Easter, 2016

  1. Mars Contre La Peur
  2. The last thing on my mind
  3. Renew your kids’ inoculation Sunday
  4. Flannery O’Connorisms

Remarkably enough, I can wish my Western Christian friends a joyous Easter without fear that some Orthodox Christian goons will attack, stab, and stomp me on the head until I die.

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Rod Dreher frequently summarizes the conflict between Islamdom and the secular West, saying “you can’t beat something with nothing.”

There’s been a passel of nothing on display in Belgium in the wake of the subway and airport bombings. But now they’ve outdone themselves with empty, self-congratulatory preening.

First, they planned a “March Against Fear” for Sunday (nothing else going in Belgium on Sunday, it appears).

Then they cancelled it because the police couldn’t assure enough security for the big, bold, ever-so-brave, “you-can’t-intimidate-us” march.

You can’t beat something with nothing.

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Meanwhile, a large Pentecostal Church nearby included in its Easter festivities an Easter Bunny skydiving with an American flag parachute.

Words fail me, so I’ll just quote my Godson (H/T by the way): “I mean, when I think of celebrating Christ conquering death, this is one of the first things that comes to mind.”

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Local Family Attending Church On Easter Just In Case God Is Real

Reasoning that it’s the safe thing to do, local family The Wilsons announced they will be attending the Easter service … on Sunday, just in case God is real.

“This will be our fifth year in a row attending church on Easter—we’ve made three out of the last five Christmases, too,” noted Sylvia Wilson, the matriarch of the family. “So if it turns out there really is a God, I’m sure this will score us enough points to get us through the pearly gates.”

“We really believe in going to church on Easter and most Christmases,” agreed Sylvia’s husband, Thomas. “It’s an important family tradition birthed from a standard risk-reward analysis.”

(The Babylon Bee) Go thou and do likewise. Good parents make it a point to keep their children’s inoculations current.

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Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.

(Flannery O’Connor, 1925-64) She also said, in words I personally have taken to heart, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you odd.”

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“In learning as in traveling and, of course, in lovemaking, all the charm lies in not coming too quickly to the point, but in meandering around for a while.” (Eva Brann)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.