What “apocalypse” looks like

I was listening to Christian talk radio on the way home again, and one of the two co-hosts had an interesting story to share. It seems he and his son stopped at one of the larger gas station/convenience store combos so his son could use the bathroom, and while he was waiting outside the single-occupant mens room for his son, a man came up and said, “You waiting to use the rest room?” The dad said yes he was, whereupon the newcomer said, “Well, I guess I’m feeling like a woman today,” and entered the women’s rest room and locked the door and used it.

And that was the end of the story. No women were involved, no sexual assaults occurred, no one was injured (unless you count the tarnished pride of the guy who was so desperate he had to use the ladies room). All that happened was that a person who might otherwise have suffered an embarrassing and messy biological malfunction got to use a perfectly serviceable facility that would otherwise have gone unused.

Of course, this being Christian talk radio, the discussion thereafter was all about “how far America has fallen” and “haven’t Christians been warning us this would happen” and “isn’t it shameful that the President would get involved” and so on and so on. But I couldn’t help but think, “This is the end of America they were so worried about? A guy making a joke while taking harmless steps to avoid peeing himself?”

And they wonder why more and more people are ceasing to take Christianity seriously.


  1. Peter the Mediocre says

    Recently I have seen a number of such stores with two single-user restrooms, neither of them marked for any specific gender. That seems ridiculously simple, easy, and cheap.

  2. Nemo says

    The gender-segregated bathroom: Another thing that’s not actually in the Bible. (Or any kind of bathroom, for that matter.)

    I don’t get why you’d even do that with single-occupant bathrooms. No one does that at home (or do they?).

    • StevoR says

      Well, not quite – there is a mention of how to go to the toilet in Deuteronomy 23:12-14 :

      “You shall have a place outside the camp, and you shall go out to it. And you shall have a trowel with your tools, and when you sit down outside, you shall dig a hole with it and turn back and cover up your excrement. Because the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you and to give up your enemies before you, therefore your camp must be holy, so that he may not see anything indecent among you and turn away from you.”

      Source : https://www.openbible.info/topics/how_to_go_to_the_toilet

      Basically, its dig a hole, take a dump (nothing about having a leak) then bury it up so that God won’t be disgusted away by seeing your shit lying in the campsite or perhaps accidentally putting His divine foot in it!

      That’s it though – nothing on gender dunnies and who gets to use which water closet.

      • StevoR says

        Oh and there is one other time that latrines are sort of mentioned in the Bible and that’s Judges 3:24 :

        After he had gone, King Eglon’s servants came and found the doors to the upstairs room locked. They said, ‘He must be relieving himself in the latrine.’

        Actually the fat Moabite King was rather dead having just being assassinated by southpaw Israelite Judge Ehud. (Scrollthorugh for story.)

        Although it isn’t clear that Eglon died on the lavatory as other sources* describe the room Ehud was murdered in as simply a small /inner /private chamber rather than a purpose built toilet.

        Again, no Bible sanctioned gender divide loo~wise.

        The Bible also uses the phrase “Pisseth against the wall” a few times as recorded here :

        “Therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, and will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a man taketh away dung, till it be all gone.”

        Source : https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?qs_version=9&quicksearch=pisseth+against+the+wall

        It doesn’t involve toilets as such of any kind but it does sem to get the Deity’s tick of approval and renders moot the question of what to with the seat – except not pisseth upon it but uponeth the wall nearby I ‘spose!

        So maybe that’s what Real True Christians afraid of encountering transgender folks (shock! Horror! oh noes!) in public toilets should start doing – or not as the case may be.

        * E.g. http://www.bible-archaeology.info/ehud_king.htm which goers into a bit more depth on the story complete with map.

  3. says

    Coincidentally, Hillary Clinton supporters sound a lot like Republicans in the way they claim that not voting for her will lead to the end of the world.

    • StevoR says

      Firstly, that’s way off-topic here. Secondly, really? I don’t think so. Thirdly, Hillary Clinton supporters have a lot more and better reasons for saying that given what a Trump presidency would likely do for – or rather against – our planet.

      BTW. I keep getting a preview error message instead of being able to preview here today. Not sure what’s up with that but be nice if it could be fixed please. Anyone else having this issue?

  4. lorn says

    A man, desperate to pee, used an available and unoccupied bathroom. It has come to this. The horror … the horror.

  5. RationalismRules says

    ‘Bathrooms’ that don’t contain baths. ‘Restrooms’ that aren’t used for resting.
    How will Americans ever have a sensible debate about toilet facilities when they are even afraid of the word itself?

    • Deacon Duncan says

      Meh, I don’t find the story itself all that incredible. I’ve seen desperate people use the “wrong” single-occupant bathroom before. Really the only thing remarkable about it was the quip about “I feel like a woman today,” and that was likely a joking reference to the whole silly bathroom controversy.

  6. busterggi says

    Damn, a true Christian would shit himself (true Christian women don’t shit) before using the other sex’s bathroom.

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