as much as you like—
“Mock on, Mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau;
Mock on, Mock on, ’tis all in vain.
You throw the sand against the wind,
And the wind blows it back again.”
—you can never blacken the name of a living saint (now sadly deceased a bit).
REFERRING TO THE
founder of the Foursquare Church/cult/tax dodge of the USA where almost anything goes (and often does)*.
SOME CONTEMPORARY QUOTES
garnered I gather from news outlets of the time and put into this webbie:
—which some may find edifying while others grounds for murder (depends on how good a Christian you are, I guess—most rationalists won’t kill for the sake of a few fairy tales).
HERE YOU GO:
After the good lady Prophet ‘disappeared’ on a beach—
Exhaustive searches were conducted by divers who worked themselves to exhaustion with one dying from exposure. A teenage girl drowned when she dove into the water thinking that she saw Sister Aimee in the water.
But wait, read on—
While investigating the alleged kidnapping, several witnesses came forward saying they recognized a couple matching Aimee and Ormiston’s description. It seems the couple was seen visiting hotels and resorts up and down the West Coast.
Naaah … it’s easy to mix people up—
Before a grand jury could be convened, the District Attorney charged Aimee with obstruction of justice and suborning perjury. When the grand jury was convened they heard more testimony from witnesses who saw the couple in Carmel, California and they reviewed testimony from handwriting experts who testified that the handwriting on registration cards from several hotels was Aimee’s.
Blatant lies and blatant forgeries~! No saint would do such a thing, and (sanctified or not) ‘Sister’ Aimee was a saint. So there~!
In the 1930’s Aimee fell in love and eloped with David Hutton, a singer and actor who played a part in one of Aimee’s illustrated sermons. The marriage was considered scandalous because it broke one of the rules that Aimee herself helped set up. A divorced person was not supposed to marry as long as the former spouse was still alive. Harold McPherson was still alive. Many people saw this marriage as a case of do as I say, not as I do on Aimee’s part
What more can anyone say? Golden Rule invocation:
HAS THE GOLD…
…MAKES THE RULES
“Mr Argus, Sir?” (Bugger … it’s little Virginia.)
“Yes, beloved child?”
“Sir … aren’t you being a wee bit disrespectful?”
“What’s to respect, Kid?”
“Other people’s beliefs, Sir?”
“Some grown-ups believe in Santa too, Kiddo—”
“The people themselves then?”
“I should respect someone who believes in chopping folks heads off in the street for disrespecting their beliefs?”
“Wot? I mean, wot Sir?”
“Same God, different franchises, Kid. What’s to respect?”
It’s hee hoo time again—
Hee hoo has the most guns
sets the local beliefs. QED
Foursquare: take one in with you next time …
* Freedom means never having to make sense.