03:22 pm (UTC)
:D I have a Bible, a copy of the Koran (translated from ARabic - reads back to front) and a copy of The Torah floating around my house. btw - my biology teacher -a DEVOUT Catholic - explained to us how evolution can easy co-exist with The Bible. It doesn't even take a lot of brain power, just a lack of fear.

I want a bumpersticker that says "I don't care what you believe, only that you believe."

to put right beside "If you can read this turn me over" ........
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[User Picture]From: sestree
2010-03-10 05:32 pm (UTC)
oh *snort*

Actually I have them from a Western Civ report I had to do in college. They were on sale in the library basement.

Cheap? yes as a matter of fact .........

of course the cache of stealing one? that might be too tempting to miss.
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[User Picture]From: ginger_rose
2010-03-10 04:14 pm (UTC)
As a recovered Bible thumper, complete with (way too many) academic biblical creds, I was very ashamed at how bad Christians really are about stuff like this. I even felt that way when I was seriously fundicapped as a late teen (you know, that whole "change the world" fervor). I could never quite understand that irrational fear of someone not sharing your beliefs, so I'm very glad that's not a part of my life anymore. ;)

I've actually heard some Christians claim they feel persecuted by such public disagreement with their faith. That's when I refer them to Fox's Book of Martyr's, and say, "When you're dipped in oil and burned for lighting at a garden party simply because of your faith, THEN you can talk to me about persecution, sweetie."

I am in full support freedom of religion, obviously. Too bad some religions don't quite share that. meh, life goes on. But now I can see why some people answer the door naked when the evangelists are in the neighborhood. ;)


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[User Picture]From: kiltboy
2010-03-10 08:52 pm (UTC)
According to my PDF of the King James version (on my Palm Pilot, and yes, I'm serious), 1 John don't go up to 13:2. 2 John is incredibly short, and 3 John ain't that long either. Hmm. Unless my PDF's are messed up. Yeah, I looked it up, because I was curious what message she was trying to send you. Guess we'll never know (and by "we", I mean those who were actually curious).
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2010-03-10 08:57 pm (UTC)
Darling, don't be such a geek. It was "several years ago". If I can't remember the state capitols, do you really think I memorized the Bible references that someone left on a note on my windshield, that I couldn't be bothered to look up?

I made up the reference. Because I don't have the Bible on my palm pilot. I don't even have a palm pilot. When I get paid to write, I verify my sources. Not so much for this.

No, wait, that's not funny. Oh, if only I had time to work in references to the Gnostic Gospels and the "original" book of John.....damn job. That's job with a small j, not the guy, Job.
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[User Picture]From: kiltboy
2010-03-11 11:31 pm (UTC)
Crap. I totally missed the "several years ago" part of this. Nevermind...
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2010-03-12 12:17 pm (UTC)
Understandable. You were DEHYDRATED.
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[User Picture]From: 3fingeredsalute
2010-03-12 05:15 pm (UTC)
The ZEAL that the "religious" (of those, I mean only the ones immature and falsely-inflated) demonstrate when they feel in the slightest bit superior in any fashion can be downright disgusting. While not biblical, they can easily be openly chastised for their violations of the seven deadly sins: Pride and Avarice come to mind, if not some twisted Lust for ignorant, arrogant and disrespectful public displays of correction. I'm pretty sure that's not what Jesus taught when he basically preached over and over, "Love your neighbor."

Reading your story reminded me of a recent Facebook exchange I could not walk away from without comment:

Friend: Thank god today will be a slower than usual day!
Reply: GM [friend], God I way 2 Awesome 4 lowercase letters. Please capitalize the first the letter when speaking of God. Have a wonderful day
My response: oh... the irony... it hurts....

Apparently adherence to grammar rules only apply to references of The FSM Himself!

It is not just Christians who are up in arms over correcting others. I was researching the acceptable use of "As-Salamu Alaykum and was amused to have found the following:

The trend of shortening the greeting to acronyms, such as A.S.,As'kum(in Malaysia) or AsA, is disliked; however, it is becoming common amongst Internet users in chat rooms and by people using SMS. As the full word is not written, it is disliked; however, the meaning is usually understood by the recipient. Other variations of this are adding 'wr wb' at the end as well. This trend is similar to writing (S) or 'SAWS' in place of 'Sallallaahu `Aleyhi wa Sallam'.


"God" "save" us all! 0:)
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