By phone and comment I've been dared to let this Genie out of its bottle---So what the hell---here goes:
It's too much for one blog entry so I'll just do it in bite sized installments
Laurie somehow managed to capture a sample of me in full-throttle rant and you can hear it on youtube. Please don't click on it till you read the set-up. (You'll think I'm crazy)
Years ago, My Unitarian friends in New Orleans, knowing I was trained to preach in a Baptist Seminary and knowing I had quit believing in conventional religion, suggested that I preach a Unitarian Sermon in the style of an Evangelical fire and brimstone preacher. I did so and it was a hit---preached it around the nation----- still do it occasionally.
First, a word about Unitarian/Universalist. If you don't know who they are or what they don't believe---you'd be surprised that any church would dare hear a speech like this. They are a very small denomination. Google them on Wikipedia to get the gist of them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unitarianism They are about 40% Atheist---40% Agnostics and 20% hodge podge. They have rejected doctrines and embraced values and community----are proud to count 4 presidents in their numbers: Jefferson, both Adams and Taft. Also Emerson, Thoreau and a long list of thinking people you can check out. http://www.adherents.com/largecom/fam_unitarian.html
So----only Unitarians are open minded enough to hear a sermon such as this.
I told my audience that we lose a lot of joy in life by refusing to play other people's games-----and invited them to play the revival game with me. (we practiced shouting out HALLELUJAH---PRAISE THE LORD and AMEN ) I told them that I would be "breaking some eggs" but that I intended to "make an omelet"--so stick with me.
(at the end of this segment I will put the youtube link so you can hear me in full-throttle rant) Really, I do get more positive as the speech goes on.
BELIEVE AND BE DAMNED
The true believers that contaminate our world are not all religious. I remind you that Communist idealogy brought 70 years of world tension and warfare---killing countless millions. At its height, it had 2 billion people in its grip.----WE GOT TROUBLE.