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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 5, 2012 at 8:37pm

This is a comic made-up article from the website, Laughing In Purgatory.  The owner/author is a member of Atheist/Nexus.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 5, 2012 at 8:35pm

Patricia, where did you get that story?  Do you have a link?  I've been looking and looking, and can't find anything about schoolteachers voting to wear any kind of costumes, OR black teachers being ordered to wear whiteface makeup.

It's gotta be a fake; it's just to outrageous to be anything else.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 5, 2012 at 8:13pm

That HAS to be from The Onion, Landover Baptist Church, or some other satirical web site.  There is only ONE Calaveras County in the USA...it's in California's GOLD Country...NOT "god" country.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calaveras_County,_California

Comment by booklover on August 5, 2012 at 8:08pm

Patricia, That is one of the sickest, most frightening school-related articles I have ever read.  I can't even describe how it makes me feel.  Historical Character?  Character, that's for sure.  Because EVERYONE knows for SURE that jesus was a REAL person and WHITE??????  And they want black teachers to be WHITE for the day?  I'm going to throw-up.

Comment by Patricia on August 5, 2012 at 7:55pm

What is going on with the US?????

Calaveras, Tennessee Students in Calaveras County will be taught by none other than Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd himself, on the first day of school. Of course, the pupils will not be taught the specifics of English, Math, and Gym by the Son of God, but by teachers dressed up and playing the role of the historical character Jesus of Nazareth. The state legislature, in response to horrible school performance statewide, passed the Historical Character Act. The Act stipulates that the first day of school sets the tone for the rest of the school year, and what better way to doing that than having a major historical figure teach the students? After the law was passed local teachers unions voted on and agreed that the most significant character in world history was Jesus. "I am so happy that Jesus is returning to the classroom," stated Cindy Hall, a Calaveras resident. "It is part of our heritage. After all, Jesus is the reason for every season!" There has been some controversy amongst school committee officials and the teachers' union concerning the upcoming first day of school. There are a handful of African-American teachers. "We have asked the black teachers to show up in white-face on the first day of school. And not just white-face either, we're talking about hands and feet, too," stated an anonymous source in the school committee. "Everyone knows Jesus was as white as virgin snow." African-American teachers are to report to their principals a few hours before class and make sure that they are officially white enough. There has been one science teacher, Mr Alfred C. Tapper, who is making a fuss over the event. He points out that the law does not stipulate that the historical figure needs to be Jesus. While the rest of his peers are dressed as the Nazarene, Mr Tapper will teach his students as Carl Sagan. "Besides the death threats I have garnered since I made my choice public, the major problems I'm having is getting Carl's hair just right and the proper intonation of billions and billions," stated the teacher. "But I'm sure everything will be OK. What's the worst that can happen?"

Comment by sk8eycat on August 5, 2012 at 5:18pm

My sister and I have agreed to disagree about religion, and have rarely discussed it (except how silly the Book of Morons Mormon is. We've both tried to read it, and got bogged down about 1/4 of the way past the 1st page) for decades. 

I think sometimes she regrets her attachment to the JWs...I know she missed doing xmas decoratioons and things like that after our parents died.  She was talking the other day about how much she liked the scent of evergreens in the house, and she always enjoys having someone drive her around to see all the outdoor lights and frou-frou, even though JWs KNOW xmas and Oestre are pagan rituals. 

They also don't believe the "young Earth/universe" nonsense...so we agree on more issues than we would if she were a Baptist. Or if she had stayed in that fundie Missouri Synod Lutheran church that was attached to the private school she went to through 8th grade.  (The public school system couldn't deal with her tantrums and stuff in kindergarten and 1st grade.  The public elementary school is just one block from our house, and she would sneak out and come home.)

But I find it amusing that even though she knows the Book of Morons is fiction, she can't or won't take the same skeptical look at the buybull. 

Well, I'm pretty sure she's terrified of death and dying, for one thing.  That's partly why she would never visit either of our parents the many times they were hospitalized...not that she was afraid she would see them die, but that she might see something disturbing in another room while walking through the halls.

She has never been hospitalized for anything in her life.  (I'm a patchwork of surgical scars.  I think she thought I was crazy when I calmly called a cab to go have my spine re-built in '09.  I wore my "Imagine No Religion" T-shirt, too.  Catholic horse-pissed-all, yanno.)

There have been times when I've wanted to slap her, but what good would it do?  When she gets hissy, and she does, I just go in my room and leave her alone till she gets over herself. This is a big house with plenty of room for two people.  And two kittehs. 

(Thank you for having the brains to make out a Living Trust, Mom!)

And to Spud...I don't see any reason for assuming a person deserves respect just for believing in a bunch of primitive myths.  Just the opposite, in fact. If their behavior shows that they can overcome their beliefs, whatever they are, then I'll respect them.

Maybe.

(I wish I could get my atheist friends in Blackfoot to join this group, but they're involed with other ones.  *sigh*  I have classmates in Coeur d'Alene, too, but he's a retired Baptwit minister...pals around with Tim LaHaye.  Ick.  But I love them anyway. I was a bridesmaid at their wedding in 1958.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 5, 2012 at 12:27pm

Sk8eycat, that has to be tough, living with a JW.  I like your respect comment.

Comment by booklover on August 5, 2012 at 8:42am

sk8eycat, Love your ending to your business cards! :)  I wish I had the nerve to do it!~ Melinda

Comment by Plinius on August 5, 2012 at 1:17am

Thanks Sk8eycat, for the aspie description - yes, classical behaviour. My brother-in-law is another, diagnosed himself at 50 years old from the internet. No friends, no contacts except his brother and me. Is now doing a training for aspies because he wants to study astronomy - I won't ask when (he's only 56 now). But the combination aspie-religion strikes me as unusual; the aspies I've met are all very rational and dismiss all fairytales and other unprovable things. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2012 at 12:05am

dr kellie, thanks for the correction about sk8eycat's sister. I am quite embarrassed I read so carelessly. Do you have insights you can offer me  regarding my neighbor boy? I would like to be prepared for ... whatever. 
I love your way of dealing with door bell proselytizers. That must get them off subject really quickly. 
I had larger breasts than most girls but at 76 years old, they are not  very pleasant to look at. 

 

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