Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Only Wednesday?

My father is in the ICU, my mother is in meltdown, I got home from Ft. Lauderdale at 8:30 last night and will be in the office at 7:45 this morning. Then I'm leaving early and going to the gym. And turning off my phone. Somehow, in the midst of all of this, I need to finish the touch-up painting and unload three closets, the carpet install is scheduled for the 17th, if a parental medical crisis doesn't force another postponement. More on that later.

Thanks to this link from Eric Alterman on MSNBC, we have strong evidence from credible Christian pollsters that "Christians Aren't Perfect, Just Smug Hypocrites!" Christianity Today No surprise, that, but it's good that it came from intensive studies from "their own kind," rather than secular sources, which are of course instantly dismissed as lies from that Evil Liberal Media.

Possibly the most disturbing angle, to me, is thinking of this in light of Dubya's POV that "faith-based" charities should take over for government programs, because these evangelicals are also quite stingy.

I did knit two entire rows on the laptop sweater yesterday. I intend to knit a great deal tonight. Knitting, meditation, and exercise is all that's keeping me going right now. Oh, and a couple of glasses of wine don't hurt.

Off to get ready for work....


Anonymous said...

Fundagelical! :) I agree, Muslims have a right to fear the Invasion of the Fundagelicals. I read somewhere that the initial name for the Battle of Fallujah was "Crusade." Did you know that Fallujah was known as "The City of Mosques?" That the money we've pledged to rebuild wouldn't cover rebuilding even two of the mosques? Some people believe the U.S. made a critical mistake in targeting Fallujah because it was such a beloved city. I'll add a link to the Christianity Today article on homegrown. Thanks!


Geogrrl said...

I'm sorry to hear about your Dad. While I know it wasn't a complete shock, it's still a hard time for you. Don't let your mother drive you too crazy.

I was put off born agains and fundies years ago when my oldest brother was into that for a while. They seemed to be the most smug, self-righteous SOBs I'd ever seen. Since then I have met people in those categories who are humble, caring people but they are rare. The former personality type dominates.

I find it interesting that you went back to your Catholic faith later in life. I've been a lapsed Catholic myself for many years. There were/are certain things on which the Church refuses to compromise that I see as stupidly stubborn. Any particular thing that made you decide to go back?

Catherine said...

It's a long story I might get around to telling in detail one day, but the short of it is I stumbled into a parish that is very open, inclusive and yet very devout and traditional in the things that matter to me, like the homily is on the history and context of the Gospel, not who we should vote for or how we should think. I know there are parishes that are like that, and I wouldn't be able to tolerate it.

I also figured out that the Church is very big, very diverse, very wacky on both ends of the conservative/liberal spectrum, and not the monolith people think, but I still try to ignore the politics because I'm not there for the politics.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, I think Israel is useing the stupid FUNDAGELICALS to crush their gentile left with a behind !