I was driving to work the other day, listening to NPR, when a story aired about the state of the movement to legitimize gay marriage in Virginia. The reporter was doing “man on the street’ interviews, and a woman from Charlottesville, when asked her opinion on the subject said “I’m against it. I am a Christian, and God said that’s a No-No.”
I am sure that NPR was happy to find such a stupid comment from a professed Christian. The problem is that I suspect that they didn’t have to look too far to find it. This is precisely the sort of immature and ignorant faith that repels people, that makes them think that they are agnostics because they reject an anthropomorphic god, one with arbitrary, pleasure-denying rules, “No-Nos”, as if illicit sexual pleasure was the cookie jar or something, instead of disharmony with the created order.
You really have to wonder what that woman thought of the interview; did she think that she was somehow bearing witness to the goodness and love of God?
Her “No-No” god is every much an idol as any pagan deity, except less attractive.
Meanwhile, from the Department of Ridiculosity
Venture capitalist Tom Perkins recently wrote a letter to the Wall Street Journal comparing the Left’s push to reduce inequality in the United States to Nazi Germany’s war on Jews. Perkins, a founding member of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, asks whether a progressive Kristallnacht is coming:
“Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its “one percent,” namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the “rich,” Perkins wrote in the letter.
He continued that he perceives “a rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent. There is outraged public reaction to the Google buses carrying technology workers from the city to the peninsula high-tech companies which employ them…This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendent ‘progressive’ radicalism unthinkable now?”
When in doubt, it is always a good idea to compare one’s perceived enemies to Nazis.
Poor, poor, persecuted rich people.
It’s Not My Imagination
I keep saying that this is the most consistently cold winter I remember since the first winter I carried mail in Holly, Michigan. That would be the winter of 1981-82. I googled around, out of curiosity, and learned that the winter of 81-82 set all sorts of records in Michigan for both snowfall and cold. I only know that I remember being very cold, and I remember waking up one morning in early April, full of longing for Spring, and looking out the window at a foot of snow. I am not sure, but I may have cried.
And it’s not over yet; Tuesday’s projected high is minus 2….
I read this to my bride in preparation for posting it, and her verdict was that today’s post is “gloomy and snarky”.
Sorry. I am facing Ice Giants this week.