This week is the traditional U.S. observance of Thanksgiving. I had originally invited over several families and friends from my neighborhood. I haven’t been in my house very long, maybe two years, after I gentrified the area raising property taxes and forcing out the more “unstable” poor people who lived there. Don’t worry, I gave them some blankets.
So, to ingratiate myself upon my neighborhood and foster a sense of belonging, I invited over a bunch of people who newly moved to the area. This was the only place they could find some work and I wanted to help them feel welcome. It’s not that I am of great means, people told me that if I welcomed these people in that I might not have leftovers! Can you imagine the horror? But I thought, who am I to hoard at the expense of my neighbors? I can spare that little bit of post-feast treats, the next day gluttony redux, if it means those without will find a little measure of comfort in this harsh world, know that they aren’t alone and that others care.
That is, until this past week, when everything changed. Someone robbed a neighborhood bank. Not in my neighborhood, mind you, but about fifteen states away in a place that I and my fellow neighbors typically mock. Not on this day. On this day, we all shake our collective heads in disbelief that someone could perpetrate something so heinous as to assault capitalism through a bank robbery! As details emerged, it appeared that this odious act was perpetrated by an evangelical Lutheran who twisted an otherwise peacefully Capitalist religion to say that the Bible calls for Communism and an all-out assault on the free market! Worse still, this radicalized Lutheran hid herself as member of the community! You know what, though, you know what? She wasn’t. She was from a few counties away, snuck into neighborhood by renting a place for a week, then went into the bank like she was part of the neighborhood!
I have little choice now but to ban from my Thanksgiving dinner anyone from outside the neighborhood, or anyone who has lived in my neighborhood less than a year, or anyone who identifies as Lutheran. It’s not my fault. If the Lutheran are such a peaceful religion, then they should be do everything in their power to actively eliminate this radicalized Communist faction. Mainly through genocide. That’s what any strong Lutheran would do, murder those with different beliefs as though that’s not a crime everywhere in the world.
Though I recognize that I immigrated to my house, I would rather ensure the safety of me and my Capitalism and my humble American turkey than dare risk ONE non-neighborhood Lutheran to understand that I am hospitable, then I risk other non-neighborhood Lutheran having a positive image of me and my home. I don’t want to sound so closed off to those in need. How about this? The only way non-neighborhood people will be allowed in my home, not even to eat my food, just to bask in the glory of my home, will be if they first PROVE that they are my particular denomination of Christianity and they will have to guess what that denomination is–HINT, it ain’t Lutheran!
Besides, if I let them into my home, am I expected to be burdened with their dishes and refuse!?! Where will they sleep? They’d be taking beds from hard sleeping, NEIGHBORHOOD neighbors while leaving a burden for the rest of us neighborhood neighbors!
In case you couldn’t see through my thickly veiled metaphor, that’s how ludicrously stupid it sounds when people and politicians talk about banning Syrian refugees from immigrating to their country.
Excellent satire, Pickleope! I fuckin’ hate Lutherans too. Was that your point?
Screw you, Pickleope; Vandross was an R&B genius!
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I will always be a Lionelian! Dance on the ceiling till I die!
I don’t know this Queniff person, but this has got to be the most brilliant comment of all time.
I would add a comment, but I’m Lutheran.
I once dated a Lutheran and now that I’ve read this I’m going to get myself tested because I hear it’s highly contagious.
It’s highly contagious because it’s a religion that doesn’t have a lot of rules. Our big thing is believe in Christ, and you’ll be saved. I know where I’m going when I die.
I know where I’m going too and it may be as a result of this post. Hopefully, whoever’s in charge of the pearly gates gets heavy-handed metaphor and doesn’t focus on the whole Lutheran angle.
We don’t have Lutherans here. From what you just described, I think we dodged the bullet.
I cannot tell a lie: I am a Lutheran. I have been a Lutheran for most of my life.
I appreciate your satire.. I keep writing comments about how most countries barely increased the number of Jewish people allowed to immigrate before and during the second world war. The U.S. took very few additional Jews. The excuse that no one knew what went on in the concentration camps is a complete lie. Many people managed to sneak out the information and get it to heads of governments and religions. Then, of course, there were the internment camps for the Japanese because even if they’d been born in the U.S., they had to be punished for Pearl Harbor. All those Japanese children in the internment camps were dangerous little bastards.
Maybe we Lutherans need to be locked up. Take me to my cell.
I hate Lutherans. My nephew was baptized Lutheran and he’s a little bastard, considering his father disowned him. Luthies suck.
I’m a Lutheran. 😦
I would like to say that any idiot would see through the thickly veiled metaphor but that would be wishful thinking just saying sometimes you have to spell it out in big block letters and then still others will miss the point, not me I am not that big an idiot just saying
I got halfway through the post before realizing your point. You’re brilliant, Pickelope Von Pickleope. We need more PVPs in this world.
I am half Lutheran and half Jewish by birth, but neither in practice. This is some good stuff, though.
I’m glad you explained it at the end. I was fixing to go off on you, because it sounded like you were insulting LGBT. .
(This was actually much better than I’m giving you credit for, Picky. Thanks!)
My human, Gary and me, yes, me, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar, wish all religions would basically fuck off!
Having ranted on by human’s behalf, superb pawst, um post. Gary says, “thank god I’m an atheist.
Have an okay type American Thanksgiving. Yes, even the Americans have a Thanksgiving Day, eh!