24th August 2013

“Secularism became a catch-all bogeyman, blamed "for all that is wrong in the modern world. Consumerism, divorce, drugs, Harry Potter, prostitution, Twitter, relativism – all can be lumped together and explained by the word secular, a kind of contemporary contraction of heathen and barbarian.”

Joel Yanofsky

2 Responses to “24th August 2013”

  1. Capt'Z Says:

    Actually, I rather like heatharian. It’s my new religion.

  2. Jeff Says:

    As I would offer it at Yule Tide, so I give this to you now, from the Chieftain’s X’mas album, “The Bells of Dublin”, and the pen and voice of Jackson Browne:

    The Rebel Jesus

    All the streets are filled with laughter and light
    And the music of the season
    And the merchants’ windows are all bright
    With the faces of the children
    And the families hurrying to their homes
    As the sky darkens and freezes
    They’ll be gathering around the hearths and tales
    Giving thanks for all god’s graces
    And the birth of the rebel Jesus

    Well they call him by the prince of peace
    And they call him by the savior
    And they pray to him upon the seas
    And in every bold endeavor
    As they fill his churches with their pride and gold
    And their faith in him increases
    But they’ve turned the nature that I worshiped in
    From a temple to a robber’s den
    In the words of the rebel Jesus

    We guard our world with locks and guns
    And we guard our fine possessions
    And once a year when Christmas comes
    We give to our relations
    And perhaps we give a little to the poor
    If the generosity should seize us
    But if any one of us should interfere
    In the business of why they are poor
    They get the same as the rebel Jesus

    But please forgive me if I seem
    To take the tone of judgement
    For I’ve no wish to come between
    This day and your enjoyment
    In this life of hardship and of earthly toil
    We have need for anything that frees us
    So I bid you pleasure
    And I bid you cheer
    From a heathen and a pagan
    On the side of the rebel Jesus.

    I, too, would vote with Mr. Browne for Heathenism.