Daily Archives: June 9, 2008

This is a joke, isn’t it?

Just read a little from “Bored Melo”, a US McCain supporter’s blog with a lot of the usual right wing logos in the side bar: and they burned harry potter.

So I checked the source, and it is for real.

Apparently there was a revival meeting in Shreveport Louisiana. It can’t have been a very big one, Shreveport having a population of 350,000 +, of whom 30 went to the reported event, it appears, so I wouldn’t expect to see an outbreak of Harry Potter burning all over the USA quite yet.

bilde About 30 people gathered for a regional revival Friday night that included a book burning as a statement to reach out to local residents.

“It is allowed for Harry Potter to be taught in our schools, but not the Bible,” International House of Prayer pastor James Crawford said during the Shreveport Regional Unity of Faith Revival.

That is one reason pastors from several denominations and races ripped pages from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Those and pages from a pornographic magazine were put into a burn pit and set afire as praises bellowed from the congregation.

“As I tore the pages, I felt a generational curse of immorality and perversion breaking off my family,” Adriane Banks said. “I felt it.”

…Crawford said recent natural disasters are a wake-up call.

The ministers also have been fasting for three days and have monthly revival meetings…

The book burning and revival also marked the meeting of a diverse group of ministers, including Elliot McPhatter, of Total Deliverance Church, Young Doo Kim, of the Shreveport-Bossier Presbyterian Church, and John Valdez, of Bossier City Four Square Church.

“We are not concerned with the cultural standard. This standard keeps our congregation holy and our city clean. …,” Valdez said. “We have a supernatural enemy, and we need to be unified to fight. … We have the same mission.”

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Posted by on June 9, 2008 in America, diversions, USA, weirdness


Here was I playing with templates and not wanting to be serious…

… and then Jim posted Mark Steyn, demography and the pattern of global change, a thoughtful follow-up to his previous post on blogging and legal matters, but focussing on a divide (not just in the blogging world) which was manifest also, I feel, in the long and sometimes, admittedly, rather funny conversation I had with my “frenemy” (his word) Kevin from Louisiana in my post Christianity’s coats of many colours — which led to Kevin stalking off, for now, shocked at my linking him to women in hijabs on Salam Cafe.

My reading of the situation is that we are all living in fact in a world where ancient certainties are irrecoverable, because very often their foundations were uncertain indeed, except through conscientious self-delusion, where what some call loss of moral confidence may actually be a rather more sophisticated and realistic moral sense, one rooted more in actuality than in dogmatism. Our questioning  our own histories may have arisen because we have realised that the histories we thought we knew were not History after all, but rather were stories designed in large part to give us comfort and bolster a sense of identity — which no longer works because we are no longer immune to others and their voices. In the end this need not put such stories beyond recovery, or even utterly negate their value, but it does reconfigure their significance or weight, as they find a place amid previously suppressed parts of the past we share.

Islam is one such repressed voice — or rather voices — in that mix. Until quite recently most of us in places like Australia could live without hearing those voices, or needing to attend to what they say.

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Posted by on June 9, 2008 in faith and philosophy, pluralism, Pomo


Too many DVDs

One of the eccentric pleasures I derive from relying on Surry Hills Library for free DVDs — the best kind — is that I see some things I never would if I had to pay.

For example, I watched a bit of war-time hokum called Secret Mission (1942). As one site notes:

Four British officers are sent into occupied France to reconnoitre the German defences. Okay-ish drama, more interesting for being filmed during the war rather than in the 50s during the war film boom, but not terribly memorable.

Script: Anatole de Grunwald, Captain Sir Basil Bartlett Director: Harold French Players: Hugh Williams, Michael Wilding, Roland Culver, James Mason, Carla Lehmann, Nancy Price, Percy Walsh, Anita Gombault, David Page, Betty Warren, Nicholas Stuart, Brefni O’Rourke, Karel Stepanek, Herbert Lom, John Salew, Beatrice Varley, F.R. Wendhausen, Yvonne André, Stewart Granger, Oscar Ebelsbacher.

A few names there, so it had its moments. Childish though; Casablanca it ain’t…

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Posted by on June 9, 2008 in dvd, film and dvd, movies


Wild China again — and a quiet Queen’s Birthday weekend

As I mentioned last week, ABC1 on Sunday nights is showing the BBC series Wild China. Last night:

Programme 5: Land of the Panda

A panda walking through the snowy bamboo forest ©Gavin Maxwell China’s heartland with its Han people is the centre of a 5,000-year-old civilization. This land contains the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, and Beijing’s Olympic Stadium and is home to some of China’s most charismatic creatures such as the giant panda, golden snub-nosed monkey, and golden takin.

China has undergone significant development in the past 50 years, bringing many environmental problems. The programme explores the deep, complex and often extraordinary relationship between the Chinese peoples, their environment and its creatures, and finds out what it means for the future of China.

So many of the places mentioned in this series M has been to; he has this deep trait where he needs, like his ancestors, to go to the mountains or the wilderness. I think he has been to almost all the holy mountains of China — not to mention Everest.

Otherwise a quiet one in a fairly damp Surry Hills.
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Posted by on June 9, 2008 in Asian, Australia and Australian, Chinese and China, M, personal, Sirdan, Sunday lunch, Surry Hills, TV