Postcards to say something: 023 – Nothing Of Substance
Suddenly I could see why the skywriting was so totally emblematic of the whole campaign!
Congratulate yourselves, guys. It’s a do-nothing feel-good for those already in the churches, and it’s going to appeal to the marshmallow-headed vibe chasers who want a four-song sandwich and a salved conscience.
And the poor, you shall always have with you, unless the poor fuckers starve while you’re busy with the banners and the skywriting. – Gospel According to Black.
Postcards to say something: 013 – The Mammonary Glands
Giving the theologians a rest, and letting the economists loose for a moment. The Purple Economy would be a good jumping-in point.
Money for anybody’s good works may be justified, but tax exemptions, subsidies and other breaks, for the purpose of spreading the brain-virus further? It’s so patently dishonest, the first thing that one sees is generally apologists yawping about the “good works”.
Would churches be prepared to let all charities be subject to the same rules for funding and taxation, and “charities” to be defined in a way that didn’t include proselytising?
Would the carpetbagging Hinn-jet and the Houston family property portfolio, for example, suffer under such arrangements?
What of the property portfolios of some of the more “traditional” churches, asset-rich with dwindling, ageing congregations?
How much would actual charities like the Bob McGuire Foundation be able to disburse if there was a tie between funding and works?
Well, let your mind boggle… nobody’s lifting the veil of secrecy from that one while there’s a buck to be salted away or diverted to propaganda purposes.
Postcards to say something: 012
There is nothing more annoying than hearing the same tired “proofs” and having, yet again, to tell yet another zealot that, no, that one has been disproved, discredited, or (worst of all!) that even those Answers in Genesis guys are sidling away from that particular argument as it makes its wielder look silly.
Now I’m prepared to allow that many of our faith-afflicted readers cannot tell the difference between a site set up to comment on the “Jeebus – Don’t Say Anything About The Churches (but really that’s what we’re plugging)” campaign and an attack on their religion, person, and loved ones… after all, most of the great christian thinkers are dead, and the new lot don’t seem keen to read their writings… but I reserve the right to delete your unapproved comment if it doesn’t deal, even obliquely, with one of these:
∙ the JAAL campaign;
∙ actual content of a post here;
∙ something of even nugatory interest;
∙ other devious christian selling tactics.
Oh: unless it’s worthy of comment due to egregious stupidity. (Hi, “bob” from Burwood!)
Postcards to say something: 010
An old friend, Anonymous Trad, sent me this. Like the lovely folk songs Mr Trad has been providing for a number of years now, the origin of this picture is shrouded in mystery.
As you look, observe the layers of meaning: an artist’s work is stolen and made into an image by people working to make an image, and somebody has come along and added yet another layer of meaning to the image.
And as for the big chairs? Takes a lot of chutzpah.copyright
Postcards from our friends: 001
Thanks to our friends who contribute postcards and comments: here’s the first few in an ongoing series.
We promise they won’t jump all over your screen or choke the household bandwidth like the other guys. (Also, contains no hot chips!)
More to come, and a big welcome to Gee Suss’s brother Mo Suss, who’s joing the Legion editorial cadre.
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