Lots of interesting (I think) discussions on Plastic today; in one of them, we godless liberals are again annoyed by the rev. Franklin “wicked and violent religion” Graham. Seems he’s been invited to preach at the Defense Department on Good Friday, and Muslims at the Pentagon aren’t happy to see this eloquent ambassador of Christianity despite his obvious concern for their fellow Muslims in Iraq.
This raises some obvious questions:
(a) Why is anyone preaching in the Defense Department on Good Friday? Are there no churches in Washington, D.C.? That can’t be it, I’ve been to one.
(b) What does one preach about at the Defense Department? I guess one opens up his Bible and finds some relevant passages to talk about, like perhaps:
Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. (Matthew 26:52)
Wait, that’s no good. Maybe he could go with:
Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. (Matthew 5:39)
No? Hmm, here’s one:
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Matthew 5:9)
I guess that one’s definitely out. Hey, has Bush even read this thing? I thought the guy who said all this stuff was supposed to be his favorite philosopher. Maybe he actually meant this guy.
(c) If God really does exist, would he mind terribly taking time out of his busy schedule to smite the rev. Graham around a bit? Maybe just give him a lisp or something so he sounds ridiculous whenever he tries to talk about Islam.
Anyway, although we are at war with Islamic fundamentalists, what the rev. Graham doesn’t seem to realize is that the problem is that that they are fundamentalists, rather than Islamic. In fact, Christian fundamentalists are probably an equal threat to American democracy even though they kill people in smaller volumes.
And yet, most people seem more worried about us atheists taking “under God” out of the pledge.