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So much for going home for Samhain


Apparently, there's a Southern Baptist church near Asheville, NC, that's planning a book-burning for Halloween (why Halloween, you ask?  No clue, I answer.  Not like All Hallow's Eve or All Saint's Day are in the Southern Baptist liturgical calendar, such as it is.  But I digress).  The books?  Damn near everything, including pretty much all versions of the Bible that aren't the King James.  (Even the New King James.  Everyone's a critic). 

*sigh*  I don't really know why I find this quite SO depressing.  Mostly, I guess, because I grew up in a Southern Baptist church in NC (although the other end of the state).  And no, I don't miss it - didn't fit in then, would fit in much less now.  But. . . burning the BIBLE?  Because you don't believe in the particular VERSION?  Seriously? 

*sigh*  There are days when I wonder if we ever make any progress at all. 



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Oct. 14th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
Did you ever see the episode of Family Guy where a church had a book burning, and one of the books they burnt was "First Grade Logic"? It is an enemy of the cause, after all. ;-)
Oct. 14th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
*grin* No, I hadn't. Thanks - that actually helps put it in perspective!
Oct. 14th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
Just lovely.

Oh and I adore your icon! It's beautiful!
Oct. 14th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
Isn't it lovely? I don't usually go in for animated icons, but I love this one. Also apt, as A Swiftly Tilting Planet would definitely make this church's list of no-no books.
Oct. 14th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
Burning bibles for Halloween! That's some good wholesome Christian tradition, there.
Oct. 14th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
And books by the Pope! Who might be a bit startled to learn that he's apparently not Christian enough for these guys.

. . .actually, I'd pay good money to see Pope Benedict's face upon learning that he's not Christian enough for this church's tastes.
Oct. 14th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
That part actually surprises me less than it probably should, because I'm pretty sure these guys don't consider Catholics Christians. But Billy Graham and Rick Warren aren't Christian enough for them? Dude.
Oct. 14th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
Well, yeah, but who would YOU rather face the wrath of: Billy Graham or his Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI? I mean, he looked pretty stern as Cardinal Ratzinger - as Pope Benedict XVI, he seems to fit the Defender of the Faith role pretty well.
Oct. 15th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
As a Christian, this saddens me. I realize that claiming my faith in some circles labels me crazy, and this is why.
Oct. 15th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I mean, I know this church isn't representative of all Christians, or all Southern Baptists, or all North Carolinians. But as someone who was all three, it saddens me too.
Oct. 15th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
FYI, I'm not actually an anonymous coward. Some reason LJ posted my post anonymously.
Oct. 17th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
OUCH! That's depressing!

Gee, with stuff like this going on, I'm not sure how much longer we'll be able to console ourselves with, "at least we're not South Carolina." Oh well. . . at least we're not Congress.

Back to knitting!

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