Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Church Rears Up

Teach a Baptist to read, and you get a Methodist.
Send a Methodist to high school, and you get an Episcopalian.
Put an Episcopalian through Seminary, and you get an atheist, which means you've come full circle.

Because religious doctrine is an after-market accessory. Nobody's delivered with a factory-installed belief in spooks and pixies.

But anyway - at least the Methodists have been on the right side of history for a while.

Sam Hodges, UMC.org:

More than 600 United Methodist clergy and laity say they are bringing church law charges against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a fellow United Methodist, over a zero tolerance U.S. immigration policy — a policy that includes separating children from parents apprehended for crossing into the U.S. illegally.

However, an authority on church history and polity said he’s unaware of a complaint against a lay person ever moving past the district level.

The group claimed in a June 18 statement that Sessions, a member of a Mobile, Alabama, church, violated Paragraph 2702.3 of the denomination’s Book of Discipline.

Specifically, the group accuses him of child abuse in reference to separating young children from their parents and holding them in mass incarceration facilities; immorality; racial discrimination and “dissemination of doctrines contrary to the established standards of doctrines” of The United Methodist Church.

All are categories listed in 2702.3 as chargeable offenses for a professing member of a local church.

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The Book of Discipline allows for a church trial and even expulsion of a lay member, but the first step in a long process would be for the member’s pastor and district superintendent to solve the complaint through “pastoral steps,” Lawrence said.

“I’m not aware of any circumstance in the 50-year history of The United Methodist Church when a complaint against a lay person moved beyond the stage of its resolution by a district superintendent or a pastor,” he added.

Wright said the group’s goal in filing charges was to prompt such discussions.

“I hope his pastor can have a good conversation with him and come to a good resolution that helps him reclaim his values that many of us feel he’s violated as a Methodist,” Wright said.

He added: “I would look upon his being taken out of the denomination or leaving as a tragedy. That’s not what I would want from this.”

Wright said the complaint has been emailed to Sessions’ home church in Alabama, and to a Northern Virginia church that Wright said he understands Sessions regularly attends.

Sessions’ pastor at the Alabama church did not return calls.

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Trae Crowder

"...death rays that don't work on white people."

Monday, June 18, 2018

Today's Tweet - The Sequel

Shit gets worse


The Tohono O'odham Nation, or Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation, is a major reservation located in southern Arizona, encompassing portions of Pima County, Pinal County, and -  wait for it - Maricopa County.

Would anybody with a living thinking brain be at all surprised if we find out Joe Arpaio had a hand in formulating this bullshit policy?

Fuck It - Let's Drown Some Worms

That's why I always wear my golf shoes when I go fishing.

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Weirdness is a time-honored American tradition.

I Fucking Love The InterToobz

This just might be the best example of Poe's Law ever - which is very high praise considering we're stuck here in the time of Cult45.
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One Small Bit

...of good news (a guy can hope anyway).

The Pluralist:

Breitbart's online traffic declined in May for a seventh consecutive month, marking a rapid fall from grace for the one-time right-wing darling.
Politico reported the traffic numbers Saturday, citing comScore. Over the past year, Breitbart's readership has nearly halved, from 12.1 million unique users in May 2017 to just 6.4 million last month.
Conservative commentator Matt Lewis told Politico that Bannon's departure is indeed part of the reason for Breitbart's decline.

And the big take-away:

“Nationalism and populism always requires a charismatic leader,” he said. “The ideas are not persuasive enough to work without a cult of personality.”

(Sweeping Generalization Alert)

Rubes follow. That's what they do - they're joiners and they're followers. As adamant as they can sound when denouncing everything they construe as political, eg: "the stoopid gubmint"; and as much as they insist on being perceived as fiercely independent-minded, they vote for leaders who do their thinking for them - who can provide them bumper-stickers and t-shirts and simple 10-word answers for every gnarly complicated problem.

Because thinking can be very difficult. And a political discussion can spoil the groove, and ruin your whole picnic.

So they're really not all that dumb, but they can be intellectually lazy in the extreme.

They just want to spend their free time playing with their toys &/or hangin' with their buds &/or just straight-up loafing.

And none of that is necessarily a bad thing. The problem is that you can get real good at not thinking.

Today's Tweet

"...an excuse not to think, for people who did not want to think anyway."