A BIBLICAL COMPROMISE?
In Iowa, officials have come up with a compromise solution to allow a Bible-based program to continue in a prison. Seems like a reasonable approach. What do you think?
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FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK
As we roll toward the Fourth of July (every country has one; in fact, every calendar has one), it's time to take a bit of a break and laugh. Or at least smile. Unless you have no sense of humor, in which case, you might want to be on another blog today (does columnist Ann Coulter have a blog?).
Today, it's faith-based humor here. Again, the disclaimer: These jokes are not original with me. Many, but not all, come from Beliefnet.com, a good spiritual site.
If you don't like these jokes, send me better ones. (I'll be the judge of whether they're better, because humor is always in the eye of the blogger.)
1. "Mr. Goldblatt," said little Joey, "there's something I can't figure out."
"What's that, Joey?" asked Goldblatt.
"Well, according to the Bible, the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, right?
"And the children of Israel beat up the Philistines, right?"
"And the children of Israel built the temple, right?"
"And the children of Israel fought the Egyptians and the children of Israel fought the Romans and the children of Israel were always doing something important, right?"
"Yes, all correct," said Goldblatt. "So what's your question?"
"What were all the grown-ups doing?"
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2. Two men, sentenced to die on the same day, were led down to the room where the electric chair was. The priest had given them last rites, the formal speech had been given by the warden and a final prayer had been said. The warden, turning to the first man, solemnly asked, "Son, do you have a last request?"
"Yes, sir, I do," he said. "I love dance music. Could you please play the Macarena for me one last time?"
"Of course," said the warden.
He turned to the other man and asked for his request.
"Please," said the man. "Kill me first."
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3. A priest came to a dying author to read him his last rites.
"Do you reject the Devil?" the priest asked.
Replied the author: "This is no time to be making enemies."
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4. A rabbi and a Catholic priest met at the town's annual Fourth of July picnic. (See, I told you this had something to do with the upcoming holiday.) They were old friends and began to banter.
"This baked ham is really delicious," the priest teased the rabbi. "You really should try it. I know it's against your religion but I can't understand why such a wonderful food should be forbidden. You don't know what you're missing. You haven't lived until you've tried this prized Virginia Baked Ham. Tell me, rabbi, when will you break down and try it?"
The rabbi replied, "At your wedding."
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