This is the “batten down the hatches” edition of Saturday Ramblings. If you are living on the east coast from North Carolina upwards, read this quickly, and then go get ready for the big blow. And let us know if you are in the path of this great storm. We will be praying for your safety. (That includes you, JoanieD, and you, Ted in Maine.) For the rest of us, let’s ramble.
Sigh … here we go. Rocky Twyman, founder of the Pray at the Pump movement and the Pray Without Ceasing political party, has come out to declare the earthquake along the east coast this week is a warning from God for the president and Congress to create more jobs. Of course. How silly of me to have missed that sign in the Bible. Now where was that? Oh yes, the book of 2 Opinions.
Meanwhile, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. suffered several million dollars in damages thanks to the earthquake. The church has been in a financial crunch for some time, and the damages were not covered by insurance. Perhaps Rocky Twyman can convince the president to start his jobs program by fixing up the National Cathedral.
Is America truly more religious these days, or is it just a mirage created by our reaction to political candidates? As we get ready to enter into another presidential campaign, don’t take offense if we here at the iMonastery give a collective yawn. Still, there is some political stuff that is Rambler-worthy.
Bill Keller, executive editor of the New York Times, has some direct questions to ask of the presidential candidates regarding how their religious views would affect their administration. Perhaps what bothers me most are John Hagee’s comments. Ah, what a year we have to look forward to.
Let’s leave Washington, D.C. behind and travel to the Kentucky where Thomas Merton was a monk until he died in 1968. Merton was a progressive in his day, but George Weigel thinks if Merton were alive today he would not be in that same camp. Weigel thinks Merton would be counted among the Catholic neoconservatives of today. Personally, I think Merton was in his own camp all along.
From the “can’t we all just get along” department, Paula White is suing a former staff member of her Church Without Walls for, among other things, “stealing members” from her church. Honestly, I cannot make this stuff up.
Those who are another year older as of this last week include Isaac Hayes; Connie Chung; Robert Plant; William “Count” Basie; Wilt Chamberlain; Henri Cartier-Bresson; Gene Kelly; Vera Miles; Galen Rowell; Keith Moon; Kobe Bryant; Cal Ripkin, Jr.; Monty “Let’s Make A Deal” Hall; Sean Connery; and Alex Trevino.
Those who are in the path of Hurricane Irene want nothing more than to see it pass as quickly as possible. In honor of their desires we bring you this number by a sober-looking Eric Clapton, circa 1982. Enjoy.