Greetings my kin, and I hope your Yule, and your Boxing Day, was fun and joyful…what’s that, you don’t celebrate Boxing Day? No worries, my friends, it hasn’t ever really caught on big in the US. Myself, I have always been fascinated with it, mainly because I am such an Anglophile, and also because it is another revered modern tradition with deep and mysterious roots; or, as my son asks, whose boxing? No one can say clearly when Boxing Day started (mentions go back to the 17th century) or what “Boxing” even means, and I love that kind of everyday conundrum. It has become tradition to give presents, or switch places, with servants (though the latter is a much more modern creation), but in Ireland an older pagan tradition, that of the Day of the Wren, or La Fheile Stiofan in Gaelic, still persists in a few places. The tradition involved parading a caged wren, whose hunting was forbidden the rest of the year, through the village, with singers and dancers, in some places called Wrenboys and sometimes Mummers, parading from house to house. The tradition became folded into St. Stephen’s Day, a legal holiday on the 26th, but sad to say, Boxing Day has become primarily a shopping day, akin to “Black Friday”, and in Ireland, a custom that began in 1902 with stores being closed on that day, was broken in 2009. Boxing Day is also very popular with some sport called “football” in the UK, can’t say I’m familiar with it, and also a favorite day for fox hunting (or its modern equivalent, with the dogs chasing a scent trail), and yours truly, who has actually been fox hunting, will always have scary memories of that day.
More to the point of today’s title, one of the thing that leaves us unimpressed with God’s followers in this world is how little happiness and peace they seem to have; they’re happy to go about how they can’t imagine living with the joy, security and wonderful outlook that believing in their spooky father figure provides, but usually, they seem like angry, unhappy brutes and bigots, and the holiday is barely over here before we see signs of just what these folks are really all about. In what can only be described as the most despicable hatred and persecution of women, an 8 year old girl in a city called Beit Shemesh in Israel, is afraid to walk to school, afraid of the grown men who yell at her, calling her a whore, spitting and throwing rocks at her; is little Naama Margolese an Arab, a terrorist, or anything like that? Nope, she’s a perfectly normal girl, but she isn’t Orthodox, and the extremely Orthodox community in which she lives can’t stand the thought of anybody not living like them, so they harass her and her family, attack her school, and in all other ways behave an awful lot like those Palestinian guys across the way who they claim to be sooo much better than. And what does the state do, the state of Israel that knows so well what hatred and intolerance can do? Since the Orthodox communities are major voting blocs, they do nothing, and this poor girl and no doubt hundreds like her have to live in fear in their own country!
Closer to home, good Christian, web show host, and genuine American nutcase Victoria Jackson is claiming to have sat in on “secret” government meetings (because if you were having a top secret government policy meeting, Victoria Jackson would be right up there on the list) that described how an organization called the Muslim Brotherhood “has infiltrated our highest positions in government” and is on the verge of taking over the US. Making no attempt to hide her charge that Obama is a Muslim (obviously, any man who would support equal rights for gay men and women and end the war in Iraq is clearly our enemy) her info comes straight from an ousted FBI agent (who tried to extort 75,000 dollars from a witness in a case) and a guy fired from the Joint Chiefs because of his raving conspiracy theories. Yup, apparently political correctness really has destroyed the US, since the Muslims have used it to sneak into power and are about to topple the government…man, does this sound familiar! I wonder what ever happened to the last group of evil agents who were secretly infiltrating America at every level? Jackson, who endorses Michele Bachman and Rick Santorum as the only GOP candidates to acknowledge this horror (and should see the writing on the asylum wall when Crazy as Batshit and Bride of Crazy as Batshit are the ones on board), who takes time out to bash gays (who are clearly so on board with Muslim ideology) says “Very few people in America are informed and educated as I am.” Well, on that we agree, sweetie, there aren’t many crackers out there as deranged as you!
I’m sorry to be so blunt, but if there really WAS a god, wouldn’t he have done something about these loonies a long time ago? Would YOU let Michele Bachman represent you? Shouldn’t she have gotten a bolt of divine wrath some time ago? You Christians can keep all these folk, all the Rush Limbaughs and Father Ritters, and Jesse Helms and Jerry Falwells, all those outstanding religious folk who it seems would be a lot more comfortable wearing SS uniforms than carrying crosses, and keep telling us that religion is all about love and tolerance; maybe someday you might even start believing it.