The Invaluable Heather King…

chronicles a fracas that happened in the punk scene and links to an interesting podcast from a punk rocker and Catholic convert. It accords with my own experience of life in “tolerant” Seattle vs. life in the Catholic Church. The fact is, Catholics are, by and large, incredibly understanding and forgiving of human weakness and failure while people who pride themselves on their enlightenment are often extremely brittle and intolerant of view outside a narrow range of opinion. Result: in Seattle, you have any view you like of Jesus of Nazareth, but one and only one view of gay marriage, smoking, recycling, or the holy martyr Sandra Fluke.

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  • B.E. Ward

    …and doubly so if you *convert* to be a bigoted, narrow-minded Christobot.

    Of course, once someone brings up the fact that the Dalai Lama holds some of the same views, there’s nothing but crickets chirping.

    • KML

      My experience too, B.E. Ah, Seattle. At least it’s beautiful in the sunshine, eh?

      • B.E. Ward

        Even the big middle finger that people thrust in God’s direction around here can’t stop the awesome manifestation of His glory we see on a daily basis.

        • KML

          Ah, maybe you’ve hit on the reason! “Ever since God created the world, his invisible qualities, both his eternal power and his divine nature, have been clearly seen; they are perceived in the things God has made. So those people have no excuse at all!” Romans 1:20 Maybe we just need it more than anybody else?