maynard on a mission

It’s just been brought to my attention by a reader in Tennessee that I’m “not the only Maynard with a mission.” No, while I sit here and evangelize for gas taxes, impeachment and Ypsilanti, there’s apparently a whole family of Maynards spreading the word of Jesus Christ in East Africa, and, like me, they’re blogging and asking for money. If I’d been writing this a few years ago, I might have given them some flack for being missionaries, but, truth is, in the whole scheme of things, I don’t know how much I really care anymore that people feel compelled to travel the globe telling everyone else what they should and shouldn’t believe in. I don’t even care that they could be enriching themselves in the process. If they’re feeding people, vaccinating them against illness and helping them to build schools, as they claim, then God bless them. I’ve got bigger problems with those among us who say they’re helping to spread democracy at the end of a gun, like the corporate mercenaries of Blackwater. So, yeah, I think it’s somewhat obnoxious when they say they’re “saving” the “lost people of East Africa and Thailand,” as though these people had neither beliefs nor customs of their own prior to being “discovered,” but it takes a hell of a lot more than that to wind me up these days. When Ann Coulter is out there suggesting that single women should not be allowed to vote, it’s kind of hard for me to work up too much anger about people preaching the gospel.

Maybe that’s part of the plan though. Maybe that’s why the Coulter-bot was created — just to make everything else coming from the right look sane in comparison. Nifty trick, isn’t it? Bush vetoes healthcare for poor kids, and Anne Coulter, the good little right wing performance artist that she is, pokes her head up from her underground lair, and says “women shouldn’t be allowed to vote.” Guess where people focus their attention?

Speaking of religion and Bush, did you catch the mention of the Pray for George Bush campaign on the Think Progress site today? Here’s a clip from the campaign site:

…For over four years, God-fearing Americans have gathered to lift up the man whom God has placed in the office of the Presidency (Romans 13:1 “Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God.”-HCSB

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  1. Posted October 7, 2007 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    I know, I can’t believe Bush vetoed that healthcare for children plan. And the white house did it with no press there and behind closed doors.

    I work in a public school system, and to think about all the kids there, these wonderful kids who I see everyday, who don’t have a choice what class system they’re born into, and to think their HEALTH, the most important thing about them, could possily be put into danger while Bush protects his own already mega-rich family and the monetary interests of his friends and companies who support him…

    It’s an important concept to think about on a Sunday morning. I’ll pray for Bush today; I feel sorry for him.

  2. mark
    Posted October 7, 2007 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    If children were worth a damn, they’d be adults – business owning adults.

  3. edweird
    Posted October 7, 2007 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    In reference to the Coulter-bot, what you’re really saying is that her and Rush and all the other whackjobs are the silly monkey in the great Chewbacca tha Wookie defense that is being played on us daily? Dude, I finally see it! Now what? Can we ingnore them now? If we do so will they crawl back under their collective rocks and allow us to get back to fixing this shitstorm?

  4. mark
    Posted October 9, 2007 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    We’re cutting healthcare for kids, but it’s not that we don’t love them. We’re just investing where it really counts. The U.S. today launched a new “wait till you’re married” abstinence campaign directed at America’s youth.

  5. Mark Maynard
    Posted October 9, 2007 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Hi Mark,

    I’m the other Mark from MaynardsonMission that your friend recently told you of. Thanks for going easy on us…we are, in fact, missioaries who are concerned for the present quality of life of those who live in the second and third world, as well as, the eternal state of the same. We offer humaitarian aid to authentacate our sincerity. The Bible says this, “By this they will know that you are Christians, if you love one another”(paraphrased). There are many within Christianity who act only to promote their own agenda and to line their pockets. We are not one of them. Maybe you’d like to help with an orphanage or to put a well in a remote Maasia village where there is no water. Who knows…we may become friends.


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