Re: a few thoughts
- From: The Horny Goat <lcraver@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2007 02:35:40 GMT
On Fri, 21 Sep 2007 13:55:24 -0400, Nathan Sanders
Survivor isn't mere travel---it's is playing a game for a million
dollars. If you can't play to your fullest ability, then you
shouldn't be wasting a spot for someone who would.
I said two weeks ago on alt.tv.big-brother that it would be extremely
difficult for a truly devout person to play Big Brother in a way that
preserved their integrity. Now I know all kinds of Christians who play
cards and bluff with the best of them but a hand of cards is nothing
like the intensity of a 24x7 reality show.
Besides, it's common courtesy for visitors to respect their hosts in a
manner that their hosts would appreciate. When I'm invited to dinner
with a devoutly Christian family and they start the meal with a
prayer, I politely bow my head like everyone else. I don't defiantly
stare straight ahead through the prayer, or ignore everyone else and
just start eating, or childishly rush from the table with tears in my
eyes because of some warped internal conflict of my own creation.
There's a huge difference between bowing one's head and being expected
to join in the prayer. It's the difference between kneeling with palms
together and actually getting involved in the worship of which the
incence is part.
Do you expect Chinese tourists to practice Christianity while visiting
I don't, but Christians often do.
When I was in high school in the south, it was pretty standard for
foreign exchange students to be required/pressured to go to church
with the host family.
We once had one and while my parents invited them it was not required.
When I was the exchangee I attended a Roman Catholic mass for the
first time - I did not go to the altar rail for the sacrament but
found it a fascinating experience. Some hymns I joined in, some I
didn't. This was one time being a natural speed reader was very
And it's American Christians that force their beliefs on travelers by
putting copies of their holy texts in every hotel room in the country.
No other country I've ever visited has had religious texts in the
Actually I've seen it in Hong Kong. I've also seen Buddhist materials
in Hong Kong and Hawaii. It's a good deal more than just the Gideon
Society you know.
Ironically enough, Leslie's own job is the business of religious
propaganda. If anyone deserved a little dose of karma, it's her.
We'll see how she fits in - I would expect a talk show host to be
better than most at this.
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