Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A Break from the Project

Finally finishing up The Project. I hope. The Client wants a bunch of changes. Naturally. Have to make the Client happy. Will be finishing up in the morning. Meantime, here is Techno Chicken. Everyone out for recess.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Bumper Sticker Religion

I see them all the time out here in Los Angeles. Bumper stickers touting one religious sentiment or another. "Jesus is God, Read the Bible." and the same quote in Spanish. This one annoys me. In my humble opinion, the Bible is not exactly a reliable reference to prove anything. Besides that, it seems to me that any religion that can be reduced to a bumper sticker is way wide but not very deep. If you can put your entire spiritual experience on a bumper sticker, you don't have much going for you. It seems almost an insult to a genuine religious belief to carry it around on the bumper of your car.

"My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter." That's cute. I think it references Jesus, but I don't know of any evidence that Jesus was a carpenter and a Google search seems to indicate he was not a carpenter at all. One Web site says: "..the Greek word for 'carpenter' in the gospels actually stands for an underlying Aramaic term that is used metaphorically in the Talmud to denote a scholar."

Or how about the little fish you see pasted to the trunk lids of cars? This one is a religious symbol referencing Jesus feeding the multitudes with just a handful of fish and a few sips of wine. It's also an in-your-face statement that says, "I'm an Evangelical Christian and what are you going to do about it?" The reply to it, of course is the fish with feet, an in-your-face statement that references Darwin and evolution, something that Evangelical Christians deny.

"Jesus is My God." There's another one that also appears in Spanish. Seems to me it reflects a shallow view of God and Jesus and the whole notion of a serious spiritual experience. It's bumper sticker religion.