Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Just-Us Sunday III

We really do need a good sequel name for this one. How about Justice Sunday Reloaded? Or, since it's the third one, we can work with the "3D" theme--suggest that it will burst from the screen into your living room, grab you, lift you up, and fill you with the spirit. Alleluia! Not as catchy as any of those, but dead-on accurate, is what jc calls it in her recent post, Just-Us Sunday III

Liberty for everyone, as long as you are white (or on a select list of token brown guys) and male (but not one of them homo-sex-yoo-als), LIBERTY CAN BE YOURS! The bible says so. Right there in the Old Testament.

Quoting the Old Testament, and especially Leviticus, is quite the favorite of the Theocracy crowd, probably because Jesus inconveniently "forgot" to tell people to hate homosexuals, and all that love and tolerance that shows up in the New Testament just isn't much help when you're trying to control a country.

In her post, jc also points out that if you are going to go with Leviticus as your source for laws, some of our more popular Americana ends up being forbidden.

By the way, you know who else I heard speaking (approvingly) of the wall of separation between church and state? Former President Jimmy Carter, on last night's Daily Show . Hmm--does that mean the evangelical, Nobel Prize winning Sunday school teacher hates religion? I doubt it, but I also know we are dealing with people who will demonize anyone to get what they want. It's not hard to imagine the religious right accepting Jesus if he walked among them, that ACLU-loving, sandal-wearing hippie who said things like :

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

jc ends her post with this musing...

P.S. Doing graphics, I work with fonts and can usually identify a lot of them. I've noticed in their logos that politicians often use fonts with names that "sound" patriotic, and I guess, in some cases, they must pick a font because of its name, rather than what it looks like. In that context, I wonder if we should be worried that the Theocracy crowd chose a font that bears a striking resemblance to "Futura Extra Black?"

Funny, and also true. And it reminds me of how important it will be for religious progressives to shine our light where there is darkness.