Monday, November 26, 2007

Three Great Quotes

As has been noted many times, somtimes the best things come out of the comment threads of the posts, rather than the posts themselves.

Seth at In Effect has his own take on the COEXIST issue. But the great line comes from our own krshorewood in the comments section:
With all of the problems we have in Milwaukee due to our divisiveness, what is it serving the community for Sykes, et al to act like there is something wrong with seeking ways of coexisting?

You would think that with all of the concerns in the Journal editorial pages about the damage being done to Milwaukee from our inability to get along, the broadcast division feels that somehow they are serving a market niche by dishing out Sykes.

Catering to the ignorant, the racist and the sullen throughout SE Wisconsin with their own little victimhood issues is not providing a community service.

I thought that's what taverns are for.

And over at the sight of some young upstarts from Marquette comes a quaint little post telling everyone they had better convert. But here our good friend Zach has some words and Words of wisdom:

Hmmm….in thinking of the controversy surrounding the coexist bumper sticker, as well as young Daniel’s own ham-handed attempt at his own interpretation of the bumper sticker, I’m reminded of one of my favorite passages from the Bible:

“Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke [reason with] thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.

Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.”– Leviticus 19: 17-18 (KJV)

In this passage originates a powerful idea: that you should treat your fellow as you yourself would be treated. This is perhaps the oldest definition of empathy, and it’s something folks like young Daniel and all the right-wing talking heads here in SE Wisconsin would be wide to keep in their minds and hearts.

And at our own McBride's site, in her own clever-only-to-herself post about actually seeing a real live COEXIST bumper sticker, we have this, again from Mr. Zach:
Dennis, by your logic, since you seem to revel in the strictest possible
interpretation of holy books, I can't help but wonder if you adhere to the

"Moses assembled all the congregation of the Israelites and said to them: These are the things that the LORD has commanded you to do: Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy sabbath of solemn rest to the LORD; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death."

-Exodus, Book of (Old Testament)Chapter 35, Verses 1-2 (RSV)

"If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death."

-Leviticus, Book of (Old Testament)Chapter 20, Verse 10 (RSV)


  1. I agree with the Marquette evangelists. Let's all get together and make this page an effort to convert Charlie and Jessica to Christianity:

    "Whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery. And whosoever marry her that is divorced, committeth adultery" Matthew 5:32

  2. That Marquette page is a trip. The young man looks to be the very incarnation of, say, Ted Haggard, who preached a similarly inclusive message.