What Does the Philosopher Say: A First Amendment Object Lesson

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Not only is it easy to not lift the sign, but he looks bored as hell, checking his watch. He seems to be as engaged as a bed of sea weed. Got to wonder if his wife's church club made him do it, and he just figured it's the lesser evil than getting into an argument with her. 

Shift your gestalt and bring in the background: what is that trailer doing there?  Was anyone "bused in"?  Not having much strength in numbers, religious right protest groups shuttle young believers from their churches in the hinterlands.  East Texas is a particularly nasty place, with snake handlers and evangelicals on every other block, easily more churches than taverns, as such places are dry.  I once stopped in at a grocery store in the county seat and asked a teen sacking girl where I could find the beer.  She looked at me like I was a Martian and said, "Oh, we don't have any of that."  I drove about thirty miles east and into a wet county and bought my beer.  The only thing on the county line was a liquor store on both sides of the next county's part of the road.  I wondered which preacher owned the liquor stores: show me four Baptists and I'll show you a fifth.

It's an oldie - but here goes.

What are the three great postulates of religion?

1. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.

2. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of Christianity.

3. Baptists do not recognize each other at a Hooters or in a liquor store.

Har har.  Good going. Hadn't heard it that way.




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