Saturday, September 20, 2008

If you ask nicely...

Christians are, what? Five percent of the population of the U.S.? Must be why Broward County Democrats are convinced that this stunt will convince millions to vote for Obama:
At the Broward Democratic Party's monthly meeting Tuesday night, it started right at the beginning — with the invocation, delivered by Mike Moskowitz, the state committeeman for the county.

He called for a "blessing on the elk and moose in Alaska who have been decimated by Sarah Barracuda" and included a prayer that Palin doesn't turn her sights on the squirrels in Washington, D.C.

"We pray that her journey takes her across the bridge to nowhere," he said.

Great plan - get the Almighty's attention, and then treat him to a comic monologue! (And if Sarah Palin has single-handedly "decimated" the elk and moose of Alaska, I think people should stop questioning her fitness to be "one heartbeat away from the Oval Office". She could wipe out Al-Quaeda by herself with a slingshot!)

I think Democrats should take lessons from the Muslims when it comes to this sort of thing. When they want Allah's help to destroy the "sons of pigs and monkeys", they come right out and ask for it. They don't waste his time with a simpering little "Oooh-aren't-I-naughty?" vaudeville routine.

We all know what the difference is, of course. The Muslims actually BELIEVE in the god they're praying to, and the Democrats don't. They have no connection with the belief that put the invocation at the beginning of every meeting; they're like illiterate squatters in a ruined laboratory, grabbing a tool made for a specific purpose by the purposeful men who went before, and wrenching it clumsily for whatever low expediency the moment requires.

Still, I think they might want to consider the scene at the end of C.S. Lewis's "The Last Battle", when the unbelieving Rishda Tarkaan, having used Tash as an excuse to invade Narnia, goes through the stable door and finds that invocations come with a cost.
He turned to look at Rishda Tarkaan, but Rishda was not looking at him. Rishda gave a great wail and pointed; then he put his hands before his face and fell flat, face downward on the ground. Tirian looked in the direction where the Tarkaan had pointed. And then he understood.

A terrible figure was coming toward them. It was far smaller than the shape they had seen from the tower, though still much bigger than a man, and it was the same. It had a vulture's head and four arms. Its beak was open and its eyes blazed. A croaking voice came from its beak.

"Thou has called me into Narnia, Rishda Tarkaan. Here I am. What hast thou to say?"

But the Tarkaan neither lifted his face from the ground nor said a word. He was shaking like a man with a bad hiccup. He was brave enough in battle, but half his courage had left him earlier that night when he first began to suspect that there might be a real Tash. The rest of it had left him now.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice. It would also be great if those hip urban Neo-pagans who like to pray to the Old Gods could actually encounter Woden or Pan or Anubis. I suspect they'd run for their lives. . .

Ellie M.

10:03 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be nice if you realized that Christianity (Remember the Council of Nicea?)came from pure Paganism.

Do you celebrate Christmas with a Christmas tree? My, you might be engaging in a 'Pagan' tradition.

Let's not get started with 'Easter.'

As well, it could be argued that the Roman Catholic Church is classically 'pagan' given it's veneration of saints and icons, etc.


10:33 pm  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

Forest, trees - inability to see one for the other, p. 33892.

8:45 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm. I must've missed the goat-sacrificing ceremony. . .

Ellie M.

10:07 am  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

Yeah, me too, Ellie. I wasn't invited to Mrs. Schori's birthday party either.

12:01 pm  

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