Are some "good books" better than others?
It's always been my belief that people should be free to believe in whatever they like, but that doesn’t mean I can’t think they're jackasses. Speaking of which, a small church down in North Carolina has announced its plans for a Halloween event that will include the burning of “Satan’s music” and “Satan’s popular books.” Now, you might be thinking that they’ll be torching some old AC/DC and Ozzie Osbourne records, along with some nasty scientific journals, but no, these fishers of men are casting a much wider net. The Web site of Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Canton, N.C., says music to be tossed on the bonfire includes country, rap, rock, pop, heavy metal, Western, soft and easy, Southern gospel, contemporary Christian, jazz, soul and oldies.” It appears that Beethoven and Rachmaninoff are OK. The church also is targeting such infidel authors as James Dobson, Rick Warren, Robert Schuller, the Pope and Mother Teresa. Oh, they'll also be torching a bunch of Bibles. You see, this church believes that only the 1611 King James Version of the Bible is acceptable, so all others will be tossed to the flames. Never mind that each and every version of the Bible was pieced together by some bunch of guys. Pastor Marc Grizzard, the dapper fellow shown above, also is offering participants barbecued fried chicken and "all the sides.” Who could resist eating fried chicken by the glow of the flames from a stack of New American Standard Bibles? And these are just rumors, but I hear the ladies of the church are going to have a tobacco-juice-spitting contest, and there will be a rattlesnake toss for the youngsters. You know, if a bunch of atheists announced plans to burn Bibles, I'm guessing that a flood of good Christians would rise up to stop them. I'm wondering whether any will take action when it's one of their own who is spritzing on the lighter fluid. There is a bit of good news in all this. At last check, Pastor Grizzard’s church had 14 members.