Monday, March 15, 2010

Men and Women are Equal

I have been reading "God of the Oppressed" by James Cone. This little piece of prose is something the author heard from a preacher at an African-American church. Men and Women are equal.

"So God put Adam into a deep sleep
And took out a bone, ah hah!
And it is said that it was a rib.
Behold de rib!
A bone out of man's side.
He put de man to sleep and made wo-man,
And men and women been sleeping together ever since.
Behold de rib!
Brothers, if God
Had taken dat bone out of man's head
He would have meant for woman to rule, hah
If he had taken a bone out of his foot,
He would have meant us to dominize and rule,
He could have made her out of back-bone
And then she would have been behind us.
But, no, God Almighty, he took de bone out of his side
So dat places de woman beside us;
Hah! God knowed his own mind.
Behold de rib!"

From God of the Oppressed by James Cone, p. 54.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

What makes up the Levitical Priesthood of Tennessee (or any other state)

Answer: The High Priest who wears a long, black robe. He is the Judge.

He sits behind the Altar, known as a Bench. The Bench is behind the Veil to the Holy Place, known as the Bar.

To pass this Veil and approach the High Priest requires an Intercessor, known as the Lawyer. The Lawyer will help you in your prayer to the High Priest in your plea about your Sin, your crime. When you pray that you are guilty of this Sin, you become a Sinner, a criminal. The High Priest then imposes a sacrifice of one ram of the first year, which is called the Sin Offering, a Fine. He also imposes a Heave Offering of two turtle doves, the Court Costs. If you think you got shafted with a raw deal, you can go to Moses through the Aaronic Priesthood in the Holy of Holies, that when you make your Appeal to the Supreme Court.

This system is known as the Levitical Priesthood, known in modern everyday language as the Civil Service or the Judicial System.

The Policeman is the High Priest's Servant
Crime is Sin
Going to Jail is Being put in the Ward
The Courthouse is The Temple
The Courtroom is The Holy Place
The Bench is The Altar
The Bar is the Veil
The Lawyer is the Intercessor
The Plea is the Prayer
Being Guilty of the Crime is Being Guilty of Sin
A Criminal is a Sinner
The Fine is the Sin Offering
The Court Costs are The Heave Offerings
The Supreme Court is The Holy of Holies
Civil Service (Judicial System) is the Levitical Priesthood

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Driver's Ten Commandments

1. The good driver keepeth his car in safe condition.

2. He driveth only when sober, and never to great weariness.

3. His mind doth not wander, for safe driving keepeth a man busy.

4. He keepeth always to the speed which giveth perfect control.

5. He passeth intersections and grade crossings with care.

6. To children and pedestrians he giveth thought for over them he hath the power of life and death.

7. He obeyeth the law of the land, knowing obedience may increase his years.

8. Though his soul be tired, the good driver remembereth that courtesy is the first law of self-preservation.

9. For the hazards of driving at night, he maketh allowance.

10. When he goeth on foot, the good driver remembereth the Golden Rule.