Monday, September 12, 2005

Librarian's (idiotic) Rant

Over at Librarian's Rant, Louise is wetting her pants over the President's request for a National Day of Prayer for the victims of Katrina (I thought the Day 'o Prayer was for 9-11, but perhaps it was for both). In Why a National Day of Prayer? she opines:

"Now, it's a nice thought, I guess, though he seems to forget that a huge proportion of Americans consider themselves agnostic, if not outright atheist."

Yes, dear. But you seem to have forgotten that most, if not virtually all, of the people who were hardest hit by hurricane are devout Christians. We know this because we know that Lousiana is a very Christian/Catholic state; that African-Americans are more devoutly religious, by any standard, than their Caucasion brothers and sisters; and that Church attendence is higher among African Americans than any other ethnic group that is predominately Christian. As one African-American leader put it: we know where two-thirds to three-fourths of the black population is going to be Sunday morning at 11am. You don't have to participate, but you might show some sensitivity to those who have lost everything; they might gain some comfort from a day of prayer.

Ever eager to help us greedy, shiftless, lazy, selfish Americans, Louise offers an suggestion:

"Here's an idea: how about a National Day of Volunteering? On September 16th (or that weekend), take a day, even half a day, and spend it doing something for your community. It doesn't have to be hurricane-related, though if you can help load up a few semis full of water and food and clothing, all the better. But whatever you can do, do. And imagine...if even half the country stood up and gave some time over a three-day period, imagine what we could accomplish for each other!"

Where have you been, sweetheart? Feeding at the trough of clueless invective? Getting rid of those pesky conservative books in the donation pile? Working on the Comrade Nagin Fan Club website?

Look around. America is getting involved. America is volunteering, so much so that when I called the local refugee assistance line here in my town, they informed me that they had too many volunteers; I should call back another day. No matter, between my place of employment and my wife's network of volunteers, I will have more opportunities than I have spare time.

It might pain your sensitive agnostic constitution to know that at the frontlines of hurricane relief stand the Churches. Our local "Loaves and Fishes" food relief vans are making runs to the afflicted areas 24/7, the drivers only stopping when they come back to reload for a few hours sleep. The response of Church-going people is so incredible, the whole relief effort could just as well be named "Christians helping Christians." Not that we discriminate, being less offended by the religious beliefs of others than you obviously are.

Contrast the herculean efforts of the Churches to Sean "Uber-liberal" Penn and his "personal photographer" taking out a leaky boat with no room for flood victims even if he could keep the thing afloat.

"There's my Pollyanna thought for the day."

Pollyanna isn't the word I would use.


At 12:49 PM, Blogger Conan said...

Oh. Oh. I bow at your bitch-slapping that fool! I love it. What is with these Liberals and their Anti religion-ness. Personally I think they are all quite wrong but I love religious people none the less.

At 6:33 AM, Blogger tomeboy55 said...

"Now, it's a nice thought, I guess, though he seems to forget that a huge proportion of Americans consider themselves agnostic, if not outright atheist."

Huge proportion?

One can only imagine her reaction to super-sized fries or Nelly's pants.

(Univ of Connecticut; Roper Center 5/04)

Which of the following statements comes closest to your belief about God--you believe in God, you don't believe in God, but you do believe in a universal spirit or higher power, or you don't believe in either?

Believe in God - 81%

Believe in Universal Spirit - 13%

Don't believe in either - 5%

No opinion - 1%


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