Hey, did I ever mention that my dad is a total bad ass?
Maybe this will help explain my "never say die" mentality. My dad is a retired Army Colonel who served in Korea, Vietnam (twice), was in Saudi Arabia in the eighties, and then was in Mogadishu. Somalia when it got really hectic. I don't really mention him that much because he's retired and I want to try to protect his privacy, but now he's in the public eye again, so I think it's ok.
Given his awesome and dangerous military history, I'm sure it won't surprise you that he's not afraid to take on the church, right?
Yeah, now that he's retired, he has free time to do things like "getting prohibition repealed in his county in Kentucky.".
Yes, I said "getting prohibition repealed.". They're having a big vote on September 29th, and the church is saying if people vote yes, they will be SHUNNED.
Shunned! It's a word I've never used before in a blog post, as is prohibition. The church is also going door to door, informing people that they're welcome to come to church and repent for even considering this vote, the whole purpose of which is to bring alcohol into the town to stimulate the town's economy, which presumably would also benefit the church. But, aapparently, and I mean this in the most inflammatory way possible since I am clearly a Los Angeles living liberal, the church would rather their parishioners be broke and unemployed, as long as they're still righteous. I'm not sure where the whole "JESUS' BLOOD IS WINE" and all the wine-drinking in the Bible fits into this logic, but I'm not even going to pretend I understand what goes on in the minds of die-hard Christian conservatives, ok? I try not to get political (at all, not just on this blog), but that is just plain. Old. Stupid. There is clearly a difference between being a drunkard who beats his children and being a person who just wants to go to a nice restaurant and have a glass of wine with dinner, which you can't do in that county, because a) you can't serve wine because of prohibition, and b) you really can't open and sustain a nice restaurant anywhere UNLESS YOU CAN SERVE ALCOHOL.
Anyway, I think it might entertain you in a "what the hell?" kind of way if you read the complete kerfuffle that is going on down there. Stephan recently did some volunteer work for them, which I'm sure you can imagine he did with the glee and hand-clapping that befits a true liberal agnostic. He is only too happy to help inflame the religious right, ok? He likes it. In fact, the more heated it gets, the more he's like "make sure the Bible people know it was me!!!"
Here's the website for the Grow Trigg campaign, of which my dad is the president, in case you know any liberal journalists who would like to cover the story. I did email the one person I know who is engaged to a writer at The Daily Show-- doesn't this seem like something they should totally cover?