Years and years ago (I won’t say how many), my siblings came back from a shopping trip with a little surprise for me.
It was a Star Trek coloring book. My first reaction was disbelief. I was well past the coloring book age. They thought this was something I would enjoy?
Enjoy it I did, although I am sure not for the reason this book was produced. You see, within the hallowed pages of this literary work, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and the rest of the Enterprise crew travel to a planet inhabited by–get this!–clowns.
Once there, they are told that if they want to visit, they must dress as the natives do. Amazingly, they all, even Spock, don clown costumes. To their surprise, they realize they like it! Why, they’ve discovered the secret of happiness!!!
You can’t make this stuff up. Wait, I take that back. Apparently you can make this stuff up because somebody did.
Why someone thought this was a good storyline remains a mystery. However, it is obvious the person responsible for this Star Drek was unfamiliar with the television show.
It reminds me of the way anti-Catholics write about the Church.
You’d think if you were going to write about something, you would research it first. You’d think that, if you’re a Christian, you’d take with extreme seriousness that Commandment about not bearing false witness.
Yet we get claims that we worship statues, as if we can’t tell the difference between a hunk of plaster representing Christ and the Real Thing. We’re told the Eucharist is a cookie that we worship and consuming it makes us cannibals (although, if it’s just–as they claim–a cookie, how could eating it make us cannibals?).
Speaking of eating, did you know the pope murders children and eats them? Did you know we think the pope is God and that we worship him? Did you know he baptizes aliens from other planets? Gosh, I sure didn’t.
I’ve heard we’re responsible for the Lincoln Assassination, the Kennedy Assassination, and the sinking of the Titanic. Not only that, but we’re all pagans. Know how you can tell? Some pagan art has pine cones in it, and some of our art has pine cones in it. Therefore, we are pagans. (That is about as good an example of the Fallacy of Association as you’ll ever come across.)
[SIDENOTE: If you want to know more about this fallacy, see http://www.logicallyfallacious.com/index.php/logical-fallacies/12-ad-hominem-guilt-by-association]
I’d tell you what they say about the Blessed Virgin, but it’s so horrible I don’t want to put those images into your mind.
Where, for crying out loud, do they get this stuff?
Maybe they just like making coloring books. Their comments about the Catholic Church are certainly colored!