April 14, 2015

The state of religious freedom in 2015


Darleen Click Via bluebird of bitterness

And in 2007....
As I got up to leave the family of six at the long table across from me was served with the quick flourish and satisfied air of presentation that is the style of serving these days. The was food steaming in front of them, but none of them made a move towards it. Instead, they talked quietly amongst themselves and seemed to come to a decision. They made their selection from among them. It was to be one of the daughters, a girl of about 17 I guessed. The din in the restaurant rose and fell, but the family of six sat quietly and then bowed their heads as one. Then they said grace.
I stood motionless at my table. I had, I thought, never seen this before in a restaurant. I'd seen it in private homes to be sure, but upon reflection I realized that I'd not seen it there in quite sometime. And I was quite sure this was, for me, a rare event. I'd probably not been paying attention since it no doubt went on all the time, but still it was a startling moment. Perhaps I'd just been too long in Seattle where the only manifestations of spirit are flimsy; where the invocations are raised to a watery Buddhism or bloodless Unitarianism where God is impossibly distant if at all extant. Be that as it may, this simple act of saying grace did not so much shock me as still me. I paused to listen in. And the daughter did not disappoint. Grace in the Blue Ridge Mountains @ AMERICAN DIGEST

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 14, 2015 8:44 AM
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All you religious folk need to realize that diversity and tolerance is the new religion across the fruited plain and that god nonsense is just that, so get over yourselves. And if you can't get over yourselves then *they* will make life unbearable for you. Starting with your peace of mind and up through your income and your very lives they will destroy everything about you and yours.

Destroy or be destroyed.
I choose the former.

Posted by: ghostsniper at April 14, 2015 9:13 AM

Wow, it must be sermon day for all the autonomous priests.

Posted by: Denny at April 15, 2015 7:26 AM

People of Faith have a logical idea of what Life is all about.
It's gonna be a long lonely road to travel for anyone that does not have sustaining faith.

The Rank Stranger
I wandered again to my home in the mountain
Where in youths early dawn I was happy and free
I looked for my friends but I never could find them
I found they were all rank strangers to me

Everybody I met seemed to be a rank stranger
No mother no dad not a friend I could see
They knew not my name and I knew not their faces
I found they were all rank strangers to me

They've moved all away said the voice of a stranger
To a beautiful home by the bright crystal sea
Some beautiful day I'll meet them in Heaven
Where no one will be a stranger to me

Author: Albert E. Brumley

Posted by: chasmatic at April 15, 2015 8:53 AM

chas - Most renowned rendition: Ralph Stanley.

Posted by: BillH at April 16, 2015 6:56 AM