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Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Don't even mention Israeli bottled water
So, last month, the United Church of Canada said it was boycotting Israel because, according to the loveable Rev. Lawrence Pushee, the Israelis are (among other things) a "greedy," "Mafia style" administration with a "deficiency in intelligence." Before that, the UCC was accusing me and my colleagues of seeking to "incite racial and religious hatred" by publishing those silly old Mohammed cartoons.
Now they're threatening to boycott . . . bottled water. Why? Because they're against the "privatization of water"—"anyway, anywhere."
Hey, hand it to the Church. So many religious sects die simply by fading into irrelevance (anyone up for Pythagoreanism?) Since the UCC appears set on self-immolation, at least they've done us the favour of being mighty entertaining about it.
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United Church of Canada...only in Canada you say. Pity...pretty soon they'll just be an anti-War/homosexual rights/pro union bingo club.
Posted by: MarkAlta | 2006-08-16 10:03:43 PM
Oh his God! That is just wild... you pissed off the pope of the United Church of the poverty pimps.
You should write a letter of complaint to their newly elected god, I think he goes by the name of his holiass Buzz Hardgrove.
Posted by: Honey Pot | 2006-08-16 10:45:10 PM
Does anyone really care about the UCC? A once proud and strong leader of the Christian faith has been reduced to a garbage heap of leftist dogma and rhetoric. Their flock are bailing faster than liberals on an ethics course.
Posted by: Harry | 2006-08-16 11:01:10 PM
A few years ago when some RC priests and Christian Brothers were jailed for diddling little boys, someone asked where the disgraced holy men could work after doing their time. I suggested that there would probably be places for them in the United Church. Today I wonder if the kiddie diddlers wouldn't constitute the most level-headed and reasonable members of that jolly assembly.
Posted by: Zog | 2006-08-17 1:28:10 AM
They were a once proud and strong leader of the Christian faith ? Are you sure we are talking about the same group ? These guys are kind of like the Episcopalians in the U.S. right ?
Posted by: Markalta | 2006-08-17 1:33:17 AM
Sadly, the United Church is not a church at all.
It is merely another non-governmental left-wing activist organization masquerading as a church.
I know someone who grew up with the UC who's expressed consternation at that organization's transformation and with its politicization and everything.
Next thing we know, they'll have become a Mosque or gay bathhouse or something.
Calling itself a church doesn't make it a church.
Just as if I were to call myself a skyscraper... I still wouldn't be a skyscraper.
Posted by: The Canadian Sentinel | 2006-08-17 4:25:27 AM
Well, how many stories are you TCS ?
Posted by: Markalta | 2006-08-17 4:37:00 AM
Rev. Pushee appears to have been blessed with a second calling to fall back on, that of a comedian, when he finishes off the United church with his funny stuff he can move on to Just For Laughs.
Posted by: Liz J | 2006-08-17 5:54:51 AM
I suggest Christian churches make a statement of not considering this so-called church a Christian church.
I don't think they could become a mosque because they harbour homosexuals.
For now they have become tools for the devil.
Posted by: Rémi Houle | 2006-08-17 7:22:10 AM
In Nova Scotia social activists took control of the faculty of the Atlantic School of Theology about 1980, just prior to the discovery of HIV AIDS in North America. The UCC Ministers from about 1982 on, were responsible for a major split in the Nova Scotia United Church, from which it never recovered. I saw the situation first hand lady in my life at that time was a Professor of Social Work, as is Alexa McDonagh who attended the
same UCC Church in Halifax. The newly minted Ministers introduced a "social conscience" in the long established UCC which virtually all older members rejected and still reject. The net result
by 2006 in Canada is that the intellectual level of the UCC vanished to zero. Author Pierre Berton
documented much of this in his book "The Comfortable Pew" -alas there is no hope for the UCC. Jack MacLeod
Posted by: Jack MacLeod | 2006-08-17 7:46:31 AM
You ought to be against bottled water because its some guy selling you water. Get a britta filter and use the tap.
It's a waste of money and all that plastic going into land fills can't be good either.
Posted by: Warwick | 2006-08-17 8:04:38 AM
Yet, water bottles come in pretty handy when there are no taps available ... such as hiking in the mountains.
Posted by: Set you free | 2006-08-17 9:35:18 AM
I just got a jolt from this morning's juxtapositions.
Watching CTV NewsNet, Seamus O'Reagan interviewed a man who said 500 people died in outdoor swimming pools in Canada last year. According to my limited mental capacity, I understood last year as being in 2005.
Just now, I was reading a story by Michael Fumento, page A15 in todays' National Post.
In paragraph five, Fumento quotes Health Canada stats reveal 272 Canadians were diagnosed with AIDS in 2005. Now, 2005, as we have previously noted is, in fact ... last year.
