Friday, April 19, 2013

Prime Number 37

Check it out. I have an essay in Prime Number Magazine 37 titled "The Shiksa Paradox."

A big thank you to non-fiction editor Tracy Crow (and author of the excellent memoir, "Eyes Right: Confessions from a Woman Marine") for accepting my essay.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Ed's Fish and Pizza House

I was in Nashville for a family event when we passed by Ed's Fish and Pizza House. What an odd combination: fish (specifically catfish) and pizza. But then I noticed the warning that Ed no longer served pizza and suddenly, the catfish seemed incomplete without the pizza.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

North Carolina wants to be first in the march toward a Christian Nation

There is a proposal in North Carolina that would allow the state to make Christianity the official state religion. I pray that the proposal is defeated. Though their reasoning is that they politicians want to be free to mention Jesus in their opening prayers and as a way to afford Obamacare, it could set a terrible precedent for like-minded states.

Making one religion the official religion is in direct violation of the First Amendment. North Carolina Republicans are presenting the proposal as a states rights issue, but there are times when politician overstep the bounds of sanity and this is one of them.

UPDATE: Cooler heads dead prevail in North Carolina. The proposal was defeated and officials even apologized for the embarrassment it brought their state. The Republican who presented the proposal claims it was poorly written. He said he wasn't trying to establish a state religion, he just wanted permission to pray specifically to Jesus in the pre-session prayer. Well, that's part of the point. If you give special attention to one religion as part of your judicial proceedings and that would include the prayer at the beginning, then you are breaking the First Amendment.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Perfecting Judaism

I've heard Evangelical Christians refer to themselves as "perfected jews." The whole thing seems to boil down to how Christianity lets Gentiles believe in the Jewish God without having to go through all the trouble of converting to Judaism. Sort of a way to get past the velvet rope without having to bribe the doorman.

I'm not too concerned about this. What does concern me is how Evangelical Christians are starting to Christianize Jewish traditions. Christianity has a history of christianizing other religion's traditions while simultaneously denigrating the religion the tradition came from. I see it happening with Evangelicals already having bar mitzvahs and wearing prayer shawls. What's next?

My guess is the holidays. Some already celebrate Passover, which seemed obvious since the Last Supper was supposed to be a seder. But the next step is Christianizing Passover. And what better way to do that than Bacon Matzah. Gentiles love bacon so why not spice up that boring slab of unleavened bread with the glory of bacon? Next on the list would be to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with an Apple and Honey Milkshake.

But why stop with the holidays? Since there are Christian schoolbooks showing Jesus riding a dinosaur, the idea of Jesus being a time traveler has already been established. Instead of putting the pressure on the New Testament to show that Jesus fulfills the prophecies of the Old Testament, just rewrite the Old Testament with Jesus already part of the history of man.

Think about it, the Jews enslaved in Egypt because they wouldn't forsake Jesus. The Jews commit suicide on Masada rather than give up their love of Jesus. Judah Maccabee and his men fight the Selecuid army for the glory of Christ. Jonah is swallowed by the whale for refusing to be baptized.

The sad part about all this joking around is that it could easily happen.