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God gulf, godsmack or whatever

Posted by ESC on January 07, 2004

In Reply to: God gulf, godsmack or whatever posted by Ebony on January 07, 2004

: : : : 'America is riven today by a "God gulf" of distrust, dividing churchgoing Republicans
: : : : from relatively secular Democrats.' (N. D. Kristof, today's New York Times)
: : : : "God gulf"? Is this a keeper?

: : : Nice alliteration, but it's not even true. Going to church (which, in fact, I do) doesn't mean one has a meaningful understanding of or closeness to God, or acts in healthy and holy ways outside church walls. But it's something people point to, to differentiate themselves from another. Silly, really.

: : : Interesting, though, the writer's choice of the word "riven", which is scarcely ever used in the US.

: : I'm not sure if that phrase has legs. It could have. It is interesting though, both the term and the fact that Republicans seem to be saying that God is on their side. A companion phrase that I found recently:

: : GODSMACK - "Creationists do generally agree with scientists that minor changes can occur within species over time.(but) they're likely to Godsmack anyone who suggests one creature could morph into another over eons." The Five-Minute Guide to Evolution," Esquire magazine, July 2003.

: When I listen to most people and organisations who claim God is on their side I gain the impression that God is a bit of a silly old fool if he goes along with the opinions they tend to express. Creationists for example express opinions and make assertions that are so nonsensical as to make a cat laugh while politicians who invoke God's blessing on their enterprises surely don't believe that they can mislead an omnipresent, omniscient, superhuman being with their pathetic scheming. Perhaps they know that God is just a clever little man-made device designed to distract minds and, as such, is a bit of harmless fun in the final analysis.

I, for one, would be mortally afraid to go around saying that I was speaking for God. But anyway. This thread has inspired me to search for a movie quote that addresses this issue:

Lurlene: "Imagine your own daddy cutting you out of a will because the Lord called you to the ministry."

Orville: "Lurlene, how is it that the Lord always calls on you to do something? 'Cause He ain't never said sh*t to me." (Daddy's Dyin'...Who's Got The Will? - 1990)