Whereas, I want to beat my head agasint a wall
00.56.50 - Mark
In the midst of the Iraq war, a failing economy, and other national issues, our Congress has found one issue so important that they managed to spare the time to recognize it. That issue is The Importance of Christmas (and Christians).
The fact that this bullshit resolution was not only introduced, but passed with 372 votes is fucking terrifying. I know congress critters aren't big on actually reading the things they vote on but surely they're obligated to read the Constitution a time or two. This thing just barely skirts a 1st amendment violation.
I'd try and argue it on points, but if I've learned one thing this holiday season, Christians get extra irrational at Christmas. Instead I'll just lift a paragraph from John Rodgers (excellent) post on the resolution:
... Christianity's been acting kind of needy lately. Like, "crazy girlfriend who suddenly believes you're thinking about how to pack your shit in ways she won't notice and sneak it out to the car, and so perversely thinks the way to keep you from bolting is to demand you tell her she's super pretty every hour, which, ironically, is what actually prompts you into thinking about packing your shit, even though you weren't before but now ..." needy.
God Hates Christmas Trees
10.11.49 - Mark
Today's fun Bible verse Jeremiah 10:2-4
(2)Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.(3)For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.(4)They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
In short, God hates Christmas trees. When you really look into it, it's amazing what made it into the Bible.