Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Feels like childhood again

Most of you know that I view much of my childhood as, how should we put it nicely..."what the hell was that supposed to be?" Now this especially applies to our religious upbringing. We were raised in a super conservative church with bizarre and to say the least, biased teachings. Basically, if you weren't white, straight, sober and Republican, you were definitely going to hell. Oh, and if you were a woman you were a second class citizen. But, you would be pardoned let's say, if the pastor got into shady financial dealings and embezzlement, online porn, sleeping with minors, or other minor indiscretions. (Yes, all of these things happened in our church.) It was ok because you were white, straight, sober, and Republican. Now, if you had been African American, female, or gay, you would have been completely screwed had you done those things.

So, needless to say, I moved on from this fundamentalist crap as soon as it was legally possible. (like the day after I turned 18) I am grateful to say that I am raising my family, oh, about 180 degrees from that perspective. We belong to a church that is inclusive, non judgemental, and believe it or not - not insane!

From time to time I stumble upon things that take me right back to those joyous days. One website I find particularly funny is http://www.evangelicalright.com/

This website satirically captures all of the indoctrination we all endured for a LONG time. Imagine my surprise when I saw this post on the website.

Pastor Roger Byrd: Quite Possibly the Dumbest Man Alive
From WSPA.com
Pastor Roger Byrd of Jonesville Church of God put the sign up which reads "Obama Osama humm are they brothers?" Pastor Byrd says the sign is not meant to be racial or political but rather to make people think. "His name is so close to Osama I have a feeling he might be Islamic therefore he doesn't recognize Christ," Pastor Byrd said. Jonesville Church of God does not have any African American members.

Observations from Deb:

1. Yes, my maiden name was Jones, but as far as I know, my parents had nothing to do with this.

2. Yes, there are people out there who think like this. Trust me. No, I'm serious. Stay tuned on the blog for more posts regarding my religious upbringing. It's pretty funny.

3. My parents will be sooooo glad to know that today, on primary day in Pennsylvania, I am NOT voting for Obama.

4. I'm voting for Hillary Clinton. A woman. A liberal, in charge, non-subservient woman.

5. Oh, and if Hillary doesn't win the nomination, in November I will vote for....drumroll..................OBAMA.

Either way, I don't think I would be in Jonesville's good graces. Thank God.


Another Jones said...

Simply an outstanding post. I have nothing funny to add. The Jonestown church did my work for me here. A varsity effort. God must be very proud of this particular congregation. It's a damn shame the majority of this particular flock probably can't read to begin with. They will miss out on next week's wisdom in which the pastor cites that both Barack and Bin Laden starts w/ B, or in which he accuses Obama of hateing us for our freedom.

Another Jones said...

Yes. I made fun of the congregations' illiteracy and proceeded to misspell "hating."