I would like to share some news from my home with you.
While i'm at it, i would like to ask your prayers, if your the prayin' sort, to whatever divinity you normaly corespond with--or Bachus if you don't have a regular--for a small triumph of human reason here in the bible belt.
At the dawn of the new milenium, the Southern Baptist Convention not only passed a resolution renouncing, but apologising for slavery (some 140 years after tall, brave man in the White House took a bullet to seal in the hearts of my countrymen once and for all that the price of repeating that bloody brother against brother war was too high a price to ever risk paying again, but good people would pay it, again and again, as long as Jim Crowe lived).
Now, on Saturday May 8th, 2009, in a small city of 200,000 people and about as many churches in the Texas Panhandle, voters prepare to go the polls to fight another small battle against human stupidity. This time, the stakes are not as high, but the stupidity is almost as great. This time, the rational people of Lubbock, Texas, will square off in the polls against the irational to announce to the ages, "We cry bullshit, Mr. Welsh. The Pope may or may not be God's voice on earth, but you sure as Hell are not. We defy you from 90 years into the future and by our votes deny your lie that Jesus of Nazerath drank Welch's Grape Juice on Passover the night before his aresst, trial, and coming crusafiction. The son of God enjoyed a good wine enough to work his first miracle changing water into wine, and what is good enough for the son of God is good enough to be sold inside our city limits!