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Jun 16 2008

A Humble Request (and Joe Pesci, too)

I’m wondering why it seems that Christians, brand name doesn’t seem to matter, have a way of injecting their religious faith in everything they do. I get it ten times a day more: In e-mails, in passing conversation, overheard at the checkout line, and so on. While I have no problem with folks having faith in whatever they want to have faith in, I’m not sure that projecting it at every opportunity is conducive to effective communication. It’s done quite casually, as well: A “god willing” here and a “glory be” there. And when it’s written, bible passages and references to a favored deity abound and proliferate.

I rarely, if ever, hear members of other religions making mention of their faith in general conversation. No references to Vishnu or Pan, Allah or Buddha, Thor, Aphrodite or Zeus. There’s no injection of other random insights into our personal natures either: No comments about sexual orientation or position, political leanings, thoughts on capital punishment or favorite mixed drinks we might have recently overindulged in. Probably because these things are personal and could easily be offensive to others within earshot.

So while I believe everyone should have the right to believe in whatever they want to believe in, it would be better in practice to keep random religious zeal. and images of the virgin Mary on toast, close to the vest, only to be exposed when the topic of conversation truly warrants it.

Don’t make me pray to Joe Pesci and bring down his wrath. High gas prices would then be the least of our worries. Amen.

3 comments

  1. Richard Bailey

    Russ. My friend. We live in the Bible you and I. There is a Church, Mosque, or Temple on every corner. The Buddhist recite the wisdom of Buddha constantly the just don’t say “Buddha says”. The follower of Zeus if there are still any could be heard to say “By Jove”. I am sure that the Hindu even have a greeting that involves one of their multiple deities. The fact that you and I are white males in the U.S. means that we come in contact with more Christians than Zoroastrians. So be comforted, because all religions think theirs is the one true religion. I mean when was the last time you were accosted by a Hare Krishna or a Jehovah’s Witness. Not to mention Scientology. Everybody needs to believe in something. You believe in a vengeful angry Joe Pesci. I on the other hand believe in a loving merciful Joe Pesci. However the vengeful angry Joe Pesci doe’s remind me of the ancient Egyptian god of chaos…… Daffy Duck

    as my Muslim friends say:
    Allah is most merciful and he sees all that we do.

  2. Brian

    Hey Russ, here’s a wonderful prayer I got from Fark.com for us pirate followers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster:

    Our Noodles which art in Sauce
    Hallowed by thy name
    Thy salad come
    Thy will be done
    On your plate as it is in Heaven
    Give us this day our daily bread sticks
    And forgive us of our hamburgers
    As we forgive those who serve hamburgers to us
    And lead us not into dessert temptation
    But deliver us from evil
    For thine is the spaghettidom
    and the Parmesan
    and the Gnochi
    For ever and ever
    Ramen.

  3. Kent

    Insha’Allah is an Arabic term meaning “God willing”. Perhaps you hear it from Muslims who are simply voicing it in English.

    I suspect you would hear similar things on other countries. The fact that you hear it from Christians is, likely, because they are the majority in North America, in which you (and I) reside.

    I have non-Christian friends who wish others a Merry Christmas. Do they actually celebrate Christmas? No, they get caught up in the western, commercialized, consumer version. I still appreciate their good wishes, though.

    Happy Yuletide, Russ!

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