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Saturday, May 21, 2005

Unitarian Jihad revisited (because I can't keep up)

It's never too late to feel comforted by the Unitarian Jihad manifesto as revealed to Jon Carroll. His article appeared in April of this year and the movement already has a Wikipedia entry, from which you can follow many links and in fact join the jihad.

Here are excerpts from the article - link sent to me by Kimberly of Music and Cats:
Greetings to the Imprisoned Citizens of the United States. We are Unitarian Jihad. There is only God, unless there is more than one God. The vote of our God subcommittee is 10-8 in favor of one God, with two abstentions. Brother Flaming Sword of Moderation noted the possibility of there being no God at all, and his objection was noted with love by the secretary.

Too long have fundamentalist yahoos of all religions made your head hurt. Too long have you been buffeted by angry people who think that God talks to them. You have a right to your moderation! You have the power to be calm!

People of the United States, why is everyone yelling at you??? Why is the news dominated by nutballs ... ?

Startling new underground group spreads lack of panic! Citizens declare themselves "relatively unafraid" of threats of undeclared rationality.

We are Unitarian Jihad. We are everywhere. We have not been born again, nor have we sworn a blood oath. We do not think that God cares what we read, what we eat or whom we sleep with. Brother Neutron Bomb of Serenity notes for the record that he does not have a moral code but is nevertheless a good person, and Unexalted Leader Garrote of Forgiveness stipulates that Brother Neutron Bomb of Serenity is a good person, and this is to be reflected in the minutes.

Beware! Unless you people shut up and begin acting like grown-ups with brains enough to understand the difference between political belief and personal faith, the Unitarian Jihad will begin a series of terrorist-like actions.

We will appear in public places and require people to shake hands with each other. ... Demagogues of all stripes will be required to read Proust out loud in prisons.

We are Unitarian Jihad, and our motto is: "Sincerity is not enough." We have heard from enough sincere people to last a lifetime already. Just because you believe it's true doesn't make it true. Just because your motives are pure doesn't mean you are not doing harm.

Get a dog, or comfort someone in a nursing home, or just feed the birds in the park. Play basketball. Lighten up.

People of the United States! We are Unitarian Jihad! We can strike without warning. Pockets of reasonableness and harmony will appear as if from nowhere! Nice people will run the government again! There will be coffee and cookies in the Gandhi Room after the revolution.

If you want to have your own Unitarian Jihad name, here is a name generator. And another one.

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At 10:21 AM, Blogger Miguel said...

"Sincerity is not Enough!"

Gosh Darn it All to Heck!

I need to start printing t-shirts A.S.A.P.!!!


At 10:21 AM, Blogger Badaunt said...

Love it!

I am, apparently, either Sibling Spikey Mace of Moderation or Sister Burning Pistol of Mercy.

Decisions, decisions...

At 10:46 AM, Blogger betty said...

Loved the message in the article!

At 12:14 AM, Blogger Kimberly said...

Thanks for the update! I was unaware - but not really surprised - that the Unitarian Jihad has been wiki'd.


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