The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith sought solidarity with his fellow workers this week by forming a labor union. Upon formation the seven-member Bible Illustrators Local 1 declared a general strike until the union’s demands are met by management concerning higher wages, health insurance, and paid vacations. Smith could be seen this morning in a picket line outside his own home, carrying a sign reading “The Bible isn’t going to illustrate itself.” Smith, who claims to work directly for God, says he can hold out “for weeks if necessary.” His employer remains unavailable for comment.
Archive for January, 2008
America is awash in crappy news coverage of the US presidential race, but leave it to the dedicated journalists at CNN to keep you informed and up-to-date on just how crappy their own political reporting has become. A new story at CNN.com investigates the strongly dissatisfied reactions the public is giving CNN’s simplistic and dunder-headed coverage of the Democratic South Carolina primary in which Edwards is ignored as a viable candidate, and the assumption is made that voters will pick their candidate based on whether they decide it’s more important that they have the same gender or more important that they share a similar skin color.
Happy new year! The Brick Testament website rings in 2008 with seven brand new illustrated stories from the continuing saga of King David. It’s wacky mayhem as David impregnates a married woman and arranges to have her husband killed. When this newest addition to David’s ever-growing collection of wives gives birth to a little baby boy, God forgives David for his sins, but strikes the baby dead. On the brighter side, David gets a shiny new hat after his army massacres the Ammonite people and enslaves the citizens of Rabbah.
In a showcase of extreme selfishness and blithe disregard for the suffering of other human beings, people all around the world continue to have children. Both in the world’s most developed countries where each new child will use up far more than its share of global resources in an epic and ultimately doomed Tragedy of the Commons, and in the least developed nations where children are likely to be born into lives of grinding poverty and malnutrition, parents show little or no signs of guilt or remorse for the strain each new child puts on the human race as a whole. Perversely, most new parents are shamelessly self-congratulatory and wastefully lavish resources on their new offspring while billions of other fellow already-living, already-struggling human beings bear the brunt of their callouses, self-absorbed behavior.