Archive for November 5, 2008

Just when you thought public transportation was an answer to prayer in lieu of the gas crisis, comes this ri-dork-ulous story about Atheism, advertising and all things wrong with true free speech out of London.

double-dutch-busEvidently, there’s this dolt – Professor Richard Dawkins – who is backing the advertising play of the British Humanist Association to plaster those iconic double-decker buses (among others strolling downtown London) with the following slogan:

“There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”

Right. Because when I am trying to get to work, collect my check and get there on time, God is usually top-of-mind.

Hanne Stinson, chief executive of the BHA, said: “We see so many posters advertising salvation through Jesus or threatening us with eternal damnation, that I feel sure that a bus advert like this will be welcomed as a breath of fresh air.”

Oh yeah. Anyone care to tempt fate? Ride this friggin’ bus! There you are – finger to the world, nose in the air and heart closed to the heavens – and get caught in traffic damned to be late to work. What happens? “Oh God, help me not get fired?!”

Believe me Hanne, the only fresh air you will be breathing when one of those buses break down is the smell of those riders messing their britches when they worry about how they are getting to the job without the boss thinking they are playing hooky.

As for me? If HiScrivener was based in London, I would be checking out a carpool from my church. At least then, I wouldn’t be a hypocrite when the check engine soon light comes on.

believers-for-barackFor those Christians who were baying at the moon watching the sensory overload, 12-headed punditry on any national network watching the presidential-elect coverage noted a slight blue tint in the sky.

The man in the moon was visible from the plains here on earth and seen carrying a “Yes, we can!” sign while illuminating the evening sky. And to capture that is a brilliant post by founder Steven Waldman (from whom I snatched a blog title).

In this, he clearly lines up just how Barack Obama was able to win the vote from the Christian nation and even the religious-not-so-right. Here are a few utterings:

  • There’s now a bridge on that “God Gap”: McCain only beat Obama by 10 points, as opposed to Bush impaling Kerry on a steeple 61% to 39% in 2004.
  • Catholics have done a Mea Culpa: 54% of Roman Catholics voted for… Obama?!
  • Protestants and Evangelicals realized there is more to an election than a conservative face: Obama won 61% of folk who call themselves “religious”, 25% of saved and sanctified folk and saw a little smile from Protestants too.

Waldman goes on to opine of Obama’s strategy to reach out to the Church (all plastered on the Wall as well) and even the rise of oddly-dubbed “Religious Left”. So, if you are praying for answers, you couldn’t do worse than to start here.

halo-wed-obamaTonight, was so much more than an election – it was a moment frozen in time, captured in school textbooks for generations to come and a time to tell your kids, “I was there… when…”

It is also the inception of a new “Brickhouse Series” to become the amalgamation of God and Barack Obama (hence, “God & Obama” or “GOBAMA”. Kitschy, huh?)

As much as I would enjoy ranting about his political wiles, I’ll leave that up to my other bricks in the wall, WOW newsers and other blogs I thoroughly enjoy like this one, this one and this one.

But anytime he brings up faith and politics, church and state and all the various and sundry mutterings in between, you will catch it painted on the Wall.

Now then, about what happened this evening… breathtaking.

Regardless of who you voted for, this was historic. Imagine, only 40 years ago… 40!… the man who delivered a rousing speech in front of 125,000 would have been lynched for even thinking such a thing only four decades ago.

Tonight, people of all races and regions were faceted in front of a TV or stood silent in Grant Park and clamoring “Yes we can!” Yet, there was that significant portion of this country who couldn’t say a word or utter a prayer because the memories were too powerful.

vote-thisThoughts of being maligned because they were darker than the average citizen…

Images of dogs shredding the arms of black men and women who chose to lend a helping hand of democracy…

Words echoing in their minds of racial slurs and epithets so heinous they shouldn’t be typed on any blog, anywhere…

For those people who held on to a dream and an address from Gettysburg, I proudly type, “Wake up, and welcome to reality.”

I am attached to that dream only because of a proud organization I call, “Frat” (Side note: Martin Luther King was a Too Cold, Servant of All Alpha Phi Alpha). I only know about the race riots in Selma and Montgomery because of history books and fabled stories I hear from others. However, it all came to a head this evening.

Don’t believe me? Did you see Jesse Jackson?

This man who has become a caricature of himself and a HUGE media whore touting anything from his organizations to others’ causes stood there, buried in a sea of people watching the culmination of a dream he heard orated those 40 years ago.

And although Jesse has done many significant counter racial things to bury that memory in apogee – such as “Hymeytown” and note this fun little story – there he was, a shell of the man he has created since the march on Washington.

the-tears-of-a-clown1Stoic, empty, riddled with emotion and crying… silently.

He remembered the words his close friend bellowed from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and for certain he was thinking about them while president-elect Barack Obama recollected memories of “We Shall Overcome.”

There, in that moment, was a microcosm of remembering the Civil Rights movement, hearkening to the inspiration of the past and emotionally passing the torch for the future.

Jesse, you have had more than 15 minutes… but they are officially up.

And now for those young black kids, this will be the picture of folk who look like them and how politics should be about all people. For those a little more seasoned, it’s a reckoning. Enjoy this moment. Despite his party, his politics or even his former pastor, what happened tonight is worth saving the headlines.

It’s been a long time comin’, but I know a change gonna come. Oh yes, it will!