HomePersonalCandy Lane is in my ears and my eyes Candy Lane is in my ears and my eyes Jay Tea June 1, 2004 Personal 5 Comments I have an online friend I Kerry's Intern Scandal Girl Speaks A historical oddity Related Posts Sideways This Is Why My Boss Has HR On Speed Dial My near-brushes with semi-greatness About The Author Jay Tea 5 Comments McGehee June 1, 2004 Heh. My first accurate impression of what the inside of Hooters was like came from a newspaper column written by a minister. He and some of his colleagues of the cloth had stopped on a long drive to get something to eat, and Hooters was the only place open. The Rev was writing about this at a time when people who thought Hooters was a strip club or something, were trying to stop one from opening in the community served by the paper that carried his column. He thought the fuss was much ado about nothing, and said so. And I believe that restaurant is open and doing a fine business today. A few weeks back I read how some people in — of all places — California were up in arms over a Hooters being planned for a shopping mall in their area. A Bible-Belt preacher has no problem with Hooters, but laypeople in California do. Irony. Gotta love it. BoDiddly June 1, 2004 First a quick disclaimer . . . I realize the point I’ll address wasn’t central to your story, Jay–I truly enjoyed the read. I’m personally a huge fan of Hooters (not to mention the restaurant.) I’m saddened that “home-schooling fundamentalist Christian” infers in today’s society that the brain has been put on administrative leave. I consider myself a fairly deep-thinking individual, and I am unashamedly a Christian. I don’t currently homeschool my (five) children, but I have in the past, and am considering it again, because of the emphasis put upon written and verbal communication skills–something that’s seriously lacking in public school. Now the shocker: I know society isn’t to blame for its assumption that Christians are brain-dead. The stereotype has been made true by most American Christians. So few professing Christians know anything more than “Sunday-School basics” of Christian doctrine. I truly despise the ignorance displayed by most of these “fire-insurance believers”, and rest in the knowedge that the Apostles and the great Reformers would soundly kick their asses if given the opportunity. One shouldn’t put away his logical thinking skills or his capacity for human compassion in the name of Christianity, but many do. Those people have, in my opinion, vilified the world’s only true religion. Jay Tea June 1, 2004 BoDiddly, would it help if I told you that Candy, when she’s not homeschooling her kids or waitressing, teaches in a real school? That, with no degree in education, has actually INTIMIDATED a couple other teachers out of her field and into others? I’d say more about Candy, but she’s in no way a public figure (as a guest poster on a public website, I probably qualify as a “semi-public figure at least) and I’d rather not drag her into the public spotlight. Let’s also remember how often in recent years national spelling bees and geography bees have been won by home-schooled kids. But as for your last comment about “the world’s only true religion…” BoDiddly, I’ve spent a lot of time verbally dismantling overbearing, smug, compulsively evangelical Jesus freaks. I fully expect I’ll spend more time doing that before I die. Candy and her family ain’t that type, thank heavens (the only times we’ve discussed the subject heavily is when I’ve brought it up). By that phrase you used, you give the impression you fit into that category. Do NOT think for an instant that I side with your comment. J. BoDiddly June 2, 2004 A rebuttal–Jay, I appreciate your input, but that’s exactly why I prefaced that item with “in my opinion”. If I didn’t believe that my religion was true, and, necessarily by its tenets, the only true religion, my belief in Christianity would be half-hearted at best, or hypocritical at worst. Do I fault others for their beliefs?–no. Do I believe they’re wrong?–yes. Does that make them, in my opinion, a second-class person?–NO! I’m not at all afraid to take a stand on my beliefs, and I do this without berating or insulting others. My post was directed not nearly so much towards those who believe otherwise as those who profess to be Christians, and yet through their ignorance become the “overbearing, smug, compulsively evangelical Jesus freaks” that you so enjoy “dismantling”. Believe it or not, I enjoy this practice too, Jay, not to disprove their beliefs, but to demonstrate their need for deeper understanding, and hopefully encourage them to become part of the solution, not part of the problem. Steve Poling October 11, 2004 I’m pleased that Ms. Candy has managed to find a non-obnoxious expression of her faith. Obscured by BoDiddly’s confident assertion of faith, is his criticism of superficial professors of Christianity (in this context professor doesn’t mean a university teacher, but one who professes something). That’s a big deal: we’re not all overbearing compulsive proselytizers. If you really want to think Christianity is bogus, you can always find plenty of induhviduals who’ll fit the negative stereotype. And If you want to believe Christianity is true, you’ll select a corresponding sample to support that, too. It is easy to keep a chip on one’s shoulder, either expecting a prickly prig professing puritanism, or a pagan pursuing persecution. Arguments of religion often carry emotional baggage. We flinch from earlier unpleasantness and expect the next religious exchange (with someone different than us) to be unpleasant, too.