Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Christian businesses

Click for picture  Muffler Man - Christian Tech wanted

I had a brief brush with Fundamentalist Christianity.  There were problems at work and one co-workers solution was to take me outside, preach and pray over me and have me repeat some sort of prayer and a pledge to embrace something-or-other.  I soon discovered the insular nature of what I was getting into and realized that the only way it was going to work was to constantly immerse myself in it, subscribing to "Christian" radio stations (which weren't yet available my area) and only allowing myself to be around people of the same mindset - an echo chamber.  It didn't last long.

I seem to remember the whole concept of "Christian businesses" starting about 10 years ago.  Every year somebody would stuff a "Christian Yellow Pages" in my mailbox.  When dealing with Fundamentalist Christians, they would often ask, when referred someplace, if it was a "Christian business".  They want someplace where they are guaranteed that nobody will burst the bubble they live inside.  I sat outside one of these businesses one night at closing time and was interested to watch them doing a prayer circle.

So, would I be a customer of a "Christian business"?

I'm a systems analyst.  That means I'm trained to look at a business, its operation, its data flows, its business processes and rules, the various entities and how it all works together.  Out of this analysis comes an overall goal of what the business does for a living, sometimes encapsulated in a "mission statement" and specific recommendations for how things can improved, usually by eliminating dead wood and duplication of effort.

Many Christian business's mission statement have first and foremost Fundy-babble.  Something like "Our mission is to Glorify God and ...(the rest of stuff normally in a mission statement like customer service)".  When I walk in the door, I don't want my time invested in this business spent on anything other than the core business activity - in this case fixing my muffler.

The other thing is the actual competence of the work.  A full understanding of metalurgy requires believing in things that contradict Fundamentalist Christian thought.  Certainly wouldn't take biology from a teacher who doesn't believe in evolution.  I certain wouldn't trust a muffler repair guy who doesn't believe in particle decay because it would disprove a young universe.

I'm taking my business elsewhere, thank you.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Phelps clan celebrates chopper crash

Apparently there's been a chopper crash somewhere.  How do I find out?  The Phelps clan starts celebrating.

Thank God for crashing the chopper to get His glory on His enemies! Via 4 US troops confirmed dead after ISAF helicopter crash
And to think I wanted to be a chopper pilot.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Pat Robertson says no global warming because no SUV's on Mars

I grew up near Buffalo NY and after the Saturday morning cartoons were over, would sometimes end up watching religious TV, including Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell.  Nobody got around to telling me they were heretics and complete lunatics.

Pat Robertson doesn't believe in global warming because there are no SUV's on Mars.  No, I'm not making this up.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Alberta's Wild Rose party leader Danielle Smith is frantically back-pedalling that there's an anti-gay squad in her ranks.

Also, found a new link for information on anti-gay passages in the bible - the so-called "clobber passages" with good information on translations.