Ike — aptly named if one knows the his­tory of the Turners — did a hell of a lot of dam­age. I don’t know how the Jesus crowd feels about what keeps hap­pen­ing to Galveston (it gets hit pretty reg­u­larly, and last I heard, it’s not a gay mecca), but I’m sure they’re try­ing to exon­er­ate their sky daddy by any means available.

Unfortunately such means sur­faced with a story on MSNBC about a lioness that ended up shel­ter­ing in a Baptist church dur­ing the storm.

The full-​​grown lion was from a local zoo, and the owner was try­ing to drive to safety with the ani­mal when he saw cars and trucks stranded in the ris­ing flood­wa­ters. He knew he and the lion were in trouble.

He headed for the church and was met by a group of res­i­dents who helped the lion wade inside, where they locked it in a sanc­tu­ary as the storm raged. The water crept up to their waists, and two-​​by-​​fours came float­ing through bro­ken win­dows. But the lion was as calm as a kitten.

Before the Christard bab­ble begins: No, this is not a case of the lamb lying down beside the lion. Unfortunately, you know as well as I do that they’re not going to see it that way.

Christianity, despite what its adher­ents often protest, is not a reli­gion of peace. The Westboro camp is one extreme exam­ple, but there are oth­ers — per­pe­tra­tors of attacks upon abor­tion clin­ics and employ­ees reg­u­larly assert that it’s their god who insists on their behav­ior. Strange that an all-​​powerful entity seems unable to coör­di­nate a series of light­ning strikes or mete­orite impacts on such estab­lish­ments; some­thing like that would be a clear and unmis­tak­able sign. Instead, we’ve got behav­ior that sim­ply looks deranged. Lunacy, how­ever, is a human trait.1

To under­score the point, lethal vio­lence between dif­fer­ent Christard fac­tions in Lebanon broke out — over a ban­ner. Yes, Lebanese god­bots are actu­ally shoot­ing at each other over a rag.2

LF sup­port­ers had been hang­ing ban­ners in Bsarma vil­lage in prepa­ra­tion for their annual Martyrs Mass cer­e­mony on Sunday.

Security offi­cials said a ban­ner had been pulled down and the shoot­ing started after Lebanese Forces mem­bers returned to dis­play it again.

It doesn’t help that the Lebanese Forces group is aligned with Sunni Muslims, while the rival Marada is aligned with Shi’ite Hezbollah. It seems odd that the Christians in Lebanon have more in com­mon with the Muslims — so much so that they’re ready to start killing other Christians — but there you go. That’s the toxic power of reli­gion. By con­trast, it’s hardly sur­pris­ing at all that a lioness would be at ease tak­ing shel­ter from a vio­lent storm in a quiet, calm structure.

Is there a les­son to be learned here? Surely. And just as surely, it’ll be FUBARed utterly this week­end by the pious in histri­onic blath­er­ings that ulti­mately cloud reality.

I’ll be at home, watch­ing a movie.

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1. I know most of the Old Testament stands in oppo­si­tion to that state­ment, but let’s remem­ber the OT is not the prod­uct of any sort of god.

2. Amazing how some peo­ple let them­selves get worked into a vio­lent rage over someone’s treat­ment of a piece of cloth … oh, wait.

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