Sunday, October 08, 2006
What's the Latin word for 'Northwomen'?
The war continues.
Mom didn't tell me that she bought an advertisement in the local paper.
Personal details have been blacked out, due to me being a paranoid whatsis.
Goodness gracious, but the local Shi'a Baptists are having a bad couple of weeks, aren't they?
And the lesson to be learned here, ladies and gentlemen? Mind your own sodding business.
Have I mentioned lately how proud I am of my mother?
*sigh* Blogger won't let me make the bloody page any bigger than that. So, here's the transcript:
Several days ago, Ted [Name deleted] tracked me down and asked me to tell him what I'd done to get on the [Location deleted] Baptist hit list so he could get on it, too.
I had no idea. Although I have respected this organization, I have never been a member nor shall I ever be. However, I soon found out.It seems that the [Location deleted] Baptist Church has something called the 'Ministry of Intercessory Prayer' which prints a weekly handout. This handout has, as No. 1 on its hit parade, something called, 'The Lost.'I am reliably informed by a former member of that organization that this means that the souls of people on this list are with Satan.
The list is not confined to the organization's membership. Everyone is vulnerable without question to any member with an ax to grind. So I got a copy and took a look. Sure enough, there I was: 'The Lost...Anita [Name deleted]...'I didn't know whether to be amused or apalled. As it happens, neither. Sheer outrage won out.
You trespass. I am from a long line of Scotch Presbyterian and Missionary Baptist Ministers of the Gospel who fought for their religion for centuries. Some died for it. That is the faith of my fathers. It is also mine. No one has ever questioned it and neither your presumption nor your 'intercession' is acceptible.How dare you?
I have been in the dark places of the world that you cannot even imagine. My faith has gone quietly with me into Moslem, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, and pagan lands where there were no other Christians. I and my religion were accorded more respect from these non-Christian peoples than this organization has done.Through revolution, jihad, revolt, desperation, terrible danger, awful sickness, unbelieveable cruelty, and downright murder, never, never has my faith been shaken.
Why would you imagine that anything you think, or say, or do would be of the slightest consequence to me?On the other hand, if my father were alive, he would horsewhip you in the streets and you'd be lucky.
What if some meddling busybody had gone into the hospital and told my 99-year old mother? Are you prepared to answer for the consequences of that?The worst of it is that whoever has done this and approved putting people on this list will quite happily allow the good decent members who would never dream of doing such a thing, to share in the blame. That is shameful.
I am told that my name has now been removed from the list. Do you really think, since I've received calls from [Location deleted] to [Location deleted] wanting to know why I was there in the first place, and I couldn't answer that question, that removing my name NOW will erase the offense?
For your information, I came into this world in the hands of a wise God and I shall go out the same way; my soul is God's estate, and none of your business.
Anita [Name deleted] [Name deleted]
(Disclaimer: The above reflects my opinion only and is not that of this newspaper. AHM)
Sorry about that.