November 28, 2006

Peace and Pancakes

Here are two dumb stories from elsewhere I felt the need to steal. (“Always call it research!”)

IHOP All Over Your ID

People are sheep. Apparently, bunches of people were willing to hand over their driver’s licenses to a security guard (i.e. a guy dressed in a uniform) to be held while they had the privilege of dining at an IHOP in Quincy.

Someone finally got outraged (the guy had experienced ID theft and knew a bad policy when he saw it.) and they refused to seat him.

The restaurant was trying to prevent people from bolting without paying their bill.

My take: We don’t know if the restaurant was experiencing a high number of people pulling a dine and ditch (or, if you prefer, “chew and screw,” “stuff and hoof,” “digest and egress,” “eat-it and beat-it,” “masticate and escape,” “bite and outtasight,” “consume and vroooom,” “suck and truck”). If they were, they ought to be excused a bit for looking for a solution.

I think they came up with a highly flawed and even dangerous solution. But I do understand the attempt.

What gets me is that people seem to have lost all common sense and handed their licenses over as soon as they smelled pancakes.

Is there any hope?

(Seen on Keri’s blog.)

Satan: Prince of Peace?

I won’t go into too much detail, becaus Chuck already did the work (see the link below), but this story is about some people that had a peace-symbol-shaped wreath in Colorado and were told to take it down by their homeowner’s association.

The reason?

The association’s president says three or four residents have complained the wreath is an anti-Iraq war protest or a symbol of Satan.

Sweet Jeebus.

Pagosa Springs Colorado, where Satan fights for peace!

(Seen on Chuck’s blog.)

Posted by James at November 28, 2006 4:46 PM
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I love it when Christmas has become SO secularized that even the die-hard Christians forget what it's all about.

Peace on earth? Good will toward men? Anyone else remember those words?

HOAs: too smart to let that pentagram whatsamawhoozits past their watchful eye!

Posted by: pippa at November 29, 2006 6:54 AM

When I read this story the other day, I wished there was a website called www.knowyoursigils.com so the stupid of the world (read: condo association president and the like) would know the difference between a peace sign and, say, a pentagram.

Idiot.

Maybe we should all chant "Jesus is the reason for the season" at his front door. Oh, wait--that would make me a hypocrite. Never mind.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 29, 2006 8:21 AM

Assuming I had never heard of the symbol before and just searching at symbols.com based on the shape, I found it in about 3.5 minutes.

http://www.symbols.com/encyclopedia/24/247.html

Apparently, the center part is an upside-down rune.

Also, it was banned in South Africa as anti-Christian, and some communist countries have also tried to ban it.

Homeowners associations are sometimes like their own little oppressive regimes.

Posted by: James at November 29, 2006 9:18 AM

This kind of "Christian" doesn't know what it's all about, ever. There are no Christian values reflected in being judgemental or rejecting peace.

I don't think you can validly complain about the secularization of Christmas, however. The holiday and its traditions (trees, lights, gift-giving, caroling) were around long, long before Christianity. If you appropriate somebody else's holiday, you have to expect that those traditions are going to carry on around you during your version of the holiday. I wouldn't start a holiday during Mardi Gras so I could get everybody in New Orleans to celebrate with me, and then complain every year about all the drinking and partying during my solemn celebration.

Posted by: Maggie at November 29, 2006 9:25 AM

Touché, Maggie.

Perhaps this clown with the association ought to get a little learnin' before he shoots his mouth off:

http://www.religioustolerance.org/xmas_tree.htm

Posted by: Patti M. at November 29, 2006 9:37 AM

I think that the war on the "War on Christmas" will eventually eat itself. You have two groups, the ones who rail against the secularization of Christmas and the ones who rail against the disappearing of Christmas during things like public school plays.

Right from the start, the American celebration of Christmas was an attempt to manipulate people. It just so happens that we all grew up falling for it (kind of).

The people who rail against the "war" don't actually want the solemn "illegal-to-celebrate" Christmas observance that used to exist in New England. They want to have their cake and eat it too. They want it to be both religious and secular, solemn and marketable. Private and Public. Personal and Mandatory.

Well, congrats at spreading Christmas everywhere, because it's gone "open source." Now, everybody gets to have his or her own Christmas.

You know what? I love the holiday season and nobody is going to ruin it for me!

Posted by: James at November 29, 2006 10:08 AM

Yay for an open-source Xmas!!

Posted by: Julie at November 29, 2006 11:31 AM

So, you're saying that being willing to do anything for pancakes is a bad thing?

As for banning the peace wreath, I think that's also a fine time-honoured Christian tradition. When I was young and routinely sent to Southern Baptist Concentration Camp (aka Bible camp) I discovered how Christians feel about peace. Before our rest time each day, we had to recite a short prayer out loud so that the other girls in the bunk could respond with a heartfelt "amen!". We were not allowed to make joke prayers to get the girls to say amen to, we were told that This Was Serious. Ok.

On the first day when I was in 4th grade, I got to go first. My brother was in Viet Nam (for the first time) and so I politely asked God to bring peace so that the Viet Nam war would be over.

The counselor in charge of our bunk, who was also my pastor's wife, drew herself up to her full 5'1" and said in a terrible and angry voice,"Don't ever ask God to end the war against Satan's communists! The U.S. Army is bringing the Word of God and also democracty to that part of the world. You should praise God for that!". Then I had to clear the table that night and couldn't go with the others to buy candy later, either. Ok, so God hates peace. I guess she taught me a lesson. I think this might be part of the reason I am going to go to hell someday.
:D

Posted by: Cindy at November 29, 2006 8:39 PM

If there's a hell, I'd put money on you never making an appearance there, Cindy.

Posted by: James at November 29, 2006 9:38 PM

Cindy,

OhMyGod (or something like that), what an incredible story!

Were adults *crueller* when we were children? How could anybody be so insensitive?

Posted by: Maggie at November 30, 2006 7:11 AM

I wonder if this pastor's wife had any family serving in Viet Nam (and would like to know why her husband wasn't there).

My brother served in Viet Nam, and if anyone said something stupid to me like that, well, let's just say I wouldn't be able to turn the other cheek. I commend you for keeping yourself in check and not hauling off and smacking that ignorant bitch.

Some Christian. As I have said many times before, it's amazing how un-Christian some people are, specifically those who claim the title of Christian the most loudly.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 30, 2006 8:23 AM

Seconded James, evangelists have to believe in Hell, they make up a large percentage of its population.

Posted by: Chuck S. at November 30, 2006 2:57 PM

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