Archive for September 2, 2008

This election has been a roller coaster, full of twists and turns, loops and lunges – and it’s been all here on the Wall.

If it was history to be made, this is the year to do it. A black man getting nominated for president on the 45th anniversary of MLK’s Dream speech. A Republican woman on the ticket for Vice-President during the 88th anniversary of women’s suffrage. All we need to a persnickety state arguing over chad votes… er, sorry… that’s already history.

And now we have this – an unfortunate story about a girl, her boyfriend, hormones gone awry, a family of faith and oh yeah, the presumptive Vice-President of the United States.

But, according to evanglicals, don’t fret.

“We need to take the Juno option,” [Sojourners Director Jim] Wallis said, referring to last year’s popular movie about a pregnant teenager who gives her baby up for adoption. Said Donovan: “It doesn’t matter if it’s a conservative, liberal, or an apolitical family—these things happen.”

Hats off to Barack Obama for keeping it real and telling the legions of liberally-biased media to shut up. Props to John McCain for assuring the public there’s nothing wrong with the Veepstakes vetting process, only with the dimwits that think a 17-year old getting knocked up is “news.”

See, here’s the rub…

It’s not news in the real world. Girls full of active estrogen and prepubescent curosity get pregnant ALL THE TIME. Bristol Palin is no different, except for that “mommy getting a Veep nod” thingy. The only reason this is news is because some ultra-liberal, all-too-subjective, blindly prejudical dimwits care to forget the real world exists.

You see, self-righteous latitudinarians, babies are having babies everywhere. Sex, inquisitiveness and puberty don’t care about political affiliation or even religious denomination. It is void of color, creed or socioeconomic status, you dullard. And just because her parents are Christians, doesn’t mean that conviction is apparent when she is caught in the moment.

Since you seem to so caught up in her parent’s faith, I’m sure they’ll appreciate your prayers. Try it, you pray everytime you are hungover, “Oh God, get me through this please.” Besides, what else is there to do in Alaska. The iditarod?

So, O’ Hypocrite, next time you want to blog your vile and broadcast your vitriol, consider your address. If it’s in this world, do us all a favor, shut up and leave her alone. We are not voting a pregnant girl into office anyway.

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For the past couple of months, we have been following the tragic tale of the “Godfather of Gospel,” Rev. Timothy Wright.

During that time, we have seen the man live up to his songs and dream of getting back in the pulpit, have his church mortgage paid by a colleague in Rev. John P. Kee and now this… a blessing and a benefit long overdue in the Gospel world, as broke by Beliefnet.

In case you can’t clearly see the concert flyer, here is the information:

The concert will take place at:
Shiloh Baptist Church
515 West Fourth Street
Plainfield, NJ
Directions to the event

Praise and worship begins at 2:30 PM; the concert starts at 3:00. Performing are the combined choirs of the Shiloh Baptist Church and the Calvery Baptist Church; the Timothy Wright Concert Choir; Children of God – The Brothers Harris; and Alvin Darling and Celebration.

OH, AND THE BEST PART: REV. WRIGHT WILL BE THERE!

Now if you have supported him and prayed for him during this trial, understand he won’t be on the mic. However, knowing he is out of the hospital to witness the Gospel community gathering together to help pay for his exorbitant medical bills, is encouragement enough that “Trouble [truly] don’t last always!”

Keep singin’ brother!

Every once in a while, I discover a story that allows me to stand on my sanctimonius HiScrivener soapbox – getting the Church out of Congress, while keeping faith in politics.

According to a recent and fascinating study by the Pew Forum, I’m not alone.

Four years ago, just 30% of conservatives believed that churches and other houses of worship should stay out of politics. Today, 50% of conservatives express this view. As a result, conservatives’ views on this issue are much more in line with the views of moderates and liberals than was previously the case. Similarly, the sharp divisions between Republicans and Democrats that previously existed on this issue have disappeared.

Why? These two numbskulled parties can’t agree on anything except vacations and paid time off; yet, they seem to bridge the gap and clamor “Kumbaya” about the Church staying out of politics. How’d that happen?

Here’s an adventitious thought: Maybe – just maaaaaaybe – people everywhere are tuckered out from preachers telling their flocks who to vote for, instead of how. MEMO to the preacher, pastor, evangelist and wolf in sheep’s clothing alike: America is talking to you, dude.

When you were called of God to preach the Gospel, nowhere in the 66 chapters of the Bible does the Holy Writ espouse, “Thou Shalt Prophecy in times of Electoral Anticipation.” In other words, stick a non-partisan sock in it about the White House. It’s bad enough Hollywood does it. It’s even worse when you pay $100 per seat at a concert, you have to endure a political diatribe. This drivel is not part of the show, people!

Stay true to yourself, your calling and um, your God. The Bible is your focus in November, not some tool in a fancy shmancy suit.

In other words, no one cares what you practice on Election Day, they only care what you preach on Sunday.

The Vatican is one of the most storied relics on earth.

From antiquitous frescoes to the empirical colonnades, pictures of the Vatican cause people to awe. Evidently, so do the electric bills as noted in this story from the Catholic News Service:

The Vatican will begin installing some 2,400 solar panels in late September, the first of several projects aimed at exploiting renewable energy resources in the tiny city-state. “The solar modules, which are being donated by a German company, will be fitted atop the roof of the Paul VI audience hall and will produce some 300,000 kilowatt-hours of power each year,” said Mauro Villarini, the Vatican engineer coordinating the project.

Evidently, the entire Holy See is going green by looking into some more eco-friendly feng shui such as the possibility of small windmills, more solar panels and treatment plants to break down biodegradable material.

Can’t I blame the Pope for this initiative. After all, when you are responsible for the bills on buildings hundreds of years old, I can’t imagine the energy efficiency ratings make the EPA hot charts. Talk about an inconvenient truth!

I just have one question: While this focus on environmental safety and dominion over the planet is helping save money, how much more cash are you going to spend encrusting all those solar panels in diamonds and jewels? I’d call that a PUSH.