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Jul 13 2007
A Hindu chaplain was called to offer a prayer at the US Senate yesterday; the response of some Christian nutbags was to slip in and disrupt the prayer because the Hindu chaplain wasn’t giving his shoutout to Jesus. They were trundled out, the prayer was given, and yet, somehow, the Republic did not fall. I think we can all thank Vishnu for that.
Look, this one is simple: Some people really and truly believe that what Jesus wants is for them to be dicks to everyone who isn’t their particular, mushy-headed stripe of Christian. And if it’s what Jesus wants, then it can’t be wrong. Now, I’m entirely sure that in their minds they can come up with a better explanation for their activities than "Jesus wants me to be a dick"—they may actually be able to find some internal calculus that has them being a dick out of love for us godless idolaters and saving our worthless heathen souls, even—but the rest of us can call it for what it is. And also, of course, when these Dicks for Jesus try to offer up some alternate explanation for their behavior, I think it’s fair to remind them of a number of things:
1. Whatever the rationale, they’re being dicks.
2. At no point in the Bible does Jesus say "be a dick in My name."
3. Lots of other Christians seem to get through life without feeling called upon to be a dick in the service of Christ.
4. Indeed, when many of these Christians discover to their dismay that they’ve been a dick about something, they will frequently fall to their knees and say, "Forgive me, Lord, for I have been a total dick."
5. And He does.
6. That’s a hint.
Now, the chances of any of this penetrating the mental shield of righteousness is pretty low, so you shouldn’t expect anything more than a slightly befuddled look that shades into the growing suspicion that they’re jeopardizing their very souls conversing with one such as you, you and your heathen logic. But it’s worth a try, and if it doesn’t work, at least they know what you think of their somewhat less-than-Christlike behavior. Because nothing digs at the heart of a Christdick more than the knowledge that someone thinks they’re doing their Christianity wrong. Gets ‘em all defensive and huffy, which is better than them being smug and self-righteous, in my book.
Excerpted from Your Hate Mail Will be Graded: A Decade of Whatever by John Scalzi.
Copyright 2008 by John Scalzi.
Published in 2008 by A Tom Doherty Associates Book.
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I thought that this was a great collection of Scalzi's greatest hits of the decade.
I appreciate very much his viewpoint that it is not imperative that we all agree on anything, that it's okay for all of us to have our views.
Perhaps it was because so many of these seemed a little dated by the time I read it but I enjoy his books much more than his blog.
I have to admit something here, I haven't completed this book. It's long and it's made up of a bunch of blogs that John Scalzi has published since the previous millennium. Read morePublished 29 days ago by batman
I've been following Scalzi's Whatever blog on and off, more off than on frankly because, like him, I'm a busy writer myself, and I didn't know who he was when I picked up the book... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nicole Chardenet
This was not as fun and interesting as I had hoped. His Old Man's War books and a few others I highly recommend, so I tried this compilation of his blog posts, read about 4 or 5... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Matthew R. Beck
Scalzi is a great science fiction author, but this is not science fiction. This book is a collection of blogs spanning ten years. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rick Bregitzer
The relationship between artists and their audience is a bit difficult to imagine for most people, since it is a form of interaction that is foreign to us, or one in which we've... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. T. Gotsick
I can't wait for the next volume. That second volume has no release date, and has been that way for months.Published 12 months ago by Private Dad
Not exactly as titled but a great read. It should have been longer. Lots of fun and who knew that a writer of military fiction would turn out to be a liberal on many points (but a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you enjoy Scalzi's writing this is a fun read. He covers many interesting issues
and writes well. Reading this compilation made me a fan of his blog.
Perhaps it was because so many of these seemed a little dated by the time I read it but I enjoy his books much more than his blog.Published 15 months ago by Robin Singer