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Mixed messages [May. 12th, 2011|11:02 am]
I might as well just post a banner across my LJ right now: This space temporarily leased to Virginia Faire. Because between that and work, which is ONEROUS, I don't have room to breathe, much less be funny, creative or even strange.

Plus, I have to take extra care when posting, as being under greater public scrutiny this time of year means that what I post can be misinterpreted to signify something else -- a post I've had brewing for a while about my struggle for patience and sympathy for others...for weenies, in my uncharitable temporary thoughts...will surely get applied to some poor vendor who has to bail because he's had his SPLEEN removed. Even though the draft has been sitting in my folder for months.

I have a fun draft about the nature of attraction and desire, but I'll flirt with someone this weekend or appreciate someone's new kilt just a bit too much and rumors will fly.

So, I was just going to stay dark...but I AM feeling a bit combative -- my peas need to be trellised and my tomatoes potted up and I do not have time and that, my friends, is pissing me off -- so when I saw this yesterday, it was all I could do to not get confrontational.

Thank goodness the traffic was moving at a fair clip on 270 when I saw the car with that Coexist bumper sticker, you know, the one with all of the different religious symbols. As an atheist, I totally support the thought -- I mean, if you've got faith, okay, but could you at least be respectful and tolerant of each others' beliefs?

(Although if you want to kill time and lose your faith in humanity, go ahead google "meaning of coexist bumper sticker" and spend the rest of the afternoon reading frothing panties-in-a-wad ravings about how it's an atheist plot, it's not US that should be tolerant of THEM, THEY should be tolerant of US, yada, yada. Liberal plots, Satanists trying to sneak onto the legit religion plate, you NAME it. Why are we, as a nation, so freaking frothing about religion. We were expletive FOUNDED by people who left Europe because they weren't free to worship as they pleased. How did we get to be a country that believes that you're free to worship as I please, and if you don't, you should just leave. Or be murdered. I feel like there was a stiff breeze and all our religious tolerance blew off into the Gulf Stream. Not that we've always been that tolerant. But usually not so HATEFUL.)

But I digress. Because on the other side of the car, was another bumper sticker that said "Jesus loves you. Allah wants you dead."


My head didn't even know where to go with the inherent wrongness of that bumper sticker alone. (Do I rip off the gun-nut's argument of Gods don't kill people, people kill people? At least in recent centuries...Go with "hey, I'm pretty sure Allah doesn't give a camel mite about you, much less has some vendetta against you." How about...)

But seriously, what are those bumper stickers doing on the same car? Difference of opinion in a marriage that only has one car? Or a deeply conflicted invididual.

If I prayed...I would pray that I never see that car again. Because next time, I am going to have to drive him off the road and demand an explanation.

[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2011-05-12 04:09 pm (UTC)
The way I heard it, in the Netherlands, was that the first wave of invasion of this proud country were so effing intolerant of other faiths in England that they got kicked out. The only place that would take them was the Netherlands- but they were finally so irritating that even their legendary patience was tried to the breaking point and so they got kicked out of there, too. (There's a nice plaque to commemorate the event of their sailing.) The only place that would have them was, you guessed it, the soon-to-be ruined New World where the natives should have left them to starve but instead sealed their doom by being friendly.

You can see just how far my peacenik nature goes. Not so far as I could throw a car with those bumper stickers on it. So much for my enlightened nature! (I also just watched the three "The Girl Who ____" movies with William and felt a good deal of satisfaction at the character Salandar's handling of men who done her wrong. Yeah- enlightened. That's me.)

You know, you taking a really long vacation where you did absolutely nothing at all except drink your favorite beverages, eat your favorite foods and ogle the pool boys (or girls) would be an excellent way of getting back at that damn work ethic of yours which is based in that insanity.
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[User Picture]From: russell_moore
2011-05-12 04:33 pm (UTC)
religious bumper stickers can be fun

I once saw a trio of church bound vehicles on the highway ... each identifying iself as a gospel choir ... and on the back of each had the painted words "Celebrating the joyous noise of Christ"

and I thought to myself, self, what kind of noise was Jesus making? and all I could come up with was blood curdling screams accompanied with each strike that hammered him to his cross

and figured if the folks in the vans found that to be "joyous noise", that they were pretty hard core
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From: kudrasslipper
2011-05-13 03:27 pm (UTC)


funny... i was just about to post my own message into LJ that asked the VA Renn Faire to "Let our Turnip GO!"

Missing you here and everywhere. MUST do something about that.
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