Here’s a bit of “Christian Love” from South Carolina. A summer reading program geared towards young adults and children has been shut down following a number of threats, many of them violent, that have been traced to a local Baptist church. Now, here’s the thing: a lot of what was going to be covered in this program is stuff I would object to, on the grounds that it appears to have been in the interests of promoting lots of woo — astrology, Tarot, numerology, that kind of crap. I mean, damn it all, shouldn’t summer library programs be educational in nature, and all about such things as science, history, and literature, rather than promoting even more idiotic superstitions?
Now, the difference is that my way of objecting to the materials would have involved sending polite but strongly worded letters to the library directors, as well as to local newspapers. But that isn’t how these followers of the Lamb chose to go about it. And it isn’t that they object to teaching idiotic superstitions. It’s just that they only want theirs taught. Yoga programs were condemned as “teaching other religions” (whoa, can’t have that shit in a free and pluralistic society!), and a T-shirt making workshop was objected to — you’ll love this — as promoting “the hippie culture and drug use.”
Library Director Marguerite Keenan reports that at least one bomb threat has come in. What is it with religionists and blowing stuff up? Clearly, these brave Christian soldiers feel they’re doing what’s best for the sanctity of their beloved Christian community. Jesus loves you, remember that. And if you don’t, we’re coming after you!