". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Friday, August 20, 2010

The So-Called Xtian Nutters Are Trying to Force the POTUS to Pray in Public

The son of Billy Graham strongly suggests that the POTUS is a Muslim, but if he's not, this is what he should do:

Well, you know, you can be born a Muslim, you can be born a Jew, but you can't be born a Christian," said Graham. "The only way you can become a Christian is by confessing your sins to God, asking his forgiveness, and by receiving Jesus Christ by faith into your heart, that Christ died for your sins, shed his blood on Calvary's Cross, and that God raised him to life. If you're willing to accept that and believe that, and let Jesus Christ be the lord of your life, God will forgive your sins, he will heal your heart, and that's the only way you can become a Christian. And so if the President has done that, then I would say he's a Christian, if that's what he has done."
When they succeed, how much longer before everyone is going to have to pray in public, followed by eating pork in public*?

This is why we are so concerned with the crazies beating on the Park51 Cultural Center and using it to go after the POTUS.

Because they 'git' him, they are going after all the rest of us, no matter what we are: wiccan, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, SanterĂ­a, atheist, agonistic, wanting to be just left alone in terms of religion. These ilks NEVER LEAVE YOU ALONE.

So I say to these ilks: Stay the f outta my town and its affairs. You hate NYC anyway, so why have you suddenly found it matters to you? Ah, yes. Politics.

I am a pork eater from the time I could eat solid food. We raised our own on our family farm (though I don't eat much now, because I eat very little meat now -- but el V does, so I make various forms of it for meals frequently). Back in the days of the first Reconquista of Al-Andalus, first the converso Muslims would be sure to be seen eating pork, and then the Jewish conversos also -- because the Christians saw it as a sure sign that secret Muslims and Jews wouldn't eat dishes including pork. Then things got really ugly in parts of Europe, particularly around Easter, in which Jews and Muslims were 'ritually' mistreated (excuse for the Jews: they killed our Lord; for Muslims: they killed us) as part of the holiday fun. Part of this was forcing the local Jews and Muslim to eat pork.

1 comment:

K. said...

"you can't be born a Christian,"

This will be news to the world's 1.1 billion Catholics, half of Christianity.

None of this should be a surprise to anyone. The minute the 'baggers began extolling the glories of the Constitution, one had to know they were gearing up for an attack on it. That's the way the right works: They're precisely what they accuse others of being: fascist, racist, undemocratic, un-Americanand now lawless.

In less than a year, they've called for repealing the 17th Amendment, modifying the 14th Amendment, and now made a brass-knuckled attack on the 1st Amendment. The 14th and 1st are virtually synonymous with the American concept of liberty.

But, hey, this is really misguided economic populism. They're on our side -- they just don't know it. All we have to do is reason with them and they'll get it.