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07 November 2005 at 20:39

born again blogs

I have been off the air for a few days, and at work yesterday I was so busy I had no time to blog at all. So today I'm making up for lost time, breaking my own rule of "minimalist posts - maximalist comments".

Sometimes, I like to make use of Blogger's "NEXT BLOG" button, to look at some random blogs. If you try this, you soon discover that almost every second U.S. blogger, apart from the spam blogs, is a full-on Christian. When they're not thanking or praising God they're reporting church business. Not once but in every flaming post.

I'm a freelance Taoist myself, but I don't feel the need to go on about it in every post. Or in any post.

What is it about Christianity that generates so many fundamentalists (or God-botherers as they're called here)? I mean, you wouldn't catch a buddhist blogger going on about meditation in every post. Okay, there is one, but at least he posts lots of interesting stuff as well.

I'm a live-and-let-live kind of guy, so I wouldn't have mentioned this at all, but the last straw was when my recent post was targetted by a godly commenter.

This wasn't spam (I have word verification switched on), this was a human who takes the trouble to type in the word verification and then deposit reams of godspeak, homophobia and death threats, under the heading "GOOD NEWS".

For example, according to this commenter, heathens who are

"whisperers, .. haters of God, ... boasters, ... disobedient to parents .... are deserving of death."


Apparently it's pure luck that I was so obedient to my parents, or I'd be dead by now.

Of course, you know what could happen next - unless I see the error of my ways and start hailing God in my own blog, this guy gets all his mates to click on the Flag button at the top of my blog, complaining to Blogger that they're offended about my content. The next thing you know, Blogger will cancel my account. God moves in mysterious ways.

In fact, it's started already, a vocal minority have taken exception to my latest still life art work - now I know how misunderstood Van Gogh felt. Just when my art was attracting a record comment count, and I was planning a special ground-breaking new photo for this week, Blogger have frozen my photo account. I have asked them to unlock it.

Anyway, back to the fundamentalist comments. It's important not to get sucked into discussion with fundamentalists as it only encourages them. But let me say unto God-botherers: consider keeping the good news to thyself.




I have received an appeal for more humour in my posts. Here's the best religious joke I could find. You can leave your laugh rating in a comment.

Q: What was God doing before he created the universe?
A: Preparing hell for heathens who ask smartarse questions.

Sources acknowledged.

Blogger Lee Ann said...

I am a Christian, but I, like you, don't push my beliefs on others. I feel people should have the freedom to believe what they want to believe!  

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Blogger robmcj said...

Thanks Lee Ann, you have reaffirmed my faith that there are reasonable people out there. Balanced. There should be more people like you.  

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Blogger hotboy said...

Adolf! Zeig! Verily, verily, the Great One will smiteth you until you are sorry! You're only road to salvation is to post photies of women in brownshirts, or even long leather boots! Hope this helps. When you're in hell, nothing will. Hotboy  

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Blogger Menzies Milngavie III said...

My Dear Fellow Robmcj,

Not overly religious myself, though I do pray each time an England batsmen gets to the wicket. Mrs Milngavie attends regularly, though.

However, I must say that one of the most delightful experiences of my life was when we visited a small village church near Kilifi in Kenya, many years ago.

The reason was the singing - absolutely beautiful unaccompanied singing in the African style, but for some reason particularly appealing in that instance.

MM III  

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Blogger Carslemane Foraix said...

G'day Rob. Try going to this web site and then open multiple browsers with the same web site.  

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Blogger crallspace said...

I feel like Christians get a bad rap... but then, a lot of them annoy me too.

I am a more spiritual and liberal Christian. I attend Unitarian churches and enjoy that style a lot more, when I'm even in the mood for church.

But yeah, sometimes, non-Christians will just put on a show...the guy w/ the death threats is probably just a fraud. The worst are those in the USA who support Bush, b/c they believe his lies about being a Christian.  

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Blogger robmcj said...

Crallspace - no offence intended, some of the nicest people are Christians, usually the ones who don't make a big deal about it. And some of my wife's Methodist upbringing probably made her so special. I agree with you, the ones who shout it the loudest are the ones to beware.

Carsey - you've got taste, who cares if it's in your boots? We should split a slab of Cascade when I'm next in Townsville. Or are you a 4X man?

MM - churches are great places. Would you agree hotboy?  

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Blogger Carslemane Foraix said...

G'day mate - sure - drop in. We're about four hours west of Daly Waters. Turn left at the skull - can't miss it.

24 tinnies? - should do for breakfast, then we can go to the boozer. Don't bring any snake's piss, just 4X. Bring some bundy for Spud as well.

Onya mate!  

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Blogger robmcj said...

carsey, I need directions to the Daly Waters Hotel from the airstrip.  

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Blogger Carslemane Foraix said...

G'Day,

Here's the map.

It probably seems a bit complicated after living on Heard, I reckon.  

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Blogger Quiet said...

Half of the blogs are Christian, the other half porn. Somewhere it evens out?

Finding good blogs randomly is next to impossible. I am glad you stopped by, excellent writing so far :-)  

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