Fumento goes on to list stats for other diseases.
I think I've got it figured out ... it's not about the disease, it's about the politics.
Say, wasn't PM Harper scheduled to attend the International Conference for the Prevention of Unneccessary Swimming Pool Deaths? Or am I just imagining things.
Sorry to all out there whose delusions are shattered.
Facts have a way of doing that.
Go find somebody else you can call heartless, you political phonies!
Posted by: Set you free | 2006-08-17 9:45:26 AM
Oops, I guess this post should have been on Stephen Harper as Panacea.
Posted by: Set you free | 2006-08-17 9:48:22 AM
Water. In bottles. In our cities.
....oh the shame of it all....
Posted by: philanthropist | 2006-08-17 10:17:47 AM
This just in: As a gesture of goodwill, Israel has agreed to provide authentic bottled Dead Sea water to all attendees at the next meeting of the UCC's Universal Justice 4 All Committee.
Posted by: Richard Ball | 2006-08-17 10:21:11 AM
That sect is a bunch of national socialists, so what can you expect?
Self-righteousness IS their way!
Posted by: Lady | 2006-08-17 11:16:55 AM
The history of this church is not even vaguely reflected by the present leaders.
The United Church of Canada is the largest Protestant denomination in Canada. They minister to over 3 million people in 3677 congregations across the country. Ours is a rich history closely entwined with the development of Canada itself.
The United Church was inaugurated on June 10, 1925 in Toronto, Ontario, when the Methodist Church, Canada, the Congregational Union of Canada, and 70 per cent of the Presbyterian Church in Canada entered into an organic union. Joining as well was the small General Council of Union Churches, centred largely in Western Canada. It was the first union of churches in the world to cross historical denominational lines and hence received international acclaim. Impetus for the union arose out of the concerns for serving the vast Canadian northwest and in the desire for better overseas mission. Each of the uniting churches, however, had a long history prior to 1925.
So yes, at one time it was a strong guardian of the Christian faith. Unfortunately, like many of our institutions it has been highjacked by the left for their own agendas. Radicalism started in the 60's with the sheltering of draft dogers and has escalated to the absurd doctrine it now trumpets.
Posted by: Harry | 2006-08-17 3:55:46 PM
Ah, the religion of secular humanism.
Gone the way of the dodo bird is the concept of separate domains of church and state.
In its place stands those whose idea of compassion is not through voluntary organzations through a sense of duty for its fellow man.
Nay, for verily I say onto thee, it is Caesar who can take care of your deepest need. Over to thee do I hand my power and my responsibility to take care of the weak and infirmed.
The Big Guy has lost all relevance. Big Brother will care for us all.
Karl Marx was correct ... religion is the opiate of the masses.
The Uniteds are kindred spirits of Marx, dressing up and in caring tones, pretending they care by confiscating the fruits of our labours.
I'm sure they are all for methadone at their masses.
Posted by: Set you free | 2006-08-17 4:12:07 PM
* The United Church of Canada is now-> Godless The Church Of Liberalism. This Church, the last 15 years or so fits right into Ann Coulter's new book.
Posted by: Larry | 2006-08-18 2:26:25 PM
Reading the comments just posted caused only slight nausea. So many signs of intellectual deficiency but plenty of shotgun anger. About Israel, divestment and boycott. Folks, we're talking about genocide here. Look it up and decide for yourself. And about water: ever thought of looking at what is happening to the people in developing nations who were first targets of the corporations wanting to make a fast buck on commodifying water? Or do you really care?
Posted by: Lawrence Pushee | 2006-09-08 10:25:25 PM
No, if they want to continue drinking good excrement-enriched, non-commodified water, that's their own business, and I couldn't care less.
When I worked in the third world for a few years, I always boiled the piss out of my drinking water (figuritively and literally). Far be it from me to suggest that a little capitalist filtration and chlorination might be a better way to go.
Posted by: Zog | 2006-09-09 12:45:07 AM
It's the disUnited Church at this point.
Under it's present dictum it's nothing but a holy haven for Socialist activists.
The Preacher persons would do well to stick to matters spiritual. Most people go to houses of worship to enrich their faith, not listen to an activist preaching socialistic or any other political poop from the pulpit.
We are capable of making our own decisions. If we feel bottled water is healthier for our families we'll use it, we'll decide and we will not be depriving anyone in the Third World, the cause celebre of the Left.
There's a whole lot more hot air spewed ABOUT aid to the poor and underprivileged than what actually ever reaches them. Millions of dollars have been "spent" and the need is still there and proliferating. It goes way beyond simple aid and us buying "bottled water".
Posted by: Liz J | 2006-09-09 7:41:54 AM
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