I am old enough (and I turn yet another year older on Tuesday) to remember getting up on Saturday mornings and staying glued to the TV from 8 in the morning until 11, watching the Looney Tunes cartoons. Bugs, Daffy, the Road Runner … all my favorites gathered into one nice, long program. Only after the final “That’s all, folks!” would I venture outside for baseball, bike riding, or whatever the day held. Don’t you kind of feel like Saturday Ramblings is today’s equivalent to Looney Tunes? You know you won’t be able to do anything else today until you read all of today’s goodies. And since I know you all want to get shopping for my birthday, let’s get rambling…
Oh my. YEC Ken Ham is upset with the media for making a big deal of a homeschool textbook that claims the Loch Ness Monster is real and is proof against evolution. Just because it is totally ridiculous is no reason for the “secular media” to laugh at it, says Ham. Yep, it’s all the fault of the secular media. Wait a minute. We made fun of this story as well. So what does that make InternetMonk?
Kirk Cameron has been named by the National Organization for Marriage as one of our nation’s greatest “marriage champions.” Not sure who else was in the running for the honor. “Kirk stands fearlessly in defense of God’s truth about marriage despite frequent and merciless harassment by the mainstream media for his outspoken Biblical views,” says NOM. Do you want Kirk Cameron as your marriage champion? Discuss.
In another story from our celebrity-obsessed world, it appears Katie Holmes is rejoining the Catholic Church after her divorce from Scientologist Tom Cruise. Excuse me while I yawn really loud.
Of course, the church in the U.S., Catholic and Protestant alike, just ain’t what it used to be. Oh, it still ranks above banks, public schools and TV newscasts, but confidence in churches have fallen to just 44 percent, according to a Gallup Poll. If churches ever drop below television news, well, just go ahead and turn out the lights. (Of course, they didn’t say anything about SportsCenter…)
Roving rambler Brian Shelton turns in this story about a pastor and an alligator. Says Shelton, “Apparently he didn’t have a word of knowledge that ‘gators can turn around pretty quickly.” Well, he’s a Methodist, Brian. What do you expect?
Oh my. It seems that maybe, just maybe, not all of our founding fathers and early presidents were the evangelical Christians we were made to believe they were. Stephen Prothero, a writer for USAToday, names his nominee for our “least Christian president.” Well, of course he wasn’t very Christian. He wasn’t even a Republican.
The story goes that Starbucks is opening a new Starbucks inside an existing Starbucks. That’s more believable than what rambler and birthday historian Richard McNeeley came up with this week. Tell me, is this just slightly creepy or what?
Finally, Adam Palmer and Chaplain Mike both took great delight in alerting me to this week’s “I can’t make this stuff up” story. Remember when Guitar Hero was all the rage among video game fanatics? Then came the Christian version, Guitar Praise, so that no one would have to pretend to be playing decedent rock and roll. Now think of a wildly-popular piece of technology you can buy from, oh, Amazon, and add some cheesy crap to it. Make it less usable than the one it is modeled after, but call it “safe,” and you have … look, you’re just going to have to read this one for yourself. It’s that bad. And another reason to stay out of Christian bookstores.
Happy birthday wishes went out this last week to Doc Severinsen; Ringo Starr; Marty Feldman; Jerry Vale; Kevin Bacon; Toby Keith; Dean Koontz; O.J. Simpson; Tom Hanks; Fred Savage; David Brinkley; Arlo Guthrie; Bela Fleck; Yul Brenner; Suzanne Vega; Milton Berle; Bill Cosby; Harrison Ford; and Roger McGuinn.
See anyone in that list whom you need to see a video from? (Well, Marty Feldman is close, I’ll admit.) Neither do I. Let’s close our time together by honoring what Saturday mornings are all about. Enjoy.