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Sunday, January 20, 2008

What's Up Huckabee's Sleeve

Up Periscope.

As is happening more and more, the political discussion on The McLaughlin Report this Sunday morning got around to issues faith and the American presidency. The jumping off point: Mike Huckabee and his statement,

"… what we need to do is amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than trying to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view of how we treat each other and how we treat the family."—Mike Huckabee

The host posed the question, ‘Should a presidential candidate wear his religion on his sleeve?’

Well, yes and no. On the yes side, I want to know what a candidate thinks about things beyond politics. So I like knowing that Mike Huckabee thinks gay people are damned to hell and he doesn’t believe in evolution.

On the no side, when questions of faith cross over into the political arena as a litmus test for qualification, my heart starts to race and the beads of sweat start forming on my brow. My fear is deep and visceral.

I fear being forced to wear MY religion on MY sleeve.

If our Commander-in-Chief proclaims that the U.S.A. is a ‘Christian nation,’ do we all fall into lock step behind him? And will the government ask me to identify my theological perspective as a way to determine my rights as a citizen…or, more likely, as a tool for the suspension of those rights?

Not in ‘my country,’ you think? I beg to differ. Ask a European immigrant to bear witness to what it mean to wear a ‘yellow star’ when Hitler was in power.

Food for thought.
Down Periscope.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Last Straw

Up Periscope.

I took an extended break during the ho-ho-holiday season, deciding that my sharp-fanged attacks on culture were better left to this new year.

And what have I got between my teeth to chew on? Straws.

I used to love straws as a kid. I liked the heavy gauge paper they were made of and the cheerful red and white stripe that they had. I especially liked the way they were just the right size to suck up a milkshake...keeping the flow snow enough to prevent brain freeze.

I even have an affection for more contemporary plastic straws, especially those with that clever little bending portion for easy sipping.

What's driving me to drink...drink WITHOUT a the poor pairing of straws and glasses. And that straws have passed from an beverage option to a beverage standard.

I've had full length-straws stuck into sour glasses, stemware, and most recently, what appeared to be a Dixie Cup on steroids. Why? Is there something wrong with drinking directly from a glass these days?

Does someone know something that I don't? I've got to think about this. Surely it must be a conspiracy of some kind.

I'm going to go below and ponder.

Down Periscope.

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