THE VN/VO This last week, my humble town of Chicago, Illinois was in the miracle-generating crosshairs of The Almighty himself. I am not entirely sur
April 27, 2005

This last week, my humble town of Chicago, Illinois was in the miracle-generating crosshairs of The Almighty himself. I am not entirely sure if it is a sign that my metropolitan-area neighbors had done good or evil, but nonetheless, we were blessed with a salt stain, in the apparent image of The Virgin Mary herself, on the wall of an expressway underpass. People are flocking to it, camping out, buying it flowers, you name it. Its become easy fodder for talk radio humor, late night television, all as one would expect.

While any rational person can look at the image and realize the foolishness of the theory, and we all get a laugh out of a mass of people going to such extremes- the episode is, indeed, a significant representation of how centuries-old religions play out in twenty-first century America.  continue reading "Our Lady of the Salt Stain"
 

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Bolton's Nightmare)

 
On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the following pages. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories." 
This last week, my humble town of Chicago, Illinois was in the miracle-generating crosshairs of The Almighty himself. I am not entirely sure if it is a sign that my metropolitan-area neighbors had done good or evil, but nonetheless, we were blessed with a salt stain, in the apparent image of The Virgin Mary herself, on the wall of an expressway underpass. People are flocking to it, camping out, buying it flowers, you name it. Its become easy fodder for talk radio humor, late night television, all as one would expect.
While any rational person can look at the image and realize the foolishness of the theory, and we all get a laugh out of a mass of people going to such extremes- the episode is, indeed, a significant representation of how centuries-old religions play out in twenty-first century America. continue reading "Our Lady of the Salt Stain"

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