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Light Blogging, “Voodoo” and the GOP

Although I love words, lately, I have been reluctant to use them, at least not in writing, so I expect blogging to be light for a few days. Perhaps this is because I have been up to my ears in reading (and writing) for class; I have also been busy with other obligations.

When I have had a moment to spare, I have been more introspective than expressive (so to speak). Perhaps some of my ideas will find their way into future posts. Class reading has also kept me thinking. One or our assigned books, Maya Deren’s, Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti , has helped open my eyes to a religion which I had once thought was little more than witchcraft, concerned largely with zombies and kewpie dolls — the focus of ridicule and horror movies.

As I learn that what we call “voodoo” is far more than a cult, I wonder at many things we misunderstand. In reading just a few pages of Deren’s book, we learn how the Voudoun religion developed when European colonists brought West Africans to Caribbean islands as slaves. Those enslaved people developed a new religion, mixing elements of their African spiritual heritage with the Christian tradition of their masters. A rich faith, as complex and nuanced as Christianity, Judaism or even the ancient Greek religion, resulted.

When I compare what the Voudoun religion really is to what I had thought just a month ago, I wonder if many on the Left see the GOP as I once saw (what most people call) “voodoo.” They define it not by what it is, but what others have portrayed it to be. We have, alas, learned about voodoo from those who wish to dismiss it as sorcery and witchcraft. Just as all too often, those on the left dismiss the GOP as a reactionary force. Both are wrong.

Much as I have come to appreciate the richness of the Voudoun tradition, I dare say I will not convert to this fascinating faith. By the same token, I would hope that those on the left would learn to appreciate the GOP for what it is — and not the caricature that its enemies have presented.

-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com

Tuesday Pooch Blogging

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 1:45 pm - November 15, 2005.
Filed under: Dogs

hi. my dad is on a plain flying to new york all day so he asked if i could writ in place of him today. i don’t know what to say except i have not seen either of my dad’s in a long time and i miss them. my daycare place is nice, but home is nicer.

can any of you email me some food?

oh look!! a rabbit!!!!

i have never bloged before and it is hard because I do not have a thumb.

oh… here are some piktures from my daddy’s hotel balcony when he was in san diego.

dads… when are you both coming home? isn’t it close to that day you give me all the turkey?

i have to run… that golden retriever is winking at me from the corner.

WOOF!

-Saxby (PatriotPooch)

Bird Flu Strikes American Icon

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 8:52 am - November 15, 2005.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

(Hat tip: Tammy Bruce… who I cannot wait to meet tomorrow at the Pajamas Media launch at 30 Rockefeller!)

People in the hotel must think I’m crazy, because I burst out laughing at seeing this picture on Tammy’s blog this morning.

I’m now headed to the airport, about to endure my ritual United Airlines Torture Experience ™ and fly to the Big Apple to join my new colleagues tomorrow at Pajamas Media.

*waving to all my Red State friends as I fly over today*

-Bruce (GayPatriot…. fleeing California)