Archive for June 22, 2008

Tattoo artist for God?FINALLY, news from Mount Vernon about John Freshwater… only not the kind of news he desired.

In April, we posted a graffiti tirade on the Wall about this middle school science teacher going about his daily grind in the classroom with his trusty Bible by his side… and on his desk.

Months later, he his a household name in the media, has government agencies breathing down his neck for defying ‘the man’ and what have now recently discovered…

HAS AN AFFINITY FOR BRANDING HIS STUDENTS WITH RELIGIOUS ARTIFACTS!

Are you serious? Your fight was about religious freedom, not fraternal folklore. I don’t care what you heard was acceptable as a collegiate rite of passage, this is the 8th GRADE, dude. And although I don’t think it’s in your school handbook, branding students like a herd of cattle is not acceptable and could be grounds for termination.

Well, it is. And peace out, John.

Some latitude if you will? The original post was about religious rights and the plight of Christians as the ONLY American group of citizens that has no recourse for prejudice or guile geared against it. Blacks, gays, women, Native Americans, the elderly… name the group, it’s just not cool (and now illegal) to hate on them and perpetrate against them.  But for the Church? Gather ’round, it’s in season.

That was the catalyst of Freshwater’s fight, and we applauded his determination for Christ. But this? Well, suffice to say, you have seen the devolution of a proud zealot for God into a delusional nitwit that has an excess of branding irons laying around.

In conclusion, there should be a space for both theories of how we got here taught in class. No, not because of the founding fathers argument, but because you don’t hear Hindus arguing that point or Zoroastrians fighting for its focus of a cosmic makeover. The Bible and Darwin’s fishing expeditions are – in a word – it.  So why not allow students the chance to deduce? That is, after all, the reason for TEACHING, isn’t it?

WWJD? Not this, that’s for sure. Any time something is burned on my skin for religious reasons, it will be by force. I have read the Bible you know.

The great IggyIn case you have never heard of Bill Keller, don’t feel bad. Neither has Barack Obama. But, in his copy and paste world, Keller hopes that will change.

Huh? Read this story from The Post Chronicle that unveils this self-serving invitation.

You see, Bill Keller is an “e-vangelist” – or an Internet preacher – claiming that 2.4 million people logon to hear his scriptural banter. His domain and e-pulpit is LivePrayer.com. Note the clips, the cuts and of course, THAT HAIR. Getting nice with his follicle hygiene products.

Anywhoo, Keller obviously has a firm grasp of divinity and ontological views of the Bible. He can weave a verbal tapestry of the Bible, but how come he isn’t seen doing it in a church like the old guard? Because Keller has a digital editor, and that is the impetus of this smarmy post on the Wall.

Barack Obama obviously is working on his own silver-tongued retorts for John McCain. He may not have time to sit down and talk biblical shop with Keller, but fret not Wall Watchers, that won’t stop “Reverend Jim”…er, Bill Keller.

Note the technique, the acuity, the ability… to convince everyone he is a loon and is knack for ‘debate’ is actually a shelved instruction handbook in Adobe, OSX, Linux and Ulead video editor. So, make some popcorn, click on the clip and enjoy. This, friends, is too good. Watch his uh, debate, with Oprah and you’ll see what I mean. I’m sure she had time to join him too.

Get out of that chair... and walkA few days ago, the Wall was illuminated by a controversial story concerning 16-year old, Neil Beagley, who CHOSE to die (basically) from a urinary tract blockage.

You see, Neil was an oxymoronic Christian Scientist, a dank place in theology where faith and logic have to become roommates, except when it comes to the doctor’s office.

An ailment that requires little evasive action went untreated and Neil died, because of a simple delusion that using a doctor equals having no faith in God’s healing ability.

Enter the state of Oregon, Neil’s former home, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (easily, the most confusing name for a news source in America).

“We’re going to have to look at it again,” said Senate President Peter Courtney of Salem, who helped write the 1997 and 1999 state laws that address religious defenses in faith-healing death cases.

FYI Mr. Courtney, this isn’t a ‘back to the drawing board’ moment. This is a question of the first amendment and you sir, are currently walking on PC eggshells. For more than a century, this is a religious sect that has been filling its zombies’, er… followers’ minds with the simple belief that “man” (the male/female spiritual being who appears as an individual human being) is the reflection or expression of wholly good and perfect man.

Look, suffice to say, faith healing is a true act of God and his divine providence. Moreover, it shows his undying love for us. It has happened in the past, and it happens today… sometimes. You cannot manipulate God into a faith healing. This isn’t a slot machine, and if on a good day you get three halos… jackpot, you’re healed! As previously mentioned in this first post of this tale, even Jesus hired a doctor.

It’s stunning what the human mind is capable of doing, including convincing its owner that an annual check-up is from the devil. Say “ah”, it could be your last breath, eh?