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One of my best friends back in college drew a really neat Jesus fish.

It was sort of a loop with the fish head facing to the right, and it had a little eye and smile like one of those Goldfish crackers.

Then, it had one of those caption bubbles that was like a few tiny bubbles leading to a cloud (indicating private thoughts).  In the caption area was:  P.T.L.

I have a small, simple silver Jesus fish on the back of my minivan.

I will also--as soon as it arrives in the mail--have a bumper-sticker that is asking for the legalization of medical marijuana.

Not only do I not think that these two messages are in conflict with each other but I also think that they go together well.

As for your kids...

It seems as if they're getting a well-rounded religious education--and this will, hopefully, give them the desire to develop a relationship with God, because getting to know God is far more important than merely "getting religion."

I think that this was part of your own problem growing up:  Too many people forcing "religion" down your throat and not enough people giving you witness to God's love.

Blessings!
AJ

posted by Ainsley_Jo_Phillips on August 20, 2005 at 4:08 AM | link to this | reply

Hillbilly as a religion... Gotta love it

This was a great post.  I am in league with you on this issue.  My comment has become so long, I think it needs to become a post.  http://www.blogit.com/Blogs/Blog.aspx/BourbonStreetSingerMundaneAdventures/287209

And don't worry - I'm not trying to convert anyone!  I too have the mouth of a sailor.

Thanks for inspiring me...

posted by bettyboop1967 on August 16, 2005 at 10:03 PM | link to this | reply

lol, and I thought he was so eloquent...
:)

posted by IsSanityNear on December 8, 2004 at 7:03 PM | link to this | reply

E6, LOL!!!
yeah, just keep those big ones to yourself!
But after having him clarify to me he was talking about his two big clutz episodes in the Catholic church, I can verify he is about as gracefull as a bull in a china shop!

posted by PastorB on December 8, 2004 at 6:53 PM | link to this | reply

ISN and Unicorn

Sorry about all the confusion, guess I shouldn't have mentioned 

my two big ones here. Hey don't follow me, I'm lost too.

posted by e6airforce on December 8, 2004 at 6:49 PM | link to this | reply

I think I better go check on him and see what he's doing in that office!!!

posted by PastorB on December 8, 2004 at 6:47 PM | link to this | reply

E6, WHAT IN THE NAME OF GEORGE ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT????
that comment sounded so off the wall! I think you must have posted it in the wrong place or something. I don't think ISN wants to hear about "your two big ones" or bells!!!!!! OMGosh

posted by PastorB on December 8, 2004 at 6:43 PM | link to this | reply

LOL e6 ... you had bells? I don't think we had bells...

posted by IsSanityNear on December 8, 2004 at 6:40 PM | link to this | reply

ISN

My two big ones were spilling the wine and tripping over the bells, usually

while carring the wine.

posted by e6airforce on December 8, 2004 at 6:37 PM | link to this | reply

moondawg-
thanks for stopping by; and thanks for the ocmpliment. Holy jeez, 16 hour days? I hope they paid you overtime!!

posted by IsSanityNear on December 8, 2004 at 6:36 PM | link to this | reply

uni- I did indeed.
use me all you want. lol. I didn;t know they had ducks... I need to swing by the zoo more often! I used to run there in the morning until I discovered that there was a parkbench on the route sought after by crazy people. I run in my own neighborhood now, at least i know the crazy people here...

posted by IsSanityNear on December 8, 2004 at 6:35 PM | link to this | reply

p.s.
did you read the post I shamelessly "used" you in?

posted by PastorB on December 8, 2004 at 6:27 PM | link to this | reply

LOL
I like the zoo, although the "lake" holds memories of when my daughter was a toddler and fell in to it, or the time the ducks and geese chased us up on to a table and we were trapped there like sitting...well... ducks.
anyway, back to the post, I for one am glad I don't have to have a fish on my car to know that God is in the car with me!

posted by PastorB on December 8, 2004 at 6:26 PM | link to this | reply

ISN it is.
It's easy to kick the blogit habit when you find yourself working seven day weeks 16 hours at a clip. You can either use the other eight for sleep or blogging. Myself I'm sorry but I love at least a few hours sleep now and then, so though decision that it was I gave up the blogging. But I'm glad to be back here and about to get hooked again. Great writing, and a person after my own thoughts.

posted by Moondawg on December 8, 2004 at 5:53 PM | link to this | reply

yeah, uni, I remember that from
religion classes- hence the reference to Biblical Pictionary. lol. I can just see those folks in their sandals drawing a darwin thing... hehehe. And nobody goes to Reid park, even for science, LOL , are you crazy?

posted by IsSanityNear on December 8, 2004 at 5:00 PM | link to this | reply

ISN
and there was no offense taken by me. :-)
btw, you know why they drew fish in the sand right? It was like a secret code by which they could recognize fellow believers is how it came about.
The fish symbol in "religion" is one thing that I can say I've seen doing any evolving, although I'm going to start taking a closer look at those apes over at Reid park.

