Thursday, February 7, 2008

From highways to parking places

Laughing Squid linked to a MySpace video by Mario DiGiorgio that contains "responses" to various "God" billboards. (The name of the video is "Dueling Billboards.")

Dueling Billboards

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I don't know if DiGiorgio took his original billboard ideas from actual billboards, or whether he just used stereotypical "this is what a stupid baby seal clubber nut would write" language.

Anyway, one of the billboards read:

My way IS the highway.


DiGiorgio probably didn't catch it, and Scott Beale might not have caught it either, but such a billboard would be highly ironic, since a highway is kinda sorta wide:

Luke 13:22-30 (New International Version)
New International Version (NIV)
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

The Narrow Door
22Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. 23Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?"
He said to them, 24"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.'
"But he will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from.'

26"Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.'

27"But he will reply, 'I don't know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!'

28"There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. 29People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. 30Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last."

And this, of course, bears on the latest example of Christian intolerance in Berkeley, California. As many like to remind you, religious people such as Christians and Muslims like to insist on imposing their own values on everyone, and that is evil because we have to respect everybody and agree that differences are wonderful and every way to heaven is equally valid.

Hence the Jesus freaks in Berkeley - they have to be Jesus freaks because they're so intolerant - have made an official effort to drive those who don't believe with them out of town. You have to figure that the Berkeley, California City Council must be infested with these "peace, peace" Jesus freaks, based upon their recent action. Real Clear Politics details what these intolerant Christians did:

On Jan. 29, the Berkeley city council passed several measures targeting the lone Marine recruitment office in town. The anti-war harridans at Code Pink have been picketing the center for months. Last fall, they defaced the building by slapping a sign that read "assasination" (sic) in the military office window. Instead of rising to defend the recruiters' property rights, the city council and mayor voted to sabotage them further. They granted Code Pink special parking privileges directly in front of the Marines' workplace to facilitate their protests -- and also offered them a free sound permit for six months.

We need to get some atheists on the Berkeley City Council to stop this imposition of religion on the populace.

(Hey, I enjoyed writing it.)

And yes, in this topsy-turvy world in which good is bad and left is right, this was an interesting couplet:

"I guess they've never heard of free speech," Berkeley City Councilwoman Dona Spring told The Chronicle as she defended the council's 6-3 vote to tell Marine recruiters that they are not welcome in Berkeley -- and that if the Marines stay, they will "do so as uninvited and unwelcome intruders."...It's pretty clear that Spring has heard of free speech, but she has no idea what it is....

[T]he Berkeley vote was the antithesis of free speech. When government officials pass a law to impede the political expression of non-believers, as the Berkeley pols did on Jan. 29, they are wielding the club of government to suppress dissent. They are abusing their authority.


Code Pink does not limit its activities to protesting the war. Code Pink also blocks access to the recruiting office -- members have chained themselves to the door -- which constitutes an attempt to infringe on the rights of those who, despite a barrage of anti-war propaganda, nonetheless want to become Marines.

Code Pink is the anti-war equivalent of anti-abortion protesters barring women from access to abortion clinics -- a crime compounded by the City Council's support of this suppression.

So Code Pink uses the same tactics as anti-abortion protestors? Does this mean that Ed Snell will support the Berkeley City Council? Or that Code Pink will wave around banners showing aborted fetuses? This could get interesting.

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