Let me tell ya something: mooning your roommate just doesn't have the same effect when your roommate is your wife.
Given Sunday's Gospel reading, these next two tidbits seemed especially relevant:
I read a terrific story in the paper today about a marching band that had to change their song selection because the music they were playing may have violated the separation between church and state. The song? Charlie Daniels' "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." It seems the parent who "complained" was just trying to start a dialogue about the proper place of religion in school, but the director got cold feet at the suggestion of impropriety, and dropped the selection. Which is too bad, because the guy has a terrific point, and it most certainly is a worthwhile dialogue. When we say separation of church and state, do we really mean to apply it to all religions? Or are we only concerned with promotion of the major western theologies? If we keep out Jesus, shouldn't we keep out Satan? No matter the form of the reference? (Though it should be noted, there is a legitimate educational purpose exception and this often justifies religious selections in music classes. But set that aside and consider the question for itself.)
And, speaking of religion in the schools, has anyone else been following the Intelligent Design/Evolution trial? Since when does a partial rejection of evolution amount to an unconstitutional teaching of religion in the classroom? I mean, even if intelligent design ties itself to the Divine, the heart of the theory is that evolution is incomplete. That, whether you want to admit it or not, is a scientific conclusion. Now, I'm no creationist - in fact, I subscribe to evolutionary theories. But I don't think they're complete. And I don't think any good scientist would tell you that they're complete. So, provided that you actually go on to teach evolutionary theory, what's so horrible about pointing out that it isn't complete? Teaching criticism of a scientific theory - when that criticism is scientifically rooted - is a valid use of classroom time.
Another interesting thing I've been watching is the 10th planet deally. It hasn't officially been named a planet yet - I think. But it probably will be. You can tell I'm watching this real carefully. Anyone should feel free to throw out more information here. But it's interesting because two groups apparently discovered it around the same time. However, one group - the group that released the info to the press first, was basically cheating off of the other group's telescope positioning, which they acquired on Google. God bless science and its complete lawlessness. If the trend continues, within a decade the Nobel Prize for Science will go to a roving gang of pick-pockets.
Comin' from Uranus to check my style