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2002-09-27 10:17 a.m.

Classy, elegant, tasteful, subtle. A one way sign with a cross on top of it. Welcome to the United States of America. WE ARE SO TOTALLY FUCKED.


Phar`i*sa"ic (f[a^]r`[i^]*s[=a]"[i^]k), Pharisaical Phar`i*sa"ic*al (-[i^]*kal), a. [L. Pharisaicus, Gr. Farisai:ko`s: cf. F. pharisa["i]que. See Pharisee.] 1. Of or pertaining to the Pharisees; resembling the Pharisees. ``The Pharisaic sect among the Jews.'' --Cudworth.

2. Hence: Addicted to external forms and ceremonies; making a show of religion without the spirit of it; ceremonial; formal; hypocritical; self-righteous. ``Excess of outward and pharisaical holiness.'' --Bacon. ``Pharisaical ostentation.'' --Macaulay. -- Phar`i*sa"ic*al*ly, adv. -- Phar`i*sa"ic*al*ness, n.

Wow. In response to what I wrote yesterday, a girl posted this amazing and insightful nibble in my guestbook:

In short: there's a difference between "killing" and "murdering." The Bible doesn't say that killing is not allowed. When there's a war, people are being killed; but when a baby is being aborted it's a murder.

from Dee
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11:22 am - Friday,September 27, 2002

Has this person, or any person in the whole world who calls themselves a Christian, ever even read the book commonly known as The Bible? It doesn't seem like it to me. I surely do not align myself with the once–mystical religion know known as modern day Christianity, but even I know that the 5th commandment is: Thou shalt not kill. (Exodus 20:13)

In case anyone is interested in reading this wacky far–out book called The Bible, you can find one waiting for you in the dresser drawers of any hotel or motel room in the universe. (Can you say tacky, intrusive, and offensive?) ¿Que? Don't read English? No problem! Ethnocentric proselytizers around the globe already translated this strange zine into 85 zillion languages for you! No matter what language you speak (with the exception of Boontling and Pig Latin) you can find this book in your native tongue.

BONUS: If you are lucky enough to be poor and starving, you probably have "Christians" coming to your land of poverty and forcing The Bible down your throat, up your ass, in your vagina (if you have one), and into your veins. Don't bother reading it—the people who are pushing the books on you have not read them either!

How dismal and bleak. Most people in the nation in which I live call themselves "Christians". And, in spite of everything that their Holy Book says, their actions display that it is actually OK to kill people, as long as those people have dark skin and live in other countries. Or, as long as they are not unborn white Christian fetuses.

Here is my humble theory: Pick one or the other. Either killing is OK or it is NOT OK. Maybe all the arguing people could pick one and stick with it for a while. It should not be hard, since over 70% of Americans already claim to follow The Bible, and it has clearly spelled out their rules for them.

Are their rules fucking sweet–ass shit or are they bunk? The only way to know is to read it for yourself and make your own decision. And that is the problem. People are making decisions and claiming to follow value systems without doing any research or putting any thought into it. Do we want to be a nation of ignorant pharisees?

I don't really care what religion anyone is, to be honest. And I don't think that the people aligning themselves with other non–"Christian" religions are necessarily any better. But, if humans are going to stomp around and wave their arms and insist they believe in something and proudly announce the perfection of their specific set of guidelines, I expect them to at least come sort–of close to what they say they are aiming for. Or, there should be noticeable effort in that direction.

When are people going to start trying?

If our only religion was love and we followed it with all our hearts, we would need no law. And I would get to go back to writing about what I really enjoy: dicks and severed body parts and toenail clippings and my girlfriend.