Archive for June 23, 2008

An obituary on the Wall must either affect religion as a whole, a particular faith or an individual whose name has been synonymous with dogma. This noted person would most certainly be the latter.

The latest person we pay respect to is arguably one of the most influential comics in history, George Carlin.

“But HiScrivener, he despised organized religion.” I know, I have read that book too (NOTE the picture). But his cerebral witticisms about church and the Church was always memorable and piercing. Ignore the vulgarity (if you can). The man was brilliant. It’s always the real stuff, that’s the funny stuff.

If you have worked on staff at a church, been a member of a church, are a P.K. or even been saved for a good portion of your life, you know I speaks the truth.

And let’s not forget, this was a man responsible for making the Supreme Court and the FCC reconsider the English language with his infamous skit, “The Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.”

Back to his skewed, and often irreverent, from the attached obit:

Although some criticized parts of his later work as too contentious, Mr. Carlin defended the material, insisting that his comedy had always been driven by an intolerance for the shortcomings of humanity and society. “Scratch any cynic,” he said, “and you’ll find a disappointed idealist.

Hopefully, this idealist didn’t die disappointed. His legacy in stand-up comedy gave him every reason not to be.

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Dateline: China

As in the People’s Republic of… As in home to billions of people captive, eh… living with Communism. As in the place known for the Olympics, countless fights for human rights, Tibetian monks and you know, their own religion. As in home to the world’s largest Atheistic country in the world.

Yeah, THAT China.

At any rate, it’s the sign of the times. We are officially outsourcing the holy printing of the Bible… to THAT China. Seriously, check out this story from the Los Angeles Times.

“We are printers,” said Li Chunnong, the general manager of the plant, which has about 500 employees. “As long as somebody legitimate sends us an order, we will print them.”

This pragmatic mind-set has contributed to the company’s staggering growth. Since its first Bible rolled off the presses two decades ago, Amity has printed more than 50 million copies in 75 languages and exported to more than 60 countries. With the help of a new hangar-sized facility, the company could well be the biggest Bible factory in the world, cranking out 12 million copies a year.

Of course, the only place in this small plot of land you can actually read the Chinese printed Bibles would be in state-approved sanctuaries. Oh well, it’s a start, right?

Amazing. They do EVERYTHING in bulk. Can you imagine how many the Beijing McDonald’s has served? The counter has probably lapped… twice.

I know, utterly ironic, right?!

The church… eh, cult known for creating more offspring than a pair of rabbits on a deserted island has been orphaned, in a funny sense.

According to this story from the Houston Chronicle, FLDS has no leader because Jeffs is in lockdown and no one else seems to know how to take the lead of the stained pulpit vacated at YFZ Ranch.

Never fear, just in time for political season, even Warren Jeffs has a ‘short list’ of candidates for succession. Thank goodness. We now bring you back to the freak show in Eldorado.

BTW, anyone hear George Michael humming in your ear? Well, I suppose that’s appropriate considering folk of FLDS need a little “Faith.” (ROCK ME!)