posted by PastorB on December 8, 2004 at 4:25 PM | link to this | reply

uni-
by no means was this an insult to you, you know I like, read, and respect you!! Besides, I haven't seen you preaching to me once; you're a pastor and a pastor you shall remain- I like you how you are. lol. As always, rock on pastor B! :)

posted by IsSanityNear on December 8, 2004 at 4:19 PM | link to this | reply

suomynona -

That sounds a lot like us; although fodder for worms does seem icky... my mother in law is such a doormat, she'd probably come to feed the worms if I died first... la la la. Missed you today, damn you and your time change!

posted by IsSanityNear on December 8, 2004 at 4:18 PM | link to this | reply

the loan lady-
thanks for reading! I just don't get into the whole fussy parts... hehe, of anything, really....

posted by IsSanityNear on December 8, 2004 at 4:15 PM | link to this | reply

OUCH! that stung, a little................................................
o.k., I'm over it.
I went to Catholic school once for about two weeks, I got caught smoking and although we were far from Catholic, my mother somehow thought that would straighten me out. They practically physically kicked me out after two weeks, I think I was too much even for the nuns. So at least I couldn't be corrupted anymore than I already was by them!

posted by PastorB on December 8, 2004 at 3:18 PM | link to this | reply

ISN

My children aren't baptised at all!! My hubby comes from a very catholic family. All of then except him regularly attend mass...my mother in law always sits in the front row, then comes home and proceeds to bitch about all her neighbours and her sons-and-daughters-in-law. I have seen their hypocrisy at first hand!

I grew up in a family where my father was a non church attending Methodist and my mother was a non church attending Church of England. Thus my brother and I were non-christened, non church attending,"Methodist of England". I went to a Unting Church school and received a well rounded but boring religious education.

When my first child was still in the womb, my mother in law asked us if we were going to have our child baptised at her church. I told her we were considering the Hindu faith. She had a tantrum and went to her room sulking. I laughed so much I nearly went into labour!

The fact is....I HAD been considering baptising my children in the catholic faith....just as a mark of respect to my husbands background...even though he is not religious at all...I felt as I was even less so....it might make his mother like me more! Even so....the fact that she tried to put pressure on us before our baby had even been born was hideous to me...and of course, I rebelled!

So....our children are no religion, they are not baptised and they attend private catholic schools (they are not allowed to discriminate.....how funny!!) because they are cheaper than non-catholic private schools....oh..OK...they are just great schools and we love them! However, when we are demised, my children and I , along with my brother and his daughter (and maybe his Japanese wife....not sure where she stands) will all be fodder for the worms as I was told by one catholic friend when in primary school. She frightened the daylights out of me by telling me that because I wasn't christened I would not go to heaven, but would rot in the ground and be eaten by worms. I would rather that than spend eternity with my mother in law!!

 

posted by suomynona on December 8, 2004 at 3:07 PM | link to this | reply

hillbilly now thats a religion!  

Thanks for a good post. I have different take being raised by nuns with rulers on our nuckles but now came back around full circle. I really enjoy the people and community of my small Catholic church, but I am very open minded about including other religious beliefs into daily life. I am not a dogmatic by the Vatican follower.

posted by the-loanlady on December 8, 2004 at 3:01 PM | link to this | reply

Thanks, e6airforce

I had forgotten about alter boy duties- in my day there were alter GIRLS too, but only for a short time before that was nixed. Stupid. Anyway, my brother was an alter boy and he regularly triggered allergies for everyone by shaking that incense thing (looks like a fancy metal tea bag...) so hard the whole place looked like it was going up in smoke. LOL. Thanks for reading :)

posted by IsSanityNear on December 8, 2004 at 11:09 AM | link to this | reply

Hey ISN

I also grew up in a very stern Catholic family, Church was everything. We had to belong to every club, group, and function that went on. I hated being an alter boy, Every eye in church just waiting for me to mess up which I did quite a bit. My mother always said I was just clumbsy, Unicorn agrees with her of course.

But I grew up and mended my ways(quit being catholic). Nice post Thanks 

posted by e6airforce on December 8, 2004 at 10:59 AM | link to this | reply

gypsy-
I KNEW I liked you for a reason! Well, this is just another to like you, lol. :) Thanks for stopping by!!

posted by IsSanityNear on December 8, 2004 at 9:40 AM | link to this | reply

I'm a happy heathen too..
I always said if I went to heaven I wouldn't know anyone there. The only reason I'd actually try to go is so I wouldn't run into any relatives!

posted by RedHeadedGypsy on December 8, 2004 at 9:37 AM | link to this | reply

Merry- AWESOME
I think that is the funniest thing I have read this morning. I had my mom try to claim my daughter was by immacualte conception because the Catholic school would not let her in if her parents were not married... alas, she is in public school, but it is really close to our house! lol. Fish n chips... good stuff!!!

posted by IsSanityNear on December 8, 2004 at 9:33 AM | link to this | reply

I am a heathen - and probably will go to hell. mostly because we had the girls baptized Catholic just so they could go to the school in our neighborhood instead of taking a 45 min. bus trip to the public school. BTW I do have a fish on my car, but in side the fish design it says " 'n chips"

posted by MerryAnne on December 8, 2004 at 9:31 AM | link to this | reply

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